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Over the past few years my blog has been visited by people from all over the world. Very few know me, or of me, they simply are looking information concerning the Bible and discover my blog. After many years of intense study and teaching, I've come to believe we are vulnerable to misguided and incorrect teaching if we don't understand for ourselves the teaching of God's Word. My 'hot buttons' are - grace, sovereignty, exhortations and sanctification. If you understand these basic principles of Scripture, and apply them to daily life, you will understand what it means to have peace, joy and absolute security in any circumstance.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

SAINT VALENTINE'S CHRISTIAN FAITH



Have you ever been curious about the origin of this 'fun to celebrate' holiday? No, it didn't start with Hallmark cards. Many of us can remember Valentine's Day from the time we were in kindergarten. What fun it was to make those lacey red hearts and decorate them with flowers and always the word 'love'. Most people think of this as a secular holiday, but just like there was a real St. Nicholas, there was a real St. Valentine. In fact, there were three St. Valentines! One was a priest in Rome, another was a bishop in the town of 'Terni' in central Italy. Both were martyred in the 3rd century and buried outside of Rome. The third St. Valentine was martyred in Africa along with several others. We don't know very much about these men; but we do know they all died for the love of Christ.

The customs connected with St. Valentine's Day probably originated in medieval Europe. There was a common belief in England and France that February 14th was the time birds began to pair, or 'court' their mate. The English poet, Chaucer wrote .....

"For this was on Seynt Valentynes' day
Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate." (Chaucer's original spelling)

How precious to stumble across things like this. The 'love-birds' no doubt were the genesis of the St. Valentine's feast; a special time for lovers. I wonder how many know that this special day devoted to love was named after martyrs for the Christian faith and their love of Jesus Christ?

It was probably the association of romantic love that led to the 'paganizing' of this martyr's feast. The Roman god Cupid (the counterpart of Eros in Greek mythology) became the focus of the celebration rather than the martyred saints. Interesting to note that a medieval book of stories about saints, The Golden Legend, tells of a priest named 'Valentine' who was imprisoned by emperor Claudius II for leading people to Christ. He had been heard preaching that Christ was the 'one and only Light'. The Roman officer who was questioning him happened to have a blind daughter...one of God's little coincidences...and he challenged Valentine to pray for her healing. The girl was cured, and the whole family converted to Christianity. This saint actually sent the first Valentine. He wrote a note to the blind girl and signed it...'From your Valentine'. It is a bit ironic that a Roman Christian who died defending the faith is now associated with Cupid; a pagan god. Our Lord has a sense of humor, He knows the real story will be revealed!

The hearts of these three St. Valentines were 'pierced' by the love of our Lord whose own heart was pierced and His blood shed for those who would come to Him. So, how appropriate that a red heart has become the symbol for this day of love.

*There is a principle here. God has a plan, He will gather together His sheep. He knows just how to bring each one into the fold.

Ezekiel 34: 12 - 'I look after my sheep'

John 10: 3-4 - 'He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out'

Isaiah 46: 11 - 'what I have planned, that I will do'

Psalm 33:11 - 'But the plans of the Lord stand firm FOREVER'

I personally find much peace in the fact that we have a sovereign Lord with a perfect plan. My plans don't always work out so well, but I know whatever is happening in my life is from His hand and for a higher good. Amen?

In Colossians 1:15 we find these words, speaking of Jesus - "He is the image of the invisible God". When we look in a mirror, we see our image. The image is us! Jesus is the image of God, Jesus is God and this is why we can depend on Him for eternal life. . .John 3:16.

I'd like to give credit for the St. Valentine's story to a website...'Women for Faith & Family', and also to the Book of Knowledge Encyclopedia.

And, I'd like to give thanks to a loving, faithful God who works 'all things together for good' for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose'. Romans 8:28

Thank you Lord that your love for your children permeates everything we do, and every holiday we celebrate. The world doesn't revolve around anyone but YOU.












Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 - COULD IT HAVE BEEN BETTER?

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"  Mary Oliver from her poem 'The Summer Day'

Life, wild and precious - I love that! We are told that life isn't a dress rehearsal and there are no 'do-overs'. Who has led a perfect life?  Only Jesus, and the reason He was able to do that is that He is God. We are not, so we struggle. We need the basics of life - food, shelter, and terribly important, love and acceptance. In our own personal 'humanness' we also need purpose and meaning in our life. We need someone or something greater than our self to feel complete.

