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

Wednesday, December 27, 2023


by Macy Johnson

“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 NIV)


My word for the new year is imagine. Merriam-Webster defines it as the act of forming a mental image of something or someone not present.

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

The Gift

 by Macy Johnson

“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

(Luke 6:36 NIV)


At the suggestion of our son Jeff and I watched a Netflix documentary on World War II. One of the commentators had been captured by the Nazis. He was the survivor of a bombed tank in Northern Africa and told of the ordeal of his transport as a prisoner of war across the desert and the Mediterranean Sea. Upon arrival in Italy, he and his fellow prisoners were marched through villages to the prison camp.

Wednesday, December 13, 2023


by Macy Johnson

“But eagerly desire the greater gifts.

And now I will show you the most excellent way.”

(1 Corinthians 12:31 NIV)


Excellence is an outward expression of inner integrity, of having a passion and strong sense to make a true difference.

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Living the Dream

by Macy Johnson

“Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me

were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

(Psalm 139:16 NIV)


Ponder this for a moment: God dreamed of you before He created you. He imagined you in His image. No one is conceived by accident. This is God’s plan from the beginning.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023


by Macy Johnson

“We ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit,

groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons,

the redemption of our bodies.”

(Romans 8:23 NIV)


I sat on the long wooden bench at our dining room table. From there I can see out of our sidelights up the long driveway to the street. My perch allows me to know when our children, grandchildren, and special visitors arrive. Every house I have lived in had a special place that gave me the perfect view of approaching activities and people. Like a child waiting for her parents to return home, I wait eagerly for guests.

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Inquiring Minds

by Macy Johnson

“In the last days,

God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit on all people.

Your sons and daughters will prophesy,

your young men will see visions,

your old men will dream dreams.’”

(Acts 2:17 NIV)


Maybe you remember this slogan, “Inquiring minds want to know” which was used by the National Enquirer in the 1980s. This tabloid magnetized the attention of shoppers as they waited in the checkout lines of their favorite stores.

Wednesday, November 15, 2023


 by Macy Johnson

“He made Himself nothing,

taking the very nature of a servant,

being made in human likeness.”

(Philippians 2:7 NIV)


I took a closer look at the genealogy of Jesus in the book of Matthew. Forty-two generations from Abraham to Joseph included the names of five women. Tamar deceived her father-in-law, Judah. Rahab was a Gentile prostitute in Jericho. Ruth was a foreign widow from Moab. Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah, was murdered by King David. Mary was an unwed mother.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Called to Serve

by Macy Johnson

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood,

a holy nation, a people belonging to God,

that you may declare the praises of Him

who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.”

(1 Peter 2:9 NIV)


It was Halloween morning. I reviewed the notes I had written in the My Utmost for His Highest journal my daughter had given me in 2003. On October 31st of that year I had written, “Called to be a Christian writer.” God put the desire in my heart and fulfilled it sixteen years later.


Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Not for You

by Macy Johnson

“I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you,

but that you may live in a right way

in undivided devotion to the Lord.”

(1 Corinthians 7:35 NIV)


Friends recommended I watch The Chosen on Prime Video. My husband and I were captivated from the first episode by the authentic portrayal of Christ as He selected His disciples.

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Made for This

by Macy Johnson

“Blessed are they who keep His statutes

and seek Him with all their heart.”

(Psalm 119:2 NIV)


A special friend, fellow writer and Bible scholar, informed me she started memorizing one Bible verse a day and suggested I give it a try. I pondered the thought the next morning during my devotions and selected Psalm 119. On the second day, I wrote verse 2 in my designated notebook and asked God to reveal Himself in this process. The most amazing thought came over me – “You were made for this!”

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Go There!

 by Macy Johnson

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,

he is a new creation,

the old has gone, the new has come!”

(2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)


On an episode of Heartland on Netflix, Amy gently guided a potential police horse through obstacles on the training ground. The skittish horse bucked and whinnied, but Amy’s persistence paid off.


Wednesday, October 11, 2023


by Macy Johnson

“What a wretched man I am!

Who will rescue me from this body of death?”

