Category Archives: Poetry

Worthy Are You My Lord

As I wake up and rise out of my bed
I remember the words you’ve often said
You said you’d be with me everyday
All the way

So I lift up my hands above my head
I remember the words I’ve often said
I will take time to lift to you my praise
All my praise. All my praise

CHORUS
Worthy are you my Lord
Worthy of all honor and glory
Worthy are you my Lord
Worthy of all power and praise

Each day passes faster than the last
As I listen close to all that you have asked
I will follow you every single day
All the way. All the way

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Not a day goes by that I will not worship you
Not a night goes by without a word of praise
I lift my hands to heaven
I lift my voice up high
All of creation testifies

CHORUS

If you’d like to hear how this goes, I recorded a rough version on my Church Facebook Page  here is the link:

Restored

I am down on my knees
Here at your feet
Bringing my plea
Lord, help me please
I don’t know where to go
I don’t know what to do
I’ve fallen down once again
Restore me as I repent

I know you are faithful
You will hear my cry
You’ll grant your forgiveness
Your mercy applied
Then by your grace
I will look on your face
I’ll lift up my praise
Restored once again

I am so glad for His word because in it are contained so many promises that I can call upon in my day of trouble. I seem to walk into trouble way too often. I give in to the temptations in my life and feel ashamed that I was not strong enough. It is a battle that goes on between my flesh and my spirit all the time. I always pray that my spirit will win, but I am not always successful. When I fail Him, I just want to run away and hide. I don’t want Him to know and yet He already knows. He knows my strengths and weaknesses. He knows my trials and temptations. He knows where I struggle and what triggers those battles. He knows everything about me, more than I know my self. He knows all things and I cannot escape Him.

His word says He is faithful. He is always with me. He will heal me like He did the woman with the issue of blood. He will deliver me like He did the demonic man of the Gadarenes. He will forgive me like He did the woman taken in adultery. He will provide for me as He did for the five thousand. He will challenge me as He did Peter. He will change my direction as He did with Saul. He will answer my prayer. He has already taken my sin and provided that healing. All I need to do is go to Him in prayer. Then He will answer.

John 15:7
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

Wings of Mercy

God rides on wings of mercy
Proclaims His majesty
The greatest wonder in this world
Is His love for me

He lavished grace upon me
When He set me free
The cross He bore made Him my Lord
For all eternity

I always want to stay in His presence
I always want to hold His hand
I want the feel the essence of His Spirit
Filling me again

It is a wonder to me how he could love me so much He would die for me. I was a wretched sinner, guilty of breaking every one of His ten commandments. I blasphemed His name, served other Gods, didn’t give a hoot about the Sabbath and was not an honorable child. Did I murder someone? No, but my words were deadly. Maybe not adultery in it’s true sense, but fornication and lasciviousness again and again. I was a thief, a coveter and a liar. I didn’t not care about those commandments. On top of that I was a drunk who loved certain drugs. I was a mess.

But He found me where I was. He cried out to me and called me to come to Him/ His mercy beckoned me to ask for forgiveness and His grace washed me whiter than snow. The day I asked Him to be my Lord was the greatest day in my life because I started to understand His love. After walking with Him for over 35 years I am still trying to wrap my head around His great love. It is a miracle!

John 3:16 KJV
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish but have everlasting life.

Helper of the Fatherless

I’ve been weak, I’ve been poor,
I’ve been tired, I’ve been alone
I’ve been down in the pit of despair
I have often wondered why my God
Would care about my life
As He holds me in the palm of His hand

He’s the helper of the fatherless,
Protector of the weak
Defender from my enemies,
Provider of my needs
He’s a very present help
When trials come my way
In ever storm, I can depend on Him.

I’ve been blind, I’ve been bruised,
I’ve been hurt, I’ve been abused
I’ve been wounded in the depths of my heart
I have often wondered why He came
To save a wretch like me
As I cope with all the struggles in my life

Then I hear His voice cry out to me
So soft and oh so sweet
My child, there is no need to fear
I will always be here

So hold my hand, walk with me.
Seek my face, talk with me
Keep me close by your side
And I will always be your guide

I am the helper of the fatherless,
Protector of the weak
Defender from your enemies,
Provider of your needs
I will never forsake you,
Or leave you all alone
I will be near every day of your life.

