Tag Archives: Joy

In All Things Be Thankful ~

I love this time of year,
with Thanksgiving just ahead
it reminds me of some facts
in the Bible I have read . . .

In all things be thankful,
let joy and praise flow out of you
for everything be grateful
give God the glory He is due.

Make peacefulness your habitation,
let your gentleness be known
be kind, tender-hearted and forgiving
never be the first to cast a stone.

Extend a hand to the needy,
let charity be your perfect gift
help all those who have not
bring back to God those adrift.

Show others your appreciation,
let them see your gratitude
bless them for their helpfulness
be not selfish in your attitude.

Reach out to the sick and hurting,
let them see Jesus’ true compassion
show all acts of grace and mercy
let not the sun go down on your passion.

Be content with all that you have,
rejoice in whatever is your state
be satisfied with all of the goodness
God places each day on your plate.

In everything be thankful,
let your praise be heard by all
in everything be grateful
let your joy be seen by all!


Ephesians 5:20

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

Copyright 2013 Revised 2022
Deborah Ann Belka

Gracious Gratitude ~

Not just on Thanksgiving,
but every day of the year
give God your heartfelt praise
and it’ll bring your heart cheer.

For when we are thankful,
the entire year through
joy will flood our souls
spilling over in all we do.

Every minute of the day,
thank God for His grace
every second you’re alive
praise His holy face.

Give Him your thanksgiving,
with a heart that’s forthright
and in the eyes of the Lord
you’ll be a pleasing delight.

So, everyone let’s show God,
our gracious gratitude . . .
today and all year through
have a thankful attitude!


1 Thessalonians 5:18

“In every thing give thanks:
for this is the will of God
in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2013 Revised 2022
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

Good Morning Quote ~09.15.22~

Today I’ll Sing ~

Today I will sing,
no matter what comes . . .
the strings of my heart
I’m still going to strum.

If there are blue skies,
I will kick up my heels
if there be clouds
my joy they wont steal.

Today I am singing,
hallelujah and hooray
regardless of whatever
may come my way.

If there be a storm,
I’ll sing over its roar
if there be calm waters
I will sing louder more.

Lord, today I will sing,
nothing can stop me . . .
I will sing of the love
that I have for Thee!


Psalm 57:7

“My heart is fixed,
O God, my heart is fixed:
I will sing and give praise.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2016 Revised 2022
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

Fruit Of Our Faith ~

Within each of us,
the Holy Spirit resides . . .
and the fruit of our faith
needs to be daily applied.

But, we must feel the fire,
the burning of desire
to call upon His strength
so His might we’ll acquire.

Then we’ll be loving,
in all things we’ll have peace
and our joy and happiness
will be natural to release.

To have God like patience,
we must learn to be kind
then gentleness will flow
from our hearts and minds.

We need to let humility,
guide us to being meek
by not forgetting His power
each day we must seek.

The Holy Spirit abides
in every one of us . . .
and to produce much fruit
in Jesus we need to trust!


John 15:5

I am the vine, ye are the branches:
He that abideth in me, and I in him,
the same bringeth forth much fruit:
for without me ye can do nothing.

Galatians 5.22-23

“But the fruit of the Spirit is
love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against
such there is no law.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2013 Revised 2022
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

No Laws Against ~

Everyday there seems to be,
more rules, new laws . . .
mandates unbelievable
filled with plenty of flaws.

But, I know of some things,
there are no laws against . . .
for they’re not made up by man
but, Holy Spirit dispensed.

They distribute faith,
gentleness they allot
they give us temperance
when our nerves are shot.

They provide to us love,
joy they daily release
into our souls they render
the promise of eternal peace.

They help us to be meek,
by filling us with goodness
making it easier for us
to show others kindness.

Into each of us these fruit,
the Holy Spirit instills . . .
unlike the laws of man . . .
there’s no spending pork or frills!


Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love,
joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance:
against such there is no law.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 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!


Proverbs 7:25

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

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2013 Revised 2022
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

On My ROCKing Chair ~

On my ROCKing chair,
I’m sitting peacefully
rocking to and fro
oh, so ever calmly.

Though, I have worries,
I haven’t me a care
for while I am rocking
God listens to my prayer.

On my ROCKing chair,
I’m sitting comfortably
rocking back and forth
oh, so ever enjoyably.

Though, I have troubles,
I’m rocking all the same
for I’m so confident
as I call upon His name.

On my ROCKing chair,
I’m sitting quietly
rocking up and down
oh, so ever serenely.

Though, I have problems,
I’m gonna keep rocking
for God’s got me an answer
and soon He’ll be talking.

