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All Alone September 15, 2016

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The rains were gone. The flood waters were gone. The storm clouds were gone. A wind came and helped rid the earth of the waters. And finally, Noah and his family were able to leave the ark.

God told Noah, “Go forth.” And Noah did, along with his wife, his sons, and their wives.

The animals left, too. The ark was suddenly very empty and quiet.

I’m sure Noah walked through all three decks of the ark, to make sure all the animals were out. As he checked every stall, every place someone had slept, every place some animal had eaten meals every day, he saw nothing. Only emptiness.

Outside the ark, some animals left Noah and his family, and traveled down the mountain to find new homes. Noah and his family had to make a new home as well.

It was freedom at last! The horrible storm was over, finally! Noah and his family were past the hardest time of their lives.

But now? They were all alone. In a big world, standing on a mountain where they could see for long distances, they saw nothing but land. If there were any buildings anywhere, they might have been damaged by all the water, or they could have been still standing. But there were no people in them.

Can you imagine what that felt like? To emerge from the ark, to look out over the land, and realize you and seven other people are the ONLY people on the entire planet?

It’s sort of like being at your school building in the middle of summer, and walking the halls, and looking in the empty classrooms, and listening to the echos in the hallway, because you’re the only person there. No friends to talk to, no parents around, no principal or teachers to remind you of what you need to be doing, no one. What would that feel like, to you? Kinda creepy? Scary?

Think about what Noah felt like. He was suddenly supreme ruler of all the land.  He didn’t have anyone to go to, to ask them which buildings belonged to which families; there were no other families. He couldn’t ask anyone if it was okay to plant a garden where they were at; there were no other farmers around. He couldn’t barter with anyone for building materials, or clothing. There wasn’t anyone to barter with.

It was a new existence for the eight people – the only people – still living after the flood.

New can sometimes be scary. New can be uncomfortable. New can be mind-boggling. New can be unnerving.New can make you want to run and hide. Or become resentful. Or freak out.

Noah didn’t freak out. Instead, he built an altar, and proceeded to present God with a sacrifice. And God smelled the aroma of that sacrifice, and made a promise to Noah:

I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” (Genesis 8: 21-22)

If you find yourself in a new situation, faced with an unknown so big you don’t know what to do, offer a sacrifice of praise to the Lord. Give to Him from your heart. Shower your thanks and love on Him. And then listen for His promise to you. He’s there, waiting for you to seek Him.

Rest tonight assured that God is watching over you, and will lead you to the end of the hard times, just like He did Noah. And He is waiting for you to emerge and embrace the new. He has plans for you. Never forget that.




The Difference is Good September 1, 2010

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Well, for those of you who have not visited here before, you probably don’t understand what I meant when I said in the last post that I was going to change the appearance of things around here.  So for those of you who’ve never seen the old appearance, here’s what it looked like:

Personally, I like the new header up there instead of this blue thing.  What do you all think?

And a lot of the older posts are going to go to my other blog after a while, so this can be solely a devotional blog, starting…. tonight!

Yes, that’s correct, I’m a tad behind in my postings.  So there’s going to be two and possibly three postings tonight.  Yow!  I’d better get off this one and get to writing the others!

(I’m just kidding.  One of the others is already done.)

At our church, we have a saying, “We’re a little different, but the difference is good!”  And I think that fits here, too.  The difference — the changes — that are going to be happening here, are good.

Change… is good.

So out with the old, and in with the new (even if it isn’t New Years yet!) and…

On with the show!

Blessings to all!

A Beginning is About to Take Place August 26, 2010

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Well, it’s not really a beginning.  But it is.  Sort of.  Kinda.

Ha!  How’s that for being flippy-floppy?  🙂

I’m redoing this blog into a devotional blog, like it was supposed to be all along.  It did start out that way, but it kinda got off track.

Because I like to talk so much!  🙂

Soooooooo…. it is a new beginning for this blog.  Starting on September 1, I will begin sharing thoughts about God’s Word, His amazing Word, from Genesis on through.

I hope you’ll join me!

(SShhhhh… don’t tell anyone, but I’m thinking about changing the appearance, too, so you’ll have to let me know what you think, okay?  Okay.)

The House That… Now Is! April 25, 2010

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Hey there, fellow bloggers and blog travelers!

Remember my mom’s house, the house that “once was“? 

Well, it was torn down, you know.  Torn down, because there was no way to just repair what the old oak tree did when it fell on the house.  When the builder took a very, VERY close look at the walls and roof, he realized that the impact of the tree had shaken the house from one end to the other. 

So… the house that I lived in for 98% of all my growing up days, is gone.  Gone forever.

And most of my mom’s stuff is also gone.

My brothers and I sorted through everything that the salvage company had removed from the house.  We went through boxes of books, and boxes of sheets, and boxes of toys and games and puzzles, and stereo equipment and curtains, and clothes, and…

… finally the furniture.

The house received two-three days of rain after the tree fell, so the furniture in the front rooms — living room, dining room, and den — was all ruined.  Gone were the comfy chairs, the dining room suite, the lamps, the mirrors, the sleeper sofa in the den, the recliner…. you get the idea.

And also gone… was my piano.


We went through all of this stuff, in just a little over 24 hours.  Mind boggling as that might seem, we did it.

If you don’t mind me saying so, that’s just a little hard to process, throwing away memories the way you would throw away dirty paper plates at a picnic.  But we did it.


The house has been completely rebuilt!  And it is BEAUTIFUL.

So, someone is going to get a brand new house!  Completely new!  We had the final walk-through of the house two weeks ago, and I was amazed.  Simply amazed.  It was so wonderful that they were able to make something so wonderful out of something that appeared at first to be such a tragedy.

Here… take a gander at this!

Isn’t it gorgeous?  It’s thrilling to see such a thing of beauty, where so much damage and destruction had once been.

And yet… isn’t that what God does with our lives?

When we come to Him, He takes what we are, what our experiences have done to us, all the damage and all the trauma, and all the broken pieces.  He takes every room of our hearts, and starts the rebuilding process.  Slowly, patiently, lovingly, carefully, He lifts up floorboards, takes down walls, pulls up tiles, refits plumbing, and turns us into a dwelling for His Holy Spirit that is just… gorgeous.

All for His Glory.  All for His Purpose.  All according to the Master Carpenter’s Plan.