Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!  1 John 3:1 (NLT)

I saw something precious yesterday that I wanted to share with you.  I was walking at a different time than usual when I came upon this beautiful scene.  I curved around on the road and there was this tiny, dark-headed boy obviously waiting for the school bus.  He was standing by himself near a stop sign.  He was so little that his backpack was nearly bigger than him.  As I was coming around a curve behind him, he did not know of my existence until I was almost right alongside him.

I heard him singing to himself as I came up.  I made certain to stay on the other side of the road so as to not startle him.  However, I did startle him a bit.  He looked at me with rather wide eyes and then he did the most precious, trusting thing.

He swung his head around in the other direction to make eye contact with the man whom I had seen standing beside his pickup in the driveway a couple of houses up from the bus stop.  You see, the little boy was scared when he saw this stranger near him all of the sudden, but he immediately checked with his daddy to confirm that all was okay.  I don’t know what Daddy did since I kept on walking and did not watch for his reaction; I do know that the boy only had his eyes back there for just a second and then he turned back to look for the bus.

But it was enough.  It was a security check.  It all happened in just a matter of seconds, but here’s what I’m thinking went through the boy’s mind.  “EEK, stranger…could mean danger.  AHH, Daddy…total protection.” 

That is what my heavenly Father is for me.  TOTAL PROTECTION!  Romans 8:15 tells us this, “So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”

I have researched the meaning of that word, “Abba.”  There is much theological discussion on what the “transliteration from Hebrew to Aramaic to Greek” might have meant as the word is orginally an Old Testament one.  Some scholars say that it means, “Daddy.”  Others say that we have taken a 21st-century view of it and made it more familiar with God than it was intended.  BLAH BLAH BLAH

I just know this.  1 John 3:1 says He bestowed such a great love on me that I am HIS CHILD!  Romans 8 says that I no longer have a spirit as that of a fearful slave.  HE ADOPTED ME AS ONE OF HIS OWN.  I may call Him “Daddy.”  That gives me great comfort that when danger approaches, I can immediately cast my eyes to my Daddy and know that He is ever protecting me.

Some of you may have had a difficult relationship with your earthly father.  Please do not frame this discussion within that context.  GOD IS NOT YOUR EARTHLY FATHER!  He is all good, all loving, all caring, and all powerful.  He sent His own Son to die for you so that you may go to heaven and spend eternity with Him.  He only wants good for you.

Have you called Him “Daddy?”  He longs for you to.  He’s watching over you just like the little boy’s daddy was at the bus stop.  However, God is even closer and more powerful.  AND He loves you even more than that daddy loves that little boy.

Loving my Daddy,



Patrick Henry

This post is in honor of my older daughter, who STRONGLY desires to go to Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA.  Patrick Henry College’s mission and vision statements are posted below.  Oh, that we could raise up leaders able to orate like Patrick Henry did 237 years ago this day!

On MARCH 23, 1775, Patrick Henry gave this speech to the Second Virginia Convention:  (The “Mr. President” that Mr. Henry is addressing is Peyton Randolph, the Convention’s president.)

St. John’s Church, Richmond, Virginia

“MR. PRESIDENT: No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do, opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely, and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfil the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offence, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.

Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years, to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves, and the House? Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received? Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with these war-like preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled, that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort. I ask, gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it? Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us; they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done, to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne. In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending²if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left us!

They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, ‘Peace, Peace’ but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Source: Wirt, William. Sketches of the Life and Character of Patrick Henry . (Philadelphia) 1836, as reproduced in The World’s Great Speeches, Lewis Copeland and Lawrence W. Lamm, eds., (New York) 1973.


Patrick Henry College:

The Mission of Patrick Henry College is to prepare Christian men and women who will lead our nation and shape our culture with timeless biblical values and fidelity to the spirit of the American founding. Educating students according to a classical liberal arts curriculum, and training them with apprenticeship methodology, the College provides academically excellent baccalaureate level higher education with a biblical world view.

The Vision of Patrick Henry College is to aid in the transformation of American society by training Christian students to serve God and mankind with a passion for righteousness, justice and mercy, through careers of public service and cultural influence.






Isn’t that a pleasant word?  The dictionary defines it as “comfort in sorrow, misfortune, or trouble; alleviation of distress or discomfort.”  Has someone provided solace for you?  Have you provided solace for someone?

I watched “Little Miss Sunshine” until very late last night.   While I cannot in good conscience recommend the content of the movie at all, I can recommend the message.  (I can’t recommend the content due to rampant, vile, foul language, overt drug usage, and inappropriate sexuality.)  However, the message of the movie is about love, forgiveness, family, perseverance, and redemption.

