He Remembers

My Father is wonderful
My Father is kind
My sin He remembers
But He does not remind

He sees every deed
All that crosses my mind
Evil intent He remembers
But He does not remind

When lost deep in sin
No way out to find
He remembers how I got there
But He does not remind

He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
Micah 7:19 KJV
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Sweet Sleep

The sweetest sleep

When I rest my head

A clear good conscience

That’s the finest bed

When the day is over

Well worked and fed

No regrets no worries

That’s the finest bed

Sweet sleep comes

When the Lord has said

Well done my child

That’s the finest bed

I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me.

Psalms 3:5 KJV

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It’s Who I Am

Know who I AM
Know what I do
It is what I your Lord
Require of you

I alone AM God
I alone am true
It’s who I AM
It’s what I do

You frets and fears
Cloud Me from view
I AM hope and joy
It’s what I do

I won’t share glory
Won’t be number two
I enable perfection
It’s what I do

I bring to nothing
Things men pursue
I AM Sovereign Creator
It’s what I do

Forgiveness and love
Unmerited not due
It’s who I AM
It’s what I do

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8 KJV
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Well Worth The Wait

I should be used to it by now. Sweetheart, are you dressed yet? I try not to sound angry, exasperated or insensitive. At almost 42 years of marriage, I should know better.

She doesn’t answer. Sweetheart, I cry out again, we are going to be late. Are you ready yet?

Her response is quick and a bit terse; ‘Why are you rushing me? We have a full hour to get there and traffic is not bad. Besides, I am still trying to pick out the best shoes. She steps to the top of the stairs. Which pair goes better with the blue dress, the dark blue or the lighter blue?

I murmur to myself, to be honest, both look the same to me.

What did you say, she asked?

I said I think the light blue ones are best. To which she replies, I like the darker ones.

I know how Charlie Brown felt with Lucy and the football.

In an effort to remain calm as she continues to choose accessories, I do some menial tasks. I pick the Gummy Bears from the car seats from the grand kids, pour my second cup of coffee and peruse last weeks church bulletin. Fifteen minutes later she appears. It was well worth the wait.

She is as splendid as ever and I am reminded that the wait always seems long, until the finished product appears.

Such is the Psalmist’s admonition that we should ‘wait on the Lord.’ God has some marvelously, beautiful things in store for His beloved. We can’t rush and we dare not try to do so. By rushing we try to circumvent His will and ultimately make bad choices, much worse than the wrong accessories for our outer dress.

We make the wrong choices that impact our lives and the lives of those around us in both temporal and eternal ways.

Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord. Be of good courage. He has great things in store.

1 Corinthians 2:9 It is written, ‘No eye has seen no ear has heard nor has the human mind conceived the things God has prepared for those who love Him’

Well Worth The Wait

Only Bread

I was so very hungry
I just wanted to be fed
I looked at all the tables
And noticed one small setting
Had only simple bread

The others were quite splendid
All luxuriously spread
Every meat and sweet delight
Food to fill the stomach
Drinks to swill the head

I sat down at the feast
Where my appetites had led
Why should I settle for
A table that had nothing
But simple bread

I ate and ate and ate
Never felt full, but instead
My hunger only increased
Feeling nauseous yet still hungry
Ignoring that simple bread

And so the world allures me
Just as the Lord has said
He who dines with Me
Will never hunger
Taste of My simple bread

I Am Life and I Am light
It was for you that I have bled
I alone can fill your hunger
Eat of Me and live
Taste of My simple bread

John 6:35Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

Isaiah 55:2 Come, all of you who thirst, come to the waters; and you without money, come, buy, and eat! Come, buy wine and milk, without money and without cost! 2Why spend money on that which is not bread, and your labor on that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of foods.

Your Substance

I knew your substance
I knew your frame
Before egg met sperm
I called your name

I made each cell
Divide and grow
Not even your mother
Felt what I did know

As each organ formed
As each limb gained length
As each muscle gained
In bulk and strength

You went from ooze
To person at birth
Before others saw you
I knew your worth

Now you have come forth
You must realize
It is I who decide
Who lives and, dies

So, don’t forget
And don’t forsake
To give thanks and praise
With each breath you take

Psalm 139: 15-16 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

The Best

I had a wonderful rest
Slept good the whole night through
Got up showered and shaved
Then did a quick review

I had use of all my limbs
Both speech and vision too
But then I asked the Lord
Is that the best that You can do?

I know You must have noticed
That I bought a car brand new
But did You also see
My neighbor he has two

And please Lord pay attention
I grow tired of reminding You
Others think I am not important
Is that the best that You can do?

But the Holy Spirit spoke
Piercing bone, joint and sinew
Your desires are of self
Seeking self-glory just for you

Your Father has provided
His Son gave all for you
You are an unworthy servant
And I gave My best for you

For while you were My enemy
I forgave your evil too
And granting grace and mercy
Is the best that I can do

Romans 5:8
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Luke 17:7
So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

Lead With a Limp

They demean and debase
Call me freak and a gimp
The Father reassured me
You must lead with a limp

But Lord I have failed
At most things I attempt
They laugh and ridicule
You must lead with a limp

They take my silence as weakness
Call me slow stupid wimp
It’s embarrassing and painful
You must lead with a limp

Jacob’s dislocated hip
Paul’s thorn, Satan’s imp
Moses’ stammering tongue
You must lead with a limp

To lead in your strength
Is to let evil tempt
Depend only on Me
You must lead with a limp

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV

Everything, Every Time, Everyone

I told the Lord it’s impractical
At least so in my mind
They continue to offend me
Christ said forgive them every time

I told the Lord they abuse me
Without end so it seems
Christ responded as before
Forgive them everything

But Lord they’re unrelenting
Can’t you see what they have done
He said oh yes I am aware
Forgive them everyone

Forgetting unlike forgiving
Is from the mind not the Heart
And those who follow me
This power I do impart

The power to release in Full
The pain those memories bring
If you want to be healed made whole
Forgive everyone every time everything

All those who call My Name
Who claim the second birth
Know forgiveness is essential
It was what My life was worth

Matthew 18:21-22 KJV Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
Matthew 6:12 KJV

Others

What should I do with these riches?
The abundance under firm lock and key
I want you to help those who have nothing
I want you to set others free

What should I do with my health?
Each limb, each sense full faculty
I want you to strengthen the lame
I want you to set others free

What should I do with my time?
With each tick of the clock life does flee
I want you spend moments with the lonely
I want you to set others free

For nothing you have is yours
Every breath all you hold is from Me
I give them to you to help someone
I want you to set others free

Just as I declared in the temple
I send you to the world to show Me
Heal the sick, visit the lonely, the captive
I want you to set others free

Luke 4:18-19 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.