Monthly Archives: June 2013

a fresh new day

Psalm 143:8 “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way to go, for to you I lift up my soul.” (NIV)*

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A fresh new day

an empty slate

paths running all directions.

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Show the way

these feet to go

walking in adoration.

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Drop a word

into my lap

something to carry through.

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Hope to sustain

love to propel

trust placed securely in you.

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photo and poem by Patty Perkins

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Your unfailing love surrounds throughout the day, whether I recognize it or not! Oh, to have word of it in the morning…as day begins.

Psalm 143:8 is in in the June 25th reading of The One Year Bible.

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


tethered

Psalm 138:8 “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever–do not abandon the works of your hands.” (NIV)*

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Kite and St Catherine’s Island (Photo credit: pcgn7)

Aspirations

abandoned on life’s beaches.

Maybe I tried too hard to follow–

threw in too much of me…

who is she?

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To save life

one must lose it–

losing doesn’t feel so great,

watching as others participate

hopes sit, as the parade…

passes by.

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The sand bucket

has been dumped out–

poured at his feet, shells and all.

I skip random rocks into an ocean

trying to make ripples…

really?

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Hopes

tossed heavenward,

toward an endless, bigger blue sky–

hoping for more than I can see.

Windblown efforts…

will they reach?

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How do I catch

the fluttering, aimless kite–

grab the tail and reign it in,

that empty feeling…

of purposeless?

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Tether to me, then,

be confident not in yourself

but in what I am doing through you.

Then, let your kite soar–

with purpose.

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by Patty Perkins

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Psalm 138:8, one of my all-time favorite verses, is in the June 20th reading of The One Year Bible. It keeps me tethered. Otherwise, I might fly away into and empty never-never land.

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


when he calls

I Kings 19:21 “…He [Elisha] burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his attendant.” (NIV)*

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Elisha burned his opportunity to go back. He made a meal of the oxen. With ties cut, he left. His responsibility there was done. He asked to kiss his mother and father good-bye.

There was no praying over the decision and waiting to be sure. No seeking counsel. No counting the cost, weighing the options or listing the pros and cons.

God, through Elijah, had called Elisha. Settled. Done.

Certainly, there’s a time to pray and be sure. Most major decisions require prayer and wise counsel. Elisha seems to have been a single man, which uncomplicated his availability. If plowing ahead means scriptural principals will be compromised–that’s a waving red flag. Better reconsider.

But when you know that  you know that you know that it’s God–there’s no need to jump through needless decision making hoops.

When he calls…simply go.

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I Kings 19:21 is in the June 18th reading of The One Year Bible.

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


the little bit

I Kings 17:14 “…The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord gives rain on the land.” (NIV)* 

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Did her hands shake

as she handed him the bread?

From the corner of her eye

did she see her son languish,

and wonder?

Did hunger pains sear–

churning in a cavernous stomach?

Yet, trusting him, she obeyed

and was blessed.

God provided daily–

just as he said he would.

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by Patty Perkins

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Elijah asked the widow to make him a cake of bread with the little bit of flour and oil she had. Then, to make one for herself and her son. He said the flour and oil would not run dry until it rained.

She did as he asked. She handed the first cake of bread over to this God-speaking stranger. Everyday there was flour and oil until it rained on the land…just as he had said.

Though difficult, there’s a precious dependence on the Lord in the land of scarcity. The widow was faithful with the little bit she had. That’s all he asks. Then, he goes about the business of providing daily needs. Sigh.

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I Kings 17:16 “For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.” (NIV)*

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I Kings 17:14-16 is in the June 16th reading of The One Year Bible.

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


mercy basket

Acts 9:25 “But his followers took him [Saul] by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.” (NIV)*

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My, how things have changed.

There you are

dropping to the ground,

dangling in a mercy basket–

spared by those you once persecuted.

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One encounter with Light,

and you’re no longer the same.

God’s chosen instrument,

blinded so you could see, now–

a world changing escapee.

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photo and poem by Patty Perkins

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Acts 9:15 “…This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel.” (NIV)*

Read the full story of Saul’s escape from his new enemies in Acts 9:1-25 in the June 13th reading of The One Year Bible.

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


His presence

I Kings 8:11 “And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled his temple.” (NIV)*

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God’s presence filled the temple so much so that the priests couldn’t perform their acts of service! As difficult as it is to believe, the New Testament (I Corinthians 3:16) tells us we, his children, are the temple of the Lord. His Spirit dwells in us.

Come, dear Lord,

fill this shell of a temple

that you call home–

reside here.

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Repair cracked walls

replace broken windows

restore worn floors–

dwell here.

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May your nearness

cause the to-do list to drop

from freed hands–

abide here.

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May duty halted

glorify our God exalted

when his presence–

inhabits here.

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photo and poem by Patty Perkins

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I Kings 8:11 is in the June 11th reading of The One Year Bible.

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


a forever house

Psalm 127:1 “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain…” (NIV)*

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I could not lay a foundation

that would stand the test of time.

Nor could I build walls

to protect in rain or shine.

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I could not supply materials

destined not to wear down.

Nor could I know the future

to design each room around.

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There’s one who lays foundations

eternity’s blueprint in mind.

His work guaranteed forever,

the house he’s building? Mine.

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photo and poem by Patty Perkins

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Psalm 127:1 is from the June 9th reading of The One Year Bible.

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