Lord I thank you for the joy that fills my heart in times of praise. Help me to learn to dance unashamed and uninhibited before you like David danced.
The beautiful melody flows like a river within; Peaceful, restful full of Him. It sounds like silence to the ear, But within its message sounds so clear. The love is so special, only meant for me. Jesus’ gift to a saved soul set free. Salvation’s song is precious beyond compare; Lovely truths that I can with others share. Love’s songs are full of light and life; That shines hope to cause inner delight. Eternal comfort with promise of undying favor bestowed; Much more precious than any treasure the hands can hold Its tune causes sweet desperation within, That hungers and thirsts only for Him. Sweet Song of joy that bubbles and flows inside; Set my feet to dancing with Jesus as in Him I abide.
Psalms 40:3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.
I have been faithfully staying at home, following our leaders instructions, along with countless others across the world. Amongst the world’s steady proclamations of the New Normal I have been praying and studying the scriptures just as many others are also. Seeking wisdom and guidance from the Holy Spirit on where we are on God’s plan for His children. I know He is in control. Do I know what exactly is on our world’s agenda? No, but I do know we are on God’s agenda. He is faithful and loves us so much. I believe that whatever comes there is never a time He is not working to bring knowledge of His provision of Salvation to everyone that seeks to know the truth. He is sure to bring His children safely to the place He has prepared for us. Look up, for I believe Jesus soon returns for His bride.
Normal means different to some, But it means things as usual are done. What is normal in your life? Do you place first Christ? When life is upside down and nothing seems the same, Is it normal to put trust in Jesus and to praise His name? Or is it normal to worry, fret, and stew; Grumbling and complaining in all happening to you? Is your new normal going to make positive change in your day? Enjoying some of the simple things and tossing bad habits away? Will your positive outlook on things good and true, Be now a positive new part of you? Will you look now at your neighbor and truly listen when he speaks? Will your new normal see the man destitute living on the streets? Will the sound of life-noises like laughter be embraced? So the dog-eat-dog snarl does not mar your face. What is the new normal? Is it as the days and times dictate to go? Or will it be as the Word of God pours into your soul?
Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
In these trying times when we are staying home; it is interesting how our days can seem to fly and yet drag at the same time. I have found there is plenty of reasons to pray and a lot of time to pray. I spend much time thinking and desiring to spend time with friends and family; wondering at the sad conditions of our world and the terrible burdens of our leaders, doctors, nurses, and health workers. Back again for the opportunity pray. In light of our necessary and sometimes dire life-style changes it is almost inevitable that our thoughts travel to the future of life on earth, and the outcome of all our troubling circumstances. This is opportunity inspection in God’s Word and again a call for prayer. When we realize God’s love and provision for us, our time is well spent in thanksgiving and praise.
Time well Spent
Time is passing…it ticks steadily away. There is only so much time in a day. When someone says, I do not have, Time to do this or that. What exactly is the meaning of what they say? How is it, someone has no time to pray? There is time for everything that you must do, Your time is spent each day by you The time you take to spend On any given thing; is decided by you within. Do you take time needed to help a brother? Or does you day slip away with purpose left undiscovered? Do you take the time to your daily tasks do, With plan, dedication, and cheer inside of you? Or is time spent grumbling over each step; Unthankful, unhappy, and full of regret? What is time? Where does it go? How is it, it can seem to speed by and sometimes go so slow? Time is ordained by God for each man to live life. Wise is the man that lives to glorify Christ. God is able to fill us with His joy and peace every day, So when time is up, eternally with Him you will stay. Forever is the goal…. to with Him dwell, Then your story of time will be a profitable account to tell
Ephesians 5:15-16 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
I never felt completely safe as a child; my days were dark, and my future bleak. I did not know how to handle the hard circumstances of my life. Anger, hurt, and bitterness, and low self-esteem filled my heart and ruined the flavor of my life. Jesus changed everything. He is now my Lord, Savior, and the Keeper of my soul. There is light and hope shining on my path ahead and He also dwells deep within.
Father, protect us from life’s storms I pray. Our heart and our future keep safe today. In the winds and rains of life, There are many who do not want to do right. Keep us safe and give us wisdom as we walk the land; We reach out Lord for Your helping hand. When it is dark, You are the light within, When it is unsafe to walk; we trust You carry us then. When words like stones are thrown our way, Instead we will listen to the Word, and its precepts obey. When circumstances laugh, help us in faith to laugh too. Knowing You are able to the best thing do. You walked on the water, and through walls as a door. Nothing is impossible for the Lord. You conquer sin, and death bows-low in defeat. We have full confidence our heart You keep. Keeper of our soul, soul-lover till the end; You are Lord, bridegroom, Savior and our best friend.
Psalms 121:5-6-8 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
Life is a gift. Jesus is Truth, Life and the Way. Because of His sacrifice in our behalf we have new life in Him. When our eyes are opened to the Truth we can more appreciate all the gifts bestowed upon us. We then are equipped to help show the Way to another.
