By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Thunderous. Wondrous. Magnificent.
    Mesmerizing. Majestic. Forceful.
    The sound of waves ...
    I will hear them for the rest of my life.
    Forcibly clapping the rocks stationed on the Florida beach front.
    A gift from my brother ... a token of his love for me.
    Without a doubt I am an auditory individual.
    While I appreciate the visual as do we all,
     I yearn for the audible.
    Maybe it feels a more private and removed sensory,
    More personal, provoking, and suggestive of intimacy.
    I simply know that God has created me to hear sounds,
    To hear His voice distinctly,
    And what I hear within I desire to convey to another forcibly.
    Hence, the instrument called the pen.
    This morning I woke to the waves of God's love;
    His forcible mercy washing over me.
    A canopy of grace renewing, rejuvening, restoring me.
    Lapping and crashing,
    Distinctly and decidedly immersing me in the "sounds" of the Father.
    Christ's unswerving love catapults me into arenas of praise and a desire to share His uncontestable glory with others.
    He stands alone in His absolute and indisputable glory.
    -With clarity and force Christ has rescued and redeemed me from the clutch of the enemy. At no other time in my life have I experienced a greater sense of the Father's dominion over darkness than I have this past year.
    God be praised.
    -With favor and supreme "choseness" Christ has removed me from the condemnation of men and placed me in the procured and secured position of His glorious protection.
    My soul is seated with His in the heavenlies and none has jurisdiction over me.
    God be praised.
    -The power emanating from the Father produces a fear of God which replaces a fear of man and supercedes in elevating my soul to new heights of intimacy with the Christ.
    God be praised.
    Christ's voice sounds within me and over me.
    With conviction and concise "telling" my love for Christ shall spill out of me and into the lives of others in a crashing, lapping, "telling" sort of way.
    He loves so beautifully.
    God be praised.
    This morning I opened a "message'' from my daughter and I heard the ocean waves on my vacationing daughter's Florida beach front.
    She sent me the sounds of the ocean;
    She sent me the sounds of the Father,
    His rhythmic, unending, amazing love.
    And I remembered.
    Thank you, God.
    The voice of the Lord is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the Lord is upon many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
    Psalm 29:3-4
    *Psalm 29 is my most favorite Psalm in the world.
    Read it and listen to the "sounds" of the Father.


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a householder, which went out early in the morning to hire laborers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the laborers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace. And he said unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. So when evening was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the laborers and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more, and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received it they murmured against the goodman of the house. Saying, These last have wrought but one hour and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have born the burden and the heat of the day. But he answered one of them and and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong, didn't thou not agree with me for one penny? Take what thine is and go thy way; I will give unto this last even as unto thee. Is it now lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil because I am good? So the last shall be first and the first shall be last; for many be called but few chosen.
    Matthew 20:1-16

    Powerful and provoking, this parable paves the way to three concise truths:
    1) God is not fair.
    None of us receive the fairness and justice we deserve;
     If we did we would all receive an eternity in hell.
    We prize our attempts at righteousness even after having received the blood of Christ as our righteousness and struggle with the "lesser" brothers who appear to be getting equal share of the blood.
    The oversight of the good works and good ethics committee isn't impressed nor controlled by high achieving proud laborers. Indeed, they have lost sight of the One who pays the wages and secures a provisional blood supply to their own souls.
    If you're a latecomer and a new-comer ...
    Christ will make you a beautiful Overcomer.
    His timing is perfect.
    Your footing is made sure at the cross and your identity is sealed there as well.
    The hour of your arrival is one to exclaim and proclaim over.
    Speak readily about the "unfair" Judge and enjoy your free supply of eternal blood.
    2) Man is evil.
    Even when man has been given much, he still works to position himself as one deserving of much.
    Unless God remains sufficiently at work within a man, he will grow steadily proud, pompous, and self-righteous. He will work to create his own list as the list by which all others must conform and, in the end, his list will be his own indictment.
    God speaks candidly to men of religion.
    He calls them men possessed of an evil eye.
    The "I" will forever be evil.
    3) Christ is Judge ...
    And He is a merciful One.
    Those who attempt to undercut and determine the accounts of others while supplying themselves with a steady "cash-flow" have much more of God to fear than those determined with lesser earning potential.
    The righteous Judge and the merciful wage-giver doesn't change accounting practices on account of religious men.
    He never has and He never will.
    The harshest words in the Bible were spoken to the harshest "judges" of the time;
    The Pharisees and those steeped in religious ritual.
    Men of religion tend to be men lacking redemptive qualities.
    Hmmm ....
    At the foot of the cross lies man's freedom,
    And the blood of redemption runs freely on all those who believe.
    Christ is a most merciful Judge and "goodman" of the household.
    The One who makes the first to be last,
    And the last to be first.


