Thursday, December 18, 2014

What Is Christmas without Christ?

What is a Christmas without Christ?
A shopping frenzy, a food indulgence.
Drinks of all types, a sobriety divulgence.
One upmanship over last year’s choices.
Hearing children parroting commercial voices.
“I want, I need, everyone has it, please intercede!”
Then when they see it, it is not what they need!
No returns or exchanges until after New Year.
When you go to exchange the shelves are all clear!
Just giving them money, seems a crass thing to do.
They could buy it themselves and forget about you!

If we could forget about stores; we should try,
Walk on by the Malls that entice you to buy.
Just for one year wipe buying off your slate.
Determine to make gifts, don’t even hesitate.
Send your money to Missions for the needy.
Just tell the family it is a lesson on “Greedy”.
Instead of “things” they are bound to return,
Or some gift they keep but secretly they spurn.
Tell them this year they bought part of a goat
We’re not responsible to keep the economy afloat!

Revert to the old days, one gift under the tree,
A love letter to each other, are you all with me?
It has grown into a charge card that is out of hand.
Explain post-Christmas sales, they’ll understand.
Things they really need can be bought out of hand.
The charge cards stay home, what freedom that will be,
Take a picture of the homeless and put it under the tree.
Volunteer as a family to serve dinners to the destitute.
They will feel the joy of being able to contribute.
We all need a wake up call to the blessing of a giver
The same principle applies to the one who is a forgiver.
Acts 20:35 ~ “In every thing I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

People Are Ready

The fields are ripe and ready unto harvest.
But are we ready to sow the seeds and to reap!
Have you prayed and prepared the ground to plant?
Have you watered and fertilized with God’s word?
Did you work on developing a relationship first?
Yes, be ready to give an answer to everyone that asks,
Couch your comments worthy of a question from them!
Take care, to live your life with an urgency of spirit.
Everyone wants and needs a hope to grasp on to.
Through you may Jesus Christ be their hope today.

I  Peter 3: 15 ~ “But sanctity Christ Jesus in your hearts, always being ready to make a defence to every one who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.”  NSA

We must not be afraid of the unsaved and what they might do to us. God must be our fear “Sanctify the LORD of hosts Himself, and let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread”    Isaiah 8:13

SANCTIFY is a command, the only command in 1 Peter 3:15.  (Be ready) may carry the force of an imperative but it is not strictly an imperative. Notice that the word BE is in italics. The believer is told to set apart the Lord in his heart. This is the key phrase of the verse.
GOD has sanctified us (!Corinthians 1:2, 6:11. 

We in turn are to sanctify God. God has set us apart, we in turn are to set God apart. God has sanctified us, set us apart for Himself in a special way, called us to be His SAINTS (set apart ones, holy ones) what then does it mean for us to sanctify God?

“Hallowed be Thy Name!”  Lord, let your Name be set apart! Let Thy glorious Person be adored and held in reverence! To sanctify God means that we treat Him as holy.

IF you are going to communicate with man rightly you must first have communion with God. If you are going to connect with another person you must have a right connection with God. Before you speak to men about God you need to speak to God about men.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Living Your Life

Life cannot always be lived on a mountain top.                                                                             
The higher one lives, the swifter becomes the drop.
Living below, amidst the darkened forest floor,
You will beg for light wanting to breathe more.
A roller coaster ride can be scary and to some fun. 
A continuous ride will make you sick, the ride to shun.
You need to look for stability in the midst of change
Ask God to help you to know just what to rearrange.
God says He will show you the right path to follow.
He will skim off the futile  and show you what to follow.

Psalm 25:4 - 12 ~ “Show me the right path, O Lord, point out the road for me to follow....
Who are those who fear the Lord? He will show them the path they should choose.
Psalm 37:5 ~ “Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him, and He will help you.”
Proverbs 16:17 ~ “The path of the virtuous leads away from evil; whoever follows that path is safe.”

Thursday, October 9, 2014

What You Sow You Will Reap

Lord, teach me to think before I act,
And open my ears to hear before I judge.
May I be ever ready to forgive my enemies,
So that You, O Father will forgive me.
If I choose to be candid and frank
Ensure my words are softened with love.
Remind me to lift up a fallen brother,
And not to think more highly of myself.
Holy Spirit give me sympathy for the afflicted
For I may walk their path one day myself.

