Thu Feb 23, 2017
 

Weekly Scripture reading 




Febraury 24, 2017: Leviticus17:1-18:30; Psalm 27:1-3; Proverbs 10:9; Mark 4:21-41

February 18, 2017:  Leviticus 7:1-8:36; Psalm 24:7-10; Proverbs 9:10-12; Mark 1:1-20

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Today's Focus verse 

Psalm 26:7

I raise my voice in praise and tell of all the miracles you have done.







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February 23, 2017



A Remorseful Heart, February 21, 2017

Psalm 25:18

Sometimes we are suffering and we don’t know the cause.

Is our unconfessed sin, keeping us from God?

This creates a sure opportunity,

And an open invitation for the enemy,

To enter and crush us, hurt and destroy,

Mangle our assets and steal our joy!

Jesus wants us to come to Him,

And be free from grips of the slightest sin!

Then He sends us out with authority,

Holy boldness in the place of inferiority.

***

Father, because of the Lord Jesus Christ,

We have strength, power, security and might!

For Your Name’s sake, forgive our sins (Ps. 25:11 & 18),

So that have the strength of Your presence within.

Lord, we need boldness, like You gave the apostles,

To go forth, believing, that all things are possible!

If there’s any suffering, let it be from, *

A remorseful heart and true confession.

May we never deny our faults, but insist,

On returning love for hate, which proves You exist (25:19)!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado and Stormie Omartian*

Sinners Invited, February 20, 2017

Mark 2:17

Jesus compares the sinner’s soul,

To one whose disease is out of control;

They cannot handle it all by themselves,

So they seek a doctor’s expect help (Mark 2:17).

Doctors don’t judge, they simply prescribe,

What we need to make our symptoms subside.

For some diseases, they have a cure,

And we get those prescriptions filled, for sure!!

Why then, do we refuse to take,

The Lord at His Word, for salvation’s sake!

There is no other cure for the sinner’s plight,

Than believing on Name of the Lord Jesus Christ (Mark 16:16)!

***

Heavenly Father, our eyes look to You (Ps. 25:15A),

Because our souls need healing too.

All have sinned and have gone astray,

Like sheep, we tend to wander away!!

In this condition, we’re susceptible,

To worldly infections that sicken the soul.

Jesus, You have come to be our Physician,

Who heals our souls by pronouncing, “You’re forgiven (Mark 2:5)!”

You invite everyone, not just those who can pay!

Your mercy and love will not turn us away.

You keep us from dangerous snares that cause (25:15B),

Another infection, separation from God!!

Lord, help us to invite other to You;

So they can be whole, heart and soul, brand new.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

God Understands, February 19, 2017

Leviticus 10:19

There are times when the sins of those unwise,

Like collateral damage, affect our own lives (Lev. 10:2)!

We cannot answer for anyone else,

But when other, somehow, makes havoc for us,

God understand.  He knows that we,

Are networked with friends, even family,

Who someone mess up, slip and fall.

And we get crushed by the weight of it all.

God understands, and He provides,

For those who trust Him with their lives (Ps. 25:3).

The burdens we carry, He helps us to bear,

By His mercy and goodness, He provides for our care.

***

Abba, like a Daddy, You extend Your hand. *

You guide and protect us, and understand,

That sometimes, things happen, no fault of ours,

But we’re crushed underneath another’s crumbled tower.

Lord, a negative mentality,

Needs to be replaced by a positive feed,

Of Your Word, Your promises, and Your still small voice,

Telling us, “I will help you make the right choice!”

Thank you that You cannot lie or fail us,

And You have already planned to “bail” us.

We rely on Your will to help us today,

As we follow You, and try our best, to obey (Lev. 10:20).

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado *

Stop Obsessing, and Come, February 18, 2017

Mark 1:17

Our Lord Jesus calls us, first to come (Mark 1:17),

And make this initial, recognition,

That He will change us if we’re staying with Him!

We cannot go back to a life of sin.

He has all power to create something new,

Especially, changing a negative attitude,

Into faith-supported, thoughts and decisions.

He’s the ONLY One in the right position,

To give us power over all that we see,

As overwhelming, He can use for His glory (Ps. 24:7-10).

But first, we must come, and open the gate.

He will come in and rebuke what He hates,

So that it is destroyed.  But He will replace it,

With the blessing and power of His Holy Spirit.

***

Lord Jesus, when we come to open the gate (24:7),

So that You can come in, You don’t hesitate!

Yes, the King of Glory, the most powerful (24:8),

Becomes our guardian and warrior (24:10)!

Help us completely, change our hearts (Mark 1:15);

Completely destroy any hateful part,

So we find our purpose, since the day of creation,

Which includes, our joy, and our complete restoration.

But first, we must come, follow and obey,

Your teachings, and not keep going astray!

Lord, help us rise high above how we feel;

Such introspection cannot help other people (1:17)!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Not Most, But All, February 17, 2017

Matthew 28:18

After the Lord is raised from the dead (Matt. 28:18).

Many, not a few, heard him speak!  He said:

“(Not most, but) All power in heaven and on earth,

Is given to Me.”  Then He added these words (28:19):

“So, (you) go and make followers of all,

(Not to a few, but to ALL, is our call),

All of the people in the world, to infinity,

Baptize them in the name of the Trinity (28:20).

Teach them to obey everything that I taught you,

And ‘till the end of this age, I will be with you.”

***

Father, Your Word is our life and health! *

We commit to study it, and carry it out.

Help us not allow the things that choke,

And snuff out the effectiveness of the Holy Ghost.

Wash away deceit, or the desire for more,

So that we can obey Your teachings, Lord.

ALL power, not some, not most, but ALL,

Is Yours to share, with those whom You call (28:18).

Thank you for your promise to ALWAYS be with us (28:20),

To go before us, direct, and bless us (28:7 & Ps. 24:1-6).

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado and Prayers that Avail Much*

Oil of Blessing, February 16, 2017

Psalm 23:5

All is well with us when we,

Understand the intent of the enemy,

Is to steal our health and joy, but instead,

God pours out His oils all over our heads (Ps. 23:5).

Fragrant oils of blessings with purpose,

That tend to our needs, and heal our hurts.

Look the problem square in the eye,

And learn to mentally, re-prioritize!

Our hope, our joy, our eternal goals,

Are worth far more than this world holds.

So, meditate on the favor of,

A righteous, faithful and loving God.

***

Lord, You won’t have any weakness in me;

Things like oppression or inferiority,

Are not what You have assigned me at birth!

I’m forgiven to claim my blessed worth (Ps. 23:6)

Your goodness and mercy will follow me,

With loving kindness and tender mercies,

So that I can have peace deep down in my soul,

Taking the road that leads to Your counsel (Prov. 9:6).

Remove the enemy’s weapons and curses!

Let me feast at Your table prepared for this purpose (23:4-6).

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Happiness is Finding Solutions, February 15, 2017

Proverbs 8:32

Praise the Lord all you who respect Him (Ps. 22:23A),

And then when you pray, He will listen.

He doesn’t ignore or hide from you (22:24);

When trouble comes, His friendship holds true.

Follow His ways to be truly happy (Prov. 8:33),

Because wisdom enhances natural ability!

Those who watch, who wait, who listen (8:33),

Find life, because God is pleased with them (8:35).

Watch and wait at God’s open doorway (8:34),

We only hurt ourselves, not following His ways (8:36).

***

Father, thank you for the blood of the Lamb (Matt. 27:51),

Our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins.

That moment, Lord, when You cried out,

The curtain tore, and the earth broke apart.

These events made believers out of the guards (27:54),

Who mocked You, while pounding the nails so hard.

Then You send us Your Spirit as You promised You would!

And by Him, living in us, we know we should,

Watch and wait, every day at Your door.

When the challenges come, You give us much more,

Understanding, skill and wisdom,

And the happiness that comes by finding solutions!

Thanks be to God!  It is possible with You!

Every answer we need, and happiness too.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

The Taming of the Crude, February 14, 2017

Psalm 22:19

The Psalmist sings a somber song,

And prays for the Lord to make him strong (Ps. 22:19).

He asks for God’s help of the saving kind,

From various weapons, used at that time.

Weapons like swords, but what is this?

He adds: dogs, lions and bulls to his list (22:20-21)!

Are there animals attacking the king?

Or people with traits, metaphorical things?

It is feasible, at that time, to allow,

A dog to attack or a lion to prowl.

But using a metaphor is quite often,

God’s way of teaching a spiritual lesson.

***

Father, I pray for me and my spouse,

On this day when love is extolled in our house.

Our bond helps us face any opposition,

When we ourselves in uncomfortable situations,

Because we uphold Your Word, we’re aware (Matt. 27:25),

Of the many tactics of spiritual warfare.

Lord, like the Psalmist, we pray You will build,

Our strength and our faith, so we do not yield,

To the temptation to react with teeth,

When we encounter the crude, the rude, or just, weak.

Give us a spirit of joy and laughter,

In each situation, Lord, we’re stronger together.

Let our words encourage good to overcome evil,

And by Your Spirit, tame crude and rude people (Ps. 22:19).

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado and Prayers that Avail Much

Portrait of Wisdom, February 13, 2017

Proverbs 8:12

If wisdom embodied a person,

What kind of features would be,

Apparent in this person’s portrait,

Looking back at you and me?

The eyes would have a mixture,

Of understanding and calm,

Because good judgment’s a routine elixir,

Like a rich cream they’ve slathered on.

Their brows would show fewer furrows,

From worry or baking sun.

With a smile to melt any quarrel,

And a sparkle that indicates fun.

It’s apparent, they’ve made it through,

Many years of decision making.

With more than a gray hair or two,

And muscle tone, fading.

But, there’s a certain look,

Of a sound mind, void of oppression.

This portrait, on a wall, in a book,

Is a testament of Christian Perfection.

***

Father, as I head out today,

Let me take this portion of You,

In my mind, so that all along the way,

Your wisdom governs all that I do.

Good sense, judgment and understanding,

Are basic equipment we need,

To advise, instead of demanding,

That others blindly agree (Prov. 8:14).

You love it when I come and ask,

For Your help in finding Your wisdom.

Lord, You have promised to bless,

My search to become this person!

Make me the embodiment of,

The Spirit of my Lord Jesus Christ!

Help me practice fairness, justice and law (8:20),

To develop Your features, and always do what it right!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado*

 

 

 

What’s Happened to Giving? February 12, 2017

Exodus 35:5

By God’s Spirit, He gives us, each one,

Whatever we need to get our work done (Ex. 35:31).

He doesn’t ask for us to give any more,

Than that which we have, or we keep in store.

What we bring in, will not be the same thing,

As another, who brings in their offering.

We also give time, in prayer, so at best,

Every need of the Kingdom’s work is met.

***

Father, we treasure our Spiritual union,

And partake of Your body and blood in communion (Matt. 26:39).

The Spirit is willing, but our own habitation (26:41),

The flesh, needs strength to fight off temptation.

Lord, we’re peculiar to those in the world,

By You, our own desires are fulfilled (Prov. 8:10),

While the cut-throats continuously look for a way,

To take, and not give, and certainly, not pray,

Lord, we seek wisdom and courage to stand,

And pray for Your will; just to hear Your command!

And Lord, while others tuck in their tails (Matt. 26:56),

Help us give so the world will hear the gospel.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

God Will Give Us Victory, February 11, 2017

Exodus 33:14

Moses knows, without a doubt,

How God can work everything out.

He’s been through the plagues, stood on the shore,

And saw God work as never before!

And yet, he must beg God on His knees,

To go out with them as they leave (Ex. 33:1-2)!

Since the event of their exodus,

The people have sinned, and such a mess,

That God cannot stand to be around them (Ex. 33:1-3).

But Moses will change God’s mind once again (33:5-6).

***

Father, You daily guide our steps,

Please establish and bless our relationships,

Because, even if we do all that we can,

Others around us, might make evil plans (Ps. 21:11),

Plans against Your Word and Your ways.

Lord, protect us, because we seek to obey (Ex. 34:13).

Develop in us, Your qualities,

So that other will hear You, when we speak.

Lord, may they see You, and know we’ve drawn near,

By Your glow of glory, not disgust or fear.

By Your great power and authority,

You will give us the victory!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Reminding God, February 10, 2017

Exodus 32:13

Moses reminds the Lord of the promise,

He gave to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

“You made this oath: ‘I will make your seed,

As many as the stars, or the sands of the sea.’”

Moses reasons, this would be worse,

God saves them, only for an evil purpose (Ex. 32:12)!

“So, stop being angry!”  Can you imagine,

Saying these things to the God of Heaven?

What do we do?  We don’t pray at all,

As we watch our brothers and sisters fall.

Yes, we despise the wrong things they do,

But we need to remind God, He created them too!

Whatever His plan for them from the start,

Included Him knocking on the door of their heart!

***

Father, we know that You have a plan,

For each child born; Your highest intention,

Is that they live forever, by Your love, forgiven,

But we also know, people are quite stubborn (Ex. 32:9).

You see their sin, like in Moses’ day,

And You’re angry enough to blow them away (32:10)!

But Lord, remember Your love and grace,

And this is what gives You such a high place.

Destroying them would, indeed, appease,

Your anger, but remember, Christ died for these,

Who refuse to do right, and need reminding,

That hell is a contract, forever, binding.

Lord, save their souls and remember too,

That You love them more than they can ever love you.

Your love is patient, forgiving and kind,

Make them so thirsty, they will drink, in time.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Bless the Load, February 9, 2017

Matthew 25:21

Goodness and loyalty go hand in hand.

The bad are bad because they demand,

Their load be lighter, and if they can’t have it,

They’ll fold their hands and say, “I quit!”

Loyalty has a different response.

It goes the distance and is nonchalant,

Over weights and issues that make others rude,

Because this is the way they choose!

Yes, love, goodness and loyalty,

Are part of the package we choose to be:

Godly and Christ-like, yes, we must explore…

Being grateful for little to have much more (Matt. 25:21).

***

Father, You’re a covenant God.

You are good and loyal to us, because,

We choose to obey and do the right things,

That You say are good and pleasing (25:4).

We know You are with us because of the way,

You’ve directed us, every day (Ex. 29:45).

There is nothing this world has to offer (Prov. 7:7),

That would make us disloyal to You, Lord and Savior.

Help us walk in the highest regard,

Of goodness and loyalty to You, Father God,

Doing those things that we know bless You,

So we’ve more, not less, good things to do (Matt. 25:21).

Give us strength to fight diseases and plagues. *

Heal and deliver us, so we don’t drag (25:26),

But instead, Lord, bless the load You’ve given,

And entrusted to us, this side of Heaven.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado and Prayers That Avail Much *Work in Victory, February 8, 2017

Matthew 24:44

We read of this event in the scripture,

Some refer to it as the rapture:

A Christian is with a non-believer (Matt. 24:44),

And “poof” one is taken, but not the other!

Jesus says it will be like the days,

Of Noah.  The world was depraved (24:37).

Our Lord will give no other warning, except,

For scripture, so those who read can expect,

That He might return in the next few minutes!

So work in victory, because He has won it.

***

Father, the key to being ready,

Is making YOU our top priority.

Knowing that any minute might be,

Our first moment in eternity.

Your hand will guide us gently through,

The work that You have assigned us to do.

And by Your power, we will rise,

On that day, with You in the skies.

Just as the first time, You will come,

As we are determined to carry on,

And do our work in the victories,

You’ve already won, so we’re always ready!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Just… Endure, February 7, 2017

Matthew 24:13

Has hatred ever been so strong,

And society, so morally wrong?

Don’t be surprised, if your convictions,

Like, choosing life instead of abortion,

Will bring you hated from your neighbor (Matt. 24:10)!

But don’t think it’s strange… they hate each other!

Satan has blatantly covered their eyes,

So they fight the gospel and believe his lies (24:11).

What’s the result?  There is more and more evil,

Less respect and love amongst people (24:12).

But those who keep their faith to the end,

Those who keep up, whether or not they win (24:13), *

Will see more trouble than there’s ever been (24:21)!

But God will shorten it to save His chosen (24:22).

***

Father, You are a gracious God.

What appears to be situations of,

Hatred, jealousy, snarky rejection,

Are signs of Your coming, so we need Your protection!

You’ve promised if we will just endure,

That we will be saved, forevermore.

We don’t have to win, but just keep the faith, *

And You’ll give us strength to stay in the race.

Lord, the things that are happening now,

Like hatred so strong, we can’t see how,

The gospel will reach all races and nations (24:14),

But it will!  It spreads best, through tribulation.

Help us endure the pressures we feel,

The differences in opinion, so calloused and real.

Lord, may we never neglect to see,

The lessons like this, from the fig tree (24:32)!

When the branches are green and new leaves appear,

We know that summer is almost here.

Likewise, when troubles come ashore,

We’ll be raptured away… if we but, endure (24:33).

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado *

Holy People, February 5, 2017

Exodus 22:33

Old Testament laws seems like common sense!

If you cheat a widow, who has no defense,

And she cries out to God, He will hear her cry,

And make a widow out of YOUR wife (Ex. 22:22-24)!

“Too harsh!”  You say, yet if you’re the one,

To whom a wrong has been done,

And you seek the Lord for vengeance,

Holiness IS His business.

Our part of living holy for Him,

Is to stay away from evil and sin!

We should know what is in the Testaments, *

Then obey the Lord’s commandments (Matt. 23:3).

***

Father, help us to climb that ladder,

To holiness, going higher and higher.

The closer we get to Your heights,

The more You shine down Your light,

Uncovering anything we might do,

That is something of which You wouldn’t approve!

This only happens when we are bold,

And courageously ask You to take hold,

Of our hearts and minds, so that we,

Can radiate light, and become, holy.**

Lord, help us clean out our sticky self (23:11),

So Your holiness has a clean space to dwell.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado * and Prayers that Avail Much **

First Comes Love, February 4, 2017

Matthew 22:40

I remember when I was young,

And looking for that that special “one”.

I’d heard that you’re in love when,

You cannot live without them!

Marriage and a baby carriage,

Are built on love’s foundational basis.

Love will cover the best, the worst,

Times in life, if we put love first.

Jesus reminds us, “All the laws,

And commands depend upon this clause:

‘Love the Lord God, above all else,

Then love Your neighbor as you do yourself.’”

***

Lord, help us never cease to praise,

And worship You, every day!

When we do this, we remember,

Your love, forgiveness, and mercies tender.

This creates a heart within,

That loves others, because we’ve been,

Loved and cherished, and this becomes,

The way we treat everyone.

Your very breath is the energy, *

That keeps love burning inside of me.

Your love makes me more determined,

To love my neighbors, family and friends.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus Name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado and Prayers that Avail Much *Back To The Drawing Board!  February 3, 2017

Psalm 18:30

What do we do when God hasn’t done,

What we thought was needed for this battle to be won?

If we truly believe that He is without fault (Ps. 18:30),

That His words are pure, and He IS our Rock (18:31),

Then we pick up the pencil, the paper, the pen,

And rework all of our expectations. *

God doesn’t leave us without any defense;

In time, He will save us from the enemy’s plans (18:16).

Our vision of the answer might be obscured,

Until we regroup, and go back to the drawing board!

***

Father, You’ve prepared a table, then, invite us (Matt. 22:9),

To come and dine, and nothing can divide us!

The battle has been won, and we cannot be defeated,

Because at the cross, You did all that was needed,

To secure the final score, on our behalf.

So, when we’re thrown for a loop, help us get back on track.

We’ll go to the drawing, revamp what we expect,

Knowing that You have already, gone out ahead (Ex. 17:5),

To make the provisions, in a better way,

Than anything we can imagine today (Ps. 18:36).

Lord, give us strength to bend a bronze bow (18:34),

But make us willing, to go back with what we know,

And change the plan, and our expectations,

With greater insight, and new inspiration!

In Jesus name,

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

Saved!  Guaranteed!  February 2, 2017

Exodus 15:13

God keeps His loving promise,

And leads whom He has saved (Ex. 15:13)!

So we shouldn’t be a “doubting Thomas,”

And we shouldn’t be afraid!

Neither should we grumble,

Because, in reality,

God hears our every mumble,

And thinks, “It’s against Me (16:8)!”

He makes us shining lights (Ps.18:28),

That brighten every room.

We do what He says is right (Prov. 18:24),

And there is no future doom!

***

Lord, You have saved us,

To live life, abundantly.

The salvation You gave us,

Comes with certain guarantees. *

You’ll provide, but we must gather (Ex. 16:4),

And do our part each day.

We don’t grumble about the weather,

For we know, come what may,

You are loyal; You are good (Ps. 18:25).

And with Your help we can brighten (18:28),

All the darkness, as we should,

Without complaining, or begin frightened!!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado *

Go Forward!  February 1, 2017

Exodus 14:15

Just listen to the dialogue,

Between Moses, and God!

There’s no where they can hide,

But if they sit there, they’ll die (Ex. 14:15)!

Not a person on that shore,

Knows what God has in store,

Except for Moses, one man…

Who is willing to take command.

God says, “Raise your walking stick… (14:16),”

And the waters of the Red Sea, split,

To make a wall on either side,

So they could walk away … not hide.

***

Father, You’ve redeemed our lives,

From vast destructive powers of strife.

You know how quickly we retreat,

When we hear the enemy’s marching feet!

He wants to steal and devour our souls…

Lord, show Yourself to be more powerful (14:31)!

Let us never be lazy persons (Prov. 6:6).

Who have been taught, but never learn!

We want to please You, Lord, instead (Ps. 18:19),

So, like Moses, we’ll move ahead,

And expect that You will part the sea,

Not just for us, but so others believe (Ex. 14:31)!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Highest Position, January 31, 2017

Matthew 20:27

In the Kingdom of God we are free,

To serve the rest of humanity (Matt. 20:27).

We serve, because we are bought,

By the One who has cleansed our hearts.

He who laid down His life for us (20:28),

Has commanded that we fully trust,

And believe, when we act as servants,

Our lives come into alignment,

With Scripture, and the mountains dissolve,

As we freely serve others, for God.

***

Lord, we are stuck in a culture,

Of “Me first” waiting ‘round like vultures.

Looking for ways in which to be served,

Yet highlighting blessings in Your Word!

Forgive us when we keep forgetting,

It’s not about “Me” having blessings,

But bowing to a servant’s level,

We dishevel the work of the devil.

Adversity seeks to weaken us,

To make us physical ill, so You must,

Strengthen the bodies of Your people,

With power to overcomes all evil.

Thank You that we’re part of Your Kingdom,

Where servants hold the highest position.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Seniority, January 30, 2017

Matthew 20:8

This has always been a mystery to me:

The ways of cultural, seniority!

Anyone who has ever experienced transition,

Immediately knows their place and position!

It is difficult, for more of us, not less,

To blend into a culture that’s already set!

And just about when we feel comfortable,

Things change, and our foundations rumble!

The Kingdom of God is not what we,

Are accustomed to, like, seniority!

“Start with the last and end with the first (Matt. 20:9)!”

This isn’t how we run our universe!

If we must work longer, then, we expect,

That we will get more in our pay check!

When we all get to heaven, we will probably laugh,

Seeing who’s seated first, and who’s seated last.

***

Father, You’ve turned our captivity (Exod. 10:29),

And You’ve given us courage to disagree,

With the cultural norms that are not of Your Kingdom!

And Lord, for this, we will face opposition!

Come, make us strong; pour peace in our souls,

Knowing that You are always in control (Ps. 17:14).

You save us from desiring any rewards,

That we cannot take to our, forevermore!

Keep us focused, to pray for Your power (17:7),

And we will give back to You all the honor (Prov. 5:21),

Keeping nothing, selfishly, for in reality,

You have different views on seniority!

The demands of fairness are shadowed by joy,

Of being like You, and all evil, destroyed.

No more jealousy, envy, or snarky disgust,

Of anyone getting something more than us!!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Salvation Is Possible!  January 29, 2017

Matthew 19:26

We don’t always look at people,

And think, “For God, all things are possible (Matt. 19:26).

Instead, we see a splintered mess,

And judge, when it’s not our business!

God alone, decides the fate,

Of every person, small or great!

No matter what their past contains,

They can be saved, in Jesus Name.

Our prayer for others should include,

Salvation, and that we are used,

To show God’s love and acceptance;

Let Him be the judge of true repentance!

***

Lord, we try to obey Your commands,

Except for the one about our possessions!

Like the rich young ruler, who,

Came and asked, “What must I do,

To be saved and live forever (19:16)?”

But decided, he could not sever,

His ties to all the things he had (19:21)!

And he went away, very sad!

Lord, we cling to that which isn’t,

Going to last an eternal minute!

And then pout when we don’t see,

Your miracles, and Your victories (Gen. 8:18)!

Like Egypt’s gnats, the world cannot,

Summon them up OR make them stop!

These are things only You understand,

For You it’s possible, for anyone’s salvation!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Keep Them Busy! January 28, 2017

Exodus 5:9

We’re a busy bunch, aren’t we?

Our days are full of many duties,

That someone has to do…

And it falls upon me and you!

It seems there’s no rhyme or reason;

We are busy no matter the season!

Every now and then, we’ll say,

“Must it always be this way?”

What if the devil has ordered,

His cohorts, and greatest supporters,

To go out and “make them work harder,

Then they won’t have time to bother (Exod. 5:9),

Or listen to God’s still small voice…

They’re too busy, so they have no choice!”

***

Father, teach us how,

To be holy, right here and now (Ps. 16:11).

In the middle of all that we must do,

Help us stop the train and worship You.

We cannot put off forgiveness (Matt. 18:33),

When a brother or sister offends us.

Lord, we must take the time to inspect,

Our hearts for wounds we may neglect,

Because of our busy lifestyles!

Lord, we need time with You, awhile,

To bask in the breaking of dawn…

Which renews us and make us strong (Ps. 16:11).

Your love and tenderness,

Bids us to come and rest.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Don’t Run, Grab It!  January 27, 2017

Exodus 4:4

God knew Moses would need some tricks,

So He makes a snake of his walking stick!

This, the first, of three great things,

That God will use to convince Egypt’s king,

To let His people get on the trail!

But, Moses has to grab a snake by its tail (Exod. 4:4).

Once he has the snake in hand,

It turns into a stick again!

Sometimes God wants us to grab” it”!

Those fears, or maybe, an ugly habit,

And let Him turn them, in His Name,

Into catalysts that bring about a needed change!!

***

Heavenly Father, let us not be afraid,

To grab the tail of whatever Satan’s made,

That would otherwise bite us on the heel!

But by Your power, Lord, reveal,

That You can change it, and make it useful,

To us, to use, and not become, entangled!

Give us courage; remove the dread (4:3),

Of grabbing “it” by the tail, instead.

Help us run this race, not run away (4:13),

With the confidence we need each day.

Lord, we believe You give everything we need (Ps. 16:5),

To lead us out in victory!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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The Way It Should Be, January 26, 2017

Matthew 17:11-13

Everyone seems to have an opinion.

This is why we can expect some division!

Jesus Himself knew that He would suffer (Matt. 15:12),

At the hands of those who persecuted others!

He talks of how the prophets experienced,

Hardships, similar to His own circumstances.

Jesus takes His suffering into account,

Why explaining what happened to Him on the mount,

When Peter, James and John see His transfiguration,

And witness a bazaar conversation (15:3)!

Best guess of what they talked about,

Is that Christ would soon suffer, and suffer a lot!

Jesus gives hint of “the way it should be,”

When He will return to set us free.

Free, from the evil that lurks within hearts,

Creating the divisions that tear us apart.

***

Father, we believe that our strength comes from You.

And that time will tell our good or bad fruit!

Lord, Your forgiveness makes it possible,

For us to be innocent and free of all evil.

We too ask the question, “Who may enter (Ps. 15:1)

Your Holy Temple, and commune with our Maker?”

Only the innocent, made innocent by Christ,

Can wade through this world, but live a holy life!

Lord, You provide for us, places of rest,

When we stay fully focused on goodness (Prov. 4:27),

And keep our distance from evil influences.

“The way it should be,” is only found in Your presence.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Great Idea!  January 25, 2017

Proverbs 4:23

It doesn’t matter what anyone says, *

About our ideas, because God, instead,

Shares with us His thoughts and plans (Matt. 16:17),

So we can trust our lives in His hands!

The greatest decision we need ever make,

Is to give Him authority, delegate,

All our thoughts and ideas to Him (Prov. 4:23)!

He fills the hearts that are open.

Our great ideas are really, His,

And His Spirit through us, helps us live,

As His Ambassadors, sharing the Kingdom (Matt. 16:19),

Seeing the signs of future seasons (16:5).

***

Father, teach us to give You the key,

To come in and take all authority (Prov. 4:23),

Over our thoughts and thus, what we say (Matt. 16:23).

Lord, reel us in, if our minds start to stray,

To the side of fear, which is not of Christ!!

It’s disloyalty and we’ll pay a price!

Help us capture that incoming thought,

And give it to You, before it rots,

The rest of our thinking, ideas, perspectives,

Ruining Your goals and objectives!

Instead, we will profit by letting You,

Spiritually, make us sensitive to,

Your still small voice, that says, “Be careful (Prov. 4:23)!”

Lord, take our thoughts to maximize our potential!!!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Leftovers, January 24, 2017

Matthew 15:36 & 37

When I’m worried, I think, “How long must I be (Ps. 13:2),

Unhappy about all these problems I see?”

And like the Psalmist, I cry out to God,

Until I am able to trust His love (13:5).

With one glace behind me, God reminds,

That He has always been faithful and kind.

My way becomes brighter, much like the dawn (Prov. 4:18);

As I trust His love, He gives me a song (Ps. 13:6)!

The wicked will stumble, not seeing what makes (Prov. 4:19),

Them kick against goads, or cause mistakes.

But trusting God’s love enables Him, come,

To take what I have, and bless those around,

With baskets left over!  No other Name,

No other God can make this claim (Matt. 15:35-39)!

***

Father, How I thank You for stable ground,

Your Word and Your love, I stand upon!

I will not be destroyed for lack of good things,

Because You have promised supernatural blessings,

Greater knowledge and insights, as well,

As joy in heaven… and escaping hell.

Lord, help me trust even more today,

In Your love, that guards and watches, always,

As if You are listening closely to hear,

Every word that I pray as music to Your ears. *

When I ask, “How long?” You respond, “Bring to Me (15:34),

That which you have, and you will see,

Leftovers!  Baskets of more so that You,

Can share the blessings of what I will do.”

Thank you, Lord!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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In A Day, January 23, 2017

Genesis 45:26

Jacob is stunned and doesn’t believe,

That his son is alive, for whom he has grieved,

For so many years!  But now, in a day,

The pain of the past is washed away!

In a day, Joseph goes from poor to rich,

Likewise, those who say what they wish (Ps. 12:4),

Will hear the Lord’s rebuke in their ears,

And God can remove, hurtful years (12:5).

God delivers us out of affliction,

In a day, can change our situation!

He takes the world’s wicked ways,

For our good; it could be today (Gen. 45:5)!

***

Lord, You brought Joseph out of prison,

And likewise, in a day, You can end persecution,

And bring us to the light of better things,

When we trust You, our King of Kings (Ps. 12:5).

Father, You’ve promised that You will rise

And support the helpless; You recognize,

That they always need protection from You,

Those who stand for righteousness and truth.

You can deliver us from affliction,

Promote and provide our best protection.

Lord, bless us now, with the peace of Your presence,

Knowing, Your help can arrive in an instant.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Give Up the Fear!  January 22, 2017

Genesis 43:14

Jacob struggles with what to do.

His greatest fear is that he will lose,

The last son of Rachel, his favorite wife,

So, he clings to Benjamin with all his might.

But the deal from the “man” who holds the key,

To survival, for Ben and the whole family,

Is that all of the sons must come together!

God, through Judah, convinces his father.

“If it has to be that way then do this (Gen. 43:11),

Take the “man” more money and gifts,

And I will pray that God Almighty,

Will cause the governor to have mercy (43:14),”

Jacob replies and gives up to God,

Which is always the hardest element of,

The test of our faith!  At one time or other (Ps. 11:5),

God will test us, ‘till we give up… whatever!

***

Father, for Jacob, Your plan includes,

Complete restoration of the sons he could lose.

Lord, when You likewise, give us a test,

Include the faith, to believe You know best!

Your promises are to restore what is stolen,

Whether spiritual, physical, financial, or children!

Your Word repeatedly tells us, “Give up (Prov. 4:11-12)”

And stop trying to do everything by ourselves,

You WILL step in and walk us through,

The blessings of what You’ve been planning to do!

You are guiding us in the way of wisdom (4:11);

So we’ll give up our fears, and keep our eyes on the vision (Matt. 14:30)!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Now I Remember!  January 21, 2017

Genesis 41:9

We’re human and so, we often forget things,

Like appointments, or what we’re supposed to bring.

Those memorized lines, we used to know,

Can spread their wings and off they go!

