Category Archives: Spiritual Growth Poems

Weeds ~

Life is full of weeds,
we need to pluck
before in our hearts
they become stuck.

For if we don’t uproot,
their suffocating base
we won’t be able to run
or win the faithful race.

Weeds are full of life,
needing to be obliterated
lest our faith in God
will become manipulated.

For if we do not rid,
their strangling hold on us
satan will pulverize
all our hope and trust.

Life is full of weeds,
weeds are full of life . . .
we must eradicate them
or face eternal strife!

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Matthew 13:26-30

But when the blade was sprung up,
and brought forth fruit, then appeared
the tares also . . . .

Matthew 13:38-39

The field is the world;
the good seed are the
children of the kingdom;
but the tares are the
children of the wicked one;

The enemy that sowed them
is the devil; the harvest
is the end of the world;
and the reapers are the angel
.

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Copyright 2022
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


The Thorns Of Life ~

Life has many thorns,
many are prickly
some last a lifetime
others leave quickly.

But, no matter how long,
they choose to stay around
God has a lesson . . .
in each one to be found.

Life has many thorns,
some are self-inflicted
many others onto you
are purposely projected.

But, no matter how,
these thorns came to be
God will use them . . .
to take you to your knee.

Life has many thorns,
poking into our side
for God want us to deal
with our egos and pride!

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2 Corinthians 12:7

And lest I should be exalted above
measure through the abundance of
the revelations, there was given to
me a thorn in the flesh,
the messenger of Satan to buffet me,
lest I should be exalted above measure.

King James Version
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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Tests And Trials ~

Sometimes in our lives,
God sends a test . . .
to awaken us from
our false sense of rest.

He wants to see if we are,
still watchful and alert
so when satan attacks
his strikes we can avert.

Sometimes in our lives,
God sends a trial . . .
to see if we are living
a righteous life-style.

He wants to see if our faith,
has become obscure
or if we have the strength
in this world to endure.

Sometimes in our lives,
God tries and proves us
just to see the measure
of our faith and trust!

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1 Peter 4:12

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

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


~ If God Is The Potter ~

If God is the potter,
shouldn’t we be more pliable
so He could mold us to be . . .
for Him much more flexible?

If God is the potter,
shouldn’t we rest in His hands
so He could mold into us . . .
His divine righteous plans?

If God is the potter,
shouldn’t we be more workable
so He could mold us to be . . .
to the truth more adaptable?

If God is the potter,
shouldn’t we trust Him for all things
so He could mold into us hope . . .
no matter what life brings.

If God is the potter,
shouldn’t we be more bendable
so He can mold us to see . . .
how on Him to be dependable?

If God is the potter,
shouldn’t we be the obedient clay
so He can mold into all of us . . .
the truths of His way?

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Isaiah 64:8

“But now, O Lord, thou art our father;
we are the clay, and thou our potter;
and we all are the work of thy hand.”

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Put On the New Man ~

Lord, You offered me this new man,
and asked me to put him on . . .
You challenged me to grow in him
and be willing to be Spirit drawn.

You told me my life was worthless,
and my heart was as dry as dust
how my mind was full of darkness
overflowing with greed and lust.

You asked me to give to You,
the worldly joys in my possession
You told me in return for them
You’d forgive me my transgression.

You made me open up my eyes,
to the useless things I do
showing me they are fruitless
when not being done for You.

You revealed to me my pain,
was from the emptiness inside
and why this old and new man . . .
can’t live happily side by side.

Lord, You asked me to make a choice,
a heart dark for one full of light . . .
so I chose to put on the new man
and to give the old one a holy fight!

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Ephesians 4:24

“And that ye
put on the new man,

which after God
is created in righteousness

and true holiness.”

Copyright 2012 Revised 2022
Deborah Ann Belka

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Getting My Home In Order ~

I’m getting my home in order,
cleaning up all the grime . . .
getting rid of the things
robbing God of my time.

My closet I’ll declutter,
throw out the worthless stuff
toss away my wasteful junk
and all the other useless fluff.

