Tag Archives: Rest

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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Copyright 2013 Revised 2021
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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Copyright 2012 Revised 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Jesus Is All I Need ~

All that I need, Jesus is it,
all that I was, He has seen
all of the pieces finally fit
for He is all I need.

All that I desire, He gives,
all that I want, He has got
all of my sins, He forgives
for He is all I need.

All that I am, He holds,
all that I can be, He knows
all of my life, He unfolds,
for He is all I need.

All that I must do, He has done,
all that I can do, is to believe
all of my hope, is in Jesus . . .
for He is all I need!

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Psalm 23:1

“The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.”

Copyright 2012 Revised 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Being Faithful ~

Life isn’t about our dreams,
ambitions or desires . . .
it’s about being faithful
no matter what transpires.

It’s believing in what’s right,
trusting the unseen evidence
embracing the Gospel truth
without doubt or hesitance.

It’s being certain and sure,
Jesus will do what He said
the confidence in knowing
by His Spirit we’ll be led.

It’s about our conviction,
to seize and embrace
the hope of our future glory
through the gift of grace.

Life isn’t about our wants,
it’s about our eternal need
it’s about if God’s Word . . .
we choose to obey and heed!

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Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the substance
of things hoped for, the
evidence of things not seen.

King James Version
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Copyright 2014 Revised 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Here I AM ~

Here I AM,
looking out for you
counting your every step
guiding you all the way
each and every day.

Here I AM,
feeling all your hurt
healing all your pain
taking away the sting
shielding you with My wing.

Here I AM,
always besides you
never leaving, never parting
for I AM always here
I AM forever near.

Here I AM,
seeing you worry
giving you My peace
watching your concern
bringing you new hope
helping you to cope.

So, if you ever wonder,
where I can be found
all you have to do
is take a look around . . .
For I AM here!

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Exodus 3:14

“And God said to Moses,
“I AM WHO I AM.”

King James Bible
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Copyright 2012 Revised 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Where Faith and Love Dwells ~

Sometimes I wander through,
 the valleys of my soul . . .
lingering near the streams of life
when I felt well and whole.

I ponder the times Jesus filled in,
the empty and void space
where His love for me flowed
like a river full of endless grace.

As I stroll along the rugged clefts,
I can see the hard times too
as I roam all around them
His mercy for me shines through.

I come across the mountains,
that I had to hike up to . . .
some of them I never thought
the hard climb I could ever do.

But I remember seeing Jesus,
standing upon the crest
calling down to me
“Come, I’ll give you rest.”

Sometimes I like to wander,
through life’s hills and dells
and go deep into my soul . . .
where faith and love dwells!

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Ephesians 3:17

That Christ may dwell
in your hearts by faith;
that ye, being rooted
and grounded in love,

Copyright 2014 Revised 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the Glory ~


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!

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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
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Copyright 2012 Revised 2021
Deborah Ann Belka


A Bold Attitude ~

Be of good courage,
have a bold attitude
ask God to give you
strength and fortitude.

For He wants to make,
your faith in Him strong
so you won’t be defeated
when problems come along.

Be of good courage,
let your mind be at rest
be confident in knowing
God’s has for you His best.

For He wants you to live,
in a victorious way
then with grace you can face
the worries of each day.

Be of good courage,
be bold and and be brave
trust the Lord Himself . .
from your troubles will save!

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Psalms 31:24

“Be strong and good courage,
and he shall strengthen your heart,
all ye that hope in the Lord. “

King James Bible
Public Domain

Copyright 2013 Revised 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Sticky Note to God ~02.23.21~

Romans 15:13


I See God’s Glory ~

I see God’s wonder,
I see His Light . . .
it does not fade
into the night.

It shines brighter,
than the morning sun
it radiates the Light
of His begotten Son.

I see the distance,
between God and man
I see His love . . .
fill the empty span.

I see the future,
forever it goes on
I see a hereafter
when all evil is gone.

I see God’s glory,
making all things new
and I pray you see it . . .
for yourself too!

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Psalm 72:19

“And blessed be
his glorious name for ever:

and let the whole earth
be filled with his glory;

Amen, and Amen.”

King James Bible
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Copyright 2013 Revised 2021
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


God’s Amazing Light ~

Lord, give me a warm heart,
a spirit that is bright . . .
let me see everything
through Your amazing light.

Let me see morning’s dawn,
even when it’s bleak
let me see Your splendor
whenever You I seek.

Let me be grateful,
for each new day given
let me be thankful
even when storm driven.

Let me see the sunshine,
even when there’s rain
let me see the blue skies
even when I am in pain.

