Friday, October 30, 2020

Autumn Storm

The winds arose...the torrents fell.  Now, we look out at what it's left behind.  This time, however, it is a sight so glorious to behold!

As the storm continues on,
the remnants coat the land;
every color of the spectrum
that He has in hand
is scattered without order
everywhere you cast your eyes!
Beautiful surroundings as
the evening once more flies!

Jesus joins me as I gaze
at autumn's tapestry.
Listening, He answers prayer
regardless what life be!
He's such a welcome break from
everything that's going on,
and He reminds: all challenges,
someday, they will be gone!

Enjoying His assurance in
creation's precious scene,
while knowing that A Place awaits
more than we've ever seen!!
Clinging to that blest assurance
as we forge ahead
beholding awe and majesty
as we are Spirit-led!

Yes, storms come and go in this life.  Most of them are not pleasant!  A majority of them are devastating!  Some, however, leave behind beauty and magnificence!  Keep trusting and beholding the moving of His hand.

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Interaction

In a location, watching people interact with one another.  From this point, I can see a plethora of situations that require the gamut of our action and reaction.  It's called 'Life!"

Living--but so many are involved!
How many are the issues in the same?
Success would find me in a place much greater,
if only it were not for "what's-his-name!"
But the problems that we have with one another
are common unto every one at all!
So, in order that we may know 'progress,'
what's the ONE solution we must call?
For there is NOT one thing exclusive to us.
Jesus said He went through EVERYTHING;
and if we say that we belong unto Him,
unto that one solution we must cling!
My neighbor may cause me grief oh so often,
but am I an angel every day to him?
That person that I work with may be callous,
but is MY attitude not ever grim?

Each of us wear different shoes than others.
Every one of us has a cross to bear.
But, if we each claim to all be brothers,
then we each should be dispensing love and care!
Yea, there are those that yet remain 'unbearable,'
fortunately, they are few and far between;
but if we do our best at loving and caring,
there is so much, from each other, we may glean!

The Word of God adjures us to do our utmost to get along one with another.  It also recognizes that such will not always be the case.  That is not carte blanche for us to be smug with each other.  On the contrary.  The love of God within us is what enables us to love one another...regardless how intense life becomes.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Gift from God!

Gifted.  This you are, men, if you have a godly wife beside you as you go through this life.  I don't know about you, but THIS HOUSE could not function without the one I have!

As afternoon begins to paint
the land with many hues,
I finish up the daily chores
so I can see the views!
Oddly, it is early for
the tasks to come to end,
but that just means I'll have more time
to spend with my best friend!
For she's been just as busy, (I can
safely say, MUCH MORE!)
back at the house, tending to
each minute, daily chore.
So faithful she with household tasks
as I go everywhere;
though I may 'shine' in town, I come home
and she's ALWAYS there!

"What price can be put on such a gift?"
I ponder as I break.
If she were compensated, it would
TEN TIMES what I make!!!
For I but smile and take care of
the guests that come and go,
but she works tirelessly, seeing that
all else would smoothly flow!

"Oh God,  thank You once again
for that most-gifted wife
that You have fashioned with Your hand
and placed inside my life!
She's gifted, pretty and hard-working,
(though in the spotlight none!)
Yet, knowing I return to her each day
makes me KNOW that I have won!!"

Yes, a winner am I to have a dedicated, beautiful, godly and content woman waiting for me at the end of whatever kind of day I have had.  God is so good!  If only my 'paycheck' reflected all that she makes sure of to see that I am where I am when I should be, looking the way I should.  God knows it all, and only HE can reward her accordingly.
Again, I AM SO BLESSED!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

That Place of Necesssity

Out into the busyness of business...out into the crowd...out into the fire...wherever it is we must go today, we can do so with utmost assurance that we DO NOT go alone.  And, though it may drain us, there IS a place of restoration...

O get me quick to that escape
that Christ alone provides!
Though boldly this man lives, inside
His garment this man hides!
He contains the truest answers,
and The Answer, too;
and He avails Himself to all
that call on Him and DO!
And currently, this moment when
I need that blest retreat,
He closes off the world and lets
me sit down at His feet!
I lean against Him firmly as
He says "I understand!"
In His embrace, I feel the scars
imprinted in His hands!

A busy place...complexity...
He helps so I can see;
He sets the very path so I
arrive victoriously!
Above the turmoil...above the stress
and all the _______ that are
He knows exactly what I need 
to help this man go far!

He didn't tell us to go hide under a rock!  He said for us to go boldly wherever He leads!  As we do, He WILL provide all that we need to succeed, overcome and be restored.  IT IS WRITTEN!

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Caretaker!

Yes, that's but one of the titles Jesus has if you belong to Him.  And trust me, in THIS day and age, we need Him more than ever!

The stress and the intensity-
they build as day goes on.
So grateful to have Jesus Christ
to cast all cares upon!
He knows the all of everything
that each of us goes through;
pain is...stress is...oh, but
JESUS CHRIST THE LORD IS TOO!

No matter how big life becomes,
God's greater!  This is true!
The complications and frustrations
He already knew!
For in HIS timeline, all of this
is settled, in the past.
It's up to us to use His peace-
the ONLY peace to last!
So LIVE!  And trust the ONE Who knows
the beginning from the end!
So live--while knowing Christ as Lord,
and closer than a friend!
The chaos and intensity
will be until That Day,
but you can LIVE because He is
The Truth, The Life, The Way!!

Yes. we CAN live in spite of the intensities and complexities that seem to come out of nowhere and attempt to overwhelm.  Jesus has already overcome them so, with Him inside Your heart, you can overcome them as well!

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Friday, October 23, 2020

Coastal Hill

Stopped in my tracks to capture the sight before my eyes...hopefully with words!  I know that God will help me, however....

So lush and green the landscape
between here and the coast;
the blue of sky and ocean, though
to fill the sight the most!
The single island out at sea
today is crystal clear!
So fortunate be anyone
to find the vision here!
And generous be Mighty God
to speak this into being!
His handprint be on everything
that the pen is seeing!
It's up to me to find the words
so others see the same,
causing praise and adoration
to flow unto His Name!

So many, they, to reference this
as being 'paradise,'
BUT GOD has made a higher Place
that's vowed to be more nice!
'Til we see Heaven, though, we'll love
these sights He makes by hand
that stop us in our tracks to gaze--
for they're all across this land!!

You may not be here on a coastal hill, looking out across the ocean at an island, but I promise you there is somewhere near wherever you are that is just as glorious!  And don't forget to thank The Creator of it for sharing it with you!

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Wiped Out!

So often to feel that way.  But not from work, though.  So often we get this way simply by the way 'life' is going.  Even now, though, HE PROVIDES...

Weary, worn and tired out--
from any 'labor' not!
It's from the 'systems' in this life,
and the 'power' they have got!
From TV to the printed page
same thing...same thing...same thing...
We're lifted through His Word, though,
and as we pray and sing!

These ARE quite trying times, my friend,
but God is well aware.
He gives a steady stream of Hope;
and, paramount, His care--
even in what is going on
in us, around and through;
and HIS STRENGTH, it will waver not
no matter what life will do!

So cling to God!  Depend on Him
and not on any other!
Start LIVING in this life we're in,
for there won't be another
until we hear that Trumpet Blast
and Jesus splits the skies!
Only then, true Paradise,
will ANY realize!

