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Afternoon Ponderings ~05.04.20~

Isaiah 43:19

 


With A Love That’s True ~

I love you Lord,
more than I know
I love You more . . .
as my faith grows.

For the closer,
I become to You . . .
I see how much
for me that You do.

I love you Lord,
more than I think
I love you more . . .
as my ego shirks.

For the nearer,
to You I become . . .
the more to You
my pride succumbs.

I love You Lord,
with a love that’s true . . .
the more I grow
Lord, down into You!

~~~~~~

Colossians 2:7

Rooted and built up in him,
and stablished in the faith,
as ye have been taught,
abounding therein with
thanksgiving.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka


My Father In Heaven ~

Oh, my Father,
who lives in heaven
help my faith to grow
just like rising leaven.

Help me to mature,
so my fruit may ripen
let my trust in You
continue to deepen.

Oh, my Father,
may I daily call on
more of the grace
of Your beloved Son.

May my joy expand,
as my hope is proved
until our hearts
are eternally fused.

Oh, my Father,
hearer of my prayer
may for You I only have
good fruit to bear!

~~~~~~~

Matthew 7:20

Wherefore by their fruits
ye shall know them.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka


As I Get Older ~

Though I’m getting older,
I just keep growing . . .
for much greater things
God keeps on showing.

I never get tired,
uninterested or bored
for I’m always learning
more about my Lord.

Though I’m getting older,
I just keep thriving
as the Word of God
becomes more exciting.

I never get weary,
reading and knowing
for the wisdom I’m getting
keeps my faith flowing.

Though I’m getting older,
the more I can see
the greater things  . . .
God keeps teaching me!

~~~~~~~~~~

Proverbs 1:5A

A wise man will hear,
and will increase learning;

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka


God’s Not Finished With Me ~

God’s not finished with me,
I know this to be true . . .
for, I can see all the things
that He has yet to do.

I realize He got started,
on me a long time ago
but, I also know there’s still
a lot of room for me to grow.

God’s not done with me,
all things beautiful take time
but, first He needed to chisel
away sin’s grit and grime.

I know when I came to Him,
my life was a big mess
but, a masterpiece takes time
and a lot of divine finesse.

God’s not finished with me,
He has a long way to go . . .
but, I am confident in this
when He is done, I will know!

~~~~~~~~

Ecclesiastes 3:11

He hath made every thing
beautiful in his time:

Philippians 1:6

Being confident of this very
thing, that he which hath
begun a good work in you
will perform it until the
day of Jesus Christ:

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


Passionately Insatiable ~

Lord let me not get,
too old to keep learning
keep my eagerness
for knowledge burning.

Let me not become,
too comfortable
thinking I am . . .
oh, so knowledgeable.

Lord, let me continue,
to keep on growing
may I never grow tired
of more of You knowing.

Let me not be,
content in my ways
so I may gain wisdom
for the rest of my days.

Lord let me not get,
too old and lackadaisical
keep my knowledge for You
passionately insatiable!

~~~~~~~~

2 Peter 3:18

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

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


The Waiting Season ~

When God takes His time,
He always has a just reason
for, a lot of growing is done
while in the waiting season.

For, as we start to anticipate,
the answer to our prayer
God begins to show us
why not all things are fair.

When God takes His time,
at getting back to us
it for us is not the time
to lose our faith and trust.

For, He wants us to believe,
with all our heart and soul
how everything is always
in His infinite control.

When God takes His time,
it’s up to us to keep praying
for good things happen to . . .
those who can bear, the waiting!

~~~~~

Lamentations 3:25

“The Lord is good
unto them that
wait for him,
to the soul
that seeketh him.”

Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka


Feeding Our Faith ~

In troubled times,
more trust we need
that is why our faith
we must daily feed.

Then when problems,
are thrown at us
all we have to do
is tap into our trust.

In troubled times,
we need faith strong
for we never know
what may come along.

Then when worries,
start barreling our way
all we have to do
is to trust and pray.

In troubled times,
we need to grow in grace
that’s why we need to feed
our faith on a daily base!

~~~~~~~~

1 Peter 2:2

“As newborn babes,
desire the sincere milk
of the word, that ye
may grow thereby:

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2017
Deborah Ann Belka


God Has A Plan ~

For every trial,
God has a purpose
He has a plan . . .
before they surface.

He sends us tests,
deserving or not
to see how much
grace we have got.

It is up to us,
how we will react
whether our troubles
our faith will impact.

Some choose to grow,
resentful and bitter
some opt to make
their faith in God bigger.

For every trial,
God sends to us . . .
He’ll reveal the purpose
as we increase our trust!

