Graham- Sweet By & By

Yesterday…Yesterday was a day when no words could comfort only a clinging warm embrace. The hymn “The Sweet By and By kept repeating itself in my Spirit. The Scripture- “Be Still and Know that I AM GOD”- Psalm 46:10, I meditated on.

It was a day that God appointed. A day when my  son’s teen best friend, Graham would be laid to rest- on this earth only. “My soul finds REST in God alone.” Psalm 62:1.

It was a day something unexpected would happen to me and I hope for many others as well. When great sorrow strikes and a loved one is taken away too soon, you wonder… You wonder, why? Why so young? Why him? Why this precious family?

As I sat there in the service celebrating his physically short, but spiritually full lived life, I was deeply impacted by Graham. I realized that in the eleven years that I had known him and watched him grow up, it was actually the tragedy of loosing him that impacted my life more. Through this tragedy I come to know him in a greater way-through the stories of him from his friends, his family. I was able to witness the influence and impact he had on all those around him. Graham had a Savior. His name was Jesus. Graham knew Him very well. It was said that Graham’s greatest desire as a young teen boy was to conquer the task of others seeing Christ through his life. In that moment when Graham’s desire was spoken- it hit me. With uncontrollable tears streaming down my (and everyone else’s) face, Graham’s desire was reality.  Graham’s true heart was revealed-Christ in him was revealed and everyone was experiencing it. Suddenly! my Why’s? turned into Why not’s? Graham’s heart was pure. His desire’s were pure. “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God” Matthew 5:8

Could it be that God chose Graham because his short life would change everyone around him? Could it be that through his death so many more would be granted eternal life? Could it be that through his life we all would have a greater desire for Christ to also be seen in us?

One thing I know for sure when Graham opened his eyes on September 14, 2018 he was in the presence of a Holy God. A good God. Graham’s desire for others to see Christ in him was perfected. As an heir with Jesus Christ, he was experiencing eternity that our earthly minds can only imagine and if there are any sports in heaven he was ripping them all up! Then a smile came as I thought, after experiencing heaven and meeting Jesus, Graham wouldn’t even want to come back, he may have even thought ” I wish it wouldn’t have taken me so long to get here”

The last time I saw Graham was in July. I am so thankful God allowed me some more time with him. I distinctly remember the peace that came upon me when he greeted me and I was admiring what a fine young man he had become, and when he departed the sweet hug he gave me and my husband both and he sweetly said “I love you guys.”  And that smile–it was a smile you would never forget and you couldn’t help but smile back.

Yesterday was coming to an end. As I lay in bed, emotionally exhausted  I thought of Graham’s parents again. Behind every great son is great parents. I prayed for their comfort as they are enduring a pain unexplainable. As my eyes filled with tears once again, my toddler son said “mommy are you still sad?” I replied, “yes honey.” Then he simply said at the grown age of three. “mommy don’t be sad because one day the trumpet will sound and Graham is going to come up and Jesus is going to take us all to heaven.” Me and my husband looked at each other in silent amazement. I was concerned with him throughout the day, wondering if it all was too much for a toddler to take in. I wondered if he should have even been there. Yes, I have been teaching my toddler about Jesus’ return one day, but in that moment the way his little mind was able to put Graham’s death in perspective and comfort his mommy was only the Holy Spirit.

I don’t know if you have ever experienced a great loss like the one I am writing about, but if you have let me encourage you- Look not back, but look ahead for Glory has been prepared for us. When we look upon His face we will surely know that are present sufferings are not comparable to the Glory He has in store for us. As believers what a great hope we have of seeing our loved ones again and living forever with our Savior.

“There’s a land that is fairer than day, And by faith we can see it afar; For the Father waits over the way to prepare us a dwelling place there.

In the sweet by and by, we shall meet on that beautiful shore; in the sweet by and by, we shall meet on that beautiful shore.

We  shall sing on that beautiful shore the melodious songs of the blessed; and out spirits shall sorrow no more, not a sigh for the blessing of rest. 

To our bountiful Father above, we will offer our tribute of praise for the glorious gift of His love and the blessings that hallow our days. –Lyrics of Sweet By and By.

The following scripture inspired Graham’s life. It reflected his desire for others to see Christ in him. May it ring in our ears, dance in our souls, throughout all our remaining days. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things has passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Today’s writing is in honor of a sweet little boy I come to know and love-

Graham Alexander Wood


See you soon buddy (Big Smile)


What Are You Longing For?