We are all in this together.  Them that belong to God are not OF this world, though we be IN the world.  For He will strengthen and replenish us each step of the way until we see His face!  I promise you!  Don't give up!
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Thursday, October 22, 2020

An Unexpected Word

The coffee is made.  Time to go out on the deck and join the Lord for our morning talk...

The grand creation that surrounds,
(which sunrise sets aglow!)
is merely setting for the talk
with Him mine all to know.
For we could sit for hours talking
about the beauty around,
but heart-to-heart do we converse
of issues that abound.
He knows how I am feeling--
the grief so deep of late
for those so close in so much pain
yet don't articulate;
and those with song who sail through life
but haven't got a clue
of what their destination is,
or what they're supposed to do!
And those alone that life has used
then forgotten they are there--
with just TV and phone, they wonder
"Does anybody care?"
For life goes on, so grand and glorious
on that TV set,
and for the popular and famous
with health that they have yet!
But do we care for those retired
or in a 'facility?'
Or those 'homebound' with just a 'hobby--'
do WE have empathy?

Hard questions does the Lord present
this morning in our talk.
With God, you cannot skirt the issue
or just outright balk!
You MUST respond to Him from the heart,
(He knows it anyway!)
Yes, hard questions as we share our coffee
and begin the day.

I came out here with my coffee to celebrate Autumn's glory and receive instructions from God and His Word.  Instead, He reached deep within me and presented some things that I was ignoring.  Can He do the same with YOU?

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The View from the Hill

On my way to take care of issues that must be addressed, I travel along the side of a mountain and look off to the left.  The scenes that He creates makes me so grateful that He placed within me an appreciation of such...

Above the fog, the light of life
illuminates the blue;
when the morning wind arrives
it will reveal each hue;
and many are there as the currents
of season so abound
and slowly leave garments strewn
but everywhere around!

Creator God, in and around
and through each part of 'living,'
He breathes that fog as supplement--
blest moisture freely giving!
And He creates each wondrous shade
of the fleeting Fall,
before the shock of winter blast
would make its yearly call!

Oh...but right now, looking out above
the blanket on the land,
I hear His voice so clear, and watch
the moving of His hand
as He makes the sun to rise above
that mountain range afar,
and paints the richest blue above--
so fortunate we are!!

Yes, so very fortunate be them that are able to enjoy and NOTICE the moving of His hand!  Never take such for granted!  Too many are them that must be too busy to savor such.  

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

A most welcome 'welcome!'

Awakened early by a most welcome sound!  And thanks to our new METAL roof, it sounds even more wonderful...

Raging is a thunderstorm--
the lightning and the wind;
normally, such happenings
around here are no friend!
However, in the early, it
is bringing needed rains!
It's been so dry here as of late
the hills look like the plains!
No complaints arise as we
get ready for the day.
There is so much that I must do,
and much for me to say;
first, however, I meet with God
and hear His every word--
a day beginning without Him
would be a day absurd!

The lightning strikes...the thunder rolls...
the wind and rain perform
as we prepare for labor in
the middle of a storm!
God yet reigns, life goes on,
and many folks expect
for us to be where we should be
so that we may connect!

Yes, the elements have their way this day; and I commune with God before I go and that which is expected of me...and maybe even go beyond.  So grateful be this man to have employment in the times and seasons that we live in these days!

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Challenges

A brand new day.  A fresh set of opportunities from God Most High to prosper from, to minister for Him, or to receive the same.  However, each day also has its challenges...

Each day has its challenges,
each day that we go through.
Some, they are quite visible,
the rest are not in view.
The test is how we face each one
and how we each react;
the key to overcoming them--
it NEVER is exact!
BUT GOD, He is a factor in
each challenge to arise!
He's not just sitting back and watching
from beyond the skies,
He is around and through us, wanting
us to do our best;
the same--it is the only way
to pass the daily test!

Each day to have its challenges
no matter who you are--
the lowest of employees or
the most beloved star!
Handle each in such a way
that glorifies The King,
and HE will assure that, in this life,
you can face anything!

Yes, no matter who you are, each and every day comes with a fresh new set of challenges.  BUT, you do not face them alone if you belong to Jesus!  Involve Him in all of your day and know The Victory that He is!
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Friday, October 16, 2020

All in a NORMAL Day!

Life.  Intensity.  Regardless of the situation, God gives us the ability to deal with that intensity and frustration without hurting one another.  May we remember that as we go through each day.

The day is ordered.  All things have
been set up and arranged.
But how does one react if such
is muffed or rearranged?
The character of one shows forth
so clearly at such time--
will you explode, or take such things
in rhythm and in rhyme?
Something happened at the job,
I didn't get my way.
But how I handle such--it has
so very much to say!
I know He shuts and opens doors
according to His will,
so how this man reacts--it does
so very much instill!

"Lord, make me to be at peace with plans
that, somehow, go awry.
I know YOU know the reason.  I may
never know just why.
And this man would go crazy trying
to assess the same!
I accept it, knowing You have BETTER,
and give praise unto Your Name!"

Can YOU be at peace when things do not go exactly as planned?  An employee doesn't show up...an order gets messed up...a shipment doesn't arrive...so countless are the scenarios that MIGHT go wrong!  However, being a child of God, most of the time things go RIGHT.  And when they don't, something better usually takes place.  Trust HIM!
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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Autumn Presence

The Presence of God Most High in plain sight: Autumn!  So many things be so constantly attempting to hinder, but don't let them!

As October continues
to paint the valley 'scape,
it grabs the eye and, though I labor,
makes me yearn to escape!
At least I get to take it in
my sight as I move on;
I do so knowing that such wonders,
too soon, will be gone.
And gone to be the temp we've been
enjoying now for weeks.
The winds are shifting, and the chill,
unto my body, speaks!
I do not like the language it
is using, though, IT HURTS!
Every joint that I must use,
the autumn breeze alerts!

Such is life, though, in the days,
yes, in the days that are.
No complaints, though, from THIS man,
God's gotten me this far!
One day at a time He leads
and no day be the same!
I'm grateful for each one of them
and I glorify His name!

Yes, for some of us, the departure of summer means aches and pains.  BUT GOD is faithful, and He continues to bless us in many other ways!  The 'pain' of the seasons shall not detract from the glory and the wonder of them, nor from the sheer awe of His Presence! 

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Life gone RIGHT!

What a 'worldly' world we live in!  Things go on about us in which we have no choice.  However, there ARE more things going 'right' in life than there are going 'wrong!'  Just look around...

Softest shades of sunlight glow
as morning starts to wake;
still to make fall come aglow
across the mighty lake!
The colors of the rolling hills
alive and all around
so catch the sight of the alert
and certainly astound!

Making coffee as I watch
the workday formulate.
I take my cup out on the deck
and there I celebrate!
I celebrate His Presence and
the workings of His hand,
and listen close to His response
as I behold the land!

My Father in the morning as
the season comes about;
when it comes to 'living' know
that we are not without!
In spite of all that's going on,
in spite of daily 'noise,'
our loving God is in control
and He retains His poise!

Yes, I have listened to too many folks to number who argue that God has no control of this world in light of all that's going on.  However, THEY listen to me when I respond with encouragement and a kind word.  It's amazing how one's countenance changes when you start naming the 'good' as they are all talking about the 'bad!'  Try it!

