Wednesday, May 25, 2022

THIS is 'Advanced?'

The day and time we live in.  The more 'advanced' we become, it seems like the more vile and evil others become.  WHAT'S WRONG WITH US?!

Life continues happening,

life so filled with pain!
Sometimes, it is so hard to see
how such could be our gain!
God's Word says it will strengthen us,
but harden hearts, as well?!
Each time we open up the news,
one more disaster tell!
Sometimes, the safest haven be
to not walk out the door!
Such cannot be!  Lest what would God
make all this beauty for?!
There is so very much to do,
so very much to see;
but with such evil lurking, tell me,
are we REALLY free?

There is a place and time when such
will worry us no more.
It is that Place and time that we
set foot upon that Shore!
It is avowed unto His Own
and settled in His Word,
regardless what is going on
or that which has occurred!

Open up the paper...turn on the evening news...another shooting has taken place.  God help us!  The vile refer to it as 'their freedom!'  GOD CALLS IT SIN!  Oh, when will we learn to get along with one another?!
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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

"Meaning"

Once again, a lady named Debby has gone above and beyond, following God's lead, and improved the life of someone else.  I am compelled to pen this accolade to her...

"You mean so very much to me,
(and many others, too!)
Who could compensate you for
the many things You do?
I've seen you all throughout our lives
put your all on the line
to see that others are protected
and make sure they're fine!
I've seen folks dial your phone in stealth
to help them get secure.
Though I cannot fulfil your dreams,
you love me and endure!
As you make a loved one safe
you face the brunt of others;
even parents and their friends,
their sisters and their brothers!

You deserve a medal, dear,
for all that you've been through!
Be it reward that folks yet live
because of acts of YOU!
You seem to sense before all else
that something isn't right;
you do what must be done and help
the underdog to fight!

You mean so very much to me
and many others, too!
There are no words this man can find
for how much I love you!
For God Himself, He knows our hearts
and He is our reward!
For I can only fete you here
until we see our Lord!"

God knows why these words were penned.  He saw what she did with His very eyes.  In fact, He is the One Who spoke to her heart to accomplish it!  And this man is VERY fortunate to be married to her!

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Monday, May 23, 2022

This Needy People!

Yes, we are!  YOU may go about your day pretending that you need only yourself to survive, but I promise You, if it were not for God we would be in a massive mess!

"Lord, You know the needs that I have now
and will forevermore!
You answer out of the abundance
that You have in store!
You answer not because 'I'm worthy,'
or that my need is due,
You answer out of Your great love--
the character of You!
You even know the wants and the
desires of my heart.
Out of Your abundance, Lord,
those gifts do You impart!
You are so very generous-
such often goes unsaid!
But know ye this, Lord, I am grateful
for the fish and bread!

You know the needs that I have now
and those of EVERYONE!
We sing a song of gratitude
to You, God's very Son!
For You look not upon the 'worthiness'
if ever we have need,
You hear our hearts or see our lives
and answer to the need!

Yes, You are so very good to us,
no matter who we are!
Without Your in our lives, oh Lord,
we can't get very far!!!
So thank You, Lord, for knowing all:
the what and when and where;
and thank You that, whatever the need,
we KNOW You will be there!!"

GOD IS SO GOOD TO US!  God is so generous to us!  God is so faithful to ALL who call upon His Name.  I can see where He was before I knew Him, and I can surely see Him now!  There is no other God like our God!

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Sunday, May 22, 2022

How Far?

Sometimes, the glorious sight of God's creation stops me in my tracks!  When it does, I often try to capture it in words...

'How far the vast horizon?'

I wonder as I prepare
a sermon of encouragement
for somebody to share.
I listen for God's voice to start
from here upon the deck
looking out across the land
and skies without a speck!
There is a skyline in the distance--
distant, though, it be;
scarce be it possible
for this man's eyes to see!
Merely outlines of the places
industry takes place;
but blessed be I for this locale
abounding with His grace!

Sunday afternoon,
near a week from June,
basking in the sun...
see what God has done!

How far the vast horizon?
It really matters not.
What does is all the glory that
I've 'roundabout me got;
and this precious moment in His Presence
hearing His each word
to pass on to His people about
life that is occurred!

A friend of mine in another country sent me an email wanting me to help him complete tonight's sermon.  After he told me what it was on, I went out on the deck, sat down, prayed and then looked out across creation.  I received from God what he wanted, but I had to write down the glory of my surroundings as I did.  Hope you enjoyed seeing it with me.
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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Ah...New Life!

Home from a busy day.  We saw lots of folks.  Took care of them all.  No one left the store 'hungry.'  Now, to enjoy my wife, The Lord and His new life...

The blossoms finally open that
we planted months ago!
They make so very redolent 
the evening air, you know!
After a day of storms, it's so
refreshing to behold!
New life, in spite of elements
that, all day long, have rolled!
They stood up to the heavy rains,
(we've yet to learn the sum...)
they held their ground against the winds
from each direction come...
the thunder and the lightning,
upon them, had no effect...
now, after all, in fleeting rays,
their glory would reflect!

"Thank You, Father, for the flowers--
fragile, yet so strong!
You craft each one so wondrously,
it's almost like a song!
They sing unto the eyes that would
make time for to behold
Your glorious creation--oh
so resolute and bold!"

Work came and went.  Then the storm came and went.  It left behind its aftermath.  (THAT'S what seems to get all the attention!)  However, through it all, God's glorious handiwork stands proud and beautiful out in my garden!  Thank You, Father God!

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An All-inclusive World?

Yes, an all-inclusive world.  We'd like to think that we are in one but, I promise you, there are people in pain who think otherwise!

Where will you be when no one is around?

When I need someone's feedback that is 'sound?
Everybody sees the 'me' with their own eyes,
but the 'self' that's me, so very few realize.
I can put a front on with the very best...
I can tell you 'I'm victorious and blessed!'
all while, deep inside, the gnawing pain
and anguish are so very, very plain!

BUT GOD, He is so very, very real!
And He knows well exactly how I feel.
It is His arms that are my sanctuary,
and His touch--it is far beyond 'ordinary!'
Whatever is going on, He understands,
and shields me from all harm with His Own hands!
He looks directly into the eyes of me
and says 'Press on, My child!  I am your Victory!'