Sweet Friends,

This morning I have been pondering the question: What do I long for? My search to the answer led me on a journey. First to this passage of scripture:

“Oh God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! I will praise you as long as I live lifting up my hands to you in prayer. You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy. I lie awake thinking of you, mediating on you through the night. Because you are my helper, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely.” Psalm 63: 1-8

The definition of longing is a strong persistent yearning or desire, especially one that cannot be fulfilled. A feeling of wanting something or someone very much.

So, have you personally longed for and wanted more? Do you want more for your family, your life, your ministry, your home? Is there an area in your life, maybe a calling, a desire you have been struggling with and sometimes you just cry out to God to help you? Do you sometimes feel like what you long for will never be a reality?

My search leads me to the conclusion that longing is not a bad thing, because it leaves us wanting more, but what is the more? The secret to longing and wanting more and seeing those things fulfilled is obeying and making JESUS the center of it all!

Psalm 6:3 “I am sick at heart. How long, Oh Lord, until you restore me?”

Psalm 38:9 “You know what I long for Lord; you hear my every sigh.”

Be encouraged that as we long, God is faithful. If you are feeling desperate, forgotten, weary DO NOT give up- Keep Going- The results will happen at just the right time and in the perfect way, God’s way. Wait on the Lord and look and watch Him work. Look for Him in every thing- the simple things like the sun glistening on the tree tops, the smile on your toddlers face, the peaceful sound of running water, the Bible scripture or encouraging text from friend. These are just a few of mine this morning. God is there!

Never stop longing for more of God, more goodness and mercy that can come through our lives and pass on to others. Ultimately, we will always long, because we long for something that can never be satisfied on this earth. We long for eternity! and God created us to long for that very thing.

…I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself… Psalm 63

Lets set our eyes on the things above where all longings will be fulfilled.


Have a blessed day!



A Yummy Cup Of Grace


Hi Friends!

Praise Jesus that my life slowed down a little bit so I could write today! I feel completely out of wack when I am not writing. It is my favorite time with the Lord! He ministers to me greatly when I honor Him and spend time to exercise the gift of writing He gave to me. So, today He is speaking to me about a Noble Woman. What is a Noble Woman? I believe it is one who aspires to obey the Almighty God! You may find her a joy to be around because she enjoys being in the presence of the Lord. Her first commitment is to her Savior, Jesus Christ.  Oh yes! it is evident that He has first place in her heart♥♥

She knows how to prayerfully ask challenging questions that will inspire, encourage, and grow others around her. She is strong and gracious, bold and beautiful, firm and friendly, faithful and loving. If a mother, she would be a model of motherhood for her daughters and a model her son should marry. She honors her husband in front of others inside and outside the home. She quickly admits to her mistakes and voices them, therefore saving others from pain and hardship. She seeks for her life to be a positive example and influence, reflecting Christ. Lastly, is my favorite. She remains a student all the days of our life and looks upon Jesus as her teacher so that she may teach and guide others.

I don’t know about you but I am constantly seeking to be the woman described above. I want to be a better wife, mother, and friend, but lets be real, sometimes we just feel like we don’t measure up. On this beautiful day, I want to encourage you with a cup of yummy grace! God knows your heart. He knows your circumstances. He knows that you are striving to please Him. Some days we feel like we did a great job, some days not so much so. So I am going to leave you with a beautiful prayer to kick off your Mother’s Day weekend. I know that Mother’s Day can be a difficult time for some. I am very sensitive to that because for many years it was for me too. I believe we all can find comfort as we pray…

Father, I thank you that you comfort us like a mother. I thank you for the love you have poured forth into my heart through the gift of the Holy Spirit. Father, I thank you that no matter my circumstances, your love perfects and completes me. Father, fill me with the fruits of of the Spirit. Help me to plant seeds of your love everywhere I go. Father, give me the desires of my heart according to your will. Help me to be content with the circumstances of my life, because I can trust in You. Father, I ask that as I flow in your love and wisdom, all those around me are blessed by my life and ministry. I ask for your favor, compassion, and kindness. I now acknowledge  my value and that I am deeply rooted in your love and secure because you are on my side. I praise you that on this Mother’s Day and everyday nothing can separate me from your Love. In Jesus name, Amen. Now go forth and celebrate!!

“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

Sweet Blessings!



