Tag Archives: Guide

A glowing flame

Numbers 9:18 “At the Lord’s command the Israelites set out, and at his command they encamped.”*

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A cloud to follow when it’s light,

at dark—a flame that’s glowing.

Turning left or turning right,

are we staying or are we going?

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Do tell when it’s time to pack

and where to put roots down.

Holy Spirit…got my back?

I’m following you around!

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by Patty Perkins

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I think I’d like a flame or a cloud to follow—to tell me where to go. Wouldn’t that be easier? But wait…I have the written Word and the indwelling Holy Spirit. I’m not left in the dark; guidance is available.

*The One Year Bible, March 7, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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In the here and now

Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”*

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i long to be

on the same planet spinning

not merely gazing from a distant star

to experience you in the here and now

not by a telescope far.

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and that your

internal compass tilt

the fragile axis of life events

tipping here and then over there

and sometimes saying

just sit.

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by Patty Perkins

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“Come to me…and I will give you rest.” My hope is to know his presence as an internal, guiding compass—not just read his word from a distance. It would be easy to learn all about him and miss knowing him.

*The One Year Bible, January 16, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Wisdom’s bell

Psalm 143:10 “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God, may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”*

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This way, this way,

beckons wisdom’s bell…

its melody clear and true

piercing chaos through.

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Listen, listen,

then follow ever near…

hear love’s gentle singing

wisdom’s bell now ringing.

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photo and poem by Patty Perkins

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May my ear be tuned to listen in 2014…

*The One Year Bible, December 24, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Lead ever home

Psalm 48:14 “For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.” (NIV)*

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May your voice 

need only whisper,

May your hand

be mine to hold,

May your feet

leave prints to follow,

May your path

lead ever home.

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by Patty Perkins

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*The One Year Bible, September 4, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


Life Giving Words

Deuteronomy 32:47 “They are not just idle words for you–they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.” (NIV)*

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River Whale (Photo credit: goingslo)

When the Israelites crossed the Jordan, God wanted them to possess the land…own it and make it home. He gave them life-giving words to take with them. By following his word, they would live long in the land.

When one enters the land of faith, it is to be fully possessed. God’s word gives life. It is more than useless filler; his word gives life-giving nourishment.

Have you crossed the Jordan and entered the land of faith? If so, are you possessing the land or merely living in it? Are you living in someone else’s faith or has it become your own?

Take possession of your faith by possessing the word. Read the Bible and underline special passages. Date them. Memorize them. Write out prayers in the margins and highlight promises. Make it your own…held in your hands, believed in your heart, and lived out in your life.

There’s land waiting to be had

On Jordan’s other side

Take his words and carry close

His word will be your guide.

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Settle in the land of promise

By keeping his words near

Faith possessed and fully yours

Words, priceless and dear.

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poem by Patty Perkins

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