That’s Not a Proverb

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.

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So last year I started looking at the Bible in a different way.
I have been reading the Bible since I could read. I have read through the Bible, from beginning to end. So I know what’s in there. 
Last year I started asking myself, what’s not in there?
The last lesson I learned from asking myself this question – “Perform a background check on a person before giving them food.” is not a proverb.
“Only show the love of Christ if you are sure you are not being taken advantage of.” is not a proverb.
“If you give someone money, and they buy drugs with it, you lose your blessing.” Is not a proverb.
“Go and tell people about the gospel except if they live in a bad neighborhood.” is not in the New Testament. 
“Make sure the one you are giving to is truly poor.” is not a proverb.
So basically, if it’s not in there I need to think about it. Because “love your neighbor as yourself” is in there. Giving to the poor is mentioned several times, as is not being a gossip. Most of us know that. But today I would encourage you to think about what’s not in there. 
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Happy New Year’s Day 2016

old storage building
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?

The Book

The Book
a book made up of
sixty-six books

King James Version, The Word of God, KJV,The Living Word of God

This poem was inspired by a 2014 NaHaiWriMo prompt. I just think it is interesting that the Bible is often referred to as “The Good Book” but it is actually several books, or letters compiled together.

The Word | A Poem

daffodil

The Word

 
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

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  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.

Tanka in the Garden

phlox flower

 

  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.

Matthew 6:27 And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure to his stature or to the span of his life?

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.

Bible Cover Poem

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

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Writing Tanka

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?

church candle, single flame, white candle

New Year’s Post from Failing at Haiku

brand new year, number 1, start of new year

Image from Graphics Fairy

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.

Challenge Post #7

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.

visual explanation of the Bible

This is the first page of my Bible

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.

To see the other challenge post, click on the category “Challenges”.