Friday, August 23, 2019

In HIS Strength...

Life gives and takes.  God always gives.
Situations change.  God changes not!
No matter what we are going through, we can KNOW that God is right there with us and He will NEVER leave us nor forsake us!  He never fails!

"Once again, my strength is gone--
You offer me Your own.
The day, for it was busy, Lord,
but You were not unknown!
You carried me and gave me joy
to share with everyone;
You even hold me as I type this
now that day is done!
There is no way I could survive
without Your constant care!
You even give me life I can,
with others, freely share!
Any 'glory' I received
while tending to the work--
it be deflected unto You,
and no assignment shirk!
And now, as I am spent once more,
Your arms are my retreat
whence I can be refilled and healed,
and be made complete!
Yes, YOUR strength and Your resolve is what
each patron saw today;
as it is YOU that be mine All
each step along The Way!"

Today was quite busy and quite successful...but only because of Who He is inside of me as I did what was expected of me!  Again, GOD IS SO FAITHFUL!
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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Brand New Opportunity

God's matchless grace and favor.
So grateful that it is dependent upon no 'thing' that we can do or this world can do to us!  It is evident yet again as I open my eyes and look around...

Life is yet anew once more

with glory and with grace.
Resplendent with more means to prosper
and to see His face;
even birds to recognize it
as they brightly sing...
oh, but not before I go to Him
with my first offering!

The first part of my day is spent

is precious visitation.
Communing with my Father--
cultivating that relation!
If it were not for His great grace
and purpose for this man,
I would not know such Presence, purpose,
or one more day began!

Whatever did or did not happen

in the yesterday,
it is behind us as He gives,
to ALL, a brand new way!
And it is up to us to trust Him
with the time that's NOW!
Praise Him...hear Him...love on Him
in the moments that allow!

Good Morning.  GOOD morning!  Yes, that's what it is, and regardless what the next _______ hours contain, He does and will remain good, availing Himself constantly through it all!.

Make him part of every part of your new day!
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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Almost over

Yes, day is winding down.  But not before God has the final say, and He does so in His spectacular way...

The sky is orange against the storm
that rumbles as it rolls!
The rainbow that is full right now
is touching many souls!
All as God contains the storm
inside His mighty palm
so inducing wonderment
and precious, healing calm!

Halted once again for to
behold His mighty hand!
This time, as He takes a storm
and sweeps across the land!
The thunder and the lightning...
the setting sun behind...
cause the pen and paper,
once again, a verse to find!

Rush the moment not as He
paints yet another eve
with colors and with elements
too almost not believe!
Oh, but HIS reality
is right before the eyes
of any who would give Him time,
His awe to realize!!

Day is done again.  The elements, however, are not!  And God is using them to amaze and inspire words and verses!  Do you have time to listen?
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Monday, August 19, 2019

YOUR resolve!

There is so much peace in KNOWING that God is in control.  It doesn't mean that everything is going to go our way, but when it does not He provides peace and patience in the assurance that He already has everything settled.
Can you handle that?

Looking far beyond the sight

that dares attempt to daunt...
seeing victory when defeat
would parade and flaunt...
KNOWING Him to Whom each step
belongs upon The Way;
it keeps us moving forward THROUGH
the challenges each day!

Whoever said a perfect path

would be once we are saved
missed what He said when He described
just how the road is paved!
But He leaves us not Comfortless
as we press on ahead:
His Holy Spirit girts us and
protects us as we're led!
Therefore does joy exist even
amidst the roughest storm!
We must focus on HIS goal and,
to HIS ways, conform!
For therein lies the victory
to carry each man through--
Jesus Christ alone be praised
and God gets honor due!

We MUST resolve to press on, my friends, not in our strength, but the strength that never wanes or wavers--the strength of God through Jesus Christ inside of us!

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Your Direction

"I can't 'feel' it..."  "It's not happening here..."  "There must be more than this..."
 

