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Though Hand Join in Hand ~ Proverbs Post

Proverbs Post“Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished; but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.”
Prov. 11:21


Take my hand.
I will lead you into places
Places deep,
Where I can teach you how to walk with Me on water.
To stand beside Me, as we walk on water.
Let Me take you to places that are beyond anything you can comprehend.
Grab a hold of My promises and don’t let go.



My heart hurts for the lost.

I want to see people healedI long for breakthroughs to problems, but more than anything I yearn for souls.

If only we could grab the hand of our lost loved ones and pull them into heaven with us.

We can’t.

But we can grasp the hand of Jesus in prayer, believing that He will grab a hold of their hand and pull them in.  That they will come to the saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God is calling to us.  To trust deeper.  To hope higher.  To walk on water in our believing.

For me, it is believing that no matter the outlook or what the circumstances say ~

“the seed of the righteous SHALL be delivered!”

Will you join me in believing for the souls of our lost or wayward loved ones?  Christ loves them all.

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Morning By Morning

A sunrise on my way to work last week

A sunrise on my way to work last week

Unlike some, I have never learned to depend totally on the Lord to awaken me, especially when I need to get up for work on time.  On those days, I set my alarm, with a back up!

However, God does very often awaken me during the night:

To remind me of something
To prompt me to pray for someone
To bless me with His presence

Some of you may question how I know that it is the Lord waking me and not just from something that I ate before bedtime.

The only way that I know how to explain it is that when it is God, I just know.  He usually does so in the wee hours of the morning.  I hear that still, small voice and feel His gentle nudge.  Even if I feel tired and have to get up for work that same morning, I try to obey.

When I follow through, by either praying silently in bed or getting on my knees, God is so faithful to make sure that I still get a good night’s sleep.  As soon as I feel the prayer burden lift, He very lovingly puts me back to sleep.  I wake up feeling rested enough to make it through the day. 

On mornings when I never do go back to sleep, it is typically because I start fretting about the day, or decide that I just want to get up to busy myself with something on my mind. 

Perhaps one day I will learn to trust the Lord enough to let Him awaken me every day.  I would love to throw away the alarms!  In the meantime, I value knowing that He loves me enough to waken me to spend special time with Him alone.

In reality, though, the very fact that our eyes open each day is a blessing from God; this alone is reason enough to praise Him for awakening us morning by morning. 

“The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of the learned,
hat I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary.
He awakens Me morning by morning,
He awakens My ear to hear as the learned.”
Isaiah 50:4

Do you have times when the Lord awakens you?  If so, how do you respond?

Sue Nash/2014

Heed God’s Warnings to Avoid Sin

 Goldenrod ~ taken with a zoom so I didn't have to get too close!

Goldenrod ~ taken with a zoom so I didn’t have to get too close!

Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. 
Proverbs 4:14, 15

For the past week, my blogging has been sporadic.  It has not been due to a lack of ideas or interest; instead, I have been a little under the weather with a sinus infection.  My seasonal allergies flare up mostly in the spring and fall, but it is usually the fall when I experience the crud.  I am not sure, but I think that Goldenrod is one of my culprits.

In Mississippi, Goldenrod blooms prolifically in fall.  Their stark flowers brighten fields and landscapes with splashes of gold, but I try to avoid close exposure.  If I stay outdoors near their vicinity, I get a golden headache!

The Need to Avoid the Temptation to Sin

From a spiritual standpoint, there are things or situations that we should avoid, too.  Of course, we should keep clear of overt sins, but what about those little ways in which we set ourselves up for straying.  The danger signs are often as visible as Goldenrod, and we know we could get into trouble spiritually, but instead of shunning them, we draw near.

We each have our particular areas of temptation.  One I struggle with is gossip.  A conversation about someone can start benign, but then rapidly deteriorate into bad-mouthing.  What begins as simply discussing how a person is faring turns into an opportunity to criticize shortcomings.

God’s Warnings Help Us Avoid Sin

Before I succumb, the Holy Spirit always gives me a gentle nudge as a sign to refrain.  He draws a subtle line to warn me to stop before crossing over into gossip.  Sadly, I do not always obey.

