Monday, February 15, 2021

 

JOY IN THE HOLLOW

Joy, that blissful state to keep,
is met in a winter hollow,
where tracks trail in, both wide and deep,
by the edge of firs on landscape steep,
and where I, with wonder, follow.

Over head, the sun is promised light,
On the snowy altered tree,
and the downy bridesmaid’s hearty flight
is joined by grouse in peaceful sight,
where the woods are hushed for me.
 
You, Maker of my spirit’s smile
by the marriage you impart,
declare a goodness in my while.
With a skip, I’ll go another mile,
having joy within my heart.

 

And ye now therefore have sorrow:
but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice,
and your joy no man taketh from you.
John 16:22


JOY IN THE HOLLOW 


Those curvy, back, snow-covered, country roads with the word ‘Hollow’ in their names offer unique Sunday afternoon drive opportunities. Down roads like these, we see stands of evergreens, ponds and deer, barns and horses, homes and hovels and lowlands.

And an highway shall be there, and a way,
and it shall be called The way of holiness;
the unclean shall not pass over it;
but it shall be for those:
the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.
No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast
shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there;
but the redeemed shall walk there:
And the ransomed of the LORD shall return,
and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy
upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Isaiah 35: 8-10

‘Hollow’ also means having an empty space within. But with Jesus in our hearts, the once empty space is now filled. Once wayfaring and foolish, there will be no continuation of such persons on the highways in Heaven. Cleaned because of faith, there will be, instead, the redeemed expressing joy. The Sunday School song rings true: I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart. He, whose love is shed aboard in our hearts, also works on our heart for the production of joy and kindness by the power of the Holy Spirit.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness,
faith, meekness, temperance:
against such there is no law.
Galatians 5: 22-23

The second fruit of the Holy Spirit right after love is joy. Gentleness, or kindness, is there on the list after longsuffering, or patience. To me, the nine fruits are like the three-persons-in-one Trinity: different, wonderful aspects of our loving Father. They are always correct and the opposites are always wrong.

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

1 Corinthians 13:13

The Holy Spirit, or Counselor, lives within the heart of the believer. What does the Counselor do? He teaches us, reminds us, guides us, convicts us, tells the future, brings glory to Jesus and testifies about Jesus (John 14:15-John 16:16).

Looking unto Jesus
the author and finisher of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him
endured the cross,
depising the shame,
and is set down at the right hand
of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:2

To the believer who is enabled with different eyes through the power of the Holy Spirit, the cross is the point of the story the Author makes. The joy set before Him is a special joy only Christ can know. It must be such an awesome joy to have endured not only the cross and death itself but also the crushing from His own Father.

Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him;
he hath put him to grief:
when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin,
he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days,
and the pleasure of the LORD
shall prosper in his hand.
Isaiah 53:10

When depressed, read the uplifting passage of Isaiah 35 about the joy of the redeemed. When we see corruption around us and realize our own going astray, it’s encouraging to know there is a better place where we can live sin-free.

Likewise, I say unto you,
there is joy in the presence of the angels of God
over one sinner that repenteth.
Luke 15:10

The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
Jeremiah 31:3

When in a winter hollow and through whatever we go through, remember God loves us with an everlasting love and that He draws us with loving kindness.

Monday, February 1, 2021

 


SNOW ON THE EVERGREEN

Jesus, Jehovah, Immanuel.
Abundant joy rich to tell!
There is a love that fills my heart,
like snow in the deepest part.
 
El, Creator, Merciful, Love.
Blessed assurance from above.
There is a peace from Heaven’s crown,
like snow gently falling down.
 
Savior, Messiah, Adonai.
Blood outpoured to sanctify.
There is a grace from only Him,
like snow coating every limb.
 
Unspeakable Gift, Redeemer, King.
Sing the song the ransomed sing!
There is a life made wholly right,
like snow turning woodlands white.
 
Spirit, Counselor, Author, Friend.
Kingdom wonders never end.
There is a seal, completely clean,
like snow on the evergreen.
 
 
But as many as received him, to them gave he power
to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh,
nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 1:12-13


SNOW ON THE EVERGREEN

 

In our woods, snow comes straight down and piles up, especially today with the beginnings of a Nor-Easter in our state. The birds are scurrying at the feeder and suet cakes. They know the storm comes. We have an evergreen that we planted years ago down the yard here in Veery Glade. From the house, I can watch the snow coat the evergreen with a white gown.

