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Friday, July 20, 2018

My Baggage, My HOPE

Occassionally the stink seeps out,
or from my memory the contents creep,
offenses against me 
my friends or my kin...

My feelings,
A strength
(a talent one might say)
The enemy does not like,
It makes me attune
to see
to listen, and care,

The enemy desires that I drown,
in sadness, mean-ness,
not even still there...
of by gone days,
by gone times,

I rebuke these thoughts.
Jesus control my mind!

Scripture or verse,
Truth, goodness,
Praiseworthy reports...

I turn my thoughts to thee Lord,

I thank you for my divinely assigned
my HOPE,
my expectation,
my confidence in thee,
 that from my mother's womb
You have cared about, preserved, 
and planned good things for me.

All glory and honor to YOU Father and Son,
Jesus, Holy Spirit, 
Amazing miraculous,
Triune Almighty 
Real true

My relationship with you is my real treasure.
For I know 
is beyond 
Romans 8:39 Nothing can separate us from the Love of God in Christ Jesus (my paraphrase, my memory)

Isaiah 49:16  He loves His people so much that they are   engraven in the palm of His hand (my paraphrase)

Who cares about a human tattoo?  I am engraved on God's palm, because I am His adopted child through my savior Jesus Christ.

This life is tough.  Most of us take on some baggage and the enemy would like to use it to get us down.  

Don't smell it.  Don't listen to the echoes.  Don't entertain those thoughts.  

2 Corinthians 10:5  Take every thought captive to the Lordship of Jesus Christ (my paraphrase)

Keep your eyes on Him and His goodness, and our salvation through Him, and our eternal destination.  For He left us to go prepare a place of many mansions in paradise for us. 
(John 14:2, Luke 23:43)

Be blessed in the Sonshine.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Lessons Learned, Shaping Continues (poem)

Lessons learned
Shaping continues
God is not finished
When spirit is the venue

No matter the age,
Gender, status or rank,
Growth is the goal,
When in the Holy Spirit we are sank

Sometimes we consciously follow,
Sometimes He grows us,
When in sorrow we wallow,

Intentional cooperation,
Or stealth and secret operation,
Growth will come,
When WILL and INTELLECT, we surrender
God will HELP us grow,
And submit flesh
So His will we do not hinder,

He teaches us how to
Better LOVE
Better serve
Mind our manners
And His way observe

I love to hear the stories of my sisters
Availed to His hand and GLORY

How to love, how to forgive,
How not to worry,
To reach out,
To embrace others,
As this life we live,

Thank you Father,
For continuing your work,
So further and further into my life,
Hopefully I am,
Less of a JERK

This is a random poem that I pecked out on the keyboard one day.  Simply summarized, "I am grateful for the many ways that God does continue His work in my life, and I am in awe of what he accomplishes despite the flesh.  I wish to point all glory and honor to Him."

I have great difficulty carrying a tune or keeping a beat.  I am not a talented singer.  My measly attempts at gardening have turned out pretty badly. (I tried roses and pototoes...)  There are many things that I can not do, but building with words, and writing poetry seems to be a gift that God has given me in my adult life.

At the end I will link to some other poems that I have written.  Some literally felt like they were dropped into my heart from God as a gift.  One of my poems, I felt pregnant with for weeks, and I rustled and nested with in my spirit seeking God's help to bring it forth, and then it was born..... spontaneous delivery into my soul one day on the way to work, and I grabbed pen and scratch paper and wrote it down with my eyes still on the farm road, thinking if I did not get it on paper NOW that I would loose it.....

Anyway, one thing that I like to do is tie scripture to my poetry so here it is, for above poem:
Acts 10:34  ... God is no respecter of persons

2 Corinthians 7:10...godly sorrow worketh repentance unto salvation

Matthew 6:33  seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you

Romans 5:5  ...the love of God is shed abroad in your hearts by the Holy Ghost

Philippians 4:13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Philippians 1:6 ...he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Link to some other poetry.  It will take a while to browse and read because I made the mistake of entering them into my blog as a group and not one at a time.  Perhaps someday I will re-do the entering part:

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