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    I have come into Your presence,
    To Your holy, righteous place,
    Seeking pardon and forgiveness,
    For the sins I have embraced.

    For the hurts I have been holding,
    For the bitterness within,
    Holy Spirit come and wash me,
    In the secret place again.

    Let Your mercy fall upon me,
    Let my mind be made anew;
    Breathe new life within me, Jesus,
    So that I can worship You.

    Stir my spirit to surrender,
    Set my heart on what is true;
    Let Your holiness surround me,
    In the secret place with You.
    Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
    Psalm 51:10


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    “And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who He was, and could not for the press, because he was of little stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him; for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and saw him and said unto him,
    ‘Zacchaeus, make haste and come down; for today I must abide at thy house.’
    And he made haste and came down, and received him joyfully.
    And when they saw it, they all murmured saying, That He is gone to be a guest with a man that is a sinner.
    And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord;
    ‘ Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken anything from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.’
    And Jesus said unto him,
    ‘This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.’”
    Luke 19:1-10
    Unorthodox in his approach,
    Unconventional in his style,
    Unpopular with the people,
    Zacchaeus was a man of little stature in a great many respects,
    But a man of very great stature in other respects.
    Zacchaeus knew he needed help …
    and so he sought it.
    He knew it couldn’t be bought …
    or he would’ve bought it.
    He knew he needed grace and thus he got it.
    So compelled was he to Jesus,
    So magnetized, mesmerized, and wanting of Christ’s presence,
    He climbed a tree.
    He's just so unorthodox and originally beautiful in his approach to be near Jesus,
     and I think Jesus absolutely loved it.
    When men come to Jesus and realize their little stature;
    Jesus comes to them and shows them His big stature.
    And that’s how it is with God.
    You don’t have to present anything big,
    You just come and present your “little self” and it’s enough.
    The smaller you see yourself the better off you are;
    It makes Jesus look explosively big.
    In the presence of everyone,
    Jesus chooses to highlight the little one.
    In an extension of public amazing grace, Jesus invites Himself as a guest to Zacchaeus’s house and He chooses to openly abide with him and identify with him.
    Jesus is defining the act of redemption.
    The act of applying His big stature to man's little stature and doing a whole host of beautiful things in the aftermath.
    For Zacchaeus it translated into financial application but for you and me it might translate into another arena.
    It doesn’t matter what it is, my friend,
    It just matters that there’s a change and there’s a “Jesus” at work.
    Individuals of little stature will witness a Christ of very great stature.
    Be encouraged,
    Climb your tree ...
     And get to Jesus.


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    My visit to the Doctor is for a second opinion.
    A diagnosis has already been made.
    He enters the room with a charge of professionalism and easy command.
     I like him on the spot.
    I'm addressed with gentle and kind undertones.
    The Physician is skilled with unusually good bedside manner and I derive a comfort from his calm.
     He is wise, seasoned, and full of experience.
    He thumbs through my medical notes and flips through old charts.
    After what seems like a very long time he finally asserts,
    "I'm sorry, Darrelyn, I'm unable to locate the notes on your diagnosis. I'd like to know what Doctor attended you. Do you remember?"
    Body tenses, eyes well up with tears, voice is trembling,
    "Yes, Doctor, I do remember and I know that my diagnosis reveals that I'm a very sick woman. My symptoms have been "Googled" and others have confirmed that I need to begin a course of heavy drugs and treatment immediately.
    Confirmation, of course, is needed for a prescription so I came to see you.
    Can you kindly fill one out for me so I can comfortably live out my last days?"
    The wise Doctor lays the charts down,
    Looks me in the eye and says,
    "Thank you for diagnosing yourself and for getting input from Google followers. I'll make out a prescription and we'll begin treatment right away.
    No second opinion is needed.
    Enjoy your last days with family and friends.
    I'll try to make you as comfortable as possible."
    Hmmm ...
    Do you hear how ludicrous and impossibly crazy and insane this sounds?
    Do you ever wonder what Christ, the great Physician, hears from our mortal tongues?
    Do you think that He must laugh at the preposterous suggestions and diagnosis that we are presented with when we attempt to self-diagnose and treat ourselves ... and we look to others for an accurate treatment plan?
    Do you not see the absurdity of the human condition and human attempt to discern and create a treatment plan apart from Him?
    Do you think God gives a rip what Google followers and the good Google Doctor might have to say?
    Glory Hallelujah and for goodness sakes, No!
    Man's attempts to assign himself as the chief and primary Physician are vain and insane.
    Comfort derived from him is faulty, fickle, and flawed.
    Ascribe to a man your internal condition and symptoms, and you will find yourself adrift, afraid, and alone. Man does NOT wield the power to determine your internal state, diagnosis, or treatment plan.
    This belongs to God alone.
    There is a supreme reason that the Chief Physician repeatedly tells us to look to Him for our healing and deliverance:
    He alone has provided the blood necessary for an internal transfusion of truth and grace to grant internal "whole" healing to our being. He alone assigns Himself as the one and only Chief Physician for all internal ills and ailments.
    Woe to the man who looks to man for true diagnosis and healing.
    Do not attempt to look to man for what only God can provide.

