Meant For God

Note to reader:  This is a very different type poem for me, but it is how I received it yesterday as I was taking my chemo infusion, watching the squirrels at the bird feeder.  It is in free verse.  The first two stanzas have 7 lines, the next two 6 lines, the next two five and so on.  I would appreciate any comments you might have.

Watching a squirrel
Dangling
By his toes
Barely holding on
Trusting his grip
On the wire
Holding the bird feeder

Eating the seeds
Meant for the birds
Not for him
He doesn’t care
Whose food it us
It’s his
Today

Reminds me
Of the thief
Who comes
To steal
Steal our lives
Not meant for him

Meant for God
Our creator
Our provider
Our protector
Our deliverer
Our Savior

We open the door
To the enemy
Allow him in
Unwittingly
 
Open the door
To God
Let Him in
Willingly

The enemy
Will steal
God’s blessings

God
Will restore
What the enemy steals

Resist
The enemy

Run
To God

Be

Blessed

There Are Times

There are times when I can hear Him
Whisper softly in my ear
And I listen so intently 
Yes, my Lord, I am here

 

There are times when I can feel Him
Reaching out to touch my pain
Warmth flows through His hand of mercy
And my hurt will not remain

 

There are times when I can sense His 
Holy Spirit by my side
He’s protecting me from danger
As His presence there abides

 

There are times I see His power
Working miracles for me
With amazing grace providing 
All that I will ever need

 

There are times His peace comes flowing 
Like a river over me
It is always overwhelming 
To be covered by His peace

 

There are times joy comes in bubbling 
Like a fountain in my soul
Even when my heart grows weary 
In His joy I can be whole

 

There are times His love surrounds me
With a presence oh so sweet
And I know that I must share it
With each person that I meet 

My Past Has Passed

Your love is more than I can fathom
Your hope is way beyond compare
I can’t imagine why you chose to save me
When all I did was mock your name

When I fall into sin you send mercy 
When trials come around you lend grace
I see your hand surround me when I wander
And gently lead me back to your embrace

You see my future.  I see my past 
I need to learn that you always know what’s best
That when the trials of life come in I need to rest
You know my future.  My past has passed

I have been blessed by the joy that you give

It overwhelms me each day that I live

Your peace is a river that flows slow and free

I am so thankful that you have blessed me

 

When sickness of pain should enter my life

I know that you’ll heal me in your chosen time

And if I should lose someone real close to me

I know that your spirit will comfort my grief

You see my future.  I see my past 
I need to learn that you always know what’s best
That when the trials of life come in I need to rest
You know my future.  My past has passed

I can’t praise you enough for what you have done

Or for what you are going to do

So I yield control to your marvelous plan

And I lift my worship to you

Grace is Greater

I don’t know why He loves me, but He does

I don’t know why He saved me, but He did

He gave up all he had and left His throne above

To show His grace and mercy were enough

 

I don’t deserve His favor, but He gives

I don’t deserve His blessing, yet it rains

He treats me like His son who has finally come home

And tells me I will never be alone

 

His love is greater.

His love is deeper

His love is purer.

Than I have ever found

His grace is greater.

His grace is deeper

His grace is purer.

His mercy will abound

And when the final role is called

And my name is heard out loud

I will see Him as I cross the pearly gates

 

Now I know that by His stripes I’m healed

I know that He delivers, and sets me free

When trials come my way I know His loving hand

Will always guide me to His perfect plan

 

Now I know His power is so vast

He tells me He’s my strength, and it will last

I can depend on Him no matter what I face

To keep me in His sweet amazing grace

 

His love is greater.

His love is deeper

His love is purer.

Than I have ever found

His grace is greater.

His grace is deeper

His grave is purer

His mercy will abound

And when the final role is called

And my name is heard out loud

I will see Him as I cross the pearly gates

What Can I Offer You

What can I offer you Lord of my life?

All that I have is my praise sacrifice.

No matter the mood, or whatever the pain

I’ll still take the time to lift up your name

 

Praise the Lord.  He is worthy of praise

Praise the Lord all of my days

I will lift up His name

His wonderful name

Praise the Lord

 

How can I thank you oh Lord of my days?

You have given me all that I have by your grace.

I can only give thanks with the fruit of my lips

And I offer my life in thanks for your gifts

 

Thank you Lord.  You are worthy of praise

Thank you Lord all of my days

I will lift up His name

His wonderful name

Thank you Lord

 

You are the one that I long for

You are the one I adore

You are the one who saved me

And I’ll praise your name evermore

 

What can I do for you, Lord of all time?

How can I show that your love still abides?

All I can do is tell others around me

That your love is theirs if they’ll only believe

 

Praise the Lord.  He is worthy of praise

Praise the Lord all of my days

I will lift up His name

His wonderful name

Praise the Lord

You’re Welcome

There are so many times

I say Thank You Lord

For the wonderful things you have done

But oft I’m so busy

Giving Him thanks

That I don’t listen to His response

 

I think, if I’d listen

To hear His soft voice

The words He would say would be clear

He would once again

Tell me of His great love

As He whispers these words in my ear

 

Your welcome to my peace

More peace then you’ve ever known

I’ll shower it on you each day

So you’ll never feel alone

 

Your welcome to my joy

That bubbles up from deep within

Though trials may come in your life

My joy will help you to win

 

Your welcome to my healing

For sickness and heartache and pain

You no longer have to suffer

My healing will touch you again

 

Your welcome to my mercy

I extend it to you each day

I paid the punishment for your sin

So you can be free from your shame

 

Your welcome to my grace

I desire to bless you so much

By faith take the gifts that I give you

Allow me your life to touch

 

I feel He would go on and on

Welcoming me to His love

The list of His blessings is endless

He showers them down from above

 

So the next time I thank Him, I’ll listen

To see if these words He will say

And then I will take time to praise Him

Day after day after day

His Glory

I have seen His glory
Shining from above
‘Tis the ancient story
Of abiding love
I have felt His glory
Filling up my heart
I know He adores me
Never will depart
I have praised His glory
Worshipped His sweet name
I will praise Him only
Age to age the same
I have touched His glory
With every earnest prayer
He answers His way only
And tells me He is there
His glory is amazing
His glory is divine
His glory is deserving
Of every praise of mine
His glory is eternal
His glory is so true
His glory is love’s journal

 

From heaven down to you.

My Heavenly Father

I once had a Father on earth

Who I barely knew at all

He left us when I was young

And He hardly ever called

 

We would get a gift at Christmas

And a visit here and there

But through time I grew bitter

And didn’t even care.

 

The anger inside grew mighty

As I reached my teenage years

I got into things angered my mom

And had her often in tears

 

I could not find my way through life

I struggled just to survive

The time had to come to turn around

Or I might take my life

 

Then a friend from a long time ago

Came and told me a story I knew

But He told it in such a different way

I listened and heard the truth

 

I have a heavenly Father

Who loves me very much

A heavenly Father up above

Who came my heart to touch

 

He gave His own son

To die in my place

And covered my sin

With amazing grace

 

His mercy is greater

Than all my shame

He’ll live in my heart

And call me by name

 

And one day he’ll come

And take me home

To a life everlasting

Around His throne

 

I love my heavenly Father

He takes care of all my needs

My heavenly Father

He’ll always be there for me

 

Love Inescapable

Hard times hit us all
Even happy people fell
Even we have days that cause us harm
But when we get real low
We know just where to go
Back to our Father’s loving arms
He holds His arms out wide
He’s ever at my side
He’s there to pick me up when I fall down
And if I bruise my soul
He heals me ’til I’m whole
And sets my feet on solid ground
He loves me
More than anything
He loves me
So amazing
He loves me
Even when my love grows cold
He loves me
Through my troubled days
He loves me
When I’ve lost my way
He loves me
I cannot escape His love
His grace will cover me
Whenever I’m in need
His blessings come in every size and shape
His mercy overflows
My selfish, prideful soul
And helps those things to quietly escape
His sweet perfection slides
Into this heart of mine
Without me even knowing it’s His hand
And then one day I see
His humility in me
And I realize that this is what He planned
He loves me
He fills me with joy
He loves me
His peace is employed
He loves me
More than I can ever know
He loves me
I will sing His prsise
He loves me
I’ll worship His sweet name
He loves me
I cannot escape His love

 

Again

Today the Lord had mercy on me
He kept away the enemy
And reminded me that I’m set free
Again
Today the Lord has blessed me much
All day I felt His spirits touch
His presence was around so much
Again
Today His grace filled me with peace
He gave my soul a sweet release
All day I felt calm and at ease
Again
Again and again He’s there for me
He always meets me at me need
He listens to my prayerful pleas
Again, and again, and again
Today He flooded me with love
As vast as all the stars above
And I can know that it will come
Again
Again His mercy will be mine
Again His blessing He’ll assign
Again He’ll give me grace each time
Again
But high above all these great things
The greatest gift that He does bring
Is His great love, of that I’ll sing

 

Again, and again and again