My Weakness, His Strength

It oft produces a feeling forlorn

can leave me feeling spent and worn

when in my own grit, its fury I’ve borne……

My weakness.

It should elicit bended knees

on which to offer humble pleas

to the One by whose help, those burdens ease……

My weakness.

It just might  be the vehicle,

troubles that come to weary the soul 

 to prompt relinquish of mine own control…..

My weakness.

That grievous weight I struggle to bear,

when at last it is given over in prayer,

that blessed assurance my God does share…..

His strength.

My liberated being truly sings,

renewed by the joy His presence brings.

I find myself lifted on eagle’s wings…..

His strength.

So when I’m trembling and brought down low,

my world is rocking to and fro,

how else, but through weakness could I know????

His strength!

9/1/21

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 

2 Corinthians 12:9

You Are The Potter

You are the Potter.

I am the clay.

As handcrafted creation

I’ve no right to say

“Why hast thou made me thus?”

It’s not open for us to discuss.

You are the Potter.

I am the clay.

On your spinning wheel

teach me to stay.

Let  your hands shape me in the right direction,

yielding to  pressure

that works out imperfection.

You are the Potter.

I am the clay.

Perhaps I’m not exquisite 

and put on display.

Let me be content

just by You to be used

in the exact manner 

that You wisely choose.

You are the Potter.

I am the clay.

If you see part of me

that’s in disarray

to you I make this earnest appeal

although it may hurt, put me back on the wheel.

You are the Potter.

I am the clay.

You know what’s best.

Dear Lord, have Your way.

In your mercy and patience

cease not to work on me

till I’m fit for a God filled eternity.

11/27/2020

“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.” Isaiah 64:8

“Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.” Jeremiah 18:3,4

“Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?” Romans 9:20,21

The Call

desperate prayer

 

Call in the lefties,

those rambunctious boys,

to hammer and clamor

and make lots of noise.

 

Fill folks with fear.

Tell them some lies.

Make them stay home

under health safety guise.

 

Bark out strict orders.

You have the potential

to keep open businesses

you deem essential.

 

Use some scare tactics

of falsely called science,

lest the masses get wise

and rise up in defiance.

 

Daily and nightly

spew out fake news.

Blind obedience of people

you don’t want to lose.

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Call the true Christians

to get on their knees

and cry out to God

in desperate pleas

 

for wisdom to know

how to fight the corruption

that oozes and flows

like volcanic eruption,

 

for restoration of freedom

that teeters and lurches

threatening long closure

of our much needed churches,

 

for courage to speak,

the gospel, still spread

and boldly declare

our God is not dead!

 

Our grit is not sufficient

God of battle, our Lord.

Give us the strength

to wield your sword.

 

Use common folks

like you and like me

to help us preserve

sweet liberty.

 

5/5/2020

 

Ephesians 6:12-18  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.
In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;
and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 

 

 

 

Don’t Get Caught Up On The Whys

why

When doubts invade as an unwelcomed prancer;
questions eat at you like a growing cancer.
You don’t understand and long for an answer.
Don’t get caught up on the whys.

For this calamity you had to make room.
Somber clouds on your horizon now loom.
You long for joy, but you wrestle with gloom.
Don’t get caught up on the whys.

You may feel you’re at the end or your rope.
You’re struggling to function, go forward or cope.
There’s a key to not giving up all hope.
Don’t get caught up on the whys.

If you love God, all things work together for good
though you may not see now how they possibly could.
The Lord knows best, be it understood.
Don’t get caught up on the whys.

When despair and depression seem to be pally,
the passageways of your mind you must rally.
Start praising your way out of this lonely valley.
Don’t get caught up on the whys.

Life is not always fair, this is true.
Your tranquil essence can turn suddenly askew,
but you can be a victor. Determine that you
don’t get caught up on the whys.

6/1/19

Proverbs 3:5,6 – “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

I Peter 1:6 – “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:”

Romans 8:28 -” And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

The Death Of A Foe

Hidden deep within
the recesses of my heart was
a seed of sedition
that I could not perceive –
until the day
the preacher I did not know
stepped up to the pulpit
and began to speak about
bitterness.

Me, bitter?
I was just nursing a little grudge, because
after all, she did say
some very hurtful things.
Was this really a big deal?
I still loved God.
As war raged inside me,
my epiphany led me to realize
I was the deer in
the headlights,
the unclothed emperor
not knowing he was
naked until
someone with audacity
told him.

Some very strong words
came to my mind.
“Kill or be killed!”
Suddenly, I found myself
at an altar,
repeatedly stabbing
that seed with
tears of repentance.

I arose feeling confident that
something died inside of me,
and I pray it
never resurrects!
2/8/19

Molido

suffering Savior

I am blessed to be able to listen in on high school Bible class along with our distance learners every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Brother Johnson has done a wonderful job teaching on the life of Christ, and recently he has been teaching on the events leading up to Jesus’ death. We were studying the trial of Jesus and the beating that He endured before the crucifixion. One of the Scriptures we read was Isaiah 53:5.

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” 

One of the things Brother Johnson mentioned was the Hebrew word used for bruised in that passage has the connotation of being ground up or crushed. I have a Spanish-English Bible that I use, and I looked over and saw that the word used for bruised in Spanish is “molido”. I knew that this word meant ground, but I looked it up to see if there were any other meanings and found that it can also mean “crushed, milled or aching all over.” What an incredible glimpse and insight this gave me of Calvary! The presence of God came down in this class, and you could hear many of the students weeping and giving praise and thanks to God.