Humble Living

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“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.” James 4:10

This morning I am watching the sun glisten through the tree tops. There is a stillness. There is also a stillness within me.  As I ponder on the season of life I am in, As I ponder on my journey with the Lord thus far, there is only one word that cries out from my soul…Humility. I think it is a beautiful word. I think it is a great spiritual secret. If there is one thing I strive after every day it is to be clothed in more of humility. “Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life.” Proverbs 22:4

Then I realized, there is another word that my soul cries..Obedience. I ponder on the burning desire, passion I have for both. It is true one does not exist without the other.

Jesus is the greatest example and teacher we have of humility. The very definition of the word is- a modest or low view of one’s own importance. Jesus was of the greatest importance, He was of highest value, and authority, but yet He served, He was humble, and put more importance on those around Him and their need verses His own.

Jesus humbled himself even by becoming obedient to death. Jesus spoke, ” For I have come down (humility) from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of Him who sent me (obedience).” John 6:38.  So it is proven in scripture obedience and humility are intrinsically connected. Wow!  A person who is truly humble will find it easy, natural to submit to authority and obey. Obedience was the way Jesus humbled himself. Obedience is the means to humility.

God honors humility. He will humble us and oppose us if we are proud, but if we are humble He will give us grace and exalt us when the time is right. Our obedience is a statement of humility. God is wiser and greater in every capacity than we are therefore we should trust his decisions, judgement, and lead.

If Jesus saw fit to humble himself to a horrific death for our sins, how much more humble should we be?

If humility is something you struggle with, try first being obedient in the small things of life. If we are willing, God will call us to do something. He may ask you to be obedient to lead a Bible study, or serve in the nursery, or minister to a friend, or provide a meal for a neighbor. He is searching your heart. He is looking for willing hearts. When you begin walking in obedience your life will begin to change. You will begin to walk in a purpose and freedom you never knew existed. Then, you will long for more. The work God is doing within you will humble you, thus the connection of humility and obedience. What a beautiful thing! A reflection of Jesus!

In Obedience and Humility,




You are Known and Loved

“Oh Lord, You have searched me and known me.” Psalm 139:1

Sometimes we don’t let people get to know us completely because we are afraid they will discover something about us they won’t like. It certainly was the case with me and my abortion experience. I hid it deeply. It was my greatest secret. I wanted to be liked, loved, approved. I had spent my childhood and young adult life desiring this. The painful secret of my abortion would surely disqualify me from these desires, at least that is what I thought.

Then one day, God gave me the opportunity to search and know Him. When I discovered His full character, it changed my life and relationship with Him. The truth is God already knows everything about us. He knows the numbers of hairs on our head-Matt. 10:30. He knew all about my abortion. He was there. My baby went immediately into His presence. Although my sin of abortion broke His heart and disregarded the plans He had for my life at the time, God still looked upon me with nothing but love, His love.

I am deeply comforted by this and I pray you are. God knows the secrets of your heart-Psalm 44:21 and He loves you and accepts you all the same. He knows who you are in public, He knows who you are in secret. He knows your fears, desires, hopes, regrets, pain, sin, and dreams.

He doesn’t accept our sin, but He does accept us, and forgives our sin. God is all seeing, all knowing, all Holy, all present. God knows us like no other. He KNOWS us, and His greatest gift is to allow us to know Him!

“Oh Father God, We praise you and thank you for searching our hearts. You know all our hopes and fears. Thank you for knowing us and loving us. May we lift up a song of praise that flows. We will try to use the words we know to tell you what an awesome God you are, but when words are not enough, to tell you of our love, listen to our hearts. In Jesus name, Amen.”



Rejoice Today



What reasons do you have for rejoicing today? Can you name a few?

It is not a new revelation. Giving praise during difficult times has always been a weakness of mine and an area of my life I have asked the Lord to grow me in. I also think a past of suffering from depression makes it even more difficult. It is easy for the flesh to soak into a pool of sorrow instead of JOY. This is why praise defeats the enemy more than anything else because when we choose to praise in difficult times it goes against the grain, the world. It is a supernatural thing that the SPIRIT gives us the strength to do.

Why should we rejoice in our relationship with Jesus?

I am learning more and more that no matter what our circumstances are we can rejoice in our LOVE-relationship with our Creator, our Heavenly Father. This is the secret of being content in all circumstances.

Why is rejoicing in Jesus better than dreaming of the day when we will be happy?

The world creates a fantasy that if we had more money, or a bigger house, or more time off for vacation, or the love of another person that we could be happy, but the reality is- the only one who can give us true happiness is Jesus Christ. He alone= JOY. He says in me you can rejoice always.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7

Rest assure that your feelings will not always match your obedience. What I mean is you may not feel like offering up praise or rejoicing in times of trouble but by doing it anyways you are walking in faith and acting out of obedience and when you do this then the feelings will follow…peace and your Heavenly Father will be pleased and proud of you!