Gifts of Life
My heart ponders in my quiet times, The beautiful gifts of life God has left for me to find. I hear the lovely songs the birds sing, As, I take a deep breath supplied by my King. The gift of the sun’s shine, that warms my skin, Is joined, by the soft touch of the wind. At the hum of the hummingbirds that fly past my ear, I in awe wonder at how fast they again disappear. The sound of the bubbling flowing-stream outdoors: Is another gentle reminder of life’s gifts from the Lord. In this quiet place it’s clear to see, That my God has bestowed yet another gift; His sweet peace. Safe and secure in His divine care, I remember I have a story to share. Before I knew Jesus and before I was given new sight, It felt nothing in my world was quite right. Because of Jesus I am now of God’s family a part, He is the true reason life’s gifts are precious in my heart.
1 Chronicles 29:11 Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.
These are indeed dark times; our world is under great siege on every side with sickness, death, and emotional and financial difficulties. It is very hard to imagine the possible prolonged amount of time it may take for our economy’s recovery. As we watch we will see love is on all sides speaking in our gloom just as Jesus expresses His love and provision for each one of us in our spiritual blackness.
Love Spoke into My Darkness
When young I remember marveling over the beauty of the butterfly. It was so pretty watching how it would rise up to the sky. I didn’t know about God…my eyes were blind; But He left little treasures like this for me to find. Little by little I began to wonder about things unclear, As my seeking heart was prepared; God drew near. It is strange now when looking back, I didn’t have any idea of my darkness; but God knew where I was at. He kept me pretty busy searching for what I did now know, And then one day He revealed the darkness of my soul. At the revelation my life was rearranged. When I saw His great gift of salvation my life was forever changed. He has never stopped giving me His gifts along the way. He still speaks into my heart and His Word lights the way.
Psalms 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
We profess our love for God, but when we turn away from someone in need, I believe Jesus would also need to ask us again. Do you love me?
Do You Love Me?
Do you love me, asked the Master three times in one day. Each time He heard the answer but He asked again anyway. Each time He asked, Peter’s heart underlined his answer clear. Jesus desired for Peter to his own heart hear. When he said “Yes, I love you” At first it was an automatic response… although true. The next time he was very aware of his love professed. But the last time he answered – his heart responded best. “Feed my sheep” was the Master’s entreaty to Peter each time. We too need to feed His sheep. For our love to be clearly defined; We need to also love them, and take extra care, To deliver the truth and to cover them with prayer. To feed the sheep is to show respect and as a sacrifice of self; Listen to them and when they have need… help Whatever you do for the least of them you do for God above. Do you love me is the question? How will you prove your love?
John 21:17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
In our troubled uncertain times, cooped up; with threats of sickness, and possible financial difficulties, it is normal for us to feel a bit depressed. This poem is a definite exaggeration of this emotion; when we allow life situations to keep us pressed down. With Jesus on our side there is no need to carry depression as our title. Don’t be a depressed Jess! Be a best Jess!
Depressed Jess… Oh what a mess, All he comprehends is unhappiness. He walks with a dark cloud over- head. All he sees are obstacles and all he feels is dread. His smile points upside down. His eyes do not look up in hope they look to the ground. He walks with a heavy step and drags his feet. He faces every problem or trial with utter defeat. He sleeps many hours without attaining rest. The day’s hours are like a sentence, because he’s so depressed. His depression becomes a friend, and he begins to feel, Only his outlook in life is true or real. But he is deceived, the evil one lies to him; His greatest enemy pretends to be his friend. There is help for him – it is on the way; Someone has recognized his plight and has begun to pray. Depressed Jess has a choice. He can choose to the Light see, Or he can choose to continue to listen to the enemy. If he listens to Jesus he must not in this place stay; He must decide to change his ways. Jess has a new name when he decides to depression fight. Depressed Jess becomes the best Jess, the follower of Christ!
Proverbs 15:13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
It sometimes takes my breath away at the love of God that is revealed to me at strange times and in unexpected places. I wonder how many missed opportunities I’ve missed in my sometimes too distracted day?
See the Love of the Lord
Have you in wonder gazed at the stars at night? At the vastness of God do you delight? Have you ever observed in the eyes of a child, Reflections of God’s wisdom? Did it cause you to smile? If you try, out of the mouths of babes you may hear, A message of our heavenly Father to reach your ear. Have you ever marveled at the beauty at day’s start? And ponder at the sweet peace that floods your heart? There are times when you least expect, a thrill from within, Renews your hopes and dreams again. Love is surrounding you and holds on to you tight. Love is always willing to share with you His light Watch for signs of love to be more blessed than before. In every place and situation behold the love of the Lord
Roman 8:38-39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
He is alive and forever is with us in all we do. So with all my heart I celebrate this day with you too.
This day marks a day celebrated far and wide. Our Savior is not dead, He is alive! My heart is lifted in thanks and praise for all He has done. Alone I sit, as I marvel in the truth of Jesus, God’s Son. He died so we could with Him live. Everything speaks of the Father’s love in all He did. Jesus alone was crucified with our sins upon His back. He alone the death penalty of every person packed. Every person in every land, great, small, rich or poor, Each man, woman, and child alone makes a decision about the Lord. Is He who He says He is? Did He do as He claimed? Is this the Creator? Savior? King of Kings? Is all power in Jesus’ name? Yes! My heart cries out loud as I profess, Jesus is alive and in Him I rest! We may find in our celebrations, we are not spending it alone. Just like the two disciples unaware had invited Him in their home. He is alive and forever is with us in all we do. So with all my heart I celebrate this day with you too.
Luke 24:29-31 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
Luke 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.