Janice Boekhoff


But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.

Psalm 33:11

I’m finishing up the rough first draft of my fourth novel and it’s bad. The prose is ugly and the plot needs major surgery, but that’s why they call it a rough draft, right? It’s not supposed to be pretty at this stage. Over the next two months, I’ll clean it up, put a nice dress on it (well, maybe more like a scary costume since it’s a suspense novel) and you won’t even recognize it when it’s done.

Isn’t that kind of like us? We’re always a work in progress, continually being fixed up by God’s loving guidance. Only, we won’t ever reach the point of being done (this side of heaven).

Sometimes I think it sounds exhausting to know I’m going to work on myself until I die, but I get it, I really do. Because I know that even after I call this novel done, I’ll pick it up six months from now and want to change something. Not much, just a little tweak to make the prose run smoother or heighten the suspense. But a little tweak can make a big difference in the overall effect.

God loves us enough to keep tweaking us day after day.

Fortunately, God never has plot problems. He never has gaps or holes in His plan. And, unlike me with my characters, He doesn’t sit around wondering what other crazy stuff He can throw at us. He already knows what’s coming. Sometimes He helps us to prepare and sometimes He just helps us push through it. But always, He keeps the plan of His Kingdom moving forward.

Dear Lord, thank you for being the ultimate plotter. You have a plan even when things seem to come at me randomly. Guide me and help me to see these events as You do. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Diamonds of the Ocean Deep


 Anyone remember that scripture that says God opened the fountains of the deep when He initiated Noah’s flood? I know, I didn’t either. I had to look it up. Here it is:

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened.

Genesis 7:11

The reason I bring this up is because scientists have long suspected water exists deep in the molten core of our planet. And now they have evidence of it. Recently, geochemists have found a large quantity of molecular water hidden in of all things diamonds.

Diamonds have long been thought to originate from deep in the mantle and what we see today seems to confirm this. Minute specks of diamonds can be found coming out of currently active volcanoes.

In early 2014, Canadian geochemist Graham Pearson and his graduate student John McNeill found something unexpected in diamonds discovered at the edge of the Amazon rainforest. While shining a laser into the diamond, McNeill saw a rare mineral: ringwoodite (a variety of olivine formed after the mineral is put under great pressure). Previously seen only in meteorites, ringwoodite is thought to form in the dense interior of the earth, but until now no one could prove it.

As if that astounding discovery wasn’t enough, then McNeill noticed something even more unusual inside the ringwoodite structure—water. The water was trapped in the microscopic pore space of the mineral during formation, present not as liquid water but as hydroxide ions.

Although the amount of water in each ringwoodite mineral is small (1.5%), the mantle is vast—adding up to a huge amount of water held at high-pressure deep in the earth. The amount of trapped water is potentially close to all the water in Earth’s oceans.

When God said he released the springs of the great deep, perhaps He meant that He brought the hydroxide ions out of the chemical bonds of minerals stored in the mantle.

What do you think? Do you believe in Noah’s flood? Is it a surprise to know the mantle is full of water, even if only on a microscopic level?



References: Palus, Shannon. “Diamonds Reveal Hidden ‘Oceans’ in Earth’s Mantle,” Discover, January/February 2015, p.35.


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Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

James 1:22-25

I heard this commercial the other day for a retirement planning company and it made me stop in my tracks. The tag line at the end was this: Life is about knowing what you’re living for.

Even though the writers of that commercial really meant to say, life is about knowing what you want and going after it so you can have it in retirement, the principle they hit upon couldn’t be more right. Research shows, having a purpose for our life keeps us focused, healthy, hopeful and youthful—unless your purpose is meaningless, of course.

What if your goal in life is to escape into a fantasy world created by addiction? Drugs, gambling, video games, take your pick. In that case, you’re wasting your life by running from it. Or maybe your goal is to win the lottery (or work like mad) and have enough money to do whatever you want later. Independence always sounds good, right?

For many people, escape or freedom is what they’ve set as the ultimate purpose for their lives. But the problem is that no escape will ever last long enough and every type of freedom comes with a price, except for one—the freedom that comes from living out your divine destiny.

When you walk beside the God of the universe as He whispers your purpose, the chains of the world fall away and your heart is free. So really, life is about more than knowing what you’re living for.

Life is about living for something that’s worth it.

And what could be more worth it than a life that fulfills the unique plan designed for you by almighty God? His plan includes you. Are you in?

Dear Lord, remind me that Your plan is so much better than mine. Give me strength when I don’t understand. Keep me humble and grateful for the place You have put me right now, and let me strive for the place You have chosen for me in the future. In Jesus’s name, amen.

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