The Gift of Love

Psalm 42:1-2

1 As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So my soul pants for You, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;
When shall I come and appear before God?

Psalm 34:5

5 They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces will never be ashamed.

Philippians 2:15
15 so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world,

The Gift of Love

Here I am and You called to me on my sick-bed

Knowing that I could hardly take a breath full of anxiety and dread

Six times to the hospital and my lungs are still not fixed

A second virus shingles squeezes in and gives my body another kick

But in the midst of all of this there was so much pain upon my soul

For being the one to hold our family back and now no drug coverage, has dug a financial hole

It’s been three weeks and I still don’t know, when I can return to work

Sitting here feeling so useless, I felt like a failure and a jerk

But than You Lord called to me and talked me through my daily devotions

And I was so surprised to hear from You in the midst of all this emotional commotion

Now that I had the time You talked with me and explained how much You miss me

And how there could be joy in the midst of trials if I would bring those fears to Thee

You were tender when You pointed out were I had gotten way off track

How I let bitterness and anger misconstrue some crucial facts

I was seeing You as an angry father , a taskmaster I could not please

It seemed so impossible to be that perfect Christian, I tried so hard to be

So full of pride at my failing I avoided spending time with You

At one point I had started to think, this Christian walk was something I couldn’t do

As soon as I thought of  that my heart was full of shame

And You said my precious child I love you just the same

For all fall short everyone that is why you need me

To help guide you and protect you and give you the strength to see

Not with eyes that reflect this world but with spiritual eyes that see things differently

First you have to take on faith that My love for you will never end

That no matter how you sin I will be here to restore you and pick you up again

You are my little lamb that is walking by my side

But suddenly your chasing butterflies and you have wonder out just like the tide

I will always call you back, but little lamb you have to listen for my voice

And if your late on hearing it than you have to make a choice

To believe in me and understand I am a Lord of Love

And come running back no matter where you’ve been, with your eyes focused on Me above

I will always love you unconditionally in a way that you can never understand

That’s why my death at Calvary was done freely, to save every man

Not because man could ever do, something that was worthy of my gift You know

It was because I love them all regardless if they choose to acknowledge Me or if their friends or foes

I know you have walked through lots of trials and I am so happy you endured

But my little Lamb I need you to pay attention to my word

Try to do the best you can to follow where I lead with a heart that’s full of thanks and praise

And regardless of your circumstance I will fill your heart with joy and give you peace for the moment, even on the hardest days

Now for the first time ever, I know how much I’m loved by Jesus, the Awesome God of Love

And that feeling pushes out the anger and the bitterness and ushers in forgiveness that was undreamed of

Although I still am very week and my Lungs have  a ways to go, it so nice to know

That everyday You meet me here, You fill my heart with joy that over rides the pain I feel, because I finally know how much you love me so.

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Your Faith Will Be Your Song

Ephesians 6:16

“above all, taking the shield of faith with which
you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of
the wicked one.”

1 John 1:5-7

This is the message which we have heard
from Him and declare to you, that God is light
and in Him is no darkness at all
6 If we say we have fellowship with Him,
and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice
the truth
7 But if walk in the light as He is in the light
we have fellowship with one another, and the
blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin

Isaiah 12:2

“Behold God is my salvation
I will trust and not be afraid
For Yah the Lord, is my strength
and song;
He has also become my salvation.

Your Faith Will be Your Song

Although I am under rainy skies and I can hear the thunder loudly  bellow

The Lord says hush my child trust and not be afraid, of things that linger in the shadows

For while you walk in the light with Me, you are safe and sound

It’s when you wander far from Me, that trouble soon abounds

Your best defense of defeating fear, is to bring it to My feet

Than with my word you will speak to it and chase away defeat

Why do you worry so about the things that kill the body

For tonight could claim your very soul, tell me  what would you embody

Would you be going to paradise full of My Glory and My Grace

Or would you be an empty shell that is not called to a better place

You see the safest place for you, is to stay close to Me

Learn My ways and obey My commands and than you will be free

And if the devil should attack your shield of faith you should find it strong

Because of all you learned from Me your faith will be your song

A Song of Praise

Psalm 40:2-3

“He has also brought me out of a horrible pit,
Out of a miry clay,
And set my feet upon a rock,
And established my steps.
He has put a new song in my mouth-
Praise to our God;
Many will see it and fear,
And will trust in the Lord.”

