Bible Verse of the Month...

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Deut 31:6

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Messiah

On a dark and lonely night
A Savior came to bring us light.
A bright star was showing the way
to where the tiny baby lay.

Animals in the barn where he stayed
were amazed by the babe that laid
wrapped in cloths in the manger.
This tiny babe's life was in danger.

King Herod was very afraid
and a proclamation was made.
The boys two and under you must kill,
but prophesy had to be fulfilled.

On the wonderful night long ago,
a Savior came so we would know
the love of our Father and His grace.
Some sweet day we'll see Him face to face.

Remember the Messiah every day.
Believe in Him now, without delay.
Sing praises as angels did at His birth,
when He came to live and die on earth.

All through the ages God had a plan,
from sin's grasp He must save every man.
It began with the babe in the hay.
Take this Savior to be yours today.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Lydia, The Woman Who Said Yes to God

She went to the river to pray.
Oh, what joy filled her heart that day!
An expert with cloth and purple dyes,
God heard and answered her heart's cries.

The Spirit sent Paul to Philipi.
He never questioned or asked why.
Paul went to find the place of prayer
so the gospel message he could share.

Lydia's response was from her heart.
Her faith in God grew from the start.
She invited Paul to her home.
From the God of grace she'd never roam.

Paul and Silas were thrown in jail.
They sang hymns, they didn't wail.
They went to visit Lydia again;
to encourage the women and men.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Woman at the Well, Thirsty Soul

Arriving at a town in Samaria
By Jacob's well,
Christ asked a woman for a
Drink of water.
Eyeing Him with distrust
Following years of being shunned,
Grudgingly she spoke to Him.
Hated because of her race and
Ignored by other women.
Jesus
Knew how this woman needed
Living water that He as the
Messiah could freely offer.
No one else seemed to care.
Only He could
Provide her with hope.
Questioning where her husband was, he
Revealed he knew about her life
Story and still loved her.
Thirsty soul considered
Unclean by the Jews, yet
Valued by Jesus.
Woman transformed from
Xenophobia and a sinful past,
Yearning for more out of life.
Zenith of her life happened at the well.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

The Choice She Made




Sadly she is remembered for
the choice she made.
Not satisfied she wanted more,
she disobeyed.
A lovely garden was her home,
now from it she was made to roam.
If only she had thought and weighed,
the choice she made.

Her husband blamed her for his sin.
He was afraid.
Eve quickly passed the blame again.
Their shame displayed,
they sewed clothing out of fig leaves.
Because they sinned everyone grieves.
Now we know why the debt was paid.
The choice she made.




Sunday, November 28, 2010

You're My Treasure

 
I treasure each of your smiles and hugs
you're the ones I yearn to be with
my heart aches when you're away
wish you were here to stay
memories linger
here in my heart
forever
you'll be
mine


Thursday, November 18, 2010

ABC's of Life

A person's life is filled with
Bountiful gifts from a loving
Creator who smiles
Down from above
Ever thinking of our needs.
Family is a treasured
Gift flowing from
His hand to us.
Interested in our lives,
Jesus wants to be
King of our hearts.
Love flows freely as
Mercy is extended to us.
Never does He forsake us
Over the years of our life.
Pray and praising Him with a
Quiet time each day
Recognizing our need of this
Savior and His sacrifice.
Trusting His plans
Until He calls us home.
Valuing our relationship
With our Redeemer and friend who
X'ed out our sins, we
Yearn to spread the news
Zero sins held against us

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Pictures Line the Walls of My Heart

Pictures of family so dear
keeps them so near
brings my heart cheer
sometimes a tear

Family, my most precious prize
doubled in size
sweet to my eyes
don't like goodbyes

Memories stirred within my breast
a precious guest
God, I'm so blest
love stands the test

Friday, November 05, 2010

Exuberant Praise

Worthy of exuberant praise
Your name I will lift up and raise.
Father, I don't want to be shy
when I should shout and magnify.

Emotions may cause me to weep,
but I'd much rather jump and leap.
My joy is finally complete
as the old story I repeat.

Lift me up to the highest height
Oh Thou my soul's redeeming light.
May I give the praise You deserve
and do it with unrestrained verve.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

God's Love Letter

Book filled with sixty-six books
Inspired by the Holy Ghost
Bringing grace, peace, and mercy
Love and forgiveness of sin
Eternal life in heaven

Saturday, October 23, 2010

He's My Friend

When I felt discouraged today,
you sent a special friend my way.
She had the perfect words to say
to brighten my dark blue day.