I’m getting my home in order,
clearing out all the rubbish . . .
so that my faith and trust
won’t be weak and sluggish.

I’ll go from room to room,
search until I finally find
all the things that are futile
so I can unbound my mind.

I’m getting my home in order,
my time I’m going to free
so I can spend more of it . . .
thinking about things I can’t see!

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2 Kings 20:1

“Thus saith the Lord, Set thine
house in order;”

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Deborah Ann Belka


If We Are Called ~

If we are called,
to like Jesus walk
then why doesn’t it . . .
reflect in our daily talk?

If God’s Spirit,
dwells within us
then why don’t we . . .
His guidance trust?

If Christ is our example,
on how we’re to live
then why aren’t we . . .
more willing to forgive?

If we like Jesus,
are to resemble
then why aren’t we . . .
more meek and gentle?

If we are called,
in Jesus to abide
there would be fruit . . .
growing daily inside!

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John 15:4

Abide in me, and I in you.
As the branch cannot bear
fruit of itself, except it abide
in the vine; no more can ye,
except ye abide in me.

Romans 8:9

But ye are not in the flesh,
but in the Spirit, if so be that
the Spirit of God dwell in you.
Now if any man have not the
Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Things, Things, Things ~

 Things, things, things,
they are everywhere . . .
things leading my faith
into a state of disrepair.

Things taking up my time,
running my life too
things keeping me from . . .
the “thing” I should do.

Things taking me from God,
wasting my time with them
things I don’t really need
idols He would condemn.

Things cluttering my mind,
taking over my thoughts
things people gave me
things that I have bought.

Things, things, things,
causing me grief and strife
getting rid of those things . . .
not leading to eternal life!

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Colossians 3:2

“Set your affection
on things above,
not on things
on the earth.”

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Spiritual Renewal ~

Spiritual renewal,
abounding in trust
a time in God . . .
for a deeper trust.

Knowing His will,
being thankful
telling Him why
we are grateful.

Abounding in faith,
full of resilience
lights ever shinning
of His brilliance.

Expressing His love,
in Christ being a part
a revival of both . . .
the mind and the heart.

Spiritual renewal,
abounding in grace
filled with His spirit
energized for the race!

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Ephesians 4:23

And be renewed
in the spirit of your mind
;

2 Corinthians 8:7

Therefore, as ye abound
in every thing, in faith,
and utterance, and
knowledge, and in all
diligence, and in your
love to us, see that ye
abound in this grace also.

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


A Soul Conquering~

It takes courage,
a spirit willing to go the length
it takes confidence
letting God supply the strength.

It takes commitment,
a determination to do God’s will
it takes patience
a willingness to wait and be still.

It takes persistence,
a resolve to keep pressing on
it takes diligence
for the faithful race to be won.

It takes perseverance,
a heart willing to go the distance
it takes a dedicated mind
able to handle the resistance.

It takes focus,
eyes always kept on the goal
it takes Jesus . . .
to have a conquering soul!

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Philippians 3:14

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

Hebrews 12:1-2

Wherefore seeing we also are
compassed about with so great
a cloud of witnesses, let us lay
aside every weight, and the sin
which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run with patience
the race that is set before us,

Looking unto Jesus the author
and finisher of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before
him endured the cross, despising
the shame, and is set down at the
right hand of the throne of God.

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Need Some Meat ~

Lord I need some meat,
on my spiritual bones . . .
I need to have the muscle
that my faith in You tones.

I need to have willpower,
a winner’s determination
I need the sustenance
of Your fortification.

Lord I need some brawn,
on my spiritual vertebra
I need a spine that won’t
from You breakaway.

I need to have self-control,
courage and fortitude
so that I can have in You
a can and will do attitude.

Lord I need some meat,
some muscle, some grit
on my spiritual bones . . .
so the race I won’t quit!

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1 Corinthians 3:2

I have fed you with milk,
and not with meat:
for hitherto ye were not
able to bear it, neither yet
now are ye able.

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Less Of Me Lord~

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

Lord, I give You all my doubts,
with them You can have my fear
take from me my worldliness
move me close and draw me near.