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Afternoon Oasis

Once again, done with the chores of the day...victoriously!  I find, again, that simple, special place He has set aside for me to unwind...

Simple pleasures capture me
and seize me at a glance
as autumn winds kick up a bit,
making trees to dance!
As they freely shed their garments,
those of every shade,
Father God is glorified
in the wonders He has made!

As robust as the gusts become,
the little birds persist
to make it to those feeders, yet
with victuals to exist!
I thought they'd all be gone by now
so I let them run low--
the bluebirds and the sparrows,
they had sense enough to know!
And the melody of afternoon
inspires me to write.
The trees about...the hills...the stream
combine to so excite!
Even deer that graze afar
be entertaining so!
Simple pleasures in this life--
too numerous to know!

But I DO know The Maker of those simple pleasures, and He joins me here after work to enjoy the afternoon.  Know Him for yourself and enjoy the 'escape' He creates just for those who belong to Him!

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Monday, October 12, 2020

The Ways of the World

Day after day, we go through or we witness things that ought not be.  God told us that, until He returns, that would be the norm.  He also blessed us with all we need to press on!

The systems that the world has in place--

some may look at as a great disgrace!
But there is One Who oversees it all;
there is no issue He considers 'small.'
And so many are those issues that distract,
seeking but to make us to react!
The 'grounded,' though, shall press on straight ahead,
refusing to be rattled or misled!

Yea, the 'systems' of the world belong to 'world;'
a higher calling, however, is unfurled
unto the ones belonging to the Lord;
bowing down to THIS world we shan't afford!
Though 'in this world,' we don't have to be 'of.'
We go through it daily, though, dispensing love,
and letting God shine through us as we go
that this 'systematic' world may come to know!

Yea, there IS God Everywhere Who oversees.
And, in the end, He'll gather the ones that He will please.
Until that day, we are to shine through all we do--
it is the calling He's placed in me and you!
They will be drawn...one way or another--
some of them, He will refer to as 'brother.'
Shine Jesus, therefore, and so leave your mark
upon a place that is way too often dark!

Yes, those of us belonging to God are the lights in this world, a place that is in dire need of it!  See to it that YOUR light so shines before men that they be drawn to Jesus!
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Sunday, October 11, 2020

'But I must get to where I'm going...'

So is the attitude of most these days.  All the while, there is a marvelous and glorious world out there that we are missing...

Sparrows, robins, bluebirds and the doves
sample now the grain I've plenty of.
As autumn builds a quilt upon the ground,
a variety of creatures can be found!
For in the peace of early afternoon,
the sky reveals that rain may be here soon;
that's why so many friends upon the wing
accumulate all that they can as they sing!

Such goes unnoticed by most in the day,
but, from my deck, it's clearly on display

and appreciated by this pen
and, soon, to be dispersed unto all men!
And it may, perhaps, cause some to even pause
to look around...behold...and give applause
unto THE God Who orchestrates it all--
the Same, He yearns to hear each spirit call!

Have YOU noticed 'simplicity' today?
The very same is NOT 'out of the way!'
But merely cast your eyes on early fall
and listen for The Spirit's gentle call.
It only takes a moment of your day,
but the benefits of doing such outweigh
the schedules...deadlines...or the tasks at hand.
Just MAKE time for Him and you will understand!

So glorious, so simple, so beneficial is it to take note of and recognize God and His creation throughout your day, wherever you are, whomever you be.  He makes it all by hand and most of us just go through it as fast as we can to get to what we are doing.  Hmm...
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Saturday, October 10, 2020

That Calling

We are called.  Chosen by God to represent Him and help get things accomplished that few may see, but all will notice.  Does He need us for such, of course not!  However, He allows us to be part of His work.  Is that always comfortable?  No...

My brother has a pressing need,
(that one that's such a pain!)
If I ignore him and move on,
what, then, be any gain?
He's not aware that I'm aware,
so what could be the harm!?
The fact I AM aware, however,
sets off God's alarm!
I may not even like the man
or what he says and does;
that person likes me even less,
but that's the man I WAS.
Regardless how I feel about him,
I can meet his need;
I must at least attempt to help--
the Spirit for to heed!
He may or may not even take
assistance from this man,
but I must obey the leading of
The Lord I understand.
Whether or not it has affect
I'll know I have obeyed,
and, one way or another,
by the Lord I'll be repaid.

Each one of us face situations in our daily life that are 'uncomfortable.'  Each of us have people in our lives that we would rather not associate with.  However, in times of need, such 'feelings' should be set by the way so that life can be improved, life can happen.  Who knows, it may even improve your relationship with 'THEM.'

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Friday, October 9, 2020

Too Wonderful!

As life goes on, and this world would seem to have its way with us, there is perfection awaiting them that belong to Jesus.  DON'T GIVE UP!

In realms that we have yet to understand
perfection goes on, guided by His hand.
It is too very wonderful to grasp,
but WE WILL as, His hand, we firmly clasp!
They are realms that are too wonderful for word;
even the seasoned poet hasn't heard!
For more glimpses of such glory would He grant
to them that cling to Him and do not recant!

So...how does one relate them on a page?!
The lack of such ability cause rage?
But not at all!  It only drives me to press on
until I obtain that perfect lexicon!
Precious glimpses of His glories that await--
but ALL obtaining such appreciate!
The expectation of what He does provide
for the redeemed...just on the other side!

Look up, my friend!  So yearn for that beyond
of God Most High, of Whom we be so fond!
That which awaits we are not capable to know,
yet we be instilled with a drive to go!
And faint ye not while pressing on ahead,
for by the Holy Spirit we be led!
And, in the same, we surely shall arrive,
there to see HIM, there to greatly thrive!!

Never lose that desire for The Greater that He has instilled within you.  Regardless what this life throws at us, that which awaits us is more than fair compensation!  I promise you.  HE PROMISES YOU!  It's getting closer and closer!

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Painting 'Time'

Finally, all is done for the day...again.  And, once again, The Lord joins us out on the back deck as we relax and look out over His creation...

Autumn sets the afternoon aglow.
God has His brush and palette, this we know!
Against His endless canvas painted blue,
He now assembles every other hue!

The forests at the end of meadow far,
a variety of hues and contrasts are!
A sight no other artist dare attempt;
the order of the same to be unkempt.
For He is keen to every nuance, every shade,
as a masterpiece against the hills is made!
A different stroke revealed each minute pass;
and, more than words, becomes the sight en masse!

Yes, as Father formulates the afternoon,
the beholder cries out that it not end soon!
Too glorious and priceless be such times--
observing and enjoying, making rhymes!

Red and yellow, green and gold,
what a glory to behold!
Black and blue, brown and beige...
so to fill yet another page!

