Category: <span>thoughts by Katherine Kehler</span>


Oh Lord, what a variety you have made! And in wisdom you have made them all! The earth is full of your riches” Psalm 104:24.


Walking along the trail at Aldergrove Lake Park was the perfect way to spend a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon. As my husband and I walked, I noticed that the bleeding hearts, buttercups, and wild strawberries were blooming. The cedar and hemlock trees flaunted their beautiful, fresh, new green growth. Even the alder and maple trees were now full of leaves.

The smell of the woods was so pleasant and brought back memories of the springtime’s when I was in elementary school. It was a two-mile walk each way to school, so on the way home my sister and I often explored — we wanted to see what was on the “other side of the fence.” I remember the trillium’s that bloomed around Easter, but mostly I recall the sweetness of the tiny, wild strawberries in June. It is odd how some memories come up in a person’s mind. There is so much truth in Cesare Pavese’s observation, “We do not remember days, we remember moments.

I thank the Lord for memorable moments — for the little things in life He gives us to enjoy. It is out of His great store of love for us. How my heart soars with joy and delight when He opens my eyes to the variety of created things He gives us.

by Katherine Kehler
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

Further Reading

•  A Prayer of Praise for God’s Creation 

• All What?

 I am Thankful for… 


thoughts by Katherine Kehler Thoughts by Women


A lesson on honesty vs. dishonesty


But you desire honesty from the heart, so you can teach me to be wise in my inmost being.”  Psalm 51:6

The pastor’s sermon was about honesty and being truthful.  He used the verse in Psalm 51:6. Then he asked us if there was something in our lives in which we had been dishonest.  As soon as he said that, a picture came to mind, it was a carton of cream.

You see, the previous day when I had been unloading my groceries from the trunk of the car, I noticed a carton of cream I hadn’t paid for.  Oh, I hadn’t intentionally taken it; I just hadn’t seen it when I paid for the groceries.  But I hadn’t paid for it either.  It was Saturday afternoon and I didn’t want to go back inside the store to get in line again.  So, I promptly forgot about it.

But the Holy Spirit remembered and convicted me of taking the cream

Honey,” I told my husband as we were driving home after the service, “I need to stop at the grocery store.”  He drove to the store and went in and explained to a cashier what had happened and I needed to pay for the cream.

The woman at the customer service desk was very surprised that I came back to pay for it.  She kept saying, “You are so honest.”  I felt so free and happy “in my inmost being” when I had confessed and paid for the item.  It is a good thing to be obedient to the Lord!

If the Holy Spirit is convicting you about something you have not been honest about “I encourage you to obey” as soon as you can.  Don’t wait!

Father, it is so easy to rationalize a wrong deed or attitude. Yet you desire truth and honesty. Thank you for your Holy Spirit who convicts us of sin.  Help us to obedient.  Amen.

by Katherine Kehler
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

Further Reading

• Freedom in the Truth – by Debbie West

Claiming Forgiveness –  by Bill Bright

How to be Saved


thoughts by Katherine Kehler Thoughts by Women


The book of Acts is exciting! Miracles happen in every chapter. Although I have read through the entire Bible every year for over 25 years, every year, God opens my eyes to amazing new insights in His Word. This year my eyes were opened to the various ways (not just one way) God chose to speak to His followers. Have you noticed them before?

God Spoke to His Followers Through Angels

An angel of the Lord said to Philip.” (Acts 8:26)

An angel of the Lord came to him and said.” (Acts 10:2)

The angel struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Hurry! Get dressed and put on your sandals.” (Acts 12:7)

God Spoke to His Followers Through Visions

The Lord spoke to Ananias in a vision.” (Acts 9:10)

God Spoke to His Followers Through His Holy Spirit

“During this time the Holy Spirit said to them, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul to do a special work for which I have chosen for them.”
(Acts 13:2)

The Lord Spoke to His Followers Directly

“The next night the Lord came and stood by Paul. He said, “Be brave.
(Acts 23:11).

I reflected on these verses and wondered why, this year, God would open my eyes to the fact that He did not (and does not) use just one or two ways to speak to His followers. The answer was, “Don’t limit God to your incomplete knowledge of Him.”

We have the tendency to do that, don’t we?

