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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Catch Me When I Fall

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The Lord is gracious and compassionate,

slow to anger and rich in love.

The Lord is good to all;

he has compassion on all he has made.

Psalm 145:8-9

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Catch Me When I Fall

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I know better than I behave

my actions paint my heart so small

You’ve taught me so much and so well

But please catch me when I fall

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I do what I thought I shouldn’t

and do what I ought hardly at all

I’ve painted dimly the light of You

But  please catch me when I fall

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I know your patience is abundant

and mercy paints a tree red and tall

love spilled through the blood of grace

Each time You catch me when I fall.

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Wendy/2013

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When Ian and I walked through a nearby park

 this maple leaf holding the smaller leaf caught my attention.

I thought to myself,

“This is a poem.”

It amazes me how often I’ve experienced God’s tender mercy

cushioning my falls so that I’m not entirely crushed and lost.

He has been faithful in continuing what He has started.

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His Faithful Blessings ~ Wendy

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Heartbreak Hotel

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Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? …

See how the lilies of the field grow…

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,

and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:27,28 & 33  

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Heartbreak Hotel

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I’ve come to realize

that this heartbreak hotel

is not my forever home

just briefly here I’ll dwell

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These bones become brittle

a breaking down abode

riddled with ‘carpenter ants’

osteoarthritis of the old

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Meanwhile there’s a mansion

being prepared yonder skies

so attachment to this room

is neither profitable nor wise

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As my decor grows passe

all my service for the Lord

will be in vogue forever

as I’m ushered through death’s door.

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Wendy/2013

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Last week I experienced a taste of what’s to come…

my foot decided to crank up the pain level.

I have osteoarthritis that I manage without medication.

By living moderately I can deal with the aches and pains (usually) until last week.

Thankfully I have an attentive doctor who immediately sent me for tests.

So far we’ve discovered nothing about the foot;

however, we found out I’m deficient in iron.

That explains why I feel like I’m walking uphill all the time;

so, it wasn’t just aging after all.

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Take care of yourselves, dear friends.

There’s no point getting to the finish line ahead of schedule.

Threshold of Heaven Blessings ~ Wendy

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(I hope that I made you smile; I’m hobbling about quite well now.)

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Whispers of His Love

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For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

so great is his love for those who fear him;

as far as the east is from the west,

so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

As a father has compassion on his children,

so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;

for he knows how we are formed,

he remembers that we are dust.

Psalm 103:11-14

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Whispers of His Love

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In the quiet stillness

of my night

I hear the whispers of his love

When the noise of day has dimmed

His voice waxes – moon like

to rise above

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As I lay my head

upon his bosom

My heart held safely in his rest

by a perfect Father

who knows of all my sin

and yet I am still blessed

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I need not fret for peace

 about tomorrow

or worry my way through night

for He has plans to prosper me

remembering I’m but dust

He’s bled my wrongs with Right.

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Wendy/2013

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“It was a gentle whisper that turned my heart to Him.”

This is a quote from a poem I wrote over thirty years ago when I was a new Christian.

It is still the gentle whispers of his love that encourage me above all else.

I can never be good enough to earn his love.

I can never be bad enough to lose his love.

God is love!

And because He is love…

Christ will continue the transforming work He has started in me

until I meet Jesus face to face.

May I/we be found still seeking his face when He returns.

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Seeker’s Blessings ~ Wendy

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If you are a fan of Oswald Chambers book,

 My Utmost for His Highest, 

you may want to join me (once a week) at:

http://mypoetryforhishighest.wordpress.com

This is where I write a poem in response to each of his devotionals.

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Like a Tree

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He will be like a tree

 planted by the water 

that sends out its roots by the stream.

It does not fear when heat comes;

its leaves are always green,

It has no worries in a year of drought

and never fails to bear fruit.

Jeremiah 17:8 

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Like a Tree

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Grow me Lord

 like a tree

that reaches upward to You

and outward to others

with roots anchored

securely and deeply

wrapped around

 your Rock of Truth

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Grow me Lord

not rigid as a pharisee

or rootless

like a tossing tumbleweed

blown this way and that

by winds of time

but living and limber

moving graciously

 within your love as mine

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Grow me Lord

 to thrive through

all seasons of your will

and like a tree

a place for sojourners to rest

 an aviary of nests

where newness blossoms

to encourage others

by your Spirit’s power

to walk with You

 in faithfulness.

