Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Nature's Exclamation of Evidence

But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!” Luke 19:40 (NASB)

Two sticks placed in the grass, one lying vertically and another horizontally positioned on top—a simple cross for everyone walking nearby to see from the sidewalk. I noticed it in someone’s yard during a mid-morning walk. Most likely a school-aged child placed it there as the location is a designated bus stop. I delighted in the possibility. 

The image reminded me of a Bible verse about rocks crying out. When I returned home, I opened my Bible and read the nineteenth chapter of Luke. The Scripture tells of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a colt. People loudly proclaimed His triumphal entry into the city by waving palm branches and shouting praises to the King. Most people shouted with excitement to see the Man who performed many miracles. But there were some, Pharisees in particular, who weren’t happy to see or hear about this Man. They wanted Jesus to quiet His disciples. They really wanted to put a stop to Jesus. But He answered them saying, “If these become silent, the rocks will cry out.”

Suddenly this scene met me in the 21st century. I envisioned incidences around the world where people attempt to hush and kill Christians, censor the belief system, or take down crosses and the Ten Commandments from places where they have existed for years. Fear gripped me until I heard my Savior say, “If all else is silent, the very rocks will cry out.” God’s answer brought me hope. Even when mankind tries to muzzle Christians, nature shouts His glory. 

The evidence of nature testifies to the marvelous glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Whether through rocks, sticks, or children, God will have His way and His Word will be proclaimed. And we are left with a choice—to believe or not to believe in Almighty God who created it all. 

The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
Day to day pours forth speech,
And night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
Their voice is not heard.
Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their utterances to the end of the world.
In them He has placed a tent for the sun,
Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber;
It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.
Its rising is from one end of the heavens,
And its circuit to the other end of them;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat. Psalm 19:1-6 (NASB)

Sunday, April 17, 2016

A Flourishing Finish

Finish what you started in me, God. Your love is eternal—don’t quit on me now. Psalm 138:8 (MSG)

There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears. Philippians 1:6 (MSG)


Awwwww. A deep breath expels through an unwinding sigh as shoulders drop with release. A project is ended. An undertaking is complete. A prayer is answered. Praise God.

What a feeling. The heavy burden lifts. Anxiety eases. The long-time assignment concludes. The work finishes. 

I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all accomplished a thing or two. To reach the end of something that has consumed our lives is rewarding. It brings liberating freedom and in it we find rest. Then we relax for a while until the next overwhelming thing. 

But I also think it’s safe to say that most of us live in the middle, walk a journey, work toward an end. An end to suffering, an end to violence, an end to injustice, an end to hatred, an end to family conflict, an end to dissension at work, an end to fill in the blank. I could go on and on. Because sometimes things never seem to end. Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel never materializes and we give up. What then? 

If you have come to the end of your rope and nothing has been accomplished but pain, hold onto that rope. Don’t let go. God is holding the other end and He will never let go. He completes His tasks and crosses the finish line. Will you go with Him or will you quit? He allows you a choice—will you choose to be faithful? He chooses to hold on—He is faithful!

What makes Him faithful?

Scripture tells me God is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the Author and Finisher of our faith. He is faithful to complete it (whatever IT is).

How do I know? 

Because of the cross. Scripture tells me about that too.

After kneeling before His Heavenly Father in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus stood up in mighty power to complete His mission on earth. Thanks be to God! He would accomplish the plan of salvation that God set in motion since Adam and Eve sinned. Jesus would offer Himself in death on a cross to fulfill the Word of God. And as He died, He proclaimed, “It is finished.”

His Word says….. Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:28-30 (NIV)


Jesus’s mission on earth reached an end. The debt settled. The work finished. But thanks be to God for the resurrection of Jesus. Now His Holy Spirit power would be released for more work until the end of time.

Are you having doubts about your prayers receiving an answer? David says, “On the day I called, You answered me.” 

God cared for David and He cares for you. He died for you. The God of salvation accomplishment will finish what He started for you, for me, and for all of humanity. Jesus won’t quit on us now.

David, the psalmist, wrote about troubles he walked through, but yet He sang God’s praises. By remembering God’s greatness, things were put into perspective and his anxious soul was strengthened. He knew God would not forsake the works of His hands and would accomplish the concerns of his life. May his words resonate in your soul, causing you to trust in our Faithful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I will give You thanks with all my heart;
I will sing Your praise before the heavenly beings.
I will bow down toward Your holy temple
and give thanks to Your name
for Your constant love and truth.
You have exalted Your name
and Your promise above everything else.
On the day I called, You answered me;
You increased strength within me.

All the kings on earth will give You thanks, Lord,
when they hear what You have promised.
They will sing of the Lord’s ways,
for the Lord’s glory is great.
Though the Lord is exalted,
He takes note of the humble;
but He knows the haughty from a distance.