 

It is miraculous to become a child of God. God gives a power to people who believe in His Son, Jesus Christ like it says in the first chapter of John. Because of faith, an identity transformation occurs by an amazing force from Heaven, that same force that created us. God does the work of recognizing belief in our hearts. He who created the heart reads the heart. Since the power is given by God, it is not a power that we humans have without such a giving. It is only obtained by faith.

 

But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

2 Corinthians 4:3-4

 

The result of not believing is mental blindness. The god of this world, Satan, blinds the mind. When someone is blind, they don’t see where they are going. They don’t understand the lyrics ‘I once was blind but now I see’ in the beautiful song Amazing Grace. They don’t agree with Reepicheep, that adorable fictional mouse in the Chronicles of Narnia, when he said, ‘We have nothing if not belief’. The devil has blinded their mind.

 

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Romans 12:2

 

The Living God is our Miracle Re-newer, our Miracle Restorer, our Miracle Deliverer. God can create in us a renewed mind, right spirit and clean heart. We rely on Him through prayer to work miracles in our heart and mind.

 

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD:
Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Isaiah 1:18

Our miraculous God can make sin white as snow, blotting out any trace of it. He invites us to come and reason with Him. Who would turn down such an opportunity from God Himself? Who wouldn’t want their sin whited out? Maybe someone who thought she had no sin. There are people who believe they have no sin. The Bible tells us this.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1 John 1:8

 

Some people believe they are perfect in their own way. For them, there is no need for redemption from a God who doesn’t even exist. Don’t let yourself be deceived. Draw close to God and He will draw close to you. So much rides on belief.

 

While it’s true that all people are made in God’s image, it’s not true that all people are children of God. The given title ‘Child of God’ is for those born of God.  If everyone were a child of God, there would be no need for God to send His Son to die for our sins. The devil wants people to think they are born children of God and not in need of a Redeemer. All attention on Jesus Christ, God’s remedy for sin, is what the devil works tirelessly to destroy. 


If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9


Pray for understanding in this: God provides the remedy only in His Son, Jesus Christ. There is no other remedy. There is no other way. Pray today for your loved ones. We are a work in progress.

 

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 3:18

 

We know it is the Creator of creation who details His design. It was He who humbled Himself to be born a human, which He created out of dirt from the ground. It is the Creator who puts all salvation on one name, the name of Jesus Christ. Pray for our country and leaders that they will honor God with their words and deeds.

 

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 1:13-14

 

As I watch the snow coat the evergreen, I remember what the Bible tells us: God, the Holy Spirit is deposited within us, the faithful, as a guarantee. By the Holy Spirit, we become what we never were—children of God. It is, then, to us to keep at our praying. Holding true to the prayer pattern, we plead the matters heavy on our hearts with our Heavenly Father. Keeping the torch of a positive attitude, we keep hopeful that God is more than able to do what we ask.

 

For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Titus 3:3-7

 

Enjoy the miracle of renewal like the graceful covering of snow on the evergreen. May we be reminded of the cancellation of sin, sealed identity and God’s ongoing kindness.


Friday, January 15, 2021


THE ICY GNARLY ELM
 
The icy, gnarly elm alone
in the dell, just beyond the spruces,
has taken on to moan and groan
and wonder of her uses,
to worry in the winter scene
where none but harshness grows—
and the cold wind blows.
 
Yet even so, the elm stands firm,
though the weighted ice is building.
And there lies at core a diseasing worm
as the branches soon are breaking.
Forbidding is the winter scene
in which all things are made weak—
where the plight looks bleak.
 
But there is remembrance of who one is,
as the sun shines on and sparkles.
Even through the strain and brittleness,
there is reason yet for marvels.
Hostile may the winter scene become
and the stressful toll long—
but her trust is strong.
 
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6


THE ICY GNARLY ELM

Winter is established here in the woodland. Only evergreens provide a dash of green color against the white backdrop of land and sky. Ice and snow covers the branches of maple, beech and old gnarly elm trees. Veery Glade is locked in the grips of winter.