Then, the memories we’d like to forget (Gen. 42:22),

Cause interference in our path to success,

Like remembering God allows us to choose,

Which thoughts to allow and which ones to refuse.

He brings things to mind, in time, what is needed;

Facilitating recall to a memory impeded (41:9).

***

Father, help us release from our minds,

Those offenses, those memories of actions, unkind,

That can be a roadblock to our fruit-bearing, *

Stealing our joy in  that which should be rewarding.

Remind us that when we bring what we have,

To You, You can take it and bring about success (Matt. 14:18).

Lord, shake lose all the memories,

Of promises others made to You that affect me!

Promises they’ve ignored, ‘till forgotten.

But as with Joseph, it could mean, freedom!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Bound for Blessing, January 20, 2017

Genesis 39:22

God proves to us through Potiphar’s wife (Gen. 30:14),

That no matter the evil, we can rise!

With every hit from Satan’s sling,

God helps us rise, just like cream.

God makes us salt in our nation,

And takes our good or bad situations,

Where we may or may not want to be,

To bless us , for His glory (Gen. 39:21)!

***

Father, because we trust in You,

No matter what we’re going through,

Is bound for blessing! Each day You bring (39:8-9),

The plan, so we can do all things.  *

As unto You, and You alone.

Through us, make Your glory known,

Unlike the world, we DO believe (Matt. 13:58),

And trust You’ll provide for all our needs.

We’ll see your miracles everywhere,

And receive Your blessed love and care.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Birds, Sun and Weeds, January 19, 2017

Matthew 13:1-8

Everyone knows how the fable goes,

A bird could fly in your hair!

Some things, like this, we cannot control,

But we don’t have to let it nest there!

Likewise, the sun can cause great damage,

To those with light complexions.

For them, it’s important to learn how to manage,

The rays, by applying protection.

But weeds seem the hardest to control;

Their seeds are so widely spread!

They grab as they grow, choking each soul,

Of those close to them, ‘till their dead!!

God knows that the birds will light,

God knows that the sun will burn,

God knows that the weeds just might,

Choke us, so of course, He’s concerned!

He promises, We’ll overcome,

What the enemy uses against us,

Like the birds, the weeds, or the sun,

So He comes, Himself, to defend us.

***

Father, may we always be led,

By Your Spirit, without a doubt.

Let our roots go down deep to be fed,

By Your Word, with fruit busting out!

Lord, we know how Satan tries,

To mess up our faith and salvation.

So until our goals are realized,

For future fruit and godly vision,

Make us stronger in You each day.

With a sense of purpose, clear!

Don’t let birds, weeds, or sun, get in our way,

While You invest in our future.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Careless Words, January 18, 2017

Matthew 12:36

Careless words tossed about,

Whether whispered, or definite shouts,

Will come back around to bite our behinds,

Played back to us at the end of time (Matt. 12:36)!

When put into action, faith does more,

Than hurtful words that settle the score.

Faith comes through hearing, and hearing by,

The Word of God!  Nothing else we try (Romans 10:17),

Will grow our faith, so read and say it!

God will give us good words by His Spirit.

Stop talking back and flush the excuses!

All those careless words are useless!!

***

Father, You’ve said in Your Word that if we,

Are not with You, we’re divisively,

Working against You to destroy (Matt. 12:25),

The Kingdom of God, which is our own joy!

Father, our strength and deliverance comes,

From believing that Jesus Christ is the One,

Who came to pay sin’s penalty,

And forgive us for words spoken, carelessly.

Thank you for reminding us today,

To weigh out every word we say.

Help us to ask, “Does this hinder or help,

In bringing us together, or dividing us up?

You said, “Good people will say good things (12:35).”

So Lord, let our Words always be… pleasing.

No more being snarky, cynical or careless,

Lord, help us speak helpful words of the Spirit!!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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The Power of Kindness, Please, January 17, 2017

Matthew 12:7

The Pharisees plan to kill the Lord (Matt. 12:10)!

They twist and turn His every word,

To villainize, shame and ruin Him.

Why?  Righteousness clashes with sin!

Jesus is healing and helping the poor,

In ways, no one has seen before.

Those who’ve been healed, love Him dearly,

But the Pharisees are full of jealousy (12:14).

Jesus’ response?  “I want kindness,

More than I want animal sacrifices (12:7).”

Kindness helps good sense and wisdom increase (Prov. 3:21-26),

And allows God’s power to be released.

***

Father, You value us more than we know.

Thank You, Lord, for Your teachings that show,

How to respond, how to love like You,

And show kindness to others in all that we do.

Help us remember to see what You see,

When You look at us so lovingly.

We’re the apple of Your eye, Your treasure!

And Your goal is to keep us safe, forever (Prov. 3:26).

You bend Your ear to hear our complaints (Ps. 9:4),

And You promise, You will strongly defend Your saints.

You will not break a bruised blade of grass (Matt. 12:20),

Nor put out the weakest flame that asks,

For Your Spirit to breathe on it; make it a fire!

Lord, use us to prove that kindness has power!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Until the Blessing Comes, January 16, 2017

Genesis 32:26

We need to study Jacob’s life, because,

He learned how to wrestle with man and God (Gen. 32:26).

One night, somehow, he tangibly grasps,

And won’t let God go, until he is blessed!

He hears, “You’ve wrestled with God and with people (32:28),

And you have won!  Now your name will be Israel.”

Who can touch the person of God?

His children of promise, the people He loves!

Likewise, the Gentiles, who aren’t seduced,

By the things of the devil; those who refuse,

To be deceived, and hold on, strong,

Until they know the difference between right and wrong.

***

Father, as Your children of promise we can,

Hold on to You, until You give us a plan!

You give the desire and make us long for,

Your blessings to fall on us in a downpour!

Open Your gates, so we see and know,

Where to grab hold and not let go,

Of Your presence, Your closeness, Your power, Oh Lord,

To take what we are and create something more (Ps. 8:4).

Make us the people who somehow, know,

How to hold onto You and not let go.

Loyal in service, in prayer, in giving,

Lord, change us, and make us fit for Your blessing.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Clever, Yet Harmless, January 15, 2017

Matthew 10:16

How do the sheep contend with the wolves?

They follow a Shepherd with a big stick,

Who loves them, and gathers them into the fold,

Then He stays, to secure the entrance to it.

Like Isaac, we must be clever and smart (Gen. 29:42-43)!

We must study our trade to have knowledge and skill!

Our Shepherd will come and do His part,

So that we can, harmlessly, do His will (Matt. 10:16).

***  

Father, remove any hint of sin,

So our hearts of stone can be hearts of flesh,

With knowledge, understanding and wisdom,

More able to bare precious fruit and be blessed (Prov. 3:18).

Give us wisdom for lives more pleasant (3:17)!

Lead and protect us, in and out of the fold!

Speak, Holy Spirit, in every assignment,

And help us not fear saying what we’ve been told (Matt. 10:20)!

Lord, You offer us more than we,

Could ever attain in this world by ourselves!

You provide our rewards, but Lord, we need,

More wisdom to be clever, yet harmless as doves (Prov. 3:15).

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Bless Those Around Us, January 14, 2017

Genesis 28:14

What makes division?  What closes doors?

Differences of opinion and different cultures!

Rebecca comes into Isaac’s land,

To become his wife, and give birth to his twins.

The elder grows up, impulsive and wild,

The younger is more of an obedient child.

The elder decides to marry the women,

Of the worldly culture in which they live in.

All of these things play a big part,

Into why the younger wins his mother’s heart.

We have to step out of the picture and ask,

Which son is surely more up for the task,

Of sharing God’s blessing to all the world?

If you know the story, it’s seems natural!

The younger one, though he must learn to reel in,

His lying ways of manipulation.

He is the son, to whom God says this,

“Through You and Your descendants, all the earth will be blessed (Gen. 28:14).”

***

Father, we count on Your You to judge (Ps. 7:11),

Those children whom you can and cannot trust,

To carry the gospel and grow into

Adults who are obedient to You!

Father, You see down deep into our souls.

You know those who love You and give You control.

Those who are diligent in their work,

And hold up the standards You’ve written in Your Word.

These are the ones who will stand before kings (Prov. 22:29; 31:27),

To model godliness and rightfully bring,

Blessings to the land and the people with them,

So they will find their into heaven.

Lord, help us be the children You trust;

Through whom You can bless everyone around us.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Be Encouraged! January 13, 2017

Proverbs 3:9-10

There will some who get jealous and mad (Gen. 26:14),

When we are blessed; they won’t be glad!

They will find new ways to disagree and argue (26:20-22),

But in time, they’ll see God is with me and you (26:28)!

Be encouraged!  Because you have truly believed (Matt. 9:22),

You will be healed, and you will receive,

The promises that you have claimed in God’s Word.

Because you obey, Your prayers will be heard (Gen. 25:21; 8:22).

***

Father, You bless the seeds we sow,

And You plan for a great harvest to grow (Matt. 9:38).

Just as you helped Isaac make a new start (Gen. 26:12),

Take the work of our hands, and bless every part,

Of each new endeavor.  We ask You, because,

We’ve obeyed Your principals, Father God,

So You’ll open the windows of heaven wide,

For Your blessings to flood down upon our lives (Mal. 3:10). *

Thank you for encouraging us, indeed!

We will give our first fruits back to You and believe (Prov. 3:9),

Blessings will overflow… it’s a must,

So the world can believe that You ARE with us (Gen. 16:28).

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Guide Us To Kindness & Wisdom, January 12, 2017

Matthew 9:12-13

When we expect our feelings to guide us,

We’ve a constant battle going on inside us.

The appropriate way to calculate (Gen. 24:21),

How we should respond, react, relate (Matt. 9:12-13),

And show God’s kindness to our fellow man,

Is to quietly wait… for HIS wisdom (Prov. 3:7-8).

Respect God and refuse to do wrong,

Then He promises, we will be strong,

With healthier bodies, bones and such.

So we quietly wait … without grumbling or fuss!

***

Father, send Your Spirit today,

And help us form each word we say,

So that we offer kindness that’s real,

And stop complaining about how we feel!!

Grumbling destroys!  It can’t edify.

Come, and be our constant guide,

Toward Spiritual kindness and discipline,

And share with us, Your wisdom.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Do What Faith Would Do,  January 11, 2017

Matthew 8:25-26

Think about why we harbor fear!

When our pulse speeds up, palms sweat, eyes widen…

It’s mainly because we forget, God is near!

He sees our need, and He hears our cryin’ (Ps. 6:9).

God told Abraham that someday, through him,

His descendants would bless all the rest of the world (Gen 22:8)!

Why?  The reason, is that Abraham,

Is careful to completely obey the Lord.

So, the implication is clear.

God will bless our children if we,

Trust and obey Him, have faith, not fear (Matt. 8:25-26)!

Withhold nothing and He’ll provide, completely (Gen. 22:13).

***

Father, Abraham kept nothing from You.

Through the toughest test, He proves his faith,

Is greater!  He does what You ask him to do.

He knows, if God can make earth and space,

He can raise the dead, and surely provide,

The promise.  Help us likewise believe,

That You never leave us, You are right at our side.

You know about each problem and provide the need.

Thanks be to God!  We will worship and praise You!

And yes, sometimes, this is our sacrifice.

Help us keep doing what faith would do,

When we don’t FEEL You right by our side.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Tense Relationships, January 10, 2017

Genesis 20:16

Right now, is all that we have, for sure,

Just this moment in time, nothing less, nothing more.

And yet, we are covered in all the brush strokes,

Of our future fears and our past’s ghosts.

Oh that we could easily, let loose of the former,

Hurts that simmer in our heart’s low-heat warmer.

Rejection or pain, should not be allowed,

To color our present tense… right now.

***

Thank You, Father!  You hold the keys,

To release us from the past and any unpleasant memories.

You can redeem us so we don’t live in it, *

The past “tense” that makes for today’s “tense” relationships.

Lord, when we cry out for Your vindication (Gen. 20:16),

Make us victorious in a tense situation (Ps. 6:2).

We know that in time, You will make up for wrongs,

And the truth will come out, but Lord, how long (6:3)?

We need You, right now, present tense, today,

To come and restore what’s been taken away.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Our Judge Is Our Dad, January 9, 2017

Genesis 18:25 & Matthew 7:11

Abraham shows us how to pray (Gen. 18:25).

He reasons with God in much the same way,

As an attorney, a counselor.

The result?  God responds with favor!

God wants us to pray, showing we know,

His Word, and “why” what we pray should be so!

He gives us wisdom to help us decide,

What to pray, His Spirit within, our guide (Prov. 2:20).

Matthew says, “Ask and God will give (Matt. 7:7)!

Search and you will find answers to live.

Knock and the door will be opened for you.”

God is the judge… but He’s our Father too!

***

Abba, Father, You teach us the way,

To live, to work, and to boldly pray.

Your wisdom is a source of our happiness (Prov. 2:10);

Your understanding gives us common sense (2:11).

Father, like Abraham, we want to come,

And talk with You, just like a daughter or son.

Because You’re a fair and a righteous judge,

You protect us underneath Your umbrella of love,

Because of Your goodness, and Your righteous ways…

Surely, You will treat those who trust You today,

Differently!  You are the judge of the earth (Gen. 18:25).

Please do what is fair, because we are worth,

More are Your children, who daily, trust,

That You, as our Dad, want to give do more for us!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Under One Condition!  January 8, 2017

Matthew 6:33-34

Worry won’t give you any extra time (Matt. 6:34).

It subtracts it, * then adds it…  to your waistline!

They say that stress and worry can cause,

Your “fight or flight” hormones to create “belly bulge!”

Jesus speaks comfort to all who are stressed!

“Don’t worry – I promise all your needs will be met (6:30-34)!’”

Between the dash, there is one condition…

Seeking Him first, THEN expect His provision!

***

Father, help us pack in all that we can,

To seek You today, and tomorrow?  Let you plan!

We don’t have to worry about this or that,

You know all our needs, before we ask.

The world keeps trying to get the same things,

But You, our Father, the King of Kings,

Lord of Lord, Creator, You know,

Exactly what makes us successfully grow.

You keep Your promises, when we believe (Gen. 15:6).

And right on time, we will receive,

Whatever You have for us in Your plan.

We know You will, because we know, You can!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Grounds for Peace and Victory, January 7, 2016

Proverbs 2:5

Many people want to know,

“Who will give us something good (Ps. 4:6)?”

Those who ask, need to go,

Search for God, and if they would (Prov. 2:4),

Then they’d understand respect (2:5)!

Respect for Him will always lead,

To greater wisdom, less regret,

And grounds for gaining victory.

Things fall into place within,

By setting faith’s priorities,

Like trusting God has all things planned (Matt. 6:3 & 17),

With grounds for our peace, especially (Ps.4:8)!

***

Lord, Your promises are clear!

Our great rewards will surely come,

If our search is sincere,

To understand and find… wisdom (Prov. 2:1-5).

Lord, we cry out for Your help (2:3),

We don’t mind begging for Your answers!

Taking responsibility, ourselves,

We can rid our thoughts of mindless chatter!

Ignorance grows and eats away,

Our knowledge and abilities.

But scripture reading, prayer and praise,

Give us grounds for peace and victory!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Privacy Issues, January 6, 2017

Psalm 4:5

Right and wrong shouldn’t be so subjective,

Because we think “fair” and “equal” are connected.

But that which is fair is not always equal,

Because only God knows just how much we can handle.

God allows some to carry great stress.

He decides who gets more, who gets less.

What’s right for me, may be wrong for you!

It’s between us and God… a privacy issue!

***

Father, You have fitted me for a task.

Thank You for patience when I come to ask,

For clarity in choosing the right things to do.

You’ve promised to all who are loyal to You (Ps. 4:3),

That You’ll listen and answer us when we pray,

Especially when asking, “What’s the right way (4:1)?”

Take loving our enemies, and things like this (Matt. 5:44);

These aren’t very high on our daily prayer list!

And when we get angry, it’s hard to be quiet,

To instead, go to bed, and just pray about it (Ps. 4:4)!

Lord, tell our hearts to do the right thing,

As a sacrifice to You, that we faithfully bring (4:5).

You will answer each question, privately and help,

Because You have chosen those loyal, for Yourself (4:3).

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Be Reconciled, January 5, 2017

Matthew 5:26

Perhaps we think we’ve done all we can,

To reconcile with our fellow man.

We’ve offered signs of peace and love,

And still, we sense, we are being judged.

Jesus says, saying bad things (Matt. 5:22),

Or just being angry is going to bring,

Judgment down upon our own souls…

It is NOT okay to rant out of control!

Start by saying, “NO!” to the devil,

Reconcile with God and then with His people.

***

Lord, You said, if we won’t follow (5:19),

The commandments in scripture, we will be in trouble!

Also, You’ve told us that nothing changed,

From Old to New Testaments, when You came!

In fact, if we’re angry and withhold our love,

From a brother or sister, we will be judged (5:22).

If we call someone a fool, it’s as if,

We think we are better!   That’s dangerous!

Lord, restore peace within our hearts,

And diffuse any anger before it starts!

Jesus, help us never refuse to obey,

And do our part to be reconciled, each day.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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People Person, January 4, 2017

Matthew 4:19

Anyone who has lived very long,

Knows how people can do you wrong (Ps. 3:1)!!

It is easy to develop a skeptical stance,

With people, who can act rather… ignorant!

But Jesus calls us to focus on this,

To go after people as if, like fishing for fish (Matt. 4:19)!

He’ll help us adjust our priorities,

To focus on people, and understand their needs.

***

Father, thank You for guiding our way,

And placing us with certain people today.

Open our minds to love them and see,

How best to go about our ministry.

You’ve called us to certain jobs, for sure.

But in these positions, You expect much more.

We are Your hands to reach out and embrace,

Those who lack Your forgiveness and grace.

May we not miss an opportunity,

To be fishers of men, and see the need.

Make our purpose clear, that as “fishers of men,”

We need to be a better, “people person!”

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Stronger Image, January 3, 2017

Genesis 5:1

God created all human beings,

Not like any of the other living things!

We know that our Father in heaven above,

Has two arms, two legs, and a heart full of love.

But how do we know, when He won’t let us see,

Through our human eyes, that He is like you and me?

We know, just as simply as when we gaze,

On our own children, when they are just babes…

One has our eyes, our skin tone, our hair,

It’s almost as if we’re looking into a mirror!

Their spirit, their drive, and their levels of energy,

Can be so much like us, it’s almost, eerie!

We can pick out their voices in the middle of a crowd,

Likewise, our Father, sees His image in His child (Gen. 5:1).

***

Father, we know that our hearts share a beat,

With You, Who created us, from head to feet!

You blessed us and named us, “human beings,”

And Your Spirit within us, takes the place of “seeing.”

Lord, let us live for You here, while on earth,

With a stronger identity and sense of self-worth,

Understanding, You’ve crowned us with glory and might,

To season this world with goodness and light.

Lord, work through us to constantly project,

Your image and light in a world full of darkness (6:5).

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Overcoming Dysfunction, January 2, 2017

Genesis 4:7

In the beginning, dysfunction sets in,

When Adam and Eve enact the first sin (Gen. 3:6).

Since the beautiful fruit isn’t tempting enough,

Satan goes to work, and introduces himself (3:4).

Suddenly, Adam and Eve discover,

Personal shame, and shame for each other.

They lose the joy of their innocence,

And experience dysfunctional ignorance.

Not knowing what God will do or say,

They hide, as He walks in the cool of the day (3:8).

Really?  Do they think they can play hide and seek?

Yes!  As a Father, God’s heart skips a beat,

And He desperately wants to fix this situation, *

With clothes and plan to overcome their dysfunction (3:15).

***

Father, Your love is deeper than we,

Can imagine, as You dealt with Your first family.

As a parent, we understand the heartache,

When a child disobeys, willfully, no mistake.

Lord, You have said that we must control,

And rule over sin, seeking after our souls (4:7).

We don’t want to hide, Lord, please accept,

Our attempts to walk with You, every step.

We know that without You, dysfunction sets in,

But if we’re WITH You, we don’t want to sin!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Everything We Need to BE, January 1, 2017

Psalm 1:3

God’s Word provides us with many answers,

About our world and our ancestors.

It’s amazing to read the documentation:

From Abraham to Christ is forty-two generations!

Likewise, it’s intriguing how the world won’t accept,

God’s creation in Genesis, they shake their heads, and yet,

They’ll believe a notion, an explosion occurred,

And created everything in our universe!

The Word of God helps us understand all this (Prov. 1:2),

But also, how to BE, fair and honest (1:3),

***

Father, thank you for this brand-new day,

This brand-new year, and Your guidance, always.

Keep us strong this year, and producing good fruit (Ps. 1:3).

As we read through Your Word, let these things be produced:

Understanding, wisdom, self-control for each task,

Lord, You want to give us all this if we’ll ask (Prov. 1:1-3).

And so, Lord, we pray, each new day of this year,

That Your Holy Spirit will make Your will clear!

In the beginning, Your Spirit was there,

Moving over the water, before You made air (Gen. 1:2)!

Likewise, Holy Spirit, hover over us and give (Ps. 1:6),

All we need to succeed each and every day we live.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Get Ready For Change! December 31, 2016

Revelation 22:20

As we prepare to step over the edge,

One year to the next, there’s no need to dread!

God holds our hand; He’s already designed,

Our lives, start to end, since He created time.

God will prevent pests from harming our crops (Mal. 3:11),

And the fruit on our vines will not wither or rot,

If we will be faithful to bring Him our tithes (3:10),

His house will not suffer, and our home, likewise,

Will be a delightful, blessed place to dwell (3:12).

And we will know happiness, blessing and health (4:2).

But the future of the wicked, those without respect,

For God’s Holy Word, will be filled with regret (4:3).

Charm is deceptive and beauty will fade (Prov. 31:30),

But the fear of the Lord, brings honor and praise!

***

Father, there are many wonderful things,

For which we can praise You, knowing this new year brings,

Us further in faith, with a plan and a purpose,

We commit to Your guidance, and trust You to help us. *

We believe in Your Word, and delight Lord, to do,

The things that we know will bring glory to You.

On pause on this last day, to wholly dedicate,

This new year to You!  Lord take us and make,

Vessels through which You will be glorified!

More than ever before, keep us free from pride,

Or anything else that would keep us from change,

Because this could be the year, You come back again (Rev. 22:20)!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado and Prayers that Avail Much *

Be In That Smaller Number, December 30, 2016

Zechariah 13:8 & Revelation 20:4 & 15

Two-thirds of the people of earth will be gone,

And one-third will be left, to carry on (Zech. 13:8).

They’ll be tested and tried, purified by fire (13:9),

But when then call upon God, He will answer.

He will acknowledge that they are His own,

When the Lord returns to set up His throne (14:5).

The Prophets tell us the secrets of life,

And that if we are faithful to the message of Christ (Rev. 20:4),

And refuse to worship the ways of evil,

We will not get the world’s stamp of approval!

But our names will be written in the Book of Life (20:15).

And we will reign with the Lord Jesus Christ.

***

Father, we all want to be well accepted!

We all want to be loved and appreciated.

But in the end, when judgement comes,

The dead will be judged by what they have done (20:14).

It’s not a matter of what’s done TO us,

But how we react, and how well we trust,

And follow Your Word, while praying to You.

We will find we’re not part of the many, but the few.

Lord, it is difficult to read in Your Word,

About this terrible day of the Lord!

Not all will be happy to see You come,

And not all will be saved!  This is quite troublesome!

No wonder the world turns its nose up at this!

Of course they don’t want to be told they’ll be left!

No wonder they’d rather choose popular opinion,

And accept the lies and the tricks of Satan (20:3).

Lord, give us strength to go through the fire,

Constantly reminded, to be in that smaller number!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Prince On A White Horse, December 29, 2016

Revelation 19:11&13

God created the world all around us,

Even the mosquitos, whose numbers astound us!

He has planned all these animals, big and small…

As more than a food chain… they each have a call!

God’s divine plan and order unfold,

In the garden of Eden when Adam is told,

To make use of everything God has devised…

Some for food, some for clothes, some for work, some to ride!

And the horse, of course, is fit for a king!

Strong and beautiful, it’s a magnificent thing!

When our Lord returns to end evil forever,

“Faithful and True” will ride like a Savior (Rev. 19:3).

“Dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His Name (19:13),

Is The Word of God,” nothing will be the same!

The horse He rides evokes Majesty,

As a Prince, He will claim His Bride, you and me.

Yes, we look for His coming, to reverse the fall,

But meanwhile, we glory in His purpose for us all.

***

Father, we’re amazed at Your Almighty plan!

Our hearts fill with joy as ponder Your creation.

From the tiny mosquito that bothers and torments,

To the horse, a majestic, pasture ornament!

You have given us authority over all that we see,

Lord, help us be worthy of such responsibility!!

Give us guidance, endurance, and wisdom to approach,

This New Year with confidence, and a great sense of hope!

Lord, just as You planned Your return from above,

You have good things for the people You love.

Lord, we accept Your mercy and grace,

And look forward to the day when we see Your face!!

We’re so very thankful that You’ve deemed us worthy,

To be Your Bride, and to share in Your victory!!

We will rejoice and be happy in You!

Our Almighty God, now and forever, rules (19:7)!!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Respect, Strengthen & Encourage, December 28, 2016

Proverbs 30:29-31

Four things Solomon says strut too proudly,

All four announce their presence quite loudly…

The lion’s roar can chill the bones,

And a rooster’s crow is very well known!

The goat?  Not something we want to hear,

Because it signals a butt in the rear!

A king’s high pitched sound of angry displeasure,

Might mean our head and neck will be severed!

What do these four things commonly lack?

Wanting to encourage or give others respect.

Their pride insists, there be no competition,

But the Lord is drawn to a heart in submission!

He will punish the proud, mainly because,

They do not respect Him as All-Powerful God (Rev. 18:20).

It’s important to do what God wants us to do,

Like stop hurting each other and start telling the truth (Zech 8:16-17).

***

Father, thank You for Encouraging us!

Your Word gives us hope in You, we trust!

You can do all the things that seem impossible,

Because You want to give Your followers… double (Zech 9:12)!

This promise is not for the prideful who strut,

Like the lion, the rooster and a goat that headbutts!

But for those who will strengthen and respect one another,

Encourage and tell the truth to others!

Lord, in this season of making resolutions,

Helps us be aware of our contributions,

To our family, our friends, and especially,

To our spouses, to strengthen them, respectfully.

Whatever You tell us, Lord, we will do!

Let our only competition be in praising You (Ps. 148:7)!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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For Whom Do You Work? December 27, 2016

Zechariah 4:6

Through John, God tells us, there is something we need (Rev. 17:9),

In order to understand what we read!

Likewise, the Lord reveals to the Prophet,

“It is not by your own strength, but by My Spirit (Zech. 4:6);”

God has made us to successfully complete,

The vision, His work, with urgency.

With God, our smallest deeds are important (4:10) *,

Like the tiny pebble used to kill a giant!

God knits embryos and orchestrates,

Our lives to synchronize with His, throughout the day.

***

Father, we’re consumed with so much to do!

Help us understand, we’re made BY and FOR You! **

Make us ever more aware that EACH day we must cling,

To Your Spirit, for the power to do anything (4:6)!

Without You, we don’t have a bit of wisdom,

To understand prophesies in Your Word that You’ve given (Rev. 17:9)!

Our passion, our provision, our understanding,

All come from You, so when work gets demanding,

Lord, help us not be putting off You!

Because, Your strength helps us do what we do!

There is coming a time that all work will end,

When the battle is waged against the Perfect Lamb (Rev. 17:14).

Your Book will be closed; all will rise from their graves,

And we’ll be glad that we worked for You every day!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado * and Prayers that Avail Much **


Calm and Quiet, December 26, 2016

Zechariah 1:10

Zechariah’s vision of what is to come (Zech. 1:8),

Coincides with the Revelation of John (Rev. 6:1-7).

They both see horses that signify,

The things God is planning when the end draws neigh.

They will ride ‘or the earth, with no one detecting,

When the world seems most calm and unsuspecting (Zech. 1:10)!

At that time an angel will ask this question:

“How long before You show mercy to Jerusalem (Zech. 1:12 & Rev. 6:10)?”

God’s answer comforts His children who wait,

“I am angry with the nations that feel so safe (Zech. 1:14)!”

The Lord will show mercy to Jerusalem, in time (1:14),

And as Christians, we can share every comforting line (1:13-16).

***

Lord, thank You for the many prophesies,

That show Your strong love for your people… for me (1:14)!

We will be like Your city, filled with Your Spirit,

Surrounded by Your wall of fire around it (2:5).

Though the world is calm and quietly believing,

There is no such thing as Christ’s Second Coming,

We will be strong and follow Your Word,

Unaffected by the teachings of this world.

Lord, tell Satan, “No! Do not accuse (3:1-2),

My servants any longer!” Because, we’re trusting You,

To come and bring justice!  Overcome all the evil!

Because it’s never quiet and calm for Your people!

Lord, give us joy, give us hope without dread,

Anticipating the fulfillment of all that You’ve said.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Mixing Christmas With Sabbath!  December 25, 2016

Haggai 2:19

It’s Christmas Day, plus it’s the Sabbath!

A mixture of love, joy and rest.

Each of these is special enough,

But God adds this gift, to bless us!

“From now on I will bless you (Haggai 2:19).”

And God will do what He says He will do  (2:23)!

He takes away power from kingdoms and kings,

So He can certainly, bless His own offspring!

“From now on…” put away former conduct,

Habitual ways of thinking about (Eph. 4:22,23),*

The past, the circumstances, the weights…

Let God bless you to better relate!

Understand this, He does want to bless!

So today, as we mix, Christmas and Sabbath,

Take time to hush any voices, except,

The ones that say, “From now on, God wants to bless!”

***

Lord, come and do a brand-new thing!

Let the past be past, as we begin again,

This new day!  The sun rising up in the sky,

Brings the hope of new blessings and new things to try.

Lord, help us let go of any habits that rule,

And break down our spirits, leaving us without walls (Prov. 25:28).

Remove any mountains that hinder our faith,

And we will be sure to give You the praise!

You feed the birds, the cattle, the fawn (Ps. 147:8-9),

And promise us… to be blessed from now on!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Gift of Navigation, December 24, 2016

Zephaniah 3:5

There are many gifts we need to display,

Beneath the tree on Christmas day!

Gifts that are pleasant, pure and good,

Like praising God, as we should (Ps. 147:1)!

Another gift is that of healing…

Help broken lives begin rebuilding (147:3).

Give gifts of prayer, love and concern,

To show everyone, God’s love isn’t earned,

He maps out a plan every morning to show (Zeph. 3:5),

What we should do, and where we should go.

This navigation device isn’t bought,

It’s been purchased for us at the foot of the cross.

***

Lord, thank you for the best Christmas gift!

God with us!  The presence of Your Spirit!

Thank you for making our lives complete,

By giving the gift that guides our feet,

But only if we have exchanged our sins,

For Your pure and holy Spirit to come in!

Lord, this Christmas help us share,

The gifts of the Spirit, everywhere!

Gifts of peace, love, and patience,

Acceptance, * joy, and especially, forgiveness.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Play Fair, December 23, 2016

Psalm 146:7

There’s nothing more disturbing,

More hurtful or perturbing,

Than to see the wicked swallow up,

The people who love God so much (Hab. 1:13)!

God’s eyes can’t stand it either!

He gets angry with the deceiver,

And comforts His own people,

With more faith to conquer evil (2:4).

Those who are too proud won’t last.

They want more … just like death (2:5).

But God will use His power,

Against people who steal to build their empire (2:13).

***

Father, You’ve promised Your protection,

And power to stop destruction!

Sometimes, You hide this power (3:4),

But because You are loyal forever (Ps. 146:6),

You will do what is fair for us (146:7).

Because in You, we put our trust!

We can expect, Lord, that You will (146:8),

Lift us up if and when we’re in trouble.

You will make us walk as a deer walks,

And not stumble over all the rocks (Hab. 3:15)!

Help us better navigate the mountains,

And quench our thirst at Your fountains.

Lord, we’ll thank and praise You now,

For the time when You, somehow,

Make things fair for all Your children,

And amaze us when we see it happen (3:2).

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Pray, Really Pray! December 22, 2016

Psalm 145:18

We all have times of deep despair,

And shoot to God a desperate prayer.

But do we come, every day,

And take the time to REALLY pray!

Prayers that mean the most to God,

Are full of respect, concern and love,

For friends and family as well,

As those spiraling off to hell!!

God expects us all to pray.

And like a Father, He is swayed,

By our defenses and our cries,

And answers those who really try,

To communicate, and even question,

What in the world are His intentions!!

He’s not a God with a baseball bat,

Ready to swing if we pray like that!

*** 

Precious Lord, thank you for faith,

You place inside my soul today.

By praying prayer from my heart

I want to linger… stay apart,

To pray, to really pray about,

Circumstances within, without.

