If We All Understood

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”  1 Samuel 16:7

COULD we draw aside the curtainsImage result for helping others
That surround each other’s lives,
See the naked heart and spirit,
Know what spur the action gives—
Often we would find it better,
Purer than we judge we would;
We would love each other better
If we only understood.

Could we judge all deeds by motives,
See the good and bad within,
Often we would love the sinner
All the while we loathe the sin.
Could we know the powers working
To o’erthrow integrity,
We would judge each other’s errors
With more patient charity.

If we knew the cares and trials,
Knew the efforts all in vain,
And the bitter disappointments—
Understood the loss and gain— ​
Would the grim external roughness
Seem, I wonder, just the same?
Would we help where now we hinder?
Would we pity where we blame?

Ah, we judge each other harshly,
Knowing not life’s hidden force;
Knowing not the fount of action
Is less turbid at its source.
Seeing not amid the evil
All the golden grains of good,
Oh, we’d love each other better
If we only understood.

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We Need you, Lord

We need you, Lord.
Like lost wanderers in a burning, empty desert
thirst for cool, clean water,
we long for you to quench us.

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In a world gone progressively mad,
with chaos all around us,
we seek refuge in the order and purpose of your law.
With evil sneaking, leaking everywhere,
spreading heavy darkness,
creating feelings of emptiness,
we hunger for your goodness and light.
Turn us around, Lord, we pray;
retrieve your sheep who have gone astray.
Draw us to the satisfaction
of your purity and righteousness.
Cleanse us, and make us more like you,
role models, examples, beacons,
for others who are searching for meaning for their lives.
Come, Lord Jesus.
We need you, Lord.

Matthew 5:16
Proverbs 4:18

By Joanna Fuchs

How Strong And Sweet

Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.
1 PETER 5: 7. NLT

HOW strong and sweet my Father’s care!
The words, like music in the air,Image result for God cares for You
Come answering to my whispered prayer–
He cares for thee.
 
The thought great wonder with it brings–
My cares are all such little things;
But to this truth my glad faith clings,
He cares for me.
 
Yea, keep me ever in Thy love,
Dear Father, watching from above,
And let me still Thy mercy prove,
And care for me.
 
Cast me not off because of sin,
But make me pure and true within,
And teach me how Thy smile to win,
Who cares for me.
 
O still, in summer’s golden glow,
Or wintry storms of wind and snow,
Love me, my Father: let me know
Thy care for me.
 
And I will learn to cast the care
Which like a heavy load I bear
Down at Thy feet in lowly prayer,
And trust in Thee.
 
For naught can hurt me, shade or shine,
Nor evil thing touch me, nor mine,
Since Thou with tenderness Divine
Dost care for me.

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A Treasure Chest

I rejoice at Your word, As one who finds great spoil.  Psalm 119:162

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Those whose hearts stand in awe of God’s word, will rather endure the wrath of man, than break the law of God. By the word of God we are unspeakable gainers.

We are to praise God even for afflictions; through grace we get good from them. Those that love the world have great vexation, for it does not answer what they expect; those that love God’s word have great peace, for it outdoes what they expect. Those in whom this holy love reigns, will not perplex themselves with needless scruples, or take offence at their brethren.

A good hope of salvation will engage the heart in doing the commandments. And our love to the word of God must subdue our lusts, and root out carnal affections: we must make heart work of it, or we make nothing of it. We must keep the commandments of God by obedience to them, and his promises by reliance on them.

God’s eye is on us at all times; this should make us very careful to keep his commandments.

Matthew Henry

The life that counts must toil and fight;

Must hate the wrong and love the right;
Must stand for truth, by day by night—
This is the life that counts.
 
The life that counts must hopeful be;
In darkest night make melody;
Must wait the dawn on bended knee—
This is the life that counts.
 
The life that counts must aim to rise
Above the earth to sunlit skies;
Must fix its gaze in Paradise —
This is the life that counts.
 
The life that counts must helpful be;
The cares and needs of others see;
Must seek the slaves of sin to free —
This is the life that counts.
 
The life that counts is linked with God;
And turns not from the cross — the rod;
But walks with joy where Jesus trod —
This is the life that counts.
 
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Give God The Broken Pieces

You long to heal the inner man
Where we are bruised and scarred
The memories of the hurts we have
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We need to give the past to you
So you can begin to mend
The brokenness within our souls,
To bring wholeness once again

 

Lord, you see the deepest part
Where others cannot see
And only you can feel the pain
That’s there inside of me

 

Lord, you saw what I went through,
You held each tear I cried
You wanted then to show yourself,
To pour your love inside

 

I couldn’t see you reaching out;
I didn’t know you were there
I felt so very much alone;
I didn’t know you cared

 

But now, as I look back, I see
You cared about my life
When I was in my darkest times,
You were there by my side

 

So help me now to reach to you,
To know you so much more,
To really know the depth of your love,
To know you as my Lord.

