Tag Archives: Grace

It’s All About God’s Grace ~

It’s all about God’s grace,
not about what you do
it’s all about Jesus . . .
and what He did for you.

For grace is forgiving,
it frees you from your sin
it’s not something earned
or anything you can win.

It’s all about God’s grace,
His mercy and favor . . .
it’s all about having faith
in Christ, Jesus your Savior.

For grace is liberating,
there is no cost to you
Jesus paid the full price
there’s nothing left to do.

It’s all about God’s grace,
the confession of sin
it’s all about repentance
to be cleansed from within.

For grace will set you free,
from under satan’s claws
all you need is faith . . . .
for grace erased the laws.

It’s all about grace,
liberating and freeing
it is a gift from God . . .
well worth your receiving!

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Ephesians 2:8

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

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Down In The Valley ~

Lord, You have me in this valley,
for reason that are unknown . . .
but, I know deep in my heart
I am not down here all alone.

For, I know You are with me,
every step of the way . . .
and I know deep in my soul
there will come a better day.

Lord, I don’t know how long,
in this valley I will be . . .
but, I am prepared to stay
as long as Your here with me.

For, You have always promised,
from me You would never leave
and I know deep in my spirit
these words I now must believe.

Lord, I thank You for this valley,
though it has me feeling low
but, I know I am down here . . .
so my faith in You can grow!

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2 Peter 3:18

“Grow in grace,
and in the knowledge of our

Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


On This CHRISTmas Morn ~

A promise to the world,
a child to be given
so many years foretold
so all could be forgiven.

Moonless night shining,
with the Morning Star
calling watchful shepherds
to come from afar.

Wise Men carry gifts,
meant for only a King
angels up in heaven
Glory ~ Glory ~ sing.

God became a man,
the Good News is born
begotten Son arrives
on this Christmas morn.

Our mighty God concedes,
to the wickedness of man
the Prince of Peace comes
to bridge the empty span.

Wonderful is His name,
Counselor to the meek
the Son was born of flesh
to give power to the weak.

Our everlasting Father,
knows our fallen state
so He sent His only Son
to save us from our fate.

A promise to the world,
our Lord and Savior is born
sing ~ Praises to His Glory ~
on this Christmas morn!

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Isaiah 9:6

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is
given: and the government shall be upon his
shoulder: and his name shall be called
Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The
everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Copyright 2012 Revised 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ Wishing you and yours a very Merry CHRISTmas and a blessed, safe and healthy New Year ~


Rejoice On This CHRISTmas Day ~

Unto us a Son was given,
~ Rejoice this CHRISTmas day ~
a gift from God to you and I
the Truth, the Light, the Way.

To the world a Savior’s born,
~ Rejoice this CHRISTmas day ~
He fills the soul’s hunger pain
the Bread, the Life, the Way.

To every heart bound in sin,
~ Rejoice this CHRISTmas day ~
the gift of grace will set you free
the Christ, the Lord, the Way.

To thirsty souls everywhere,
~ Rejoice this CHRISTmas day ~
drink from the Fountain of Life
the Grace, the Mercy, the Way.

To all those who are heavy-laden,
~ Rejoice this CHRISTmas day ~
for He is the Prince of our Peace
the Door, the Lamb, the Way.

Rejoice on this CHRISTmas day,
your Lord and Savior is here
rejoice, I say again rejoice
let His birth bring your heart cheer!

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Luke 2:11
“For unto you is born this day in the city of
David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord”

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Still The Wise Seek Him ~

Still the wise seek Him,
they look to the Morning Star
they follow where He may lead
no matter how near or far.

They come to praise Him,
to worship and to adore
the wise still seek will Him
as the ones did from before.

The wise still offer Him,
gifts from their hearts
their faith, trust and hope
on Him they impart.

They hunger and thirst,
after His righteousness
they seek the Life and Way
with wholeheartedness.

Still the wise seek Him,
this Babe, the Child, their Savior
for they know He is God’s gift . . .
of His love, mercy and favor!