When I wonder if you are near
suddenly you make it so clear.
I see an amazing new sight,
an unusual bird in flight.

When prayers answers come so slow,
you lovingly let me know
by special blessings you send
my broken heart you will mend.

Looking at my life's history
it is surely no mystery.
You have always been there
showing me a love so rare.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Bible

The Bible
proclaims
redemption
prepares
us to serve
ponders
why He loves
praises
our Savior--
The Bible
provides
daily food
pictures
God's mercy

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Share the Cross

Jesus died so people could win
victory over guilt and sin
and finally have peace within.

When they realize Christ loves them they can spread it around
telling of the wonderful love and forgiveness they found,
singing and praising Him for precious blessings that abound.

Talk to God each day in prayer
 sorrows and joys with Him share
know He will always be there.


Read God's love letter
to us His debtors.
He'll make us better.

Trust in Him today
the Bible obey.
In His hands be clay.


This is supposed to be a shape poem in the shape of a cross.

Friday, October 01, 2010

The Small Moments

It's the small moments in life I treasure,
daily ones most don't give a second thought.
To me, their worth is far beyond measure,
not enough silver or gold to be bought.

It's the smiles of precious friends so dear,
a pat or touch of comfort when I grieve,
a friend who sympathizes with a tear,
words of encouragement I receive.

It's arms lifted high by a grandchild,
giggles and hugs so tight they squeeze,
strange hairdos on me which they've styled,
requests of "read me a story, please!".

It's a sunrise of glorious hue,
Birds trilling an early morning song,
tiny diamond drops of glistening dew,
sniffing honeysuckle, it's fragrance strong.

Husband's faithful love throughout the years,
lives intertwined with joy and sorrow,
thoughts of heaven as winter time nears,
looking forward to what comes tomorrow.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Quiet

Quiet
  • Early Morning
  • Precious moments with You
  • Reflecting on Your love for me
  • Calm and peacefulness renew my spirit
  • Grateful for this time together
  • Reading Your Holy Word
  • Thoughtful stillness
  • Quiet

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Tattered Pages


The pages lay on the table
where she left them last night.
Love written there was no fable.
It filled her heart with delight.

Her fingers touched the golden edge
of the papers tattered and worn.
Years ago she made a pledge
to read these pages every morn.

Her love for Him grew each day.
What a sacrifice He'd made.
She knew she'd never stray.
Every day she read and prayed.

She grew closer to her Lord
and would serve Him all her days.
This was the Savior she adored.
Her heart overflowed with His praise.

She lived by the words on its pages.
When she died it was laying by her side.
It had sustained her through all ages.
Now with Her Lord she would abide.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Moonlight's Dance

Moonlight on the water does its dance
Fills the night with wonder and romance.
Stars add to the beauty of the scene
Giving me a feeling so serene.

Soft music of the night
Nature's wonder and delight.
Cicadas join in a song
Calling others to sing along.

God created all I hear and see
All the wonders around me.
I'll praise God when I wake
For these moments at the lake.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

He is My Strength

Through life's many trials strengthen me
Answer my plea
Walk by my side
With me abide.

Give me strength to face each new day
And never stray,
Make you my choice
Obey your voice.

I need strength only you provide
LORD, be my guide
Through darknest night
Please be my light.

Monday, August 16, 2010

My Life is in His Hands

As I look back over my life history.

What has happened is no mystery.

The places I never thought I'd go,

People I never expected to know,

Challenges overcame that helped me grow,

Things I've accomplished because of you,

That I never even dreamed I could do,

Trials that brought me to my knees,

Drew me even closer and closer to thee.

I will follow you all of my days,

Lift your name up in praise.

You've given my joy without measure.

All my blessings I will treasure.

From you I never want to roam.

Can't wait to see you in that heavenly home.


Judy Wood

Monday, August 09, 2010

Praise Him in the Valley

Praise God when you're in the valley
and you are feeling blue.
Thank Him for the deliverance
cause He will see you through.

Thank Him in every season,
even when you grieve.
He will comfort you
never will He leave.

When life's trials come,
thank Him for each one.
Praise Him for the victory
He's given through His Son.

