All May Fail But You

I hold tight to Your love–
Never will it leave me.
All may fail me but You, oh Lord!
My heart is wrapped by Your hands,
And my spirit will dwell in Your house forever!

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A Life Worth Living

You, oh Lord, are the cause of my life,
And the Victor over my death.
You bring what is true success!

No one can take Your place or exceed Your perfect gifts;
Your love cannot be surpassed.

By Your strength I continue on;
You give me a life worth living for.

Over The Gap

Over the gap that no man can fill,
God gave up His Son of His own free will.
He paid all our debts,
He covered the cost
of all our mistakes–
He recovered the lost.
We step out on the bridge that Jesus has made,
Set our feet on the firm foundation He laid.
Our sins will be crushed,
Our lives be made pure;
His strength is inside us,
So we may endure.
Every task put before us,
And every struggle within,
With God on our side,

We will conquer and win!

This, Too, Shall Pass Away

Oh Lord, how blessed am I!
Never do I walk alone–
You keep fear far from me.

When I cannot stand You carry me;
When walking through storms You keep me upright.

You lift my spirit from the deepest sadness–
Only You can restore my soul.

There is no one like You, my King;
Your peace and joy comes from no other.

I look ahead and see only Your majesty.
Your righteousness outlasts all evil and Your Light will overcome all darkness.

The enemy persists and the wicked oppress the poor,
But this, too, will pass away–
Only Your Kingdom shall stand forever!

I Shall

Who You created me to be,
That I shall be.
What You desire for me to know,
That I shall learn.
What You incline me to say,
That I shall say.
Where You plan for me to go,
There I shall go.
Where You will for me to stay,
There I shall remain.
What You instruct me to do,
That I shall do.
Your desires shall become mine–
Make me more like You!

The Full Meaning

Nothing can take the place of the Lord and His goodness;
He satisfies what was an unknown hunger.

A taste of His love exceeds that of any other–
It cannot be surpassed.

The Lord knows my every thought and desire;
He calls me by name to His inner courts.

My heart is captivated by His mercy and grace,
And no words can express the full meaning of His love.

Perfect Lamb

Fill our hearts, Lord, with a new song;
Renew our minds by a joyful morning.
Your name will be praised by those who love You–
Let us fall to our knees in worship.

Your beauty shall bring the enemies to silence;
Your majesty will stand over all the earth.
The rich and poor will bow alike;
The proud will soon fall on their faces.

Whose sacrifice is more worthy than Your own?
Who can take the place of Your Perfect Lamb?

Why the psalms?

Many times over the last two years as I’ve had multiple brain surgeries I have received so many comments such as, “You are so brave!” Ha…this is so far from true…

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ve probably seen psalms that I’ve written and shared, and something that I think is often misunderstood is why these are written.

I will use one as an example:

“By You, oh Lord, I stand upright.
When I trust in You, I shall not be discouraged;
For Your plan cannot be set aside,
And Your time cannot be delayed.”

When I write this, it is not because I easily trust in God, never become discouraged, and think things are going just like they should. Quite the opposite.

“Who holds their head above Your own?
Whose throne stands over the Creator of life?”

I certainly do not write these because God needs to hear them…more like I need to hear them. I need to remind myself these things…like, constantly.

“You know my every suffering;
No pain goes on unnoticed.
By my side You walk with me;
You’ve given me life by giving up Your own.”

As I write these psalms, it is a sort of confirmation of choosing to take on the mind of Christ…instead of my own selfish, worrisome, conceited thoughts.

“Only You bring peace to my soul and true joy to my heart.
You made my very being–who can better satisfy?”

I can hardly imagine having a life without God. He is the fuel that keeps me burning. Even though at times I am a tiny flicker, ain’t nothin’ gonna put me out! 😉

Learn Your Ways

Be my vision, Lord;
When I look down the road ahead of me let it be You that I see.

Let what was of value become worthless and what was my own plan become faded.

May the way be narrow by distinct lines–
May Your Light cast shadows on the ways of this world so that I may be far from them.

Let me not stray away as I follow in Your steps;
Hold me near to Your heart so that I may learn Your ways.

I shall not be discouraged

By You, oh Lord, I stand upright.
When I trust in You, I shall not be discouraged;
For Your plan cannot be set aside,
And Your time cannot be delayed.

Who holds their head above Your own?
Whose throne stands over the Creator of life?

You know my every suffering;
No pain goes on unnoticed.
By my side You walk with me;
You’ve given me life by giving up Your own.

Only You bring peace to my soul and true joy to my heart.
You made my very being–who can better satisfy?

Only You Satisfy Me

Oh Lord, how I thirst for You!
When my mouth becomes dry, only you satisfy me.
When I become empty, only You fill me.
When my bones become weak, only You give me strength.
When my heart becomes broken, only You can restore me.
When my spirit is saddened, only You bring me joy.

I look to the Lord and all He has done–
There is no one like Him.
From the lowest valleys to the highest hills He shall be praised;
May every ear hear His holy Name!

I Come to You

I come to You fully broken, and You restore my spirit.
I come to You covered in sin, and You show me mercy.
I come to You in a weak body, and You offer me a new body that lasts forever.
I come to You undeserving, and You place a crown upon my head.
I come to You hungry, and You make me full.
I come to You wounded, and You heal me.
I come to You with weight on my shoulders, and You set me free.

Well Established

Pain tries to take hold of me, but to no avail, for I am already held.

Fear tries to carry me off, but does not succeed, for I am already carried.

Doubt tries to overwhelm me, but is struck down, for my faith has been well established.

By the Hands of the Lord I find peace;

In His arms I remain confident.

My hope is founded in the Savior;

His Kingdom will stand forever.

Search After the Lord’s Heart

Oh, how beautiful the Lord is!

It is a beauty that radiates like the sun and cannot be stopped.

You cannot look upon His face without seeing His authority;

You cannot hear His voice without acknowledging His power.

You cannot be in His presence without a taste of His love;

You cannot touch His feet without an overwhelming sense of peace.

Search after the Lord’s heart;

Draw close to His statutes.

Seek and find His perfect love;

His light does not go out by night.

His mercy covers a multitude of sins;

His grace leads in the perfect way.

The Lord forever will reign in me;

All my days I will serve Him.

By Your Laws I Become Steady

By Your understanding no fear remains;

By Your love my heart continues on.

By Your Spirit I have been restored;

By Your laws I become steady.

Every morning I am covered by Your grace;

Oh, how good You are to me!

Night and day I will praise You;

My hands will sing a new song.

At Your cross the old has passed away;

By Your blood I have been renewed.

Your goodness cannot be snatched away–

Your gift of life will last forever!

Victory At The Cross

Oh, how God sustains me!
There is not one greater than He;
His stronghold will stand forever!

My feet may fail, but my God will carry me.
When I call He hears me;
He knows every sound of my voice.
He uplifts my soul when I’m weary;
He calms my spirit in times of distress.

Without the Father to where does one call?
Without His foundation what does one build upon?
Without His law where does one stand?
Without His eternal promises how does one move forward?
Without His hope where does one find peace?

Without Him surely I would be lost forever.
I would be without direction and anxiety would have taken hold of me.

In the presence of the Lord there is no fear in death.
No, only victory at the cross.

Where The Lord Has Fixed My Eyes

Where the Lord has fixed my eyes will not be covered up;
Where He sets my feet will not be shifted.
The way that He has called me will not be blocked off;
The timing of His will will not be stretched out or cut short.
He has placed His desires within me and they cannot be withheld.
His Spirit leaves no room for fear;
His love puts out all hate and anger.

Nothing can separate me from my Father;
By His will alone I continue to stand.
In His strength I will fight the good fight;
By His grace I will win the race to which He has called me.
All doubt has been broken down and worry stripped away;
They cannot be found in the presence of the Lord.

You, As You Are

(Before sharing this, I just want to say God is there. Whether we reject it or choose to embrace it is up to us.)

You, oh Lord, are so beautiful to me!
Your hands are calloused from the hardest work,
Yet bring the softest touch.
Your eyes are strong and see deep within,
Yet yield a gentle gaze.
You sense the smell of evil quick,
Yet the smallest, pleasant aroma brings You joy.
You know the time of what has and hasn’t been;
You extend beyond width and depth of years.
You carry forth Your love to undeserving;
Your faithfulness to Your children never ceases.
Your throne stands high above the earth,
Yet You allow the weak upon Your lap who worship You.
Your voice can cause the mountains to tremble,
But Your peaceful whisper can be as a lowly bird in beautiful song.

I can ask of nothing else but for You to be Yourself, as You are, and always will be.
Earthly kings may waiver,
But You and Your ways will never cease.

To Take Up Our Cross

Where we become small,
God becomes bigger.
Where we become weak,
God becomes stronger.
Where we die to ourselves,
We are able to live for Christ.
Where we choose to surrender,
We are able to rest in the arms of our King.

These are things that He has done for us, and what it means to take up our cross and follow Him.

The Treasures Of The Lord

The Lord is my refuge and my strength.
He is the air that I breathe and the life that is in me.
His gift of life never ceases;
It cannot be torn apart.
Thieves cannot steal the treasures of the Lord;
The value of His love cannot be understood.
His promises sustain forever,
They cannot be broken.
His light shines through the darkest nights,
It cannot be swallowed up.
His Kingdom shall not pass away;
Though all earth fails, the house of the Lord shall have no end.
He brings joy to the hearts of His children;
His peace surrounds those who humbly serve Him.

The Treasure Of My Heart

The Lord is the treasure of my heart;
What once was valuable is worthless to me now.
Not one can compare to the depths of His love;
Nothing can exceed the compassion of the King.
He clothes me in white;
He places the crown of life upon my head.
He pours His grace out over me;
His mercies are new every morning.
He holds me in His lap and allows my head to rest on His shoulder;
In the arms of the Lord I find peace.
He hears my every cry and knows my every pain;
No harm can come to me apart from His will.
Nothing can separate me from the arms of my Father;
Nothing can remove me from His hands.

Oh, how beautiful are the words of the Lord!
They are as an art to the eye and music to the ear.
To His children they are sweet as honey to the mouth.
There is a pleasant aroma in the presence of the Lord.
There is no greater satisfaction than that which comes from the Lord;
He brings a completion no other can bring.