Where will YOU be when no one is around?
But God is there when such a time is found!
His Presence, it is ever at my side,
and, of His all, I'll never be denied!
Each of us has a circle of friends.
But time with God--it never, ever ends!
He will be with you no matter what or when--
in the yester, in the now, in the then!

Are YOU included in other folks' lives?  Do they value your opinion?  If not, just imagine how painful that could be!  God is NEVER that way, nor should HIS PEOPLE be!  We are to be here for one another.  Share with one another.  ASK PERMISSION if we need something from one another or, if we see that they need it, assist one another.  Otherwise, people get hurt.  And THAT pain is hard to get over!
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Friday, May 20, 2022

The Needs Unseen

Each and every one of us battle one thing or another.  Some of those challenges are quite visible, while others are unseen save to the trained eye.  (Or even only to the one battling it!)  Still others are unknown until the phone rings...and a voice on the other end says "Can you please come and get me?!"

Is everything "OK" just because
YOU say it's alright?
I suffer even yet from those 'things'
in which you take delight!
That which you deemed 'enjoyable'
was torture to my soul!
You went on with Your life for years,
but how can I be whole?

You went on with your company
as though it happened not...
even blatant confrontation
no remorse has brought!
Now, after decades, they inform me
you are old and dying.
What am I supposed to feel
after all these years of trying?

I cannot grieve at all--the only 
feeling is 'relief'
in knowing you'll hurt no one else,
or cause them pain or grief!
I forgive FOR MYSELF alone
so that I can move on.
I will continue to succeed,
especially with you gone.

Abuse of ANY kind
is everywhere to find;
recovery is sure,
but only the best 'endure!'

So, what is it that YOU'VE gone through?  I am not asking seeking an answer.  I am merely asking so that you can examine yourself, forgive and move on to greater things.  And, trust me, there are wonderful things out there to be enjoyed...but only if you ALLOW yourself to enjoy again!
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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Thursday Afternoon

All that had to be done has been accomplished successfully.  Now, time for myself.  Time with my Father and Creator--GOD MOST HIGH!

Before the rumble starts again
above the rolling hills,
I step out on the balcony
and take in all the thrills!
The sight of all creation, oh,
what wonder it instills:
from those great mountain peaks away
down to those rippling rills!
And, here, do I accomplish my
devotions for the day.
He listens closely to my heart,
I hear what He would say.
And, together, we behold the
formulation of the storm;
yea, elements to have their way,
though it's remaining warm!

The many colors--oh so vibrant,
May would share with us
before the other elements
would argue and would fuss!
Sunlight would illuminate
but each and every leaf,
and every fragrant petal whose
bouquet would be so chief!

A Thursday afternoon
with weather to be soon,
savoring my Jesus
before the able breezes!

Ahh...this time is so necessary, so needed.  In a world that refuses to slow down, effort must be put into pausing and enjoying the simplicity that exists!  And MOST of that 'simplicity' is provided by God Most High!  ENJOY IT!!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

At Peace with All

Is such a possibility?  In THIS world?  In THIS day and age?!  It all hinges on whether or not you have peace inside of you!  

Peace--it's so alive inside
in spite of 'everyday!'
You CAN possess serenity
at all times but One Way!
One Way to lead and guide you in
all instability--
the same, it is impossible
in your ability!
That peace is only possible
with Christ inside your heart!
Yet, even then, the demons will
use every kind of dart
to shake you loose from His great hand,
but, oh, due to His grip,
you will remain unshaken...stable...
due to relationship!

Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
is the only way
to conquer every challenge and
have victory over the day!
And all you have to do is ask,
invite Him in your heart,
repent from what you have done wrong
and such great peace will start!

Jesus Christ alone.
Perfect peace be known!
And Heaven past this life
where is no longer strife!

Yes, Jesus is the ONLY Way to be at peace with all!  Have YOU discovered that yet?  The sooner you do, the more victorious you can become in this life and beyond!
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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

"Just treat me right!"

Once again, the days that are.  Over and over, we hear of companies and even people cutting corners in some area...just to make a profit.  It just ain't right and, in a LOT of cases, it's outright unnecessary!  "Oh, come back, Integrity!"

Will morality fly out the window

just to make a sale?!
How much integrity will you spend
to have your values fail?
Does anything at all matter
when someone's holding cash?
"Just tell them what they want to hear
and put away the stash!!"

You 'cross the t's' and 'dot the i's'
and sign each place you should,
then find out a few weeks later
it is not any good!!
The seller has a reputation
that is well-esteemed,
but we found out that he cut corners
that we'd never dreamed!

BUT GOD, He knows the heart of us
and shows to us a way
to make corrections needed so
that 'good' shall come our way.
And them that caused the problem, it
shall come back on them all;
and the blessing they were to reap,
for it shall cease to fall!

Yes, God takes care of them that are
well-meaning and upright!
In Him shall we continue to
enjoy and to delight!
He makes the 'good' continue on
for those He calls His 'own!'
MAKE SURE your very heart and soul,
unto Him, are well-known!

Yes, God takes care of His own.  Regardless what man attempts, God already sees it and has the remedy for it!  Where would we be without Him?!
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Monday, May 16, 2022

One-of-a-kind kind of Day

How wonderful it is that God would bless us with each day...different than the one before!  (Or have you not noticed?)  Do make time to enjoy His creation as you about doing that which must be done!

Sun is setting on a day
so beautiful and bright!
'Tis the season when such happens
when should be the 'night!'
The cool of evening joins and makes 
so comfortable the time,
and God Creator comes to me
and gives me lines that rhyme!
He highlights all the subtleties
of day before it's gone,
and causes peace to settle in--
a peace that won't be gone!

Looking out across the gorge
colors yet remain!
As we converse about the day
such sights become my gain!
I file them in that place from which
I can draw anytime--
like those days that are contrary and
life just won't seem to rhyme!

His glorious creation in
the springtime of the year!
Every moment differs and
is soon to disappear.
So savor every moment that
you can before they're gone;
the season may be fleeting, oh,
but life--it will go on!

Yes, life goes on.  However, there will NEVER be another 'right now,' so take in as much as you can while you can.  He made it all just for us!

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

We're Here to Love!

So many people.  So many plans.  So many 'agendas.'  AND SO BUSY ARE THE DAYS!  However, regardless how busy it gets, I am in a position to SEE the hand of God at work so often!

