Monthly Archives: October 2014

Golden Apples


apples of gold framed2

I often post signs from writers who have encouraged and guided me in my walk with God.  Some means of inspiration, however, have come from people who have never written a book.

These people have left memorable comments in some  off-the-beaten-track setting. Some have passed on and others may have forgotten the words they spoke, but I have treasured these “aptly spoken words” for 10, 20, even 60 years.

Some people’s hearts are better than their theology. Leslie Wilcox

Things may be black and white for me but I have to allow for gray in other people’s lives. A missionary in Haiti

Some trials in life knock the fluff right off your faith. Cheri Santiago

 God doesn’t tease. Lena Price

I know more than I understand. Daniel Frost

I don’t pray that God will lighten the burden but that he will broaden and strengthen my shoulders. Spoken by Marie Ditto in a prayer meeting when I was a small child.

How good is a timely word. …
A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
Proverbs 15:23: 25:11

Martha Hawn VanCise©2014

All Parts Included


Earth from Space

Earth from Space*

By the seventh day,
God had finished the work
he had been doing (Genesis 2:2).

God never came back to tweak or add to the creation. All that we would ever need, make, or discover were present on that day. From the elements present at the dawn of creation, came reproduction, expansion and discovery.

With the exception of the incarnation of Christ, no chromosome was added to produce the billions of people that would inhabit the earth. No seed, no life, no atom, no DNA, no genome, no microwave, no sound wave came from any outside the universe source. Everything came from God’s original creation of the heavens and the earth.

Whatever we may build, create, or discover in the future will come from what has been here from the beginning.


The heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. Genesis 2:1)  …his works have been finished since the creation of the world (Hebrews 4:3)

Martha Hawn VanCise©2014






Lean your arms on window sill
        Begin the Day with God

Every morning lean your arms awhile

Upon the windowsill of heaven
And gaze upon your Lord,
Then, with the vision in your heart,
Turn strong to meet your day.

by Thomas Blake (Revised mv)
Martha Hawn VanCise ©2014