Teach me Lord, Your loving ways,

And how to better, REALLY pray.

My family, friends, and significant others,

All need prayer, even world leaders!

I am resolved, today to pray,

With more faith in what You say,

You give to those who respect You more,

Whatever it is they are asking for (Ps. 145:19)!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado and Prayers that Avail Much

God Loves Us Much More, December 21, 2016

Psalm 145:8

I will look to the Lord, and wait for Him (Micah 7:7),

And He will save me when I have fallen (7:8)!

The Lord will be a light for His people,

When they’ve been seated in the shadow of trouble.

Why?  Because God love us so much more,

Even when we’ve sinned against the Lord (7:9)!

He’ll defend our case and bring about,

What is right for us, to work everything out.

Our walls will be built and we will grow (7:11),

And everyone will see His hand, and know (7:15),

There is no other God Who enjoys being kind!

His anger doesn’t last a very long time,

But He’s full of more love than we can show (Ps. 145:8),

And understands, we weren’t made to carry such loads!

***

Father, I’m learning to cast, more quickly,

All my burdens on You, my concerns and worries,

Because You never intended for me,

To carry such loads!  Your yoke is easy (Matt. 11:30)! **

Your love, so much more than I’ll ever know, *

Is full of mercy, and constantly grows,

My understanding and love for people!

This in itself, is an amazing miracle. *

Lord, I will wait for Your guidance and care,

Throughout this day, make me quick to share,

Your kindness and mercy, Your light from above,

To a world that desperately needs much more love.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado, * and Prayers that Avail Much **


Don’t Write That!  December 20, 2016

Revelation 10:4

God tells John, “Don’t write this, instead,

Keep hidden what the seven thunders said (Rev. 10:4)!

Likewise, there are times when He,

Gives a special Word to you and me,

For us to ponder, down deep, within,

And for His sake, keep it, hidden!

God’s greatest secret has been told (10:7),

To His servants, the Prophets of Old,

And all these things that are to come,

Will be revealed in Christ, God’s Son!!

***

Lord, thank You for Your peace,

Your love and grace that covers me!

No power on earth can override,

The freedom we feel in Jesus Christ!

In Your name, I bind any strife,

That causes division in our lives;

I pray You’ll bless our fellowship,

And sweeten our bond by Your Spirit.

Lord, all secrets You’ve asked us keep,

If shared could hinder our harmony.

Protect us from dissension among us,

Only cooperation, courtesy and trust.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

We Sing Because We’re Happy, December 19, 2016

Psalm 144:15

God is with us, Emmanuel!

So sing and play the instruments well (Ps. 144:1)!

Our desire is not to strive to be,

Great in the eyes of humanity,

But in God’s eyes, alone, because,

It is He who saves and blesses us.

No one else can give this claim!

Our hope is not for wealth or fame,

But for God to look into our hearts,

And see His work, purifying each part.

Our sins have been cast in the deepest sea, *

So the way He sees us, makes us happy (Ps. 144:15).

***

Father, our desire is to praise Your Name,

To please You and forever remain,

Your servants, with pure hearts and clean hands.

So help us to better understand,

That Your ways and ours are not the same!

To be great in Your Kingdom, means we must change,

And think on the wonderful things You’ve done,

And be happy that You have overcome!

We are saved by the precious blood of the lamb,

And we seek Your approval, instead of man’s.

Lord, You have blessed us so much, it’s true!

What we don’t have is less than what we do! *

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

Touching Lives, December 18, 2016

Jonah 3:10-11

Oh how easy it is to focus,

On that which should not even be noticed!

If we’re pure in heart we see,

Touching lives is where our minds should be!

Sure, there are disgruntled ones…

Who are just as uncooperative as they come!

But God would have us pray for them,

Who spitefully use us, His children (Matt. 5:44).

Stir up love, and do not leave,

Assemble together; don’t be deceived (Heb. 10:24-25),

If we walk in the light, just like Christ,

We will always end up, touching lives.

***

Father, You’ve anointed us and placed,

Us where we are in time and space.

But the enemy is working, often in disguise,

So help us remember, we’re touching lives!

We never quit just because,

We bump heads with those who bump heads with God.

Anoint us with fresh oil to commend,

And bless others, exhorting them,

Healing, encouraging, lifting high,

The Name of our precious Savior, Jesus Christ!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible and Prayers that Avail Much.

Pacing Guides, December 17, 2016

Psalm 143:10

Staying happy and healthy all the way through,

The holiday season is difficult to do!

The extra fun things, the shopping, the parties,

Remind us, we must set our priorities!

God takes us, daily, by the hand,

And gives us the strength to meet our demands (Ps. 143:10)!

With a cheerful heart and a good attitude,

Our lives are enhanced with all the things we do!

***

Father, we thank You for Your great plan,

And for how Your joy works like medicine,

Making happy hearts and good attitudes,

That reflect the great peace that comes only from You!

Help us to pace ourselves through the season,

When the rush and the glitter can distort the real reason,

We celebrate Christmas, the birth of our Savior,

Who Was and Is and Will Be Forever!

Lord, let Your love and Majesty,

Be reflected in us, significantly,

By putting You first, and seeking Your way,

Of pacing our steps through this busy holiday!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

 

Thank God, He Can Make It Happen!  December 16, 2016

Amos 9:12

Who has gone back and forth,

From heaven above to the earth (Prov. 30:4)?

Who has gathered in His coat,

The oceans, telling them where to stop?

It’s God!  The Maker of earth and sky

Can take every tear we’ve ever cried,

And bottle them up to remind us,

How great is His grace and loving kindness.

He can repair our broken fences,

Between friends, even children and parents!

God’s the One who can make things happen,

And fill us so full that we just start dancin’!

God can do what we cannot,

Like providing water to dried up crops (9:13).

If we will pray with thanksgiving,

He can make, whatever, happen!

***

Father, thank You!  My heart, indeed,

Is full, because You supply my needs.

Whatever it is that I face today,

You’ll make sure I know the way.

As the second-hand ticks and moments fly,

I thank you ahead, because I know You’ll provide,

Refreshing hydration for my body and soul!

Even when things happen that I can’t control!!

Help me just say, “Thank You, Lord!”

Knowing this unlocks heaven’s doors,

And lets me see the saints all the saints cheering,

“Keep going!  With God you can do all things!”

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Up Close and Personal, December 15, 2016

Psalm 142:1

The Psalmist’s words land in my heart,

With fusing strength to mend its breaks!

I fear it too!  When tensions start,

I add pressure, I could make mistakes!

But God in heaven graciously,

Looks right down into my eyes!

Up close and personal, is He,

I don’t need facades to hide,

My fears, my dreads, annoying doubts,

Or anything that blocks the door.

God’s love comes in and drives them out,

To make me want to praise Him more!

No one care for us as He (Ps. 142:4)!

And likewise, no one has the time,

To walk with us, so personally,

Every step of our daily climb. *

***

Thank You, Lord, that I can sense (Ps. 142:1),

Your warm embrace when storms assail.

When I’ve done the very best I can,

Your promises won’t let me fail.

Knowing, Lord, that I can come,

Face to face with You each day,

Gives me strength not to succumb,

To any doubts along the way.

I expect Your miracles,

And Lord, I thank in advance,

For sending help…  even, angels,

In each and every circumstance.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado * and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

 

 

 

 

God Is Big Enough!  December 14, 2016

Revelation 4:8

Worship helps us understand,

The difference between God and man.

God’s glory, power and majesty,

Much greater than we can see,

Is available for us, if we will ask!

And trust God can indeed do that!

Faith and victory will come,

As we envision the Holy One,

In all His wonder; He is big enough,

For us to expect He can help us!

***

Heavenly Father, You have said,

You’re bigger than anything we dread!

There’s no trap that evil sets (Ps. 141:9),

That You can’t crush in order to protect!

Holy, Holy, Holy God!

We give You praise, just because,

We understand, You want to do,

Whatever we need, because You,

Love us, Lord, and You want us,

To see You’re as the only One, big enough!*

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

Pillars In the Church, December 13, 2016

Revelation 3:12

God’s children may not all become,

Gold medalist, or Number One!!

But all will know, when Christ returns,

We’ve obeyed what we have learned (Rev. 3:10).

Peculiar, holy, faithful people,

Will be the pillars in God’s Temple (3:12).

Not in the church we’ve built ourselves…

Cushioned altars where we’ve knelt,

But in the Temple of our God,

Which is no earthly Synagogue!

Some churches turn away from Him,

By allowing evil to come in (3:3:2).

Wake Up!  God says, be strong and tough!

Because what you’ve done is enough!

You haven’t obeyed the Word received,

And now, you live a life, deceived (3:3).

But God will keep those from the time,

Trouble comes to all mankind (3:10).

To stand as mighty pillars in,

His eternal church, if we’re obedient to Him (3:12).

***

Father, we accept Your Spirit,

Of obedience, understand it!

If we are loyal until Christ comes,

No one can take away our crown (3:11).

Nor can those who do not care,

Determine when we go, or where.

God remembers and holds our crowns,

With rewards greater than we can imagine! *

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

 

Stay Loyal to the Gospel, December 12, 2016



Do You Have What It Takes?  December 11, 2016

Hosea 14:9

Do you have what it takes to find rest,

To blossom under life’s stress,

And to grow like the thickest, green grass,

Even though, we share in Christ’s struggles (Rev. 1:9)?

 

God says that His people will be,

Forgiven and loved, to love freely (Hosea 14:4).

He adds, “Blessings come from Me,

If you’ll have no part in idols (14:8A).”

 

The Lord gives us this commission,

To understand, as wiser persons (14:9),

And believe He’s the One who listens,

Hears and answers our prayers (14:8B).

 

He watches for pitfalls and knows,

How to guide us wherever we go,

Giving us what we need to grow,

So we have what it takes to share.

***

Lord, You said, we are blessed,

If we read the words of Your message (Rev. 1:3),

And do what it says, without question,

We will share Your glorious Kingdom.

 

You’ve made us, Lord, to be priests (1:6),

Who serve and share Your grace and peace,

And it’s only because we’re released,

From the chains of sin, knowing freedom!!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado


Unaffordable Luxuries, December 10, 2016

Psalm 139:23-24 & Prov. 29:22

Do we esteem others as better,

Or participate as an active contributor,

To conflict?  When we do, we open wide,

The door for the enemy to walk inside!

The arch-angel Michael, dared to proclaim,

The devil as guilty, but instead, exclaimed (Jude 9),

“The Lord punish you.”  And we should take note!

And be more careful not to blame…  or gloat (16)!

The Word of God says, we are stuck in this world,

If we cause strife!  And we quickly reveal,

That we have forgotten to seek the Lord,

Because anger’s a luxury we cannot afford (Prov. 29:22)!

***

Lord, search my heart and see it there be (Ps. 139:23),

Any sin lurking around within me!

Lead me today, and help me avoid,

Anger, or even just being annoyed!!

By Your love and grace, we are saved,

And no one can judge others after the grave,

Except You, Oh Lord, our Savior and King!

So help us be peacemakers in everything.

We will look to You to help settle disputes,

And kill any strife before it takes root.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Politically Correct, December 9, 2016

3 John 5-8

John’s writings encourage us to,

Help ministries do what they do (3 Jn. 8);

In this way, God is pleased!

Nothing gives Him greater joy than to see (4),

All of His children following the way,

Of supporting and taking the time to pray,

So pastors and ministries are sure to grow…

But we must discern, who is fit to follow (9).

Some love to lead, but don’t like to listen;

They say evil things about others in mission (10).

Be careful of giving these people your trust.

They will criticize you as they’ve criticized us!

***

Father, Your Word is full of surprises!

You make it clear that evil arises,

Within the body, to deceive the elect (9-10)!

But it we confront anyone, we expect,

To be branded with phobias, called a bigot.

Lord, give us courage in the midst of it,

To walk in Your truth and follow your ways,

Correct, according to what You say!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

No More Darkness!  December 8, 2016

Psalm 139:12

We must live a life so full of love (2 Jn. 8),

 That we’re able to discern things above!

The circumstances all around,

Can quickly grab and pull us down.

God commands we live a life,

Of love, BUT seeking HIS advice (Hosea 7:8),

And not become a weakened bow,

By following whom He doesn’t know (8:4).

If we wink at those who stray,

We could be throwing our reward away (2 Jn. 8)!

***

Father, grow us in the Lord,

So we receive our full reward (2 Jn. 8)!

If we allow our faith to waver,

We can’t expect Your help and favor!

Double minded people try,

To ride the fence and take all sides,

Instead of prayerful consideration,

Of Your will, not popular opinion!!

Lord, Your Word says we could lose,

All we’ve worked for if we choose (2 Jn. 8),

To nod at those who clearly follow,

Teachings other than Your gospel.

Come, Lord Jesus, and provide us,

Light to spiritually guide us (Ps. 139:9),

In this night we’re walking through,

Because light and dark are all the same to You. (139:12).

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

 

What Now?  December 7, 2016

1 John 5:1:4

What do we do when the other team scores?

Do we take the ball and stomp off the court?

Heaven forbid!  It’s an opportunity,

To score two points, and maybe even three!

The game isn’t over until the Lord calls,

And takes us home, until then, play ball!

Pass and dribble, because when it’s done,

No matter the score, we’ve already won (1 Jn. 5:4).

***

Father, You’ve told us never to trust,

In flesh and blood as support for us.

But rather, we look to You alone,

The Almighty God, Who would rather be known,

More than running up the score (Hosea 6:6),

And more than our sacrifices for sure!

Lord, what we do when we face opposition,

Will result in our good, not in competition (Prov. 3:26).

You see everything, and You know every heart,

Your hand takes our before we even start (Ps. 139:5).

God, You’ve promised to keep us safe!

So when the Evil One slows our pace (1 Jn. 5:18),

We know, as sure as the sun will rise (Hosea 6:3),

You will come to us, and make good of our lives (6:11).

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

No Word?  December 6, 2016

Proverbs 29:18

It is obvious to the Spirit within,

When others won’t listen to God (Prov. 29:18).

There is little fellowship, or connection,

With those not accepting His love (4:20).

Human love is conditional,

But God’s love removes all fear (1 Jn. 4:18).

His love works to soothe and heal,

And to wipe away sorrow and tears.

We love because God first loved us (4:19).

And there’s nothing greater than this (4:4).

The world is cruel, selfish and rough,

But we speak the love of the Spirit.

***

Father, when we have suffered the pain,

Of those who have no word from You (Prov. 29:18),

Help us to heal, refresh and regain,

Strength so Your love shines through (1 Jn. 4:12).

This is the way Your power’s revealed,

To those who have no Word,

Nor do they know we’ve been sent by You,

To share the Gospel we’ve heard!

Open their hearts to understand,

That Your love is what they need!

Your Word is not just rules and commands,

But heals the wounds that still bleed.

Increase our love that only comes,

From accepting Your love and grace.

Lord, lift us higher than we can go,

On our own for all that we face.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Do What God Wants, December 5, 2016

1 John 3:23

How can we be sure we’re right?

And that we’re on the path of truth and light (1 Jn. 3:19)?

Our hearts are conditioned toward fear and guilt,

But God is greater than feelings felt (3:20).

We can’t trust feelings!  They come and go,

But we can rely on God’s Word to show,

We’re to boldly come into His presence (3:21),

Free from the guilty of any offense.

All who believe in God’s Son, Jesus Christ,

And love their brothers and sisters alike (3:23),

Have the Spirit of God living in them (3:24)!

And they know they are loved, so they can begin,

To love each other and show kindness too;

Because this is what God wants us to do!*

***

Father, we’ve read the commandments and yet,

We fall short of loving, and quickly forget,

That we are to love as Christ loves each one.

But we need Your power which only comes,

By Your Spirit within us.  Lord, only You,

Can help us do what You want us to do! *

It’s by Your power that we can show love,

When others are prickly, not gentle as doves.

Our love is weak, but Your love is strong.

And when we have it, we can overcome,

And be patient with people; forgive as You do.

All because we are loved by You.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

Truly Belong to Christ, December 4, 2016

Daniel 12:12

Anyone saying, “I know God,” but doesn’t,

Obey His commands and keep His covenants (1 Jn. 2:4),

Tells a lie and the truth is not in them!

But here is how we can be sure of heaven:

Obey the Spirit of Christ and be humble (2:5-6).

Love one another so others won’t stumble (2:9)!

There will be some who refuse understanding (Dan. 12:10),

But the pure in heart aren’t hateful, demanding.

The Spirit, God’s gift, teaches our souls (1 Jn. 2:24-27),

How to live in Christ so that when He rules (2:28),

We will stand in His presence without guilt or fear,

Having truly belonged to Him, while here (2:19).

***

Father, Your Word tells us, in the last days (2:19),

There will be many people who wander away,

From the truth that Your Spirit conveys within (2:20),

Shining light on that which is clearly, sin.

Lord, we would rather be shunned while here,

Living in Christ, so that we’re without fear,

When Jesus comes back.  We will not be ashamed,

To stand in Your presence, having stood for Your Name (2:28).

Lord, please awaken those who hate,

So they find Your truth, before it’s too late (Dan. 12:2).

To say there’s no hell is to say that You,

Are a liar, AND Your Scripture’s untrue! *

Lord, some believe that no one is lost!

But You don’t reward enemies of the cross!

Let us be in the light, at home, church and businesses,

So that we can be used, while here, as Your witnesses.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

Mercy Wins!  December 3, 2016

Daniel 9:18

We look for ways to earn God’s grace,

But grace is never, work-based!

It’s something we aren’t worthy of (Dan. 9:4-5),

Because we have all sinned against God.

For His sake, and by His might,

He forgives, and does what’s right (9:16),

Then evil begins an angry assault,

But God knows who has the greater fault.

***

Father, come and do something (9:19),

For the sake of Your Blessed Name.

Forgive us, Lord, for all our wrongs,

And touch us, to make us strong (10:19).

Help us understand the fights,

Are going to come between evil and light (10:21).

Lord, we accept Your call today,

And give thanks for Your saving grace.

We accept the answer is already given (9:23),

Along with interference in the heavens,

Of which we know nothing about (10:13),

As principalities battle it out.

Thank you, Lord, we will overcome,

The evil doers, and the evil one,

Who are working to try to prevent,

Another win or a Second Advent.

Thanks be to God, evil won’t succeed,

And You will meet our every need (10:19)!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

 

More Time To Pray, December 2, 2016

2 Peter 3:9

Historically speaking, the writers of old,

Have included Jesus in the stories they’ve told.

We see accounts of Christ’s life mentioned,

By scholars who didn’t follow Him!

These writings help prove Jesus’ life wasn’t fake,

As they try to explain an eclipse and earthquake.

Some wouldn’t credit Christ for anything (Tacitus 56-120AD),

But others refer to Him as a Wise King (Mara Bar-Serapion, 70AD).

Jesus lived, and the pagan writers all know it!

Google and read these scholars and poets!

So why is it, some, still don’t believe,

The Bible’s scriptural prophesies (Dan. 7: 13-14)?

Daniel sees visions of One who will reign,

Describing the end, without knowing Christ’s name!

Peter reminds us to live holy lives (2 Peter 3:11),

So that when Christ returns, we will not be surprised!

***

Father, we don’t want to judge anyone,

But we pray for those who don’t believe Christ will come!

Their apparent wrongdoing shows that they’re lost (2 Peter 3:9),

But for them, You sent Your Son to the cross.

Your scriptural prophesies aren’t just fables,

They’re corroborated by men of status and labels.

So if You fulfilled prophesies of His birth,

Then the ones of His coming again to this earth,

Are going to happen!  Help us live in this way:

Thankful for Your patience, so we’ve more time to pray!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Tinsel Tied! December 1, 2016

2 Peter 2:19

How silly for the blind to lead!

They themselves, are not free (2 Peter 2:19),

Because they have become a slave,

To things that cannot last or save!

These controllers in THEIR lives,

Can pulled the wool over their eyes (2:18)!

It’s better if they had never known,

The right way, before they turned around (2:21).

***

Father, this time of year excites us!

But help us not to lose our focus. *

All the glitter of the season,

Blinds us from its sacred reason.

Your great gift is flesh and blood,

Christ, who left His throne above,

To come to earth, and die, instead,

So we wouldn’t face eternal death.

Lord, let us never be guilty of,

Being controlled by things not of God.

Open our eyes, so we can know,

The right words to say and the right way to go.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado and Prayers that Avail Much*

Stop Defending, Start Producing, November 30, 2016

Daniel 3:16-18 & 2 Peter 1:8

Oh to have their confidence!

Their faith, respect and reverence,

For God!  These three young men agree,

Not to worship the king on bended knee (Dan. 3:16).

“We do not need to defend,

Ourselves to you (or any man)!

If you throw us in the furnace (3:17),

The God we serve is able to save us!

But if He chooses otherwise,

We want you, Oh, King, to realize,

That we will never serve your gods (3:18),

Or worship this image that you set up!”

***

Father, these three young men in Daniel,

Give us a powerful example,

That we do not need to defend,

Our choice to follow Your commands!

Lord, add to our faith, goodness (2 Pet. 1:5),

Knowledge, self-control and patience,

Service, kindness, godly love,

So that we can be useful and productive (1:8)!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

God Will Lift the Humble, November 29, 2016

1 Peter 5:6

Daniel and his friends agreed (Dan. 1:18),

To pray for Daniel to succeed,

In finding a way to tell the king,

Exactly what was in his dream!

The king’s request, unprecedented,

Was something no one else attempted!

Daniel knew His God in heaven,

Could show him what the king had hidden (1:19).

He could have boasted, but instead,

He praised the Lord and forged ahead,

To explain the dream, with humility,

So the king would know its prophesies (1:29).

***

Lord, we’re reassured today,

That You can work in miraculous ways!

Daniel’s purpose and his mission,

Was to interpret the king’s visions.

Lord, You still make secrets known,

And keep us safe, wise and strong (1 Pet. 5:10).

Help us trust, in time, You’ll share,

What’s hidden, because You greatly care (5:7),

About our worries.  Without a doubt,

You will come and work things out!

Lord, we humble ourselves and submit (5:6),

To the powerful work of Your Holy Spirit.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Think Clearly To Pray, November 28, 2016

1 Peter 4:7

The time is near when things will end (1 Peter 4:7).

Just look at all the popular trends!

The wasteful things that people do (4:4),

Are promoted by Christians too!!

Right now, it’s hard to agree,

When we pick and choose what we believe!

We can toss a scripture; it doesn’t fit,

If some group votes against it!

Our moral compass has been jammed,

With stipulations and demands,

Politics without, within,

Have convinced us it’s okay to sin!!

The time has come think clearly,

And pray for God to save His family (4:17).

***

Father, we confess today,

We haven’t cleared our minds to pray,

For You to come and lead our lives!

Lord, help us realize,

That judgment must begin with us (4:17),

Believers who say, “In God we trust!”

We’ve neglected to praise Your Name,

And witness, as if ashamed (4:16),

To speak about morality.

Lord, help us pray more clearly,

And continue doing what is right (4:19),

And ONLY walking in Your light.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Go Out A Different Way, November 27, 2016

Ezekiel 46:9

Ezekiel paints us pictures of God’s temple plans.

He provides, accurately, a model description.

Along with all the structures, he adds the rules to heed,

For the people who come to worship, and the priests who lead.

There are monthly sacrifices and rules all about (Ezek. 46:6),

Entering and exiting, coming in and going out.

They all must leave a different way, indicative of God’s order (46:9).

But also, it describes the heart of and soul of the worshiper.

***

Father, Your Word conveys descriptions, rules and such,

For worship in Your temple, but today, we miss so much!

We’ve lost respect for holiness and instead, we minimize,

The need for sanctimonious, order in our lives.

Lord, when we worship, help us truly bask in praise (Ps. 135:5),

Not just because it’s pleasant, but because You are so great!

Lord, You do what pleases You on earth and in heaven (135:6),

And the forgiven worship You, we should be different!

May our hearts and souls be changed today, be made brand new,

Walking out of worship a different way, for You.

Help us calm things down, not be those who complain (Prov. 29:8)!

Lord lift us up in worship, to go out, totally changed!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

But You Are Not Like That!  November 26, 2016

1 Peter 2:9

Competitors will do anything for success,

But Believers are not to be like that (1 Pet. 2:1)!

In fact, when we help them by planting a seed,

In what they are doing, God helps us succeed!

Good returns to us, and others get a peek,

At our faith and witness, through which God can speak (2:12).

When we trust in the Lord, we are His anointed,

And He grows us in grace so we’re not disappointed (2:6).

Foolish people will say stupid things (2:15),

But God calls us to speak forth His blessings,

Holy and acceptable, not always fighting back (2:23).

When we trust in the Lord, we’re just not like that!

***

Jesus, You suffered greater insults than we,

To carry our sins in Your own, sinless body (2:23).

You understood that You had to sacrifice,

To provide for our healing and eternal life (2:24).

You left all the judgements and revenge up to God,

And You call us to likewise, live a life of love (2:21).

Lord, as Believers, help us to grow,

Into Your likeness that ALWAYS shows.

Oversee our souls, so that we will be fruitful (2:25)!

For we know, Lord, with You, nothing is impossible!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Fit To Be Fried! November 25, 2016

1 Peter 1:8-9

We set our goals at the start of the day,

And use our hours in so many ways,

But basking in God’s presence, to pray,

May not be one of them!

 

When troubles come, we wonder why,

We’ve forgotten, our faith is going to be tried (1 Pet. 1:7).

To prove if we’re gold, or fit to be fried!

Remember, our goal is salvation (1:9)!

***

Father, our hope should be for Your gift,

Of grace, which saves our souls and lifts (1:13),

Us out of our troublesome fire pits,

As purified gold today.

 

Save us from such a useless life,

That can’t handle trials, burdens and strife (1:18).

Forgive us for letting our faith turn to ice,

Any heat can melt away.

 

Instead, make us more determined than ever,

To bask in Your presence which binds us together,

Spiritually, strengthening us to fare better,

So we shine, and not crackle as hay.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Be Thankful for This!  November 24, 2016

James 5:10 & 11

“Anyone having troubles should pray (James 5:13).”

Let’s take this verse and unpack it this way,

If God did not care about our situation,

We’d be in the dark with no hope of salvation. *

Prayer reminds us of God’s position,

And it helps us see our own limitations!

Give God time to speak through His Word,

And thank Him, knowing your prayer has been heard.

That’s faith.  And with it, we must include patience,

Like Job, in time, we will see God’s purpose (James 5:11).

When we pray God’s Word, and truly believe,

He puts things in motion while yet on our knees.

***

Father, Your Word clearly indicates,

That we should pray and not hesitate,

To trust that You can take every piece,

Of what’s broken, stolen, hurt, or diseased,

And create, with it, something beautiful.

But, Lord, we confess, we insist on control.

We complain when we suffer,

And we haven’t learned patience (5:8).

And we do not see Your greater purpose (5:11).

Job suffered, but when he prayed for his friends,

You changed his life, and also helped them!

Lord, keep us from selfish, introspection,

Which binds up our faith in an unholy prison.

Instead, give us peace, and security,

Knowing, You will work it all out for Your glory.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado*

 

 

 

Transformed by Christ’s Thinking, November 23, 2016

James 4:8

Satan’s work ethic is better than ours.

He puts in, lots more, overtime hours.

But, as God’s children, we must believe,

And stand against Satan, so he will flee (James 4:7).

He cannot tolerate Jesus’ Name.

So shout out!  Rebuke Satan’s stake and claim,

On our marriages, children, work and homes,

To destroy reputations and all we’ve known.

His battles aren’t minor scrimmages!

Satan is out to remove ALL God’s images.

He roams the earth and will go to any length,

To find our weakness… but he runs from our strength.

***

Father, help us align our thoughts,

With what You are thinking, Your mind, and not,

Think about wrongs, and the enemy’s ploy,

To defeat all Your children and steal our joy.

In the Name of Jesus, we command him to flee,

And we pray for Your power to, immeasurable

Transform our lives into people who trust,

And know, without a doubt, that You are for us.

You’re against the proud, and liars will stumble,

But You lift up, save and support the humble (Prov. 3:34 & James 4:6).

So give us more grace, and we shall endure,

Transformed by Your thinking, now and evermore.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Peace Is Easy To Please, November 22, 2016

James 3:17

There must be a simple formula to,

Insure that people are pleased with you.

But there’s really not much that we can do,

Unless their hearts are at ease.

 

When others are angry and quickly release,

Hurtful insults, they really unleash,

The state of their hearts, where anxieties,

Rule them, instead of peace.

***

Jesus, Your heart was so full of God’s Spirit,

That while it stormed, You could sleep through it! *

Help us, likewise to learn to commit,

EVERY need to our Heavenly Father.

 

Your promises pop right off the page (Ezek. 36:30),

When we study Your Word, we find a way,

To put our hope in You and say (James 3:17),

“I’m at peace, like a babe with its mother (Ps. 131:2).”

 

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

Loving & Able, November 21, 2016

Psalm 130:7

Put your hope in the Lord, because He is loving (Ps. 130:7).

Patiently wait for Him; don’t stop trusting!

The very same power that conquered the grave,

Is ours to shield us, deliver and save.

Those who speak lies from the pit of hell (Ezek. 34:19).

Have muddied the waters we drink as well.

They say, “Coexist!” There is no real evil,

And they hate a watchman who warns the people!

They refuse to believe in God’s punishment,

Or that if they’d stop sinning, turn and repent (34:12).

God is loving; there’s no need to avoid,

His Holy Word, which will not return void.

***

Lord, You have promised to bless us when,

We blow the trumpet to warn men and women (33:7).

You judge between the sheep and the goats (34:22),

But we are to be careful NOT to judge folks James 2:13).

Instead, we trust in You alone (Ps. 130:7),

To make Your will and Your ways well-known.

You are loving and able to save, so we,

Hope, wait, and trust You completely.

Through prayer and fasting, doing all that we can (James 2:24),

We trust in Your love and ability to plan,

Blessings for us, today and tomorrow,

In a place without insult, rejection or sorrow (Ezek. 34:29).

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Forgiveness & Respect, November 202, 2016

Psalm 130:4

Nobody’s perfect, that’s a given!

Acknowledging this is our foundation,

Upon which we can build and rise,

Closer to becoming, spiritually wise (James 1:5).

Forgiveness holds a special place,

For those who have its love and grace.

Their humility garners respect,

And God helps them, not look back.

They are problem solvers, and try instead,

To plan for that which lies ahead.

Not becoming angry, they understand (1:19),

Forgiveness & respect go hand in hand.

Forgiveness is easy to detect,

In people for whom we have respect.

***

Father, we know that problems come,

As part of life and we ALL have some!

You’ve promised, if we ask for wisdom,

Along with forgiveness, and salvation,

That You will give it!  And as our Father,

You insist we respect one another.

But Lord, today we lift up those,

With grudges, hate and hearts so bold,

They scoff at standards of holiness,

To settle for cliques and prejudice!

Give us wisdom, so we don’t waver,

From Your grace, with like behavior.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

 

Smile Down On Me, November 19, 2016

Hebrews 13:21

The God of peace has told us how,

To please Him, and make Him smile.

“Help the poor with all their needs (Prov. 28:27),”

Is a way in which He is pleased.

Another is to be sure to continue,

Loving everyone around you (Heb. 13:1),

Brothers, sisters, colleagues, strangers,

And most importantly, your leaders (13:2 & 17).

Don’t dispute who has control,

Because they’re responsible for our souls!

God isn’t smiling on us, when,

We make life so very difficult for them!

***

Father, I want to make You smile!

This gives me peace in any trial,

And binds the evil in the ones,

Who’d rather cause chaos, than succumb,

To Your will and to Your ways.

So, create in me, right now, I pray (13:20),

An attitude that pleases Christ,

And makes You smile down at my life.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scriptures in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Got Grace? November 18, 2016

Hebrews 12:15

What does grace look like?

Think about its features…

Does it tell someone to take a hike,

And become a problem maker (Heb. 12:15)?

Does it run to tattle, like a child,

Or sulk…  as if that helps?

The scriptures tell us, this defiles,

And ruins many of us!

Be thankful!  God’s grace,

Will cover what they do.

God’s love and truth are traced,

As epistles in me and you.

***

Jesus, You accepted shame,

As if it were nothing (12:2),

Because You knew what You could claim,

At the end of all Your suffering.

Likewise, help us not forget,

That You have perfect timing,

When we are willing to submit,

And we don’t get tired of trying (12:3).

Keep us on the right path (12:13),

So the weak will not stumble!

Making peace certainly has,

A way of keeping us humble!

Help all those with whom we rub,

Elbows with each day,

To accept Your grace from above,

And keep trouble from our way.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

Ability To Visualize, November 17, 2016

Hebrews 11:27

As if He could see the invisible,

Something unimaginable,

Moses did things so incredible,

Like parting the Red Sea (Heb. 11:27).

