Monthly Archives: July 2013

I will sing

Psalm 13:6 “I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.” (NIV)*

Sing

Sing (Photo credit: Don McCullough)

Uninhibited and free

like the bird that sings,

let heart songs rise

to Creator King.

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If I but look

at all he’s given,

what else but lift

alleluias to heaven.

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Through his eyes

I now can see,

he has indeed

been good to me.

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by Patty Perkins

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All glory to the Father, from whom all blessings flow.

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Beside Quiet Waters will be taking a break for a couple weeks…enjoying summer.

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*The One Year Bible, July 17, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Pervasive presence

I Chronicles 14:14 “The ark of God remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house for three months, and the Lord blessed his household and everything he had.” (NIV)*

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Begonia (photo by Patty Perkins)

I can’t help but wonder what Obed-Edom’s household was like before the ark of God came for a visit. We do know that once the ark was there, the Lord blessed his household and everything he had.

What difference would it make if we invited the presence of the Lord to dwell with us. What if we acknowledged him as Lord each day and lived that way. Beyond the legalistic trying to do everything right. Beyond lists of rules and people pleasing. Beyond the limiting chains of perfectionism. Not striving for a perfect life but walking in his presence.

Perfectionism strangles life. Presence gives life.

And then I’m reminded that he dwells in human hearts. As unbelievable as it sounds, that’s what he calls home. This, my heart. That’s where he longs to dwell. Just maybe the difference in my outward home begins in my inward heart.

Lord, do come,

dwell and abide–

take up residence, today.

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Lord, make changes,

cleanse and purify–

equip for lasting purposes.

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Lord, erase perfectionism,

restore and replace–

with pervasive presence.

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by Patty Perkins

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*The One Year Bible, July 12, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


Mindful of you

Psalm 8:3-4 “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” (NIV)*

The Sky at Night

The Sky at Night (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When heavens stretch far,

farther than eye can see,

I wilt into a speck–

smallness wrapped ’round me

like an invisible cloak.

In a poof, I vanish–

blown away by mere breath,

leaving a measureless pinhead spot.

How could your creator thoughts ever

be drawn to this dust particle

swirling in light’s beam?

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Yet, because you are mindful,

I have value–

God-given worth

confirmed by Savior’s blood.

Eternal significance and purpose

born of the Holy Spirit.

If not for you I would fade–

disappear into thin air.

This is all God; this is all true–

shining big through small.

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I lift hands to the heavens,

fingertips touch those

that dotted the night-time skies.

Head, tilts up

to the one who looks down–

awestruck with wonder

that he put that face on the moon.

Oh, feet stand firm

on the solid ground of his word.

Let that invisible spot

be brush stroked with his life–

Color-filled with purpose.

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by Patty Perkins

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And child, be secure. Be at rest. I am mindful of you.

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*The One Year Bible, July 10, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


Trusting him

Acts 27:20 “When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved.” (NIV)*

English: A Ship Wrecked in a Storm off a Rocky...

English: A Ship Wrecked in a Storm off a Rocky Coast (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Paul had warned them. He told them their voyage was going to be disastrous. But the centurion followed what he could see (blue skies), trusted man’s experience (the owner and pilot), ignored the man of God (Paul’s insight), and kept going. It did look good. For awhile…

Acts 27:13 “When a gentle south wind began to blow, they thought they had obtained what they wanted…” (NIV)*

…until hurricane force winds overtook the ship. They took such a battering from the storm that they began throwing cargo overboard, and on the third day pitched the tackle into the churning sea.

This story unsettles me. Life can be going smoothly. The wisdom of this world may say things are great, keep going as is. But this story reminds to keep tuned to the voice of the Lord…even when skies are blue. Let his whispers direct the ship. Does he say change direction or put a pause on the plan?

And then there’s this…when we find ourselves in a storm we didn’t see coming. Didn’t see or hear warning signs. Sometimes life just happens or we’re caught in the middle of someone else’s mess…or, our own. What then?

Hold tighter to my hand.

Call to me, for I can be trusted.

I’ll carry you through the storms of life.

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


He delivers

Psalm 3:8 “From the Lord comes deliverance…” (NIV)*

Northview Church Grounds (photo by Patty Perkins)

Northview Church Grounds (photo by Patty Perkins)

The Lord delivers

from enemy’s grasp,

and fear’s clasp.

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He leads from bondage

through seas deep,

and prison’s keep.

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He brings to a new land

with milk flowing,

and honey glowing.

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He sustains daily

by bread giving,

and water living.

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Then, Lord, deliver me!

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I would deliver you, my child.

Hold my hand, follow my lead and let me,

deliver you.

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


planted by streams

Psalm 1:2-3 “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” (NIV)*

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A tree planted by streams of water stays put. The roots go deep. The stream provides a continual source of nourishment for green leaves and growing fruit.

The fruit drops seed, which causes more trees to grow. More fruit is produced. And then, more seeds are dropped. More trees grow. More fruit is produced. You get the picture–an orchard is in progress! All from one tree.

Psalm 1 indicates that the key to a green, fruit bearing tree is meditating on the word day and night. Staying by streams of water means to stay in his word, delighting in it and meditating on it.

His word is life-giving water. Staying engrossed keeps us healthy spiritually–green and producing fruit. And that’s what a healthy tree does…reproduce.

And should a canopy appear someday, don’t be surprised if others are finding shade under your branches.

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


a strong tower

Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” (NIV)*

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When enemy threatens

storm clouds loom–

fear creeps up

the stairs to my soul.

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There is a haven

of solace and rest–

a strong tower

where timid can go.

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Calling his name

strengthens in battle–

settles the heart,

returns to whole.

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photo and poem by Patty Perkins

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