Yes, glorious, awesome, amazing and beautiful it is before the eyes: the way God transfers afternoon into evening!  Take a moment to notice it as you are on your way home today.  Give Him thanks for the wonders He covertly creates right before our very eyes...DAILY!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

When it hurts

We've all been hurt.  No matter what you think...no matter who you are...no matter what your title or position is...no matter what you've been told...church is going to be painful sometimes!  Just look at what 'religion' did to Jesus!  Does that mean that you just up and stop going when it happens?  Of course not!  That means you heal, grow from it and move on.  Even to another church, if necessary.
We should be going to church to learn more about God, His Word, and how to love and strengthen one another.  Not to judge.  Not to split hairs.  Not to condemn.
People I know, (too many people!) GOOD people, now spend their Sundays fishing, watching football, Nascar or ___________ because they got their feelings hurt by someone somewhere at a church.  Even some pastors or 'ordained leaders' stay home now due the same reason!  God doesn't want that!  Paul even saw it is his day and wrote about it.  Here we are, over 2,000 years later, and the same thing goes on.  But it doesn't have to!  
Shake off your 'ego,' push through the pain, firm up your feelings and go find a House of God that ministers to you.  I promise you it's out there, and YOU are meant to be part of it!  And if you are going about looking for 'the perfect church,' I'll tell you right now you are not going to find it until Jesus returns!  For EVERY place of worship out there is filled with imperfect people...some even occupy the pulpit!
The House of God, however, the 'Church,' is not necessarily the building itself.  It is The Body of Christ!  We ARE perfect...but only IN HIM!  Keep pressing on, continuing to be the only 'Jesus' that some folks may ever see.  And do not forsake the assembling of ourselves to bless, edify and strengthen one another until we hear The Trumpet Blast!
I remember Pastor Snider ending one of his sermons once by saying "...and by the way, for those of you out there going from place to place looking for 'The Perfect Church,' once YOU join it, it won't be 'perfect' anymore!"
I am not advocating against the fact that God has the perfect place for each and all of us to be attending, HE DOES!  And for those of you searching, you will know it when you get there!  Your heart and your spirit will affirm such unto you...IF you are willing to listen, trust and obey.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Labor's Rewards

The end of one more busy day.  God provides the perfect sanctuary to rest, refill and restore.  Of course, He made it by hand!

As evening begins to tint
in Autumn afternoon,
the colors of the season shine--
what pleasures are to tune!
Duties of the day are past
and God, He brought success:
in every task and situation
He did greatly bless!
And even now, here in repose,
we are blessed with awesome sight!
The careful eye has o so much
in which it may delight:
the rolling hills...the running stream...
October's every hue...
even those upon the wing
enhance the vesper view!

The Father has variety
for all that will take heed!
It takes time and attention, and
it's valuable indeed!
Do not lose out on your fair share
by 'busying' your life
with minute things that steal the time
or generate worthless strife!

Yes, there is so much in this life vying for our time!  The more 'advanced' we get, it seems the busier we become!  Such should not be!  MAKE time to enjoy the simplicity of His creation and the restoration that comes from such!
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Monday, October 5, 2020

Credit where it is due!

While I am the duck on top of the water moving along smoothly, it is my wife that is under the water, paddling with all she has...directing...steering...keeping things in order--including myself!
Yes, I am that successful guy in the window taking your money with a smile, asking how you're doing, but it is my wife that is the one driving me there, making sure I am on time, in a clean uniform and properly medicated!  Yes, it is she that is the one remembering where I should be and when!  As it is in most cases, the REAL heroes of the family, (or the company,) are the ones you seldom see!
I may get all the glory...the accolades...the fame.  It's because I am in the spotlight.  Most folks only know MY name.  That is so wrong! 
There is another one who causes such to be, and I would not be the man that I am if it were not for her!  I want everyone who reads this to know that I could not be who I am without DEBBY BUSBY!  For I could not even make it to that window if she were not willing to set her desires aside to make sure I am there!  (Nor would I have a guaranteed ride home when I get too tired to continue!)
In between, she pays the bills, keeps the house clean, and tends to other things that must be taken care of that bring little glory...lest this man gets them all messed up!  Thank you, honey!
Yes, be it known that I am successful not because of "me," but because of God, my wife and a little, tiny word called "we."  The check that has my name on it should have her name as well.  She sacrifices so much just so that I can "do."  Seldom does she fuss at all about the situation.  And there is not enough 'honor' out there that could be given her for such a relationship!

"Oh Lord, thank YOU for my wife,
so humble and so fair;
tough and tenacious she, however, 
when such a need be there!
Please elevate her, honor her,
o let her worth be known!
It is not right that 'accolades'
be referred to as "my own!"

I am a very, very fortunate and blessed man!

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Daily Declaration!

Once again, (and every morning!) I must put my foot down and declare Who the Victor is, exalting Him in worship and prayer... 

Away from me, all demons!  I will
bow to Christ alone!
My praise and adoration, 
it will rise unto His throne!
For He alone is worthy of
all glory and all praise!
When I am down, when I am hurt,
He comes to heal and raise!

He reaches out unto me...
He smiles gently so...
Everything my heart to need
does He completely know!
Even laughter do we share
in times that we commune;
precious moments, precious memories,
protection from all gloom!
And guaranteed protection from
the tactics of the foe!
The same comes from relation to
The Jesus that I know!
My Fortress and Defender,
my Shield and my Guard
is in relation that is never
difficult or hard!

I BOW TO CHRIST ALONE!
He bids me to His throne;
we dine and we converse
in better and in worse!

Yes, it's all in Jesus!  Regardless how life is going...regardless situation...regardless of the spiritual warfare waging in all realms...Jesus Christ is everything and all, and He is able to sustain and prosper even YOU!  Invite Him to today!

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Saturday, October 3, 2020

Meteorology?

Weather.

Sometimes, it has nothing to do with the atmosphere.  One can walk into a room with others and determine climate immediately!  Perhaps that is why The Lord called us to be ‘light’ in a dark world?

The land about to darken as
a storm is on the rise.
So much of the lesser spectrum
spread across the skies!
It does NOT affect, however,
the spectrum of the soul--
for it is shining without end
due Him Who makes us whole!

For life is filled with ‘weather—'
the same affects all men;
but with The Lord alive inside
it’s shining e’er within!
Such Light for to exude without
wherever it should go
that all be drawn unto Him, causing
Light to come to know!

So simple be said parable
in such a world complex!
Light—it be so necessary,
yet many would it vex!
Let YOUR light so shine that all
be drawn toward The Truth!
It be so needed, whether they
be elder or be youth!!

Yes, YOU are that light IF you have Jesus living in your heart!  So shine, therefore, wherever you go that ALL be enlightened and drawn toward THE TRUE LIGHT: Jesus Christ!
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Friday, October 2, 2020

Multitudes!

In case you haven't noticed, it's crowded out there.  And most of the folks in our day have a specific agenda.  Does that make them any worse than ourselves?  Hmmm...

People...people...people...
but they are everywhere!!
Just One to know the heart to know
how many of them care!
It often takes a 'tragedy'
for the truth to show;
yet again, there's One alone,
the answer, for to know!
Too often, we become surprised
when the same's found out!
Oft, the one jumping in to help
is him of whom we doubt!
Because we use our 'eyes' to judge
and do not use the heart--
the same embezzles judgment and
makes empathy depart!

We need to blind our eyes and let
our hearts decide the fate.
Truth be told, our estimates
of others are not great!
For we may have an ally in
that person we avoid...
and the result of such be that
our lives become more void.

Set your sights on JESUS and 
give each other a fair chance.
You'll be surprised what benefits
arise from circumstance!

Vision.  Oft, the great deceiver!  Use the heart but constantly as you go about the day, especially working with 'people!'  Follow Holy Spirit's lead and savor the blessings that come from obeying HIM, you'll be surprised how wonderful life can be!

