Category Archives: Spiritual Growth Poems

More of You Lord ~

More of You Lord, more of You,
in the things I say and do
less of me Lord, less of me
so more like You I can be.

Lord, I give You my doubts,
take with them all my fear
move me closer to You
so I can draw to You near.

More of You Lord, more of You,
oh Dear Lord, can’t You see
I want to live just for You
and die to all of me.

Lord, I give You all my love,
take my heart and mind too
be my soul’s true reflection
till all I see is all of You.

More of Your will, less of mine,
give me eyes no longer blind
show me Your saving Light
so more of You I can find!

~~~~~~~

Philippians 1:21

“For to me to live is Christ,
and to die is gain.”

King James Version
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Deborah Ann Belka


The School Of Hard-Knocks ~

The school of hard-knocks,
can be oh, so wrenching
but, we must remain . . .
to our Bible’s clenching.

For grueling it can be,
when we’re tried and tested
but, in the Word we must stay
one-hundred percent invested.

The school of hard-knocks,
can be oh, so harrowing
as the righteous road . . .
seems to keep narrowing.

For distressing it can be,
when we are reprimanded
from the lessons we learn
of what Jesus commanded.

The school of hard-knocks,
can be oh, so painful
but we must remain . . .
obediently faithful!

~~~~~

Hebrews 12:6

For whom the Lord loveth
he chasteneth, and scourgeth
every son whom he receiveth.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

All scripture is given by inspiration
of God, and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction,
for instruction in righteousness:

That the man of God may be perfect,
thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


Everyday Can Be A Struggle ~

Everyday can be a struggle,
when from God’s Word we stray
every hour is more miserable
when we don’t trust and  pray.

Everything will look impossible,
when His hope is not there
every problem looks bleaker
when we don’t believe He cares.

Every worry seems unbearable,
when His mercy we don’t claim
every care is more insufferable
when we don’t call upon His name.

Every mountain seems higher,
when we climb it all alone
every valley is a little deeper
when we wander off on our own.

Everyone who goes about,
doing whatever it is they will . . .
will never know the kind of peace
that only God can instill!

~~~~~~~~~

Psalm 46:1

“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2012 Revised 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


Stuck In Regret ~

Trapped in bitterness,
can’t break free
reliving the way
things use to be?

Stuck in regret,
can’t shake loose
yesterday sorrows
hang on like a noose?

Trapped in misery,
can’t seem to let go
past disappointments
on your face show?

Paralyzed by resentment,
loathing and disgust
can’t find anything or one
anymore you can trust?

Well don’t let the past,
make you its hostage . . .
instead let Jesus free you
from yesterday’s bondage!

~~~~~~~~~

Corinthians 15:57

But thanks be to God,
which giveth us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


Work Out Your Own Salvation ~

You can exercise,
every day at the gym
you can lift weights
to keep fit and trim.

But, if you’re not living,
a Godly life . . .
your soul will experience
eternal strife.

You can go to a clubhouse,
in the day or at night
you can keep your physic
noticeable strong and tight.

But, if you’re not working,
out your own salvation
you could be headed
for eternal damnation.

You can run a marathon,
or any other race
you can groom yourself
to take first place.

But, if you’re not training,
each day for Godliness
you just might miss out on . . .
having everlasting bliss!

~~~~~~~~

1 Timothy 4:8

“For bodily exercise profiteth little:
but godliness is profitable unto all
things, having promise of the life
that now is, and of that which is to come.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


Walking In the Spirit ~

When you walk in the Spirit,
you will live in Jesus’ light
all things will be clearer
everything will look bright.

For the Spirit will change you,
your mind He will capture
fill it with secure thoughts
of the upcoming rapture.

When you walk in the Spirit,
you’ll have a worldly guide
someone who will help you
to keep faith in your stride.

For the Spirit will lead you,
on the path of righteousness
helping you to live a life
in the power of faithfulness.

When you walk in the Spirit,
you’ll repel the darkness
for the Light of Jesus . . .
will help keep you sinless!

~~~~~~~~

Galatians 5:25

“If we live
in the Spirit,
let us also walk
in the Spirit.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2013 Revised 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


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


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!

~~~~~~~

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!

~~~~~~~~~~

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 securely stick it
for, I’ll be working out . . .
with the Holy Spirit!

~~~~~~~~

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 ~

in-gods-training-room-christian-poetry-by-deborah-ann

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!

~~~~~~~~

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 ~

faith-streching-christian-poetry-by-deborah-ann

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!

~~~~~

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 stay 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 it’s odd
when it’s being tested
to me, it’s not weird
because I trust in God!

~~~~~~~~~

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!

~~~~~~~~~

Romans 14:12

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

King James Version
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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 it’s to be made . . .
into something new.

For, it is full of lumps,
scarred and marred places
and 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
and it needs His mercy
to bind up all the scraps.

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

~~~~~~~~

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
Public Domain

Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka

 


Fruit Bearing ~

Fruit Bearing ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

If we want to bear good 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!
~~~~~~~~

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’s 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


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