Time marches on, steady in its pace. I wonder at times where did all those years go? Now I ponder, where did the day go? My desire since I met Jesus is to live in a way that brings profit to His Kingdom. Sometimes as my day is examined I wonder if and how it has glorified Him. Did I squander its precious moments or did it shine for Him?
Another Day has Passed
Another day has passed, The time goes so, so fast. Opportunity is lost; did I do all I could do? Jesus have I spent my time wisely for You? My future assures of such glorious things to come, But have I obeyed you today? Have I God’s will done? Did I in the Word’s promises abide? And in Your protection hide? Am I guilty of trying to please man too much? Or, do I stand upon the Word and in it trust? Have I allowed the cares of life to cause despair? Have I been thankful, or have I cried unfair? Does my head hang low as I claim defeat? Or do I trust God to my needs meet? Help me Jesus to in the Word grow strong. Dressed in the armor provided to help me along. Father, help me to be like Your Son Jesus Christ; Each day living in service, a self-sacrificing life. Seeking to spend each valuable day doing Your will, So heavens rooms will be filled.
Colossians 4:5-6 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Galatians 6:9-10 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
There is a fine line between speaking the truth, and being overly blunt. It is the same when we try to speak the truth while endeavoring to please or to not offend. We tiptoe around a situation that needs to be confronted. Jesus was willing to die for every sinner, but He was never guilty of not speaking the truth.
Clearly Speak the Truth
Tactfulness by world standards, says less as not to offend another. But in the Kingdom of God you plainly speak the Word to your brother. A tactful person of the world may say “You are a bit out of control”. God would say, “Beware, there is jeopardy to your soul,” One says “Take it easy, go at a slower pace.” The other says, “Turn around; you are not covered by grace.” The world assures you are no worse than others around you. God desires those who live like Jesus should surround you. The world’s way treats sin lightly, not demanding change. But the Word of God breaks bondage and chains. Clearly spoken truth heals. With the Spirit’s help sins conviction is real. Love others enough to speak truth loud and clear; Along with a prayer the Holy Spirit will open up their ears.
Proverbs 8;7-8 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are in righteousness
Prayer Father, season my words with Your love. Help me not to say something is right by not saying it is wrong. Teach me to pray Your truth, and to boldly speak the Word of God.
I never was a person to set out to hurt someone, but I also did not care enough to set out to help them either. A great change has taken place in my life since Jesus saved my soul. I not only care for others but I spend time thinking of ways to help them if I am able. My prayers now are not just for my needs but are also for the need of salvation and the concerns of others.
Direction for the Gentle Spirit
Direction for the gentle spirit, yielded and still, That hungers and thirsts after the Father’s will. For the one who wants to see beauty in the most unlovable kind, hat purposes to good in each person find. Know your God will reveal the deep innermost part, Of the valuable, empty space in their heart. I will give you the ability to not only see, But love enough to inside of them reach for me. That hard, relentless, calculating person you know, Has a great need within their soul. The bitter, angry man uncompromising in his ways Has great need within for God’s love to brighten his days. The very sinful man that seems to wallow in the world’s mire, Their heart too your God also desires. If you allow me to show you we will gather more and more, Into the holy presence of the love of your Lord. I will bestow upon you more than you can contain, You will over flow like a river in Jesus’ name. Sweet and peaceful with a gentle warm embrace, That honors the Father in the world’s last days. Oh gentle spirit become more like the One you serve. Learn from the Holy Spirits still voice as you read God’s Word.
John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
Before I knew the grossness and the penalty of sin I had very little guilty feelings, but after I truly desired to live right, I was harassed with feelings of inadequacy to measure up to God’s Word. One day the Lord showed me the absurdity of this. He loved and died for me before I loved Him. Why now when I love Him would He love me less? He would never need the help of His enemy to tell me what I need to do.
Bullied by the Accuser
The enemy points out small infractions and paints them, Seemingly, into large, gross, unforgivable sins. He lays condemnation as a burden to pack; He keeps piling things heavy on your back. He points out everything to cause shame, He loves to accuse and enjoys casting blame. Critical, unloving, and judgmental without any grace, He brings forth anything to disgrace. The accuser has no right to blame you anymore; For your every transgression is covered by the Lord. Your worth is not measured by what you do or do not do. Your worth is measured by who dwells inside of you. If your own heart convicts thee; Take heed but do not be bullied by the enemy. He does not point out sin to those that he easily tempts, He accuses those who desire to obey and repent. If he can persuade them they are still full of sin. He causes great discouragement in them. Walk each day doing the best you can. Do the work of God the best you understand. If you sin, quickly repent in prayer, And know you are forgiven for your God truly cares. When you hear a taunt that will not cease its noise in your ear, Rebuke it and turn away from it and it will not stay near. One day you will behold the one that caused your heart and mind so much strife. You will see how pitiful and how weak he is in the presence of Christ.