Father God, thank You for opening our eyes and teaching us new truths and showing us new insights about Yourself. Help us to keep on being learners. Prevent us from trying to put You in our man-made boxes. You are so great! Amen.

By Katherine Kehler
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

FURTHER READING

God’s Mysterious Ways!

Wisdom and Knowledge of God

How Does God Do It?

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: https://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/

thoughts by Katherine Kehler Thoughts by Women


“Whoever believes in me as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within Him” John 7:38


Fresh clean water flowing from a mountain!  When was the last time you drank from a fresh mountain stream?  Or have you ever?

When I was a child, our family lived on a wonderful, scenic 64-acre dairy farm which had treed hills to explore and a creek running through it. During the summer, I would often go fishing for trout. A willow branch was my rod, a string, a cheap hook, earth worm for bait and a nut (from dad’s workshop) for a sinker was what I used.  No expensive fishing rod. If I grew thirsty while fishing, I would lean over and drink the water with cupped hands. Refreshing and good.

When Marvin and I bought our first property, we had a deep ravine around three sides of our house. Flowing from the ravine, in several places, were fresh water springs. Actually this is where a river had its beginning.

My husband dug a shallow well and captured the water from one of these springs– this is the water we drank.

Occasionally in fall and winter – our rainy season – the fallen leaves from the trees would block the path of the spring running into the well we would have to remove the rotting leaves and the flow toward the well would begin again.

Aren’t our lives like that sometimes? We have received Jesus Christ and the streams of new life, joy, peace, gentleness flow from within us because of the Holy Spirit. People are blessed when we cross their paths.

However, sometimes the source of our “Springs of Living Water” gets blocked with rotten leaves (sinful acts or attitudes), and they slow down or cut off the stream of Living Water coming out of our life.

You know, all we have to do to get that flow of Living Water flowing out of us again, is sincerely confess our sin (1 John 1:9), and by faith appropriate the fullness of His Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). Then the streams of Living Water will begin to flow again. Sin blocks the flow!

I encourage you to do this every time you contemplate a sinful act or attitude.  Someone once said, “I ‘fess them as I does them, I don’t bunch them.” Great way to live.

Father, thank You for living within us.   You are the source of the Living Water flowing out of us. May we always keep the flow free from any obstructions. Amen.

By Katherine Kehler
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

Further Reading

•  Living Water for the Thirsty – by Charles Spurgeon

•   Fountain of Life – by Sylvia Gunter

•   Bible Studies


SUBSCRIBE BY EMAIL: FOLLOW THIS LINK


Follow Us On:  Facebook  • Twitter  •  Instagram  •  Pinterest


thoughts by Katherine Kehler Thoughts by Women


If we are faithless (do not believe and are untrue to Him), He remains true, (faithful to His Word and righteous character), for He cannot deny Himself
2 Timothy 2:14


Two little girls were playing dress up in their Gramma’s attic. They were playing pretend church. The younger girl asked the other, “Jane, do you pray every day?”  The knowledgeable older child answered, “No, of course not.  Some days I don’t need anything.”

We laugh because we realize that prayer is much more than asking for our needs. But how often do we go a whole day or at least part of a day without even greeting or acknowledging our Master.

This negligence hit home to me when we were in Nigeria a few years ago. We had two wonderful weeks of ministry. We would have to pray many times a day because there were so many obstacles every day and God answered our prayers over and over again. We experienced so many miracles.

Then it was time to go home. Early in the morning, we headed for Jos airport.  After the usual waiting period and checking and rechecking of our documents, we finally boarded and had an uneventful trip to Lagos. We would be spending the day there before flying home.

It was almost noon when we checked into the hotel at Lagos and as I was standing in the hotel lobby waiting for my husband when I realized with consternation that I had not even greeted my Lord yet. Silently I talked to Him, apologized for my neglect. Thankful that even though I had ignoreRemove featured imaged Him, He was still with me and was waiting for me.

Later, I wondered how long we would tag along with a friend or relative if that person would not even acknowledge our presence or talk to us?

How often do you talk to God?

Lord Jesus, I am so thankful that you are always faithful to us, that you never rude, you never ignore us or neglect us.  I pray that your Spirit would develop a longing within us for your companionship so that we would communicate with you moment by moment. That we would treat you like we want to be treated. Amen.

By Katherine Kehler
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

Thoughts by All thoughts by Katherine Kehler Thoughts by Women


Jesus delights in our company.