Praise Him every day,
whether sunshine or sorrow.
Thank Him at the close of day
for whatever comes tomorrow.

Choose to praise and worship,
not complain or whine.
Bring glory to His name
and your light will surely shine.

Friday, August 06, 2010

A Grateful Heart

Grant me a loving grateful heart
to daily honor you with my praise,
eyes to see all thy hand imparts
words to express the splendor of thy ways

As a little child help me see
blessings like a frog or toad,
marvel at a flower, a honey bee,
or the smell of a field freshly mowed.

Open my eyes to see even trials
as moments of growing closer to thee,
to hold as blessings all the smiles
of those nearest and dearest to me.

Father, I know I don't deserve
abundant blessings from thy hand,
but I will vow to always serve
and live my life as you command.

Help me acknowledge all you give
the grace, mercy and love you supply.
May gratitude be expressed in how I live.
Your name be glorified even when I die.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Your Devoted Servant I Remain

LORD over all creation,
I bow in adoration.
My lips are filled with praise.
I'll speak of you all my days.

You are the Savior who died,
for my sins was crucified.
You are the one I serve.
Your grace I don't deserve.

You are the mighty King.
A sacrifice to you I bring.
Over my heart please reign.
Your devoted servant I remain.

Judy Wood

Monday, July 26, 2010

Dry Seasons


Dry Seasons come into my heart
choking out the zeal within.
Dry Seasons, please depart.
LORD, cleanse me of my sin.

Refresh my spirit again
with your presence renew my soul.
Let me feel victorious within
Over my life take full control.

Dry Seasons leave me forever.
Green Growing Seasons return.
Worldliness and its ties sever.
Father for you let my heart yearn.

Let my need for you be as great
as my need for water or air.
On your Word may I meditate.
My lips forever your praise declare.

Then the dry Seasons will be gone
replaced by a new life with you.
A beautiful day will dawn
with a wonderful heavenly view.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Friendship's Declaration


Lilac and Red Rose
Compare them not to one another
Each possesses a fragrance their own
Different, but oh how delightful.

Beautiful to behold
Radiant, they stand together
Basking in the warmth of the sun
Sharing early morning dew.

Vanishing for a season
Together again at Spring's return.
Blooms forever entwined together
Exulting in friendship's declaration.

Judy Wood

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Can't You See Me

Do you feel my comfort in the cool breeze
or my strength in a mighty oak tree?
Do you think of my power when you 
see my creation 
or my compassion when you notice
a weeping willow tree?
Do you see my love in the face
of a sweet child?
Look at their smile do you see me?
Are you reminded of my salvation
when you see a red rose?
Do you think of the blood my son
shed on the cross at Calvary?

You're always asking to see my presence.

Look around. Do you see me? I'm all around you.
You can see me in all my creation.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Anticipating the Journey

A journey of a lifetime begins.
Can you feel the excitement?
Is your pulse starting to race?
Imagine seeing His face.

Begin a new chapter as you
take that step into the unknown.
You know who is waiting.
Start the anticipating.

Sharing precious moments with Him.
Oh, the joy within your heart.
Be still before the Lord,
and you'll feel restored.

What will happen in life today,
whether trials or blessings.
It won't matter with Him by our side.
On this journey He'll be our guide.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Victory is Mine

God, I trust in you
and your great power.
You are my soul's refuge,
my safe tower.

I am so very blessed,
I never want to whine.
You do so much for me,
I want my light to shine.

I want my life to show
how awesome are your deeds,
you care for me and provide
all of my needs.

Because of all you do
victory is mine.
You are the mighty one
for whom I pine.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Quiet Moments With You

What a blessing
each lovely morn.
Time alone with you
and I feel reborn.

When you and I meet
my soul feels at peace.
You provide for my needs,
all my worries cease.

Thank you for quiet moments
when it's just you and me.
Praise abounds for your grace
and the blood that set me free.

Once I was without hope
with no thoughts of a Savior.
Now I have eternal life
because of your loving favor.

I will treasure our time together
each new day when I arise.
Look forward to the day
I will have my heavenly prize.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

To Be Loved By A Child

Oh, the hugs
the squeels of delight
the tender embrace
the kiss goodnight.

The love of a precious child
is greater than any treasure.
It's so fantastic
It's impossible to measure.

