• All Writings,  Life

    God has put Me in a Box!

    There is a familiar expression, “You can’t put God in a box.” Agreed. The God of the Universe can never fit in a man-made contraption comprised of mere ideas and speculations concerning His character. If you want to know God, read His word; there, you will find Him. And there, if your heart is humbly willing, He will never stop…

  • All Writings,  Life

    The Puzzle Working God

    Our lives can be compared to one large puzzle, with God Himself being the puzzle-worker. All the pieces are present from the beginning, and there is a beautiful masterpiece waiting to be put together by its Creator. He knows where each piece fits, and He knows exactly when to put it in its place. Every piece is different in shape and markings; some are…

  • Picture Scripture - Tree

    Picture Scripture – Tree 1.1

    Monday Picture: Tree (the seed and roots) Scripture: Matthew 13:1-9,18-23; Jeremiah 17:5-8   Write any phrases from the selected Bible verses that speak to you:           Take a quiet minute to focus on the underground elements of a tree: the seed, the soil, and the roots. With this in mind, consider the importance of being spiritually…

  • Picture Scripture - Tree

    Picture Scripture – Tree 1.2

    Tuesday Picture: Tree (the watering) Scripture: Psalm 1(emphasis on verse 3a); Isaiah 44:3-5; John 7:37-38   Write any phrases from the selected Bible verses that speak to you:           Meditate on a flourishing tree next to a flowing river. The streams of water equal both God’s word and His Spirit nourishing our hearts—we need Him and…

  • Picture Scripture - Tree

    Picture Scripture – Tree 1.3

    Wednesday Picture: Tree (the growth process) Scripture: Isaiah 55:10-13; Isaiah 61:3; Psalm 92:12-15; 1 Corinthians 13:11   Write any phrases from the selected Bible verses that speak to you:         Think about a tree’s growth process, one that starts as a small sapling, but after many years, it slowly reaches its flourishing maturity. Just as a tree…

  • Picture Scripture - Tree

    Picture Scripture – Tree 1.4

    Thursday Picture: Tree (the pruning) Scripture: John 15:1-7; Ephesians 4:31-32; Romans 8:11-14; Romans 8:28 Write any phrases from the selected Bible verses that speak to you:       Take a minute to think about a gifted gardener pruning his or her carefully sustained rose bushes. Just like this wisdom-driven physical clipping, God’s all wise spiritual pruning is for our…

  • Picture Scripture - Tree

    Picture Scripture – Tree 1.5

    Friday Picture: Tree (bearing fruit) Scripture: John 12:24; John 15:8-11; Galatians 5:18-25   Write any phrases from the selected Bible verses that speak to you?         Close your eyes and envision any kind of fruit tree that is ready for harvest. This fruit has reached this point due to all the previous concepts we have looked at…

  • Picture Scripture - Vessel

    Picture Scripture – Vessel 2.1

    Monday Picture Scripture: Vessel (the Creator/Potter) Scripture: Jeremiah 18:1-6; Psalm 119:73; Psalm 139:13-18 Write any phrases from the selected Bible verses that speak to you:       Take a minute to meditate on a potter sitting with his clay at his wheel getting ready to create a new vessel. This master potter is full of knowledge and experience. Likewise,…

  • Picture Scripture - Vessel

    Picture Scripture – Vessel 2.2

    Tuesday Picture: Vessel (the moldable clay) Scripture: Genesis 1:26-28, 2:7,18-25; Isaiah 45:9-10; Romans 9:20-21 Write any phrases from the selected Bible verses that speak to you:         In your mind’s eye, see a potter easily bending his working project into the vessel of his choosing. The moldable clay submits contentedly to the potter’s hands. In our life,…

  • Picture Scripture - Vessel

    Picture Scripture – Vessel 2.3

    Wednesday Picture: Vessel (cleansing and repairing) Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:20-22; Titus 3:3-7; Jeremiah 2:13; Psalm 34:18; Psalm 147:3   Write any phrases from the selected Bible verses that speak to you:         Take a minute to think about a dusty vase being thoroughly washed underneath a flowing faucet. Now, think of a broken vase being gently and…