Holy Spirit help me to think before I speak,.
Close my ears that I hear no gossip that passes by.
And seal my lips so no gossip passes from me.
I want to be loyal to my church and its principles,
And I desire to stand by the truths in your word.
If my tongue becomes slanderous, bridle it Lord.
I desire to have a clean heart with pure thoughts.
May I be courteous and kind to all that I meet,
For one day I will stand at Thy judgment seat,
May I not be ashamed of how I have lived for Thee.


Nahum 1:7 ~ “The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in Him.”

Hebrews 10:23 ~ “ ”Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise.”

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Fruit of the Vine

We are the branches, and Jesus is the vine.
God tells us this parable to give us a sign.
If we the branch bear no fruit in our time, 
The barren branches Jesus will cut off.

Is this so that others might bear more fruit?
This parable is fearful, and does not suit!
Am I a branch that is torn from its root?

I want to bear fruit, and be so prolific.
Lord, help me not to be a branch that is sick.
Change my priorities, please make it quick!

I want to be securely attached to the vine.
I desire to blossom to show others a sign.
I gave myself to Christ, I’m no longer mine.

        In Jesus name, Amen
John 15: 1 - 5 ~ “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it might bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me and I in you. As a branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: he that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Getting Serious

Sometimes you have to get serious with YOU.
But first ensure you know what you need to do.
Be honest with God, He knows you deep inside.
There is nothing you have done that you can hide.
Recounting your fears, hiding tears and shame.
Confessing all to Him, He forgives in Jesus name.
Now go deeper still and ask what you should do.
Lies told, deceits foiled, never corrected save You.
The more you ask God to show you the deeper you go.
The Spirit brings more to mind, you cannot say no.
Finally the Spirit urges me to “Rise up and go”.
You sins are forgiven and I have buried in the sea.
Your freedom has been bought and pardoned by Me.

You need to make peace with those you have hurt.
Those you have walked by and been mean and curt.
No dissensions found in Christ’s body the church.
If you gossip someone’s name you could besmirch.
Anger has a way of cutting and hurting someone deep.
You need complete resolution their friendship to keep.
Apologies are difficult for the person who is proud.
Words that are humble are often demeaning said aloud.
You are preparing your house, the corners swept clean.
Feeling such relief, deep inside you will feel so serene.
All is right with your world, you’ve done what you can.
The Spirit has led, surely this was His Master plan!                                                                                                   

Proverbs 16:3 ~ “In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success.”
Proverbs 3:6 ~ “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans with succeed.”
John 14:15 & 16 ~ “If you love Me and obey Me; and I will ask the Father and He will give you another Comforter, and He will never leave you.”
Psalm 97:10 ~ “Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for He guards the lives of His faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.”
Psalm 146:8 ~ “God lifts the burden from those bent down with their loads.”

Psalm 32 1 & 2 | `` What happiness for those whose guilt has been forgiven! What joys when sins are covered over! What relief for those who have confessed their sins and God has cleared their record.``

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Secret Place

‘Tis a secret place where ‘ere sit with Thee.
Father, Confessor I would’st have none but Thee.
My sins I confess, but I leaveth with Thee.
The burdens Thou lifteth and threw in the sea.
Oh what a wonder Thou forgiveth e’en me.
Thou seeth the turmoil that around me doth grow,
 Only Thee can’st settle; this I doth know.
I ask for discernment, Thou giveth I know.
The world doth sink into depravity so rare.
When looking at this world it depresses me so.
I know Thou weepest, and tell some to go.
Others are committed to stay and to show, 
The very essence of Thee to strangers that seek,  
Some hath not heard, it constrains us not to be weak.
Let me sense darkness when Satan draweth near.
Then giveth me your power that He recoils in fear.
‘Tis a secret place; I can’st stay and look on Thy face.

I thank Thee O Father for Thy amazing grace.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pray and Listen

With all the cares of each new day,
Ensure you set aside some time to pray.
God is with you, day and night too,
He sees and hears all we say and do.
We have been given the Spirit
          Nothing is hidden from our Lord.
Keep walking by faith in one accord.
Let nothing come between your God and you,
Keep the lines open so His Spirit comes through.
Our spiritual cleanse is daily confession.
Tell others about Him, witnessing is a
           daily expression
Of your love for Him, which can travel far
           and wide.
Which will keep you close forever by His side.

When you feel the Spirit’s touch be ready to hear
There is work to be done, don’t live in fear.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Poor and Our Prayers

Blessed is he who is kind and caring to the needy.
The man who is hungry should not be seen as greedy.

If a man shuts his ears to the cries of the poor,
He too shall cry out, and God will not hear but ignore.
His prayers, though  they seem earnest God does abhor.

A bad attitude to the less fortunate spoil your prayers.

To reach God’s ears you must open your heart.
Your attitude must change, and His love impart.
Your response to the needy is a skeleton key.
That will open the door to the way you should be
If you are walking with the Lord you can never afford 
To say that you are a Christian living in accord 
With the word of the Lord, hidden in your heart.
No man can serve two masters it will tear you apart.

Pray for the needy, ask God to guide in your giving.

Then wait for the Spirit to guide all your daily living.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Pray and then Listen

With all the cares of each new day
Ensure you set aside time to pray.
God is with you, day and night too,
He sees and hears all that we do.
We have been given spiritual ears too.

We can’t hide anything from our Lord.
Keep walking by faith in one accord.
Let nothing come between God and you.
Keep listening, so His Spirit comes through.

Our spiritual cleanse is daily confession.
Witnessing about Him is a daily expression
Of your love for Him which can travel wide.
Which will keep you forever by His side.

When you feel the Spirit’s touch, be ready to hear

How you can live your daily life without fear.

John 14:26 NIV - “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counsellor or the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will reach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
Romans 8:9 & 10, 11 NIV  - “ You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit. If the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit, he does not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who lives in you.”
Galatians 5:24 NIV - “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”
2 Peter 1:21 NIV - “For prophesy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 2:4 NIV - “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power; so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.”
Deuteronomy 30:20 NIV “and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to him.”

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

My Husband, My Forever Love

My love is so patient, attentive and kind.
He forgives me; the hurt leaves his mind.
He laughs, crinkles his eyes, throws back his head.
I’ve been ill but he puts me first, and waits instead.

He wakens from sleep if he hears I am up,
And he serves me tea in my favourite cup.
He fixes my jewellery and washes my hair.
He always calls home when he cannot be there
We pray together holding each others hands.
I tell God I am hurting, my love understands.
He will hold me, pray, and cry when I cry.

Life is not fair; I didn’t want life to be like this!
Never questioning, always believing, I get a kiss.
I wake in the morning and he has been up for an hour.
Praying and reading the word, his “Hour of Power’.

Forty-eight-years, mere children they said.
Confident at how miraculously God has led.
This “Calamity Jane” would do it all over again.
This man, peace and contentment his living refrain.

My Valentine, my love, none can compare.
I don’t see the wrinkles or the grey hair.
In sickness and health his promise to me.
Is more valid now as you can easily see.

I looked for a boy who always put God first,
Hungry for God’s word, and oh such a thirst!
I’m more in love than ever with this gentle man.
On this Father’s Day his wife is his number one fan!

Ecclesiastes 4:9 - 10 “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. The other one can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. “

Romans 12:9 - 10 “Don’t just pretend to love each other. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good, Love each other with genuine affection. And take delight in honouring each other.”

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Until the Whole World Shouts His Name

Withered, old and the leaves float from the sky.
Crisp, veined, curled, it crackles in my hand.
By Fall its purpose is over, it separates from the tree.
             GOD’S MARVELOUS PLAN!
Underfoot we find vast numbers of dying leaves.
We could easily say, that their use is over, and yet
             GOD’S PLAN ALL ALONG!
It has just begun, for dying it becomes new food.
Correctly used it can now compost until the Spring.
When it is needed in the garden to begin a new cycle.
                GOD IS AMAZING!
That of preparation for fresh growth, awaking earth.
So many life cycles and we take them for granted.
Yet God set the planets in space and yet placed His hand.
                GOD IS ALL ENCOMPASSING!
Upon the smallest snowflake which He has designed
We don’t take the time to look, to study and marvel.
At this amazing universe that He has created for us.
We could start by praising Him for our awesome planet.
And marvel at the miracle of birth, a newborn baby.
We still focus on the leaves and the necessity of recycling.
                GOD WE FOCUS NOT UPON YOU!
The work they cause when we need to sweep them away.
So many things we miss as time flies by and we fail,
To see His awesome purpose and design in our world.
How detailed are you God, how beautiful Your design.
If we could but open up the shell of an egg, and look
At its three parts, we would once more be astonished.
That our God can explain the Trinity in a simple egg.
He not only created us to praise Him, but to open
Up our eyes to our surroundings, to think and to reason.
             GOD HAS A PLAN FOR US!
From the sky above us to the earth beneath our feet.
Are vast unexplored reasons to believe there is a God.
We who are His followers are enfolded in His purpose.
              GOD WILL OVERCOME!
He will prove Himself ever faithful to His promises.
This world is His and all that is in it shouts His name.
Remember the old leaf, remember you have a purpose!

