Category Archives: Meditations on God’s Word



For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
(1 Corinthians 13:12)   
Remembering the innocent child whom we must become again to enter heaven;
Embracing the warmth of family love and protection in our youth;
Facing the reality that evil exists– shaking our belief in innocence and protection;
Leaning on the Lord when doubting the direction for our future;
Emerging as the children of God through faith, obedience, and baptism;
Changing our lives as new Christians to follow in the path of Christ;
Transitioning to an outward focus on others;
Investing in quiet time with the Lord in prayer;
Owning the legacy of suffering as a Christian in this world;
Needing to hold onto faith until the last age when the child in us returns home.
Remembering the past, reflecting on the present,
embracing the future–which God holds.
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three;
but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)
Faith: Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will uphold you. . .”
Hope: 2 Corinthians 4:16 “Therefore we do not lose heart.  Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
Love: Matthew 28:20 “. . . and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
God is with us always:
at birth—through life—in death—
in heaven . . . waiting–for us to come home.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 07/12/2020 )    Meditations on God’s Word



10 ” I AM the Lord your God,
    who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.
    Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

11 “But My people did not listen to My voice;
    Israel would have none of Me.
12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts,
    to follow their own counsels.
13 O that My people would listen to Me,
    that Israel would walk in My ways!
14 I would soon subdue their enemies,
    and turn My hand against their foes.
15 Those who hate the Lord would cringe toward Him,
    and their fate would last forever.
16 I would feed you with the finest of the wheat,
    and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

                             (Psalm 81: 10-16)


A different people, a time long past.

A relevant message, the time today.

The same God, then-now-forever.

Listen and Silent. The letters are the same to form both words: Harmony.

Noise and Clamor. The letters are not the same to form both words: Discord.

 Have we heard His Voice? Can we listen and be silent to hear Him, amid the noise and clamor of our time today?

How richly He would bless us if we had all of Him in our hearts,removing our stubborn selves to allow Him to fill us.

 In our time of noise and clamor, He is still the Lord our God. He will fill us fully with Him if we but “open our mouth wide.” What comes out of our mouth, then, will be His Voice, His Words. The world in our time needs us, His adopted sons and daughters, to speak and proclaim His Truth, not in noise and clamor above the world’s but in listening silence to know how to speak before those who have not really heard God’s Voice and allowed Him entrance into their hearts.

Our time is a decisive one for Christians to take a stand and speak God’s truth. In harmony, not discord, showing His truth in our words, our actions, and our lives, we can make a difference. And we must make a difference, for the “Israel” of our time does not “walk in {His} ways.” That difference will be beyond us for our children and their children.

Listen and be silent. Hear His Voice. Ask Him to help us know how to be the difference of change to reach stubborn hearts and unknowing hearts as we, also, pray for our own hearts to be right with Him.

(Sharon G. Tate 07/05/2020 blog)  Meditations on God’s Word





In Times of Temptation and Weakness: Hearing His Word in My Heart


The weakest moments. The voice whispering,

“Go ahead. It’s okay. Just this once won’t hurt. Try it.”

How will we respond to the prompting, the teasing, the tempting, the urging and still hold true to faith—unless we have the Word readily before us as our reaction, our response, and our action.

The Savior understands our weakest moments.

14Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet He did not sin. (Hebrews 4:14-15)

When tested,

Be ready

To answer

With the Word.   

” For the word of God is alive and active.” (Hebrews 4:12)

“May I hide Your Word in my heart so that I might not sin against You. Amen.”

(Sharon G. Tate blog 06/28/2020)  Meditations on God’s Word

GOD’S INTIMACY WITH HIS CREATION– Are we personal and intimate with Him?

All things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. (John 1:3)

God’s creation fully exemplifies a diversity of personal color, size, shape, detail, function, purpose. Even identical twins are noted to have different fingerprints. 1 Each creation unique and individual. The Artist God, the Designer God, the Creator God– intimate with His creation.

13 For Thou didst form my inward parts,
Thou didst knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise Thee, for Thou art fearful and wonderful.[
Wonderful are Thy works!
Thou knowest me right well;
15     my frame was not hidden from Thee,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately wrought in the depths of the earth.
16 Thy eyes beheld my unformed substance;
in Thy book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

(Psalm 139:13-16)

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.  (Matthew 10: 29-31)


God knows us intimately and personally. The question we must ask ourselves, “Are we personal and intimate with Him?” Is He the One we turn to first when we are confronting day-to-day problems, facing major crises, seeking answers, fighting fear and anxiety, wanting comfort, hoping for hope?

The change in the world now and in the future, if God allows it, occurs first within me and you through intimacy with Him. The ripple outward to others happens when we become more like Him.

