In Your Embrace

My life is like a winding trail
That wanders to and fro
Sometimes I am so close to God
And other times I fall
I want my walk much deeper
So He will be my all
Draw me to your side, Oh God

Close to you by your side
In your love I will abide
Holding fast to your sweet grace
Staying close in your embrace

Guide my path keep me near
Your calm voice I long to hear
Gentle Lamb and Kind of Kings
Christ alone my everything

I don’t want to wander
Through this life anymore
I want to follow closely
To the path set by my Lord
Help me God to hear you
And to follow where you lead
That I may always be where I belong

Close to you by your side
In your love I will abide
Holding fast to your sweet grace
Staying close in your embrace

Guide my path keep me near
Your calm voice I long to hear
Gentle Lamb and Kind of Kings
Christ alone my everything

Potential

Jesus is knocking
Knocking at your door
He’s wanting to give you so much more
Jesus is waiting
Waiting just for you
He’s waiting ti give you so much more to do

You have so much potential
Wrapped up inside your heart
Why don;t you let Him in today
To make a brand new start

Jesus is longing
Longing for your soul
He’s wanting to revive you and make you whole
Jesus is watching
Watching over you
He’s hoping you’ll choose Him so He can comfort you

You have so much potential
Wrapped up inside your heart
Why don;t you let Him in today
To make a brand new start

Today and not tomorrow
Right now not later on
Give Him all you are
You just can not go wrong

You have so much potential
Wrapped up inside your heart
Why don;t you let Him in today
To make a brand new start

I’m Back

I will be returning to these pages soon.  While my break was very refreshing, it also took me places I should not have gone.  It created idle time, and I learned some important things from this break, or perhaps I was just reminded of them.

The first is that pride is the greatest weapon our enemy has.  It can pull down even the best and brightest star, which Lucifer once was (Ezekiel 28:14-18, Isaiah 14:12-14).  He is very aware of what affect it will have on us, and on our relationship with God.  So he slowly sneaks it into our mindset unawares, and soon we are finding ourselves making decisions different than what God has told us.  We are finding ourselves and what we do important, more important than they are.  We are becoming a star, hoping that everyone  will see us, and see just how right and how honest and how just we are, when in fact we are just following our heart, which is deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9)  We start to emulate others rather then being ourselves.  I saw this in myself and rather than put it under the blood, I succumbed and stopped writing – the wrong thing to do.  No weapon formed against me shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17), including pride.  Once recognized, it is already on defeat.

The second is when God tells me to do something, I should do that and not what I am telling myself, or what God did not tell me to do.  The poems and songs are things that He was giving me daily, and as  took my break, that flow was less audible to me.   When you turn your mind off to God in one area, it’s easy to turn Him off in other areas too. I was hearing from God on a regular basis,  and writing Psalms of praise and reflection on a regular basis.  It was as simple as starting to write as He formed the words in my  mind, and before I knew it, a song or a poem had arisen.  But during this hiatus, as I was getting used to not writing, I turned my mind off to those sudden words that would come to me in the night (mostly).  And very few new poems/songs have been written. You will start to see new posts again soon.  I was also going to start back up on my piano, something I dd not do.  I am doing that now.

The third thing was that I was going to devote more time to Bible study.  But in dong so, I abandoned my study n Psalms, which was something God told me to do, and it was a wonderful learning experience for me, and will continue to be with 30 more Psalms to go.  But I, in my own mind (and pride) thought I should be doing more bible study.  Just doing a Psalm, or a part of a Psalm, and reflecting on it’s meaning in my life wasn’t enough , was it?  I needed more, didn’t I?  God never told me I needed more – that was my own quest for knowledge (which can be, and is in me, pride).  He told me to reflect on Psalms.  So I will go back to that.  If you are not following my bible study page – Walking in Christ, you can find it HERE

So I am going to start posting again.  It may not be daily, and sometimes it may.  With the new work I have at home, I am a little busier than I was before,  But I must do what God has asked me to do,so I will get back into it.  I look forward to hearing from each of you, and  thank you for staying in touch!

Pete

When Storms Hit The Valley

I find a sweet peace within me
When I shouldn’t have peace at all
It arrives when the storm is raging
And the waves are gathered tall
The wind howls fiercely around me
I feel overwhelmed and afraid
When His peace settles in to calm me
And my worry is turned to faith

Then joy comes and wraps around me
And replaces my worry and fear
I now know this storm will not harm me
His joy makes my eyes shed a tear
It instills a deep hope within me
A hope that is steadfast and sure
That He’ll walk with me all the way
As long as this storm endures

What mercy
What grace
What love He shows me
As He stays by my side
When storms hit the valley
What mercy
What grace
I lift up His name
That glorious name
The wonderful name of Jesus

Then I feel His love deep inside me
Welling up in my spirit and mind
It overtakes every heartache
To know that this love is all mine
I lift up my voice rejoicing
Relieved of the storm that did rage
I sit here content in His presence
Knowing He covers me with His grace

What mercy
What grace
What love He shows me
As He stays by my side
When storms hit the valley
What mercy
What grace
I lift up His name
That Glorious name
The wonderful name of Jesus

I don’t need to fear or wander in doubt
I don’t need to panic or have worry cry out
I don’t need to question what life’s all about
I only need Jesus. He’ll find a way out