So wonderful when people come together
serving one another as we should!
Seeing to the cares of one another,
all to work toward the 'common good!'
But look about: that goal seems so 'uncommon'
in the times and seasons that we are?
But if we set 'ourselves' aside so briefly,
said goal is really not so very far!

This man is blessed to see it oh but daily
given the position I possess!
Total strangers reach out to each other
with no strings attached: to minister and bless!
Even folks who are so long acquainted
will give me funds to do the very same!
When such be done, they have but one desire:
"Buzz, be sure and NOT give them my name!"

Yes, so wonderful when people bless each other!
And, more often, lately, blessings come MY way!
"Use this twenty for the car behind me,
and pocket the change for a rainy day!"
And not always are the blessings 'monetary.'
Some folks come by so we know how to pray!
The same, it be reciprocal in MY line,
as some may see that I need help today!
Joining hands after the transaction
once more energizes this old man!
Therein lies beauty when we come together
and minister according to HIS plan!

It is certainly my prayer that YOU have opportunity to see with your own eyes the way that God 'goes against the grain' and accomplishes wonders...often unawares to us!

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Saturday, May 14, 2022

Purpose

The age-old question: Why are we here?  The best answers to that to me are to spread the Gospel, and kindly help one another.  Your answers may differ, but this man has found Him using me in many different situations throughout the day...EVERY day!

What can I do for your fight now?

Oh, how can I assist?
The privilege to bless you I
would hate to have missed!
For I know what You are going through,
as I've been where you are;
it is but temporary and
The Answer is not far!
For God, Himself knows where you are
and all that must be done.
Yet, in HIS time, Your victory--
it is already won!
We cannot see it as HE does,
as time constrains us here;
but He can see eternity
and, to Him, YOU ARE DEAR!
He sees...He knows...and He sends folks,
unto your every aid;
you've got His full attention, friend,
therefore, you've got it made!
It is HIS victory that can
prevail--whatever cause;
and, because You trust in Him,
that victory trumps all flaws!

Whatever be the situation you may find yourself in, God is big enough to rescue you from it...to get you through it...and even triumph over it--ALL GLORY TO HIM!  He is so good to us!
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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Season Stealth!

The past few months have had the gamut of weather situations!  I thought that we were going to be able to have a few weeks to open up the house and let the Ozark air flow through.  Not so!

Summer now arrives--so unexpected!

Last week's 'lows' are swallowed by the heat!
Normally, there is a gap between them
in which we have a time to 'meet-&-greet!'
Not this year!  It's already upper 90's
with humidity that seeks to suffocate!
I will not complain of it, however,
it's but a part of life here in this state!
However, this heat is a part of living
that we must be cautious of always!
There are things that each of us must do regardless,
just in this heat we must find other ways!
God Most High--He knows our each intention,
and He will find a way to get it done;
all we must do is obey and pay attention,
and He will see that victory is won!

Yes, summer may be here a few weeks early,
but you will not hear anyone complain.
We will give gratitude to God the Father
Whose actions do not require Him explain!
We will exalt and praise His Name whenever--
for God, He is in season all the time!
Behold the visions of His grand creation
regardless how the mercury may climb!

Yes, summer 'snuck up' on us for sure this year!  Spring seemed to be short-lived, but it certainly produced some glorious sights to behold!  GOD IS SO GOOD!
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Monday, May 9, 2022

The Score for the Day

Musical score, that is!  It is all part of a symphony so great that God alone could compose it!  If you tune the ear, it will get you through the day like nothing else so alive!

Peace I find amongst the pines

with day to formulate!
The forms of living--all of them,
my Father did create!
Oh so busy and so talkative
as they go along,
and all of them so harmonize
into a Glory Song!
A song that I can take with me
to all this day's occurred!
I do not have to have the tune
or even every word!
Just the sound of that which they
so constantly would sing
will carry me through all the day
and, victory, so bring!
Yes, victory that I can take
to every situation...
victory I can apply
to every relation...
victory like that provided
nowhere else around--
all coming from those little birds
with such a mighty sound!
And coming from their Great Creator:
God--I know Him well!
He orchestrates all of the day
no matter who can tell!
And HE deserves the credit for
that constant, living song
that emanates from every being
as day goes along!

Yes, the score for the day!  Nobody, nothing else can orchestrate it!  It belongs to God alone,  but it is availed to all.  Are YOU in tune with it?  It is not difficult to find!
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Watch Your Time!

Pay attention!  There are countless opportunities throughout the day to minister to others.  Sometimes, we even entertain angels unawares!  Do WE have the time for such?

My Father came to visit me
at work this afternoon.
I didn't recognize Him and
my shift was ending soon,
He asked for something simple, yet
I had to stay on track,
so I had someone else take care of Him
and, now, I'm looking back.
For what I had, it could have waited
'til our visit ended,
instead, I lost a blessing to
another He befriended!
I kick myself for getting oh
so caught up in the day
that I did not tend unto The Lord
as He passed by my way!
For We discuss it NOW, after
my duties, they are done.
He blames me not, but this I know:
I am the only one
who SHOULD have taken care of Him
when He came by today,
and, regardless of my ignorance,
His Presence yet would stay!

So many blessings to be had
but all throughout the day.
So much wisdom is availed
in places on the Way!
Will we stay and savor, or
get through fast as we can?
Such answers, they will so reveal
the integrity of man!

Been there, done that?  It's painful when you realize it, but God is merciful!  Tomorrow is another day, and many more opportunities to receive from Him.  Will YOU pay attention to those 'nudges?'

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

Another Priceless Gift

I told you last about the wonderful woman who raised me.  I will ever be grateful to God for selecting her to give me life!
Now, I MUST give a shout out to another mother: the one He chose to bear my children!  And, trust me, she puts up with MORE than MY mother did!  I was with MY mother for 21 years.  I have been with my wife for almost 41 years now, and I love her more and more each day!!

Her hands are always busy making
aprons...crafts...afghans!
The value of her works, for it
surpasses any "man's!"
But humble she remains, completing
every task in life;
"WHO AM I?!" to God I cry,
that I can call her 'wife?!'

She ably takes the reins in things
I can no longer do.
Regardless of life's difficulties
she keeps pressing through!
Regardless even of my antics,
she remains around.
"HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!" to her
who keeps this family sound!