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love.
Ephesians 4:1-2

 
We are called to bear one another in love. Showing kindness is part of that easy yoke and light burden we accept as followers of Christ. But sometimes, that’s tough to do. Actually, usually that’s tough to do! It can take a lot of patience to show kindness to others. Prayer is that vehicle to help enable us.
 
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
 
But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you. And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
2 Thessalonians 3:1-5

 
As an elm tree holds up in the winter landscape waiting for the arrival of spring, so we endure. We wait for help in our need, for sustenance, for Jesus to return. Commit to prayer during this ministry of reconciliation. Ask for help to show kindness to others. We know the Bible tells us that maintained confidence in the Lord will be richly rewarded.
 
For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Galatians 6:8-9

 
The Bible also tells us that we reap what we sow so sow to the Spirit. A reaping of corruption approaches for those who do not. God’s wrath is coming, as the clock (which He made) ticks. There will be an end time when God will have His vengeance and destroy His enemies. It’s when He will no longer have patience. It’s when He will not show kindness. We read it is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the Living God.
 
So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD: but let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years.
Judges 5:31

 
Deborah, a prophetess who led Israel, sang the above words at the end of her song as recorded in Judges chapter 5. She had led the army to victory despite Barak second guessing God’s authority. (And because of that, God told Deborah to tell Barak the honor of Sisera’s fall would go to Jael, a woman.) Deborah obeyed God, acknowledging His might and goodness shining bright as the sun on those who love Him. She knew the LORD’s enemies would perish.
 
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
Hebrews 9:27-28

 
Peace is what Jesus Christ, the Son of God, gives. It’s the kind of peace we have to the last breath when we commit our spirit into the hands of the Living God. With a sound mind fixed on the Author of our faith, rest comes, now and in eternity. Jesus Christ covers our sin by His death on the cross. Redeemed and safe from the wrath, we enter into eternal life and gain all the precious promises God has outlined in His Word.
 
Ask God to show how we can be kind to others, even to family members that hate us. Pray for better ears to hear that difficult friend. Ask for opportunities to show kindness to help an ongoing strained relationship begin to heal and move towards reconciliation. Pray for a quietness to tame an over-talkative mouth. Pray for wisdom. Pray that we can be beacons of hope to others in depression. Ask that we can be the best moons possible, reflecting God’s Son-light into the dark places on the earth. God is able! So pray it, earnestly.
 
And the children of Israel remembered not the LORD their God,
who had delivered them out of the hands of all their enemies on
every side: neither shewed they kindness to the house of Jerubbaal,
namely, Gideon, according to all the goodness which he had shewed
unto Israel.
Judges 8:34-35

 
Remember God’s merciful kindness to us.
Be kind to yourself and others,
not letting it be recorded in His book
that there was no show of kindness.

Friday, January 1, 2021

 

TRACKS IN THE SNOW

A glistening dell,
white-clad and temple-like,
a line of fresh-made tracks
beneath a spruce’s spike,
where winds have not come in
to shake the boughs of snows,
and in a winter’s blue,
the morning sun grows.

It’s here we see a pattern,
while breathing crisp air,
the prints of whitetail deer
preserved in snowy care,
the pointed toes had followed
the ones before them made,
and dainty ones, too,
had crossed the frozen glade.

The wisest and the learned
trust in established ways,
through cold and drifted trials
to kinder, warmer days;
so, let us raise a prayer
and speak our human need—
to step within the footsteps
of Sovereign-made lead.


If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Galatians 5:25




TRACKS IN THE SNOW

Happy New Year!

God With Us, Emmanuel! 

God was there in the year behind us. He allowed what He allowed. For me, it was a very good year. Emmanuel! God is still with us. He is in this new year. Jesus said He will be with us to the end of the world. And we know God keeps His promises.

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Matthew 28:18-20

With the 2021 new year comes a new word at the end of every post here on my Poems and Prayer blog. It has been educating and rewarding to find each year’s word throughout scripture. So, at the end, you will see it (unless you have already skimmed down!).

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
John 8:12

When I used to teach music to kindergarten students, they mimicked my motions to a song. They marched around the music room feeling the beat in their step, clapped the rhythm of the melody and arched their arms to show musical phrasing, like I did. Quite a picture!

