* Devotionals

Skill of the Dance

The presence of God.  So close, so intimate.  Ever feel you are extremely clumsy with Him?  You may say the most weirdest things, or you think your actions define you as a mis-fit?  You scream “I NEED  SKILLS  HERE!”  as one whom their life depended on it.

The Lord gave me a picture of dancing. Slow – graceful, elegant unity, like that of ball room dancing. Yet to have the smooth rhythm and glide across the floor, there can only be ONE who leads.  Folks it aint US! This is what the Father wants from us, that our walk with Him be a graceful dance. He as the leader. As He leads, He places pressure on our back so gently, we know to move forward, or a soft tug in one direction or the other.  True partners of the dance, always knows where the other is, placing a confidence in the next move.  The skill of the dance.

Don’t FEEL like dancing?  You have no energy emotionally or spiritually.  Ps. 30:11  “… He has turned my mourning into dancing…”  He stands near by, with His hand out, asking so gentleman like, “May I have this dance?”  He is patient, tender and LOVES to dance with us, He will teach us.  Our mis-fit ways will soon turn into a beautiful glide.

It may take a lifetime to learn the skill of the dance, but to sense and obey His touch can be so beautiful as we follow along in the music of life.  The skill is … practicng the presence of the Lord.

Have a great God-loving, in step… dancing with Him week!!

In Him, DeDe  (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love & good deeds” ~ Heb. 10:24)

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Caught of God

Recently I revisited Genesis 3, where God came to meet with Adam in the garden. It says “… He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day…”  This said with such ease, as if it where a daily occurrence. Can you imagine God taking a stroll in YOUR backyard?

Yet today, this was no casual stroll. You see, Adam and Eve had just eaten from the only tree that God planted a sign in front of stating, ‘no eateth.’ Sure enough, our ancestors of all ancestors duth eat! Now they were hiding. Hiding from God.

But the LORD God called to the man…” (verse 9) asking one of the most important questions ever stated in the Bible, in my estimation, “Where are you?” It does not describe the tone in which God said it, but I believe it was NOT a thunderous loud “WHERE ARE YOU!” (ok admit it, you hear Charleston Heston in your head don’t you.) God being all-knowing, He knew exactly where he was. The question was not intended to find the answer, it was intended for … Adam. “Where are you?” This spurred Adam to consider his location … he was hiding, placing intentional distance between he and his God. His situation… he disobeyed.

“But the LORD God called to the man, ‘Where are you?'” God was pursuing Adam, with tenderness, loving compassion. Sure He could have rigged the tree with a divine security system, that at the mere touch, heaven would zap Adam and Eve with enough force to turn them both back into dust. But He didn’t. He pursued them.

We know the rest of the story, banishment from paradise, consequences, sweat and pain. “But the LORD God called to the man…” God has ‘called’ throughout history. The Bible is the story of God’s pursuit of man. He pursues you, and pursues me. He has provided every avenue for us to respond to His call. God loves us so much, that at times there is the need for Him to ask us AGAIN, “where are you?”

Often our relationship with God, is one as a child, we cozy up in His lap, but there are times we squirm out and run off and play. “Where are you?” Another question has settled in my heart, “What would it look like, really look like, in God’s pursuit of me, if I allowed Him to catch me, ALL of me?” O to be caught of God!

King David penned the beloved Psalm 23, in the latter verse he closes with, “Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life.” This follow is not a mere meandering behind, it is a PURSUIT. God pursues us.

Found among other poetic venues of David, Psalm 139 “O Lord, You have searched me and You know me… You hem me in behind and before.” Saying also, “You are familiar with all my ways.” The Lord knows where we are, He would like US to know as well.

So where are we? Has God visited our backyard recently? Perhaps we are hiding. Do we hear Him calling? Can we stop and allow Him to catch us in the pursuit, and be caught of God, He then can enfold us in His love, goodness and mercy. The grace filled pursuit of God.

It doesn’t matter WHERE we are … “But the LORD God called to the man”

In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love & good deeds.” ~ Heb. 10:24)


The Easter Gospel

‘Makarios Anastasis!’  This week is the traditional season of Passover for those of Jewish heritage or faith. Passover is the Hebrew celebration of remembering God delivering them from Egyptian bondage, the story found in the book of Exodus. The FINAL delivering power was that of the blood of a lamb. In short, the Israelites were to slay an unblemished lamb, and place the blood of the lamb on the door posts of their home. The angel of death came, (killing all first born males)  when the blood was seen, the angel passed over the home. Soon the Israelites were leaving Egypt FREE.