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Wendy/2013

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There have been difficulties brought upon some Christians who are being lured into doctrines that focus not on the Solid Rock of Christ but on either words, works, or wonders.

If we stop and remember how Jesus reacted to both legalism and those who sought signs and wonders, we will recognize that to pursue either is not to seek God.

How sad that the watching world does not always find the church busy about the Father’s business. Let us love Jesus and set aside anything that hinders our wise walk with our Lord.

We are to worship God and not faith, not doctrine, or anything else.

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On Christ the Solid Rock Blessings ~ Wendy

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My All in All

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart

and lean not on your own

understanding;

in all your ways acknowledge him,

and he will make your paths

straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6

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My All in All

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All my sins have been forgiven

All my guilt has been released

All my debts He’s paid out entirely

None but his grace saves you or me

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All of my heart needs to trust Him

All my ways must acknowledge his Truth

All my ideas should submit to his leading

None of his guidance should be refused

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All my circumstances require thanksgiving

All my days should be covered with prayer

All of what happens can be of benefit

None of God’s children are bereft of his care

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Wendy/2013

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Perhaps it is the age I am or maybe the fact that my husband and I are parenting teens

that I frequently wake up at 2:30 am wide awake.

So I turn my thoughts,

from the storm clouds that always seem ready to dump on my spirit,

to the Son of Light.

This refocusing fills me with his peace

and I fall back to sleep.

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This past week the verses I have turned to are Proverbs 3:5-6

I was meditating on them one afternoon

and I noticed how the word all was used.

 Considering how all-encompassing God is…

it makes sense.

There is nothing half-hearted about our Creator.

Lukewarmness is despised by God…

He is repulsed by it (that Revelation verse is so sobering).

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Imagine a half-hearted suitor pursuing the hand of a fair maiden?

How about a half-hearted superhero?

Would you vote for a half-hearted politician?

I wouldn’t  want a lukewarm surgeon removing a cancerous tumor from my body.

So why should God be interested in mediocre worship and service?

I am not talking about charismatic stuff – I am talking about the heart.

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Here’s another verse that emphasizes the need for all:

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  ‘Love the Lord your God

with all your heart

and with all your soul

and with all your strength

and with all your mind’

Luke 10:27 (in part)

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I’ve noticed that his perfect peace does not fill me if I ask halfheartedly…

He answers when I seek him with all of my heart.

I needed this reminder.

 I need to remember it all the time.

I guess this is where those storms clouds I referred to come in handy…

they drive me to seek God with all I’ve got.

Have you got an all-encompassing verse you’d like to point out?

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All Time Blessings ~ Wendy

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PS – You may be curious to check out

how many times the word all shows up,

and is inferred,

in The Great Commission ( at the end of Matthew 28).

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At Day’s End

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And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13

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At Day’s End

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At the end of the day

it’s our relationships that count

not a garage full of “toys”

nor our bank balance amount

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Have we given of our time?

Do our children feel loved?

When they’ve grown up and left

what will their memories be of?

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Let these times of shared respite

as we gather at the beach

spending our love on each other

show we’ve lived what we speak.

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Wendy/2013

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One of my sons asked me to take him to the beach recently.

 As I prepared to go, everyone else decided to come along too.

My eyes welled up with tears of thankfulness,

because we are blessed to have a family that wants to spend time together.

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Togetherness Blessings ~ Wendy

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Where is/was your family’s favorite place to hang out at?

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Maker of the Seas

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Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

Matthew 14:31

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 Maker of the Seas

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They’re rolling in again

waves higher than my craft

threatening to topple all

and be done with me at last

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I’m lulled into the surf

focusing on white-capped giants

forgetting the God of all comfort

in whom should be my reliance

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I shout into the storm

“Why must I be here again?”

while letting go of oars

doubt’s become my sinking sin

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Then I recall a fisherman

who walked on water a bit

until his eyes wandered

and he sank beside his ship

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He shouted to his Master

“Lord, save me from this sea!”

and of course the One who made it

could rescue so easily

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So each storm is but a trial

each wave is just a test

If I keep my eyes on Jesus

no gale can ruin my rest.

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Wendy/2013

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The last few weeks have been so testy that I keep waking up at night with a sinking feeling in my chest. Each time I grasp onto a bible verse as my lifesaver. Then I fall back to sleep.

