Wednesday, May 27, 2009

am i real?









let me, Father authentic be
hiding not my faults from Thee
show me the truth of who i am
in need of grace and love that abounds

and as i see my need to grow
may it move me, more Your will to know
in words, in deeds, in thoughts as well
may my life be a story that truly tells

of one in need of a Savior each day
o, guard my heart and cause me to stay
in constant conversation with You
so I will know what You'd have me do

and when i mess up or lose my way
may i quickly confess my tendency to stray
may i be honest from my heart
teach me to be wise as i make a new start

remove the stain of guilt away
i would seek You in every way
may i live a life, real and sincere
a life authentic with goals simple and clear

to do nothing from vain or empty conceit
to take time each day to sit at Your feet
to love others, extending the grace i've received
to obey, to trust, to hope, to believe...

*jb*

Psalm 139:23-26
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 51

Friday, May 22, 2009

quiet time with my Lord...

I read from Streams in the Desert each morning. It is such a wonderful devotional book and "somehow" has the words I often need to hear at just the right time.

Today the first verse was Psalm 37:5 ~ Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this.

So, I commit and trust and -> HE WILL DO IT!

The devotional part told me that the meaning of this verse is to roll your way onto Jehovah and trust upon Him, and He works. He works now. He works as we commit! our expectation that He will work is the very thing enabling the Holy Spirit to accomplish what we have "rolled" onto Him.

We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. ~ Heb. 12:2

I cry out to God Most High who fulfills His purpose for me. ~ Psalm 57:2

The Lord will follow through on His covenant promises. Whatever He takes and holds in His hand He will accomplish. Therefore His past mercies are guarantees for the future, and worthy reasons for continuing to cry out to Him. ~ Charles H. Spurgeon

Thursday, May 21, 2009

the other side...


I've been asking the Lord to do some work - to make some changes - why am I surprised when He begins this work that it is difficult, even painful? The change is made in the going through. That is how He teaches. That is how He gains our dependence, strengthens our faith. He is not upset. He is able to rest. He is at peace in the midst of the storm. Oh to be like Him, and oh for the faith to trust Him more and more!

i asked the Lord for change
and He replied, "ok,
get in the boat - we're going to the other side."

i thought - oh a journey,
this will be so nice
a trip with my Savior as my guide

as i climbed into the boat
and we headed out to sea
i noticed storm clouds gathering overhead

but He was unconcerned
nonchalant and at peace
as He found a pillow and lay to rest His head

the sea began to get choppy
the waves began to roll
lightning flashed and thunder was all around

and there my Lord lay sleeping
did He not even care?
my mind told me I was about to drown

then i cried out in my anguish
i called to Him in fear
and He arose and calmed the stormy sea

but what happened next
is the part i remember most
He looked and asked, "do you still not believe?"

i asked Him for this change
He is taking me to the other side
He never promised it would be a trip of ease

He hasn't left me alone
He is with me in the storm
He rescues me when I am knocked to my knees

the journey itself has purpose
it's not just about the change
i must trust Him as i go through the storm

and when we get to the other side
and my unbelief is left behind
i will rejoice with my Savior over the victory won

*jb*

Mark 4:35-41
As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.”So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind.But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water.Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

my mind stayed on You...


"Jesus Christ does not want to be our helper; He wants to be our life. He does not want us to work for Him. He wants us to let Him do His work through us, using us as we use a pencil to write with - better still, using us as one of the fingers on His hand." ~ Charles G. Trumbull in They Found the Secret

Your words, Lord, i would seek to write
as my pen meets the paper today

Guide my mind and guide my heart
what do You want me to say?

Love others, Love others, Love others
~these are the words that i hear

That is how others will see Me
that's how I'll draw them near

I'll put others on your path today
pay attention and walk in My plan

When these children of Mine you encounter
I'll guide you to extend your hand

It may be in a grocery store parking lot
where a hungry man is asking for food

It may be one who needs your time
and longs just to be understood

It may be a sister who's hurting
and needs healing and peace for the day

Just pay attention and reach out
I'll give the right words to say.


Ok, Father, i give You each moment
keep my mind, Lord, stayed on You

And as i walk through these divine appointments
may Your love by others be sensed anew

*jb*

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

put on love...


when I dressed this morning
i asked what i should wear
and the Lord said,"put on love" for all to see

i went into my closet
wondering what that might look like
and He simply said,"it looks just like Me"

so, i put on love this morning
as my day began
and i sought out ways to let my loved ones see

speaking gentle words
letting peace rule my heart
i spoke their names in prayer on bended knee

and as the day went by
and challenges arose
i asked the Lord what words He'd have me say

words of hope to one
to another words of truth
another needed just to hear i'd pray

season me with love
let my words and actions show
i put on love as i begin each day

help me to remember
it's on purpose i'll look like You
Your command to LOVE i will obey


*jb*


Colossians 3:12-15
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

~dream of another day~


i long to sit by the ocean
feel the sand between my toes

linger as the sun goes down
feel the wam breeze blow

watch the little sea birds
as from each wave they run

sense the tightness of my skin
from the salt and the sun

the colors ~ oh the beauty!
of the sand, the sea, the sky

the beach almost deserted
as evening’s drawing nigh

gather my things together
leave footprints that will wash away

one more quiet moment
as i dream of another day

when i will sit by the ocean
and feel the sand between my toes

and that day the sand will be mine
and i won’t have to go…


*jb*


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Sunday, May 3, 2009

loved one…









o what do i do when my loved one
is trapped in a tangle of care

o what do i do when my loved one
is held in a place of despair


o what do i do when my loved one
carries burdens too heavy to bear

o what do i do when my loved one
can’t get out of this strong snare


o how do i tell my loved one
that our shepherd will set him free

o how do i tell my loved one
he can be released from this misery

o how do I tell my loved one
this pain doesn’t have to be

o how do i tell my loved one
to cast all his burdens on Thee


i live and walk in my closeness
i pray that Your way he will seek

i hope in a conquering Savior
a shepherd mild and meek

i trust You are working in his life
that Your plan i one day will see

i give him over to Your care
i lay him at Your merciful feet


*jb*


John 5:5-6
A man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, "Do you wish to get well?"

Friday, May 1, 2009

surrender...

i put myself on the altar, Lord
and give my all to You

complete and total surrender
nothing less will do

i'm grabbing hold and not letting go
till my measure i receive


let my life with joy overflow
help me truly believe

that this deeper filling of You, Lord
really can be mine

that there's more of You i can know
as my will i further resign

lead me, guide me, direct my path
may i seek You more through the day

show me truths about myself
what needs cutting away

"i'll not let go till You bless me!"
jacob's words i claim

more of You, sweet closeness i seek
surrender ~ simple and plain

*jb*
Matthew 4:18-22
One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living.Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”And they left their nets at once and followed him.A little farther up the shore he saw two other brothers, James and John, sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, repairing their nets. And he called them to come, too.They immediately followed him, leaving the boat and their father behind.