In an impersonal world of more online contact and less one-on-one interaction in person, such distancing has allowed us to create a masked version of ourselves. Through email, text, Facebook clicks/comments, we do not have eye contact, and tone of voice with inflections of meaning heard in speech are missing. We can use filters to enhance our selfie pictures. Even on a visual chat, there is a distance and the opportunity to mask. This impersonal medium allows us to present just what we want others to see.

With God, there is no mask. He is I AM from the beginning through eternity.

What about us? We may present ourselves masked before the world, at church services, to our neighbors, in the workplace, even with friends and at home—but we cannot wear the mask before God. He knows us, the real you and me.

The change in the world must start by each one of us removing the mask before others and engaging more one-on-one, in-person, allowing Christ to be seen. Jesus, in one-on-one connections with individuals, unmasked the woman at the well and the rich, young ruler—to help them really see themselves and change. The Samaritan woman seemed to believe He was the Messiah and went back to her village to share this revelation, thus impacting others to seek Him; there was a change in her. The rich, young ruler, however, was saddened when he heard what Jesus asked of him. There is no indication of a change in him that would lead to sharing the Lord with others.

Are we, like that young man, saddened by what Jesus asks of us to the point that we do not make changes within that will show outwardly to others the nature of Christ? Intimacy with the Lord our God is crucial to change within and visibility without. We must be intimate and personal, one-on-one, with Jesus every day.

Seek the Lord and His strength, seek His presence continually! (I Chronicles 16:11)


(Sharon G. Tate blog 06/14/2020)  Meditations on God’s Word

What can I do when I am only one? I can be the ONE.

 4 And Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I perceive that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation any one who fears Him and does what is right is acceptable to Him.”  (Acts 10:34-35)

 And Peter shared the Word, the Living Word of Jesus to the Gentiles.  God wants every ONE to know and be saved.

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way. This is good, and it is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, Who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony to which was borne at the proper time. (I Timothy 2:1-6)

 ONE” is a key word throughout scripture: ONE God. ONE Mediator. ONE Savior. The ONE lost sheep. The ONE prodigal son coming home. “Any ONE who fears Him and does what is right is acceptable.”

For each ONE, there is only ONE way, ONE truth, ONE light, ONE hope, ONE salvation.

Have we, like God and Jesus, focused on the ONE–or the many? Is it not the ONE with whom we can make the most difference? Is it not the ONE act of kindness that can start the change rippling outward?

We each have the ability to affect those around us, within our sphere of influence, ONE at a time. This effect can extend beyond us to others’ areas of influence and beyond them to where God’s direction leads.

What can I do when I am only one? I can be the ONE.

Unlike God, mankind, in general, tends to be partial. We look differently-at difference.

While working for 25 years with at-risk and special education students, I was in the special ed. “sped hall.” Some students, and even a few staff, would tend to avoid this hall. Other students who entered the hall did so with the intent to show disrespect, condescension, and maybe ridicule. Different can mean unacceptable, not the same worth, less than, maybe even something to fear. It is a perspective applied to skin color, race, sex, age, ability, body shape, and on and on.

God looks the same at difference because He sees the ONE. And that ONE is His–

a precious lost sheep, a son coming home,

a daughter-though a Samaritan,

a soul to be saved-though a thief on the cross,

you and me-yet sinners.

Can we see the ONE and not the many others we could associate with that ONE over time, history, events, perspective, opinion, inference?

ONE can effect change and bring souls to God.

CAN WE BE THE ONE to see the ONE.

(Sharon G. Tate 06/07/2020 blog)  Meditations on God’s Word






God is faithful, Who has called you into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

(I Corinthians 1:9)


I had the blessing of spending time with my grandchildren online in a Zoom call on Mother’s Day. My granddaughter kind of took over the call closer to the end as she was trying to, rather slowly with one hand, the other arm/wrist/thumb in a cast, type out her birthday list to me. My grandson, age five, was walking back and forth waiting for his turn. Quite unhappy with his big sister, he expressed his impatience with a lament,

 “I’m missing my time with Grandma!”


Have we not longed to be back together in fellowship as one with the Lord and with one another?

Have we not missed our time with some impatience and lamenting in waiting?

Stay-at-home directives to help control a virus have separated us in many ways.

God knew we would need the presence of fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Fellowship in the Lord is a special gift only Christians can fully unwrap, open to the Light, and experience. God has given us a church family—brothers and sisters who share a common bond, a common love, a common faith, a common hope in Christ. Through Christian fellowship, we are each other’s mutual support and companions through the challenges, tests, struggles, suffering, and hardships in this life. We are each other’s faithful friends, sharing in the joys, special moments, and laugh-out-loud times. Our solidarity is secured in our united efforts as comrades in the cause of Christ, showing His love through our lives and through our fellowship with one another.