A different time:  Flip the pages forward, closer to the end of the book.

WAIT… what is that we hear.. LISTEN ~ do you hear the muffled sounds of a crowd, now the clip ~ clop of hooves? Someone is yelling something. Who is it that comes riding in on a donkey… the LAMB of God! (Mark 11:7-10) The crowd yells “Hosanna… Hosanna in the Highest.”

Hosanna is the Greek version of the Hebrew saying ‘yasha na’ (yaw-shaw naw) meaning, ‘Save we pray’. This is taken from the Hallel, from Psalms 118:25,26

O LORD, save us; O LORD , grant us success.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD.
From the house of the LORD we bless you. (NIV)

The King James says “Save now, I beseech thee” (Hosanna)

As Jesus rides into Jerusalem, they yell “Hosanna!” ~  “Save we Pray!” Can you grasp the impact of what they are saying? Jesus was fulfilling the prophetic words of Zechariah 9:9 and that of 2 Samuel 7:12-13

Then.. just 4 chapters later, that same crowd was again yelling, but this time. “Crucify Him! ~ Crucify Him!” Little did they know they were yelling the same thing… both times! For you see, for Jesus to ‘save we pray’, they had to ‘Crucify Him!’

Loved ones, Jesus is our Passover Lamb! But we can’t stop there. Luke chapter 24. Early, three days later after the death of Jesus, women were said to have gone to the tomb, when arriving they found the stone had been rolled away. When they entered in, they did not find the body of Jesus, yet ‘two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them’ (wouldn’t that scare the Easter bunny out of anyone). The men said, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; HE HAS RISEN ” (emphasis mine). They reminded the women of Jesus’ words . “The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.”

This is where we celebrate .. ‘Makarios Anastasis ! Blessed Resurrection!‘ Oh the joy of Easter, the story, the reality, the TRUTH.  Hosanna, Easter … the gospel truth.

Hosanna has become a phrase of praise. In it’s declaration it holds the complete gospel story. ‘Save we pray’. THAT HE DID!

Blessings to you and yours,

In Him, DeDe (Ps. 92:4 ‘You thrill me, LORD!)


Dressed for THEM

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How often do we go to our closet and pull out what to wear according to how we want to … feel? There are times I want to feel pretty, so I will wear something rather feminine, or speaking to a group desiring to feel confident, so I will wear something imagesperhaps tailored and professional. A time of relaxation, a soft pair of cotton sweats are the choice for the moment. A kick back day of running errands, jeans and a T-shirt. This clothing ourselves is primarily for … US, yet there is a time we dress for … THEM. Ultimately we dress for Him.

This week I had the wonderful privilege to speak at two chapel services at my son’s Christian School. I was given the assignment to speak on ‘compassion’. The ages of the children varied from kindergarten to 8th grade. I have never seen such eager faces starring back at me. I could have had these kids convinced that the rapture had taken place and I was there to bus them to another location… (just kidding) so I knew my responsibility was BIG. Speak short, sweet – to the point and give them a GREAT visual aide.  God is good.

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Eph. 4:32) followed the story of the Good Samaritan. Compassion, literally meaning ‘to share and understand the same feelings of another’. As I shared the Samaritan story from Luke chapter 10, my dear friend Wilma (thank you sweet gal) was conveniently located in the front row directly in front of me. She began to act agitated, sighing rather loud, shifting in her seat. As time went on, she became a distraction, I ‘acted’ irritated, trying to ignore her. The children now well aware of her actions and mood, looked to see how I was going to handle the situation (of course she was a ‘plant’).

I went to her and asked if she was ok, her response was ‘no’. I suggested that maybe she was too hot, and that I was somewhat chilled and asked if I could borrow her jacket, she took it off and gave it to me. Putting it on, I told her, the jacket was nice, as I slipped my hand into one of the pockets, finding a piece of paper. I pulled it out and unfolded it. Written on it in large black letters was the word ‘SAD‘. Holding it up for all the kids to 78036328see. “Hm…” I said, “maybe that is why she was sighing so loud”. I put my hand in another pocket and pulled out another piece of paper, this time it read ‘PAIN‘. Turning to Wilma I asked if she was sad and in pain, she shook her head yes. Looking again to the children, telling them, “Here I was trying to tell you about compassion, and I got irritated at Wilma and she is in pain and is sad.”   I found yet ANOTHER, piece of paper, ‘LONELY‘ it read.