 

He wasn’t afraid of what people said,

Or if they accepted His message, instead,

He assumed God’s assignment and strongly led (11:29),

His nation out of slavery.

 

***

Father, nothing is left to chance.

By faith, we see beyond circumstance,

And visualize being Your instruments,

For Your joy, Your glory and praise.

 

Lord, let us not take our eyes off You.

Keep us seeing those goals and follow through,

Doing things others simply can’t do,

Because they refuse to obey (Ps. 128:1).

 

Stamp Your impression, deep within,

And make it so strong that we don’t want to sin.

Lord, refresh the view of our mission,

So we see it throughout this day.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

 

Faith Knows, November 16, 2016

Hebrews 11:1

Faith knows and understands, all is vain,

If the Lord isn’t in it, nothing is gained (Ps. 127:1).

Faith knows that it’s of no use to lose sleep,

To stay up late, counting sheep (127:2).

Faith knows that God wants His children to rest,

While He continues to work for our best!

Faith knows we don’t fight with flesh and blood,

But with principalities high up above.

Faith knows the Savior has covered our faults.*

And faith is sure that all guilt is resolved.

Faith sees a robe and a ring in the mirror,

Instead of a cup of ruin and fear (Ezek. 23:33).

***

Father, You’ve given us power to know,

That our faith determines how things will go.

We’ve been given authority over the devil,

So that what he does, we can dismantle!

Lord, by faith we loose health for disease,

And bind all lack, for prosperity.**

By faith, we see the angel guards,

Posted around us when things get so hard.

By faith, we know Your Divine protection,

Will always shine a light of direction.

Thanks be to God!  We know You are real (Heb. 11:1),

By faith, not necessarily, by how we feel.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible, also Prayers that Avail Much**

Meet Together, November 15, 2016

Hebrews 10:25

God has thought of everything!

He made us different as can be.

When we acknowledge Him as King,

We understand, joyfully,

That we are not alone in this!

We look to Him, but others, too,

Who share a helpful Spirit,

And do what God has said to do (Heb. 10:25).

When we’ve been hurt, God also hurts.

There will always be some who don’t feel,

Much respect for God’s Word (10:26-29),

So they go on sinning like it’s no big deal!

God says, after we have learned,

What’s right, but act the very same,

As those who refuse to turn,

From their sins… it’s a terrible thing (10:31)!

***

Father, You encourage us,

To come to You with all our problems!

Sickness, broken hearts and such,

Are never too big for You to solve them.

We need Your fresh empowering,

Even more, in these last days,

To sway some who are allowing,

An angry grudge to keep them away (10:25).

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Surrounded by Mounts, Secure, November 14, 2016

Psalm 125:2

Those who trust in the Lord are surrounded,

In His valley of peace, protected by mountains (Ps. 125:2).

High as the Alps, they’re not easy to cross,

So they shield the valley from winds and loss.

God knows our weaknesses and He is good (125:4),

To honest people who have done all they could,

To keep the peace, and show His love (125:5),

But from His heights of heaven above,

He can see all those who won’t follow Him.

They trust their own defense mechanisms!

Planning and planting seeds of mistrust, (Ezek. 20:8),

Can blast away mountains surrounding us!

***

Father, thank You that You never change!

You surround us with protection, for the sake of Your Name (20:9).

You will not be dishonored, in full view,

Of unbelievers who watch what we do.

They hear what we say, and they see, instead,

How we treat one another and they shake their heads.

Lord, forgive us for becoming more concerned,

About selfish gains, instead of hearts turned (20:32).

Help us to be more intentional today,

To share the gospel and to seriously pray,

For Your peace and love to be restored,

As we share Your valley, surrounded, secure.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

The Lord Saves, November 13, 2016

Psalm 125:2 & 3

If the Lord had not been on our side,

We would already be, swallowed up alive,

By those who do not study God’s Word,

But instead, they easily lean toward,

Popular teachings.  There is no fear,

That God is completely in control here (Ezek. 18:4).

God selects leaders, sometimes weak,

To punish His very own, stubborn sheep (17:14).

We think, “We’ve won!”  We think, “We’ve lost!”

But God saves us, with each coin toss.

***

Thank You Lord, our salvation is complete.

You break every trap that is set for our defeat.

Help us do what’s right to enjoy the results (18:20),

Of the blood of Christ, which removes all fault (Heb. 9:13).

Don’t let us behave as some who judge,

And get their noses out of joint while nursing a grudge (Ezek. 18:22).

We praise You, Lord, that we’re not chewed to bits (Ps. 124:6),

By those who don’t know how to submit.

Make us quick to acknowledge a repentant heart,

And forgive as You do, which sets us apart,

From a world that fights, and will not do,

Anything kind and gracious if they lose.

Let the soles of our feet leave a fragrance of Christ,

So that people see Your presence in our lives (124:1).

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Age of Accountability, November 12, 2016

Ezekiel 15:8

God is love, but we have no clue,

Of how holy it is and what love can do!

God likens love to coming of age,

When we’re ready to love it’s an important stage (Ezek. 15:8).

This awakening is developmental,

But for everyone, it is fundamental.

It determines how we treat each other,

And it helps us relate to our Heavenly Father.

When we are quickened by God’s Spirit,

This holy love is what we inherit (Heb. 8:10).

God writes it out within our minds,

And it fills our hearts for all of time.

When we confess, God forgives and forgets,

All that which we sorely regret (8:12).

We’re innocent before, but then we choose to believe,

At this age of accountability.

***

Father, I know and love You, because,

You’ve written Your love upon my heart.

When I became of age, I knew,

I needed a Savior, and forgiveness from You.

Nothing dastardly had I done,

But my heart knew, it needed someone,

To cleans and fill it with holy love,

Which only comes from God above.

Thank you for this plan to grow us,

Into an awareness, that You know us,

And love us, unconditionally,

And protect us ‘till we reach accountability.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max LucadoAnchor To Truth, November 11, 2016

Ezekiel 13:9

God says, false preachers build weak walls (Ezek. 13:9),

To cover up sin, but they’re going to fall!

No matter the layers of whitewash applied,

These walls aren’t strong on the inside. (13:13).

Wind and rain, stampeding hail,

Will make them collapse and God will prevail (13:14).

The builders, contractors, the suppliers who gave,

The funds to make it look solid, will cave (13:15).

But God will provide for His people who chose,

Not to encourage such evil to grow (13:22-23).

***

Lord Jesus, please anchor us safely to,

The truth of the Gospel, found only in You!

Protect us from those who spin the lies,

Encouraging others to cover and hide,

The truth!  Protect us from the deceivers,

To do what’s required as believers (Prov. 28:19)!

Chasing these empty lies will fail,

So help us mirror You and prevail,

With justice, anchor us to the Truth,

By study, to show ourselves approved.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Prove It!  November 10, 2016

Hebrews 6:1

Let’s move on and keep going forward,

Not like children stomping off.

Press toward the goals before us,

Instead of putting Christ back on the cross (Heb. 6:6)!

This behavior makes Him ashamed of us!

We can’t grow anything but thorns,

If we fail to grow in love and truth,

We’ll never become, full-grown!

***

Father, help us show great gains,

In growth, seeking wisdom from above.

Help us prove we share Your aims,

By treating all people with mature love.

Mature love patiently endures,

The twists and turns in relationships.

Mature love looks to You, Oh Lord,

To work in ways that benefit,

All people!  Not just three or four,

Best friends, all those who coddle us,

But help us open up to more,

And unify the body, not interrupt,

The work of the gospel, reaching out.

Lord, if we get disappointed,

We have a tendency to pout!

Forgive us, and help us prove we’re anointed!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

See It As He Does, November 9, 2016

Ezekiel 9:4

The people of Ezekiel’s day,

Thought God had left their land (Ezek. 9:9).

But those who groaned at sin’s dark ways,

Were spared by God’s own hand (9:4).

God sees the sin that’s very great,

The people who aren’t fair (9:9),

And yes, He know how much they hate,

Those who deeply care.

Those who pray, “Thy Kingdom come!”

Those who choose to love,

And pray each day, “Thy will be done,”

Must see sin as He does.

***

Lord, You have identified,

The sins that make You groan.

There’s no more need to clarify,

What Your Word has shown (Ezek. 9:9),

That people void of wisdom,

Will end up being cruel.

But those who trump temptation,

Will be given power to rule (Prov. 28:16).

Lord, we know our help comes,

From You, who made the earth (Ps. 121:2).

Your love, so great, You sent Your Son,

To show us what we’re worth.

We lift our hands in gratitude,

Because You guard our ways (121:7).

Lord, help us make it fit for You,

To walk our world today.*

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

 

Better Have a Good Explanation! November 8, 2016

Hebrews 4:13

There’s nothing wiped, deleted, hidden,

From God, who demands an explanation!

We must try harder, as Christians,

To be humble, honest, wise and open.

The wicked are dangerous to the poor (Prov. 28:15)

They hide the truth of what’s REALLY in store!

The only thing that’s coming true,

Is God’s promised Word to me and you (Ps. 120:1)!

God is greater, and He knows,

Who deserves gifts, and who deserves… arrows (120:3-4).

Liars, cheats, murderers, fakes,

Those who do the things God hates (Ezek. 7:3),

Better have a good explanation!

When Christ returns to judge this nation (7:26-27).

***

Father, our nation is in big trouble (Ps. 120:1).

Save us from liars, and those who plan evil.

As the Psalmist puts it, Lord,

“You will punish them with sharp arrows (120:4)”

But Abba, Daddy, don’t forget,

You children, Your Bride, Your righteous.

We must live here, and trust in You,

So steadfastly, we pray You’ll do,

A thing that cannot be explained,

Except to credit Jesus’ Name.

Lord, we need a miracle!

Against the growing evil.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional from the International Study Bible

Don’t Forget!  November 7, 2016

Ezekiel 6:9 & Psalm 119:170

God is speaking through Ezekiel,

To all of us, not just to Israel!

“You will remember God above (Ezek. 6:9),

And how hurt I was when you rejected my love.

Unfaithfully, you turned away,

To worship popular things of the day.”

God calls these things “idols” if,

They keep us from prayer, praise and worship.

Sometimes, He must allow, even send,

Some trials our way, so we won’t forget Him!

***

Father, we get into trouble when we,

Judge our storms, and think, “Can it be,

That we’re being punished for something evil?”

Lord, that is not what You promised Your people (Psalm 119:170)!

If we have chosen Your commands (Ps. 119:173),

We can expect Your helping hand!

Sometimes we could wander like a lost sheep (119:174),

Then please, look for us, because we keep,

Your laws; Oh, Lord, we won’t forget,

Nor find other idols to worship!

Help us, instead to be a blessing,

Respecting You, and expecting (Prov. 28:14),

That You will hear our prayers, because (Ps. 119:170),

We won’t forget You, Father God.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Stubborn for God, November 6, 2016

Ezekiel 3:7-8

The Spirit of God in us is like,

A moral compass, giving spiritual insight.

But back before His Spirit came,

Men and women couldn’t claim,

This inward voice, God’s holy tug.

So Israel was full of liars and thugs,

God tries to get their attention,

But they just become even more stubborn (Ezek. 3:7)!

God in turn, tells Ezekiel,

“Your stubbornness will be as equal!

I will make your heart as hard,

As a diamond, for the Word of God (3:8)!!”

***

Lord, we see what happens to,

Those who stray away from You (Heb. 2:1-3),

And listen to enticing conversation,

Which makes them cold, distant, stubborn.

Light a burning flame within us,

To be as stubborn in our witness!

Knowing, we must warn them of (Ezek. 3:18),

The truth about a holy God.

Liars, cheaters, those who hate,

Will not bring that through heaven’s gates!

Lord, as we endorse Your Scriptures,

There are those, selective hearers,

Who won’t listen; they’ll walk away (3:11),

So make us stubborn, more then they!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Angels On High Alert, November 5, 2016

Hebrews 1:14

Biker boots and tattoos, visor covered eyes,

Could be a band of angels, riding in disguise.

Angels help all those who receive salvation (Heb. 1:14).

They’re everywhere, out there, in ways we can’t imagine!

Young or old, they may hold, a gavel or a sign,

To save us from injustice, or a sink hole, just in time.

We could get a “heads up” in the most unusual way,

Perhaps it’s a stranger who returns a pet that strays.

We’ll never know ‘till heaven, just who our angels are,

But we can trust and know, that they’re never very far.

God will send the help we need, so we’re alone (Ezek. 2:8).

We’re helped by angels, dispatched from His throne.

***

Lord, along with Your small voice, sometimes, You send,

Flesh and blood-like angels to help all Your children.

Much like men and women, who guard the gates of freedom,

They protect us, and we may or may not ever see them!

Thank You for Your Word that helps us see things spiritual,

And how we are helped by You AND Your angels (2:2),

Lord, send them out to help escort, today,

Our loved ones to keep them safely out of harm’s way.

None of us can know if in the distance we could step,

On satanic land minds, so we need them to protect,

And not allow us to be duped, swayed, or led astray.

Lord, keep them on high alert, all throughout today.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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God’s Caring Spirit, November 4, 2016

Lamentations 3:57

The Lord’s love never stops,

And His mercies never end (Lam 3:22).

They are new, EVERY morning,

If we’ll just, look for them!

One simple phrase or Word,

Will strike a chord within,

As if somehow, we’ve heard,

Angelic violins.

Then peace, greater than,

The sound of gentle waves,

Settles in our hearts,

And we lift our hands in praise (Lam. 3:57).

***

Lord, we understand,

That the key to great success,

Is to work quietly (3:25-26),

And wait for YOU to bless.

You have promised to be good,

To those who hope in You.

You see and judge our cause (3:59-60),

With sensitivity to,

Care for all our needs,

Because we are but flesh.

You know we lean toward,

Times when we digress (3:17).

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Respect and Fear of God, November 3, 2016

Titus 3:6

What’s the difference?  As long as we’re decent,

Pay our taxes, and keep our work current?

Does it really matter how we treat others?

Can we disregard or be rude to one another?

We say we can sleep with a conscience intact,

But not reading the Scriptures, will help us do that!

If we follow what’s popular, like power, money trails,

At some point along the way, we will fail (Prov. 28:10).

What will seep inside is Satan’s greatest tool…

Jealousy, which embitters and blinds the soul (Titus 3:3).

Perhaps we think we’re right, so we’re quite zealous,

But stubbornness or pouting is just being rebellious (Prov. 28:9)!

We need to be constantly reminded to (Titus 3:1),

Let our fear and respect of God shine through.

***

Father, we want nothing standing in the way,

Of our prayers being heard and answered today (Prov. 28:9).

You said if we refuse to obey what we’ve been taught,

Our desires and our prayers will come to naught.

Lord, we know that Your truth, the only way,

Is not very popular in this world today.

Family histories, politics, traditions,

Are not going to be what gets us into heaven!

But rather, Lord, it’s when we agree,

That there can be no more jealousy,

No more child-like behavior or acting out,

But let holiness be the only thing we’re about (Titus 3:7).

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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A Little Doubt Goes A Long Way, November 1, 2016

Psalm 119:126

On days when hope is hard to grasp,

We look up, cry out to God and ask,

“Lord, we’ve done what’s fair and right,

So where’s You power, Your strength and might (Ps. 119:121)?”

God reveals that certainly,

Some will suffer, innocently (Jer. 49:12).

We may be drinking from the same cup,

As those whose punishment isn’t up!

We’re troubled like the tossing sea (49:23),

When we really shouldn’t be!

We’ve forgotten where the place was,

That we can rest… in the arms of God (50:6B).

That little bit of doubt abuses,

Faith with tactics the enemy uses,

To make us think, God’s slight hesitation,

Means we’re alone in this situation (50:34).

***

Father, forgive us for any doubt,

That You won’t come and work things out,

For our own good, and for Your praise…

A little bit of doubt goes a long way!

Your strength will always overcome,

Every difficult situation.

Lord, help us not let Satan’s toe,

Get inside, because we know,

That he’s the one who plants our doubts…

Oh Lord, help us to push him out!!

We respect You, hope and trust (Ps. 119:128),

That You will remove any doubt from us.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Attractive Gospel, November 1 & 2 (I mistakenly read ahead), 2016

Titus 2:10B

Let self-control, patience and wisdom,

Be the mainstay of our reputations (Titus 2:2).

Our speaking must match our holy behavior,

For younger Believers to learn from older (2:4).

Truthfulness comes by sharing one’s heart,

Sincerity is always the best way to start,

When disagreements trigger a boil.

We must douse it with an attractive gospel (2:10).

God’s grace can surely save everyone (2:11),

But we have to present it with greater wisdom.

If we truly want sinners to come to Christ,

They must be aware of what’s wrong in their lives (2:15).

Encouragingly, tell them the truth in love,

And in this way, we attract them to God.

***

Father, we want to make Your love known,

And step up our witness, but we need greater wisdom.

Opens doors to share Your truth in love,

And attract others, as harmless as doves.

Lord, we don’t do this for our own gain,

But because we loyal to Your Name.

We sometimes forget what matters the most!

That we are Your messengers and we must let them know,

There is only one way, through the cross of Christ,

So Lord, make the gospel more attractive in our lives (2:10).

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Habits of Indifference, October 31, 2016

2 Timothy 4:17

God has promised us deliverance,

From any habits of indifference (2 Tim. 4:16).

Those who ignore His demands (Ps. 119:118),

Let their own lies mislead them!

Righteously, God will judge,

People who refuse to love (2 Tim. 4:14).

In the meantime, we can rest,

In all of God’s powerful promises (4:18).

***

Lord, You provide for our deliverance!

Never will You show indifference,

To Your children, Your sons and daughters.

Because You’re indeed, a good, good Father.

We come to You, our hope and shield,

For strength that comes when You reveal (Ps. 119:114),

Your plan with clear direction,

And Your cover of love and protection.

Thank you Lord!  You remind us

To stay focused, be kind and trust,

That You will always bring us through,

Any indifference, aimed at You.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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‘Till The Very End…  October 30, 2016

2 Timothy 4:6

The last days are difficult at best,

For those who light up the darkness.

Anyone sticking to scriptural truth,

Will suffer persecution’s abuse (2 Tim. 3:12).

Our goal of love, patience and faith (3:10),

And even a smile upon our face,

Will be seen by the evil ones who cheat,

As disgusting!  They hate the Gospel we teach (4:3).

They will not listen, and will not stand,

For the truth in God’s commands (3:16).

But if we are faithful to what we have learned,

God will increase our ability to discern (3:15),

And control ourselves, to complete our tasks (4:5),

Finish the race, get our crown at last (4:6).

***

Lord, my life and its outreach are planned,

By Your omnipotent, faithful hand.

I’m never to be afraid of people,

Who do not have Your power over evil (3:5).

Lord, You’ve said their thinking is ruined (3:8),

Because they have left the faith and consumed,

The teachings of those who give them permission,

To continue their sinful abominations.

Father, You’ve promised to complete,

The work You began and established in me.

I pray that I’ll stand up to every test,

Teaching the Scriptures ‘till my last breath (4:6).

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Who Is Genuine?  October 29, 2016

2 Timothy 2:2

Paul is about to lose his head,

But he’s sitting in jail, writing instead!

He’s not so concerned about probable pain…

Which would be MY feeble mind frame!

He’s telling his son in the faith,

To remain strong and full of grace (2 Tim. 2:1),

And seek to find trustworthy people,

To teach, so they can overcome evil (2:2).

As Timothy reads, he probably doubts,

That he will know just whom he can trust!

“The Lord will give you the understanding (2:7).

And by His Spirit, you’ll be comprehending,

Not constantly arguing over words (2:14),

But remaining calm and undisturbed (2:24-25).”

We must trust the Lord to change minds for us (2:26).

And He will show us whom we can trust!

***

Father, You’ve ordained us to go and teach others,

But in this world, we don’t trust one another!

So sharing Your Word is a difficult decision,

Because we’ve experienced evil collisions!

You’ve said that all who make themselves clean (2:21),

Will be used by You for special means,

And added to that, You’ve promised to share,

Our communion with those who really care!!

Lord, today’s fakes are a dime a dozen,

So help us discern, those who are genuine!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Unlimited Trusting, October 28, 2016

Jeremiah 42:7

It took ten days before Jeremiah got an answer,

From God, so that he could rightfully respond (Jer. 42:7),

And guide the people in the midst of sure disaster.

Unlimited trusting doesn’t doubt answers will come!

God wants to build us up, to plant us, not pull us (42:10),

Apart with indecision, because He’d rather be,

Kind and merciful; yes, lovingly, not bully us (42:11-12).

HIS provisions are unlimited, so trust, likewise, should be!

***

Father, You’ve not given us a spirit of fear!

Our faith is what will get us to the finish line for sure.

When we’re weak and empty, because of problems here,

We need unlimited trusting, to help us endure.

The waiting is hard as we look into the future.

Lord, we are counting on Your promises to,

Protect and to guide us, assure us and nurture,

Our faith until we never more question what You do.

You can quickly raise us above all the evil (2 Tim. 1:12),

And things in this world that are cruel and disgusting.

Lord, let our faith be so strong that we don’t crumble,

But instead, USE our faith as unlimited trusting.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Free to Be Satisfied!  October 27, 2016

Jeremiah 40:4 & 1 Timothy 6:11

God wants to free us from the chains,

That cause the scares, which remain,

Then reopen, ooze and bleed,

As Satan shows off his key.

He uses, unrelenting ones, (1 Tim. 6:4),

And blinds them to what they’ve become.

Their pride and infidelity,

Speaks mean mistrust and jealousy.

Those who think they can serve God,

Without submission, humility and love (6:11),

Grab on, with insecurity,

To that which has no stability (6:12).

***

Lord, give us all we need to be,

Satisfied here, completely (6:8).

Grabbing hold of eternal things,

Releases us from evil chains.

Chains and shackles that have been,

Part of someone else’s sin,

Or simply, Lord, where we need more,

Strength to rise and open the door (Jer. 40:5).

Help us never lag in this,

Satisfactions and happiness.

All that You provide for us,

Comes from faithful service (1 Tim. 6:11).

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Secret Passages to Glory, October 26, 2016

1 Timothy 5:25

Our right hand should not tell the left,

When we do something good, knowing we’re blessed,

To give, to applaud, to offer our help.

Yes, ‘tis better to give than anything else!

Those good deeds should be kept hidden,

Like secret passages to Heaven (Jer. 38:16).

We know in our hearts we’ve done what’s right,

And the Lord will reward us, in plain sight,

Of heaven’s saints and angel hosts,

Revealing our secrets, now hidden to most.

***

Father, we are blessed beyond imagination,

When we do good things, never seen or mentioned,

Because we know in our hearts, You see,

And You will reward us openly (1 Tim. 5:25).

We are blessed, just keeping it simple,

And constantly praying against all evil.

Lord, we trust that from above,

You will enhance good efforts with love (Ps. 119:76).

We honor You, Lord, when we expect,

And teach our children to show respect (1 Tim. 5:1).

May they grow up to reteach this story,

Of secret passages leading to glory.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Learn It Yourself!  October 25, 2016

1 Timothy 4:7

In the days of the Prophets, few could read,

They had to “listen” to all prophesies (Jer. 36:8).

They listened better than anything else,

Because they couldn’t read for themselves!

Now we read things, and write and erase,

Instead of listening, face to face.

We are taught to be pretty good readers (1 Tim. 4:7),

And neglecting good skills as talkers and listeners.

***

Father, thank you for the progress we’ve made!

We live in this wonderful, modern age,

Instead of in eras when people would sit,

And listen instead of reading a script.

We are blessed beyond any other nation,

With great resources and witty inventions.

Yet Lord, help us not get so far ahead,

That we don’t convers, we just e-mail or text.

You said that in the last days we will see,

People who leave the faith and believe,

Teachings from those whose consciences,

Have been seared, and they’ve veered from good common sense (4:1-2).

Lord, give us wisdom and knowledge, never lazy,

To train ourselves in this world, so crazy!

Keep us humble for sure, and strong to endure,

Knowing how to grow, progress and mature,

And then to teach what is right to do (4:14-16)!

Yes, teaching the things that honor and please You.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Our Best, October 24, 2016

Jeremiah 33:6-11

God wants us to have good safety and health (Jer. 33:6),

Forgiveness of sins, which saves us from hell (33:8)!!

He loves to surprise and shock everyone (33:9),

When they see all the good things He has done.

Because He is good, He is kind to His children,

And by His grace we enjoy His provision.

In return, we want to give our best,

To Him, to others, and enjoy all that’s left!

***

Father, it’s easy to give when we see,

That by giving, in return, it’s joy we receive!

You give us more reasons, surprises and ways (33:9),

To worship You Lord, and give You praise!

Because it is Your will and Your good pleasure,

To give us Your Kingdom on earth, no matter,

Where we are or what we are doing,

We get a glimpse of a sinless beginning (33:11),

Before the fall, before the flood,

Before the devil started slinging mud!

Lord, we run quickly to rise above,

Any poverty thinking, void of faith and love.

What kind of a generous Father would,

Not provide for us if He could?

Lord, we will give ALL our best to You,

To others, and expect the good You will do.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Rejoice and Be Glad!  October 23, 2016

Jeremiah 31:3

Rejoice because God loves you (Jer. 31:3).

His kindness will always continue,

And you will dance with rejoicing,

When you hear what the Lord’s pronouncing:

“I will give you joy and comfort (31:13),

And reward you for all your hard work (31:16).

I will strengthen you, and build (31:28),

So My plans will be fulfilled!

I will make you want to be,

One people, worshiping Me (32:39).

I enjoy doing good for you (32:41),

And making My promises come true (32:42).

***

Father, thank you for provision,

To live in this world we live in!!

Your promises are sometimes beyond,

That which our minds can wrap around!

This is reason for us to be glad,

And to give You glory for what You’ve said,

“Nothing is impossible for Me.”

Lord we rejoice as we look up and see,

Your answers, just as numerous, *

As the stars shining down on us.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Easier To Believe, October 22, 2016

Jeremiah 29:11-13

God, the giver of all things good,

Right now, has stored up for us,

That which we need to rise and build,

A future of hope and trust (Jer. 29:11).

If we do not let the slightest doubt,

Enter into our minds (Prov. 27:19).

Believing, God’s going to work things out,

Because He is loving and kind,

Then honor, blessing, acceptance and joy,

Will be our inheritance (Jer. 30:19).

God has promised to fix what’s destroyed,

Beyond our wildest comparison (30:16-19).

***

Lord, we trust what You have said,

That we should expect good things (29:11).

Your Spirit can take the lives we’ve led,

And bring good in the years that remain.

Father, we see hard hearts and minds,

Who will not consider Your ways.

In all this, we will seek for and find (29:13),

Your will, so that You can replace,

Things stolen, lost, destroyed or abused.

Lord, give us the hope we need,

To simply keep moving closer to You,

Where it’s easier to believe.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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God Understands, October 21, 2016

Psalm 119:38

God says, “I made the land and the sea,

So I can give it to whomever I please (Jer. 27:5)!”

Add to this that He understands,

That because of our lives, others respect Him (Ps. 119:38)!

He expects that we willingly help in this,

Living lives of prayer and obedience (2 Thess. 3:1-3).

His Spirit will give us clarity,

And fill our hearts with sincerity (3:5),

He understands that by our patience and love,

Others will learn to respect Him, as God.

***

Father, there are things that only You know!

You understand, it’s important we grow,

So that others will see You take care of us;

Only then, will learn to respect You and trust.

We pray for protection from cultural evil,

And the meanness of those who are stubborn people (3:2).

We trust in Your faithfulness to provide,

The strength and endurance we need to survive!

We long to serve You as best we can,

As servants, but also, as Your loyal children (3:7).

Lord, let us be the ones who give,

And pay our own way, helping others live,

Lives that give You all the glory and honor,

Doing good, without ever, getting tired (3:13)!!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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The Lens of Holiness, October 20, 2016

2 Thessalonians 2:13

God knows the future; thus He’s confided,

What is going to happen; it’s been decided,

By us?  By Him?  Many are deciding,

There are scriptures to support both sides, thus dividing,

Our theologies!  Still we ignore basic proof,

And believe many lies, instead of the truth  (2 Thess. 2:11 & 12).

The Holy Spirit, by living through us,

Helps us choose which theologies to trust (2:13).

But we cannot discern the truth unless,

We see life through God’s lens of holiness.

***

Father, thank you for the many examples,

And proof of truth that we have in the Bible.

Jeremiah reminds us of Your demands,

Not to worship or glory in the work of our hands (Jer. 25:7).

Lord, help us balance our lives so that we,

Have time for the things that are… holy.

Holy Spirit, come and show us the way,

That leads to discernment of Your truth today.

Give us the confidence that what we find,

We can share as truth, not as blind leading blind.

Help us put on the Spirit’s eye glasses,

To filter out lies being thrown right at us.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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For What Shall We Pray? October 19, 2016

2 Thessalonians 1:12

When stressed and oppressed by the world we say (2 Thess. 1:6),

“Father, help us!  For what shall we pray?

Should we pray with Old Testament words of wrath?

Where the prophets speak of disgrace, shame and death (Jer. 23:39)?

Instead, always pray that God help will help us,

Live the life to which He has called us (2 Thess. 1:11).

By the power of God we can do,

Good things, so that His glory shines through (1:12);

Things that turn hearts of others to praise,

And glorify God… for this we should pray!

***

Father, teach us how best to pray!

And to use the examples in scripture today;

Where the prophets saw great destruction and loss,

Your apostles remind us of the grace at the cross (1:12).

We pray, Lord, with hope, for those who, indeed,

Exhibit that spiritual growth is a need!

When praying like this, Lord, we never give up,

Asking for Your blessings to fill their cup,

So that they give You glory, and You get the praise,

In all that they do!  Yes, for this we pray!

Lord, likewise, we will glory in You,

And we pray that Your glory in us, shines through.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Live the MORE LIFE!  October 17, 2016

1 Thessalonians 4:9

Somebody wrongs you again and you’re sure,

You cannot love them, but Christ says… love more (1 Thess. 4:9)!

You what’s polite, and expect there’ll be peace,

Then Kaboom!  Someone’s hot ugly anger’s released.

We must encourage each other because,

We cannot love more, yes, more, without God (4:10)!

Add to that, living “more life” in a way (4:12),

That we mind our own business and control what we say!

If we can do all these things, we shall see,

Unbelievers rally to help when we’re in need!

It’s just not enough to love some, a little bit.

We must love more, love deep in our spirit.

Nothing fake, because others can tell when we fuss!

“More life” is a secure life that Christ lives in us.

***

Father, You encourage us to love more,

Nothing fake, nor trying to settle the score.

We’re to mind our own business and work so that we,

Please You, not people, with this “more” ability,

To love, and love more, must for sure come from You,

Because this is something too hard for us to do!

So love others through us, Lord, just as You love,

Each one of us with our problems and such.

We’ll be happy to give You all the glory and praise (Ps. 119:1),

As we do all we can to live this “more life” today.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Be Spiritually Alert, October 16, 2016

Proverbs 27:12

Complacency isn’t the word we want to describe us!

But we need to wake up!  As Christians, we’ve become sluggish!

Negligent of seeing the need to know,

About the dangers ahead where we shouldn’t go (Prov. 27:12)!

We don’t want change, because it’s just too much trouble!

We get used to certain ways and certain people,

Following what they believe, we are led astray,

From the light of God’s Word which should lead the way.

***

Father, we need to be more alert spiritually!

We don’t like being scoffed at by our society,

So strengthen us to stay alert, so that You can respond (27:11),

And save us, no matter what shape we’ve become!

Like the potter, take us and make us new today (Jer. 18:4),

Increase our sensibility to evil ways.

Lord, You said we are cursed if we trust in people (17:5),

Or if we trade in Your Word for tradition and ritual.

Lead us today by Your Holy Spirit’s light,

So we can live the highest kind of life. *

This means we must be alert, more than ever before,

And rise from the spiritual dullness exhibited by the world.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Courage to Witness, October 15, 2016

1 Thessalonians 2:2

God helps us become brave enough,

To love those who hate, “In God we trust!”

They oppose what God wants, and the way in which we,

Trust and obey Him, explicitly (1 Thess. 2:16)!

There are people who’ll try to stop us from,

Sharing the Gospel with anyone!

God says that by doing this, they increase,

Their sins to the limit, and it makes Him angry.

Why don’t we say something, stand up for Him,

When the world endorses all the evil they can imagine?

Because we have learned along the way,

They’ll destroy what we do, and twist what we say.

It takes courage to witness and stand for God’s truth,

Against sin, and be sure of what’s absolute:

“Truth will still triumph!  The victory is yours.”*

Holiness is permanent!  God will settle the score (Jer. 15:20).

***

Father, we will always magnify You,

But we do need more courage to share the Good News!

Evil is determined to have its own way,

So we need, more than ever, to be strong and brave.

