Memories and Poems

For followers of this blog you may find this collection of poems and reflections to be a blessing. Included are some of the best liked songs, poems and memories from the last few years on this site as well as some from the past. I pray these will be an encouragement to allow the hands of Christ to heal old wounds, to trust God’s grace through present difficulty and to go away focused with hope in Him for the future!

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. Be blessed today!

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Perfect Peace

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Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you

When I think of the word “stayed” memories of kite flying come to mind. After a few battles in getting the kite aloft there was nothing more amazing to me than to see my kite flying high across the sky. My kite seemed free, but in reality its flight depended completely on the string holding it back while the breeze lifted it up.

In the same way, my world sometimes calls me to break off my trust in God. But when I fix my mind in an unbroken connection to God, then the winds instead of separating me from Him rather lift me higher. As the winds of my trial blow harder, God pulls back on my kite. It is His almighty hand that holds me to Him through every circumstance and reveals in me His promise of His perfect peace!

God Really Answers Real Prayer

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 Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus

I confess to quoting this scripture often but sometimes not really putting it into practice in my own life. It is like a diamond mine that has been deeded to us but we need to go down into the mine shafts and dig the precious stones out, bring them to the surface and have them cut and polished. The amazing truth of God’s promise remains unchanged but also unrealized in our own life when we simply pretend to pray, or when we only pray half-hearted prayers. God is not unfaithful at all in His promises. In fact the Bible tells us that it is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18).

Some one once told me that we Christians are real people with real problems but we have a real God who can really answer prayer. But often we continue in our struggles with issues simply because we are only speaking the words and rushing on into our day as though nothing had been said. We say, “God I surrender this” or “God have your way”; then immediately forget all about that and hurry along the same path we have hurried down every other day. It is not at all that God is not listening but rather that we have really said nothing. We are living a lie or maybe better said, a fantasy. We imagine that we have prayed about our situation and feel in some small measure satisfied but in reality we have done no such thing. No tear, no heart-felt cry or “petition” has been uttered. Jesus told us:

Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven Matthew 5:3

The word poor here refers to beggars. Beggars had to humbly take a position of weakness in hopes that someone would have mercy on their needs. But we are coming to God and pretending we don’t have any serious needs. We say we need His help but in our attitudes we are revealing that we think that we can really work it out ourselves, with just a little help from the Almighty. In the real world we are weak and foolish people coming to a wise and wonderful God who is delighted to answer prayer. First He sends His peace that is greater than anything we can understand and then as almost as a bonus His answer that is far beyond anything we have planned! How wonderful our Father’s love and patience and grace. He is only waiting for us to begin our day with even a single real prayer about a real problem so He can really answer!

Resting in the Garden

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       Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.  Mark 6:31

    Even Jesus knows when we need some time away. Having a feeling of weariness often has more to do with our own sense of a lack of control than it does with plain physical tiredness. Elisha went to the mountain while David just got alone with his harp. For me the little daily duties of the garden with its natural order help to keep my heart and mind in balance. It is that small personal space where I find refreshment in the middle of the push and pull of life. It isn’t a place I need to stay in for long but for just a quiet moment, I can say hello again to the squirrels, robins, and the neighbor’s cat who seems to like my yard better than his!

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Prayer: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus Philippians 4:6-7

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Practice: Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:9

    Somewhere in the middle of our journey from prayer to practice we can experience more than the blessing of answered prayer. If we begin to honestly put into practice what we have learned then we will hear a second promise. We will discover that walking by our side is not just another challenge, trial or disappointment but none other than the Prince of Peace!

 

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

The best compass in any situation is the gentle direction of the true peace of God that comes from the True God of peace.