"Father, thank You for the lady
You chose for my life!
Because of You, she overcomes
all pain and grief and strife!
and presses she through, even now
that years have taken toll.
Her touch--it is still able to
massage my heart and soul!
And, through the pain, her very hands
would busy yet remain
with tasks that, in the end, become
somebody else's gain!
Selfless, generous and loving
be those very hands--
anyone who knows my wife
completely understands!

God bless you Debby Busby!  One day alone is not sufficient to cover the honor and gratitude that I/we have for you!  I love you.  Jesus loves you.  And the list of lives that you affect goes on and on and on...
May you somehow realize the value of you in our lives!  You are so beautiful!
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Saturday, May 7, 2022

One of the Greatest Titles!

"HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!"  It is if you have or had a mother like my own.  She was a 'mother' full-time.  Later, she became a secretary...then a banker...then California's first female "Loan Officer!"  Later, she became president of her own mortgage company...all while loving her kids!  WHAT A WOMAN!

'Mother...' oh the beautiful sound
of that single word!
It brings to heart such memories
of the events occurred!
And the further this man gets
from those last 'goodbyes,'
I smile as I wipe the tears
flowing from my eyes!
Her memory, though, lives on as I
would serve in public trust,
as it's from her that this man learned
to treat my guests so just!
Regardless of their income or
their standing in this place,
each one deserved my very best
in labor, ruth and grace!

"Mother, oh but I miss you
but more and more each day!
As I reflect upon your life--
your wisdom and your way.
Having coffee with you before
daddy even woke--
upon so very many subjects,
freely so, we spoke.
And from those talks and watching as
you took care of your guests
so drives this man, but every day,
to give my very best!

I miss you more than language could say, mother.
But I was BLESSED with you and not another!
May others witness you as I so live,
causing them to, so much better, give!"

It is certainly the prayer of this man that YOU have such priceless memories of your mother!  God put me into the life of one of the best, and I miss her so.  
"I LOVE YOU, MOMMA!"

With all my love,
Jimmy

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Friday, May 6, 2022

Just take a breath!

Slow down.  Whatever it takes, slow down.  Whatever you are doing, try to enjoy the time that is...

A windy day...a choppy lake...
a sky without a cloud...
so much to go on in this life,
it be a welcome shroud!
Getting away from that at hand
to that without a price;
for some, it be too great a task,
not worth the sacrifice!
Eventually, they'll realize
how little is the cost!
By then, however, this precious
opportunity be lost!

The tasks at hand, for they will, somehow,
find ways to get done.
And times like NOW, they are secured
by GOD--no other One!
And if you take the time to savor,
He'll care for the rest,
and see that you get all things done
and reap the very best!

Never ignore that nudging of Holy Spirit to step back for a moment, take a breath, and take in all of His glorious creation!  He provides these moments every day...but how many of us ignore them and just keep going?

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Thursday, May 5, 2022

Fickle Sky!

As we go about the day, we note the change in atmosphere.  Living in the Ozarks, one can experience a myriad of seasons...all in one day!

The heavens rumble as we are
accomplishing each task.
At any time, the greenery,
in raindrops, will so bask!
Already is the neighbor's roof
adorned with many leaves;
and, with the showers due, we will
have waterfalls from eaves!

This day, however--I'll enjoy it
all from my recliner.
My wife, my writing and my Lord--
nothing could be finer!
Already all that HAD to be
we went and took care of;
and now, we savor time with Jesus--
the only King of Love!

"Oh Lord, I pray the storms that are
will NOT, destructive, be!
But beneficial unto every
plant and every tree!
The birds--they are enjoying it--
help us to do the same
as we enjoy this priceless rest
and glorify Your Name!"

Another wet afternoon.  I know that there are others suffering from that which I so enjoy.  "Please be with them and protect them, oh God!  For '...it rains on the just and the unjust...'  Let not that rain be destructive please."

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'I give you my word...'

'I promise...'
'My signature is my bond...'

Those terms use to carry weight!  However. in the days that are, we throw them around so lightly: to end a conversation when time is tight...to get out of something we are supposed to do...even to end an unpleasant encounter...we will say just about anything so that we can move on!

"We paid you well for that which we
wanted and needed done.
Now, after the work has been completed,
you are on the run!
We had to have two other companies
repair all your mistakes!
You happily received our cash,
but NOW we learn you're fakes?!
The LEAST that you could do is call
and see if your work stood!
A REAL MAN would keep in touch
to make sure all is 'good!'
But no!  We cannot even reach you
by mail or telephone!
If this keeps up, God promises
you'll find yourself 'alone!'
You will not even pay the fines
the judge has placed on you.
How can you even sleep at night
knowing the work you do?!"

Shame on you for advertising
that you are 'The Best!'
We'll see when we stand before the Father
how well your 'works' attest!"

In the Bible, Jesus tells us that we shouldn't even have to 'promise' anything!  Just by us 'saying' that we will _____________ should be 'guarantee' enough!  Why is it that, these days, we must jump through so many hoops to obtain something that is rightfully ours?  Even by filing a lawsuit?!  
GOD HELP US!!
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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Giving Truths

If there be one word to describe the times that we are in these days it would be 'unstable!'  However, there yet remain some STABILITY that will change not...and it all is founded in His Word!

"Oh Father, omnipotent and everywhere,
we bask and we thrive in Your glorious care!
For this life has agendas, but You are above;
and naught shall intimidate Your perfect love!
We put our foot forward, You cause us success...
we follow Your lead, You abundantly bless!
We give and we give and You bless all the more
out of the abundance that You have in store!

And that great abundance, it hasn't an end!
Therefore pass it on we to foe and to friend.
The more we bless others, the more You bless us-
upon this great truth, oh Lord, no one may fuss!"
Yea, such ancient truths, so alive in this day!
The same be eternal, His promises say!
God--so omnipotent; generous, too!
Oh see for yourself what His bounty can do!!

Yea, the principle truths of God and His Holy Word.  Timeless!  In a world whose compass goes awry, the truths of His Word continue to live, to guide and to bless!  HALLELUJAH!

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

That Glorious Decision!!

'Just another Sunday morning.'  We gather.  We sing.  We pray.  We hear The Word of God...  Ah, but NEVER is it 'just another Sunday,' and today is no exception!  For Holy Spirit is on the move...