Have you ever found yourself saying this to yourself or aloud as you serve the Lord?  I surely have!  But guess what?  He's not going to act or react the way that we expect Him to!  Yes, He is dependable.  But the same God "that changes not" is also the same God with "mercies that are new every morning!"
 

"O Lord, we make ourselves avail
our wills and our desires;
we lay aside agendas, Lord,
desiring YOUR fires!
In submission to The Spirit,
wait we for Your Word
KNOWING, as we do so, that
You'll certainly be heard!

That sweet assurance that we know--

once more it will be found
if we but settle heart and mind
and listen for Your sound!
That one direction that is right
our spirits will receive
if we reject impatience and
stay with You and not leave!

The 'running-here-and-there,' oh Lord,

to find the latest 'thing'
is NOT what You have purposed for
the children of the King!
So, Lord, do we avail and wait
here in your glory realm
knowing You are in control,
and that You keep the helm!"

Stand firm.  Stay the course.  The path in front of you and your surroundings may be uncomfortable, BUT GOD knows exactly where you are, what is going on, and HE will lead you where you are supposed to be.  Yes, He cares THAT much.  Yes, He is THAT faithful...even to you!

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

The Possibilities!

Oh, the possibilities that exist as we allow the love of God and life to shine through us!  What affect could it have on YOUR day?

All the day so busy we
with this, that and the other.
We tend unto our needs and wants
alongside wary brother.
What is it that we say to them,
(most often, without word?)
In busyness is life and love
established or transferred?
Like it or not, we're being watched
in what we say and do.
Watched by ones yet seeking for
their own lives what to do!
They MUST find lasting hope and joy 
in them that are His own,
as temporary, in this life,
both hope and joy are known!

O wear that countenance that says
"Whatever be ahead,
I am secure in Jesus Christ
and I am Spirit-led!"
It may not always go the way
that perfect life may go,
but, at least, the Maker of Life,
personally, you know!

Yes, so many people are looking...watching....seeking...even groping for something secure that will give the hope.  We have Him residing in our hearts.  But if our very countenance says otherwise, they will just keep on looking...hoping...seeking...
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Friday, August 16, 2019

Reality and Promise!

Another day.  What kind of day will it be?  That depends a lot on what we decide to make of it, and how we allow Him to move through us...

A sunrise that will never set;

and THAT not from the sun!
We'll be illuminated by
the One Who is THE ONE!
Labors, they will cease in
celebration to The king,
and joy shall never know an end
as every voice shall sing!

How can words or verses even
capture Paradise?
He said that NONE have seen or heard,
yet glimpses so entice!
The pictures that He shares as we're
in fellowship with Him...
the images inside his Word--
for they shall NEVER dim!
Therefore, press we on ahead
loving...giving...sharing,
knowing that we serve The One
Who constantly is caring
and saving, for his Own, a Place
in Paradise ahead!
That precious Promise keeps us going,
hydrated and well-fed!!

So beautiful and wonderful are the images that Holy Spirit reveals to us as we press on in a world that so dearly needs Him!  Are they going to witness Jesus in the things that YOU do and say?  One much wiser than myself once said that you may be the only Bible someone sees.  Let us make sure that The Lord and his Message are clearly visible in us!
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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Survival mode

The end of one more day.  Victorious, but well-worn!  There is a Promise, however, that keeps us going...if we cling to it!

Where controversy ends, I long to be.
Of late, it's taken so much energy
to communicate and to commune;
but lives the Promise: peace--it will be soon!

Understanding will be in that Place,

as it be governed by the King of Grace!
And perfect peace will reign forevermore!
We now have glimpses of that Golden Shore!

"Even so, come quickly," be the cry

but once again, as is wiped the eye.
Replaced by tears of joy at sight of Him
walking without effort on that shim!

Where confrontations will be in the past--
unto such a time our hope be cast
knowing, of a truth, shall come that day,
His Word, His Spirit and His eyes all say!

When the stress of this life takes toll, God Most High reaches out to personally make us whole again!  What a blessing!  He told us that we would have trials as long as we are in this world, BUT HE HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD!  Savor the peace and restoration that knowing Him provides.  It's the only way to survive.
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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Resolute

Watching the world around us...realizing how blessed we are, and just how much the enemy hates it!  There is, however, a promise to which we may cling in the days that are...