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Matthew 2:9-10

“When they had heard
the king, they departed; and,

lo, the star, which they saw
in the east, went before them,

till it came and stood
over where the young child was.

When they saw the star,
they rejoiced with exceeding
great joy.”

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Afternoon Ponderings ~12.16.21~

Romans 5:1-2


Thankful Everyday ~

We don’t need a special day,
to show how we’re thankful
for every day to God . . .
we need to be grateful.

We can come together,
any time of the year
and share the real cause
for our heart’s good cheer.

We can give our thanks,
no matter the season
a special holiday
needn’t be the only reason.

We can enter into,
the gates of thanksgiving
anytime, anywhere
without a single misgiving.

For, God doesn’t care,
when or how we show . . .
our thankfulness to Him
He just wants to know!

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Psalm 100:4

“Enter into his gates
with thanksgiving,
and into his courts
with praise:
be thankful unto him,
and bless his name.”

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


O, Taste and See ~

I’ve tasted the goodness,
from God’s banquet table
I’ve feasted on His Word
and now it’s a daily staple.

I’ve supped on the truth,
with my Lord and Savior
and now His Way of Life
I’ve come to truly savor.

I’ve been to the buffet,
of God’s benevolence
and now I understand
the meaning of excellence.

I’ve had my hunger satisfied,
by my faith supplier
and now I know just who is
my daily bread Provider.

I’m blessed beyond measure,
for I’m full of God’s fullness
now that I have feasted . . .
upon all of His goodness!

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Psalm 34:8

“O taste and see
that the Lord is good:
blessed is the man
that trusteth in him.”

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Sing To God Your Praise ~

O, sing of God’s goodness,
sing of His grace . . .
sing about His mercies
for all to embrace.

Sing in the morning,
sing into the night
sing of God’s wonder
sing of His saving light.

Sing to God’s honor,
sing of His name
sing how forever
He’s always the same.

Sing in the storm,
sing in the calm
sing about His peace
sing of His healing balm.

Give God His glory,
give Him your praise
O, sing of the Savior
for you He has raised!

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Psalm 96:1-3


“O sing
unto the Lord a new song:
sing unto the Lord,all the earth.
Sing unto the Lord,bless his name;
shew forth his salvation
from day to day.
Declare his glory among
the heathen, his wonders
among all people.

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


If I Were More Like My Master ~

If I were more like my Master . . .
I’d walk miles in the sand
just to lend someone
a helping, loving hand.

I’d be compassionate and kind,
gracious and merciful too
I’d give godly instructions
and show them what to do.

I’d calm down the waves,
walk on the turbulent sea
I’d encourage others to have
the faith to follow after me.

I’d see the lost and unsaved,
all the hungry people to feed
I would let them all know . . .
salvation was what they need.

I’d travel to every city,
spread the Good News around
I’d speak of Jesus’ forgiveness
how new life can be found.

If I were more like my Master . . .
I’d have a spirit of servitude
humility and meekness
would be my constant attitude!

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1 John 2:6

“He that saith he abideth in him
ought himself also so to walk,
even as he walked.”

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~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


In The Wilderness of My Soul ~

Lord, in the wilderness of my soul,
there are valleys deep and low . . .
and sometimes I wander in them
not sure the direction I should go.

In my doubt I meet with despair,
and my thoughts turn to giving up
for in my desperation . . .
I don’t see Your grace in my cup.

Lord, in the wilderness of my soul,
there are mountains high and wide
and sometimes all I want to do
is just to run away and hide.

In my fear I meet with dread,
with each obstacle I come to
but, I know I must get past them
if I want to get closer to You.

Lord, there’s a wilderness in my soul,
a vast land of empty spaces
long roads for me to travel on
with plenty of rough places.

But, I know I’m on the path,
leading me straight to You . . . .
and with Your strength and help
I know I’ll make it through!

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Luke 3:4

“The voice of one crying
in the wilderness,
Prepare ye the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.”

