Mission

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

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Islands

 by Macy Johnson


“The high mountains belong to the wild goats;

the crags are a refuge for the coneys (rock badgers).”

(Psalm 104:18 NIV)

 

There is a large island nestled close to the dam in Alabama’s Lake Martin. When the lake was formed in the 1920’s goats were stranded on the island, so the locals named it “Goat Island.” You can cruise around the island in a boat or on a jet ski and look up its steep, rocky landscape in search of goats. Some vacationers pull their boats up on the island’s sandy shores and pitch a tent for a holiday weekend or afternoon picnic. There are no bridges to Goat Island, no ways for its original inhabitants to escape.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Puzzle Trays

 by Macy Johnson


“A time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away.”

(Ecclesiastes 3:6 NIV)

 

Life is like a puzzle tray. We come across things to do or create from our experiences, then toss them into a tray, a schedule of sorts. Once all the pieces for a project are collected, we gather them from the mental trays and form a picture, a plan to complete the task.

 

Often we have to search our minds for the best next thing. Sometimes we possessed the item already, but it slipped away. Jeff’s favorite, expensive clippers were lost. The last time he remembered using them was when pruning a plant in the front yard. After hours or searching, he gave up. Later in the day while raking in a flower bed, the clippers magically appeared from under a pile of leaves.

 

Some people organize puzzle pieces by color, like the Goodwill store’s layout. I like to arrange them by items in the picture: a house, the water, groups of people, etc. I used to separate pieces by the grid sections of the puzzle, allocating them evenly.

 

Puzzle trays can be like chapters of a book. I gathered information from a 2007 interview with my aunt. After tossing facts around for weeks, I decided to categorize them by person and tossed facts into unique family chapters.

 

After not playing Bridge for over a year, my friends are back together for our weekly fun time. During the pandemic, we experienced a time to give up, to let our desires go, our relationships go, but we held on to hopes of gathering again. Yesterday we played bridge in person again for the first time!

 

I will strive to put my plans into appropriate mental trays according to my heavenly Father’s perfect will. I hope you will, too!

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Scavengers

by Macy Johnson


“‘Yes, Lord,’ she said, ‘but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall

from their masters’ table.’”

(Matthew 15:27 NIV)

 

I was startled from a deep sleep by the sound of empty cans banging against the tall aluminum pole at campsite #69 in Mistletoe State Park near Augusta, Georgia. Rocky Raccoon, balanced on his hind legs, exposed his big, white, furry belly, and clawed on the large, hanging, garbage bag.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Chronological Bible

 by Macy Johnson


“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,

and the Word was God.”

(John 1:1 NIV)

 

During a Bible study Zoom meeting the participants discussed how nice it would be to read about Jesus’ life sequentially, as it unfolded. I discovered a chronological Bible exists, complete with historical and other archaeological data.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Living Water

 by Macy Johnson


“Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God 

and who it is that asks you for a drink, 

you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.’”

(John 4:10 NIV)

 

“My wife was taken to the emergency room last night,” a friend told me. “She forgot to drink enough water yesterday and became dehydrated.”

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

2020 Visions

 by Macy Johnson


“He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;

He enables me to stand on the heights.”

(2 Samuel 22:34 NIV)

 

On my way home from church one Sunday, I was startled by a lone doe at the highest curve in the road. She greeted me with her head held high, then bounded off into the woods.

 

God used isolation and changes in plans to bring new visions in 2020. Did we pay attention?

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Color Blindness

 by Macy Johnson


“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.

Honor one another above yourselves.”

(Romans 12:10 NIV)

 

My husband is colorblind. He has a mild case of deuteranomaly, a form of color blindness in which the green cones in the eye detect too much red light and not enough green light. As a result, reds, greens, yellows, and browns can appear similar. Jeff’s dreams of becoming a Navy pilot crashed with a tell-tale medical exam. In 1974 it was unacceptable for a pilot to be even slightly colorblind. He has learned to be content with his aberration.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Macy Mouse

by Macy Johnson


“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. 

