Even Now I Know

Reading in John 11, I am struck by the complete trust of Martha and the quickness of Mary’s response to seek Jesus even in their grief. These women have remarkable faith. Take a moment to ponder the verses here and the interaction between the sisters Martha and Mary, and Jesus. Imagine being in their sandals. How would you respond to Jesus? 

Now when Jesus came he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. John 11:13 

Only four days had passed since Lazarus death. No doubt, sleeplessness, grief and inner turmoil towards Jesus’ absence overwhelmed the broken hearts of these sisters. Remember by this point in Jesus’ ministry, these women had witnessed several miraculous events by Him. Yet, where was Jesus when they desperately needed Him? 

So, when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” John 11:20-22

Martha heard Jesus was near and she could not wait for His arrival. She is so confident in her Lord, that even in her overwhelming grief she trusts Him completely. I love her response, “But even now I know”. There is no bitterness or anger towards Jesus though He was not present to heal her brother. Even in her brothers death she is convinced that Jesus is good. That Jesus is God. 

She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the son of God who is coming into the world.” When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private “The teacher is here and is calling for you.” And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him. John 11:28-29

As soon as Mary heard that Jesus was calling for her, she quickly rose to meet Him. She does not hesitate. She does not refuse to budge in bitterness over His absence. She immediately responds to His call to her. 

I can not help but admire these two women. I learn so much from them. Though they are filled with grief at the loss of their beloved brother Lazarus, still all of their faith is in Christ Jesus.

Faith in God does not disappoint! Ever! And these two sisters are about to experience that personally as they watch, with their very own eyes, their brother Lazarus walk out of his grave! 

Living Water

This morning as I was sharing our double sink bathroom with my husband, I was struck by the ease of which we enjoy fresh water. Water is plentiful for us, for laundry, cooking, and showers. We even have a brook that meanders through our property. How often I have turned on the faucets with never a thought in mind.

This morning my thoughts went to the millions around the world who have no water available to them. Water is such a basic necessity for life. Many struggle each day to find enough to stay alive, yet I most often take it for granted. I foolishly forget that water means life! 

In John, Jesus is having a conversation with a woman He had never met before.

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that is saying to you ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water. ” (John 4:10)

The woman answered him, sir you have nothing to draw water with and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? (John 4:11)

With the woman’s response it is obvious she has no idea what Jesus is talking about. She thinks He is talking about physical water that sustains life, yet He is speaking of Himself, the spiritual water, the Gift of God, who is eternal life. 

Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but who ever drinks of the water I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)

Just like water that sustains our physical life, Jesus is the spiritual water that gives and sustains our eternal life. Only a relationship with Him will give us constant fulfillment, a steady replenishment that quenches our thirst, and ultimately an eternity in Heaven. 

It is Written 

This week I have been meditating on Matthew 4:1-11. These are the verses that talk about Jesus being led into the wilderness to be tempted.  


Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (Matthew 4:1)

If we continue reading, we realize that Jesus is in serious need. He is extremely hungry and exhausted, having gone forty days without food, and of course that’s when the enemy arrives. That part of these verses always seems unfair to me. How sneaky of the devil to wait to arrive until Jesus is completely exhausted. But, let’s face it, we know that the enemy never plays fair, ever.

And after fasting forty days and forty nights He was hungry. And the tempter came to Him and said… (Matthew 4:2-3)

It’s then, however, that Jesus shows us how to win over the temptation and not fall for the devil’s schemes. Hungry and thirsty, He speaks God’s written word. He knows it. He trusts it. He has it memorized. It is hidden in His heart. 

But He answered, “It is written… (verse 4) Jesus said to him, “Again, it is written…” (verse 7). Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone Satan! For it is written…” (verse 10)

With each temptation that the devil brought His way, Jesus knew exactly what to say and quoted out loud the Word of God. He knew the power of God’s word gives victory over satan.

Then the devil left Him… (Matthew 4:11)
You see, it is God and His Word that has complete power over the enemy. Jesus proved it by speaking God’s written Word each time a temptation came. 

These verses are about Jesus being led into the wilderness to be tempted. They are also about Jesus showing us that victory over temptation comes with God and the power of God’s spoken Word.  

I am thankful for the example Jesus gave us to follow. How about you?  

Fight To Win Girl

Hey girlfriend, Believer, Christ follower, daughter of The King, have you taken a good look around lately? Have you noticed the lack of commitment, the disrespect, the out bursts of anger and the filthy talk? How about the disloyalty, discontentment, unruly attitudes, selfishness and lack of forgiveness that has become the norm today? Have you recognized the lack of holiness all around? I am talking about with us, with me and you. I am not talking about them. 

We are at war! The enemy has infiltrated. He has either snuck into our ranks, or we have blatantly opened wide our security gates and invited him in. Whichever way he has entered, whether invited or uninvited, he is here wreaking havoc and bringing about destruction and disasters. He is destroying our spiritual growth, our peace and contentment, and our effectiveness for Christ. He has a stronghold on us, and it is time we learned how to fight. 