What man be there with any clue

of that awaiting us?
For many be the arguments
over which divisions fuss!
But such is not to be as HE
said "It is Paradise!"
May our hearts desire that time
and let His Word suffice.

Anticipating that Day while we
press on with resolve;
making every effort,
every issue, to resolve.
For many are the factors that
may seek to so divide,
BUT GOD gives us ability
to prosper and abide!

That Day that is awaiting and
The place where we will be--
for it will be enjoyable
throughout eternity
IF we know Him as our Savior
and give Him our heart;
 
o may we do so constantly
and let no issue part!

Yes, we live in the land of the free and we savor liberties that most of the world only yearns for, but we cannot allow our liberties to divide us, lest we find ourselves conquered by the same, and embezzled out of a Land of Promise just ahead!
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Saturday, August 10, 2019

The Storm Afar

Steeled by the sight so far off in the east.  Knowing what is coming and what it may contain, but amazed at the sight and spectacle of such...

So far off in the distance

a storm is on display.
The majesty of his creation
begs for words to say!
The billows soar into the blue
with colors all below!
As I witness such, His Presence
is right here to know!
So much to do before it comes
has been set by the way
as, His Presence and His voice,
take precedence this day!
The glory and the majesty,
simplicity and calm,
assure the heart, yet once again
that, massive, be His palm!
And that same palm secures, whatever
may come of the storm;
His touch, His eyes, His very words
to comfort and transform!

No matter where the storm may be
His Presence is right here!
And His protection is complete--
no matter how severe!
And right now, His glory and His awe
is right before the eyes!
Make time to behold His mighty hand--
what grace to realize!

Every one of us faces a storm at one time or another.  Some are devastating, some are awe-inspiring, but I have found that all of them are life giving and provide growth in one way or another.
Fear not.  He rides on the wings of the storm!!
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Friday, August 9, 2019

Beyond our sight

Life is happening.
God has things going on in your life that you are not even aware of yet...and it's already completed!  This is one of the major reasons why we can have peace in a world in which it seems so foreign!

Already are my steps ordained,

already is success;
already settled are the ways
You prosper and You bless!
For we cannot see past today,
but You see all of time;
You understand when we can't grasp
the reason or the rhyme!
And that's why we can trust in Your 
prosperity and peace;
that's why we can, all parts of this life,
unto You, release!
For You have answers and solutions
we'll never understand--
we only must keep pressing forward,
trusting in Your hand!

Already have You caused us each

to have a life complete,
we only must submit to You,
trust and receive Your peace.
For You work out things in ways
that are beyond our own.
So very fortunate are them that,
by Your Name, are known!

No matter what's going on, no matter what is happening in or around you, God is very aware of it and has a plan.  Are we going to be patient enough to enable and allow Him to fulfill that plan?  The enemy also has a plan, be we must NEVER forget to Whom we belong!

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

A Place of Necessity

Living in the days that we are, it is almost impossible to survive without the respite that God avails.  Do you know about it?

Underneath the giants that 

reach out into the sky,
a beautiful and quiet place
is reserved for He and I.
He meets me here--His Presence
it is constant in this place,
and I am taken always by
the wonder and the grace!

Always is a blessed retreat

availed by His hand,
as He knows of the days that are
and stress that be at hand.
Too, He offers out His hand
to take each stress away--
fully knowing of the details
that come every day.

O take advantage of the perfect

rest that He provides!
For in His arms, alone, that
perfect peace, it so abides!
And it is offered unto all,
He fully paid the price;
there's such oasis near to YOU,
with what you need concise!

The world is going as fast as it can, and it is ever-so-easy to get caught up in it!  DON'T!  God has purposed rest designed specifically for you!  Don't miss out on it!  He will sort out the details, we must only submit to His leading.
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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Assurances

Assurances.
God's Word is rife with them, and they belong to us as long as we belong to Him and heed his leading.
In a very worldly world, however, we can get caught up in the drama and we be so easily drawn away!