Rejoicing with you,







Into The Sea

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Hi Friends! This week I have been reminded of how to “Simply Follow Jesus” it sounds easy but lets face it, sometimes it is downright hard. Oh our heart, soul, and spirit wants to, but then there is the other three enemies: the flesh, the enemy (satan), and the world that screams in our ears..don’t go that way, BUT Jesus says the opposite! In Psalm 77:19 it says “Your way was in the sea, Your path in the great waters.”

My mind reflected back to Exodus 14 where we are told about the Red Sea crossing. Here in this passage the Egyptians were pursuing the Israelites and they were fearful. They began to complain and cry out to Moses in fear “…It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.” Exodus 14:12 Then Moses began to cry out to God, but then in verse 13, God goes on to tell them “Don’t be afraid, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.” Then God instructs Moses to lift his rod, stretch forth his hand, and here we see the miracle of God dividing the Red Sea. God provided a way of escape. The Israelites walked on dry land through the sea and God dealt with the Egyptians.

Where is God asking you to go today? What is He instructing you to do?

The same is true for us as it was for Moses. When we begin to simply follow Jesus, He is faithful to lead us, and through this process, miracles happen. We begin to live a life of purpose and freedom. Our life is not the same. We begin to taste Heaven on earth, to experience supernatural providence and witness supernatural events like Moses did during the Red Sea crossing.

As for me, I’m stepping into the Sea. I am walking into the impossible because it is there I will meet yet another miracle. What about you?

Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord- Exodus 14:13

If you have faith as a mustard seed…nothing will be impossible for you. -Matthew 17:20

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. -Psalm 124:8

As for God, His way is perfect…He is a shield to all who trust in Him. -Psalm 18:30

In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. -Romans 8:37

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.- Psalm 32:8


In Love and Obedience,



First Love: Our Future


“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.”  Revelation 2:4

It is a heart piercing scripture to say the least.

First Love: Our Future is chapter 6 of my book, If You Love Me Obey. In this book I identify 6 areas in which God wants our obedience. They are : heart, mind, will, body, finances, and future.

This past week, God was speaking the above scripture back into my life. Honestly, I was confused. Last year, God took me on a journey studying this passage and I felt it was so important, the most important, that I ended the book with an entire chapter highlighting it. My thoughts were…”God I spend time with you daily, I seek your voice, your will. How is it that you are speaking this back into my life right now?” I was at a lost to say the least.

Then God directed me to Jeremiah (bookmark that chapter. I am coming back to it). God had appointed the time for me to hear the words. It all started with a conversation I had with my husband at the beginning of the week. On his knees, in front of me, he asked me a series of questions,  “Are we giving enough to God? Are we in full surrender? Are we fully abandoned to God? I was puzzled, yet spiritually stirred by his humility and questions. However, I felt confident in my answer, yes! God knows we are.

The week went on, and to say the least it was a tough one! Each day I walked through difficulty. My flesh was weakened, my body and mind was tired and the week ended with a return to this scripture ” I know your works, your labor, your patience,… you have preserved and have patience, and have labored for my name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I  have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore where you have fallen, repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lamp stand from its place-unless your repent. Revelations 2: 2-5 NKJV.

By the end of the week, God had clearly showed me that I had gotten out of balance again. The word do in this passage grabbed me. It had become the sin in my life. Too much doing and not enough obedience had gotten me out of balance. God dosen’t want our service, He wants our surrender in every aspect of our life. I knew what needed to be done. I know the obedience that needs to be applied to our life, for goodness sake, I had written a book about it, but little did I know that my greatest lesson was still to come.

God began to speak to me through a devotional reading titled: Cleanse the Sanctuary. It read. “You have gone in your own ways and have not paused to take inventory. (I forgot to take inventory) Return unto me and I will restore you. For you will walk in newness of heart. With a fresh spirit you will now serve me. For I will revive thee, bless thee, and pour out my Spirit upon thee, and you will know that it is the Lord.” Now the next part really got me,” With a WHOLE HEART have I commanded that you love me, and that you serve me with UNDIVIDED LOYALTY. 