Fellowship with our brothers and sisters in the Lord cannot exist without the presence of CHRIST Himself. When we pray, when we break bread, when we sing, when we worship, HE is with us. When we share a meal and thank Him for it, HE is seated at the table. As we clean the building in the spring, HE is there in our midst. When we sing carols to the elderly in a nursing home or assisted living, JESUS is harmonizing with us.

Fellowship in Christ is fellowship with Christ.

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship [is] with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. (1 John 1:3)

This gift of Christian fellowship, bestowed by God, is a blessing in this life but an even greater joy in eternity. Our friendship, our companionship, and our togetherness will continue forever.  Human fellowship cannot last, but fellowship in Christ endures and grows stronger.

Can we envision what Christian fellowship in heaven will be like?

Will we strive to have the kind of Christian fellowship on this earth  that prepares us for that Day?

24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.  (Hebrews 10:24-25)

As we come together once again, let us pray with purpose and faith that we may use this God-gift of Christian fellowship to help and encourage each other in our walk with Him, as we work together in solidarity to bring souls to His salvation-and to this special fellowship of His followers.

(Sharon G. Tate 05/31/2020 blog)  Meditations on God’s Word

Mary and her Son: Keeping These Things and Pondering Them in our Hearts

26 When Jesus saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing near, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. (John 19:26-27)

On the cross, while enduring the most extreme agony of suffering for our sins and abandonment by His Father, Jesus looked down and saw His mother. He knew she would need to be cared for, and John, His trusted disciple “whom He loved” was near. Jesus made it clear in the wording He used that Mary was to view John as her son and John was to be that son to Mary.  John accepted this great responsibility and took Mary home with him.

In providing for His mother, Our Lord demonstrated His love for this woman who bore Him. Mary was told by the angel that she, a virgin, would bear a child who would be “the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35)  She didn’t understand but humbly accepted this responsibility by verbally stating: “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled” (Luke 1:38).   When the shepherds came to Bethlehem to find the child, Christ the Lord, in the manger, Luke recorded Mary’s unspoken thoughts and feelings about this birth: “… His mother kept all these things in her heart” (Luke 2:17-19) When Jesus was twelve and told his parents, who were looking for Him, that He was about His Father’s business in the temple, they did not understand. Luke, once again, recorded her unspoken thoughts and feelings: “But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:48-51). 

We can only imagine what Mary really pondered all those years. “Mary, did you know?” are the lyrics written by Mark Lowry to a well-known Christmas song. Mary had been “pondering” all these years, and she seemed to know that Jesus had the power to perform a miracle at Cana and provide more wine for the wedding occasion. : When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘O woman, what have you to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.’  5His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever He tells you’ (John 2:1-5). And He, then, turned water into wine, performing His first recorded miracle. “This, the first of His signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him” (John 2:11). His mother had already believed in Him.

Mary was with Jesus, her son, throughout his life, and she was at the foot of the cross when He was sacrificing Himself for all mankind. She was a mother who loved her son and gave Him up for us.  “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” (Luke 1:38) Her words could be heard, not only at the beginning, but also at the end of her son’s life on this earth.

Mother has the word “other” in it. A mother has a special bond with her child from conception until she dies. She looks outside herself to her child and gives to that child first above her own self. The “M” in a loving mother is never the completed word “me” for it defers, instead, to the full word “other.” Her “other” is the child she bears, the child who grows inside her, the child who continues to grow outside her body but never outside her heart.  Mary was this mother.

To those of us who are mothers or future mothers, let us strive to be the woman and mother Mary was: “The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you’ ” (Luke 1:28).

Let us all be as caring toward our parents as Jesus was to His mother. In spite of all that He was going through on the cross, He remembered her and provided for her.

Our mother is our deliverer into this life. Jesus is our Deliverer through this life.

May we keep all these things and ponder them in our hearts.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 05/10/20) Meditations on God’s Word



Distress Signal Sent



We are currently living in a time of stress and distress. MAYDAY for a vaccine to control a deadly virus. MAYDAY for a treatment to use until a vaccine is safely tested. MAYDAY for all those who are not working and need financial assistance. MAYDAY for the business owners who need a loan to keep their business afloat. MAYDAY for all those “essentials” working away from home, possibly at risk of contracting the virus and infecting loved ones. MAYDAY for those who have lost family and friends to this virus and cannot be with them in their final moments. MAYDAY for all the children sheltered-in-place away from school and social relationships. MAYDAY as the mental and emotional toll escalates.


