Straight Paths

straight to the arms of Jesus

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“In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!'”  Matthew 3:7 NKJV

“For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying:

The voice of one crying in the wilderness
Prepare the way of the Lord,
Make His paths straight.”   (Isaiah 40:3)  Matthew 3:8  NKJV

What lengths God goes to that we may come to Him.

Thank You, Lord, for smoothing a path for me to come to You.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Every step
throughout my life
You were there
smoothing a way

so that when
the time was right
I’d run straight
to You that day.

God bless your path to Him!

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How He Choses

for choosing to inhabit us… what a lofty love and thought. How great Thou art!

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“And you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and burn their wooden images with fire . . .” Deuteronomy 12:3
“You shall not worship the Lord your God with such things .” Deuteronomy 12:4
“But you shall seek the place where the Lord your God chooses, out of all your tribes, to put His name for His habitation; and there you shall go.” Deuteronomy 12:5

The people were heading into a new land, with God leading them in a new way, with a new form of worship to be learned.

Oh Lord, please keep leading us and teaching us to worship You with our lives. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Places of Worship

Thank You, Lord, for choosing
to inhabit us
giving us Your name
filling us with love
making us into a place
where worship can be seen
anywhere, anytime
as we live bowed…

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refiner’s gold~ so pure He will make us be

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“And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image, and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God.”  Revelation 15:2 NKJV

“And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb. . .”  Revelation 15:3 NKJV

I’ve heard of victory laps and victory dances.

Thank You, Lord, that we can have victory because of You!  And here’s a simple poem . . .

There shall be
a victory song

more beautiful
than any other

accompanied by
the harps of God

worshiping Him
over and over.

God bless you as you sing His victory song today!

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The Garden of the Good Shepherd

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Garden of the Good Shepherd The Garden of the Good Shepherd: A Sticker Calendar to Count the 50 Days of Easter
Peter Mazar & Tomie dePaola
Liturgy Training Publications, 2000

I don’t honestly remember when I stumbled across The Garden of the Good Shepherd sticker calendar. It may have been one of those rare moments of Amazon kismet, when they actually recommended something I might want to read. (Does anyone else confuse their magical recommendation machine with their reading/buying/browsing choices? Also, whatever algorithm they use, it’s not very sophisticated when it comes to determining one’s choices in theological kidlit. But that’s another rant.)

Anyhow. Whenever I did stumble across it, I ordered it immediately, and I have been hiding it in my sewing room ever since. And I am so excited to recommend it to you for your family’s Easter celebration.

What precisely is it? And do I promise it’s not cheesy?

Yes. I promise. It’s…

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Poem Portal #21: Everything I Need

Jennifer Lott - Author Website

fingers crossedThis is a song I came up with to help me relax whenever I am suffering major anticipation/fear of disappointment over something. I mostly use it when agents ask to see the beginning of my novel, but occasionally when I’m waiting for the conclusion of a contest or even a day-job interview. I wrote this soothing verse circa age 20 (around the same time that sparse requests to see my work started):

Whether it’s something
Or everything I need
Life will be nothing less something
Than what it’s always been
I still will do what I start
And sing from my heart
Forever me
All that I love will live in me and be free
Whether it’s something
Or everything I need

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becoming one with the breath of God….

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“And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand.”  Revelation 8:4 NKJV

I’m seeing my prayers as offerings today.

Thank You, Lord, for teaching us and encouraging us to pray.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Our prayers rise
as offferings
before Him
on the throne.

He sees and hears
and breathes them
so they become
His own.

God bless you as you pray today.

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When I Saw Him

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“And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead.  But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.”  Revelation 1:17 NKJV

I’ve never had a vision of Jesus like John did.

Thank You, Lord, for being more than I can ever imagine.  And here’s  a simple poem . . .

Out of His mouth went
a sharp two-edged sword
and His voice was like
many waters

His countenance was like
the sun in its strength
and His eyes like
a flame of fire.   (from Rev. 1:14-16)

God bless you as you fall at His feet today!

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