The Christian understands the futility of self-effort and the inability to 'make-over' who we are. We come to realize that only God can change our circumstances and change us - from the inside out. We also need to know the events of our life, those we judge as 'good' or 'bad', have happened for a reason. The Lord has put the painful as well as the joyous in our life to mold us into the person He has planned for us to be.

Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch woman whose family risked their lives to protect their Jewish friends from the Nazis during World War II times. She survived the concentration camp, lived into her 90's, wrote a book, The Hiding Place, traveled the world to share the gospel and spoke faithfully about God's forgiveness. My husband and I visited her home in Haarlem, Netherlands, while on a mission trip near Brussels in 2002. The home, upstairs from her father's jewelry shop, is now a museum. I had often read the poem 'My Life Is But a Weaving' when I taught Bible study in jail, but didn't know who had written it. I was thrilled to see this poem framed and hanging on the wall of the dining room in the ten Boom home. Now I knew its origin.

"My life is but a weaving between my God and me,
I do not choose the colors, He works so steadily.
Oft' times He weaves in sorrow, and I in foolish pride,
Forget He sees the upper, and I the underside.
Not until the loom is silent, and the shuttles cease to fly
Will God unroll the canvas, and explain the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful in the Weavers skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver in the pattern He has planned."

I couldn't have spent so many years - and still am - and hundreds of hours in jail sharing the Bible with inmates if I wasn't convinced that knowing Jesus as Lord can change a life and that He has a perfect plan for each of His children who come to Him. With God all things are possible - Mark 10:27.

As we reflect on this past year, think about what you've learned about yourself. 2016 was my first year as a widow; life changed. I knew I wasn't alone, the Lord was keeping a watchful eye on me. My first instinct was to panic when faced with a problem I had no idea how to solve. I came to know the Lord would lead me to a solution if I was patient and trusted Him.

Remember, the saints of old were not perfect people - Abraham lost faith in God's promise and took matters into his own hands, hence we had the birth of Ishmael. Abe also had some trouble telling the truth. Moses murdered and had to leave Egypt, and most famously, King David, the one who wrote so many beautiful  treasured psalms, committed adultery. Why did God raise up those who weren't able to live life perfectly? Maybe He wanted us to see our need, everyone's need, for a Savior.

It's good to be positive and have an attitude of "I can do this!" But, if you are counting on yourself alone, you'll probably be disappointed in your power to resist temptation and overcome evil with good. There will come a day of 'perfection' and we will live eternally in a perfect place - it's called heaven. God has placed His Spirit - the Holy Spirit in each believer. Let Him be your guide so you can "...live a life worthy of the calling you have received." Read Ephesians 4: 1-7, you will be blessed and encouraged. I believe this is how we can have a truly HAPPY New Year.

Could 2016 have been a better year for some of us? No doubt it could have, but celebrate the coming year in full confidence knowing God's plan will unfold just as He designed it and He has a wonderful plan for your one 'wild and precious life.' Trust Him.

"...being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Philippians 1:6

Thank you Lord for who you are and all that you do for those who love you, and come to 'Abba Father' - you never let us down.














Sunday, December 25, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS


Who is this child born in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago? It's the most important question you'll ever answer. Nothing else in your life will matter; not your relationships, not your children, not how you were treated as a child, not your job or home, not how much money you have, the state of your health, the politics of your country or what church, if any, you attend. It won't matter if you spent time in jail or lived in a mansion with many servants taking care of your every need. It won't matter if you drove a Mercedes or sat in a golden chariot, traveled around by foot, bicycle, subway or bus.

        So, what does matter? To know who Jesus Christ is, and what He has done for those who believe in Him.

"Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."
Acts 4:12

        A group of religious Jews asked Jesus - "What must we do to do the works God requires?" A simple, straight forward question; Jesus gave a simple straight forward answer. "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent." John 6: 28-29

        This world we live in with all its joys and heartaches is so important to us that we often forget that life continues after our earthly body dies. Our soul and spirit, that which is us, will live eternally and God will provide a new body after the one we live in now is gone. You can trust Him to keep His promises!