We face the same problems as the prophets of old,

Reputations get smeared, if the truth is told.

Lord, You’ve promised!  Because You are with us,

We will not lose to the powers of wickedness (15:21).

Let the world see our motives as loving and right,

As we share the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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From the Holy Spirit, October 14, 2016

1 Thessalonians 1:6

From the Holy Spirit, Scriptures have power,

To speak to us now, as in the days of Jeremiah.

The words that were written so long ago,

Are applied to our lives by the Holy Ghost,

Who spoke through Jeremiah, but meant it for us!

The eternal truths engrained in these passages,

Give understanding and wisdom to accept,

The character of God, what He likes, or rejects!

The Holy Spirit tells of God’s love (Ps. 118:15),

And how we should praise Him for the things He does.

From the Holy Spirit we are able to see (1 Thess. 1:4),

The power of God we so desperately need (1:5).

We are taught how to live holy lives,

By the Holy Spirit who tells us what’s right (1:6),

But He also alerts us to that which is wrong;

And then, when tempted, He makes us strong!

***

Father, thank You for the power of Your Spirit,

Who does mighty things, and helps us share it (Ps. 118:16-17).

By the power of Your Spirit we can turn away,

From the wicked affects of society today.

Please, pour out Your Holy Spirit upon us,

So our nation will see that we do need to trust,

And call upon You, Lord, to save us from,

The destructive spiral that is taking us down.

For the good of Your Name, Lord, send Your Spirit(Jer. 14:7),

To open the ears of the majority to hear it!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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The Window To My Heart, October 13, 2016

Colossians 4:6

Kind and pleasant talk, isn’t just a big smile,

A smile can be rehearsed, when the heart is simply, vile (Jer. 12:2)!

Some are very good at this, even convincing,

Others to follow them, selfishly insisting,

That faith is a fable!  That believing is complacent,

And it’s weak to become, kind and pleasant (Col. 4:6)!

The Lord says we’re to pray for these people to grow,

And spiritually mature, so that spiritually, they’ll know (4:12)!

That others who have reached this maturity,

Have the Holy Spirit helping them speak pleasantly.

***

Father, because of the agreement between us,

I’ll make known the gospel of Your love and forgiveness.

When I’m obedient, Lord, You answer,

And come with power to turn any disaster,

Into ways and wonders, that work for my good.

Lord, You’ve helped me like no one else could (Ps. 118:10-14)!

Let Your glory shine through my smile and my talk,

Showing grace to non-believers who are watching my walk (Col. 4:5)!

Help me make the most of opportunities I find,

To answer and respond with Your grace, beyond mine!

With kindness and pleasantness, let my life impart,

That the smile on my face is the window to my heart (Jer. 12:3).

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Not So Fast!  October 12, 2016

Colossians 3:10

God’s people are being made new every day.

It’s not a simple process, but we understand God’s ways,

Make everything new, so our thoughts focus in (Col. 3:2),

On Christ, as we’re becoming, just like Him (3:10).

Of course, we give up sinning, all evil and greed (3:6),

Because these things make God quite angry!

We also put aside our bad tempers, evil words,

Saying or doing things to others that hurt (3:8).

We accept and respect all our many differences (3:11),

And we stop burning bridges, and being so defensive.

Forgiving each other?  Now, that’s a slow process!

But Christ forgives us, and He pleads on our behalf,

So we must do the same, and trust He will begin,

To speed up this whole process, of looking like Him!

*** 

Father, is there any way that we can move faster,

Toward looking more like You, our Lord and Master (4:1)?

As one body in Christ, we should be standing in the gap,

And seeking more effective ways to better do that!

Lord, help us!  In everything we say and do,

To be obedient, thus, look more like You!

Your teachings, like putting a bad temper aside (3:8),

Cannot be overlooked if we want peace in our lives (3:15)!

Help us put on mercy, gentleness and kindness (3:12),

And when it’s too slow coming, Lord, give us patience!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Dig Deeper, October 11, 2016

Colossians 2:7

The higher we go, the more we face,

Our need to dig deeper foundations of faith.

Architects know that the secret to height,

Includes foundations that are deep and watertight.

Building our lives must likewise become,

A conscious effort to maintain our foundations.

The commandments we learned, our backbone of faith (Col. 2:7),

 Make a firm foundation for Christ’s mercy and grace (2:14).

Stop building on to life’s problems, inevitable,

By digging foundations so deep, we’re indestructible!!

***

Father, help us grow much higher and straight,

With deeper roots that are stronger in faith.

This will keep us upright, when pushed or shoved,

By winds that would otherwise, topple or crush.

Please Lord, open the world’s blinded eyes,

To see that the way to achieve greater heights,

Is to take more time securing foundations,

And learn Your promises, through memorization.

Lord, help us not add to the problems that exist,

By failing to remind You of all Your promises.

May we all change our ways and simplify our lives,

Before it’s too late to dig deeper in Christ.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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First Place Advantage, October 10, 2016

Colossians 1:18

First place, gold, not silver nor bronze,

Is the glory of Christ, with His King of Kings’ crown.

God has given this place to Him, first AND last,

And everything falls into place when we cast (Col. 1:18),

Our own crowns before Him, in honor, give thanks,

To God every minute we live, join the ranks,

Of those who love the commands of our Lord (Jer. 6:10);

And open our ears, to hear His Word.

***

Father, in sunshine, or the darkness of night,

You’ve first place advantage in our hearts and lives (Col. 1:18).

You have promised to strengthen us with Your great power,

So when trouble comes, we won’t quit or cower (1:11).

Lord Jesus, God, our Father was pleased,

To pour ALL of Himself into Christ, totally (1:19).

Through Your death, Your blood shed on the cross,

All things on earth that were, otherwise lost,

Have been brought back to You!  The battle is over!

You’ve made peace with us, by the blood of Christ’s power.

Let this peace be within us through thick and thin,

Knowing, Christ’s advantage assures our own win.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

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Reboot and Restart!  October 9, 2016

Philippians 4:4

Yes, we have empathy and we feel the pain,

Of victims who have lost nearly, everything!

We follow God’s teachings to do what we can,

By giving, sharing, and showing compassion.

While we do this, we must keep our thoughts,

Focused on the goodness of a merciful God (Phil. 4:8).

We meditate moment by moment on things,

That are true and noble without complaining!

God gives peace that we can’t understand (4:7).

So much as to replenish and strengthen,

Our minds, spirits, souls and hearts;

By His riches in glory, we reboot and restart!

***

Father, come and recharge our thinking today!

Our thoughts create actions and the words we say. *

We give You thanks for Your mercy and love,

But we need fresh thoughts of things above.

When disasters strike, help us put the right things,

Into our minds, to restart once again,

With complete faith in You, and in Your ability,

To strengthen and provide all of our needs (4:19).

Surely, we know that in Christ, we can do,

All things, but first, we must adhere to (4:13),

Your way of thinking!  Lord, we digress,

When we let our minds dwell on hurts of the past!

Reboot, restart and refresh our souls!

Your strength alone, comes with joy unspeakable!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Teeth of the Storm, October 8, 2016

Psalm 116:7-12

Because of God’s powerful intervention,

We are not given over to the enemy’s intentions,

The force, the roar and the teeth of the storm,

Are diverted, replaced by God’s peace and calm.

God wants us to stay in the land of the living (Ps. 116:9),

So that we can share His love so amazing!

While others are slaves to the fear of death (Phil. 3:10-11),*

We know that Christ has conquered all of that!

And He tells us that death is nothing to fear,

So we’ve peace through hurricane forces of evil.

***

Father, thank You for complete intervention.

You take the wind out of Satan’s intentions,

And You help us escape his disastrous plans,

So we can relax as we hold Your hand (Ps. 116:7).

You protect us each day, in the land of the living,

With joy in our hearts, praise and thanksgiving (116:9 & 12).

We’ll be quick to share Your salvation each day,

While You help us prove why it’s best to obey,

And seek Your guidance, giving honor to You.

In return, we’re not prey to what the devil might do.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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God Never, No Never, Forsakes!  October 7, 2016

Isaiah 65:24

Oh, let me tell you of the many ways,

My love for Christ wells up today (Ps. 116:1-1).

He answers my prayers and gives me a choice,

And confers with me, via His still small voice!

His peace provides a gentle surge,

That confirms every promise in His Word.

He pays attention, and He won’t delay,

His love, protection, and power to save.

I’m the apple of His eye, His child.

And God helps me, while I’m still asking for help (Is. 65:24)

***

Father, I love you and praise You Lord,

For the many ways You love me more.

More than the highest heights on earth!

Yes, You’ve loved and protected me from my birth!

I want to praise You and thank You for blessings,

Too many to count, and You just keep on adding…

So Lord, let my children see You take care,

Not to give us more than we can bear.

And make it clear so they trust and know,

That You keep Your Word… like the rainbow.

Lord, You rule the storms and tides,

And in time, we will all understand why,

We’ve had to face trials, the branches that break,

All to prove that You never, no never forsake.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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God Has the Power, October 6, 2016

Isaiah 63:1B

Our Heavenly Father, already gave you,

This promise: “I have the power to save you (63:1B).”

When you suffer, He suffers too (63:9),

And sends his angels to save you!

Because of His great love and kindness,

He helps us forgive and put things behind us;

He leads and guides us, like the children of Israel,

Through the deep waters, in the worst kind of trouble (63:12).

***

Father, You’ve always been the One,

Who has always helped us to overcome,

Troubles without and struggles within,

Because Your power starts when our power ends.

We cannot do a thing without You!

You’ve saved us before, so we do not doubt You (63:13).

You lead us to places of peace and rest,

 So, of course, there is going to be a test (63:14)!

These tests reveal so many things,

Especially Your strength and power to save!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Helper & Protector, October 5, 2016

Psalm 115:9

There is nothing for which we cannot pray,

In fact, we’re to pray in the Spirit all day (Eph. 6:18),

And then work with enthusiasm for sure,

As if we do everything for the Lord (6:7).

God will remember to keep our trust;

He knows that in order to do this, He must,

Assure us with promises, help and protect us.

And our part is to believe He will not forsake us.

We daily put on the full armor of God (6:13),

Because we know spiritual powers of,

Darkness and evil, which we cannot see (6:12),

Are stationed and ready to attack you and me.

***

Father, You have ordained us and blessed us,

As Your children, from the smallest to greatest (Ps. 115:13).

And as our Father, You will help and protect us (115:9),

Because You’ve promised!  You won’t neglect us.

Our trust must be accompanied by,

Prayers of thanksgiving to glorify,

You, Our Father, just and fair,

Who hears and answers every prayer (Is. 62:6).

Unceasingly, we will pray for direction,

And expect Your help and Your protection.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Give Credit Where Credit is Due, October 4, 2016

Psalm 115:1

The glory does not belong to us (Ps. 115:1),

But to God, who shows His greatness (Is. 60:21).

He gets angry when we ignore His ways (60:10),

But He quickly turns away any rage,

When we ask forgiveness and pay attention,

To His commands and His direction.

***

Father, You’re the One who can open or close,

Doors set before us, so we will know (60:16),

That You are with us, and You are behind,

Our circumstances, to show You are kind.

You wrap Yourself in Your coat of strong love (59:17),

And promise salvation and good from above (60:20).

Your Words and Your Spirit won’t leave us alone,

And when we feel weak, You show up strong,

And mighty to help, protect us and give,

More light and grace, to abundantly live (60:1-2).

So we’ll rise up and shine, giving glory today!

To You, who deserves, all honor and praise!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Easily Fooled, October 3, 2016

Ephesians 5:10

It is easy to be fooled today,

And think that God is A - Okay,

With this or that, our greed and such…

Because He loves us, so very much!

But wait, when God says, “Thou shalt not…”

We should know right from wrong, without,

Quandary over truth, because,

We’ve studied to learn what pleases God (Eph. 5:10).

***

Father, Your Word, Your protocols,

Lights our path so we do not fall (5:7).

It keeps us from being easily duped,

By those who do not tell the truth (5:6).

Shine Your light upon the sins (5:11),

That hinder the work of Your Spirit within.

Keep us, Your children, in the light,

Using every chance to do what’s right (5:16).

Lord, of us, let it never be said,

That we’ve been easily fooled and led,

Away from that which we’ve been taught!

Ignoring all Your, “Thou shalt nots.”

Heaven’s gates aren’t going to let in,

Those who haven’t turned from sin (5:1).

So shine Your light within our souls,

And reveal that sin of which we can’t let go.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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It’s Possible, With the Spirit, October 2, 2016

Ephesians 4:30-32

It is possible if God’s Holy Spirit lives within,

To show proof that we love God and we belong to Him (Eph. 4:30)!

It’s possible to let our anger go after a fight (4:26),

And not hold a grudge after we turn out the lights!

By God’s Holy Spirit, who softens the heart,

It is possible to feel love that sets us apart,

From the world’s way of dealing with disagreements.

They’d rather stay mad, than forgive or repent!

It is possible to humble ourselves and go,

To someone who is mad at us, because we know,

If they won’t change, we’ve changed, and perhaps,

It’s possible, the Holy Ghost is working on that!

***

Father, we need Your Spirit’s power today!

In our hearts, homes, churches, Lord, have Your way!

Fill us so full of Christ, that the possibilities,

Are evident to us, but also, others can see (4:30),

The proof of Your Spirit.  Lord Jesus, for Your sake,

Work to end bitterness and anger that breaks,

Relationships.  Spirit, come and change our hearts,

And make all things possible, because You impart,

Such love, such forgiveness, just as Christ has forgiven (4:32),

So it’s possible to feel like we’re already in heaven!!!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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The Loves of His Life, October 1, 2016

Isaiah 53:12

There comes a time when God looks on us,

And gives us victory…  enough is enough (Is. 54:17)!

In kindness, He shows us great mercy.  Why (54:5)?

Because we are the loves of His life.

We are “married” to Him, God, most powerful,

Who can blow away that which we can’t control!

Beyond our wildest, highest dreams (Eph. 3:20),

Our God uses miracles, and His Own means,

To stop any weapons formed against (54:17),

The loves of His life…  at His own expense (53:12).

***

Lord, Your amazing sacrifice (53:4),

Proves that we are the loves of Your life!

You took on our suffering and felt our pain,

Our punishment and justified shame…

All because You wanted to show,

That Your love is greater than anything we know,

It’s higher, deeper, kinder than,

The closest relationship of a wife and husband!

Lord, fill us, today with Your fullness,

To love like You, using Your special kindness (Eph. 3:19),

And with Your power working in all that we do,

May we prove our love, by defering to You! *

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Overcomers Move Forward!  September 30, 2016

Ephesians 2:10

We overcome by doing good,

And communicating the words we should!

Our printed words, texts and tweets,

Aren’t always gracious, kind and sweet (Eph. 2:10)!

If we brag of anything,

We glorify self, not Christ our King!

So let us think to use our gifts,

To encourage and be a faithful witness (Is.52:7).

We grow in grace and maturity,

By doing that which strengthens the weak,

And by following the Lord’s commands,

Who covers us with His own hands (51:16).

***

Lord, revive us!  We need to awaken,

Shake off the chains and leave our prisons (52:2),

Let us see Your power at work within us,

Replacing doubt with strength to witness!

Our words and affirmations close,

The gates of hell, and superimpose,

Your power to rise and overcome,

And claim our victory and salvation!

We don’t worry about bad news (Ps. 112:7),

Because our confidence has matured in You (112:8).

We believe and trust Your every Word,

That we’ll overcome as we move forward (Is. 52:12).

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Trickle Down Blessings, September 29, 2016

Psalm 112:2

When people are living a lie,

Their children will recognize,

And learn from their example,

That a half truth is ample!

But the Lord who sees our worth,

Has chosen us from birth (Is. 49:1; Eph. 1:4)

And He wants to honor us (Is. 49:3),

But only if we are honest!

There’s more, it will trickle down,

And our children will come around (49:19),

And our blessings will trickle down,

Like jewels that a bride puts on.

***

Lord, when we follow You,

And give tithes of our first fruits,

You’ve promised that we will have plenty,

And Your blessings will be many (Job 36:11).

Fill us with Your Holy Spirit,

So we’re strong, pure and honest (Eph. 1:19).

Lord, Your plan includes our children,

Will be blessed, because they’ve learned (Ps. 112:2),

And they’ve seen, they’ve observed it,

If we’re led by Your Holy Spirit.

In their hearts they understand,

That when You bless us, You bless them.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Purified By Troubles, September 28, 2016

Isaiah 48:9

Sometimes it takes some scrubbing,

That can cause a bit of swelling,

To remove the dirt and grime,

That can build up over time!

We won’t get clean without,

Adding Bleach, Comet, or Shout!

And the process isn’t fun,

But we’re clean when it’s done!

That abrasive, pressure washing,

The brushing, scrubbing, flossing,

Is a never ending task,

So at times, we want to ask,

“Lord, please tell me why?

And He says, “To keep you purified.” (Is. 48:9),

***

Father, You said You are patient (48:9),

For Your own sake, with us, Your remnant.

You scrub on us, so that we,

Will become more and more holy.

When we help one another in their struggles,

We understand that their troubles,

Become part of our journey too,

And we must help out of obedience to You (Gal. 6:2).

Lord, as Paul told his people:

“Do not give me any more trouble (6:17),”

Likewise, give hope and strength in strife,

To show that we belong to Christ.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Pour Down Victory!  September 27, 2016

Isaiah 45:8

God created victory,

And He wants to supply it to you and me (Is. 45:8),

If we accept, unconditionally,

His Word, and think on this!

 

God’s many wonders and miracles,

Are planned to be unforgettable (Ps. 111:4)!

And because He is kind and merciful,

He fills us full of His Spirit (Gal. 5:22).

***

Father, we want to be led,

And so full of Your Spirit, instead,

Of our carnal nature that spreads,

Only selfish, stubborn, pride.

 

Give us victory over self!

Let Your riches in glory be our wealth,

Our fruit and our spiritual health,

As we let Your Spirit guide (Is. 45:3).

 

Send victory down today,

So that others will know, and say,

That there is no other way,

For victory, but by You (45:14).

 

And we will forever sing,

Praises to You, Lord and King!

From our birth, You’ve provided all things (46:4),

So that victory’s refreshment continues!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Stop Struggling! September 26, 2016

Isaiah 43:2-3

“When you pass through the waters, I will be there (Is. 43:2)

You will not be pulled under by sharks OR despair.

When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned,

The flames will not hurt you!  (Why haven’t you learned?)

Because I’m YOUR God, you are precious to me (43:3).

I love you today, and tomorrow will be,

Full of MY goodness, more than you could arrange it,

Because when I do something, no one can change it (43:13B)!”

***

Father, thank you for your Word, Your promises that lift,

Us to much higher ground to see and forget,

What’s happened before.  Lord, show us what You’re doing!

Something brand new, and already, it’s brewing (43:19)!

Lord, open our eyes!  Make those fresh streams appear (43:3),

In this dry, dusty, desert-like atmosphere.

We’ll be sure to give You all the honor and praise (43:20),

And meditate on Your Word, which inspires us each day.

Spirit, flow through us like streams in the sand (44:3),

To bless our children with joy and salvation (44:5).

Yes, it it true, You’ve told us what would happen (44:8);

Nothing can touch us without Your permission. *

Let the struggles bring us closer to You ‘till we feel,

Your anointing so powerful, impervious, so real,

That we understand this:  it is worth all the fuss,

Because in it, You’ve proven to be right there with us.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Heaven on Earth, September 25, 2016

Galatians 4:7

We must understand, without faith we become,

Slaves, instead of daughters and sons (Gal. 4:7).

Prisoners of worries, our “what ifs” and fears,*

The whole time we live and breathe down here!

In Jesus name, our circumstances,

Any difficulties, or tight finances,

Are loosed by deliverance through His Name!

When God says, “I am with You!”  It’s a promise to claim (Is. 41:10)!

“I’m your support, my right hand saves you.”

He’ll provide the freedom from whatever enslaves you!

And you can be sure that by His Spirit (Gal. 4:26-27),

You are blessed as His child, IF you choose to believe it!

***

Heavenly Father, You allow us to experience,

Heaven on earth, when we bask in Your presence!

As the chosen of God, a child of the king (Is. 41:3),

We cannot be enslaved by anything,

Relational problems are quickly resolved,**

When we trust, in the end, it won’t matter at all!

Only by the cross, and the power of faith.

Will we see bits of heaven all over the place!

Open our eyes today, somehow,

Help our brothers and sisters also see it, right now.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Today’s Every-day, What-Ever(s)!, September 24, 2016

Isaiah 40:25

To God, we look like grasshoppers (Is. 40:22),

According to His Word,

So we’ve no understanding,

Of why He’d come to earth!

We can’t begin to parallel,

A God who loves like that (Is. 40:25).

Christ died to save us all from hell…

For grasshopper?  Who does that?

Out of us pours love for others,

Christ uses every inch of us, (Gal. 2:20),

To treat everyone like a brother,

For what-ever reason… no fuss ((Is. 40:27).

Our minds, part of this package,

Must find God’s desires,

And His purposes for glory,

In our every-day what-ever(s)!

***

Father, most of the time,

I don’t even think about it!

But because Christ lives in me (Gal. 2:20),*

I don’t even take an audit!!

Your love is what I wear,

I become Your picture window,

Just a vessel for You right here,

Or Your own means of travel.

I’m reminded Lord, today,

Though I can’t explain it or compare,

How I want You to have Your way,

In today’s every-day, what-ever(s)!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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God of Second Chances, September 23, 2016

Galatians 1:4

The God of second chances says,

“Don’t fear anything you’ve heard (Is. 37:6).”

His love for us, so strong, instead (37:32B),

Makes things happen in this world,

To give us a second chance!

It has nothing to do with our ability!

But by God’s grace, He has planned,

Our perfection, through our Lord’s humility.

The result of the death of Christ,

Is that God’s holiness is honored. *

Someone has to pay this price,

And such love is our highest wonder!

God planned this crucifixion (Gal. 1:4),

So that we could get a glance,

At God’s holiness and perfection,

And receive a second chance!

***

Father, You gave Hezekiah,

A second chance to stay alive (Is. 38:5)!

You healed his fatal disease,

Saw his tears, and heard his cries.

Likewise, Your love is just as strong,

For us and for all Your servants!

You’ve planned to right our wrongs,

And reverse generational curses.

Lord, thank you for the second chances,*

You provide for us each new day.

We lift our hands in praises (38:19),

That through Christ, You’ve provided the way.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Take a Closer Look!  September 22, 2016

2 Corinthians 13:5

All the children of our Heavenly Father,

Walk on the “Road To Being Holy (Is. 35:8).”

We travel together as sisters and brothers,

Understanding it’s a long journey!

There will be times when we must go slower,

Or stop completely to help someone else!

One or two might have to move forward,

To pave the way for others, not self!

God is pleased to provide for our safety,

And since we are all His daughters and sons,

He gives us joy, but rebukes complacency,

With reminders to take this evaluation (2 Cor. 13:5):

“Look at yourselves and see if your faith,

Includes the tools for walking in peace.

The Road to Holiness isn’t a race,

But a walk where we talk, until we agree (13:6)!”

***

Lord, thank you for reminders today,

That we’re not headed out to a starting gate,

Where we just want to pass those who get in our way;

No, we’re walking to learn to communicate.

Help us take time to examine more closely,

This walk of faith, to see if we do,

The things that say, “I’m so glad that You’re with me!

God has a reason for placing me with you!!”

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Hay & Straw, September 21, 2016

Isaiah 33:5

Now is the time for the Lord to stand (Is. 33:10),

And show the greatness of His hand!

Too many focus from day to day,

On useless things, like straw and hay (33:11)!

The Lord is fair and when He comes,

The people will hear about what He has done (33:13).

Those who speak and do what is right (33:15),

Will be safe in God’s security, tight,

Protected as if surrounded by walls (33:16),

Not feeling the brunt of God’s judgement at all!

***

Father, You are a consuming fire,

That goes out before us in might and power.

You’ve promised that we won’t think of the past,

Of what’s been stolen, lost, over-taxed (33:18),

But instead, we will see only You, our King (33:17),

Whose beauty overshadows everything.

Thanks be to God!  Each day we learn,

That Your grace is enough!  Anything we earn (2 Cor. 12:9),

Won’t be worth much more than hay and straw,

When we stand in Your presence, our Lord of all.

Continue to shape and mold us as clay,

That when fired by life, gets stronger each day.

Now is the time.  Lord, this very hour,

Make us Your image, infused by Your power (Is. 33:5).

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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This Is It!  September 20, 2016

Isaiah 30:21

Be calm and trust the Lord today (30:15B)!

He’s not about to let you stray.

If you should veer off the path He’s planned,

You’ll hear His voice and feel His hand (30:21).

“This is it!”  And in an instant,

You will know because God is persistent!

Like the birds flying over their nests (31:5),

He won’t settle for our unrest!

He will hear and save us when we cry (30:19B),

And work out His will in our lives!!

***

Heavenly Father, Your promises, many,

Will bring us through adversity, ANY!

Walking through waters of persecution,

Pelted by Satan’s darts of confusion,

We might go off the path You’ve planned,

And if so, Lord, get our attention!!!

Do not stop nagging us, Holy Spirit,

Guide us until we know, “This is it!”

You’ve promised us homes, peaceful places,

Safety, calm… smiles on our faces (32:13)!

We will call upon You and wait,

And the answer will come, on time, never late.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Revive Us Soon!  September 19, 2016

Isaiah 29:17

In a very short time, we will know,

What it’s like for all to hear,

And accept the written Word of the Lord,

Instead of gloomy fear (Is. 29:17-18).

People will rejoice in God,

But those without respect,

Will disappear, and justice will come,

And those who complain will accept (29:24),

Scriptural teachings, right from wrong,

Yes, they will understand,

And be happy to sing glorious songs,

Of revival in the land.

***

Father, the world is desperate for You!

The signs of our time all signal,

That Your children need great wisdom to,

Usher in revival.

Lord, protect us.  We are for peace,

Yet we know and understand,

That evil must be unleashed,

Before the very end.

Keep us strong in our resolve,

To walk out heaven’s plans.

Spirit come!  Pour down on us all!

Bring revival to our land!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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God Is Not Angry!  September 18, 2016

Isaiah27:4

When bad things happen we are brought to our knees,

And we think, “God must be angry!”

But that’s not the case for those who are quick,

To think, “My God will make good of this (Is. 28:16)!”

Our fight begins within our thoughts (2 Cor. 10:5),

Where we must decide if we’ll trust Him or not!

It is just a part of our carnal nature.

To be tempted to doubt the love of our Maker.

God watches us, and Jesus prays,

That we’ll capture those doubts in our thoughts today.

When the devil tempts: “Oh, God must be angry,”

We turn the thought over to God’s authority (10:8),

Which builds us up and turns to destroy,

Each stronghold of power, that the enemy deploys (10:3).

***

Father, sometimes we wonder about,

The bad things that happen, “Is this from God?”

But we come to You for peace and protection (Is. 27:5),

And You provide grace, a much different weapon!

Peace within makes us impervious,

To whatever the devil throws at us!

Lord, Your authority, power and might,

Takes the bad things and makes them right!

You remind us, “A farmer won’t crush,

The dill with a board.” Likewise, with us (28:27),

You use sticks of mercy to protect our roots.

And respond in love, when we come to You (27:3)!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Proof of Faith, September 17, 2016

2 Corinthians 9:13

Can others see the evidence of faith in our lives?

Do our reactions and speech reveal instead of hide,

That we’re trusting God’s Word!  Do they see faith,

Or do they see worry, all over our face?

God can give us more than we could ever need (2 Cor. 9:8),

Enough so we can share and give to every ministry!

To every good work, feed the poor, help the needy,

Yes, proof of our faith is that we give freely (9:11).

***

Father, it’s a privilege to give and to show,

Proof of our faith so the world will know (9:13),

And see the peace of God shining in and through us (Isaiah 26:3),

No matter what Satan does as He pursues us.

Lord, complete our destiny to which we are called!

You’ve promised good things, houses, vineyards, wells (Deut. 6:10-13),*

And make us living proof that by faith, we are rich (2 Cor. 9:11),

In every way, so we can pay the bills AND still give.

Your promised prosperity cannot be weighed,

Nor compared with the excess and waste of today.

But rather, Lord, we simply know, You are working for us,

To give us more blessings then those who do not trust (Is. 25:7)!!

Bottom line, it’s better to believe Your promises,

And to prove that faith makes special allowances,

For love to dispel every fear; faith includes,

Patience to wait for “that mountain” to move (Ps. 26:8)!!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Prayers that Avail Much*

 

 



Proof of Love, September 16, 2016

2 Corinthians 8:24

We can tell when someone’s showing love,

And we can tell when they are not!

The difference is as night and day,

One affirms and one finds fault!

Love asks for opinions,

Love wants to explain,

Or leans in to understand,

Instead of tossing out blame.

Love gives because God makes,

Those who love, quite rich (2 Cor. 8:7),

Rich in faith, in what they say,

And in knowledge of what to give.

***

Lord, we know that You are proud,

When our love is showing,

So we’re working very hard (8:21),

To make sure our love is growing!

You accept what we have,

And the praises on our lips,

Offer proof and love’s apparent,

Because You are in our midst.

Lord, help us measure up,

And try to outdo each other,

In giving, and showing proof (8:8),

That we love one another.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Develop Devotion, September 15, 2016

2 Corinthians 7:11

No need to be anxious or driven by fear!

Our eyes can see better when we produce tears.

We ask the Lord, how long is this hardship (Is. 21:11)?

“Until it develops devotion and balance!”

Whether we’re prophets, servants or kings,

We all must be taught to let go of some things…

The things we pursue that can rust or be stolen,

Things we can’t take through the gates of heaven!

***

Father, please help us to see through our sorrow,

That it keeps us focused on Your promised tomorrows,

And the things that can never be taken away.

Lord, develop our devotion to seek You and pray,

To regain our innocence, and recognize (2 Cor. 7:11),

How sorrow helps us sift and put folly aside.

Lord, balance activities that can clutter our thoughts,

Raise our blood pressure and ruin our hearts!!

Help us take sorrows and better empathize,

More determined to do what’s fair and what’s right (2 Cor. 7:11).

Lord, protect us, more than anything else,

From hardships that burden and weaken our health.

Order our steps, so we never stray,

From the time we spend seeking You every day.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Unquestionable Grace and Love, September 14, 2016

2 Corinthians 6:18

We develop our feelings, good or bad,

From childhood, siblings, Moms and Dads!

Some of us have been made to feel,

That our best is not acceptable!

Each day we have another chance,

To mature, to grow and understand,

That don’t receive from someone else,

The way we should feel about ourselves!

Perhaps our parents didn’t learn,

From their own folks how to affirm,

And shower children with love and grace,

So God steps in to take that place!!!*

***

Father God, our greatest need,

Is to know You love us, and You’re pleased!!

Each day we pray and grow in faith,

We receive more of Your love and grace (Ps. 106:44-45).

Raise us to a higher degree,

Of understanding and maturity (2 Cor. 6:6),

Full of patience, kindness, truth,

Because of our relationship with You!!

Make us rich in such a way,

That we can go and seize each day.

Perfecting love, our highest goal,

To react with greater self-control.

Lord, help others receive Your acceptance,

And the love of a Father, never questioned (6:18).

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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God’s Strategies In Operation, September 13, 2016

2 Corinthians 5:6 &7

We live for Christ, and not ourselves,

And we go to Him, when we need help.

His Word provides encouragement,

In any given circumstance (2 Cor. 5:15).

Our courage is based upon His might (5:6),

So we live by faith and not by sight.

In Him we can’t be forsaken,

And our spirits find daily restoration (4:16).

God’s strategies operating in us,

Renews our faith, our hope and trust.

***

Thank You, Lord, that our sins are erased (5:23),

And our daily path is flooded by grace,

So that in each step, we feel its cushion,

That lifts us above our situation.

Show us Your plans and strategies,

To break any patterns of worry.

Make clear steps that provide,

A way better way to bridge divides.

Lord, Your Spirit in operation,

Keeps a hedge around Your children.

In You we find confidence,

Wisdom, patience, and good common sense!

For all the unknowns in our equation…

We trust Your strategies are in operation!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Don’t Give Up!  September 12, 2016

2 Corinthians 4:1

God declares that we, in His mercy (2 Cor. 4:1)

Shouldn’t give up, but look for His glory.

We hold God’s Spirit in jars of clay,

That somehow endure the evil of the day (4:7).

We live by His Word and yes, we believe (Ps. 106:25),

That we shouldn’t give up because God will not leave (2 Cor. 4:9)!

He’s beside us in hurtful, unreasonable pain,

And whispers the truth of His Word we can claim!

Recognizing His voice, reinforces our belief,

And we speak the Word so the devil must flee (4:13).

