Tag Archives: Trials

My Cross To Bear ~

I have decided,
to take up my cross
to wear it, to bear it
no matter the loss.

I am persuaded,
it’s the right thing to do
to lift it, to carry it
all my days through.

I am compelled,
to take up my cross
to endure it, to suffer it
no matter the loss.

I am convinced,
it is my obligation
to accept it, to tolerate it
without hesitation.

I am determined,
to take up my cross
to bear it, carry it, endure it . . .
no matter what the loss!

~~~~~~~~

Matthew 16:24

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples,
If any man will come after me,
let him deny himself,
and take up his cross,

and follow me.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2014 Revised 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

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Afternoon Ponderings~03.29.19


God Gives Shade ~

God gives shade,
to us when weary
provides a cover
when we’re dreary.

He shadows us with,
His mighty wings
helps us to rise
above all things.

God gives shade,
to us when frayed
provides a screen
when burden lade.

He shields us with,
His right hand
holds us upright
when we can’t stand.

God gives shade,
to us when dismayed
so His glory on us . . .
can be displayed!

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Psalm 121:5

“The Lord is thy keeper:
the Lord is thy shade upon
thy right hand.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


Be Anxious For Naught ~

Be anxious for naught,
let nothing cause you dread
let go of that worry
filling up in your head.

Be concerned for zilch,
let Jesus take your care
let go of all that you fear
so your anxiety He can bear.

Be nervous for nada,
let Jesus have your doubt
let go of those problems
that are stressing you out.

Be burdened for zip,
let your troubles not alarm
let go of that heavy load
place it all in Jesus’ arms.

Be anxious for nothing,
is Jesus’ command to us
His peace He wants to give . . .
if we’d just let go and trust!

~~~~~~~~~

Philippians 4:6

“Be anxious for nothing”

King James Version
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Copyright 2012 Revised 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


I Shall Not Be Moved ~

Though, my troubles are many,
and surround me night and day
I shall not be moved . . .
for the Lord will make a way.

Though, my burdens are great,
and follow me wherever I go
I shall not be moved . . .
for the Lord’s peace l shall know.

Though, my enemies oppress me,
and try to hold me down
I shall not be moved . . .
for the Lord will keep me sound.

Though, my days are a vapor,
and the end may soon be near
I shall not be moved . . .
for in the Lord I’ve no fear.

Though, my nights are long,
and often filled with dread
I shall not be moved . . .
for on Jesus I rest my head!

~~~~~~~~

Psalm 62:6

“He only is my rock
and my salvation:

He is my defence;
I shall not be moved.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2012 Revised 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


A Quiet Place ~

Thank You Lord,
for giving me
a place to go
when I’m weary.

A quiet spot,
for my mind
and Your peace
to come in line.

Thank You Lord,
for meeting me
when to You
I run and flee.

A hidden retreat,
for my heart
so more grace
You can impart.

Thank You Lord,
for being there
when I bring You
my daily care!

~~~~~~~

Proverbs 18:10

“The name of the Lord
is a strong tower:
the righteous runneth
into it, and is safe.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka


My Crown of Glory and Honor ~

Lord, You gave me a crown,
of Your glory and honor
to wear on my head
while here on earth I labor.

But, often it slips,
right over my eyes
and I come up short
going for the prize.

As I push it back,
to it is proper place
I dash right back out
to keep going in the race.

But, sometimes I feel,
it only shows me down
and I question if it is
for me the right crown.

Child, I have given you,
My crown of glory to wear
but, keeping it on . . .
is not yours alone to bear.

If you want your crown,
to stay in its correct place
it needs to be secured . . .
by My mercy, love and grace!

~~~~~~

Psalm 8:4-6

“What is man, that thou art mindful of him?
and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

For thou hast made him a little lower than
the angels, and hast crowned him with
glory and honour.

Thou madest him to have dominion
over the works of thy hands; thou
hast put all things under his feet:”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka


Enduring The Storm ~

Though the storm outside,
is swirling all about . . .
inside of me there’s not
one single drop of doubt.

For, I know God’s in control,
of the thunder overhead
and there isn’t anything
for me to fear or dread.

The winds may be gusting,
tearing things apart
but, there’s a calming breeze
sweeping through my heart.

For, I know God’s out there,
keeping His eyes on things
and He will give me the strength
to endure the storms He brings.

I do not know just how long,
this storm is going to last
but, my faith will keep me trusting
until its final blast!

~~~~~~~~~

Nahum 1:7

“The Lord is good,
a strong hold in
the day of trouble;
and he knoweth them
that trust in him.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka


Good Morning Quote ~10.02.18~


God Has His Best For You ~

God knows your needs,
He sees your desires
He knows when fear
inflames doubt’s fires.

God understands,
the conditions you’re under
He hears your thirst
He knows of your hunger.

God hears your pleas,
He listens to your cries
He knows you have
some unanswered why’s.

God understands,
the situation you’re in
He knows you need
to hear back from Him.

