It feels like we are in a bad dream at times. In our world what is up is declared as down. What is wrong is declared as right. Everything we have been taught is being nullified. However we are not fooled when we have found the Truth for He has woken us up to be aware of the enemy’s deception.
It is strange how meanings of words collide; How their intents are on opposite sides. God calls us to wake up to the truth receive. So His soon return we can see. He desires us to wake up to the call of love, Born again to experience His touch. Woke; the sleeping bride prepares for Jesus’ return; Wise virgins with lamps tended with oil to burn. To be “Woke” is an evil call as well; With a very different story to tell. These hear and are deceived to believe a lie. They do not or they refuse to the truth recognize Their life a different story shares, Honoring their source of power unaware. The evil-one marches forward with steps bold and rash, Declaring a woke-generation, that does not rely on truth or facts. Are you awake to God and His provision of love and care, Able to the good news with others share, Or woke to lying, seducing, killing spirits that promise things untrue Your decision proves the Master you choose.
Romans 13:11-12 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
I remember well the first day I allowed God to love me. After a hard day, alone with children tucked in bed, relaxed in recliner with no remote at hand, the evangelist came on television. I was too lazy to get up and change the channel. What a great day it turned out to be. For the first time I learned of the sad, hopeless condition of my soul. I became aware of the wonderful love of God and His provision in my behalf. The amazingly beautiful gift of salvation through Jesus’ work on the cross becomes crystal clear each time I spend time in His presence in praise, worship, and prayer
Allow God to Love You
Allow God to love you, listen to this word of rhyme. Give Him your attention, share with Him your time. Rest your weary mind, enjoy the encouragement He gives. Allow the Spirit to soothe your soul, so without fear you can live. Take the peace of the Savior; let it sing to you its sweet song. Let joy flow forth inside you to make you strong. Tear down the walls of bitterness, and the towers of pride. Allow the forgiving Spirit to reign inside. Rest in the Holy Scriptures, learn it promises and believe in them. Allow the love of Christ to warm you from within. Bring the sins that the enemy piles high on your back, And allow God to throw them in the sea intact. Trust in the One that loves you more than words can say. Give Him your life and your problems and fears dissolve away.
Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
If you have never asked Jesus to be your Lord, this is the perfect time. It is so very simple, first, admit you are a sinner, and are in need of a Savior. Believe and accept what He did for you, and ask Jesus to enter your heart and to live His life in you. He is faithful; you will never be sorry for your decision!
I use to beat myself up for not acting the way I felt was acceptable to glorify God, and would help others recognize the Good News of Salvation. Little by little it has sunk in I will never be a perfect example of what a Christ-follower should be. I am a new creation in Christ Jesus and a perfect example of God’s love and provision of salvation and grace.
Sometimes I Fail
Sometimes I fail and fall short of what I should be. And many flaws in my character I see. My shortcomings are so clear, If I dwell on them I begin to fear I know at times my light shines dim. And I need it seems to start all over again. But when I begin to feel low, Lord Your love again begins to flow. You show me my value in Your eyes. And remind me of Your sacrifice. When You administer Your sweet touch, It heals the brokenness and fills me up. When I am weakest, You are my strength. When my soul thirsts, You give me drink. When I am overburdened You carry my part. When lonely You remind me, You are in my heart. When I fall You still do not cast me aside. In my dark failures You see my heart’s cry. In my circumstances, and the flaws that disgrace; You see perfection, filtered through grace. Help me Lord to not be discouraged, but to strive to overcome. So I am a glory to Jesus when my life is done
Psalms 32:5-7 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him. Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah
When I think of all the wonderful promises that lie ahead when my Lord Jesus returns; my heart soars with a great indescribable joy. Then I am reminded by the Holy Spirit, He is always working right now in our everyday life. Several times I have experienced His delivered beauty instead some of my life’s discouraging ashes.
Ashes; Blown Away by the Wind
Yesterday’s ashes blow away in the wind; gathered no more to be kept; For the flower of tomorrow has no room for any of it. The deep lines of worry etched by time on the face, Are blown away they too are forever erased. The heavy thoughts that fight to surface now and then; They too are blown away by the wind. Pain, and despair, fears and shame, And every other discomfort that torments by any other name; All are ashes. All are discarded they are useless to keep. Ashes are everything that causes the heart to weep. Until this glorious day there is instruction wise, Fill your mind with Jesus, look into His eyes. Look into the promises in God’s Word. When you practice daily a new truth occurs, He indeed shares His beauty and places it within, Ashes are not kept there they are blown away by the wind.
John 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Isaiah 61:3 o appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
Insecurities plagued me I could easily see all that was wrong with me, but I was learning all that Jesus did for me on the cross. The holy Scriptures were teaching me some beautiful truths of His wondrous love and kindness toward those that He died for.
You Healed Me Like
Just like the man in the bible was touched so he could see; Jesus did the same thing for me. My eyes were opened …so I could recognize, The provision of His sacrifice. Like the deaf man was healed back then; My ears were opened so .the truth could enter in The truth about Jesus I understood; Thank You Lord that now my hearing is good. Like in the Scriptures the man dumb, My mouth is now able to sing the praise of God’s Son. Like the lame man, I can walk on God’s path, No longer bound…. flat on his back. My God leads me now step by step. I’m learning fast but I’m not running yet. Like the once crippled man picked up his bed long ago, I pick up my cross to follow the way I need to go. All the examples of healing done back then, Are also accomplished in every one that is born again. I marvel when Lazarus raised from the dead, That received new life when darkness fled. I can almost picture it was me; All bound – but now I’m free. I am alive…. the old me is no more, For I am born again and I abide in my Lord. I am now a seeing, hearing, achild of the King; Walking forward loving to His praises sing!