M.S. Lowndes

 

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Roses Aren’t Always Red

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Roses aren’t always red,
violets can be white or blue
but what never changes ~ Lord
is the love that comes from You.

I know I am not perfect,
but You love me any way
Your love is the sunshine
that brightens up my day.

You love me like no other,
Your love is the real thing
You give me such happiness
with the joy that You bring.

Your love is ever steady,
forever it will go on
and when You are near
my soul pants like a fawn.

You know my heart,
and every beat that it takes
though it might skip around
You still forgive my mistakes.

Roses sometimes are red,
violets also can be blue
but Your love for me Lord . . .
is constantly ~ true!

Debra Ann Belka

 

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Life’s Sweet Mystery

‘Love is like Magic and it always will be,
For Love still remains Life’s Sweet Mystery!
Love works in ways that are wondrous and strange
And there’s Nothing in Life that Love cannot change!
Love can transform the most common place
Into beauty and splendor and sweetness and grace!imagesM2UDFKLC
Love is unselfish, understanding and kind,
For it sees with its Heart and not with its Mind
Love gives and forgives, there is nothing too much
For Love to heal with its Magic Touch!
Love is the language that every heart speaks,
For Love is the one thing that every heart seeks!

Helen Steiner Rice

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.  Romans 5: 8-9

The Best Gift

The “Word Incarnate” came down to earth
The King of Heaven, in lowly birth.
He laid aside his Deity
And became a man like you and me.untitled
He came with a mission- a job to do,
To bring salvation to me and to you.

In bondage to sin we all have been
since Adam and Eve in the garden sinned.
That sin separated us from God
Since then a different path we’ve trod.
But God so loved the world that he
Gave his precious Son, our proxy to be.

He died on Calvary in our place
A Sacrifice for the whole human race.
He paid sin’s price and set us free
Gave his life voluntarily.
And to all who would his gift embrace
Will have eternity to behold his face.

Gertrude Jefferies

When Angry, Sin not

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“When angry, do not sin; do not ever let your wrath (your exasperation, your fury or indignation) last until the sun goes down. Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him].”
– Ephesians 4: 26-27 (AMP)

 

Anger is a natural emotion we all have from time to time. Even the most placid among us feel anger at times. It’s not exactly wrong to feel anger, after all Jesus displayed anger when he drove out the moneychangers. I believe it’s all in how we handle our anger.

If we respond to people and situations in an explosion of angry words and gestures, ranting and raving, then that expression is obviously the wrong way – it’s merely ‘venting’ the anger. When we do this, it’s the people around us that get hurt the most.

How, then, do we deal with anger?

I’m still on the journey of discovering how to not react out of anger. One way I believe God has spoken to me concerning this, is in this scripture: Proverbs 15:1 “A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.” It dawned on me one day, that if I respond in a ‘gentle tone using gentle words’, it will squash the anger inside. You see, when we ‘vent’ our anger it’s never ‘gentle’, it’s often loud, blunt, and hurtful with words that we wouldn’t normally use. Responding in this way set’s a pattern for how we respond, when angry, in the future – and on it goes! This is why I believe we are not to let the sun go down while we’re still angry.

 

Lord, please help me not respond
In a hurtful, angry way
But to respond with gentle words
In what I have to say.

 

Let all bitterness and indignation and wrath (passion, rage, bad temper) and resentment (anger, animosity) and quarreling (brawling, clamor, contention) and slander (evil-speaking, abusive or blasphemous language) be banished from you, with all malice (spite, ill will, or baseness of any kind). – Ephesians 4: 31 (AMP)

 

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You Are Worthy

Don’t see yourself as insignificant,
Not worthy to come before God,
Fearing the stains are too deep to clean
From the sins you’re guilty of
And don’t feel as though you’re not worthy
To dine at His table of grace,
Nor even to gather the scraps that fall,
Nor look into His loving face

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But see yourself clothed in garments
Fit only to clothe a king,
Eating as His honoured guest
And wearing His signet ring
For that is how God sees you,
A worthy child indeed
A royal priesthood, bearing His name
The moment you came to believe

 

For surely as Christ’s blood has washed you,
You shall be whiter than snow,
So don’t see yourself as someone unworthy,
A tiny speck nobody knows
For that only belittles the value
Of Jesus Christ’s spilled blood,
For it’s through His blood he’s cleansed you
And showed you how much He loved

 

He says, ‘My child you are precious,
More than you can comprehend,
For nothing you’ve done could lessen my love,
For I’d always call you my friend
My heart just longs for you to come
And bask in my embrace,
My child, I will always love you
And pour out my mercy and grace

 

So don’t feel afraid to draw near,
Nor feel you have no worth,
My son’s blood has purchased you
And has given you new birth
So come, enjoy my presence
And let me hear you sing,
The new song I have given you,
For to me, you are everything’.

M.S. Lowndes