        The Lord took my husband home just a little over a year ago, 12/20/15. I miss him everyday, but I don't mourn because I know He is in the presence of God and couldn't be happier and I will join Him someday. In the meantime, I will enjoy this world - I'll decorate my house, send Christmas cards, make special cookies, buy gifts, sing those wonderful Christmas carols, gather with friends and family and keep alive the family tradition of Swedish dishes my mother and grandmothers used to make.

        I've been asked many times where in the Bible Jesus is described. He is described perfectly in these verses.

John 1: 1-14  "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. vs. 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us." This is what happened in Bethlehem - Mary gave birth to a baby; God became human. Shepherds in the fields saw the star and followed it to where He lay and they worshipped Him.

Philippians 2: 6-11 "Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death - even death on a cross!"  God came to us in three different forms, we call this the 'trinity'; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirt. The baby born in Bethlehem is the same as the man who died on a cross to pay for the sin of all who believe in Him.

Colossians 1: 15 - 20  "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created. . ."
This passage is generally thought to describe the supremacy of  Christ. Again, it describes who Jesus is, that He was with God in the beginning during the creation of the world and what His life, death and resurrection mean for believers.

Hebrews 1: 1-14  "The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word." vs. 3   This passage may very well take your breath away! Awesome words that you must know so you can share them with others.

I've just given you a lot of homework; enjoy the study. Relax and enjoy the Christmas season with friends and family and keep in mind, it is only by faith that we can understand who Jesus is. We all have people in our lives who just 'don't get it'! Share the Lord when you see an opportunity and most of all - show the love of Jesus no matter what others believe or don't believe. We are saved by grace through faith which is a gift of God - Ephesians 2:8-9. Be humbled and grateful that God has given you the gift of faith and trust Him for those who don't have it. This world seems like a scary mess, but keep in mind that a day will come "that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow. . .and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord." Philippians 2: 10-11.

I must say something about Santa Claus. My husband had a beautiful Santa suit and he loved to play Santa. He said the look on the children's faces was worth all the trouble it took to get in costume. Some Christian parents wonder how much of a roll Santa should play. You might want to scroll down the blog posts and read one I wrote about the origin of St. Nicholas and his Christian roots on 12/2 14. You'll feel good about Santa and I think it's important to tell your children that the first Santa loved Jesus as His Lord and Savior.

So, can you answer this question - Who is this child born in Bethlehem?

Thank you Lord for coming to earth to walk among us. May your story penetrate the hearts and lives of all who read it in Your Word.









Sunday, November 27, 2016

A SECURE FAMILY

The election is over and no doubt many changes will occur in America. We Christians trust that the Lord of all nations has put a man in charge for the common good of all. We pray that this man will honor God and do his best for our country as well as the whole world. We will hold up President-elect Donald Trump and his Vice President Mike Pence in prayer asking that God's hand on them will be evident.

        We have just finished celebrating Thanksgiving Day. George Washington, our first president, instituted this day by proclamation for the purpose of showing gratitude to God for establishing this new country - the United States of America. We weren't very united at first and there were many problems to work through but by the Lord's grace we came together as "one nation under God". Many have tried to tear down our Christian principles, and chip away at our personal freedoms. Some have tried to tell us that what is evil is good, and what is good is evil.There is a reason people come here seeking a better life - they want power to rest with the people, not the government. Our constitution was written to limit, not increase this power. I believe among nations we are unique in this way.

        Families gathered on this special day to celebrate and be grateful for our blessings. I'm always aware that there are many who don't have a family or are not living close enough to be with them. As I was sitting in church this morning I looked around me and praised God that I would never be without a family.

        The 'church' as described in the Bible is the body of Christ. It's not a building or any particular denomination.

". . .so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others."  Romans 12:4

"The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body." 
I Corinthians 12:12

        This is why we believers have such a special bond with one another; WE ARE ONE BODY! We will spend eternity together and while here on earth, we can experience being a family and belonging to each other. Belonging is important!  Many experience feeling more connected to other believers than to our own flesh and blood family who are not believers. We bond with our earthly family and feel a part of each other in some ways and somewhat estranged in other ways.

        It is Jesus Christ who is the head of the church, which is Christ's body - see Colossians 1:24. We who believe are the body of Christ! We are one with Him, we belong to Him. We are one member of the body who will serve Him with the other members. As part of this body, we are a family, safe and secure. Our human families may disappoint us, but God's family will be there for us.

