In Isaiah 49:16 God assured wayward Judah:

“Behold, I have a inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me.”

The Lord Jesus used the same “hands” Word Picture in the New Testament.

Jesus said to His believer-followers:

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;  and I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”

(John 10:27-29)

Believer, you are in good hands!


At times it must be tough to keep a straight face as an Emergency Room Doctor.

There are times when one’s own bright idea and efforts

are a huge problem!

And this is not just with hairdressing projects: It’s also with religious projects!

Isaiah 64:6 –

“For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment, and all of us wither like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.”

Do -It-Yourself Righteousness cannot win you either forgiveness or salvation. Only Jesus Christ’s righteousness makes anyone “straight” with Holy God.

And Jesus’ righteousness is given as a grace gift to those who will trust Him and only Him for forgiveness and heaven.

Titus 3:5 –

“He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit … “.

As serious as DIY Hairdressing is, DIY Salvation is WORSE … ETERNALLY WORSE.


WatchThis is my grandfather Witherspoon’s watch. It is at least 50 years old.
By accident I went swimming with it this week. It is not labeled to be water-resistant or water-proof. Yet it is still keeping perfect time; to me this is pure craftsmanship & grace.
Like the believer’s state as put forward in Philippians 2:12B – 13:
” … work out your salvation with fear and trembling (craftsmanship); for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (grace)”


YankeeToday Yankee went swimming with us at beautiful Cabbage Beach.

Yank got into the warm water but nowhere near as deep as Beth was swimming.

He so desperately wanted to swim out to her to keep her safe but he was way too scared.
So he did the next best thing (at least to him; a canine life guard!).

He incessantly offered his shrill bark.
I’m pretty sure in the bark language he was saying: “Hey, you … Master … Get in here where I can keep you safe!”

Jesus is our un-reluctant Life Guard. He waded into the very deep water to bring us to safety.

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich”. (2 Corinthians 8:9)

Thank your un-reluctant Life Guard / Saviour now.