The Face Of The Lord

Oh, how beautiful are the things You have made!
Your voice is great, yet intricate.
Your works are vast, yet precise.
Your art is creative, yet perfect.
What You have made is beyond what the eye can see—
Much is not understood, and even more is yet to be discovered.

Can our minds contain the knowledge of the Lord?
Can a creation have the understanding of it’s Creator?
Certainly not.
We cannot fully see His fingerprints,
Let alone grasp His hands.
We struggle to hear His voice,
Let alone fully know the face of the Lord.

As An Eagle

The Lord soars over me as an eagle;
He sees me close and from afar off.
He keeps watch over me;
He sees from where I come and to where I am going.

On the mountain’s top He waits for me;
With a loud voice He calls my name.
He takes me in under the shelter of His wings;
By His instruction I am brought up.

Great rivers flow from the mountain of the Lord;
From His springs my thirst is satisfied.
In the presence of the Lord my strength is renewed;
In His courts my mouth does not run dry.

My Anxious Heart

My God calms my anxious heart;
He sustains my inner being.
He brings peace where the enemy works night and day to start war.

He brings victory where the world fails;
He brings success to the weak so that He may be glorified.

No darkness suppresses the Light of the Lord;
His flame cannot be vanquished.

His Spirit does not grow weary;
No task is too great for the hands of the Lord!

Thank You, Lord, for loving me…

Thank You, Lord, for loving me,
For always holding me near.
When walking with me and talking with me,
You keep me far from fear.

You show me ways that I can grow to be more like You;
You teach me, Lord, that I may know how to love as You do.

You guide me through every stormy night;
You lift me as waters rise.
You keep me on the path that’s right;
You lead me by Your eyes.

You see beyond what I can see,
You know my every need.
You have a plan laid out for me—
Who You’ve created me to be.

You remind me that I’m not an accident,
A failure, or mistake.
Where I am I have been sent,
I am here for others’ sake,

To spread Your love and gift of life amongst the lost and broken,
To bring peace amidst the strife—
Share Your forgiveness of our sin.

 

 

A Voice

The night settles,
The coolness comes in,
The stars reveal their beauty within.

There’s something close though it seems far away,
I hear someone calling, I hear a voice say:

“Be still and know that I am your God, Shepherd, and Friend.
I will always be with you, I am the beginning and the end.

I will guide you and keep you close by my side,
Do not be afraid, I will always provide.”

I close my eyes and ponder these things in my heart,
It’s beauty and peace is as an incredible art.

I cannot let go of any words that I hear,
So special to me…I hold them so dear.

I will not forget the words from my Love,
And the gift that my God sent  from above.

Victory Calls!

Victory calls, it knows my name!
The strength of the Lord endures forever;
True failure does not know the children of the King!
The hearts who do not know the Lord are saddened;
They live without His purpose—they are here today and gone tomorrow.
The mountains tremble and waves crash;
They drown in anger and fear.
But the servants of the Lord will rejoice and praise Him;
They will enter His courts with gladness!
All pain and suffering will be torn away;
We will be clothed in peace and given crowns of endurance.
The power of the enemy has been lost;
He only takes what is presented him.
The Shepherd has come to save;
He’s given Himself out of love for His sheep.
All who seek the Creator shall find Him;
Those who seek the world will only receive such.

Follow His Hand

Who brings peace with strife?
Who settles conflict with anger?
Who can have the love of Christ and not share it with a stranger?

Who succeeds by being idle?
Who gains without a purpose?
How can we achieve, without His Spirit inside us?

What good is worry, that we hold it so dear?
Who adds to their life, while drowning in fear?

We can all give our best, but what will it achieve,
If still we do not let our God take the lead?

To function the intricate way He has planned,
We must follow His example—the Ways of His hand.

 

My Shepherd

1CC03A6A-DD99-473E-A72D-9D059BC50248My Father searches for me;
He saves me from the enemy’s hand.
He holds me in His arms;
I do not go hungry.
He leads me through every valley,
And is my light when the evening comes.
When I begin to stray He calls my name;
He brings me back to a safe place.
In His full protection, worry does not exist;
Where His Spirit surrounds me, thieves do not break in.

Lord Over All

How great is our God who is Lord over all!
You cannot count the number of His days;
His time cannot be written down.
His arms stretch far out;
His height and width cannot be measured.
At the sound of His voice mountains tremble;
At His command storms will rest.
All of mankind shall bow at His feet;
His children will rejoice and be glad!

Exalt The Most High

Exalt the Most High over all the earth;
Praise the Holy One whose love endures forever!
His foundations do not crumble;
His throne will forever stand.
He brought Himself down so that our cost can be paid;
He took pain upon Himself so that we can be set free.
He alone is worthy of our worship;
On our knees we bow before Him.
Never can we repay Him for what He has done;
The victory He gives we will never deserve.
Yet still He invites us in;
He calls us to accept His love.
To the broken and hurting He offers a place at His table;
He serves and gives gifts to each one.
There is no other god or friend such as this;
No, not one can be accounted for!

The Perfect Way Of Our Lord

You, my Father, bring to me what is good;
You keep me in a safe place.
You know the way that is right;
Night and day You guide me.
When my feet start another path,
You bring me back by Your correction.
When my legs start to fail me,
You lift me up and set my legs straight.
Your love, oh Lord, provides direction;
Your wisdom sets me on the perfect way.