Although there are people who don’t enjoy being with us, we know that God actually enjoys our company.

Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you.” Isaiah 30:18

He is our gentle and humble friendMatthew 11:29 says,

Come to me . . . for I am gentle and humble . . .”

Imagine, the King of Kings asks us to come to Him – He loves us and He tells us that He is humble and gentle.

He died for all our sins—past, present and future.  John 3:16,

For God so loves the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in shall not perish but have eternal life.

Because of His death on the cross for our sins and because of His resurrection, we can walk in the power of His Holy Spirit while on earth and spend in the future — live eternally with Him.

Jesus is bigger than all our problems.  We don’t need to worry. He tells us not to worry, but to tell Him about our problems. There is not a thing that confronts us  that He can’t fix or give us the strength to go through. In fact, He is able to do more than you and I could ever imagine.

With God’s power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine.Ephesians 3:20.

He is our shepherd.   He knows us and directs us to places that are best for us.

I say this because I know what I am planning for you,” says the Lord. “I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future.”  Jeremiah 29:11.

He also keeps us from going places which would be harmful.

He listens to us. Not only is God always with us, He listens to us.

The Lord sees the good people and listens to their prayers1 Peter 3:12.

How helpless we would feel if we didn’t have access to Him.  Our hearts agree with Simon Peter when he said,

Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.” John 6:68.

Many times a day we go to Him for direction, wisdom, answers, peace and comfort.  And He always listens.

Father, thank you for opening our eyes and ears so we recognize Your amazing loving care for us.  Amen

By Katherine Kehler
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

Comments: If you don’t see our response form, please go to https://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/katherine-kehler_god-demonstrates-love/

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: http://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/

FURTHER READING:

Jesus is Always There!
How Big is God?
Father God’s Intimate Love Letter to You


God’s Sufficiency Exceeds Our Need – by Sylvia Gunter
God is Our Provider
God Provides for His Own

thoughts by Katherine Kehler Thoughts by Women


“God shall supply all your needs, according to His riches in glory” Philippians 3:19


We were having dinner with an interesting group of people from four cities in the United States and Canada. We had never met any of them before and found ourselves sitting beside a couple who were about our age and had also traveled the world. I enjoyed hearing about their adventures.

Towards the end of the meal, they let me know that they were not religious (they had seen us pray before we started our meal). I told them I wasn’t religious either, but I had a personal relationship with God. He said he was an atheist. “You don’t know what you’re missing,” I told him. Shortly after that we all left, but I continue to pray for them.

What were they missing out on, I asked myself later.

•    Forgiveness of sins and peace with the Eternal God. John 3:16
•    Someone to talk to twenty four hours a day. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
•    God’s unfailing love. He never holds a grudge, is never moody, laughs with me, and comforts me when I am sad. 1 John 4:8  
•    Someone who listens to my prayers all the time and answers in the way that is best for me and the people I am concerned about. Jeremiah 3:3  
•    The One Who changes me and helps me become a nicer person. Galatians 5:22
•    Someone Who gives me wisdom. James 1:5
•    The confidence that God is the blessed controller of all things. Psalm 109:21
•    The knowledge that God opens my eyes to the beauty around me to see the blessings He  floods my life with. Psalm 23
•    The One who supplies everything I need. Philippians 4:19

Lord, these are some of the multitude of things this man and unbelievers everywhere are missing because they don’t know You. Open their eyes, Lord, so they can see and believe. Thank You Lord for being everything we need.

By Katherine Kehler
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

Further Reading

•  He Gives Us a New Song to Sing – by Bill Bright

•  Life Story: Transformation of Phim, a Maoist terrorist

•   Life’s Greatest Investment – by Bill Bright


thoughts by Katherine Kehler Thoughts by Women


“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life”  Proverbs 4:23


Is your heart rejoicing today, or are you broken-hearted?
Is your heart pure, or is it deceitful?
Would people say you have a heart of gold or a heart of stone?
Do you have a soft heart or a hard heart?
Do you have a generous heart or a greedy heart?

During the past several weeks, I have been searching the Bible for verses describing our hearts. The Bible tells us that our attitudes and moods are an overflow of what is in our heart.

Luke 6:45 says, “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”

How do we keep a heart attitude that is pleasing to the Lord? By being filled (controlled and directed) with the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 5:18 commands,

Be filled with the Spirit.”

