Tag Archives: God’s Love

A Plate of Grace ~

Come this Thanksgiving . . .
there’ll be no turkey with dressing
I’m only going to serve a plate
of gratitude for God’s blessings.

As a substitute for candied yams,
we’ll feast on His loving kindness
taste the sweetness of His favor
as we reflect on His righteousness.

There’ll be no rolls and butter,
instead, we’ll eat of the Bread of Life
with gratitude we’ll give our thanks
to Jesus for bearing our strife.

In place of mashed potatoes,
there’ll be praise piled just as high
we’ll sing our adoration
in place of having pumpkin pie.

The only beverage we will drink,
will be from the one True Vine
with humility on our lips
our thanks will be as sweet as wine.

Come this Thanksgiving . . .
there’ll be no traditional dinner
instead I’ll serve a plate of grace
to anyone who is a sinner!

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Psalm 7:17

I will praise the Lord
according to his righteousness:
and will sing praise to the name
of the Lord most high.

Ephesians 5:20

Giving thanks always for all things
unto God and the Father in the name
of our Lord Jesus Christ;

King James Version
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Deborah Ann Belka


A Callous Heart ~

A callus heart,
edges are rough
getting through to it
is more than tough.

But there’s one thing,
that is for sure
God it’s coarseness
can heal and cure.

A callus heart,
is thick and dense
being cynical
is its only defense.

But God can make it,
soft and pliable
so that it can be
for Him viable.

A callus heart,
is crass, coarse and cold
but God can turn it
into a heart of gold!

~~~~~~~~

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 wil
l give you an heart of flesh.”

King James Version
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Deborah Ann Belka


Rejoice, Rejoice In the Lord ~

Rejoice, rejoice in the Lord,
be glad and shout out with joy
for He will uplift you . . .
and your doubts He’ll destroy.

For those who trust in the Lord,
haven’t anything to fear
because they know to them
He is always close and near.

Rejoice all who love the Lord,
with delight give Him your praise
His power and strength is yours
when the shield of faith you raise.

Stand up against the wicked one,
don’t believe in his lies
for God blesses all who trust
with a heart that is wise.

Rejoice, rejoice in the Lord,
and again I say rejoice . . .
lift up your jubilant praise
let God hear your joyous voice!

~~~~~~~~~~

Philippians 4:4

“Rejoice
in the Lord alway:
[and] again

I say, Rejoice.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2012 Revised 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


I am Thankful ~

I am thankful for,
God’s love steadfast
how He lift’s me up
when I’m downcast.

I am grateful for,
God’s mercy tender
how a new life He gave
upon my surrender.

I am appreciative for,
God’s gift of a Savior
how He gave my soul
His grace and favor.

I am delighted for,
God’s holy commands
how He keeps me safe
in His mighty hands.

I am thankful for,
God’s love enduring
for the Holy Spirit’s
continuous outpouring!

~~~~~

1 Chronicles 29:13

Now therefore, our God,
we thank thee, and praise
thy glorious name.

King James Version
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Deborah Ann Belka


In The Eye of The Beholder ~

In the eye of the Beholder,
you are a precious thing . . .
that is why He protects you
under His almighty wings.

For you are the object,
of His undying affection
forgotten you’ll be not
nor will you face rejection.

In the eye of the Beholder,
an apple to Him you are
that is why He promises
from you He is never far.

The mercy He has for you,
nothing could ever sever
and so He shelters you
underneath His feathers.

In the eye of the Beholder,
you are to Him a treasure
He loves you with a love . . .
without limit or measure!

~~~~~

Luke 12:6-7

Are not five sparrows sold
for two farthings, and not
one of them is forgotten
before God?

But even the very hairs of
your head are all numbered.
Fear not therefore: ye are of
more value than many sparrows.

Psalm 17:8

Keep me as the
apple of the eye,
hide me under
the shadow of thy wings,

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Oh, To Know The Power ~

Oh, to know the power,
that Jesus’ death brings
is to have the saving faith
to trust Him for all things.

