Category Archives: The Storms of Life

Consider It For Joy ~

Consider it for joy,
when things go wrong
consider when they do
it’s to make you strong.

For when you are tested,
endurance it will bring
so that your faith in God
will not lack anything.

Consider it for joy,
when things go amiss
consider to embrace them
not to wearily dismiss.

For when you are tried,
perseverance it will bring
so that your trust in God
will continue to spring.

Consider it all for joy,
perfect, eternal and blissful
consider how it will make . . .
all things seem less dismal!

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James 1:2-4

My brethren, count it all joy
when ye fall into divers temptations;

Knowing this, that the trying
of your faith worketh patience.

But let patience have her perfect work,
that ye may be perfect and entire,
wanting nothing.

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Ask Jesus ~

When life tosses you,
into the pit of pain
when getting out of it
is too much of a strain.

Reach out your arms,
ask Jesus to lift you
out of the anguish
you are going through.

When life hurls you,
into the stormy seas
before the waves crash
and buckle your knees.

Reach out your hands,
ask Jesus to take a grip
so into the abyss
you’ll not begin to slip.

When life pins you down,
with its worry and care
ask Jesus to free you . . .
from all your despair!

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Psalm 32:6

For this shall every one
that is godly pray unto
thee in a time when thou
mayest be found: surely
in the floods of great
waters they shall not
come nigh unto him.

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


When You Think You Can’t ~

When you think you can’t,
remember God can . . .
when you don’t know the way
remember God has a plan.

When you think it’s all but over,
remember God just began
when you are afraid and fearful . . .
remember God’s wingspan.

When you think it’s to hard,
remember God does the impossible
when you think it’s hopeless
remember God is unstoppable.

When you think you’ve had enough,
remember God is not done
when you think you’re all alone
remember the love of His Son.

When you think you can’t do it,
remember God can do . . .
when you think it’s too difficult
remember God will strengthen you!

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Luke 1:37

For with God nothing
shall be impossible.

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Grace And Peace To You ~

Grace and peace to you,
my faith filled friends . . .
good health to you too
until this pandemic ends.

May God’s infinite mercy,
keep you safe and secure
so that through this storm
you’ll be able to endure.

Grace and peace to you,
to all faithful in Jesus . . .
may it be His strength . . .
you find in your weakness.

May onto Him you cast,
everything troubling
may He guard your heart
from fear and worrying.

Grace and peace to you,
my friends far and wide . . .
by this virus be not afraid
for God is at your side!

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Ephesians 1:1-2

Paul, an apostle of Jesus
Christ by the will of God,
to the saints which are at
Ephesus, and to the faithful
in Christ Jesus:

1 Corinthians 1:3

Grace be unto you, and peace,
from God our Father, and from
the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


A Calming Shush ~

He stills the waves,
to a calming hush
He gives His peace . . .
as storms at us rush.

He silences the seas,
to a tranquil lull
He grants us strength
when ours is dull.

He quiets the storms,
the winds He subdues
He gives us faith
when ours we lose.

He quiets the streams,
to a tranquil creek
He sends us power
when ours is weak.

He stills our souls,
to a calming shush . . .
He relieves our fear
with a soothing hush!

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Psalm 107:29

He maketh the storm a calm,
so that the waves thereof are still.

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


When God Sends Trials ~

When God sends us,
trials along our way
on our knees we need
to get down and pray.

For we will need,
a lot of His strength
so to keep our fear
at arm’s length.

When God delivers,
what to us is a blow
to the throne of grace
we need to at once go.

For we need not panic,
or think that it’s odd
for these flaming testings
to come from God.

When God sends us,
trials fiery and blazing
just think about the joy
for you that is awaiting!

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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:

But rejoice, inasmuch
as ye are partakers of
Christ’s sufferings;
that, when his glory
shall be revealed,
ye may be glad also
with exceeding joy.

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Solid Gold ~

When God sends,
trials our way
on our knees . . .
we need to pray.

For we will need,
a lot of strength
so to keep fear
at arm’s length.

When God delivers,
what to us is a blow
to the throne of grace
we must at once go.

For we will need,
His mighty power
to get us through
the darkest hour.

When faced with trials,
we need to be bold . . .
as God is turns us
into solid gold!

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Proverbs 17:3

The fining pot is for silver,
and the furnace for gold:
but the Lord trieth the hearts

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


In The Midst Of A Storm ~

In the midst of a storm,
Jesus is there . . .
He is ready to take
our fear, our care.

He hears our cries,
for His aid and relief
His ready to help us with
our lingering disbelief.

In the middle of the turmoil,
Jesus is waiting . . .
He is able to ease
our apprehensions grating.