Revelations 12:8 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
Consier the flower …it is a beautiful thing It is a chosen gift for pauper or for a King Lovely and sweet smelling….though often shared They are fragile and must be treated with care A flower has the ability to lift your spirit when you are sad With the touch of God it inspires and makes a heart glad Mothers are like a flower too How many times has she bloomed for you? She is there from your beginning and even till the end She is your greatest fan, ….your greatest friend Her love is powerful, with aroma of her own She is truly the beauty of the godly, well run home Her place of honor is well known in heaven’s realm above For like the flower that blooms she also shows God’s love What a wonder she is to see When you show her love she is renewed right in front of thee There is great value in a child’s words of praise Like a flower of respect are the words “Happy Mother’s day”
Ephesians 6:2-3 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
Christmas gifts are great fun. I remember a time I was delivered a very large package but as I opened it up, inside was a smaller package, inside that was another and another, until it was a very small but greatly desired gift I did not really need. Jesus the Creator of the Universe came wrapped in a tiny babe born to a virgin and lay in a straw lined manger. He was a most needed gift that now is my greatest desire.
Big Things Come in Small Packages
Big things come in small packages – it is true I will give some examples to you. Great commitment is represented; most agree, By the tiny box, that accompanies the one upon his knee. All heaven and earth testifies Even the smallest truth will never be denied. Take the example, of a tiny seed; Within its little package lives the start of a tree. An encouraging, spoken word, may become A huge directional – change for someone. Many packages are placed under Christmas trees, They are expressions of love, and kindness to be received. But, the Greatest Gift ever bestowed is Jesus Christ. Upon a rugged tree your largest gift was sacrificed. In the little town of Bethlehem, a child was to a virgin born. In this tiny, little bundle the Creator was formed. He that made the earth and all off a far too, Was in this little package; delivered from the Father, to you. Remember Him in your giving, as you celebrate the birth of God’s Son By planting small, seeds of faith in the hearts of both old and young. Big is the God of all that is and is to be, But, He dwells within all that are His, for all eternity.
2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.
The Creator made a tree fit into a little seed. There is a harvest with every seed of kindness we plant in His kingdom work. Words are seeds, and actions are seeds too. I marvel when I think of His Word planted in our hearts, and the work He accomplished in our behalf on the cross. I am overjoyed at His victory over death. I am humbled at the realization He is still at work in heaven praying for us each day.
A Little Does Much
Just a ray of light helps the lost find, The way out of darkness; leaving fear behind. A word of encouragement makes the faint-hearted strong. A smile of approval encourages someone along. A reaching hand can pull from the miry clay. All it takes is a little love and kindness to chase loneliness away. A modest assistance can help the poor to lift his head. A little hope offered can carry off someone’s dread One life offered to do God’s work can accomplish much; Brokenness is made whole by their touch. A planted seed brings great harvest in return. Jesus is our harvest we did not earn As a ray of sunshine your life can be. Reach out and touch someone… be a light for Me
Romans 15:1-2 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
Matthew 5:14-16 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Small excerpt from Waves of Comfort by Brenda Drake
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 into my heart, I heard God speak! I was sound asleep and I heard “God is Love; Jesus is forgiveness.” I woke up immediately. I was so excited – I knew it was God! I then woke my husband and repeated the wonderful message God spoke to me (my husband surely thought I had gone crazy). I wrote it down in a little book. I was so thrilled… not only could I talk to God but God would speak to me! Much later after the Holy Spirit taught me to listen I received this poem. It reminded me that when I was a child, I called out that I wanted to hear His voice. God had heard me! I just could not hear Him.
There was a small girl child with eyes open wide to see. She called out to the heavens to a word from God receive. She challenged me to listen and to speak to her clear, However she did not have a heart able to hear. Many years went by and I called out to her many times. One fine day her heart with truth aligned, It still took her a while to rest enough to hear my voice. Now the little child can daily draw near so her heart can rejoice.
John 10’27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
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I love flowers. I am not a gardener. My love of flowers does not come from my efforts. God is the gardener of our soul. He is the beauty that flowers from within us. Oh how sweet is the love of God, He deserves all the praise and glory.