I must make sure my life, my actions

back the words I say!
If I avoid the necessary
it will distort the way.
He's given me a plethora
of tools to get me through,
all while living in a way
that He is in full-view.

A calling...an agenda...even 

an assignment have we each:
we are to live in such a way
that others we may reach
not by "going out of our way,"
but that they may be drawn
to inquire of that within
before the time is gone.

The Truth--for it will set them free,

but they must see AND hear!
And we are watched so closely every
moment we are here!
Are they seeing us in the world
or Jesus Christ inside?
Oh may we each live in such a way
that God be glorified!

Like it or not, if You are a Christian, you are being watched.  That's not a 'creepy' statement, it is a fact of life.  Make sure that you are living in such a way that others will desire the same.
I know, I spoke about the same thing yesterday, but it seems the just are coming under more and more scrutiny as the days dwindle.

Keep offering hope.  Don't give the enemy ANY foothold!  Keep living the assurances that will hold true regardless of the times---those in God's Word!
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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Under a microscope

So it may feel some days.  And so it is...because He told us it would be!  But He promised to provide the tools to press on to HIS success, rather than cave to the world's definition of it!

I must make every effort, every day,

(and not in strength my own,)
to assure the deeds and works
so match the words I've sown.
For words become forgotten when
some actions are beheld;
for by the same, some of the mightiest
of men have been so felled!
And we are watched so closely these days,
(and that not by choice!)
The things we do, the way we act--
each of them have a voice;
therefore, belonging to The one
Whose very Name is love,
I must do my best to represent Him--
Jesus Christ above!
For scrutinizing is a sport
in which most participate;
and that which I may do or say,
it just may decide their fate!

We do not have a choice, (the ones
who know and serve the Lord;)
for we are watched so closely in
a world where we're deplored.
BUT GOD, for He has placed us here
as proof of grace, mercy and love;
and He will tell us of our effects
when we join Him way up above!

Yes, this world may be travelling at an incomprehensible pace the other way, but we must keep pressing forward, however narrow the way may be, so that hope will stay alive.
DON'T STOP NOW!
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Monday, August 5, 2019

Let it go!

Jesus Christ complete.
He knows what you have been through.  He sees your struggle, and He has exactly what you need to liberate you from it all!

That pain from many years ago--He understands;
the more I try to bury it, the more that it demands;
the faster that I run away, the more it overtakes;
for Jesus is the only One, a healing from it, makes!

How can I talk about it...what will other people think...
but lest I talk to someone, I will teeter on the brink!
The wound--it will not go away, that spot will never heal
unless I find a godly person to whom I can reveal.

The healing perfect that Jesus can provide--
it cannot complete itself if I still hide.
It may seem minor in someone else's eyes,
but the gravity and magnitude WE realize!

That pain from so long ago--He understands;
and He is right in front of us with open hands!
His care and His heart forever are availed.
Speak to him wholly, and be no more assailed!

Jesus Christ has made provision for us to escape the torture of that pain from so long ago...even that pain from just yesterday.  He loves, He listens He cares and He heals.
How long will we hold onto the burden that He has already made provision for?
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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Life is precious!

Issues...situations...responsibilities...
So many things can fill our day.  OR we can fill our day with so many things that will deplete us of that precious time that we should be spending with God.

In the midst of 'living' there 
is life that must occur!
It is a most precious time
that ALL must know for sure!
That time alone with Jesus Christ
in fellowship somewhere--
make every effort that you can,
yourself, to find you there!
It is a celebration time
like nothing else at all...
it is a very solemn time
while, at His feet, you fall...
it is a very healing time
that strengthens you, as well...
it is a time most valuable
as, with the Lord, you dwell!

This life is busy.  And it seems
more busy with each day.
But time aside with God Most High
so nourishes the way!
Do all you can as you are led,
but also make that time
to, into the lap of God,
for just moment, climb!