Jesus promises the light of life to those who follow Him. What does the ‘light of life’ mean? I think it’s an opportunity to feel the beat of the Holy Spirit, responding, sometimes, with a march in our step due to clear purpose in heart. It’s singing a song because of sensing a presence very near. It enables vision to be able to wave our arms in expressions of joy due to answered prayer.

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Proverbs 29:18

Since God is the Creator, He makes the rules of His creation. Since He is the Designer, He knows His design. The vision of spiritual eyes is connected with faith. Honor Him in faith and He can envision you. Without faith, the way becomes dark and drifts from the light of life.

Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
Jeremiah 33:3

Through prayer, we can directly call upon our Creator. Let’s not turn down such an opportunity or forget it exists. Let’s not let other things steer us off track. Remember prayer. Prayer is proof God wants a personal relationship with us. And then, trust God.

And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.
Matthew 9:9

Rise up, shepherd, and follow. Jesus calls us to follow Him. I’ve discovered over the years that to be a good follower means to get out of the leader’s way. I’m still no expert, only a work in progress! But, I know to be a follower of Jesus Christ means to trust where He leads, that if we live by the Spirit, then we walk in the Spirit.

Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.
Deuteronomy 5:33

Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
Deuteronomy 13:4

Like most animals, the deer take the path of least resistance. They follow a path already broken from the one who broke trail. Creation reminds us to trust God’s lead and that it will be for our best. God leads us into the new year. He is here with us and already in the year to come. Follow on. March on. Boldly we go into 2021!

Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
Jeremiah 6:16

We learn from scripture that some people chose not follow. They chose not to walk therein. It happened then and it happens today. It is to be concluded, then, that they will end up not getting rest for their souls. God is not a dictator. He lets us choose. The Great Heart Reader knows the human heart He created, whether for or against. I encourage you to choose wisely. Unto us, salvation is given. Take it! Receive. Follow.
 
Order my steps in thy word; and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.
Psalm 119:133

The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
Proverbs 20:7

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.
1 Peter 2:21

If things aren’t clear when standing in the crossroads, ask God for clarity. If we don’t ask, God granting our request is much slimmer, if at all. When finding others walking on the same faith road, be encouraged. That’s another thing that could be granted if requested: friends to walk with.

Psalm 117 only has two verses! Here they are:

O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.
Psalm 117: 1-2 (This is the whole Psalm!)

With tracks set before us by Jesus Christ, the promised ‘light of life’, let us walk in our integrity in the new year knowing God’s merciful kindness.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

BOUGHS OF HEMLOCK

Boughs of hemlock, full, adorning,
blessed to greet the chilly morning;
as when Magi came afar,
from the east, beneath the Star,
and gave their gifts to the King of Kings,
Creator of created things,
who became a man—a babe to carry—
and trusted the goodness of Joseph and Mary.

Boughs of hemlock, rich and stately,
by the roadside waving greatly;
likened to the branches’ way
to Jerusalem that day,
when our Savior Jesus wept,
and on the road to the cross, kept,
to atone for us eternal peace,
from sin’s death hold, a sure release.

Boughs of hemlock, sprinkled snow,
delicate grace on branches show;
like the change from winter to spring.
A new life planted, faith does bring
Fruit and life from a spirit clean,
and a harvest of an evergreen.
Truth and honor in God’s Word well
will be honored, as time will tell.


God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.
Psalm 118:27




BOUGHS OF HEMLOCK

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. 
Isaiah 9:2


When light shines in, it alleviates trouble, changes the scene, soothes an ache and lifts turmoil.

For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, and the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian. 
Isaiah 9:4


It was deliberate that the odds looked ridiculous as Gideon led a few men blowing trumpets and breaking jars against their enemy, an amazement similar to Sarah giving birth at the age of 90 and King Hezekiah seeing an angel standing in the battlefield after it killed 185,000 men of the king’s enemy because Hezekiah prayed for help. God is not timid in making a point. 

And God’s first words in Genesis, “Let there be light”, I think are deliberate, too. Jesus is the great light seen by the people walking in darkness. Only Jesus Christ can break the yoke of sin and swipe the staff of the task-master, the rod of Satan, the prince of darkness.  

