Lasting Help Comes From God

Ominous cloud formation last Fall, 2014

Ominous cloud formation last Fall, 2014

True help cannot come from our own strength.  It does not come through devices of our making, nor originate from ideas of our initiation.  It comes from a power source not our own.

Real and lasting help in a battle comes only from God.

This is especially true, when the storms we face are dark and ominous.  Onslaughts brought on by unseen dominions and principalities, at work against us because we belong to Christ.

Hallelujah, our God is greater! 

He is a very present help for any need.  His is the kind of help that is more than a mere temporary fix, because the Lord’s help goes beyond our finite understanding of what is really needed or wrong.  He understands the battle for what it is.  He sees to the root source: the real enemy we face.

Are you up against an overwhelming situation?  Is the battle raging?

*Admit that you need God’s help.
*Cry out to the Lord and then trust in the power of His name.

Through God alone, we shall prevail, beloved.  He will not fail us, but will deliver in our time of need.

Then Asa called to the LORD his God and said, “LORD, there is no one besides You to help in the battle between the powerful and those who have no strength; so help us, O LORD our God, for we trust in You, and in Your name have come against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God; let not man prevail against You.
2 Chronicles‬ ‭14‬:‭11 NASB

Broken Vessels Still Matter to God

Broken Pottery Matters

Broken Pottery Matters

Do you feel broken?  

If so, you are not alone.  It is something many of us experience.  Whether physical or emotional, life has a way of beating us down and breaking us apart. 

Ongoing physical struggles, from a rapidly deteriorating spine, have on many occasions left me feeling useless in God’s kingdom.  While the list of what I can do continues to shrink, pain does its part to try to rob any remaining interest.

If I let it, brokenness convinces me that my life no longer matters.  Until God reminds me that my disabilities do not define His ability.

We are but jars of clay.  However, when filled with the Holy Spirit upon salvation, we instantly become vessels capable of emitting the glorious aroma of Christ.  Perhaps even more so, when broken.

If the fragrance on the inside of an exquisite perfume bottle is never shared, the outward composition matters little.  When opened, though, the scent gradually enhances the nearby surroundings. 

And if a perfume bottle ever breaks, the aroma literally takes over.

Broken Vessels, Letting Christ Take Over

Christ longs to do just that ~ to take over.  He will even use brokenness to bring it about.  So that His aroma will be what others sense in our lives, and His strength getting us through what they see.

Are you a broken vessel?  Has life as you once knew it gone awry?  Have things you love seemingly been ripped apart?

If you answered yes to any, let me assure you that God accepts you, broken pieces and all.  You still matter to Him. 

Despite the circumstances, allow Jesus to release His fragrance through you.  Rather than questioning why things happened or waste time longing for things to go back to the way they were, yield all the broken fragments into His care.

Should you keep believing for a miracle?  Absolutely, but in the meantime, stop fretting about what He has allowed in your life.  It’s for a reason.  His reasons.

Just let the brokenness to do its work.  Of softening your heart to others and getting rid of things displeasing to Him.  Of trusting Him more and simply doing what you can.

Remember, what we may view as broken, God sees as limitless.

As unique opportunities to be more dependent upon Him, to where every breath has time to offer praise and every moment space for Him to breathe instead.

Though never enjoyable and often contrary to what we want, brokenness that is surrendered to God can render His presence in us unfettered.  Something very much worthwhile and needful in our world.  His glorious aroma, spilling forth from broken vessels. 

Vessels that matter to Him eternally.

Broken Pottery“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
2 Corinthians 4:7

The Way of Calvary ~ Christian Poetry

Cross draped with bordersDeceitful the way
They captured You:
By a friend betrayed,
Bound and taken away.

Fearful the way
They deserted You:
As accusers tread,
All Your followers fled.

Shameful the way
They taunted You:
All their jeering heard,
Yet You spoke not a word.

Painful the way
They tortured You:
While Your flesh was torn,
Soldiers mocked to scorn.

Awful the way
They crucified You:
Hammered nails were heard,
On a cross undeserved.

Boastful the way
They buried You:
Guarded day and night,
With the tomb sealed tight.

Joyful the way
They discovered You:
“He is risen,” confessed;
By hundreds, witnessed.

Tearful the way
They gazed up at You:
Into clouds, did ascend,
But You’ll come back again.

Wonderful the way
We’re saved by You:
From our sins, set free,
Because of Calvary.


Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭53‬:‭4-5‬ NASB)

Sue Nash/2015
Photo is of the cross at our church

For similar posts, see Easter

At Calvary ~ Golden Oldie Hymn

With Easter approaching, my thoughts always shift to the cross and to what Christ accomplished at Calvary.  Join with me in remembering this lovely old hymn,

At Calvary
by William Newell.

Sung by Lynda Randle

At Calvary

Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died
On Calvary.
Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty
At Calvary.
By God’s Word at last my sin I learned;
Then I trembled at the law I’d spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned
To Calvary.
Now I’ve giv’n to Jesus everything,
Now I gladly own Him as my King,
Now my raptured soul can only sing
Of Calvary!
Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span
At Calvary!

Thank you, Jesus, for Calvary!

Fifty Shades of Right ~ Blessings of a Christ-Centered Relationship

Shades of a Rose

Shades of a Rose

Fifty Shades of Right ~ Blessings of a Christ-Centered Relationship

1.   The unending spark of clutching; still holding hands when hair turns grey
2.   The warm embers of gazing, into eyes that will never stray

3.   The deep assurance of trusting; constant companion who won’t walk away
4.   The pure delight of melting, into loving arms of one who will stay
5.   The close connection of bowing; hearts intertwined together to pray

6.   The simple joys of sharing; close dialogue between just two
7.   The gentle touch of remembrance; thoughtful gestures designed for you
8.   The constant heartbeat of commitment; soft whispers of remaining true
9.   The blessed hope of forever; an eternal love that remains new
10. The blissful benefits of matrimony; solid vows, before God we say I do

Bright rose with shading 111.  The fulfilling sense of acceptance, no matter the flaws or pain
12.  The contented feeling of belonging; lonely times need not remain
13.  The wondrous blessing of covenant; helpmates throughout wind or rain
14.  The beautiful secret of romance; passion that grows past the mundane
15.  The special bonus of devotion: despite hard times, God’s promises sustain

16.  The amazing mystery of completeness; still unique, yet one instead
17.  The splendid journey of growing; more in love now, from whence we wed
18.  The exciting path of discovery; new insights, like pages unread
19.  The truest gift of pleasure; man and wife in bodily pledge
20.  The highest place of intimacy; God’s design for a marriage bed.

Bright rose with shading 221.  The sweet refrain of harmony; watching as all problems dissolve
22.  The happy sound of peace; squelching any strife that may evolve
23.  The solid fortress of purpose; staying the course with sure resolve
24.  The selfless act of giving; finding the world, around you does not revolve
25.  The surprising power of humility; love is best, when to Christ we yield it all

26.  The genuine attention of consideration; carefully pondering what makes one smile
27.  The right understanding of importance; wisely avoiding what might hurt or defile
28.  The pleasing pursuit of give and take; eager willingness to go the extra mile
29.  The determined display of faithfulness; remaining strong through the other one’s trial
30.  The purest display of relationship: equally submitting, with Christ first all the while

Bright rose with shading 331.  The reassuring rest of security; someone else to cling to when you fall
32.  The calming effect of protection; where safety’s concerned, never drops the ball
33.  The dependable help of reliability; when problems arise, you need only call
34.  The restorative place of encouragement; when life pushes down, you’re made tall
35.  The sure rewards of faith; when facing life’s trials, God’s promises we recall

36.  The comforting face of familiarity; knowing each other through and through
37.  The watchful eye of perception; always alert if another feels bruised
38.  The artful depth of insight; knowing all the ins and outs of pleasing you
39.  The tender moment of realization: in your eyes, seeing part of me, too
40.  The joyous awareness of destiny: meant to be together, before Creation God knew

Bright rose with shading 541.  The priceless value of respect; balanced consideration for what matters most
42.  The supreme height of yielding; preferring the other becomes our boast
43.  The careful boundaries of sensitivity; certain things, to the world we will not post
44.  The mutual maintaining of modesty; private splendors, to others don’t disclose
45.  The exemplary model of dignity; made in God’s image, our highest for His utmost

46.  The unending satisfaction of longevity; to give up, we would not dare
47.  The enormous delights of monogamy; temporal thrills pale, by compare
48.  The treasured bonding of unity; the closer we get, the more deeply we care
49.  The decided attainment of oneness; how it happens, neither of us is aware
50.  The matchless glimpse of perfection; Christ our example, His sacrificial love we share

Blessings of Right

Blessings of Right

For the fifty examples above, I gleaned from lessons and experiences of my wonderful, Christ-centered marriage, soon approaching thirty years strong. The rose photos, with shaded progression, show how a relationship with God at the helm grows ever richer in vibrancy and satisfaction, as compared to becoming empty and stagnant in shallow shades of grey.
They depict the blessings of a relationship done right, God’s way.


