Category Archives: God’s guidance

My Guiding Light

 All of my life I have been searching for someone to help me out
 All of my days are spent in wandering about
 All of my trials and temptations don’t lead me anywhere
 I have not figured out why I am here
  
 I have looked to drugs and alcohol to bring me some relief
 But they only added to me sense of grief
 I had money, I was wealthy, I had riches and much fame
 But life only seemed to be a tiresome game
  
 Then I found the Lord or He found me
 And He told me what I was made to be
 A child of God and forever free
 Now He’s here walking with me
  
 Jesus is my guiding light
 Jesus is my help at night
 Jesus is the one who saved my soul
 From the depths below
  
 Now I choose to walk with Him and He shows me the way
 His love shadows over me each day
 I have given everything to follow in His past
 Because I know it will last
  
 I know the Lord and he knows me
 All that I do and all that I see
 I pray that He will help me be
 All that He has desired for me
  
 Jesus is my guiding light
 Jesus is my help at night
 Jesus is the one who saves my soul
 From the depths below 

A Long Way To Go

 I don’t understand your mercy that wipes away all my sin
 I don’t understand your marvelous grace that blesses me once again
 I don’t understand the peace that instills a calm within my soul
 I don’t understand the joy overflowing when sorrow tries to take hold
  
 I have a long way to go but I know how to get there
 I’m trusting you all the way
 Day by day you will show me the road I should travel
 There is no other way
 I’m falling in love with you more all the time
 I just want to see your face
 So I will praise you.  I will praise you.
  
 I don’t understand this hope that arises when darkness is all I see
 I don’t understand why you give me wisdom when I act so foolishly
 I don’t understand the way that your light reveals all my deepest shame
 I don’t understand your love for me before I knew your name
  
 I have a long way to go but I know how to get there
 Your Spirit dwells in my heart
 There is no other one who can light up my path
 Reveling to me my part
 Every day I desire to do your will more than the day before
 My one desire  is to see your face
 So I will praise you.  I will praise you
  
 Down on my knees, my face in my hands
 I humbly bow down at your throne
 Lord hear my cry, hear my plea
 I’m begging you please hear my cry
 I love you Lord.  I love you Lord 

The Voice of My Heart

 What does it matter Lord?  Why am I here?
 What is my purpose Lord?  Please make it clear.
 I’m praying daily and hoping you hear
 The voice of my heart cries out.
  
 What does it mean that I write these words?
 What is your will for the thoughts of this verse?
 I try to listen.  Each day I am yours
 The voice of my heart cries out.
  
 Hearing your voice means more to me
 Than what I should smell or what I should eat.
 Whenever I hear your voice start to speak
 I sit down and write your words
  
 I pray that these words will bring comfort to all
 No matter how big.  No matter how small,
 That these words my keep them from having a fall
 Drawing them closer to you
  
 So I end this verse by giving you praise
 I lift up my voice and my heart is raised
 Jesus I worship your wonderful name
 The voice of my heart cries out
  
 I try to explain to people that I don’t just write poetry to have something to do.  I don’t write it because I have something to say.  I don’t write it because it’s a passion of mine.  I have written poetry since I was in high school.  It has been something inside me for over 50 years.   Then it was my thoughts, my imagination, my words.  It became like a journal of the struggles I was having in my youth.  I wish I had keep them all, but I did not.
  
 Now it is different because I write what the Lord dictates to me.  Usually it starts with a word, or a line, or a whole stanza.  When I hear it, I sit down and start typing and don’t stop until he stops talking.  It may sound like my lament, or my questions, but I think God has a bigger purpose in each one of these psalms.  All I am is a vessel.  That is why I am here.
  
 2 Timothy 2:20-21 King James Version
  
 20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
 21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.
  
   

Turn Around

I was wandering in the wilderness this morning
Wondering if my life was headed for a fall
Then I heard a gentle voice
Saying “Son you have a choice.
You can walk away or answer to my call.”
 
