As you have noticed, Signposts on High Trails posts ended in early 2018. In the past, I wrote nonfiction articles and books. At the beginning of 2018, I changed directions in my writing. I began a fiction book tentatively titled Green Flash, which tells of a blond-haired, blue-eyed pilot who decides to pull off a diamond heist in an Afro-Caribbean nation. Knowing he could never escape detection, he joins a midwestern mission team as a cover.

I’m currently working on a second draft and hope to present it to agents in November. Today’s publishing is different than when I first began. I must have an agent and a media platform (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to show that people read my writing.

At this time, I do not plan to continue posting the blog, Signposts on High Trails, but will post shorter Signposts to a new Facebook location:

I still have my Martha Hawn VanCise Facebook page with pictures of my family and friends, but the Marthavancisewrites Facebook page focuses on writing, spiritual life, the worldwide Church, and tips for short-term missions. Thank you for subscribing to Signposts on High Trails in the past.   I hope you will continue to follow my writing on

Twitter: @VanCiseM

Previous posts on will remain here until I migrate this material to a new web site in the future.


Sediment settles

I love all flavors of coffee and drink it black. In Haiti, though, the bitter brew required sugar. Haitian sugar was unrefined and took a couple minutes to dissolve. Before drinking the coffee,  I had to give it one last stir to bring sugar dregs to the top. Only after skimming floating debris could I enjoy the brew.

Memories are like sediment that over time settle to the bottom of our minds and hearts. Forgotten, they lie hidden for many years, but an unexpected stirring of our lives, may bring them to the surface. Some remembrances should be returned to our vault of cherished moments. Others must be skimmed and flung away if we are to maintain communion with God.

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:31-32 NKJV

Martha Hawn VanCise©2017



 I wonder…
What was Your departure like?
Did You take Your time leaving heaven?
Did You give Michael and Gabriel see-you-later embraces?
Did angels peer over jasper walls and sing a “’Til We Meet Again,” type song?
Did You step quickly through luminescent gates into the dark channel of human flesh?
Did You stretch out Your departure  by
sauntering through the galaxies,
knowing that this cosmic view
would be confined to only memory
during the next three decades?
When You left, did You glance back?
Did you consider that heaven would not be the same
when You returned?
I wonder…
When You let go of God-equality
And reached for a grip on human likeness
did you exult in the moment, knowing that  finally,
the Eternally-anticipated Plan had been set in motion?

Martha VanCise©2017 – I originally posted this in 2013 under the title “Departure Day.”