***

Father, help us discern Your voice,

From those that would tell us, we have no choice,

But to give up, get out or go somewhere else! *

This isn’t of You, but our old carnal self.

Wherever we go, Lord, You are there,

But, likewise, the devil’s seeds of despair,

We grow up to tangle, mangle and blind (14:2),

Causing tricks and mimics to play with our minds!

Shower down grace and open our eyes,

Unlike unbelievers, Lord, we must realize,

That we hold the power within us from You (14:7),

So we won’t give up, when we don’t know what to do (14:8)!!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Be Determined to Praise Him! September 11, 2016

Isaiah 14:25B

Children, never cease to wonder!

When you grow up, don’t forget Ps. 106:21),

To be overwhelmed by spender,

God’s Creation… just look at it!

In all you do, give Him the glory.

He allows those things to happen;

Our past AND yes, our future story,

All are sifted through His hands.

He will not let us be tried,

Tempted, burdened more than we,

Can endure!  He cannot lie,

He WILL destroy the enemy (Is. 14:22)!

***

Father, Your arms stretch around us,

Staging, prompting, every scene,

To simplify the loads that bind us,

And remove them, eventually (Is. 14:25B).

Any bondage will be over,

In the twinkling of an eye (13:22).

While we wait, we’ll smell the flowers,

And gaze in awe at the sky.

You are might to deliver,

All of us, from every snare,

Set by none other than the devil,

Whose end, You’ve already prepared (14:15).

Thank you for your blessed Word,

That promise, in these last days!

Hope, when we’re determined, Lord,

To show our gratitude and praise!!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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What If… September 10, 2016

Isaiah 11:6

What if the leaders of nations and states,

Wore goodness like a belt strapped around their waist (Is. 11:5)?

What if wild animals stopped eating meat,

And instead, nibbled grass, inches from our feet (11:7)?

What if a baby could waddle outside,

And not be in danger of a snake or bee hive (11:8)?

What if there were no more jealousy,

Between the nations or in families (11:13)?

What if we couldn’t store bitterness,

Because we only knew how to show forgiveness?

This would be earth, like we’ve never known,

When Christ comes back and sets up His throne (12:2).

***

Father, thank you for providing protection,

Directing our path, through Divine intervention.

Bless our minds with total recall,

Of Your Word, Lord, so we don’t slip and fall.

Evil wants nothing more than to win,

By devouring us, our work and our children (2 Cor. 2:11)!

Jesus, You’ve promised that way of escape,

And Your Spirit in us, so we don’t have to wait,

For a slice of heaven, right now, within,

Living the “What if’s” of being set free from sin.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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A Tool For God, September 9, 2016

Isaiah 10:7

God gives us minds to analyze,

And compare details so we realize,

That our own situations often fit,

The things described by Prophets!

Assyria’s King doesn’t understand,

That God is only using him (Is. 10:7),

To correct his children, like a rod.

There are consequences for leaving God!

Sometimes, just like we, as parents,

Have to correct behavior, abhorrent (10:1-3)!

We hate to do it, but children must know,

When behavior is unacceptable!

***

Lord, our priorities are easily skewed,

And we can lose the focus we have on You!

Those first love years of praise and prayer,

Can dissipate into other cares,

Until we have no time for You.

Help us inventory all we do,

So we never lose that quality,

Understanding of simplicity.

This doesn’t limit the amount we serve,

It means, we will always seek You first!

And when we do, things fall into place (10:25),

And the loads we carry are taken away (Is. 10:27).

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Great Work Brings Great Opposition, September 8, 2016

1 Corinthians 16:8

Paul outlines a Christian’s plight,

That greater works bring greater fights (16:8)!!

Front line battles of things unseen,

Are difficult at best, and often mean.

We’re not to worry, but simply trust,

Knowing the enemy against us (Is. 8:10),

Can make those plans, big or small (8:11-12),

But we are never to fear at all (7:4)!

God is the only One to dread (8:13),

And He is for us, so we wait instead (8:17),

For Him to come and lead the way.

He’s the same God, yesterday and today!

***

Father, the battles will rage until,

You have accomplished all of Your will.

Let us not be like those who slumber (Prov.24:30),

And fold our hands while Satan does a number,

On Your children, Lord, don’t let us miss,

An opportunity to rely on Your Spirit!

Help us value the others who,

Refresh us, because they are strong in You.

Thank you Lord, for their constant love,

Give us ALL more strength until revival comes (1 Cor. 16:7).

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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I Ain’t Got Time For That!  September 7, 2016

Proverbs 24:29

People spend a lot of time figuring means of payback,

Because of something someone did, but I ain’t got time for that!

Solomon addresses this: “Don’t say, I’ll get even (Prov. 24:28);

I’ll do to him what he did to me.” This would be a foolish person!

We must choose to wisely use or to waste our precious days.

It’s far better to please the Lord than try to try and make someone pay (1 Cor. 15:58).

***

Father, there was a time when You made Your people grow (Ps. 105:16),

Stronger than their enemies, so that everyone would know,

All about Your power, Your works and wonders true (105:27),

That only God Jehovah can miraculously do.

You alone have the time and wisdom for any payback,

Judgments and retributions, Lord, I ain’t go t time for that!

As Your child, Your servant, I can’t always have my say,

And expect a reward in eternity for making someone else go away!!

In everything, dear Father, may my actions and my deeds,

Inspire others, encourage them, and help to meet their needs.

This will take most of my time, so I won’t have much to spare!

But with the time that’s left, I’ll cover our differences in prayer.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Accept Grace At Face Value, September 6, 2016

1 Corinthians 15:10

God’s grace is able to change our lives!

His promised grace will not be denied,

To those who heed what is right because (Is. 3:10),

They accept the grace of a loving God.

God’s grace will not allow any harm (4:14),

To come to them, but rather, He warns,

“Don’t touch My people or hurt My prophets (4:15)!”

Scoffers beware, God keeps His promises.

And He will our prayers by His grace;

Giving us patience and hope as we wait.

God’s grace overtakes a heart to change,

A Saul to Paul… much more than a name (1 Cor. 5:10).

***

Lord, we cannot survive without grace!

It changes the stoniest heart and face,

To accept You, and embrace Your ways,

Softened and sharing because of Your grace.

Lord, in ourselves, we fall behind,

And lag in the wisdom to be gracious and kind.

Help us to grasp what’s most important (5:3),

That Christ’s death ended our performance.

There is nothing more we need to do,

But accept Your grace at face value.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Exhibit Peace, Not Confusion, September 5, 2016

1 Corinthians 14:33

Satan will sow seeds of hate and confusion (1 Cor. 14:33),

To try and destroy every peaceful union.

He’ll sprinkle our diets with resentment each day,

Stirring it, serving it, in a variety of ways.

Hurt and resentment, if suppressed for too long,

Will rot our discernment, until everything tastes wrong.

Be aware, that if love’s our staple in life,

There will be confusion, disillusion and strife!

***

Father, You’ve taught us Your principles of peace.

Forgiveness and love must accompany release,

Of resentments… cutting people off, for sure;

Lord, this is something we’ve come to ignore (14:38)!

We’ve allowed it, and even expect it at times,

When differences of opinion have drawn a thick line.

Please speak by the power of Your Holy Ghost,

To make us better, never bitter, hosts,

For Your Spirit of wisdom and love to express,

Your godly order and true righteousness (14:40).

Lord, we can’t help it!  We judge sometimes (Ps. 24:23)

But help us be careful, lest we draw that line,

And choose a side, instead of coming to You,

And allowing Your Spirit of peace to shine through.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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God Is Elated!  September 4, 2016

Psalm 104:31

Who can say what causes a storm?

We know how Job wished he hadn’t been born!

His righteous life is free from sin,

And still, the storms hit hardest on him!

After the winds and rain are gone,

We pick up all the mess and move on!

God’s joy, no doubt, is greatest when,

He sees that we’ll never stop loving Him (Song. 8:6-7)!

***

Father, we’ve weathered many a storm.

And most of the time, we come out, unharmed.

There’s always a mess to clean up for sure,

But our strength comes from the joy of the Lord!

Our greatest desire, and deepest need,

Is to please You, Lord, because, indeed,

You’ve helped us, Father, and we are blessed,

By the many times we’ve come and asked,

And You have given, or You have restored,

Whatever the prayer, with so much more!

Our hearts are full of thanksgiving and love,

To think, that You find joy up above,

As You look below, at all You’ve created (Ps. 104:31),

And see how we love You, You are elated (104:34)!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Love Lines, September 3, 2016

Song of Solomon 5:6

“When he spoke he took my breath away (Song 5:6),”

Love at first sight can sound this way!

“The feelings I have for you are so deep,

When I look in your eyes, my heart skips a beat (6:5)!”

Every one of us wants to find our better half,

To make us a whole with a love that lasts!

This can be eternal, when over time,

We continue to speak those “love lines!”

Lines that intimate, “I understand,

I’m a patient, loving and kind person (1 Cor. 13:4).”

Or, “Nothing you can do will get me upset,

Because I know, I’m not at all perfect! (13:5).”

“I love you exactly the way that you are;

You’ll forever be, my heart’s desire (Song 6:12).”

***

Lord, thank you for my spouse today,

And help me always find the words to say,

That express my love and great respect…

Knowing, You’re not finished with us yet!

Let every flaw be filled with the plaster,

Of love’s amazing, covering, mixture,

That shapes and molds us until we see,

The vision of all You want us to be.

Lord, we confess, we’ve not always said,

Words of forgiveness, but instead,

We hold on to those childish ways (1 Cor. 13:11)!

Oh, make us fluent in love lines today.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Same Spirit & Blood, September 2, 2016

1 Corinthians 12:4

Solomon lived a life, protected,

By trained soldiers, in battle perfected,

To defend the King, use any means,

Including, their bodies as a human screen (Song 3:8)!

Their sworn allegiance to him, unites them,

So that any danger to the king, ignites them!

Likewise, we honor and do our best,

To protect weaker souls, with love and respect.

In our own bodies, the parts we shield,

Are vital to life, and our attention yields,

To ANY pain, no matter the part (1 Cor. 12:22),

The little toe, fingernail, heart!

God intends for us to treat,

One another like this, shielding the weak.

Protect and respect each part with care,

For each one of us, deserves equal share (12:23).

***

Father, we pray You’ll protect and sustain,

The Body of Christ, Your Church, Your Name!

Remind us to cover the weaker souls,

And show them honor, so they will know,

That they are a crucial part and their gifts,

Are needed for the work of the Holy Spirit!

Forgive us for times when we forget,

That all believers have Your Spirit (12:3-4).

The Spirit of God flows through each part,

As if, the blood pumped by Your heart.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Investments, September 1, 2016

Song of Solomon 2:4

Marriage is the ultimate commitment,

But it’s also our finest investment.

Factors which compound the interest,

Increase love, respect and faithfulness.

Likewise, God invests in His Bride!

When she’s careful, not to divide (1 Cor. 11:17-18).

But to gather in sweet Communion,

Reminded of our blessed union.

Together, for Christ’s sake, we should,

Wait on each other, for our own good (11:27).

God’s banner of love is our cover,

And examples how to love one another.

***

Lord, You’ve invested in us,

Your Spirit of love and forgiveness.

Help us to be rid of resentments,

So that we can grow Your investments.

Heaven’s wisdom, You’ve entrusted,

And assignments are constantly adjusted,

To fit us for the greater good,

Receiving all the benefits we should (11:32).

Thank you that we are not doomed,

But for heaven’s sake, we’re being groomed,

To handle all that which we do,

As our investment in eternity with You.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Enjoy it! August, 30 & 31, 2016

Ecclesiastes 9:8-9 & 11:8

Once we find that way of escape,

That God provides so we make our break,

From tempting tempers and bad mistakes,

We find a level of peace.

 

Life will never be perfect, by any means (Eccl. 11:4),

The storms will come and muddy the streams,

But, when, on a level of peace, it all seems,

That our worries find release (11:10).

 

It’s senseless to attack someone, ruthless (Prov. 24:14),

And disliking them?  Simply useless!

Time is short, and love is our purpose (Eccl. 12:7),

So we might as well, enjoy it (9:8-9, 11:8)!

 

God will judge what’s done in secret (12:14).

He knows each heart, by His Spirit,

And all that we’re thinking… He can hear it!

Annoyed?  Enjoyment gets over it!

***

Father, forgive us when easily rumpled,

Disturbed, discouraged, and prone to grumble,

But kindness is lost and joy crumbles,

If haste is allowed to reply.

 

We’re going to be dead a very long time,

So help us not rush to the heart attack line,

Rather, Spirit, fill our minds,

With joy, to enjoy our lives!!!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Look For It!  August 29, 2016

1 Corinthians 10:13

Temptation comes to everyone,

No person is exempted (10:12).

But when we look all around,

We’ll find a spot, protected.

We cannot serve two masters (1 Cor. 10:21)!

One pulls us up, the other down,

And we will choose disaster,

Unless we LOOK for higher ground.

Don’t hold on to the past,

As if you cannot shake it!

You can!  God’s die is cast,

And He’s planned a way to escape it (10:13)!

***

Father, when we’re tempted,

To use crutches from the past,

And find some sort of solace,

In a cover that won’t last,

Help us turn on a dime,

Look around in the room,

For Your lighted, exit sign,

To escape temptation’s doom!

We’re downed with certain attitudes,

That are not of Christ at all!

Lord, help us shun the platitudes,

That will quickly make us fall (Eccl. 7:5).

Forgive us, we’re demanding 7:16),

Always thinking that we’re right!

Lord, give us understanding,

ALWAYS looking for Your light!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Person of Purpose, August 28, 2016

Ecclesiastes 5:20

Loving wealth makes us just want more,

And we’re never fully satisfied, for sure (Eccl. 5:10)!

But accept the work God’s given us to do,

And we are the people of God, who (5:20),

Embrace our work, loving it (6:9),

With the love of the Lord, powered by His Spirit.

We can be the best workers with great joy,

Because we’re grateful, for one thing, to be employed!!

Life is a shadow, so get on board (6:12),

As a person of purpose, serving our Lord!

***

Father, there really is nothing better,

Than to love our work and enjoy each other (5:18).

Give us greater love for what we do,

And remind us often, it’s all for You!!

Lord, don’t allow our minds to wander,

But to write these things for the future (Ps. 102:18)!

May we always see our greatest purpose,

Is to make sure no one ever feels worthless!

You’ve made us, together, rich and poor,

We all have the same Father and Lord!

Help us undo the devil’s work today,

Who will try to discourage us in some way.

We know our purpose, according to Your plan (1 Cor. 9:17),

So make us a joyful, extension of Your hand!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Love Builds, August 27, 2016

1 Corinthians 8:1

Love’s creativity always looks for ways,

To build others up… it’s a challenge these days!

Love remains positive and ready for action,

Focused on the Lord’s written directions (1 Cor. 8:6).

Love will not allow the world’s disrespect,

Of souls that are weaker due to some form of neglect.

God knows His believers who love like this (8:3),

And He’s sure to provide them with a strong spirit,

To overcome evil, and not remain silent,

Allowing the evil, without action or comment (8:9)!

Love steps in to save the build,

Or remodel what’s broken, or unfulfilled.

***

Lord, Your love is constantly building,

Refreshing, remolding, calking and sealing,

Souls that are torn, weakened by pressure,

Of evil tides and stormy weather.

Lord, help us always lend a helping hand,

To strengthen a young or weak foundation.

Help them be able to offer assistance,

As Your workers, building others without judgment.

Father, in order to overcome evil,

We must believe that You can make it possible!

Work through us Lord, to be better builders,

Of faith within ourselves, but also in others.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

  

 

 

 

 

Opinion or Spirit?  August 26, 2016

1 Corinthians 7:40B

Paul, who is single, writes prolifically,

About husbands, wives, and having families!

Being single, he touts, is a better life,

Because one can focus on the Lord Jesus Christ!

Certainly, for some, this is a gift,

For most, celibacy is not on their wish list!

So is Paul’s opinion, his own or of the Spirit?

It is his, but of course, he’s entitled to share it!

***

Father, we all have opinions today,

On what is the right or the wrong way,

To live together, married or single,

And opinions run the gamut on good and evil!

Give us Your Spirit, to guide from within,

And may we fully know, YOUR opinion.

This is the one that matters the most,

Make us sensitive to the nudges of Your Holy Ghost.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

As You Will, August 25, 2016

Job 42:3

No one can offer up to God,

Anything worthy of His great love.

He doesn’t have to explain to us,

What’s going on and this is called, trust!

We trust His heart will not allow,

More than we can handle, somehow,

He knows, even better than do we,

How weak we are, or how strong and mighty.

***

Lord, when I want an explanation,

Help me remember my limitations!

I may not always be able to see,

The full extent of Your love for me!

But Lord, I have become conditioned,

To praise You, with or without explanations!

You make the proud and give them free reign (Job 41:34),

For whatever reason, they seem to gain.

Some things aren’t clear to us, because,

We’re only made in the image of God.

You alone have the answers (42:2),

To why You allow diseases like cancer.

Our questions about the universe,

Why some seem blessed and some seem cursed…

Without the answers right now, we yield,

To be used completely, as You will.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

 

Fix Your Fixer Upper, August 24, 2016

1 Corinthians 6:19

It’s easy to take our bodies for granted.

They’re ours from birth ‘till death… then planted,

Back to the soil, dust to dust,

And we can’t change a body given to us!

But yes, we can take better care,

To fix its normal wear and tear!

Exercise! Surprises each age,

As decades turn another page!

All we do, and all we eat,

Can trash or keep a body neat!

Be sure of this, when heaven bound,

This same body, in the ground,

And reunite with our same spirit…

Forever, we’ll be housed within it!

***

Father, we have worked the harvest,

In some fields that seem the hardest!

But Lord, we’re still committed to,

Plow and keep our eyes on You!

Keep our bodies healthy, strong,

Because, eternity is long,

And this same body, we’ve been given,

Will be forever ours in heaven!

Bless us with better “know how,”

To work with what we have right now.

Make us more aware each day,

We should treat our bodies in a way,

That’s holy unto You, Oh Lord.

Because, we’re not our own, but Yours (1 Cor. 6:19)!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

Whose You Are, August 23, 2016

Psalm 100:5

The world will try to label you,

And basically, disable you,*

Remember, God determines WHOSE,

You are, and that’s what matters!

 

They’ll slap a price tag, super cheap,

Somewhere you can’t see or reach,

But in your heart, God’s voice will preach,

I AM Your Father!

 

***

Lord of All, we might not be,

Born to fame and luxury,

But Your love and Your loyalty,

Creates EVERY soul!

 

Your truth and grace do not depend,

Upon our expectations,

But on something quite forgotten…

You have ALL control!

 

You’re the only one who can,

Raise or lower any man.

Like lightning bolts in Your hand (Job 38:35),

You give us our position.

 

Life, each life, is assigned worth,

Engrained, inborn, before our birth, *

And no one, seen or not, on earth,

Can test us, without Your permission.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado *

Linked To Christ, August 22, 2016

 Corinthians 4:3

When we are linked to Jesus Christ,

We see our worth as through His eyes.

He dominates with His perfection,

Leading us in the right direction,

We don’t hear doubt’s self-conscience pleas,

And we shake off mediocrity.

Linked to Christ, we’ve no regrets,

That we are His prized project;

What He’s begun in us will be,

Complete, unique, and beautifully,

Designed to shine, as a light (1 Cor. 4:3-5),

Judged only by our link to Christ.

***

Father, help us see ourselves,

As You see us, not anyone else.

We know that when we’re linked to You,

Your standards are what shines through;

Your honesty, integrity,

Your love, fairness and accuracy,

Will guide us so we do not blink,

Or regard what anyone else might think!

Lord, thank You, we will receive,

A crown, from You, personally (4:5).

Nothing like this can compare,

To any reward, anywhere!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Spiritual Growth, August 21, 2016

1 Corinthians 3:7

Jealous?  Quarreling?  Heaven knows,

There must not be much spiritual growth (1 Cor. 3:3).

We like this person, but not that brother?

Careful!  This is how the world treats others (3:4)!

We’re on God’s farm, working, while He (3:9),

Provides the growth, it’s not you or me (3:10).

One, no better than another, because,

All the growth comes from God (3:7)!

***

Father, You are good indeed,

Your plans are not to harm me (Jer. 29:11).

Likewise, Your perfect will,

Is that I prosper in the place I fill!

As an important part of Your Kingdom,

I’ll not withhold, for any reason,

Money, talents, gifts, and time,

All of which are Yours, not mine!

Father, please make sure there’s growth,

Which comes from You!  May others know,

That You are everything to me!!!

Lord, help me show growth, spiritually.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Tears To Twinkles, August 20, 2016

Proverbs 23:18 & 1 Corinthians 2:9

In the time it takes to breathe,

God can change everything, indeed!

The tears that well up in our eyes,*

Twinkle when God flips the light,

And shows us, His power to save (Ps. 2),

Our hope and glory beyond the grave! (1 Cor. 2:9).

All through His Word, Old and New,

He says He’s preparing a place for you,

With things you cannot comprehend,

Higher than anyone’s expectations!

***

Father, You love to surprise,

And turn the tears in our eyes,

To twinkling smiles, joyful grins,

Better than we can imagine!

Lord, forgive us when we doubt,

That You are working all things out,

For our good; You’ve promised it!

The blood of the lamb has accomplished it!

Your Spirit shares with us, Your mind,

And we know it’s just a matter of time (2:11),

Before You flip that breaker switch,

And Your power flows down in an instant.

Give us patience, so that we,

Always behave, appropriately,

Showing gracious attributes,

Of completely, trusting You.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* with scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

There’s More!  August 19, 2016

1 Corinthians 1:8

God has more for us, it’s true!

Good things, only He can do.

Why?  Because He will accomplish,

All He’s planned, until HE’S finished!

When will that be?  Not until, *

Jesus comes to fulfill God’s will.

***

Father, we think life is over,

When, like Job, we have to suffer (Job 30:16),

As You gave Job so much more,

Children and friends than he had before,

And If we keep our eyes on You,

We’ll experience good in all we do (Ps. 97:11).

You have promised to make us strong (1 Cor. 1:8),

So there won’t be anything wrong,

Found in us, when Jesus comes!

We’ll understand the "more" You’ve done!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

How Do We Know What’s Right?  August 18, 2016

Job 28:23

From where does wisdom come?

And what about understanding (Job 28:20)?

They seem to be a twosome,

With a knack for comprehending,

That the God who gives the rain,

Its rules of engagement (28:25),

Has the only perfect brain,

That can truly contain it (28:23)!

He gives us some clues,

To which we need cling!

By following scriptural rules,

Obedience, is gain (28:28).

***

Father, time will tell,

What You’ve said in Your Word (Ps. 97:6),

That things will go well,

For those who fear the Lord (Job 28:28).

This is wisdom’s source,

And it springs up in the soul,

Of those who stay the course,

And give You complete control!

People will understand,

The value in all of this (28:13),

When they stay away from evil,

By the power of Your Spirit.

Only then can You intervene,

And work with power and might,

To provide the ways and means,

For us to KNOW what’s right!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Build on God’s Power, August 17, 2016

Job 26:14

Forget the things of the past,

The best is yet to come!

Press forward!  The die is cast,

And we’ve already won!

The victory starts in us,

As we approach each day,

With sweet assurance, trust,

That God will make a way.

Our God who hangs the earth,

On nothing but space (Job 26:7),

Can shield us from hurt,

So we’re not crushed by the weight.

***

Father, in this we rest,

You’ve won the victory!

With every heartbeat, every breath,

Our trials are history!

Thank You, Lord, we can build,

Our lives on nothing less,

Than Your love that changes guilt,

Into righteousness.

Lord, we look forward to,

Doing Your will.

Today, as You dry the dew,

You whisper, “Peace, be still (26:14).”

Who can understand it?

This great power of the Lord?

The trees already know it…

You will come to judge the world (Ps. 96:11-13).

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

Patience & Encouragement, August 16, 2016

Romans 15:5

We all drink in encouragement,

But without a patient spirit,

We’ll sulk, when God empowers,

Another’s life, not ours!

Why the wait?  Because we must,

Be patient, and learn to trust!

God knows, hollow praise,

Is like a sugary grave.

His encouragement shines through,

In Scripture given to me and you,

Not to please ourselves,

But to help everyone else (Rom. 15:2).

***

Father, Your Word is meant,

To encourage us with patience (Rom. 15:4).

Fill us with Your joy and hope,

By the power of Your Holy Ghost (15:13),

So we develop patience,

And we’re encouraged by Your presence (15:3).

Hope makes us sure,

That we will indeed, endure,

With power to be a witness,

An encourager with patience.

This patience brings You glory (15:7),

And encouragement yields harmony.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Motivating Praise, August 15, 2016

Romans 14:17 & 18

Praise overflows in the heart of (Ps. 96:1),

The person who does what pleases God (Rom. 14:17)!

Anything for which we feel guilty,

Is a sin, for us, if we think it to be (Rom. 14:23).

God is more pleased by what we think,

Than what we do, eat or drink (14:21).

If He has given us joy and peace,

Then we can be sure, He is pleased.

***

Father, help us discern what is right,

By walking continually in the light,

Of Your presence; Your Holy Spirit’s joy,

Which is something guilt can never destroy (14:17).

Help us to get up and keep move forward,

With the strength and joy of the Lord!

Others thought Job had sin in his life (Job 22:5),

But we know the story behind his strife,

And likewise, we can be sure You are pleased,

When we know Your presence, Your inward peace;

The joy of Your Spirit makes us strong,

Motivating our praises, all day long*!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado*

Come, Let Us Worship, August 14, 2016

Psalm 95:6

We’re worn out from our work week!

Tired from head to aching feet (Prov. 23:4),

And yet our rest is bitter-sweet,

When we fail to worship (Ps. 95:6).

 

God made everything there is,

The light of day AND the darkness,

Of all these things, we’ve the spirits,

With whom He can fellowship.

 

It’s time to wake up from our sleep (Rom 13:11).

We have a holy day to keep,

Ourselves from greedy, selfish needs (13:14),

And bless our souls in worship.

***

Father God, the time has come,

For the return of Christ, Your Son,

And we, as Your chosen ones,

Will live with You forever!

 

Lord, our Lord, King of Kings,

You raise, You lower everything (Rom.13:1),

From leadership to birds that sing,

All live by Your power!

 

Open ears, to hear You say,

“Come and worship, bow and pray (Ps. 95:6),”

Because He tends to us each day (95:7),

We should give Him this hour!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

Without A Doubt, Share Your Gift!

Romans 12:1

Peace must find an anchor in,

Hearts and minds free from sin (Rom. 12:2).

Thoughts that do not take the shape,

Of this world which denigrates,

The special gifts God gives to us (12:3).

Encourage these gifts, lift them up (12:10).

Peace within will shine through,

And make a less critical you.

What’s inside will come out;

Our peace will show without a doubt (12:19),

In us, when we put confidence,

In God’s leadership, and HIS defense.

***

Father, remind us throughout the day,

To sing for joy and shout Your praise (Ps. 95:1)!

Praise breaks bands of wickedness, *

And keeps the evil from sticking to us!

Lord, when we consider You,

Have given us certain things to do (Rom. 12:4),

Like body parts, every person,

Had an important, purposeful mission,

To advance Your Kingdom here.

So may we do it, with greater cheer (12:8).

Grant us peace, within, without,

Sharing our gifts, without a doubt.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado and Prayers that Avail Much*  

 

Way Too Much Tolerance!  August 12, 2016

Romans 11:22

Our Father in heaven created kindness,

But He’s very strict and expects obedience (Rom. 11:22A).

We need to understand and believe,

He will be trimming branches off His tree (11:22B).

Once cut off, He will gladly accept,

And graft them in, if they will come back (11:23).

But is not natural for briars gone wild,

To be grafted back into the family of God (11:24).

No, God gives us over to our stubbornness (11:32),

But REMOVES* our sins when we return and confess (11:27).

Let us rejoice, and search to find,

This balance between being strict and kind.

***

Father, help me stay grafted in You,

At home, as a parent and as a teacher at school.

There’s steely rebellion and stubbornness,

So I pray You will soften hearts to confess,

And believe that You won’t forever allow,

Rebellious behaviors exhibited right now.

Your cutoff will come, Lord we believe,

You demand obedience to stay on Your tree!

Help me example Your sacred balance,

Instead of giving in to way too much tolerance!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado* 

Branch Out, August 11, 2016

Romans 11:18

Whether great or small, we need,

To work with others to succeed.

It’s been said, alone we can,

Outrun all of our competition.

But when linked to three or four,

We can do, oh so much more (Rom. 11:13B)!

Hardships?  We are not affected,

If to others, we’re connected (11:16).

Respect that others are anointed,

To work with us where we’re appointed.

***

Father, as You sent Your Son,

You anoint us to become,

A strong part of a chain, a link,

That matters much more than we think!

Lord, we know that we must be,

Branches linked to You, the tree,

Whose roots support and nourish us (11:18),

As the only foundation we can trust.

But Lord, a tree has many branches!

Each one branches out, enhances,

Shades and shelters, bears the fruit,

Connected to You, the same root.

Bless our relationships today,

And make us stronger, Lord we pray,

As better ambassadors for You,*

Linked but branching out with fruit.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado and Prayers that Avail Much*

All Belong To Him, August 10, 2016

Job 12:16

We sometimes fail to recognize,

That no one is completely wise,

God gives wisdom, when and where,

People get old and gray haired (12:10).

But He alone, with His Son,

Lifts us up or tears us down (Job 12:14).

He decides when it should rain,

To water birds, or grow the grain (12:15).

He takes the chains off of a king (12:18),

And removes the wisdom we have gained (12:20)!!

Only in eternity,

Will we understand wisdom, completely!

***

Father, help us prioritize,

That You alone are truly wise.

All belong to You!  You know (12:16),

People’s thoughts are puffs of smoke (Ps. 94:11)!

Teach us Lord, what steals our life!

Things like jealousy and strife,

Those quick-tempered, in the end (Prov. 22:24),

Will have very few real friends!

Lord, the best that we can do,

Is daily, sidle up to You,

And seek Your thoughts with every breath!

Testing ours, to encourage the best,

In us, and Lord, in one another;

If we’re in You, we belong to each other.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Because of Our Faith, August 9, 2016

Romans 9:31

Because of our faith, we are made right (Rom. 9:30),

We’re a product of faith – God’s mercy and might.

A good tree automatically, bears good fruit,

Because it has faith in its solid roots.

Roots that draw nourishment, night and day,

Keeping it supple, not break as it’s swayed.

Because of our faith, even small as a seed,

We can stomp on the mountains, like dunes by the sea (Ps. 93:4).

Because of our faith, we understand,

That when our light shines, it draws all men (Matt. 5:6),

To glorify God, and humbly, we say,

We are made right, because of our faith (Rom. 9:31).

***

Father, in this world, we are only made right,

By our faith in Your mercy, Your power and might.

When the seas raise up their pounding waves (Ps. 93:3),

They are powerful, Lord, by not at all as great (93:4),

As You, Oh Lord, and by faith, we agree,

That it’s only by faith we can live righteously.

Guide us, direct us, look over our ways (Job 10:12),

You have said in Your Word, that because of our faith (Rom. 10:11*)

We will not be ashamed.   Lord, we believe,

That in all we do, You’ll receive the glory!

May goodness, trustworthiness, honesty**,

Flavor our dealings, along with humility,

And Lord, when it seems our faith might be too small,

Help us, by faith, to hold on and not fall.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible*(from tomorrow’s reading) and prayers by Stormie Omartian**

Oxen and Palm Trees, August 8, 2016

Psalm 92: 10 & 12

God never changes!  Forever He,

Does for us, whatever we need.

He delivers us from that which blocks our way,

And demonstrates power every day.

His mercy endures to those who trust Him,

They are easy to teach, and not so stubborn (Rom. 9:18).

Like oxen and palm trees, we will grow stronger (92: 10 & 12),

And live to produce fruit that lasts longer (92: 14).

God’s very same power that parted the seas,

Makes us strong as oxen and tall as palm trees!!

***

Father, you’ve given us truth from Solomon (Prov. 22:21),

Paul, the apostles, the prophets, yes, all of them (Rom. 9:1).

Trusting their writings, we expect and believe,

To be strong as oxen and tall as palm trees!!

Lord, we survive because You deliver,

And demonstrate Your magnificent power.

Thank you for mercy, for kindness and grace,

That shelters and puts us in a safe place,

Where we can grow stronger, and continue to see,

You working to help us and provide all our need.

Keep our minds healthy, as well as our bodies,

With a spiritual fervor and thirst for knowledge.

Inscribe in our hearts, Your love of truth,

Finding favor with all, but especially, with YOU (Prov. 3:4!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Because It’s Good For You!  August 7, 2016

Psalm 92:1-2

Give praise to God in all you do (Ps. 92:1).