He hears our lamenting,
our weeping and wailings
for He understands . . .
our weaknesses and failings.

In the midst of a storm,
Jesus is right there . . .
in the center of its eye
He hears our every prayer!

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Matthew 8:26-27

And he saith unto them,
Why are ye fearful,
O ye of little faith? Then he arose,
and rebuked the winds and the sea;
and there was a great calm.

But the men marvelled, saying,
What manner of man is this,
that even the winds and
the sea obey him!

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


God Is Still Able ~

When life gets hard,
and the road gets rough
when all that lies ahead
seems difficult and tough.

Remember God is still able,
to turn things around . . .
so keep on trusting Him
to avoid a breakdown.

When all that you see,
is hardship and adversity
when all that you feel
is the fear of uncertainty.

Remember with God,
nothing is too troubling
just keep on believing Him
so to keep from unraveling.

When life gets tough,
when the road seems long
remember God will give you . . .
the faith to make you strong!

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Isaiah 41:10

Fear thou not; for I am with thee:
be not dismayed; for I am thy God:
I will strengthen thee; yea,
I will help thee; yea,
I will uphold thee with
the right hand of my righteousness.

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Stress Test ~

Today God gave me,
a spiritual stress test
to see if my soul . . .
could remain at rest.

So He sent to me,
a hand-wringing situation
to see if my heart . . .
could handle the agitation.

He wanted to know,
how I would proceed
whether if to the strain
I’d win or would concede.

It took all of His strength,
for me not to succumb
for I knew I could trust Him
with the power to overcome.

Today God sent to me,
a test that was stressing
but I’m happy to say . . .
I’m patiently resting!

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James 1:3

Knowing this,
that the trying
of your faith
worketh patience.

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


The Fickle Heart ~

The heart is a fickle thing,
one moment it’s at peace
the next one that comes
panic it starts to release.

It has its times of faith,
in the things it cannot see
but when problems come
it’s tossed like waves at sea.

The heart is a quirky thing,
one day it’s resting calm
the next it’s flat on its back
as if it was hit by a bomb.

It has its joyful highs,
when all is going well
but it hits rock bottom
when fear begins to swell.

The heart that trusts God,
is a heart that is sound . . .
for it knows He will guard it
when troubles come around!

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James 1:8

A double minded man
is unstable in all his ways.

Colossians 3:15

And let the peace of God
rule in your hearts,
to the which also ye are
called in one body;
and be ye thankful.

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Deborah Ann Belka


As The Winds Blow ~

When you see a storm,
blowing your way . . .
make sure you’re ready
to swing with the sway.

For you’ll need to be,
on your feet sturdy
so your faith in Jesus
remains fast and steady.

When you see a storm,
out in front of you . . .
make sure you’re prepared
to thrust with the gust.

For you’ll need to be,
strong and resilient
if your trust in God
is to be consistent.

When you see a storm,
as the winds head your way
remember Jesus they’ll obey . . .
when to Him You pray!

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Mark 4:41

And they feared exceedingly,
and said one to another,
What manner of man is this,
that even the wind and the
sea obey him?

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Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka


When In A Tailspin~

When life has you,
scrambling around
and you feel as if . . .
you will breakdown.

Know that God,
will provide for you
with the strength
to power through.

When life pulls you,
into a tailspin
and it feels as if . . .
you’ve no grit within.

Know that Jesus,
is there with you
to give you the grace
for all you got to do.

When life throws you,
into a nose dive . . .
put your faith in Jesus
into overdrive!

 

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1 Corinthians 2:5

That your faith should not stand
in the wisdom of men, but in
the power of God.

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Deborah Ann Belka


Snippet of The Day ~02.03.20~

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From The Poem: Escaping Satan’s Traps

 


We All Get Stuck ~

We all start to sink,
from time to time
we all get stuck
in the murky grime.

But we can rise,
for we know
the way out
God will show.

We all waver,
ever now and then
we all need saving
again and again.

But we know,
Jesus will recuse us
therefore we put
in Him our trust.

We all sink into,
some kind of despair
but, our faith . . .
it will not impair!

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Matthew 14:30

But when he saw the wind boisterous,
he was afraid; and beginning to sink,
he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

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Deborah Ann Belka


Looking Unto Jesus ~

As troubles come,
as they most surely will
when the road ahead of you
looks all up hill.

When you are at a loss,
as to what to do
and you’ve no answers
not even a clue.

Look unto Jesus,
He knows how high the climb
He’ll help you over it
in His perfect time.

As hardships come,
as they seem to do
when they start to get
the very best of you.

When the pit you’re in,
is beyond waist deep
and all your cares
make you want to weep.

