Keep Me as the Apple of Your Eye

Keep me as the apple of  your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings…” Psalm 17:8 You know when you look into someone’s eyes and the light is just right, you can see a tiny little image of yourself reflected in their pupils? This obscure Hebrew idiom to be the “apple of my eye” means you are their favorite, the cherished object of their affections, so precious and dear. When God looks into your eyes – the window to your soul – does He see Himself reflected back? If He does, His character has been formed in you… read more…

How to Deny Yourself – Just Say NO

If anyone would come after, me let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Matthew 16:24   Here are 3 things that Jesus asks of us. The first one – DENY YOURSELF. What does that mean in a culture that pushes the exact opposite on us? Everywhere we go, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life is exalted before us. Who even talks about this, the complete excess of everything in our society; the vain obsession with our physical appearance, the pride of accomplishments, and averice? {Definition of *Averice*:… read more…

Are You a Jewel?

Malachi 3:16 – 4:1  Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, IN THAT DAY THAT I MAKE UP MY JEWELS; and I WILL SPARE THEM, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not. For, behold, THE DAY COMETH, that shall burn… read more…

Be Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”  Romans 12:2     The world has a much different way of thinking, acting and handling life than God would have for His people. The way worldly people act is so predictable, it is a PATTERN. So we have the world’s pattern and God’s pattern. They couldn’t be more different!   Be Transformed By First Recognizing the Need to Change   For example, the world says hate your enemies… read more…

His Banner Over Me is Love

“His banner over me is love”. Song of Solomon 2:4     There were soldiers in armies of long ago who were called “banner bearers”. Banner bearers were used to attract warriors to group up together and stay together as they were guided forward into war.  You may not think of a banner of love having a military meaning. The banner of the Lord is LOVE and The King overshadows His beloved with love, guiding and protecting His people “by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on… read more…

Be Still My Soul

This is one of my favorite hymns. The lyrics could not be more perfect for everything that comes our way. No matter what happens, God will be faithful to you. The wind and waves still know His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below. Through the storm, we will come to a joyful end. I painted several pages in my Art Journal just to have a place to put these lyrics. This book I am working on is from the public library. It is a discarded book and is over-sized. It measures 9″ x 12″ and gives me a great… read more…