Psalm 42:5
“Why are you cast down O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise him
For the help of his countenance.”

Psalm 147:11
“The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
In those who hope in his mercy.”

A Song of Praise

The winds that whip across her brow’ do not soothe but burn

Tossing back and forth she tries to suck air violently, treading
water pleading for the Lord to return

The storm descends, darkness envelops her, in the midst of so
many trials

She is slowly sinking by the mile her face a masks of smiles

Disobedience, Pride, trying to do it all on her own, recipes for disaster

In between screaming gales a promise is whispered by her master

Look up my child and trust in my mercy and my love

Take my hand and feel yourself float toward the light above

Focus on me and I will block the wind and set your feet back
on solid ground

Slowly she looks up from the dark expanse and see’s a glimmer of hope that could send her glory bound

Believe, Hope and Trust in my Goodness and praise my Holy name

For I am help in present danger and I alone can bring the healing rain

I am always with you and will never cease to show you mercy, in the coming days

I give Forgiveness for your repentance, and obedience to my ways,
will lead to a heart that overflows in gratitude and on your lips sincere felt praise

These are the things that touch my heart, so child take my hand

And I will take you for my kingdom and set your feet upon dry land

Despite all that she’s defiled and all her sin, she took his words to heart

And he washed her white as snow and set her feet upon the rock , tenderly he steadied her for a brand new start

And now as she walks in this world, her step is so much lighter and you can plainly hear

The songs of praise she sings out loud, so lovely and so clear

What’s in a Name

Acts 4:12

“Nor is there salvation in any other,

for there is no other name under heaven given

among men by which we must be saved.”

What’s in a Name

What’s in a name you ask, who Is it that they seek

Someone that is pure in heart, strong, but still He’s meek

His spirit he will not push on you, He will wait until your ready

No matter if your friend or foe, flakey or a steady Eddie

He’ll make his presence known to you He will not pass you by

His creation screams designer, just look at the heavens in the sky

Some call Him their conscience, some deny He ever lived

But almost all have heard of Him and the miracles He did

He came to heal the broken-hearted, beaten down by great despair

To give liberty to the captives of a sin sick world, who’s cries echo through the air

He brings comfort to the lonely and hope to those dying from disease

Just  say his name  He’ll be there and His mercy will give you sweet reprieve

From those burden’s you can’t carry, He alone can bear the weight

Learn to trust Him with your problems and your fears  will  dissipate

When your back is against the wall, there is no other place to be

Than cradled by a loving Savior, that will fight for thee

So if its forgiveness and redemption you desire, go on and speak His name

Cry out to sweet Jesus and you life will never be the same

Ask for His forgiveness for all the sins you can not bear

tell him you believe in Him and redeem the  eternal life he wants to share

For there is no other name under heaven, by which you can be saved

So cry out to now to Jesus ,let him come and save the day

The Hand

Romans 8:15-16

15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

My sweet Lord my only refuge from life’s storm

(The following poem was written about a near death experience that happened to me when I was around eight years old. I was in the ER room because of an asthma attack and was given a drug that caused an instant allergic reaction that sent me into convulsions. I am reminded of this experience because I am having a hard time with my asthma and had to be rushed to the hospital where they discovered a lung infection. As I write this I am having pain in my right lung and it is still uncomfortable to breathe sometimes but I am getting better. It is a scary feeling not being able to breathe but it is comforting to remember what happened when I was just eight years old. The memory of those events always reminds me of how faithful the Lord has been to me. Because he reached out to me as a child who could not begin to comprehend who or what he was but he was there to give comfort, love and to be a true and present help in my time of need)

