On Either Side

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On Either Side

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On either side of Jesus

sinful men were hung

Guilty as charged of thievery

for the things they’d done

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One of them joined in

with the mocking crowd

His voice part of the chorus

that jeered and taunted loud

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The other man refrained

for he knew he was wrong

and he chastised the other

reminding him they belonged

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 He said Jesus was righteous

and didn’t deserve to die

And that they should be afraid

to be adding to the cries

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Then he turned to Jesus

and asked if he could be

remembered by the Lord

when He entered eternity

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When Jesus saw his faith

 He replied assuredly

that he’d be with Him that day

 in Paradise eternally.

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Wendy ❀ 2014

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This poem is based on one of my favorite Bible passages.

Jesus saves us.

 It’s not our religious activities that make us righteous.

Good works are an outcome of having been saved

and not the means to salvation.

It’s all about Jesus.

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Easter Blessings ~ Wendy

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Chapter by Chapter

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Let us fix our eyes on Jesus,

the author and perfecter of our faith,

who for the joy set before him

endured the cross,

scorning its shame,

and sat down at the right hand

of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:2

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Chapter by Chapter

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Each page

a day of my life penned

chapter by chapter

moving me forward in this plot

toward the victorious end

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Writing faithfully

the Author and His Son

chapter by chapter

 making use of every detail

in this battle to be won

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Crumpled papers

 used and not cast away

chapter by chapter

 words and deeds perfected

until the last page of my days .

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Wendy ❀ 2014

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 I’ve been busy working on a debut novel.

I’ve completed the first draft of my inspirational mystery (with some romance woven in).

Now I know who’s guilty and who’s innocent.

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In the real world we’re all guilty.

But we have a Savior, Jesus, who has freed those

(who put their trust in Him )

from the punishment of their sins.

It’s the true Easter Story.

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Are you ready for the end of your life story?

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Happy Ending Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

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Be With Me

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Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

who has blessed us in the heavenly realms

with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world

to be holy and blameless in his sight.

In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons

 through Jesus Christ in accordance with his pleasure and will -

   to the praise of his glorious grace, 

which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

In him we have redemption through his blood,

the forgiveness of sins,

in accordance with the riches of God’s grace

that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.

Ephesians 1:3-8

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Be With Me

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You say to rejoice with those who rejoice

and to mourn with those who mourn

Does this mean You’ve done the same

since the day that I was born?

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For you see I have some questions

that I’d like to bring to You

It’s about this very subject

I crave to know just what You do

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If I think that You are with me

and feel all my pain and sorrow

It will help me to endure

no matter what may come tomorrow

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I can’t bear the thought of walking

through another stormy trial

without Your Presence right beside me

like a father with his child.

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Wendy/2014

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I wrote this poem while I was sitting quietly in my studio rocking chair;

 it’s an antique chair no one else in the house wanted.

Being a mother, I adopted it, since I had given away my other chair to one of our children.

Sometimes I feel like that old rocker and wonder if I am valuable to God.

Does He see the rejection, the bumps, and the wear and tear?

Does He care?

The best place to find answers is in the Bible.

We are valuable because He loves us.

It is not a love based on performance.

Before I adopted this old rocker, it was just an old rocker;

now it has a place of honor in my favorite creative space.

I read, write, and even say prayers in it.

This chair is a good reminder of our new-found value

 when we are adopted, through Jesus, into the Father’s family.

Ironically, it came to be ours, because some friends were downsizing for a move

and quickly needed a home for it.

At one time it had been a cherished chair

 that a mother had rocked her babies to sleep in.

Now I use it to pray for my almost fully grown “babies.”

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In His Family Blessings ~ Wendy

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Your Word

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“I have revealed, and saved and proclaimed -

I, and not some foreign god among you.

You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD,

“that I am God. Yes, and from ancient days I am he.

No one can deliver out of my hand.

 When I act, who can reverse it?”

Isaiah 43:12-13

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Your Word

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Thank you for your word

that tells of grace and love

of sinful man destined to die

yet rescued through Christ’s blood

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Thank you for the stories

that tell of lives redeemed

though weak and wandering

You blessed them as You pleased

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Thank you for heavenly hope

I find within your word

that even I can be used to tell

so all will have heard.

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Wendy/2014

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True Christianity and faith has no hierarchy midst the saved sinners.

There is the great I Am, and then there is the rest of us.

Believers must never lose sight of the fact

 that we are simply and truly sinners saved by grace.

Jesus was not an elitist.

He spent time with others that the ‘religious’ people shunned;

I also love how sincerely our Lord respected women and children.

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Saved by Grace Blessings ~ Wendy

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Here’s a link for a song: The Great I Am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_VR-zwp2KA

The Conquering Prince

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Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!

How unsearchable his judgments,

and his paths beyond tracing out!