        Loneliness - alone-ness can be painful at any time, but especially during the holiday season. My precious husband of so many years passed into the presence of the Lord eleven months ago. For the first time in my life I am alone, but I never feel alone because I'm in the body of Christ. I think for many, the natural inclination is to go looking for a special someone. And, if you find someone to connect with, you will no doubt be happier. The problem is. . .this often is a temporary solution.

        If you're looking for a forever friend and a secure, stable relationship; try Jesus! He came to earth to mingle among us and show us He is a real flesh and blood Savior. In John 3:3 Jesus tells us how to become a member of His body. . .

"I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."

Really, it's that simple - just ask Jesus to forgive your sins and make you alive spiritually - first birth is physical, second birth is spiritual. You will love being a part of His family!

Thank you Jesus for who you are and what you have done for us. Thank you for gathering all your sheep together as one family, always safe and secure in Your love. To be alone, and not feel alone is a wonderful gift.


 

       

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

ELECTION DAY - WHAT WILL GOD DO?

Many in the U.S. and much of the world will be anxiously waiting for the results of the presidential election that has occupied the news cycle 24/7 for a very long time. I think there will be a collective sigh of relief when the results come in this evening, no matter how you voted.

        When you look at the world around you through a prism of faith, the highs and lows, the valleys and mountain peaks cannot shake your well-being. King David of the Old Testament experienced a lot of conflict and drama in his life. He was not a perfect man and knew it. He was sustained by the gift of faith and wrote in Psalm 16:8. . .

"Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken."

        Emotions are running high. Many are passionate about their candidate and will be devastated if he/she doesn't win. Our country has become divided into two very different 'world views'. The Christian world view generally aligns with the Republican Party, the non-Christians align with the Democrat Party. Of course there are believers in both parties; they simply see the world differently.

        Words from a song..."America, America, God rest His grace on thee..." God has done this since the inception of our country. We're evolving as a nation, as all nations do, but the evidence of a 'God-honoring' beginning is still very much a part of who we are. Mistakes have been made through history. Many don't  know that the Democrats tried to suppress emancipating the black slaves during Civil War times. They formed the Klu Klux Klan which brutally murdered many southern blacks unjustly. President Andrew Jackson stole land from the Native Americans, destroyed their homes and killed them for no better reason then to prosper financially. Not all of our presidents have had the people's welfare at heart.

        The NAACP - National Association for Advancement of Colored People - was formed with the help of white citizens, mostly from the Republican party, who wanted black people to have a voice. When it came time to end such travesties as the Jim Crow Laws practiced in the south, the Democrats in Congress initially voted against the Civil Rights Bill. If you take the time to search the history of the Planned Parenthood Organization and it's founder who wrote these words...

"We are paying for and even submitting to the dictates of an ever increasing, unceasingly-spawning class of human beings who should never have been born at all." Margaret Sanger (taken from a publication - The Pivot of Civilization)

Hillary Clinton claims to be "in awe" of this woman who was a champion of birth control and abortion. Birth control is good, but what Sanger wanted was for white, educated people to have more
children and poor, uneducated minorities - none! The babies she called 'unwanted' were not unwanted by their mother, but by Sanger and people of her elite group.

        I find it useless to try and make sense of all that is happening politically. But I know this; God is in control, His power is supreme and He'll never be voted out of His position - which is, the God of the Universe! He created it and He'll take care of it. Unlike the human beings He created - and we think we're so smart - He sees the beginning and the end. We see only a fragment of time in history and have no idea what tomorrow will bring. None! But we'll never stop trying to guess! Remember the first line of Psalm 23...

"The Lord is my shepherd and I shall not want..." hard for most of us to conceive living without wanting! Trust Him, He has a plan that has been in place since creation.

        To know who really is control of this election will give us peace. The Lord who loves us doesn't want us to fuss and fume and get all upset. He just wants us to remember to stay in His Word so we'll know that "He works all things together for good..." Romans 8:28. God is the only one on the throne! David wrote, speaking of Jesus...

"All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for the dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations."

There will come a day when every knee will bow and tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord - Philippians 2:10. When, one day, you stand before the throne of God, you'll never be asked who you voted for or what political party you belonged to. The only question you need to have the right answer for is this. . .Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Nothing else will matter!