Why?  Because it’s good for you!

Sing!  Tell how His love is true (92:2).

Again, because it’s good for you!

It’s good to share your loyalty.

This cuts through evil dishonesty (92:6-7)!

When the wicked grow more than they should,

They spread myths of what’s right and good!

Though they sprout like greenest grass,

God says they will not last.

We know that He works everything out (Rom. 8:28),

For our good, so it’s good, to sing, not pout!

***

Father, Your Word is powerful!

It cuts to the quick within the soul.

We read it and we understand,

That You are completing what’s been written (Rom. 8:32).

In everything You work for those,

Who love and praise You, trust and know,

That in all things, You will help us,

To end up completely victorious (Rom. 8:37).

Let nothing evil, twisted, disjointed,

Touch the lives of Your anointed (8:38).

Thank You Lord, you have done great things (Ps. 92:5).

And it’s good for us, to lift our voices and sing (92:1).

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

God Would Rather Bless Us! August 6, 2016

Psalm 91:14-16

Our love for God can be just as real, *

As the love we’ve experienced, and clearly feel,

For parents, siblings, friends we know,

God blesses and loves those who love Him so (Ps. 91:14).

His promises pass on to each generation,

Saving, protecting, as He’s been with them (91:15);

In trouble, in famine or trials grave,

Our children will see how our God can save (91:16).

The longer we live, obey and believe,

God makes it much easier to see,

The fullness of His grace enriching,

Because He would much rather be blessing!

***

Heavenly Father, Your blessings I claim!

I love You, Lord, and bless Your Name (91:14).

Some of life’s blessings I cannot see,

Until You’ve had time to work on me.

Lord, I’ve been blessed with ancestors,

Who loved You Lord, without measure.

They were weighed in the balances, Lord, for You,

And proved their faith was honest and true.

Because of their love and obedience,

Generational blessings make sense*!

They are just as real as Adam’s curse,

And my heritage, Lord, for better or worse,

Is part of my blessing!  Unconditional grace!

Lord, I see Your blessings all over the place!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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And Prayers that Avail Much

 

Additional Gravy!  August 4, 2016

Psalm 91:4

Those who go to God for safety (Ps. 91:1),

Enjoy a feast, with additional gravy (92:2)!

Above and around us, while we dine, (92:3),

God covers, protects us, all the time (92:4)!!

Quite a promises!  No one else,

But our Almighty God, gives to us,

These promises that add the flavor,

To our lives of love and favor!

***

Lord Almighty, we accept,

Your promises to indeed, protect (94:7)!

Like an egret, duck, or swan,

We can glide on any pond,

Unaffected by the tides,

Our “feathers” act as a slide.

Guard the knowledge You’ve given us (Prov. 22:12).

If false words rain down, we’ll trust,

Your power, greater than we can know,

To keep us safe wherever we go.

Thank You Lord!  We cannot repay,

Your loving gifts that come our way.

Showers of blessings, by Your hand,

Refresh our souls to know we can,

Do all things in health and safety,

Life with flavor like rich gravy!!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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God's Way Saves the Day, August 3, 2016

Esther 7:10

Political correctness isn’t a matter,

When lives of family and friends are in danger!

Queen Esther, after much prayer and fasting,

Points out to the King all the “enemy’s” been planning.

“My King,” she says, “If you are pleased with me,

And if it pleases you, let me live…and all my family (Esther 7:3).”

The King has no idea that Esther is among,

The Jews that Haman tricked him to condemn!

“Our enemy and foe is this wicked Haman!”

In one sentence, she has saved herself and her nation!

***

Father, in this day of political correctness,

We don’t understand who is for or against us!

The enemy of our souls needs to be pointed out,

Instead, he mingles, hides and runs about.

Father, we gloss over things, so as not to ruffle,

But to please EVERYONE, while he hustles and bustles,

And strengthen his forces to plan maladies.

Lord, step in and save us from Satanic decrees!

Your ways are not ours, and we know what You can do,

Like Esther, You will help us, because we trust in You (8:1).

With signs and wonders, miracles all around us,

You bless Your people in ways that astound us.

Thanks be to God!  We yield to Your design,

Let Your will be done in our day and time.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Wipe Out Doubt, August 2, 2016

Romans 4:20

Just like we’re supposed to know,

Our blood pressure, how high or low,

Numbers, like triglycerides,

Our weight, our vision, dress size…

Tell us all about our health,

But we should be checking something else!

How much more should we seek,

To know if faith is low, or peaks!

God accepts us by our faith,

How much we trust or doubt His grace (Rom. 4:23).

God’s promises for Abraham,

Are prescribed for all of His children;

For each of us, who will believe,

That wiping out doubt keeps us… healthy!

***

Father, You’ve made each of us,

Unique, yet spiritually we must,

Strive to rid ourselves of doubt,

Which kills faith like nothing else!

Lord, the promises You made (4:21),

To David, Esther (Esther 6:3), Paul and Abe(Rom. 4:7),

We can take, for ourselves (4:23-24),

By faith, to increase our spiritual health.

Forgive us, when our passions wane,

To seek your promises and claim,

Them as something You would prescribe,

To increase our faith, which make doubts die!

In Jesus name, amen.

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Excellent Spirit, August 1, 2016

Romans 3:4B

Sometimes we wonder just how long,

God will allow a test to drag on (Ps. 89:46).

We must be reminded that He is not dead!

The teacher is silent while giving a test. *

Throughout our suffering, He expects,

An excellent grade on the test.

Once we begin to understand,

This excellent grade doesn’t just happen;

It comes from exercising our faith,

And stepping outside our comfortable place.

***

Father, like Esther, we might just be,

The one who steps out, courageously,

And takes a test when others shrink back,

Preparing well, for a time such as that (Esther 4:16).

Lord, when we suffer the insults of some (Ps. 89:50),

Who refuse to see the harm they have done,

Let us exhibit an excellent spirit,

Waiting on Your voice 'till we hear it!

Lord, make this excellent spirit clear,

So everyone sees God at work here,

In our homes, our churches, our places of business…

Lord, help us maintain an excellent spirit.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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*God is Not Dead 2

You Don’t Say!  July 31, 2016

Romans 2:16

Most will learn what not to say,

That gives true intentions away!

We harbor thoughts in heart and mind,

Then try to hide them all the time!

This is why we cannot judge (Rom. 2:1),

We cannot blame, or hold a grudge.

God knows our every secret thought (2:16),

So when we judge, we’d better not!

***

Father, You have power enough,

To help us guard our every thought (Prov. 22:5).

Lord, we know that by Your mercy,

We are cleansed, no longer guilty.

So, in kind, we toss a line,

In hopes that sinners change their minds ((Rom. 2:4),

And grab hold to Your saving grace,

So minds stay in a better place.

Lord, help us guard our hearts,

Where tempting thoughts take root and spark,

Thoughts of evil, we’d regret,

When standing in Your judgment (2:16).

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Displays of Salvation, July 30, 2016

Romans 1:28-32

Paul makes a list of sinful acts,

Which includes, ignoring Scriptural facts (Rom. 1:28)!

Those who think truth isn’t important,

Wear Satan’s lenses of extortion (1:32).

They applaud evil and shame the righteous,

Which fills them with more hatred and selfishness (1:29-31),

Jealousy, fighting, lying and gossip,

Rude and conceited, showing no kindness,

No mercy, instead, they proudly declare,

“I’ve done nothing wrong!”  With their nose in the air.

Paul says the gospel of Jesus Christ,

Is the power of God for eternal life (1:16),

Not to some, but to everyone,

Who accepts Christ’s ways to display salvation.

***

Father, help us see Scripture through holy lenses,

And not skip over Paul’s list of offenses.

Worthless thinking makes us stray,

And ignore what Scripture has to say (1:28).

Lord, have mercy, and do not leave (1:28)!

Convict and convince us of wrongful deeds.

Make us wise to avoid sin’s dangers,

And instead, receive life and honor (Prov. 22:3-4).

God, You have shown Yourself to all (Rom. 1:19),

So no one can ignore a conscience call.

We’ll pay attention, and make a full twist,

So we won’t grieve Your Holy Spirit.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Love Is Spurred, July 29, 2016

Proverbs 22:2

All, rich and poor alike,

Gray hairs down to tiny tikes,

Have this nature of selfishness,

Yet God responds with fairness.

As children, we all vie for Him,

His help, His love and attention;

The rich, the poor, it makes no difference (Prov. 22:2),

All are loved by our heavenly parent.

Adam’s sin, turns us against Him.

Still, He doesn’t turn off our oxygen! *

Why?  Because His goodness is spurred, *

By His own good nature, and His Word. *

***

Heavenly Father, we are so blessed,

You meet our needs before we ask!

Like a gracious, loving Dad,

You understanding why we’re so bad!!

It’s in our nature to be selfish,

To only want what’s best for us.

Like a child, we have to learn,

That all we give will be returned.

These principles You’ve set place,

To override all time and space.

You work throughout the universe,

Love spurred by good to end our curse.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Happy Are Those! July 28, 2016

Psalm 89:15

When we are faithful God keeps His agreement (Neh. 9:8).

He lights our way as we obey His commandments (9:12).

His rules and teachings are not difficult (9:13),

And happy are those who confess their faults!

We know that the proud and stubborn,

Will refuse to follow and listen to Him (9:16),

And are quick to forget all the things He has done,

But amazingly, God doesn’t leave them (9:17).

His great love and mercy are so far above us,

That we don’t understand how much He loves us (9:32).

What’s right and fair make His Kingdom’s foundation (Ps. 89:14),

And happy are those who have learned how to praise Him (89:15)!

***

Father, as we journey from this world to heaven,

We’ve learned to cultivate a heart of submission Neh. 9:3).

Our happiness isn’t in people or things,

But in knowing how to Praise Your Name (Ps. 89;15)!

We find that when we rejoice without ceasing,

Our negative thoughts start decreasing,

And Your Spirit fills us with grace and love,

Which produces a glorious strength from above (89:17).

Help us be diligent in all that we do,

To mentally focus and picture, You,

With a smile on Your face, a glow and an essence,

Of joy, that our praise brings us into Your presence.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Blessed, Not Bothered!  July 27, 2016

Acts 27:20 & 24

When dark clouds linger for some time,

And you cannot see any sunshine (Acts 27:20),

The path is obscured you’ve yet to climb,

And it’s frightening, so your hope fades!

 

Remember, God is in His place.

He’ll give you light enough to trace,

The path, glowing from His face,

Enough to find your way.

***

Father, shine Your light on us,

And bolster our faith, hope and trust,

We are stronger treading waters rough (Neh. 6:9B),

So we gladly obey.

 

Help us share the hope You offer (Acts 27:24),

To strengthen the faith of all the others,

With us, to be blessed, not bothered,

Knowing, You’ll make a way (27:25)!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Walk Out Your Vision, July 26, 2016

Acts 26:19

Once the Lord has planted a dream,

A vision, a goal, we know what that means…

We’re responsible to get the work done;

Walk out its birth with no thought of abortion!

The Lord keeps us safe along the way (Neh. 4:14),

And reminds us often, “Don’t be afraid!”

It’s a big job, but when God is in it,

Our obedience invites His Spirit,

To work with us, fight for us, twenty-four-seven (4:19-23).

And we will see the fruit of our vision.

***

Father, You have promised to keep us safe (Acts 26:17),

As we walk out the visions, You have placed,

In our heart of hearts, we obediently (26:19).

Know we must take responsibility.

When we do, You establish us.

And we don’t have to strive to thrive, we just trust.

Trust that You’ll plant us like trees by the streams,

That will nourish and grow our God-given dreams.

Thank you for taking the pressure away,

To please anyone other than You today.

Bless now and grow, prosper our vision,

Until we see it all come to fruition.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Smoke Screens, July 25, 2016

Acts 25:11

When things are foggy, not black or white,

We feel in our spirit, something’s not right,

We can trust that God is preparing us,

For what we don’t know… so we trust (Acts 25:11).

Smoke screens are used to hide the truth!

Diversions, excursions, defensive spoofs,

Are to keep us from a person’s real reasons,

They’re producing smoke to distort our vision.

***

Father, we know that You can deliver!

Your power will guide us to the answers.

When we wade though the obvious,

Smoke screens that others project to us,

Lord, help us function in Your commands (Ps. 88:13)!

Come and turn on Your Spiritual fans,

To blow away all the foggy gray smoke,

And regenerate us with new insight and hope. *

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Quick Hardening Hearts, July 24, 2016

Ezra 10;10-11

God demands things we would never suggest.

In this day and age, we couldn’t do this (Ezra 10:3)!

Sending people away lacks compassion,

And forbidding a marriage is just so old fashioned!

Somethings are beyond us and only God knows,

How quickly hearts harden when we let them go,

To a person whose gods are not the same,

And the heart that once was Jehovah’s claim,

Is affected, ever so slightly, but then,

It’s desensitized and quickly, hardens.

***

Father, may we live being led by You,

And not be taken hostage by popular view.

Our “melting pot” country is desensitized,

And frowns at the mention of guilt in our lives.*

Lord, tug on our hearts when we need to confess,

By losing sight of Your righteousness.

Help us steer clear of the gods of this age,

That ever so quickly steal hearts away.

Father God, keep us walking in the light,

With a strong sense of guilt, if we don’t do what’s right.

Help us hold firmly to what’s right and wrong,

By lining up with scripture, our hearts won’t harden.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Others Are Watching, July 23, 2016

Ezra 7:25

We feel, at times, that we’ve not enough,

Wisdom or discernment just for us,

So when a decision affects our whole family,

We want God’s leading with strong certainty.

Leading others is a special charge,

And Ezra’s appointment is particularly hard,

Because the king is trusting that he,

Will be led by the God in which he believes!

Somehow, Ezra’s life has revealed,

To those around him that Jehovah is real!

Do others perceive our God to be,

The source of the wisdom in you or in me (Ezra 7:25)?

***

Father, You’ve appointed each one of us,

To a work, a position, and You’ve promised enough (Prov. 21:21),

Wisdom, discernment, and whatever we need,

To complete every task, successfully.

Lord, by faith, we accept our assignments,

And pray You’ll increase creativity and excitement.

With energy and harmony, and leaders we trust,

We can face any challenge that presents itself.

Help us be aware that the world will watch,

To see if faith in God is enough!

Lord, making You proud is our highest goal,

And bringing You praise so that others will know,

That You have saved us!  Let others see (Ps. 88:1),

Your wisdom and discernment, in us, more clearly.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Christ-Assured or Self-Absorbed? July 22, 2016

Acts 23:12

Today we see many who are self-absorbed,

Instead of security and peace from the Lord.

Christians on assignment to spread the gospel (Acts 23:11),

Are going to cause some people to stumble (23:12).

Everywhere Paul took the gospel of Christ,

People attacked him and threatened his life!

The Lord said to Paul, “Be brave!” Then He sent,

Paul off to Rome to get in trouble, again!

Imagine having people take an oath not to eat,

Until they have trampled you under their feet!

“Who gave you permission; who do you think YOU are (Ezra 5:3-4)?”

These questions come from those who have to be in charge.

With God, what matters is that we know this,

Our self-assurance comes from being Christ-focused.

***

Father God, free us from today’s lifestyle void,

Of humility, we see self-absorption on steroids.

No matter, when we take a scriptural position,

Like Paul, we are going to face opposition.

Humble as a dove, help us do our part,

But make us wise as serpents, Lord, the devil is smart!

He’ll cause a commotion, a dispute of some kind (Acts 23:7);

Division is his tactic, and NOT of Your design.

Stamp Christ’s image on our hearts today,

And help us stand our ground, self-assured in every way.

Take any self-focus out of us, Lord,

And pour in Your Spirit, complete and Christ-assured.

 

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Benefits of Citizenship, July 21, 2016

Acts 22:25

Paul knows his rights because Rome is not lawless (Acts 22:25);

He cannot be accused without due process!

The officers of Rome understand these privileges 22:28),

And they cannot hold him on charges, religious.

As a citizen, he is part of this elite,

System of laws, though a primitive democracy.

The Romans, encouraged and relished instruction,

But would use brute force to stop a rebellion.

Citizens learned the law and knew they could rely,

On fairness – due process, if a problem should arise.

***

Father, You’re the author of our social design.

America’s constitution has scripture entwined,

Throughout, to assure us of inalienable rights!

Lord, help not lose our foundation without a fight!

Satan and his demons want us fearful, not joyous;

By working from within, evil seeks to destroy us.

Our laws are Your instructions, that help keep peace.

Lord, reveal motives of political dishonesty!!

Likewise, we as Christians, have benefits from heaven,

And no one can trump this citizenship given,

Through due-process, repentance of our sin,

You start to restore what the enemy has taken.

Lord, may we be motivated by a deep desire,

To live by Your laws, Your order,  Your power.

A lawless society is bad for everyone,

So help us to embrace Your laws and disciplines. *

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Willing Learners, July 20, 2016

Psalm 86:11

As children of God, He has our back,

But we must be careful, not to neglect,

To pursue the scriptures and fight off folly (Ps. 86:11),

And not be destroyed for lack of knowledge!

Trust God’s timing and He will reveal,

The truth, and for now, we willingly yield,

And praise His Name!  We are glad in the Lord!

Through honor and respect, we learn more (86:12-13).

***

Father, we face disaster, unless,

We INCREASE in knowledge and not digress.

Help us to be more willing to learn,

Not lacking in the knowledge, how to discern,

Right from wrong or the best from the better.

Lord, all these things are found in the scriptures!

When the world around us is falling apart,

We can praise you with all our hearts,

Knowing that Your Word will stand evermore (86:12),

For us to better understand You, Oh Lord (Acts 21:19).

Teach us all You want us to do,

And we WILL learn to live by Your truth (Ps. 86:11).

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Thy Will Be Done, July 19, 2016

Acts 21:14

Our commitment to God, includes understanding,

That He rules with love, not demanding;

Out of His mercy, He kindly responds (Ps. 86:5),

As we’re reaching out to Him, He extends His arms.

Arms of strength, arms that wrap,

Around us, so we do not fret.

By our Lord’s stripes, our healing is purchased,

And by faith, we accept times of illness,

Knowing that our Father will not give more,

Than we can handle… of this we are sure.

Through life’s unpleasant experiences,

We look to Him, and say with confidence,

“Lord, let Your will on earth be done (Acts 21:14).”

And we know His will is that we NOT be overwhelmed!

***

Father, there are times when we don’t know how to pray,

Other than, “Lord, come and have Your way.”

We cry out to You, and sometimes, there’s silence,

But we know that You hear us, out of love and kindness (Ps. 86:5).

Reveal, unblock, whatever it is,

That is keeping us from hearing, or heeding Your Spirit,

So that we can show our loyalty to You,

Accepting Your will and what You want to do.

This can only happen when we realize,

How much we are covered by Your love in our lives. *

We don’t receive anything that hasn’t been processed,

And carefully thought out as part of our experience.

Thanks be to God!  You are fair and righteous.

And we can trust You have good things for us (86:7).

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Grace Gives Strength, July 18, 2016

Acts 30:32

God’s Grace pardons and cleanses within;

It is greater than the sum of all our sin. *

His grace pours peace into those who worship (Ps. 85:8),

So they do not return to any sinful, foolishness.

God’s great grace is bestowed upon us,

When we respect His Word as righteousness (85:9).

He gives us greater love and truth (85:10),

And shines His goodness on us as proof.

When the children of God give Him praise,

For all the good things He does every day,

His care, protection and grace abide,

To strengthen and create unbreakable ties.

***

Father, release us from anxious concerns,

So we say, without wavering, “Lord, I’ve learned,

No matter what comes, I will be content (Phil. 4:11),

And trust in Your grace to produce my strength.

Grace isn’t something that we can produce,

Because it only comes from getting close to You.

Keep my mind focused on Your grace today,

So that evil won’t affect me along the way,

Stop those who constantly twist the truth (Acts. 20:30),

For person gain, not spiritual fruit!

Lord, give us grace, so our fruit will remain,

To lift up the glory and honor of Your name,

Grace, Your fruit, brings strength as opposed,

To the world, that chokes out grace as it grows.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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History Lesson, July 17, 2016

Acts 20:1

When the trouble stopped for Paul, he left (Acts 20:1)!

He encouraged, strengthened, exhorted and blessed,

Many followers in different lands (20:2),

Sometimes having to change his plans (20:3).

Instead of setting sail one day,

He had to walk, the longer way,

Because of a plot by some people against him!

Paul looked at it like a history lesson!

***

Father, help us to pour out forgiveness,

In order to be a much better witness!

May we regard the past as a lesson,

No bridged burned because all is forgiven!

Pour forgiveness into our hearts,

So bitterness has no ground to start.

Don’t let the past color what we do,

But instead, Lord, come, and make all things new.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Greater Confidence, July 16, 2016

Psalm 84:11-12

We will not trust a wobbly chair,

With legs that sway and vacillate;

We know not to sit down there,

It’s common sense… quite innate!

Likewise, we must trust the One,

Who says, “Come, I’ll give you rest;

I’ll warm you up like the sun (Ps. 84:11).”

And My shield can be your confidence.”

God does not hold back anything good (84:12),

From those whose lives are innocent.

Without a doubt we know we should,

Believe, with greater confidence.

***

Father, please remove the doubt,

Of whether or not we can trust,

That You are working all things out!

With kindness and honor for us (84:11).

Forgive us if we fail to be (Prov. 21:7),

Gentle and yet strong in this,

To trust You and act graciously, (21:8),

Knowing, Lord, Your ways are best.

Father, we’ve found validity,

In trusting simple promises;

Remove any speck of disbelief,

And grant us greater confidence.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Respect And Relearn, July 15, 2016

2 Chronicles 25:5

Respect is a feeling that wells up inside,

It is also an action, holding somebody high,

In esteem, far above the average person.

Because we admire things they have done.

Respect is a noun; respect is a verb!

Respect must be taught, demonstrated, observed (2 Chron. 25:5).

Respect isn’t something that comes naturally…

It’s acquired through practicing, obediently.

God’s Word is our standard, inspired, authentic,

Worthy of respect as our code of ethics.

When we study it, read and digest its contents,

We see it as a light that dispels the world’s nonsense.

***

Father, thank You for teachers and parents,

Who exampled respect and taught us obedience.

We are seeing the demise of respect in our lifetime;

With people constantly changing their minds!

Yesterday’s wrongs are glossed over today,

And we don’t fear You Lord, in the exact same way,

That we did when we first trusted You and repented (Acts 19:18).

Lord, help us return to Your Word for our ethics!

Your Word has the answers, and though we discuss it,

And try to make it fit what we want, readjust it,

Lord, Your character, Your plan for Your people,

Doesn’t change, and neither does what You say is evil (2 Chron. 25:20).

Help us repent, and completely return,

To Your Word, to study it, respect it, relearn.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Many Believers, July 14, 2016

Acts 18:9

Let it be known that the Lord understands,

We all need the love and acceptance of others.

Though, unconditionally, loved by Him,

We all need support of our sisters and brothers!

God could ask  us to stand alone,

But our Lord Jesus Christ remembers that pain,

And intercedes to His Father’s throne,

For the God to provide us sweet fellowship again.

The night our Lord stood in Pilot’s hall,

He sees Peter’s face in the crowd outside of them.

Their eyes meet in sorrow, at rooster’s call,

And the Lord’s heart breaks as Peter denies Him.

***

Lord, You know the great needs that we have,

To experience joy which comes from above.

You put us in families and churches, so we have,

Those who accept us with open arms.

Sometimes, like Paul, Your messengers need,

To know their efforts are not in vain (Acts 18:6).

That many trust, and, likewise believe (18:9),

In the scriptural standards that we proclaim.

Thank You, we’re accepted in the Beloved,

And we give You praise for providing this bond!

The strength of our family and the people of God,

Help us keep Your Kingdom lights turned on.

Preserve our lives from the enemy, Lord,*

Hide us from the secret counsel of the wicked (18:12).

Touch and refine us, to become Your,

Many Believers, Beloved, and accepted (18:11).

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Sooner or Later, July 13, 2016

Proverbs 21:1

Because of God’s promises, we can hold on (2 Chron. 21:2).

When it seems the night goes way too long,

God’s presence and blessing will never depart,

For those who obey Him with their whole heart (22:9).

Healthy faith flips on our brightest lights,

To help us see clearly throughout the dark night.

When sorrows or failures start to drown,

The voice of God’s Word, DO NOT PUT IT DOWN!

Instead, study more, pick verses apart,

To examine, to ponder, tuck deep in the heart.

Start praising God!  Know that His answer,

WILL be revealed, sooner or later.

***

Father, thank you for the hope You provide us,

You’re the Lord of all who directs and guides us (Prov. 21:1).

When we think there is nothing more we can do,

That’s the best time to turn it all over to You.

Miracles happen, if You are in it,

And everything can change in five or ten minutes!

Sooner or later, when the answer does come,

We’ll see Your hand, beyond human reason (2 Chron. 23:3).

You will use others, and we may not know it (Prov. 21:1),

Who, unknowingly, are led by Your Holy Spirit!

Thanks be to God!  Yes, some people may laugh (Acts 17:32),

But our nets will be full, where You tell us to cast!

Soften hard hearts, and for sure, keep ours tender,

So we’ll make a big difference, sooner or later.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Equal and Fair! July 12, 2016

2 Chronicles 19:7

The Lord wants us to treat people the same (2 Chron. 19:7),

Not influenced by money or political gain!

We must be careful to make our decisions,

Based on scripture, not popular opinions (Acts 17:11).

Certainly, we must defend the poor (Ps. 82:2),

And free them from destructive spirals for sure.

God owns the nations, the rocks and the hills (82:8),

And invests in us, God-given skills,

To contribute to society’s benefit.

We earn an income, then carefully spend it,

For His Kingdom, not covetousness!

Money, in itself, isn’t evil, unless,

It gets a grip and makes us not care,

About making decisions which are equal and fair.

***

Father, our strength must come from within, *

To steer away from temptation and sin…

Lord, help us never be overcome,

By power or money when making decisions.

Lord, keep us safe and give us peace (2 Chron. 20:30).

May our courage, strength and faith increase,

To stand strong in that which is right,

Watching as You go before us to fight (20:17).

Lord, make our hearts true to this claim,

That we’re equal and fair, treating people the same.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado *

Connection of Spirits, July 11, 2016

Acts 16:16-18

We all need good friends that speak the truth;

Willing advisors, influences who (2 Chron. 18:13),

Only tell us what they sense in the Spirit;

Giving good advice when we need to hear it.

How can we know whether or not,

This is a spirit, for or against us?

The spirit of God within gets bothered(Acts 16:18),

If it’s not His spirit, but that of another!

***

Lord, You have said that to enter Your Kingdom,

We must claim Jesus is the way to heaven (Acts 16:17),

Our true Messiah and Son of God,

Jesus, You died for those You love!

Once we are saved, Lord, then we need,

Christians friends who likewise, believe!

Those with whom we feel a connection,

That communion of saints, just like heaven!

Lord, to have friends, we must be,

Good friends too, never lopsidedly (16:40).

Inspire openness, mutual trust,

Sharpening skills that are not meant to judge,

But to grow each other in this bond from above;

Friends who are full of the love of God.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Check the Right Agenda

Proverbs 20:24

It is smart and wise to check, first thing,

The agenda from our Lord and King!

Sometimes we forget, and join in,

With those who clearly don’t care about Him (2 Chron. 16:9).

The Lord is the God who puts it this way,

“Open your mouth and I’ll fill it today (Ps. 81:10)!”

There is no god of this world that will give,

Meaning to life, and a purpose to live (Prov. 20:24).

***

Lord, open our hearts and minds,

To check and know Your agenda divine.

You accompany Your will, with all that we need,*

And when we seek You, we will find You indeed (2 Chron. 15:4).

Your Spirit guides us, not in rebellion,

But to bring great glory to Your Kingdom.

Lord, we will trust in Your Name alone,

And check the agenda from Your throne.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado*

Display Reverence, July 9, 2016

Proverbs 20:22

Arguments happen!  Serious ones,

Enough to cause a separation.

Paul and Barnabas couldn’t agree,

If John Mark should join them in ministry (Acts 15:39)!

What would we hear as a fly on the wall?

Did they raise their voices or listen at all?

Most likely, because they are human too,

And the gloves come off when we argue.

These things happen, and this story proves,

That even Christians will argue.

However, we’re commanded not to speak evil,

But rather, good words over other people (Prov. 20:22)*.

***

Father, You’ve commanded us in Your Word,

To use our tongues to sing praise to the Lord (Ps. 81:1-4).

We pray for those who have come against us,

And ask that You fill any emptiness,

With joy and love, removing the tension,

Releasing all to be forgiven.

Lord, You have said, the tongue should give life (Prov. 18:21),

Blessing instead of cursing and strife.

Help us strengthen each other today,

Being very careful of everything we say.

Let us do that which is good and right (2 Chron. 14:2).

To display reverence, rather than fight.*

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

The Sum of Mercy and Grace Is Joy, July 8, 2016

Acts 15:11

The joy of the Lord is our strength!

It’s the sum of God’s mercy and grace,

Derived from understanding this:

There is no fear in God’s Spirit.

Fear eats away at our faith.

It’s produced by works, not grace. *

Fear of not doing enough,

Destroys our salvation through trust.

Arrogance, on the other hand,

Sees salvation as a “doing” plan,

Full of wonderful works and deeds.

That can zap our joy and energy!

***

Lord, help us fully accept,

We’re created for joy, not regret.

Let Your mercy and grace flow freely,

In our hearts, to strengthen us, personally.

No fear, no guilt and no shame,

Only joy by spiritual gain!

Heaven on earth can be ours,

Through the joy of spiritual power…

Joy!  There is only one way!

Through Jesus; not by works, but by grace.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

We Have An Amazing God, July 7, 2016

Acts 14:15

When storms create a great overcast,

And our faith needs bolstered to move forward, not back,

Our Amazing God can silence the wind,

And do things that can ONLY be done by Him!

We HAVE a God Whose power outweighs (2 Chron. 9:8),

ANY load put upon us to carry today.

Yes, our God is not smoke and mirrors, *

And He is our shield from inevitable terrors.

Just as a lamb needs constant attention,

We need a God Who is loving and patient,

Yet understands that sometimes we need.

Our Shepherd’s rod and hook, indeed!

***

Lord, what a privilege we have to know You!

You prove You are real by the things You do (Acts 14:17).

Help us be ready to testify,

Of Your goodness and grace in our lives.

We may not see it, but Lord, we trust,

Your maximum strength is at work for us.

Thank You for truth to drive out despair,

And that we can place all our needs in Your care (14:26).

You’ve paved the way, and then, cleared the leaves (14:27),

To reveal the path for all to believe!

Lord, in these last, tumultuous times,

The signs of Your coming bring hope inside;

Though we battle against powers we cannot see,

You are amazingly, all that we need.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado  

A Special Place, July 6, 2016

2 Chronicles 7:16

You and I have some spots here on earth,

That are special to us, like the place of our birth.

My favorite house growing up, had a yard,

And a tiny garage, housing just one car.

These images hang on the walls of my heart,

Like the altar where my marriage had its start.

And since we are made by God in His image,

I imagine, that these things draw His interest!

He makes holy the temples we design (2 Chron. 7:12),

He loves, protects them and perfects them in time.

The places God loves, are the hearts of His people,

With spectacular views, way beyond steeples…

We can travel the world, but still find our way,

Back home, the place where the heart wants to stay.

***

Thank You, Lord, for these special places,

Where good memories make them our favorites.

It seems, all the things we build with our hands,

Cannot be perfect, or worthy of Your presence (7:16).

Yet, You accept us, and make us holy,

By the cloud of Your Spirit’s Shakina Glory (7:1-2),

You send down Your fires from heaven above,

To consume every sin and fill me with love.

Lord, let my heart be Your special place,

That You love, and fill with beauty and grace.

Turn my eyes transparent, so everyone sees (Acts 13:31),

The Love of Jesus, living in me.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by Scriptures in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

No Wonder We Wonder! July 5, 2016

Acts 13:22 & 23

Some people make such a big ado,

Of studying the Old Testament, or the New,

We wonder, which is more important for us?

They are separate, but equal to develop our trust!

The Old Testament, Christ’s only document,

Of heredity, but also, of historical events…

The Creation, the flood, uprisings, falls,

Yes, the good and bad, God records it all!

Then, there’s a lapse, about five hundred years,

And we have the New, but the Old reappears (Acts 13:22)!

Jesus recites it to prove He’s the One,

The Old Testament Prophets said would come!

But all those Old stories, i.e., genocide (Ps. 79:12),

Incest and murder, makes us put it aside.

Think about this, the whole theme of the New…

Is that Jesus must die!  That’s pretty gruesome too!

***

Father, through Christ, we’ve been set free from sin,

So it seems, we have very little in common,

With the Old Testament and its crude, ancient culture.

