Something Foolish



The world can’t walk
Nor can it run
It’s been lame from birth
A slave to the sun

Half in darkness
Blind it can’t see
Its ears are muted

Powerful chains
Hold it in place
It can only whirl
At ungodly pace

A ball of dust
And blue water
An imperfect sphere
Like clay to Potter

Subjected to
Frustration’s plan
Of form to decay
At the hand of man

In hope to free
From wretched curse
And bound oppression
This sorrowful earth

From up above
The Godhead knew
And sent a Savior
To redeem the few

By narrow way
The remnant scarce
Will respond to truth
And cling tight to faith

Their bonds will break
Forgiven and free
Their ears will harken
Their blind eyes will see

Their legs made whole
Will skip like calves
Released from their stall
They’ll jump and laugh

Created fresh
They’re born anew
Not of mortal flesh
But of Spirit true

All accomplished
Though earth seemed lost
By something foolish
Like God on a cross.

Amy ~ 3/14/18


1 Corinthians 1:18-31 (NIV)

Christ Crucified Is God’s Power and Wisdom

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
    the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

Lord Jesus Christ,  Your creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.  For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but the will of the one who subjected in that the creation itself will liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.   

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.  Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.  For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?  But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.  Help us to wait patiently, Lord, especially when all seems foolish.  In Your name, Amen.

I have included this song many times in my blogs.   It perhaps is one of my very favorites of all times.  It fits too perfectly that I cannot but include it again.  Thank you, Michael Card…



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The Great Within

The Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God would come. He answered them, “People can’t observe the coming of the kingdom of God.  They can’t say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ You see, the kingdom of God is within you.”  Luke 17:20-21


The kingdom of God is within you

For the word of Christ dwells richly there

The living active word of God

Cutting down deeply through bone and mar’


The kingdom of God is within you

From supper to cross did He outpour

His Son’s life in exchange for your life

Real body and blood mingled with yours.


The Kingdom of God is within you

Baptized in the drowning death of host

Upon plunged sinner’s brow are these words

Blessed by Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.


The Kingdom of God is within you

Bound tight with God’s unbreakable seal

This faith is heaven’s trust guaranteed

A promise that will ne’er be repealed.


The Kingdom of God is within you

One day the Morning Star to arise

And bring you together with all saints

To meet glorified in heaven’s skies!

Amy   ~    3/8/18


Jesus said to his disciples, “The time will come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it.   People will say, ‘There he is!’ or ‘Here he is!’ Don’t run after those people.   The day of the Son of Man will be like lightning that flashes from one end of the sky to the other.   But first he must suffer a lot and be rejected by the people of his day.   “When the Son of Man comes again, the situation will be like the time of Noah.  People were eating, drinking, and getting married until the day that Noah went into the ship. Then the flood destroyed all of them.   “The situation will also be like the time of Lot. People were eating, drinking, buying and selling, planting and building.   But on the day that Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from the sky and destroyed all of them.   The day when the Son of Man is revealed will be like that.    “On that day those who are on the roof shouldn’t come down to get their belongings out of their houses. Those who are in the field shouldn’t turn back.   Remember Lot’s wife!   Those who try to save their lives will lose them, and those who lose their lives will save them.  “I can guarantee that on that night if two people are in one bed, one will be taken and the other one will be left.   Two women will be grinding grain together. One will be taken, and the other one will be left.”   They asked him, “Where, Lord?” Jesus told them, “Vultures will gather wherever there is a dead body.”   Luke 17:22-37

Jesus, Lord of Eternity, we are even more confident of the message proclaimed by the prophets. People would do well to pay attention to it, because it is like a lamp shining in a dark place until the Day dawns and the light of the morning star shines in our hearts.   Draw all who read this to Your light, In Your Name, Amen.

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White Washed Deniers

You say, ‘I’m rich. I’m wealthy. I don’t need anything.’ Yet, you do not realize that you are miserable, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.   ~Jesus as recorded through His revelation to John in Revelation 3:17

“How horrible it will be for you, scribes and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You are like whitewashed graves that look beautiful on the outside but inside are full of dead people’s bones and every kind of impurity.  ~Jesus as recorded in Matthew 23:27

Psalm 51

For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
    blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
    and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
    and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
    and justified when you judge.
Surely I was sinful at birth,
    sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
    you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
    wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins
    and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
    so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
    you who are God my Savior,
    and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
    and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
    you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart
    you, God, will not despise.

18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
    to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
    in burnt offerings offered whole;
    then bulls will be offered on your altar.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Lord, save us!  Repent us!  Only You can!  Amen

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The Way Out of Hopelessness

Psalm 130

A song of ascents.

Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
    Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
    to my cry for mercy.

If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
    Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
    so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
    and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
    more than watchmen wait for the morning,
    more than watchmen wait for the morning.

Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
    for with the Lord is unfailing love
    and with him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel
    from all their sins.

Psalm 42

To the choirmaster. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah.

42 As a deer pants for flowing streams,
    so pants my soul for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
    for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?
My tears have been my food
    day and night,
while they say to me all the day long,
    “Where is your God?”
These things I remember,
    as I pour out my soul:
how I would go with the throng
    and lead them in procession to the house of God
with glad shouts and songs of praise,
    a multitude keeping festival.

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
    and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
    my salvationand my God.

My soul is cast down within me;
    therefore I remember you
from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,
    from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
    at the roar of your waterfalls;
all your breakers and your waves
    have gone over me.
By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,
    and at night his song is with me,
    a prayer to the God of my life.
I say to God, my rock:
    “Why have you forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning
    because of the oppression of the enemy?”
10 As with a deadly wound in my bones,
    my adversaries taunt me,
while they say to me all the day long,
    “Where is your God?”