At 3:00 am this morning I awoke and God directed me to Jeremiah. I didn’t know what to do but start at the beginning and just read until God gave me the Word He wanted me to have. And there it was in chapter 3 verse 10, …has not turned to Me with her whole heart, but in pretense..The subject of this chapter is a Call to Repentance. This was very painful for me to read. The word pretense by definition means an attempt to make something that is not the case appear true. I immediately repented to God and asked Him to make me understand. Now, there was a story being told in this chapter in regards to such sharp words. I knew God was not telling me that my relationship with Him was in pretense, but it was clear to me that God was trying to awaken me to something. The chapter goes on to repeat the words..”And you have not obeyed my voice”

The Holy Spirit prompted me to my journals and to re read chapter 6 in my book, First Love: Our Future. After doing these things. It became clear to me. I had written the words, “we are accountable to God. He knows what is best.  He knows the purpose and plans He has for you. You must walk in it. It may be painful, but joy will come.”

Well the pain, I was feeling from reading these scriptures was evident, The pain I walked through this past week was evident, but God promises that joy will come, if we are obedient. In my journal, I found entries reading ” Lord, my shriveled soul needs an infusion of hope and love.” The Holy Spirit replied,” For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.” Jeremiah 31:25

Another journal entry: “Lord, what does my future hold?” Then the words were written, There is a greater need of spiritual discipline. As I require more from you, I will require more of you.”  And there it was, (WHOLE HEART, UNDIVIDED LOYALTY). This is why I was screaming for balance. As God was progressing my work, I needed to increase my time with HIM! What has fed my soul before, will not do anymore. For as much as the Lord requires of us, much more will He require from us. God had warned me, but I had forgotten, and by forgetting and not applying, I had become disobedient. Which is why God was telling me I had forgotten my first love. All of it made sense now.

To sum all of this up, God is showing me changes that I must make in order to accomplish His will for my life. Time with Him means applying more time to every aspect of my life. For the things ahead of me, I will require a greater portion of the Holy Spirit. It will require a greater portion of balance in my heart, mind, will, body, finances, and future. I believe God wants to do greater things through me and my family, so I will press on towards the things ahead in obedience and do what the Lord requires of me in a greater way. I will maintain a teachable attitude so the Lord can teach me everything I need to know. We are going to have us a good ole’ time, Me and Jesus! I am in the obedient church! “I know your works, See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it, for you have a little strength, have kept my Word, and have not denied my Name.” Revelation 3:8

I believe  God wants to do greater things through you and your family too! As we sacrifice and give God more of us (which is what He wants more than anything) He will give us a greater measure of His love. His love cast out all fear. ” Fear paralyzes us. Fear quenches the Spirit. It keeps us from reaching our greatest potential.” If You Love Me Obey Me.

God is all powerful and full of majesty and though He could show us those characteristics, He would rather show us His love. So it is fitting to end this blog, with these words. Freedom and Purpose comes from the obedience of knowing God more, loving God more, as He pours His love in us! Nothing or no one can replace it. He must remain our First Love!

In Deeper Love and Obedience,



Here Is Your Heart Sticker!

heart stickerGod cherishes you! He loves you! I sat down to write. Nothing would come. I prayed and still nothing. Some would call it “writers block”. So I moved on about my day. In the simplicity of activities, God gave me a sweet message.

I was playing with my son. He said, “Momma you have been a good girl, I am so proud of you, and today, you are going to get a sticker.” He reached over and peeled off a heart sticker and placed it on my hand. In that moment, I couldn’t resist the biggest smile and I was reminded of God’s creativity and how He brings joy to our hearts in even the smallest ways! How special you feel when someone of authority sets you apart, and gives you something special like a sticker to reward you, so you can be reminded all day as you wear it, of the goodness in you.

You remember? I am sure sometime in your childhood this has happened to you, but if not, today is the day!

Then I was inspired “Give em a heart sticker, let them know how much love I have for them.”

“How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them, they out number the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me! Psalm 139: 17-18

You are incredibly valuable to God! He wants you to know how precious you are in His sight and to stand steadfast and confident in His love for you.

As I sat in the kitchen, smiling down at the heart sticker on my hand, I looked up to notice my sons artwork on the fridge. I was so proud, as was my son of his artwork. I didn’t put it on the fridge because it was perfect. I put it on the fridge because of my love for my son, and because it was made by him. In other words, God puts our artwork on the fridge. He is proud of us the same way. He sings over us, claps over us, and cheers us on. We make His heart sparkle!!

