Off the shelf

“…It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial.” John 12:7*

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Did Mary have any clue that the perfume she owned was intended to anoint the Lord? What motivated her to pour it on His feet? Her gesture was nothing short of beautiful.

I can only hope that I would be so ready and willing to let go of my valuable possessions if the Lord needed them for His purposes.

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When it’s time to let go

of expensive perfumes—

valuable treasures

collecting dust on the shelf.

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Find my heart willing

to pour them all out

at the feet of Jesus—

for purposes beyond self.

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photo and poem by Patty Perkins

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*The One Year Bible, NIV, May 21, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Pubishers, Wheaton, IL.

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He restores

“…If any of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” *John 8:8

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One by one the accusers of the lady caught in adultery left the scene. Jesus was the only one with the right to pass judgment on her because He was the only one without sin.

But He didn’t condemn her. Instead, He sent her on her way. He didn’t condone what she had been doing, but told her to leave her “life of sin.”

The only one with the right to accuse, doesn’t. He restores.

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He offers forgiveness—

grace without end.

He becomes redeemer,

defender and friend.

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Compassion, mercy and love

He pours out.

Condemnation is not

what He’s about.

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Jesus, restorer

of downcast soul,

does not accuse, but gently

makes whole.

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photo and poem by Patty Perkins

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*The One Year Bible, May 14, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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This needy one

“For He stands at the right hand of the needy one, to save his life from those who condemn him.” *Psalm 109:31

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We lived with our dirty driveway for years, not realizing it needed a power washing. We’d grown accustomed to the yuck, not knowing its true identity hidden underneath.

Condemnation is kind of like my dirty driveway. Words said, real or imagined, can add layer upon layer of lies. We believe the lies and our lives start looking like something they were never intended to be—our true identity remains hidden.

And…a lifetime of listening to condemning voices can rob you of life as it was intended.

He does not condemn. He battles for me. He stands ready to defend against words or thoughts that would weigh me down. He wants to keep the driveway of this needy one cleansed.

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

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Creator

“When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the earth…He who looks at the earth, and it trembles, who touches the mountains, and they smoke.” *Psalm 104:30-32

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All praise to God who reigns on high

Glory to Him who bends below.

All creation stirs at his breath

His presence—magnificently known.

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With but a look the earth, it trembles

With but a touch the mountains, they smoke.

He who created the earth and skies

Brought forth life—when He but spoke.

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poem and photo by Patty Perkins

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*The One Year Bible, NIV, May 4, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Kingdom irony

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” John 3:17*

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The story of God’s Son reads like an ancient legend…

A flame of destruction was set in place and the kingdom stood condemned. Already, smoke was rising from the horizon. An unsuspecting people went about their business, oblivious to pending doom. However and whoever put the flame in place was irrelevant at this point. The reality? Their world was condemned.

So their Father, filled with compassion, sent His Son to save the world. His one life would ransom the kingdom. But they rejected Him. They denied His divinity.

Not everyone rejected Him and those who believed were rescued. Those who rejected Him didn’t understand; they were blind. They saw Him as a condemning figure when in reality they were condemned already. He came that they might be saved through Him.

He is not the condemner. He is the rescuer. He is the hero.

Oh, the irony of it all.

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*The One Year Bible, NIV, May 3, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Fly again

“Who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:5*

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Could it be He knows

where I’ll be most blessed,

Trusting in His care—

Settled in His rest?

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Could it be that He has good

Waiting in His hand,

Good that will renew—

‘Cause me to fly again?

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poem and photo by Patty Perkins

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*The One Year Bible, NIV, May 2, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Then he remembered…

“…Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him.” Luke 22:61*

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After the rooster crowed, Peter remembered that Jesus had said he would deny Him three times. And he had done just that.

And how like me. I read and am moved by The Word. I can feel so strong. And then life happens. I fall back into old routines and habits. I forget. I disconnect from the truth I felt so strongly in the morning hours.

How good of the Lord to show us the disciples’ shortcomings. Those who loved Him, failed Him at times.

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Before the rooster crowed

Peter denied he knew the Lord.

And Thomas had to see the scars

Before he’d come on board.

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The disciples tried to keep

little children from him Jesus’ lap.

And just when he needed His friends to pray,

He found them asleep—enjoying a nap!

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How good to know I’m not alone

In my efforts to stay true.

Those who saw him face to face

Struggled—just like I do.

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poem and photo by Patty Perkins

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*The One Year Bible, NIV, April 26, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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