              GOD IS VICTORIOUS!  Amen

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Am I Genuine

Do I surrender myself to be used of God
or just proclaim that to be my desire?

Do I continue on as just an empty shell
while I boldly ask God to light my fire?

Is the outward sign that I show to others
the inward evidence of a changing me?

Am I living my life as a white-washed mask
fearful to show you the genuine me?

Is the Jesus in me truly shining through or
do I try to produce His image on an empty screen?

Am I a false prophet claiming to be a seeker of truth
or simply a poor actor in a walk-on part?

Do I merely strut my lines across the stage of life
or have I truly given God all of my heart?

For one tires so easily of having to perform in life
what in breathing does not come naturally to me.

If God is not the very essence of my life
how can I possibly share Him with you?

It does not take long in the bustle of life
until the genuine comes shining through.

God separates the wheat from the chaff
with a quick breath and brush of hand.

An act can be played out only so long
before the real person you begin to see.

I’d rather be God’s person deep in my heart
and not what you are thinking of me.

To be conformed to the image of Christ
is what I am genuinely wanting to be.                                                                                           

Psalm 37: 23 - 24  - “The Lord directs the steps of the godly.  He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.”

1 Peter 1:7 - “These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold - though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials , it will bring you much praise and glory and honour on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Being Grateful

When you look at others, and feel that they have more,
And in comparing, you sadly think that you are poor.
It is time to take a walk along the other side of the street.
Look around you, and really regard everyone that you meet.

You will see that it is not possessions that make us feel blessed.
Counting our blessings, being grateful, that makes us happy.
We need to learn that it is the sweet simple things in life
That make us happy, releasing praise, and erasing strife.

We cannot live our lives inward; we will surely take a fall.
Living life outside ourselves helps us listen for God’s call.
Doing things for others, opens our eyes to be able to see.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life allowing us to  really “be”

The person God wants, unlocking our hearts to love everyone.
God wants to use our lives as a testimony sharing His Son.

Proverbs 28:20   “A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not
go unpunished.”
Proverbs 10:9   “A man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.”

Matthew 6:33  “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Mystery of Faith

That invisible, mystifying quantity so difficult to understand.
You long to reach out, and grasp it, holding it tightly in your hand.
Why did God give us this requirement, this edict for us all to see?
Is in the release of this faith balloon, meant to set our spirits free?

God’s word tells us, He uses the simple things to confound our mind.
Is it in the forfeit of our struggles, finally that peace we often find?
A faith affirming vow we make, giving back our love and trust to God.

“Faith is substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”
Above in that ethereal world God is guiding our steps to learn to lean
On the only one that can fulfill that promise made to us long ago.
How else could He prove His love for us and let the whole world know?

Reach out and grasp it, use it,  do not let go of your gift of faith.
Breath on your mustard seed of faith, climb a mountain keep it safe.
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually occur.
Steep yourself in God’s word, it is a command and we all concur.

Satan wants to steal your shield of faith; it is his victory plan
or without it he has destroyed God’s greatest gift for man. 

Acts 16:31   “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.”
Hebrews 11:1   “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”
Hebrews 11:6   “It is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.”

Colossians 2:7   “Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Go ahead, accumulate, don’t hesitate.
Shopping sprees are really great!
The more you earn the more you need.
Time for God’s reality to intercede.

God gives us advice, often we ignore.
That is what His Word is really for.
Pretty things are not considered greed.
We’re buying what we really need.