For in His resurrection,
we’re eternally transformed
and by the power of His Spirit
we are forever conformed.

Oh, to know the power,
that Jesus’ life brought
is to know your sins
on the cross He bought.

For in His death springs,
new birth, new purpose
for your very soul
He endured to purchase.

Oh, to know the power,
Jesus brings to everyone
is to know being saved . . .
a new life has just begun!

~~~~~~

Philippians 3:10

That I may know him,
and the power of his
resurrection, and the
fellowship of his sufferings,
being made conformable
unto his death.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


Father, How Can I Show My Gratitude ~

Father, how can I show my gratitude,
my gratefulness for all You’ve done
how can I show my thankfulness
for the eternal gift of Your Son?

What can I do to repay You,
for the kindness You’ve shown me
what can I give back to You
so my appreciation You can see?

How can I render my thanksgiving,
the sense of my true gratification
how can I ever prove to You
the full delight of my satisfaction?

Father, how can I show my gratitude,
my gratefulness for all You do
how can I show my thankfulness
if I am not always praising You?

~~~~~~~~

Colossians 3:17

And whatsoever ye do
in word or deed, do all
in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God
and the Father by him.

King James Version
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Copyright 2013 Revised 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


Take the Plunge ~

Go ahead,
dive right in
be washed
from your sin

Take the plunge,
into the waters
that are Living
without borders.

Go ahead,
jump into the Well
save yourself
form the pit of hell.

Take the leap,
into the Spring
life everlasting
to you it’ll bring.

Go ahead,
drink thereof . . .
the Living Waters
of God’s love!

~~~~~

John 4:10-11

Jesus answered and said unto her,
If thou knewest the gift of God,
and who it is that saith to thee,
Give me to drink; thou wouldest
have asked of him, and he would
have given thee living water.

The woman saith unto him,
Sir, thou hast nothing to
draw with, and the well is deep:
from whence then hast thou
that living water?

John 4:14

But whosoever drinketh of the water
that I shall give him shall never
thirst; but the water that I shall
give him shall be in him a well of
water springing up into everlasting life.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


A Shadow Descends ~

A shadow follows me,
wherever I may go . . .
I see its silhouette
upon morning’s glow.

It shrouds me,
in my Father’s light
it changes not a bit
from day to night.

A shadow falls on me,
from a secret place
from where it comes
back to heaven I trace.

It blankets me,
with wings of love
mercifully spread
by my Father above.

A shadow descends,
a silhouette I see
I know it is God . . .
watching over me!

~~~~~~~~~

Psalm 91:1

He that dwelleth in the secret place
of the most High shall abide under
the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalm 57:1

Be merciful unto me, O God,
be merciful unto me: for my
soul trusteth in thee: yea,
in the shadow of thy wings
will I make my refuge,
until these calamities be
overpast.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

 


Grace Is A Mender ~

Grace is a mender,
of flaws running deep
it is a collector
of the tears we weep.

Grace is a healer,
of vessel’s broken
it is a free gift
God set into motion.

Grace is a liberator,
of evil and oppression
it is a deliver
of earthly transgression.

Grace is a giver,
of eternal redemption
it is a perfecter
of faith and salvation.

Grace is God’s mercy
pity and favor . . .
grace is God’s free gift
of Jesus our Savior!

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Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace are ye saved
through faith; and that
not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God:

Not of works,
lest any man should boast.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


From Brokenness to Wholeness ~

In the broken places,
is where Jesus meets us
so we may find the strength
in Him to fully trust.

He is able to see through,
the cracks and holes
for He can look into
the depth of our souls.

In the broken spaces,
of our shattered hearts
Jesus understands
why we’re falling apart.

He knows the anguish,
of our desperation
He gets the despair
in our supplication.

In the broken places,
filled with hopelessness
it’s when Jesus brings us
healing and wholeness!

