Thursday, December 31, 2009

Savior? What Savior?

"I've never heard of him. He must always be fine..."
"That guy is never on my prayer list, so he must not need anything."
"I see him in the spotlight, so he probably has the best..."

But Father, who will pray for him?
Does he have a voice?
Has he any cause to
celebrate or to rejoice?
What are even his concerns?

"What Would Jesus Do?" Has it
become now mere cliche?
Compassion now so narrow?
THIS is the "Narrow Way?"
Once more "Who is my brother?" cries out
from a desperate heart!
What sacrifices must take place,
the "real Jesus" to impart?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Home just called. 26 degrees. 2" snow.
40 degrees here. Snow white sand.
We all have our crosses to bear.
But you know what? God is here! And God is there!
It has been written before, His Presence is not affected by environment. In fact, He is the very Creator of such! (That is well-said, as well.)
The poetry of this? JUST BEING HERE!!
The Atlantic was almost motionless...
The floe was TREMENDOUS...
The silence THUNDERED...
Then Matt said "THERE'S OUR MAN!"
Across the reeds, across the rushes, over the palms, atop an aged pine...a Bald Eagle.
A Bald Eagle!
Some would say "Big deal." "We see those all the time!" "It's just a bird!"
Good for you. They are still striking!
Some who read this have yet to see a real one, especially in the wild. They must rely on photography and word.
Hopefully, these words will give them a picture that will suffice.
Can you see?

Monday, December 21, 2009


Rise and shine...again...morning is certain.
But morning does NOT have to be dreaded, as it is by so many!
Just listen closely...

Noises of the morning are
as God approaches nigh.
So blest, the land to have the
company of the Most High!
Everything He touches glows,
shines and beautifies...
so fortunate, the life that looks
into His very eyes!
Noises of the morning then
become a symphony!
God conducts perfection as
His Presence comes to be!
Behold the glory of Him as
He charts the Narrow Way,
and dedicate each moment to HIM:
Bringer of the Day!!

Accept the day that He brings.
DECIDE that it will be a beautiful day.
Enjoy every moment with Him!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

One Only

One only Star to follow,
One only Star to guide...
One only Star directed them
unto the Savior's side.

One only Way remaining,
One Way and not another;
One only King, Messiah, Savior,
Prophet, Priest and Brother!

One only since the starting
was planned and known by One.
The Same, for He appointed Christ--
His one begotten Son!

One only God to know me,
One only understands;
One only to protect and shield me
with His able hands!

One only Star to follow,
One only Star remains!
One only Lord and not another...
hear the joyous strains!

One only song to sing this Christmas...and ALWAYS! That song is JESUS CHRIST!
Yes, I am narrow-minded!!
What about you?

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas spirit

Silent night, peace on earth…
I thought the pain might stop;
the friendliest of Christmas greeting
came from that last cop.
No tree, no gifts, no family
to gather here with me;
but Jesus Christ is in my heart

My momma and my daddy taught me,
(and I yet remember,)
what Christmas season truly is,
and there remains an ember.
Though the street’s become my home,
it’s not become my heart;
and with a dream alive in me,
THE GIFT may I impart!

Silent night it is as others
gather with their own.
But silent night is not within,
for there is singing known!
I sing about my Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ, my King!
And think about the presents that
my present state may bring.

I can hear it now:

"Yea right, bald guy! You have never been here!"
I must agree, I haven't. But I have known some street people. And their attitude and outlook has been incredible! And the ones that I am around at times have proven to be the same way.

I need to live by my heart and not by any other sense!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Card Home

Mom and dad,
In a time when I am counting my blessings, (when most should be counting their blessings,) I see you yet once more at the root of every one of them. God bless you.
I am so fortunate that in our family, we do not have to give gifts in proportion to the value of the receiver...for then I would be bankrupt!
This year, we are doing our best. With you, I cannot give back according to ANY scale, but what you get is from the heart. With you, it would be absolutely impossible to return gift for gift, as you have gifted us all year long with your 'care' packages! With you, whatever you have ever received has sufficed. Thank you.
I feel almost like I must 'prepare you' for how little you will be receiving from us for Christmas this year. Again, that has NEVER been an issue with you...EVER! Thank you again. Instead of counting their blessings, I know too many people who are counting their presents or packages. And of those, some could care less about what is in the box, they just want to 'keep score.' Thank you for raising us better!
A few weeks ago, I told you I was 'jealous' of my brother because they were able to buy you bigger, better and more "things." Thank you for setting me straight. Yet again you made me focus on the truth that 'gifts' are more than mere 'things.'
I appreciate you both. I wish we could be together physically this year. I know that we will be together in spirit. Greater, though, we are together in heart. (Aaah! That's too cliché! Surely the poet can do better!)
We love you. But you already know that. Thank you for never tiring of hearing it. Jesus loves you. (You knew that, too.) I hope you don't mind, but this year, the whole world reading this will know. And if they knew how wonderful you both are, they would love you as well.
Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 17, 2009


In spite of life everywhere, something is going on somewhere...and that which is happening somewhere just happens to be affecting life everywhere!
Let it not be something seasonal!

