Victory Is From The Lord

Fools will oppose with senseless prattle,

binding the truth with chains that rattle.

Though the horse is prepared for the day of battle,

Victory is from the Lord.

Liars, over simple, seek to hold sway;

cruelly intend to have their own way.

Tides can turn as we watch and pray

Victory is from the Lord.

Situation’s can often look rather bleak,

leave us feeling like we’re up a creek.

God’s face we must not fail to seek.

Victory is from the Lord.

We cannot succeed in our strength alone.

We need help to flow from heaven’s throne.

And in its arrival, this truth fully known

Victory is from the Lord!

11/21/2020

“A horse is prepared for the day of battle, but victory comes from the Lord.” Proverbs 21:31

Just Five Letters

Just five letters don’t have power

to save me from my sin,

heal my broken body,

or a victory to win.

 

Just five letters would not be enough

to cleanse my wretched soul,

fix the broken pieces of my life

or make me perfectly whole.

 

But there is a name, five letters long,

whose power and authority,

can vanquish every demon.

Give each captive liberty.

 

When on my baptismal day

name of Jesus, o’er me was spoken,

by all power vested in that name,

my chains of sin were broken.

 

Does the efficacy of that name still live on

J   E   S   U   S  ?

With all heaven standing behind it,

the only answer is YES!

 

9/10/19

Act 2:38,39  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 

For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 

 

Act 4:10-12  Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 

This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. 

 

Matthew 28:18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 

 

Colossians 3:17  And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. 

 

 

 

 

 

I Stand Here Transformed

 

I stand here
in front of the mirror
realizing I’m not the same person
that I used to be. Old habits, attitudes
once so binding, constricting,
like heavy shackles, have been loosed.
There is a lightness of spirit, a bounce in my
step that was not there before.
The woman
that stares back at me with tears flowing
down her cheeks once again receives
fresh revelation that
she is
a living trophy
of
Your
amazing
grace!

10/8/18

Who Is Waiting On Who?

…Go shew yourselves unto the priests… Luke 17:14.

Who Is Waiting On Who

 

“Go and shew yourselves unto the priests.”

Perhaps these were words they expected the least.

Why didn’t Jesus say , “I pronounce you healed.”?

Could it be there was truth He wanted revealed?

These lepers were cleansed as to the priest they went.

Their obedience preceded the miracle that was sent.

Many times we can feel like we’re waiting on God.

Could He be waiting on you? Don’t think it odd

that faith on our part does require action

to see our prayer answered and have satisfaction.

What is it that God, of you would require?

Will you willingly obey that you might acquire

the thing for which your soul doth hath need?

Exercise your faith by performing the deed.

There is victory ahead, a miracle in the making

if your obedience is the first step you’re taking.

11/26/18

 

Luke 17:11-14  And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.

And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:

And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. 

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

 

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yarn from dryer lint

yarn made with dryer lint

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art work made with dryer lint

Winter Wildflower

winter wildflower

There bloomed a winter wildflower
because God wanted you to know
limitless, His might and power
in your season of cold and snow.

Testing seemed to zap your strength but
there bloomed a winter wildflower.
God longs for you to see that what
you need can bloom at zero hour.

So dead appeared rose’s bower
in this frigid, chill nipping land.
There bloomed a winter wildflower,
product of Father’s loving hand.

Spring has come to your grateful heart.
Satan failed to devour.
Where he sought to plant doubtful dart
there bloomed a winter wildflower.

10/22/18

Whatsoever He Saith

stone jars

Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

These words of Mary to servants were spoken.

Their obedience to Jesus would be the token

of a miracle. They were about to view it.

 

Jesus told them, the waterpots to fill.

Perhaps this seemed a strange request,

but their compliance would soon be blessed

with water turned to wine. What a thrill!

 

What is it that the Master asks of you?

Does it by chance to you seem odd?

Please remember that obeying God

is always the right thing to do.

 

I’m convinced more miracles we would see

if when God speaks to us through His Word

we would become doers of what we’ve heard.

It’s the sure path to victory.

9/6/18

 

“His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.  When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.” John 2:5-11

 

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22

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Miracle Rose

miracle rose

Miracle rose breaks through the ground

where rigid hardness did abound.

To bloom, it seemed there was no way.

God’s gracious love has won the day,

Sweet blossoming life now is found.

 

Stubborn hearts can be brought around

by tenderness, divine profound

and yield to its gentle sway.

Miracle rose.

 

Cold souls may be a battle ground,

with intervention, can rebound.

Let not their stiffness cause dismay.

Be it fuel to watch and pray.

Result of faith, it will astound.

Miracle rose.

 

8/3/18

Overcomer

Diving for treasure 2

The lady wearing the captain’s hat in the photo above is Sis. Eva Kolej. She is our Kid’s Church Director, is the most organized person I know and does an incredible job keeping everything running smoothly for children’s church. This past year, she and her family really went through a difficult trial when she was diagnosed with cancer. In spite of everything she was going through she still managed to put out schedules for Kid’s Church so each teacher/worker could be prepared and know what they were supposed to do. She also continued taking classes through Institute of Conservative Apostolic Theology and still worked her job at the times she felt physically well enough to do it. We are so thankful(although I’m sure not as much as she is)that Sis. Eva is on the other side of this trial now, with the cancer in remission. God was faithful to her, and she was faithful to Him. She testified last night in service of God’s faithfulness and goodness to her during her trial, and then her daughter Bell sang a song I love called Overcomer. The presence of God came down in a very powerful way as Sis. Bell sang, and many were touched and strengthened by the Spirit of God.

It is truly a great blessing that we can be overcomers in our trials if we will just be faithful to God and keep holding on through the storm. Thank you Sister Eva, for your wonderful testimony!

 

Darkness Vanquished

You ruled my past.

    Like a merciless monster you

                   came to me in many forms.

                            Depression, ignorance, false doctrine,

                                       thoughts of suicide, foreboding clouds, betrayal,

                             self-loathing and feelings of doom, just

                      to name a few.  You sought to encompass my heart

        in a cocoon of hopelessness in a manner so sinister,

conniving, oppressive and strangling. So near you were

               to me that your icy cold breath felt like heavy

                         chains around my neck.

Helpless was I to penetrate your tangible shadows

until one day I found

The Light that could!

             That Light now lives in me, glows through me

                  reigns in me. I still fight you, my enemy, but

                       it is no longer in my strength alone, and I want you

                                to know that even in my toughest days,

                                      although it may feel like my flame is dim,

                                              darkness can never extinguish

                                                    even the tiniest light!

 

9/12/17