Tag Archives: Faithful

That reason to get up

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

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He made James faithful and John devoted,

Timothy proved loyal and Peter emoted.

Martha got it done and Mary took it in,

David grew heart-broken, and Paul determined.

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He created Moses a leader and Ruth a follower,

Joseph rose a dreamer and Esther an interceder.

Each one granted a purpose to fulfill,

These heroes, the faithful, who do his will.

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Each of us has a purpose to fulfill. It’s that reason to get up in the morning. May we all find it, or die searching.

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Psalm 48:3 “God is in her citadels; he has shown himself to be her fortress.”*

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As morning sun awakens

then stretches through the day,

when light is shooed away by dark

may nighttime find you staid.

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A fortress of days gone by

a bulwark when afraid,

as you covered Zion long ago

Lord hover here today.

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by Patty Perkins

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*The One Year Bible, March 5, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Ever Faithful

II Timothy 2:13 “If we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” (NIV)*

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Ever faithful

There, you stand.

Woven in creation’s song

Written in history, long.

Ever faithful, ever true

I fall short,

not so—

you.

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photo and poem by Patty Perkins

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My faithlessness is no indication of your commitment to me. If I loose my way, step off the path or head in the wrong direction, you remain faithful. You cannot be unfaithful—it’s not your character. You are God.

*The One Year Bible, October 23, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Of wings and walls

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Bird – Duck – Mallard (Photo credit: blmiers2)

Psalm 91:4 “He will cover you with his feathers and under his wings you will find refuge…” (NIV)*

Covered by feathers

nestled in his loving care

clasped under wing

refuge awaiting,

me there.

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The wall Papa built (photo by Patty Perkins)

Psalm 91:4 “…his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” (NIV)*

He is full of faithful

a shield when arrows fly

a wall strong and stable

when behind it,

walketh I.

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by Patty Perkins

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Have a blessed weekend…under his wings and behind his walls.

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

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I was Afraid

Matthew 25:26 “So I was afraid, and went out and hid your talent in the ground…” (NIV)*

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Was the servant miserly or safe? He knew of his master’s investor mentality, to gather where he did not plant. So, why did the servant hide the talent and give it absolutely no chance of growing? He was afraid.

But, isn’t it good to be afraid? Afraid makes us cautious, wise, better stewards, right? Not investing leaves no risk of loosing. Or growing. Isn’t being afraid seeing dangers ahead and taking cover? Is acting on fear dealing with reality…or hiding from it?

Fear breeds inaction–playing it safe to the extreme.

In God’s kingdom economy, investing is wise and multiplying is His way. Whether the talents be money, assets, gifts or abilities. Each talent is meant to be managed in a way that furthers His Kingdom.

But, what will people think? What if I put it out there only to be rejected? What if I make a bad choice, choose a wrong path and loose the one talent? All understandable fears.

Yet, when He gives a talent, He wants it to grow.

You can take that one talent and bury it deep. Keep it safe until seeing Him face to face. Give back exactly what He gave, no more and no less.

Or, invest it. Share it. Offer it. Pray for guidance and counsel. Be wise, yet not fearful. Have confidence in God. And when seeing you face to face, may His words be:

“…Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” Matthew 25:23 (NIV)*

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

photo by Patty Perkins