Monthly Archives: March 2017

An Elm Tree

Writing has been sparse but not my thoughts of you all.

All too often, Christians seek to “grow spiritually” without realizing that the call of the spiritual life is first and foremost to abide in our union with Christ.  Day 6 Closer Than Close by Dave Hickman

I dare say many of us would describe ourselves as Christians striving to grow to be more like Jesus. It’s exhausting! And often disappointing and frustrating — at least it has been for me. But I’m learning! 🙂

It was not meant to be this way. We did not learn that from Jesus.  Matthew 11:29-30 (KJV) 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.   See?

We have an elm tree; given to us by a dear friend a few years ago – just a little thing.  Today it is well on its way and it is absolutely lovely. Here see for yourself. 

In all these years though I have not seen that tree striving and worrying and wondering what else can I do to grow; what else can I do to be like other Elm trees. Nope. Not once.  
The tree just received.
She received sunshine and rain and a little fertilizer from time to time when we remembered to give it to her. We’ve pruned her a couple of times and as I said she is lovely.  And what did she do to be so lovely? 

Just BE. Just Receive. 

I know we are not elm trees. Elm trees do not get to choose their nutrients or their gardeners.  We Do! 

We began our life in Jesus by choosing Him. That is when He offered us Eternal Life purchased for us by His very own Blood we said yes. We chose Him.  Now the abiding part and the growing part and the trying to be close to Him part that gets us all bent out of shape the wrong way. 

John 15:5  (KJV) I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.  source 

So what is abiding anyway? I have an answer for me and I am so satisfied with it that I am here to share it with you.

Abiding is simply continuing to choose Jesus! 

Okay. I hear ya. What about Paul and his striving for the mark? I thought of that too. What if?

Philippians 3: 12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  source  

What if that mark, that goal, that pressing on; that lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me IS ABIDING IN CHRIST?

What if what Paul is saying is I have not attained the place of perfectly choosing Jesus each time but that is my goal to choose Him, to choose His Way with every choice I make? To keep on keeping on choosing Jesus every day, moment by moment if need be, especially when all kinds of junk is going on around me; and on those days I mess up, I put those things behind me and I start again fresh — choosing Jesus? 

Could this be what it means to abide in Christ?  Simply continuing to choose Jesus!

And then another question arises. How do I know I am choosing Jesus?

2 Timothy 3:16 (KJV) 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  source 

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. source

So there is some doing in our abiding – but if the choosing Jesus is first the abiding yoke is easy and the burden is light. 

I am satisfied with this!  🙂

Salt and Light,

Matthew 5:13-16


Does death ever trouble you? I mean that last breath of earthly oxygen? I mean you have not died before, right?  Do you know with certainty what to expect when you die? 

The passages we are sharing today are found in John 14 and it begins this way:

“Do not let your heart be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me. SOURCE

So what were they troubled about? Perhaps many things but particularly separation from JESUS.  At this setting, they were in the Upper Room. They had finished their last Passover meal with JESUS, He had washed their feet and He was continuing to prepare them for His imminent death.

And He tells them to let not their hearts be troubled. And the way to do that was and is TRUST. Trust the FATHER. Trust JESUS. Trust the HOLY SPIRIT. Trust the ONE GOD of the Bible. 


How do you know there is a Heaven? I mean do you really know there is a heaven – we have not been there yet?  Do such questions ever sneak into your thoughts? Even just briefly? 

This is how I send them packing! 

In My Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to Myself, so that where I am you may also be.  SOURCE 

Simple! JESUS said so. What more do I need? 

Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people. This makes my soul smile! 

Salt and Light,

Matthew 5:13-16

Important Stories

From the Quietness of the War Room

Your testimony.

Telling your story; that’s giving the account to others of when you know your relationship with JESUS (YESHUA) was made secure, established if you please. It’s important. Important that we keep telling the story – our very own story of JESUS Blood and Righteousness for us!

When is the last time you told your story? When is the last time I told my story? I do remember and it has been too long. 

Do you cherish your story? Do you remember the day with a sacred love? Does it bring a calm and a glow to your face when you remember? 

Just asking that you may ask. It’s important. 

If you like click HERE for my story.  As needed it can be told quicker 🙂

Salt and Light,

Matthew 5:13-16

Facebook Tells!

From the Quietness of the War Room.

Luke 6:45 (NASB) 45 The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.  source

The chambered muscular organ in vertebrates that pumps blood received from the veins into the arteries, thereby maintaining the flow of blood through the entire circulatory system. source 

So obviously the TEXT is speaking of something different.

And from the same source above this:
The vital center and source of one’s being, emotions, and sensibilities. The repository of one’s deepest and sincerest feelings and beliefs. The seat of the intellect or imagination.

For purposes here let’s go with The repository of one’s deepest and sincerest feelings and beliefs. 

(Anatomy) the opening through which many animals take in food and issue vocal sounds.  source

Our mouths take in nutrients and let out sounds; in most humans those sounds are called words. Today and for a while now we have had multiple venues to display or express our words. We let them out into the room we are occupying, we speak into a phone and we pick up a pen, pencil, iPad, laptop, desktop, tablet and our phones and we upload our words (to clarify: our words include images, pictures, videos, graphics of all kinds – our own and in context even those of others we choose to share) to all manner of Social Media. I’m doing so right now! Even though you are not hearing my words,  I am surely speaking. Wouldn’t you agree?  🙂

And if you have heard me long, you have a more than fairly accurate understanding of what I say because I pretty much put myself out here. Sometimes I think long and hard before I say it; other times it comes quick and the upload is done before I know it. And once it is uploaded and once you have read it, I can’t take it back. Sure I can delete the post but for those who read it before the delete – it’s there; no retrieving it. It’s said!

Words matter, don’t they?

Have you ever heard a word come from your mouth and immediately you wished you could snatch it back? Me too.  And yet my verse today tells me if it had not already been in my heart I would not have said it. (I know, I know there are some exceptions, but by and large, it’s true – hissy fits are not an exception!) Oh what we would learn about ourselves if we would listen to our words, especially our Social Media words.

How’s this for a KT Paraphrase of the ending portion of today’s verse
. . . for our mouths (Facebook pages, Twitter, etc.) speak from that which fills our hearts.

Here’s my suggestion (and perhaps not just mine) let us take a decisive look at our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snap-chat, etc.  words and learn our own hearts. Our legacy, our testimony for JESUS hangs on our words.

Proverbs 18:21 (TLV) 21 Death and life are in the control of the tongue. Those who indulge in it will eat its fruit. source

Salt and Light,

Matthew 5:13-16

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