How do we get a clean heart when our heart is dirty? 1 John 1:9 tells us,

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

How can a broken heart be healed? Psalms 34:18 tells us to ask God to heal our broken hearts.

The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

After reading these verses about our heart’s condition, I realize that I can’t change my heart. I have to rely totally on Christ. In John 15:5, Jesus said,

Apart from me you can do nothing.”

How is your heart today? Can you say with the Psalmist,

Create in me a new heart and renew a steadfast spirit within mePsalm 51:10

Lord Jesus, I ask You to take our hearts in Your precious gentle hands and change them, heal them, soften them, cleanse them, and fill them with Your Holy Spirit. Amen.

To learn more about the Spirit filled life visit: http://thoughts-about-god.com/biblestudies_/spiritfilledlife

By Katherine Kehler
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

FURTHER READING

•  Hard Hearted by Charles Spurgeon

•  Keep a Soft Heart – by Gail Rodgers

•  A Bit Like Pharoah by Julie Cosgrove

thoughts by Katherine Kehler Thoughts by Women


“Always keep on praying” 1 Thessalonians 5:17


Our granddaughters, Mercedes (age five) and Tia (age three), were having dinner with us. They were wiggly and giggly just before my husband prayed before the meal.

Settle down girls,” I said,

Grandpa is going to talk to God.”

Talk to God?” asked Mercedes, her big, brown eyes wide open.

Grandpa is talking to God?

That was new concept to her. She knew how to “pray” but didn’t realize that praying was actually talking to God.

Vonette Bright, the co-founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, International, was the person who first modeled spontaneous prayer for me. Talking to God anytime and anywhere. When we were driving from one city to the next, she would suddenly start talking to God about the subjects we were discussing. When we passed a car accident, she would begin praying for the well being of the people in the cars involved in the accident. When she was packing her clothes in garment bags, she would thank for Lord for His provisions.

It is very satisfying to pray spontaneously.

We pray for our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  We pray for staff team, about the subjects of our conversation, for our friends and acquaintances, the state of the world, for unbelievers, new believers and much more.

When someone asks you to pray for them, do it right then, either person to person, on the phone or email. They will be blessed; you will be blessed. When the Lord brings names of people or situations to mind, pray for them.

Always keep on praying. Prayer is talking to God – talk to Him.

Father, what a privilege it is to talk to You. You are always there, You are always listening. You always hear us. You care! You like to talk to us. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

By Katherine Kehler
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

Further Reading

•  What Should Be Included in Prayer?

•  Praying with Confidence

•  Salvation Explained


thoughts by Katherine Kehler Thoughts by Women


One evening I asked a group of Pioneer Girls what was the first thing that came to their mind when they thought about God. One girl answered, “An old man with a long beard, sitting on a cloud.” That was how she perceived God.

I often wonder what older adults think about God. A.W. Tozer wrote, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” It is so important that we have the Biblical image of God and not someone else’s.

Dr. William R. Bright wrote the following about God.

1. Because God is spirit, I will seek intimate fellowship with Him.
2. Because God is all-powerful, He can help me with anything.
3. Because God is ever-present, He is always with me.
4. Because God knows everything, I will go to Him with all my questions and concerns.
5. Because God is sovereign, I will joyfully submit to His will.
6. Because God is holy, I will devote myself to Him in purity, worship and service.
7. Because God is absolute truth, I will believe what He says and live accordingly.
8. Because God is righteous, I will live by His standards.
9. Because God is just, He will treat me fairly.
10. Because God is love, He is unconditionally committed to my well-being.
11. Because God is merciful, He forgives me of my sins when I sincerely confess them.
12. Because God is faithful, I will trust Him to always keep His promises.
13. Because God never changes, my future is secure and eternal.

What comes to your mind when you think about God? Write it down. Is it Biblical? Do you need to rethink your view of God?

Heavenly Father, May You take the scales off our eyes to see clearly how wonderful and loving You are, Oh Lord! Amen.