~~~~~~~

2 Peter 3:18

“But grow in grace,
and in the knowledge
of our Lord and Saviour
Jesus Christ.

To him be glory both
now and for ever. Amen.

Copyright 2017
Deborah Ann Belka


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Faith Tried and Tested ~

The testing of Your faith used with permission Doorpost Verses

My faith grows,
from being tested
it gets stronger
when in the Word
I am rested.

My faith rises,
from being redirected
it gets keener
when with God
I stay connected.

My faith increases,
from being tried
it gets sharper
when in Jesus
I faithfully abide.

My faith bounds,
from being proven
it gets firmer
when in the Spirit
my life gets movin’.

When my faith is tried,
I don’t think it’s odd
when it’s being tested
to me, it’s not weird
because I trust in God!

~~~~~~~~~

1 Peter 4:12-13

“Beloved, think it not strange
concerning the fiery trial which
is to try you, as though some
strange thing happened unto you:”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka


Spiritual Inventory ~

Spiritual Inventory ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

I’m taking inventory,
of my spiritual progress
going to be weighing
my increase, my digress.

Going to take stock,
to see if I’ve grown
going to be looking for
the gifts I’ve blown.

I’m going to catalog,
how much fruit I’ve got
going to see if its usable
or if its starting to rot.

Going to be searching,
down deep into my soul
see if I’m warehousing
any areas I still control.

I’m taking inventory,
doing me some stock taking
because one day to God . . .
I’ll be giving an accounting!

~~~~~~~~~

Romans 14:12

“So then every one of us
shall give account of himself
to God.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka


Sticky Note to God 03.06.16

STICKY NOTE TO GOD ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann ~ 03.06.16 ~


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STICKY NOTE TO GOD ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann ~ 01.23.16 ~


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Sticky Note From God ~ CHRISTian poetry by deboran ann ~ 01.12.15 ~


Sticky Note to God 01.12.16

Sticky Note To God ~ CHISTian Poetry by Deborah Ann ~ 01.12.16 ~


Striving for Perfection ~

Striving for Perfection ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann ~ Photo Creation Swap
Every day I am striving,
for perfection . . .
every day I am looking
for God’s direction.

Every day to God,
I make confessions
each day I am looking
for His corrections.

Every day I go to God,
with my questions
each day I am looking
for His introspections.

Every day I go to God,
for His inspection . . .
each day I am looking
for His interjection.

Every day with God,
I make a connection
each day I am looking
for His reaction.

Every day I am striving
for perfection . . .
every day I am looking
for Jesus’ reflection!

~~~~~~~

Matthew 5:48

“Be ye therefore perfect,
even as your Father
which is in heaven is perfect.”

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2015
Deborah Ann Belka


Synergy ~

Come to the Cross ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann ~ In Him We Are - IBible Verse

Jesus, I want with You,
a bond that is active
I want it to be alive
effectual and effective.

I want it to be energetic,
full of life, vigorous
I want it to be dynamic
sober and serious.

I want it to be useful,
functioning and working
I want it to be crucial
critical and life-changing.

I want it to be spirited,
enthusiastic and hearty
I want it to be vital
sturdy and soul-hardy.

I want it to be amazing,
inspiring and humbling
I want it to be vibrant
believable and astounding.

Jesus, I want our relationship,
to be one full of energy
for I know together we’ll have
a real powerful synergy!

~~~~~~~~~~

Philemon 1:6

“That the communication of thy faith
may become effectual by the acknowledging
of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.”

King James Version
by  Public Domain

Copyright 2015
Deborah Ann Belka


The Root of Grace ~

grow-in-grace-christian-poetry-by-deborah-ann

Lord, may the root of grace,
dig deeper into my soul
may it work its way through
until it takes control.

May it feed upon Your Word,
bring to me awareness
how showing others grace . . .
is all about Your fairness.

May it firmly be established,
so it can bear good fruit
may it increase and grow
until mercy too, takes root.

May it ooze from my heart,
like sap from a tree
just as it did that day . . .
when You died for me.

