Monthly Archives: November 2014

A Pilgrim’s Problem – a faded signpost

Faded Signpost

The pilgrim worried that sometimes he would not have much time to care for his love-relationship with God. Then the Lord spoke to him and answered his unspoken question:

Do you have only one minute? Hem it with quietness. Do not spend it in thinking how little time you have. I can give you much in one minute.” Diuma (a 7th century missionary)

 The pilgrim sat by the water and his dear Lord said to him:
“As the ripples of the river glance up to the light,
let your heart glance up to Me in little looks of love
very often through the day.”
 Amy Carmichael (19-20th century missionary to India)

Taking time – even minutes here and there – to maintain a love-relationship with God has always been a problem for pilgrims but will always be essential for  progress.

 Art by Mike Wimmer © used with permission

Martha Hawn VanCise©2014




Right Now!

Ship in storm

I find it hard, Lord, to watch you sleep in the boat
While winds rip,
Waves swamp,
And I’m flung about by unexpected course changes.

I’m clinging to promises, but …
Terrified my trust might snap.
I know the boat won’t go down with you in it, but..
Right now I would rather that you DID SOMETHING!

I would really appreciate it, if you would
put a stop to this
Right Now!!

Martha Hawn VanCise©2014
Photo: Public Domain


Abandoned Projects

Abandoned Projects

Abandoned NGO (non-government organizations) projects dot Haiti. In the past, individuals and churches started emotion-based projects to help the needy. When funding and zeal shrunk, though, they walked away leaving only a skeleton of their dreams.

In recent years Jeremiah’s words, “For I know the plans I have for you … plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,”  have become a motto for many Christians. Emblazoned on wall hangings, cards and memories the words remind us that “God has an exciting, wonderful plan for us!”

As we continue on our Christian journey, though, the blessings we expected from God may not materialize. No matter our age or length of walk with God, we may at times wonder if God has abandoned plans to give us a productive future.

When David hid in wilderness caves he must have occasionally wondered if God had abandoned the plans to make him king. Later in life, King David reigned over Israel, but he continued to face adversaries who challenged the God-given purpose of his life. While David trusted God to fulfill his purpose he still cried out, “Do not abandon the works of your hands.” (Psalm 138:8)

No matter our age or where we are on our spiritual walk, there will be pauses in our lives—times when useless weeds seem to be the only thing that appears on the project site of  our life. We may long to see more progress in God’s plan. As an older person, looking at the nearly completed edifice of  our lives we may wonder if God has rolled up the blueprints of our life and left us alone with our memories.


God will not abandon the project he has started in our lives.
He will finish what he has started.

There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.
(The Message – Philippians 1:6)
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever —do not abandon the works of your hands. (Psalm 138:8)

Martha Hawn VanCise©2014