On my ROCKing chair,
I’m trusting and believing
for I know His response . . .
soon I’ll be receiving!


1 John 5:14

And this is the confidence
that we have in him, that,
if we ask any thing according
to his will, he heareth us:

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2013 Revised 2022
Deborah Ann Belka

Afternoon Ponderings ~02.16.22~

1 Peter 1:3

Eternal Peace ~

We live in pressurized world,
we’re always under stress
but, we who rely on God
onward strain and press.

We’re hassled on every side,
pushed around and shoved
but, we who hope in Jesus
know how much we are loved.

We feel the weight of the world,
come crashing down on us
but, those of us who believe
always in God put their trust.

We’re fatigued over hearing,
daily all the horrific news
but, we who have faith in Jesus
joy over fear we will choose.

We live in a pressurized world,
the stress never seems to cease
but, we who trust in the Lord
will have eternal peace!


John 16:33

“These things I have spoken unto you,
that in me ye might have peace.
In the world ye shall have tribulation:
but be of good cheer;
I have overcome the world.”

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2014 Revised 2022
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

Good Morning Quote ~02.01.22~

Joy And Contentment ~

Lord give us a spirit,
of joy and contentment
not one of bitterness
envy or resentment.

Help us to be at peace,
no matter what our state
so we will not be filled
with jealousy or hate.

Lord, give us a spirit,
of delight and gladness
not one full of rage
lunacy and madness.

Teach us to be brave,
amidst discouragement
so our action won’t be
caustic or too astringent.

Lord gives us a spirit,
content where we are
in a world that’s become
absurd and bizarre!


Philippians 4:11

Not that I speak in respect
of want: for I have learned,
in whatsoever state I am,
therewith to be content.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2022
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!


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
Public Domain

Copyright 2013 Revised 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

Any Room For Jesus ~

Is there any room for Jesus,
in your home today . . .
will you merrily welcome Him
into your life to stay?

Or will you be too busy,
in the CHRISTmas rush
so that to His presence
you give Him the brush?

Is there any room for Jesus,
in your heart this year
will you joyfully welcome Him
with gladness and cheer?

Or will you be too frazzled,
with all you must go and do
so to have no space for Him
til the holidays are through?

Is there any room for Jesus,
in your life today
or will you also have . . .
no place for Him to stay!


Luke 2:7

“And she brought forth her firstborn son,
and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,
and laid him in a manger;
because there was no room
for them in the inn.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2017 Revised 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

Let Your Hope Flow ~

Let your hope flow,
throughout the season
let the birth of Jesus
be your gleeful reason.

Let the peace He brings,
nestle in your heart
so on others His love
you may too impart.

Let your hope exude,
everywhere you go
let your faith in Jesus
cause your face to glow.

Let your excitement,
over Jesus’ birth
fill you with joy
merriment and mirth.

Let your hope ooze,
let Jesus be the reason
you remain hopeful
thru every season!


Romans 15:13 

Now the God of hope fill
you with all joy and peace
in believing, that ye may
abound in hope, through
the power of the Holy Ghost.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 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!


Psalm 34:8

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

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2016 Revised 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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!


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!


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
Public Domain

Copyright 2013 Revised 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

She Loves Her Lord ~

She loves Her Lord,
she worships Him
and her heart sings . . .
salvation’s joyful hymn.

She knows Her Lord,
she prays morning and night
and she know by doing so . . .
she’ll live a life upright.

She understands Her Lord,
she reads and studies His Word
and her ears are open . . .
to the truth that she has heard.

She trusts Her Lord,
she puts her life in His hand
and her feet willingly go . . .
wherever He has planned.

She believes in Her Lord,
she has faith in all His ways
and she will follow Him . . .
for the rest of her living days.

She loves Her Lord,
with all her heart and soul
for she know He makes . . . .
her life complete and whole!


Psalm 32:11

Be glad in the Lord,
and rejoice, ye righteous:
and shout for joy,
all ye that are upright in heart.

Copyright 2012 Revised 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

King James Version
Public Domain

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

Good Morning Quote ~08.29.21~

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!


1 Thessalonians 2.12

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

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2011 Revised 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

A Heart For Jesus ~

A heart for Jesus,
is full of joy and love
its treasure aren’t here
but in heaven above.

Its eyes are open,
to the Life, Truth and Way
it doesn’t care what others
about them might say.

A heart for Jesus,
is one invested wholly
to following the Bible
living a life holy.

Its ears are opened,
to both the old and new
for it does not embrace
or hold a worldly view.

A heart for Jesus,
is a heart trusting
for it has Godly wisdom
and true understanding!