Adoration happens
that nothing can prevent.
Worship is unto His Grace
in spite of the event.
God is God regardless of
how anybody feels,
and tragedy of any scale
more of His grace reveals.

“IT HURTS! I cannot see it!”
“IT HURTS! I cannot feel!”
But it is more than any sense
may mask or may reveal!
Adoration is—beyond
the limits of this place!
Adoration is because
of grace—abundant grace!

Adoration happens. No matter what life has going on, it is temporary. God is eternal, and we shall be adoring and worshipping Him eternally.
Pain happens.
Hurt happens.
Disaster happens.
Death happens.

But once more, all of that is temporary.
I want to practice that which is eternal!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


In the sunshine, I wonder what gift I will get from my friend...
As I breathe, I wonder what my brother will give me...
As I walk, I imagine what my wife will get me...
As I shop, I wonder what I will get from my kids...
all the while, I go about this without a thought about
Who made that sunshine,
Who gave me breath,
Who enables me to walk,
Who provides a means to shop with...
and Whose birthday I am supposed to be celebrating.
"Lord Jesus, please forgive me!"

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Do you know someone who is in prison?
Are you a prisoner?
Not all prisons are physical fortresses with physical cells and bars.
Some prisons are emotional.
Some prisons are the very place you live, and the warden may be the one you live with...the one you are married to.
Other prisons, however, are fortresses with bars and those within have done something illegal. They deserve to be behind bars, but they do not deserve to be forgotten. Jesus even specifically told us to visit them.
What if we had Jesus' heart towards them...

I saw you long before you were,
and all that would be done;
that's why I had to die for you
by sending My Own Son.
You feel sorry? That is good.
Get over it. It's done.
Now dedicate your life to Me
and make me number One!
I forgave you. Now you must
forgive yourself of all.
Old things are passed away, and you
are living for My Call!
No matter what it was, My Blood,
it covers everything!
I AM the Song, and you have cause
to enter in and sing!

Long before you did it, I knew
all that you would do.
That is why I sent Jesus Christ
if just for only you!
It is finished! Now arise
and stay the Narrow Way.
You are not your own: you are Mine
from this very day!

Are you in prison?
Are you in a prison?
Whether a physical or emotional prison, Jesus is there for you!
And whatever kind of prisoner we know, we are to pray for them, and know that we may be the only Jesus they may ever see.
Be there.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Where Glory Belongs

Be careful!
There are so many "things" to get caught up in these days. Those 'things' are merely 'seasonal.'
There are 'things' going on that are far more than 'things.' They are eternal!
Look for them...

Glory to God in the highest,
and everything else lay aside!
Give all you can to His glory,
all that is not be defied!
Too many distractions of "season,"
JESUS is the ONLY cause!
Whatever be happening daily,
for Him only take ye great pause!!

Glory to God in the highest!
Unto us a Savior is born!
Even at that birthing hour,
men's hearts we asunder were torn!
He remained living, however,
to us be Truth to this day!
Jesus is living forever,
living as the Only Way!

Hear it above every carol!

Angels and heavenlies herald!
Even the deepest emotions
sing out that blessed greeting today!
The season itself, comes to nothing
unless Jesus comes in to stay!

Enjoy the 'season,' but carry away from it that which is 'more,' all that pertains to HIM Whom this time is all about: JESUS CHRIST! He is the ONE Who is all-glorious, and He can be such on a personal your heart and life!

Saturday, December 12, 2009


How often have you been somewhere, or even some time, when you have resigned "There's nothing here;" "There's nothing to _____;"?
Next time, close your eyes, and realize

Where nothing would exist
Christ Jesus is not missed!
His Presence is so true,
and nothing else will do!
Oh see Him, hear Him, feel...
what glory to reveal!
With nothing, nothing at all,
His great Majesty to fall!

There is no such thing as "nothing." Jesus is always! Jesus is everywhere! Jesus is...SOMETHING!
Acknowledge Him there and your "nothing" can be far more!

Friday, December 11, 2009


Let us once again focus on some:

The enemy sneaks up on me--
he cannot overtake;
the enemy encounters me,
but often he's a fake!
He then attempts at every side,
encountering my Guard!
From destroying any of me
he's completely barred!

He can approach, but not without permission.
He can touch, but cannot kill.
He can threaten, but not carry it out!
He can scare me, but only if I let him.

Do not let him lie to you, either! The truth is not in him!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Heavenly Father,
Thank You for walking with me along this shoreline that You spoke into existence...I don't understand.
Lord Jesus, thank You for holding my hand as I walk, the same hand that has nail scars in it...scars for me...I don't understand.
Holy Spirit, thank You for giving me a language that has words to use to speak to my Father and my Savior...they understand.