Look unto Jesus,
He will never let you sink
He is not as far away
as you may think.

As burdens come,
as they begin to occur
and in your mind
everything’s a big blur.

When nothing seems,
to make much sense
and you start to feel
nervous and tense.

Look unto Jesus,
He’ll give to you a new sight
and you’ll start to see . . .
everything through His light!

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Hebrews 12:2

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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Copyright 2012 Revised 2020
Deborah Ann Belka


The Trials of Your Faith ~

The trials of your faith,
may appear ominous
causing you to lose . . .
in God your confidence.

But, for every storm,
that circulates through
there’s something profound
God wants to teach you.

The trials of your faith,
can be hot and furious
making you to think . . .
to God your oblivious.

But, for every fire,
God permits through
remember into gold
He’s refining you.

For, God is preparing you,
when your faith is tried
for when Jesus returns . . .
one day for His bride!

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1 Peter 1:7

That the trial of your faith,
being much more precious than
of gold that perisheth, though
it be tried with fire, might be
found unto praise and honour
and glory at the appearing
of Jesus Christ:

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Deborah Ann Belka


Snippet of The Day ~12.11.19~

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From The Poem: When Trials Blow Our Way

 


On The Edge of Despair ~

 

I have been on the edge,
of complete, utter despair
I’ve looked over the ledge
not knowing what was there.

I’ve felt the bitter cold,
wrap me in it’s fearful grip
but, God had on me a hold
making sure I wouldn’t slip.

I have been to the threshold,
of total desperation
I’ve felt darkness enfold me
with fear and trepidation.

I’ve sensed the loom of doom,
engulf me with pure terror
but, God in the grasp of gloom
quelled my state of horror.

I have been on the edge,
of utter hopelessness
but, as I was on the ledge . . .
Jesus healed my brokenness!

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2 Corinthians 4.8-10

We are troubled on every side,
yet not distressed;
we are perplexed, but not in despair;

Persecuted, but not forsaken;
cast down, but not destroyed;

Always bearing about in the body
the dying of the Lord Jesus,
that the life also of Jesus might
be made manifest in our body.

Psalm 34:17-19

The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth,
and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

The Lord is nigh unto them that are
of a broken heart; and saveth such
as be of a contrite spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous:
but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


As The Storm Rages ~

As the storm rages,
as the gusts blow
as the reeling waves
mount up and grow.

Let Jesus your heart,
quill and quiet
till the battering winds
are calm and silent.

As the gales whip,
as they howl and roar
as the frigid rain
on top of you pours.

Let Jesus your mind,
still and settle
til the waves become
lulled and gentle.

As the storm rages,
as the winds intensify
hold on to Jesus
so they’ll not terrify!

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Luke 8:23-25

But as they sailed he fell asleep:
and there came down a storm of wind
on the lake; and they were filled
with water, and were in jeopardy.

And they came to him, and awoke him,+
saying, Master, master, we perish.
Then he arose, and rebuked the wind
and the raging of the water: and
they ceased, and there was a calm.

And he said unto them, Where is your faith?
And they being afraid wondered, saying
one to another, What manner of man is this!
for he commandeth even the winds and water,
and they obey him.

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Deborah Ann Belka


Snippet of The Day ~11.29.19

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From The Poem: It’s Not About The Storms

 


Untouched ~

My thoughts were a whirl,
spinning round and round
making it hard for me
to find secure ground.

I grabbed and grasped,
anything I could find
hoping I could gain
some peace of mind.

My faith was adrift,
seemingly lost at sea
making it hard for me
my Savior to see.

I gasped and groaned,
as to Him I cried out
Lord, help save me
from this sea of doubt.

He threw me an anchor,
on to which I clutched
and by this life storm . . .
I was left untouched!

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Hebrews 6:19

Which hope we have as an
anchor of the soul,
both sure and stedfast,

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Deborah Ann Belka

 


Puncture Wounds ~

When life leaves,
a puncture wound
don’t let your faith
by it be consumed.

For when we hurt,
God can replace
the pain and ache
with His grace.

When life pokes,
and picks at you
don’t let your trust
be pricked at too.

For when we hurt,
God can repair
the brokenness
of our despair.

When life’s wounds,
have you feeling . . .
hurt and bruised
ask God for healing!

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Psalm 147:3

“He healeth the broken in heart,
and bindeth up their wounds.”

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King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


Be Anxious For Naught ~

Be anxious for naught,
let nothing cause you dread
let go of that worry
filling up in your head.

Be concerned for zilch,
let Jesus take your care
let go of all that you fear
so your anxiety He can bear.

Be nervous for nada,
let Jesus have your doubt
let go of those problems
that are stressing you out.

