Blessed are the Meek

This morning, I read Matthew 5:5: “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”
I have read this passage many times during my years of Bible Study, but it caused me to ponder the word “Meek”. I wanted a mental image to help me understand God’s meaning.

Webster says the definition of “Meek” includes: “1. enduring injury with patience and without resentment”. I must admit, I have failed in that area of my life experiences. So, I found an image of a dove; winging to freedom. Now that is something I prefer.

Imagine a gentle creature who is wounded by a predator: a hawk or an eagle. (Those birds are often used as symbols of strength).But what of the humble dove, unable to defend itself from injury. God says, “the meek will inherit the earth”. Oh, I like that. After injury comes healing, and victory over the past.

I hope you will find your image of victory. May God give you encouragement, and peace.

Be blessed, Donna

The Big Question

Yesterday, I received a call from my publisher. The representative asked the usual question: “How is the book going?” But the phone call came at a time when I was focused on a more important question.

I recalled a trip to Israel, and the day our team hiked to Caesarea Philippi. It was a lovely place; along the Upper Jordan River. The air was cooler, flowers bloomed, and we were all excited about the trip. But when we arrived at our destination, I understood this was the place Jesus asked his disciples a most important question: “Who do you say I am?” (Matthew 16:15)

Historical accounts tell us, Jesus took them to that place of idolatry and pagan rituals. The temple was built next to a large cave, called the “Gate of Hades”. But Jesus proclaimed: “upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” (v. 18)

I wonder if the site of so much evil tore at Jesus’ mortal soul. And yet, he had a job to do. It was time to test the disciples. After three years of training,it was time for their final exam. And at that moment, Peter received revelation knowledge: “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” (Matt.16:16)

In this busy, troubled world, we all have questions about the meaning of life. I began asking questions about death at a very young age. When my parents failed to have the answers, God did not leave me alone in the darkness. So, please don’t give up! No matter where you live, no matter what distractions the world may offer, there is an eternal truth. I pray you will open your heart, and take time to find the answers.

Until next time, dear friend…Be blessed, Donna

Spring Fever

The calendar on the wall reminds me it’s still January, with another eight weeks until Easter. But outside my window, I see sunshine and blue skies. Our Weatherman reports temperatures up to 70 degrees for the next two days. Surely, it must be Spring!

The promise of fair skies and warmer temperatures brings restlessness, a need to be outside; planting seeds in our garden. It brings hope of better things to come.

Do you ever feel you are destined to remain in a winter season? I’m sure we have all known times when we feel barren, or unproductive; but God’s Word reminds us to have hope. “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

So, if you feel trapped in the midst of winter, enjoy the brief moments of sunshine. It is a gift from God.

Be Blessed, Donna

Healing the World

I became a nurse, because I felt it was what God wanted me to do. Of course, that was many years ago, but the “Call” of God continues to tug at my heart. After all, didn’t Jesus say: “Go into all the World and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).

Some years ago, I went on my first mission trip with HealthCare Ministries. I was privileged to travel with a team of medical professionals: doctors, nurses, dentists, and missionaries. Our main goal was to carry the love of Christ to a lost and dying world. After that one trip, I was hooked on serving God as a missionary.

Now that I am old, and spend most of my time at home, I worry that am not doing enough to serve our Lord. I can’t forget Jesus died for me, so what can I do to serve him? I fasted, and prayed to find the answer…to find some peace.

Today, I was reminded of something written by Isaiah, hundreds of years before Jesus was born: “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen; to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter– when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” (Isaiah 58:6-7)

So, today, I realize my mission field can begin at home, with my own family, in my own home town,throughout my own country. Have you ever wondered about your calling? What is God saying to you? If you ask, I’m sure you’ll find the answer.

Until next time, Be blessed, Donna

Inspiration

As a writer, I regard two reference books to be of utmost importance to my work: the Bible, and Webster’s Dictionary.
In 2 Timothy, we are told: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God…that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:16 KJV)
I had never researched the qualifications of Noah Webster;who was the original author of my prized dictionary. But now, I have read a little of his life’s story,and I must admit: I am inspired to go on writing.
Did you know the learned man was 70yrs. old when he published the first edition? The manuscript must have been his life’s work.
I also discovered: “He was forced to mortgage his home to develop a second edition, and his life from then on was plagued with debt”. But the one statement about this man’s life which impressed me most was his value of God’s Word: “Noah Webster was a Christian and famously said, ‘Education is useless without the Bible’.” (webstersdictionary1828.com)
Whenever I am tempted to surrender and feel defeated in my writing, I pray I might remember this man’s steadfast determination.
I also pray God will give you equal inspiration, as you follow your calling.

Be Blessed, Donna

Let it rain!

Last night, we were blessed with an abundance of rain. Most people expect storm clouds during the winter months, but for us, rain means water for our livestock,and more grass in the Spring.

In my last article, I wrote about the presence of trouble in this world; specifically hardships we can’t understand. But last night’s rain storm reminded me of a spiritual truth: Even in our darkest hours, we may expect blessings.

Now, I’m sure, many of you can think about a present hardship. If you are hurting due to illness, or some emotional distress, you can’t see any good in it. I do pray God will heal whatever hurt you may be experiencing. But I can testify to the fact that many people never open a Bible, or consider praying unless they are in some form of distress.

Since we live in Texas, I can tell you, long spells of sunshine are called a “drought”. No rain means no grass, no crops, the cattle die, and the ground becomes a wasteland.

How many of you have known a person who found a need for God when they were in the hospital, or in prison? I can testify,some people never consider the presence of our Creator until they are in a hopeless situation. So, those dark times can be considered their “storm clouds”. I urge you to pray through the storm, because rain gives us hope for a season of blessings.

For now, I can only look forward to the promise Spring. Be Blessed, Donna

Why, O Lord?

How many times have you wondered about the hardships in your life? Perhaps, you asked the Lord about a sudden tragedy when it seemed devastating to someone you know.

I recently had the opportunity to ponder this question, but before the day was out, I discovered the answer. There is nothing too hard for God. And I believe he allows the hardships of life, so we might be reminded of His ever present mercy.

Do you sometimes feel you are surrounded by trouble, and there seems to be no way out? Jesus told his disciples: “In this world you will have trouble.But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

God’s Word gives me comfort during trying times, whether it’s sickness, times of financial need, or broken relationships. I have experienced each of these hardships, but I am constantly reminded, “nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).

I pray these words will give you peace.
Be Blessed, Donna