"For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise. God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his Holy throne." Psalm 47: 7-8

Okay, now I'm going to take a deep breath and turn on the TV. It's almost 5 PM and the polls are closing in the east. Because I can look at this important event through the prism of faith, I will relax - well, sort of, I'm human after all! It is so hard to 'walk in faith', I know that. But during the times of disappointment and chaos in our life, knowing how to do this is what gets us through the storm and  into the son-shine!

Lord I know so many prayers have touched you today. I'm sure you'd like to personally respond to each one with an explanation of why You do what You do. We'll know someday and in the meantime Lord, keep us focused on your ever-present love and sovereignty. You know what it's like down here Lord, promises are broken and we can't trust anyone but YOU. I will not be shaken because you are at my side!


       





Tuesday, October 25, 2016

ALL ABOUT HALLOWEEN





About Me

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Over the past few years my blog has been visited by people from all over the world. Very few know me, or of me, they simply are looking information concerning the Bible and discover my blog. After many years of intense study and teaching, I've come to believe we are vulnerable to misguided and incorrect teaching if we don't understand for ourselves the teaching of God's Word. My 'hot buttons' are - grace, sovereignty, exhortations and sanctification. If you understand these basic principles of Scripture, and apply them to daily life, you will understand what it means to have peace, joy and absolute security in any circumstance.



Thursday, October 29, 2015


HALLOWEEN AND CHRISTIANS

THIS IS A RE-POST FROM A YEAR AGO.


   This photo was taken early this month when I was visiting the beautiful Dallas Arboretum.









I've always enjoyed this explanation of what it's like to be a Christian.

JUST LIKE A PUMPKIN

Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin. God chooses you from His patch brings you in and washes all the dirt off. He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of fear, envy, hate, anger and disbelief. Then He carves a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.”

Many Christian parents wonder if they should celebrate Halloween with their children. We always have. We are not celebrating evil witches and scary monsters. We’re participating in a ‘holiday’ that is fun to prepare for – costumes and carved pumpkins, candy apples, carmel corn, and best of all, the adorable neighborhood children who come to our door in costume.

        If you explore the history of Halloween, you’ll find, like many other holidays, it has Christian roots. It’s difficult to pin down a date specific, but we can probably go back as far as the early hundreds. The Druids, who were priests of ancient Gaul and Britain, believed that witches, demons and spirits of the dead roamed the earth on the eve of November 1st. Bonfires were lit to drive away any bad spirits that might be present. To protect themselves, they offered treats, like candy. This is where the question 'Trick or Treat?' comes from. They also wore a disguise or costume to look like the imagined spirits so they wouldn’t be harmed. 
        Halloween is a fun event for children who love the mysteries of witches and gremlins and the excitement of being scared. What fun they have dressing up as a ‘make believe’ character, eating candy, and carving pumpkins into what we commonly call jack-o’-lanterns.
        Halloween is celebrated globally. Children in Britain and many other countries make their jack-o’-lanterns from turnips, here in the U.S. and in Canada, we use pumpkins. This time of year, you’ll find fields of beautiful round orange-colored squash, the symbol of fall and fun!
        Roman Catholic Pope Gregory IV authorized “All Saints Day” in 837. It’s been around a while! This day was set aside to honor all the saints who had no ‘special day’. Saints were known as ‘hallowed’ or ‘holy ones’ thus the name ‘All Hollows Day’. The night before this day was called, ‘All Hallows Even’ and eventually became shortened to Halloween.
        In 1978 my husband and I visited the Vatican in Rome. It was November 1st and we were in the center of the square waiting for the new Pope, John Paul II, to appear and address the crowd of about 100,000 people. He gave his short message in five languages. Very impressive! We were thrilled to be there, and were mesmerized by the beauty of the statues along the roofline of the building. They stood like soldiers guarding a palace. Suddenly we realized that we were among the few left in the square. It was a mystery to us how quickly everyone had disappeared. I’ll never forget that special ‘All Saints Day’ and how one hundred thousand people simply vanished in a blink of an eye. Or so it seemed.
        There are ways to accentuate the Christian heritage of this day. We’ve often made a little pumpkin sign that we plant by the front door that says “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” – Joshua 24:15. We’ve also included ‘JUST LIKE A PUMPKIN’ printed out on orange paper, with a pumpkin for decoration, and add this to their bag of candy. Our hope is that parents will read this, and those who don’t know the Lord will have a better understanding of Who He is, and what He’s done! So simple, so appropriate and so Biblical. Jesus permeates our life in ways we never think of or look for.

