Many Sons to Glory

For some reason I keep hearing/thinking/seeing these phrases: “…many sons to glory.” and “…firstborn of many brethren.”

Here it is in Hebrews 2: 10 ~ “For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”

Romans 8: 29 says something similar: “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

For this reason was Christ sent to earth. To save, yes. But, also to transform us into His own image.  The whole creation is waiting for the transformation of His people.  In the NOW! Not the sweet by and by!  Yes, there will be a day when even our bodies will be redeemed and we will live with Him in heaven, but I am talking of transformation here on earth.

Romans 8: 19 says it like this:  “For the earnest expectation of the creature (creation)  waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God”

This is a work of the Spirit, not of the carnal mind. Our carnal minds, however well intentioned are at odd with the Spirit of God. It is HIS work.  We don’t have to struggle and strain to transform ourselves. He will do it if we present ourselves to Him continually. If we receive Him anew each and every day.

I have worked, and worked hard, to change myself to be like Jesus. But I have found that I can’t change myself!  But, I am discovering that HE will change me if I come to Him every day.

It doesn’t mean that we won’t suffer; or that it won’t be hard. In fact, suffering is part of the deal.  Romans 8:17 reminds us that as joint heirs (sons and brethren) it will not always be easy.         “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”

So, stop struggling!  Remember to present yourself daily at your trysting place with Jesus. receive Him. Let Him rain upon your heart. Let Him shine like the sun on your earth. Let HIM transform you!

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1



Thanksgiving!  One of my favorite holidays.  partly because I love to cook (and receive all the compliments from my family on their favorite dishes!)  But, mostly because we gather.  We set our other interests and activities aside and gather together to enjoy each other.  What a  blessing is in that gathering!

And then, of course, there is that feeling of fullness.  The house is full; the table is full; the belly is full; the heart is full! Fullness!  One of God’s richest blessings! An aspect of His very character!

Ephesians 3: 14- 19 says:

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Would the Apostle Paul pray for something that he did not think was possible in God?  No!  It is possible to be FULL of God and full of His fulness!   (KJV spelling)

Jesus is all about fullness!  Look what He did with a little boy’s lunch of 5 small loaves and 2 little fish!

He filled the bellies of 5000 men, along with the women and children there, with 12 baskets FULL left over!  Abundance!  Fullness!

Look What He did with the draught of fishes!  The abundance almost sank the boat!  Fullness!

This is what He wants for His children! To be FULL of HIM!  Full to overflowing. That we, the Children of God,may be manifested to a needy, starving, lonely, sinful world. In this way, He will bring many more sons to know His glory! Receive His FULLNESS!

So, this Thanksgiving, whether you find yourself surrounded by people, or in a solitary situation, you can experience …receive…God’s fullness! You can be full of wonder; full of joy; full of love; full of forgiveness; full of His Spirit!  FULL OF JESUS!

May you experience this special kind of abundance in your household and in your heart!


As Rain On the Mown Grass

As I was reading my devotional this morning by Charles Spurgeon, that giant of the faith & well-spring of wisdom, I was inspired by his description of the life of faith as simply the acceptance of a gift. No struggle, no work, no merit on our part. Just RECEIVING the gift of grace. Just as the earth and the oceans receive the rain that falls upon them; just as a baby bird receives food from its mother; just as the branches and leaves of the trees receive the sunlight poured over them, so should we receive the gift of the Son of God.  “As ye have received Christ” Col 2:6.

As we receive Him, He becomes part of us. Just like when we eat and drink, and the nutrients in the food become a part of our bodies, so He becomes a part of us when we receive Him in faith. His life is made manifest in us…supernaturally. We are made alive unto God; partakers of the divine nature!  There is no struggle in it, just like there is no struggle in us to turn our food into fuel and structures for our physical bodies.

We receive His Life!  His “absolute life” ( Greek= zoe) is made part of us through our receiving faith!

As Galatians 2: 20 tells us…”but Christ lives in me. And the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

Romans 8: 29 tells us that we are destined to be “conformed to the image if Christ, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”  It is because of the miracle of faith, of RECEIVING Christ, He lives in many!  He is multiplied!