Run The Race

You, oh Lord, do to me what is good;
Forever You are faithful.
What brings pain to my earthly body brings wisdom to my spirit;
What breaks down my pride uplifts my soul.
Where trials persist,
You are the patience that is in me;
When storms come,
You are the foundation that holds me steady.
Day and night my faith is tested,
But I hold close to You.
My body may grow weary,
But You give strength to run the race to which You have called me.

He Who Makes Me Strong

My God, who loves me, brings victory to my soul.
Every fear He overcomes;
His joy breaks down all distress.

Through all pain he comforts my heart;
In all valleys He sustains me.
He is my protector;
The strongest of men cannot take me from Him.

He has laid before me the way to go;
He corrects me when I stray from it.
For every challenge He prepares me;
Through every hardship it is He who makes me strong.

The Easy Road Or The Right Road?

We make ourselves content with what the world has to offer;
We become proud with our earthly possessions.
We are vain of our fleshly being,
While allowing our hearts to become filthy.
We ask and expect so much,
While hardly giving more than empty words.
We are quick to receive grace and mercy while turning our heads from Your correction.
Instead of seeking You we follow the crowd;
Our discipleship is replaced by shallow friendship.
We serve when it is convenient and not too hard;
We give when we have no need.
We speak when we will receive no ridicule and our voice will be heard;
We say Your name when we will not be mocked.
We live in fear instead of by faith;
We walk where it is easy,
Not the straight narrow road.
We trust in ourselves,
Rather than our Creator;
We live for ourselves,
Rather than for our Savior.
We hear words,
But don’t take them to heart;
We allow only our outside to be seen while hiding what’s within.
Make our ways straight, O God;
Renew our hearts and minds to be more like Yours.
Open our eyes to Your truth and ears to Your wisdom;
Prepare us to receive Your Holy Spirit so that we may worship You in all our ways.
Replace our fear with confidence in You;
May our faith stand strong as You lead us on.

One God Alone

May all who are hungry bless the Lord and His name!
Honor His Word in all you do so you will not be put to shame.
The proud will crumble, the stubborn brought to their knees,
There is no place at the King’s table for men such as these.
Make known to all people the goodness of our Lord:
Darkness cannot overcome the blood that He has poured.
His love is greater than all hatred on this earth.
He offers us new bodies—a chance of a new birth.
This life He gives cannot be taken;
His Kingdom above cannot be shaken.
Rejoice in the Lord, may your faith be made strong.
May we live in one accord,
As He comes before too long.
Even the wicked will bow at His throne;
All will see one God alone.

My Voice Is Heard

I cry out to my God and He hears me;
I call upon His name and my voice is heard.
I look upon His face and He sees me;
I run towards Him and He reaches for my hand.
I open my heart before Him and any darkness is taken out.
All fear and doubt slips away;
All sin and evil has been overcome.
No hate or anger is greater than His love;
No shadows can cover His light.

His Mysterious Works

My God brings rest to my soul;
He calms my spirit within me.
By His hand I am lifted;
I am carried away from every darkness.
All shadows are behind me;
I stand before His glorious light.
The Lord of love fills my heart to overflowing,
There is no place left unfilled.
He brings peace to my mind and relief to my bones;
His strength brings life to my body–He keeps me upright.
His feet are firm upon the ground;
No man can make them move.
His strength cannot be measured,
Nor can we understand it.
Great and mighty are His ways,
Mysterious are the works of my Father.

A Lasting Strength

Through the crashing waves our Lord speaks;
By the rolling thunder His voice is known.
He calls us out to step in faith,
to follow where He leads.
He reaches down and guides us on to where we’re meant to be.
His Spirit in our hearts is placed;
He makes His presence known.
His love for us can’t be erased;
His magnificence is shown.
Everywhere is seen His mighty hand and a quite intricate art;
A lasting strength that doesn’t fade–it can’t be torn apart.

God’s Love

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We cannot have love if we don’t know the Creator,
We cannot share love without its Initiator.

Love cannot stay where hate still resides,
We cannot be filled without the One who provides.

Its very existence is unstoppable,
Without God we are incapable.

Love is something that can’t be substituted,
It is where our lives should always be rooted.

Reflection

1498682497718.jpegA glimmer and light in ripples they flow,
temporary reflections of the person they show,
A mirror, an image, a face they perceive,
Making a man think that he truly believes.
He walks away and forgets what his natural face was,
the Word is not shown in all that he does.
He was a hearer of words, but didn’t take them to heart.
He saw the example but he still took no part.
He has now been deceived, but of his own choice.
He will live for his pleasure, temporarily rejoice.
His happiness will fade as the truth is revealed,
That he has put off for later, and that has been concealed.
The facts of life are often ignored,
it’s our choice now to listen, rather than keep it all stored.
Why wait till the end, and be filled with regret?
When we still have the choice that we haven’t made yet?
Make it now while there’s time, be prepared, watch and pray.
The hour is soon coming, when before us may lay,
The consequences of what we have chosen to be, what could have been erased, we could have been free.
Yes, there are struggles, we may suffer in our choice,
There will be trials and often pains, but even through it we rejoice.
Be glad in the Lord, he has paid for our sin. Examine yourselves. This faith…are you in?