My heart does little flip-flops
when a child reaches for me.
God, thank you for this child
that sits upon my knee.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

You're a Hero in Their Eyes

Precious little children
Moldable like clay
Watching all you do
Listening to what you say.

They think you do no wrong.
Don’t ever lead them astray.
You’re a hero in their eyes.
Lead them on the narrow way.

Tell them about Jesus
How He loves everyone.
Tell about all He created
The flowers, trees, and sun.

Show them to be kind.
Teach them how to pray.
Remember you’re their hero
So be a good example today.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Home at Last

Beautiful gates of heaven
Open wide.
Golden streets in that city
Where I’ll reside.

A mansion’s prepared for me
A special place.
No more crying
My tears God will erase.

Being with God
Will make my joy complete.
I’ll sing praises to Him
And fall at His feet.

Flowing by His throne
Is a crystal sea.
Home at last with
my Father I’ll be.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Grandmother's Joy

The sound of little feet coming down the hall was a
delight to the Grandmother’s heart. She couldn’t wait to
see her grandson turn the corner. There he was with that
sweet grin. Her heart did little flip-flops.
What was it about grandchildren that was so special?
All grandmothers loved to talk about their grandchildren and
show pictures. She was no exception.
Everyone of her grans were precious to her and now
God was blessing her with two more. Her heart overflowed
with joy at the thought.
No matter how many grandchildren she had, she knew
there was plenty of love for each one. Each child was special
and she prayed for them. She wanted them to grow up
knowing how very much God loved them. Someday she
hoped they would all be in heaven together.
She had special memories with each child. Fischer
remembered the cookies they had made and decorated at
Christmas. Esther liked it when they played harmonicas
together. Garrison knew Grandma would be up early in the
morning to greet him.
Fischer and Esther enjoyed feeding the fish in
Grandma’s aquarium.
The grandmother treasured all the cute things her
Grandchildren said and did. Fischer called her one day
and then told his mother, “I called the Grandma with the
fishes.”
She loved listening over and over to the video of
Esther singing her ABC’s.
She loved it when her son, Franklin, called and
sang Twinkle, twinkle little star and stopped every few
words and let Garrison fill in the blanks. He sang each
word loud and clear. It was so cute.
She wondered what kind of memories there
would be when her two new grandchildren would be
born.
All grandmothers should make special memories
with their grandchildren. Maybe she felt this way even
more because she never knew her grandmothers.
The grandmother hoped her grandchildren would
be able to remember fun times that they had shared
and to know how much their grandmother loved them.
She would make sure each moment with them was
filled with laughter and good times.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Martha Choose What's Best

Martha hurried and scurried
About all the details she worried.
The meal must be perfect she thought
While Mary listened as Jesus taught.

Martha asked Jesus a question.
“Can you give Mary a suggestion.
Please tell her to help me with the guests.
I’ve worked until I’m feeling stressed.”

“Martha, Martha, don’t worry and fret
Or live a life filled with regret.
Mary has chosen the better part
To listen and give me her heart.”

He wanted Martha to learn
Her heart for God must yearn.
She should be still and wait
And on His word meditate.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

I can Worship

I can Worship

I will sing and pray
Worship God today
He made the earth and sky
And the beautiful butterfly.

With His mighty power
He made the rain showers
The booming of thunder
Fills my heart with wonder.

I thank Him for food to eat,
Fruit, vegetables and meat.
Thank Him for our family
Mom, Dad, sister, brother and me.

Remember how Jesus died
On the cross He was crucified.
His body represented by the bread
Fruit of the vine reminds me that He bled.

We give money with a cheerful heart
To help others by doing our part.
We send people to foreign lands
To tell of God’s wonderful plans.

I love to read the B-i-b-l-e
It tells that Jesus loves me.
I will learn to trust and obey
Walk with Him every day.


(Trying to come up with a worship poem for
children's Bible class)

Friday, June 04, 2010

A Look Back

Take a look at your life. What were you like
as a teenager and what are you like now? How
has God worked in your life? Isn't it amazing
that He can take our weaknesses and use them
for His glory.

Are you doing things in your life now that
you never expected to?

I was an "extremely shy" teenager. I blushed
when someone even looked at me. I hated standing
in front of people at school and giving book
reports or even answering questions from teachers.