As we receive this rain, this food, this bread and wine of life, He becomes part of our very being (our spiritual DNA, if you like) just like the rain becomes part of the earth. And as we receive Him, “He brings many Sons to Glory.” Hebrews 2: 10,11

Yet, sometimes, like spoiled children, we reject the precious gift through doubt, or intellectual high-mindedness, or worldly pursuits, or just plain stubbornness,  and thus we remain stuck in our old, fleshly ways.  Humility and open hands are what we need.  Like baby birds receiving our necessary food, but unable to feed ourselves. No struggling, no trying, just receiving…Jesus.

Heaven help us to open our hearts, our minds, and our very beings to the rain of His Spirit, the Seed of His Life, the Bread of His Body and the Wine of His precious Blood, to make us “alive unto God.” (Romans 6: 11)  True Children and Brethren. As He brings many Sons to glory!

 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. Hab.2:14


Lead Me To The Rock


Anyone else weary?  I am!  I am so tired of being bombarded with mud-slinging political ads, negative news reports, shouting news “contributors,” and dire prophesies.  It is overwhelming, isn’t it.  Being overwhelmed is a result of walking in this world, but our gracious Lord has given us a remedy for that. Here it is in Psalm 61:

Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.

From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

There is one place to go in these turbulent, changing times.  The Rock of Ages.  He tells us in Malachi 3: 6 ~ “I am the Lord, I change not.”   There is no “shadow of turning” in Him. He is a place of refuge and rest.

We must disengage our hearts from the turmoil and go to the Rock.  Notice I did not say to disengage our minds from what is going on around us. We still must be in the world, just not of it.  We must do our duty as He directs, but we must trust Him for the outcome and for His plan for this age.

Let’s not be swept up in the winds of political storm. May our passions be directed by the Lord of Love, who gave His life a ransom for many, and not by our strong opinions and philosophies.

Jesus is the Rock!  Let’s go to Him and find your shelter!



No Condemnation!

I love Romans 8!  I count it as my freedom chapter!  That is because it follows Romans 7!  The one that says, “O, wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death.” (v 18) And  “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not!” (v 24)

Yeah, that is me!  It might be YOU, too!  I think that this is the struggle of the Christian walk. We desire to do well. To stay, as one friend put it. “up to date with God.”  We know what to do and we want to do it, but for some reason we just don’t manage to do it consistently.  (sigh)

But thank God for Romans 8!  There is a remedy for the trouble in Romans 7!!

Paul had struggled with this same problem and he has given us the key to getting it right!  First, there is NO CONDEMNATION!  We are in Christ!  We are covered by the precious blood of Jesus. Second, He reminds us with the Psalmist that we were known from the beginning and that He has a plan for us. He has destined us to be conformed to the Image of Christ!  Our destiny is to BE LIKE JESUS!  How miraculous is that?

Even more miraculous is that we don’t have to struggle along trying to make it happen! He has provided everything we need “for life and godliness!”  He has sent HIMSELF in the form of the Holy Spirit to live IN us, to make it happen. All we have to do is acknowledge Him and obey Him. He calls it walking in the Spirit. That happens as we spend time being close to Him; keeping our hearts open to the Voice of the Shepherd. He wants to show you how to walk in His ways.  What a wonder!

Let’s pray: Lord, Thank You for making a way for us to walk in the Spirit instead of the flesh. Draw us ever closer to Yourself every day, that we might hear Your voice and obey Your words.  We want to become more like You!  That is our destiny!  In Jesus Name we pray, Amen!



 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.  Isaiah 42: 3

Hello, Friends!

No, I didn’t fall off the planet! No, I haven’t been “Caught Up!”  -yet.  I have been AWOL – Away Without Leave!  Well, I’m not sure it was really without leave.  This has been an extremely eventful year for me.  But, I have come back here, to this blogging spot, to do what I can to lift up the name of Jesus and to encourage as many of you as possible in your walk with  Him!

Oh, how we need one another! I have certainly realized that like never before.  This past year has been one valley after another! Some deep, some wide and some really long and hard.  It has literally been the prayers of the saints (you all) that have born me up through it all.  Prayer!  More important and more necessary than ever before as we travel through this dark age until the daybreak!

