Silent Hands

They say angels are messengers
Sent from above
Guiding us, helping us
Resist unto blood
And I know it’s true ’cause I’d never be
Able to overcome
What overcomes me

Having no sustenance
Down on my luck
Wandering, bewildered
In the mud and the muck
Faithful ones find me and they take me in
Feed me and lead me
Where I’ve never been

Emptied and weary
I fall on my face
Losing all sight of
God’s wonderful grace
Filled with misgivings, discouraged, depressed
Somehow I’m lifted
Somehow I’m blessed 



Silent hands rescue me
Give me hope, set me free
Take me into a place
Of peace
When my eyes cannot see
And my heart fails me
Silent hands
Silent hands
Rescue me


My grandson, Jonathan, who is two years old, is quite intrigued with my husband’s motorcycle. He stares at it, points at it, sits on it, and talks about it. He makes vrooom sounds when he thinks about it. And he likes to climb up on my husband’s knees and have my husband bounce him around like he’s riding a motorcycle. He sometimes puts a make-believe helmet on his head and pretends to be snapping it under his chin.

My husband often wears an orange shirt so he’ll be seen on his motorcycle–and because he just loves the color orange. Jonathan has seen him in that shirt so often that the other day a woman went down the street in an orange skirt and Jonathan said, “Pap!” And now Jonathan has a word for a motorcycle that shows how important Pap is to him. His word for motorcycle? Papsigull.

We often hear about how our lives are being viewed by the little ones who are around us, and I think my grandson is a good example of this. He is watching Pap. He is not only watching him but he is aware of Pap’s behavior. And he is imitating that behavior.

So for all you paps out there–and mamaws, moms and dads, aunts and uncles, and older brothers and sisters–remember that our little ones are watching us. And they are very impressionable. Let’s pause and ponder a bit, and perhaps say a little prayer, before we throw on our orange shirt and snap on our helmet and go about the business of our day. Little eyes are watching. Little ears are hearing. Little hearts are learning. Let’s make sure they’re learning something good.


It’s All About God

It’s all about God. We ought to know that, but I think we forget and often think it’s all about us. We repent of our sins. We have strong faith. We work hard to do God’s will and resist Satan. We do this and we do that, as we are working out our own salvation. 

And, yes, I do understand that we can’t ignore God, doing absolutely nothing to accept His gift of salvation, and yet expect that He will miraculously save us. I even know that the Bible says we must work out our own salvation.

But it is God Himself who works in us, and anything we do is from Him (Eph 3:20, Phil 2:13,1 Thes 2:13). He gives us the gift of His Son (Jn 3:16). He gives us repentance (Acts 5:30-31, Acts 11:18, 2 Tm 2:25). He gives us faith (Rom 10:17, 1 Cor 12:7-11, Eph 2:8-9). He gives us strength to get up in the morning (Acts 17:28). In fact, all good gifts come from God (Jas 1:17). And we do all things through Christ, who strengthens us (Phil 4:13).

We are sheep, running around not knowing what we’re doing half the time. And we can be very blinded. Even when some bit of knowledge or wisdom is right in front of our face, we don’t see it. And then one day, in God’s time and when we are ready, the truth hits us like a ton of bricks. But we are proud and arrogant and like to think we do everything on our own, so we don’t always realize that it is God who is opening up His truth to us.

It’s all about God. And we ought to give Him the credit and glory He deserves. We must remember Moses and the rock (Nm 20:10-12). God brings forth the water (Mt 5:45). He feeds us (Mt 6:11). He clothes us (Mt 6:30, Lk 12:28). God is the Potter and we are the clay (Rom 9:20-21). He can soften our heart or He can harden it (Ex 4:21, Acts 16:14). And we need to make ourselves wide open to God and give Him free reign in our hearts and in our lives. Then we need to glorify Him for anything He does with or through us.

It’s all about God. The sooner we realize that, the more tolerant we’ll be of others who have not been as blessed as we have been, and the more grateful we’ll be toward God that He has granted us repentance, faith, and salvation. Let’s bow down now and praise Him for the love, grace, and mercy He has bestowed, not just on mankind but on us as individuals!


Nourish and Cherish

Just as Jesus is our Master and Lord, so a husband is master and lord of his wife (Ep 5:22-24, I Pe 3:1, 6). Sometimes I don’t think we consider what that means. We recognize the headship of Jesus. We even accept the authority an employer has over his employees. We understand the authority and power of kings and others in high positions. But when it comes to our husband, we women tend to focus more on the fact that he is to love us and to cherish and nourish us (Eph 5:29).

We might want to look at that word “nourish.” The word is ektrephō, and means “to nurture or bring up.” Our husband has the right and duty to guide, train, and teach us, and to nurture us, as the very word itself means. It’s not always easy to accept nurturing from our husband. We think we are mature women (godly and spiritually minded) and we have long since passed the need of nurturing. Yet we see that we must accept our husband’s nurturing.

Our husband is our lord. We need to have the proper attitude about his authority over us. We need to obey and submit our will to him and subject ourselves to him voluntarily and out of love so that he can give an account with joy and not with grief for how he ruled us and our household (I Ti 3:4-5). We shouldn’t have the attitude that we are grown women and don’t need anyone to train or guide or rule us.

We might consider not only how we react toward our husband’s rule but also how we might, without realizing it, treat our husband as if we have some sort of control over him. For instance, if we tell our husband to do something instead of asking him, question him as a mother might question a child about where he’s been, or tell him he’s wrong about something, we might be stepping out of our bounds. Imagine how we would feel if our child said to us, “Mom, go get me a Kleenex,” or “You’re wrong about that, Mom; here’s how it is,” or “Where have you been all day, Mom? I’ve been calling you and you didn’t answer. Keep your cell phone on so I can reach you.”

Yes, we are one with our husband, but he still is our lord and master and he rules over us, with God’s approval (Ge 2:16). We should give him at least, and I’m being sarcastic, the respect we would give to our boss at work. I doubt any of us tell our boss to get us a Kleenex or ask him where he’s been all day.

Granted, we have a deeper and more intimate relationship with our husband than we do our boss, but how we relate to our husband and his authority involves our attitude and tone of voice as well as our overt and covert actions. And I think we sometimes need a gentle reminder that we are to submit to our husband as to the Lord.

Ep 5:22  Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
23  For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church . . .
24  Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

If we wouldn’t think of telling Christ what to do or questioning Him about His actions, if we wouldn’t consider telling him no or making Him wait when He calls us, if we wouldn’t dare think that we are grown women and don’t need Him telling us what to do, then we shouldn’t act (or even feel) that way toward our husband either.

If we women will surrender our will to our husband’s and seek to be the helper (Ge 2:18) we should be to him, we most likely won’t have to worry about how he treats us. Our husband will reach down, pick us up in his strong and tender arms, and put us up on that pedestal where we want to be. We don’t need to try to climb it ourselves.

I explained what “nourish” means. Do you know what “cherish” means? The word is thalpō and means to “keep warm” or “foster with tender care.” If we will accept our husband’s nourishment with grace and humility, and even appreciation, he will automatically cherish us. And what joy, what jubilation, what delight and elation, when our husband, the man whose praise and adoration we want most, glories in us as we glory in our children!

God’s ways are best. And what is more, they work to give us exactly what we want and need as women. And more importantly, they make us the helper our husband wants and needs. Praise God for His magnificent and awesome wisdom!