More of You Lord, more of You,
oh Dear Jesus, can’t You see . . .
I need You to take in me control
so there’s more of You and less of me.

Lord, I give You all my love,
take my heart, it’s all Yours too
let it be You in my reflection
turn me into that someone new.

More of You Lord, more of You,
in all the things I say and do . . .
I need less of me Lord, less of me
so more like You I will finally be!

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Philippians 1:21

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

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


A Work In Progress ~

I am a work in progress,
you probably are one too
each day Jesus is working
in us something new.

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

He is molding our hearts,
to be sober and clean
so the likeness of Him
in our souls we can glean.

He knows all the lumps,
that need to be reformed
He is shaping us each day
till in Him we’re transformed.

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

I am a work in progress,
you too might be one . . .
every day God is shaping us
into the image of His Son!

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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:”

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Merge ~

Lord, show me Your will,
keep me on the right course
teach me to trust You
as my navigation source.

Lead me in Your truth,
guide me all my days
give me Your direction
in all of my ways.

Instruct me to wait,
until Your ready for me
grant me Thy patience
till it’s Your will I see.

Train me to follow,
after Your every deed
offer me Your wisdom
to see You’re all I need.

Enlighten my soul,
to Your every urge . . .
keep me in Your sight
until our paths merge!

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Psalm 25:4-5

“Shew me thy ways,
O Lord; teach me thy paths.

Lead me in thy truth, and teach me:
for thou art the God of my salvation;
on thee do I wait all the day.”

Copyright 2013 Revised 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

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Working Out My Salvation ~

Lord, may I continue,
to act on and work out
my salvation until . . .
I’ve not one ounce of doubt.

No doubt You won’t do,
in my life Your good pleasure
so I may discover
Your mercy is without measure.

Lord may I remain,
in Your Word submersed
until I’m completely
schooled and well versed.

Versed in Your love and grace,
the daily care for my soul
so that Your will for my life
will keep me in control.

Lord, may I with holy fear,
use care and due diligence
to work out my salvation . . .
with a trembling willingness!

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Philippians 2:12-13

Wherefore, my beloved,
as ye have always obeyed,
not as in my presence only,
but now much more in my
absence, work out your own
salvation with fear and trembling.

For it is God which worketh
in you both to will and to
do of his good pleasure.

King James Version
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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Crucified with Christ

Crucified with Christ,
not my life now but His
earthy desires put aside
not my life now, but His.

Crucified with Christ,
this new man I put on
no more pride and ego
old man all but gone.

Crucified with Christ,
an exercise of His grace
an end to self-reliance
now His strength I embrace.

Crucified with Christ,
sin no longer to control
since faith came to dwell
inside my heart and soul.

Crucified with Christ,
not my life now, but His
alive in flesh and faith
not my life now ~ but His!

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Galatians 2:20-21

“I have been crucified with Christ;
it is no longer I who live,
but Christ lives in me; and the life
which I now live in the flesh I live
by faith in the Son of God, who loved me
and gave Himself for me.
I do not set aside the grace of God;
for if righteousness comes through the law,
then Christ died in vain.”

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Deborah Ann Belka


Renewed Daily ~


Each day I’m being renewed,
in the recess of my mind
as I find in my Bible
blessings of every kind.

As my faith is restored,
my trust in God improves
I can see through my life
how the Holy Spirit moves.

A new man in me He makes,
as I put off the former things
my strength is refreshed
as I grow my eagle wings.

A clean heart He bestows,
His spirit now lives in me
the joy of my salvation
I want every one to see.

Though my body is perishing,
I’m being renewed day by day
and the inward man is rejoicing
singing hallelujah and hooray!

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2 Corinthians 4:16

““For which cause we faint not;
but though our outward man
perish,yet the inward man is
renewed day by day.”

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


For Grace To Grow ~

For grace to grow,
it needs to be fed . . .
our Bibles must be
everyday read.

For without knowledge,
of our Lord and Savior
will never be able to
duplicate His behavior.

For grace to bloom,
it needs to be watered
lest on the straight way
we will surely faltered.

