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“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

On Vacation!

 by Macy Johnson


“I removed the burden from their shoulders;

their hands were set free from the basket.”

(Psalm 81:6 NIV) 

 

I cradled a cup of coffee in my hands one morning while I enjoyed the birds singing and the water glistening in the sun. Suddenly God spoke to me. He said, “You’re on vacation!” An unexpected peace came over me and I imagined myself sitting on a beach. I realized I had allowed myself to get bogged down with worry - trying to control this and that. He reminded me life is a gift. Every day is a free gift to enjoy in communication with Him.

 

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Best for Last

 by Macy Johnson


“He has made everything beautiful in its time.

He has also set eternity in the hearts of men;

yet they cannot fathom what God has done

from beginning to end.”

(Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV)

 

It is a recurring dream. I am at the piano with the Phyllis Merritt Singers nearby. The concert is nearly over after I play a few piano solos. Suddenly, my music falls into a pile on the floor next to the piano bench. Phyllis asks, “Was that your final selection?” I reply as I frantically dig through the music, “No, I’ll find it. I saved the best for last!” Then I wake up.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Focus! Focus! Focus!

 by Macy Johnson


“Set your minds on things above,

not on earthly things.”

(Colossians 3:2 NIV)

 

“Lord, please help me juggle all these goings-on so they don’t land on my head,” I pleaded. I cannot juggle balls like my son can, but I find myself often dealing with many activities at a time.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Small World

 by Macy Johnson


“O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.”

(Psalm 139:1 NIV)

 

January 20, 1945 is a date my family will always remember. Most of Europe was in the middle of World War II and the United States sent troops overseas to assist in the struggle. Daddy was a paratrooper at Fort Benning waiting for his deployment. He and my mother were huddled in a Justice of the Peace’s office in Columbus, Georgia with a small family gathering to witness their wedding vows.

 

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Wisdom to Wait

by Macy Johnson


“The plans of the diligent lead to profit

as surely as haste leads to poverty.”

(Proverbs 21:5 NIV)

 

King Solomon, the author of Proverbs, knew something about waiting. Although he had a slew of wives and beautiful palaces, I believe he humbly trusted his Lord to provide success. God blessed him with amazing wisdom to wait on Him.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

No Excuse

 by Macy Johnson


“The man said, ‘The woman you put here with me –

she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.’”

(Genesis 3:12 NIV)

 

It was the summer of 1970. My brother took a long surfing trip with friends and left his 1969 Ford Mustang for me to drive. It wasn’t long before an Escambia County deputy pulled me over. “Your inspection sticker has expired,” he told me. I tried to wiggle out of the citation by explaining that it wasn’t my car. I was sentenced to four weeks of driver’s education classes in the basement of the Baptist Hospital.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

You Did!

by Macy Johnson


“Then Nathan said to David, ‘You are the man!”

(2 Samuel 12:7 NIV)

 

I was in an accident a short while after receiving my driver’s license. As I calmly drove down Government Street near Seville Square in Pensacola, Florida, suddenly an old, ratty, dilapidated car pulled out from a side street and hit my mother’s car on the front right fender. We both got out of our vehicles and the elderly driver from the offending car ambled over to me and asked, “Who hit your car?” “You did!” I exclaimed.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Sabbath Rest

by Macy Johnson


“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.”

(Exodus 20:8 NIV)

 

Sunday morning is my favorite time of the week. I wake early to read the Bible and talk with God before getting ready to attend worship.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

By Faith

by Macy Johnson


“By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command,

so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”

(Hebrews 11:3 NIV)

 

“We don’t need one of those,” my husband said. Retirement has put us in a new world and given us new mindsets. When we were both employed we needed more stuff, or we thought we did.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

I Am

 by Macy Johnson


“God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM.

This is what you are to say to the Israelites:

I AM has sent me to you.’”

(Exodus 3:14 NIV)

 

I have pondered the name of God in order to achieve a deeper, stronger relationship with my Creator.

 

Jonathan Cahn’s writings seek to explain spiritual obscurities. In “The Book of Mysteries” he claims we say God’s name all the time. YHVH (Yahweh) translates into “I Am.” When we speak of ourselves, we say God’s name first, because our existence comes from His existence. “I am Macy” translates to “God Macy.”

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

What Was I Thinking?

 by Macy Johnson


“Reflect on what I am saying,

for the Lord will give you insight into all this.”