If I walk into the thick of danger,
You will preserve my life
from the anger of my enemies.
You will extend Your hand;
Your right hand will save me.
The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me.
Lord, Your love is eternal; 
do not abandon the work of Your hands. Psalm 138 (HCSB)

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Perfect Power

“When I’m weak, then He is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me.”

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NASB)

“Nana, your muscles are hanging down,” my grandson said to me as he looked at my extended left arm. 

“Yes, you’re right, buddy, my muscles have fallen down,” I said with a chuckle and a smile.

What honesty. Children sure can humorously spout off facts. I laughed even though the truth hurt a little. I am getting older and my body is a bit more feeble. Walking regularly and exercising several times a week help me maintain a certain level of physical strength. But I’m not as strong as I used to be. 

What about mental strength? My focus determines how strong I am mentally. When I concentrate on circumstances, I’m fairly weak. Turning my attention to Jesus and prayer increases my strength. Requesting prayer from other people empowers me. So when I explained to my son about his grandmother’s lung cancer, I ask him to pray for me that I might be strong for my mom. The little ears of my sweet grandson heard our conversation and he said, “Nana, you are strong.” 

Out of the mouths of babes. His comment gave me the courage to walk on and face my tomorrow. I knew the little guy prayed in his innocent way, along with my son, family, and friends who promised to lift me up in prayer. Those prayers carried me straight to the loving and gracious arms of Jesus. No anxiety, only peace. 

After Mom and I met with her doctor to discuss options for treating the cancer, we walked out of the office with hope. Maybe our muscles drooped producing unimpressive physiques, but our minds carried peaceful strength. What a mighty God we serve! 

“Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me for the Bible tells me so!”

Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5-6 (NASB)

And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 (NASB)

Sunday, April 3, 2016

He Will Do It

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;
You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.
The Lord will accomplish what concerns me;
Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands. Psalm 138:7-8 (NASB)

“The Lord will accomplish what concerns me.”

I sat in our sanctuary after midnight praying while others read from Scripture. Our church’s open door allowed believers to pray inside around the clock during this holy weekend. Even though it was still dark, it was Easter Sunday, a special day to celebrate what our Lord God did for a sinful world. On this day we remember how Jesus burst forth from the grave and overcame death. His resurrection gives eternal life to all who believe in His name. What a Savior!

I opened my Bible to allow God’s Word to direct my prayers. It opened to Psalm 133 and my eyes noticed the word unity. For divided hearts, families, churches, communities, and the world, I prayed for God to unite. Turning to Psalm 136, I recalled how responsive readings functioned. The pastor read a line and the congregation responded with a repeating phrase. This psalm speaks of God’s mighty acts with a constant reminder—for His lovingkindness is everlasting. His lovingkindness is everlasting!

Reading up to Psalm 138, I felt the pain of distress from the writers while being encouraged to remember God’s faithfulness. He always supplied devotion and dedication to His people, yet they resorted to tears and fear as they cried out to God. Mixed in with their sorrows were remembrances of His goodness. The Lord is faithful!

Immediately I realized pains of my own as tears fell down my cheeks. Here I sat celebrating the passion of my Lord while doubting His working in my life. Praying with the psalmist, I began to give thanks to God for all His mercy lavished on me. Then words leaped off the page and into my heart—the Lord will accomplish what concerns me. The Lord will accomplish what concerns me. Praise God!

Why do I doubt such an awesome God? Why did the Israelites waver in their faith? Because of sin, weakness, and lack of certainty in the God of Creation, the God of Redemption, the God of all. Forgive me, Christ Jesus! Forgive us, Lord!

Your Word stands the test of time. Your Word is Truth. Your Word never fails in uncertain times. Your Word never changes. You are faithful. You are good. Your lovingkindness is everlasting. Thank you, Father God!

Place remembrances in my mind of Your constant love, grace, and mercy. Let me never forget Your faithfulness to me. I celebrate Your everlasting lovingkindness, Lord. I know You will accomplish what concerns me! I give You thanks, Lord God, and sing Your praises. AMEN. 

I walked out of my church into the night ready to celebrate my Lord’s resurrection. His brightness covered my sorrows and His Light rose over my life. I go with You, Jesus, as I remember what You did for me, what You are doing for me, and what You will do for me. You are the Author and Finisher of my faith. Your lovingkindness is everlasting! You will accomplish what concerns me. 

And He will do the same for you. Trust Him and believe on His holy Name—JESUS—the Way, the Truth, and the Life. His lovingkindness is everlasting. He will accomplish what concerns you.

Know that God is working to accomplish all that concerns you as you listen to the song "Eye of the Storm" by Ryan Stevenson.......