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Arms Everlasting

Deuteronomy 33:12 “…Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.” (NIV)*

Deuteronomy 33:27 “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms…” (NIV)*

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American Robin Nest with Eggs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He is a place of protection. He is a shield, refuge, and resting place. Nestled there we are surrounded by his care. Looking up and out is scary if unaware that underneath are the everlasting arms. Like tree branches supporting a nest, so too his arms hold our very souls.

Securely nestled in his care

Held by everlasting arms.

Eternal love beats loud and strong

When close to God’s own heart.

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Sheltered from flaming arrows

A shield for weary souls.

Protected from enemy aim

When covered with God’s cloak.

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Undergirded by his strength

His beloved he’ll not forsake.

Held secure through circumstance

When clasped in God’s arms, safe.

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poem by Patty Perkins

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Deuteronomy 33 is the blessing Moses gave the Israelites. Verse 12 was directed toward Benjamin and verse 27 for Asher. These blessings show the character and heart of God toward those he loves…Oh, that I could grasp it!

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

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Refreshing Others

Proverbs 11:24-25 “One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but ┬ácomes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” (NIV)*

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waterfall (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

Prosperity comes to the generous

To those who freely share

To the ones with hands wide open

Kindnesses not to spare.

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Refresh and encourage others

Be the one serving grace

Focus on lifting others high

Holding them up with faith.

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Make someone’s day with a smile

Offer kind words when due

Extend a hand and open a door

Gates will swing open for you.

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poem by Patty Perkins

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Have a refreshing weekend!

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


From water to bread

Psalm 65:9 “You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained.” (NIV)*

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Stream (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn)

God sends streams

To water the land

To produce a crop

Providing grain for bread.

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So, too,

Living waters flow

To water the land

To produce a crop

Providing daily bread.

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So, Lord,

Any living water

That flows through me

May it water the land

Produce a crop

Providing bread of life.

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poem by Patty Perkins

Dedicated to blogging friends who pour living water…that others may know the Bread of Life.

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


Of Nets and Men

Luke 5:9 “For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken.” (NIV)*

Luke 5:11 “So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.” (NIV)*

Fishing boat

Fishing boat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nothing had been caught all night. Then, He showed up and the nets began to break. The boats began sinking from the weight of the catch.

The weight of who Jesus was covered Simon Peter like a net. He fell at Jesus’s knees and asked Him to go away. His presence was more than Simon Peter could take. Jesus left him undone…aware of his sin.

Jesus didn’t leave. Instead, He called them to leave their nets and go with Him…no longer fishing for fish, but fishing for men.

Jesus had established credibility with these fishermen. He spoke their language. A mother lode of fish had done the trick. He had shown them He could provide, an important prerequisite for his call on their lives.

Kudos to Peter and his companions. They got the message. Jesus was someone they could trust and follow. He had their respect.

Jesus met the fishermen in their world. He served them. He showed concern for their welfare. He loved them. This fisherman was teaching them to fish for men.

Love, serve, and show sincere concern. Isn’t this, then, how to fish for men…as Jesus did?

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


Jesus wasn’t polite

Luke 4:22 “All spoke well of Him and were amazed at the gracious words than came from his lips…” (NIV)*

Luke 4:24 “‘I tell you the truth,’ he continued, ‘No prophet is accepted in his hometown.'” (NIV)*

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Rather than basking in the admiration of the people after He read from Isaiah, Jesus spoke the truth.

He predicted how they would later treat Him. He made those well-speaking people so mad they drove him from the synagogue and out of town. They were furious to the point of wanting to throw him over a cliff!

Why didn’t He sit there and accept their words of praise? Why did He spoil the moment and cause a ruckus? Did He see through to their corrupt hearts and the disbelief to come?

I’m enough of a southern gal to know politeness is suppose to reign. Being nice trumps stark truth any day. Hide the disagreement, the knowledge, the anger. Accept the flattery then turn around and give it back double-fold…seething behind clinched teeth.

Jesus wasn’t polite. He saw to the heart and cut to the quick. He dealt with reality…no false pretenses allowed. Jesus saw hearts and knew the future…I don’t. I need His help.

Help me discern

If polite is best

To let a matter ride

In your hands rest.

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Help me know

When to speak up

Call a spade a spade

Give tough love.

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photo and poem by Patty Perkins

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


Soul’s Rest

Psalm 62:1 “My soul finds rest in God alone…” (NIV)*

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My soul finds rest in God alone

Not God and family, friends or home

Not God plus exercise, fitness and health

Not God and money, possessions or wealth

Not God plus books, music or shows

Not God and writing, poetry or prose

Not God plus wardrobe, style or fashion

Not God and hobbies, job or passion

God alone satisfies the soul

My soul’s rest is in God, and God alone.

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poem and photo by Patty Perkins

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Any one or more of these “things” can be off kilter and we can still have rest with God. But if we have everything perfect in all these areas and no peace with God, there will be no true rest.

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


My Refuge

Psalm 59:16 “…for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.” (NIV)*

Castle on a hill

Castle on a hill (Photo credit: Jimmy McIntyre – Editor HDR One Magazine)

When trouble comes

As surely, it will

There’s a place to run

Fortress on a hill.

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Bastion of protection

From enemy’s advance

A place to refocus

Strengthen battle stance.

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Hiding behind parapets

On ramparts, standing guard

To load and even fire

When enemy presses hard.

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A bulwark waiting

In lands of uncertainty

A supporting stronghold

My refuge, is He.

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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.