“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”
Ephesians 5:31

The Game of Pin the Tail ~ Strategies for Sowing God’s Truth

Pin the TailHave you ever played the game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey?  It is a fun group game where someone posts a picture of a tail-less donkey, then people take turns trying to tack its tail back on the proper place, a task at which few participants succeed.  That is because the real enjoyment of the game comes from watching when players, spun and blindfolded earlier, miss the spot on the donkey, landing the tail on random, hilarious sites instead.

Although humorous as a game, there are situations in life when missing the mark is not at all fun and games.  This is especially true when sharing our faith.

Do you ever feel like the truths of God you try to sow or ‘pin’ into another person’s life miss the mark?
Have you ever experienced times, where it seemed like the enemy so spun the circumstances around, that it seemed like the words bounced right off and fell to the ground? 

As followers of Christ, we must be ready in season and out to share His truth in love.  So often when we do, though, those same truths seem to fall on deaf ears.  When we rarely see a harvest for our labor, it is easy to start concluding we missed the mark, from inadequate sowing. 

Proverbs depicts the ideal:

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.”
Prov. 25:11

When I read this, I imagine a canvas still life showing a fine silver goblet surrounded by luscious golden apples.  Words of truth spoken in such a timely, Spirit-directed way that they reap a harvest as lovely as a masterpiece.  Sadly, that is rarely the case anymore.

The reality of our culture is an outright refusal of truth, predicted years ago by the prophet Isaiah:

“And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.” (59‬:‭14‬)

Do you see this happening in your efforts to share the gospel?  The precious words of Truth seem to fall on the street, left for trampling underfoot.
Does the lack of receptivity tempt you to give up?
If rejected, should we continue to cast the treasured pearls of God’s word, as if to swine?

We cannot and must not give up on anyone, but we do need to understand the mission.  To explain, I’ll take us back to the game of Pin the Tail.

First, it is never our job to decide when, where, or how a person needs a word of truth.  Our only responsibility is in the sowing, or for illustration purposes, the pinning of the Word.

Also, we must remember that although it can seem like it, we are not blindfolded or alone, as we go about this call.  The Holy Spirit is always there to direct and give us the boldness needed in every situation.  He is the One completely capable of effecting the intended purposes of the Word, despite the devil’s attempt to spin things in a wrong direction.

Even when we do not see results, we can rest assured that the Word does not come back void.

We always err in assuming that what we see now is the reality of what will be in eternity.  Doing so only sets the stage for discouragement or the temptation to take matters into our own hands, both of which are futile.  Discouragement weakens our own faith and self-effort only pins truth further away from the intended goal of winning people to Christ.

Finally, for effective truth-pinning, we don’t wear blindfolds, but actually could use blinders, of sorts.  Anything that would enable us to shift the focus from an outside monitoring of truth’s effectiveness, to an inward inspecting of our own obedience. Willingness is all that God asks of us.  He is Lord of the harvest and the One who gives the increase.

The word of God is NOT the tail, even though that is exactly what the enemy deceives people into believing. That God’s word is irrelevant, unnecessary.
Jesus is Author, Finisher, the living Word.  He is Alpha, Omega and lifted high above all.  We are the body of Christ, but He is always the Head. 

Am I clear?

Like any other, this attempt at sharing truth may miss the mark.  However, God knows how to pin His truth to accomplish His purposes, and as such, will use even this.  That is because only He knows how to reach each of us lost (by nature, clueless as a donkey?) sheep!

Woven ~ God’s Presence and Love For Us


Woven ~ a heart-shaped potato chip I found.  Sort of a belated Happy Valentines!


Your presence,
Woven into the very fabric of who I am.

Your goodness,
Extending seamlessly throughout my life.

Your mercy,
Threading my soul to eternity.

Your love,
Connecting me to You from every side.


“That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.”

John 17:21-23

Written on 4/12/14, three days prior to my neck surgery.  I was having fears about it all.  God reminded me that He couldn’t possibly leave me on my own, because His presence is woven into the very fabric of my being.

The same holds true this side of my surgery.  God continues to sustain, comfort and clothe me with His presence and love.

Blessings and much love, with whatever you are going through!