Tuesday, June 18, 2019

YOU BELONG!



Day-to-day life has its ups and downs.  Even those who have the same thing to do over and over each day experience this.  Some call it ritual.  Some call it a ‘rut.’  Yet even those have their ups and downs.  And no matter how this life treats you, there is One Who has a quite different view of you…


“No matter what the world thinks,

You’re beautiful to Me!

Regardless how they feel, My child,

They can’t see what I see!

Even if you feel that way

About yourself, it’s true

You are the apple of My eye,

And you have great value!

For you have such worth unto Me

I give my very Son!

Regardless of what others think,

regardless what you’ve done,

I treasure you and. To the ends

Of earth, I’ll surely go

Just to be a part of your life,

That, my love, you’ll know!


So pay no heed to them that taunt you,

You belong to me!

I give My Word—for therein lies

The truth of what I see

When I look upon you: it’s

A picture of My love!

Press on, My child, I am with You,

And you reside above!”


Ahh, what precious assurances we have from One Whose love is perfect!  Do YOU know that love yet?  All you have to do is ask.  Trust me, you are far more valuable than you think!
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Monday, June 17, 2019

His Various Days!

The wondrous beauty of a late Spring day!  Made even more spectacular when you know Who made it and have a personal relationship with Him!

"You cause the sky above be filled

with such variety...
For in the calm before the storm
such beauty is to be!
Even those upon the wing
sing of the day You've made;
I listen to their medley as
I take in every shade.
And their song--it be unto You:
God--most high Creator!
I marvel and I fret not of
what weather may come later;
for You are here, and I enjoy
our fellowship once more!
Whatever storm, You cause this man,
above it all, to soar!

Salt and pepper be the sky,

with colors on the land!
One must only look around
to see Your mighty hand!
And one must only look within
to see Your life alive--
a blessed day, so late in Spring,
and, in You, we so thrive!"

God is so good!  No matter what we did/are/will go through, His reality changes not, and His love is greater than anything, and He desires to be with you through it.  Yes, even the storms!

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Father's Day, 2019

"Daddy..." ahh, the memories amass!
For not a single day would come to pass
when he is not inside my thoughts and heart:
a smile, a laugh or a tear to impart.
So very fortunate this man has been
to be raised by one of the finest men!
He loved...he cared...he worked...he took the time--
the level of such pride again to climb!

Daddy-in this life he is no more.
But in my heart and on that yonder shore
his presence, oh so vividly, is known;
and I know that many others, they have grown
by my daddy being somewhere in their lives!
And, when That Trumpet finally arrives,
so many--they will recognize that man
who ALWAYS seemed to come up with a plan!

Yes, daddy always came up with a plan for whatever anyone brought to him.  At the church, in the Navy, in the Civil Service, on a construction site or in our home, dad could figure out and fix about anything...even if it was as minute as constructing a missing wheel to one of my Hot Wheels, daddy could do it!

And he could also fix 'things' that money could not buy: like making time for someone who needed it...like being a 'dad' to someone who didn't know what a true 'dad' was like!
On this Father's Day, make sure the 'father figures' in your own life receive due recognition.  I was very blessed to have one with my own genes, too many others do not.
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Friday, June 14, 2019

Friend

Time passes.  Life passes.  People pass.  What about the impact those people have had on you?  Are you impacting anyone...

How precious and so valuable,

how priceless be a 'friend!'
One you know who will stand with you
to the very end;
the very same--so hard to come by
in the days that are;
when you obtain one value them,
and let them not get far!

Why is it that we have so few

that we KNOW will be there
and can count on, matter not
what happens when or where?
So faithful be that one that loves
regardless of the pain,
the color of the past or present,
or the scar or stain!

Yea, blest are we to have those faithful

that are in this life
who stand beside us through success
AND through every strife!
Thank God daily for those gifts
that He creates called 'friends;'
and be ye even one yourself--
you know not what depends!

A teacher told us many years ago how fortunate we would be if, after we have lived as many decades as we have, we could look back and count even ten people that we could call true 'friends.'  Of course, being a 5th grader, most of us laughed that off.  However, as the years amass, the truth of what that teacher said becomes more and more real.

Have you that many TRUE friends?  Are you that friend to someone?  You are VERY crucial to someone in this life...maybe quite a few?
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Thursday, June 13, 2019

None Like Jesus!

No, not in this life or any other life is there one like Jesus Christ--THE Son of God.  And He desires you...even you!

"Jesus, Jesus, Lord and Master,

there is none like You!
You take me to the Holy Place
and show me all things new!
You speak to me that I can share,
(conversing or in verse,)
truths and wonders, messages
that no man may rehearse!

The very wonder that You are--
but who could understand?!
The sights and sounds that You create,
Lord, all across the land!
The promises You make to us
of that which is not yet...
Your goodness and Your kindness, Lord,
I never shall forget!

But here am I--so use this man
however, Lord, You must,
that many others see Your wonder
and commit their trust
in Who You are: THE Son of God
and Savior of the soul!
Jesus, Jesus, none like You--
You make completely whole!"

Be saved today!  Life is so different, so complete, so much better with Him inside Your heart!  He already knows you completely, and He STILL desires that you know Him!
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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

God, so Faithful!

It is so wonderful to have at least ONE thing in this life that you can ALWAYS depend on.  Have you found out what that is in your own life yet?

"Your Faithfulness--it is a constancy;

and there is not a place I'd rather be
than in the center of that certain flow
that Your beloved, we have come to know!
O God, this life--it has its ups and downs.
Some days are smiles.  Other days are frowns;
but there is a consistency in You
that carries each of us the whole day through!

You are so faithful.  That cannot be changed.

Even when OUR day gets rearranged,
You are right there with us making sure
we have the tools that cause us to endure!
No provision be there--none as great
as Your favor, thus we celebrate
the glory and the wonder that You are--
High King of Heaven...and yet never far!

Faithful God.  Unto You we retreat,

and You receive us...even when we're beat!
Restoring us with what this world has not;
yes, life and breath and power You have got!
And the same You give us as we ask--
it matters not the size of any task,
nor to matter from whence we have come,
You are FAITHFUL GOD to all, and not just some!"

Yes, faithful God.  He is the reason you are reading these words tonight.  The past two days have been painful, BUT GOD carried me through them in order for me to testify of His goodness through these words.  I pray that even YOU know His great faithfulness!

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Constant Flow

At the river once again.  Enjoying the wonders of His creation, and being amazed by His complexities...

The Living thing--so massive,
so silent and so calm;
being with it so becomes
a wondrous, soothing balm!
The very same, in other places,
is destroying much;
how does one the n appreciate
appropriately such?

The River--I appreciate,
I bask in and enjoy.
Unfortunately, miles away,
it would steal, kill and destroy!
The puzzles in this life, they are
in many situations;
the only question: have you made
the proper preparations?

So beautiful and graceful;
the same, so crude and cruel.
In all of life, so similar
would be such ancient duel!

The same river that we are enjoying: swimming in and fishing, the same river, in other places, is ripping peoples' lives apart.
God's Word tells us that, in all of life, we must take the bad with the good, and trust that He is in complete control.  Let us do so, however, with a heart of gratitude and compassion so that we can minister the way He wants us to.
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