(Romans 7:24 NIV)


In my daughter’s neighborhood lives a dog who is a major pest. Dodger wants you, or anyone within his vision, to throw a stick for him over and over and over. Don’t dare pick up the slimy piece of wood he drops at your feet. He will dance around you and try to entice you to play his game, but don’t give in, or you’re stuck!

Wednesday, October 4, 2023


 by Macy Johnson

“Direct me in the path of your commands,

for there I find my delight.”

(Psalm 119:35 NIV)


I drove away from the Senior Center after a fun afternoon playing Bridge with friends. I maneuvered my car into my favorite spot at the nearby grocer, turned it off, and traipsed inside to gather supplies.

Thursday, September 28, 2023

The Holy Spirit's Team

 by Macy Johnson

“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit,

whom the Father will send in my name,

will teach you all things

and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

(John 14:26 NIV)


The Holy Spirit is a person, an awesome gift of God Himself to me. A recent study of the book by Francis Chan, Forgotten God, reminded me that I often do not treat the Holy Spirit as a person, but as an object. Jesus is God in human form, while the Holy Spirit is God in spirit form. He, like Jesus, emanates from the Father. Understanding the mystery of the Trinity includes understanding the Person of the Holy Spirit.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Divide and Multiply

by Macy Johnson

“Those who accepted Peter’s message were baptized,

and about three thousand were added to their number that day.”

(Acts 2:41 NIV)


There was a big elephant in the room, and no one wanted to talk about it. The Methodist church had divided and gone separate ways, or so it seemed. More than half of the local congregation became Global Methodists while the remainder stayed with the United Methodist Church.

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

God's Rainbow

 by Macy Johnson

“I have set my rainbow in the clouds,

and it will be the sign of the covenant

between me and the earth.”

(Genesis 9:13 NIV)


I was a local church’s pianist for eleven years, with a three year sabbatical in the middle. Near the end of my tenure I felt the Holy Spirit shift in my heart. I sensed a call to move on and allow God to do something new in the church and in me. Although anxious and afraid of slipping out of the center of His will, I was safely guided through the fog.

Wednesday, September 6, 2023


 by Macy Johnson

“For as the soil makes the sprout come up

and a garden causes seeds to grow,

so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise

spring up before all nations.”

(Isaiah 61:11 NIV)


We had a bumper crop of acorns this year. As my husband, Jeff, and I sat on our porch and looked out over the beds of plants and flowers hugging massive trees, we noticed tiny oaks peeking out above the pine straw and mulch. The tiny saplings had sequestered the beds and provided an unwelcome blanket of ground cover.

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Pumping Spiritual Iron

 by Macy Johnson

“We also rejoice in our sufferings,

because we know that suffering produces perseverance.”

(Romans 5:3 NIV)


In Jonathan Cahn’s The Book of Mysteries he provides insight into “The Resistance Secret.” He writes, “When you exercise the qualities of God against resistance, it causes you to grow stronger.”

Wednesday, August 23, 2023


 by Macy Johnson

“This is what the Lord says to me:

‘Go, post a lookout and have him report what he sees.’”

(Isaiah 21:6 NIV)


GOAL is an acronym for Get Out And Look! This expression is used to remind drivers to get out of their truck and look before backing up. My husband, Jeff, and I have a list of procedures to help set up and take down our camper. On the set up list is written: “Pull trailer to site – GOAL – Get Out And Look! Take your time!”

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Close Enemies

 by Macy Johnson

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.

Therefore be as shrewd as snakes

and as innocent as doves.”

(Matthew 10:16 NIV)


My husband and I watched an episode of Designated Survivor on Netflix. Enemies of the new President of the United States were coming out of the woodwork like roaches. I was surprised when the reluctant leader of the free world selected a new Chief of Staff. He chose the ringleader of politicians who made his life miserable! My thought was, “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” Then I realized the newly-appointed President probably made a very wise choice.

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Changed Minds

 by Macy Johnson

“When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled,

Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them

and said, ‘What have we done?

We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!’”

(Exodus 14:5 NIV)


It happened again. My body is falling apart. Twice before I have had a medical procedure and hoped I was done with this issue. Not quite, though. It was time to decide whether to go through the painful process again or not.

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

God's GPS

 by Macy Johnson

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?

