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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Selah!

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Many are they who say of me,
There is no help for him in God.” Selah

But You, O Lord, are a shield for me,
My glory and the One who lifts up my head.
I cried to the Lord with my voice,
And He heard me from His holy hill. Selah    Psalm 3:2-4

Selah: From calah; suspension (of music), i.e. Pause  Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance

Though the exact meaning of the Hebrew word from which we derive “Selah” is cloudy, it is generally accepted as a word used to indicate a musical pause in a song. In sheet music is it a mark called a rest.  We pause or rest because it gives greater meaning to what has gone before. Just as in a garden, the spaces between the flowers help define their beauty so also in the word of God. We pause, think about what has been said, then launch out into the next verse.

If today you are under attack follow David’s example. Pause, remember the promises of God, and trust that He has hears your cry! Then, pause again and be grateful that we belong to such a faithful Savior and God! He is our shield, our glory and the lifter of our heads!

Taking the First Step

Genesis 8:15-17 Then God spoke to Noah, saying, Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.  Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you…

Try to imagine that first day out of the ark. Depending on how you count the days loading, raining, waiting and leaving we know for certain that Noah and his family with all those creatures were at least a year shut in the walls of the boat. Try to imagine the day when God said, “It’s time!”

Can you see in your mind’s eye Noah and the grandchildren rushing down the ramp with dogs, cats cows and thousands of other animals not far behind? It was a day of new beginnings. Noah began with worship and God gave him the sign in the clouds which we can still see on days when rain mixes with the sunshine.peacock crop

In that same manner we are starting together a new year. 2015 may have been a year that we felt tossed and turned. 2015 may have been twelve months of floods, confusion and a loss of freedom, but that was then and this is now.

Today we can take our first steps into the new year. What better way to begin than how Noah began…with worship.

Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar Genesis 8:20

 

Bloom where you’re planted!

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Maybe when this Bougainvillea was just a tiny seedling it dreamed of growing in a fine garden on the palace grounds, or nestled among roses and boxwood in the botanical gardens. But to be brought home and planted by a concrete path with just a few feet for its roots to take hold – this was not the dream at all.

But the dreary foggy mornings gave the seedling just a kiss of moisture every day and before she knew it she grew over the small dooryard. Her owners were not kings and queens but just ordinary people who loved the reddish blooms that came every year and cheered them as they came and went.

Just because God has not chosen for us to often be among the “Important” people and places of our world means nothing in His grand scheme of things. He may daily give us dreary misty days so that our roots will be nourished and give us what we need to rejoice and bloom  exactly where we’ve been planted.

 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Matthew 6:30

Alone?

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“Do you continue to go with Jesus? The way lies through Gethsemane, through the city gate. outside the camp; the way lie alone.”  Oswald Chambers

 So Jacob was left alone,and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. Genesis 32:24

Autumn is a time of the closing of doors, the battening down of hatches, the gathering of the birds for their Winter flight to the south. In the overture to the ending of the year we begin to hear the symphony of God’s creation building to a crescendo just before the final note. There comes a sense of alone-ness that is not forsaken. We are not left alone to ourselves, but like Jacob we are left by the brook to wrestle with God through the night.

Jesus went to the garden and there despite his request to the disciples to tarry with Him, he was left alone. He prayed with such desperation that the sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood. Will we follow Him there? Will we remain true through the passing of the seasons in our lives? Will we continue through the frost-time and the first signs of snow and ice? Will we be there with our Lord when He calls us to tarry with Him?

If we do we will discover the promise of God sealed to our hearts. God will come to us just as He came to Jacob and left His blessing behind. He will be with us through our struggles just as Jesus’, passion was rewarded with the presence of angels strengthening Him for the cross. His promise of eternal life is not dimmed by our sorrows nor is it endangered by our battles. God will be true to His word forever. Our God will remain by our side till the end of our day and through the darkness to His own eternal morning.

Our Morning Star

 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 2 Peter 1:19

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Having the Bible sitting on our shelf, or even dutifully reading it as a mere religious exercise is not what Peter had in mind when he said “Pay attention like you would to a light in a darkened room.” In that dark place there is no other source of light. The only things that we can see are what that light shines on.

Rick Warren once said, “God loves you and everyone else has a wonderful plan for your life!” We live in a world filled with hyped up advertising claims, political promises of utopia and even pulpit promotions that don’t truly match up with God’s word.Peter’s advice is to zero in on what God is saying, as though no one else was speaking. He tells us that it is our own choice, who to listen to. If your world seems so filled with the busy noises of life that you feel lost and confused, then this morning might be a good time to turn off everything else and focus on the word of God. God’s word has the power to amaze us when it shines on everything around us like the dawning of a new day in our hearts.