Psalms 146:8 The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lord loveth the righteous:
The Holy Spirit starts His holy work long before we know or even desire to know God. In times of quiet, and in times of trial we are touched with fascinating strands of truth. The salvation story enters into the hungry seeking heart. I now have a great hunger for the Word. God feeds me often all the wisdom I desire, and encourages me to even hunger for more!
Wisps of Truth
Wisps of truth, like delicate strands of gold Deposited in the secret place the heart holds Interwoven threads of goodness pure and undefiled Bits of God’s wisdom that causes the heart to smile Wondrous revelations that reveal God’s power and might That floods the inner sanctuary with eternal lights A supernatural breath of air that lifts up the heart to receive That, that their faith believes The truth of God’s love has a sweet taste As God introduces the wonder of His grace The captive is freed, like an eagle soars to great height As God’s forgiveness fills the soul with unearthly delights Great desire fills this place with the need to give praise At the truth of unworthiness, the heart bows amazed Beautifully adorned in worship as a living sacrifice Filled and overflowing, one with Jesus Christ A marvelous union so intricately designed One with the Truth – perfectly aligned Seek God and you will find peace Seek His ability for He is your strength Hunger for righteousness – He is the bread Thirst for His wisdom, He is the head Rest in His goodness, entrust your life to His care He is the fullness you seek, He is always willing to share Every trial you face, know He guides your step Every battle formed against you He is prepared for it Read God’s Word each and every day And the delicate strands of His truth will show you His way
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
The sad truth is we are always traveling the wrong way before we find Jesus, (The Way). We often are ignorant of the terrible destination of our soul as we live our self-pleasing, self-satisfying, sinful life. I will be forever grateful for the hard truth that moved me from the road of destruction and placed on the path of the Lord.
The Destination of Two Paths
There is a wide path marked with excess along the way; With easy access no hard rules to obey. If there is a regulation, they swerve to the right, Any infringement of self-satisfaction is grounds for a fight. The road is not lonely for many on its lane move, It becomes uncomfortable when asked to go another route. This is not the way right, choose instead the way of Christ, Follow the example He lived, follow after His life. Accept His work in your behalf – renounce your sin, And travel the straight and narrow road after Him. There are rules, but He gives you the ability to stand, Strong and accountable even through hostile land. He will give you joy unspeakable as He walks by your side. Filling with glory as you are formed as His bride. Two paths: one filled with God’s grace, And the other leads to terrible waste. There are two paths: one wayward all the way through, And the other devoted to in God’s Spirit move.
Psalms 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.
Matthew 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me
It is hard to believe the person I see in old family albums is really me. Really in many ways it is not me. I do not look the same, think, or believe the same. I am a new creation since I asked Jesus to forgive me and to become Lord of my life.
When the Book is Opened
Family albums are opened every once and awhile; At the images portrayed our heart smiles. How different you were back then; And oh what a change you see in your family and friends. One day you will behold the books of the Lord. The things about you and your family that He records. As you are seated on the other side of grace, Because you are His, they too bring a smile to your face. Many wonderful events you will see and hear, As your friends and family are drawn near. The world does not the same remain, Proudly all will declare Jesus’ name, The redeemed are forever to be at God’s side. A lovely image to behold as His bride. Not one stain or flaw will appear. Not one negative word will you hear. Without blemish before Him you stand; Such joy and peace rules the land. Love, peace, and joy walk in accord, All that breathes forever in tune with the Lord. Remember…one day when you reminisce with Him The good times never end.
The vilest person, the one you think grotesque and beyond redemption; in a moment, in the blink of the eye, may be seen as clean and new as a new born baby. I once would have said it was impossible, but I now know with God nothing is impossible; for He reached down and saved me from the death-sentence of sin. He paid the debt that I was incapable and unable to pay. The once lost was found, the unclean made pure, the despicable created beautiful, and raised up one with the Creator of all things.
Grand in God Sight
Magnificent and perfectly grand, Are those that take hold of God’s hand. Why is this seen as so impressive to God above? Great, is the chasm between hate and love. The step across the barrier that separates, Man from God is a great step in faith. When you trust in God and repent your sins, God enters your heart, and new life begins. You have put aside the desire to allow self to rule. This to God is a very precious jewel. Wondrous, majestic; larger than anything you know; Is the great work as you allow God to save your soul. Yes, I’m pleased with my children saved by grace A treasure in my eyes is each and every face.
Deuteronomy 32:9-12 For the LORD’s portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance. He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: So the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.
One day I heard the Lord ask me if I wanted to go fishing? God knows I am not an outdoorsy girl so I know He meant fishing for souls. The person that was heavy on my heart He showed me was a big fish I would one day catch. This was a great comfort for my soul. He still is out there but I believe he one day will be caught. Now I pray with confidence for him to be saved.
Many have gone fishing though they do not call it this. They are casting out in the world’s sea for certain kind of fish. Some seek to land a good job, or perhaps success is their game. Some search for wealth and some for fame. Certain individuals fish for complements as self is displayed. Some are fishing for trouble each and every day. Some seek excitement and toy with dangerous friends. They cast their line and will be sorry the mess they find they are in. There are fishers of lust and perversion, lies and deceit. Where are the fishers that will fish the lost in life’s streams? There is need for workers to follow after Christ, To be fishers of men; they dedicate their life. Come follow the example Jesus gave to thee, Die to self-ambitions and follow after me. I give you all things profitable to the soul. You will be well fed, clean, sound, and whole. Purpose in yourself to be as a sign for the world to behold; A sign that says Gone Fishing in letters bright and bold. A life that shouts, I am a fisherman in God’s employ, My task is a pleasure and brings great joy. It is time to go fishing; invite a friend to join you in your toil, You will have a good catch that never spoils.
Matthew 14:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.