By Steve Countryman

One meaning of the word lost isunable to find one’s way; not knowing one’s whereabouts. Being lost is a condition and shouldn’t be a choice!

If you’re lost in life then you’re wandering about aimlessly, searching for the unknown, searching but not finding. There is a void in your life that you continuously try to fill but can’t, nothing satisfies the emptiness of that void. The unsaved often spend their lives, time, money and resources trying to fill it without success. Even backslidden Christians fall prey to the lies and schemes of the evil one. Trying to fill that emptiness with any lie Satan suggests. Longing to satisfy only that which God can satisfy! The Father of Lies will tell you everything but the truth and anything that will drive you further from God!

Picture yourself stranded out in the middle of a desert. It wasn’t your plan to get lost. You thought that you saw something and tried to go and investigate it but before you knew it you became lost. If you stay on God’s path and His ways then you can’t get lost. But the Devil is always trying to distract you from God’s path. He knows that if he can get you to stray just a little from God’s path then you’re only a few steps away from being lost.

When you realize that you’re lost fear can set in then panic comes. For those who have given up have decided to stay in fear and panic, death awaits them. But for those who make up their minds and are determined to survive salvation is on its way. You have to make that decision. For those who are determined they hope against hope to be rescued, to be found, to be saved, to be spared.

For those who have given up they believe the lies of compromise, the false promise of something better than what God has promised. Compromising what you believe will separate you from God’s Word but never His love. It all starts off the same way; you take a little of the lie of compromise and mix it with what you believe and what the Bible says to fit what you want to hear. Then you just keep adding more and more of the lies of compromise until what you now believe doesn’t resemble anything close to what the Bible says. You have now diluted and polluted the gospel beyond recognition! You have become lost by choice.

We are all born into this lost unsaved life. We make the decision to stay there or to be “saved”, the work of the cross. From that point on we are a new creation and if we end up lost for having taken our eyes off of Jesus then we become lost by choice. Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”

Lost by choice means that you believe the lies. The lies that present themselves like mirages and fake pools of water to the lost in the desert; they are meant to keep you lost. But being found and rescued is easier than you think. For God knows where to find you and He accepts you just as you are. But are you trying to be found? Do you want to be found? Too often someone says that they want to be rescued but don’t really mean it. Instead of building a signal fire to help draw attention, are you just sitting in your troubles? Do you just halfheartedly wave at any rescue opportunities that may be passing by? Are you trying to be rescued or just going through the motions?

Being rescued, found and saved cannot take place with conditions. You cannot place conditions on the One who rescues you if you truly want to be rescued and delivered. Delivered from addictions, rescued from abusive relationships, spared from bad decisions, free from sinful habits, saved from eternal damnation and given a life with true purpose and meaning! It is about having faith in the One who has faith in you! Trust in God’s Word to help guide you as you allow the Holy Spirit to lead you through life’s daily challenges.

My name is Steve and I was born and raised in a good Christian home in Phoenix Arizona. In 2004 God spoke to me to let me know that He would start sharing things with me that I would share with others. Little did I know how powerful and meaningful those things would be! Thank you Lord!!

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I Need YOU!

By: Steve Countryman

I find myself telling God this almost daily. It is a reality of where I am in my relationship with my heavenly Father. It is also sad that it took me so long to come to this realization. How often have I waited until I had exhausted all of my options before considering bring my problems to my God in prayer. Taking it to God should ALWAYS be your first option not your last.

I find it strange that I have spent most of my Christian walk wanting to be a better Christian, a better Christian friend, a better Christian husband and a better Christian business owner; but doing it on my own terms. Thinking that I knew what to do and how to do it as well as the next Christian. All of which was based on my own perception and feelings. Making all my decisions by leaning on my own understanding. HOW FOOLISH!

God has gone to great lengths to provide us, His children, ALL we will ever need. His Son Jesus who died upon a cross for the sins of the world and was raised again. His Word with every answer to every possible problem. His awesome Holy Spirit to guide our steps and direct our paths changing us from glory to glory. His angels to help and to protect. Every possible spiritual tool that we could ever need is provided. All wrapped in His wonderful blessings of divine health and prosperity. 3 John 2Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

I know how frustrated I can get when I’m trying to help someone who won’t accept my help. You know the person who every time you see them always tells you their stories of woe but refuses to accept any advice or help from you. It’s like you’re being invited to a “pity party” but not allowed to attend unless you’re willing to only give comfort and sympathy.