Standing in the glory of

a springtime Sunday morn.
Before the gathered, one comes forward--
ANOTHER SOUL REBORN!
He's made the decision for
to publicly declare;
little does he know, before 
his birth, Christ was aware!
This one was chosen at a time
one cannot comprehend!
He's realized that, without Jesus,
this life is just an 'end!'
He thinks he's coming forward just
repenting from his sins,
oh, but he will soon find out
that brand-new life begins!!

"New life, new blessings, oh my Lord,
everything anew!
All of life itself to change,
and all because of YOU!
The Gift of God--about to be
opened and enjoyed!
Life abundant from The Lord,
where once had been just 'void!'"

Standing at the altar--
life's most glorious change!
Jesus Christ, the only One,
the heart, to rearrange!

Oh, sweet salvation!  That life-altering decision that causes all of Heaven to celebrate!  It is certainly the prayer of THIS writer that you have made that personal choice to follow Jesus as well!  You'll NEVER regret it!
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Monday, May 2, 2022

ETERNITY!!

Late afternoon.  We got done all that we could before it started.  Now, the storm forces inside!  However, there is still so much that one can do if we are but pliable in His hands!  How long has it been since I contacted that friend?  I'm sure that there is SOMEONE out there that could use a word of encouragement!

There is a time and Place ahead
where time will not exist;
It is a place of wonder that,
by no one, should be missed!
For Jesus waits to greet us there
and reward us for this life;
we'll meet His Father in that Place
that is immune from strife!
And we will live forever in
a land of sheer perfection!
For everything amiss right now,
there, it will know correction!
No more sadness, no more sorrow,
no illness and no pain
are just a sample of the wonders
that we shall obtain.
But most of all--His very Presence,
it will be present there!
And He's already made provision
for our forever care!
We only need to make His only Son
the Savior of our soul,
and we shall freely, evermore,
enjoy His joys in whole!

Have you done that yet, my friend?  All you must do is repent and ask Jesus to live in your heart!  It's the deal of a lifetime if you ask me!  Join me in that Perfect Place forever, won't you?
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Saturday, April 30, 2022

Steve

The following words have been in my pad for almost a year now.  For it was then that we lost a friend of the family that was far more than 'just a friend!'  Yes, our loss is Heaven's gain, but what I would give to go out to lunch with him just one more time and talk for hours like we used to!

"A friend since I have met you,
and, lo, these many years!
You have helped this family,
allaying many fears!
You dropped whatever you were doing 
when we had a need;
even driving across the state
when such a call would heed!

A friend--and yet a brother,
so close did we become.
A sounding board...a listening ear...
a 'helper' be the sum!
Even transportation ye,
regardless of the miles;
and when I asked about the bill,
all I got was smiles!"

But more, more than a helper
our dear Steven came to be!
Brother...husband...father...servant...
friend to such as we!
He didn't pass away ago,
he's living yet within
in oh so many ways and memories--
as he's always been!
But now, in such a 'higher' way
that we can't understand
'til we go to the place he's gone
and walk that Hallowed Land!

'Til then, we cling so tightly to
those feelings that he made,
and to those precious memories
that shall not ever fade!

"Thank You, Father, for our friend Steve!"  "Thank you, Steve, for allowing God to use you the ways He did!  And, even yet, we are grateful for the many ways that your memory affects our lives!  We are so blessed!"
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Friday, April 29, 2022

Security

Yes, 'security.'  For this life contains such variables.  So many 'things' and 'situations' depend on circumstance.  Ah, but I know One Who is secure all by Himself, and He can be yours, too...

"For You are my security,

Christ Jesus, Lord and Friend!
For I have an accord with You
that will not ever end!
You leave not when I get angry...
You remain if I should fail...
a love without condition,
unto me, do You avail!
Thus, in such love, am I secure
for all eternity!
No matter what the future holds,
I KNOW THAT YOU WILL BE
loving me, supporting me,
protecting me always;
such assurance draws from this man
never-ending praise!

For You are not a God Whose mind
would waver, not at all!
You choose who will belong to You
and we obey that call!
Absolute security
in a world insecure--
whatever time would bring, oh Lord,
we KNOW we shall endure!"

Oh, so wonderful it is to have such assurance!  Oh, so rare such assurance be in THIS life!  For it is availed in One alone: Jesus Christ!  HE WILL NEVER FAIL, nor will He allow His faithful to!
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Thursday, April 28, 2022

'Happiness'

What brings you 'happiness?'  A 'thing?'  A 'place?'  A 'person?'  I'm sure that each of us have a definition of 'happiness,' ...and said definition differs from person to person!  However, I know of a Source of happiness that varies or wavers not.

Westerlies are grooming
the fields and the groves.
With the glorious sunlight,
the birds come out in droves!
They entertain through my devotion
with antics and with song;
between each verse and chapter
sing they merrily along!

And verse and chapter teach me
about my God and King!
His wonders and His attributes,
they bless and make us sing!
His power and His glory--they
embrace me and surround;
and, in His glory and His wonder,
happiness is found!

Happiness--so simple--
so easily obtained;
and oh so necessary if
progress is to be gained!
For God has the supply that's
known not to ever end,
and I enjoy that blest supply
from which these words are penned!

Life is busy.  Life has many speeds.  Life can even be cruel!  HOWEVER, if you allow God into your heart, that 'life' becomes more stable, and 'happiness' becomes a state of the heart, not a 'result' of situations!  TRUST JESUS!

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Invisible Music!

I hear it!  It's around here somewhere.  I just can't find it yet.  This I know, however, I WILL see the source eventually, as I just filled up the bird feeders!

From on a fruited limb
comes such a wondrous hymn!
He is not spotted yet,
oh, but glimpses I will get~
I filled the feeders hung.
Now melodies are sung
by those upon the wing--
thank God for simple things!

For workday is so busy:
"Go as fast as you can!"
"Keep those cars moving, Buzz!"
"Go faster than you can!!"
But not today!  I'm off,
enjoying all of life!
After feeding birds and squirrels
there is not any strife!
Only music playing
that no man can produce,
resounding through the acres
allotted for His use!

So He brings variety
of life to entertain!
Reserve time to enjoy
and such will be your gain!
Peace, joy and prosperity--
with you, these will acquaint!
The best of 'simple pleasures,'
so complicated, ain't!