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have Divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ. 

Our fight is not a physical fight. It is a battle that occurs in our minds. Our thought life controls our actions. God’s Word says we need Divine power to destroy the strongholds in our minds. And God and His Word is the answer. To win the fights we must put on the full armor of God that we may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. We must take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit. 

Lord I pray that we, all of Your girls, would learn to fight by praying in the Spirit using Your Word. I pray that our minds would think about whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise that these would be the things our minds dwell on. Keep us aware of the enemies schemes. Help us to fight, not lay down and roll over defeated. Remind us only to stand readied with Your armor, Your Word and prayer. Let our faith in You and effectiveness for Your kingdom grow as we watch You, our God, demolish our enemies. To You be the glory Lord! Amen.

Needing One Another’s 

Today my sister came to my house. We spent some time together, visited our mom and just enjoyed each others company. The weather completely cooperated. It was an absolutely gorgeous day. Bright sunshine, blue skies and 80 degrees.

In the afternoon my husband and I stopped to eat at a local favorite spot. We went for a ride on our motorcycle, which is one of our most favorite things to do together. After a couple of hours of snuggling in the wind, and 75 miles later we came home to a peaceful, quiet evening. I even received a phone call from our daughter, the one who moved 2,600 miles away. Her call was the icing on the cake to the end of a beautiful day.

Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing to His name, for it is pleasant!  

As I ponder this past day, a slight breeze blows through the open windows, my feet are up and the hum of the fan offers me a gentle melody. I bet if I looked outside into the field lightening bugs would be popping up and down, dancing on top of the swaying grass. It's been one of those days and my heart is full. 

As if these blessings were not enough, tucked into all the goodness of this packed full day were two other wonderful moments. One was a chance meeting with a Pastor and his wife who were visiting New England from Tennessee. Meeting these friendly folks with their southern accent and their love for Jesus was like meeting up with old friends. We stood and gabbed together for several minutes. I left our conversation feeling blessed, renewed and excited to have met both of them. They encouraged my soul. Will and Sharon may God bless the two of you. It was a pleasure to meet you. 

The other moment was a quick, unexpected visit from a friend. She stopped by just briefly and shared a word of encouragement that she had received. Something that together we have been praying about. We talked for just a few minutes and prayed together before she left. Her quick visit left me feeling blessed, renewed and excited. You know who you are my friend and may God bless you for the kindness of your visit with me today.
All of this time spent with the people God chose to send my way today, reminded me of how important old and new relationships are. We need one another, to love, to forgive, to encourage, to do life together. 

How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity! 

Not every day is like today for me. I do have days that are extremely tough just like everyone else. But today God chose to offer me this day. Thank you Lord, for You are so good to me! 

Misunderstandings  

My husband and I celebrate our 38th anniversary this week. One would think after that many years, we would communicate well with each other and for the most part, we do. Yet, there are times when we completely misunderstand one another. 

A few nights ago, we went for an evening ride in my husband’s pickup truck. The day had been quite hot, but evenings here can be a little on the cool side. With our windows down as we traveled, the wind was blowing into the truck cab causing some noise. 

The breeze was a bit too much for me, so I said to my hubby, “I’m getting a little cold.” He rather quickly looked my way and replied “I’m not in a bad mood.” After explaining what I said, we both laughed so hard. Now, when I can’t hear what he is saying to me I just yell back “Im not in a bad mood!” And we laugh all over again. 

It is very easy to be misunderstood and just as easy to misunderstand.

The book of James reminds us, “that every person should be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger. For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:19).

When we are misunderstood, we appreciate a listening ear. 

Let us be slow to speak and slow to anger, with those we come in contact with each day. Let us be women who are quick to listen above the windy noises of life. 

No Jumping the Fence

Today I took a walk to a local coffee shop with a friend. She lives on a rather busy street, so we decided to take a short cut through an apartment complex and a near by cemetery to avoid the traffic. Walking was a nice change. The cemetery was freshly mowed and had lots of beautiful flowers here in there. As we walked on through this fairly large cemetery, we realized it was completely fenced in. 

Jokingly, my friend suggested we jump the fence rather than walk all the way back again around to the front opening. We laughed at the thought (both of us are over 50) and I mentioned there must be an opening somewhere. Sure enough, in the very far corner of this large fenced in area was a little opening with a worn narrow dirt path. It led through a tiny patch of trees and into the back parking lot of the coffee shop. 

What a fun picture of a very serious conversation Jesus had with those He spoke to. Jesus said, I am the way, and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6 And He said to them, strive to enter through the narrow door, for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. Luke 13:24 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:14

Coming out of the narrow path and stepping into the parking lot my friend bent down, picked up a quarter and called it her tip for the day. We laughed and I said the tip of the day should be “Don’t jump the fence, look for the narrow path.” 

 My prayer is that all who will read this know that Jesus is the only way to eternal life. You cannot jump the fence and enter any other way. You must find Him. He is the narrow path that leads to eternal life.