Flowers from a Hopeful Heart
Like the sweet aroma of a willing rose, Is the praise of a heart that God’s Word knows. Hopeful hearts see the sun shine ahead on a rainy day. Though cloudy on the outside they are warmed by inner rays. Another flower that comes from the heart of hope, Is the sure knowledge God is in control. The sweet assurance of His love and care, Is another flower of hope with another to share. Flowers from a hopeful heart walk at a steady pace, Under the sure covering of God’s mercy and grace. They live in His anointing and of His nourishment partakes. Lights in the dark world all the difference makes. An encouraging word, a loving timely rebuke, A helping hand in time of need; are all flowers delivered too. There is sweet aroma of a life whose hope is in God above. They bloom in the land; seeds planted in the garden of love.
Ephesians 5:1-2 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
We to impress others can put on an outward show of goodness, but God sees our inner man and knows our every motive. It is much better to emulate Jesus the One that is truly good. With His help we become His ambassadors in a dark world; able to show the way to the cross that rescues the lost by the Father’s provision of salvation.
The Heart of a Hero
The heart of a hero to the outward eye, Looks the same as the cowards on the outside. It’s the inner place where only God can see; The hero’s heart looks like it has been touched by divinity. Who are God’s heroes? They may surprise you when shown. They may seem a little strange and stand alone. Heroes in God’s kingdom look different than what the world proclaims. They by the world’s standards are called different names. True heroes are those that do what is right. Without thought they are a light. God’s hero is steadfast in faith. They are the ones that are on call to in an instant pray. They are the ones that turn the cheek and refuse to fight; Unless it is to stand up tall for what is good and right. A hero in God’s kingdom may be portrayed as humble or weak; But it is strength and truth heard when they speak. The heart of the hero beats to the tune of Christ. They are His workmanship and the bride of His delight.
Matthew 5:3-11 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
Very little of the world’s ways are of value to keep as we follow in the footsteps of Christ. It is challenging but with God’s strength, the Word in hand and with Jesus’ name on our lips in prayer, we are able to handle the many difficult situations we find in our everyday life. God is in control, have faith.
Pay backs are thought of a threat sometimes, Retribution of sorts for getting out of line. The world ways encourage such things, But in the end it does not solve anything. It is not your job to pay back for wrongs done. Leave it up to God and lasting profit comes. God says to turn the other cheek and love your enemy. He says to kind and respectful be. His payback comes when you reap what you sow. What you have planted is what grows. Your prayers in behalf of those that offend, Comes back as a blessing to you within. Allow the Holy Spirit to your battle fight. Nothing passes by His sight. Love God with all your heart, mind, and soul. When you do He is allowed full control. His pay backs are beauty for ashes, and peace and joy untold. His pay backs are precious things your hearts can hold. He is the Author and Finisher of your faith. He lavishes love upon you so from evil pay backs you are safe
Deuteronomy 3:22. Ye shall not fear them: for the Lord your God he shall fight for you.
Jesus is The Light. The Word and The Truth that brings peace, hope, and even joy in our world of conflict and uncertainties. We can and must to be an overcomer, bask in the Light of His Glory.
The Light of His Glory
In the light of His glory I am able to see, The beauty of Salvation promised to me. I see the sunshine above the clouds of today. I see the love of tomorrow on display. In the light of His glory I am able to feel, The truth of a forever-love that is real. It healing power reaches deep within, With renewed faith and great desire again. In the light of His glory darkness flees. The world and its attraction lost its power over me. The fears and troubles and its threats of death fade. In the glory of His presence I am at rest and safe. Love surrounds and fills and overflows my life. I am One with Jesus He is love’s light. As I contemplate His greatness and am built up within. With His strength, His Word, and with Him. As the day passes and a new day starts, I carry the light of His glory inside my heart. Ready again to reach out a helping hand to another. So they too the Light of Jesus will discover.
2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
In the troubling times there is much to pray for. Also there are many things to give thanks for. When we place our heart and mind on Jesus and His promises to His redeemed like the old song we used to sing; ( things of the world grows strangely dim.)
I Pray For…
I pray for wisdom and eyes open and willing to see, The signs of the times, without fear as I follow close after Thee. I pray for the resources I need in the tasks ahead, With a good memory and good mind to remember all the Word says. Give me joy and peace that is contagious so others gather strength too; With joyfulness in the honor and privilege to follow after you. As time marches on give the body I live in health, Increase my ability to distribute the wealth, Of the many gifts bestowed on me. Allow my life to count in souls brought to Thee. I pray for my family and for my friends to know, The sure love and provisions Jesus provides for their soul. I pray for our Country and its leaders, as Your will is done; Will be counted as worthy when judgement day comes. I pray for strength and endurance to run the race with success; As in Your perfect will and plan I in confidence rest.
1Thesalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
I used to be so afraid of the dark, but now I know Jesus the Light of the world. Evil influences and its terrible threats once caused me much heartache. But now I know Jesus the One that died in my place to pay for all my sins will fight my battles for me. Jesus is the Light that overtook the darkness around me and within me.
Light Overtakes the Darkness
It takes night to display The light that takes darkness away. It takes right to reveal the wrong; The lie is overpowered by the truth strong. Jesus is the Truth that proved light, Overpowers evil-darkness and its blight. The steady step that walks the walk, And the faithful lips that talk the talk, Will defeat every enemy for you see, God is the Way and the Word for thee. God’s Word is truth and our bread, The Word lights the path ahead. The heart that is opened wide, To hear, taste, and see, is filled with the best inside Jesus is the Word that spoke life at the start. And cried it is finished so new life could enter the heart. Jesus is the Lord and the Light displayed in the dark place. He is love and it is His joy to deliver salvation through grace. His mercy endures forever- darkness will forever flee. He is God of all and all will one day bow their knee.
Psalms 112:4 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
Psalms 112:6 Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.
When we begin to feel alone, inadequate, or afraid of what lie ahead, we must remember just who it is that is our Lord and Savior. He promises to never leave or forsake us.
I AM is With You
I am wherever your feet trod. I am your world, you belong to God. I am the One that saved you by grace. I am the One that on the tree took your place. I am walking before you, behind, and above. I am your foundation, I am love. You are loved by I AM, You are walking in my plan. You are walking with eyes that see, The Spirit of God is leading thee. Your eyes of faith see God is on your side. Your faith knows your God also reigns inside. Your life is precious in His sight. You are indeed His delight. So walk in faith with a knowing that whatever comes, Is in the divine knowledge of God’s Son. Jesus’ name on your lips holds power. He is your total strength in the world’s last hours. So go forth knowing I AM is in control. If you are not stopped then in confidence go. Love is with you in every trial and tribulation you face. You are in His care and in His loving embrace.
Exodus 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I Am that I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
It feels like an onslaught of hard, confusing, threatening things have bombarded our world. What we want and what we believe is right is seemingly about to be torn out of our grasp. We begin to feel pushed down and become angry, fearful or depressed. We wonder in such trying times what can be done and what can we do?
What Can be Done?
When dominated pushed down and overpowered Enthusiasm is cooled down and desires are soured. Dreams vanish in the cloud filled day. Words hard to hear are too hard to process and cast away. Like bullies on the playground terrorizes the terrified, Constant is the onslaught to keep fears alive. Like the cold breath of winter curls soft petals and they die, In the new environment they are not encouraged to survive. Troubling woes and predictions with convictions heavy stance, Weight down the spirit so it will not sing or dance. What can be done in the world’s hard times? How can peace, joy, hope, and faith again surface in heart and mind? With praise, prayer and the Word positive and true; Lift them up and Gods lifts you to victoriously in your environment move. Listen to the sweet sounds of assurance… God is in control. Heed words of faith, and wisdom that uplifts your soul.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Deuteronomy 20:4 For the Lord your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.
Deuteronomy 3:22 Ye shall not fear them: for the Lord your God he shall fight for you.
Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.
I can hardly wait to spend my morning time with my Lord. I get my cup of coffee, by bible and notepad ready to get into the presence of God. When my routine is interrupted and I am unable a few days to do as accustomed I find I am almost desperate to get back on track.
Desperate for Your Touch
My soul is desperate for Your touch, It seems I can never get enough. I fill up to overflow With the nourishment of my soul, But still I have a great desire within. With all I am I yearn for more of Him. When my thoughts stray to mundane things, I am jealous of the time spent away from my King. When worry and the troubling sounds of life, Pull my attention away from Jesus Christ; Again I am desperate to get back on track, And from the world’s clamor I turn my back. My heart reaches up frantic for Him, Only to remember He also dwells deep within. I settle in to my secret place, Ready to receive His loving embrace. Here I am Lord use me today. Be with me in my attitudes in all I do and say. And when I get tired and weary from my toil, And in my desperation I again seek Your anointing oil, Allow me to return in repentance like the prodigal son. I know by faith my Heavenly Father toward me runs.
Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Psalms 143:6 I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land.