Fix Our Eyes On You

Only in You do I find hope; in Your arms my heart finds rest.

Where the weary fall and the weak faint I will not go, for Your strength carries on.

You bring healing to the broken and provide peace to those who trust in You; Your faithfulness continues on.

The wicked do not understand Your ways; no, even Your children cannot fully comprehend.

Much of You remains a mystery to all, even as we seek Your face.

Fix our eyes on You, Lord; draw our hearts nearer to Yours.

The Walk–And The Story Behind It

1498185379975So, something I never really shared from about 6 years ago:
While spending some time with God–nothing fancy, just stretched out on my bed staring at the ceiling–I pictured a beautiful girl on a beach in a simple white dress, walking and talking with God, carefully listening to every word He said and speaking with a special kind of joy and laughter. After awhile she began to collect seashells contentedly in a basket, later tossing them back onto the shore again. Next, the sky grew dark and a storm came over causing strong winds and harsh waves. She was on her knees through the storm, hurting and in tears before God. After a time of weeping, while still in pain she began to worship; the sky grew clear and the beach calm again. She stood up, leaving what had burdened her on the ground and raised her hands before Him, the tears of sadness changing to tears of joy. She then began to dance and sing in praise to God.

After awhile of thinking about this, I remembered hearing of a verse about “a time to dance”. I had no clue where it was, so I had to look it up. I found it and thought it went well with what I had seen:
“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.”
‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3:1-8‬ ‭

I later wrote a poem (which I have shared on my blog years ago):

The waves reach out, and they slowly pull back,
As she walks on the shore in delight.

She follows the steps, she knows the right track,
Footprints she sees ahead in the light.

Often storms of great force arise, and waves crash with violence and strength.

With clouds so dark, she could not see the skies,
She struggled often for times of length.

On her knees the tears quickly came down,
She lifted her hands in praise.

She was lost, but now she has been found,
On the ground her burden lays.

She lifted her head in awe to the God who can save,
On her feet she stood with confidence in the True One.

She humbly gives thanks to Christ for the gift that He gave.
Across the sea she watches the rising of the sun.

In the Light she dances,
Her heart overwhelmed with love.
She’s been given so many chances,
By her Father above.

In gentleness and peace she now follows,
Through laughter, through pain, and through sorrows.

He has taken her hand,
She walks closely by His side.
Taking steps in the sand,
She goes by her Shepherd’s guide.

Over the gap

Over the gap that no man can fill,
God gave up His Son of His own free will.
He paid all our debts,
He covered the cost
of all our mistakes;
He recovered the lost.
We step out on the bridge
that Jesus has made,
Set our feet on the firm foundation He laid.
Our sins will be crushed,
Our lives be made pure.
His strength is inside us,
So we may endure.
Every task put before us,
Every struggle within,
With God on our side
We will conquer and win!

Letting Go

Letting go of dreams the world has set,
Sharing our gifts with all we have met.
We always know we can have what it takes,
By God’s love and strength that constantly makes,
A way to get through the struggles of life,
We can face the heartaches, battles, and strife.
It’s not just making it, getting through a day,
But living to the fullest, using God’s perfect Way.

Like You, Jesus

I want to be like You, Jesus,
sharing Your love every day.
I want to help the lost and hurting,
hold their hand and show the way.

I want to serve the way you served, at the feet of those who worship You.
On my knees I bow to Your throne, knowing that Your love is true.

I want to be like You, Jesus,
help me to see how You see.
I want to follow in Your ways and to be who You want me to be.

Your light shines before me,
I want all the world to see
that for them You can do the same, that they too can be set free.


Their burdens can be laid down,
You can wipe away every tear.
I want to be like you, Jesus,
letting go of every fear.

I want to hear as you hear,
with Your understanding and heart I want to live.
I want to speak as you speak,
With Your joy inside me I want to give.

On Your path I walk,
You are my Guide.
You will always stay with me,
Holding me close to Your side.

Holy Shifts

Trying to stay in our comfort zone,
Though we’re told we’re not alone,

Without taking risks for the right cause,
And only following our made-up laws,

We won’t succeed in reaching goals,
When all our life is full of holes.

It takes stepping out where our Father leads,
With His strength we plant His seeds.

With God inside, He keeps us strong,
By His side, He keeps us on.

We may have struggles, but our God uplifts,
As He brings us through His holy shifts.

Where Our Heart Is

So fragile it can’t be left alone, 
Yet it can be as hard as stone.
Without it there all hope is gone,
And our life story can’t be drawn.

Where is it set? Is it in place?
Overflowing with love and grace?

What are our goals? Who leads the way?
Do we follow Christ, day by day?

Where our heart is set, all else relies.
Every man will fail, though he tries.

In Christ alone all hope is found,
Where hearts are set on solid ground.

Is God Our #1?

 

God should be our number one,
His love seen in our ways.
By His hands we see the sun,
He created all our days.

Looking back on our timeline,
Of all the things we’ve done,
To see what it is we find…
Are we pointing toward the Son?

Are our hours spent for our self-pleasure, or for others?
Are we living only for ourselves, or are we for our brothers?

Lights In The Night

In the shadows of Earth we see their light,
God’s beautiful art portrayed through the night.

His magnificent works we cannot erase,
Not one can be taken out of its place.

