Monthly Archives: November 2013


Tornado wreckage

More and more I realize that few people of gentle, peaceful, and strong character have become strong because life spared them difficulties.  Often they are the “survivors” of destructive forces.  Their strength lies not in what they have been spared or avoided, but what they have faced and overcome.

They do not lament or murmur about their suffering, but pay tribute to  God who gave strength and brought good out of  difficult situations.

 “I have …learned that the most mature believer is the one who is bent over, leaning most heavily on the Lord, and admitting his total inability to do anything without Christ. The greatest Christian is not the one who has achieved the most but rather the one who has received the most. God’s grace, love, and mercy flow through him abundantly because he walks in total dependence.”  Jim Cymbala, pastor of The Brooklyn Tabernacle

Martha Hawn VanCise ©2013

Peace Drain

Low Battery


Unnoticed attitudes and thoughts
in the daily routine of life
often drain our peace.

In the brightness of days
that seem free of great trials or darkness,
we don’t notice that interior monologues
and mental harangues are
stealthily sapping our peace.

Criticism  Resentment  Fretting over annoyances  Jealousy
Discontent  Self-doubt Unresolved anger  Worry

Deplete our Peace and dim our Joy.

When we sense unease
instead of assurance
we need to check the control panel of our life
and turn off peace-draining thoughts.

Martha Hawn VanCise © 2013



We Won’t Be Going Back



At the close of World War II, Paul Rees, minister and writer, told his congregation,
“You must have the grit to face the truth about our age.”

He said that they could not ignore the changes that had come:  women working outside the home, rising divorce rate,  declining moral standards, increasing national debt (300 billion dollars).

He emphasized that they could no longer ignore the reality of change in their world. Life would never again be as it was before the War. He said “When the old is shaken down, that which endures stands out in bold relief and is more important than before.”

The technological advances and decline in moral values of the last two decades have radically changed our world. We must have the grit to face these changes.  Family units, education, politics, medicine, sports and the church will never return to the normal we knew in the past.

No matter how we may rant and rave against the changes and grieve over lost ideals in government, education, families, and churches – we won’t be going back.

We must stand firm and find God’s path forward through current realities.

Paul Rees’s advice given 60 years ago is applicable in the second decade of the 21st century.

“We must get a grip on these unshakeable things
One God
Our need of a Savior

The Word of God.
We must have the courage to be changed to conform to God’s pattern and not the world’s pattern.”

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.( I Corinthians 16:13)
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal
… (Philippians 3:13b-14)
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
(Romans 12:2)

Martha VanCise ©2013