Simple pleasures.  Most of them come from God, and His reserves are endless!  Take of them as often as you can, as 'daily life' will surely take its toll!

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

"Excitement!"

LIFE IS SO EXCITING!  And so many 'things' go on or happen in this life to excite us even more!  And then there are times in this life when the most exciting thing we look forward to is to just spend quiet time with each other, she and I, with nothing at all going on...

For over 40 years now, love,
you're right here by my side.
We haven't made it to Hawaii yet,
but, oh, it's been a ride!!
My excitement is getting home and sitting
in the yard with you,
the squirrels, the birds, the dogs and cat,
and the trees of every hue!

Who could've known all those years ago
that such would satisfy?
And to think you're still the wife of me
brings mist into mine eye!
For only God could have arranged
the path that got us here;
as, in HIS eyes, our every step,
it is so very clear!

No, we haven't been around the world,
but we've been around the block!
And God alone decides the time
that's left upon that clock!
All I know for sure is that
I WANT THAT TIME WITH YOU!
You're far more than this man could ask for
every day anew!

One abundant life
with YOU, love, as my wife!
It satisfies so well
this man just had to tell!

A life of excitement?  well, maybe not to some.  A life fulfilling?  ABSOLUTELY!  She and I and Jesus--that Three-fold cord that's not easily broken!  I am a very blessed and fortunate man!!
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Monday, April 25, 2022

How's Life?

So many lives and lifestyles in this world that one could lose count!  What matters is what yours is like and what are you doing with it.  Hmm...

People living in the street...it isn't fair!
Kids without enough to eat...how many care?!
Wickedness is rewarded...WHAT'S WRONG WITH US?!
In God's Word it's recorded: IT SHALL BE THUS!
And continue we to 'progress' as best we can,
with very little regard for our fellow man.
For I have needs and I have desires, too.
You go on and do the best you can do!
I'll pass you on the street and call you 'friend,'
and few will know when you come to the end.

"BUT GOD!!  THERE'S GOT TO BE A BETTER WAY!!
There must be a better life we could convey!!
It's so sterile now, lacking any 'quality' at all!
For that is why we must cling tightly to Your Call!
For the busier and more successful we,
the less of the 'uncomfortable' we see?
But there it is: such life--before our very eyes...
and, on our hearts and ears so fall their very cries!!
Oh God, so rattle us and our 'comfort zones!'
Pull out from under us these ivory thrones!
Distract our hearts, oh Lord, from our self-serving,
and make us to live those lives that are deserving!

So limited and so short are these lives to be.
But there is one life that will last eternally!
WHERE we spend THAT life depends upon
what we do for others and ourselves before it's gone!
We have to have You, Jesus, alive inside!
We HAVE TO set aside OUR desires and our pride
and see to it that all others are provided for.
For ONLY THEN will You hold open for us The Door!

There is so much going on in this life.  A lot of what goes on we turn a blind eye to!  WE may do so, but HIS EYE sees everything, and we will have to answer for it all...no matter who we are!

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Conduit

All of us have means by which He blesses us.  Some folks have several sources!  However, GOD remains THE Source!  And why?  So that we can be a Blessing to others!

The more, Lord, that I give away,
the more You give to me!
For everywhere about the day
be opportunity
to be a blessing to someone
in some way or another!
For not only will You replace the gift,
I just might gain a brother!

A truth that this man learned so very
early in my walk:
'giving' must be active, and not
merely 'idle talk!'
'Action,' it must be attached
unto all that we say!
Especially with one in need
somewhere along the way!

Therefore, 'wealthy' be this man
in eyes that see beyond!
God gives to me, and so we give...
say, has the light yet dawned?
The same He does for all who yield
their lives unto His use!
Thus, when we stand before His throne,
we'll be without excuse!

One CANNOT outgive God!  So very early in my walk we learned of a man who needed money.  Though needy ourselves, we gave anyhow.  We went to my mom a few days later.  She had been doing our taxes.  She explained that we would be getting over $500 more than she originally figured.  Debby & I knew IMMEDIATELY that it was because we helped out Hugh and his family.
GOD IS SO GOOD!
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Sunday, April 24, 2022

For His Use

There is so much work to be done! Most folks begin their day before the sun even rises. Some of us, however, start our days when those folks end their shifts. Today I am one of them but, before I start the day, I MUST spend some time with my Jesus! The vesper silence broken by the whistle of the train. Finally, a break in storms, a respite from the rain! The rumble passing down the hill will entertain for now, until I raise my sight and catch the panoramic 'Wow!' And God my Father joins me as we watch the train go by. I express to Him my thanks for all on the land and in the sky! The Spring sun is so vibrant as it lights up all of living; I spend this precious time with Him Who is forever giving! Then, out into glory for to do what must be done, accompanied, of course, by Father, Spirit and the Son! For they direct the steps of me to where I'm needed most, and They receive the credit, lest I should unrightly boast! So very much to be accomplished- all in Jesus' Name! Though OUR hands are utilized, it's HIM Who gets acclaim!
For we are merely tools within His very mighty hands, made to carry out His works, fulfilling His commands! ALL FOR JESUS' GLORY! So should each day and every work be in our days...no matter when those days may start! For He has good use for any and all who avail themselves! 9634

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Easter Morning

Ooops!  I just found this in my pad.  I wrote it a week ago, so pretend that, once again, it is Easter!  After all, truth be told, He is newer each and every day, so CELEBRATE!

Green and gray...purple...yellow...white,
these are the colors that would fill my sight.
The redbuds join in celebrating Spring,
as the birds of every kind would sing!

So are the environs on this day
as we celebrate The Truth, The Life, The Way!
"HE IS RISEN!!"  All of life would so declare!
O sing His life alive but everywhere!

Too much have we endured throughout the week.
A joyous liberation do we seek!
We find that as we glorify His Name,
and take to heart the reasons that He came!
We listen to the message from The Word...
to testimonies of His works occurred...
we sing out of our hearts unto His own
because His great reality is known!
Especially TODAY--HE IS ALIVE!
And. soon and very soon, He will arrive!

Regardless if it's sunny or it's gray,
ENJOY!!  For it is Resurrection Day!
Celebrate and praise in word and song
that fact that, to The Lord, do you belong!