What does that have to do with solace?  Everything!  There is one scene in the movie where the little girl comforts her brother by merely sitting with him, putting her arm around him, and leaning her head on his shoulder.  She never utters a word.  She just provides comfort in sorrow or trouble.



To me, that is the heart of ministry.  We won’t always know the words to say or actions to take.  But can’t we just sit with someone?  Can’t we take their sorrow on our shoulders?  It is not always possible to fix things; sometimes just being there is solace enough.  Job’s friends did this for him in his time of great affliction.  (One of my professors says that we should all be as Job’s friends – BEFORE they started talking! LOL)

 We have another Biblical example of this when Jesus told us this in John 16:7, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.”

Jesus, the Lord of all, sent us the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, to provide us solace.  Our job is to share that solace with those around us who need it.   I’m pretty sure that’s a full-time job.





Names of God

During prayer meeting yesterday morning at church when I was supposed to be dutifully praying for the needs of our church, community, and world, I was struck by something which rendered my praying for that morning rather incompetent.  I just started thinking of God and his many names and descriptions, and I got so blown away by His magnificence that I have been dwelling on Him for the last two days.  In between then and now, I had a pretty large paper to complete for school, so I’ve been delayed getting this to you.

Psalm 116:1 says, “I love the Lord because…”and that’s as far as I got yesterday morning.

I love the Lord because He is:

  • Love
  • Everlasting
  • Faithful and True
  • My Defender
  • My Redeemer
  • Trustworthy
  • Good
  • The One who DAILY loads me with benefits
  • The One who ever lives to make intercession for me
  • The One who died on the cross to pay the price for my sins
  • Seated in heaven
  • My strong tower
  • Jehovah
  • My rock
  • My fortress
  • My light and my salvation
  • My king
  • The King of Kings
  • My great high priest
  • My Savior
  • The Lord of Lords
  • Comforter
  • The first and last
  • My peace
  • My strength and my song
  • The beginning and the end
  • Grace
  • The giver of unmerited favor
  • The Lamb that was slain from the foundation of the world
  • Creator
  • Wonderful
  • Counselor
  • Prince of Peace
  • Everlasting Father
  • The Ancient of Days
  • My restorer
  • The Word
  • Giver of life
  • The Vine
  • The overcomer
  • My healer
  • The Christ
  • The Holy Spirit
  • The Alpha
  • The Omega
  • My Deliverer
  • Living water
  • Glory
  • I AM
  • Majesty
  • Beautiful
  • The good Shepherd
  • The Lion of the tribe of Judah
  • The Nazarene
  • The Resurrection
  • The Son of David
  • The Way, The Truth, and The Life

 This list is by no means exhaustive; it is just what came to me over the past couple of days.  Everywhere that I have “my,” please feel free to substitute your name.




The blog post I received today from

American Minute with Bill Federer

Mar. 14 – Albert Einstein

Born in Germany MARCH 14, 1879, he began teaching himself calculus at age 14.

With a doctorate from the University of Zurich, he wrote papers on electromagnetic energy, relativity, and statistical mechanics.

He predicted a ray of light from a distant star would appear to bend as it passed near the Sun.

When an eclipse confirmed this, the London Times ran the headline, November 7, 1919, “Revolution in science-New theory of the Universe-Newtonian ideas overthrown.”

This was Albert Einstein, who, in 1921, won the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Describing the theory of relativity, Albert Einstein said:

“When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute-and it’s longer than any hour. That’s relativity.”

Einstein’s first visit to the U.S. was to raise funds for Jerusalem’s Hebrew University.

On his 3rd visit, 1932, he took a post at Princeton University.

When the National Socialist Workers Party took control of Germany, they barred Jews from holding official positions or teaching at universities. Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels proclaimed “Jewish intellectualism is dead” and burned Einstein’s works.

Commenting on redistribution of wealth, Albert Einstein stated:

“I am absolutely convinced that no wealth in the world can help humanity forward, even in the hands of the most devoted worker in this cause. The example of great and pure individuals is the only thing that can lead us to noble thoughts and deeds…Can anyone imagine Moses, Jesus, or Gandhi armed with the moneybags of Carnegie?”

Einstein stayed in the United States, becoming a citizen in 1940.

Einstein’s theory of relativity, E=MC2, is the basis for applying atomic energy. His warning that Nazis could create the atom bomb led President Franklin D. Roosevelt to set up the Manhattan Project.

