thunder in a distance

Nature is an aphrodisiac, it touches us in the very core of our being. Many of us live such fast pace lives consumed by the hustle and bustle we fail to experience the beauty of our world. What we see in nature is God’s smile on the world He created. When we take the time to step aside from the busyness of life and seclude ourselves we can hear natures voice speaking to us. Long walks in the woods surrounded by trees standing tall, their branches reaching to the heavens quiets our spirits; peace and calm invade, sunlight touching our skin awakens every fiber of our being.

Have you every wondered how some people can sit on the bank of the river, stream or even a pond pole in hand quietly contemplating life all day whether there is a catch or not? To some this is a waste of time, yet; to others this is when in the solitude of nature they experience the presence of the Master. Maybe it’s at the top of a mountain top covered in snow, isolated from the clamor of the world; it could be just sitting on your porch listening to the rain gently falling from the sky. Whatever path we choose to connect with the beauty of the world that surrounds us, Gods handprint is evident.

Unfortunately, there is another side to nature; sin has caused destruction and devastation through nature. Typhoons, tornadoes, hurricanes, and tsunami plague our world, many souls lost. Thunder can be heard in a distance announcing the coming storm, lighting flashes as it draws nearer. It is at the first warning we should be preparing for the siege. We must seek our anchor before we find our selves in the middle of the storm fighting for survival. The anchor must be steadfast and immovable; strong enough to withstand the turbulence. Jesus the Christ is that anchor, in Him we can rest assured that He can calm the storm; remove the dark clouds and restore peace to our water of life.

When we are connected to the one who created nature, we don’t need to fear when we hear thunder in a distance, we just have to remember who’s sleeping in our boat.

My revelation as I sit by the pool of grace

the band played on

The melody of our lives is given to us when our light springs forth from the void of darkness. It is the rhythm by which we grow, become acquainted with our deepest desire, and attain knowledge of our connection to every other created thing. Hearts that reach out to hear the melody of other hearts as their life song plays. Some connections last unbroken by time or distance, some only last for a season, and some are instantly repelled because their melodies don’t blend together.

All creation has a song to sing, when we tune in we can hear the wind as it whispers to the trees, the stars and moon as they salute the night sky, and the streams as they gently kissing the shore. Have you ever wondered why you can hear a melody or song that no matter how much time has passed since you first heard it, it remains somewhere locked in your mind until you hear the beginning of it’s melody and like an old friend it rises from the ashes of memory to cause your heart to rejoice.

That’s the magic our song of life has, it can lift us when our hearts are heavy; when trouble blocks our pathway and we feel hopeless. Even when tragedy assails us the band plays on, the music never stops; just for a moment we may not hear it, but; the Great Conductor of life continues to direct the heart to sing. He lifts His baton, all nature responds; joining in with our melody of love strengthening the song. The rhythm may change, as long as time remains; the Conductor will stay the same and the band will play on as our hearts sing their songs.

My revelation as I sit by the pool of grace

study guide

I have no doubt that at one time or another in your life you have been a student, education is very important to our growth in becoming productive in our families, our communities, and our world. I’m sure during your experience in your institute of learning you received from the instructor a study guide, most study guides give you insight into materials on which you will be tested. You could say they are a refresher of information you should know.

While they only give an overview, it is enough to expose your weak areas letting you know what you should give extra attention. How you use the study guide will impact the outcome of the test when taken. Some students see this as an opportunity to excel, others may feel it’s just another piece of paper to deal with, they are confident in their mastery of the information. The guide can also be a way to clarify instructions, point out details and key points.

A blueprint can be a form of study guide; it gives all the pertinent information needed to build a structure or correct a mistake in the building of something. As human beings we too have been given a blueprint or study guide for life. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God John1:1. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made John 1:3. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory as the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth John 1:14

The life of Jesus the Christ, the only begotten son of the Most High is our study guide for life. Through Him we are shown what our lives should be; compassionate, loving, forgiving, thoughtful, helpful and in constant communication with the Most High. In His written instructions, the bible; we see the love and faithfulness of the Father as well as His sacrifice for our redemption. He has given each of us the choice to serve or not to serve Him.

It was through the life and death of His son, Jesus the Christ God’s love for mankind was expressed. We must seek to emulate the character of Jesus in our lives. In Him can be found unconditional love, joy, peace, redemption and salvation. He lights our path to eternal life with the Father, unfortunately; some will not see the beauty in the example given, their rejection of the example will impact their lives when the last test is given, this test will determine their destiny; salvation or destruction.