But God gave me some amazing friends and new
opportunities for growth. Those friends encouraged
me to be a cub scout den mother, a missionary in
Zambia, a teacher at the prison, and a writer
of poetry. (ok, I'll never be an Emily Dickinson
or other famous poet)

Now look back over your own life and share your
experiences. Where has God brought you from.

Now, am I an extravert now? NO!!! But He has
helped me grow a lot. What an awesome God we
serve!!

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Sharing More Prayer Experiences

Many of you may already know about this answered
prayer, but thought I'd share. Also, have a couple
of others to share with you. Feel free to share
yours and we can encourage one another.

Before going to Africa I was petrified. The thought
of moving so far from family and friends and going
to a place I didn't know anyone was frightening.
Each evening at supper I would feel so sick from
worry that I couldn't eat. That's very unusual
for me.

I told Fred, my husband, that I just didn't think
I could go. He told me that was ok, but he felt
that it was what God wanted him to do. So I prayed.
It was kind of a Gideon throwing out the fleece.
God, if this is what you want, then help me get
over this feeling of fear. I think we were actually
on our way to Zambia when I realized God had answered
my prayer. It's amazing. I think I had one episode of
feeling lonely after arriving. God's answers can be
so powerful.

I would not trade my experience of living in Zambia
for anything. The people were amazing and taught me
so much about love, faith and hospitality. I went
to teach them, but I think I received even more
than I gave.Yes, I missed my family, but people
there became my family. I wish I could see them
again.

I'll share some more answered prayers later. Please
share yours. We can strengthen each other.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Looking Back on God's Answers

Can't go to sleep tonight so I was thinking back
about God's answers to prayers about my own job
hunting experience.

When we returned from Africa it was difficult for
Fred and I to find jobs. I hadn't had a phone in
my house to answer for 5 years. I felt like a
stranger here.

My first job was a job during the holidays at an
Anthony's Department store. Fred and I both got a
job there thanks to a member at Westwood. I felt so
helpless and foolish. My next job was a temporary
job for the post office. It was at night. It was
hard going to work when my family was getting ready
to go to bed.

Then God blessed me with a job at Landmark books
with Norma. What a wonderful sister-in-Christ and
great friend.

Then God blessed me with a job at Alva Roofing where
I now work. Another blessing working with more
Christians and working part-time.

Isn't it amazing the way God works things out! It's
not always all at once. Look back in your own life.
How has God worked? I'd really like to hear your
stories.

In the Old Testament they passed down the stories
about God's mighty deeds. They had different ways to
remember what He did. Don't we also need to keep
remembering our past and where God has brought us.
I know I do. Sometimes I forget. I get scared and
wonder how He's going to work out problems in my life
or in my loved one's life. I need to constantly look
back at God's mighty deeds in my own life. This is
just one small look at how God worked in my life.
I wanted to share it so you'd look back, too. Let's
remind one another over and over of how God works in
our lives.

And God, Thank you!!!!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Where Do I Run

Where do I run when I can’t see;
When the darkness surrounds me
When I’m alone and afraid
Who will come to my aid?

No one cares what I’m go through
They all have problems, too.
Who can I run to, who will care?
I need an answer to my prayer.


I’ve cried out to every friend,
Now I’m at my wit’s end.
No one has time to hear.
They all just disappear.

Then I hear a quiet voice,
“Be still, make me your choice.”
He brings peace to my heart
And He’ll never depart.

“Child, my heart is aching
When I see yours breaking.
I’ve been here waiting
Standing and anticipating”

“Waiting to feel you in my arms,
to keep you safe from all harms.
I love you, but don't you know
that I’m not your foe?”

“When you’re weary or sad
Feeling hurt or just mad;
Come to me and share.
I’ll lift you from despair.”

Whenever I go away or roam
He begs me “ come back home.”
Where do I run when I can’t see?
I run to my Father who loves me.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Joyful Celebration

God, you are my inspiration,
My rock, my solid foundation.
Your word is my meditation
So I’ll overcome temptation.

I find beauty in your creation.
It brings joy and elation.
Your works evoke adoration,
jubilation and fascination.

My heart answered your invitation
To change my eternal destination.
Jesus died so I could have salvation.
Every day is filled with celebration.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Because He Loves Us

Because He loves us
God put in motion a plan.
He wanted to save
Every woman and man.

Because He loves us
He sacrificed His Son;
His beloved one and only.
A victory over sin was won.

