Tag Archives: Strength

A quiet place

“…Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31 (NIV)

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My rest is in Jesus

My strength and my song,

No matter the workload—

The day short or long.

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He settles my heart

Before the task,

Refills the tank—

If I but ask.

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Alone with him

Is surely ideal,

A chance to recoup—

Restore and heal.

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Time with Jesus

In a quiet place,

Prepares the heart—

For the hectic race.

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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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The difference maker

For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” 2 Chronicles 14:16

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The small country church I attended as a child didn’t have air-conditioning in those early years. Hot summer days and nights found us cooling off with open windows and hand-held paper fans. On one of those fans, I remember a picture of an angelic-looking girl kneeling with hands folded in prayer.

That little girl’s image captures my idea of one who is fully committed: constant in prayer, sinless, unaffected by the world and all while serving others. She’s too much! My life doesn’t match up.

But when the Lord is searching for hearts fully committed to him, as in II Chronicles 14:16, I’d like to be found faithful and don’t want to miss out. I’d like to be in the receiving line for his strength.

Am I going to be skipped over because I fall short of some ideal? He knows I’m not perfect, and no one is, so how can anyone be worthy of receiving anything from him? There is a gap between who I am and who I want to be.

This separation reminds me of the father who pleaded for Jesus to heal his son of an evil spirit—if he could. Jesus told him that everything is possible for the one who believes. “Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!'” Mark 9:24

Jesus healed the son. He made up the difference where the father fell short.

Likewise, he makes up the difference for me. There’s no way I can be a 100% fully-committed all the time. I’m human. But, I know the one who fills the gap.

Lord, strengthen me today and where I fall short, be the difference maker.


Paralyzing fear

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Fear

is seeping poison.

It blinds eyes to God’s strength

and deafens ears to God’s eternal truths.

Fear shuts down the beating heart’s ability to believe

and immobilizes an anointed army that would otherwise win.

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by Patty Perkins

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Joshua and Caleb pleaded with the people to believe God would help them conquer the enemy and possess the land. But the people didn’t believe. They were afraid. They swallowed the poison of fear and shut down.

Fear paralyzes those with a vision from following through on God’s plan. We see the good land. But we also see formidable giants. So we shrink back from all that God intended for us. Fear can be a big wall to climb over just to get to the enemy on the other side.

Numbers 14:9 “Only do not be afraid of the people of the land…Their protection is gone, but The Lord is with us. Do not be afraid.”*

Numbers 14:11 “…How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them?”*

*The One Year Bible, March 10, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Hover here

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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A higher rock

Psalm 61:2 “…lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” (NIV)*

Central Park, NYC (photo by Patty Perkins)

Central Park, NYC (photo by Patty Perkins)

And don’t we all need a rock higher than ourselves—a place to climb and find rest from the routines and stresses of life? A place to find refuge and be strengthened for the journey ahead?

If a rocky crag is there along the path—find the footing, grasp the hand holds and step up to a higher plane—a solid, secure rock of a place.

From there the bigger picture can be seen and encouragement given to keep moving forward. Everyone needs a break.

Isaiah 26:4 “Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal.” (NIV)*

*The One Year Bible, September 17, NIV, copyright 1986, 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.