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James 1:5

While walking/biking on a path with the kids to a tennis court, a whopper, grasshopper jumped on one of their tennis rackets.  When we tried to get it back in the grass, it jumped on Emily’s bike tire.  From there, it hopped down and stayed on the heavily traveled path.  Was it wise of the grasshopper to land on a tennis racket, bike tire and busy path?  Nope.  It made unwise and even dangerous choices.

Whether you do or don’t like grasshoppers (I’m personally not a fan of the adult ones with all that swaying back and forth and spitting) we can still learn something.  We don’t always make wise choices, do we?  We might even make several unwise choices, like the grasshopper.

What’s wonderful is that we can ask God for wisdom.  He’s always willing to give wisdom freely.


John 14:27

While on a walk at a nearby park on Friday, I heard an elderly man from a bench call out to me, “Where’s the flowers?”  I approached him and let him know that if he veered right on the path, went over the bridge and straight over, he would find the flowers.  From his view, instead of flowers, he could see a lot of tall weeds and an area under construction.

Let’s say the weeds and construction represent stress and flowers represent peace.  If you’re at a point in your life where you’re surrounded by weeds and construction, go to God in prayer, and ask Him to show you where the flowers are.  Giving peace is Jesus’ specialty.

(Repost with minor revisions)

2 Samuel 22, 21:15-17a

I read about a battle between Israel and the Philistines.  David was exhausted and a Philistine named, Ishbi-Benob,  wanted to kill him.  Then Abishai came forward and killed the Philistine.  I believe God used Abishai to rescue David.  David was a thankful man and sang in celebration after God helped him many times.

Eight years ago today, God rescued me.  I was driving on Bever Avenue, a busy street, when someone ran a stop sign and headed for the left front of the car.  I was forced to swerve immediately to the right onto a side street, and unfortunately, there was a little car that suddenly appeared at a stop sign there, right in my path.  I braced for the impact as my tires screeched, but instead, the front of our car just seemed to float.  I opened my eyes and saw the little car I had tried to avoid still at the stop sign, with no damage.  I was pointed in the right direction.  Shaken, I drove very slowly and found a place to park.  I checked out the car.  There wasn’t any damage, and I wasn’t injured!

Believe what you like, but I believe God sent an angel to pick up our car.  Thanks be to God, my rescuer!  God helps me in many ways, but the heavenly help on Bever Avenue that afternoon stands out.  Every year now, when I put up a new calendar, I write on the month of May, “Heavenly help on Bever Ave,” so I can remember what God did for me.


Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28

Yesterday, my family and I were out doing errands when we noticed a construction sign that said, “Detour.”  It seemed like a sad thing, but as we got off the beaten path and onto the new path, we realized it was enjoyable.  The road climbed and swooped, showing us a part of our city we hadn’t seen before.

Let’s say the beaten path represents a person’s life that has stagnated and is just surviving day to day.  And say the new path represents a person’s life that is alive with hope.  This all reminds me of a book I read called Destiny: Let God Use You Like He Made You by Tony Evans.  He said that if we just survive day to day, we risk someday hearing from God, “I had so much that I wanted to accomplish through you…but I never could get you to focus your full and undivided attention on My glory.  You wanted your own.”    Tony Evans further states, “…your destiny is about His glory.”

Speaking of what to focus on, Dr. Evans said, “Focusing on the world creates static on the line that will interfere with what the Spirit wants to speak to your mind (see Romans 12:1-2).  But if you focus your mind on God and His kingdom, you will pierce through the fog of this world…Seek Him first, and you will make it…All these things will be added to you-including your destiny.”

Tony Evans mentioned, “While waiting on God for your destiny, promote the well-being of the people around you now.”  Later, he said, “When you find Him, you will find the plan as well because He knows what it is and wants to give it to you.”

In the last chapter of the book in the last paragraph, Dr. Evans requests that the reader remember Jeremiah 29:11.  Jeremiah says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”