Tag Archives: Help

Through the fires

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2

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Flood waters are going to come. Rivers will rush through uninvited and unpredicted fires will burn. It’s the way of life.

Rather than elements of nature, it could be tough life issues we face. As much as we’d like to avoid the unexpected, sometimes there’s no way around it. The only thing to do is walk through.

We have one who walks through trials with us. He might teach us to swim through rough waters. We may learn to cling to the lifesaver during the flood. The heat might get uncomfortably hot—yet we’re changed for the better.

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When rivers gush fast

And floods wreak havoc

When fires claim what was mine.

There’s one who walks with me

He fights battles for me

Mighty warrior, strong at my side.

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“But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior…” Jeremiah 20:11

“You will not have to fight this battle…Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.” II Chronicles 20:17

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Build a bridge

Mark 9:24 “Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, ‘I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief!”*

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The mind is limited

and heart hangs

on banks of disbelief.

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So build a bridge

 to the other side

where faith resides complete.

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by Patty Perkins

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The father knew Jesus could heal his son. At least…he thought he believed. In desperation he pleaded for Jesus to make up the difference. Smart father.

*The One Year Bible, February 27, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Come quickly

Psalm 40:13 “Be pleased, O Lord, to save me; O Lord, come quickly to help me.”*

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Be my song in the silent night

A candle—the dark to light.

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Be my anchor in waters deep

A stronghold for mountains steep.

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Be my shelter in swirling storms

A balm for pricks and thorns.

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Be my help—do come and save

Come quickly, Lord, with no delay.

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poem and photo by Patty Perkins

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One never need worry about being too needy before God. Plead that He come…and come quickly!

*The One Year Bible, February 24, NIV, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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When arrows fly

Psalm 28:7 “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped…” (NIV)*

Grandma's Rose (photo by Patty Perkins)

When arrows fly around me

as troubles march my way,

oh, that I’d trust the Savior —

a strength and shield always.

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Pride must fall dethroned

when enemy closes in,

 for help waits with my Savior —

strength is found in him.

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And yes, at times I falter

and fail to seek his face,

yet, my Savior does not leave —

it’s then he pours unending grace.

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photo and poem by Patty Perkins

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*The One Year Bible, August 6, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


twenty-four/seven

Kentucky (photo by Patty Perkins)

Kentucky (photo by Patty Perkins)

“I lift up my eyes to the hills–

where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,

the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip–

he who watches over you will not slumber;

indeed, he who watches over Israel

will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you–

the Lord is your shade at your right hand;

the sun will not harm you by day,

nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm–

he will watch over your life;

the Lord will watch over your coming and going

both now and forevermore.”

Psalm 121 (NIV)*


When life impacting decisions are on the horizon, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth. The Lord watches over us always…he is a twenty-four/seven shepherd.

May his comfort and peace be yours this weekend!

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Psalm 121 is in the June 3rd reading of The One Year Bible.

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


God is for me

Psalm 56:9 “Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this I will know that God is for me.” (NIV)*

Glen Eyrie (photo by Patty Perkins)

Glen Eyrie (photo by Patty Perkins)

How long does the battle rage before remembering to call for help? How many casualties? The trick is to call for help early. The power of God to turn the tide of battle dwells with those who trust in Him. Victory rests with our Lord.

Stay in the battle, but do cry for help. Then, keep an eye out for divine intervention. Prepare for the enemy’s retreat.

It’s time for the hard-to-please image of God we carry around in our heads to melt…dissolve into His true self. Let the enemy’s retreat be a sign that God hears and answers. He’s on my side. God is for me.

How different would life be if lived in the realization that God is for me? I would be more willing to believe, follow, and step out in faith knowing the Creator of the universe is on my side. He’s not the enemy.

I want to know the reality of His presence and to live as if He’s for me…because He is.

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