I’ve been writing since I was 10 after I was hit by a drunk driver, in the hospital for a month, and recovering for another six months. Not being able to attend school, writing became my emotional outlet. When I was angry, frustrated, or happy, I wrote why.

There have been times I’ve stopped writing and asked, “Should I keep doing this? Does anyone read anything anymore?”

Every time I stop for a few days and ask this and surrender my writing again to the Lord, I hear God’s voice. “Write this down and post it, send it to ____, or put it in your next book.”

“Thus speaketh the LORD God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book.” Jeremiah 30:2

Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter.” Revelation 1:19  And so John wrote the book of Revelation to show us the need to be ready for the end.

I’m not a prophet like Isaiah or Jeremiah or like Christ’s disciple John.

But I’m in good company when I think of Isaiah 30:8. “Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever.”

Maybe much of what I have written is for the time to come. 

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On Tuesday our Ladies Bible study group visited Toccoa Falls, Georgia to enjoy the waterfall. And there we sensed a deep peace, God’s peace. We took time to pray, praise God, and thank Him for our lives and His blessings.

The sign accompanying the monument listed the names of the 39 people who lost their lives, and 60 were also injured. It was a dreadful tragedy. The dam broke suddenly in the early morning hours of November 6, 1977.

There was no warning! Many were asleep as flood waters rushed through and covered the area killing people and destroying property.

Today the waterfall and the surrounding area is a peaceful place of beauty and rest. It is located on the college campus, which is also calm and pleasant.

Only God alone could turn such a disaster on the place it occurred into a site of sweet peace and splendor. It reminded me of our chaotic and sinful lives before we become Christians.

God is great and good. He redeems us and turns our messes and brokenness into wholeness.

He turns tragedy into joy.

Trouble into peace.

Despair into happiness.

Ashes into beauty.

Chaos into order.

Mourning into praise.

Romans 8:28 “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

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1 Corinthians 1:27 “God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.”

Some Jews and Greeks long ago thought any god who would die on a cross to save people was foolish and weak and those who believed this were also foolish and weak.

The world saw many of the early disciples as losers. Many weren’t well-educated and without money, rank, or social standing.

By God’s grace, those believers received the wisdom and strength of the Lord. God’s way of salvation is foolishness to the world. God chose the weak of the world to shame those who trust in their abilities, and God chose the foolish and unqualified people as defined by human terms to bring others into His Kingdom.

Don’t boast in your abilities, but in the Lord Jesus and Him crucified, for He is the personification of God’s wisdom and strength. Those who do not believe and repent and recognize God’s one and only path to eternal salvation and everlasting life through faith in Jesus Christ, His death, and resurrection, will be eternally lost.

“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness. The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile!” 1 Corinthians 3:19-20

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