For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire. 
Isaiah 9:5


It was said that gunfire in Gettysburg, PA could be heard in Washington D.C. during the civil war. Surviving soldiers often had hearing damage. Confused noise and garments rolled in blood describe the terrible scene of war. The results of Hell, of losing the battle of salvation, will be with fire. Keep praying for loved ones. Prayer can avail much.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6


Unto Us, Salvation is given.

Jesus Christ governs the hearts of those who trust Him. After all the failing governments of the world, we’ll enjoy a government that rests on the shoulders of Jesus. Consider the meanings of the names that soar above all other names.

Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Isaiah 9:7


There is ongoing just government and perpetual peace in the kingdom of the King of kings. How? Because of zeal. It’s God’s enthusiasm that will bring about His Word. If we’re having a down day or even holiday, remember how powerful God is and that He is able to accomplish great things! Ask God for the help needed to endure a difficulty. He is patiently waiting to hear from us in prayer. He is not that far to hear.

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
I Corinthians 14:33

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9


MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU!

With green boughs in hand, welcome into your heart God’s Precious Light, peace and patience.


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

THE SAPLING'S STAR

The night is cold, it is bitter cold,
and the trees are moving, creaking,
screeching in the cold, dark, winter night,
as the stars begin their peeking.

They can see the patch where the maples grow,
nestled in for winter, napping,
and beneath the trunk of a mighty red,
they can see the smallest sapling.

They are shown a strength in its tiny limbs,
of a promise building, keeping,
of a hope to give unsparingly,
of love for the woodland sleeping.

And they wonder who is showing this,
in whose light a-basking, savoring?
High above the sapling is its Star,
shining brightly, ever favoring!


But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah,
though thou be little among the thousands of Judah,
yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me
that is to be ruler in Israel;
whose goings forth have been from of old,
from everlasting.
Micah 5:2



THE SAPLING'S STAR

For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.
John 3:16


Here’s news to smile about: the Designer of the Bethlehem Star loves us! God wonderfully shone a light on the giving of His most precious gift—His Son, Jesus Christ! From the beginning of time, this birth was carefully orchestrated. God knows us, even when we were knitted together, fearfully and wonderfully, in our mother’s womb.

For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
Psalm 139:13-14


When there is a full moon, it can be mystical to walk through the woods at night. Moon shadows streak across a snow-covered woodland floor. A maple sapling in starlight stands beside the trunk of its parent. In time, it will grow to the height and majesty it is destined. 

And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.
Micah 4:8


God, through the prophet Micah 700 years before the birth of Christ, tells us that from the tribe of Judah, in the town of Bethlehem, He would call to Himself a ruler from everlasting. Micah prophesied of a restored kingship in a kingdom that will last forever. He was talking about Jesus Christ! But, he never got to see the Messiah (on earth).

So shall my word be
that goeth forth out of my mouth:
it shall not return unto me void,
but it shall accomplish that which I please,
and it shall prosper in the thing 
whereto I sent it.
Isaiah 55:11


Do you recognize the sovereignty of the Designer who proclaimed the very first words, ‘Let there be Light’? Do you hear the authority of our Creator who created the stars and named them? Do you see the undisputed right of the presence who sent the one-of-a-kind Bethlehem Star? 

Who being the brightness of his glory
and the express image of his person,
and upholding all things by the word of his power, 
when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down 
on the right hand of the Majesty on high.
Hebrews 1: 3


How fortunate we are to know the prophecies written in the Bible and see their fulfillment! And, like Micah, we wait for something too— for Christ’s second coming. Now, it’s our turn to wait. Those who wait on the Lord will renew their wings and see that restored kingship so richly talked about.

For it pleased the Father that in him
should all fullness dwell.
Colossians 1:19


Prayer is a privilege letting us know God is working specifically in our life because of specific prayer. Bring what weighs heavy on your heart to the Everlasting Father in Jesus’ name and see what kind of light He sheds on it. Prayer is a great step of faith.

I am approaching 10,000 views here on my blog! I remember  reaching 1,000 views and thought how awesome! I am thinking about creating an ebook to celebrate this milestone. Stay tuned and thank you for taking the time to read my posts.