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


He Heals The Soul ~

He repairs hearts,
fills in the holes
mends the spirit
heals the soul.

His love reaches,
the deep recesses
where painful thoughts
hide and depresses.

He gives grace,
to those in need
His tender mercies
vastly exceed.

He steadies the nerves,
calms down the mind
so our fragile past
we can leave behind.

Jesus fills in the hole,
He’s the missing piece . . .
He is the only One
who can bring true peace!

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Philippians 4:7

“And the peace of God,
which passeth
all understanding,
shall keep your
hearts and minds
through Christ Jesus.”

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Afternoon Ponderings ~10.14.21~

Ephesians 2:8-9


Shine Your Light ~

Your light can shine,
without saying a word
volumes it can speak
without being heard.

The light of your smile,
says I’ll brighten your day
the light of your touch
says I’ll help show the way.

The light in your eyes,
says Jesus loves you
the light of your hug
says I’ll stay with you too.

The light of your mind,
says I’ll show you mercy
the light of your tears
says to God were all worthy.

You don’t have to say,
not a word of any kind
just let Jesus’ light shine
so His love others may find!

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Matthew 5:16

“Let your light so shine before men,
that they may see your good works,
and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

 


Keep Me Steadfast ~

Lord, keep me steadfast,
in my pursuit to abide in Thee
keep my heart faithful
so Your love will dwell in me.

Lord, keep me patient,
in my quest to walk like Thee
keep my feet established
so Your Spirit can lead me.

Lord, keep me faithful,
in my search to become like Thee
keep my branches trimmed
so Your fruit will mature in me.

Lord, keep me loyal,
in my endeavor to follow Thee
keep my mind established
so Your peace will be seen in me.

Lord, keep me steadfast,
so my works will glorify Thee
keep my faith abounding
so Your Spirit can encourage me!

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1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my beloved brethren,
be ye stedfast, unmoveable,
always abounding in the work
of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know
that your labour is not
in vain in the Lord.

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Sticky Note From God ~09.22.21~

Matthew 19:25-26


Sticky Note From God ~09.21.21~

James 4:6


Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled ~

Let not your heart be troubled,
let not worry start your day
for Jesus came to give you
a new and peaceful way.

Let not concern unsettle you,
let not stress take its toll
for Jesus will bring you calm
and quietness to your soul.

Let not your mind be burdened,
let not anguish weigh you down
for on Jesus you can depend
His tranquility will be around.

Let not your spirit fail you,
let not despair be what you feel
for Jesus wants your whole heart
to restore so He can heal.

Let not your heart be troubled,
let not it be afraid today . . .
for Jesus will bring you peace
and your anxiety will fade away!

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2 Corinthians 4:17-18

For our light affliction,
which is but for a moment,
worketh for us a far more
exceeding and eternal
weight of glory;

While we look not at the things
which are seen, but at the things
which are not seen: for the things
which are seen are temporal;
but the things which are not seen
are eternal.

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~ to GOD be the GLORY


For God So Loved ~

For God so loved the world,
He gave to all His only Son . . .
who came to save and heal
the heart and soul of everyone.

It doesn’t matter your race,
or the color of your skin . . .
Jesus wants to forgive you
and cleanse you from your sin.

It doesn’t matter if you’re rich,
or if you’re poor and meek
you are still bankrupt . . .
if His grace you do not seek.

It doesn’t matter who you are,
all are equal in His eyes . . .
so He came to show the Way
to see through satan’s lies.

For God so loved the world,
He gave to all His only Son . . .
who came to forgive and to give
His life for each and everyone!

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John 3:16

“For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth
in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.”

King James Version
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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

 


No Wonder We Need ~

Life is full of storms,
valleys plenty deep
no wonder we need . . .
a Good Shepherd’s keep.

With all the uncertainty,
each day we must face
no wonder we need . . .
a sufficient dose of grace.

Our fears can be many,
our worries limitless
no wonder we need . . .
God’s mercy measureless.

With all the challenges,
we daily go through
no wonder we need . . .
God our hearts to renew.

