Coincidence? He knew.

Journal AvatarAs it happened a remembrance came to the forefront of thinking regarding a task I had desired to do a few days earlier, but had forgotten about before getting to it. On a whim I took off to do it before forgetting again. And in that task was found an answer and affirmation of things that had been on my heart for the last few weeks.Psalm 25 4 5 FB

In the midst of the mess of said task was found an old Daily Bread Devotion page -from 2015- which I had obviously meant to keep with my journals from the note written on it. How it found its way to where it was is a mystery, however I do believe my Lord knew right where it had landed. And in His goodness and grace He nudged my spirit with His that morning prompting me forward with said task knowing full well what I would find. Some may call it happenstance or coincidence. But I recognized the gentle touch of the Lord’s Spirit, as I read the words on the page…

Do not “become too attached to ‘your’ plans that ‘you’ may resist God’s direction or His timing.”
“We have no right to judge where we should be put, or to have preconceived notions as to what God is fitting us for.” said Chambers. “God engineers everything. Wherever He puts us, our one great aim is to pour out a whole-hearted devotion to Him in that particular work.”

Prov 3 5 6…and He comforted me in His peace of assurance with a spiritual hug that morning.

“I am with you daughter, I hear your prayer, your calling out. I am directing your path as promised, just keep resting in me daily.”Identity in Him

And my continued prayer is: “Lord, may I love and serve you with all my heart where You have placed me TODAY.”

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Structure, Support, Family-Ruth Pt. 4

Before we go with Naomi on her return trip to Judah please bear with me as I expand a Ruth Avatarbit on one of the many insightful glimpses this short book provides into various aspects of life. It depicts nationality, marriage, family, widowhood, redemption, provision , security-both collectively as well as individually – and REST, true rest. God’s intended perfect rest for EVERY INDIVIDUAL, man, woman and child. Rest that comes from peace with God through the demonstration of His love for us. Rest found in loving truly and being loved sincerely. Rest in love as was Genesis 2 24meant to be demonstrated by marriage as 2 become one flesh in submission to God and each other. Husband and wife each to submit to God first above all, then husband to wife, wife to husband, children to parents. Three roles which equals FAMILY. Which answers the question: ‘What is family’?

Next question: ‘Why is it considered a cornerstone institution of life?’

May I say here that I understand there may be some who stumble upon this post who do not believe God.  I respectfully say, that is your choice to make. I have made the choice that He IS. For that reason I follow and share His point of view for life. I recognize His authority and willingly submit to follow His ways above my own or others.  As is the case with most of God’s principles, they run contrary to man’s desires and people find them offensive. Such may be the case with some who  would venture to read on. Whether a Christ follower or not. You are forewarned but I invite you to consider and explore what is presented with an open mind and a willingness to look outside your comfort parameters.

As mentioned in previous posts family is meant to be a support system as God designed ten commandmentsit. The laws God gave the Israelites went further than being the foundation for governing themselves as a nation; they also gave structure to their homes as well. The first 4 commands address our relationship with Him, the next 6 address our relationships with others – family and beyond. If His commands were adhered to – family as well as nation would benefit in positive ways. Because God’s ways are perfect. Within the confines of that support and structure –

Family as God instituted it is the role model for all relationships.

It is to be the illustration of harmony and unity that can be experienced as HIS order, His way is followed. (Notice the words in red.) Remember the choice and consequences faced by the nation of Israel? Follow God’s governing ways to blessing, life and good; or reject them to find cursing, death and evil.

We face the same choice in respect to all relationships of life. Beginning with family.

Ephesians 5 22

It is in the structure of family, the security of home, that one is to first learn about love, authority, submission and respect. Which is why in the book of Ephesians Paul uses the family as the first, main illustration of how it works.  What it should look like.

Wives submit to your husband as to the Lord.  Husbands love your wives as yourself and submit to the Lord.   Children obey your parents who are to guide you to what you do not yet know and understand.

Matthew 11 28Why? Because purpose, security and rest is only found in God and is only obtained through submission to His authority, His role above your own.

Personally I can say that it was because of this lack of family structure in my own home as a child that it was very difficult for me to grasp the idea of submission, love, and respect in the early years of marriage. Almost to the detriment of my marriage. It was when I came face to face with God and His way that I learned what it meant to be a wife, a mother and how marriage works.