Easter Morning.  The tomb is empty.  JESUS IS ALIVE!!  Spend as much time as possible celebrating JESUS...TODAY AND ALWAYS!  For He is worthy!!
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Friday, April 22, 2022

Glorious 'Spring!'

Work is over for the day.  The 'endless' tasks about the home have somehow ceased.  Nothing to see or do??  NO WAY!  LOOK MORE CLOSELY...

Spring to now parade before my eyes,

upon the land, below the sun-filled skies!
An able breeze exists this afternoon,
and the trees, they dance unto the happy tune!
Dogwoods, Bradfords, redbuds and the rest--
at this tune, they don their very best;
flaunting it for everyone to see!
(Namely, them that say "It's just a tree!")

For God has made those sentinels of life
for us to look to in such times of strife.
For no matter what environs, they still dance about!
(Even during winds so very stout!)
For they remind this person of His Presence ever--
for no storm at all, our connection, may sever!
And He made US each of such variety,
lest, boring and robotic, we may be!

O take ye in the many sings of Spring!
Lift your voice and SING, YE LIVING, SING!
There is so much in life to celebrate!
And all from God--so good and oh, so great!

The Presence of God--so real, so alive, and oh so very close!  Even in a quiet afternoon with nothing to do.  Nothing?  Oh, but just look around!  Look closer and see the 'life' going on constantly but everywhere about you!
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Saturday, April 16, 2022

Changing Fast!

Busy, busy, busy!  Life is happening and changing at a pace that we cannot grasp!  There is, however, ONE TRUTH to which we can cling that will never change...

So much confusion taking place
but everywhere you turn...
the greatest tragedy of all,
so slowly men now learn...
each direction that we look
it seems life's lost its way,
oh, but look not at obvious, friend,
FOR SUNDAY'S ON IT'S WAY!!

Yes, Truth we know that CANNOT change
will have the final say!
We may not understand it now,
or even see the way,
but SUNDAY comes and, Christ, HE'S RISEN!
Time has no effect!
For Jesus rose--and He will come again
to bless and to protect!

Yes, Jesus is alive and YOU
can have His life within!
Call out His Name from deep inside,
confess to Him your sin.
For He will save you!  He will keep you
from the times ahead!
Be born again through Jesus' blood
and be Spirit-led!

Yea, though turbulence is all around
and grows more with each day,
you belong unto The Truth,
The Life, the ONLY Way!
He will guide your every step
in this life and the next!
Just take Him at His Word, my friend,
and be ye not perplexed!

Jesus Christ.  The Only Way...still, after two millennia, He remains the Only Way to be saved, willing to save, AND desiring of your life!  TRUST HIM!

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Friday, April 15, 2022

What's so 'GOOD' about it?!

So, they call this "Good Friday."  Hmm...I wonder why?  It didn't turn out too good for Jesus!  Day-after tomorrow is VERY GOOD for all of mankind!!  But why is this day called 'good?"

The words of one that's stricken down
as His life nears the end--
they are yet filled with love and care
for family and friend!
Even as His mother watches,
Jesus is yet giving:
giving her another one
to help her go on living!

Insulted...beaten...hung and killed...
they put Him in the ground;
they placed a soldier on each side
so that the grave be sound;
They sealed it with a stone, lest one
would steal the carnaged One;
the Enemy, he laughed, thinking
Jesus' life was done!

For centuries, they have termed "good"
this Friday every year.
After all that Christ endured,
that 'name' becomes unclear!
His suffering is beyond words,
but we know what awaits!
Such must have taken place, however,
so that He relates.

"My Savior and my Lord,
Your life did You afford
that we, GREAT life could know!
Lord Jesus, thank You so!!"

Sure, it all turned out great for Jesus...and even better for us!  He bore the humiliation...the illegal trial...the torture...the cross...the grave.  AND WE ARE SO GRATEFUL THAT HE DID!  But I still don't know what was so good for Him on that Friday.  Do we call it 'good' because it is the start of the most incredible weekend history has ever known?  Hmm...
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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Conditions

Whatever the 'atmospheric conditions' are today where you are, may you be blessed and highly favored!

Sunlight celebrates the season--
Spring, so very new!
In the breeze, we see emerging
almost every hue!
Almost as if Creator God,
with paintbrush in His hand
uses all things on His palette
all across the land!
He covers all the flora sight
with every shade of green,
and coats each limb and branch with every
color ever seen!
A spectrum so alive that only
God could fabricate!
So enjoy each moment of such day
before it is too late!

For time--it ceases not, regardless
how fair be the sight.
Thus, take that time so precious and,
in His handiwork, delight.
For this day is like no other-
before or those to come.
Behold ye what is intricate
and grace will be your sum!

For God, He is so wise and knows
exactly what we need!
He made this time and place by hand,
but just how many heed?
This time is for a purpose that
some may not comprehend.
Oh savor such a place and time
before it comes to end!

Here am I at the office writing about the beauty and glory of Spring...while it is storming outside!  That's how quickly the weather changes here in the Ozarks!  I guess that's makes me a hypocrite?!  
Wherever you may find yourself today, I pray that it is SUNNY and that you are SAFE!
God bless you abundantly!
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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

The Place of Favor!

Yes, there truly is such a location!  And blessed are them that find it!  For God created these places all along the Narrow Way for such as we to rest and receive.  DO NOT PASS IT UP!

For we're of a much greater place,
far more than we can know!
Saved and set aside for His use
everywhere we go!
Anywhere we set our foot
is opportunity;
as long as we belong to God,
He will already be!
And success we'll surely come to know
in that appointed place,
(and that not of ourselves, for it is
all from Jesus' grace!)
A blessing, lesson or a gift
unto us or a brother;
and God will surely get the glory
one way or another!

Enjoy the Place of Favor--it is
savored by so few.
It is so necessary to
our being and our view!
It is a place that God creates
for us to catch our breath.
Yea, take advantage of it, lest
ye know an early death!

Those hallowed locations availed to them that serve Him and follow His lead.  Too many people see them as 'electives' and not 'requirements.'  Surely, it is our choice to take advantage of these places, but woe to them that ignore them!
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Monday, April 11, 2022

WE ARE RELATED!!

Issues--this life has so many of them!  And if there are not enough, man invents something just to stir up conflict!! 
How well do you know ME?  As I approach you, you have already set in your mind who I am and what I am like...

