Monday, December 24, 2012

Christ's Thorns

From Facebook, (not mine)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Headless Snake

"Unlike mammals, reptile reflexes remain deadly after death. In fact, they can still bite and deliver a killing dose of venom up to an hour after being decapitated. Watch as this snake’s head – severed from its body – continued to scan the area, waiting for an opportunity to strike." Source:
It's a long one, but so worth the read. I finally got through it, when my eyes cleared enough because the tears pooling in them finally gave way and spilled down my cheeks. Where Is God When Bad Things Happen (from Ann's Holy Experience)

The quotes that jumped out at me, most profoundly, were:
A snake’s neurology and blood flow make it such that it slithers wild even after it’s been sliced headless...
Never doubt it, wondering world: Even if the tail still rampages, the snake’s head is crushed.

This illustration help me understand how Christ could crush satan's head and yet we are still feeling the poison sting of evil today. In the throws of death, satan tries to reek as much havoc as he can. For further perspective, read Satan's A Goner. Hmm, think God knew what he was doing when He designed a literal serpent's physiology, when He equated satan with the snake? Praise God that we have assurance that He wins in the end!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Light Born Into Darkness

In light today's (and other recent) shootings, I have no words. I direct you to a prayer, posted today by Max Lucado, saying (just in part),
Your world seems a bit darker this Christmas. But you were born in the dark, right? You came at night. The shepherds were nightshift workers. The Wise Men followed a star. Your first cries were heard in the shadows. To see your face, Mary and Joseph needed a candle flame. It was dark. Dark with Herod's jealousy. Dark with Roman oppression. Dark with poverty. Dark with violence.
Herod went on a rampage, killing babies. Joseph took you and your mom into Egypt. You were an immigrant before you were a Nazarene.
Read this Christmas Prayer in full at .

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Light Outshing Brightest Star

Paul's story leads me to ponder themes of light and darkness, sight and blindness. Here is a timely reflection on Light, by my friend Lynn.

Let Light Dispel Darkness

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

God's Immense Love

"But you, O God, are both tender and kind, not easily angered, immense in love, and you never, never quit. So look me in the eye and show kindness, give your servant the strength to go on, save your dear, dear child! Make a show of how much you love me so the bullies who hate me will stand there slack-jawed, As you, God, gently and powerfully put me back on my feet." Psalm 86:15-17 (The Message)

Friday, February 24, 2012


 I found this in my drafts, written the morning before my first stokes: I'm convinced there is some spiritual warfare going on here. If you feel led to pray in this vein, that would be wonderful. Much of this started as Mom was seeing dramatic improvement from pain that's held her captive for 25 years, and the day I had a major breakthrough in God's direction for my current book is the day I really started going downhill physically. The old snake doesn't like it when God's winning and he seems to be pulling out all the stops to try to sidetrack us from God's victories right now. So glad we serve the One who will crush satan's head with his heal, but boy do snake bites hurt when we are going through them.

Another Thorn

Last fall, Oct. 2011, I experienced multiple strokes with brain-stem involvement. I have vision loss, doubled vision, hearing loss, a partially paralized hand, and I cannot walk, so I have trouble reading or typing. I am posting updates at if you wish to read news. I would be blessed by your prayers not only as I fight to recover from this near-fatal experience, but also as I prayerfully work on my next two books, first a devotional on The Fruit of the Spirit and then, if God allows, a Hannah's Hope-style-book on the Apostle Paul and living with chronic pain or illness. I will resume post to this blog when I am able. I also invite you to join me at .