Psm 57 1It didn’t happen overnight for sure, but I have learned the beauty of submission in my role as wife.  The husband’s role of authority/leader/provider/protector over the family truly is an umbrella of rest, and security providing a sense of being cherished and honored. Which cannot be experienced when I position myself outside of that realm. Just like when I position myself under the shadow of the wings of my Lord. NO place better to be.

And let me add that it was in seeing my husband in the role of father to our children that helped me – over the years – to begin to see God as my loving, Heavenly Father, rather than a stern task master. And the wisdom of children being taught to obey, to be in submission to, and to respect their parents! Yes, it is for their good!

John 14 6Ultimately if one does not understand submission – putting oneself under the authority of another – one will have difficulty turning to God for redemption and salvation.

God intended for children to learn such submission as they watch the outworking of it in the home. Mother to father and father to Jesus. As children watch submission, love and respect in practice by their parents, they learn how to practice those characteristics in relationships outside the home. With their friends, school mates, teachers, other adults, bosses, co-workers etc. The home is the first and most important tier of training and learning for every individual. In this way children learn to understand God, Jesus, relationships, submission, love respect.

Family is THE cornerstone in life instituted by THE supreme authority of life to teach and demonstrate to the next generation the understanding of THE purpose of life. Relationship with their Creator and each other.

As stated in a recent study guide: “We teach our children to respect authority so they will learn to honor God. After all, how can we help younger generations learn to respect the One they cannot see if they don’t learn to respect those God has put in front of them?”

Teach our childrehFAMILY – a cornerstone of life, instituted by God. Not just to train up children in a loving, secure environment but to also provide support and protection to other family members as needed. Which is why Naomi chose to go HOME. To where she had family support. And where we will see beautiful things happen for both Naomi and Ruth. For in God’s family plan the widows are not forgotten or neglected. Neither are those who may find themselves in a destitute situation. Hope you’ll stay with me to see how things play out.

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Until next time may you find your rest and security in THE One.









ALONE, yet…

I know we haven’t made it very far into this book of Ruth yet, but don’t worry I am not going to go verse by verse all the way through the book! And shortly we shall delvRuth Avatare into how Ruth fits into the picture.

So, Elimelech and his family are settled in Moab. The elapsed time between events of vs. 2 and vs. 3 is not exactly spelled out for us, but I do believe it is safe to say (as we read on) that it has probably been years vs. months. And we now read one of the 2 saddest statements within this short book.   Continue reading “ALONE, yet…”

Famine in the land; in life. Ruth Pt. 2

Ruth AvatarIn the last post it was established that the land of Judah was in a time of famine. A consequence of choices made as a nation.  This account in Ruth tells the personal story of the effects this famine had on a certain man and his family.  (Ruth 1)

“The man’s name was Elimelech and his wife, Naomi. Their 2 sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Benjamin in the land of Judah. And when they reached Moab, they settled there.

Elimelech as a responsible husband and father knew if something didn’t change fast, his family could starve. He was going to do what he could to keep that from happening, which as he saw it meant re-locating to a different area. And may we not be too quick to judge Elimelech’s faith and standing with the Lord in his decision to leave. The famine was a result of the nation as a whole turning away from and rejecting God’s way. That does not mean that every person in the land had personally rejected God.  Yet, its affect would be felt by all. Decisions had to be made. The famine seemed to leave no other choice.  With heavy hearts they packed their belongings, headed out and re-settled in a new land. They would no longer be in close proximity to their homeland with the support system of family, relatives and friends already in place. Famine on top of famine.

One of the questions in the Love God Greatly study of Ruth personalized this famine in the land and asked: “Is there a famine of sorts in your life at this time?”

Famine: any extreme and general scarcity, hunger, starvation.

Is there any area of life in which you feel a scarcity of fulfillment, a hunger or starvation for something more? Be it relationally, financially, career wise, emotionally, physically, spiritually, or some other such way  you feel as if you are in a mal-nourished, parched as a dry desert, soul-starved famine of life. And you find yourself faced with the same dilemma as Elimelech: what are your options? How do you survive? Stay or go? Make a change or not?

(As a side note I listened to an excellent message recently that was encouraging in this aspect of going through a season of life when all seems to be falling apart around you, which relates well with going through a season of famine. Hope Giving Love is the title of the message title by J.D. Greear, The Summit Church, NC.)

Before making any decisions go to the Lord. Through prayer as well as reading of His Word, ask the Lord for a verse to sustain you and keep you focused in going forward rather than allowing self to become paralyzed in fear or swept backward in doubt.