Yesterday, I specifically asked God for his peace to return fully. I told him that I missed it so much. When I was about to get into bed I remembered how encouraging the songs had been at church on Sunday and how an idea had come for a poem. So I wrote the rough draft for this poem and then went to sleep.

It was the most restful sleep I’ve had in weeks. I woke up with a heart full of peace. The storm is still here; but I am not sinking. My eyes have been refocused onto the Maker of the seas.

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Do you have a favorite bible verse that you say to yourself during stress?

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Peaceful Blessings ~ Wendy

PS – Toby Mac is great to listen to when you need a lift… here’s a link to click on:

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In His Love

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he saved us,

not because of righteous things we had done,

but because of his mercy.

He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,

 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,

so that,

having been justified by his grace,

 we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

Titus 3:5-7

 

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In His Love

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You’ve kept every promise

not a broken one I find

My heart was safely held

within your arms all this time

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I’ve come through dark valleys

and more yet to be

But I did not walk alone

You’ve always walked with me

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Though others may have left

or not understood my pain

You comforted and instructed me

in gentleness without shame

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Your love is not a prize

that I must strive to win

It is simply who You are

and what we find entering in

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The cost for my failure

what is due on my account

 fully paid by the Lamb’s Blood

poured upon that sacred mount.

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Wendy/2013

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Our family recently watched The Passion again.

It was the second viewing for me and the first for our youngest child.

It’s about Jesus.

I love how the interchange between Jesus and the repentant thief was included in the movie.

It is one of my absolute favorite parts of the Bible.

Each time we have communion, at our small church, I envision the blood pouring out from Christ’s pierced side.

It is this blood that cleanses me and anyone who believes in the saving work of Jesus.

Like the thief, who is now in Paradise with the LORD, my salvation is not dependent on whether I have gone through certain rituals; read certain words; or even been baptized.

I am saved because I have put my trust in what Jesus did to pay the penalty for my sin.

The thief admitted that he was deserving of punishment and death. He acknowledged that Jesus has done no wrong. Then the thief showed his belief and trust in the saving work of the Messiah by asking Jesus to remember him.

It’s all about Jesus.

We are all sinners who need a Savior. Jesus is the only One who saves.

 If there was another way to get to heaven,

then why would our Creator have had his Son suffer such agony on our behalf?

Just as we have only one captain of a ship or one president of a country; we have one Creator and one Savior.

Would you trust an unqualified surgeon to remove a cancerous tumor from your body?

 I trust the only One who can remove the cancer of sin from my soul – Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God.

 ~ One Creator/One Earth /One God/One Truth/One Savior/ Jesus  ~

It is not pleasant to find out about a tumor. Sometimes the truth hurts.

Truth is not any less true just because it is potentially painful.

Truth is true.

It’s up to us to trust in Truth.

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Truthful Blessings ~ Wendy

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Temporary Treasure

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“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:20-21

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Temporary Treasure

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When earth’s gold has dulled

and rust has entered my abode

I’m once again drawn to my Lord

to dwell upon the truth He’s told

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For all the dusty treasures here

are just temporary props

upon a stage deemed kindling sticks

a mere background for all He’s taught

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So I take comfort and delight

in remembrance of this fact

that the only gift I’ll keep for good

 is his love when Christ comes back.

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Wendy/2013

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Death, decay, and destruction are the hallmarks of life on our earth. It is the reality of what occurs daily on our beautiful blue, green, and brown planet.

I was reminded recently that no matter how safe we think we are, and no matter how careful we are to save and spend wisely, there is always the potential for unforeseen disaster.

Ian and I had planned a special get away for our first trip alone since having our children. It was not to be extravagant – but it was something to look forward to. We cut back here and there and he worked some overtime. I have postponed upgrading my camera etc. in order to make ends meet.

Within a week of our planned trip we discovered that a member of our household made some poor choices that cost us our trip and more. We won’t be going this year.

At first I was in shock; but, praise God I rallied quickly and prayed that He would use it for good. I was absolutely not interested in allowing Satan the opportunity to make a wedge in our close-knit family.

Since this prayer, and the  flowing of peace into my heart , I can already see that He has, indeed, used it for good.

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What kind of god can use what the enemy intended for harm – for good?

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Our God can! 

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Heart in the right place blessings ~ Wendy

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