(2 Timothy 2:7 NIV)

 

One of my mother’s favorite phrases was, “What were you thinking?” I remember her words when I consider a move or a big change.

 

There was a dead skunk in the middle of the highway near our street. I had avoided it for two days and pointed it out to my husband on the way to the Chinese restaurant one evening. I felt badly for our neighbor who lives near the highway and would suffer from the stench.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Listen Up!

by Macy Johnson


“Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction;

Pay attention and gain understanding.”

(Proverbs 4:1 NIV)

 

My four-year-old cell phone was fine, but my husband was having problems with his. “God,” I prayed, “Please let me know when it is your will to replace our phones.” Not long after that prayer Jeff announced he was ready to release his cell phone to the trade-in pile.

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

From Her Garden

 by Macy Johnson


“If that is how God clothes the grass of the field,

which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire,

will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”

(Matthew 6:30 NIV)

 

I walk a new route. Rather than stay close to home, I now walk one mile to the highway and back. It is hilly and takes a little longer, but this new path is much more satisfying. My husband walked with me the first few times, but one particular morning he had an appointment to recommend tree and foliage placement at a German immigrant’s horse farm nearby.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Elaeagnus

 by Macy Johnson


“But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came

and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.”

(Matthew 13:25 NIV)

 

While camping recently at High Falls State Park in Georgia, my husband and I hiked the Tranquility Trail. For Jeff, it was anything but tranquil. Around every bend in the path he pointed out invasive plants. “Elaeagnus are everywhere,” he noted. Later that afternoon he reported his findings to the park office and met with a grounds employee to discuss. Jeff does not take his calling as Master Gardener lightly.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

When Tragedy Strikes

 by Macy Johnson


“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.

In this world you will have trouble.

But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

(John 16:33 NIV)

 

What is a tragedy? What may be catastrophic for one person could be a walk in the park for another.

 

I recently mourned the sudden death of two friends. One was a fellow musician and the other a bridge partner. In one sense their deaths were tragic, but in another I rejoiced for them at the thought of seeing Jesus face-to-face!

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Words of Life

by Macy Johnson


“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.”

(John 1:14 NIV)

 

Frances Havergal (1836-1879) composed the words to the hymn, “Lord, Speak to Me.” She commented, “If I am to write to any good, a great deal of living must go to a very little writing. Every word comes from God. He speaks to us so we may speak to others.” Frederick Buechner, a Presbyterian minister, wrote, “Jesus didn’t come to merely speak words that were true. He is the Word that makes us true.” “Wonderful Words of Life” was composed by Philip P. Bliss in the late 1800’s. He wrote, “Christ, the blessed one, gives to all wonderful words of life, wooing us to heaven.”

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Keep Watch

 by Macy Johnson


“Therefore keep watch,

because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”

(Matthew 24:42 NIV)

 

My husband, Jeff, and I recently watched “The Tomorrow War” on Amazon Prime Video. Young soldiers suddenly appeared from thirty years into the future to ask their parents to help them fight a war against alien invaders. Citizens, destined to die before the war even began, were drafted and sent into battle with weapons and minimal combat training. It was a doomed endeavor.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Daddy's Letters

by Macy Johnson


“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you

will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ.”

(Philippians 1:6 NIV)

 

My new transcription project has been simmering for the better part of this past century. I recently brought it to life and turned up the heat.

 

After my father’s death in 2003 I was gifted the letters he had written to his family over a span of fifty years. My daughter, Libby, and I labored one weekend to put hundreds of documents in chronological order in large, oversized notebooks.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Beacon of Hope

 by Macy Johnson


“Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.

If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,”

but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?”

(James 2:15-16 NIV)

 

The choir loft was filling for Wednesday night’s rehearsal. Seated at the piano, I was thumbing through the new music from Kathleen, our director, when one of the members came in and announced, “There’s a lady who needs our help.”

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The Muffin Pan

 by Macy Johnson


“I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places,

so that you may know that I am the Lord,

the God of Israel, who summons you by name.”

(Isaiah 45:3 NIV)

 

Do you know the Muffin Man?” The tune to that children’s song swirled in my brain as I made rounds to close up the house for the night. But my words instead were, “Have you seen my muffin pan?”

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Special Delivery

by Macy Johnson


“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said:

‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

(Acts 20:35 NIV)

 

Who doesn’t look forward to a package arrival? Jeff and I were watching a college basketball game late one night when we heard someone at our front door. Several packages were dropped off in the middle of a rainstorm.