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Thwarted arrows

 “In the shelter of your presence you hide them … in your dwelling you keep them safe from accusing tongues.” Psalm 31:20

Where is the arrow

shot from enemy’s bow?

Where are the accusations

that have been thrown?

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They’ve been thwarted,

diverted from my path.

Dispersed, fallen,

and of strength — sapped.

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Keep me in your presence,

hidden in perfect love.

Safe from accusing tongues,

restored and ready to serve.

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He shuts out accusing voices. He stills the echo of negative words and constant criticism. He quiets the soul. In His presence I am hidden, tucked under his sheltering wings — out of sight and out of mind from those who would bring down.

 

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Unless you strengthen me

Again the One who looked like a man touched me and gave me strength…” Daniel 11:18

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How can I be strong,

except you strengthen me.

How can I know your will,

except you speak to me.

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How can I have you near,

except you dwell in me.

How can I be worthy,

except you cover me.

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How can I call you Father,

except you loved me.

How can I live forever,

except you died for me.

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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.


An ocean deep

“This is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” I John 4:10

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Love is not based on our love for God. That foundation would be unstable at best because it’s based on human capabilities. Love is based on what God did for us. He sent his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. All other love springs from that foundation…or is it an ocean?

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An ocean deep,

Is the well of God’s love—

where springs begin

and rivers flow—

it’s endless depths

no man can know.

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On shores of sand

 foundations collapse—

yet tides of mercy pull

and waves of grace call—

God’s ocean reverberates

for one, for all.

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A bridge to God

Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.” I John 2:6

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So, how did Jesus walk?

Jesus broke bread and fed crowds; he fried fish for his hungry friends. Jesus broke tradition and spoke with a Samaritan woman. He did not condemn one caught in adultery. Jesus put mud on a blind man’s eyes and welcomed little children. He accepted an extravagant gift of perfume and wept over a good friend’s death. Jesus dipped bread with a traitor and died for sins he didn’t commit.

That’s how Jesus walked.

He walked in humility. He served others. He fully accepted God’s call on his life. Jesus came to connect with people and provide a way to God. He became the bridge to God.

Am I a bridge to God? A connector? I wonder if others find the way to God when they see my life, or do they see barriers that send them in another direction. Would I be willing to break with tradition or muddy my hands if it meant becoming a bridge?

Lord, push barriers away, that nothing keep others from coming to you. Help me walk as you walked. 

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May others find their way to God

When on my path they trod.

May barriers be pushed aside—

 An open bridge beckon wide. 

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At potter’s wheel

“For he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.” Psalm 103:14

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Here I sit, a pile of dust,

Bending to the potter’s touch.

From inside out I yield,

Fightings within—stilled.

Living water, beget me fusible,

Shape me into a vessel…usable.

May something beautiful churn,

From the wheel’s steady turn.

Remember always that I am just,

A pot created simply of dust.

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Whisper then to me

“In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son…” Hebrews 1:1-2

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If prophets hear your word

may I a prophet be.

If visions reveal your will

then visions give to me.

If angels do your bidding

let me an angel see.

If worship draws you near

find me worshiping free.

If you whisper to your child

Lord, whisper then to me.

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