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

That Place Unique!

Before the day begins...before the list gets any longer...there tis time to pause, and a most beautiful place to go and watch the day form...

Underneath the awning in

the very early on;
hummingbirds dart in and out
and celebrate the dawn;
sipping on the nectar that
they've spoiled us to make,
they entertain with antics with
grace, beauty, speed and brake!

Rejuvenating be this time

that MUST be every day.
Life can wait as God and I
observe this peaceful way!
Though many things await completion,
time with HIM is first;
the blessings that arise from such,
they cannot be reversed!

Underneath the morning, oh so

vibrant, so alive,
before the duties of the day
and their affects arrive;
God so blesses, entertains
and truly fascinates--
underneath the awning, ignoring
chores and times and dates!

Yes, in that 'necessary' place once again, enjoying the Presence of God!  So calming, so healing and so reassuring before stepping out into 'life!'

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Songs

There is a song inside the heart of ALL who claim Jesus as their Savior.  He puts it there when we give our hearts to Him.  Life, itself, attempts to steal that blessed melody with situations.  Don't let it!

When all the songs be gone from me
He gives to me His Own...

when music may be absent here
He sends it from the throne!
So countless the scenarios
that steal our melody--
He understands each one of them
and gives delivery!
For no matter what this life contains,
God still makes a way.
He's made provision for each thing
that may be in our day.
Regardless how unpleasant or
how painful it may be,
He comes alongside when we call,
loves, heals and sets free!
He even elevates us to a place
we can't get to on our own,
gifting us and reaffirming
that we are His Own,
restoring there the music and
the verses to the song
that is oh so necessary
to carry us along!

When all the songs be gone from us?
The same can never be
because the Song of Life is living
in hearts of such as we!

The song is there!!  The 'noise' of life would constantly attempt to drown it out, but DON'T LET IT!  Cling to Him Who is The Song and His melody will escort you to the end!
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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Struggles

Each of us have struggles.  Some of us more than others.  Because we are servants of God, or even hold a 'position' in His service, does that make us immune.  Of course not, but it still hurts!
 
My friends are having struggles
of which they will not tell.
To announce it to the world,
my heart would so compel!
Two loving servants going through
things each of us so dread--
to get them assistance and support,
so many of us be led!

There is a system of support:
it's them that heed the heart!
Those who heed the Holy Spirit,
they, too, have a part!
As God provides to them from them
that listen to His call,
my friends will struggle so much less,
as HE'S The Wherewithal!

Yes, my friends are having struggles,
they are temporary, though,
as the God of plenty, each
of us, we truly know!
He will come through with ALL they need
and HE'LL be glorified!
This we believe.  This we KNOW!
Such truth is certified!


So painful it is to see the righteous suffer.  Especially people who minister to you and help you get through your own struggles!  It hurts!  But God is faithful.  God is good.  And God WILL COME THROUGH as we press on in prayer for one another!  Such be settled TRUTH!  Please join us in prayer for them.
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Monday, September 28, 2020

'Equality'

"Ahhh...another perfect day.  Nothing went wrong at work.  Everybody got along.  Even at the shopping center folks were helping one another.  What a beautiful day!"  Really?!  Oh, would that not be wonderful?!

Oh when is it that 'equality'
the norm, it will become?
The days that are--such chaos, anger,
injustice be the sum!
For in the sight of God Most High
the same each of us be,
yet, in the world, 'attitudes'
differ so horribly!

My color...my sex...my 'performance...'
the way I part my hair...
the way I look...the food I eat...
even the things I wear...
these issues--they determine my
acceptance or my shame;
BUT GOD loves me the way I am!
Why can't WE do the same?!!

'Equality'--a word that stirs
emotion--good or bad.
This shouldn't be!  There is a goal
that EVERYONE has had:
to treat each other equally,
love truly as we should.
When we start doing this we shall
behold the greater good!

Equality.  Like it or not, every one of us are the same in the eyes of God.  Why can't we be such in each other's eyes?  Imagine how much less pain there would be!  Imagine how much money we would save!  Imagine....

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Labor's End

As I finish up the day, I get a drink and go out back, beneath the trees, and savor the Autumn that He has created...

'How many shades of 'shade' beneath
the trees this afternoon
filtered through the turning leaves 
as breezes sing their tune?'
Such to busy the lover of
His handiwork awhile,
as He looks upon creation's trove
and gently gives a smile.
A perfect ending to another
time at labor's best.
He helped me to accomplish such
and, now, a time to rest.
He joins me here beneath the trees
and listens to my day;
more, though, He replies, and I
absorb what He would say.
How many take the time to LISTEN
before they move along?
Doing such adds glorious verses
to that constant song
that is sung by ALL belonging to Him--
Creator God Most High.
Make time to listen for yourself,
your life to multiply!

Too many of us see or think of 'prayer' or 'communication' with God as but a very brief period somewhere in the day...and 'monologue' at that!  What if God was with you constantly and 'prayer' was a constant communication and fellowship with Him?  BUT IT CAN BE!  He wants to be THAT involved with you and you with Him!  Thank about it.

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Saturday, September 26, 2020

Seeing more than sight!

Each of us has opportunity to do such whenever we gaze out at God's great creation.  Make sure you take time often to do such, especially THIS season!

I look out on this afternoon
unto the massive trees;
they gently wave at Father God
with just the slightest breeze!
They house our feathered friends and more
within their massive arms;
and, if a storm approaches us,
the same become alarms.
And in the days that are, as autumn
starts to come of age,
the leaves reveal a gentle burn
that will become a rage!
But not just yet--they serve as backdrop
as I worship God.
I praise and glorify Him and,
His handiwork, applaud!
As we commune before the trees
and talk about the day,
He whispers, o so subtly
and they gently sway!

So generous be Creator God,
the Maker of all things,
to freely share with us His trees
of which the privy sings!
Less wealthy be the ones who pass
them by without a note;
for, of their awe and splendor,
o so very much is wrote!

So grand and glorious be the land as autumn begins to don her garments!  So blessed and highly favored them that are fortunate enough to behold such!

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Friday, September 25, 2020

Glories so grand!

 Ahhh...day is done once again.  As I recline before His creation, He instructs me to get my pen as He describes to me...

"So lofty be Your dwelling place,
ornate and o so grand!
Beyond imagination, more
than ANY understand!
But how, Lord, can a learned man,
(much less a lowly poet!)
of the grandeur of You or
Your habitation, come to know it?!
It comes alone as I spend time 
in Your Presence and Your Word,
and even as Your lovely voice is,
by my spirit, heard!

The secrets oh most valuable--
they are NOT out of reach!
They are availed unto the faithful--
Holy Spirit--He would teach!
O spend time in the Presence speaking,
listening, as well;
you will be all the richer, friend;
but time, but time will tell!

Getting to know God and the wonders that await.  It does take time, a most precious commodity, and it is availed in His Presence and in His Word.  Make sure you take time to partake of each daily!  
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Thursday, September 24, 2020

That Daily BATTLE!

Like it or not, there is one going on.  If you are unaware of it, then you are either oblivious or you have found THE SECRET!!

