Let love heap

 

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What measure do others use

when deciding how much to give me?

How do they know how much to pour—

to hold love back or let love heap.

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Do I let love abundantly spill

or scrape the excess and hoard.

Do I generously give from the till—

or remeasure, lest they get more.

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The truth can fully hurt

and an empty lap can weep—

when the measure given away

is exactly, what comes back to me.

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by Patty Perkins

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Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measures, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”*

*The One Year Bible, March 24, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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His poetic pen

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He who capped the mountains white

and laced the crashing seas.

He who created twinkling stars—

graced butterflies and bees.

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If he can paint a morning canvas

and embellish the evening sky,

Why wouldn’t his poetic pen

this soul edify?

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by Patty Perkins

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The poetry of scripture shouldn’t surprise me, but it does. It’s his artistic pen swirling—his inspired word full of beautiful:

Psalm 65:8 “…where morning dawns and evening fades you call forth songs of joy.”*

There is God. In creation, in the word and in song—penetrating the souls of man.

*The One Year Bible, March 22, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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He gives the song

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In my heart

a melody springs

words not birthed in me—

by breath of heaven, first conceived

and played back for composer king.

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Thus does he

bid this soul to sing

encamped where love wells strong—

resigned to wait victory’s song

under a canopy of mercy wings.

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photo and poem by Patty Perkins

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Composer and author of life…He gives the song.

Psalm 63:7 “Because you are my help I sing in the shadow of your wings.”*

*The One Year Bible, March 20, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Like a yo-yo

image It’s as if there’s an invisible string running from the hand to the heart. Keep the focus on God and the string is loose. The hand is free to stay open and contents freely given.

However, turn the focus to the contents of the hand and the string pulls taut. It’s  like a yo-yo retracting—causing the hand to clasp shut. It takes a God focused heart to keep the hand open. To be free to let the contents go—for kingdom purposes.

Maybe the hand holds material wealth, gifts or talents. The trick is to keep eyes on God, hands open and contents…free to spill.

Psalm 62:5 “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.”*

Psalm 62:10 “…though your riches increase, do not set you heart on them.”*

*The One Year Bible, March 19, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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A higher place

A good place to sit...(photo by Patty Perkins)

A higher place (photo by Patty Perkins)

Lead me to that higher place,

a ledge on which to stand.

There I’ll see your point of view,

the way to heaven’s land.

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Lifted in the everyday,

paradigms open wide.

A fresh perspective is unpeeled,

when meeting him up high.

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by Patty Perkins

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Psalm 61:2 “…lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”*

*The One Year Bible, March 18, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Heaven on a tray


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Would I laugh like Sarai,

listening from her tent?

Or question like Zechariah,

at the altar of incense?

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If impossible were promised

from a holy silver tray

would I in faith believe, or

facing reality, push heaven away?

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by Patty Perkins

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Believing is a big deal. Sarai laughed (Genesis 18:12) when she overheard that she would have a child. Zechariah questioned Gabriel—the very angel who stands in God’s presence! (see Luke 1:20 below.)

Yet, facing reality is a big deal too. God gives us common sense, logic and a brain to use. Maybe it depends on who’s holding the tray…is it God, or our own desires?

Life is certainly no silver platter for anyone. It’s just not that easy. But if there were ever a too-good-to-be-true offer this is it: He paid the price on a gruesome cross and now offers his life…on an underserved, holy silver tray.

Luke 1:20 “And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time.”*

*The One Year Bible, March 13, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Almonds, here?

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If life can bud from a wooden staff—

almonds from grain rubbed thin

how much more from a committed life—

fruit from the spirit within?

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by Patty Perkins

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It’s nothing to God to make a staff bloom…or bulbs sprout as winter thaws.

It wasn’t just any staff, but Aaron’s—his selected out of the twelve tribes of Israel. At God’s bidding buds appeared, then blossoms and almonds. All from an inanimate stick. The how and the why…who can know? But to you, Creator, it is nothing to you.

I find hope in the fact that he can work in and through anything—or anyone—he chooses. Random sticks, grounds thawing or even hearts of flesh.

Numbers 17:8 “…Aaron’s staff, which represented the house of Levi, had not only sprouted but had budded, blossomed and produced almonds.”*

*The One Year Bible, March 12, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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