Lord, may the root of grace,
dig deeper into my life . . .
may it prosper in the good times
and prevail whenever there is strife!

~~~~~~~~~~~

2 Peter 3:18

“But grow in grace,
and in the knowledge
of our Lord and Saviour
Jesus Christ.

To him be glory
both now and for ever. Amen.”

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2015
Deborah Ann Belka


I’m Ready for Spring ~

~ CHRISTitan poetry by deborahann ~grow-in-grace 2 IBible Verses

Lord, I am ready,
for Springtime to begin
for new growth . . .
to produce from within.

I’m ready for winters,
dead wood to be pruned
I’m ready to be trimmed
so we are more in tuned.

I’m ready for the sun,
to melt the winter snow
I’m ready for Your grace
to multiply and grow.

I’m ready for the warmth,
to penetrate the cold
I’m ready to be for You
someone fresh and bold.

I’m ready for the chance,
to blossom and flourish
I’m ready for Spring . . .
to renew and nourish!

~~~~~~~~


John 15:2

“Every branch in me that beareth not fruit
he taketh away: and every branch that
beareth fruit, he purgeth it,
that it may bring forth more fruit.”

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2015
Deborah Ann Belka


Sticky Note to God 02.09.15

CHISTian Poetry by Deborah Ann ~ Sticky Note To God 02.09.15


I’m All Yours Lord~

~ CHRISTian poetry by deborahann ~ Trusting in God- IBible Verses

Lord, I’m all Yours,
do with me what You will
but, first Lord help me
to trust and be still.

Open up my eyes,
so that I may see
all that You have
waiting just for me.

Take me into places,
I’ve not been before . . .
guide me along the path
leading to life evermore.

Let my ears hear,
Your voice deep inside
in Your loving calmness
teach me how to abide.

Lord, I’m all Yours,
today and tomorrow too
though it may be painful . . .
I want to get closer to You!

~~~~~~~~~~~~

Psalm 37:5

“Commit thy way unto the Lord;
trust also in him; and he shall
bring it to pass.”

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2015
Deborah Ann Belka


The Valley ~

If God used with permission IBible Verses

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!

~~~~~~~~~

2 Peter 3:18

“Grow in grace,
and in the knowledge of our

Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belka


Examine Me, Lord ~

keep-thyself-pure CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

Examine me dear Lord,
see through my disguise
tear away the mask
expose the lust in my eyes.

Examine me dear Lord,
test my mind and my heart
point out the inner flaws
keeping us apart.

Examine me dear Lord,
pull back the veil on my sin
show me where my pride
is still rooted in.

Examine me dear Lord,
bare my soul’s weakness
uncover my selfish acts
all that is needless.

Examine me dear Lord,
tear away the disguise
till all I can see . . .
is Your image in my eyes!

~~~~~~~~~~

Psalm 26:2
King James Version

“Examine me, O Lord, and prove me;
try my reins and my heart.”

Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belka


When Fire Tested ~

gold used with permission IBible Verses

Going through the fire,
things getting too hot
tried beyond your patience
stomach tied in a knot?

Flames have you jumping,
can’t stand the heat
feeling the dread
that comes with defeat?

Well, don’t let the smoke,
conceal what God is doing
for the fire in your bones
is God’s way of pursuing.

Those flames that you feel,
are meant to purge
impurities out of your life
till you and God merge.

So, when being fire tested,
and it’s starts getting hot
you’re just turning to gold
in God’s refining pot!

~~~~~~~~~~~

Job 23:10
King James Version

“But he knoweth the way that I take:
when he hath tried me,
I shall come forth as gold.”

Copyright 2014
Deborah An Belka


From God’s Point of View ~

God Looks At The Heart used with permission Door Post Verses

Don’t waste another hour,
don’t let a minute slip by you
it’s time to look at your life
from God’s point of view.

Take a look at your values,
what you admire the most
look at all the things you have
how much you love to boast.

Take a look at your leisure time,
what with it you do . . .
take a look at the hours spent
from God’s point of view.

Take a look at your schedule,
the time you spend away
take a look at the way you think
your actions throughout the day.

Take a look at all the people,
who pal around with you
take a look at these relationships
from God’s point of view.

Now, take a look at the time,
you spend studying the Word
take a look at how you react
to the truth that you’ve heard.