Just as we care for our own, He cares and loves us! He is pleased and rejoices over us when we obey, love others, serve others, and mirror His character. He gives us rewards because He is proud of us. He bends His knees when we fall and tends to our boo boos, His healing cleanses our wounds, and His power and tender care sets you on a course to go and play again. He watches over us, protects us, and loves us at all times!

So, today receive your very own heart sticker!

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“In your presence is fullness of joy, in your right hand there are pleasures forever” Psalm 16:11


Are You Ready For A Great Catch?


Good Morning Friends,

This morning God inspired me once again from the book of Luke! In Luke chapter 5 verse 1-11 there is a magnificent story of obedience, abundance, surrender, and great purpose! If you want a great picture of what our relationship with Jesus should be, friends look no further, this is it! Now, for those of you reading this on the run and your not able to grab your ole’ faithful Bible, I am going to bring you the text right here, because I don’t want you to miss it. So many times I think we scan over God’s Word and miss things, but don’t miss this. I highlighted sections I want to draw your attention to.

“So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the Word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fisherman had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, that was Simon’s and asked him to put out a little from land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”

But Simon answered and said unto Him, “Master we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at your Word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”

For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” So when they had brought their boats to land,they forsook all and followed Him. Luke 5:1-11

Please note: I am not a Bible scholar of any kind. So my comments reflect a young woman seeking to know God more. My comments purely reflect the wisdom I believe God wanted me to see and receive through my personal study time. So please study the passage yourself and see what God wants to show you.

What God showed me first was Jesus got in the boat with them and asked them to toss the nets a little off shore to first get their attention. It is here where he teaches them. Then, He asks them to do something somewhat strange. He asks them to launch out into the deep and let their nets down for a catch. There is a command here and a promise. The command was to launch into the deep, the promise was the catch! The definition of launch is to start or set in motion. He was telling them, get moving. Asking them to go into deep water could have been viewed as a little strange considering where they were fishing, but I believe that Jesus was illustrating something of great importance when He asked them to go deep. I believe it symbolized us going into a deeper relationship with Him, one that would have abundant blessings!

Sometimes what He asks us to do don’t make sense. Priscilla Shirer calls it a “Faith Place.” She states, “the faith place is stepping into a situation or circumstance where you put yourself into a position for God to have to come through.”  For whatever reason, I don’t think this made sense to Simon. However, He chose obedience. He chose Faith. Simon told Jesus that they had toiled (worked extremely hard) all night and the result was nothing. Then Simon goes on to say but Master since this is what you ask of me, I will do it. This reflects obedience! By Simon obeying, it released power. The obedience was preparing the miracle to happen. By obedience, Simon was being brought personally into a sphere of Jesus’ mighty power! It is the same with us. We have the same opportunity that Simon had. Obedience. I so want you to grasp the depth (deep) of this word! This one word changes the course of your life. It’s supernatural, its beautiful, abundant in all ways. Freedom, Purpose, Abundance…all in one little word, Obedience.

When Jesus performs this miracle for Simon, he is astounded. He falls on his knees to show his unworthiness. He tells Jesus to depart from him because he is a sinful man and does not deserve such a blessing but Jesus knew Simon’s past. He did not come to judge him but to give him an opportunity. Jesus was after Simon’s hands, feet, heart, and very life. He was offering Simon hope. I think Jesus was displaying great love here. I just wonder what else was said that day that is not recorded in the Bible. I imagine it being something like this: Simon, you are my best catch. You have worked hard for many years (toiled) without any hope. I have come to give you hope. Toil now instead with me.

I wonder how many of you reading this feel like Simon. You have toiled all your life and feel like you have gotten no where…an endless cycle producing nothing… you have thought, surely there has got to be more to life than this. Well friends, there is!

The passage goes on to say when they arrived back to the shore they forsaked all… boats, fish, all! and followed after Jesus. It’s amazing to me that something they were working so hard for (fish) all of sudden didn’t matter at all to them!  (I am shouting right now, Yes! Praise Jesus! Goose bumps and all.)  Jesus gave them an opportunity to now be fishers of men. He tells them to not be afraid and that He would be with them. So, they forsake all and followed Him. Friends, this is the ultimate great catch! Are you ready for it? Do you want it? It is a call to a NEW COMPELLING LIFE.

Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior? This is the greatest opportunity- Romans 10:9

If He is your Savior, have you experienced  a “call” to discipleship? In our passage today, Jesus was seeking disciples. Will you be a disciple?

Who are the people in your life that have been instrumental in “deepening” your faith?

Friends, don’t delay. Let today be the day for your great catch!

In obedience and Love,