So numerous as sand on the seashore,
And covers the whole of the oceans floor.

They cannot be counted, nor made by a man,
They were all a part of His creation plan.

His greatness exceeds what is seen by our sight,
Not one can surpass His power and might.

He gives strength to the weary,
And the broken at heart.
Filling with love that won’t fall apart.

Shaping our lives with His loving hands,
Through struggles and trials he firmly stands.

Holding us up when the world slips away,
Protecting and guiding as He leads the way.

Indescribable

In the stars in the sky His power is shown,

In life that is seen, His presence is known.

We cannot deny that it is not all by chance,

That life isn’t so simple as it seems at first glance.

How it begins from something so very small and unique,

How we function so quickly-able to see, walk, and speak.

So easily fascinated by things that we make,

But ignoring the original, the art we can’t fake.

A masterpiece that is set before our very own eyes,

That the most talented artist couldn’t make though he tries.

It all will never cease to amaze,

It’s indescribable in so many ways.

Though we will never truly deserve,

Oh, what a Mighty God we do serve!

 

A Heartbeat

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With the pace of the waves on an evening shore,
Continuous as it grows forevermore.

Filled with love from its very first start,
It can blossom and grow, or be torn apart.

So tender and precious to be able to hold,
A value exceeding that of silver and gold.

Each one has a purpose, they are always unique.
With its own way of sharing, its own way to speak.

Every heart deserves to not miss a beat,
To be loved and to love, to be met and to meet.

It should not be stopped, cut off from the earth,
We have hearts inside that were there before birth.

We’ve been given a chance, can’t we see?
Are they any less deserving than you or me?

Search for the Way

Through valleys and forests we search for the Way,
Though darkness does follow, in light we can stay.

There is no burden too heavy to carry,
While the strength of our Father is there.

What we are told may be contrary,
But He’s already shown He does care.

Chains can’t pull away what we have in our heart,
Hands cannot break, true love apart.

A Life Story

When all has gone astray,
Restless nights keep me awake,
I know there is a better way,
Another road that I can take.

With a struggle in my heart,
You can keep me strong.
With me from the start,
You know right from wrong.

Never will You leave my side,
I need You with me every day.
From You I can never hide,
You always have the best way.

Going the way You lead me to,
Is the path that I’ll be on.
So always I may be with You,
While our story’s drawn.

Make A Difference

Making a difference in this world seems so hard,
Unexpected journeys–getting caught off guard.

We should be prepared, ready to listen and share.
Surrendering our all, even when it seems unfair.

Are we willing? Will we try?
Without asking God why?

We don’t really deserve this gift we’ve been given.
We should share with others, or this gift can be taken.

How can we keep this love to ourselves,
Kept in books that are left on the shelves?

Stand on the Truth, hold tight to the One,
Who gives us the strength, Who has already begun,

Preparing the way, of our tasks He has planned.
Writing each day, with the love in His hand.

Filling hearts that are empty, giving strength to the weak.
Providing the words, when we lack words to speak.

Don’t wait till the end, when it’s too late to take part,
In the saving of lives, and the changing of hearts.

Faith Planting

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With our goal in sight we cannot let go,
There is hope still left, though chances seem low.
We cannot give up, we must press on.
Don’t turn away, even when strength is gone.
We never know what is next, what tomorrow will be,
Where we will go, what it is we will see.
If only we put our best in the choices we make,
It may be the last thread, the last step we can take.
In faith we start by planting seed,
Then we step back and let God take the lead.
With love and care it slowly will grow,
As is already known, you will reap what you sow.
The harvest is coming, soon all will be known,
When the results will be seen of what we have sown.

Make Every Moment Count

Make every moment count,
Every day of every year.
Even if a small amount,
Someone may hold it very dear.

God has given His very best,
Laid the path so very clear.
With what you have been blessed,
Give with love and with good cheer.

And, of course, try not to lose your marbles.;)

A Constant Battle

A constant battle, deep within,
A decision to make, then where to begin.
It seems so unclear, like all is a blur.
Why can’t life just be simple, so we can always be sure?

It’s so often confusing, it may seem we are losing,
But it’s what we’re choosing, in our time, how we’re using,

These gifts we’ve been given,
This life we are living.
The words we have spoken,
Helping hearts that are broken.

My True and Perfect Love

You’ve given me a chance to choose,
You never wanted me to have to lose.
Placing before me two ways to go,
Sharing Your light so that I may know,

The life You have laid out for me,
The person that You want me to be.
You are in my heart, and here to stay,
I know inside this is the perfect Way.

Holding me up, when all else slips away,
Speaking through me when I lack words to say.
You see my heart through and through,
You know my thoughts before I do.

You are, and forever will be, my True and Perfect Love.

A Way To Be Free

You feel something pulling,
An invisible force,
Somehow you know you are going off course.

Your eyes face forward,
But you’ve left something behind,
Saying it doesn’t matter,
Getting it out of your mind.

Somethings been mistaken, 
You feel out of place,
What’s right is behind you,
It’s darkness you face.

The other way is clear,
You know where you should go. 
You try to pretend that you just don’t know.

You were convinced what you have is better, 
But now you’re not so sure.
Before it seemed so perfect,
But now it’s just a blur. 