I will strengthen you and help you; 

I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

(Isaiah 41:10 NIV)

 

As an Amazon Prime member, I receive monthly emails with new eBooks’ selections. I choose one to download for free and most often select a mystery or historical novel. This month I scanned the entire list, down to the children’s book. To my surprise it was “Julius and Macy – A Very Brave Night” by Annelouise Mahoney.  

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Off Balance

 by Macy Johnson


“Honest Scales and balances are from the Lord;

all the weights in the bag are of his making.”

(Proverbs 16:11 NIV)

 

I opened my sleepy eyes on day eleven after receiving the first COVID vaccine. The curtains on my windows spun around me – vertigo! That dreaded sense of imbalance forced me to keep my head straight and level in order to function through the day.

 

I walk daily to strengthen my legs, as well as my heart. Running is not in my genes. My legs ache to move slowly, steadily on a solid path. Walking poles help to keep me steady and balanced.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Miracles

 by Macy Johnson


“Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent.”

(Matthew 11:20 NIV)

 

A miracle is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency.”

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Without a Hitch

 by Macy Johnson


“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

(1 Peter 5:7 NIV)

 

The phrase “without a hitch” means smoothly, easily, and successfully. That is far from what we experienced.

 

It was a clear, sunny, Sunday afternoon in January. I returned home from church and our new popup camper was hitched to my husband’s Tacoma. Jeff’s truck was packed for the maiden voyage of the Fish Camper, my affectionate name for what Jeff calls Macy’s Playhouse.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Dream Lessons

 by Macy Johnson


“Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers,

they hated him all the more.”

(Genesis 37:5 NIV)

 

“After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt.”

(Matthew 2:9 NIV)

 

Two Josephs, many dreams. Some paved the way for one Joseph, favored son of Jacob/Israel, to be carried away to Egypt. Other dreams led another Joseph, earthly father of Jesus, to escape to Egypt. Both Josephs obediently relied on hope in their Savior God, and acted on vital lessons learned in their sleep.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Restored Connection

 by Macy Johnson


“So the Lord God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this, cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.’”

(Genesis 3:14-15 NIV)

 

My husband is a retired employee of the power company. Nonetheless, we were often without electricity due to rain, snow, or ice storms. We lost the connection. I called the help line to let them know we lost power. Our house was built to be fueled by electricity and was a shell, a dead skeleton, without it.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Joyful Songs

 by Macy Johnson


“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness;

come before him with joyful songs.”

(Psalm 100:1 NIV)

 

A dear friend let me borrow her copy of “The One Year Book of Hymns.” I started reading it in January, excited to learn the personal stories of authors of different spiritual songs. Every verse was penned to glorify God.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Captive Thoughts

 by Macy Johnson


“Those who make them will be like them, 

and so will all who trust in them.”

(Psalm 115:8 NIV)

 

We become what we think about – it’s either God or not God. We become love or hate, slaves to the Ruler of Love or the ruler of this world. The Psalmist reminds us that whatever captures our thoughts will mold our minds and hearts.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Love Is

 by Macy Johnson


“Love is not rude, it is not self-seeking,

it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”

(1 Corinthians 13:5 NIV)

 

Children in a TV commercial were asked what love is. Each had a unique answer, birthed in their young hearts. Their responses made me wonder how quickly we pass over the true meaning of love.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Hearing Disorder

 by Macy Johnson


“Faith comes from hearing the message,

and the message is heard through the word of Christ.”

(Romans 10:17 NIV)

 

Do you have problems understanding others, especially your "significant other"? Do you blame them for mumbling? My husband has accused me of having a hearing problem. I misunderstand about 25% of his words, especially if he is turned away from me while speaking. I have had this difficulty all my life and recently identified what could be part of the problem.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Tent Camping

 by Macy Johnson


“Live in booths for seven days:

All native-born Israelites are to live in booths so your descendants will know that I had the Israelites live in booths when I brought them out of Egypt.

I am the Lord your God.”

(Leviticus 23:42-43 NIV)

 

My husband and I are on a quest to find the best camp site. Georgia has many amazing State Parks, several within a few hours of our home. In one day we can explore two or three campgrounds. I take notes on the map provided by the park office, while Jeff navigates the snaky roads through the camping area. We enjoy lunch at a local eatery and discuss what we’ve discovered.