Matthew 6:20

But lay up for yourselves
treasures in heaven, where
neither moth nor rust doth
corrupt, and where thieves
do not break through nor steal:

Matthew 13:51-52

Jesus saith unto them,
Have ye understood
all these things?
They say unto him, Yea, Lord.

Then said he unto them,
Therefore every scribe which
is instructed unto the kingdom
of heaven is like unto a man
that is an householder,
which bringeth forth out of his
treasure things new and old.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

Sticky Note From God ~04.10.21~

Psalm 71:23

All for Joy ~

Count it all for joy,
each trial you go through
give it not a second thought
then watch what God will do.

Count it all for joy,
when tested for your belief
patience will be your reward
and His peace your relief.

Count it all for joy,
as He performs His work in you
let His perfection complete
and make you someone new.

Count it all for joy,
lest you be tossed about
seek by faith all your needs
and in God never doubt.

Count it all for joy,
for His wisdom is yours to gain
ask believing without fear
and in your life He will reign.

Count it all for joy,
no matter your despair
let His love fill you up . . .
and your life He’ll repair!


James 1:2-3

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

Knowing this,
that the trying of your faith

 worketh patience.”

Copyright 2012 Revised 2021
Deborah Ann Belka


Good Morning Quote ~04.10.21~

Sticky Note to God ~04.10.21~

Romans 15:13

Sticky Note From God ~03.29.21~

Psalm 90:14

I’m Completely Convinced ~

I am convinced I belong to God,
that nothing can separate us
I am sure and I am confident . . .
and so in Him I put all my trust.

Storms may toss and blow my way,
but I will not be swept out to sea
for I am sure and I am confident . . .
through each one God is with me.

There’s nothing man can say,
to break God’s and my alliance
I am sure and I am confident . . .
for on Him I put my full reliance.

The earth may shake and quiver,
yet my faith in God will stand
for I am sure and I am confident . . .
nothing can snatch me out of His hand.

I am convinced I belong to God,
my victory is in Christ alone
I am sure and I am confident . . .
one day He will take me home!


Romans 8:38-39

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor
life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers,
nor things present, nor things to come, Nor
height, nor depth, nor any other creature,
shall be able to separate us from the love of
God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

King James Bible
Public Domain

Copyright 2012 Revised 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

Early Morning Praise ~

Early in the morning,
before the sun is ablaze
give a shout of pure joy
a song of heartfelt praise.

Make a sweet melody,
show God your gratitude
sing out your praises
with a joyful attitude.

Early in the morning,
as the sun begins to rise
remember God’s kindness
as He lightens up the skies.

Clap your hands together,
lift your arms in praise
give your day to the Lord
thanking Him for His ways.

While the dew is still set,
on the morning lawn
while the house is yet dark
before it becomes dawn.

Show your thankfulness,
to the Lord up above
lift up your heart-song
praising Him for His love.

When your day is finally over,
as the sun dims its blazing light
thank God for His faithfulness
all though the starry night!


Psalm 92:1-2

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
and to sing praises to Your name, O Most
 High; To declare Your lovingkindness in the
morning, and Your faithfulness every night.”

King James Bible
Public Domain

Copyright 2012 Revised 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

Into The Light Of Day ~

When all around me,
is cold and bleak . . .
when I’m feeling frail
fragile and weak.

I pick up my Bible,
to warm up my soul
knowing it’s Words
my heart will console.

When all around me,
is dark and dim . . .
when I’m feeling faint
helpless and grim.

I read the Scriptures,
to Lighten my spirits
knowing they’ll give me
hope without limits.

When all around me,
is cold, dark and gray . . .
God’s Word turns the night
into the Light of day!


Psalm 119:105

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet,
and a light unto my path.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the Glory ~

My Light Generator ~

A light unto my path,
a brighter day I’ll see
for Jesus is the beam . . .
shining inside of me.

A lamp unto my feet,
His ways for me to see
for Jesus is the glow . . .
radiating out of me.

A candle in my darkness,
a flicker of hope to see
for Jesus is the sparkle . . .
twinkling all around me.

A lantern to my soul,
a glimmer for all to see
for Jesus is the shimmer . . .
reflecting out of me.

A torch unto my heart,
a spark that I can see
for Jesus is the flame . . .
burning deep in me!


Psalm 119:105

Thy word is a lamp
unto my feet,
and a light
unto my path.

John 8:12

Then spake Jesus again
unto them, saying,
I am the light of the world:
he that followeth me shall
not walk in darkness
but shall have the light of life.

King James Bible
Public Domain

Copyright 2013 Revised 2020
Deborah Ann Belka


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