Last year my daughter, Jocelyn, returned from a mission trip to Cameroon with malaria. She was misdiagnosed and treatment was delayed. She was in the hospital for weeks, fighting for her life, spending 10 days in a coma.  While she was there, her sister, Jamie, injured her foot which became infected and she ended up in the hospital with a life & limb threatening issue. Two daughters in hospitals in different cities, on dialysis and in extreme situations, AT THE SAME TIME!!!   A call went out for prayers for miracles. Hundreds of people, all over the world, rose up to lift their shields of faith. God heard their cries, and both of my precious girls recovered.  Praise His wonderful name.  God is a mighty deliverer!  We are so, so thankful for His restoration.

While I am still dealing with some health matters of my own, I am trusting Jesus to lead me out of the wilderness leaning upon His arm.  He is able and I am going to trust Him with my future. I am just so thankful for the verse above.  Though I have been a bruised reed and a smoking flax, He is merciful, and His grace is sufficient.

In the meantime, I have opened a Facebook page with the same name is this blog: Until the Daybreak. If you are on FB, I invite you to stop by and share in what is going on there.  But, if you aren’t, I  plan on seeing you right here, as God provides the Living Water that we so desperately need in these times.

I will leave you with these words to ponder: 2 Timothy 2:11-13     It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: 12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.


It Won’t Be Long Now

I don’t think it will be long now until Jesus comes for His Bride!  So I write this blog to help myself (and my loved ones) to be ready when He appears.   The problem  is, we have wandering hearts and we think He is delaying indefinitely. 

I mentioned before that I was “going” to “Virtual VBS For Grown Up Girls” with writer, speaker, and encourager Christin Ditchfield Lazo, a Bible study in the book of 2nd Peter. I must say that it was really life changing for me.  To be honest I never took much notice of 2nd Peter before. Not that I hadn’t read it, but I guess I just wasn’t paying attention…didn’t have ears to hear.  This time was different. It addressed a lot of the questions and doubts that I had allowed to seep into my mind about God’s  intentions, His timing, and even His character.  Questions will always come in! Suggestions,  accusations. That was actually the first temptation in the garden:  “Hath God said…?” That’s why time spent with HIM & HIS Word  is essential.

Me? I LOVE to read! I have my favorite Christian authors and writers who expound on topics relevant to Christian life.  One says this, another says that, and still another has a different viewpoint.  Exploring is good, unless you are a sheep with a tendency to wander far afield.  We must pray each day that our ears will be attuned only to the Shepherd’s voice, and no other.

2Peter gives strong warning and great advice in Chapter 3: 17 & 18:

 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.

18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. KJV

When we read the warning of verse 17, we have a tendency to think, “Not me! I could never be led into the error of the wicked!” Really?  Peter knew how easy it is to fall into bad thinking.  He knew how vulnerable we humans are to fear, pride, and thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought. His own heart failed him, didn’t it?  Still, we never would lump ourselves with the wicked, would we?

The word “wicked” there in the Greek (atheamos) actually means “lawless.” Think, people who are going their own way!  The Amplified version uses the word “unprincipled.” Teachers who have their own agendas, or whose teachings are contrary to the Lord’s.

We see this all the time in our culture: people with their own agendas trying to convince others to join their sides.  But do we really think about it when it comes to our teachers in the religious realm?  Are we discerning about what we are being fed? Peter wants us to remain steadfast in our faith. Sure of what we believe. Not gullible and easily led astray.

Do you know what you believe and why you believe it?  I grew up in a denomination that read the Apostle’s Creed every Sunday. So a few years ago (in another Virtual VBS!)  I prayed, pondered, and wrote down my own creed.  It has helped me to become more confident when exploring spiritual concepts and ideas.  I am still testing, pondering and considering aspects of the faith.  I think we always will if we truly want to “grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour.”

Jesus is coming back for us one day!  Do you believe it?  Is it part of your creed?  It won’t be long now!  Be ready!



Guess Who’s Coming?

I have had something on my mind for a long time now.  And it sent me back to reading my own words on the subject.   I am learning that most of what I write here is for ME!!  I am exhorting myself in the areas I need the most reminding.  Please feel free to eavesdrop on my conversations with myself!

I decided to re-post this one with a little editing from June 2015, “Company’s Coming!,”  because needed to hear it again! So perhaps you do, too.  Sometimes I feel like my brain is like this:

Everything has a tendency to leak out, and soon I am back to my old ways.  My family came again this week-end, and there I was again, rushing around to get ready for company.  When will I learn?

So here goes:  A few weeks ago my phone rang and I had to drag myself away from the computer to answer.  It was my brother.  “Hey, you guys going to be home this weekend? We thought we’d come for a visit.”  “Great!” I said. “Awesome! Can’t wait to see you!” …gazing around my house at the dust, debris, and doggie hair.   Now, we hadn’t seen Steve & Barbara for a while, so I was happy for the visit…I could finally give them their Christmas present! (Well, maybe we should call it an Easter present now.)  But was I ready for company?   No way, Jose’!!   So, it was a  crazy cleaning marathon to get ready!  Company’s coming! Get a move on!

Oh, come on!  Admit it, it’s happened to you, too, right?  Well, maybe not, but I want you to notice that I said I had to drag myself away from the computer to answer the phone.  My problem is that I allow myself, all too often, to be lured into doing the stuff I like (Facebook, Ancestry, reading) before my work and preparations are done.  It’s so easy to do.  We don’t have a lot of visitors so it’s really easy to just let things slide a little.  After all. it’s just us here. No hurry…

Well, guess what?  Company IS coming! And his name is KING JESUS!  Just take a look around.  Are we ready?  Are you ready?  Do you have what you need?  Are you prepared?

Let’s take a look at Matthew 25.  This is Jesus’ parable of the 10 virgins who were to go out to meet the Bridegroom.  They all had lamps, but 5 wise women also took extra oil with them, and 5 foolish women took no extra oil.  Well, the Bridegroom tarried and everyone fell  asleep. In the midnight hour the watchman called out, “Behold! The Bridegroom cometh! Go ye out to meet Him!”  They all woke up to trim their lamp wicks, but the foolish virgins’ lights had gone out. They tried to get the others to give them oil, but the wise women said, “Not so!”  (KJV) So they went out to try to buy more oil.  Meanwhile, the Bridegroom came, and the wise virgins went in with the Bridegroom for the feast, and the door was closed.  When the others came back, they were not allowed in. The Bridegroom said, “Verily, I know you not.”  Then Jesus, who is telling this story, says, “Watch, therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour when the Son of Man cometh,”    He’s telling this story because He wants us to be ready! He is giving us a “heads up!”

We CAN be ready!  He will help us, because it is His desire to find us waiting for Him. In fact He paid a hefty price that we might become one of His own.  The first step is really pretty simple, but it is absolutely necessary to become a child of the King!  We must acknowledge our sin; ask Him to forgive us; believe that He shed His blood and died on the cross, to take the punishment for our sin upon Himself.  This is Salvation: He is the Lamb of God who takes away our sins.  Inviting Him to become the Lord of our Life is only the beginning…He comes into our ransomed heart and makes His dwelling place right there.   This is the miracle: “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”  Col. 1:27     We are made alive unto God. A new creation. A new beginning.  Now we can ask Him for oil!

Let’s pray:  Heavenly Father, We do want to be ready when you come.  We want our hearts to be made alive unto you.  Thank you for sending your only begotten Son, as a ransom for our poor wounded, sinful hearts.  Forgive us for our sins and make us Your own because of the blood Jesus shed for us. Show us how to burn ever more brightly for You. In Jesus’ Name.

AMEN!….This video by Misty Edwards will rattle your cage & even your bones!  Pretty intense, but don’t we need to wake up?


Are You Wearing Your Habit?

Today I thought I’d share one of my favorite pictures with you.  It is a picture o a woman with a secret that brings her so much joy.

This picture makes me smile every time I see it! What is this woman so happy about? She seems to have a secret joy.  Maybe it is the secret of the “habit.”

