Tag Archives: Grace

You Can’t Take It With You ~

Hearses don’t pull trailers,
filled with earthly treasures
they don’t tow your assets
or your worldly pleasures.

They don’t carry the living,
with their prized possessions
they only bring along coffins
to the grave side processions.

You can’t take it with you,
all you’ve got will turn to rust
what you adore and cherish
will be left behind in the dust.

You can’t haul away your stuff,
there’s no place in heaven for it
one day all you own and love
you will be forced to forfeit.

There is no trailer hitch,
attached to that black hearse
all your valuables down here
others one day will disperse.

You can’t take it with you,
so you might as well let it go
for where your heart is . . .
to the world it will show!

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Matthew 6:20-21

“But lay up for yourselves
treasures in heaven,
where neither moth
nor rust doth corrupt,
and where thieves do not
break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is,
there will your heart be also.”

Copyright 2013 Revised 2022
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Give Me Grace Lord ~

Give me grace Lord,
when all is going right
give me more of it . . .
when up against a fight.

Give me grace Lord,
when the sunshine is out
give me more of it . . .
when there’s clouds of doubt.

Give me grace Lord,
when it’s time to sing
give me more of it . . .
when life begins to sting.

Give me grace Lord,
when I’m happy as a lark
give me more of it . . . .
when all is looking dark.

Give me grace Lord,
when I am sitting pretty
give me more of it . . .
when life becomes gritty.

Give me grace Lord,
amble and sufficient
for I know it will be . . .
perfect and efficient!

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2 Corinthians 12:9a

And he said unto me,
My grace is sufficient for thee:
for my strength is made perfect
in weakness.

King James Version
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Copyright 2022
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Be A Son Beam ~

May the Light of the World,
brighten up your day . . .
may it shine so ever brightly
so others to it you may sway.

May you be a shining beacon,
of hope, love and peace
may the Light of the World
you every day release.

May the Light of  the World,
in your heart always glow
may the joy of your salvation
out of you continually flow.

May you be a Son beam,
of mercy, faith and favor
may the Light of God’s grace
lead others to your Savior.

May the Light of the World,
brighten up your day . . .
may it shine so ever brightly
on the Life, Truth and Way!

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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.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2014 Revised 2022
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


I am Amazed ~

I fear God for one reason,
and it’s not that I’m afraid
I fear His mighty power . . .
for, it leaves me amazed.

I stare in astonishment,
at the works of His hand
how all came together
just by His command.

I worship Him and marvel,
as I gaze out into space
in awe I stand in wonder
of His mercy and His grace.

I tremble and I shake,
my understanding fails me
for, it’s hard to comprehend
all I can and cannot see.

I fear God for one reason,
but, it’s not that I am fearful
I fear Him because I know . . .
He is mightily powerful!

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Psalm 33:8

“Let all the earth fear the Lord:
let all the inhabitants of the world
stand in awe of him.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2014 Revised 2022
Deborah Ann Belka

~ To GOD be the GLORY ~~


A Love Letter From God ~

Today I received,
from God a love letter
I opened up my Bible
here is what I read . . .

I am your Creator,
I formed and molded you
before you were born . . .
I knitted you together too.

I’m the remedy to your needs,
I am your soothing balm
I’m the peace in your storm
I am that voice in the calm.

I’m all the grace you need,
in Me there’s eternal life
I came so that I could bear
the burden of your strife.

I am your staff of comfort,
I will shield and protect you
through life’s complexities
together we’ll get through.

I am the anchor of your soul,
a safe place to run and hide
for I will never forsake you . . .
I’ll always be at your side.

I’m the lamp unto your way,
with my Word I will guide
I am the One who you feel
stirring up deep inside.

I am your Creator,
I knew you from the start
that is why I gave to you . . .
for Me a loving heart!

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1 John 4:16

And we have known and
believed the love that God
hath to us. God is love; and
he that dwelleth in love
dwelleth in God, and God in him.

