I remember as a young child standing in my room at my Grandmother’s house, looking up to the heavens and saying, “God, if you are really there why don’t you talk to me?” I listened but I did not hear a thing. Many years later after I had asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior and had invited Him in my heart…I heard Him speak! I was sound asleep and I heard “God is Love, Jesus is forgiveness” I woke up immediately. Oh how excited I was – I knew it was God! I then woke my husband up and repeated the wonderful message He spoke to me (he probably thought I had went crazy). I wrote it down in a little book. I was so excited not only could I talk to God but also He would speak to me!
Much later after the Holy Spirit taught me to listen I received this poem that reminded me of that day when as a child I called out that I wanted to hear him.
He had heard me! I just could not hear Him.
There was a small girl child with eyes open wide to see
That called out to the heavens to a word from God receive
She challenged me to listen and to speak to her clear
But she did not have a heart able to hear
Many years went by and I called out to her many times
But one fine day her heart with truth aligned
It still took her awhile to rest enough to hear my voice
Now the little child can daily draw near so her heart can rejoice
The Word says God knew me and loved me even in my mother’s womb. He knew me before He made the earth!
For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
No one I know really has a great handle on patience. It is a struggle always to not lose it! But many times we do not try at all for we are self-centered and self-serving. None of us are finished yet; we all have a need to learn to be patient with one another.
Be prepared to stop – construction is ahead.
A work is in progress is what the sign has said.
Noise and confusion fills the air,
Revealing that a construction crew is there.
I show to you this illustration,
To another message send.
God’s construction crew is busy in every life,
That allows the control of Jesus Christ.
There are angels at work on every side,
Assisting the progress of His bride.
Sometimes it truly looks like a terrible mess;
But be patient it isn’t finished yet.
You may even need to watch for danger signs,
Be patient, and have faith – it turns out as designed.
Be prepared to stop and to wait a bit,
For the progress may also be to you a benefit.
If while you are waiting you begin to fret and stew,
Remember, you are under construction too.
And others may also need to wait and see,
God’s work to be finished inside of thee.
Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory,
I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter;
and we all are the work of thy hand.
Do you feel you are taking one step forward and two back sometimes? I like the idea I am making progress even when it does not feel like it. I will celebrate the small steps following Jesus in this big world.
Little Steps in a Big World
Tiny little steps like a babe would make;
Careful and cautious so as not to make mistakes.
When they fall they get up and try again.
They do not travel far but are making great progress within.
It is a big world and so much to learn and see;
But each small step of faith brings closer to where you need to be.
Little steps to walk the walk of Christ,
Little everyday changes in your life.
The kind word instead of the first one that comes to mind;
The heart that chooses to forgive in the trying times;
The word of the sweet song that you choose to sing,
To lift up and to edify your Lord and your King.
Little steps indeed in the big world of sin,
That leads another to Christ as He calls you to Him.
And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
I am at awe when I think about how majestic my God is and so thankful for how much He has done to make me able to be one with Him for eternity. There is no real reason for us to worry or be depressed. He is the answer to every question and He is more than anything we could ever need. He is in control. We must in faith remember nothing can take us out of His loving care.
Engraved on His Hand
Your hurts, your pains,
Your bondage’s and your chains,
Your inability, your flaws inside,
The sins you’ve allowed to abide,
The evil thoughts, the hurtful plans,
The unkind words, the harsh demands,
Your fears, your heart’s cry,
Every untrue promise you’ve spoken, every lie,
Your greed, your lust, your shame,
Everything under the sun named,
Every sickness of body, soul, mind,
Every minute of wasted time,
Every hope or dream, every desire,
The secret place of inner fires,
Each thought, and unspoken request,
All kind deeds, every moment of needed rest.
All things I am acquainted with, for you see
I have experienced them already.
I suffered and felt the weight of them for you.
Know my friend this word is true.
Your remembrance is engraved in my hand.
When you have accepted my plan
When you purpose to align with the Father’s will.
In you and through you His will is fulfilled
So walk on knowing I AM is in full control of your life
You are well known by your Lord Jesus Christ.
Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands;
thy walls are continually before me.
My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies,
and from them that persecute me.
The Lord has a sense of humor. He is loving and kind. He will always show us His willingness to help us improve in our walk with Him. Although this poem shows a wrong attitude in a laughable descriptive way; it is not a funny thing to remain in such sad condition.