Everyone has a big T.V. and Video
You feel justified to “Pay as you Go”
The sand of time runs through upon hands,
Then you leave this earth with empty hands,

You depart this world like whence you came

Naked, leaving all signed over in your name.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

My God and I

My God and I walk slowly hand in hand.
Upon the sea shore, so firm is the sand
It shifts not, under our moving feet,
As we smile at everyone that we meet.
There is no worry during our morning walk.
As the sun strikes the sea we happily talk.
No beauteous sight will you ever see!
God allows His Spirit to commune with me.

The tide advances swiftly, but no fear have I
For I can hear a solitary gull’s strong cry.
The eddy of wind can let him soar free.
Surely any dangers the Spirit will see.
I walk only by faith and not by my sight.
Trusting God for my future, all seems bright.
Oh yes storms may come on life’s choppy seas.

But you will handle them best upon your knees.

Philippians 4: 6 - 7 “Don’t worry about anything, instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Winter’s sky alas doth oft reach down.
Clouds roll in which causeth us to frown.
Gird your loins, and guard your minds.
Satan works harder when depression he finds.
If your mind is craving some Summer sun,
His interest in your thought life hath just begun.
He offers complaints on a golden platter.
You pass them on and it starts to really matter!
At the end of yet another long and  dreary day,
You finally need to sit down and start to pray.
What doth surround us the question of “Why”?
Satan feeds your mind, being so subtle and sly.

The more you look around the more it seems grim.
Soon enough you begin to grumble and that is a sin.
You are now aware bitterness and strife is part of you.
Friends avoid you now because they know it is true.
Complaints that began with weather suddenly grow.
You start to look around you, judging people you know.
Complaints about inclement weather caused you to sin.
Discontent is now rampant, see the state we are in!
But, stop and consider, where did it all begin?
If your attitude starts to change because of “no sun”
Take your eyes off the world and praise God’s Son.

Psalm 42:45 - 6   “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise Him again --my Saviour and my God.”

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Joy in Loving

It is in loving, not in being loved,
The heart is blest.
It is in giving not in seeking gifts
We find our final quest.
If thou art hungry, lacking heavenly food,
Give hope and cheer.
If though art sad and couldst be comforted
Stay sorrow’s tear.
Whatever be thy longing and thy need,
That do thou give.
So shall thy soul be fed, and thou indeed
Shall truly livest in joy. 

Colossians 3: 18 & 19 "Wives be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be embittered against them."
2 Peter 1:7: “And in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, Christian love.”
I Peter 4:8: “Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.”
Jude 21:21 “Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.”

Deuteronomy 6:5 & 6: “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” “And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.”  

Thursday, January 16, 2014


Thou lovest the very worst part of me.
Thou seest the person You want me to be.
My life is laid bare before Your eyes.
His aim is ever to fill my heart with lies.
I confess, will  not regress, and will him defy.
You are my father forever, still after I die.

Your judgement is sweet before the confessional seat.
Rid Satan’s pestilence before it causeth my defeat.
Given chance, he fills my mind with filth and lies.
He urges me to rid myself of guilt and compromise.

Enticing me to forget my God, despite all He has done for me.
I commandeth him to flee from me in Jesus name for I now see
That he has fear at the mention of Jesus’ name and His blood.
The Bible is clear to me, Christ gave me His lifeblood.

I thank thee Lord for leaving us your Spirit guide.

You speak to me and tell me forever You are by my side.

Lifeblood: The blood required to give us life.
Romans 8:11   “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you.”

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Completing the Journey

Years from now your journey will be complete.
Years from now your heart will not be heard.
It will cease its faithful beating; all is silent.
Years from now your body will renege on healing.
Years from now your eyes will grow dim .
Years from now we will look on life as a passage.
Every stage should bring us closer to God and heaven.
Years from now age will have completed its cycle.
From baby to child, adult to senior life will changed.
As it changes our confidence will grow for we will know.
What God says He will do will be done, His word is true.

Years from now heaven will seem so much closer.
Years from now you’ll find yourself longing for home,
Years from now this life will not feel comfortable.
Years from now you will awake as if from deep sleep.
You will find yourself in heaven, burdens vanquished.
You will run up to the Saviour and fall at His feet.
There is no fear for God is here with all that know Him.
But we will meet him on the other shore and we will know.
It will be worth it all when we see Jesus, all questions answered,
For He will wipe away all our tears and time will be no more.