I had never thought I’d leave my precious Savior
But it seemed my life was spinning out of place
I was walking really slow
Then my legs began to bow
Soon I found that I had fallen on my face
 
I’m not sure how I got down on my knees
But I knew the Lord would hear my heartfelt pleas
I lifted up my voice
And I started to rejoice
For all the mercy He had shown to me
 
It was not uncommon that He’d speak to me
I heard His voice most every single day
And I always have a choice
To heard His gentle voice
Or to walk into the wilderness my way
 
I slowly raised myself up off the ground
Decided I would quickly turn around
I headed back to Him
From the place that I had been
To find the place where love and peace abound

Unexpected

What an unexpected journey the Lord has brought me on
As I look back I can see that my journey has been long
At the same time I am thinking it has only just begun
For I know He has a plan for my life
 
I was lost in deadly sin and was in the darkest place
Had no thought of getting out or having sin erased
But God had another plan to show me amazing grace
My plan was going to die a welcome death
 
I travelled to a friend who brought me to His church
The preaching went right through me and I suddenly was urged
To raise my hand for Jesus but my body would not lurch
I sat there in that pew needing help
 
Later on that week the pastor came a calling
Asked me if I wanted to ask Jesus to come in
I prayed that prayer and Jesus washed away my sin
God’s plan was just beginning in my life
 
Two years pater I went back to visit that same friend
But the Lord I a plan bigger than I could pretend
While there I met a girl who my lonely heart did mend
God’ plan for us to wed had begun
 
I could go on and on for a hundred verses here
But I think you get the picture why I hold Jesus dear
Neither time did I ask Him where His plan would steer
His plan finds me right where I am
 
So now I’m swerving Him with all my heart and soul
I am not really sure where He wants me to go
But He will get me there and this truth I do know
I am ready, willing and able to do what He asks me to do
 
You see we do not know when a change will come about
All we have to do is praise Him with a shout
Serve Him where you are and soon you will find out
His plan will happen unexpectedly

Unite My Heart

My heart is divided, Lord
I am undone
I know that I’ve failed you
This cannot go on
When my fear of you falters
The enemy’s won
Lord, please unite my heart
 
One side wants to serve you
Giving you praise
My fleshly heart falters
And wanders away
All this division
Keeps me in a daze
Lord, please unite my heart
 
CHORUS
When I put it together you can use me.  Use me.
When I no longer wander from your presence. Your presence
There is nothing I can’t do
That you have called me to
You will hear me when I pray
I will hear the words you say
I’ll no longer walk away from you,
Oh Lord, my God
 
My heart is wide open
Come to me now
I need your forgiveness
Please touch me now
Only by your mercy’
Only by your grace
Lord, please unite my heart
 
CHORUS
 
One side wants to praise you
The other wants to sin
One side wants forgiveness
The other lies again
One side wants your mercy
Implores to find your grace
Come and turn my fleshly heart
To give you all the praise
 
CHORUS

The Valley

You guide me up the mount and through the valley
Every step you show me where to go
On the summit I can sense your presence
But it seems that you’re not there down far below

Then I look around while walking through the valley
I see trees and fauna growing next to me
Then I realize the mountaintop is rocky
If I want to grow the valley’s what I need

I call out to my blessed Lord and Savior
I cry out Lord I need your guiding hand
And even though I may not feel His presence
I know that I am walking in His plan

He grows me in the valley if I’ll listen
The mountaintop just has pretty view
Let me see myself as you have seen me
So I can see the growth that makes me new

I’ll linger in the valley as you guide me
And I’ll climb up the mountain when you lead
But I’ll always remember it’s the valley
That provides me with life eternally

Mountaintop experiences are far more enjoyable. First of all, the view is spectacular so often. I grew up in New England where mountains are plenteous. My brother and I loved to climb and hike and would do so often. Mt Wachusett was nearby, Mt Monadnock was a favorite destination and mountains Lafayette and Lincoln are a wonderful hike and climb. The view from the top was always spectacular. You could see for miles. In the fall, the foliage was unbelievable. I highly recommend everyone go through New England in the fall at least once in their lives. On some cooler days you could see the fog hanging down in the valley, So pretty.

