Monthly Archives: December 2013

Rest Area

Rest Area

Thank you for your support and encouraging comments about during the past year. Since February 20, 2013, I’ve posted 44 weekly blogs.

Hits on the blog (I hope surfers stopped to read the post!) came from 36 states and 26 countries. Some of these countries are closed to Christian ministries. As I write each blog, I pray that the message will touch at least one person and provide needed encouragement. Often people reply, “That one was for me.” Those simple comments encourage me to keep going with the blog. I still have a lot to learn about blogging but I am excited and challenged to learn new methods of reaching people in my community, in North America and beyond to the farthest parts of the earth.

I’m taking a Christmas and New Year Rest Stop from blogging, but will be back the second week of January 2014. May you have a joyous Christmas and a blessed New Year.


Martha Hawn VanCise©2013

Ripples and Wakes

Framed Ship Wake
From the window of a Cessna 172, I see that a massive ship has passed below.  I cannot see the  vessel, but I see a trail left in the water that extends past the horizon.

Some people jet ski through life. They flit about with no real purpose and skim the surface of life’s possibilities without delving into any of them.  They have no special destination and their limited investment in eternal values leaves little space for much more than self.  Their passage may churn a few short waves of friendly applause, but their passing through life seldom makes a lasting ripple on the vast sea of human need.

Others invest all that they are and possess to sound the depths of God’s wisdom and knowledge. They plow through adversity, carry the burden of intercessory prayer, and keep a lookout for spiritual castaways.  From the depths of life experience and a pursuit of God, these Christians cast lines of hope to those floundering in sorrow, hopelessness and desolation.  They who invest their lives in eternity-valued purposes will leave a path across the sea of life that lingers long after their earthly vessels slip over the horizon.

“If we choose to live on the surface of things, we may be of some help to folk in need, but the happiness we bring them will pass…. When we have found God speaking to us in the depths, then it is we possess treasures of darkness to share with others in their hour of trial.” Watchman Nee A Table In the Wilderness June 8

Martha Hawn VanCise©2013





As you bring to my attention the flawed influences of
my culture,
my upbringing,
my ingrained way of thinking,
my prejudices

replace them with grace and knowledge of your will,
I begin to feel like a bionic person. 

I would like to think that defective sections have been replaced
and gentleness, love, and mercy will function perfectly, forever.
But I know that time
and everyday challenges
will chafe commitment and
deplete stores of determination. 

I will forever need repairs
replacements and
I must daily yield to your transformation.

 “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 Hawn VanCise©2013