Lord, keep my heart warm,
uphold my spirit bright . . .
so when the night turns dark
I’ll see Your amazing light!

~~~~~~~~~

1 John 1:5

“This then is the message
which we have heard of him,
and declare unto you,
that God is light, and in him
is no darkness at all.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2015 Revised 2020
Deborah Ann Belka


Searching For Truth ~

Some people search,
high and low . . .
yet the truth
they never know.

For they look to man,
for ways to cope
instead of to God
for faith and hope.

Some people seek,
all over the place
yet true peace . . .
they never embrace.

For they look to people,
for their happiness
instead of to God
for His goodness.

Some people search,
where ever they will
but only God’s love . . .
can their hearts still!

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Jeremiah 29:13

And ye shall seek me,
and find me, when ye
shall search for me
with all your heart.

John 17:17

Sanctify them through
thy truth: thy word is truth.

King James Version
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Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Word Garden ~

There is a place of calm,
for all of us to find . . .
a place to just let go
and find peace of mind.

Mine is in God’s garden,
amongst His Word I do reap
promises of green pastures
the gathering of His sheep.

Strolling along the path,
I bow down to smell a rose
the scent of His undying love
in my heart forever grows.

As I walk the narrow way,
I stop to pick a verse . . .
I’m in awe by His goodness
in His grace I’m immersed.

I stop and sit upon the bench,
under the arbor of my soul
I rest in the knowledge . . .
God is always in control!

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Psalm 119:140

“Thy word is very pure:
therefore thy servant loveth i
t.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2013 Revised 2020
Deborah Ann Belka


God’s Ways Are Better ~

God’s ways are not ours,
for ours ways are skewed
and often God’s direction
we don’t want to include.

We think we understand,
what God wants us to do
but we fail to look at things
from His point of view.

God’s plans are not ours,
for ours are often rash
before consulting Him
out the door we dash.

We believe we can reason,
with our own reasoning
and to God’s instructions
we are not listening.

God’s ways and plans,
are always better . . .
when we follow them
to the letter!

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Isaiah 55:8-9

For my thoughts
are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways
my ways, saith the Lord.

For as the heavens are higher
than the earth, so are my ways
higher than your ways, and my
thoughts than your thoughts.

King James Version
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Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


While The Lord Is Still Near ~

Seek the Lord while He’s still near,
while His mercy can still be found
pray for Him to direct you . . .
while His Spirit is still around.

Give to the Lord your whole heart,
call on Him while you still can
appeal to Him to renew your faith
while He still hears the prayers of man.

Search the Lord while He is nearby,
ask Him to direct you His way
study the Word He has left you
while Light still shines on your day.

Call on the Lord while He’s still close,
ask Him to keep you from temptation
inquire that He shows you His will
while there’s still a way to salvation.

Seek the Lord while He’s still present,
for one day soon He won’t be near . . .
pray that you will heed His calling
while His grace and mercy are still here!

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Isaiah 55:6

“Seek ye the Lord
while he may be found, call

ye upon him while
he is near:”

King James Version
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Copyright 2012 Revised 2020
Deborah Ann Belka


A Brighter Horizon ~

A brighter horizon,
is just up ahead . . .
one without turmoil
but with peace instead.

One that has views,
heavenly ~ blissful
one that awaits
all who are faithful.

A brighter landscape,
is just around the bend
one where all evil
will come to an end.

One so divine,
abundantly beautiful
one where tranquility
will be bountiful.

A brighter horizon,
a future, hopeful outlook
I envision every time . . .
I read the Good Book!

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1 Corinthians 2:9

But as it is written,
Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart
of man, the things which God hath
prepared for them that love him.

King James Version
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Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


God, My Father ~

God, my Father,
my Lord, my Savior
thank You for Your mercy
forever grace and favor.

For though I was a sinner,
You still loved me . . .
now by faith I believe
in things I cannot see.

God, my King,
my Prince, my Redeemer
Your blood became
my transgression cleaner.

For my sins You forgave,
so that I may receive
eternal salvation
now that in You I believe.

God, my Father,
my Savior, my Christ
I am eternally grateful
for Your sacrifice!

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John 8:29

And he that sent me is with me:
the Father hath not left me alone;
for I do always those things
that please him.

King James Version
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Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Taking It Easy and Slow ~

Today I am resting,
taking it easy and slow
for tomorrow . . .
may deal me a big blow.

So today I’ll relax,
decompress and unwind
for tomorrow . .
may be to me unkind.

Today I am recuperating,
from the wear and tear
for tomorrow . . .
may arrive like a bear.

So today I’m renewing,
both my heart and mind
for tomorrow . . .
