Tag Archives: Truth

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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Like nothing else

Your words are what sustain me; they are food to my hungry soul. They bring joy to my sorrowing heart and delight me…” Jeremiah 15:16 (LB)dsc_0866

When I find myself depleted spiritually or emotionally, there’s a place to refill the tank…the Word.

God’s word is spiritual nourishment. It is much needed fuel for the day and satisfies completely. His word restores and energizes. It comforts and encourages. It’s packed full of health food for the soul—like peace, wisdom and strength.

The Word keeps me alive spiritually. When I’m feeling down, it restores joy. The Word brings light into dark and hope into disappointments. It settles me when I’m anxious and calms me when I am afraid.

Thank you for your Word, Lord. It satisfies like nothing else.

“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.” Psalm 119:18

“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12


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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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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Who are you, really?

Psalm 86:15 “But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” (NIV)*

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Were it not for you we would all be flicked into space—eternally separated from the source and sustainer of life. And why aren’t we treated like we deserve? Psalm 86:15 tells me why: “But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”

I’d like to know you as this verse describes. It’s easy on good days and in the midst of things going right. But do I still find you full of faithful when you say “no”, or “not yet”?

If there are boundaries in place that seem less than gracious, it’s because I see the other side of the fence. Those fences are indications of my love for you, like a father protecting his child. After all, I created you. I know how you function best. 

You are compassionate, gracious and patient. You are overflowing with love and faithfulness. That’s who you really are.

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

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Aware of the schemes

Nehemiah 6:2 “…But they were scheming to harm me.” (NIV)*

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Nehemiah was so focused on God’s purpose for him–to rebuild Jerusalem’s wall—that he recognized the enemy’s attacks as not part of the plan. He didn’t succumb. Rather, he took action to defend against the enemy while continuing the work.

And isn’t that half the battle–knowing it’s an attack of the enemy? Being aware of his schemes and not letting him intimidate?

Lord, let me see beyond the circumstance or diversion—to know when I’m being derailed from your plan. Help me be bold to speak against lies and take a stand for truth. Let me not be derailed, but continue with what God has given me to do. Amen and amen.

*The One Year Bible, August 13, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishing, Wheaton, Illinois.


Do tell

Judges 2:10 “…another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel.” (NIV)*

The Piano (photo by Patty Perkins)

The Piano (photo by Patty Perkins)

Oh…do tell.

Sing the songs

Hum the lullabies

Hymns of God’s great love

Read the stories always

Speak the words out loud

That future generations know

The faithfulness of God.

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Proverbs 14:1 “The wise woman builds her house…” (NIV)*

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Oh…be wise.

Lay foundations strong

Raise walls of truth

Paint with grace

Store wisdom deep

Open windows of hope

May Christ ever be

the cornerstone.

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by Patty Perkins

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I love the way Judges 2:10 went hand-in-hand with Proverbs 14:1 in today’s reading of The One Year Bible.

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