King James Version
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Copyright 2014 Revised 2022
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


The Missing Piece ~

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

His love reaches,
the deep recesses
where pain hides
and sin depresses.

He gives wholeness,
to the fraught mind
surpassing anything
we could ever find.

To those in need,
grace He freely gives
for only He knows . . .
how to truly forgive.

He fills in the hole,
He’s the missing piece
only Jesus can bring
true rest and peace!

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Psalm 147:3

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

Philippians 4:7

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

King James Version
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Copyright 2013 Revised 2022
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Deep Murky Waters ~

Deep waters,
swallowing up souls
sinking into sins
bottomless hole.

Stuck in the muck,
with no way out
too many questions
fueling their doubt.

Waters of affliction,
bitter ~ so bitter
once faithful souls
now God quitters.

Rivers of worries,
lakes of mistakes
these drowning souls
forgot sin’s high stakes.

Sinking in despair,
going down and down
too frighten to turn
back to God around.

Deep waters,
life-giving streams
sin flooded souls . . .
Jesus wants to redeem!

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Isaiah 57:20

But the wicked are like the
troubled sea, when it cannot rest,
whose waters cast up mire and dirt.

James 5:20

Let him know, that he which
converteth the sinner from
the error of his way shall
save a soul from death,
and shall hide a
multitude of sins.

Copyright 2012 Revised 2022
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Keep Us Close Lord ~

Lord, keep us close to You,
each and every day . . .
may it be the first thing
we ask as we pray.

Remind us of Your hope,
how it will not pass away
build up our confidence
to help us not to stray.

Fill us with Your peace,
quiet our troubles inside
take away the barriers
so with You we may abide.

Whisper in our ears,
how much for us You care
tell us a over and over
You will always be there.

Lord, keep our hearts,
each and every day . . .
so on the right path
by Your side we’ll stay!

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Proverbs 7:25

“Let not thine heart
decline to her ways,
go not astray in her paths.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2013 Revised 2022
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


A Time To Let God ~

A time for patience,
and for some rest
a time to let God do . . .
what He knows is best.

A time for His Spirit,
to lead from above
a time to linger . . .
and abide in His love.

A time for endurance,
to run the good race
a time to stop running
and abound in His grace.

A time for calmness,
when composure is gone
a time to discover
how to be closer drawn.

A time to be quiet,
to sit and be still
a time to actively seek
what is God’s perfect will.

A time for silence,
of both mind and heart
a time for God only . . .
nothing keeping us apart.

A time to lie down,
in pastures green
a time to be protected
under His almighty wing.

A time to know and believe,
He’ll never leave or forsake
a time for God . . .
we all need to make!

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Ecclesiastes 3:1

“To every thing
there is a season,
and a time to every purpose
under the heaven:”

King James Version
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Copyright 2014 Revised 2022
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

 


Afternoon Ponderings ~03.07.22~

Romans 3:24


If The Lord’s Our Shepherd ~

If the Lord is our Shepherd,
why then do we still want?
If He supplies all our needs,
why do our lacks still taunt?

If besides still waters He leads,
why then do we still fear?
If He fills us with quietness,
why don’t we hold Him near?

If green pastures bring peace,
why then are we still stressed?
If He leaves us not lacking,
why don’t we feel blessed?

If He restores our souls,
why then do we still doubt?
If He satisfies our deep thirst,
why is their still a drought?

If in righteousness He guides,
why then do we still wander?
If the Lord is truly our Shepherd,
we needn’t these things ponder!

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Psalm 23:1-3

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down
in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside
the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths
of righteousness
for his name’s sake.

King James Version
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Copyright 2013 Revised 2022
Deborah Ann Belka


I’m Stepping Out In Faith ~

I’m stepping out in faith today,
I’m walking with my Lord
I found Him faithful yesterday
He’ll be true again today.

I’m stepping out in faith today,
I’m seeking to find His peace
I found His calm yesterday
He’ll quiet me again today.

