Monday, March 20, 2023

 What kind of spiritual seeds are you planting?

There are six things the LORD hates – no, seven things he detests . . . a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

~ Proverbs 6: 16-19

The official first day of spring is here! Though outside the temperatures have hovered in the forties and are supposed to drop to below freezing tonight for the fourth night in a row, my sights are set on the coming of warmer weather, sunshine, and the planting of flower seeds.

I love planting flowers. I've had vegetable gardens, but none of them have brought me as much joy as the years I've planted flowers. The colors and smells sing to my soul. They display the grace and beauty found in God's glorious nature.

In our walk with God, we plant seeds all the time. In some situations, we plant the seeds of encouragement like when a child is having difficulty with homework and we cheer him on. Then there are times we sow the seeds of compassion or mercy like when someone has experienced a loss or has shared with us a need that we can meet.

But recently, I have found that the enemy also plants seeds, and unfortunately, sometimes he uses us to do it.  These seeds slip into our conversations as doubt or worry or fear causing us to look to ourselves for the answers to our problems instead of to God, the Father.

I'm not talking about ignoring your emotions. We all are worried or fearful or have doubts at times. But find a prayer buddy who will take it to the Father with you. Don't let those seeds grow.

The enemy also loves to plant the seeds of discord among families and especially the family of believers. A little grudge here, a few unmet expectations there and we voice our hurt to others planting seeds in them as well.   Oh, the enemy is tricky.

Be vigilant, both in your home and your heart. When you recognize the seeds of discord, pluck them out. Get rid of them, so your heart will be full of the love of God.

As a gardener, I know I have to keep the bad seeds out, so the good seeds can grow and take root. And as a believer, I must protect the good seeds of God's Word planted in my heart, so His Word can grow and take root.

Dear Father, 
Thank you for spring. It brings me such joy. Please as I plant the flowers and tend to the yard this year, show me any seeds that the enemy has planted in my heart and pull them out. Let Your Word, Father, take root in my life and may it grow and bloom bringing hope to others. In Jesus' name, amen.


Friday, February 3, 2023


Living in the Goodness of God

Dear Friends, 

A few weeks ago, I came across CeCe Winans rendition of Goodness of God in my feed. I decided to give it a try. Popping on my earphones, because I can’t do earbuds, I pushed play.

Immediately, it transported me into the presence of the Lord. I stopped what I was doing, threw my hands up in the air, and sang with my whole heart. With tears in my eyes, I said words of thanks and praise because she was right.

I do live in the goodness of God.

We who are his children all live in His goodness.

The goodness of his faithfulness





All this from his goodness. And more.

He’s never left me or forsaken me. He doesn’t fail me. And even when I’m totally oblivious to his workings, he is good to me.

As Acts 17:28 says, “For in him we live and move and have our being.” Christ in me, me in God. Existing in his goodness, living as his child.

If you haven’t heard it, give it a try. You might find yourself drowned in his goodness with hearts and hands lifted high.


Bonita Y. McCoy


Thursday, September 1, 2022


Good Advice

You’re going to wear yourself outand the people, too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself. Now listen to me, and let me give you a word of advice, and may God be with you.

Exodus 18: 18-19a (NLT)


Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, had heard all about what God had done for Moses and the Israelites. Stirred by the great news, Jethro traveled with his daughter and his two grandsons to go see Moses in the wilderness.

When he saw how Moses spent his days settling disputes among the people, he asked Moses two clarifying questions.

·         What are you really accomplishing?

      ·         Why are you trying to do all of it alone?

Sometimes, it takes someone on the outside looking in to spot the real problem. Moses spent his time hearing the disputes of the people, while the people stood around waiting for their turn to be heard. The system just wasn’t working.

Instead, Jethro offered Moses some good advice.

Split up the work!

There have been times in my own life that a simple observation from a trusted friend has redirected my “It’s all up to me” mentality. Or their wise words have opened my eyes to new ways of doing the job.

God never gives us more than we can handle. But when we do take on a task that is big, He will provide the needed help.

Thank goodness for Jethro’s insight and good advice.

If you are carrying a heavy burden, be sure to seek the advice of someone you trust. God may have a solution to lighten your load.


Thank that You are always faithful to give us just what we need when we need it. Help us to always seek You first and to have listening ears when someone offers us good advice.

In Jesusname, amen.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

 Remember, our hope is in the Lord Almighty. 
It is not in man.

Monday, August 8, 2022

 Putting on My Glasses of Hope

Lately the world around me has seemed full of hard facts. The war in Ukraine, the economy here at home, and some personal issues have all played a part in my attitude of defeat. I guess you could say it all looked chaotic and hopeless. One big blurry blob of despair.

Now, I know a thing or two about blurry eyesight. My eyes have been bad since I was ten. Without glasses, a figure in the distance could be a person, a pole, or a sign. It's all one big blob. But once I slide my glasses onto my nose, everything becomes clear. 

That's what happened today when the Lord gave me some scriptures that brimmed over with hope. It was like putting on my glasses, everything cleared. So, I thought I'd share a few of the scriptures the Lord pointed out to me with you. 

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come... This verse from Revelations reminded me who it is that I serve. He is the Great I Am. Ever present, never far off. 

But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in the year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.  I am reminded to put my confidence in God and not man. That I do not need to fear even in the hard time because even then He will allow me to bear fruit. He walks with us in the easy and the hard.

A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired. Here is the heart of the matter. If my confidence is in Jesus, then I can stand firm in His assurances and count my blessings. My heart can be cheerful because I can carry all my worries and fears to the One who can calm the sea. 

The hymn lyrics from "My Hope is Built on Nothing Less" sums it up nicely. 

My hope is built on nothing less

than Jesus' blood and righteousness

I dare not trust the sweetest frame,

but wholly lean on Jesus' name.

So today, put on your glasses of hope. Search the scriptures and find the ones that speak to your heart and take comfort in the fact that Father God is always with you.

May the God of hope fill you to overflowing. 

Bonita Y. McCoy

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