spiritualsnippets.com

Seeing life's events in the light of God's Word.

No More Masks

I Samuel 16:17b– “… The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

I nearly passed up a friend at the grocery store this week. Her mask kept me from recognizing her—until I heard her voice.

Covid-19. Social distancing and…masks.

It’s become a way of life in our world.

A son comes home from war, left to live with the horrors he has seen. Parents hardly recognize the young man he’s become.

A familiar scenario for far too many.

God tells us in I Samuel that He knows us. He knows our hearts.

He sees beneath that “happy mask” we often wear for family and friends. 

Whether you are a lost sheep in need of a Shepherd or a believer in need of your Father’s encouragement, have faith and trust in the one who created you and loves you unconditionally.

Leave a comment »

What Was God Thinking?

Psalm 96:12- “Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.”

I saw a television host recently, wearing a blazer which one might describe as a modern day “coat of many colors.”

Although I didn’t really like this guy’s choice of color combinations, it got me thinking about how dull our world would be without the vibrant pinks, blues, and yellows. 

Thank God for the beautiful colors He has given us in sunsets, flowers, rainbows, oceans, eyes, birds, and so on. Artists use them to weave beautiful fabrics, paint breathtaking landscapes.

The sheer beauty of color. 

It speaks to our innermost being. Affects our mood, lifts our spirits, provides energy, conveys love and appreciation.

What was God thinking when He created color?

Like everything else in creation, He was thinking of you and me. His Word says that He created the world and all that is in it for our good pleasure.

Every time the moon rises, flowers bloom, or a rainbow appears, God is painting a huge love picture for us. 

When life gets tough and you wonder if God has forgotten you, take that glass of iced tea to the backyard. Observe nature. Thank Him for the sights, sounds, and smells of creation. 

Relax, knowing that He loves you with an everlasting love. 

From the beginning, as He hung the stars in the heavens and spoke the earth into existence, He was thinking of you.

Leave a comment »

See the Blessing

Jeremiah 29:11- “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

“Three years? Perhaps longer?”

Last month our son told us his family was moving to Germany where our daughter-in-law had accepted a position with the Department of Defense.

We had known about the job application. The possibility of them relocating. We’d even prayed that God’s will, not ours, would come to pass. And we really did want the very best for them. 

Still, the news devastated us.

My husband and I had just completed renovating a small condo near them. Four hours away from our home in Arizona.

We had looked forward to living part time near them and bonding with our newborn grandson. Now it looked like our dreams were only that. Dreams.

In the following weeks, they prepared for their move. Packing, selling many of their belongings, saying goodbye to family and friends.

Last March, God had led us to purchase the condo. We were so sure He wanted us to spend time with our son and family. Were we wrong?

No! We have come to realize that God blessed us in incredible ways. We had the resources to make the purchase, do renovations (which my husband and I love to do) and even bring us new friends in the process.

God knew that the sweet little family that we love so much would be leaving. He chose to bless all of us—ahead of time—with precious moments spent together. Times that have allowed us to form a close bond that will sustain us while we are apart.

Are you wondering where God is in all of the circumstances of your life? Ask Him to show you His hand of blessing… His plan for your future. 

Leave a comment »

Take a Deep Breath

Proverbs 21:31b- “…victory rests with the Lord.”

At the end of the day, do you feel beaten down and dejected?

Do politically-charged events cause you stress?

Have you decided to keep the television—especially news channels—turned off for awhile due to divisive commentaries?

This constant state of unease and disruptiveness is NOT what God desires for us.

He wants us to rest in the knowledge that ultimately the victory will be His.

Take a deep breath. Go for a walk and enjoy the beautiful new day He has made. 

Trust Him for the outcome that will work out His plan for us as individuals and the world at large.

His Word says He is faithful. 

He will do it.

Leave a comment »

Please Pray

Psalm 36:6B- “…You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.”

Driving down the highway this morning, fifteen miles from Wickenberg, our dog somehow opened the window of the truck and jumped out. We stopped as quickly as we could and searched the desert to no avail.

Our Tobias, the Australian Shepherd and Border Collie mix we rescued on December 26th is gone.

We are broken-hearted and, of course, our minds are imagining the worst of all circumstances.

As soon as we arrived home, I searched the scriptures, finding comfort in the verse from Psalm 36.

Would you please keep my husband and I in your prayers as there is always the inevitable questioning which accompanies situations like this, such as “What more could we have done?”; “What, if anything, can we do to bring him home safe and sound?” 

Our prayer is that our dog will somehow turn around, flee the desert, and find water, shade, and someone to help him. We put him in God’s hands, asking Him to preserve Tobias and keep him safe on the desert tonight.

Thank you for your prayers.

4 Comments »

Will They Know?

2 Corinthians 3:2- “You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all.”

Many years ago, a fellow teacher at my school noticed the cross that I wear daily. She looked at me and said words I will never forget, “I didn’t know that you were a Christian!”