    Assign yourself to His wisdom, direction, comfort, and guidance and you will find yourself renewed, recharged, and restored to a healthy and vibrant condition.
    Open up His word and be blessed by the open and sure diagnosis He has given you.
    The cross is man's remedy and His blood is your healing.
    The End.
    Cling to Him,
    Remain in Him ...
    And be healed by Him.
    This is what Easter is all about.
    Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots because they are many; and in horsemen because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord.
    ... Now the Egyptians are men and not God; and their horses flesh and not Spirit. When the Lord shall stretch out His hand, both he that helpeth shall fall and he that is helped shall fall down, and they all shall fail together.
    Isaiah 31:1&3

    Jeremiah 17:5-8; James 4:14; Isaiah 26:3-4


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Endorphins - Any of a group of hormones secreted within the brain and nervous system and having a number of physiological functions. They are peptides that activate the body's opiate receptors, causing an analgesic effect.
    Hmmm ...
    That's sort of helpful and sort of not;
    Informative but a bit too sterile and clinical for my liking.
    I've located three interesting factoids about Endorphins:
    1) The word "endorphin" is a combination of the words "endogenou" (produced inside of the body) and "morphine" (an analgesic and narcotic drug obtained from opium and used to relieve pain or produce a 'high' of some sort.)
    Medicines and drugs such as codeine and morphine produce an intensified "endorphined response" within the body.
    2) Endorphins act as the body's natural analgesic and wield a power to diminish a perception of pain and create a "feel good" sensation in the body.
    Prolonged continued exercise generally produces and releases heightened levels of endorphins, hence, the "runner's high."
    Woohoo on this familiar one!
    3) Every individual has a different level of endorphines which affect the way we deal with pain, pleasure, and the every day stimuli surrounding us.
    Activities which might lead to an increase in endorphines:
    -Intensive exercise
    -Certain foods such as chocolate and chili peppers
    -Acupuncture and massage therapy
    With these little factoids in mind it seems sensible to suggest that raising the level of endorphines through a healthy concrete practice is not a bad idea.
    High levels of endorphines create high levels of euphoria.
    Low levels of endorphines create low levels of euphoria.
    Hmmm ...
    God's creation of the body is a wondrous mystery.
    Its ability to cycle through painful and pleasurable stimuli is truly remarkable but so is the reality that God created endorphines like he created everything else on earth:
    With a temporary and unsustained ability to provide lasting relief to man's internal and external issues.
    God gives us seasons and bouts of glorious relief and release from the ills on earth but He doesn't allow them the power to provide a lasting euphoria.
    God did not choose "endorphine overdose" as a means of salvation;
    He chose Jesus.
    Jesus is the only vital long-lasting Sustainer to man's internal and external ills, and when He is rightly in placed in our lives, everything falls into place in our lives and becomes situated around Him.
    When Christ becomes man's supreme "Endorphin" he is situated for lasting and eternal satisfaction and life on earth proves purposeful and meaningful because of Him.
    In such an individual:
    -Christ's blood will flow freely and steadily.
    -Christ's Spirit will abide and provide comfort, companionship, and every needed form of communion with the Father.
    -God's word will sustain and offer wisdom, protection, and direction to every individual who seeks Him in it.
    Christ is man's only true endorphin.
    Look to Him.
    "... I am come that they might have life, and they might have it more abundantly."
    John 10:10