There is a battle going on--
a battle for our TIME!
The more advanced--the busier!
More difficult to rhyme!
Especially the home front--
those deserving time the most!
This world would have each one of us
to each be so engrossed!!
BUT GOD, He means for 'balance' to be
in EVERY part of life.
He has the perfect way for us
to live above the strife!

So many are the issues that
would get us so involved,
but yielding our time to HIS lead
makes each day to be solved!
Regardless of your 'title' or
the business you are in,
ask Him to lead, give Him the reins
and progress will begin!

However, it takes effort on
our part to gain control.
Turn off the noise...attempt to focus...
HE will make you whole!
Leave work AT work and savor time
with family and friends,
help one another, lend a hand,
and watch as peace begins!

It's a busy world.  It's an uptight world.  It's a frantic world.  However, with God in control it can be a beautiful world!  You must DECIDE that you are going to relinquish that control to Him.  For a lot of folks I know, that's a difficult thing to do.  It IS a necessity, however!
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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Achievement

Another beautiful day that God created.  One more day accomplishing the task assigned to me.  Success.  But what if it goes another way?  A way we had not planned?  Hmmm...

When situations go awry,
when things are not 'alright...'
when failure appears so evident
and I can't make things aright...
encouragement from friends and family
only do so much;
however, the voice of God Most High
contains the perfect touch!

I may not have succeeded in
the world's fickle sight,
but in the eyes of Father God
I still be a delight!
His affirmations to the heart
are far beyond a price!
And His embrace throughout the day
does certainly suffice!

Whenever I have done my best,
regardless of the sum,
God celebrates this man, inviting
me to freely come!
He realizes more than anyone
the effort I've put out;
serving Him--no matter what--
is what it's all about!

You put in a full day's work, you did your best and MAN is still not happy with you.  SO WHAT!  You set out to accomplish something, and LIFE got in the way!  THAT'S LIFE!  As long as YOU know you gave your all, that's what matters to God!  And even when you feel that you could have done better, He STILL loves you and accepts you!  And that's the greatest satisfaction there can be!

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Monday, September 21, 2020

Coastal Dawn

Rising early, I make my coffee, take care of a few things and then step out onto the back deck.  The view from here is amazing, and the Company is like no other!!

The breakers roll and crash
against the rugged shore...
they evidence, so well, this day
that seasons change once more.
The usual be but swimming trunks
upon this daily stop,
but, on THIS day, the shirt and pants
most certainly won't drop!
The autumn wind has got a bite,
and heavy from the north;
the hardiest of surfers will,
this day, dare to go forth!
And NONE to walk along the shore
this early in the day;
perhaps they, too, can sense the season
as it comes our way.
The fishing boats, however, they are
busy early on;
the catch be now so plentiful
so they left port before dawn!
They'll get their limit early and
begin to head to port...
but I will sip my coffee and
enjoy The Lord's report!
For He and I, we often meet here
and at ANY hour!
I worship Him, converse with Him,
and receive His power!
For it is such that causes me
success throughout the day:
setting time aside for Him
somewhere...somehow...someway.

Not everyone can have a view such as this.  I am so blessed!  Everyone can, however, enjoy the company of Jesus wherever they may be!  Call His Name and invite Him to start the day with you.  I promise you, the day will certainly go smoother!

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

The Daily Reward

Aaaahhh....the rest of the day off.  Get in the car.  A 10 minute drive.  Home, away from everything and...there it is!

So vast and mighty be the mountains
from upon the plain!
Gazing at them after work
goes so far to sustain!
After the duties...after the drama...
away from all the 'news...'
time may have dragged, but now I enjoy
the awe of landscape views!

Yea, rush me not as I commune
with Him Who makes the sights!
He joins me on the patio
and savors my delights!
As I describe the vast expanse
ahead that goes for miles,
He says to me "I know, My son,"
and looks at me and smiles!

The meadows and the mountain range
upon a sunny day--
so very perfect an escape
from the frantic fray;
provided, though, but everyday
unto me without price,
and unto ALL--make sure that, such,
YOU do not sacrifice!

Too many people I know and talk with are trying to accumulate as much as they can as fast as they can...whatever the price!  In doing so, however, they have no time to enjoy such simple wonders!  Make sure that YOU are not one of them!

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

That Question...AGAIN!

Yes, again we find ourselves regressing to a former place.  A painful place.  An ugly place.  Will YOU join the crowd, or will you make a difference?

"Who then is my brother?"
Is the question YET to lurk?!
One plague to make us equal each--
no status, station or work!
If I must even ponder such,
then I have missed the mark,
and all the light of God inside me
surely has lost its spark!

For RIGHT NOW is a time that we
should need each other most.
But some attempt to repel ANYONE
by word or deed or post!
Vessels developed for this age
to draw each other close
have turned to podiums of wrath
with terms and words so gross!!

How can I have a friend if I,
myself, refuse to be?!
The love of God CANNOT shine forth
if hatred spews from me!!
And not just word, but 'looks' and 'deeds,'
THEY speak so very much!
And, in the same, it's impossible
to evidence Jesus' touch!

How can I be a 'brother?'
But it is the greatest call!
I've got to let HIM shine through 'living,'
and 'live' in front of ALL!

We all have occupations, assignments or duties in this life.  Do we do them begrudgingly, or do we go about our day with His Light shining forth?  Of a truth, too many moments of darkness have made their way to the forefront, and too many outlets are glorifying them.  BUT THERE IS GOOD!!  And GOOD shall prevail, regardless what you've heard!
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Friday, September 18, 2020

Friday Morning

Friday Morning.  What holds this day?  I KNOW several things that will be.  The rest, however, is completely up to God...

In places grand that each of us
have yet to understand,
'happenings' are being shaped
and guided by His hand.
While loved ones gone behold His working
with their very eyes,
we press on in faith, so boldly,
savoring the prize!
And as we go, so many have
no clue of understanding;
BUT GOD, He sees to our success,
and makes us do outstanding!
Even through the trials that seem
to come without an end,
He is offering hope and assurance,
and being a 'friend!'
And, in the days that are, a 'friend'
is something we ALL need!
One Who offers hope and peace
and hears each want and need.
For He listens...understands...provides
like not any other 'man;'
He KNOWS the steps, the things around us--
He drew the very plans!!

Friday morning.  The day ahead.  Times are certainly 'uncertain,' but Jesus is secure and He NEVER fails!  Trust Him!

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Biblical Events

Strange times these are, my friends.  In too many parts of this world, ecological events are happening in Biblical proportion.  Unfortunately, folks are overlooking the 'Biblical' part of it and attempting to solve it on their own.  We are seeing the results of that before our very eyes.  We MUST turn to God to help solve these problems.  THERE IS NO OTHER WAY!

There is an orange-kind of haze
that tints most all the land.
They say it is from massive blazes
and carried by jet-stream hand!
Catastrophic and destructive,
painful unto all--
so is the content of my prayer
as, unto God, I call.

"O Father, it's been too many days
since any rain has come.
Thus fires, injuries and loss
have been the very sum.
I am aware of how environs
purge themselves each year,
but times of late have been so strange
to oh so many here!
We ask that You would intervene
and send that soothing rain--
not massive storms...not raging floods...
but that with soothes the pain!
We KNOW that You are able, as
You are THE God Who cares,
and, oh so oft, You do these things
as we are unawares.
BUT GOD, right now it's in our face,
and only YOU can help!
For in the mass of Your great hand, Lord,
we be but a whelp!
Come, Deliverer, save and heal
as You so often do,
and we will see all credit and
all glory goes to YOU!"

