Devotional Series June 21, 2019


She stood there and stood there. Her eyes drooping and tired. She even at one point drifted off for a half a second and jerked back to attention. My little almost 7 year old has a very strong will. One that we come up against daily around here. And though I make it sound like a bad thing; it’s quite the opposite. For when she becomes 17 and the drugs are being passed around, I can easily see this girl with her arms folded stating something like, “I’m not doing that nasty stuff and you can’t make me.”

But tonight was a different story as we also are faced with the task of bending her will without breaking it. (Something I pray for the Lord’s wisdom on daily.) Tonight she refused to rinse her mouth with fluoride. She was scared. And while the jury may be out on it’s uses and benefits, the point was and is that she needed to do what her parents told her to do. No coercing could get her to change her mind. So I made her sit in a chair until she got sleepy. Then I asked her to stand. She refused for 40 mins to do the simple task we were asking of her. This stand-off, if you will, got me thinking of us and God’s will.

How many times do we stand outside of God’s will with our arms folded, our feet hurting and our bodies tired? How many times do we think our will makes more sense? How many times have we stood there knowing we are defying His calling, ignoring His voice because we simply don’t want to do what we’re told? Or maybe it’s fear that keeps us from doing what He’s asking of us. Aren’t we essentially being like little children testing our maker?

During our calm reasoning with our child, we would every so often gently ask her, “Are you ready to go in there and do that?” She finally realized that no matter what she said or how many times she begged, the answer was the same…”Are you ready?” And finally she said yes. Her and I went in the bathroom and she swirled, swished and spit. She looked up at me and smiled. All of her agony was over…for the night. We will see about tomorrow.


Is God asking you, “are you ready?” about something? Have you been at a stand-off with Him? Remember, He is our Father and knows what’s best for us…even when we think we have all the answers.



One Mightier!


Crumbling to the floor

I don’t wanna feel your pain anymore

You freeze me dead in my tracks

I wish life was full of take backs


For I’d reverse all that you did to me

Then I could’ve had a childhood lived free

We know reversing the past is not possible

As I’m faced with another obstacle


Your job always has been to be my adversary

Trying to beat me down and keep me weary

On and on your torrential winds blow

As your seeds of trouble and doubt seem to grow


Whatever, though, you throw down to block my path

All of your chaos and it’s aftermath…

will be met by One mightier than you’ll ever be

One who came to set me free!



Heart So Heavy

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Dear heavy heart why are you so low?

Can’t you see Him next to you wherever you go?

Dear heavy heart please don’t fret

Don’t you see all the plans He’s ready to set?

Dear heavy heart you think you’re back is against the wall

Can’t you see He’s about to set you in high places to stand tall?

Dear heavy heart do you still search for what you’ve lost?

Do you know that it’s been found by the One Who paid the cost?

Dear heavy heart why do you weep all the night?

Do you know joy comes in the morning light?


Dear heart so heavy I know your world feels out of control

But never forget Who made the vast seas and caused the thunder to roll

Finally, heavy hearted one…

Do you know your heart can and will be light?

Just remember to let our Lord and Savior will step into your fight.


Healing Ancient Wounds


Lord, how do we get around all of that?

How do we turn away from anger and wrath?

Feelings and pain that run so deep

Tossing us through nights of no sleep


Ancient wounds scraped open time and time again.

Memories relived, taking us back from within

Remorse for not getting past this pain years ago

Makes a heart feel tossed to and fro


Rising above them and ourselves can be the only way

And remembering what the Almighty has to say

Love thy Lord with all thy heart

First is where we all must start


Harder yet still is the toughest asked of you and me

To love others the way we want them to love us openly

Can we do this? Can we succeed?

To kneel down in prayer for our enemy and intercede…?





Jesus Said… (A repost and a reminder for us ALL)

My and Peter’s question has always been the same. How to forgive another whose hurt comes down like rain. Pelting you over and over with harmful words. Adrenaline a’pumpin as your insides get stirred. And before you know it you’re on your own little tirade Counteractive words, shameful words, make it look like a trade. […]

via Jesus Said… — A New Life



The times you came to repent you were sincere

The ship of your life, how I wish I could steer

Dusting off your knees, you would try again

Only hours would pass before the temptations would begin


Back out to that cruel and mean world you’d go

Hiding away, thinking no one would know

If only you had looked up above your head to the sky

You would’ve seen prayers for your soul as they’d fly


No one really knew what would be your rock bottom

Until the authorities called to say, “We’ve got him.”

Did they know who they held wasn’t really you?

Did they know that you’ve been called of God? A job to do.


A second, maybe third chance you’ve been given

Prayers floating above your head now are, “Lord, keep him driven”

Driven to finish the race, the call asked of him

To share the gospel and help others to repent of sin


So eventhough behind bars you’ll now be kept

You’re free, as now you’re house has been swept

The pain, the loss, the regret can now become history

As you declare and start your own prison ministry

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