Monthly Archives: May 2013

Another way

Proverbs 16:9 “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” (NIV)*

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I thought I knew the path to choose

My plans were all in place

But unexpected circumstance

Revealed another way.

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Sometimes good, sometimes not

Interruptions change direction

It’s the Lord’s all-knowing hand

That seals my destination.

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photo and poem by Patty Perkins

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Ultimately, He is in control. He knows me better than I know me. He sees the hearts of others and how their lives will impact mine. He knows what the future holds. My part is to trust by placing my hand in his and taking the next step.

Proverbs 16:9 is from the May 29th reading of The One Year Bible.

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Bound in forever

Psalm 119:89 “Your word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.” (NIV)*

English: The 6 Earth-mass exoplanet circulates...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Your Word

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It’s written

in stars spread

on an endless unlined tablet.

Moon beams exclaim the risen one

his glory highlighted by sun rays.

The word standing steady

in heavenly cadence,

stays.

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Earth, but a dot

ending an eternal sentence

that reads I love you.

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It’s scripted

in the ordered contents

on pages of mountains and valleys

and chapters of oceans and seas.

Written in long hand

bound in forever

dedicated to you,

and to me.

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by Patty Perkins

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The Psalmist recognized forever. The Word was in the heavens standing firm. Just as from the very beginning, the Word was there.

And then, Jesus came to earth bringing eternal life. Using lines of love, He connected those stars with the dot of earth. Forever became possible for all through knowing him.

John 17:1-2 “After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: ‘Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.'” (NIV)*

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


Like lemonade

Psalm 119:74 “May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word.” (NIV)*

Lemonade.

Lemonade. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) a pitcher of lemonade

may i be a pitcher

of lemonade

a long cool drink

for sunny hot days.

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just enough sugar

the sour to sweeten.

just enough water

to dilute but not weaken.

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contained in a pitcher

easy to grasp

words of hope poured

to those who ask.

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by patty perkins

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It took years before I could drink powdered lemonade. My mother used to squeeze juice from real lemons. Sugar and water were added, with yellow round slices gracing the top of the pitcher. Aaahh…that’s what lemonade is supposed to look and taste like!

Good lemonade requires a lot of sugar (it bears repeating, a lot of sugar…) and just the right amount of water. Floating peels give authenticity.

So too…may my words be a refreshment to others. The whole lemon truth would be too sour and turn people away. Sugar and water have to be added. Being real could be the lemon peels I allow others to see. And, lemonade needs to be in an easy-to-pour pitcher, or the preparation is in vain!

May my words be shared in a way that encourages others. Like lemonade.

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


gold mine

Psalm 119:18 “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.” (NIV)*

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Let me see the wonder

Of riches from your book, 

Endless words of hope

Awaiting those who look.

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Show me golden nuggets

Hidden from dim eyes,

When I’m not really looking

They sometimes like to hide.

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Rare and precious treasures

Invite me to come in,

His gold mine lies wide open

For those who will but dig.

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photo and poem by Patty Perkins

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Have a blessed weekend!

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


falling to the ground

John 12:24 “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” (NIV)*

maple seeds hanging in pine tree (photo by patty perkins)

maple seeds hanging in pine tree (photo by patty perkins)

if i let go the branch

fall to the ground below,

let my will be buried there–

none of me to show.

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if i forsake my way

turn to him instead,

would one seed really multiply–

if i but his path tread?

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by patty perkins

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A seed has to die before it can reproduce into many seeds. Holding on to this life by refusing to fall to the ground will cause the life cycle of the seed to stop.

Sometimes it’s difficult to let go of the branch and fall to the ground. We might like hanging in a pine tree with all the other maple seeds! It takes faith to let go.

Jesus set the example. He followed his father’s will by dying on a cross. His one seed planted brought life to many.

We don’t have to die on a cross! But, we do have the daily choice to let the seeds of our will fall to the ground and be planted. To live God’s way and let the seeds reproduce. Let one become many.

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


when life gets ugly

I Samuel 30:6 “…But David found strength in the Lord his God.” (NIV)*

I Samuel 30:8 “And David inquired of the Lord…” (NIV)*

Daffodils (photo by Patty Perkins)

Daffodils (photo by Patty Perkins)

David and his army returned to Ziklag only to discover the Amalekites had burned it and taken all who lived there captive. Young and old. Women and children…including David’s two wives. He and his army of men wept until they had no strength left. Embittered because of the loss of their sons and daughters, David’s men were ready to stone him. Life was ugly.

David turned to the Lord for strength, and he found it. Should he pursue the raiding party and try to rescue their families? He turned to the Lord for guidance, and he got it.

In similar circumstances, would I steep in self-pity and bitterness? Or, would I find strength in God and pursue the raiding party…restoring what’s been taken?

Oh, to have the heart of David and look to God for strength and guidance when life gets ugly.

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, llinois.


Bundled

I Samuel 25:29 “…the life of my master will be bound securely in the bundle of the living by the Lord your God…” (NIV)*

Kentucky Barn (photo by Patty Perkins)

Kentucky Barn (photo by Patty Perkins)

When still on my father’s farm, he baled the hay. Mown grass was packed tight into large square bundles and tied securely with taut string. The hay bales were secure enough to be stacked on a rickety wagon and stay put despite inevitable bumps along the way. They were secure enough to be thrown into a loft and stacked. Secure enough to hold tight until needed for winter’s feed.

Then, when the grass of summer was long gone and the cattle hungry, the strings were cut. The hay was loosened, spread, and the bundle’s purpose fulfilled. Nourishment.

Abigail spoke of David as bound securely in the bundle of the living. He was kept tight in God’s grip despite the advance of his enemies. I have to think she desired that same sense of security in her own life. To be bundled in the father’s love.

And then, to know the fulfillment of his intended purpose.

Read of Abigail’s wise intervention that spared her household and gained favor in the eyes of a king. It’s a great read–I Samuel 25, May 19th in The One Year Bible.

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.