Your conscience surrounds you,
It is always there.
No matter how far you run,
Your conscience you’ll bear. 

There’s a way to be free,
A way to let go.
A chance to clearly see,
A place you can grow.

You look at the map,
Your life that’s laid out.
You see the two paths,
What each one is about.

Listen and hear what God is speaking to you, accept what He’s provided.
With His plan, follow through,
Instead of becoming divided.

With His love we can stay strong,
In His hand we can have rest.
We can always have confidence that He knows what is best. 

With our conscience clear we can go on,
With One who can forgive. 
His immeasurable love is so great, 
He died so we might live.

Solid Ground

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You try and hold,
But for how much longer?
Alone in the cold,
If only you were stronger.

You think you can do it,
In your stubbornness,
You go on.
You’re sure you can get through it,
Though you know something is wrong.

Why do you try,
When you know there’s a better way?
Accepting a lie,
When you know that God has the best say?

You stumble in your own pride as you try to stand,
You want all you do to be by your own hand.

You want the life that you have always had planned,
Even though you know you’re just building on sand.

What you have made may look strong,
and pleasing to the eye.
But what you have won’t last long,
No matter how hard you try.

On ourselves we cannot rely,
It’s the Creator who has control,
He’s waiting for our reply,
He’s offered to make us become whole.

If Christ the Cornerstone is your foundation,
When the winds blow He won’t let you down.
If in Him you trust in every situation,
In storms you will stand on solid ground.

The Pressure Is On

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The pressure is on, There’s choices to make. Hope seems to be gone, Which way should I take?

What will be next? What does the future hold? What was warm and inviting, Has now become cold.

It seems all is different, Not like it used to be. I never know what to expect, I never know what I’ll see.

On my own I can’t go on, By my own strength I can’t stay strong. I feel as though I am misplaced, Unsure as to where I belong.

The stress is unbearable, The days seem to grow longer. My heart is yearning, With an unsatisfied hunger.

My hands try to grasp, In the dark I work to find my way. There’s questions I have to ask, Things I feel I need to say.

Is there any to listen, Who understands what I speak? Does anyone have the answers To the questions that I seek?

Is there any who is able to satisfy this hunger I hold? Who can fill my heart with content, where the world and it’s darkness no longer have control?

I’ve been held in the chains of sin and regret, In darkness I’ve given up, Saying, “I can’t be perfect.”

So why even try? What hope does it bring? What life does it give? While I’m still the same being?

A small voice in the distance, Starts to come to my ear, It gradually grows as I run to draw near,

I know somethings there, There really is someone who cares,

I’m longing for help, hope is starting to grow, The small light that I see is starting to show,

There’s a way to be free, A way to let go, Of this weight on my shoulders, There really is, I just know!

There’s One who wants me, Who loves me and cares, There’s One who calls me, Who has a gift that He shares,

To all who will except, And run towards the One, Who holds the light, The Father, Spirit, and Son.

The straight path can be seen, I know my life can be made clean,

I can have a relationship with One I’ve never had before, There’s a King who is asking, and waiting, if only I go to open the door.

He is strong, He is wise, He knows beginning and end, He’s the Creator, the Counselor, We are his bride, He is our Friend.

Live Like There Is No Tomorrow

Live like there’s no tomorrow~

Dreaming on but standing still,
Saying that, “One day I will.”
Facing forward but stepping back,
Just going more and more off track.

I know there isn’t time to lose, 
I also know what I should choose.
I keep on waiting for a convenient day,
while before me there’s a perfect way.

I want to go and take that step,
Follow God’s perfect way for me.
I no longer want to wait to be
who I know that I should be.

The way Jesus walked is the way I will go,
Each day I’ll live like there is no tomorrow.

True Trust

It won’t be won by flattery,
It can’t be bought or sold.
It has immeasurable value,
A treasure more precious than gold.

True Trust can’t be swayed,
And it doesn’t fade away,
It will not be doubted,
In confidence it will stay.

It is something that is earned,
By things seen and unseen.
Truth always comes out,
There is no in-between.

Setting Goals

Why am I here?
What is my role?
How can one achieve,
If there isn’t a goal?

What’s to be set?
Where to begin?
Without taking part,
There is no chance to win.

I’ve been given a task,
A chance to take hold,
Of what’s been provided,
Of what I’ve been told.

It isn’t a game,
Rather, a challenge to start.
But it can’t be completed,
Without taking it to heart.

On His Course

Don’t know why,
Can’t explain it.
I may cry,
An’ not contain it.

I may take hold,
But not sustain it.
Might get cold,
And not complain, it..

…Doesn’t matter what’s goin’ on,
I jus’ cannot keep me goin’.

If I do, it isn’t me,
But rather quite a different source.
It’s my God who gives me strength,
Who keeps me goin’ on His course.

Is God your Love?

Love that is patient shows that it’s true,
Hearts that are willing to serve are so few.

Caring and sharing, putting others before,
Their life they are giving,
Through pain they endure.

Can this be found, does this love exist?
Is too much expected, is it too long of a list? 

From where does it come, how can we achieve?
Do we have a chance, if we simply believe?

It’s a natural effect of what’s deep down inside.
If God is our love,
These gifts He provides.  