I marvel at God’s patience and mercy for we Christians treat God the same way. We cry out for God to help us and beg Him to answer our prayers but when He answers them and sends the help we ignore Him. Choosing to lean on our own understanding instead of leaning on the One who can deliver us from ALL of our problems!

I have learned the hard way that it’s a good thing to need God’s help in ALL things, at ALL times and in ALL ways! Leaning on God and His Word is the only way to live. Why try to just survive each day when you can have the victory in all things and live an exciting life? Try living for God instead of living for yourself. I’ve been there and still struggle with it. You spend most of your time staring at your “tray of trash”, all of your problems. You waste your time and energy worrying about your tray of trash while becoming a stale worthless Christian in the meantime.

Anyone who has had addictions or serious problems and was sincere about getting help first had to admit that they needed help. That they couldn’t fix it on their own. They had to be willing to receive the necessary help to get through their issues. If not then the help wouldn’t help! Admitting that you need God isn’t a sign of weakness but of victory! Because when you’re in over your head there is only One who can rescue you and His name is Jesus!

For those who think that they don’t need God are the “TRUE” examples of fools. There are those who are ignorant of the TRUTH and don’t know better. There are those who are stupid because they know better but choose to ignore the “TRUTH”. Then there are those who are boastful fools because they know better but are proud of their stupidity for ignoring the “TRUTH”. They go around shouting about their stupidity for they are FOOLS! Sad that some call themselves Christian. It is a matter of TRUST and I choose to trust in Jesus. Lord, I need you!

My name is Steve and I was born and raised in a good Christian home in Phoenix Arizona. In 2004 God spoke to me to let me know that He would start sharing things with me that I would share with others. Little did I know how powerful and meaningful those things would be! Thank you Lord!!

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Shine the Light

– Toni Babcock

“Let your light so shine before men” (Matthew 5:16a KJV)

Butcher, baker, candlestick maker; who would you rather be?

Butcher is the soul who is larger than life, wielding his cleaver with speed and precision when attacking a monumental problem, but known to confess he doesn’t always discern what the real problem is, especially when it involves people.

Baker is even-tempered, but sometimes grudging and crafty. He keeps his secret recipes rising in the oven till just the right time, then serves them up with relish, adding indigestion and the nervous jitters to butchers he doesn’t agree with. It should be pointed out the baker is often the first to smell a rotten egg, or a rummaging rat in the kitchen, which serves him well most of the time, but sometimes catches him in his own trap.

Because the butcher and baker are so opposite in nature, they are known to come to blows.

At last is the mysterious grace-filled candlestick maker. Oh, to be a giver of light like he! He wields his influence in the stoniest of places, so the hardest of hearts appear to melt like wax. It is very strange and wonderful, the power the candle stick maker has over obstinate souls who now report, “His reproofs are a kindness” and “His warnings are an excellent oil” (Psalm 141:5 KJV)

Candlestick makers don’t need to attack, or set punishing traps to achieve their own ends. They exemplify the Spirit of God at work in the soul who lets their “light so shine among men” so that God can achieve His.

Lord Jesus, may we shine the light of your love into a dark and dying world.

Toni M. Babcock, author of The Stone Writer, Christian Fiction for Young Readers and Teens. Contact



The Comparison Game

 – Ken Barnes

So from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David (I Samuel 18:9 NLT).

The women sang, “Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands!” (v. 7), making Saul furious. Pride and jealousy prompted his downfall.

Why was Saul angry? David got what Saul wanted, recognition. Egotism seemed to set a pattern for Saul’s life. He sought the applause of people rather than the approval of God. Jealousy in the eye originates from pride in the heart. Saul sought to destroy the one he envied. The truth of the matter is that David pursued neither the power nor the pomp of the kingdom. Vanity always distorts the truth.

People do not care how much money or fame you have, as long as it is not more than they possess. It’s all about a comparison game we play. It’s not really about the wealth or the notoriety but what we think these things say about us. To feel good about ourselves we have to see ourselves as a little better than others. When we are continually comparing ourselves to others, it leads to either pride or unbelief. The former if we see ourselves as better than others. The latter if we feel others are better than we are. Either way, it leads to a downward spiral with God and man.

What is the solution for this problem? Only compare yourself with God. When Christ is our yardstick, the resulting response is humility. Where pride and envy had brought about Saul’s demise, modesty and kindheartedness ushered in David’s promotion.