God has your best,
interests at heart
so wait and be still
until them He imparts!

~~~~~~~~

Philippians 4:19

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

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka


Look Not ~

 

Look not to the past,
don’t stop and turn your head
instead look to the future
with Jesus up ahead.

Don’t reminisce,
on that which is already done
rather let your heart
to Jesus be eternally drawn.

Look not to the past,
remember not your regrets
instead look to the future
and the soon coming events.

Don’t agonize,
over what once gave you pleasure
rather let your mind
dwell on your heavenly treasure.

Look not to the past,
don’t look to where you’ve been
instead look onto the cross . . .
and the washing of your sin!

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Philippians 3:13-14

“Brethren, I count not myself
to have apprehended:
but this one thing I do,
forgetting those things
which are behind,
and reaching forth unto
those things which are before,

I press toward the mark
for the prize of the high
calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka


Pit Dwelling ~

When in the pits,
don’t stay there
get right out
so not to despair.

For pit dwelling,
will cause bitterness
and God’s blessings
you’ll surely miss.

When in the dumps,
don’t stay down
pull yourself out
lest in pity you drown.

For dump diving,
is a pit’s best friend
and is no place God
wants you to spend.

When in the pits
or down in the dumps
let your praise to God
give your faith a jump!

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Psalm 40:2

“He brought me up also out
of an horrible pit, out
of the miry clay,
and set my feet upon a rock,
and established my goings.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka


Life Is Like A Road Trip ~

 

Life is like a road trip,
a long winding excursion
requiring from us
lots of physical exertion.

But we often get,
mentally fatigued
and need a rest stop
so to be relieved.

Jesus is that stop,
the oasis of our hope
where living waters fill us
with the strength to cope.

Life is a lengthy journey,
each one of us is on it
and the wear and tear
can drag down our spirit.

We get exhausted,
from the grit and grind
and we need a brake
for our heart and mind.

Jesus is that break,
it’s in Him we find rest
a perfect place to stop . . .
when weary or stressed!

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Isaiah 57:10

“Thou art wearied in the greatness of thy way;
yet saidst thou not, There is no hope:
thou hast found the life of thine hand;
therefore thou wast not grieved.”

Matthew 11:29

“Take my yoke upon you,
and learn of me;
for I am meek and lowly
in heart: and ye shall
find rest unto your souls.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka


Jesus Prays For Us ~

When my words,
I cannot form
and to God my pleas
I cannot inform.

That’s when Jesus,
steps right in
with moans coming
from deep within.

When I can’t even,
begin to pray
all though I have
a lot to say.

That’s when Jesus,
for me advocates
and my prayers to God
He formulates.

When my words,
can’t form my needs
that’s when Jesus . . .
for me intercedes!

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1 Timothy 2:5

“For there is one God,
and one mediator
between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus;”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka


Dust Dry ~

On days when I feel,
my faith is dust dry
when my spirit withers
as if it were to die.

I pick up my Bible,
to breathe some life back
into this soul of mine
for the hope that I lack.

On days when I feel,
my faith is desert dry
when the strength in me
takes a parched sigh.

Into the Word of God,
I quickly take a dive
and let the Holy Spirit
my very own revive.

On days when I feel,
an oncoming drought
I use God’s Word to shake
the dust off my doubt!

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Psalm 119:25

My soul cleaveth unto the dust:
quicken thou me according to thy word.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka


Lean ~

Some days when I feel,
I’ve lost faith’s composure
I stop and lean closer
on my Savior’s shoulder.

I lay my head there,
letting it rest for a while
until my trust in Him
I once again compile.

Some days when I feel,
tired and down right beat
I stop and lean closer
to my Savior’s feet.

It’s there were I lay,
my burden and my care
until unto my hope
I’m again made aware.

Some days when I feel,
I’m about to fall apart . . .
I stop and lean closer
to my Savior’s heart!

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Proverbs 3:5

“Trust in the Lord
with all thine heart;
and lean not unto
thine own understanding.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka


Faithful Is He ~

Jesus will do it,
He is faithful
He wants you to be
to Him grateful.

Jesus will fulfill it,
He is loyal
He will help you
through your trial.

Jesus will perform it,
He is dependable
so don’t you fret
He is reliable

Jesus will deliver it,
He is committed
He wants you to Him
fully submitted.

Jesus will do it,
He is trustworthy
in every single thing
He is praiseworthy!

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1 Thessalonians 5:24

“Faithful is he that calleth you,
who also will do it.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka


Jesus Never Tires ~

Sometimes it’s hard,
to give Jesus our care
sometimes with Him
it’s difficult to share.

But, when we let go of,
our worldly concern
He will give to us
His peace in return.

Sometimes it’s not easy
spending time praying
sometimes it feels no one
hears what your saying.

But, when we release,
what weighs on our heart
Jesus in return for it
more grace will impart.

Sometimes it’s hard,
to give Jesus our care
but, He never tires of . . .
listening when we share!

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1 Peter 5:7

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