In the valley you could not see anything bur trees and brush. Maybe a stream here and there. If you did not have a trail it was hard to know exactly where you were or what direction you were going. It could be dark and dangerous. But you must go through the valley to get to the mountaintop. The valley is where life is. Always growing and ever changing.

I our spiritual lives it is in the valleys of life where we grow, where we can bloom. God is always guiding us and helping us to overcome the difficult trails we have to take. If we will remember that it in the troubles and toils of the valley where our life grows, we will love being in those valleys. There will be a joy that will always bring us through

James 1:2-4 KJV
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

You Will Send Your Grace

You’re my refuge and my fortress
In the raging storm you bring rest
You will send your grace to still the waves
In your loving arms I am blessed

Your my hope and my assurance
You give strength for my endurance
You will send your grace. I will run the race
While I’m holding on to your hand

No weapon formed against me
No fiery dart thrown at me
Can ever stop me for you are for me
The wind and waves may lash me
No way that they’ll outlast me
You will uphold me for you are with me

Your my everlasting Father
I will love you like no other
I will lift my praise for your wondrous grace
And your will I will discover

And when the storms of doubt when the waves of fear
Crash around me you will surround me
In your loving arms I am safe from harm
No matter what I face you will send your grace

No weapon formed against me
No fiery dart thrown at me
Can ever stop me for you are for me
The wind and waves may lash me
No way that they’ll outlast me
You will uphold me for you are with me

You don’t make us invincible, Lord. You don’t keep the trials and tests way from us. You don’t keep sickness at bay or injury away. Our lives continue on just like the unbeliever’s do. You say the rain falls on the just and the unjust. In the same way the trials of life fall on all of us. You allow them into our lives, you don’t cause them. I often wonder why this happened, or what did I do to deserve that? But I have learned that your plan is always good and right and just. I only need to trust you.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and he shall direct your path.

 

He Is With Me

He was with Abraham on his journey
He was with Jacob in the night
He was with Joseph in the prison
With Joshua in the fight

He was with Samuel when he whispered
He was with David against a giant
He was with Daniel giving visions
And in the den against the lion

He is with me. He is with me. Every hour of every day
He is with me. He is with me as my guide to show the way
He is with me giving strength. He is with me in His power
I know that I have Jesus. He is with me

He is with me showing mercy
He is with me showing grace
He is with me in my battles
He is with me when I pray

I can walk with great assurance
In the middle of the storm
Because I know the one who calms the sea
I can pray with expectation
That each prayer will be heard
His word says when I pray He’ll answer me

Don’t spend one more day without Him
Don’t spend one more hour without Him
Give it all. Give it all to Jesus

I can trust Him in every storm, in every test, in every trial and in every way. There is nothing that can separate me from His love. Not fire, not flood, not height or depth. No mountain or valley or strange event. When I come to Him, he will meet me where I am. If I am in sin, he will forgive me if I ask. If I am struggling he will pick me up and help me along. If I am crying he will dry my ears and comfort me. If I am troubled, he will say peace be still. There is nothing in life greater than knowing Jesus is right there loving me every minute of every day. What a joy it is to serve Him with all my heart and soul and mind and strength.

Psalm 16:8 King James Version (KJV)
8 I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Into the Wilderness

This is an old song I wrote from 2012. I felt the Holy Spirit telling me to post it this morning. I pray it blesses you.

My life is filled with ups and downs trying to find my way around
In a world that keeps me guessing everyday
And when I pray I just don’t know if the answer’s coming slow
Or if he’s showing me his plan another way.

CHORUS
He leads me into the wilderness from the mountaintop
He rows me into the storm then he calms the sea
I don’t need to know where he’s leading me or what he’s going to do
For I know that all he does is for my good

I will follow where he leads me
I will go when he says go
If he opens up a door I will walk through
And if he suddenly turns quiet and I cannot hear his voice
I will wait…..I will wait

CHORUS

END
I will wait. I will wait. I will wait on the Lord. I will wait