In writing the above paragraph the realization hits me – my writing comes across from the point of view of one who has been a follower of Christ for many years. The Lord and His Word are like old friends to me. But perhaps there is someone reading who is not as familiar with the Bible and it seems a daunting task to approach it to read. Let alone to ask the Lord for a verse to sustain you. May I encourage you to give it a try.

Maybe try reading one of the first books of the New Testament such as Matthew, Mark, Luke or John; or going to the Psalms in the Old Testament where many people find comfort, encouragement and hope. Read little bits at a time if that is all you can fit in. But read with intention and expectation. Whether you pick up an actual Bible, or pull one up on line, take the step.

Another option is to use a daily devotion book such as but not limited to Our Daily Bread, or Streams in the Desert or check out the list of devotionals on this page for man or woman; or at your book store or on Amazon. Jesus Calling is another good one. The options today are really quite numerous for digging into God’s Word whether for a quick word to focus on for the day or to study for life. OH, and there are audio versions as well!! No more excuses. 🙂

Whether a short time, long time or no time follower of the Lord I pray that you would not be deterred from giving the Lord a chance to meet you where you are at this time of life.  Get to know Him or work to know Him better for who He is and experience firsthand how faith in Him will help navigate the ups and downs of this life to include times of plenty as well as times of famine.

Isaiah 50 10To conclude: for me, personally, at this time the word ‘famine’ hit home. That is exactly what life has felt like this past year or so. With several questions and matters at heart for which I have been seeking direction and guidance about. Throughout my walk with the Lord He has given me various verses that have bolstered my courage and resolve to make it another day, another week, another month/year. And during this particular study an old familiar passage was brought to my attention as I searched for a ‘next verse’ to keep focus on in going forward through this famine of life.  Isaiah 50:10 (as originally memorized from the KJV.)



“Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of His Servant, that walketh in darkness and hath no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord and STAY upon His God.”

Go or stay was a part of my dilemma. And fully impressed upon my heart was the need to stay the course as I stay upon my Lord.

And so I have kept this verse in my focus these past few weeks. Staying the course (of life at this time) whIdentity in Himile staying upon My God – trusting Him, relying upon Him to continue to guide even in the midst of a seeming famine. May you rest in whose you are; in your identity in HIM whether in a time of plenty or famine.



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Remember: God IS good no matter…



And yes, there really is a woman named Ruth whose life shall soon be intertwined with this family.

Hope you’ll stay with me.


Choice and Consequence. Ruth, Pt. 1

Just finished an onlinRuth Avatare study of the book of Ruth with the Love God Greatly Community. As has happened with studies in the past, there was so much to glean from this little book that I wanted to go back through it again on my own. Here goes!

Before examining the subject of this story, Ruth, a little contextual history may help in the understanding and application of this account of LIFE.  Life with all its complicated nuances of expression, meaning and responses. Life is more than breath in your body – it is LIVING for a purpose, with meaning aGenesis 2 7nd intention. I assert that life is a gift given to us by our creator God. Not happenstance. But, whether you believe in God or not, there are still practical principles to be gleaned from this ancient history.

The very first sentence of this book of Ruth is a reminder of the importance of a good foundation. Be it in our individual, personal realm or the realm of community to include governing. This setting takes place at a time “when the judges ruled in Israel.” Ruth 1:1

A short declaration easily read over, put aside as a boring piece of info not to be thought of again. However, it is a crucial matter in the whole scheme of things. In that statement is shown the state of the nation of Israel at that time. (Time?-approx. 1400-1050 BC or BCE whatever you fancy. It is a real event in real history.)

The state of  the nation of Israel is a factor in the explanation of the circumstances they find themselves in during the time of Ruth. “…a severe famine came upon the land.”

So what? you say! That’s just a part of life, a weather pattern. Things happen.


But there is so much more to it.


In a nutshell: Israel is a nation formed by God to be His witnesses to surrounding nations of His goodness and provision for His people. (Exodus 19:4-6; Exodus 4;22 & 5:1 )

Through the descendants of one man – Abram later to be called Abraham – a nation was born and nurtured by God. A nation who would be considered great and through whom “all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:1-3

To this nation God revealed His truth and gave His commandments as their governing foundation. ( Exodus 20: Deuteronomy 4:12-14; Deuteronomy 5 )

Consequences: If followed the result would be blessings, life and good;

“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, “In that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply…” Deuteronomy 30:15

if rejected the result would be cursing, death and evil.