I thank you Lord that we can see your influence all around us and help us to be reminded that YOU are the genesis of our celebrations. Help us to find a blessing in Halloween.













Saturday, October 8, 2016

BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING


“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6 – 7

*If you don't read the rest of this blog, scroll down to the end and read the last paragraph - you'll be glad you did.

I recently took a medical test called a ‘MRI’. They slide you into a narrow tube and take pictures of the inside of your body. You have ear plugs because it’s a noisy procedure. I had extensive back surgery four years ago and they like to check and make sure that everything is still good. Some people feel claustrophobic while in this tube and get a little panicky. The technician asked me if I was “anxious”. I told him, “No, not at all; be anxious for nothing!” He looked confused, so I told him “That’s a Bible verse.” "Oh yes, where is that verse?" he asked. As the apostle Peter once said, it's always good to be prepared - I Peter 3:15.
        We have a lot of reasons to be up-tight and stressed out. Most of us suffer from anxiety from time to time, sometimes extreme anxiety. The Lord doesn't want His children to live like this. I've often written about the fact that believers should not use these two words - worry and fear. But we hear them all the time, "I worry about. . .", "I'm afraid that. . ." The Lord said we should start living here on earth as we will in heaven - anxiety free because we know He cares for us and is protecting us.
        Not only does God protect us, we can linger in the shadow of His wings. I made that statement once and a little boy asked me if God is a bird. A reasonable question for a five year old, after all, only birds have wings. Sometimes it's helpful to understand Biblical history in order to make better sense of Bible verses. Picture the Jewish priests of old. They wore a four-cornered garment around their shoulders that draped below their knees. The outer edges of this garment were fringed and the corners had tassels, tzitzit in Hebrew. The dictionary refers to these tassels as 'wings'. You can picture a rabbi raising his arms; a picture of a place to hide, be protected and spiritually healed.
        Recall the story of the women in Mark 5:25 - 29. She had "been subject to bleeding for twelve years." She'd suffered a great deal, been under the care of many doctors and spent all she had. She was desperate so when she heard that Jesus was near preaching and healing, she went to Him. She was familiar with this verse from Malachi 4:2
"But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will arrive with healing in its wings."
She had been given the faith to believe that this verse referred to the Messiah - Jesus. She knew if she could just touch His clothes, she'd be cured. . ."If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed."  Mark 5:28, and indeed she was. She was cured of her anxiety and illness. But important, she understood that Jesus had healed her spiritually and she was forgiven of all her sin and now would appear before God with no shame or condemnation. Romans 8:1
        As Job wrote in Job 1, Satan is roaming this world looking for those he can devour. Satan will attack us anyway he can and loves to see us upset and full of fear and anxiety. But we can live in amazing peace as we come to understand that God is sovereign and is working for our good. We can relax and know we are safe in Him. Our real life is hidden in Christ - Colossians 3:3.
        David wrote in Psalm 17: 8
"Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.. ."
        Going back to the 'do not be anxious for anything' verse, Paul was telling the believers in Philippi to bring their concerns to the Lord in prayer with an attitude of gratitude. This is the only way we can find true peace...and when we have peace, the rest of our life often falls into place. We are the 'apple of God's eye' and we can hide in the shadow of His wings!

        I can't end this blog without sharing a precious story I read some time ago and have never forgotten. A forest ranger was walking through an area that had been burned to the ground. He came upon a large bird with her wings spread out, dead, but the body was whole. What a sad sight this ranger thought. He poked the bird with a stick and her body crumbled apart as four little baby birds scurried away from beneath her wings. She knew danger was coming and spread her wings to protect her babies. She could have  flown away and saved herself, but she stayed there and died so her babies could live. It reminds me of Jesus on the cross - He could have saved Himself, but He withstood the pain, paid the price for our inequities, spread out His arms, and died so those who believe in Him could live. What an incredible love!

Thank you Lord for giving us a way to cope with this world and all the problems that come to us. Bring your truth to our hearts every time we stumble and become afraid. Let your peace wash over us.