Breakers crash against the shore, then cease-
for receding moments there is peace;
Breakers come a'crashing one time more...
so the living cycle on the shore.

Heavenly Father,
Thank You again for walking with me here and showing me Your order.
It is greater for me, however.
No matter how high or violent the breakers are against my life, there is peace within, Your peace. Thank You for Your perfect peace, Lord.
Thank You for again teaching me life here on the shore that You made by Your word.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


But I have peace.
No need for another gift.
But I have love.
No need for another gift.
But I have joy.
No need for another gift.
But I have hope!
No need for another gift...
And none of what I have is seasonal.
Sure, I may desire a few things, (for those of you who may ask,) but those things which I require for this life are provided by One Giver!
His Name is Jesus, and He is THE Gift!
Have you received the Gift of God named Jesus Christ?

Sunday, December 6, 2009


In fields so unattainable
a battle rages on.
The same, it will continue until
enemies are gone.
The only things that differ are
the tactics of the foe--
the motives, though, remain the same:
to bring on death and woe.
Another motive is, however,
and it shall avail:
the love our Standard has for us,
and it shall NEVER fail!
His affection is a shield
against the hating vices,
and everything that He provides
it more than "just suffices!"

The battle rages on and it
shall rage until the end.
But we know Who the Victor is
and He calls us "friend!"
The Lion is our standard and
the Cross, our lone defense!
Our victory? Eternity!
"Let Paradise commence!"


Saturday, December 5, 2009


Creation is to know His Name
in miracle, somehow;
eternity to hear His Words
according to The Vow!
And on that Day He promised, every
eye shall see Him come--
for the moment, though, He is
availed to only some.

And what of the unveiling,
Be it 'seasonal' at best?
The heavenlies rejoice at Him,
are men to be as blessed?
The answers lie alone inside
the heart of every man.
None may answer for another-
perfect be The Plan!

Jesus is the Answer in
this season...and always!
THE Answer for eternity-
not seasons and not days!
The Answer to the heart and soul
that constantly are longing;
The Answer and the only One
to which life is belonging

Questions, questions, questions...and NOT just seasonal!
The questions of life are eventually all answered by One: Jesus Christ!
Regardless of the scope or subject of the muse, it will ultimately end up at Him!
Do you have The Answer?

Friday, December 4, 2009

Better is...

Oh, so wonderful the blessings of the Christmas season!
But there are blessings that are better than...and they are not seasonal!

Better is that day, I know
than ANY holiday!
Better is that day, I know
than presents of this way!
Better is the Rapture than

imagining can know!
And better is the truth that,
in that day, I'll surely go!!

Merry Christmas, indeed! Enjoy every blessing that the season provides! But Enjoy JESUS even more, because not only IS HE the Season, He is THE blessing that is NOT seasonal...He's better!!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


"'Tis the season of ________!"
Whatever you put into that blank, it can NEVER contain the FULLNESS of its Truth!
This day and age attempts to insert a plethora into that blank, but Truth remains!
Are You running from it?

Perfect Love comes with a Name,
a personality.
It does not have a limit to
It is a love without a fault,
unlike love in this place;
it is the love of no one else
but Jesus--Lord of Grace!

This life is so conditional
in what it will dispense.
Love is this place usually
is based on recompense!
But the Love that has a Name
no stipulation knows!
Out of a life that gives itself
away, it freely flows!

Perfect Love, almost unknown,
and greater than a "season!!"
The Father's love, through Jesus Christ-
"Oh cease attempts to 'reason!'"
Look ye deep inside, beyond
whatever you might see
that Perfect Love embraces you
no matter what would be!

Slow down...STOP! Cry out the Truth! Let Him show you the Joy that is more that seasonal!

Sunday, November 29, 2009


There is a day spoken of ahead. The Bible mentions it. Scholars and laymen discuss it at length! I know two things absolute:

1. It will happen!

Oh, to be in that one day
where glory is alone!
In the courts of God alive—
what majesty is known!
Blessed be the Name and
everything ascribed to God!
Better is one day, one moment!
All of it unflawed!

Captivated by that moment
nowhere else availed.
Settled in a perfect glory
that has never failed!
Escorted to and fro within
by the Holy Spirit;
the glory of that prophesied-
let not the purchased fear it!

And better is that day, that moment
than has ever been!
“Come, ye day that is assigned,
His fulness to be then!”
“Soon and very soon” to be
the present day at last!
Yes, into the Presence of Perfection
all of living passed!!

Oh, that One Day, come ye now,
all glory be revealed!
Not anymore, thy wonderments
to ever be concealed!!


"Heavenly Father, thank You for writing these words through my pen. I pray that You would now take these words to where they need to go to cause someone to have the closeness that we have. Use these words to draw men into that oneness that changes the heart.
In JESUS' Name,

All sound falls away as I
converse again with God;
even angels gather wings,
ceasing to applaud;
all creation seems to halt
as He attends my prayer--
o, the lengths my Father goes
to show He is aware.