“But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them,  I announce to you today that you shall surely perish; you shall not prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to go in and possess.  I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live…Deuteronomy 30:17

THE CHOICE was theirs to make. Blessing or cursing. Life or death. Good or evil.

BUT He says – choose life!

God, knowing all things, knew there would be times they would gladly embrace His way as well as times when they would reject it.  Through it all, He would be with them and have compassion on them.

Now it shall come to pass, when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the Lord your God drives you, and you return to the Lord your God and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul, that the Lord your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you,

 Deuteronomy 30:1-3

 All that to bring us to the setting in Ruth described as ‘the days of the Judges’. One of those times when Israel turned away from the solid foundation of God’s truth and governing choosing their own ways instead. There is also a book in the Bible titled ‘Judges‘ which records that Israel repeatedly ‘failed’ to do as God said; ‘would not’ do as God said; would ‘not listen to God’; chose to ‘worship false idols above’ their God; all of which gave grief to God because of their misery.

The wrong choices of his people grieve God! as they do today.

The book of Judges ends with this statement: “In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.” Judges 21:25

And the next sentence is the opening statement of Ruth:

‘In the days when the judges ruled in Israel, a severe famine came upon the land.’

FAMINE. A consequence of Israel turning away from God’s truth, God’s way, God’s governing design, God’s firm foundation. Choosing to do what is right in their own eyes.

A principle which holds true today. Choose God who is life and good; turn away from God and there is death and evil-a drastic shortage of life and goodness, i.e. famine.

The sad backdrop of this short story which by the grace of God has a beautiful ending.

God IS good and can bring good even from a time of famine.Shell Sig

Hope you’ll return to continue this study through Ruth.



Trade cowardice for courage.

In Sunflower journal3journaling some experiences and thoughts recently a sentence I had written down ended with: “…I don’t have the courage to be the first to breech it! I am so sorry Father for not trading…” — {I started to write ‘my weakness for your strength’ BUT that just wasn’t EXACTLY the fit here so instead it came out as -}

my cowardice for your courage.”  OUCH! Cowardice? where did that come from?

I mean weakness is humbling enough. Trading my weakness for God’s strength. That has been a concept I have understood, experienced and spoken of to others at times. In various past circumstances I have recognized the need to surrender my weakness to allow God’s strength to carry me through. God’s strength to do the next thing when it wasn’t in my body and ability to do so. A few glimpses from the past come forward of times I have said ‘if you don’t pour strength into me I cannot go forward’.  He did and I did. Some verses that have carried me at times:

Isaiah 40:29 “He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.”

II Corinthians 12:10  And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness…For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Instead of just letting the thoughts pass on by I stopped to ponder the concept of trading cowardice for courage.  And I shall confess up front  that as much as I have missed writing, there was a teensy cringe (ok, a big cringe)  at going forward with this thought in black and white let alone sharing for others to see.

Who wants to think of oneself as a coward? I surely do not. Yet, I know it is a trait I have within. And I also know that one needs to learn how to identify it accurately.  For not all restraint, holding back, or turning away  is rooted in cowardice.  Sometimes it is just plain prudent and wise for the situation or time. How to discern the difference?!

Words are such fascinating things. Imagine trying to communicate without them.

Cowardice and courage.  What do they mean anyway? Next step-word search! NOPE! I did not ‘google ’em’.

My definitions are from an old Webster Dictionary – yep, old school, off my shelf, in my hands book!

Coward: one without courage

Cowardice: dishonorable fear

Dishonorable: bringing shame or disgrace on someone or something.

Courage: fortitude, valor

Valor: bravery, intrepidity

Intrepidity: fearlessness

Cowardice =  not just fear, but dishonorable fear

Courage = fearlessness – lack of fear, no fear

I John 4 18In reading the definitions I am reminded of love in relation to fear from past Bible studies. In I John 4:18 – a verse I had memorized in years past and re-memorized in recent years – one learns: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment…”

Love has no fear; fear has torment. Both concepts I have learned as 100% accurate from experience. I dare say you have as well.

I KNOW I am loved by God with His perfect love which casts out fear. So, I have to ask where is this sense of cowardice coming from for myself? To answer that takes me back to the end of 2006 at which time my mind closed up on me. Memory was lost. Experiences, knowledge collected, lessons learned, information absorbed and filed away were GONE. In their place was stark blackness and in that blackness resided fear. Oh, how far I do I go in telling, explaining? This new concept of trading cowardice for courage grips me to the core in ways I am not able to express adequately.