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Psalm 147:3

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

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


Because~

I love the Lord because,
He hears my every cry
I love I can pray to Him
till my tears all but dry.

I love that He hears,
every prayer I pray
I love that He listens
to each word I say.

I love the Lord because,
on Him I can always call
I love that my pleas . . .
on deaf ears never fall.

I love the that my voice,
He knows so very well
I love my prayers to Him
are as crystal as a bell.

I love the Lord because,
for me He’s always there
I love that I can trust Him
with my every prayer!

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Psalm 116:1-2

I love the Lord,
because he hath
heard my voice
and my supplications.

Because he hath
inclined his ear
unto me, therefore
will I call upon
him as long as I live.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


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!

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Philippians 1:21

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

King James Version
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Copyright 2012 Revised 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


I Thank You God ~

I thank You God,
for Your Son
how He made me
with Him one.

I am thankful,
for the grace given
so that this sinner
could be forgiven.

I thank You God,
for being fair and just
so that in You
I may forever trust.

I am grateful,
to You I can pray
so that I can know
the Truth and Way.

I thank you God,
for mercy evermore
how You always have
for me more in store!

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Psalm 136:26

O give thanks
unto the God of heaven:
for his mercy
endureth for ever. 

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


Good Morning Quote ~10.19.19~


When You Lose Your Patience ~

When with God,
you lose your patience
remember with you
He’s more than gracious.

For, He gives you time,
to learn in Him to trust
until your confidence
is stable and robust.

When with God,
you get tired of waiting
remember with you
He’s love is unfailing.

For, He gives you grace,
without measure
as He works in you
His good pleasure.

When with God,
your patience you start to lose
remember that into you . . .
His will ~ He wants to infuse!

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Philippians 2:13

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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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


The Color Of Things Coming ~

I watch Fall’s colored leaves,
turn from red to golden brown
drifting on the breeze of Autumn
floating idly to the ground.

They lay in all their splendor,
till rake piles them knee-high
for eye to see and foot to crush
before they wither away and die.

Fall reminds me of the colors,
of the things forthcoming . . .
when Jesus with a trump
declares He is returning.

His eyes will see those waiting,
eagerly for His return
while He crushes under foot
those who gave Him no concern.

As I watch Fall’s colored leaves,
turn from red to golden brown
I pray everyday I can turn . . .
just one sinner’s heart around!

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Matthew 13:30

Let both grow together until
the harvest: and in the time
of harvest I will say to the reapers,
Gather ye together first the tares,
and bind them in bundles to burn
them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

Hebrews 9:28

So Christ was once offered to bear
the sins of many; and unto them
that look for him shall he appear
the second time without sin
unto salvation.

King James Version
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Copyright 2014 Revised 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


God Is All Around ~

Lord, You are inside me,
You’re in my heart . . .
new mercy each day
You give me to start.

You are over me,
You too are below
on me each morning
blessings You bestow.

Lord, You are around me,
You’re in my mind
every day Your hope
is mine to go find.

Lord, You are beneath me,
You are also above
each day You give me
peace, grace and love.

Lord, You are inside me,
You are beside me too
Your Spirit is in me . . .
and mine is within You!

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Ephesians 4:6

One God and Father of all,
who is above all,
and through all,
and in you all.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


The Face of Autumn ~

Lord it is time again,
to see the season change
to watch as Your beauty
the landscape rearrange.

So with wonder and awe,
I watch the face of Autumn
alter it’s many colors
ending Summer’s blossom.

Lord, it is time again,
to harvest the seeds sown
to see which ones for You
have ripened, matured and grown.

So with a grateful heart,
I gather up Autumn’s fruit
which over the span of time
have in You taken root.

Lord, it is time again,
for me to sit and reflect
how I can help to reach . . .
all those who You still reject!

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Matthew 9:37-38

Then saith he unto his disciples,
The harvest truly is plenteous,
but the labourers are few;

Pray ye therefore the Lord
of the harvest, that he will
send forth labourers into
his harvest.