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A Starring Role

by Karen Pourbabaee

“In all Thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct Thy paths.” Proverbs 3:6 KJV

We are the stars of our own life’s drama. Hopefully, we shall also be blessed with comedy and romance. Most certainly we’ll all have war stories and mysteries to tell. The story of our lives are directed by an Unseen Hand and whispered into reality by a Gentle Voice. Be attentive. Listen up.

Having The Director for our lives is conditional. Our responsibility is to acknowledge Him. Taking a look at the definition tells us exactly what to do. Acknowledge means to recognize the authority or claims of, to confess, to state that one has received, and to express thanks. So how do we acknowledge God in our lives? Recognize His authority and power, and confess it. Look back on our lives and recall all that we have received from His Unseen Hand, then express our thanks for all His blessings.

Do you want assurance that God is in control of your life, that He is directing your path? Then you must acknowledge Him. And when you do He will step into Director mode.

To direct can be described this way: to manage the affairs, course or action of; guide; conduct; regulate; to tell the way to a place; to give directions; to plan the actions and effects of and to supervise and instruct in the carrying out of such a plan. Do you want the Lord to do all of these things for you? To direct you in your starring role? Then you must acknowledge Him.

Lord almighty and most powerful, worthy of all praise and glory, come be my Director! Amen.

Karen is a freelance Christian writer who writes from Oklahoma. Her first book will soon be released. Contact



By Lewis E. Thomas

Have you ever read about David and Goliath in 1st Samuel 17?
David was a youth who faced a GIANT that was very mean!

This GIANT was many times little David’s size!
But little David’s God had made David wise!

The “size of your enemy” does not matter at all!
When God is “with you” that enemy “will” fall!

Are you facing a “GIANT” in your life today?
Then get on your knees and begin to pray!

Is your GIANT perhaps a “secret sin” you cannot defeat?
Take it to The Alter and leave it at Jesus’ feet!

Ask the Lord to forgive you and make you whole!!
Be filled with the Holy Spirit who will make you bold!

Don’t try to whip that GIANT/PROBLEM you face alone!
Lift that GIANT up in prayer to “GOD’S HOLY THRONE!”

Now rise up in FAITH and stand tall!
God is about to make your “GIANT” fall!

Remember to give “all” your battles to God as you close this rhyme.
He will make you victorious every time!

Lewis E. Thomas
As given by God on 5/29/2019

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I am now 61 years of age and I began writing poetry in the mid eighties to present. I became a Christian in the mid eighties. Poem content often comes to me in a matter of moments and sometimes over several days. The majority of my poetry is God/Bible based for the Glory of God.

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How to Have Peace in the Most Difficult of Circumstances

By stephanie reck

Surrender Surrender all your expectations, your wants, and desires. Peace comes from not trying to figure out your problems or over-analyzing your problems. Peace comes in the most difficult of circumstances when you can truly trust God with your entire life-even if all your prayers seem unanswered or other people appear to have the very blessings you so desire.

To keep peace you must pursue it, maintain it, and walk in it. Peace does not mean agreeing with everyone, it means talking through problems and issues. When others do not want to talk through issues, then you must step aside and allow the Lord to speak to them. Some people assume that keeping peace means doing what they want you to do, but than that would make you a people-pleaser. People will have disagreements, but it is important to open the lines of communication so that the enemy does not have an opportunity to gain in advantage. Jesus did not always go along with everyone, there are times that we must take a stand for what is right. Real peace says, “I love you enough to speak truth for the sake of unity.” Unity has to be worked on, and it is a by-product of talking respectfully and honestly.

Peace does not always come when your circumstances gets better. Actually, you will experience great peace when despite your circumstances you choose to keep a good attitude and remain hopeful. Peace means remaining calm and not overreacting when problems do occur. Peace says, “God is in control and I know that He will work this out for my good.”

Enjoy the process while you’re waiting for answered prayers and promises to be fulfilled. Lay aside every weight that is causing you to lose peace, and focus on what is good in your life. Peace comes when you stop focusing on what you don’t have, or how your life has not turned out the way you would have hoped. Never say, “I will be peaceful when” Instead you can say,” I accept my lot in life and I am content.”

Stephanie Reck, LMSW, LBT,BCCC. Christian counselor, author, speaker, and teacher. Stephanie has a passion to bring hope and encouragement and to see people made whole.
Contact Stephanie @ HopeandEncouragement4Women@gmail.com
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