A FIRM FOUNDATION

What makes a man
Stand firm in his faith?
What makes a man believe?

What makes a man
Stand strong with conviction?
What makes others unable to perceive?

His thoughts, his loyalty

It is a firm foundation, where generation, upon generation
Conceived and passed down their inherited trait
To believe in the One True God

And…

What makes a man walk away
From his faith
What makes him fall prey to being deceived?

The lack of knowledge
In our creator
The inability to Jehovah to cleave

Comes from the
Sinful nature of man
Of which we never have a reprieve

Thus, faith takes determination
It takes willful intent
It takes the most consistency

To a daily walk
With The Father, Son and Spirit
The Holy Trinity

Without a daily walk
Without a routine conversation
Without quiet time to adore and confess

Without a relationship
With Jesus, The Christ
Without thankful praise…before requests

God turns a deaf ear
To those who would plea
In their darkest hour…”hear me O Lord”

For His word says
He will not know their name (Matthew 7:21-23 (NIV))
If their house is not built on the rock, it will fall with a great crash in wind and rain

So build your house upon the rock, The Lord Jesus
And your daughters and sons will see
The Blessings of God The Father displayed, on every man who in His great name…BELIEVES!

DO YOU GET IT?

Contemporary poetry
Leaves me agitated and confused
As I search for meaning
Through every line

I’ve no idea of what
The Author is speaking
I’ve read it and read it
Now…this is the third time!

And I still can’t make sense
Of the embedded meaning
I prefer to tightly weave it
As to leave the yarn unwound

Reaching the larger audience
With reasonable intelligence
Poetry speaks best when the point
Is not mysteriously profound

Yes, you may consider my work
“Elementary, Dear Watson”
With the meaning laid bare
On every line

But, Today’s poetry reads to me
Like a Foreign Language
Encrypted, concealed
It is for this reason, I opine

So please don’t hide it, or mask it
With verse inconceivable
For I’ve loved poetry since I first read
Bemelman’s Madeline

When I read it, I prefer to “get it”
So please stop blurring the lines
And yes…rythmical composition
Is how poetry is defined

Yes, it takes
A very clever chap …book writer
To get the point across
In Rhyme!

BLESSINGS AND BURDENS

With every Blessing, comes a burden
Every blue sky has hidden rain

With every pleasure, joy and comfort
Therein lies displeasure, sorrow, pain

But when we focus on the burden
Sadness, anger, grief, distress

We are unable to enjoy the blessing
With gratitude, love and thankfulness

So when you find yourself in due season
Be it pleasure, pain or test

Live each day clinging to the Savior
Knowing Jesus will reveal what’s best

WALKING IN TANDEM

Hello friend,

It’s been several weeks since my last post and it is so good to be back online!

If these words encourage you on your personal walk of faith, I’d love to hear from you in the comments section.

I trust that today finds you healthy and well and I hope you will enjoy today’s message, entitled… Walking In Tandem.

Joyfully,

Marie

You, O Lord are the deepest desire of our hearts
Still the evil one schemes to keep us far apart

With a ventriloquist’s array of voices, he tries to distract
The hearts of those in You, Lord, that are solidly intact

He thinks if he is relentless, “flesh” will soon give in
Leaving shattered pieces of us, he can corrupt all over again

But You, Lord, are the mender of all of our broken pieces
This truth is known to all who believe in Your Biblical teachings

We long to spend precious time at Your feet
Near to the golden covering of Your Mercy Seat

To learn from You, Lord, throughout eternity
The meaning of our lives and Your calling on THE

Church…YOUR CHURCH

To share our own journey with those who will listen
To keep each and everyone from entering into perdition

We may not be Bible Scholars or Angelic Saints
We are not models of excellence…and perfect? NO WE AINT!

But we are children of The Most High God
Called to walk in tandem, where His feet have trod

Leaving behind a legacy, that puts their own faith in His name
Forsaking “ALL OTHER VOICES” that would purpose to defame

The Holiest of Holy’s, our Lord Jesus, The Prince of Peace
All Powerful, Mighty Warrior, Glorious, Righteous, King of Kings

So we walk in tandem with You O Lord, one behind the other
Should one veer off Your path, O Lord, he is rescued by a brother

…Or sister

Who has died to “self”
Now living ONLY for you O Lord

Walking step by step, in tandem with You
In harmony and of one accord

So let our character, conduct and conversation
Reflect our faith in You

So that others will see Your good works in us
And be compelled to want the same thing too

PERFECT PEACE

Today’s  post entitled PERFECT PEACE, was inspired by the reading of God’s Word from the book of Hebrews 3:7-19 (NIV)

 

 

we must pay careful attention

so that we do not

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like the generation in the desert

whose hearts were always

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a

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          y ~~~

for God declared an oath in his anger

” They shall never enter my rest”

let us

  see to it

dear brothers and sisters

that we

do not

put God to the test

but encourage one another

daily

as long as it is called

today

that none of us

may be hardened

by sin’s deceitfulness

and

decay

for we have come

to share in Christ

if we hold firmly

to

The End

the confidence

we had at first

when the

ministry

of Christ

began

His Spirit judges the heart

nothing

in all creation

is hidden

from

God’s sight

everything is

uncovered

and laid

b     a     r     e

before

The Cross

let us make

every effort

to get

it

right

So not one

f

         a

                   l

                            l

                                     s

by following an example of disobedience

that not one

at Heaven’s Gate

is turned away

and ALL  will enter

into God’s

Perfect Peace

when we stand before

The King

on

Judgement Day

Hebrews 3:7-19 New International Version (NIV)

Warning Against Unbelief

So, as the Holy Spirit says:

“Today, if you hear his voice,
    do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion,
    during the time of testing in the wilderness,
where your ancestors tested and tried me,
    though for forty years they saw what I did.
10 That is why I was angry with that generation;
    I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray,
    and they have not known my ways.’
11 So I declared on oath in my anger,
    ‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ”[a]

12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. 15 As has just been said:

“Today, if you hear his voice,
    do not harden your hearts
    as you did in the rebellion.”[b]

16 Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.

QUIT QUITTING!

I want to quit “quitting”
To the utmost extent To see just “one” thing through to completion For me would be an event

I tend to give up the ghost
When the going gets rough
With only excuses as to
Why my situation is too

“Tough to handle”

For Some of these issues

I say I just don’t have the time
But to tell you the truth
That’s just a

Tired

Old line

I keep telling myself
That maybe one day
When I retire
I’ll do what I say

Can’t be done at the moment
Because time’s not
On my side
But that is such a cop out
That derails and derides

My motivation, momentum
Determination and drive
To finish the course
See what’s on…the other side

Of procrastination
Lack of determination
Intimidation and
Sloth

Wrestling with low self esteem
As my bones and dreams
Turn to
Rot

But “TODAY”…as they say
“BEGINS THE REST OF YOUR LIFE”
Don’t squander it, abuse it
No YOU have the right

To see your dreams
come to pass
Each endeavor hit the mark
But they will never come to fruition

If you don’t ever START

To focus on the goal, the prize
How you’ll feel when you begin
To Stop it! Quit Quitting!
And see one dream through…To the end!

WHAT NOW?

Put to rest the hurt and shame of days gone by, or like a Monarch tied to a stone…you’ll never be able to fly.

Carrying the weight of a negative past, keeps you chained inside…to an emotion, place or event,  that was not meant to last a  lifetime

But ordained by God, so that He could use your life as a testament, of his abundant grace and prove to you…that’s why his Son was sent.

So, to you and others like you and me, who still cling to that heavy stone, He will never leave us or forsake us…our sins have been atoned.

And yes, we have to let go of the old, so we can accept the new.  A clinched fist  cannot accept His grace, but an open palm…He will use,

To bless our lives going forward, as we journey on our way.  Closing our hand, only to take hold of…what our hearts are willing to give away.

 Yes, we are all on a specific journey, our days here are numbered…it’s true. It is appointed unto man, once to die. There is none invincible… not me, not you.

So as we contemplate this life we’re given we must not ponder over all the “why’s?” but in reverence, bow our heads to the Thee…asking Lord what would you have us do now?

Much To Perceive

Looking for inspiration
I began searching high and low
For something of meaning and value
But for what…I didn’t know

I longed to captivate my readers
Engage their hearts, their minds intrigue
By words given to me from The Father
A rhythmic story with…

Much to perceive

Today He speaks to me on criticism
With loving acceptance when we’re wrong
But in turn He is expectant of us…
To sing our debtors the very same song

Constructive criticism from a loved one
May sound harsh at best
By Not allowing it to fall on deaf ears
Will lead to greater happiness

Yes, critcism can be hard to swallow
Especially when believed it’s undeserved
But with closer introspection we may find
What we needed… is just what we heard

Like iron sharpens iron it is our duty
To Instruct and admonish one another
Helping each other stay the course
Losing not one sister…not one brother

Because the heart is inherently selfish
Of this fact we don’t have to learn
Yet, the heart is also giving and caring
Expressing the deepest of concerns

Yet, sometimes it takes harsh words
A wake-up call to make you realize
Due to your own actions or misgivings
You, yourself…compromised

Your own integrity,
Respectability or situation
Your work, your health,
Your dreams, your goals

So we must lovingly give and accept
Constructive criticism
Especially…
When it hits home!

One Wild and Precious Life

The Garden of Eden
Filled with God’s Truth
Was no match for temptation
When Eve focused on the fruit…she couldn’t have

Instead of basking in God’s Glory
Where every need was met
She allowed Satan to keep her focused
On the one thing…she couldn’t get

This negative focus
Darkened her mind
Clouded her Spirit
She was unable to find…”ALL” she did have

Gazing only on the luscious fruit
That “for her”, God had NOT provided
Darkness surrounded her heart
The temptation… never subsided

Staying focused on what was wrong
She failed to see ALL that God made right
Banishment from His hallowed ground
Soon became her plight

The same goes
“For us”
When we refuse to enjoy our
One wild and precious life

Approaching God on our knees
With Thanksgiving
He pours into us
His transforming light

Light that pierces
Through the dark
Bringing clarity
To what we think is wrong

Changing our focus
To ALL that is lovely and pure
Gives our heart
A grateful song

The next time you feel tempted
To stray off of God’s Garden Path
Remember it is cold
And dark

And thank Him for the
One wild and precious life
He intended for you
From the start

Scripture References:
Philippians 4:8 (NIV) “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy…think about such things.”

Romans 12:2 (NIV) ” Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Reflect and Share:
Are you generally a positive person…or do you tend to see the glass half empty? Where is your focus now; after reading today’s post? Leave a comment in the comments section. I’d love to hear your feedback.

Soul Mission

Who steals your peace? Who steals your joy?
And why do you let him? I implore of you
To take control of your Joy and your Peace
Keeping them tucked away
From the robber’s reach

Peace resides in the hearts of those who believe
Joy fills every heart that lovingly receives God’s Grace
With an open palm and arms raised to the Heavens
In Praises and Songs to the Giver of Peace
Which surpasses all Understanding

Who Steals your Joy? Who steals your Peace?
And why do you let him? Are you asleep?
Awake! Stand Guard!
Keep Watch! Listen!
Killing the robber is the soul’s only mission

Take away his ability to steal in the night
When he pilfers near your heart
You must shine your light
Bringing to the forefront his dastardly deeds
Till up his garden, throw away his seed

Into the Fire
Hear it crackle and pop… for this is the only way to
Make
The robber
STOP!

Yes you control your Joy and your Peace
And you alone can make the robber cease
Cease to exist in your heart and mind
Cease to exist for all space and time
By staying vigilant…let your light continuously shine

Darkness is put to death
When you stay in control
Never allow it
To overtake
Your soul

For darkness lurks near the unguarded heart
Sneaking into your Head
Ripping sanity apart
For it was Your Peace he was after
From the very start

Stay Awake! Stand Guard!
Keep Watch! Listen!