Jeremiah 8:20

The harvest is past,
the summer is ended,
and we are not saved.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


The Beauty of Salvation ~

May the beauty of your salvation,
cause you to be jubilant
may the wonder of it all
make and keep you exuberant.

May the greatness of God’s mercy,
bow your grateful, thankful knees
may the vastness of His love
your whole heart, happily seize.

May the grandeur of your hope,
make you permanently indebted
may the elation that you feel
forever in your soul be embedded.

May the splendor of Jesus’ grace,
always keep you humble and meek
may your gleeful gratitude
be in every word you speak.

May the beauty of your salvation,
bring to you God’s eternal peace
may your delighted exuberance
to Him you jubilantly release!

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Psalm 149:4

For the Lord taketh pleasure
in his people: he will beautify
the meek with salvation.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


Light Walking ~

Light walking,
is more than just talking
it’s knowing . . .
when our sins are showing.

It requires from all of us,
in Jesus blood to trust
to help us not to stray
while on the narrow way.

Light walking,
is more than just a calling
it’s a willingness
to avoid all evilness.

Then a real community,
of non conformity
will come together
as hearts to God surrender.

Light walking,
takes more than just talking . . .
it takes with Jesus a relationship
to form a true light fellowship!

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1 John 1:7

But if we walk in the light,
as he is in the light, we have
fellowship one with another,
and the blood of Jesus Christ
his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


There’s Good News ~

There’s Good News,
for when days are bad
there is hope . . .
for when you feel sad.

There is light,
for when all seems dim
there is rest  . . .
that comes from Him.

There is grace,
for when needing more
there is trust . . .
when God you implore.

There is strength,
for when you awake
there is new mercy . . .
upon morning’s break.

There is warmth,
for when you feel cold
there is power . . .
to make you bold.

There’s Good News,
for when you are low
there is peace . . .
when God’s love flows!

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Proverbs 25:25

As cold waters to a thirsty soul,
so is good news from a far country.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


The Lion and The Lamb ~

 

One day Judah’s Lion,
will break open seven seals
one day the wrath of God
He will at long last reveal.

One day the Lamb of God,
from each scroll will read
for worthy is He . . .
who was crucified on a tree.

One day Judah’s Lion,
will be crown King of Kings
one day the world will know
the peace that He brings.

One day God’s precious Lamb,
who died for the sins of mankind
will return to conquer Satan
and his enemies for the last time.

One day the Lion of Judah,
God’s sacrificial Lamb once slain
will from heaven’s glorious throne . . .
the whole world will ~ forever reign!

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Revelation 5:5-7

And one of the elders saith unto me,
Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe
of Judah, the Root of David, hath
prevailed to open the book, and to
loose the seven seals thereof.

And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst
of the throne and of the four beasts,
and in the midst of the elders,
stood a Lamb as it had been slain,
having seven horns and seven eyes,
which are the seven Spirits of God
sent forth into all the earth.

And he came and took the book out
of the right hand of him that sat
upon the throne.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


If the Lord Should Tarry ~

If the Lord should tarry,
and I should see another day
I’ll continue to press on
as I travel the narrow way.

If I have to remain,
on this earth a while longer
my faith in Jesus . . .
will only just get stronger.

If I have to wait,
until the Lord comes for me
my hope will see me through
until the day with Him I’ll be.

If I have to linger,
and I’m given here more time
I’ll keep on trusting Jesus
as obstacles I climb.

If the Lord should tarry,
and I remain here another day
I’ll be waiting right here . . .
till with Him ~ He takes me away!

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Hebrews 10:37-38a

“For yet a little while,
and he that shall come will come,
and will not tarry.
Now the just shall live by faith:
but if any man draw back,
my soul shall have no
pleasure in him.

John 10:27

My sheep hear my voice,
and I know them,
and they follow me:

King James Version
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Copyright 2012 Revised 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


Afternoon Ponderings~09.20.19


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