I am doing better, though, as God teaches me how to avoid this detestable sin.  By heeding His clear warning signs, if conversations turn toward gossip, I either change the subject or walk away.  And I try to not be the instigator!

Since sin is so damaging to us spiritually, God lovingly places roadblocks to keep us out of harm’s way.  He always offers us an avenue of escape.

When I stay clear of allergy triggers, my sinuses are happy.  When we heed God’s warning signs and avoid stumbling into sin, it pleases Him.

Sue Nash/2013

Saturate Me ~ Wanting More of God

Cold, without color

Cold, without color

I submit
To Your cleansing.
My life,
I surrender.
Forgive Me,
  Make my heart brand new.

Gentle color

Gentle color

I listen
  For Your voice.
My spirit,
I yield.
Fill me,
Help me follow You.

Brilliant color

Brilliant color

I discover
Your presence.
My desires,
I relinquish.
  Saturate me,
That I resemble You.

He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.
John 3:30

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Sue Nash/2013

Friday Feature

Feature Friday

Fiction and I rarely connect, especially since the majority of novels available today are distasteful, and some, downright obscene.  Time is too precious for me to waste reading twaddle and I have no interest in filth.  Thankfully, there are a growing number of Christian authors offering refreshing alternatives in the fiction literary world.  It is my honor to feature one of those voices doing her part, writing both God-honoring fiction, and non-fiction as well.  In her spare time, she is also a superb photographer!  Today’s Friday Feature showcases but some of her works:

 Teri Metts

My husband and I have had the privilege of knowing Teri, and her pastor husband Joe, for several years from when he was an assistant pastor at our church.  They have an extensive career of service to the Lord, including time on the mission field, mostly in the Dominican Republic, but also in various capacities in Costa Rica, Haiti and Jamaica.  From those unique missionary experiences, Teri compiled her Island Legacy Series, in which she weaves her rich knowledge of the cultures and geography, along with her gift of expression, to share her engaging stories.

Besides her talent with words, what I most appreciate about Teri’s fictional writing is how she threads Biblical principles throughout, leaving readers with not only a flavor of missionary work, but also valuable life lessons along the way.  Even though I seldom connect with fiction, Teri’s novels are what I call fiction with a purpose.  Engaging, enjoyable and certainly clean, but geared toward rewarding readers with gaining biblical wisdom along the way!


Her latest and final in the Island Legacy series, Caribbean Freedom, focuses on a female character, Mariela Ramírez, who upon her return to her homeland of Cuba, unearths “family skeletons fraught with bitterness and painful accusations.”  Since it debuts tomorrow, I have not yet had the opportunity to read it, but am certain we are in for a treat as Teri uses her story-telling skills to teach principles of forgiving and of letting go of the bondage of unresolved bitterness.  Although the official release is tomorrow, it is available now as either paperback or Kindle.  

So as not to disappoint non-fiction readers, Teri offers something for all.  Based on her years as a pastor’s wife and various life experiences, Teri posts thought provoking, weekly Bible studies on her website   She has authored several non-fiction books, and a listing of these along with all of her published works can be found at this Amazon link.

As if her writing talent were not enough, though, Teri’s gift of photographing the beauty of God’s creation is perhaps my favorite of all.  Her venue for displaying her photos, found at her bungalowretreat.com, is an uplifting website filled with inspirational Scripture alongside amazing photos, most taken outside their lovely 1910-bungalow style Mississippi home.  True to form for both her and Joe, with their relaxed, down-to-earth approach, Bungalow Retreat beckons countless visitors to relax, sit down a spell, and simply enjoy the beauty of God’s world.

Many thanks to Teri for her friendship, her kind support of my writing and for blessing others with her many gifts and talents.

Written with permission from Teri Metts.