could put me in a bind.

Today I am resting,
taking it slow and steady
so that tomorrow . . .
for anything I’ll be ready!

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Matthew 6:34

Take therefore no thought for the morrow:
for the morrow shall take thought for the
things of itself. Sufficient unto the day
is the evil thereof.

King James Version
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Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


God, My Heart ~

God, my Heart,
my Life, my Soul
You have made me
complete and whole.

For You’ve given me,
a heart of flesh . . .
so my spirit with Yours
could interlock and mesh.

God, my Mind,
my Thought, my Conscience
Your Word has shown me
sin and its consequence.

For it’s active and piercing,
discerning and living
trains and equips me
to keep on daily striving.

God, my Heart,
I’m so glad You I found
for my mind is at peace . . .
knowing I’m heaven bound!

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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.

Romans 8.5-6

For they that are after the flesh
do mind the things of the flesh;
but they that are after the
Spirit the things of the Spirit.

For to be carnally minded is death;
but to be spiritually minded
is life and peace.

King James Version
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Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Till He Comes For Me ~

Till for me He comes,
alone, I will not be
for Jesus is always . . .
right here next to me.

I will wait for Him,
without dread or fear
for my Lord and Savior
is always close and near.

Till for me He comes,
afraid, I will not be
for Jesus is always . . .
right here inside of me.

He will keep me safe,
as He makes His way
His peace I will claim
right up until that joyful day.

Till for me He comes,
fainthearted, I will not be
for His Spirit is always . . .
power and strength to me!

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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.”

Titus 2:13

Looking for that blessed hope,
and the glorious appearing of
the great God and our
Saviour Jesus Christ;

King James Version
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Copyright 2015 Revised 2020
Deborah Ann Belka


Give Me a Sense of Humor ~

Lord, give me a sense of humor,
a spirit that is light . . .
so when I feel the dreariest
my heart can sparkle bright.

Let me learn to giggle,
when something tickles me
like my baby grandson
as I bounce him on my knee.

Let me learn to chuckle,
like I did as a little girl
even when life’s tangles
pull at my thinning curls.

Let me learn to laugh aloud,
even if only to myself . . .
like when a child is playing
with no one but them self.

Let me learn to smile,
when I prefer to wear a frown
like a toddler thick in mischief
and thinks no one is around!

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Psalm 103:5

“Who satisfieth
thy mouth with good things;

so that thy youth is
renewed like the eagle’s.”

Copyright 2013 Revised 2020
Deborah Ann Belka


Totally Surrendered ~

Totally surrendered,
God wants it all
all that you have
nothing is too small.

You need to give Him,
all of your heart
He wants the whole of it
not just a tiny part.

Totally surrendered,
God wants to see
how much you want
like Jesus to be.

You need to submit,
to His perfect will
you must be willing
to wait and be still.

Totally surrendered,
God wants to know
how much you want
in Him to grow.

You have to let go,
of your selfish desires
you must be ready
for all He requires.

Totally surrendered,
God wants all of you
but you must want . . .
all of Him too!

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Romans 12:1

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by
the mercies of God, that ye present
your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,
acceptable unto God, which is your
reasonable service.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2013 Revised 2020
Deborah Ann Belka


In The Sea of Faith ~

Life is like a fish bowl,
we keep swimming around
in circles we revolve . . .
just like a merry-go-round.

At times we get dizzy,
and we’re left in a daze
it’s like we’re spinning
in a sea of milky-haze.

So many worries,
whirling all around . . .
it’s as if our problems
will never calm down.

But, if we looked over,
and see past the rim . . .
we’d see Jesus telling us
to put our faith in Him.

Life is like a fish bowl.
but it needn’t be . . .
if God we would only
put our trust in Thee!

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Matthew 8:26

“And he saith unto them,
Why are ye fearful,

O ye of little faith?
Then he arose,

and rebuked the winds
and the sea;

and there was
a great calm.”

King James Version

Copyright 2013 Revised 2020
Deborah Ann Belka


God, My Need~

God, my Need,
my Want, My Desire
let Your Spirit in me
urge and inspire.

Quench my thirst,
feed my inner hunger
give me an appetite . . .
to absorb Your wonder.

God my Longing,
my Yearning, my Passion
let me take in every ounce
of Your loving compassion.

Provide for me each day,
my spiritual bread
so by Your spirit  . . .
I’ll be constantly fed.

God, my Need,
My Dependence, my Reliance
may I always look to You
for counsel and guidance!

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Philippians 4:19

But my God shall supply all
your need according to his
riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

King James Version
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Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


God’s Plans ~

Our plans,
are never the best
only God’s plans
bring eternal rest.

For our dreams,
when alone made
will like a flower
wither and fade.

Our wishes,
are never greater
only the desires
