Monday, August 31, 2009

~well-watered garden~


when we give to others
an amazing thing occurs
the more we give away
the more our Father stirs
up His many blessings
to pour into our lives
so we become a garden
growing His supplies
for the needs of others
blessings flowing through
i must pay attention
focus what He'd have me do
for others all around me
and less of what may please
my own desires and feelings
when i should be planting seeds

*jb*

Isa.58:10-11
Feed the hungry,
and help those in trouble.
Then your light will shine out from the darkness,
and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.
The Lord will guide you continually,
giving you water when you are dry
and restoring your strength.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like an ever-flowing spring.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

mediocrity...

mediocrity
what an ugly word
not a place i want to spend my time

yet i hear a voice
accusing everyday
"that is where you dwell" is his line

so i question and i wonder
is this voice true?
am i only fair in what i do?

i look all around
and the voice grows quite loud
as i compare myself to you

but then another voice rises
deep within my soul
and He says "I do nothing halfway"

"you are My child
precious unto Me
seek Me each step of your day"

"for I set the mark
not this world where you live
and I will complete what I began"

"so far from mediocre
you, My child are to Me
trust Me ~ I have an excellent plan"


*jb*


Philippians 1:6
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in (me) will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

what is obedience?


obedience is doing what you're told, the first time, with the right attitude

my Bible reading this morning was very consistent with my devotional in Streams in the Desert - so funny when that happens! like the Lord had it planned! both were about obedience...

Numbers 14:36-45
The ten men Moses had sent to explore the land—the ones who incited rebellion against the Lord with their bad report— were struck dead with a plague before the Lord. Of the twelve who had explored the land, only Joshua and Caleb remained alive.
When Moses reported the Lord’s words to all the Israelites, the people were filled with grief. Then they got up early the next morning and went to the top of the range of hills. “Let’s go,” they said. “We realize that we have sinned, but now we are ready to enter the land the Lord has promised us.”
But Moses said, “Why are you now disobeying the Lord’s orders to return to the wilderness? It won’t work. Do not go up into the land now. You will only be crushed by your enemies because the Lord is not with you. When you face the Amalekites and Canaanites in battle, you will be slaughtered. The Lord will abandon you because you have abandoned the Lord.”
But the people defiantly pushed ahead toward the hill country, even though neither Moses nor the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant left the camp. Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in those hills came down and attacked them and chased them back as far as Hormah.


1 Samuel 15:22
But Samuel replied,
“What is more pleasing to the Lord:
your burnt offerings and sacrifices
or your obedience to his voice?
Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice,
and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.

Hebrews 11:8
It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going.


do i do what i'm told?
do i mind right away?
am i found obedient
whatever the Lord may say?

it's easy, when it's easy
something I want to do
but sometimes it's a hard thing
does my obedience still hold true?

and am i really asking
as i go through my day
what would You have me do, Lord?
what would You have me say?

help me choose obedience
tune my ear to hear
for i know this is what pleases
make my pathway clear...


*jb*

Saturday, August 22, 2009

in my heart...


tender watchcare
everyday graces
answer to simple prayers
You fill up the places
in my heart


these,the ways You love me
i am just undone
who is there above Thee
You,the truest One
in my heart

i cannot imagine
a day's walk without You
over my way you tend
making all things new
in my heart

peace is how i know You
Your sweet peace You give me
yet it comes not out of the blue
but spending time with Thee
in my heart


*jb*

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

each step...


summer is winding down, and although i love the gift of freedom it gives, i always enjoy settling back into the security the routine of fall provides. sam & elle laughed at me last night as i climbed into bed at 8:45. i told them i am retraining my body for early rising! and what a blessing to wake up this morning to darkness ~ i love it ~ to see the moon when i feed our silly dogs.so i go willingly into this next season ~ looking to embrace what the Lord has planned.

morning reading in exodus:
God was so disgusted with the children of israel that He said He would send an angel to lead them, that He wouldn't go with them, even for a moment because He would destroy them! in 33:15, moses says to God, "if You don't go with us personally, don't let us move a step from this place." I feel the same way! not one step...

let me not wander, Lord
from Your presence dear
hold my heart close to You
keep me ever near

prone to wander, Lord, i am
distracted by the day
let me not take a step
unless You lead the way

i think i'm the pursuer, Lord
yet You are ever true
and when i turn to chase You down
i run right into You

so, let this be the place i dwell
ever by Your side
trusting You will guide each step
help me just abide

*jb*