All else seems to cease as God
attends to only one.
He looks with steel into my face
and says "My blessed son;"
and there is a relationship
that terrifies most men,
as He becomes the place I am,
and not a place I've been.

All of life is solitaire
in the here and now:
God and I, myself and God,
according to the vow.
Love and life exchanged between
two personal and best,
even to the point that we
be one-so very blessed!

At one with my Father.
No one else would bother.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thankful for...

So much to be grateful for...
Along with providing love, life, salvation, health, residence, God also provides "luxuries."
So often, I hear people tell me "WAIT! When you prayed for me, You asked God to provide ________! That's something God is not concerned about! That's a luxury!"
That's right! And that _______ is on my list of prayer requests, too! His Word is replete with reminders for us to ask anything of Him because He loves us! And yes, there is a line to be drawn! I have no business asking Him for Hot Wheels if I ignore taking care of the wheels that get us from here to there! But you know what I mean.
Be thankful for what you have. Thankful to God! Expect God to provide, but don't take it for granted. And nothing is too small to thank Him for.
The Word makes it clear that if I am not thankful for the small 'things' that we have, I will not be grateful for the big 'things.' Why then should such blessings come my way? (Or yours?) You've heard me say it before, and I will say it again: God IS interested in our DESIRES.
BE GRATEFUL! His Word says that it is His will for us to "...give thanks in everything, for it is God's will..." It doesn't say for us to give thanks if what we have is exactly what we ordered. It does say to give thanks in everything:
in every situation...
in every state of health...
in every financial state...
and so forth.
I KNOW that when I learn to be thankful and happy in those situations, better may come my way. But that is NOT the motive!
You are not thankful for the situation you are in right now? I am not always thankful of the condition I am in right now! But I do know that He is aware of it, and it will get better!
What you have right now is not exactly what you want? Enjoy it anyway! It may just be a stepping-stone to that which is greater.
Be thankful. It is not always easy. It is to our benefit!
I am thankful that He helped me write this.
I am thankful that you are reading this.
I am thankful that I can pray for you.
All of these are 'luxuries' to most!
God bless you.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Jim & Debby

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


I hear so many talk about how "inconvenient" their lives would be if they became a Christian.
They speak of how much fun they will have to give up, and how much time they will have to spend 'going to church.'
Hmm...Who gave up 'what?'

There is an inconvenience-
how many will allow?
A major change will come about
at taking of a vow.
That one word terrifies so many,
so they shun that change,
rejecting opportunity
the heart to rearrange!

There is an “inconvenience?”
But cry out such as “LIE!!”
That vow, it is the greatest gift,
and here’s the reason why:
Jesus gave his very life
to benefit our own!
And if we see the whole, the
‘inconvenience’ is His own!!

There is an inconvenience—
but only unto God!
He takes time out of His life,
oh let the soul applaud!
Fear not the vow to serve the One
Creator of creation-
He put Himself out that we
could have the best relation!

Who gave up what...
"Lord, whatever it takes. You just tell me!"

Thankful There?

How do we know?
But just listen to the heart!
Listen to the soul!
Listen to the constant yearning of the inner man to be there!
What do you yearn for?

Where gratitude is life alone
do I desire be.
Thanksgiving more than just a day,
it is eternally!
No wondering about the menu...
"how long should that cook..."
no one tries to make the spread
like it was in a book!
But one Guest to matter there,
and He will surely be!
He is the very Host, you know,
and He calls such as we!
One way to get a seat up there,
and none to take away!
Will You respond to His Call
before the Awesome Day?

Where gratitude is all of life,
oh come and take me now!
As to be thankful for my lot
has always been my vow!
And even more as I have learned
of that celestial Place
where I shall dwell with Him Who saved me
of His precious grace!

Go with me, won't you?
We depart when HE says!!

Monday, November 23, 2009


Good morning, my Father.
Thank You for the night of uninterrupted rest.
Thank You that my sleep was not punctuated by gunfire.
Thank You that I was not awakened by mortar blast.
Thank You that there were not any bombs going off shaking my home.
Lord, I did not hear any handguns while I slept. Thank You.
I am a very blessed man!
Father, there were not even any people yelling at each other waking me up.
Thank You.
You are so good to me, Father.
Good morning, Father.
What a glorious morning.
Heavenly Father, I am so very grateful for all that I mentioned, yet I know that some of Your own people live with that every night.
Do I ask for forgiveness for being so blessed? Teach me to pray, Lord.