The Christ-Centered Family

The children all play, with joy and with laughter,
You hear what they say, you ask what their after.
The family together, working hard every day,
With joy in their hearts they seek God as they pray.
Happiness is not what it’s all about,
Sometimes through the pain, it’s something they are without. 
But something that doesn’t and never will go away,
Is the love in their hearts, and a joy that will stay. 

 

It’s God’s Heart That I’m After

It’s God’s heart that I am after; it is sweet music when I hear the rhythm that it makes.
It is He who knows and understands my desire, He is the Forgiver and Corrector of my mistakes.
Never will there be a Love as great as the Love that He has for me!
How can I Love anyone more than this One who has saved me? 
Love is Gods, and God is Love. 
For all His children He has more than enough.
Without Him it is void,
It is not everlasting, and will soon be destroyed.
How can anyone better comprehend,
Than the One who knows beyond the beginning and the end? 
I am His and He is mine,
There is no greater Love that any can find!

The Walk

The waves reach out, and they slowly pull back, 
As she walks on the shore in delight.

She follows the steps, she knows the right track,
Footprints she sees ahead in the light.

Often storms of great force arise, and waves crash with violence and strength.

With clouds so dark, she could not see the skies,
She struggled often for times of length.

On her knees the tears quickly came down,
She lifted her hands in praise.

She was lost, but now she has been found,
On the ground her burden lays. 

She lifted her head in awe to the God who can save, 
On her feet she stood with confidence in the True One.

She humbly gives thanks to Christ for the gift that He gave.
Across the sea she watches the rising of the sun.

In the Light she dances,
Her heart overwhelmed with love.
She’s been given so many chances,
By her Father above.

In gentleness and peace she now follows,
Through laughter, through pain, and through sorrows. 

He has taken her hand,
She walks closely by His side. 
Taking steps in the sand,
She goes by her Shepherd’s guide.

At the Roots We Begin

Deep in the heart at the roots we begin.
Before long all will see what is really within.

What is there soon spreads to the branches and leaves,
It is seen in every fruit the tree soon conceives. 

It’s not for good looks, life isn’t a show,
It’s not to impress so others may know.

We’re not living for our pleasure,
Not if we have the real Treasure. 

What we thought we needed has faded away,
The necessary One is now inside us to stay.

True Priceless Beauty

A beauty that’s lasting, 
With no beginning or end.
It is seen, it can’t be hidden,
It’s strong, it doesn’t bend.

It’s not an outward appearance,
That the world soon invades.
Not superficial or temporary,
It never perishes, or fades.

It’s what I long to hold, 
In my heart, it’s what I’m seeking,
It never grows old, 
On my knees I am reaching,

For this beauty I see,
I know it will never be gone,
It’s this beauty that made me,
And the rock I am on.

How can I go without,
That which can change what’s inside me?
How can I doubt,
That this is the true priceless beauty?

The Pressure Is On

The pressure is on,
There’s choices to make. 
Hope seems to be gone,
Which way should I take?

What will be next?
What does the future hold?
What was warm and inviting,
Has now become cold.

It seems all is different,
Not like it used to be.
I never know what to expect,
I never know what I’ll see. 

On my own I can’t go on,
By my own strength I can’t stay strong.
I feel as though I am misplaced,
Unsure as to where I belong.
 
The stress is unbearable,
The days seem to grow longer.
My heart is yearning,
With an unsatisfied hunger.

My hands try to grasp,
In the dark I work to find my way. 
There’s questions I have to ask,
Things I feel I need to say.

Is there any to listen,
Who understands what I speak?
Does anyone have the answers
To the questions that I seek?

Is there any who is able to satisfy this hunger I hold?
Who can fill my heart with content, where the world and it’s darkness no longer have control?

I’ve been held in the chains of sin and regret,
In darkness I’ve given up,
Saying, “I can’t be perfect.” 

So why even try? What hope does it bring? 
What life does it give? While I’m still the same being?

A small voice in the distance,
Starts to come to my ear,
It gradually grows as I run to draw near, 

I know somethings there,
There really is someone who cares,

I’m longing for help, hope is starting to grow,
The small light that I see is starting to show,

There’s a way to be free,
A way to let go,
Of this weight on my shoulders,
There really is, I just know!

There’s One who wants me,
Who loves me and cares,
There’s One who calls me,
Who has a gift that He shares,

To all who will except,
And run towards the One,
Who holds the light, 
The Father, Spirit, and Son.

The straight path can be seen,
I know my life can be made clean,

I can have a relationship with One I’ve never had before,
There’s a King who is asking, and waiting, if only I go to open the door. 

He is strong, He is wise, He knows beginning and end,
He’s the Creator, the Counselor,
We are his bride, He is our Friend.

The Keys To My Heart

You hold the keys to my heart,
Nobody can take them, and tear me apart,
They’re in Your control, I give them up to You. 
My mind, body, and soul, only You can be true to.  

In Your trust I confide, in Your strength I reside,
It’s Your love that I cling to, it’s You that I sing to, 

my God my provider, my friend and my Father, I bow on my knees to, 
I give you the keys to my heart…
Lord I give you the keys to my heart. 
 
The fire down inside me is no longer mine,
Of what I thought I controlled, I now have resigned. 
Of all that was due, it has all now been paid, 
My Lover is True, by Him I am saved.