Only when we fully commit to total submission to Jesus, follow His example and exhibit His character will we have life more abundantly here and in the world to come live in the presence of the Son and the Father.

My revelation as I sit by the pool of grace

the last battle

Conflict among men has been a constant in every generation, a dark shadow has covered creation since the first act of disobedience by man. The spirit of greed has been the destruction for many, the spirit of power takes captive those who are weak, and leaders and kings live lavishly as there people suffer the tragic results of their wars. Loss of life, generations to come that will never be; scares that will last a lifetimes for those who survive, families robbed of fathers, mothers, sisters and brother.

Many left without homes wander aimlessly in war torn streets; orphaned children searching the rubbish for food to eat. It seems so abstract to some, they just see the destruction as being in far away countries; not near their homes. They empathize as they watch the news on tv, saying to themselves; I feel sorry for you, but; I’m glad it’s not me. Yet, are we safe from the destruction of war? 1Thessalonia 5:3 tells us “for when they shall say peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.”

Through out earths history a war has been raging for the souls of mankind. Unseen demonic forces seek to win the allegiance of man, turning him away from his Creator. They are lead by a satanic being who was banished from the Heavenly court, pride told him he could be greater than his Creator; causing great rebellion. The greatest deception he has played on mankind was to make him believe he doesn’t exist. The goal is to destroy the earth and the Father Creators children with it.

The last battle is approaching, time for man to decide what side of the battle he will fight on. Time is winding down and soon the sign of Christ return will appear in the clouds, Revelations 1:7 says “behold He is coming with the clouds, and every eye shall see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the nations of the earth will mourn over Him.” While it will be to late , man will realize his sins and guilt and will anticipate the wrath of God.

The Redeemer is making a loving plea to all entangled in satan’s web who wish to be free. Please don’t wait, seek the face of Jesus the Christ before it’s to late. The last battle will come, satan and all who follow him will be destroyed; God will erase all sin and the earth will be made new again. A gift to all who believe on His Son, they will be His people and He will be their God.

My revelation as i sit by the pool of grace

not just another day

The summer sun had not reached its full strength, the promise of wonder lingered on the breeze as nature began to sing its melody of life. Quiet ripples in the stream, the fragrance of flowers filling the air, birds and butterflies playing in the wind. What a beginning, a day that has never been before, not just another day; but, a perfect day.

Can’t say whether it was morning or evening; sunny or raining, but it was a happy day for all present to witness the blessed event. On loves whisper I arrived, breathing life for the very first time; tiny hands reaching out to grasp the face of love. It was your face my eyes gazed upon at their first opening, your smile that embraced me gently.

Memories of my life invade my mind as I look back over the years, days filled with joy, laughter, some pain and some tears; traces of faces no longer remembered. Time has a way of stealing our youthful dreams as youths folly fades into adulthood and the responsibilities of life surrounds one. Relationships come and go, children leave the nest, and you begin to feel the affects of aging; you don’t move like you once did.

So many years have passed; as I sit now considering your grace extended to me, my heart is over joyed with gratefulness. Through every life experience you have been present shining your love upon me, leading me in the direction I should go, and redirecting me when I strayed from the path. My journey in the wilderness was interrupted when your love found me, leading me to the light. Basking in the light of that love has chased away the darkness that was invading my life.

As I sit gazing through my window watching the sunlight dance in and out of the trees, the fluffy white clouds drift lazily across the sky; I left my eyes to the heavens to say thank you to my Heavenly Father, it is not just another day, but; the day You whispered my name into existence. To Him I give glory and honor and praise, He gave me a birthday.

My revelation as i sit by the pool of grace

fresh water

On a hot summer day there is nothing more refreshing than a tall glass of cold water, I know some would prefer tea, iced coffee or even a cold beer. However, we can all agree none of them really quenches the thirst like fresh water. Water is a very important element in sustaining life in the body. Water is inside our cells, around our cells and in our blood. It is imperative we keep our bodies hydrated at all times. When dehydration occurs we experience serious health related problems; seizures, kidney and urinary issues, and heat injury such as stroke can be caused by the body losing hydration.

We must replenish our water or fluid intake daily, our bodies will tell us when we are in need of hydration; fatigue, muscle cramping, headaches, and in some cases constipation tell us water is needed. When we really think about it everything in nature benefit from water; trees, grass, birds and other animals enjoy fresh water falling from the sky. Even the dry desert enjoys the rain from time to time. For some of us our lives have become a dry desert in need of hydration, the problems we face have drained us of all hope; we thirst for relief and renewed hope to overcome our daily plight.