For without understanding,
on our spiritual path
one day we’ll encounter
God’s righteous wrath.

For grace to grow,
our faith we need to nourish
for it to increase . . .
in Jesus it must flourish!

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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.

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


A Life Time of Growth ~

A lifetime of growth,
a lifetime of learning
is what it will take . . .
to become discerning.

For it takes insight,
and good judgment too
for the Holy Spirit
to lead and guide you.

A lifetime of lessons,
a lifetime of mistakes
is what it will take . . .
for the truth awake.

For it takes awareness,
deep understanding too . . .
to let God finish
what He began in you.

A lifetime of reshaping,
a lifelong transformation
is our journey on the road
to complete conformation!

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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:

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Lord, Help Me With My Armor ~

Lord, help me with my armor,
help me to daily put it on
so to all of satan’s lies . .
I will not be swayed or drawn.

Help me with my breast plate,
so my heart I can defend
so into satan’s wicked ways . . .
I will not fall or descend.

Help me with my boots,
so I can stand firm and strong
so with satan and his army . . .
I can combat them head on.

Help me with my shield,
so my mind I can protect
so that to satan’s disguises . . .
I can easily detect.

Help me with my helmet,
so I may protect my head
so onto satan’s wide path . . .
I will not be enticed or lead.

Lord, help me with my armor,
so that to Your Spirit I may yield
the power of Your Word . . .
when I go out into the battle field!

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Ephesians 6:11-12

Put on the whole armour of God,
that ye may be able to stand
against the wiles of the devil.

For we wrestle not against
flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness
of this world, against spiritual
wickedness in high places.

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Transformation ~

Transformation,
is a long process
it takes a lot of work
for it to impress.

It needs to set in,
let it roots grow
before a new heart
can begin to show.

Overhauling,
the old into the new
takes a labor of love
for it to come into view.

It needs to learn,
all that it can
about God’s will
His purpose and plan.

Transformation,
can take a whole lifespan
but God will finish in us . . .
what He began!

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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.

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


If It Be Your Will Lord ~

God if this is Your will,
so let it be done . . .
if this is Your desire
I’ll do it for Your Son.

If this is how it’s to be,
let me not protest
if this is what You want
help me the truth to digest.

God if this is Your will,
so let it commence
if this is Your design
it’s done at Jesus’ expense.

If this is what You think,
will be the best for me
if this for me is Your plan
let me faithfully obey Thee.

God if this is Your will,
so let it be performed . . .
if this is what it takes for me
to be like Jesus transformed!

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2 Corinthians 3:18

But we all, with open face
beholding as in a glass the
glory of the Lord, are changed
into the same image from glory
to glory, even as by the
Spirit of the Lord.

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Born To Conquer ~

Born to grow,
mature and ripen
born so my faith
in Jesus can deepen.

Born to know,
understand and believe
born so my strength
in God I’d receive.

Born to think,
recognize and detect
born so my life
Jesus would reflect.

Born to tell apart,
to discern and define
born so I would follow
God’s divine design.

Born to grow,
to divide and conquer
born to prove to satan . . .
He that’s in me is stronger!

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Colossians 1:9-10

For this cause we also,
since the day we heard it,
do not cease to pray for you,
and to desire that ye might
be filled with the knowledge
of his will in all wisdom
and spiritual understanding;

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Trying Times~

Trying times follow,
times of sweet relief
they come to destroy
our trust and belief.

For satan knows so well,
when we are at rest . . .
it’s the opportune time
to launch his fiery tests.

Tying times follow,
times of peacefulness
they come to disrupt
in God our faithfulness.

For satan understands,
when we are tranquil
it’s his ideal time
our faith to mangle.

Trying times follow,
times of blissfulness
but we who remain sober
do so with steadfastness!

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1 Peter 5:8-9

Be sober, be vigilant; because your
adversary the devil, as a roaring
lion, walketh about, seeking whom
he may devour:

Whom resist stedfast in the faith,
knowing that the same afflictions
are accomplished in your brethren
that are in the world.