That was one of the saddest comments I had ever heard, but it changed my life, profoundly. I didn’t want people to only know that I was a Christian because of a piece of jewelry. I wanted them to see Christ in me!

I asked God to show me ways in which I needed to change so that others might know that I was His child. I wanted my life to be representative of a daily walk with my Savior… to show my commitment to Christ and be an outward sign of what He has done in my heart… to glorify Him through my life and actions.

Do I mess up? Of course I do! But because He forgives his children, He sends the Holy Spirit to help me move forward.

I still wear my cross necklace, but I trust it’s my actions that show the world who I am–in Christ!

Leave a comment »

Where Are They Now?

2 Corinthians 5:5b- “…to be absent from the body (is to) be present with the Lord.”

A television show that I often watch is called “Where Are They Now? “People write in, asking Oprah Winfrey to update them on what some of her past guests—childhood actors, or otherwise newsworthy people—are doing, now.

It is interesting to see what they look like, currently, and what they are doing with their lives. Some, sadly, have passed away. 

Watching recently, I felt God’s leading to remind readers that we can be assured of the eternal abode of our fellow Christians. 

We don’t have to ask, “Where Are They Now?” We know that believers will immediately be present with our Lord in Heaven when they leave this earth.

As a small child, I was extremely frightened of dying. I remember having terrible nightmares. My mother would respond to my outcries with patience and understanding. It wasn’t until I came to faith in Jesus in the 6th grade, that she and I got a good night’s sleep!

 I never again had a nightmare about dying!

Scripture comforts those of us faced with our own death or that of our loved ones who know Christ. But, for those who don’t, may this encourage us to go to them in love and share the gospel—today! 

Let’s not be left asking, “Where Are They Now?” 

Leave a comment »

The Man in the Mirror

I Samuel 16:7b: “For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 

Renovations.

New flooring, countertops, window coverings, faucets, appliances, painting, cabinetry, landscaping—the list goes on and on.

Even if you don’t do home renos, you may occasionally make changes in your own physical appearance:

haircuts/highlighting, makeup, new eyeglass frames, exercises, dieting, updated clothing.

Like most renovations, these are cosmetic changes, focusing on the outward appearance.

The Bible says that God places His attention on what is in our hearts

When we look at our own hearts with God’s mirror, the Bible, what do we see? Someone that is filled with the Holy Spirit? Someone that is producing the fruits of the Spirit? (Love, Joy, Peace, Long suffering, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-control.)

If not, a remodeling project may be just what we need. Starting with prayer and scripture, we can make our hearts available to The Holy Spirit to do His work in our lives. Not cosmetic work that has no substance and is of no true lasting value. But, instead, allowing His power to work within us to “…to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13b)

We put things into “eternal perspective” when we focus on what’s inside.

Leave a comment »

SPECIAL EDITION

FREE.  FREE.  FREE.  FREE.  FREE.  FREE.  FREE 

TOMORROW.  TOMORROW.  TOMORROW

JUNE 11           JUNE 11           JUNE 11           JUNE 11

Not 1           Not 2        But 3 Kindle e-books!!!!

In celebration of the publishing of the fourth book in the Simon Says series, I have scheduled to have the first three books listed as FREE on www.Amazon.com 

For the next three days:  June 11, 12, and 13, download FREE Kindle e-book versions of Simon Says, Truth or Dare, and Tug of War. 

And, while you’re shopping, why not purchase the fourth book, Cat’s Cradle?

You’ll love this final book, told largely from six-year-old Mary’s point-of-view. And, as always, thank you in advance for writing reviews!!!!

2 Comments »

A Nourishing Spiritual Diet

Colossians 3:1 6a- “Let the word of Christ dwell in your richly…

How many times are we told to eat foods that are good for our bodies? Lean meats, vegetables, fruits, whole grains… 

When given the choice, do we often grab a handful of chips or a couple of chocolate chip cookies instead?

Sometimes it takes a lab report or a visit to the doctor to set us straight and help motivate us into making healthier choices. And when we do, we feel better and have more energy.

While there is nothing inherently wrong with reading a good mystery novel now and then, we need to be on a regular diet of good spiritual food.

We are able to grow in our walk with the Lord through daily reading of the scriptures and application of the principles from God’s Word.

Look at that word, “richly” in the verse from Colossians. Spiritual food isn’t diet food, where we don’t feel satisfied. Spiritual food has substance. It nourishes our souls.

As with healthy eating, spiritual food gives us the energy to face whatever the day may bring. We won’t feel depleted by day’s end, but rather we will find ourselves energized and encouraged as our day unfolds.

Keeping a New Testament or small Bible with you at work or in your car or purse will also make it possible for you to get a spiritually-healthy “snack” in the middle of the afternoon. 

A spiritual diet of truths from God’s Word will guide you, and grow you in your faith.

Let God’s Word dwell in you richly.

Leave a comment »

%d bloggers like this: