IN YOUR OWN SHELL

Sometimes I feel so all alone
Not many friends to call on
Mostly me and the dogs at home
I’ve always tried to be a friend
But apparently, sometimes my ways offend
It doesn’t seem to matter what I do
It doesn’t matter what I say
I manage to rub a few specific people
Completely the wrong way
Though not intentional
Because that’s not who I am
Then I turn inward
Critiquing my every move
Searching desperately to be approved
Looking for someone…anyone
To say I’ve done well
And for me to feel comfortable in my own shell!
Have you ever felt like this? Or is it just me?
You know some folks are just NOT going to like you
Regardless of how kind you try to be
No…they will stab you in the back
For no reason other than to see
If they can stir up trouble
Gossip and whispers take up their time
And even if you try
You will never be aligned
With their little circle of snide, sarcastic friends
That clamor together like little red hens
Pecking and biting away at your every move
Looking down their nose at you
Because they disapprove
Of your hair color, or the length of your skirt
Or the style of your high-heeled shoes
Where you live
The car you drive
Or where you didn’t go to school
Now take a step back, do you really care
What some Dixie chick thinks about what you wear?
Because there are many lonely souls
Searching for a friend like you
You won’t have to put on heirs
No! You’ll be accepted just for being You!
So discard those un-approving voices
Drown out the gossip and whispers little hens tell
Because you are a child of The Most High God
Approved…In your own shell!

FALLING INTO A DIVE

(For my dear friend, Lori K. Weir)

Sitting on the sidelines
Longing to play
Then that old voice tells you
You can’t get in the game

It’s too late now
Your time has passed
Screams back at the girl
In the looking-glass

But you know she’s got potential
She always has
But she’s allowed that old voice
To direct her path

Down a broken road
Where hopes and dreams
Never turn out
They’re not what they seemed

No! You have to be responsible
You can’t take a risk
That old voice rants in her head
Telling her such as this

But she has personality plus
Full of poise and grace
And she’s dying for the opportunity
To raise the stakes

To risk something…anything
Upon the result
Of an uncertain event
For her is NOT difficult

To throw caution to the wind
When she feels anxious inside
To follow her heart
Falling into a dive

Head First!

Into the deep
Where the waters are turbulent atop of the sea
But diving deeper, much deeper below the surface she finds
What is meant to be is also aligned

With the calling
The Lord God placed on her heart
To live her life
Teaching others to impart

Their Spiritual Gifts
As their talents come alive
When they let go of fear
Falling into a dive!

RAISE ‘EM UP LORD!

Raise ‘em up Lord
Raise ‘em up
Children who will glorify Your name

Open their eyes to Your Word, Lord
Your protection and guidance can be claimed
Taking Your light into the world…Salvation they will proclaim

We need warriors that will fight for You, Lord
By getting down on their knees
An army of believers that love You, Lord…their hearts sealed by Your decrees

Raise ‘em up Lord, Raise ‘em up
Not to compromise or cowar
But to depend on You every hour

Raise ‘em up Lord, Raise ‘em up
Children who will
Glorify Your name

THE COURAGE TO SAY NO!

You will never lose when you obey God’s voice
In the midst of every temptation
God will always provide a choice

An alternative, a way out, a pathway… away from sin
Do you have the courage to say “No”
So you won’t fall into sin again

Ask yourself…what is the source of this tempting offer?
What are the consequences of this act?
Will you have to lay down all of your convictions…turning fallacy into fact?

Does the temptation require of you, to be disobedient to God?
Will you need an army of angels to poke you or to prod?
Or do you have the courage to say “No”…if the act goes against things of God?

We must say “No” to temptation
Become more aware of our disobedience to God
The consequences are always costly…when you agree with a wink and a nod!

Sometimes we hesistate for fear of rejection
Losing a relationship, or opportunity loss
Don’t forget these are the “worldly things” Jesus triumphed over on the cross!

Remember Jesus left His Holy Spirit
To help us stand against temptation
Our greatest defense is to cry out to God…speaking to Him through prayer and meditation

Trusting Him for our deliverance
Of past sin and present sin too
And to ask Him for the courage to say “No”

I will… will you?

WISDOM CALLS

The lips of Wisdom speak what is true
All the words of her mouth are just
She calls out with understanding
Hers is a voice you can trust

To the discerning, all of her words are right
They are faultless to those who have knowledge
Choose her instruction instead of silver or gold
For Wisdom deserves honor and homage

Wisdom dwells together with Prudence
She knows how to avoid distress
She possesses knowledge and discretion
To help you choose what is best

Counsel and Judgement belong to Wisdom
She hates arrogance, perverse speech and pride
By Wisdom, Kings reign and Princes govern
Riches and Honor are by her side

Wisdom walks in the way of righteousness
Along straight paths that are just
Bestowing wealth on those who love her
Making treasures full, for all who trust

The Lord brought forth Wisdom, as the first of His great works
She was anointed before the world began
She was there when God set the Heavens in place
When there were no oceans or sand

Blessed are those who keep her ways
Listen to her instruction…do not ignore it
Blessed is the man who listens to Wisdom
When she calls, take heed…Wisdom implores it!

JESUS GIRL

Overwhelmed and overloaded
The devil in me’s “F” bomb exploded over the most trivial of things
That have no worth in Heaven above or here on earth
Why do we let little irritations take over our control?
Spewing filthy language, allowing Satan a foothold to eat away our inheritance
One “biting” irritation at a time
And to strip us from the Holy Life, Children of God are so inclined
Now guilt springs forth, in shame she hangs her head
Over the filthy language this Jesus Girl said
How can she claim to be one of God’s very own
When she falls repeatedly into the traps, Satan has sewn
But then she humbles herself before God’s Throne
Asking for forgiveness praying, He won’t disown this Jesus Girl
Who struggles every minute to live a life where sin isn’t in it
Where peace and harmony can always be found
Everywhere you look God’s children are around
What then should we make of repeated sin?
Can we ask forgiveness time and time again?
Yes!
He knew we would struggle
He knew we would fall again and again
That’s why He called this Jesus Girl and other’s like me
To share their faith walk for all people to see
That “perfection” is only found in God’s Son
Jesus alone lived the unblemished life
A life that we have won by putting our Faith in all Jesus did on the cross
Taking on every sin so we would not be lost
Yes, He knew we would struggle, He knew we would fail
So He offered His Grace, His mercy prevails over every sin…present, future or past
He took our punishment so we would not be cast into the Lake of Fire
Yes, He took all these imperfections
Anger, rage, frustration and disgust, repugnant behavior, so we must
Realize Jesus felt these emotions
But remained blameless from sin
He covered our inequities so we must commit to live
According to His Character, His Conduct and His Conversations
Even when we fall short we must strive to be a representation
Of the unconditional love Jesus extends through nail scarred hands
To all who will believe in Him, seeking to follow His commands

A CHANGE OF VIEW

A Response to Ashley Judd’s Recital of Nina Donovan’s Poem, Nasty Woman.
(If you haven’t heard it, visit You Tube (search: Ashley Judd rant))

You can march and you can hate
Raise your fists… retaliate
Hold up signs with vulgar words
Express disdain to what you believe absurd

Yes, in this great Country, you have the right
The “Freedom of Speech”…to state your plight
The right to assemble in the street
Chanting mantras…indiscreet

Gather with thousands of your closest friends
Outspoken celebrities too can attend
Ashley Judd can recite “Nasty Woman” poetic verse
Fueling the fire in an attempt to coerce

All who would listen
To the author, (Nina Donovan)’s rant
Colluding with the message
Of her persuasive slant

But that very same freedom
Is extended to me
To speak the truth
Of what I see

A nation that does NOT fear God
Holding fast to the facade
Of liberty and justice… for all
Yet doesn’t exercise the full extent of its laws

To those who wonder why
No Social Security is left
It is because Roe v. Wade
Put our future tax payers to death!

A Nation that allows
The killing of its young
Includes “future celebrities”…like Madonna,
But their voices are unsung!

It’s also interesting to note
That over these past eight ‘Obama” years
Civilized Americans didn’t protest
Although we had many fears

No, we kept going to work
Paying taxes every day
Then we got down on our knees and
To The Lord, we prayed

For a “LEADER”
NOT a “Clinton” …or a “Bush”
But a PRESIDENT that would take command
And for our concerns… NOT to be hushed

We have enemies who hate us
For the very way of life
Most “Celebrities” lead
Yet, they don’t see that plight

No, they are outraged
At the idea of vetting the names
Of foreigners who might intend to harm us
…Therein lies the shame

Call it profiling, if you must
You can’t know what’s in a man’s heart
And it’s their motives
No one trusts!

America said “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses
Yearning to breathe free.”
NOWHERE in the invitation stated
Our allegiance to you…should kill me!

Thus we are a nation divided
No longer “united” states
This division strikes a moral cord
Because there is much at stake

So I use my Freedom of Speech
Just like the protestor’s used
To let them know…I disagree
And that I believe they are confused

America was founded as
One nation under God
Now she is accountable for Generations of
Sparing the rod!

The Lord uses discipline
Revealing our sin
To deter the act
Of committing it again

This Country too
Needs much discipline
So that all of its children
Will enter in

The Glory of Heaven
Where Jesus sits at The Throne
Don’t let yourself be caught off guard
All nations will be overthrown

By The Lord God of Israel
Jehovah, The King of Kings
Yahweh, Master of the Universe
Creator of All Things!

So read these words again and again
I certainly hope you will
The “civilized” Americans live and breathe and
We are far “Greater” still

Because…

We’ve not forgotten our God
Though to you, He may be silent
He speaks loudly to the “Believer’s Heart”
Because of this…we will NOT riot

We put our faith in what is right and true
In all the words written in red
We put our hope in Jesus Christ
In everything that He said

He also said, “ Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace.” (Matthew 10:34-39)
No, Christ came to divide
As Believer’s in Christ, it is our responsibility
To make certain we are “ALL” on the same side

The biggest difference I see
Between folks like me and you
Is I’ve allowed Jesus to change my heart
As a result…it has changed my views

MORE THAN WORDS

By: Marie H. Fitts

Words inspire
Words hate
Words can bless or retaliate

Words may not intend to cause alarm
Words carelessly used
Words cause harm

Words cut deep; sharper than a knife
Words encourage
Words have life

Words spoken in “gest”
Words interact
Words send messages of fallacy or fact

Words said in “confidence”
Words keep quiet
Words evoke emotions that trigger riots

Words slander
Words defame
Words falsely used…words claim

Words slur…intoxicated
Words discredit
With misrepresentation

Words harass
Words ridicule
Words uttered in outrage..mock a fool

Words scorn with disrespect
Words vilify
Words object

Words make laughable, uneasy situations
Words get lost
When fabricated

Words invoke God in times of trouble
Words bring together
Words unbuckle

Words mumbled under breath
Words indistinct
Words hard to digest

Words thoughtfully sought…bring a desired end
Words spoken with kindness
Words defend

Words can heal
Words promote
Words contribute to progress and growth

Words take heed; giving thoughtful attention
Words show interest…or
Sharp dissension

Words express love in different ways
When neither good nor bad
Indifference displays

Words make us laugh
Words cause us to weep
Words spoken in haste…will steal our sleep

Words conquer
Words invade; taking possession
Words persuade

Words divide
Words congregate…from the pulpit
Words offer God’s grace

Words win approval and support
Words navigate
Words too…steer off course

Words unspoken have a longing to speak
Cleverly amusing words…Tongue-in-cheek

Words carry weight…sum a thousand tons
Words are light…When the burden is undone

I could keep writing words…to convey
Words aren’t what they seem
Words too, can betray

But

Words tempered with grace
Expressive elegance and beauty
Are not just polite…they are absolutely

Words to hold near and dear to your heart
Words of praise
Words to impart

Because

Words leave impressions
Like footprints on clay
Words cause depression…so watch what you say

You are the author
Spewing venom or making nice
It’s in the power of the tongue…so take this advice

Hold fast to your words
Choose wisely what you say…when presented to the world
Words are forever on display

MEASURE OF FAITH

The Lord Jesus has given each of us
A “measure of faith”
With which to seek His Love
And receive His grace

Even if it’s no larger than a mustard seed
This measure of faith will grow
If the caretaker of the garden
Earnestly wants to know

The Creator of the Heavens and Earth
Ruler over the moon and stars
The King of Kings, The Lord of Lords
Your faith will ignite, transcending you afar

Into the heavenly realm with The Lord
He returns blessing to all those who use
Their measure of faith to show others His grace
And to pass along the Good News

Of The Gospel…according to Christ

That He is The Way to eternal life
A place beyond death and the grave
Where those who believe and trust in Jesus name
Are rewarded for their measure of faith

Jesus trampled over sin and death on the Cross
Where He took our place
Carrying the sin debt of the world
So that we would not have to face

Eternal punishment, the second death
A place of filth and stench, of fire and pain,
A place devoid of mercy
A place with no water…no rain

The Bible speaks of death
As separation from God
Not cessation from existence
Yet, some believe that school of thought

And there are those who claim to be atheists
They don’t believe in our Creator, The Lord God
And shouldn’t be surprised when they die
Their measure of faith propelled them right where they are

No, death is not the end for the Believer
And, it is not the end for the Un-saved
Eternity is an infinite circle that depends
On how you use your measure of faith

PONDERINGS

Do you ever wonder why things happen the way they do? Since this life is ordained by God, what was His purpose for this particular thing happening to you? Do you ponder if there is a lesson to be learned; or do you deal with each circumstance without too much concern (regarding the bigger picture) within the story of your life? Does your heart and mind struggle in a twisted writhe?

I tend to be curious as to the “why” things turn out like they do; pondering what The Lord was teaching, as I was walking through the experience, the circumstance, the specific situation. In angst, dismay and nervousness with forbidding trepidation.

I ponder and wonder and contemplate the “ifs” the “whys”  “for whats”. Mulling it over and again in my mind, until it almost drives me nuts! Because if our fight is not against flesh and blood but against the darkness of Satan’s spiritual regime; it stands to reason Satan’s minions tripped me up and I just didn’t see ’em!

Or…

Perhaps it is a test from The Living God, to see how I will react? Will I call on His name in my hour of need… or curse Him…which holds an eternal impact!

I recently found myself in a bit of a situation, which resulted in me being flat on my back. I cried out to The Lord, “O God, O God” with praise and prayers I would NOT have to retract! And yes He heard my cries and answered my prayer, as I laid there in the mud and the rain; sending “Angels” to attend to my need… three I knew, one I didn’t catch her name.

But she took my hand and prayed over me. She could tell I was in great pain. Asking for healing, she lifted me up…praying for me in Jesus’ name. It was at that moment when she finished her prayer, the nurse called my name and her touch was withdrawn. I turned back around to thank her, but in that instant…she was gone!

In past times my thoughts have turned Heavenward, pondering, what The Savior might be trying to teach but it wasn’t until I was flat on my back did I allow His voice to reach…

My unwillingness to listen, my disobedience to His Word, because my half-hearted seeking had left my vision blurred…to living a life only for God! And since Christ suffered in His body we arm ourselves with the same attitude. Because he who has suffered in his body is finished with sin. He is through! So we must NOT be surprised at the painful trials we suffer, as something strange were happening to us. But know that we take part in the sufferings of Christ, so that we may be overjoyed and rejoice.  (1 Peter 4:1-11 (NIV))

The Bible says, if you suffer because of the name of Christ you are blessed. For the spirit of glory and of God on you, rests. If you suffer ii should not be as a murderer or thief. If you suffer as a Christian do not be ashamed, no longer weep. But praise God that you bear the name of Christ, resting assuredly your name is found in The Lamb’s Book of Life. Yes, those who suffer according to God’s will should…commit themselves to their spiritual creator and continue to do good.