11 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
    and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
    my salvation and my God.


There is a master of the air

Who tempts everyone to despair.

No one’s above this vile power

For all are subject to his scour.

His enticements and baubles cry,

Concealing this said serpent’s lie.

All are ravished by his cruel hate,

All imprisoned behind his gate.

Not satisfied with hopelessness,

He seeks to annihilate, oppress.

His goal’s to draw deeper, deeper

Into the abyss of the reaper,

Where he dashes hope like clay pots

And steals their soul to watch them rot.

But those who ask no more need mope

Because those who seek will find hope!

And those who knock will find the door

Open to glories fore’ermore!

And though narrow The Gate of Life,

It leads beyond all earthly strife,

Yet water and fire here below,

One must traverse as onward goes.

The adoption and heir secured,

As heart and soul are Spirit cured.

For faith believes and does receive,

And to the promise tightly cleaves

To vine, to root, the nourished branch,

Grafted to love, all fear is stanched.

And open wide life’s fountainhead

Or’flows with joy, just three words said,

“It is finished!” The Victor’s cry!

At Jesus’ cross hopelessness dies!

Amy  2/19/18


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,  who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,  so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.  Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.   1 Peter 1:3-9 ESV

Heavenly Father, If there is despair there must be hope.  If their is depression their must be joy.   It MUST be there somewhere.   I pray that all who suffer depression or hopelessness find the Truth in You and in the reality of a God who would love us so very much that He would send His one and only Son to die a cruel death for us on a cross, rise again, and draw us to be with Him in heaven above.   Not by anything we do….Hallelujah!….but by all that He has accomplished on our behalf!  Praise Jesus!


May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13

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Grace? What’s That?

Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love.
 2 John 1:3


Of all of the secrets

Of paradise pleasures

Grace is the most veiled

Of all of God’s treasures

But once grace is confessed

Sweetly upon the ear

Peace enters the heart

Embedding itself near

And love like a songbird

Lib’rated to the sky

Sings oh so sweetly

Salvation’s lullaby

 To the toes, to the soul

This joy it suffuses

And quenches the flames

When conscience accuses

This God just so gently

with kindness expressing

His amitied mercy

bestows, sins confessing

So grapple this great hope

With feeble fingers tight

Cling to this treasure

With all of your might

And know if in weakness

To grace you fail to hold

Your Treasure will keep you

purchased, solid as gold

Amy (C)


The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. Ephesians 1:14

And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. …Acts 4:33

Lord Jesus, Satan, sin, and this world hide the greatest of treasures, but you through your word of grace, have graced us with faith to grasp and comprehend such a great grace.  May we be found worthy of this treasure now and on the day of your return.    In Your sweet name, Lord, Amen.

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  Romans 10:17

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UP Rooted

Trees are beautiful!

And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight…Genesis 2:9

…and good for food

 …the tree of life also in the midst of the garden…

…and the tree of knowledge of good and evil…

Did Adam and Eve, our first parents, listen?

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.  Genesis 3:6

What happened?

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. Genesis 3:7

What was a consequence?

“Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden

What was the solution?

But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”  Galatians 3:13

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Overcoming Injustice

Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds.  ~Habbakuk

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11


I remember the stripes

Unjust as they were

Paying the price

A Father’s wrath incurred

Like a bronzed prison

Descending on head

A dark cloudy vision

A darkness, a dread

A mysterious crime

Valuables stolen

Not just a dime

Started anger rollin’

But silver the value

of a thief’s soul

Forfeited virtue

A substitute’s goal

I remember the court

The judge and the jury

Condemnation’s cohort

And threat of perjury

I remember the grilling

The interrogation

The endless drilling

The endless questions

The guilty one’s denial

The innocent’s plight

There’s no parting the Nile

When it’s Egypt’s flight

I remember the breaking

The pressure too great

I remember the taking

Of cruel punisher’s hate

I remember the bath

The cold porcelain white

The red blush abashed

Paralysis’ bite

I remember the bending

The falling to knee

I remember submitting

To the jaundicy

I remember the welts

Red hot and searing

The unforgiving belt

The Executioner leering

I remember the shame

The baring so naked

The bearing of blame

And injustice taken

I remember the ending

The judgement spent

The penalty’s rendering

The penance rent

The harsh aftermath

The Just was undone

The unfair blood bath

The unjust was done

Amy 2/5/18


Remove your scourge from me; I am overcome by the blow of your hand. Psalm 39:10

I woke up in the middle of the night and, weeping, wrote the above poem in about half an hour.   It is based on something that happened in my childhood that was so unfair that it still haunts me to this day.

But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.   1 Peter 2:20

I never really did understand the situation as it was happening to me as a young girl.   All I did know was that it was one of the most unjust things I ever experienced.

Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”  John 13:7

Someone guilty got away with a crime.

for I will not acquit the guilty.  Exodus 23:7

I understand it now.

He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”   1 Peter 2:24

How unjust is that?

How grace-filled is this?…

…he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. Psalm 103:10

Even as a young child receiving an unfair punishment.

And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.   ~Revelation of John

Father God, in all things you work to the good for those who love you and have been called according to your purpose.   A person’s sin will find them out, this is sure.  The person that got away with that crime will be found out.  That is sure.  You will give men in exchange for the life of your Bride.  You have given men’s lives in exchange for your beloved Bride.   You will continue to give men’s lives in exchange for your Bride.  You specifically gave One man….your Son…in exchange for your Bride.  What a great faith we have!  He died for our sin that we may die to sin and live to Him.!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.  Genesis 50:20

everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4

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