Be burdened for zip,
let your troubles not alarm
let go of that heavy load
place it all in Jesus’ arms.

Be anxious for nothing,
is Jesus’ command to us
His peace He wants to give . . .
if we’d just let go and trust!

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Philippians 4:6

“Be anxious for nothing”

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Deborah Ann Belka


Staying In This Boat ~

I’m staying in this boat,
I’m going with the flow
for Jesus will steer me
in the way I should go.

I will not be afraid,
I’ve nothing to fear
for in this boat with me
Jesus too is here.

I’m sticking with this ship,
perish I will not . . .
with Jesus at my side
I’ve no dread of thought.

I’m not going to sink,
my faith will keep me afloat
there’s no way I’ll go down
for Jesus controls this boat.

I’m keeping with this boat,
in it I’m going to stay
for I know the winds and sea
Jesus’ commands will obey!

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Matthew 8:23-27

“And when he was entered into a ship,
his disciples followed him.

And, behold, there arose a great tempest
in the sea, insomuch that the ship was
covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

And his disciples came to him, and awoke him,
saying, Lord, save us: we perish.

And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful,
O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and
rebuked the winds and the sea;
and there was a great calm.

But the men marvelled, saying,
What manner of man is this,
that even the winds and the sea obey him!

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


Leap of Faith ~

Whenever you hit,
that eventual wall
remember on Jesus
you can always call.

He will help get you,
up and over it
with the strength
of the Holy Spirit.

Whenever you hit,
that awaiting obstacle
don’t forget with Jesus
nothing is impossible.

He will help you to take,
faith’s boundless leap
and on you His power
He will endlessly heap.

Whenever you hit,
that unexpected barricade
remember with Jesus
you need not be dismayed!

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Psalm 18:29

“For by thee I have run
through a troop;
and by my God have
I leaped over a wall.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka


Enduring The Storm ~

Though the storm outside,
is swirling all about . . .
inside of me there’s not
one single drop of doubt.

For, I know God’s in control,
of the thunder overhead
and there isn’t anything
for me to fear or dread.

The winds may be gusting,
tearing things apart
but, there’s a calming breeze
sweeping through my heart.

For, I know God’s out there,
keeping His eyes on things
and He will give me the strength
to endure the storms He brings.

I do not know just how long,
this storm is going to last
but, my faith will keep me trusting
until its final blast!

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Nahum 1:7

“The Lord is good,
a strong hold in
the day of trouble;
and he knoweth them
that trust in him.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka


Our One True Foundation ~

Storms come and go,
into our lives every day
some last only for hours
others hunker in to stay.

So we must be prepared,
for whatever may blow
as the timing of a storm
we can never know.

The framework of our faith,
must be strong and steady
for some storms are gentle
while others can be deadly.

We must build our faith,
on the Rock of our Salvation
lest we get knocked off
our One True Foundation.

Storms come and go,
into each of our lives . . .
and we must be ready
for each one that arrives!

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1 Corinthians 3:11

“For other foundation
can no man lay than
that is laid,
which is Jesus Christ.”

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Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka


Pedal to the Metal ~

Sometimes God puts,
the pedal to the metal
He wants to see if we have
the fortitude or the mettle.

So He sends us situations,
to see how we’ll react
testing to see whether
our faith will stay intact.

Sometimes God puts,
speed traps in our day
to see if we’ll race off
or stay on the narrow way.

So He sends us warnings,
to see if Him we’ll obey
or if we’ll race by them
and not do as they say.

Sometimes God puts,
the pedal to the metal . . .
and sends to us obstacles
to see just where we’ll settle!

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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:”

King James Version
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Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka


So Many Battles ~

So many battles,
too many fights
so many who need
God ‘s powerful might.

So many struggles,
too many woes
so many who need
God’s peaceful repose.

So many troubles,
too many ills
so many who need
God to show His will.

So many worries,
too many despairs
so many who need
God’s mercy repairs.

So many battles,
too many fights
so many who need
Jesus’ saving light!

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Matthew 11:30

“For my yoke is easy,
and my burden is light.”

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Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka


Onward Pressing ~

The sea of faith,
has its up and downs
but, I know for a fact
in it I’ll not drown.

For I keep holding on,
to the cross of grace
knowing with Jesus
any storm I can face.

The sea of faith,
has its highs and lows
but I don’t worry
I go where it flows.

For I keep anchored,
in God’s Word each day
to keep me steady
for what comes my way.

The sea of faith,
can be distressing
but Jesus keeps me . . .
onward pressing!

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Hebrews 11:29

“By faith they passed through
the Red sea as by dry land:
which the Egyptians assaying
to do were drowned.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka


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