Because He loves us
He longs to hear our voice.
We can pour out our hearts;
Spend time with Him and rejoice.

Because He loves us
He bestows mercy o’er and o’er.
What an amazing Father,
One I love and adore.

Because He loves us
He will wait and wait.
He’ll be filled with joy
To see us at Heaven’s gate.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

A Long, Long Journey

I’m on a long, long journey
traveling down a dusty road;
at times I get so weary
carrying this heavy load.

Then I see a man ahead,
reaching out a nail scarred hand.
He tells me of His love for me
and speaks of a heavenly land.

He touches my shoulder,
then I am filled with peace.
He assures me one day
my cares and sorrows will cease.

He’s the precious Lamb of God
whose blood cleansed and set me free.
Never will I be all alone,
together we’ll always be.

The road seems shorter now.
My journey soon will end.
Waiting for me with open arms
will be my Savior and my friend.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Running

Running from you LORD,
Oh please help me.
Running back to you Jesus,
your blood will set me free.

I can’t fix myself,
Can’t do it on my own.
I need your love and grace.
Only you can atone.

Why do I seek help
From any other place;
I’ll run back to you
and seek your face.

Where else can I go,
There’s no where else to run.
No one else loves me like you
I’ll run back to the Son.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

No Other One

Lord, be with me through the valleys
Walk beside me hand in hand
Carry me through the desert
Don’t let me sink in drifting sand

When tears flow like a river
Please wipe them from my face
I need your gentle touch
The feel of your warm embrace

When life seems to keep
Dealing blow after blow
You are my strength
The one who saves from any foe

You lead me directly through
The battles, not around
I look forward to the day
When I will be heavenward bound

No other friend is there to comfort
Through the darkest night
Or lift me from deep despair
To the most victorious height

What words can I possibly use
To thank you, my God and King
I’ll lay my life at your feet
And forever to your Word I’ll cling

No other Master is worthy
Of my devotion and praise
You alone will I worship
Today, tomorrow and always!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

He Rescued Me

Floundering in a sea of darkness,
Water slowly rising up to my chin,
Grasping for a life preserver.
Will I reach the shore again?

Tears rolled down my cheeks.
I reached for a helping hand.
I needed someone to save me
From the sinking sand.

A light pierced the darkness,
Hope poured into my soul,
Love snatched me from harm’s way.
I felt peaceful and whole.

Almighty God heard my cry.
He sent His Son to rescue me.
Oh what a glorious Savior
Finally, I am free.

Freed from guilt and shame,
By this amazing gift of grace.
Freed from the shackles of sin
To win this marathon race.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Victory is Mine

Father, I have a race to win,
A battle to fight against sin.
I need the strength you provide.
A Savior who will protect and guide.

LORD, my victory’s guaranteed,
From sin I have been freed.
You have restored and made me whole,
Oh Redeemer of my soul.

I won’t take my eyes off you
Or quite the race until I’m through.
At your banquet table I’ll dine.
The crown of life will then be mine.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Reach Out a Hand

Reach out a hand to someone today
notice their tears;
hear their cry;
feel their pain.

Take them to your Heavenly Father
kneel before Him;
plead for them;
lay them at His feet.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Would I Still Praise You

What if one I loved died
Or I had a serious disease;
Would I still praise you LORD
Would I still feel blessed?

What if I lost my job
Or had trial upon trial;
Would I still praise you,
Recognize you at work.

Would I see your faithfulness
Through my life’s valleys
Or only on the mountain top
Would I praise you God.

Show me your handprint
Each day that I live;
Your footprints in the sand
As you carry me to the shore.

I will praise you each day
For every blessing and trial;
For your mercy and love
Will bring me home at last.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Treasured Tuesdays

I am trying to get back into the habit of walking.
What a marvelous day to go out. The ornamental pear
trees are gorgeous. Flowers are blooming. Trees are
turning green.

I caught myself wanting to just do a short walk and
then I thought I need to do extra. So I did. I went
over into another neighborhood and walked a few
extra blocks.

I thought about how often do I just do what's expected.
I don't go "the extra mile", whether it's walking or
doing things for others. Anyone else out there who
needs to work harder on going "the extra mile"? I need
God to help me get over my selfishness and think of
others.

I know God has blessed me with at least one more day
to help someone. I could have died in our accident
about 12 days ago, but God has something more for me
to do. How about you? Maybe we can encourage one
another to do more than just what's expected. I want
to be more than just a lukewarm christian.