Yes, this catastrophic event is greater than we can fathom or fix.  It will take our humility and His divine intervention.  Join me in this prayer, won't you?

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Priceless Values

Values like 'work ethic' and 'dependability.'  They may be 'endangered species,' and you may think me a 'relic,' but I KNOW that I was blessed to be taught such by two hard-working, loving parents!

"My parents are no longer,"
but such will NEVER be!
For their affects, their influence
and lives still many see!
I find myself but daily reflecting
on lessons that they taught;
for mom and dad instructed, whether
trying to or not.
God knew the parents I would need
to be the man I be.
Dad's work ethic and momma's tact
cause the success I see.
Seeing her treat 'customers'
with utmost respect
so shaped this man to see our guests
with positive aspect;
and seeing dad's consistency
in every task at hand
taught me that 'integrity'
is always in demand!

My folks may be no longer,
but ever they remain
inside my heart, inside my thought
and in my every gain!
And, in the children of my own,
I see them clearly so.
God Most High receives all praise
for such memories to know.

Yea, blessed is this man to have grown up in the same house as these two honest, hard-working people!  And even more blessed to behold such success in my own children where they are!  And even MORE blessed to have a wife who STILL gives her all!  Truth be told, I could not do what I do where I am if it were not for her. 
Oh, that such qualities would be present in every household.  But I know that such not always is, as I see folks 'come and go' too often in that wonderful place that employs me.

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Those SEVEN Words!

Traditions...foundations...'rituals?'  Surely, traditions are to be revered, but what if GOD wants change?  Can YOU handle that?

O make us not so 'stoic' that
the Lord cannot move free.
Please make us not so 'ritualistic'
that 'liberty' cannot be!
For God is newer every day
His mercies are, as well,
but if we refuse to move His way
are destined we to Hell?

"We've never done it that way..." but
HE is anew each day!
Yesterday...today...forever--
the enigma of His way!!
He is the same...He is anew...
He's more than man can know!
And His ways--they are the very best--
His blessings to bestow!

Release yourself unto His moving,
ALONG with what you've learned!
Be not so caught up that His moving
cannot be discerned.
And flow with that great moving, knowing
that HIS WAYS are best!
Your heart, your work, your very church
will abundantly be blessed!

A Pastor much wiser than myself taught a sermon in my past called "Seven words that will kill a church."  And those words are "...we've never done it that way before!"  Yes, we are to be firm in our belief, but we MUST allow Holy Spirit to move freely amongst us if we are to advance!

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Challenges

So glorious the day that He has made.  And He is so generous that He shares it with us!  Every day!!  Some of those days, though, just don't so glorious and wonderful.
Have you been there?

The challenges of living--
some would choose to run!
I face the same, however, saying
"Lord, Thy will be done!"
Not every day be paradise...
until the Trumpet Blast;
'til That Day, however, through
the gamut, we be passed!
Not everything of every day
is known to everyone.
We ALL go through things that make us
wish that it was done!
Too many miss out on life, however,
by wishing they had another.
I promise you, however, you're
no different than your brother.
BUT GOD, He sees the challenges
that His Own children face,
and grants to each of them the perfect
portion of His grace!

The challenges of living.  Trust me,
you are NOT alone.
Every facet of your state
is very fully known.
Trust Him. TRUST HIM!  Keep the faith!
Depend upon Him NOW!
Those challenges--every one of us
shall overcome somehow!

Somehow?  By the grace of God Most High shall we overcome them.  Regardless who you are...where you are...how old or young you are...His grace is availed to meet those challenges!  Trust Him today, won't you?  JESUS NEVER FAILS!

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

What Holds THIS Day?

 
A last-minute trip out of town to a place you've never been before.  There to try and accomplish something that you've never had to go through before.  Scary?  Of course!  But you are NEVER alone...anywhere...

Environs unfamiliar...
circumstances dire...
somewhere, not knowing anyone,
one's trust must be in Higher!
That Higher One is Jesus--and
He is but everywhere!
Thus, ANY unfamiliar place,
I fear not being there.

I'm here to do specific things
and much there is to be;
however, some 'divine appointments,'
find their way to me!
I'm getting done that which is to be,
while 'serving' at the same--
in the end, all glory goes
to Jesus' precious Name!

Where YOU are at, so foreign,
avail yourself at will.
God will see to your success,
and so provide a thrill!
Your steps--for they are ordered,
(though, unto you, unknown.)
There WILL BE glory for His Name
because you are His Own!

Whatever the circumstances be, we are to be ready at all times, and a closer walk with Jesus makes that possible!  I am ever so grateful for His accompaniment!

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Nine-Eleven

There are certain 'days' in life that we have come to commemorate...for better or for worse.  Today is one of them, and it is NOT for celebrating!  It IS, however, to be forever marked in our hearts for several reasons...

So tragic are the memories
of such a 'hollow' deed!
The epitome of cowardice
to cause a country bleed.
A shame be it to call this day
an 'anniversary,'
but HEROES--those who died...who helped...
and yet have pains that be.
Pain or loss of each life stolen
from them on that day...
pain for those who gave their all
in service every way...
pain for how it changed the way
we look at one another--
to realize the 'enemy'
could be our very brother!

So encouraging, refreshing,
the way that each heart wakes
when events of daily life,
so abruptly, takes.
'Friends' come out of nowhere, giving
everything they've got...
assistance comes from places that
one never would have thought...
and folks be drawn together, working
for a greater cause...
God Himself to be revealed
out of most painful draws!

Anniversary?  No.  Anniversary is something that is celebrated.  Commemoration?  Yes.  And let us be careful to do it in such a way that honors all of those involved, continuing to pray for the losses.
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Monday, September 7, 2020

Don't be too 'busied!'

So much going on in so many places.  How is one to keep up with it all?  WE ARE NOT MEANT TO!!  That's for God to do...and only He can!  We are to do what we can, while we can for Him Who has a crown waiting for us.

For Him Who gives His all for us, press on...
for Him Who makes a way for us, press on...
though turbulent the days ahead, press on
knowing there is great reward,
and time to bask in HIM be never gone!

"Gird up your loins for days ahead,"
The Word instructs us all!
For trial and tribulation wait
yet even for the Called.
But God will not abandon us,
no matter what we face;
and victory is guaranteed
through His amazing grace!

"As children, so obedient,"
He calls for us to be;
not conformed to ignorance
that be constantly,
but TRANSFORMED by Him ever by
renewing mind and heart;
such the ONLY way to conquer
what the world will start!

For there is eternity,
and Paradise to be
IF holy we remain--
His victory our gain!

Yes, so busy is this world with things that attempt to sway us and get us involved.  Things that literally 'suck you in!'  Don't let them!  Stand firm in that which you KNOW to be True and will stand for eternity!

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Saturday, September 5, 2020

'Time' Is Never Free!

Again, I am reminded that there are so many things that arise to merely steal our time, distract us or otherwise thwart HIS plans.  DON'T LET THEM!

So many are the issues
requiring our time.
A lot of them, they have no reason,
neither any rhyme!
Some of them should have been settled
centuries ago!
Nonetheless, the same persist--
our time to overthrow!