Some of life's drama is preventable, some of it is not, but we MUST spend quality time with God each day in order to excel!  Make sure you have ample opportunity to do so!
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Friday, August 2, 2019

Inner Song

Yes, there is a song within each of us.  Have you found yours yet?  It is a song that will escort us through everything that this life has, and it glorifies Jesus!

"ALLELUIA....."
So deep that glory song
sung from the very depths of those
who KNOW that they belong!
That song of adoration that
will never know an end
unto Jesus Christ the Lord,
Redeemer, Savior, Friend!
"ALLELUIA..." so throughout
my being to resound
unto the One Who reigns forever--
in Him, I am found!
It is an invitation He
extends to one and all;
Join in that chorus!  Seek His grace,
His holy Name to call!

And even as we long for that day

that He has avowed,
His Presence is about our lives
if He is so allowed!
O seek Him for yourself, my friend,
and know His love and peace!
The shackles of this daily life,
unto the Lord, release!!

"ALLELUIA..." yet my heart

continues for to sing
unto the Lord of Majesty,
unto The Risen King!
For He is worthy of all praise
in this life and the next!
Accept the power of His Blood
and be ye not perplexed!

This life will go on until _________________.  And then what?  You can KNOW what if You ask Jesus to be your Savior and give your heart to Him!  He will take care of you and meet your needs until That Trumpet Blast, and then we shall see Him face-to-face!  Oh, what a song will break out THEN!

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

"Come Again!" We pray!

Oh, won't it be wonderful there?  That Place where we are in His actual Presence constantly!  In the meantime, continue to serve Him, even as the heart would cry out

"COME QUICKLY!"  all of life be crying out!

We are poised, Lord, for that Trumpet and that shout!
Our eyes are fixed to see You in the sky;
the ages and the seasons prophesy!

O come quickly!  We desire to be with You!
With wickedness, o God, would we be through!
Though we press on, o God, to do our best,
it seems, with evil, this world be obsessed!

Lord Jesus, it says "soon and very soon,"
but make it even, Lord, this afternoon!
Your constant, visual Presence desire we,
to embrace You and to love You tangibly!

Heaven's bounty, Lord, we so desire;
That which You have in store in its entire!
Escaping this world's evil going on;
but utmost, our eyes, Your face to fix upon!

Yes, come quickly, even as Your Word exhorts!
Unto no other hope the heart resorts!
You are the ONLY Truth, the Life, the Way!
Come quickly, oh Lord Jesus, this we pray!"

It's been spoken, recorded, and promised for so many generations now: JESUS IS COMING!"  Yes, we've been hearing it for years, but let us not grow weary in well-doing, as this wicked world not only needs to hear it, it needs to see His love in action!  Keep pressing on.  Keep giving.  Keep loving.  For one more thing is certain: we are one day closer to His appearing!!

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The First of Early

That sacred time with you and God alone as you behold His creation...or is that foreign to you?

In the first of early, there are
songs throughout the limbs.
The ear that pays attention will
discern those glory hymns!
The song of joy and praise to Him
for meeting their each need...
the song of His protection with
refrain of how they're freed!

In the first of early--can you
relate to such a song?
After all, unto the same
Creator you belong!
He liberates and He provides
the very same for you!
Ignore the verse--ask Him for
yourself if it be true!

Oh, the first of early, before
labor has its way...
yet, even there, the glories of Him
you can show, convey!
But savor this this time before that time,
enjoy Him--face-to-face,
and He will see to your success
as you go grace-to grace!

I hear so many come to me describing their lack of peace.  Could it be that we rise up each morning not even seeking it, dwelling instead on the tasks awaiting and going straight into the fray?
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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Love lives on!

So grateful for Jesus and His comfort!  No matter what we go through in this life, no matter what happens to us or the ones we love, He understands and offers us his arms and His comfort!

"You hold me when the pain would seem to great,

telling me You know and You relate.
You leave not, even when I am o.k.,
escorting me each step along the way.
Your strength, it is inside me all along,
helping me to retain that inner song.
Oh Lord, I would prefer no greater prize
than YOUR reality to realize!

