Saturday, April 30, 2022


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!
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!"

Friday, April 29, 2022


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,
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!

Thursday, April 28, 2022


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!


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!


Tuesday, April 26, 2022


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
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!!

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 isn't fair!
Kids without enough to 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.

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 matter who we are!



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.

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 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!!

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!

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,

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!


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...

Wednesday, April 13, 2022


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!

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!

Monday, April 11, 2022


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:

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.

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!

Thursday, April 7, 2022 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!


Wednesday, April 6, 2022


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!

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!

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!

Saturday, April 2, 2022


Regardless what you are seeing, hearing or even experiencing, there is CERTAIN assurance that God is greater and He is on our side!

Regardless what you're up against
in this life each day...
no matter what may challenge you
while going on your way...
even if one comes against you
with an accusation,

Sure, there will be fabrications
against your fabric brought...
assumptions, doubts and even lies
about you will be wrought!
BUT GOD will come to your defense
as long as you may live!
He knows just what to give!!

The enemy has victory
but oh so very brief!
BUT GOD, He is Forever, this
is very, very chief!

Remain ye of integrity!
Defeated is the foe!
Continue doing as God leads,
prosperity to know!

The enemy is a thief and a liar!  And, in the days that are, he has many means of spreading such trash around!  BUT GOD, He is your Defender, and you may go about freely doing His Will as you turn all else over to Him.  For He WILL take care of all other matters!  PRESS ON!!

Friday, April 1, 2022

That Unruly Tongue!

Yes, so unruly! attention...especially to that which comes out of your mouth!  You will be surprised at how many others pay heed to it!

Words assembled with a caring pen-
such can unite the most divers of men!
Sentences assembled with compassion-
they are so needed and, always, in fashion.
And verses, when they are touched by His hand,
are something everyone can understand!
Poetry--it may be a gift indeed,
but empathetic speech is what we need!!
Speech that will unite, not tear apart...
conversation that affects the heart...
talk that's edifying to each other--
such will establish us as friend and brother!

So make your conversations, one and all,
be uplifting, solidifying Call!
For God, He may be so alive within,
but make sure His life so shines amongst all men!
So unruly, yea, can be the tongue!
It may voice thoughts that should remain unsung!
Let God possess and tame the very same
so that your words bring glory to His Name!

So many people are watching...waiting...listening for you to slip up...just so that they can blame the God you serve!  (Like they have nothing else to do, right!)  God is aware of this.  That's why there are so many references to 'the tongue' in His Word.  Heed those warnings.  Keep your cool, and be amazed at what God can do for you and through you!