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Labor Pains ~

We all have,
labor pains . . .
we all at times
feel the strain.

But, we know,
God will send
more grace
till they end.

We all have,
periods of trouble
we all at times
have to struggle.

But, we know,
God will provide
more faith
in which to abide.

We all have,
new-birth pangs
but our hope
on Jesus hangs!

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1 Peter 4:19

Wherefore let them that suffer
according to the will of God
commit the keeping of their
souls to him in well doing,
as unto a faithful Creator.

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Deborah Ann Belka


There Are No Shortcuts ~

There are no shortcuts.
to spiritual maturity . . .
there are no easy ways
to learning humility.

It takes a lifetime,
for our faith to grow
it takes years and years
for our fruit to show.

There are no quick steps,
to finding God’s peace
there are no round abouts
to make our trust increase.

It takes a lot of time,
for God to finish . . .
what He has began
for our doubts to diminish.

There are no shortcuts,
no real time savers
for us to be made into . . .
the image of our Savior!

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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:

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Deborah Ann Belka


A Heart Searched By God ~

A heart searched by God,
feels the pain and sting
as He signals out
every sinful thing.

It weeps and it sobs,
begs for forgiveness
for it’s a heart aware
of its own wickedness.

A heart open to God,
sees its carnal self
how it puts importance
only on and in itself.

It sees the old man,
the prideful disgrace
it prays to God to give
a new heart in his place.

A heart searched by God,
turns from being stony
the day a heart of flesh
makes it meek and lowly!

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Psalm 139:23-24

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

And see if there be any wicked
way in me, and lead me in the
way everlasting.

2 Timothy 3:16

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

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Deborah Ann Belka


When Feeling The Heat ~

When feeling the heat,
of God’s anger
know your faith
may be in danger.

For when the fires,
start testing you
God want to see
what you will do.

When feeling the heat,
of fiery affliction
know your heart
needs conviction.

For when the nightly fuel,
of sin beings to flame
you’ll need to confess
them in Jesus’ name.

When feeling the heat,
of tears remorseful
in the morning’s light . . .
you’ll again be joyful!

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 Psalm 30:5

For his anger endureth
but a moment;
in his favor is life:
weeping may endure
for a night,
but joy cometh
in the morning.

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Deborah Ann Belka


With A Love That’s True ~

I love you Lord,
more than I know
I love You more . . .
as my faith grows.

For the closer,
I become to You . . .
I see how much
for me that You do.

I love you Lord,
more than I think
I love you more . . .
as my ego shirks.

For the nearer,
to You I become . . .
the more to You
my pride succumbs.

I love You Lord,
with a love that’s true . . .
the more I grow
Lord, down into You!

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Colossians 2:7

Rooted and built up in him,
and stablished in the faith,
as ye have been taught,
abounding therein with
thanksgiving.

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Deborah Ann Belka


Perfect In God’s Sight ~

Lord, help me to be,
in Your sight perfect
on Your holiness
may I daily reflect.

Let me not be blind,
to that which I know
keeping Your wisdom
from in me to flow.

Lord, help me to live,
a life to You pleasing
let my heart reflect
one in Your keeping.

Let me not be deaf,
to Your imploring
to where hidden flaws
I am still storing.

Lord, help me to be,
in Your sight faultless
help me to be  . . .
like Jesus flawless!

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Colossians 1:28

Whom we preach, warning every man,
and teaching every man in all wisdom;
that we may present every man
perfect in Christ Jesus:

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Deborah Ann Belka


The Fullness of Jesus ~

Lord, give me the fullness,
found in only You . . .
give me the completeness
of being one with You.

Give me the inner dwelling,
of Your Spirit’s peace
keep Your grace flowing
so my hope will never cease.

Lord, give me the wholeness,
found in only You . . .
give me the righteousness
to be the life of You.

Reveal to me the liberty,
found in Your redemption
give me the final victory
of eternal salvation.

Lord, give me the fullness,
found in only You . . .
give me the stillness
of the blessedness of You!

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John 1.16

And of his fulness have all
we received,
and grace for grace.

King James Version
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Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka