Category Archives: Spiritual Growth Poems

I’m A Work In Progress ~

I’m a work in progress,
you likely are one too . . .
each day Jesus is working
in us something new.

His grace is transforming us,
to be sin fighting saints
He’s shaping us to live a life
with principles and restraints.

He is molding our minds,
to be clean and spotless
He shaping our hearts
to live pure and flawless.

He knows all the lumps,
that need to be reformed
He’s modeling our lives
till in Him we’re transformed.

We have unlimited potential,
He’ll never be finished with us
but, you and I must believe
His remolding is always just.

I’m a work in progress,
you likely too are one . . .
each day God is shaping us
into the image of His Son!

~~~~~~~

Philippians 1:6

“Being confident of this very thing, that he
which hath begun a good work in you will
perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”

Copyright 2012 Revised 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

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God’s Not Finished With Me ~

God’s not finished with me,
I know this to be true . . .
for, I can see all the things
that He has yet to do.

I realize He got started,
on me a long time ago
but, I also know there’s still
a lot of room for me to grow.

God’s not done with me,
all things beautiful take time
but, first He needed to chisel
away sin’s grit and grime.

I know when I came to Him,
my life was a big mess
but, a masterpiece takes time
and a lot of divine finesse.

God’s not finished with me,
He has a long way to go . . .
but, I am confident in this
when He is done, I will know!

~~~~~~~~

Ecclesiastes 3:11

He hath made every thing
beautiful in his time:

Philippians 1:6

Being confident of this very
thing, that he which hath
begun a good work in you
will perform it until the
day of Jesus Christ:

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


Here I am Lord ~

Here I am Lord,
take me as I am
work inside of me
as only You can.

Do what you must,
so in You I’ll trust
do what You’ve got to
to keep me close to You.

Here I am Lord,
here is the all of me
my mind, heart and soul
I’m offering up to Thee.

Do that thing You do,
to make me apart of You
do what You need to
to keep me staying true.

Here I am Lord,
coming to You as I am
for You to make me . . . 
just as faithful as a lamb!

~~~~~~~~~

Proverbs 23:26

My son, give me thine heart,
and let thine eyes observe
my ways.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


Passionately Insatiable ~

Lord let me not get,
too old to keep learning
keep my eagerness
for knowledge burning.

Let me not become,
too comfortable
thinking I am . . .
oh, so knowledgeable.

Lord, let me continue,
to keep on growing
may I never grow tired
of more of You knowing.

Let me not be,
content in my ways
so I may gain wisdom
for the rest of my days.

Lord let me not get,
too old and lackadaisical
keep my knowledge for You
passionately insatiable!

~~~~~~~~

2 Peter 3:18

“But grow in grace,
and in the knowledge
of our Lord and Saviour
Jesus Christ.
To him be glory
both now and for ever.”
Amen.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


A Changed Heart ~

Change my heart Lord,
till it reflects only You
till all I can see
is Your image inside me.

Change the way it beats,
till it throbs after You
till its keeps pace
with Your love and grace.

Change my heart Lord,
til it keeps time with Yours
till with Yours it’s in rhythm
pulsating with Your wisdom.

Change the way is flutters,
til it adapts to You
till it can adjust
so it may always trust.

Change my heart Lord,
til with Yours its fine tuned
til it is conformed . . .
so I can be transformed!

~~~~~~

Ezekiel 36:26

“A new heart also will I give you,
and a new spirit will I put within you:
and I will take away the stony heart
out of your flesh, and I will give
you an heart of flesh.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2017
Deborah Ann Belka


Examine My Heart Lord ~

Lord, search my heart,
from the inside out
tell me where You find
places of fear and doubt.

See if You see in me,
any remaining skepticism
put into my heart
by religious dogmatism.

Lord, pull in the reins,
of my heart today
harness them to follow
Your righteous ways.

Yank hard if You must,
so closer to You I’ll turn
jerk ’em if You have to
so in hell I’ll not burn.

Lord, check the fruit,
for You, I am bearing
if any be rotting . . .
be quick with Your paring.

Make sure all my doings,
are being done for You
oh, Lord examine my heart
till for You it proves true!

~~~~~~

Jeremiah 17:10

I the Lord search the heart,
I try the reins, even to give
every man according to his ways,
and according to the fruit
of his doings.”

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2017
Deborah Ann Belka


A Searched Heart ~

When God searches,
man’s innermost being
He looks for a heart
trusting and believing.

He knows every intent,
behind every deed
for, every heart to Him
is an open book to read.

When God searches,
man’s inward parts
He searches the core
of everyone’s hearts.

He can see right through,
the facade, the deceit
for, He can detect
the heart’s every beat.

When God searches,
man’s imaginations
He looks for a heart
full of appreciation.

He understands the mind,
thoughts, He interprets
He knows the ones . . .
having eternal purpose.

When God searches,
He tries the reins
so into each heart
He can come and reign.

For, a searched heart,
God needs to refine
so that with His . . .
it can forever align!

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Psalm 139:23

“Search me, O God,
and know my heart:
try me, and know my thoughts:”

King James Version
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Copyright 2017
Deborah Ann Belka


Measurements of Faith ~

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If I were to measure my faith,
I would see that every foot
was achieved inch by inch
as my trust in God I put.

If I were to take a yard stick,
I would see that each notch
marked all the times over me
God faithfully has watched.

If I were to take a tape measure,
roll it out as far as it could go
I would see the length of time
for my faith in God to grow.

If I were to take a measuring wheel,
push it around night and day
I would see the path it had to take
for me to find the narrow way.

If I were to measure my faith,
I could calculate just how long
it took for God to work in me . . .
to make my trust in Him this strong!

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Romans 12:3

“For I say, through the grace
given unto me, to every man
that is among you, not to think
of himself more highly than
he ought to think; but to think
soberly, according as God
hath dealt to every man
the measure of faith.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2017
Deborah Ann Belka


Bible Crunches ~

bible-crunches-christian-poetry-by-deborah-ann

Today I’m exercising,
going to let it rip
going to strengthen
tighten up faith’s grip.

I’ll go all the way
get Scripture sculpted
so my belief in God
can never get corrupted.

I’ll do Bible crunches,
tone up my Gospel flab
so I can be ready
to fight off Satan’s jabs.

I’ll do a full workout,
I’m going to optimize
so my trust in God
can’t be compromised.

Today I’m exercising.
going to spiritually stick it
for, I’ll be working out . . .
with the Holy Spirit!

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Ephesians 3:16

“That he would grant you,
according to the riches
of his glory, to be
strengthened with might
by his Spirit in the
inner man;”

King James Version
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Copyright 2017
Deborah Ann Belka


In God’s Training Room ~

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In God’s training room,
there’s a lot for us to learn
for, He wants to teach us
He’s with us at every turn.

We wrestle with the pain,
weep long into the night
so God can show us
the joy in His morning light.

We confront our sorrow,
the source of our fears
so God can collect for us
in His bottle all our tears.

We struggle with our past,
we scramble with its strife
so God can help us see
the temperance of this life.

In God’s training room,
He’s teaching us to know
all thing work for good
to them who love Him so!

~~~~~~~

Romans 8:28

“And we know that all things
work together for good
to them that love God,
to them who are the called
according to his purpose.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2017
Deborah Ann Belka


My Daily Journey ~

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Lord, in my daily journey,
to get closer to You . . .
I’m happy to see how much
my faith, in You grew.

For, I’ve grown in grace,
mercy and forbearance
as You keep teaching me
all about perseverance.

I’m learning to be content,
no matter what life brings
as You show me how to be
thankful for all things.

You’ve instructed me,
all about fruit bearing
producing in me an attitude
more giving and caring.

Lord, I know my journey,
isn’t over quite yet . . .
but, the longer that I have
the closer to You, I will get!

~~~~~~~

James 4:8

Draw nigh to God,
and he will draw nigh to you.
Cleanse your hands, ye sinners;
and purify your hearts,
ye double minded.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2017
Deborah Ann Belka


A New Spiritual Life ~

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A Spiritual life,
is a brand new life
for it is the end
to the old man’s strife.

A Spiritual life,
is a life abundant
it is a life of victory
joyful and triumphant.

A Spiritual life,
breaks the bondage
to the written law
it’s no longer a hostage.

A Spiritual life,
brings faith about
for a spiritual life
in God never doubts.

A Spiritual life,
makes all things possible
it believes with God
nothing is impossible.

A Spiritual life,
is a life made new
for Jesus’ Spirit
now dwells in you!

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Ephesians 4:22-24

“That ye put off concerning the
former conversation the old man,
which is corrupt according to
the deceitful lusts;

And be renewed in the
spirit of your mind;

And that ye put on the new man,
which after God is created in
righteousness and true holiness.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka


Faith Stretching ~

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Lord, today . . .
I’ll be exercising
for my faith can use
some real stretching.

I’ll be doing,
some strength training
so towards the mark
I can keep straining.

My perseverance,
seems a little wobbly
so I’ll be working on
a more trusting strategy.

I’ll need to do,
some heavy lifting
so my Bible I’ll pick up
to keep me from drifting.