A Divine Sentence

Proverbs Post“A divine sentence is in the lips of the king; his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.”
Proverbs 16:10

Much discussion is currently going on in the public arena about judges in America ‘legislating’ rather than ‘ruling’ from the bench. Until recently, the accepted expectation of judges was for them to decide on cases according to established laws, then afterwards to pronounce a sentence for the accused. That standard seems to be changing as more in the judiciary are revising the role of judge to include the writing of laws.

Webster defines a judge as, “a public official authorized to decide questions brought before a court.” The decision is generally made after a careful weighing of the evidence presented. Rulings should also be founded upon the framework of a solid understanding of existing laws. Any judgment which deviates outside the confines of established law into the realm of arbitrary new law, undermines the very definition of judge.

While the role of judge should be confined to deciding law, that of a king is vastly different. Monarchies can vary, but historically kings are synonymous with sovereignty and thus possess, “supreme political power.” (Webster) Judges pass sentences. Kings can issue decrees. At their discretion, kings can function as both judge and law-giver.

The passage above refers primarily to any king acting within his sovereign powers to judge. By his own mouth, sentences are issued and this role is not delegated. You get the sense, by the emphasis of the ruling being a ‘divine sentence,’ that whatever a king decides is what will be. End of discussion!

Monarchs can rule however they want. In the verse above, God makes it clear how He prefers they rule: “…his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.” Another version says it this way: “…he must never judge unfairly.” (NLT) Throughout history, kings have come and gone but the ones who have grabbed God’s attention are those who are wise; a wisdom that is made evident by how they rule. Passing fair judgments cannot be done by relying solely on intellect. Kings who make their mark in history are ones who use their God-given power to rule in a way that is guided by principle, even if they are not fully aware of Who is the guiding force behind their decisions.

Ultimately, there is no earthly judge or king who rules with absolute perfection. The only flawless judgment comes when a ‘Divine sentence’ is decreed. God is the perfect law-giver and the only fair judge because He judges in righteousness. Once His Word is spoken and has gone forth from His lips, it will always be proven fair and true. His Word cannot be appealed or revoked. As the only Wise King, His rulings are always above reproach.

We do have an enemy who would like for us to for us to question this ‘Divine sentence’ and the trustworthiness of our King. The devil has his own set of decrees he would love to issue over us. Unfortunately for him, the Judge of all created beings has already issued a sentence concerning Satan. His ‘day’ is coming. God has promised us that we will one day get to watch this ‘accuser of the brethren’ cast away forever. The mouth of the King has spoken it, so it will be! Hallelujah for that day!

What both intrigues and encourages me about this ‘divine sentence from the lips of a king’ is the hint of something that goes beyond a mere reminder that God is a fair and perfect judge. When God speaks, and His Word has gone forth, it is both powerful and final. Another passage of Scripture reveals this same idea:

“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
Isaiah 55:11 (NKJV)

After a decree leaves God’s lips, He will not change His mind. Earthly decrees can be overturned because human kings and kingdoms are temporal; thereby, subject to change. God’s Word will never change. The encouraging thing for us is that this certainty of what He has determined applies not only to His commands but also His promises. Specific promises, which are spoken directly into our hearts and confirmed through His Word, are given to us by the King of Kings! The guarantee of their fulfillment came the moment He issued their decree!

It is like God is saying to us:

‘Everything which I have purposed for you has already gone forth out of My mouth. It will all be fulfilled. It cannot be altered or overturned because a Divine sentence is in the lips of a King!’

I’ve Got You Covered!

From His Heart for blog“And the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”
Matthew 10:30

     Sometimes, while I am brushing my hair, I think about this verse above. I get a mental picture of a heavenly counter, ticking downward each time a strand of hair falls to the ground. It is so amazing that God would even bother keeping track of something so trivial. Even more amazing, though, is the fact that He is able to keep such accurate tallies on-going and about every person who has ever lived!

     I guess God could be called the ultimate bookkeeper because no human could ever accomplish this task of precisely logging everyone’s hair. Think about it. It would be nearly impossible to even count your own! You could begin at the front of your head and attempt to delicately separate each strand into rows. As you work your way through, you could keep track of those already counted by tagging them somehow. However, by the time you made it to the back of your head, you would most likely have lost a strand or two along the way, causing you to have to start all over again. Now, multiply that task times the millions upon millions of people who have ever lived and it becomes quite evident that this is impossible for man. Only God can keep these kinds of records.