Yet not one of them will fall to the ground

apart from the will of your Father.”

(Matthew 10:29 NIV)


The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a U.S.-owned utility that provides users with positioning, navigation, and timing services. This system in Google Maps allows my husband and me to track each other on our cell phones.

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

The Narrow Way

 by Macy Johnson

“Enter through the narrow gate.

For wide is the gate and broad is the road

that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

But small is the gate and narrow the road

that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

(Matthew 7:13-14 NIV)


I am the driver designated to pull our new camper trailer. Someone asked me if I preferred hauling the 5,000 pound box on interstates or back roads. I answered, “Interstate!” They were surprised, and my reasons are simple. Small highways are curvy, hilly, and a favorite place for animals to cross from their hiding places in the woods nearby. Low hanging tree branches reach out, grab at our camper, and knock off awning caps. I admit to love the scenery of country roads, but they are more difficult for me to navigate as I pull a twenty-four foot trailer.


Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Available or Not?

 by Macy Johnson

“What do you think? There was a man who had two sons.

He went to the first and said,

‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’”

(Matthew 21:28 NIV)


It was time to put our beloved popup camper on the market. We had purchased a new camper trailer and packed it for its maiden voyage. I filled out all the forms online on to list the popup for sale, throw out the bait, and entice bites.


Thursday, July 13, 2023

Benefit of the Doubt

 by Macy Johnson

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything,

by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,

present your requests to God.”

(Philippians 4:6 NIV)


After a swim with my grandchildren in the lake, I hurried to the outside shower and turned it on. The pressure was low, but I continued to lather up my body in my swimsuit and rinse off. When I turned off the shower, I noticed a stream of water running down the length of our carport. I opened the door to the storage room behind the shower and discovered an inch of water on the floor.

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Quality Time

 by Macy Johnson

“I sought the Lord, and he answered me;

he delivered me from all my fears.”

(Psalm 34:4 NIV)


As I stood on my balcony one sunny, Sunday morning, I heard a voice say to me, “Don’t try to do too much.” It came right after I raced through my mind and listed the things I planned to do the week my grandchildren were with me. I knew the voice in my heart was straight from my heavenly Father.

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Rodeo Clown

by Macy Johnson

“But let all who take refuge in you be glad;

let them ever sing for joy.

Spread your protection over them,

that those who love your name may rejoice in you.”

(Psalm 5:11 NIV)


God sent a rodeo clown to help protect us.


While driving west on Interstate 10 from Tucson to Phoenix, a large rock flew up from an 18 wheeler rig’s tire and hit my windshield. It sounded like a gunshot! I called my insurance company. After several phone calls, I decided to wait until we were home in Georgia to have my car repaired.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Upside Down and Backwards

 by Macy Johnson

“Anyone who does not take his cross and follow me

is not worthy of me.”

(Matthew 10:38 NIV)


“I cannot get these sway bars off the brackets!” my husband exclaimed. We just arrived at home with our new camper trailer. Jeff and I had previously viewed many nightmarish scenes on YouTube of RV failures and installations gone wrong. Here we were, experiencing our first.

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Weights of the Balance

 by Macy Johnson

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,

Who put darkness for light and light for darkness,

Who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”

(Isaiah 5:20 NIV)


Jonathan Cahn, in his Book of Mysteries, describes weights used in ancient times to determine values. Altered weights made an item appear heavier or more valuable than it actually was. This reminds me of how differing weights are man’s way of twisting the Truth to conform to his desires. When a civilization redefines its values away from God and the created order, altering its measures of right and wrong, it is turning man into God. These are signs of corruption in society.

Wednesday, June 7, 2023


by Macy Johnson

“Forget the former things;

do not dwell on the past.”

(Isaiah 43:18 NIV)


Thomas Lambrecht wrote, “In this time of change, it is important to grasp the reality that God is working in all situations to do something new.” How do I get ready for new things? I need to release my focus on the past and look forward to what is coming. Lessons learned in the past can be applied to new experiences.

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Something New

by Macy Johnson

“Is there anything of which one can say,

“Look! This is something new”?

It was here already, long ago;

it was here before our time.”