What mercy
What grace
What love He shows me
As He stays by my side
When storms hit the valley
What mercy
What grace
I lift up His name
That Glorious name
The wonderful name of Jesus

Wonderful Is Our God

I was walking down the street this morning
Just before the breaking dawn
The birds were singing melodies
It made a joyful song
I asked the Lord to help me understand
The chorus they sang out
And He whispered these words in my ear
And I began to shout

Wonderful is our God
So wonderful are His ways
He makes the sun to rise
Every single day
Wonderful is our God
So wonderful to me
I’ll sing my song out loud for all to hear

When I wake up tomorrow I’ll know what to do
As I rise up out of bed
The birds have given me a song
It’s stuck inside my head
I will offer up my praise to the Lord most high
For the blessings He gives me
He is worthy of my praise each day
I will gladly stand and sing

Wonderful is our God
So wonderful are His ways
He makes the sun to rise
Every single day
Wonderful is our God
So wonderful to me
I’ll sing my song out loud for all to hear

There is never a moment He’s not worthy
Never a moment He’s not there
Waiting to hear my voice
Waiting to hear my praise
He inhabits the praise of His people
And I want Him to be near
I will lift my voice up high

Wonderful is our God
So wonderful are His ways
He makes the sun to rise
Every single day
Wonderful is our God
So wonderful to me
I’ll sing my song out loud for all to hear

I Will Not Deny

I will not deny His mercy

That touches me each day
I will not deny His grace
That raises up my faith

I will not deny His Healing
That’s keeping me alive
I will not deny His strength
That helps me to survive

There can be no mistaking His love
And the things He has done for me
I will lift up my praise
To His glorious name
And testify to all I see

I will not deny His sacrifice
The nails He took for me
The suffering and bleeding 
He endured on Calvary

I will not deny they buried Him
And sealed the borrowed tomb
I will not deny He rose again
One day He will take me home

One day will come
When evil will rise
And demand my allegiance to him
When that day comes
And my life is required
I will never deny 
I will never deny

There can be no mistaking His love
And the things He has done for me
I will lift up my praise
To His glorious name
And testify to all I see

Time to take a break

I am going to take a break from blogging for a while. I am not sure how long.  There are two reasons for this break.

The first is that I have come to realize that a sense of pride is starting to build within me again associated with my blogging activity.  I am very susceptible to pride, and want no part of it.  I have been down that road, and was a long way from where I need to be with Jesus.  The reason I feel that this is a problem is tied into the second reason I am going to take a break.  One of my blogs has taken the place of my daily devotions.  I read and pray over the scriptures I am going to blog on, but I don’t take the time to read and pray on my own.  I am trusting God will lead my  thoughts in writing these blogs, but so often I find myself searching for the right words.   I depend on the knowledge I have built up through the years to get me through each post.

As for this blog, it has taken the place of using my time to develop songs from the poetry God gives me.  For months now I have been trying to get back on the keyboard and work on the lyrics, many lyrics, that he has given me over the past year, and I just can’t find the time.  So now I will!

It is time I started to get back into a devotional time in the morning, as I used to.  This blog has been wonderful for me, but with pride getting stronger and stronger, I have to pull back.  I may still post on occasion, but it will have to be ordered by the Lord, not me.

You have all been wonderful, and I’m sure I will be back at some point.  I wish you all a very Happy Easter.  May Christ become more real to you than He has ever been during this special time of year.

God Bless You all

Pete

Love Like Jesus Loved

To love like Jesus loved we have to love them all the same
It doesn’t matter where there from or how they spell their name
Thin or tall, large or short their size is not an issue
Neither is the color of their skin or what they’ve been through

To love like Jesus loved we must remember who we are
Sinners that are saved by grace because we gave our heart
No one deserves His grace at all especially not me
Who am I to keep that grace when He says set it free

To love like Jesus loved means to reach out every day
We must give all we have to those who need to find their way
We cannot pick and choose who comes across our daily path
Each person that we meet is someone He has planted there

To love like Jesus loved means to put away our pride
It means that when we get put down we take it all in stride
It means that grace is over all and mercy rules the day
It means that when someone needs help we take the time to pray

To love like Jesus loved is not an option we can shun
He gave us His command that we must reach to everyone
So let’s get busy church and do the bidding of the Lord
Because to love like Jesus loved is what He truly called us for

Stay Calm

If you want to gain
A sure sense of peace
Then don’t let tomorrow creep in
Today’s all you’ve got
So give that to God
His grace is a timely free gift

He does not give more
Than you need for today
Until the next day has come
So don’t fret or worry
And don’t be distressed
He’ll give what you need to stay calm

 

In response to the daily prompt Timely

In Your Place

Can you see Him
Bloodied
Beaten
Bruised
Nailed to a cross
In your place

Can you see Him
Suffering
Sacrificing
Solitary
Taking on sin
In your place

Can you hear Him
Thirsty
Forgiving
Compassion
Agony for hours
In your place

Can you hear Him
Cry out to God
Cry out to man
It is finished
Gave up His life
For you

Will you trust Him
Give Him your life
He gave His for you
When He died
In your place

Will you believe
Three days later
Rose from the grave
Our lives to save

Come to Him now
Give Him your life
Because He gave His
In your place