By Katherine Kehler
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

Further Reading

•   God Is…

•  The Almighty

•   God, Our Source of Life


thoughts by Katherine Kehler Thoughts by Women


“Honor your father and mother, as the Lord your God commanded you. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you” Deuteronomy 5:16

During my teen years, I tended to focus on what I thought my dad did wrong. Now that I have raised my own family and have grandchildren and great-grandchildren, I find myself reflecting more and more on what my dad did right, and how his Godly life style has been passed on to the fourth generation. I thank the Lord for my dad!

The following are some of things my dad did right!

  • He raised us to fear God and follow Him.
  • He loved his family and prayed for us.
  • He was faithful to my mother throughout her life.
  • He enjoyed life. He liked to play good-natured jokes on people.
  • He worked very hard to provide for the family. We had a large family and so besides running the dairy farm, he worked at another job to make ends meet.
  • He taught his children how to work hard.
  • He demonstrated hospitality. Even though our family had seven children and lived in a small house, we often had some of his nephews living with us. There was always room for one more.
  • He was very generous and gave a lot of money to the Lord. Near the end of his life, he worked at a thrift store and gave away a lot of furniture to people who couldn’t afford to buy.
  • He provided transportation for seniors who needed to go to the doctor. He also visited the sick, almost right up to the day he went for surgery and died.

There are many more good things I remember about my dad, but today I just want to say:

Thank You Lord, for giving us Godly fathers who do their best to raise their family in the knowledge and fear of the Lord. Lord bless them and encourage them to keep on doing what is right. Amen.

By Katherine Kehler
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

 

Further Reading

Father’s Day stories and articles

 A Call to Fatherhood

•  Salvation Explained


Follow Us On:  Facebook  • Twitter  •  Instagram  •  Pinterest


thoughts by Katherine Kehler Thoughts by Women


“The thief’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness” John 10:10


In the fly leaf of my “purse” Bible, I often jot down quotes and thought-provoking ideas I hear in church. This morning I noticed one I had written a few years ago: “Satan is not out to give you a bad day, he wants to destroy your life.”

The thief’s purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy. Death and darkness! Christ’s purpose is to give live in all its fullness. Life and light. Complete opposites.

Marvin and I were youth directors in our church for many years. One year we experienced a phenomenal revival and spiritual awakening — not only in our church youth group, but also in many others in our district. Three young adults, who were drug pushers, attended the youth meetings every Monday evening. One evening, all three of these young men gave the control of their lives to Christ. We were so happy and so were they.

That night we were in bed, almost asleep, when the phone rang. It was one of the three young men. The Holy Spirit had filled them with great boldness. “We were just at the pool hall and were witnessing to the guys in there,” he said. With the Bible on the pool table, they had pointed to the road and said, “See the road out there? Cars are going east or west. There is no middle road. You all have to decide whether you want to go to heaven or hell. There is no in between.

Heaven or hell. Darkness or Light. Death or Life. I encourage you to choose Christ and life, eternal life in heaven — light. Today!

If you have not yet consciously made the commitment to follow Christ, do it today. Don’t put it off.

Lord, You are the Father of Life and Light. The enemy is the father of lies and darkness.  Father, we choose You and Life. We reject Satan and his lies and darkness. Amen.

By Katherine Kehler
Used by Permission


Living with hope

Take a look at your life.  How would you describe it? Contented? Rushed? Exciting? Stressful? Moving forward? Holding back? For many of us it’s all of the above at different times. We experience a mix of dreams and regrets.

In the Bible, it says that Jesus came to make all things new. What would your life look like if you could start over? Your past doesn’t have to control your future. God has a wonderful plan for your life. No one can be perfect, or have a perfect life. But every one of us has the opportunity to experience complete forgiveness through a personal relationship with God made possible through Jesus Christ. And when God comes into your life, he starts to transform you from the inside out.

You can receive Christ right now by faith through prayer. Praying is simply talking to God. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. Here’s a suggested prayer:

Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to you and ask you to come in as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person you want me to be.

Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? You can pray it right now, and Jesus Christ will come into your life, just as He promised.


If you prayed this prayer we would love to hear from you . If you would like to know God deeper we can connect you with an email mentor and/or send you some great links.


Enter Email

Further Reading

•  When Satan Hinders You – by Charles Stanley

• Satan’s Strategies – by Charles Stanley

•  Salvation Explained further


thoughts by Katherine Kehler Thoughts by Women


Lord, little by little You are getting through my befuddled mind to teach me another practical concept about living a life pleasing to You.