I’m stepping out in faith today,
I’m trusting Him with my heart
I found Him reliable yesterday
He’ll be trustworthy again today.

I’m stepping out in faith today
I’m asking Him to heed my prayer
I found Him listening yesterday
He’ll hear my pleas again today.

I’m stepping out in faith today,
I’m trusting Him for what I can’t see
I found His guidance yesterday . . .
I know He’ll lead me again today!

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2 Corinthians 5:7

“For we walk by faith,
not by sight:”

King James Version
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Copyright 2013 Revised 2022
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Growing In Jesus ~

Grow in grace today,
plant faith in your heart
let it root itself in love . . .
and more grace it’ll start.

Grow in wisdom today,
let it dig its way into you
let it branch out and touch
everything you say and do.

Grow in humility today,
let meekness bud inside
so compassion can begin
to develop and divide.

Grow in charity today,
let is spring up and rise
make a contribution
no matter what the size.

Grow in knowledge today,
harvest from the Word
reap from the truth you find
then share all you’ve heard.

Grow in grace today,
grow in knowledge too
grow so others will see . . .
Jesus growing in you!

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2 Peter 3:18

“Grow in grace, and in
the knowledge of our
Lord and Saviour
Jesus Christ.”
To him be glory both
now and for ever. Amen.

Ephesians 4:15

“But speaking the truth in love,
may grow up into him in all things,
which is the head, even Christ:”

King James Version
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Copyright 2013 Revised 2022
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Unto Eternity ~

Oh, My little sparrow,
I have given you My peace
and unto eternity . . .
it will never cease.

I have empowered you,
with My sufficient grace
but it is up to you
to seek My faithful face.

Oh, My little sparrow,
I will not let you fall
and unto eternity . . .
I’ll hear your every call.

I have given you freedom,
to fly off anywhere
but it’s up to you to take . . .
Me with you everywhere.

Oh, My little sparrow,
I have given you My calm
and unto eternity . . .
I will hold you in My palm.

But you must learn to fly,
on your own faithful wings
for you are not My puppet . . .
I hold not onto your strings!

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Matthew 10:29-31

Are not two sparrows sold
for a farthing? and one of them
shall not fall on the ground
without your Father.

But the very hairs of your head
are all numbered.

Fear ye not therefore, ye are of
more value than many sparrows.

King James Version
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Copyright 2013 Revised 2022
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to God be the Glory ~


Jesus Cares For You ~

Jesus knows you,
every single hair
He knows all about
life’s wear and tear.

For He understands,
more than you know
and for you His grace
He wants to show.

Jesus loves you,
like no other can
His love for you
can’t be found in man.

For He gave His life,
so that you may live
once you accept Him
your sins He’ll forgive.

Jesus cares for you,
He wants to bear
all of your burdens
every single care.

For He wants you to be,
at peace internally
so that you can be . . .
with Him eternally!

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2 Timothy 2:19

Nevertheless the foundation
of God standeth sure, having
this seal, The Lord knoweth
them that are his. And, let every
one that nameth the name of
Christ depart from iniquity.

Jeremiah 31:3

The Lord hath appeared
of old unto me, saying, Yea,
I have loved thee with an
everlasting love: therefore
with lovingkindness have
I drawn thee.

1 Peter 5:7

Casting all your care
upon him; for he careth
for you.

King James Version
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Copyright 2022
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


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:”

King James Version
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Copyright 2015 Revised 2022
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.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2014 Revised 2022
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”

King James Version
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Copyright 2013 Revised 2021
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.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2013 Revised 2021
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.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2016 Revised 2021
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.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2016 Revised 2021
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.

King James Version
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Copyright 2013 Revised 2021
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.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2013 Revised 2021

~ 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.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2013 Revised 2021
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.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2013 Revised 2021
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.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2013 Revised 2021
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.

King James Version
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Copyright 2013 Revised 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Sticky Note From God ~09.22.21~

Matthew 19:25-26