Going to Wilma I gave her a big hug, told her I was sorry for judging her at first, but now I understood her. Colossians 3:12 “Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” I shared with the kids that compassion is like putting on someone’s jacket. When we do, we may ‘feel’ what they feel, we then can understand them and help them in kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. I think they got it. (a teachers smile). As I closed in prayer, I thanked Jesus for His quality of compassion, that He came to earth and put on humanity, He DOES understand.

Compassion, dressed for THEM.  Dressed for Him.

Blessing, DeDe (Ps. 92:4 “You thrill me, Lord…”)


Hosanna! The Easter Gospel

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‘Makarios Anastasis’.   This week is the traditional season of Passover for those of Jewish heritage or faith. Passover is the Hebrew celebration of remembering God delivering them from Egyptian bondage. The story is found in the book of Exodus. The FINAL delivering power was that of the blood of a lamb. In short, the Israelites were to slay an unblemished lamb, and place the blood of the lamb on the door posts of their home. The angel of death came, (killing all first born males) when the blood was seen, the angel passed over the home. Soon the Israelites were leaving Egypt FREE.

A different time:

WAIT… what is that we hear… LISTEN ~ do you hear the muffled sounds of a crowd, now 200468730-001the clip ~ clop of hooves?  Someone is yelling something. Who is it that comes riding in on a donkey… the LAMB of God! (Mark 11:7-10) The crowd yells “Hosanna… Hosanna in the Highest.”

 Hosanna is the Greek version of the Hebrew saying ‘yasha na’ (yaw-shaw naw) meaning  ‘save we pray’. This is taken from the Hallel, from Psalms 118:25,26 “O LORD, save us; O LORD , grant us success. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD. From the house of the LORD we bless you. “(NIV)  The King James says “Save now, I beseech thee” (hosanna)

As Jesus rides into Jerusalem, they yell “Hosanna!” ~ “Save we Pray!” Can you grasp the impact of what they are saying? Jesus was fulfilling the prophetic words of Zechariah 9:9 and that of 2 Samuel 7:12-13

Then.. just 4 chapters later, that same crowd was again yelling, but this time. “Crucify Him! ~ Crucify Him!”  Little did they know they were yelling the same thing … both times! 73845197 For you see, for Jesus to ‘save we pray’, they had to ‘Crucify Him!

Loved ones, Jesus is our Passover Lamb! But we can’t stop there. Luke chapter 24. Early, three days later after the death of Jesus, women were said to have gone to the tomb, when arriving they found the stone had been rolled away. When they entered in, they did not find the body of Jesus, yet ‘two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them’ (wouldn’t that scare the Easter bunny out of anyone). The men said, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; HE HAS RISEN ” (emphasis mine). They reminded the women of Jesus’ words . “The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.

This is where we celebrate … ‘Makarios Anastasis ! Blessed Resurrection!’ Oh the joy of Easter, the story, the reality, the TRUTH. Hosanna, Easter … the gospel truth.

 Hosanna has become a phrase of praise. In it’s declaration it holds the complete gospel story. ‘Save we pray’… THAT HE DID!

Blessings to you and yours,

In Him, DeDe (Ps. 92:4 ‘You thrill me, LORD!)


Attending to…

Attending to…

1 Pet. 4:8 “Above all, love each other deeply …” some translations use, ‘love fervently.’ Fervently, one of the most beautiful action words of the Bible. Our love is to be intently 75042909strenuous for one another. Meaning we ‘stretch out’ towards and for them with diligence, again and again. It may be a stretch for us. Life gets busy, but people need attending to … much to do, much to love.

attending to.


You Define the Depth

Have you ever felt compelled to get all spiffied up, put on your best duds, or perhaps sip2002855_tslide into a nice warm jacket, then realize you have no destination in mind, ‘all dressed up and no where to go.’

Our relationship with God is like that at times, we read our Bibles, have our devotions, say our prayers, yet … that is as far as we get. I am guilty of this. It is as if I am waiting for God to make the first move. James says clearly “Come near to God and He will come near to you.” (4:8)

One of God’s strongest attributes is that of His patience. He longs for us to come to Him, He is waiting. The principle is the same in all relationships, if you want it to be strong and deep, you have to cultivate it, put time and energy into it … particupate IN it.

So today, enjoy your relationship with Jesus, YOU define the depth, call out to Him, seek Him, enter in, come close to Him. Don’t merely stand out in the cold and allow just a few drops of God to fall on you, DIVE in and get Him all over you!

~ DeDe