Lord Jesus, I know You said that in this world we would have troubles, but for some reason, I really thought there would be fewer problems as I aged, that I would become wise. But life becomes more complicated.

I wonder, Lord, is it because You need to constantly remind us that this earth is not our home…that we are heaven bound?

So many times I forget that people, circumstances or things cannot give me happiness; only You can. I realize now that my discouragement can be because of the lack of trusting You.

This day, Lord, I pray that You will enable me to trust You each time a problem arises. Whenever I get stressed, remind me to turn my eyes on You and Your sufficiency.

My help comes from You, Lord. Amen.

By Katherine Kehler
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

MORE ON PRAYER

How to Pray
Sample Prayers

 

___

thoughts by Katherine Kehler Thoughts by Women

“Be kind and compassionate to one another . . .” Ephesians 4:32


The waitress leaned over the table and asked me, “Is your husband always so kind?”  “Yes”, I answered, “he is a kind man.”  The following is the incident she was referring too.

A woman in a van with 6 children drove into a Denny’s restaurant parking lot where we had stopped for lunch– she motioned for Marvin to come to the van.  Then she asked him if he could help her out. They hadn’t had anything to eat all day and the children were very hungry.  They had been driving from Texas, heading towards Washington, their car had broken down and the last of their money was used to pay for the repairs.

Of course,” he said, “come in and order the meals — I will pay for them.”

Because she had Multiple Sclerosis she asked if they could order the meals and eat them in the van. The older boys came in to the restaurant to order the meals.

Now the manager noticed that Marvin was paying for the meals — so he was impressed to supply the drinks—free. All the staff at the restaurant were excited because someone was being kind to a needy family. It energized them – kindness always does. Not only did my husband’s act of kindness bless the needy family, but also the staff in the restaurant.

Be Kind and compassionate one to another”, the Bible tells us. Why not today?  It doesn’t have to be a meal—it could be a smile, opening the door for someone, or offering to baby sit, weed someone’s garden—the Lord will open your eyes to where you can pass on an act of kindness.  Someone will see it and in turn be kind to someone else.

Father, you are so kind to us.  Enable us to be less self-centered and become more other-centered–to be kind one to another.  Thank you.  Amen

By Katherine Kehler
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

Further Reading

•   Your Kindness Quotient by Max Lucado

•  Lavished with Kindness – by Gail Rodgers

•   Just a Little Kindness – by Karen Woodard


thoughts by Katherine Kehler Thoughts by Women


“But cling to the Lord your God…”  Joshua 23:8 (Amp)

During a move to another house, our daughter Val was helping me pack boxes. Zachary, their eight-month-old son, was crawling by then but never wandered far from his mother. In fact, he would grab on (cling) to her leg and she would have to drag him along where ever she walked. He wouldn’t let go.

I recall one cold winter evening when the roads were very slippery and our car could not make it up a hill. After several attempts we finally abandoned the car and walked home. The snow was deep and the freezing rain had made a slick, hard icy coat over the snow, so walking was very difficult. All four young children were with us. My husband and I carried the two younger ones and tightly grasped the hands of the older two. They held fast so they wouldn’t slip and fall.

Do those word pictures help you understand the meaning of “cling to the Lord”. Here are a few thoughts regarding clinging to the Lord:

You will have to open your arms and/or hands first. You can’t cling to Him with your arms crossed or slack, or if your hands are clenched. He is there to carry you, but you have to trust Him and hang on.

When you are clinging to Him, you will go where He is going and fit into His way.

It is an act of the will. He invites us to cling to Him. He is the strong One. We chose whether to cling to Him or go through life alone.

Are you clinging to the Lord? Or have you been going it alone? It is lonely and tiring. He is strong. Why not pray the following prayer and get on His back again:

Father, I have let go of You and have been trying to live life without You. I am tired, lost and lonely. I want to get back on Your back and cling to You. Thank You for always taking the time to grasp my hand – if I ask You. Amen

By Katherine Kehler
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

Further Reading

•   The Strap . Dearest Lord, let us strap ourselves to you. Anchor us in faith and help us to cling to your love, no matter what swirls around us.

•   Hope Stronger Than Hurt   Do you know Jesus is right there with you.  Cling to him and He’ll bring you out in due time.

•   Salvation Explained


thoughts by Katherine Kehler Thoughts by Women