(Ecclesiastes 1:10 NIV)


There is nothing new under the sun. My husband, Jeff, reminds me of this in short history lessons. I have much to learn from former leaders. The stories remind me that human nature reaches for power and control. But it is God’s nature to give and not take – a new way of thinking for some.

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Birth of a Story

 by Macy Johnson

“Flesh gives birth to flesh,

but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.”

(John 3:6 NIV)


One morning while considering upcoming devotions, the Lord revealed to me that each of the blogs He has given me has a life of its own. He gives me the thoughts, the words, and the story which is born when it is posted online. Some may view the “baby” on its birthday, but others are touched by its “life” days, months, even years later.

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Copperhead Crossing

by Macy Johnson

“Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them;

they bit the people and many Israelites died.”

(Number 21:6 NIV)


On one of my recent walks in my neighborhood I came across an injured copperhead snake. It was curled up on the centerline of the road. I had passed that way four times earlier during my walk, but didn’t notice it until now. Was I so focused or distracted that I didn’t see it? The snake reared its head and looked at me as if to say, “Help!” I noticed a deep cut in its side, but no other injuries.

Wednesday, May 10, 2023


by Macy Johnson

“Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them,

then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy.”

(Psalm 96:12 NIV) 


Our property is snuggled in the middle of the Oconee National Forest. When a storm blows through, we expect several limbs and possibly entire trees to be felled. My husband keeps a tree surgeon’s phone number close at hand.

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Bucket List

 by Macy Johnson

“He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed,

miracles that cannot be counted.”

(Job 5:9 NIV)


In a few short weeks my husband, Jeff, and I will embark on a Magical Mystery Tour - a road trip to the Grand Canyon. I have never visited the national park, and it has been sitting on my bucket list for a long, long time. I sense an urgency to seize opportunities, to make things happen.

Wednesday, April 26, 2023


 by Macy Johnson

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble,

whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,

whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy –

think about such things.”

(Philippians 4:8 NIV)


GIGO is an acronym for Garbage In, Garbage Out. It is a term I kept in my mind’s forefront as I wrote computer programs in COBOL (Common Business Oriented Language) in the 1980’s.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Wrong Address

by Macy Johnson

“In his heart a man plans his course,

but the Lord determines his steps.”

(Proverbs 16:9 NIV)


My grandson would be celebrating his birthday soon. We lived too far away to join in the festivities, so I ordered a gift for him on Amazon to be delivered to his home. A few days later, as I was addressing his birthday card, I noticed a discrepancy in the addresses. “Oh no!” I thought. Noah’s old address was in Amazon, because I had sent him a gift in the past. His new address was staring me in the face.

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Quality Control

 by Macy Johnson

“His work will be shown for what it is,

because the Day will bring it to light.

It will be revealed with fire,

and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work.”

(1 Corinthians 3:13 NIV)


I keep a collection of my God Sightings books on hand to give away as hostess or birthday gifts. My personal supply was running low, so I ordered a handful of each publication. The book copies rested on my desk waiting for me to autograph and put them with the others in a portable bin.

Wednesday, April 5, 2023


 by Macy Johnson

“They still did not understand from Scripture

that Jesus had to rise from the dead.”

(John 20:9 NIV)


An assumption is defined in the Cambridge English Dictionary as something that you accept as true without question or proof.


We patiently waited in my Tahoe in the lane to turn left onto Highway 11. It had been a fun morning at the library and adjacent park in Trussville, Alabama. With a Happy Meal, chicken nuggets, a burger, and milkshakes, my grandchildren and I were headed home.

Wednesday, March 29, 2023


 by Macy Johnson

“They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company.

Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord.”

(Acts 15:39 NIV)


My email inbox was full, again, of information I no longer needed. In the past I purchased something from a different company, or inquired about a new service provider. They were no longer on my radar, but I was on theirs.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Cosmic Candy

 by Macy Johnson

“When you give it to them, they gather it up;

when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things.”

(Psalm 104:28 NIV)


My granddaughter, Dahlia, likes to pretend she owns and manages a restaurant when she visits us. She explores my refrigerator and pantry to find items for her menu. I am amazed at the beautiful list of options she creates on my computer with unique pictures and special fonts.