Sour, bitter Betty; what a sight to see.
She is like a prune crossed with a lemon; not a nice place to be.
She’s not a kind or happy soul.
She sees through eyes darkened with every kind of woe.
Nothing is good. Nothing to her tastes sweet.
Gold is not really gold – not even on heaven’s streets.
She puckers her face in a grimace that causes even her laugh,
To sound-like a sneer returning back.
Life has become a burden for Bitter Betty to endure.
To her weakened, unforgiving condition nothing is seen pure.
You perhaps know her or her brother. Although, they are hard to embrace,
They can be helped by prayer, to their bitterness erase.
Jesus takes the bitter and makes better than before;
If they repent and ask for help from the Lord.
Come, if you too have caught it- I will take all your bitterness away.
So you can have a joyful step and your mouth can sing songs of praise.
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgivingone another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
We spend much time and money to enhance our outward image to the world about us. I am very happy I am beautiful to my heavenly Father and to my Savior, the One I adore. He even calls my feet beautiful. Now that is love.
Greater beauty shines from within,
A soul that ‘s been fully cleansed.
Gone are the spots that were so deep,
That the vessel was ruined and of no value to keep.
The beauty of a saved soul has a wonderful glow to it.
It shines up into heaven for God moves through it.
Sweet, pure waters flow from this place,
With refreshing mercy that is provided in grace.
This now acceptable sacrifice is more precious than gold;
For it is a treasure that the Father holds.
An image of Jesus …. formed by His hand.
A lovely bride for God’s Son as was always planned.
Beautiful are the feet of them that share the Good News with others.
They shine as a finely cut diamond offered to their soul’s lover.
Many strive for earthly beauty that fades as time passes by;
But the loveliness of the saved soul can never be denied.
For the eyes shine with new hope and the heart is glad;
With a future is so bright circumstances loose the hold they had.
Their light within beckons for the lost to “Come and see
What the Lord has done… come and receive”
Love causes hearts to smile and songs of praise to Jesus Christ;
Beautiful and lovely causing Him a great delight.
How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Before I found the truth of my need for a Savior, I thought I was doing ok but I really was completely on the wrong track. Sometimes even now that I am on the right path, I may feel I am giving God my all only to find I need His help to stay in unity with the body of Christ.
Divided; trying to be one with God and man,
Surely its temptation you understand.
Divided… a part of not the whole.
Divided cannot be when concerned with the soul.
God requires your undivided love
He cannot allow anything dissented in heaven above.
For all are to be joined in perfect accord;
United in completeness with the Lord.
Man’s ways are at odds with God’s plan.
He desires to rule his own land;
Preferring self on the throne not Christ.
There is no need of a Savior for he feels he is alright.
Pride takes him to the place where division stays;
When refusing to submit to God and His ways.
Life is fast passing–if you do not the truth accept
Division and discord expect.
Come, give all your heart and you will be whole.
For to be lukewarm – is to have a divided soul
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
How much is Obedience Worth?
If you love me my commandments you will obey,
As your best foot forward is placed.
What are my commands? Love God with all your heart, soul and mind,
And love others as you love yourself; then you will find,
You are doing as Jesus did on earth.
You will love others so much it hurts.
He walked upon the dusty streets to lead the way,
To the golden streets of Heaven one day.
He healed those who were lame, diseased, and blind.
He comforted those who needed peace of mind.
He loved the unlovely till they shined bright;
Always with words and deeds that showed the way right.
If you love me follow after me,
How much obedience is worth you will surely see.
Obedience is worth life, health, and peace of mind.
It is worth more than all the earth’s gold you could ever find.
Obedience is exactly what Jesus did at Calvary.
He followed through with Salvation’s plan to set you free.
And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Faith is Born
As a baby within is formed
When he is ready he is born
Though very small at the start
Within the beginning is the heart
The heart of faith is the Word
When it matures then confession is heard
Then as time passes what was hoped for comes to pass
The answer …faith is manifested at last!
The love of the Father sent us His Son
And His love calls out to the lost “Come”
Jesus, The Word enters the believing heart
His love and the Word fill you and the development of faith starts
The Word, The Truth, = Jesus
The truth, = The Word, Jesus
The Word, = God’s Promises
And make your requests
In the name of Jesus
Of the promises of the Word
Then rest (trust) In the faithfulness of God
And you will receive
Faith is born!