Your peace, Your consolation and Your joy--

but constantly is this man to enjoy
even when tragedy in this life would occur;
You are the same, Lord, as You always were!
And greater, when this life would take away,
Your loving arms about me ever stay
with sweet assurance through those healing tears
instilling YOUR strength to combat the fears.

Oh Lord, You know and understand our loss.

Though the world may try to distract or gloss...
though even well-meant words may come our way...
YOU still have the perfect words to say!
And Your embrace--it is necessary so
for us to heal and, boldly onward, go!
We need You, we require Your presence, Lord,
Your perfection and Your everything to afford!"

This life gives and takes.  We can be riding high one day and then the phone rings causing us to come crashing down.  But God is right there when that happens, helping us back up, holding us until we get our bearings back.  His comfort is priceless, and His promise that we will be together again keeps us going.  Don't ever give up!

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Sunset

Is it only a time of the day...day after day?  Absolutely not!  It is a point of life that we must all face AND decide what we are going to do about it!

Sun is setting once again--

day is almost done;
the fleeting rays create a sight
untouched by anyone!
Darkness soon will cover all
the land throughout the night;
I must attempt to make the most
of the remaining light.
Though evening is approaching sure,
the light can still be seen;
'tis only yet a little while
'fore darkness will convene.

The sun is setting on this life;
darkness soon will come.
The Light may soon be taken up
but it will not succumb!
Some live in darkness even now,
no knowledge of The Light...
others know of it, but choose
to press on in the night!

The Light of all the world is Christ--
some know Him, so do not.
The chance to live, though, in the Light
each living soul has got!
And therefore it is up to us
residing in the Light
to be a candle unto them
residing in the night!

The Light is glow inside of you.  Are you going to shine it as you go your way or keep Him to yourself?  Trust me, there is plenty to go around, and MANY are them that are groping for The True light!

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As the World Turns...

Time is short.  I know, we've been hearing that for years.  But this I know also as FACT: we are one day closer to that awesome, beautiful and terrible day! 

For even as we go about the day,
A Plan--it is in motion and will stay;

even as I pen the verse and word,
happenings divine--they are occurred!
Even as WE plan for Monday week,
those steps are known to One Who is unique!
For He has promised He is on His Way,
and naught will change that which we do or say!

Jesus Christ is coming and is ready!
Even if the world be so unsteady
naught shall hinder that set time and day;
be ready, friend and brother, for His fray!
Some will see it, others, they may not.
Our times and seasons He's securely got!
He knows His Own and those who are not yet;
so, ready, we must each make sure we get!

His Plan--it DOES include you--but what side?
Will you be spared the terrors and the tide?
Or will your ascension be before that affair
that, with each and every Own, He will freely share?

Yes, again, He's coming soon!  We KNOW this by the times and seasons that The Bible has clearly outline!  Your wealth won't get you there...your 'tradition' won't let you escape...even your standing in the church won't protect you...your good deeds and actions won't get you there...only a born-again relationship with Jesus Christ will guarantee a place in Paradise when all of this goes down.
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Friday, July 26, 2019

That Welcome Respite

Business...busyness...stress...even just daily deeds...it can sometimes add up to what seems insurmountable.  BUT GOD provides a time of refreshing...

The glorious noise that cannot be explained--

too beautiful to, by verses, be contained;
it comes from Him Who walks beside this man,
and it is art of His most-perfect plan!
It transports me where nothing will distract
allowing me, with God, to interact!
And there, such purity is commonplace;
and there, behold I majesty and grace!

That glorious noise makes troubles disappear;
it's free from apprehension, stress and fear;
it's full of joy, serenity, grace and love,
and it's availed from only Father God above!
It is a necessary place that He provides
because He knows everything that, in the day, resides!
He knows, He comprehends and understands,
thus, in that place, He offers His open hands!

That glorious noise that I so look forward to.
With each new moment it becomes anew!
And, in His Presence there is no such thing as 'time!'
And those hands, they invite even you to climb!