Life is full of storms,
with winds so unexpected
no wonder we need . . .
to run until perfected!

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Philippians 3:14

I press toward the mark
for the prize of the high
calling of God in Christ Je
sus

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Faith Unwavering ~

Lord, Give me faith unwavering,
so I may stand steadfast . . .
give me strength unfaltering
so temptation I may outlast.

Give me faith unshakable,
so I may walk faithfully
give me hope unmistakable
so I may tread gracefully.

Give me faith unquestionable,
so I may remain true
give me trust unflinching
so I’ll stay close to You.

Give me faith unending,
so I may see eternity
give me faith undoubting
so I may live with certainty.

Lord, give me faith unequivocal,
give me strength, give me power
give me trust unconditional
give me faith till my final hour!

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Romans 1:17

“For in it the righteousness
of God is revealed
from faith to faith; as it is written,
“The just shall live by faith.”

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


To Be Glory Worthy ~

My life was made to praise You,
to lift You up with song . . .
my soul was made to worship You
to glorify You all the day long.

My mind was made to seek You,
to claim Your perfect peace
my heart was made to find You
so my love for You I’d release.

My ears were made to hear You,
Your quiet voice to listen for
my eyes were made to see You
waiting for me at the Door.

My feet were made to follow You,
to walk in Your very steps
my legs were made to pursue You
and obey Your righteous concepts.

My mouth was made to declare You,
as my Savior, Lord and King
my lips were made to confess You
and the joy You’re going to bring.

My life was made to please You,
to be glory worthy . . .
my soul was made to share
Your favor, grace and mercy!

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1 Thessalonians 2.12

That ye would walk
worthy of God,
who hath called you
unto his kingdom and glory.

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


A Buffet of Hope and Trust ~

Every day is a smorgasbord,
a buffet of renewed pardon
a fresh supply of God’s grace
found in His Word garden.

I hunger after what is holy,
to help me through the day
only in the Word can I find
the Light to lead my way.

My appetites are gratified,
from the verses that I read
for they reassure me
Jesus is all I’ll ever need.

I thirst after the Truth,
reading the Word will bring
it satisfied my hunger pangs
it’s like dining with my King.

I need a steady filling,
of God’s mercy and His love
it’s like manna from heaven
coming down from above.

Every day is a smorgasbord,
a buffet of hope and trust  . . .
for the Word is like a banquet
Jesus set up for each of us!

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Matthew 4:4

“But he answered and said,
It is written, Man shall not
live by bread alone, but by
every word that proceedeth
out of the mouth of God”

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Just Pick Up Your Bible ~

When you’re feeling down,
and you need a lift
just pick up your Bible
and give yourself a gift.

For inside you’ll find,
God’s promises galore
for you to find and claim
when His Word you explore.

When you’re feeling anxious,
remember this one thing
since God is on our side
what good will worry bring.

For He is our God of peace,
who showers us from above
the gentleness of His mercy
in the tenderness of His love.

When you’re feeling discouraged,
and deep waters begin to flow
cast your cares upon Him
then watch His blessings grow.

For He is your Rock and Anchor,
He will never let you down
He will turn those deep rivers
into dry and solid ground.

All the assurance you need,
is written in the Good Book
but you’ll have to pick it up
and take for yourself a look!

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Proverbs 30:5

“Every word of God is pure:
He is a shield unto them
that put their trust in Him.”

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


My New Heart ~

My heart,
God’s hands
my love
He commands.

My time,
God’s ways
my fruit
He weighs.

My soul,
God’s grace
my sin
He erased.

My hope,
God’s plan
my trust
He can.

My faith,
God’s aid
my life
Jesus saved!

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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. 

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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


If Only We Would ~

If we the people of
the good old USA
would only be humble
before God and pray . . .

Then He would forgive us,
of our rebellion and sin
and bless once more
these States we live in.

If all we the people,
were to seek His face
confessing and repenting
of our sinful disgrace.

Then God would heal,
our divided land
and United under Him
we would again stand.