This is a so real to me. My father left us when I was five. I felt the abandonment of a kid without a father. I was fortunate to have an amazing Mom, and an older brother who always let me hang with him. It took me more than 4o years to reconcile with my father. We got quite close before he passed away 10 years ago. I can’t help but wonder how many of the protesters are without a father. How many do not know that love that only a father can fulfill? How many are living with anger and bitterness over their broken family and just need a place to vent that anger? How many have turned to a life of gangs and groups to get the family feeling in their lives? The need Father God more than anything

Psalm 68:5s KJV
He is a father to the fatherless

I Will Praise Him

I will praise Him
I will lift my hands and lift my voice
And I will praise Him
Not because of anything He’s done
Not because He healed me
or because He delivered me
or because He provides for me
or because He protects me
I will praise Him because He is
He is the creator of all things
He is the maker and placer of the stars
He is the master of all that lives
He has a plan designed for all of the universe
and for every animal
and for every person
even me
I don’t deserve a thing He does for me
I don’t deserve anything He has already done for me
I don’t deserve the plan He has for me
He does it all because He loves me
So I will praise Him
Not for anything
I’ll just praise Him
In every situation
I will praise Him
Yes, I will praise Him

I read Psalm 68:3-4 this morning and it is the inspiration for this free verse poem. What it says is “Let the righteous rejoice” It does not give a reason that we should rejoice. Just that we should rejoice. We should not need a reason to praise Him. We should just rejoice, day in and day out, in good or bad, in hunger or sorrow, in sickness or pain. These are all times we should praise Him. It’s easy to praise Him when things are going well. But the true Christian should never have to wait until things are good before they praise Him. They should praise Him despite the circumstances. If you truly love Him and are devoted to Him, there should never be a time that you are not rejoicing! There should never be a time you are not praising Him

Psalm 150:6 KJV
Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord

He Is The Answer

Why do I question my tomorrow when He’s got tomorrow in His hand
Why do I question my future when He’s always working out His plan
Why do I question what He’s doing when He’s doing good for me
Why do I question my decisions when He’s got His arms around me

Why do I wonder if I hear Him when His voice is deep inside me
Why do I wonder if He’ll heal me when breath is still flowing through me
Why do I wonder if He’ll hear me when He’s answered every prayer
Why do I wonder if He’s near me when He said He’ll always be there

I don’t have to question but I do
I don’t have to wonder what will be
I just have to rest in His arms
For He knows what’s best for me
Come trial or test
Come trouble or pain
I know I am His
I know I’ll be safe
I’ll trust in His love
For He is enough
Yes, He is the answer for me

It’s inevitable. At some point in our lives we will question God. We will question what He is doing. We will ask why we have to go through this trial or that struggle. We will wonder how our financial obligations will be met. We will be concerned over what the future holds when today looks so bleak. These question and many more are no problem for God. He is the answer to every question. He will answer you if you ask Him. That promise is repeated over and over and over again in His Word. Psalm 66:18, Jeremiah 33:3, John 14:14, are just a few of the many examples. He has no intention of leaving us in a place of questioning and doubt. His word is there to build our faith upon, to show us His ways, to reveal His plan for our lives. When questions start to arise, get into the word, for there you will find your answers. This world does not have the answer to these questions. I do not have the answer. But He does. Trust Him!

Matthew 7:7 King James Version (KJV)
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

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Alive In Me

Holy is He
Holy is He
Sweet Lamb of God
Risen Indeed
High and lifted up
For all the world to see
Jesus Christ alive in me

Worthy is He
Worthy is He
Lion of Judah
Victory indeed
Seated on the throne
For all eternity
Jesus Christ alive in me.

There is none like Him. No one came before Him. No one else helped in the creation of our world. No one else formed man with His own hands. No one else breathed life into that man. No one else left His throne in heaven to come to earth as a man. No on else was beaten, bruised, mocked, spit on, received a crown of thorns and was crucified for the sins of the world. No one has ever lived who has risen from the dead. No one has had a larger affect on all mankind. No one has left the legacy He has. No one has touched as many lives as He has. No one else can claim the throne in heaven. No one else will be coming back with His armies. No one else will judge the world. No one else will rule forever and ever. Jesus is the only One.

He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. He is the bright and morning star and the sweet Rose of Sharon. He is the wonderful counselor, the prince of peace and the everlasting Father. He is my Savior, my Redeemer, my deliverer, my provider, my protector and my Lord. He will never leave me or forsake me. He will dry my tears and ease my fears. He will bring peace in the storm and rivers in the desert. He is my rest and my release. He does all things for my good and he turns every trial into triumph. He forgives me and washes me with His love. He is Jesus Christ, God’s only Son.

John 1:29 King James Version (KJV)
29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Nothing Is Impossible With God

One man heard from God when a flood was coming
His family got together and built them an ark
One hundred years that boat was in the making
All of them were saved since they listened to God

One boy came to the battle with a sling on his hip
The giant came out and hollered at the crowd
That boy grab some stones and ran to the battle
He flung that stone real hard and the giant hit the ground

CHORUS
Nothing is impossible with God
Nothing is too big, nothing is too hard
Nothing is impossible with God
Come to Him today. Don’t get scared away
Bring your biggest problems to the Lord

Three men decided they would not bow before a statue
The king got really mad and flared the furnace hot
He threw those three men in suspected they would burn up
Those three men trusted God and came out alive

CHORUS

BRIDGE
No battle too big. No mountain too high.
No river to swift. No storm can abide.
His power is greater. His love is immense
So give Him your battles. He’ll save you again and again.