of our Creator.

For our hopes,
can’t compare
to God’s design
for our welfare.

Our plans,
we need to scrap
so the ones of God
into we can tap!

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Isaiah 55:8-9

For my thoughts
are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways
my ways, saith the Lord.

For as the heavens
are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher
than your ways,
and my thoughts
than your thoughts.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


My Heart’s Attentions ~

Some heart’s affections,
are in worldly things
others are in the joy
living a full life brings.

But, my heart’s yearnings,
are in the things to come
when Jesus returns . . .
to set up His kingdom.

Some heart’s emotions,
are in the here and now
others are on the ooh
the aha and the wow.

But, my heart’s attentions,
are in the second coming
when Jesus returns . . .
as our Savior and King.

Some heart’s affinities,
are in worldly measures
but, my heart’s affections
are in my heavenly treasure!

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Matthew 13:44

Again, the kingdom of heaven
is like unto treasure hid in
a field; the which when a man
hath found, he hideth, and for
joy thereof goeth and selleth
all that he hath, and buyeth
that field.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Our Hope ~

Hope paints a lovely picture,
of our future glory
it displays all the details
of God’s eternal story.

It’s etched in our hearts,
engraved on our minds
it understands the will of God
His plans and His designs.

Hope is our confidence,
our faithful expression
it leaves on our souls
a lasting impression.

It is everlasting peace,
a future so glorious
when with Jesus we stand
as His saint’s victorious.

So just close your eyes,
and use your imagination
let your hope in Jesus bring . . .
a glorious transformation!

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Ephesians 1:18

“The eyes of your understanding
being enlightened that ye may know
what is the hope of his calling,

and what the riches of the glory
of his inheritance in the saints,”

King James Version
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Copyright 2013 Revised 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


Oh, My God Shelter Me ~


Oh my God,
shelter me
keep me safe
within Thee.

For You are to me,
my cool Shadow
my safe Haven
my shady Grotto.

Oh my God,
shield me
keep my close
near to Thee.

For You are to me,
my quiet Harbor
my calm Retreat
my fixed Anchor.

Oh, my God,
protect me
keep me safe
secure in Thee!

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Psalm 91:1-2

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

I will say of the Lord,
He is my refuge
and my fortress:
my God; in him will I trust.

King James Version
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Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Lord, Help Me to Find~

Lord, help me to find,
peace for my mind . . .
help me to be
at rest in Thee.

Slow my heart beat,
as this new day I greet
oh, Lord hear my prayer
as my burdens I bare.

Lord, help me to know,
how your peace can flow
help me to see
Your calm inside me.

Make my thoughts clear,
remove all the fear
Oh, Lord hear my plea
as I give them to Thee.

Lord, help me to find,
peace for heart and mind
the kind that exceeds
the worry that impedes!

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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
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Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


God Doesn’t Sleep ~

God doesn’t sleep,
nor catches forty-winks
His eyes are always open
they never even blink.

He’s constantly aware,
attentive and watchful
His attitude towards us
is so ever thoughtful.

God doesn’t snooze,
nor nap, like a cat
His eyes are upon us
wherever we are at.

His vision never clouds,
He sees things perfectly
He watches over us
with a gaze intensely.

God doesn’t sleep,
slumber He does not
forever He keeps us  . . .
in His every thought!

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Proverbs 15:3

The eyes of the Lord
are in every place,
beholding the evil
and the good.

Psalm 121:3-4

He will not suffer thy foot
to be moved: he that keepeth
thee will not slumber.

Behold, he that keepeth
Israel shall neither
slumber nor sleep.

King James Version
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Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


Rested ~

When in God,
we find our rest
we’ll be ready
for any test.

For our faith,
will be strong
for whatever may
come along.

When in God,
we’re at peace
our trust in Him
will increase.

For when we’re calm,
though trials come
to their desperation
we won’t succumb.

When by God,
we are tested . . .
our calm composure
will keep us rested!

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James 1:3

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

King James Version
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Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~


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Forward in Hope

"Believe in God, that raised Christ up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God." 1Peter 1v21

Crosswalk

Sharing My Journey of Faith And Experience

Suzette B's Blog

Inspiration and Spirituality **Award Free**

Crossroads & Culture

Where Life, Ministry, and Culture Meet

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Encouragement devotional prayers

DesiringFruitfulness

Dare to Bear the Choicest Fruit

TREE OF TRUTH

A site to display the Truth about God and His love to mankind

My Florals

photoblog, plants, flowers, fresh, silk, arrangement, "politically incorrect" versus Bible"