Proverbs 19:17 He who is gracious and lends a hand to the poor lends to the Lord, And the Lord will repay him for his good deed.
feeling the walls
of my self-imposed box
new year boundaries
I hope you all enjoyed ringing in the New Year. I have made a few personal resolutions that I am not going to share with anyone but my husband. What I will share with you is my verse for this year and my word for this year.
I found out last year that people often pick 1 word to focus on throughout the calendar year. Last year I choose the word READ, because I wanted to do more studying. This year my word is STEADFAST. I am going to learn to stay firmly fixed in place.
My verse for last year was Psalms 34:4 I sought the LORD, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears. (NKJV) I made a verse image for it in my Bible App and saved the verse in different versions in my bookmarks on my Bible App. I wrote my verse, that I felt God wanted me to focus on for the year, in several places and read it at least once a day. I will write my verse for 2016 in my prayer journal and on Post-It notes to be placed around my house. I will continue to use the Bible App to study this verse and the rest of God’s Word.
This year I feel that God wants me to focus on Psalms 112:7 He will not fear bad news; his heart is confident, trusting in the Lord. (HCSB)
What do you think God wants you to focus on this year?
Always there ready to give
Without it we could not live
We reach for it when we are sad
We should reach for it when we are mad
It is near where we lay our head
In it some words are red
We read those words the most
They talk about the Holy Ghost
It sits upon the shelf
To understand we deny self
The words inside are soothing
They get our hearts moving
The poetry brings peace
It helps our sorrows to cease
The admonishments are clear as day
They help guide us on our way
The stories of soldiers brave
Hundreds of loaves and fishes gave
Demons and spirits removed and banished
After His death he vanished
But He reappeared and told us it was waived
Because of Him we are saved
Thank You for Your Love
Ancient words written by strangers
Have proven true yet again
Before I cried you heard
Before I cried you caught my tears
You moved mountains and people
You changed the winds to fill my sails
Taking me from the storm
As I land on the shore
I cry tears of thankfulness
Gratitude is too small a word
There has not been a word uttered
To describe the easing in my soul
You were faithful when I doubted
And You loved me when I strayed
You showed me the package mercy comes in
And unwrapped lovingkindness in my sight
Thank you Lord for your patience and love
I wrote this poem after I snapped out of my postpartum depression. I went about 6 months without writing a poem, which is the longest I have ever gone since I was in High School.
In the Garden
I pull weeds by hand
making room for the phlox
I know they need me
what I need to know is where
is my gardener of destiny
Sometimes it feels as though God is far away, or not listening, but He is there.
28 And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.
This poem was made especially to be sewn onto a Bible cover.
I wish I had a cover with this on it, but alas, I have no sewing skills.
Inside this cover you will find
A book of a very special kind
It is old and well worn
There might even be a page torn
It is my most precious possession
And it answers my every question
This is the Living Word of God
This is my staff and my rod
When the devil comes at me
This is the thing that makes him flee
A Tanka about Sin
notebook and pen
my bible laid open
now to pry open my heart
sin is warm and soft
I’d like to lie in it a while
Tanka is supposed to be personal. So is haiku, even though I think a lot of people write haiku about things that sound poetic, and not just about what they have personally experienced. A tanka poem is almost supposed to be autobiographical, so I wonder if its okay to write vague tanka?
Living on the Solid Rock
Bible in my hand I’m holding steady
Bible in my lap I’m prayer ready
I stand on solid ground and believe
Our pains he will relieve
Down on my knees hands together
I’m not afraid of stormy weather
Praising and thanking I glorify Him
I pray on every whim
I denounce the devil and deny
His antics will not make me cry
I lift my hands in song
And admit every wrong
I am part of the eternal flock
I live standing on the solid Rock
As we enter a new year are you evaluating how you did things last year? We always think about what we are going to do in the coming year, but do you stop to consider how you did things last year, and that maybe if you want to succeed you will have to do things differently this year? Maybe this is the year to put your trust in God. Maybe this is the year to step out in faith. Maybe this is the year to evaluate your spiritual life and your priorities in life.
Day 07- A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you
I thought about saying Jesus, because I am nothing without him.
I thought about saying my mom, because well, I wouldn’t be here without her.
I thought about saying my husband because he is my other half.
But I think I am going to go with a ‘thing’ instead, because it is hard to pick from the people in my life.
The the first book to be printed in history was the Bible and it is the most widely sold book in the world today. You can find it in any bookstore in the USA, but it is banned in about 50 other countries.
It comes in over 200 copies and probably over 200 languages (some you have never heard of). You can get braille copies for the blind and an audio version on tape, a read-along version on DVD or an App on your iPad. New versions in new languages, or with new built-in study helps, are being made every year.
Why? Why are there so many copies of one book?
Patrick Henry said, “There is one book worth all other books which where ever printed.” and he was speaking about the Bible.
George Washington said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”
It is a holy book, as you no doubt know. It has the instructions/laws/commandments for the largest religion in the World- Christianity.
If you were to read through Proverbs you would be surprised to find that you recognize many of the sayings there, as sayings you’ve heard all of your life, but you didn’t realize originated from the Bible. Many of the stories you heard as a child about being nice to each other come from the Bible.
This book has calmed my anger, it has made me angry, it has made me sad and made me glad. The Bible is actually 66 books put together and every one of them has a purpose. This book is a great piece of literary history as well as a big piece of the history of the world. It has given me hope when the world said to give up, and single verses have made me change my mind when 5 sermons could not. It tells me about the future and gives me great insights into the past. It gives me insights into human behavior and rules about how to behave.
It is a book of hope, and a book of love.
I am so thankful that we are able to have so many copies available to us here in the United States. It has changed my life more than any other book, poem, story or person. It shapes who I am and how I live my life.
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