But the LORD said unto Samuel,
Look not on his countenance,
or on the height of his stature;
because I have refused him:
for the LORD seeth not as man seeth;
for man looketh on the outward appearance,
but the LORD looketh on the heart.” 
1 Samuel 16:7


As we look to the Christmas season coming before us, remember the events of that special night beneath the Bethlehem Star. Jesus, God’s Word made flesh and the mighty ruler who establishes a bright kingdom that will last forever for those who put their trust in Him accomplishes because:

Neither is there salvation in any other:
for there is none other name under heaven
given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Acts 4:12

Therefore I will look unto the LORD; 
I will wait for the God of my salvation: 
my God will hear me.
Micah 7:7


May starlight shine on your way of patience.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

 

WOODLAND PRAISE

Through tall pine trees, the sunshine pours
on the ground beneath my feet,
raising gateways and old ancient doors
as the woodland sings whom it adores—
in an early frost-coat sleet.

The grove I walk in magnificence,
itself, aligns to praise;
glory, admiration, one can sense,
even stones will cry the difference—
highest name iced branches raise.

I kneel at the altar by the brook,
in the lofty, high cathedral,
and thank our Lord for the path He took.
On destruction, I will never look—
mercy blood atoned for all.

In stalwart groves, by icy streams,
in woods that lift His name,
great honor is to Him who deems
creation, in all reverent themes,
and a kingdom to proclaim.


By him therefore let us offer
the sacrifice of praise to God continually,
that is, the fruit of our lips
giving thanks to his name.
But to do good and to communicate forget not:
for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Hebrews 13:15-16


WOODLAND PRAISE

God’s faithfulness is revealed when the sun shines through the trees. The trees themselves serve as steadfast reminders that God knows who is thankful. Prayerful praise lifted to Heaven is noted by God, the Great Mathematician, who counts, records and documents everything.

And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten
cleansed? but where are the nine? There are
not found that returned to give glory to God,
save this stranger.
Luke 17: 17-18

Jesus Christ, who is God incarnate, went into a village and met ten men who had leprosy. The lepers stood afar off and lifted their voices to Jesus saying, “Master, have mercy on us”. Jesus told them to go show themselves to the priests. On their way, they were cleansed. When one of them saw that he was healed, he turned back and glorified God with a loud voice. He fell down on his face at the feet of Jesus, giving thanks. And he was a Samaritan.

O give thanks unto the LORD;
for he is good:
because his mercy endureth for ever.
Psalm 118:1

When walking through the woods, I hear God speaking. It might be the place where one can come to her senses. Jesus knows who asks for mercy and who gives thanks even when in difficult times. Our Creator never misses expressions of need and thanks given by any person, small or great, across all time.

Give thanks unto the LORD,
call upon his name,
make known his deeds among the people,
Sing unto him,
sing psalms unto him,
talk ye of all his wondrous works.
1 Chronicles 16:8-9

Maintaining a attitude of gratitude helps ward off self-centeredness. Counting blessings keeps focus on what God has done for us. Keeping a heart in a right relationship with God helps lessen discouragement. And praising God even amidst turmoil is diversion therapy.

It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising the thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: then that house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD; so that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.
2 Chronicles 5:13-14

God restores our soul. He keeps track of our reliance, our requests for help, our need, our thanks, our praise. Live to make for yourself a great tally sheet.

Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
Revelation 11:17

God, The Great Mathematician, also keeps track of people who don’t give thanks. An ungrateful heart can lead to God giving people up (Romans 1:24, 26 and 28), something we wouldn’t want to happen. 

Because that, when they knew God,
they glorified him not as God,
neither were thankful;
but became vain in their imaginations,
and their foolish heart was darkened.
Romans 1:21

Be in practice of gratefulness. Prayer gets our mind off of ourselves and onto to source, God. When Jesus was entering Jerusalem and people were calling out 'Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!', the Pharisees in the crowd told Jesus to rebuke his disciples. And his reply was:

"I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet,
the stones will cry out."
Luke 19:40

‘But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices, God is well pleased.’ Go for what God has clarified pleases Him: doing good and praying. Live for Jesus, wanting to hear “Well done, my good and faithful servant” from Jesus when you cross Heaven’s finishing line because you gave thanks. Act knowing God doesn’t forget the labor of love you have shown toward His name.

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Colossians 3:15

I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints.
Psalm 52:9

Happy Thanksgiving to you! And may you enjoy reigning peace because of your patience.