Do you know that noise contained in these words?  It is the sweet music of His voice calling you to escape this life for just awhile and be refreshed!  Don't ever ignore that invitation.  It is SO necessary!

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Too Simple to see?

So wonderful and successful has the day been as we follow in His steps along the Narrow Way.  Then we get home and turn on the news...

Oh, for peace that is greater than 'tradition;'

peace that goes beyond a 'border' line;
peace transcending race or a religion,
peace that ALL would say is "yours and mine!"

O God, it seems the more that we develop,

more numerous the issues that divide!
But You created each man in Your image--
why, then, must each person have a 'side?'
There will be no borders when we get to Heaven.
'Denomination' won't be spoken of.
Why can't it be the same before we get there,
and reside beneath that banner that's called 'Love.?'

I know that, in such way, we can reside here.

We only must omit that word called 'pride'
and know You fully with our very being,
allowing others residence inside!

We have "Doctors without Borders," why can't we have life and love the same way?  Not one of us is better than the other.  God created each of us in His Image.  Is this too deep for a simple poet to grasp, or is it so blatantly obvious that we are seeing right through it?

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Baja

What a glorious new day!  And seeing from this vantage point is all the more wonderful...

The coastline is alive so early,
endless is the sand;
this time, from atop the knoll,
there is no one on that land!
Just the sound of gentle waves
that roll along the shore,
the conversation of the gulls
and bay seals--five and more.
And the voice of God Most High
as We, again, converse:
that beautiful, impromptu prayer--
the kind you don't rehearse.
We talk about the things I see,
and He points out much more:
He reveals so many wonders
I've not seen before!

I can freely talk 'cause He
already knows my heart.
He knows the burdens and desires,
and peace does He impart.
Far greater than the peace that comes
from watching rolling waves,
it is that perfect peace that
liberates and even saves!

The endless coastline--so alive--
though 'empty' some would call;
the heart of one who truly seeks,
it surely would enthrall!

Watching the ocean with a cup of coffee to start the day.  The Presence of God to accompany and enhance this beautiful time and place.  How awesome it is to be in the very Presence of the One with the hands that crafted it!
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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

That Stability!

The world turns.  Time marches on.  Advances are being made at a pace that few can grasp!  There are, however, truths and guarantees that NEVER change, regardless of 'time's attitude...

There is hope in spite of situations

life may find us in;
there is peace that passes all insight;
(in ONE does it begin!)
There is love that has no basis and
it is availed to ALL!
And in spite of 'time,' in spite of 'this world,'
JESUS contains it all!

Regardless what is said or done

His truth remains secure!
For it will see us through ALL things
and cause us to endure!
He even gives us joy amidst
the thorns that may arise;
Jesus Christ--all settled 'logic,'
His great love defies!

So press on in HIS strength through the day

that seeks to bring us down.
He sees the victory even when
our hearts may have a frown!
He loves us more than anything
or anyone can tell!
The world turns...time marches on...
but victory WILL compel!

HIS love, HIS hope and HIS great care for us WILL see us through!  Remember this truth whenever you are having 'one of THOSE' days,' knowing that our steps are already established and the victory has been won...in JESUS!

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Monday, July 22, 2019

'Jesus' kind of peace!

Peace.
There is nothing like it.  No substitute for it.  And there is no greater example of it than having THE Prince of Peace in your heart!  He can take whatever kind of day you are having and cause you to be victorious over it!

The busyness of business now behind...

a very pleasant evening to find!
Even the heat has disappeared for now,
a deep, relieving sigh for to allow!
And as the sun retires in the west,
I am reminded I am so very blessed!
And I call upon the Lord to join me here
and visit with me as the eve draws near.
His Presence--though with this man constantly--
it generates such joy so deep in me;
it causes peace that no one can explain--
it must be experienced without refrain!

Yes, the day--it came and went, (with great success!)
because Jesus is, so constantly, to bless!
And no matter what the morrow may contain,
His perfect peace again will yet sustain!