In November of 1952, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion asked Einstein to be Israel’s 2nd President, but he declined due to age, dying less than 3 years later. Being “deeply moved” by the offer, Einstein replied:

“My relationship with the Jewish people became my strongest human tie.”

The periodic table’s 99th element, discovered shortly after his death in 1955 was named “einsteinium.”

Albert Einstein was quoted in The New York Times, November 9, 1930, saying:

“I assert that the cosmic religious experience is the strongest and noblest driving force behind scientific research.”

Albert Einstein stated:

“God Almighty does not throw dice.”


“Before God we are all equally wise – equally foolish.”


“My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds.”

Though not believing in a personal God, The Saturday Evening Post, October 26, 1929, published Albert Einstein’s interview with George Sylvester Viereck, in which Einstein stated:

“As a child, I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene…

No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus.

His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life.”

Princeton University’s Fine Hall has inscribed Albert Einstein’s words:

“Raffiniert ist der Herr Gott, aber Boshaft ist er nicht.” (God is clever, but not dishonest.)




Walk by faith, not by sight

I have a short devotion for you today from one of my favorite devotion books.  It is Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.  She writes as if from God’s perspective, so the Me’s and My’s you see are as if God is speaking directly to you.  The words in italics are words from the Scripture references listed below the devotion.  

“Walk by faith, not by sight.  As you take steps of faith, depending on Me, I will show you how much I can do for you.  If you live your life too safely, you will never know the thrill of seeing Me work through you.  When I gave you My Spirit, I empowered you to live beyond your natural ability and strength.  That’s why it is so wrong to measure your energy level against the challenges ahead of you.  The issue is not your strength but Mine, which is limitless.  By walking close to Me, you can accomplish My purposes in My strength.”

2 Corinthians 5:7; Galatians 5:25

Also, there is a pastor’s wife here in my town who writes a blog based on this very book.  Here is the link to her entry for today’s devotion:




A white bread sort of life

Do you like white bread?


or wheat? 


Since I have celiac disease, the question for me would be if I like white rice or brown. 

I find that when I eat a steady diet of white bread or rice, junk food sort of things, the “real” food doesn’t taste very good.  The natural sweetness in oranges, carrots, grapes, and strawberries loses some of its appeal if I have just consumed a sugar-laden morsel.  It’s almost as if my taste buds become numbed to the goodness in the fruits and veggies.  After too long like this, I become a stark raving, sugar-laden maniac and consider murdering small, furry animals or eating large bites out of the countertop if I am deprived of my white, granular heroin.

So, once again, I break the cycle.  (since the aforementioned description is really not very pretty)  Then I trot out the produce, long-grain brown rice, drink my tea without sugar, and forgo the ice cream – which is the only sweet thing I can eat since most all sweets have flour in them.  And, really, I haven’t forgone the ice cream completely in this latest round of healthiness.  However, I haven’t had sweet tea for A VERY LONG TIME, and I am still waiting for the Pope’s personal phone call to announce my canonization or sainthood or something like that for all of my piety and sacrifice in that area…

Back to food now.    

What does any of this have to do with anything – other than to prove that I am WAY HEALTHIER than you??  Except for that small order of McD’s fries I ate today and have been paying for with indigestion the rest of the day.

How does our spiritual nutrition factor in?  If we consume white bread sort of doses of God, do we become desensitized to His Word and His voice?  If I just read my sweet devotion book which tells me that I am really much better than most of the population because I worked at that mission that one time, I am consuming white bread. 

If I consider my hour or two at church on Sunday morning with my fake, we’re-here-to-worship-Jesus-so-you-better-well-behave face on as some sort of service or payment to God, I’m merely munching on the Moon Pies.

If I think that because I only gossiped twice this week and Sally Mae was truly deserving of that one snarky remark is some sort of benevolent offering to the Lord of the universe, then I am doing the Dew with the best of them.

On the other hand, if I read God’s Word and learn that holiness is the standard, some veggies start creeping into my life.  The fruits begin their return trek when I lean not to my own understanding, but trust Him ALWAYS.  When I give up my “right” to worry and fret and instead fix my face on His, I can feel the whole grains coming around the corner.

1 Peter 1:13-20 tells us,

So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. 14So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. 15But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”

17And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time as “foreigners in the land.” 18For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. 19It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but he has now revealed him to you in these last days.  (NLT)

 Goodness, that doesn’t seem very white bready or vague.  The precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God, was paid as a ransom FOR ME AND FOR YOU!!!  In return, He asks us to think clearly and exercise self-control.  And, then, He wants us to be holy as He is holy.  We can only do that through Him, but action is required on our part and a white-bread spirituality ain’t gonna cut it!