     What’s the point, though? Why would God feel the need to track such trivialities? The primary reason is found within the context of the passage. In Matthew 10, after Jesus chooses His disciples, He teaches them about what to expect before they are commissioned into service. He also warns them about persecutions they may face for being His followers then tells them they don’t need to be afraid. To make this point, Jesus reminds the disciples just how much He really cares for them. Matthew 10:29-31 reads,

“Not even a sparrow, worth only half a penny, can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So, don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to Him than a whole flock of sparrows.”

Like for them, God has our hair strands numbered to demonstrate how intimately He cares for us and just how important we are. To Him, there is nothing about us that is trivial.

     However, there is another reason why God records our ‘hair data.’ He does so to demonstrate He cares but He also wants to reveal to us that He will take care. In another passage of Scripture, we learn,

“Those that hate me without cause are more numerous than the hairs on my head…”
Psalm 69:4

God not only keeps logs about the hairs on my head; He also knows the exact number of my enemies! In one book, God tracks intimate details about me and in another He keeps tallies of my enemies. In doing so, He communicates to any of us that He is fully aware of what is going on and that He will take care of His own! Though our enemies are apparently enormous in number, God is greater still!

     Obviously, these enemies of ours, which God so carefully tracks, are not merely our human foes. Due to the quantity, they can only be those referred to in Ephesians 6:12,

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, …powers,…rulers of the darkness…, spiritual wickedness in high places.”

These demonic foes are bent on seeking our destruction, primarily because we have pledged our allegiance to Jesus. Ultimately, though, even though their numbers are huge, since they are really opposed to the Christ in us, they lose! He has won the victory!

     God’s detailed records, both of the numbers of our hair strands and the volume of our foes must serve as a reminder to us. In terms of our enemies, although they are many, God has already numbered their days. For us, even though we may not even have hair anymore, He lovingly records our days, down to the minutest of details, even something as trivial as the hair which covers our head. It is almost as if God is saying to Satan and his cohorts, ‘I’ve got you numbered’ but to us, ‘I’ve got you covered!

Ointment and Perfume: the Costly Fragrance of a True Friend

lamp post“Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so does the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.”
Proverbs 27:9

Sometimes I don’t realize the blessings of having good friends until I get to spend time with one who has been apart for a season.  After a separation from a true friend, those moments of being back together and of catching up are just so sweet.  What is amazing, too, is that no matter how long it has been, when finally back together with a bosom-buddy, the conversation flows as if you simply take back up where you last left off.

Recently, I had the opportunity to do just that: to take back up where I had left off with a most wonderful sister in Christ.  She is someone I can trust and with whom I can expose my frailties, knowing she won’t back away.  She will listen.  She will care.  She will understand.  Amazingly, she says I do the same for her!

The joy and privilege of sharing in sincere, soul-cleansing, hearty-counsel with a good friend contains a sweetness all its own, which is the heart of God’s message in the passage above.  It is during those precious times with a friend that there really is almost a sweet aroma that emanates forth.  Another translation puts it this way:

“The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.”

The sweetness and joy that leaks out from those moments is tangible and unmistakable.  Through both laughter and tears, joy leaks out and fills the surroundings like the sweet-smelling odor of costly perfume.  It is a fragrance no money could ever buy.

In the Proverb above, there is also a hint of the woman who broke open her alabaster jar, spilling out costly perfume to wash the feet of Jesus.  She had found One who knew all of her deepest secrets and faults, yet loved her still.  She had experienced the sweet aroma of being loved and forgiven by a “…friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Prov. 18:24)  She had decided that there was no value to be placed on what she had gained by being accepted by Him.  An alabaster, filled with the costliest of perfumes, meant nothing in comparison to the costly fragrance found in the presence of a True Friend.

Originally written 1/27/10