    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    At the gym where I work out there's a piece of equipment designed to get to the "belly of the matter."
    Stepping up on two steel bars, I rest my forearms on foam steel supports and grab ahold of  two handle bars in front of me.
    My body is now in an elongated position and my arms are at perfect right angles.
    I pull my knees up to my chest and do empowering gut wrenching belly crunchers.
    I love this exercise.
    My body is positioned and elongated so effectively that I actually feel a straightening in my spine while I'm at it and it feels so doggone good.
    It also saves me a trip to the Chiropractor.
    I begin and end my exercise routine by getting to the "belly of the matter" and I proceed more effectively from there.
    It has a mobilizing, energizing effect on me.
    Mmmm ...
    At the internal core of man lies the "belly of the matter."
    We call it the soul.
    Because the soul is the central point of man,
    It wields a prominent position and governs how the rest of the body works.
    The soul is no small matter;
    It is the only relevent "living" matter which will be preserved for an eternity within our mortal frames. For this reason it makes sense to tend to it with diligence and discipline.
    Apart from God at work within us, there is no possibility of possessing true internal strength.
    Nothing can be substituted for elongating the soul and positioning it for the afterlife and glorified state of reigning with Christ but God Himself.
    No amount of goodnesses done or right things achieved possess the long term power of lending strength and structure to the soul.
    Christ and Christ alone.
    Christ's blood flowing through us and emanating from our core is what provides for mobilization and movement of all other arenas of our lives.
    Membership and "sonship" are made sure, true, and eternal upon admission of sin and acceptance of Him ... and that's both the beginning and end of our earthly existance.
    If we want to live out mobilized, energized, God-sized lives, we must get to the "belly of the matter" and we must call on Jesus in concrete and consistent ways day by day.
    We must open His word, get near to His people, and call on Him in each trial we encounter.
    We must rely on His Spirit and not resist His perfect, good, hard work in our lives.
    He will strengthen the inner man,
    Tone him,
    Refine him,
    And define him.
    And God will choose what God will do with "His" man or woman in the end.
    Order your life and entrust God this moment with its soul care.
    Get to the belly of the matter,
    And don't forsake what truly matters,
    In the end.
    For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
    2 Corinthians 4:16

  • REAL

    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

     There are individuals in our lives who wield the power to convey rich, meaningful, and timely truths to us.
    Again and again, inspired seasoned thoughts proceed from them and succeed to move us in highly demonstrative ways.
    We are changed, ignited, inspired, and refined through the unfiltered honesty of certain others who dare to be real.
    We let them speak,
    And find ourselves both afraid and in awe of the risk being taken.
    We want to be that ourselves,
    But maybe only a little bit.
    We discern that a portrayal of perfection, projection, and pretense is preferred by most so we become that to most.
    It's simply ... safer.
    And we lose our God components.
    Sacred communion is forged with those and by those who dare to plummet the depths of their raw realities and share themselves with others.
    Sacred communion is an immersion of beautiful souls on a conquest of being real, raw, and redemptive.
    There is risk to being real ... and very few that are.
    But their is no redemption apart from it.
    Christ says so in His word,
    I've read the story.
    But the hour cometh and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him.
    John 4:23



    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Our little 100 acre wood (Winnie the Pooh term) affords my grandson and me with the most memorable little exploits.
    Our "100 acre wood" is composed of a very small piece of wooded area in our daughter's backyard, but which works splendidly in aiding the imagination with the tracking of "wild" animals and all such other grand adventures.
    We trudge through calf-deep encrusted, soiled snow and hide under tepee-branched dead pines.
    We whisper secrets and we laugh together.
    We enjoy a secret stash of Hershey Kisses and leave a gingerbread trail behind of tiny aluminum foils and miniature white Hershey Kiss tags.
    We survey wild cattle,
    Climb and jump hay-bales,
    Go for sled rides,
    Shovel snow paths,
    And simply make tracks together all day long.
    And the little boy is very loved.
    The reality of our imprints in the snow, at the end of the day, reminds me that the majority of our adventures yield "single-track results" with me doing the majority of the walking, trudging, and carrying and him doing all the enjoying.
    Mmm ...
    The little boy was the biggest part of the beautiful trudging and he made it memorable, enjoyable, and decidedly special.
    And I wondered for a moment ...
     How much does God enjoy the "carrying" side of our walk with Him?
    How much does God enjoy times when we look back together and see just His set of tracks?
    How much does God like it when we submit our tired "toddler" legs to graciously extended safe, secure arms that:
    Carry us,
    Convey us,
    And take us to places where we could never go on our own?
    And together we make memories with His tracks, which are "our" tracks, in the snow.
    The little boy is very loved.
    So are you.
    So am I.
    Make tracks with the Father,
    Lift your arms,
    Let Him carry you,
    And enjoy the intimacy of adventure He's prepared for you.
    Come unto Me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I wll give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly of heart, and ye shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
    Matthew 11:28-30


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    What if my deepest desire is to speak a comfort through my crisis that speaks to another in theirs?
    What if my deepest desire becomes to be consumed with the glory of God and not my own.
    What will happen as my pride dies,
    Self is crucified,
    And Christ becomes the more?
    What will happen as God translates my need for man’s approval and subjects it only to His?
    Ahhh …
    I think we’re getting somewhere;
    This crazy journey where the end of “me” marks the beginning of “He.”
    Where my soul finally finds its rest,
    And settles itself on the lees of a settled and atoned grace.
    Where Christ's defense of me is my surety and certainty;
    And what He speaks to me becomes what matters most to me.
    We cannot know what God can do until we give ourselves over to Him.
    And the things which look to be but pain and loss,
    Are the very things which lead us to the cross.
    And when we see Him for who He is,
    We see ourselves for who we are;
    And nothing but Jesus,
    Nothing but Jesus,
    Really matters ... in the end.
    But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
    Galatians 6:14

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