I remember as a little girl in the hospital emergency room
the doctors gave me a drug and I felt the impending doom
the panicked feeling that something was wrong
than the lights went out and everything was completely gone
I felt like I was falling down a well and I could see nothing all around
than suddenly I heard a voice say, I got you you’ll be alright, than sweet peace was found
I had the sensation of being held in a giant hand
A pleasant place, warm and comfy I seemed to land
Now I became aware of voices in the emergency room a long way off
it sounded like a lot of commotion but I was lost
in the peaceful world of love stored in this hand
I thought again what a safe warm and comfy place to land
I never questioned the voice or the hand, I just enjoyed what it had to give
On entering that place all fear was gone, I never questioned if I’d live
I could hear the emergency room voices clearer now and I heard someone say she’s coming back
I did not know how long I was gone, but I knew that I had met the Lord that’s a fact
Than the lights came on, and I could see, I was back in the emergency
the doctor said how do you feel with urgency
I never told them about the hand I just told them all that I was fine
At eight I did not know how to tell them, I was with my Lord divine
Now as an adult and I am really scared, I think of that moment back in time
And I remind myself, that I will never be alone, the Lord is with me always
And I can cry out to Him, to take the fear away and ask Him to lead me all my days
I have the chance to tell the world, that the Lord is completely real
And He loves us no matter what we`ve done,where we’ve gone or how we feel
All you have to do, is confess that you need Him and invite him in,
ask Him to reveal Himself to you so your journey can begin
Take on faith and believe, that His Son Jesus died for you
So you would not be alone, in a sin sick world, even in death He will come through
And guide you to eternal life it`s true
Please don`t wait to accept this gift, we don`t how long we have in life
He gives us all free will to choose and now the time is ripe
For the Lord won`t force us to accept this precious gift that protects us all
from facing hardship all alone even in death he wont let you fall
All to many will die alone and it`s really such a waste
That so many will leave this place and never seek his face

Trials

I wrote this while I am sick in bed with a cold that went straight to my chest. I have to stay in my room because I have asthma and a cold like this makes me allergic to all the dogs and other animals we have as well as the weather outside. Normally my system has built up a tolerance for our hairy brood but the infection has made my lungs super sensitive to them and the humidity in the air. The air conditioner located in my room, set to a cool 68 degrees and a battery of drugs makes it much easier for me to breath until I can fight off this cold. So the way I see it is. I could feel sorry for myself and cry which just makes me even more stuffed up or I could focus on the Lord instead. I chose the latter.

Psalm 100 vs 4
Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name

Trials

When I was hurting Jesus, you were there for me
You were the friend, I could never be
On the occasion I lied
You were the court, in which I could never be tried
For on You was pinned, all of my sins
Where I end You begin
On the nights, that were the blackest black
You were the light that led me back
Before You I never really knew, the meaning of joy
That’s not dependent on people,money,success or toys
In the past people branded me disabled, defunct
You gave me courage to throw out those labels as junk
Your spirit empowered me to live, laugh and love
while You guide my journey from the heavens above
Difficulties sometimes, are the tools that You use for my gain
You lead me through the fire, forever changed
Rebuilt by Your love, I am the picture of Your grace
I deserved death but instead You embrace
All that I was, all that I am and all that I will be
So I can lead others to You, for a chance to be free
From all of their sorrow, guilt, grief, and pain
To believe in the Lord while the time still remains

In Praise of One who is Worthy

Psalm 9 vs 1-3

“I will thank the Lord with all my heart;

I will declare all Your wonderful works.

I will rejoice and boast about you;

I will sing about Your name, Most High”

J esus you saved my life even when I deserved death, I rejoice in You

E verything on earth was created by you,plants, animals, birds, reptiles, and fish I revel in your creativity

S unrise, life-giving light wrapped in beautiful splendor, its reminds me of the way You light up my life with Your love

U ndeniable faithfulness, You are always there when I need you, my Protector, my Sheppard, I would be lost without You

S unsets painted  in deep orange and amber hues reflect your glory, the heavens shout out  to me, He is worthy to be praised, and I agree

C radled by your promises I can sleep in sweet peace, trouble can not find me here

H is life was taken in ransom for mine, Lord if I knew the full extent of Your love I might be crushed by it

R eceiving your precious gift of eternal life, by believing and confessing I was a sinner,  that I believe in You and Your power to save me

I nstantly from that moment on  my life was transformed, You taught me joy even in the midst of deep sorrow and gave me strength to face tomorrow

S tanding on  the Rock I know my future is secure even though the waves are high and the water is rough

T oday kneeling in prayer I rejoice because the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings wants a relationship with me! Oh Lord,  how I praise your Mighty Name