Romans 11:33

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The Conquering Prince

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The ancient Mystery

eternal – without start or end

Incomprehensible

a Triune of Love

our God – our Savior – our Friend

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The only Creator

who simply spoke to form the starry host

Unfathomable

a holy Trinity

the Father – the Son – the Holy Ghost

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The only Redeemer

whose shed blood our salvation has won

Propitiation

the spotless Lamb

Alpha – Omega – God’s Son

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The conquering Prince

who shall return on lightning steed

Substitutionary

the risen One

who claims for bride – all who have believed.

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Wendy/2013

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As Christmas approaches,

 may we ponder, as Mary did,

on the things that we’ve been told

 about our Messiah and soon returning King.

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Happy Thanksgiving to my dear American  friends!

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Thanksgiving Blessings ~ Wendy

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Seal of Approval

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In his heart a man plans his course,

but the Lord determines his steps.

Proverbs 16:9

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Many are the plans in a man’s heart,

but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

Proverbs 19:21

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Plans we may make

details of dreams drawn

but unless they’re stamped

with Your seal, Lord

all is wasted and gone

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Hopes we may have

longings that linger lucid

but unless they’re lifted

before You, Lord

all is lost and fruitless

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Freewill may be ours

choices within each mind

but unless we’re submitted

to You, Lord

no peace will we find.

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Wendy/2013

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Wow, I cannot believe how many detours

my life has taken from the road map

 I had drawn out so many years ago.

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And as I look back,

much of them make sense

to my very limited mind.

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God sees what’s ahead

 in the fabric of our lives

He knows the thread count 

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Seal of Approval Blessings ~ Wendy

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My Healing Wine

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When Simon Peter saw this,

he fell at Jesus’ knees and said,

“Go away from me, Lord;

I am a sinful man!”

Luke 5:8

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My Healing Wine

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The more days that pass

The more aware I am

of my crimes of shame

nailed into your hands

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Though I’ve grown in You

 by your holy grace

So much more I need

as I seek your face

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Your pure Light reveals

and exposes my greed

all my sinful thoughts

and any false beliefs

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From your open side

poured out love Divine

Mercy’s cleansing flood

and my healing wine.

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Wendy/2013

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One Sunday, years ago, a godly, elderly lady stood up in church to share with us how ashamed she was

for some critical thoughts she had had toward a young mother with an unruly child.

She had repented, inwardly, on the spot

 and chose to bless the mother instead; she read to the child.

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I was deeply impressed with how humble

and how teachable this lovely lady was.

The depth of her remorse over her own sin

was a sermon for all of us that Sunday.

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Woe to me!” I cried.

“I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips,

and I live among a people of unclean lips,

and my eyes have seen the King,

the Lord Almighty.”

Isaiah 6:5

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Healing Wine Blessings ~ Wendy 

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I Call on You

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I call on you, O God, for you will answer me;

give ear to me and hear my prayer.

Show the wonder of your great love,

you who save by your right hand

those who take refuge in you from their foes.

Keep me as the apple of your eye;

hide me in the shadow of your wings

Psalm 17:6-8

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I Call on You

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When my heart beats

a rhythm of fear

I pray that your Spirit

would draw me near

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For your Love sings faith

 your touch gives hope

 leading me to help

so I may cope

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For to suffer alone

is no path to Light

I need call on You

in the dark of my night.

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Wendy/2013

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This week I am feeling thankful for a praying husband.

What are you thankful for?

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Apple of His Eye Blessings ~ Wendy

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Window to Heaven

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“…the people living in darkness have seen a great light;

on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”  

From that time on Jesus began to preach,

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”

Matthew 4:16

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Window to Heaven

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Make me a crystal

near to your heart

reflecting

refracting

your Light into art

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Make me a window

under your throne

a portal

a signpost

to lead others home

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Make me a rainbow

and worthy to be

a vision

a lantern

so others may see.

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Wendy/2013

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I noticed that the sunlight was shining through the prism onto our wall one morning…

Without the presence of light

the crystal is just a piece of glass.

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This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you:

God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

1 John 1:5

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Delightful Blessings ~ Wendy

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The Words We Write

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to give his people the knowledge of salvation

through the forgiveness of their sins,

 because of the tender mercy of our God,

by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven

to shine on those living in darkness

and in the shadow of death,

to guide our feet into the path of peace.

Luke 1:77-79

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The Words We Write

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If others read

the pages of our life

will they find enough knowledge

to set their souls aright?

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If others read

the binding of our book

will they see sure salvation

without a second look?

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If others read

a paragraph of our days

will they learn of forgiveness

and be drawn to His ways?

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If others read

a sentence here and there

will they taste of tender mercies

of a God who deeply cares?

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If others read

the final chapter of our life

will they see the Sunrise from on high

in all the words that we write?

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Wendy/2013

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Unless Jesus is our Rising Sun –  we are deeply sunk…

and those that read our writing  will be led astray into darkness.

May we yield to his Light and leading.

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Sunrise Blessings ~ Wendy

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