His peace and joy availed.  And not just for a few, but for ANY AND ALL that call Him "Lord" and trust in Him.
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Saturday, July 20, 2019

The Person of His Love

Love.  Jesus Christ is the epitome of it!  God gave Him to us that we may not only enjoy it, but share it constantly with others!

In the Person of His love--
how could I find me there?!
After all the I have done,
He's still reaching out in care!
The love He has for ALL of us
depends on not a 'deed;'
such love--it is His character
and NOTHING will impede!
He lives inside...He walks beside us
KNOWING us in full;
yet such as that, away from us,
His Presence will not pull!
His love--it breaks the power of sin
and shortcomings of life...
His love--for it has won the battle
of all daily strife!

Yes, in the Person of His love,
Jesus Christ the Lord,
the greatest victory of all,
therefore, is to afford!
He loves me, He loves you, and NOTHING
can come in between!
The Blood of Jesus--so alive--
it ever makes us clean!

So blessed, happy and fortunate be them that know the reality of Jesus' love!  Are you one of them?  I promise you, His love for YOU is just as real as it is for anyone else.  Enjoy it!

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Friday, July 19, 2019

CHRIST ALIVE!!

As days go by...as time goes by...we grow more and more like the master we serve.  It's our nature.  The only question is: what or whom will you choose as your 'master?'

Jesus Christ within is more

than anything without!
Christ alive is even greater
than the strongest doubt!
He is standing-far beyond
temptations that arise,
and He is looking, with perfect love,
into our very eyes!

Jesus Christ alive is more--

He NEVER looks away,
Even when the world's views
and pleasures bid me sway...
even when the struggle seems
much more than we can bear,
the love of Jesus Christ alone
is firmly standing there!

Jesus Christ alive--and NOTHING,

of this life, prevents!
If you are His and He is yours
so minor are events
that dare attempt to trip or snare
or lead our hearts astray!
Jesus Christ alive--He is
the Truth, the Life, the Way!!

You belong to Jesus!  Don't let ANYTHING of this life embezzle you out of the truth of His love and care!  No thing of this place is worth what He is and can be in your life!

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Meanwhile, elsewhere...

How simple it is for us to get comfortable in our lives and situations.  The sun is shining... we're feeling good...our needs are met...  However, while this happens, others may not have it so well...

While I sit here at ease

in the gentle, summer breeze
listening to birds sing
LIFE is happening!
Elsewhere, this precious life
includes challenges and strife.
It even involves pain,
as, with sunshine, comes the rain.

My brother, far away,
has challenges today.
His life--it is at stake,
and I pray so for his sake.
Great God--Who knows all things,
knows what He needs to bring
relief unto my brother--
I trust Him and no other!

If YOU now savor calm,
secure inside God's palm
and know of trial somewhere
then, surely, go to prayer
and, for them, intercede--
whatever be the need,
and God will honor you--
for He knows ALL that He must do!

Let us never get so 'comfortable' in our faith and our lives that we lose sight of those who do not have it so good.  Each of us are called.  How many truly respond?

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Oh, That Place!

Are you are aware of it?  It is promised to them that know Jesus Christ personally, and it is paradise!  However, there is a life to live before we get there and, in that life, we are NOT comfortless!

There is a place where stress will be no more.
It is a time so many are waiting for!
But greater, it's a time that will not end;
and Jesus--He will rule as God and Friend!

Until that time and place that's just ahead,
we are to press on and be Spirit-led
doing what He leads us each to do,
and sharing love and faith--no matter who!

For God--He's purposed, (and He keeps His word!)
to take care of us and make sure we're heard!
His care and love--no limits do they know;
just stay connected to Him as we go!

That time and place--we all desire so.
Yet, on the way, some challenges we'll know.
But He will even be there through them all,
as long as we're responsive to His Call!

That perfect time and place
availed by God's grace.
Christ's Blood to get us here--
let NOTHING interfere!!

Know Jesus Christ personally.  Not just for that Paradise ahead called Heaven, but for His constant love and companionship beforehand, too!  

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