A song was written that said” there is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Immanuel’s veins and sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains”. Jesus is the fresh water needed for all who wish to experience a bountiful life. John7:37 tells us “Jesus cried out saying, if any one thirst; let him come to me and drink.” John 4:14 tells us Jesus said “whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst, but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” This living water is the Holy Spirit which we receive from the Father at the request of Jesus our redeemer.

This gift is granted to anyone who is willing to give their lives to Him. It is through the Holy Spirit flowing from our hearts we bring light to the dark world. His living fresh water falling on those we come in contact with brings renewed hope, love, peace, joy and forgiveness to those who are thirsty. If you find your life is becoming as dry as a desert, come to the fountain of life and drink; be revitalized by the living water, Jesus the Christ.

My revelation as I sit by the pool of grace.

laundry day

There was a time when women would meet at the river with their laundry basket to do their wash. This was a time of catching up on the news of the day, for some it was prayer time, and for some a time of greeting neighbors seldom seen. I’m sure we can imagine how taxing laundry day was for those who lived during this era, however; clean clothes was a must after traveling the dusty roads.

Most of us only concentrate on the outward appearance, seldom do we consider the dirt building up on the inside. Many of our houses are so dirty no light can be seen, our eyes reveal how dead we are on the inside; maybe just a glimmer of life can be found. Every lie told, every act of violence, every selfish act, the lack of compassion, envy, and hate in any form dumps more and more dirt on our insides.

This build up doesn’t happen over night, but; over time. Some of us justify our actions so it takes us longer to realize how dirty our house has become. We are to busy pointing out the flaws we see in others to look inward, our dirty laundry keeps piling up while we sit in judgement of those around us. With the invention of washer and dryers for the home and laundry mats this task is not as daunting as it once was.

It can be said laundry day is a breeze, you put them in the washer dirty and when the cycle is over they come out clean; the dryer has taken the place of hanging them in the sun to dry. The process has been simplified, but; not so for all the dirty build up in our lives. How do we clean away all the years of pain, anger, envy, selfishness, violence and distrust that has accumulated in our hearts?

It is said “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9. As fallen human beings we don’t have the ability to change ourselves, we need a heart transplant from the one who created us. To trade our dirty heart for a renewed clean heart, this can ONLY be done through Jesus the Christ. He will replace the dirt in our hearts with joy, love, laughter, beauty, happiness, and life more abundantly.

Give Him your heart and let Him cleanse it, He was born, died, and rose again for our salvation, He alone has the power to change the heart.

My revelation as I sit by the pool of grace

contingency plan

When planning for an event, campaign or conflict of any kind; the unknown must be considered. It is imperative to have a contingency plan before jumping into anything that is a new adventure. Most of the time we think we have covered all the bases until the unexpected happens. What will we do if no contingency plan is in place? Unfortunately, life is the thing we can’t always have a plan for; or can we?

There are many circumstances that affect us daily, these cause us to search for solutions, worry, or have extreme anxiety. Some of us consider our savings as our contingency, however; one catastrophe can wipe them out in the twinkle of the eye. No contingency plan conceived by man is soundproof, errors and miscalculations are always possible. Just when you think you have worked out the kinks, the unexpected takes over and the dominoes begin to fall.

I have found one contingency plan that I would like to recommend, if you put this plan into action before anything else; success can be guaranteed. This plan has a name, He says” I Am the way, the truth, and the life.” He encompasses all we need to navigate life no matter what circumstances it may bring to us. Often we stress about how important our need is, there is no room for delay, but; with this plan time is not relative, He is never late.

He works out every situation for our good, we are constantly on His mind and when we give Him control the journey gets so much easier to walk. Every battle we will face can be won through Him. He is acquainted with the trials and temptations that come up against us, He has the answers; we don’t have to worry, just trust Him. I’m sure you want to know His name and how you can put this plan in force in your life. Allow me to introduce you to Jesus the Christ, the only way to conquer life’s worry and strife.

Surrender is the method by which you can invite Him into your life and give Him control, read His word to get to know Him better and attain His promises. Then keep communication with Him through prayer, opening your heart to Him. The problems of life will not disappear, however; He will make the rocky roads smooth, calm the storms and give us joy for our stress. Now that you have this information what will be your contingency plan? Will you choose Him over self or continue to struggle through life alone?