Take a look at your walk of faith
how far it’s gotten you . . .
now, take a look at your heart
from God’s point of view!

~~~~~~~~~~

1 Samuel 16:7
King James Version

“But the Lord said unto Samuel,
Look not on his countenance,
or on the height of his stature;
because I have refused him:
for the Lord seeth not as man seeth;
for man looketh on the outward appearance,
but the Lord looketh on the heart.”

Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belka


Getting My House In Order!

As For Me and My House used with permission Doorstop Verses

I’m getting my house in order,
I’m cleaning up the grime
gonna get rid of the things
that are just a waste of time.

I’m clearing out the closets,
throwing away all my stuff
gonna toss out the frivolity
and get rid of the useless fluff.

I’m going from room to room,
until all my idols I uncover
gonna give every one away
so my God ~ I can rediscover.

Then I’m going to spend,
my free time in the Word
I’ll be picking up my Bible
and getting closer to my Lord.

~~~~~~~~~~

2 Kings 20:1
King James Version

“. . . Thus saith the Lord, Set thine
house in order; . . .”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


Holy Fear ~

Fear is the Beginning of Wisdom free photo by Robert Payne Creation Swap

Lord, fill my soul with holy fear,
that’s reverent and awe-inspiring
let my faith grow in knowledge
till my life ~ is of Your desiring.

Teach me about Your wisdom,
instruct me where I can find
the understanding of Your power
so it can fill my heart and mind.

Help me to live my life,
in submission and compliance
let me look unto Your Word
for spiritual thought and guidance.

Lord, fill my soul with holy fear,
with awe-inspiring reverence
so that I may come to You . . .
with awe-inspiring temperance!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Proverbs 1:7
King James Version

“The fear of the Lord
is the beginning of knowledge:
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


His List ~

I am the Vine used with premission from Doorpost Verses on Facebook

When I wake up in the morning,
before I get out of bed . . .
the plans I’ve made for the day
start dancing in my head.

Do this, do that, and this-that too,
the list goes on and on
the plans I’ve made for the day
begin with the crack of dawn.

Before I arise and get moving,
to do all that I have to do
I reach for my Bible to see if God . . .
has any plans for me too.

As I read through the verses,
my head starts shaking
for all that I have to do . . .
are not of His making.

I put my Bible down,
toss the covers off my bed
I give God my list of this and that
and do what’s on His list instead!

~~~~~~~~~

John 15:5
King James Version

“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.”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


I’m Still Listening ~

Listen to Advise used withpermission Doorpost Verses on facebook

I’m still listening Lord,
my ears are ever more inclined
to Your instructions
that for me, You’ve designed.

I’m still trainable,
Your wisdom I will always need
give me more of Your advice
and  to Your Word I will heed.

I know it takes time,
for Your knowledge to set in
every day I am comprehending
where awareness truly begins.

Help me to keep learning Lord,
even though I’m getting old
give me more of Your wisdom
so Your full glory I can behold!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Proverbs 19:20
King James Version

“Hear counsel, and receive instruction,
that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


Take Me Deeper Lord ~

Take me deeper Lord, take me deep,
no more just skimming the surface
no more being shallow or superficial
no more just giving You lip service.

Take me deeper Lord, take me deep,
take me to the center of Your life
no more lack of spiritual power
take me out of my self-imposed strife.

Take me deeper Lord, take me deep,
take me to where You’re in control
no more self-centered desires
take me to where I surrender to You all.

Take me deeper Lord, take me deep,
take me to the depth of Your heart
no more not trusting or doubting
take away from me what keeps us apart.

Take me deeper Lord, take me deep,
take me to where we are immersed
no more wandering or roaming around
take me to where I’ll put You first.

Take me deeper Lord, take me deep,
deeper more, deeper yet, deeper still
take me all the way down into You
until I rise knowing Your perfect will!

~~~~~~~~

Psalm 92:5
King James Version

“O Lord, how great are thy works!
and thy thoughts are very deep”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


Brokenness

Broken by Matt Gruber free photo #285

Brokenness is a spiritual gift,
God has given to each of us
it’s in the times we are crushed
that our hearts to Him adjust.

Though it may be painful,
it’s something we must go through
when it’s time to look in the mirror
our sinfulness, He brings to view.

It is not a pretty picture,
when you look, you’ll see the cracks
but, it’s God’s way for you to see
what your spirit truly lacks.

Once you look beyond the figure,
that is staring you in the face
you’ll begin to see the reasons
you need His saving grace.

I have looked into that mirror,
and saw my own flawed condition
I saw how my sin and pride
kept me from full submission.

Yes, brokenness is a spiritual gift,
given so that we may come to see
the reflection of our Lord and Savior
in the hearts of you and me.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

2 Corinthians 3:18
New King James Version

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror
the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same
image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.’

Copyright 2012
Deborah Ann Belka

 


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