Before you even knew my name
my narrative is set...
before I introduce myself,
your judgment do I get!
My talents and abilities--
they will not win your grace
because you won't escape the truth:
YOU DO NOT LIKE MY RACE!

Or is my 'sexual identity'
more than you can handle?
Regardless of your prejudice,
you can't put out my candle!
The same is safely guarded by
Him Who created me,
and He will never leave my side
for all eternity!

But that is in the future,
the problem is RIGHT NOW!
The current insecurity--
it must be fixed somehow!
The best way is to face it and
find out what's REALLY true:
pray to God, do what HE says
and we will make it through!

So many issues in this life separate us.  So many MORE facts in this life relate us...whether you like it or not!  Is there something in your heart that must be dealt with so that this can happen?  God is more than willing to make time with you to take care of it.
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Sunday Afternoon

Finally, another opportunity to relax from the daily grind and enjoy His daily gift!  Ever so faithful is Creator God to provide these times and places for His faithful!

The orchestra that generates
such music from the limbs
is comparable unto the best
of the hallowed hymns.
It's generated from the birds 
and chimes played by the winds--
such a glorious sanctuary
as my praise ascends!

Creator God with yet one more
creation in this place:
a hallowed locale to meet Him,
receiving of His grace!
And oh so welcome respite from
the busyness all week;
an oh so holy altar that
not many dare to seek!

Oh, so grand and glorious
He makes and man calls "Spring!"
And, in the early afternoon, it
would make the poet sing!
Coupled with the orchestrations
of those upon the wing--
a feeling oh so wonderful,
unto all life, to bring!

Oh rush me not as I enjoy
Creator and creation,
and all His many creatures, oh,
what perfect orchestration!
The theme song so alive that is
called "Sunday afternoon."
Enjoy its every moment, for
it will be ending soon!

Oh, so busy and rushed we become throughout the week!  It is absolutely essential to honor this time of rest and relaxation if we are to continue to thrive and be victorious!  Trust me!
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Thursday, April 7, 2022

Spring...so alive!

The winds of afternoon today are quite unpredictable!  Too, the temp seems to be all over the charts!  Such is Spring in the Ozarks!  The best way to observe this day is either bundled up or from behind the window!

So bountiful--the blossoms that
He causes to create!
It will be in the 50's soon,
but now it's 68!
The sunshine amplifies the sound
of the little birds;
the view of 'living' from this place,
it is surpassing words!
Dogwoods full of flowers...
redbuds oh so lush...
ash and maple dancing so
eliminates the 'rush!'
Oak, prolific all about,
and that grove of line--
the breezes combing through them cause
the whistle and the whine!

Yes, beautiful--the blooms and blossoms
April would display!
A welcome from the 'hurry' that
would come with each new day!
The masses and the ministry
will come, but not for now,
as He amplifies the glory of
the 'living Spring' somehow!

Turn off everything if you can.  Listen to the life that so abounds in the countless trees as the winds of April comb through them!  Give praise to God Who created them...and everything that resides therein!  He is so good to us!

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

ALL IN!

Living.  We all do it.  Most do it without thinking!  However, when Jesus becomes your Savior, 'living' has so much more purpose!  Give your life to Him, won't you?  He can do more with it than you could ever imagine!

All for Jesus Christ alone--
my Savior, Lord and Friend!
He was before the beginning and
He IS the very End!
He knows about all everything,
there's NOTHING you can hide!
He is not judgmental, thus,
in Him You may confide!
And that's EXACTLY what He wants:
transparency with you!
He understands.  Forgiving almost
anything you do!
No other 'power' able to
forget about the past!
Jesus--closest, dearest Friend--
His care is unsurpassed!

All for Jesus Christ alone,
as He has given all!
And gives He such to ANYONE 
responding to His Call;
even them that know not yet
receive from Christ alone!
Love and peace and air to breathe,
in liberty, are known!
Oh, but greater the relationship
once you invite Him in!
Give Him abode inside your heart,
abundance to begin!!

The grace of God.  It is known and unknown.  Once you KNOW it, however, a whole new beautiful world of opportunity is opened up like you have never known!
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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Greater Communing!

Once again, I find myself in the presence of God and the glory therein!  Once again, I find myself at a loss for words in an attempt to tell you about it...but I'll try!

In a place where absent be
all signs of 'every day,'
a visitation with Him Who is
the Truth, the Life, the Way!
The music that is playing as 
He and I stroll along,
is more pure than any instrument,
more beautiful than song!

I came to talk about the day
and all that's going on;
He tells me we don't have to, as
the day is all but gone!
The people that I've written down
that badly need His touch,
He says "I've taken care of them,
and I will bless them much!"

And again, the glory of this place
and His great Presence here
so fascinates my heart and causes
me to draw more near!
The scenery and conversation
transport me yet once more
to where there's nothing to distract:
Heaven's glorious shore!

Sure, He desires our fellowship.  His Word even says to "...pray without ceasing!"  I do (most of the time,) but when He draws me away in those special times just to walk with Him somewhere, the 'atmosphere' does all the communication that's necessary!
GOD IS SO AMAZING!
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Monday, April 4, 2022

Daily dilemmas

There are things done in this life that are completely against the will of God.   There are still other things that are against God's Law altogether!  However, said boundaries are often set aside in the name of "popularity..." "program..."  "politics?"  Hide your toes!

"You know not who I voted for--
that ballot box is secure!
But is that one my vote was for
the one that is most pure?"

"I couldn't pay my tithe this week;
I'll just give more next time.
Besides, that's between myself and God,
therefore, there is no crime!"

You said to me "I have a need."
When we met yesterday.
I just said "I will pray for you..."
as I went on my way.

This Sunday is important.  We will
vote a deacon in.
But deer season opens tomorrow!
I've got to get that skin!!

A brand new family joined the church!
They have needs that prevail.
But my contact at WalMart called:
"Hot Wheels are now on sale!!"

Yes, there are so many situations in this life that Jesus did not speak about directly.  However, Holy Spirit speaks directly to your heart in ways that you fully understand...IF you pay attention!  If we are honest with ourselves, in a lot of situations that get us into trouble, it's not "I don't understand."  It's "I don't WANT to understand!
Hmm...
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