Monday, March 29, 2010

You Are My Treasure

God you never slumber.
Your blessings are without number.
God Almighty, God Most High,
You listen for my cry.

Father, I give you control
Over my heart and soul.
With you I’ll walk hand in hand
and with your aid I will stand.

Each breath could be my last,
but my soul won’t be downcast.
My Father’s love is beyond measure.
A home with Him will be my treasure.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I Want to Do It Myself

Esther Sue and Mama Judee had a great time at the park.
Esther likes to do everything herself nowadays. She wanted
to scale a wall to get up to the slide instead of just
taking the steps. So Mama Judee had to be right there with
hands stretched out to give her a push if she needed it.

Then coming home from the park about two blocks from the
house Esther decided she wanted to push the stroller. Mama
Judee became exhausted just watching her and trying to keep
her on the sidewalk.

If Mama Judee tried to help by pushing on the stroller Esther
was quick to say, "No, I want to do it myself". Then Mama
Judee grabbed the stroller and pushed it over the curb. That
was a definite no no to Miss Esther. She cried "I want to do
it." She tried pulling the stroller back up the curb and fell
down. Mama Judee picked her up and she was ready then to be
carried to Mama Judee's house.

Aren't we like Esther? We want the control in our lives. We
are stubborn and want to do it ourselves. When we've exhausted
our own strength and fallen we finally think to ask God for
help. Like Mama Judee He's standing right there waiting for us
to ask for His help.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

God Will Take Care of You

Do not be afraid
God will come to your aid.
He is your creator.
There is none greater.

His love for you is strong.
He’s been with you all along.
He will not leave or forsake
and cares about each heartache.

He tells us not to fear
when our future’s unclear.
Put your hand in His hand,
Trust in what He’s planned.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

What If

What if I thought about each action I took
And lived by the Bible God’s good Book.
What if the idols in my life I’d forsake?
What change in my life would it make?

What if I started out each day singing His praise
And continued doing this all of my days.
What if I declared God as my Master and King
Would it help others make Him their everything.

Could I help others see God, the great I am,
Open their yes to see Jesus, the perfect lamb?
God, I bow before you with this fervent plea,
Help me be more fully devoted to thee.

Instead of the world, I’ll depend on you,
Meditating on your Word will restore and renew.
I’ll think of Jesus who died to set us all free,
Then my life will no longer be all about me.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Prodigal

The Father watched his child leave home.
Why did this one want to roam?
Tears flowed as the Father cried,
“Oh my child, my child,” he sighed.

The Father gazed at the road each day,
Waiting for his child that went astray.
He longed to see his child once more.
This was what his heart hoped for.

The prodigal desired to see his Father’s face,
To once more be held in his embrace.
Home, the place that was so dear to his heart
When he returned he’d never depart.

Could he go back after what he’d done?
Would his Father accept a prodigal son?
What a burden he bore, a heavy load,
As he walked that dusty familiar road.

His Father ran with arms open wide
Pulled and held him close to His side.
The prodigal would never leave again
He’d never return to a life of sin.

The son knew his Father’s love was strong.
This is where he’d always belong.
As the Father wiped away each tear,
He told his son “I’ll always be near.”

Monday, February 15, 2010

Buds of Hope

We’ve had a harsh winter season
I’m weary of snow and freezin’
Discouraged and feeling blue
Days with sunshine so few.

I know winter is in God’s plan,
But I love warmth and getting tan.
Spring flowers always cheer me.
Birds’ songs set my spirit free.

Buds of hope on trees appear,
These proclaim spring is near.
God, seasons are in your hand.
They come and go as you have planned.


Whenever we're feeling discouraged God
shows us something to brighten our day.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Feel All Alone?

I Kings 18-19

Elijah had a great mountaintop experience as a
christian. He went up against the prophets of
Baal. There were 450.Elijah felt he was the only
one serving God.

He challenged the Israelites to make a choice.
Who was their God? Who would they follow? Would
they follow God or Baal?

God worked through Elijah and showed that He was
the true God.

The only problem was then Jezebaal sent a message
that by the next day Elijah would be dead. He was
afraid and ran for his life. He felt all alone in
serving God.