Some of that happens nightly not far away from here, Father!
It is not the war going on that causes this;
it is not the dark of night that causes this;
it is not even the location they are in,
it is the sin that is in the hearts of men that causes all of the violence that goes on EVERYWHERE!
No, I am not immune.
Just because I live in a certain location does not mask it!
My residence in a certain c
ountry means NOTHING! Violence is not a location! Wait! Yes it is--it is located in the heart!
Father, thank You that the hearts of those whom I live near are not so bad that these things are happening near me.
But Father, is that a real prayer?
What does that say about my heart toward those righteous people in that neighborhood when they suffer the loss of a righteous loved one due to a stray bullet?
What about that innocent child filled with shrapnel as he walks home from school there?

Lord, teach me to pray.
Father, forgive me. Please give me a proper heart as I celebrate Thanksgiving this week.

I love You, Father. I am thankful that You are so good.

In JESUS' Name,

Saturday, November 21, 2009


So be it! I be such if that's the label I must wear for believing and being thankful that Jesus died for me!
First, though, He suffered what no man could bear! That's something else that is avoided: the graphics of what He went through. Should I recount it here? Does it matter anymore?
I saw a bumper sticker with the "Ixoye" logo. It said "Greek to you. Life to me."
Indeed. Life. Life alive. Life abundant. Life alive again. Life eternal...NOT life extinct! However, talk of what Jesus suffered is becoming Greek to some, as fewer and fewer pulpits are staying bold enough to recount the truth!
Too, I know that some of the ways I cling to may earn me the aforementioned term. Again, so be it! When you see me go by with that "fish" on my car, it's not for a 'popular' movement, it is a thankful sign for Who is dwelling in my heart!
Am I an endangered species?

Friday, November 20, 2009

"Good Morning, My child!"

Remaining leaves be shimmering
with morning peeking through...
an able gust across the land
to purify the view...
darkest shades framing the
horizon all around...
unfettered rays of life above
the vision to astound!

What a way for God to say
"Good Morning" unto me!
Reaching out His hand with endless
"I accept it, Father God,
and vow to do my best
with this perfect day that You
have made and You have blessed!"

Can you hear Him where you are? Listen!
I promise you there is a message from Him wherever you are!
Just listen...

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Key

"According to your faith, be it unto you."
Must the flamboyant always have the results?
I once knew a lady who told me "Jim, the reason you still suffer is because you haven't gone to the _________ ministry! If you would only let _________ pray for you, all your suffering will be gone!"
Again, NO WAY!
Proof of that happened again yesterday. We had one of our missionaries in town. It is always awesome hearing of what God is doing across the borders and over the seas! Of course, he caught us up on that, but he also prayed for anyone in need during the service.
I did not go forward. I was in too much pain! Rather, I sat in my seat and held onto that scripture that said that if I would only believe, it would be done unto me.
In Matthew 7:8,9, there is the account of the faith of the centurion, in that Jesus had only to speak the word and healing would take place. That is what happened yesterday. I was in too much pain to go up for prayer. So I sat there and, believing, received. By the time I got home, I was feeling much better. This morning, I feel great! God is so good!
What about you? You can receive what you are needing. It doesn't have to be in front of a lot of people. It doesn't have to be at a huge meeting. But it does have to be IN FAITH!
What are you still going through? What are you still suffering from? Is it because you think you haven't gotten into the 'right' scenario to receive? Set your heart to receive today! Faith is the key!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

I received a phone call at the office the other day from someone I had not heard from in a few years.
The man made a statement, one that is beginning to trouble me.
"Jim, you would love the church we are at! It is just like the old-time ________!"
It made me think. When my son is that age, what is he going to tell his friends? "Hey Josh! You are going to love that church we found! It is just like Cro-Magnon ________!"
I don't know. If something is going on at the church you are at, is not the Holy Spirit in control?
If so, what if it is something new?
What if it is something that you are not used to?
What if it is something uncomfortable?
Are you going to leave that church?
Are you going to wander until you find that comfort, whatever it is?

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Happy Anniversary

There is something I can say today that very few people in this day and age can say,
"Honey, we have been married for 28 years!"
I say that first of all with a heart filled with gratitude to you, my love.
I say that with a heart filled with thanksgiving to God Most High! For it is with His grace and strength that we made it through those 28 years!
And I say it with a few words that started those 28 years...

"A flame has come into my life..."
that flame is still alive!
I didn't know the path it took,
I knew we would arrive!
One emotion starting,
still, they grow and grow...
a flame has grown into a fire
daily we to know.

A flame has come into my heart,
now durably indwelt.
Starting with a feeling, oh,
now even greater felt!
But far more now than "feeling,"
more certain than the same;
as independent from all 'feeling'
be that precious flame!

A flame has come into my heart
and taken over all.
It has enmeshed another heart
and made as one its call.
The fire that is kindling
yet each and every day
for lo these many years it has
become our very stay.

A flame has come into my heart
a flame that Father God did start
a flame He helps to keep alive
a flame from which we daily thrive!

Honey, thank you for 28 years!

Friday, November 13, 2009

THAT Soldier

I was writing on Veteran’s Day morning and these words came out. May they serve as a reminder to all of us, and hopefully as a reminder to them...

Writing about a hero
of whom I do not know.
The stories of his faithfulness
are in my heart aglow.
They spur me into action
of praying for his life;
I know he faces danger,
I know he faces strife!

Writing of a hero
whom I have never met.
An opportunity to thank him
I may never get!
So words out of the deepest,
unto him are they composed;
see to it he receives his due
no matter what opposed!

Writing for a hero
who has no time to read.
But to convey to him that, for
his life, my life takes heed!
Will ever he be keen to it?
That matters not at all!
Only that, for his each breath,
to Father God I call!

Writing for a hero? So what? What is more important than these words to him are our words to God for his each and every concern! For even when rhyme and verse are absent, even when words are absent, God sees and knows the heart as we pray for these heroes!
Join me in prayer for them, won't you?


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Back Atcha!

Take a deep breath...
the paperwork...the visits...the phone calls...
try to put all of it aside for a minute and see
the squirrel just outside the window, oblivious to me,
the bluejays complaining about him...
the remaining autumn garment fluttering until descent,
only to add to the patchwork on the ground...
Oh, what sweet distractions from everyday events!

Just above reality
is something just as real.
The Creator of it all,
to some would yet conceal;
but to the privy of His self
life is all the more!
And looking to Him for that life,
it makes the 'real' soar!
Creation has more meaning as
more visible it be!
Even time itself may pause
in honor of The Three!
And that time that be invested
reaps a greater gain
as it contributes to a scheme
so far away from 'plain!'

It takes only a moment from your day to enjoy the view.
You just saw it in my words, you can do the same for yourself!
Try it!
God is there waiting to look back at you,
and everything else WILL get done!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Uniform containing?
Clothes to make the man?
Does he remain a soldier
Away from his command?
A veteran, however,
For always to remain;
Gratitude from poet
To gain and to retain.

My brother and my sister,
To you I render thanks;
Tour be no matter,
And set aside all ranks.
That you would risk your life to warrant
Safety of my own—
I raise my ball-point sword and pray
My heart to you be known!
A heart full of thanksgiving,
A heart full of respect;
You gave up years of living, knowing
Not what to expect.
And God saw it convenient
To bring you back alive;
Due your great sacrifices does
America yet thrive.

Oh, thank you, brother veteran,
Every role and rank.
Do know that we respect you as,
Each one of you, we thank.
Thanks also to the Father,
Whose watch will never end.
Your sacrifice is noted,
Your country to defend.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Out of your way

Wherever you are today, I promise you they will be there. Wherever you work, wherever you shop, wherever you eat, THEY will be there!

How many are the thoughts and actions
properly directed?
How many are the gratitudes
by them each detected?
Sent off into the unknown,
boldly did they go...
to then return to the "unknown?"
but say it isn't so!!

But may they each detect the
gratitude from every heart!
Gratitude to each of them
because they did their part;
gratitude no matter time,
regardless branch or rank-
go out of your way today
each veteran to thank!!

And go out of your way regardless
of what day it be!
Reach out your hand in thanks to every
veteran you see!
Thank God for what they've done! And time
erases not their deeds!
For they have done what we could not
for our United needs!

Thank you, veterans. We appreciate every one of you! We are praying for you. May you sense from us every respect that you are so worthy of!
In HIS Service,
Jim Busby

Monday, November 9, 2009


Have you ever wondered
What are the seasons in Heaven?
Are their any leaves to be swept?
How hot does it get in the summer?
Where are the snow shovels kept?
But if it is perfect in Heaven,
what season will matter at all?
Only to worship our Father,
and answer to His beck and call!

Too often, the affects of season here affect our attitudes about life.
Do our relationships toward such here affect our relationship with Him there.
The leaves of autumn are cussed; the snowfall is cursed; the heat is dreaded; certainly there is something about spring that will be complained about by someone. But creation is seasonal. Our relationship with the Creator should be permanent!
Is yours?

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Real Father

Loving Father, as I praise You,
You look at me and say “I appraise you.”
After such a task is done,
You look at me and say “I give My Son.”

As I fall in disbelief,
Your love raises me in sweet relief…
Your firm embrace restores my soul,
Your words repair and make me whole.
And Father, as praise continues on,
any apprehensions are gone
and worship makes both of us as one
as You embrace me and say “My son…”

Oh, the intensity of love, a father’s love…THE FATHER'S love!
No other love compares with it. NOTHING compares to it!
O so blessed are those who recognize and enjoy the reality of it!

Why are words?

The Lord is God. Period.
Writers record Him, pro and con. Whatever is written does not change the fact that He is, and that He is God.
Even if nothing more is written about Him, even if all that is written about Him disappears from existence, He is God. Period.

Beyond the verse of poet,
beyond the scribe's account,
the existence of His glory,
it would yet amount.

The majesty of God the Father
and of Christ the Son,
overwhelm and so cry out
"believe ye, WE ARE ONE!"

The evidence of Holy Spirit
permeating all,
cause the whole of man to worship,
acting to His call!

The abilities of those
of pen, of voice, of deed,
be yet ordained of only One,
but NOT of His own need!

Men of many talents be compelled to communicate Him, for OUR good, not His! He has all of creation describing Him, and He hasn't even NEED of that! For He is God. He doesn't even need these words.
Why, then, are writers compelled to write about Him?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Towards whom?
Over what?
Am I angry at the situation, or the source?
Whether we believe it or not, there IS an enemy!
The enemy would like nothing more than to ruin your day...your week...your life! In fact, this particular enemy would not only like to see your very death, but he would like it to be the slowest, most painful death imaginable. Believe it or not!
Of course, JESUS CHRIST defeated this enemy, but his tactics remain until The End.
Our greatest defense to this is our very reaction to his tactics. Sometimes, our reaction cannot be what it should be, so we must depend on those in the battle with us.
So was the case this week with one of the battle's stalwart warriors: my wife. I have never seen her in as much pain as she was this week! When I am in that much pain, I cannot discern who the enemy is, so I fire off at anyone close to me. Unfortunately, that is the one closest to my side. My greatest ally. Yes, her.
Why is that?

Too often are the arrows shot amiss;
pointed anywhere. Why is this?
Though I serve the General, absolute,
sometimes I do not bear the proper fruit.
But sometimes, though I do my very best,
a purple heart is placed upon my chest.
But they that serve the closest in the fray,
accolades deserve to go their way!

But subverting everything we do,
there is an enemy so very true!
His hatred for us, each and every one,
inspires what he does and what he's done!
ANYTHING that he can use to hurt,
he will, and so we must be on alert!
Elusive and confusing are his ways,
and getting even more so in these days!

That enemy would like nothing more than to turn each of us upon each other! That doesn't happen 'overnight.' It begins with one offense at a time. And that not even so! It is us that must take offense in order that something be offensive.
Will you give place to the enemy?

Monday, November 2, 2009

One of Three

Thinking now of Him Who is
and Him Who ever was;
recollecting, oh, the many
things my Savior does;
but is it even possible
for me to comprehend
all my Savior did for me
before He did ascend?
For I can barely understand
that certain type of love
that caused my Lord to lower Himself
from His throne above…
that caused my Lord to take the steps
that every mortal would,
putting up with everything
just to show we could.
But He put up with so much more
than we will ever see
because, though He is as we are,
He’s also One of Three.
Taking there, upon Himself,
what mortal man could not,
He demonstrated it as He
our soul redemption, bought!
Being One of Three, indeed:
the One Begotten Son,
the Father’s way of opening
His home to everyone;
making that eternal life
available to all-
all of those who bow down and,
the Name of Jesus, call!

Are you one of them? Will you call the Name of “Jesus?”
Anymore, that Name has become almost derogatory!
Call it out with me: “JESUS, JESUS, JESUS!!”

More than just a Name. Life itself!

That Land Upon My Mind

"Monday morning..."
To so many, you would think that it be a curse!
To some, the only purpose to Monday morning is to look forward to Friday!
What kind of life is that?!
There is something often upon my mind, and not just on Monday morning, nor just on Friday afternoon. It is something completely "out of this world!"
Is it ever upon your mind?

The meadows of my Heavenland
I have upon my mind.
Walking slowly through them now
is where, this man, you'll find.
The rolling hills, the waving grass,
as far as you can see...
it is my reward for pressing
on to victory!
It is just a taste of what
will be when life is o'er.
Just beyond the lovely Gates
on that celestial shore,
Someone waits there to escort me
out across the lands:
Him with scars upon His back
and nail-prints in His hands!
And so, with anticipation,
I press on indeed;
with the precious Holy Spirit
for my will to heed;
ever-recollecting on
the land upon my mind
where,soon and very soon, myself
with Jesus, there you'll find!

What's on your mind?

Saturday, October 31, 2009

The House

We arrove at church early again last Sunday. The plants needed tending. That did not take too long, and there we were afterwards: Debby, myself and Father God.
After our time together, I tried to record it:

In silent and in still,
blossoms bloom at will;
fellows on the wing
aren’t hesitant to sing!
God commutes so real,
abundant to reveal!
And life receives its fill
while silent and while still…

So early in the house
of Him Who is my Spouse.
Why am I in the Place
of Him Who is all grace?
With no one else around,
do His affects abound?
But He is everywhere
His plentitude to share!

In silent and in still-
is it His perfect will.
For I’ve been summoned here,
and His call I revere!
His wonderments abound
here where I am found!
He shows them one by one
while calling me His son!

Oh, what a wonderful time with our Father! Nothing compares to it. Nothing supersedes it. Even if the house to which He calls me be ‘empty,’ He fills it with Himself, and I am blessed!
Seek that place, won’t you? It’s never hard to find. It’s not always a church ‘building,’ and He is always there for you.



O the love that raises me
and carries me all day!
It is the love of Him Who is
the Truth, the Life, the Way!
No greater love has anyone
save Him Whose Name IS Love-
He is below, within, without,
and He is up above!
Carried in His love through all
that each day may contain.
He is mine escort even if
all I do is complain.
But mostly, He is right beside
conversing all the way;
beyond all value are the words
that He has got to say!
Carried are the ones who make
The Way their only way!
They are the ones that shall know life

there in that Heaven Day!
The blood of Jesus-guarantee
that Paradise to know,
abounding with that Escort Whose love
now we surely know!

You can know Him right now too!
Do you? His Name is Jesus Christ!

Friday, October 30, 2009


The Apostle Paul signed his letters with the same benediction in several places.
It was needed then, and we surely need the same now!

Grace to you, and peace from Him
Who is all grace and peace!
Unto the same, anxiety
so liberally release!
The Father, He is generous
to mete serenity;
the peace that He dispenses,
it is perfect, as is He!

Grace--His riches unto them
unworthy of the same.
Therefore, unto everyone
there be an open claim!
Availed in Jesus Christ alone-
all grace and peace is He!
The same be wished upon you all
in liberality!

Grace and Peace-oh be ye so
familiar with the One!
God the Father such provides
through Jesus Christ, His Son!
The Prince of Peace, for He is the
epitome of Grace!
All that Jesus Christ can be-
in your heart give Him place!

Grace and peace to you from the Apostle Paul AND from this writer, as well.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Speed of Time

And time goes by...
Summer just ended yesterday, and Thanksgiving is only a few weeks from now...
And Christmas a few weeks from there!
Is time only an issue for us?

Is time only an issue for a writer with limitations?
Should it even be an issue?
But to spend time glorifying God, attempting to reveal Him in new ways to a world with limitations!

Everlasting God,
oh will we understand?
Unto certain people is
so visible Your hand!
Unto the ones expecting comes
reality of You,
and thus, the glories of You, God,
come fully into view!
And to the one with pen would come
a verse, a verse anew!
Is it because the scribe be worthy
of much more of You?
NO! You are no respecter!
You love each one the same!
I only CHOOSE to see You and
to glorify Your Name!

Thus to spend the time that is
in adoration of
the One who is immune to time,
the One who is all love!
He sees beyond all time to each
event that is ahead
and heartens me "Press on..." in Him,
that I be surely led!

And time goes by...
No matter how fast that time goes, as I commit it to Him, He assures that He AND I will get the most out of it!
How is your time?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Creator God...
But what if His 'creation' is unpleasant? What if we have to clean up after Him? So often, I hear folks complain because they have to rake up after Him! I don't hear them complain while He is painting the limbs and branches! In fact, that usually takes their breath away! (And I can hear them now. "Hey Jim, come to my yard and sweep up His beautiful creation!")
Anyway, I will enjoy His creation's 'creation,' because in too many places those sentinels are being taken down to make room for ______.

Standing in what pride they have remaining,
the arsenal of autumn is aglow.
Its multi-colored carpet is creating...
before the ivory blanketing to know.
The writer will not gripe about the labor
that it might take when it has left its wake;
only to enjoy now in its weaving,
the blessed fascination it to make!

Savor the sights with me, won't you?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Time to enjoy

Guardians posted at will...
scattering their raiment at will...
oblivious and indifferent regarding their wake...
such is the season. A completely different and exclusive side of the spectrum.
Creator God creating!
I want to enjoy it.
Not many people seem to care, but I do!
I like to take in every shade and gradient because very few take time to do so. And I will, as soon as I get done with...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


What does it take to get your attention?
How far does God have to go for you to take notice?

Frameless skies hanging without end...
wonder, oh so freely to ascend...
men have tried to scale, without effect,
that place where truth and wonder intersect.
Faces lined with awe attend that place.
They are tolerated with such grace
by the One Creator of it all;
the very same, their deepest souls to call!
The One and only to ordain said frame,
each one in wonder, He knows them by name!
The only One to legislate an end,
He bids each one and all for to ascend!
One and only God, Creator, Friend,
all majesty and glory would He tend;
dispensing, to the poet, at His will,
that which brings to life the yielded quill!

Can you see it? Do you have time? Do you even want to?

Gradual Gift

Dawn to peek at mountain peak,
one more...then...
simple details, too complex
to be explained by men;
one leaf at a tree...
one hill more...
the stimulation of the quill
but once again to soar!

Yet another day begins...
but unlike that before!
Excited be the life as God
Creator does restore!
Oh look upon the living as
the land would slow arise--
challenge to exist: monotony
be unto the eyes?

Oh, but not as God, creator God
assembles autumn day!
But not as God, Father God,
offers it our way!
Unwrap the gift as He presents it:
one ray...another...then...
Of the present make the most,
in JESUS' Name, AMEN!