Archive for November, 2011

The Beast

 I thought I’d offer up something on the lighter side this week. The following poem is a work of fiction–sort of. It is all too real in concept for most guys who have ever stood on the porch and rang the bell for their first date. Most of us lived some form of this frightening-at-the-time, but funny-when-it-was-over situation. I hope you enjoy it! Read the rest of this entry »

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Daily Encouragement ~ 11/30

I will extend peace to her like a river, and the wealth of the nations like a flooding stream; you will nurse and be carried on her arm and dandled on her knee. Isaiah 66:12

This verse caught my attention, first by the “peace like a river” reference, but then by the visual “carried on her arm and dandled on her knee” portion of it. Actually, both are very visual. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inspirational Poet of the Week!

The talented and awesome folks at Thursday Poets’ Rallyhave seen fit to honor me and my poem, Like a Pearl Set in Gold, with their Inspirational Poet of the Week award. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daily Encouragement ~ 11/29

The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Isaiah 60:19

This verse is part of another chapter of prophesy, but it speaks strongly to me that our total trust should be in God. He is our light. Even in our darkest hour, we can turn to God, and His love will light our way. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daily Encouragement ~ 11/28

Those who work with combed flax will despair, the weavers of fine linen will lose hope. Isaiah 19:9

The nineteenth chapter of Isaiah is a prophecy about Egypt. It tells about all the bad things that will happen to Egypt, but ends with Egypt being blessed by God. I found it interesting that what was prophesied to happen in Egypt compares to what is going on in our country today. That could be construed as a bad thing, but if you focus on the end result—God’s blessing—it can be a very good thing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Those Times Ago

This poem is in response to Gooseberry Garden Poetry Picnic #15’s prompt. They ask for poems about November, winter, hope and change, and since I don’t do winter, and have no special attachment to November, I put this one together about hope. It’s sad, and just so y’all know, I am not sad. In fact I am very much at peace and I have great hope for the future. I do, however, often look longingly at the way things used to be. I think we all tend to do that. I hope you enjoy the poem. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daily Encouragement ~ 11/27

Through him and for his names sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. Romans 1:5

There it is again! “We received through grace… “. Paul doesn’t say he gained the apostleship because he was a Godly man or because of anything he did. He received it because God gave it to him. God gave Paul and the other apostles grace so they could do His work. They were a part of His plan. Read the rest of this entry »

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This story was written in response to Kellie Elmore’s Free Write Friday prompt. She asked for stories about the couple in the picture you will see below. At first glance, one might expect a story about a young couple, reunited after a separation of some sort. But, of course, I took it way off into something else. It’s what I do. I hope you enjoy it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daily Encouragement ~ 11/26

Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”  John 14:21

This is a theme that has been heavily on my mind for several days. I am amazed at times how God seems to overload me with thoughts about one particular thing or another. It’s like He’s telling me to pay attention because this one is going to come in real handy in the coming days. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daily Encouragement ~ 11/25

            Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.         Romans 12:12

             Hope is defined as: to desire with expectation of fulfillment. It makes sense then that if our hope is to spend eternity with God, and He has promised this to us, we can expect our hope to be fulfilled. Read the rest of this entry »

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