My revelation as I sit by the pool of grace.

a glimpse of thing to come

Most of us like movies, this is evident by the millions of dollars spent by movie goers worldwide. We have given those who participate in the art of acting the ability to live lavish lifestyles. Big cars, homes, money beyond their dreams, fame and power. They give us a glimpse of a world some of us can only envision in our dreams, an escape from our daily reality. The many genres appeal to every appetite; westerns, romantic, faith, drama, science fiction, horror and mystery to name a few; something for everyone.

Some are drawn from real life events while others are straight from the imagination. Unfortunately, that’s how many of us view the written word of the Most High; our Creator. I’ve heard it said ” it’s just a good book about things that happened a long time ago”. There are many who fail to see it’s relevance today, they don’t realize it gives us a glimpse of things to come. In every generation this book has shed light into the war raging for the souls of mankind, it defines with great clarity the two combatants truth and falsehood.

Through it’s pages we see our past, present and future; Ecclesiastes 1:9 tells us “what has been will be again, what has been done will be done again, there is nothing new under the sun”. Let’s think about this, when we compare our lives today to those of the biblical characters we read about, how different are we? Mankind has been fractured for many generations, our nature leads us to gratify our own selfish desires no matter the cost to others in some cases.

The poor are trodden down, the defenseless are taken advantage of, the powerful look away from the needy and we worship new gods; possessions, power, and greed. I know those of us who consider themselves to be Christ followers fail to see the connection we have with the church during the time Christ walked the earth; this is so sad. Yes it is sad ,but; true in that many do not really follow the example Christ left behind. We are followers in name only.

From the pages of the bible we can see what happened to those who even with their flaws trusted the words from the Most High and by their actions saved themselves and others. We see the results of our Creators wrath on those who chose to do evil continually and we see that what is written is a glimpse of things to come for us. These sacred pages warn us time is for spent, we must realize our remaining time on this earth as it is, is very short.

We must make a choice, who will we worship; the Father Creator or the father of lies and deception. Only by making the Most High our choice can the blood of righteousness cover us with protection in the approaching end of time and destruction of the wicked. The purified earth will be the dwelling place of a purified people. Will you chose to be one of them? The time to prepare is now, what is needed can be found in the word, ” the word became flesh and dwelt among us”; He alone is our example.

Read His book to find the answers that will guide us through the darkness of this world to eternal light.

My revelation as I sit by the pool of grace

wilting flower

Most of us have tried our hands at planting flowers or plants. We get so excited when we see the first sign of life in the soil; little by little we see the changes in it’s growth with each day. Some of us feel we can’t start from scratch, but; love plants and flowers so we purchase them already growing; tiny seedlings just needing nourishment and love to grow up strong and beautiful. Sounds simply doesn’t it, but; we know nature is complicated.

Whether you start from scratch or go to a nursery to purchase your plants, work is required to bring forth great results; healthy plants. So many things can affect their growth process; weeds, drying soil, insects, crowded containers and many more I’m sure; each requiring a different remedy. You don’t see the problems right away, the effects are often seen over time. One day they stand tall and beautiful, then it seems only a short time has passed and they are wilting right before your eyes.

Franticly you search for solutions to preserve and ensure survival. Many times just a little nourishment will do the job, you water them and you see them awakening as the water reaches their roots. The Most High has a garden He has named the earth, all mankind is planted in His garden. It is filled with an array of diversity, some have roots deeply grounded in the Most High, some have roots that are broken and detached trying desperately to reground themselves in the soil that they might receive nourishment.

Some are on the verge of being choked to death by weeds that have entangled them. You see the garden has an enemy who hates the Most High, he wishes to destroy the health and beauty of the garden in any way he can. He uses deception to brake the bond between the roots and the soil which is the Most High. When the bond is broken the roots can’t receive what it needs to survive, it will wilt; eventually dying from lack of nutrition.

Each wilting flower is a sign weeds are present, slowly they succumb to the deceptions; it could be power, money, riotous living, separation or fame all leading to death. The more detached the roots become death is eminent. If your flower is starting to wilt from doubt, hatred, pride, envy, or anything that is contrary to the principle of love. know that a remedy is available to you. The Most High desires to have no wilting flowers in His garden.

He has enriched the soil with His own blood, everything you may need is waiting for you; just submerge your roots in Him and watch the transformation from brokenness to restoration.

My revelation as I sit by the pool of grace