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka


The Compassion of Jesus ~

The compassion of Jesus,
in all of its fullness . . .
is yours if you’ll grasp
onto all of His goodness.

For it is full of pity,
and loving concern
its merciful and gracious
asks naught in return.

It’ll give you confidence,
support you when weak
its healing and calming
gentle, caring and meek.

It comforts the bereaved,
it feeds the hungry
brings daily refreshment
to those who are thirsty.

It provides the rest,
for minds that agonize
with hearts laden down
it sees and sympathies.

The compassion of Jesus,
and all of its richness . . .
is yours to claim today
in all of its fullness!

Matthew 9:36

“But when he saw the multitudes,
he was moved with compassion on them,
because they fainted, and were scattered
abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka


When All Seems Dark ~

I know right now,
all seems so dark . . .
and you’re not sure
just where to start.

The news you got,
wasn’t very good
your mind is stuck
on the if’s and could’s.

But, God’s got this,
He knows what to do
and His wisdom
will surely come to you.

I know right now,
all seem so bleak
answers to questions
are all you seek.

So much uncertainty,
right now to face
too many decision
you need to embrace.

But, Jesus is there,
right now with you
to help and show you
what you need to do.

I know right now,
it seems dark tonight
but, tomorrow you’ll see
things better in His light!

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1 Timothy 2:1

“I exhort therefore,
that, first of all,
supplications, prayers,
intercessions,
and giving of thanks,
be made for all men;”

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka


Where’s Your Cross ~

Where is your cross,
did you forget it somewhere
did you put it down
was it just too heavy to bear?

Where did your cross go,
did you leave it behind
was it too big of a burden
for your heart and mind?

Where is your cross,
did you cast is aside
did you think in Jesus
it was too hard to abide?

Where did you discard it,
did it become an obstacle
was continuing to carry it
becoming for you impossible?

Where is your cross,
when will you retrieve it?
For it is your very soul . . .
that without it, you’ll forfeit!

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Matthew 16:24-26

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples,
If any man will come after me,
let him deny himself,
and take up his cross, and follow me.

For whosoever will save his life
shall lose it: and whosoever
will lose his life for my sake
shall find it.

For what is a man profited,
if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul?
or what shall a man give
in exchange for his soul?”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka


Jesus Is Always There ~

Everyone has anxiety,
all have fraying nerves
everyone is fidgety
when thrown, a life curve.

Everyone needs to hear,
someone will always care
all need to know Jesus . . .
their every burden, will bear.

Everyone is worried,
all are edgy and jittery
everyone has troubles
hardships and misery.

Everyone needs to be told,
about God’s saving grace
all need in their hearts
His peace to embrace.

Everyone is restless,
all have turmoil and strife
everyone is overwhelmed
by the sudden storms of life.

Everyone needs a Friend,
someone with whom to share
all need to know Jesus  . . .
is the One, who’s always there!

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Proverbs 12:25

Anxiety in a man’s heart
weighs him down,
but a good word
makes him glad.

Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka


Into The Furnace ~

Sometimes the furnace,
we all have go into
so God can refine
restore and renew.

He will light the fires,
to chasten our soul
until we are willing
to give Him control.

He’ll turn up the heat,
till our sin is magnified
so our hearts can be
cleansed and purified.

He’ll add to the fire,
more fuel if needed
so that to His will
our life is heeded.

So if you find yourself,
in the fiery furnace . . .
more precious then gold
you’ll be, when you surface!

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Isaiah 48:10

“Behold, I have refined thee,
but not with silver;
I have chosen thee in
the furnace of affliction.

King James Version
by Public domain

Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka


A Godly Intervention ~

Sometimes God,
has to do some afflicting
so our stubborn hearts
He can begin softening.

For, He wants to remove,
the hardness deep inside
so there will be the room
for Him to fully abide.

Sometimes God,
brings about suffering
so our prideful minds
He can start uncovering.

For, He wants to rid us,
of our self-centeredness
so we’ll have self-restraint
filled with temperateness.

Sometimes God,
has to get our attention
so with our stubborn hearts
He calls for intervention!

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Job 23:16

“For God maketh my heart soft,
and the Almighty troubleth me:”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka


Lord, Be Not Far From Me ~

Lord, be not far from me,
be not faraway . . .
come close and hold me
be one with me today.

Lord, be not removed,
be not from me too far
come close and lead me
be my bright guiding star.

Lord, be not remote,
be not from me far apart
come close and help me
be with me in soul and heart.

Lord, be not far or distant,
be not from me isolated
come close and guide me
let us never be separated.

Lord, be not faraway,
be not from me afar
come close and take me . . .
right to where You are!

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Psalm 27:9

“Hide not thy face far from me;
put not thy servant away in anger:
thou hast been my help;
leave me not,
neither forsake me,
O God of my salvation.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2017
Deborah Ann Belka


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