Succinctly, there was an almost complete loss of knowledge base to draw information from to deal with life. All the filing cabinets of info were locked behind doors with no keys available to access them. Memories gone. Retention was non-existent. Slowly over a span of several years some of the doors opened but many have remained closed. Pockets of memory have resurfaced, but stored knowledge of things studied are mostly still locked up not to be retrieved. Retention remains an ongoing difficulty when once recall was a close friend.

Abba, Father, you understand and know better even than myself. You experience with me the frustration.  You understand the fear which grips me, the cowardice that overcomes when faced with conversing with the others.   For though I believe you are able to put words in my mouth when needed I still hesitate to open my mouth without having the words thought out in my head beforehand. Fear whispers in my ear with a voice of its own:  “Why try? Just keep your mouth closed and you won’t have to worry about making a fool of yourself when nothing comes out. Or that what does come out is incoherent babble as you furiously attempt to find the words to string one complete sentence together.”

Though I have tried diligently the last several years to re-build a knowledge base in different areas again – it does not remain.  Info slips away like sand through the fingers. Lord, You have brought me so far from where I was and I have shed so much of the fear that had wrapped itself in my soul but there is still a chain of bondage. For though some doors are opened, the info stored behind them is a chaotic mess. The cabinet drawers are empty with all the files lying on the floor in a jumbled pile. Without your direct intervention nothing can be found. ONLY you know where ‘the something’ that is being looked for is located in this mess in my mind. I accept this and ask for your help to trade my cowardice for your courage.  Courage to be the first to breech the silence when confronted with conversation opportunities; courage  to reject guilt if I do not breech it. The thoughts will come or they will not. Either you will pull it out for me to find and share OR it will stay concealed and not shared. It is out of my control.

Regardless, another link in the chain of fear has been broken. I am more free to go forward in my Savior’s Love trading the cowardice to speak with courage to trust.  I shall write/speak when it is available in my mind to give out and not fret the timPsalm-31-24es there is nothing there.

Until next time, be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart…

Shell Sig



Mary or Martha? or BOTH!

Everyone has the tendency within to be either and to be both.Sunflower journal3

Today’s reading from the Turning Point Devotion brought them to mind.

Yes, one time Martha was concerned with getting the tasks done to feed the guests in her house above spending time with this special guest. (Luke 10) Yes, Mary chose the better response to take advantage of the time and sit at Jesus’ feet to learn and worship.

There is an example in their 2 choices. We have choices to make daily, weekly, monthly, throughout our whole LIFETIME.  It is a part of life. Choices. Sometimes we make the best choice, sometimes the better choice and other times the wrong choice. None of us gets it 100% accurate every time with every choice that is put before us.

In the book of John (John 11:18-35) we read  about another day when Martha’s faith came to the front above Mary’s. Their brother had died. Jesus was out of town. They had sent word to him of Lazarus’ illness. Most likely they had thought that Jesus would either heal Lazarus from afar, or come to them to heal him. He chose neither of those responses. When he did return to their city Lazarus was dead. What was the response of Martha and Mary? Who was it that went out to meet Jesus on his way? Was it Mary who sat at his feet at an earlier time? NO. It was Martha, the one scolded for not sitting at his feet at an earlier time. Then she was encumbered with the cares of the day. Now, there is a glimpse of her faith not seen then. For though she does seem to scold Jesus as she says, ‘If you had been here he would not have died’; she also does not stop there. ‘But even NOW I know that…’ Do you hear those words? BUT EVEN NOW I know… In the face of death Martha has faith that Jesus can still do something.

Rabbit trail: As I type that I am reminded of what I wrote in the front of my recent study book Uninvited, (by Lysa Terkeurst) as a personal take away thought: “I feel this…BUT I know this… live in the KNOW and not in the emotion. Live loved!”

Martha is choosing to live in the KNOW, not in the emotion.

Where is Mary? She stayed in the house when she heard of Jesus’ arrival. And when shThe beliefs we holde did go out to meet with him what was her response? ‘If you had been here he would not have died.’ Same words as Martha’s. HOWEVER. Mary stopped there.  At this time the roles are reversed. Mary chose to believe in the circumstance above what she knew about Jesus. She seems to be choosing to live in how she feels (emotion) rather than in what she knows. All she could see was that her brother Lazarus was dead and they were getting ready to bury him.

