“This is what the LORD says—the LORD who made the earth, who formed and established it, whose name is the LORD: ‘Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.’” ~Jeremiah‬ ‭33‬:‭2-3‬ (NLT)

This verse brings to my mind curiosity about what secrets do I not know? What would The Lord wish for me to know? What is it I am to do with this new knowledge?

I must pray.


Words of comfort.

“Give your burdens to the LORD,
and he will take care of you.
He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”
~Psalms‬ ‭55‬:‭22‬ (NLT)


“Write this letter to the angel of the church in Philadelphia.

This is the message from the One who is holy and true, the One who has the key of David.

What He opens,
no one can close;
and what He closes,
no one can open:

“I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my Word and did not deny me.” ~‭Revelation‬ ‭3‬:‭7-8‬ (NLT)

I have been reflecting greatly on things that have happened in my life, in my church, in my work, and in my world. I often wonder why some things happens one way and some things happen a completely different way. I like knowing that God remains in control, and that there are doors that He closes and other ones He opens, maybe doors we didn’t know were there before they were opened.

I just wish I was better at listening to God’s direction.


“What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.” ~‭Genesis‬ ‭28‬:‭15‬ (NLT)

While in context, this scripture was God’s promise to Israel, I know the same promise applies to us today. I for one am leaning on His promise to bring me home.

ANOTHER CHAPTER IN LIFE’S LESSON – by judith johnson krypta

time_will_tellA young man learns what’s most important in life from the guy
next door.

It had been some time since Jack had seen the old man.

College, girls, career, and life itself got in the way.
In fact, Jack moved clear across the country in pursuit of his
dreams. There, in the rush of his busy life, Jack had little
time to think about the past and often no time to spend with his
wife and son.

He was working on his future, and nothing could stop him.

Over the phone, his mother told him, “Mr. Belser died last
night. The funeral is Wednesday.” Memories flashed through
his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his
childhood days.

“Jack, did you hear me?”

“Oh, sorry, Mom. Yes, I heard you. It’s been so long since I
thought of him. I’m sorry, but I honestly thought he died years
ago,” Jack said.

“Well, he didn’t forget you. Every time I saw him, he’d ask how
you were doing. He’d reminisce about the many days you spent
over ‘his side of the fence’ as he put it,” Mom told him.

“I loved that old house he lived in,” Jack said.

“You know, Jack, after your father died, Mr. Belser stepped in
to make sure you had a man’s influence in your life,” she said.

“He’s the one who taught me carpentry,” he said. “I wouldn’t be
in this business if it weren’t for him. He spent a lot of time
teaching me things he thought were important.
Mom, I’ll be there for the funeral,” Jack said.

As busy as he was, he kept his word. Jack caught the next
flight to his hometown.

Mr. Belser’s funeral was small and uneventful. He had no
children of his own, and most of his relatives had passed away.

The night before he had to return home, Jack and his mom stopped
by to see the old house next door one more time.

Standing in the doorway, Jack paused for a moment. It was like
crossing over into another dimension, a leap through space and

The house was exactly as he remembered. Every step held
memories. Every picture, every piece of furniture…

Jack stopped suddenly.

“What’s wrong, Jack?” his mom asked.

“The box is gone,” he said.

“What box?” Mom asked.

“There was a small gold box that he kept locked on top of his
desk. I must have asked him a thousand times what was inside.
All he’d ever tell me was ‘the thing I value most,’” Jack said.

It was gone. Everything about the house was exactly how Jack
remembered it, except for the box. He figured someone from the
Belser family had taken it.

“Now I’ll never know what was so valuable to him,” Jack said.
“I better get some sleep. I have an early flight home, Mom.”

It had been about two weeks since Mr. Belser died. Returning
home from work one day Jack discovered a note in his mailbox.

“Signature required on a package. No one at home. Please stop
by the main post office within the next three days,” the note

Early the next day Jack retrieved the package.

The small box was old and looked like it had been mailed a
hundred years ago.

The handwriting was difficult to read, but the return address
caught his attention.

“Mr. Harold Belser” it read.

Jack took the box out to his car and ripped open the package.
There inside was the gold box and an envelope.

Jack’s hands shook as he read the note inside.

“Upon my death, please forward this box and its contents to Jack

It’s the thing I valued most in my life.” A small key was taped
to the letter.

His heart racing, as tears filling his eyes, Jack carefully
unlocked the box. There inside he found a beautiful gold pocket
watch. Running his fingers slowly over the finely etched casing,
he unlatched the cover.

Inside he found these words engraved:
“Jack, Thanks for your time! Harold Belser.”

“The thing he valued most…was…my time.”

Jack held the watch for a few minutes, then called his office
and cleared his appointments for the next two days.

“Why?” Janet, his assistant asked.

“I need some time to spend with my son,” he said.

“Oh, by the way, Janet…thanks for your time!”

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take
but by the moments that take our breath away.”


I said, ‘Look at these wicked people— enjoying a life of ease while their riches multiply. Did I keep my heart pure for nothing? Did I keep myself innocent for no reason?’

“Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside.

“Yet I still belong to You;
You hold my right hand.
You guide me with Your counsel,
leading me to a glorious destiny.
Whom have I in heaven but You?
I desire You more than anything on earth.
My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
but God remains the strength of my heart;
He is mine forever.”

~Psalms‬ ‭73‬:‭12-13, 21, 23-26‬ (NLT)

DIVORCE AND IT’S EFFECT ON EDUCATION – compilation by willetta


While children of divorce do not always experience problems, there are significant negative differences in teen births and high school dropout rates between children whose parents have divorced and those whose parents have remained together.

High School Dropout Rate – Two-Parent (13%); Divorce (31%)

Teen Birth Risk – Two-Parent (11%); Divorce (33%)

73% of children receive a high school diploma and another 12% receive a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Nevertheless, of the 15% who do not receive a high school diploma, children from divorced families are about twice as likely to drop out of school …

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‘My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
And my heart responds, “ LORD, I am coming.”’
~Psalms‬ ‭27‬:‭8‬ (NLT)

I thought about the response the Psalmist gave The Lord when He called. I pictured excitement, like a heart leaping when someone you love calls.

But then I thought about how it feels when your boss calls you in to talk, and says, “shut the door.” My heart twinges a bit then wondering just what is next (out of fear).

I then wondered which response I would truly have if He calls me. I have to admit, it would be a little of both. I long to be in His prescence, but He frightens me too. I have seen the wrath He is capable of, and yet, He would choose to offer me mercy.

WHAT’S THAT SMELL? by kevin horath

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Have you ever wondered if you could pass God’s smell test? Did you know He had a smell test?

I recently shared a “new” smell to Dozsar. I caught this largemouth bass from our pond over the weekend. Knowing that he had never seen (or smelled) a fish, I thought I would introduce him to this new fragrance. It must not have smelled that great because he wasn’t that interested. Had that been a piece of steak, he would have gone nuts. But, something must not have smelled right. So, he did not accept it. He lost interest.

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“Trust in the LORD with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.”
~Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭5-6‬ (NLT)

I probably have posted this before, because every time I stumble on this verse, I stop. How many times in life do we find ourselves in a crossroads, wondering what next step to take? We often forget to consider the big picture that only God knows, and we tend to focus only on what we can see.

It is difficult to trust when we can’t see what God can see, but that’s when we have to assume again that God has His purpose in what we do. I’m going to work on this.