Another thought that entered my mind was where I have seen that word “molido” used. I thought of Hispanic markets where you can buy “carne molida”(femine form of the word), which is ground beef. Can you imagine God loving mankind so much that He was willing to come to earth to take on the form of flesh and endure a torturous death that would reduce Him to appear as a piece of bloody ground up meat? His love is amazing beyond words, and I am so thankful that He let me experience the awesome wonder of it afresh and anew once again!

Molido

Que amor! Mi Díos en carne fue reducido
a un cuerpo roto, completamente molido.
Más que cualquier hombre fue estropeado y maltratado.
Pagó el precio por mi pecado.
Su amor es asombroso y muy profundo.
Se extiende a todo el mundo.
Que nunca me olvide el sacrificio del Calvario
por la pena del pecado se convirtió en mi vicario.

12/13/18

 

The Propelling Power Of Hunger

 

In a third world country

an extremely thin man stands alongside

a cow at a garbage dump, both driven

by the need for something

to eat . A foreigner, professional

photographer, sees this as a photo op

and begins snapping pictures.  The scavenging man

is not influenced in the slightest by the flashing

camera, quest to fill his screaming stomach

completely dominates.

 

Four teenage boys were drunk again

on a  Sunday evening, seeking a temporary

oasis from their miserable lives. As rain began to

come down harder, they stumbled to the corner

where they heard music and robust singing.  They

were in front of the “weird church” as the crowd

they ran with had called it.  Seeking asylum from

the pelleting  droplets, they decided to go in.  Slipping

in the back row, they sat for a few minutes, simply

observing, until one of them began to snicker. These

people with their eyes closed, hands raised and some of

them speaking strange foreign languages just seemed so

funny. Soon they were all snickering and rib poking

though most members  seemed unaware of their antics.

A disgruntled looking usher made his way toward the platform

motioning to a man sitting behind the pulpit.  A brief discourse

took place between them. The man eyed the youth at the

back of the church and shook his head. As the usher returned

to his post, the man seated behind the pulpit came

forward and begin to read a text. One of the boys,

 the one with the plaid scarf

found that he was suddenly sober

while the disrespectful titters continued to

come from the others. As the man in the front spoke

the sober lad began to feel a multitude of emotions

regret

   guilt

       shame

          remorse

                    and a strange longing.

After only fifteen minutes an altar call was given.

The leader of the blitzed boys whispered

that it was time to go. As they exited the pew,

the lad with plaid turned the opposite direction,

Walking to the front of the church

peer pressure lost its grip as

a ravaging inner famine drove

him to fall on his knees

where he wept himself

into the presence of

the Almighty and loving God.

 

10/11/18

 

 

 

What Many Throw Away

Many consider it worthless as dross,
something that into the trash you should toss.
Let’s take a look from another perspective
and see wherein lies useful beauty, effective.
It can make great bedding for your pet.
Economically, it is your best bet.
When the kids are bored on a rainy day,
you can use it to whip up some papier-mâché.
To soak up those spills that are accidental
you’ll find it to be very instrumental.
Employ it to make stuffed animals, soft toys
that will be a delight to young girls and boys.
To bring some warmth to a crusty, old codger,
pack it in a tube sock to make a draft dodger.
Save it by colors, and tear it apart
to create truly stunning works of art.
Make a new Fuzzy Wuzzy just because
you can fill him with this cost effective fuzz.
In case you’ve not guessed from each given hint,
I speak of the charm of dryer lint.
Before I end my utterance, just let me say
we can also apply this in a spiritual way.
Oddballs, losers, misfits that many would cast aside
are still precious souls for whom Jesus died.
If they will surrender themselves to the Master
He’ll make beauty out of what would have been a disaster.
My life changed by one touch of God’s fingerprint,
and I’m happy to be counted among the Lord’s lint!
10/26/18

 

dryer lintdryer lint

 

yarn from dryer lint

yarn made with dryer lint

dryer lint 2   dryer lint art 1

art work made with dryer lint

Confession And Prayer Of One Derelict In Duty

woman interceding 

Lord, I come before you with confession.

My prayers of late have been a little cold.

They ‘re sounding  like a jumbled mumbling session,

not pleas of interceding saints of old.

 

Often, do I ask for daily bread,

help to face the pressures of this life,

neglecting in strong wrestling to be lead

for those who still are lost in sin and strife.

 

So let my heart be broken once again

with the weighty things that break the heart of God

the perishing, precious souls of unredeemed men

who upon this earth do everywhere  trod.

 

Your loving burden, pour into my spirit

as Your blessed face I humbly seek.

Anoint me, that your word I’ll take and share it.

With boldness, may I go and stand and speak.

 

8/31/18

 

“Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.” Acts 5:20

The Unseen Mill

gristmill 2

There is a special gristmill, not seen by human eye.
The thing that’s ground within it is not grain.
Many would escape its clutches, and here’s the reason why.
It can be a source of suffering and pain.
When heartache comes our way or great affliction,
woes, losses or perhaps a body  ill,
it may for us, just be a crucifixion
of our selfish, stubborn, defiant human will.
If we, to this character crushing can submit,
allow the thing that God is bringing to pass,
when the process is done, it’s then that we’ll be fit
our life can feed one, two, three, perhaps a mass.
So when circumstances of life seem to pound you down,
you feel that you have had more than your fill,
an abundant ending will surely come around
if you’ll let God do the work on that unseen mill.
5/24/18