Martha chosFaith is toe to continue to believe in Jesus and what she knew about Him – even in light of seeing her brother was dead and they were getting ready to bury him.

Oh the difference a day makes, a circumstance makes. Everyone of us has a Martha and a Mary in us when confronted with each day’s events. And like them we have a choice to make. Will I worship at Jesus’ feet despite the circumstances facing me at this particular moment? Choose faith above sight. Or abandon faith because of sight. What circumstance are you facing today that requires this choice to be made?

Perhaps the reason these thoughts came to me as I read the devotion is because in the last 2 days – I have been both Martha and Mary. (I dare say though it has been true on numerous occasions through the years!)

One moment I am worshipping at Jesus’ feet & learning. In another I am sitting where I am rather than  going out to meet him. Reality has stepped in unexpectedly and overshadowed my faith. – Like Mary.

One moment I am encumbered with the daily cares not taking a time to stop and worship; later I am confessing as Martha: ‘but even now I believe…’  Regardless of circumstances I believe – YOU.

Praise God – He loves me just the same! Whether being a Martha or a Mary! When I am basking in who He is, sitting at His feet worshipping and learningHebrews 6 17-19 3 as well as when I am hit broadside by life and my faith is weakened- HE LOVES ME JUST the same.

Martha and Mary. Each had her strength of faith as well as her obstacles of faith to deal with. As do we. Father I believe, help thou my unbelief. And thank you for being the anchor of my soul regardless.Shell Sig

Until next time may the reality of who HE is overshadow the difficulties of life you may face at this time. May you LIVE LOVED!


Forgiven. Sweet memory from heartache to Delight.

‘Stone of remembrance’ verse from long ago.

Came across it in my daily reading thisSunflower journal3 morning. It had a vagueness of familiarity to it so I stopped and thought for a bit. What is in this verse? That feels so familiar and soothing!

From the NLT I was reading in it was worded:

“When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name,” Jeremiah 15:16 NLT

As I first memorized it in KJV:

“Thy words were found and I did eat them and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart for I am called by thy name.

Ahhh…. yes a time of finding His Words and devouring them after searching, looking for that thing needed for the ache in my heart. And finding it in His Word! A sweet memory that broke through the mental darkness that has become the state of my memory bank nowadays.

Actions and circumstances in life had brought me to a place of sorrow, heartache, regret, and in need of forgiveness. From another, for myself, but ultimately from God. For He is the one truly offended in our actions of wrong doing and hurting others, i.e. sin. Though others usually are involved as ones offended by our words or actions, God is the foremost one we are offending by not heeding His ways, His Words. Though in those moments I hadn’t yet grasped the full understanding of that truth, that need. I just knew there was a need, for something to be made right. And God was part of the answer.

The memory goes back to a day LONG ago. At that particular time I was not walking in relationship with The Lord though I had come to Christ in salvation many years before in High School.  For whatever reasons at the time (youth, immaturity, life) I put Him aside to go my own way with no thoughts to His ways or Words. Enter the the mind frame, the actions producing this sorrow, heartache, regret and deep seated need within!

Then, came this day. Realization dawns. What I was seeking and needing at that point was God. There was the understanding that my actions had been a direct result of turning away from God and not allowing Him to be part of my daily life.  At the time the bulk of our belongings were in storage in another state. And my Bible had been packed away not used for several years anyway. No idea where it may be. But His Word was found in the form of an Army New Testament given to my husband whepsalm 103 2 alonen he enlisted.  I sat down to read soaking in all I could and then – these next words – I devoured these

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Alljumped off the page into my heart with such joy and delight!  There is nothing God cannot or will not forgive for in His Son we receive forgiveness of sin. PERIOD. ALL – past, present, and future! At the moment of my salvation I had not committed ALL the sins I would commit and God knew that. Salvation does not bring perfection in this life as much as we would like it to be so.

In that one word was the healing balm for the sorrow, heartache and regret stored within my heart. ALL is forgiven. What a glorious day that was. Today,  as I read Jeremiah 15:16 and stopped to ask the Lord what was there that felt so familiar, it was the same joy and rejoicing of that day 30 or so years ago. For all who are called by His name, have His forgiveness. Not just in the moment of initial belief and salvation but FOREVER! Through the remainder of this life into eternity. Forgiveness of sin IS what salvation IS all about. The blood of Christ covers it ALL!! It matters noAllt the sin committed or the time it is committed. ALL is forgiven.