If we the people,
would pledge our trust
and see that God’s laws
are fair and just.

Then God would,
give us a new start
and restore to Him
our Nation’s heart.

If we the people,
of the USA
would only be humble
and to God pray . . .

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2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called
by my name, shall humble
themselves, and pray, and
seek my face, and turn from
their wicked ways; then will
I hear from heaven, and will
forgive their sin, and will
heal their land.

King James Bible
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Copyright 2012 Revised 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to God be the Glory ~


Water’s Healing~

In the depth of despair,
there is a gulf of grief . . .
where the sorrows of life
makes us beg for relief.

The hurting soul can’t calm,
or remove its own heartbreak
it needs the healing touch
of the One who won’t forsake.

We thirst for water’s healing,
a peaceful resting place
where we can forget the pain
that’s so unbearable to face.

The grieving soul can’t let go,
nor cause the ache to part
only God can relieve . . .
the throbbing in its heart.

In the depth of despair,
there is a gulf of grief . . .
and only Jesus can bring
the anguished soul true relief!

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Philippians 4:7

“And the peace of God,
which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds
through Christ Jesus.”

King James Bible
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Copyright 2013 Revised 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Build A Bridge of Hope ~

Build a bridge of truth and hope,
repair the broken span . . .
restore and renew someone’s life
to the Son of Man.

Build the bridge with mercy,
help them to see God’s will
bring back a wandering soul
to the One who longs to heal.

Build the bridge with grace,
let them see what love is about
show them the way to their Savior
guide them through their doubt.

Build the bridge with glee and joy,
let them see your delight
lead them through the darkness
into His eternal light.

Build a bridge of salvation,
to the Cross that sets them free
tell them why Jesus had to die
for them that day at Calvary!

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John 3:16-17

“For God so loved
the world, that he gave
his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish,
but have everlasting life.

For God sent not
his Son into the world

to condemn the world;
but that the world
through him might be saved.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2013 Revised 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Be Still & Know ~

Stop what you’re doing,
I want you to be awed
be still and know
that I am your God.

Quit trying,
let Me take care of you
quit stumbling
I know just what to do.

Quick fretting,
let Me work this out
quit worrying
give Me all your doubt.

Quit panicking,
I have your back
quit struggling
I know your lack.

Quit resisting,
your life is in My hand
quit refusing
your days I have planned.

Be still . . .
and know I am God
stop what you’re doing
and in Me be awed
!

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Psalm 46:10

“Be still,
and know
that I am God”
 

King James Bible
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Deborah Ann Belka

to GOD be the GLORY!


~ Shine His Light ~

In a world full of darkness,
shine His light . . .
in these times of uncertainty
be His light.

In the lives of those lost,
radiate the Light . . .
in the souls that are dying
expose the Light.

In the hearts that are hurting,
exude the Light . . .
in the minds that are unraveling
refract the Light.

In those who are unsure,
transmit the Light . . .
in the one who is wandering
broadcast the Light.

In a world that is perverse,
shine His light . . .
in an earth that is corrupt
be His light!

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Philippians 2:15

”That ye may be blameless
and harmless, the sons of God,
without rebuke, in the midst of a
crooked and perverse nation,
among whom ye shine
as lights in the world;”

King James Version
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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


In The Potter’s Hands ~

The Potter’s hands are strong,
as He molds us in His love
He crafts each single vessel
with His mercy from above.

No two vessels look-alike,
each is unique in His sight
He sculpts us individually
for His joy and His delight.

The Potter takes our souls,
spins them on His wheel
so He can shape into us
what is His perfect will.

Each one of us is different,
as we are wonderfully made
not one single quality in us
would He exchange or trade.

Each vessel is a work of art,
made in the labor of His grace
He lovingly knows each of us
by the silhouette of our face!

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Isaiah 64:8

“But now, O LORD, You are our Father;
We are the clay, and You our potter;
And all we are the work of Your hand.

Copyright 2012 Revised 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

King James Version
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~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


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