CHORUS

Four years ago, the enemy put cancer in front of me. A difficult cancer. A hard cancer to go through. My blood was 63% cancerous. The enemy tried and tried and tried again to out fear in my heart. He tried to discourage me. He tried to bring my wife and I to a place where we questioned God. But he would not. We knew who we believed. We knew a god who performed miracles all the time. We knew a God who could never be defeated. We knew as long as we trusted in Him, everything would come out OK. We knew that he always took everything that comes into our lives and turns it for our good There was no doubt in our minds that God would bring us through victorious and would do wonderful things in our lives along the way.. We had the victory before the battle even started!

What are you facing today? What has the enemy of your soul put in front of you trying to draw you away from your faith and into doubt? God is big enough to bring you through also. Trust Him!

Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV
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

Effective Prayer

He Has the Power

He has the power to take my troubled past
And turn me into a a blessing that will last
He has the power to free me from my sin
And make me whole way down deep within

He has the power to turn my longing heart
Into a vessel that bursts it’s seems apart
He has the power to take this washed up soul
And make it new again in service for my Lord

He has the power my sorrow to erase
And bring out joy in every single case
He has the power to calm the raging storm
And bring me peace as I walk along the shore

He has the power to take the old man out
Create a new man who walks without a doubt
He has the power to cast my fears away
With His great love that follows me each day

He has the power to take the hardest things
He hears my prayers and all my answers brings
He has the power to walk with me each day
And gently guide me along His blessed way

In the beginning, God spoke the world into existence, brought light by merely saying “Let there be Light” and brought all life into this world by His words. He brought 10 plagues on the Egyptians, parted the Red Sea for the Israelites, brought them manna in the wilderness and quails in abundance and then opened up the flooded Jordan River to they could pass into the Promised Land. He knocked down the walls of Jericho with a shout, gave Joshua battle plans for victory against all His enemies, gave Caleb the strength to claim his inheritance and caused Ruth to come to Boaz. He gave Gideon a plan, strengthened Samson’s hand, guided the stone from David’s sling saved Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from the fiery furnace, and shut the lion’s mouth for Daniel. He healed the leper, gave the blind man sight, made the lame man walk and the dumb to talk. He raised the dead, made water into wine, fed five thousand with a young boy’s lunch and took all of our sins to a cross.

When we see the mighty works of God throughout the Bible, how can we not have the faith to know He can take care of our needs? He has the power to do anything we ask Him to do. He may not do it exactly as we have asked, but He will answer our prayers. He promises this over and over again in His word. Will you believe Him today for the things in your life that are lacking?

Jeremiah 33:3 King James Version (KJV)
3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

Honestly

Honestly
I must admit that I fail woefully
But you still show me that your mercy’s free
Honestly

Honestly
I don’t deserve the grace you give to me
All around are blessings I can see
Honestly

Nothing before me. Nothing behind me
Nothing below or from above
No other power, strength or dominion
Can ever separate your love (from me)

I am so good at deceiving myself into thinking God doesn’t know that I am doing this thing or that. Or that He doesn’t care if I am disobeying one of those little Old Testament commands. After all,. Jesus paid for my sins when He died on the cross. I’m covered by grace, after all, and the Old testament law has been abolished. I’m under the New Covenant now, which means I am saved by grace and God has forgiven all my sins. Doesn’t that mean I can go about my own business and not worry about following ever command He gives? Doesn’t that mean if I do sin, He will forgive me readily and apply His grace once again?

The answer to the first question is no. Willful sin is not something we, as Christians, ought to be doing. When we accept Christ, we die to sin. In Galatians 2:20, Paul said he was crucified with Christ, and yet He lived. He died to the flesh just as Christ did, and he now lives in the Spirit, just as Christ does. He goes on to say that the life He now lives in the flesh is only by the grace of God. God’s grace keeps us from hell. It makes us a new creation, old things are supposed to be passed away! New things are supposed to come alive in us. When the enemy comes and tries to lure us back into our old ways, we musty stand against Him with the full armor of God! Walking into old sin willfully can be a serious offence, as we are commanded to walk in His word by the Spirit.

The answer to the second question is yes. He will forgive because His love never ends. It never dies. He always loves us and will always forgive us. But we have to come to Him and confess that sin and repent to go the other way. He does not forgive us so we can just go and sin again. he desires that we are clean and spotless, and we should do all we can to stay away from the dirtiness of sin. Nothing can separate us from His love!

Romans 8:38-39 King James Version (KJV)
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

(Here’s How the Chorus goes!