So many are the issues--
yet 'mere distractions' most.
And, constantly, the same arise
and get us so engrossed!
They embezzle us of that most precious,
which we can least afford:
they embezzle us of time itself,
SO GIVE THEM TO THE LORD!!
The television...the internet...
even the evening news...
they are abounding with 'opinion'
and conflicting views!
All meant to steal that precious 'time'
He's given us each day;
will YOU avoid the trickery
or jump into the fray?

There be NO issue greater than
the time we spend with God.
Yet this world does its best to get us
to accept the fraud!
Play not into its evil plan!
Refuse to take the bait!
You will be all the stronger when
you're standing at His Gate!

Yes, I know we should stay informed, but let not the issues of the day embezzle you of the everlasting joy that Jesus paid for fully!  It is so easy to do with all of the outlets availed to us.  Just remember HIS balance!
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Friday, September 4, 2020

Surveying the Sight

Once again, one of 'those days!'  The line coming to my window had very few empty spaces in almost five hours.  But I so enjoyed it!
Right now, however, is a very special time to rest, relax and refresh.  As I do, I look out across the land and wonder

How many are the species
out here across the lands?
Just to count the different birds
requires many hands!
The deer, so quietly grazing as
I stay out of their sight--
enough to thrill the viewing heart
and fill with great delight!
The fawns--so very innocent
and bearing many spots,
cavort and play and jump about
out on the grassy lots!
One buck to graze beside; I think
there are 10 points on his rack.
Cameras be the only things
that shoot from THIS man's shack!

All as afternoon expires,
evening to set in...
shadows become longer as autumn
vestiges begin;
and God, Himself, sits with me as
the hummingbirds come dine.
Autumn evening in the Ozarks--
moments so divine!

Perhaps the deer are aware that I leave my guns inside?  For they only raise their heads and look as I turn pages.  We are so blessed!  God is so good and His creation ALWAYS amazes!!
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Thursday, September 3, 2020

'But what if I'm seen?!'

I recognized the truck on the side of the road by the POLITICAL sign on its tailgate.  He knows how I feel.  I know how he feels.  And when he recognizes it's me that has stopped to help, he asks why I stopped.
"Well, it looks like you need help."
"Yea, but you don't..."
"Don't even go there, Ron.  You need help, I stopped and I'm here to help you." 
He can't find the words.

There are situations that outweigh
the 'politics' we love.
My brother needs a hand right now,
and THAT is far above!
Too often, opportunity
for ministry is missed
due man's 'tradition' that abounds,
or 'discrimination' that exists.
But due GOD'S law inside my heart
I pulled the car aside
and so fulfilled a higher Law
that Jesus prophesied!

How much better of a place
would this whole world be
if each would follow THE SPIRIT'S lead,
not 'politics' or 'decree?'
There is a greater need in life
than 'getting my point across,'
and we must learn it quickly, before
devastating loss!

Yes, folks, believe it or not, there are more important things in this life than 'political views.'  Look into your own heart.  How many blessings have you missed because you were too concerned about 'what would be seen' than you were about meeting the need at hand?
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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

There Where Jesus Is!

Where Jesus walks and talks with me,
and living is far better,
there's no sickness, plague or handicap,
as He breaks every fetter!
There is a very gentle breeze
accompanying peace,
and We talk freely of His goodness-
as there's NOTHING to release!
For gone is every limitation
we've known in THIS life!
Gone is every hindrance, such as
anger, grief and strife!
And present be such wonderments
that we can't yet even know,
as, right now, we just cannot grasp
the perfection He will show!

Where Jesus walks and talks with me
as we all live in spirit--
I yearn for and so long to be,
I can even feel and hear it!!
But He whispers "Not just yet, my child,
there's still work to be done.
For you are finished, you are complete;
just don't forget YOU'VE WON!!"

Ah, yes, soon and very soon!  Keep pressing on, my friend.  Do not give up.  Do not give in.  For the battle has been fought and won...we only wait for the trumpet blast!

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Monday, August 31, 2020

Plans

How wonderful it is when plans come together and go 'as planned!'  What happens, however, when they do not?  THAT answer is completely up to YOU.  Do you trust Him then?

We have our schedules and routines,
we know the week ahead;
we each know where to be and when,
as we are Spirit-led.
How we react, however, when
those 'set plans' go amiss
says volumes of our walk with God--
can YOU, friend, live with this?

This year has been most challenging
regardless of your 'faith!'
Some are shaken, yet press on
clinging to the words "Thus saith..."
others panic and give up...
some implode or explode...
BUT GOD, He yet retains control
regardless of the load!

That which has been...that which is now...
that which is yet to come--
it is completely known to Him,
and He also knows the sum!
So whatever you have 'planned' on,
know that such is NEVER 'set;'
press on, indeed, but trust HIS lead
and, the victory, you will get!

Make plans.  Set goals.  Know what your next move will be.  But do not be so rigid in such that you be devastated if those plans change.  For it may be God, Himself, making those changes!
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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Fishers of men

Issues...events...personalities... In the days that are, it is all too easy for the 'committed' to get caught up in things that distract.  Even GOOD things.  But when all is said and done, it is REALLY all about JESUS!

"Jesus--it is all about You--
each Book points the way!
Wherever is the Page alive
it points to You for aye!
Whatever is my prayer, it should be
focused upon You;
all to lead this man care more
that men become anew!

Jesus--it is all about You,
and You are about the soul!
You are not about the building, Lord,
You are about making whole!
And making whole the ones that are
not quite yet knowing 'grace.'
Jesus--I will surely find You
in the most unlikely place:
the hooker on the corner...
the drinker at the bar...
the thief there in the shadows...
that person in that car...
that employee right beside me...
that neighbor across the street...
each of them have a need the same:
Your salvation they must meet!

Jesus--You are in me, and I,
I MUST get out and share!
It's not the 'program,' 'denomination,'
it IS the fact You care!
And I have to prove that everyday
with practicality,
lest there be too many missing out
on 'grace' and eternity!"

Sure, there are plenty of good deeds, good books, good ___________ that be daily necessities for us, but there is one thing that is tantamount to all of it: the one-on-one sharing of the salvation of Jesus Christ with those in our world.  And we MUST make time to do that!
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Saturday, August 29, 2020

The Daily 'Everyday'

So fortunate be them that enjoy such.  No matter how 'mundane' it may look to others, there are some of us that are so fortunate to experience and go on in 'the norm...'

When we cannot give everything
due physical estate,
the Lord steps in and does the rest,
and things turn out just great!
He knows the motives of the heart,
He knows each limitation,
yet He honors every effort--
so inducing celebration!

And when THIS man, he must retire 
from the daily task,
they thank me for attempting to do
even what they ask!
I'm blest to be surrounded by
those who appreciate,
and blest to live with people whose
love does not have a 'rate!'

Gratitude and favor flow
without end from the heart
to GOD, and everyone in whose life
I have got a part!
I appreciate you each
more than you'll ever know!
Know that, in this temporary place,
you make a difference so!

So blessed and fortunate be this man to have an employer that is understanding, generous and kind!  I know too many folk who do not use those words when they speak of their employment!  Even more blessed be this man to have a wife and children who love me in spite of my limitations!  YES, I AM BLESSED!

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