Sometimes all the news on television makes us
feel as if we alone are worshiping God. But just
like God told Elijah he still had 7,000 who had
not bowed to Baal we learn there are still those
who are worshiping and serving God. We must not
feel all alone.

Keep serving God and remember there are many others
who still worship and serve God even though the
world does seem to be turning against God.

Thank God for the encouragement we receive from
fellow believers through His church.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Don't Cross that Bridge

Another foggy morning, but I decided I'd for
for a walk anyway. Fog has a certain mystery
about it and eeriness.

The snow was clear on the sidewalks as I began
my walk. The lights on houses were dimmed by
the fog. Still it was pretty in a way plus I
heard some birds singing. That always brings
me joy.

When I go into the Copperfield neighborhood I
always enjoy going through the park and crossing
the bridge. This morning as I neared the bridge
I noticed snow and ice. Since I had fallen in
the December snow I'm very leery of getting
anywhere near ice and snow. I decided a short
walk was alright. I was not going to cross the
bridge.

Sometimes we need to beware of bridges in our
lives. The other side looks so inviting. Sin
can look so pretty so alluring to us. We have
to beware of crossing that bridge. We may not
be able to get back across it.

Don't cross that bridge and take that first
drink, that first drug just to see what it's
like. Too many have been caught up into an
addiction that has them bound.

There are many other activities that look ok,
but in reality can lead us into sin. Beware!
Don't cross that bridge!

Avoid the very appearance of evil. I Thess 5:22

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Thoughts from the Dentist's Chair

Isn't it interesting the thoughts that come
to us during the activities of life?

We go to the dentist or dental hygenist to
clean and repair our teeth. We know where
we should go when we have problems with our
teeth. The dentist can take those cavities out.

Do we know who to go to when sin overtakes our
lives? A lot of us do know. We need to turn to
Jesus, our Savior, to set us free from sin.

Feel free to comment on your thoughts from the
dentist's chair.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Lessons from the Fog

It’s amazing that what was so familiar on a nice
sunny day is so unfamiliar on a foggy day. You
can feel lost. You aren’t sure of which road to
turn on. At least, that’s how I felt this morning
traveling to the dentist. I couldn’t seem to get
my bearings.

Isn’t life like that at times? We can lose our way
at times. We don’t know what lies ahead and it
fills us with apprehension. If we could only see
the future we’d be fine.

At times this morning I’d see headlights or
tail lights of a car in front of me and I’d feel a
little better. Maybe I’d be fine, maybe I’d make
it to my destination after all.

Another scary thing about the fog is that there
are other drivers. What they do will affect me?
Other people in my life can affect me. I have to
be careful that I don’t let them affect me to go
against what I believe, what God would want
me to do.

Things to remember: 1. The fog will lift. It lifts in
our lives, too. Those scary apprehensive times
will get better. 2. Focus on God. This morning I
had to try to focus on the road just in front of me.
I couldn’t see way ahead or to the side. Stay
focused at all times.

We don’t know the future, but we know the “One”
who holds the future. He’s our compass and our
landmark.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Songfilled Sundays

A Special Gem

Think of the friends you’ve had
Down through the years;
Think of all you’ve shared
All the laughter and tears.

What imprint have they left
Upon your heart;
One that will stay with you,
Even though you’re apart.

Thank God each day
For every one of them
They have all been
A very precious gem.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Wonderfilled Wednesday

My Prayer

Give me a passion and a thirst
That your Word will always come first.
Transform my heart, O LORD, I pray
So I will live my life your way.

You have a marvelous plan for me;
Open my eyes so I can see.
Challenge me so my faith will grow.
Help me seeds from your Word to sow.

Give me compassion for a lost soul
For only in you can a person be whole.
Ignite a desire for devotion to thee
So others will see you living in me.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Experience God's Presence

I feel God
In a gentle breeze
In the hug of a loved one
On a warm sunny day
When raindrops touch my cheek

I hear God
When birds sing
During a mighty thunderstorm
When sleet hits my window
When the wind howls

I see God in
The face of a child
The stars in the sky
A meadow of wildflowers
The beauty of a sunrise

Friday, January 01, 2010

The New Year

Begin the New Year right.
Love God with all your might.
Live by faith and not by sight.
Don't give up, continue to fight.
He'll turn your darkness into light.
Pray and in His Holy Word delight.
His power is greater than dynamite.
Think about heaven, where there is no night.

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