We can all think of people of certain religious organizations or “tribes” who can be recognised right away by their clothing: Catholic and Orthodox priests and nuns; Amish and Mennonite sects with their plain clothes, caps, and aprons; conservative Pentecostals whose women wear long hair and long skirts.  These are outward expressions of inward convictions.  Their effect is to make others aware of who or what the person wearing such things is serving. A little like a military uniform.

I bet that these clothes also serve as a reminder to the person wearing them about their own identity… about whom or what they serve.

I am not advocating that we adopt a uniform or “habit” to identify ourselves to the world. But I think it would be helpful if we developed “habits” that we use everyday to gird ourselves for our journey.

Remember that old song: “They will Know We Are Christians By Our Love?”   That love only comes by developing the “habit” of spending time with Jesus.  And by “habit,” I mean spending time consistently …ie)habitually with Him.  And doing all the things we need to do to stay spiritually  focused and healthy.

Jesus himself had good spiritual habits and customs.  St. Luke describes  these several times.

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.            Luke 4:16 

And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.  Luke 6: 12 KJV

And again in Mark 1:35, Jesus takes personal time for prayer:

And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

Jesus loved to spend time with His Father.  It was necessary to His ministry on earth.  Matthew 14:23

 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

Jesus told us to follow Him.  If we are going to do that, shouldn’t we stop at the very places that He stopped? The solitary place of prayer and renewal?  If the Lord Jesus needed prayer time;  if He set aside time to seek His Father; how much more do WE need the same?  Shouldn’t His customs be our customs?

Heavenly Father, we don’t want empty “habits,” and meaningless rituals.  We want customs like Jesus.  Customs that feed us and transform us into your likeness and love. Fill us with desire and determination to follow on with YOU.  In Jesus’ Name;




Get Ready!!

Can you  hear it???  It’s the sound of bells ringing!  There is going to be a wedding!  The Bridegroom is getting ready to come for His Bride!  When you hear the sounding of the wedding trumpet, will your heart be ready to respond?   Now is the time to prepare.

My daughter’s good friend, Angela, is getting married in a few months and she has asked Amy to be her maid of honor.  Believe me, there is a flurry of activity to get ready for the big day. Dresses to find; venues to search for; foods to select; flowers and decorations to buy. As the day approaches, there will be dress fittings, cake tastings, shoes to find, hair to dress, jewelry to choose, bridal showers to plan, and the work to merge two households into one!   It’s going to take a lot of time and attention!  Yes, preparing for the wedding is occupying almost every waking moment of this bride and her friends & family!

The Bible tells us that there is going to be a great “marriage supper” for the Lamb of God and His Bride.  WE, His people,  are that Bride. As pictured in the ancient Hebrew marriage ceremony, the bride prepares and adorns herself for the wedding, then waits for the bridegroom to come to her house to get her to escort her to the wedding and then to the place  He has prepared  for them to live!  (Didn’t Jesus say he was going to prepare a place for us? John 14:2)

We have been called and chosen to be His own. Purchased really. In ancient Israel, the father of the bridegroom paid a “bride price” to secure the bride for the bridegroom.  (Didn’t the Heavenly Father pay a great price for us?  John 3:16)

Now it is time to prepare and adorn ourselves to be ready for when He comes. Here’s the thing: if the bridegroom delays coming, the bride must guard her heart from forgetfulness. She can’t let her garments become shabby or torn. She must keep her shoes clean and polished. And most of all, her heart on fire for Him.

 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Eph. 5: 27 KJV

and again:

 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 2 Peter 3:14 KJV

Diligence!  That is the bride’s part.  Giving all of her time and attention in the anticipation of the coming of her Beloved.  Time and attention! In prayer; in the Word; in searching our hearts and confessing; in worship; in service.

Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:   For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:10 & 11  KJV

Don’t be distracted by a jealous enemy who would like to prevent this wedding by any means possible.  An enemy who would defile and besmirch your spotless garments with the corrupting influences of the world. Stay focused on His great and precious promise.


And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.  Matthew 25: 6 KJV