I hope you have experienced the joy of receiving His forgiveness. It’s there for the taking for any and all who will confess and believe.

” …that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”  Romans 10:9

“Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law…” Acts 13:38

Until next timeShell Sig

I AM (Pt. 7)

What a beautiful day to think upon this 7th I AM made by Jesus. Easter Sunday as we reflect upon the resurrection of this man named Jesus. And we are reminded of this fact: No matt7 I am ser how hard we try to be or think we are, we are NOT the source of our life.

Now, some may say that we can argue that we are the Captain of our own soul, for it is our choice to believe whatever it is we hold onto to give ourselves worth, hope, strength and courage to be all we can be, to just do it, or whatever other cliché works for you. But the bottom line is, you and I are but dust and ultimately have absolute control over absolutely nothing. You can argue this point until you are blue in the face and you will not change the fact that your body is withering with age and shall continue to deteriorate until one day, this physical body shall cease to function. Medical advancements and religious beliefs galore will not stop physical death from advancing on each of us. We are NOT our own source of life. Just like branches do not support themselves,Collage I AM 150] they must abide in the vine for life to flow through them. Our source of life comes from a source outside of ourselves. And it is not some unknown source. He is knowable and been revealed to all through Jesus Christ.

In this last post on the 7 I AM’s of Jesus we find He and the 12 disciples sharing some quality time together for the Passover Supper. Their last one together in this realm.

Jesus knowing that He shall soon be returning to His place with the Father, gives His followers this picture and reminder to guide and encourage them to continue in what they have learned though He will be absent from them physically. They shall do so by understanding where there source of life comes from.  He uses everyday things they are familiar with as another object lesson John 15 1 vinein which he makes this last declaration we are examining, John 15:1 & 5: “I am the true vine…I am the vine; you are the branches.

Again, remember,  Jesus is just a short time away from being crucified and laid in a tomb. He understands the impact this will have on His followers and He wants to prepare them as best as possible. However, we know there is nothing that can prepare you for the worst day of your life that you do not see coming. But Jesus knows what they do not yet comprehend. But they shall. On the other side of His death, burial and resurrection, His words shall come back to them as their source of life, their lifeline for continuing on as His witnesses to all the world.

He is the I AM and the same power that will raise Him from the grave shall raise them as well.

“And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,”we also believe and therefore speak,  knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you… 

Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,  while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”


ETERNAL LIFE. Jesus came, suffered, bled, died and was resurrected that we may have ETERNAL LIFE in the presence of our Creator God and Father. Only Jesus, the I AM makes tHe arosehis possible.

Until next time may this Easter Sunday be a time of honest, personal reflection of what the future holds. A glorious reminder. HE ROSE, a Victor!

Shell Sig

I AM (Pt. 6)

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In the sequence of events through the book of John, the last 2 statements we will look at take place while Jesus partakes of the Passover supper with the disciples. They are the only ones to whom He speaks these 2 declarations. And it won’t be much longer now before Jesus is arrested, tried and condemned to be crucified. But before that happens he spends much time talking and sharing with the 12 who have been His loyal companions for about 3 years. As one reads through chapters 13-17 there is the definite sense of Jesus knowing His time is short. He wants to give them as much encouragement, understanding and guidance as possible before He is gone. There is love, compassion, concern and a great sense of hope that He pours out to them. Like a parent giving some last words to the children when they know their time on this earth has come to an end.  At the beginning of chapter 14  He tells them He is going to His Father’s house and will be preparing a place there for them as well. He implies thJohn 14 6at they know where He is going and they know the way there as well. They aren’t quite sure about their knowledge and Thomas speaks up saying: ” Lord, we do not know where you are going, and how can we know the way?”

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

 To know Jesus, is to know the way, for He is the way.

Which makes total sense in light of all the other I AM statements. They build on and rThere iseinforce each other. Individually each one is bold, god's truth protectivecollectively they are quite powerful, convicting, and controversial! How arrogant to say I AM THE bread, THE light, THE gate, THE Good Shepherd, THE resurrection & life, and now there is only One Way? and HE IS IT!! But there it is. It is your choice to do with His declarations as you choose.

Until next time may you study upon Shell Sigyour life’s belief system and honestly assess the security you find in it.