My endurance,
I will be addressing
so into the goal . . .
I can keep on pressing.

Lord, today . . .
my faith I’m exercising
and I need Your Spirit
to do the energizing!

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Philippians 3:14

“I press toward the mark
for the prize of the high
calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka


Faith Tried and Tested ~

The testing of Your faith used with permission Doorpost Verses

My faith grows,
from being tested
it gets stronger
when in the Word
I am rested.

My faith rises,
from being redirected
it gets keener
when with God
I’m daily connected.

My faith increases,
from being tried
it gets sharper
when in Jesus
I faithfully abide.

My faith bounds,
from being proven
it gets firmer
when in the Spirit
my life gets movin’.

When my faith is tried,
I don’t think its odd
when its being tested
to me, its not weird
only because, I trust God!

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1 Peter 4:12-13

“Beloved, think it not strange
concerning the fiery trial which
is to try you, as though some
strange thing happened unto you:”

King James Version
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Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka


Spiritual Inventory ~

Spiritual Inventory ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

I’m taking inventory,
of my spiritual progress
going to be weighing
my increase, my digress.

Going to take stock,
to see if I’ve grown
going to be looking for
the gifts I’ve blown.

I’m going to catalog,
how much fruit I’ve got
going to see if its usable
or if its starting to rot.

Going to be searching,
down deep into my soul
see if I’m warehousing
any areas I still control.

I’m taking inventory,
doing me some stock taking
because one day to God . . .
I’ll be giving an accounting!

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Romans 14:12

“So then every one of us
shall give account of himself
to God.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka


Touched Anew ~

Touched Anew ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

Lord, touch me anew,
refresh my heart
upon my soul
new mercy impart.

Give me a fresh look,
into Your righteousness
let me see Your favor
with a new clearness.

Let me trust you,
with a new confidence
so I may see the light
of Your providence.

Let me see Your grace,
from a new point of view
so my mind can gain
raw insights into You.

Lord, touch me anew,
refresh Your spirit in me
freshly imprint on my heart
why it is, I love Thee!
~~~~~~

Psalm 51:10

“Create in me a clean heart,
O God; and renew
a right spirit within me.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2015
Deborah Ann Belka


We Are The Clay ~

We Are the Clay ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

The clay cannot tell,
the Potter what to do
if its to be made . . .
into something new.

For, it is full of lumps,
hard and marred places
it needs His grace
to fill in all the spaces.

The clay cannot say,
to the Potter, do this
it needs to be pliable
or blessings it will miss.

For, it is full of cracks,
fissures and large gaps
He needs to work His mercy
into the wayward scraps.

The clay cannot tell,
the Potter what to do
it must remain pliant . . .
until He is good and through!

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Jeremiah 18:1-4

“And the vessel that he made
of clay was marred in the hand
of the potter: so he made it
again another vessel,
as seemed good to the
potter to make it.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka

 


Fruit Bearing ~

Fruit Bearing ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

If we want to bear fruit,
if we want to stay green
then off the Word of God
we must constantly glean.

We need the waters of life,
to be on a constant flow
we need our roots nourished
so our faith in God can grow.

If we are to spread out,
if we are to far reach
then we must live the life
we’re so willing to preach.

If we are not to faint,
if we are not to wither
then we need to grow smaller
so God can become bigger.

If we want to be blessed,
we need to keep our hope alive
and into the Word of God
we must constantly dive!
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Jeremiah 17:7-8

“Blessed is the man that trusteth
in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.

“For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters,
and that spreadeth out her roots by the river,
and shall not see when heat cometh, but her
leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful
in the year of drought, neither shall cease
from yielding fruit.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka


What God’s Begun ~

What God's Begun ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

God’s been working,
in me I know
and what He began
is starting to show.

He’s given my mind,
a transformation
to follow His ways
until my completion.

He’s taken my heart,
once made of stone
gave me a new one
just like His own.

He’s breathed new life,
into my dead soul
gave it His Spirit
to be in control.

Every day of my life,
He is working in me
I know its His image
He’s wanting to see.

God is not finished
with what He has begun . . .
and I can hardly wait
until with me ~ He’s done!

~~~~~~~~~~

Philippians 1:6

“Being confident of this very thing,
that he which hath begun a good work
in you will perform it until
the day of Jesus Christ:”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka


There is A Cry ~

There Is A Cry ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann ~

There is a cry,
deep in my heart
a plea I make upon
a new year start . . .

Transform me Lord,
teach me your ways
instruct and train me
the rest of my days.

Test me Lord,
try me through
impress on me
the image of You.

Touch me Lord,
heal me inside
so Your Spirit
will always abide.

Think of me Lord,
forget me not
keep me always
in Your thought.

Rely on me Lord,
to follow Your will
believe I’ll wait
trust me to be still.

There is a cry,
for God to impart
into my soul . . .
His very own heart!

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Psalm 57:2

“I will cry unto God most high;
unto God that performeth
all things for me.”

Romans 12:2

“And be not conformed to this world:
but be ye transformed by the renewing
of your mind, that ye may prove what
is that good, and acceptable,
and perfect, will of God.”

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka


A Confident Future ~

A Confident Future ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

I’m grateful for the past,
for the valley’s I’ve been in
for they have given me . . .
the strength I have within.

I’m grateful for my failures,
and yes, even my every loss
for they have all lead me . . .
to the foot of the cross.

I’m grateful for the pain,
of a heart that’s been broken
for to the mercies of God . . .
my soul has been awoken.

I’m grateful for the process,
I have been put through
for Lord, it has brought me
to be much closer to You.

I’m confident of the future,
though not sure were it’ll lead
but I’ve true peace knowing . . .
with God, I’ll have all I need!

~~~~~~~~~~

Philippians 1:6

“Being confident of this very thing,
that he which hath begun a good work
in you will perform it until the day
of Jesus Christ:”

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka


Growing in God’s Grace ~

~ CHRISTitan poetry by deborahann ~grow-in-grace 2 IBible Verses

It’s a slow thing,
this growing in God’s grace
it’s a minute by minute thing
we all need to embrace.

It’s a process,
a little here, a little there
it takes a lot of practice
to give Jesus our every care.

It’s a development,
finding God’s rest and peace
it’s quite an accomplishment
not to ever quit or cease.

It takes practice,
this learning to be still
it’s not easy waiting
on knowing God’s will.

It takes itty-bitty steps,
to reach that mountain top
it takes a lot of self-denial
lest half way we would stop.

It’s a slow thing,
this growing in God’s grace
but it sure makes it easier . . .
when His love we embrace!

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2 Peter 3:18

“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2015
Deborah Ann Belka


I love Jesus Because ~

I Love Jesus Because ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

I love the Lord because,
He loves me patiently
He’s always sympathetic
He doesn’t anger easily.

He is always gentle,
considerate and selfless
He’s never thoughtless
or with my heart, careless.

He is always caring,
tender-hearted and kind
my sins and my wrongs
He doesn’t ever remind.

He is always good,
fair and reasonable
He is never resentful
or unapproachable.

I love Jesus because,
His love has taught me
how with others . . .
He wants my love to be!

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Galatians 5:22-23

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love,
joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness,
goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance:
against such there is no law.”

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2015
Deborah Ann Belka


Striving for Perfection ~

Striving for Perfection ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann ~ Photo Creation Swap
Every day I am striving,
for perfection . . .
every day I am looking
for God’s direction.

Every day to God,
I make confessions
each day I am looking
for His corrections.

Every day I go to God,
with my questions
each day I am looking
for His introspections.

Every day I go to God,
for His inspection . . .
each day I am looking
for His interjection.

Every day with God,
I make a connection
each day I am looking
for His reaction.

Every day I am striving
for perfection . . .
every day I am looking
for Jesus’ reflection!

~~~~~~~

Matthew 5:48

“Be ye therefore perfect,
even as your Father
which is in heaven is perfect.”

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2015
Deborah Ann Belka


Off With the Old, On With the New ~

Old for the New ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann ~ Photo Creation Swap

The Old Man
no longer lives in me
it is now the New Man
that I choose to be.

For I have put-off,
the things I use to do
I have put-on these things
Lord . . . just for You . . .

Irritation for meekness,
dishonesty for truthfulness
quarrelsome for harmony
bitterness for forgiveness.

Bragging for humbleness,
idleness for service
cheating for honesty
emptiness for purpose.

Blaming for responsibility,
complacency for eagerness
complaining for thankfulness
depression for happiness.

Annoyance for contentment,
laziness for keenness
defiance for obedience
divisiveness for stillness.

Hatred for love,
resentful for delightful
greediness for gladness
drunkenness for self-control.

Shame for confession,
un-holiness for righteousness
sin for repentance
irresponsible for cautiousness.

Envious for satisfaction,
disbelief for trust
gossip for good reports
unfairness for being just.

Excess for restraint,
old ways for the new
following the world . . .
for following after You!

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Ephesians 4:22-24

“That ye put off concerning the former
conversation the old man, which is corrupt
according to the deceitful lusts;
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
And that ye put on the new man,
which after God is created
in righteousness and true holiness.”

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2015
Deborah Ann Belka


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