Monthly Archives: February 2014

Unlikely places

Mark 6:20 “…When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to him.”*

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Go ahead, speak in unlikely places

share as the chance comes along

even if hearts appear calloused—

cold as stone.

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Despite status, title or position

all have the same God-shaped soul

 when a heart is softened and ready—

only God knows.

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poem and photo by Patty Perkins

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Something must have quickened in Herod’s heart as he heard John speak because John’s words puzzled him. The story comes to a tragic end and Herod orders John beheaded (see Mark 6). I can’t help but wonder if Herod had paid attention to his puzzled heart and pursued answers…if the outcome could have been different. He was closer to believing than outward appearance showed.

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

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A catching place

Psalm 37:23 “If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”*

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Though they stumble,

 lambs know where to fall—

those who follow…

his call.

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For his beloved,

there’s a catching place—

into wide arms…

of grace.

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by Patty Perkins

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*The One Year Bible, February 19, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois. (Any advertisements shown are not from me.)

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An entrusted day

Psalm 37:5 “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”*

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When sun comes peeping from the east

and dark begins to fade,

then righteousness will light the morn

and justice rule the day.

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If this day I commit to you, and

entrust the plans I’ve made,

and let the One be in control—

who knows a better way.

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by Patty Perkins

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

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How to fish

Mark 1:16-18 “As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed him.”*

My son fishing, Barren River Lake, Kentucky (photo by Patty Perkins)

My son fishing, Barren River Lake, Kentucky (photo by Patty Perkins)

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Jesus would train them to fish for man,

in ways they could understand.

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Where to drop the choicest bait,

when to just sit and patiently wait.

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How to pull the loaded net in,

without breaking string worn thin.

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When to persistently keep up the pace,

then withdraw to a quiet place.

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The disciples would learn to fish God’s way,

by following Jesus in the everyday.

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by Patty Perkins

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*The One Year Bible, February 15, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Born for color

Psalm 34:5 “Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”*

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Shame hangs gray and dull,

waits stuffed in chest of drawers.

It goes with everything, is the pull—

besides, it’s the only thing that fits anymore.

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Accustomed to bleak style

colors can beam too bright.

Haven’t tried anything new for awhile,

says a face shrunk taunt and tight.

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Radiant colors bide to be worn—

a closet of clothes that shine.

When you believe for colors you were born

and replace the grays of time.

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by Patty Perkins

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We were never meant to wear shame. Whether self-imposed or stapled on by someone else, shame is not our color. Looking to Jesus, accepting what he’s done—handing him  the old clothes and accepting the new—that’s what we were made for. The colors of radiance.

Go ahead, wear it. It looks good on you.

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

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Staid in the cleft

Exodus 33:22 “…I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand…”*

My son in the cleft, Barren River Lake, Kentucky

My son in the cleft, Barren River Lake, Kentucky

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Like a chick nestled under hen

or a child tucked snuggly in.

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Like chirping birds in a mud-packed nest

or hibernating bears at winter’s rest.

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Like a bee hidden in flower’s bloom

or a babe secured in mother’s womb.

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Like a climbing kid who’s found a safe spot

find me staid in the cleft of the rock.

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by Patty Perkins

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*The One Year Bible, February 11, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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perfection’s plea

Matthew 26:39 “…he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will but as you will.'”*

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fully human

perfection fell down

face parallel

to the man-trodden ground.

for this cup to be taken

his soul did cry

could this plan…

be revised?

if  divinity can honestly

pour heart’s plea

how much more then

dirt-shaped me.

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poem by patty perkins

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Jesus’ honesty took nothing away from his obedience. It was that crux of a moment when he put it out there and bared his soul to his Father. He owned a deeper determination to follow through with the Father’s plan.

If a holy Jesus bared his honest soul—then surely, so can I.

*The One Year Bible, February 9, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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