Only One can calm that distress within and respond to our MAYDAY.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud,
be gracious to me and answer me!
(Psalm 27:7)

Are we trusting in God to help us through these times of stress, loss, fear, turmoil, loneliness, isolation?

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
(Psalm 46:1

28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary,
    His understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint,
    and to Him who has no might He increases strength.
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
    and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
    they shall walk and not faint.  (Isaiah 40:28-31)

 Our cries of distress are heard by God. He is ever-present with us. We must be present with Him in our prayers–talking with Him, communicating our needs, seeking His help and strength, reaching out for His comfort and His peace.

 20 Our soul waits for the Lord;
    He is our help and shield.

21 Yea, our heart is glad in Him,
    because we trust in His holy name.
22 Let thy steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
    even as we hope in Thee. (Psalm 30:20-25)


(Sharon G. Tate blog 05/01/2020 blog)  Meditations on God’s Word


 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward He was hungry. And the tempter came . . .  (Matthew 4:1-3)


In a way, we are in a time of fasting– through abstinence. Due to the virus COVID-19, we are abstaining from societal involvement in life-changing ways. In Michigan, schools and colleges are closed, businesses are shut down, restaurant food is take-out or delivery only, salons are closed, only items deemed “essential” can be purchased at some larger stores. We are to “shelter-in-place” at home unless we are categorized as “essential” workers. We are to refrain from socializing with neighbors, friends, and family not living in the same household. Our faces are to be covered by a mask when making an “essential” trip to the store, the pharmacy, the doctor, a take-out restaurant and, in most places, when working with the public.

Our 40-day mark of abstinence in Michigan is upon us. . .

Has the tempter been waiting for us to approach the end of this forty days of abstinence? Are we weaker now? For what do we hunger? How will we act on that hunger?


After His extended time of fasting, Jesus hungered. It was an opportune time for Satan to appear. Jesus was physically weakened. Yet, even in this weakness, Jesus was clearly strong in the Word and that sustained Him against the temptations of the tempter.

 4 It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4)

7 “Jesus said to him, Again it is written, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’” (Matthew 4:7)

 “Begone, Satan! for it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God
and Him only shall you serve.’”

11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him. (Matthew 4:10-11)

 It is still the Word that will be our strength against temptation. It is still our God who will minister to us, through His Word, and through “angels” in the form of brothers and sisters in Christ, friends, family, or even a stranger. “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2).

In this restricted time in 2020, will we use these days to seek God more in prayer? Will be become more patient and less anxious as we strengthen our relationship and communication with Him? Will we see more clearly that we can benefit from less societal distractions as we “serve” our time of abstinence?

When we take off the “masks,” what will we see in the mirror? What will we discern in our hearts that is different? Will we look at others more clearly with a renewed perspective from a God-view?

In a time of social and physical distancing, we can become closer to the One we need the most. With masks off, our true selves exposed, we come to Him. And He welcomes us with open arms.

When this time of distancing from others is lifted, let us not forget our God. Let us never distance ourselves from Him.

“And in the morning, a great while before day, He rose and went out to a lonely place,

 and there He prayed.” (Mark 1:35)

 When restrictions are lifted and boundless choices return,

let us choose first to meet with God, as did our Lord and Savior.

Let us hunger for His Word and for His Presence.


(Sharon G. Tate blog 04/19/2020)  Meditations on God’s Word





¹How long, O Lord? Wilt Thou forget me forever?
How long wilt Thou hide Thy face from me?
How long must I bear pain in my soul,
and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
lighten my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;
lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him”;
lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.

(Psalm 13: 1-4)

Our enemy is different. It is not a physical intruder that we can combat with weaponry. Yet, like David, our current enemy, a virus, can rob us of peace and security and leave us shaken. We may be questioning God, asking where He is through this shadow of fear and death. “Where is the Light?  Have You forgotten us?”

“How long, O Lord?” is our plea.

These questions, however, are directed to the wrong source. REDIRECTING: Why don’t we seek His Light? How long will we try to hide our faces from Him? Have we forgotten Him? Is the pain in our souls and the sorrow in our hearts our own fault, because we remain disconnected from Him?

David reconnects with God in the next lines of the psalm, recognizing that the problem is his own faith toward God and not a question of God’s faithfulness to him.

But I have trusted in Thy steadfast love;
    my heart shall rejoice in Thy salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
    because He has dealt bountifully with me.

(Psalm 13:5-6)

David’s words to God in these two verses should be our own.


The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
    to all who call upon Him in truth. (Psalm 145:8)

We are never alone before any enemy or threat. We are never alone before anything or anyone that may do us harm, including ourselves—as long as we are connected with Him.

STAY SAFE–with God. STAY HOME–with God.




(Sharon G. Tate blog 04/5/2020)  Meditations on God’s Word