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Desire of God

I don’t want to die
Things are going so well right now
People are listening to me
Hearts are being touched
Lives are being changed
The crowds follow me everywhere
They love my stories
Stories of farming and young men
Stories of pearls and tares
Stories of harvest and sowing
They long for my words
And pay attention when I talk
They need me
It just can’t be time for me to go
This ministry is touching too many people
The lame walk
The blind see
The deaf hear
The cripple stretches forth his body
The leper becomes whole
Diseases go
Demons flee
Water to wine
Fig trees whither
So many good things are going on
So many wonders are bringing people from afar
Miracle after miracle
Healing after healing
There are so many more than need a touch from me
I have so much more to do
There are other women with issues of blood
Other harlots who need forgiveness
Other centurions who need their servants healed
There are so many abuses of your word
Pharisees seeking the higher place
Moneychangers robbing the people
Pious ones praying but empty
Clean but filthy
Wrong but thinking they are right
Leading so many astray
Showing so many the wrong way
How can I leave now when so many are deceived
Hearts to mend
Minds to cleanse
Lives to change
It can’t be my time
I want to stay here
To minister to the masses
To give more to those who need my help
I want to touch more lives
To heal more
To deliver more
To forgive more
To bring more back to life
To rebuke those who are misleading your people
If I leave who will they turn to
Who will they follow
Who will shepherd them
I can’t go yet
I have so much more to do
That is my will
My way
My wish
But it is not yours
Your purpose is greater
Your love is stronger
You know what is best
You know how all can be blest
You know there is only one way to truly set them free
One way to bring complete healing
One way to ultimate deliverance
You have brought others alongside me to continue the ministry
It will not die
It will stay alive
It will be your church
Your people
Your way to touch lives
Your heart’s desire
So not my will
Not what I want
Not what I desire
Not what I would do if I had my way
Your will
Your desire
As much as I want this cup to pass from me
I want your will more
I must die
I must die for your kingdom to go forth
I must die for you to be glorified
I must die for them
All of them
They all need forgiveness
They all need a sacrifice
Pure and holy
Undefiled by sin
You have kept me
Protected me
Enabled me to be at this place
At this time
All I want is what you want
All I desire is to do your will
Not mine
Not my way
Let me be your servant
Let this flesh die
So the Spirit can come
Your will be done

Down on My Knees

I could walk a million miles or swim a thousand seas
I could climb the highest mountain or explore the oceans deep
I could lift my hands in worship
Sing a worship melody
But the closest I can get you is down on my knees
I could feed a hundred thousand or set the captives free
I could help a man in trouble or cure a dread disease
I could give to the less fortunate
The blessings I’ve received
That would not draw me closer than being down on my knees
Down on my knees there is healing
Down on my knees there is peace
Down on my knees there are springs of joy
Down on my knees I’m set free
Down on my knees He will hear me
Every time I cry out in prayer
When I’m down on my knees for others
I can know He is always right there
Help me humble myself
Put my flesh in its place
Help me cry out to you
Down on my knees in prayer
Effective Prayer

I Give My Call

I come to you this morning
Down on my knees in prayer
There is no fear or worry
I know that you are here

I see the sun arising
I hear the birds new song
You made all of creation
Just so I could sing along

As the sun brings light from darkness
You alone will bring me joy
Help me stay right here before you
Help me stand up and rejoice

I cry out to you my Lord
I bow down before your throne
You are all that I have longed for
Make me yours, yours alone

I lift up my hands to worship
God of glory, Lord of all
This is how I start my morning
Unto you I give my call

My days are full. I have a lot of jobs and responsibilities and can get very busy and distracted as he day wears on. Correcting maps, selling insurance, working the garden, caring for the dog, cooking various meals, writing my poetry and other projects, reading, devotions, preparing he worship services, recording lessons and so much more make it a hectic day once things get going. That is why I choose the mornings to come to my Lord in prayer. If I waited until later in the day I would rarely take the time. Now don’t get me wrong, I pray when the Spirit leads me to throughout the day. It would be interesting to make a note each time God brings someone to my remembrance and I pray for them at that moment. I do not do that because I think God intends these type of prayers to be private. The morning is my main time with God because it is uninterrupted and quiet. I can hear Him when it is quiet. I can hear Him when I am still, before the chaos of the day creeps in. That is why I choose the mornings to spend time with my Savior. It’s by far the best of times!

Psalm 63:1a King James Version (KJV)
63 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee:

In Your Own Time

I don’t have to worry
I don’t have to fret
For I know that you
Will get to me yet

Some say pray harder
Some shout demands
But I will be patient
And wait for your hand

In your own time, Lord
In your own time
I know that you will answer
In your own time
So humbly I will ask
For mercy and grace
Then in your own time
You’ll honor my faith

My prayer should be bold
My faith should arise
But you Lord are sovereign
Your answer arrives

In your own time, Lord
In your own time
In your own time
Your answer arrives
So humbly I’ll ask
For mercy and grace
Then in your own time
You’ll honor my faith

Just Pray

In the darkness
In the quiet
In the loneliness they felt
Women weeping
Men in anguish
Their world had been upset

They saw Him die
Jesus was their closest friend
For three years
Day after day
They had heard Him preach the word

They saw Him heal the sick
Raise the dead
Open blind eyes
Make the deaf to hear
The dumb to speak
Cleanse the leper
Stop the issue of blood
Turn water into wine
They saw Him do all these things
Now He was gone
They were alone

I can imagine
They took time to pray
Time to reflect on all He had done
He told them he would rise form the dead
Bit they did not believe that was possible
All they could do was pray
Ask God what’s next
What do they do now?

Isn’t that what we should ask
What now Lord?
What is your next task
Your next mission
Who should I witness to
What should I say
Give me the words
And the boldness
These are things we should pray about
Not to be blessed
But to be a blessing
In times of uncertainty
As the disciples certainly had this day
Then pray some more
Then pray even more
Pray and God will answer
Pray and God will speak
Pray and God will show you His way
Just pray!

More Than Faithful

If the waves should start crashing around me
And the Stars would fall down from the sky
I would still look my hands and praise thee
For you are the one who gives life

If my friends should all decide to leave me
And my body would be filled with pain
I will still lift my voice to praise thee
Or you will restore me again

You are more than faithful to me
By your grace you have forgiven me
When life is a mess
And I’m filled with stress
Your mercy is all that I need

If I find myself down on my knees
Crying out “Oh Lord How can this be?”
I know you will hear my heart’s cry
You are more than faithful to me

In all my trials
In all my tests
In all my anguish
In you I can rest
In every sorrow
You are my joy
Your faithfulness
Relieves my soul

You are more than faithful to me
By your grace you have forgiven me
When life is a mess
And I’m filled with stress
Your mercy is all that I need

Your Still Small Voice

I want to hear your voice
When the sunrise dawns
I want to hear your voice
When the sandman yawns
I want to hear your voice
Above all the noise
That crowds into my mind

I want to hear your voice
Not the enemies rants
I want to hear your voice
By my choice not chance
I want to hear your voice
To know in advance
Your plans for my life

Your voice is always directed at me
Your words are meant to bring me peace
Let not an hour go by, Oh Lord
That I don’t hear your still small voice

I want to hear your voice
When I wander away
I want to hear your voice
As it calls me to pray
I want to hear your voice
So I’ll know the way
To draw closer to you


Speak into my life this hour
Speak to me and show your power
There’s power in your voice
Power when you speak
Speak into my life today


Effective Prayer

The A.S.K. Principle

This poem was written in conjunction with my book of the same title.

When I’ve lost my direction
In this crazy old world
I’m reluctant to ask for some help
I think it’s a reflection
That I’m not self-assured
And it makes me feel very inept

But I can’t have this attitude
In my walk with the Lord
When I find I am losing my way
I will have more gratitude
If i look to His word
And find how He tells me to pray

He says first I must ask Him
When I’ve come to stray
Whether knowledge or wisdom I need
And He says that He’ll give
And show me the way
To find the next step in my plea

Next is to seek out
His will for my life
In the situation I’ve fallen in
Then I can figure out
The escape from my strife
And find the path destined to win

Last I must knock
At the door I come to
It shall open to me on its own
The door is unlocked
And it opens to view
The answer that He will make known

Now all that sounds simple
And easy to do
But there’s one trick you need to remember
The asking and seeking
And knocking you do
Must be done ’til you’re led to the answer

He always will lead to the answer
He always will answer your plea
It’s the waiting and watching that’s hard to do
So ask ’til your heart is set free
And seek ’til you see
And knock “til you reach the door.

The Believers Life

Prints in the Snow

When I can’t sense your presence you’re still there
When I’m not sure you’re list’ning you hear my prayer
If the clouds fill the sky
Or the stars are shining bright
I know that you’re still there

When I can’t hear your voice you still speak
When I feel alone my heart you seek
If I hear the birds sing
Or this wind on the wing
I know that you’re talking to me

When I can’t feel your touch you are near
When I’m lost and in despair I’ll not fear
With the sunrise at morn
And the new day is born
I can know that my prayers you will hear

When I don’t understand you still know
When I can’t see your plan your love shows
Day by day you give grace
As I lift up my praise
Then my path is like prints in the snow

You’ll never leave me
Never forsake me
Never let me go
I can take rest
And know that I’m blessed
Because your love will always show

Effective Prayer

Please Hear My Prayer

I come to you down on my knees
Hoping that you’ll hear my plea
This sin has taken hold of me
Oh Lord please hear my prayer

I’ve tried so hard to let it go
It’s deep inside and does not show
But You can see it this I know
Oh Lord please hear my prayer

It seems you are so far away
My words are lifted everyday
Yet this old sin just seems to stay
Oh Lord please hear my prayer

No longer do I feel your hand
No longer do I understand
Am I still walking in your plan
Oh Lord please hear my prayer

The suddenly your voice I hear
You say my son be of good cheer
My blood has washed away that fear
For I have heard your prayer

Rise up and know my grace is more
My mercy does your heart implore
Now leave your sin there on the floor
Take up your bed and walk

I cry oh thank you Lord and King
Thanks so much for everything
This joy will cause my heart to sing
For you have heard my prayer

Glory to God’s only Son
Jesus Christ the risen one
Praise His name for He has won
Victory over sin