Yet, throughout it we see the life of our Savior!

God’s great love and redemption plan (2 Chron. 6:27),

Is documented with clear directions.

Help us not make the rash assumption,

That only the New is necessary consumption!

You ordained Old and New, by the two,

We get the BIG picture of the only God, Who,

Gave up His Son.  Jesus left His Father,

To die for our sin… No wonder, we wonder!!!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Foiled Again!  July 4, 2016

Acts 12:11

Herod used Christians for political gain.

He captured and killed the Apostle James,

Then realized, people showed great interest,

And liked it when Christians were put to death (Acts 12:2).

He decided to round several more,

And sent his troops to Peter’s door.

Locking him up, they had the intention (12:5),

Of killing him just for being a Christian!

Believers prayed and before night fell,

God sent an angel to Peter’s cell (12:6).

This, Peter’s greatest awakening (12:7),

Made him think he was only dreaming!

His chains fell off without a touch,

And the cell door opened all by itself!

God disrupts the enemy’s plans,

Shaking their heads, “Foiled again!”

***

Father, thank You that our great nation,

Was built on a solid, Bible foundation.

Father, when Christians agree in prayer,

You foil the enemies’ plans of terror!

Thank you for this example in Acts,

Of foiled plans to put Peter to death!

Lord, we don’t know how many times,

You’ve foiled attacks, struck down enemy lines,

To save our country, full of Christians,

Thus, spreading the gospel of salvation (12:24)!

While Satan is working without and within (Ps. 79:9),

Lord, foil his plans, again and again!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

“Also” Answers To Prayer, July 3, 2016

2 Chronicles 1:12

Honest humility and sincerity start,

A chain reaction within a heart,

That allows God to take a situation,

And be in control, thus provide, salvation.

God came to Solomon AFTER He knew,

The young king’s desire to follow through,

In humble obedience to sacrifice,

And give God first place in His own life (2 Chron. 1:6).

God spoke to Solomon, personally,

And said, “Ask for anything you please!”

Young and full of apprehension,

Solomon knows his comprehension,

Of being a king has many unknowns,

And it’s too much to handle on his own.

Solomon’s great wisdom begins,

By asking Almighty God to help him.

***

Lord, we acknowledge our need for You,

To help us all the things we do!

Whether a king or a simple server,

We’ll put You first in every matter.

Lord, we live in troubling times (Acts 11:28),

And we ask that You will open our minds (2 Chron. 1:12),

To the wisdom and understanding we need,

To live and work in this society.

Lord, it seems there are too many problems!

You know the path to every solution.

Father, we ask for wisdom and counsel (2 Chron. 1:12),

And praise You ahead, for adding the “Also”.

In the Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Politics Aside, July 2, 2016

1 Chronicles 29:12

What would happen if we were to follow,

The politics documented in 1st Chronicles?

God tells David which son to crown,

Not the first-born, but… Solomon.

Young, inexperienced, add in the gossip,

About his parent’s clandestine relationship,

And in today’s politics of critical nit-picking,

Solomon would not be vetted as king!

Yet, somehow, God can always use,

A man or woman whom we may not choose,

But by God’s wisdom, power and strength (1 Chron. 29:12),

We must pray, He will put the right people in place!

***

Father in Heaven, we get bent out of shape,

And frustrated, watching this political race!

Everything comes from You, not from us (29:14),

So we cry, “Remember, Lord, It’s in YOU we trust!”

You can give our leaders a desire to serve (29:19),

To obey your commands, our fore-father’s rules.

Help them, Oh Lord, stop working to deceive us,

Because You have promised, never to leave us!

Lord, there are many in our cities and towns,

Who love You, obey You, and refuse to bow down,

To the gods of this world with its sin-speckled mess…

Oh Lord, for Your sake, rise above the politics,

And give us great leaders because, otherwise,

Our future and safety is greatly compromised!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Strengthen Those Ties, July 1, 2016

Acts 10:19

We can read all about the separation,

Of Jacob and Esau, forming two nations;

But really, it started with Noah’s three sons!

In a short time, each generation,

Moved further away to attain more land,

And families became tribes and clans.

Soon they fought wars, even though,

They had been brothers a long time ago!

Think how easily we can lose contact,

And even immediate families will forfeit,

Time for each other… and this is the danger,

Of how we can easily become strangers (Acts 10:19).

***

Lord, when we work to enlarge our place,

A home or profession, family ties are at stake!

Help us remember where our legacy lies,

And strengthen the hold of those family ties.

Lord, in this day, we’re always so busy!

Help us create more time for our families!

Make it like clockwork to prioritize,

More ways to strengthen our family ties.

Lord, change our habits of indifference,

And taking each other for granted!

As daughters and sons, help us do better,

To show affection and not become bitter.

Lord, forgive us, and help us provide,

More opportunities to strengthen those ties.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Family Ties, June 30, 2016

1 Chronicles 23:6

Often a child will want to become,

And do what the parents have successfully done.

Doctor, lawyer, Indian Chief,

Minister, nurse, Banker, or teach,

Are professions that run in the family’s genes!

Perhaps this is how God planned it to be.

Grouping all started with Noah’s three sons…

Sham, Ham and Japheth will become (Gen. 9 & Ps. 78:57),

Fathers of nations, then the fighting begins;

That flood didn’t wipe out original sin!

Later, King David makes a decision (1 Chron. 23:6),

To appoint the Levities by family divisions.

One third will make bread, pray and give praise (23:28),

One third will specialize in holy days (24:31),

And one third will train up their children to sing,

To play instruments, and to PREACH, of all things (25:2)!

***

Father, we thank You for giving us purpose.

By our work, we provide all necessary services,

To our families, to others, but also to You.

Lord, help us consider that, what we do,

Is ordained, as part of the body of Christ!

All of us, needed, and called in this life,

To work together; yes, ONE can ignite,

A thousand, but TWO puts TEN thousand to flight (Deut. 32:30!! *

Lord, how perfect, how wonderful,

Your plan for “The Body” starts in the household!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible and devotional by Max Lucado

*From Prayers that Avail Much

Choose God’s Great Mercy, June 29, 2016

Psalm 78:38

We are immersed, from head to toe,*

In God’s great mercy, more than we know (Ps. 78:38).

We haven’t a clue, how deep and wide,

There is no bottom, so we can dive!

His mercy provides a covenant,

And nothing can separate or prevent,

God’s great mercy to stay His hand (1 Chron. 21:15).

Because, He remembers, we are only human. (Ps. 78:39).

He knows that our days are just a few,

So trust His mercy, if You must choose (1 Chron. 21:13).

***

God Almighty, we clap our hands,

They Your mercy is great as we walk out Your plans.

And if we break our covenant (1 Chron. 21:8).

Like David, we will face punishment!

He said, “Let the Lord punish me,

Because I know He is full of mercy.”

Father, we rejoice with joy and peace,

Because, we know You can release (Acts 9:18),

Us from our sin.  You did it for Saul,

To make him Your most prolific apostle!

So Lord, Your mercy, Your amazing grace,

Is more than enough, in our time and place.

All Heaven rejoices to see us confess,

For this is when Your mercy is greatest!

Thanks be to God,

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado*

Vocal Recognition,  June 28, 2016

Acts 8:28-29

We hear many different voices at once!

Who is right and who is wrong (1 Chron. 19:13)?

It seems the majority of what we hear,

Is not going to help the one in the mirror!"

How can we pick and choose the right thoughts?

By matching it up with the Word of God.

We possess the tools to sharpen the tone,

And discern the Spirit of God’s voice alone.

His Spirit will walk us through the passages,

To explain God’s will and His daily messages (Acts 8:30).

God’s Holy Spirit will be the thought,

That lifts up Christ, and if it does not,

Then we can discern it has probably come,

From the flesh, or the world’s bombastic oppression.

***

Father, when we put Your Word within,

We recognize Your voice and we know Your opinion!

Obedience to it, along with confession,

Are the keys to vocal recognition!

Lord, help us READ, and study each day,

So our memories are stirred and we hear You say,

“Go there!”  Or perhaps Your voice says this,

“Stay here!” Either way, tune our hearts to Your Spirit!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Kings Always Give More!  June 27, 2016

1 Chronicles 17:16-17

God knew David’s heart, and so, he made,

Him king over Israel; in addition, He gave,

Blessings to his family, victory in battle,

Mercy and forgiveness, when David was unfaithful!

“Who am I?” David said, “Why did I get all this (1 Chron. 17:16),

You have this shepherd boy, Your servant!

You have done it, because You wanted to (17:19)!

You know me so well!  Lord, there’s no one like You (17:20)!”

From pasture to palace, David’s great love,

For God, is what drew blessings from above.

God honors those whose hearts are pure,

And blesses them, gives them abundantly more,

Than anything they can dream or hope for!

Why?  Because our God, always gives more!

***

Lord, like David, I often ask, “Why?”

Adding with sincere wonder, “Lord, who am I,

That You should bless me and love me so much!

That I can close my eyes and practically touch,

Your hand reaching down to pull me in,

For a hug, before my day begins.”

Lord, when I’ve failed, You have shown mercy,

And You’ve made it so nothing on earth can bind me!

I’m totally liberated, completely free,

From the fires of hell, and the plans of the enemy.

Lord, I lift praises to You and sing,

“Who am I, to receive the love of a King?”

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Depend On the Lord, June 26, 2016

1 Chronicles 16:11

Bullies bully to hide their shame.

They want to be rid of its nagging pain!

Instead of depending on God for their needs,

They blame, defame, and become, angry.

How should believers respond to detractors?

With contempt?  No, we try to remember,

When their need to “win” goes to the extreme,

We know this is someone with low self-esteem.

Keeping a firm grip on this dynamic, *

Helps us better cope with behaviors, problematic.

Also, we realize that we can’t afford,

To do it ourselves, without the Lord!

***

Father, we praise You that we can depend,

On Your Word, when applied, it burns up sin,

And dismantles the devil’s attempts to shame,

By grace, cleansing every guilty stains.

Help us depend upon You when we’re tempted,

To harbor anger at a foe for their hatred. **

We ask instead, “Lord, do not hold this (Acts 7:60),

Sin against them,” with true forgiveness.

By always going to You for help (1 Chron. 16:11),

Our strength increases like nothing else.

Thank You that we can be glad in this (16:10),

We are Yours, thus our Lord will ALWAYS assist.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado** and Joseph Burgo* PhD., clinical psychologist, marriage and family therapist

Who’s In Charge? June 25, 2016

Proverbs 19:20-21

Parents must ask the Lord for wisdom,

When bringing up this next generation.

Spankings seem cruel, so we’ve traded the switch,

For a “Time Out” when a child pitches a fit…

That stinging sensation, we Boomers remember,

Stopped us from being repeat offenders!

We may have developed more insecurities,

But we learned to respect for authorities.

***

Father, help us better teach our children,

Respect for others, with proper correction (Prov. 19:20).

Lord, may they learn the boundaries (Psalm 78:4),

To grow into wise authorities.

Pour out Your Spirit, so we accept,

Your will for us, which includes, respect,

To those whom You’ve carefully placed over us.

We know they can only do as much (Prov. 19:21),

As You let them do.  Lord, Your will and way,

Will trump all “human” decisions made. *

Satisfaction comes to those who agree,

That You are in charge of our journey. *

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

 

 

 

 

Change Locations, June 24, 2016

Acts 7:3

God told Abraham to change locations (Acts 7:3).

And Abraham obeyed God without question.

No moving vans, trucks or trailers,

No trains, ships with captains and sailors …

He set out with faith in God’s loving promise,

That He would provide him land and descendants (7:5-6).

Any fear, sorrow or grief is overcome,

By the promise of God to provide a new home.

Likewise, we simply change locations,

When our time comes, without hesitation,

We’ll set out with faith in God’s loving promise,

That our change of location will be permanent!

***

Father, we pray for those who are grieving,

Because a loved one has left, or is leaving…

When this journey of life on earth for us ends,

Lord, help us see it as just changing locations!

Not knowing when, is most difficult,

If our death will be natural or unnatural cause!

Lord, as believers, we trust in this,

Our bodies will simply let go of the spirit, *

And immediately, we’re relocated with You;

And we’ll forget the struggles we’ve gone through.

To the core of our souls, spiritually,

We’ll rejoice in Your presence, for eternity!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMc

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible and devotional by Max Lucado

And Prayers that Avail Much*

 

 

Smooth Teamwork, June 23, 2016

1 Chronicles 9:22,33 & Acts 6:3

We seem to have a conundrum,

Of somehow, thinking everyone,

Should judge the work assigned to some,

And second guess what they have done!

If we’ve accepted, personally,

The work on a particular committee,

We are then responsible,

To do it, and be dependable.

You shouldn’t try to do it all yourself (1 Chron. 9:33),

Removing opportunity from someone else!

***

Father, as Your representatives,

We are all commissioned to spread,

The Gospel of reconciliation,

Between Christ and every person!

Quite a bite for one to chew!

Help us Lord, to better choose,

And delegate work, small or large,

Dependable people to be in charge (1 Chron. 9:22).

Make us wise, amicable, kind (Acts 6:3),

To do the work that we’re assigned.

Sharpen us up like never before,

As a smooth working team for the Lord.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

Continue On, June 22, 2016

Acts 5:39

The apostles were imprisoned,

And unjustly beaten,

Yet, they praised the Lord!

For this opportunity (Acts 5:41).

They understood the cost,

Of preaching to the lost,

And that though there’s great reward,

There is also, jealousy (5:17).

Others are not pleased,

When our plans succeed;

And they’ll react in ways,

Meant to hurt, not to love!

God’s plans will continue,

Though others may not approve,

So we all must be cautious,

Because we might be fighting God (5:39)!

***

Father, there are times when we,

Must face the rage of the enemy.

Daily, we seek Your guidance,

So we are not overcome.

Our victory, already planned,

Is unaffected by another person!

So with great joy and confidence,

We will continue on (5:41).

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Overlook the Fault, June 21, 2016

Proverbs 19:11

Aiming blame with little thought,

Downs its target, ready or not!

The wisest hit, will patiently,

Get up, brush off, honorably (Prov. 19:11).

Reel in someone’s angry look,

Hold them, then remove the hook!

Show no animosity,

Just love and generosity.

We bruise much less when we don’t store,

The sticks and stones; instead, ignore,

An insult hurled… as if deaf,

And in this, God will interject,

His strength to make our hearts a vault,

Deflecting rage and insults.

***

Lord, You have the strength we need,

If sideswiped, Lord, we’ll patiently,

Look to You for wise responses,

And grace to overlook offenses.

You have promised great reward,

If an insult, we’ll ignore!

So give us powerful resolve,

To overlook another’s fault (Ps. 77:1).

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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One Who Encourages, June 20, 2016

Acts 4:16

There once was a man named Joseph,

A Levite born in Cyprus (Acts 4:16).

The apostles called him, Barnabas,

Which means, “One Who Encourages.”

So the story goes like this,

He owned a field, and then sold it (4:17).

He gave ALL the money away,

To support the new church of his day.

What if we were to be like him?

To have such generous actions,

With a desire to live,

In obedience to God, and give!

***

Father, forgive us when we,

Overlook one another’s needs!

Enable us to embrace,

Barnabas’ encouraging traits!

Praise unites us all!

But Lord, we cause others to fall,

When we let out words of criticism,

Angry, bitter, with cynicism!

Remind us to speak no evil,

And protect us from being resentful.

Let us live in peace, always giving,

Encouragement, every day that we’re living.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Traits of Our Heavenly Father, June 19, 2016

Acts 4:12

Take ten little fingers fumbling a vase,

Add their uncoordinated pace,

And this equals something, everyone knows,

A broken vase because, down it goes!*

But they are not completely responsible!

Those tiny fingers have GOT to hold,

The protecting hand of another,

Especially, the hand of a Father!

The Father in a daughter’s life,

Loves her mother and treats her right,

Will help his girls to understand,

What to look for a good man!

He shows his sons the test of strength,

Is a man who goes to any length,

To be an honest provider,

Guided by his heavenly Father.

Likewise, the Father up above!

Knows He must teach us to love,

And to put the Kingdom first, because,

This is what our Heavenly Father does!

***

Lord, all good things come from You.

Good husbands are good Daddy’s who,

Have learned from a Heavenly Father,

How to take good care of another.

There is nothing in life better than,

Watching our sons grow into men,

And daughters who quickly mature,

All growing in the love of the Lord!

Thanks you Father, for Your love;

And for Jesus Who taught us what God does…

So we’re better sons and daughters,

With the traits of our Heavenly Father.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Truly Live!  June 18, 2016

Acts 3:19

Christians are thankful for heaven, not hell.

Since heaven is our reward, we don’t dwell,

On what is in hell, but maybe we should,

And concentrate more on being good!

We know the earth has too much evil,

But what about life in hell, eternal?

Praying for souls, doesn’t mean judge!

It means, be concerned, love others too much!

We must pray for the Spirit that draws each person,

Back to God, and He will forgive them (Acts 3:19).

There is a time when all will be right (3:20),

For those who are changed, by the Lord Jesus Christ.

***

Lord, we come before You and pray,

For a time of rest to come our way!

Vacations are great, but this cannot give,

Your peace and rest to truly live!

Jesus, You are the one who decided,

To die on the cross, which provided,

Atonement! The curse of hell is removed,

For ALL who believe and turn to You (3:18),

We, the forgiven are commanded to share,

The gospel with everyone, everywhere!

You are the way, the truth, the life,

And to truly life above the strife,

We must understand all that death can create…

And pray others into heaven’s gates.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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We Can’t Run On Empty, June 17, 2016

Acts 2:42 & 47

In order for the church to grow,

We must use our time wisely, so others will know,

HOW to rid themselves of sin (Acts 2:37),

And how our influence can help change them!

We are called by the Lord to impart,

Our own testimonies, straight from the heart.

For when we share God’s saving grace,

Having spent our time, face to face,

In the presence of the Lord, through prayer (2:47),

We fill up on HIM, and THEN we share.

***

Father, may we never stray,

From seeking You, face to face,

Filling up with scripture and prayer,

BEFORE we open our mouths to share.

Father, the fruits of Your spirit must be,

Evident in our lives and speech.

Help us find more time to spend,

In fellowship with Christian friends (2:42).

Refresh our diets in Your Word,

That satisfies when read or heard,

To fill us with life and peace of mind;

Lord, this is how we should spend our time!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Miraculous Birth, June 16, 2016

Acts 2:2-3

The church was born with a miracle,

The Spirit came in like a tornado (Acts. 2:2).

It’s rare for a group, large in size,

To find a way to be unified.

People around them heard all the noise,

And encountered a group full of great joy (2:6)!

Jealousy, bitterness, envy and greed,

Will not produce such congeniality!

These Spirit-filled Christians amaze everyone!

And by God’s power, the church is born.

***

Father, we see the power of Christ,

In accounts of how the church came to life (2:1-21)!

Oh that Your Spirit, like a tornado,

Would replicate this miracle!

Lord, create a healthy respect,

For Your power, so we do not forget,

That by it, we will see miracles,

As You lift us over every hurdle!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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More Prayer, Less Talk, June 15, 2016

Acts 1:14

Read the Psalms, the prayers, the thoughts,

Of the Old and New Testament’s Patriarchs,

And see how they, more often than not,

Preached a little, but prayed a lot (Psalm 74:1-7)!

They didn’t always understand,

Why obvious sings weren’t there for them (74:8).

In these time, they only prayed more,

And waited in prayer, behind closed doors (Acts 1:4)!

***

Father, we truly love You and know,

That You are a friend who will be faithful (Prov. 18:24).

Give us the faith, the patience to stay,

Wait upon You and continue to pray (Acts 1:14).

Lord, we’d rather preach for an hour,

But pray a few minutes, and expect Your power. *

We see Your disciples, waited for days,

And all that time, they continued to pray.

Faith waits, love hopes, and loyalty trusts,

That You, Father God, won’t desert us!

Thank you, Jesus, for the promise of,

Your Holy Spirit’s power from above (1:8).

Power that makes us witnesses,

In our homes, to our neighbors, in our businesses.

Lord, give us patience to wait upon You,

To pray more, talk less, ‘till Your power comes through.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Speak Grace and New Life, June 14, 2016

Proverbs 18:21

All of us face secret challenges,

Where mountains pop up, and seem to surround us.

If we cry out to God, “Give us grace and new life!”

We will watch them level right before our eyes. *

It is not by our own strength, power and might,

Nor by speaking words that destroy life,

But it’s by the God’s Spirit of grace that we see,

Those mountains crumble, miraculously.

***

Lord, take control of our lips so we speak,

Words of life, grace, honor and peace.

By Your power, make mountains dissipate,

And we will be careful to give You the praise!

We have sisters and brothers, climbing out,

Of deep despair; Lord, to them we will shout,

“Grace, Grace!” And we’ll help them succeed,

Bringing life to their veins and a great victory.

Lord, we’re rewarded for that which we say (Prov. 18:20).

Yes, our words can mean life or death today (18:21).

Help us be careful in all conversations,

To speak “Grace and New Life” in every situation.

Guide us, advise us, and honor our faith,

And reward our efforts as we speak, “Grace!”

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Some Doubt, Some Don’t, June 13, 2016

John 20:18

Of all the pictures painted of Jesus, Christ, the man,

This fact remains, we’ll probably know Him best by His hands (Jn. 20:27).

Some, filled with faith, will immediately recognize,

Our precious Lord and Savior, by the look in His eyes (Jn. 20:18).

Others who have doubts, might have to be convinced,

By examining His scars, but to Him, there’s no offense.

Jesus understands the various types of human!

He doesn’t crash our world with rebukes and ultimatums!

Then and now, the risen Christ reveals Himself and speaks,

Words of great love, forgiveness, joy and peace (20:19-27).

***

Lord, You reveal Yourself to us on different levels.

Some need more persuasion, others, very little.

Thank you for understanding how each of us receives,

The knowledge of Your presence, which helps us believe (20:29).

It seems, those who walked with You, had it easier,

To witness about You, and make more believers!

You said to Your disciples, “Those who believe,

And become followers without seeing Me,

Will be truly blessed!”  Lord, help us to live,

In such a way that we reveal this peace You came to give.

Peace that won’t condemn, nor deny a sister/brother,

Levels of forgives, since Your love flows and covers,

A multitude of hurt, as it washes every stain,

So hearts know forgiveness, and peace, in Jesus name,

Amen.

DARMC

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Everything Fulfilled, June 12, 2016

John 19:28

From a child, Jesus understood and knew the script.

As He hung on the cross, He made a mental list.

So that all will be fulfilled, “I’m thirsty!” He states (Jn. 19:28).

And a sponge full of a drink distilled is lifted to His face.

That rude taste of vinegar became a cue for Him (19:30),

“It is finished!” Jesus has held up His end!*

He has died, but there are still more prophesies to mention,

He’ll be stabbed in His side; no bones are broken (19:36 & 37).

Those who study scripture, prophetic connections,

Understand the Words of Christ’s death and resurrection,

As prophesies fulfilled!  And we know we will rise,

Soon, as we see prophesies fulfilled before our eyes!

***

Lord, You won’t let anything get in the way,

Of Your prophesies fulfilled in these last days.

Seeing every detail of Christ’s final hours align,

With the verses in Psalm 22, and Numbers 9,

Helps us understand that the time is drawing near,

When we will lift our eyes and see our Lord appear!

Father, let wisdom of these final days increase!

Inspired us to study and connect each detailed piece.

Keep us alert, expectant, never shaken,

Listening for Your voice, “It is finished!” and we’re taken.

Lord, in our journey, help us increase, not decrease,

In holiness, in everything, fulfilling prophesies.

Because, while we’re alive, we have an obligation (Rom. 8:12),

To know and fulfill all the prophesies You’ve given.

In Jesus name, amen.

Inspired by the scriptures in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado*

Created Power, June 11, 2016

John 19:11

The mind of God creates the ore, *

That will be cast as nails to bore,

Into the flesh of God’s own Son,

So we can choose salvation!

The power of God plants the tree, *

On which Christ dies for you and me!

This plan of His, is mean, unkind,

The greatest power of all time,

God Almighty, knew HIS man,

Would sin and need a saving plan.

This power is trumped by love that longs,

For every human being born,

Not to be forced, but free to love;

Free will, is still the power of God.

***

Lord, Your powerful, free will,

Created by You, is instilled,

In every human heart so that we,

Can choose to love You, freely.

Otherwise, love is not real!

We’d be robots that can’t feel,

The power of love to fuel our faith,

And believe, through Christ, we are saved.

Let there be no limitation,

To Your Spirit’s invitation,

Through us, helping others choose,

Free-will’s power, so abused.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

Stop Trying, Just Trust! June 10, 2016

John 18:36

We acquire many fears, learned after birth,

That create dissatisfaction or affect our self-worth.

This cultivates hunger for heaven above, *

And who knows!  What if the Lord has caused,

An employer’s distain, or a manager’s guff?

What if this is all to put a longing in us?

Or what if God wants us on bended knee ‘til,

We get the whole picture of His perfect will?

Then yes!  We can see it as part of the puzzle;

It fits all together, the joys, the struggles.

Sometimes things work out immediately (2 Kings 6:6),

Like God scattering an invading army;

They thought they heard chariots coming to fight.

So they ran, and God’s people were saved overnight (6:7)!

***

Father, we see in Your Word, that You,

Cause things to happen that we don’t want to!

Everything here on earth points toward,

The fact, that true happiness come from the Lord,

Someday, we’ll fully understand Your ways,

And nothing will compare to the joy of that day!

Lord, our unlimited happiness,

Lies in giving our worries a rest (Ps. 72:12-14)!

Our home does not belong in this world (Jn. 18:36).

So help us stop trying, and just trust You, Lord.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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The “Naaman Effect”, June 9, 2016

2 Kings 5:1

Naaman is used by God to fulfill,

His plan for the armies of Aram and Israel (2 Kings 5:1).

Through many events, Naaman will meet,

Elisha, to be healed of a skin disease (5:2-14).

Naaman converts, by this experience,

And pledges to God, his faith and allegiance (5:17).

Later when Aram goes out to fight Israel,

No blood is shed at all in battle (6:22).

God opens their eyes to see the truth (6:17-20).

And it could be that Naaman added more proof,

That there is no power greater than,

The God of Israel who healed, Naaman (6:23).

***

Father, Your power is alive and well!

No doubt, Naaman’s show and tell,

Is a powerful witness to all of Aram,

So that when they SEE You, they quickly disband (6:12-20).

This “Naaman Effect” makes them ready to yield,

To Israel’s army on the battle field.

Father, likewise, open our eyes to see,

Your power exhibited in history,

Can still change our leaders, as you changed Naaman,

To help spread the truth within our nation.

Oh that this “Naaman Effect” would combine,

With Your power to open the eyes of the blind!

Let us not merely exist, but become,

Part of the witness, within, like Naaman.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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They Will Be One, June 8, 2016

John 17:11

Jesus asks the Father,

“Keep them safe by Your power (Jn. 17:11),

By the Name that You gave Me, so that they,

Will be one, just as we are one.”

No traditions, just Christians. *

All with hearts desires,

To repair or put out fires!

***

Lord, You said that two cannot,

Walk in harmony without,

Being in agreement,

To complete Your assignments.

Help us be faster to start,

Healing, fixing, broken hearts.

Lord, this is the hour,

To work in us, Your power,

To be one!  Really, one!

Like the Father and the Son.

No more different practices,

Just the love of Jesus!

Lord, let Your will be done,

And make us one!

In Jesus name we pray,

Amen.

DARMC

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Know Real Peace, June 7, 2016

John 16:33

“Peace” is found in the dictionary.

Its description is, quite contrary,

To assumptions that it comes,

From agreeing with everyone!

“Peace” is freedom from disturbance;

Quiet, tranquility, without violence;

Law and orders known and kept,

Whether one leans right or left!

Jesus Christ has this to say,

“Peace in Me,” comes our way (John 16:33),

“When the Holy Spirit leads (16:8),”

Telling us the way to peace.

He will talk about the truth,

That comes from God, with solid proof (16:13).

What He says will glorify,

And always lift up Jesus Christ (16:15).

***

Father, by Your great compassion,

You forgive all our transgression.

By the blood of Jesus Christ,

We can know peace in this life.

Cleanse and make our attitudes,

Peaceful, Lord, by knowing You,

Want to change inverted vision,

And feel the peace of complete freedom!

Reveal what we can handle, Lord (16:12),

By Your Spirit, through Your Word.

In Jesus name, we ask for peace (16:23),

And the Spiritual ability,

That comes from love deep within,

The tranquil peace of Your salvation.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Stay Attached To Him, June 6, 2016

John 15:16

How deep is Jesus’ love for us;

He understands why (Jn. 15:24),

We need the Vine attached to us,

To strengthen and to guide.

Without Him, we can’t do a thing (15:5)!

Not fruit is on the vine,

That doesn’t STAY attached to Him,

At any given time.

The fruit it bears is sweeter;

It is a radiant branch (15:15)!

Never cold, prickly, bitter,

Its fruit will grow and last.

Without the vine, we show,

A life of self-induced,

Weakness that lets go,

And thus, cannot produce.

***

Father, every now and then,

You must take inventory (15:2),

So we can be strengthened,

You prune us for Your glory (15:8)!

Nourish us with love (15:9),

That overcomes the world,

As Your Spirit from above,

Explains Your Holy Word (15:15).

Father, please protect,

Our fruit until it’s grown (Ps. 71:1-6).

With Spiritual nourishment,

To reproduce on its own.

And Lord, we’ll give You praise!

For we know, as Your chosen (Jn. 15:16),

We are grafted in the Vine,

To receive ALL our provision.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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But Then, Who’s Counting?  June 5, 2016

1 Kings 19:18

Elijah doesn’t think anyone else serves the Lord.

In fact, he’s on the run to escape King Ahab’s sword (1 Kings 19:3)!

Depressed and exhausted, he prays, “Let me die (19:4) …

I’m the only prophet left, and now they want to take my life (19:10).”

God sends an angel to give him food and drink.

He is able to go further to a cave to rest and think (19:9).

God reveals Himself with a quiet, gentle voice,

And tells, “I have seven thousand who have made the choice,

Not to bow to Baal, nor do what is expected…

Like kissing his idol.  All of this they have rejected (19:18)!”

God knows, we feel alone when we will not give in.

But He keeps count of the hearts who truly love Him (Jn. 14:21).

***

Father, You’ve commanded many things in Your Word.

We get the impression, many think it’s just absurd,

To study the scriptures, and love You much more,

Than popular opinion, and the things of this world.

Father, like Elijah, it’d be nice to just escape.

But then Your Holy Spirit reminds us how great,

And unsearchable Your thoughts, revealed to those,

Who love You and obey You… Lord, only You know!

How many truly love You with whole heart and mind.

So encourage, Father, strengthen us in these times.

It seems most bow down to the “Baals” that proclaim,

God really doesn’t mean this or that, unashamed,

While others skim the scriptures,  Lord, strengthen us to be,

Counted with the ones who will NOT bend the knee.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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First Things First, June 4, 2016

1 Kings 17:13

“Don’t worry,” says Elijah, “Go home and cook your bread (1 Kings 17:13),

But before you feed your son, use your resources, instead,

To cook something for me.  Your jars will stay full;

You will never run out of flour and oil.”

The woman believed him, and did what he said.

Before she fed her son, she brought Elijah the last bread.

It seems a little selfish for this man of God to take,

Food from a child, but this wasn’t a mistake.

The Lord knew this woman will need a miracle,

Much bigger than this… who to trust, who to call.

Later on, when her son gets sick and dies,

She’s going to need Elijah to bring him back to life.

***

Father, as we serve You first, You will provide,

Abundance for us, in every aspect of our lives.

In this blessed story of Elijah’s miracles (17:18-24),

We see our greatest need is to put You in control.

Help us keep priorities in divine order,*

Putting You first, and then the needs of others.

Lord, help us fully understand the reason,

We are where we are, at this time, for this season.

Miraculous resources are unlimited to,

Those whose priorities always start with You.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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*Prayers that Avail Much


Generational Blessings, June 3, 2016

1 Kings 15:4

Because the Lord loves David, his legacy lives on,

And God keeps His promises to David, for his children (1 Kings 15:4).

David always did what the Lord said was right;

Except the one time when he took Uriah’s wife (15:5).

This proves God’s loving kindness to those who confess,

And take responsibility for their unrighteousness.

David’s family will be kept safe by God above,

As well as Jerusalem, the city David loves (15:4)

***

Father God, please bless our next generation,

With a fresh understanding and a greater revelation,

That if they seek You as never before,

They will be blessed… if their hearts are pure!

Keep their eyes wide open to see lies and deceit,

And strengthen them to stand after kneeling at Your feet (15:11).

Lord, in this world they will be met with opposition,

If they proclaim a scriptural position.

So help them be courageous, and train their children too;

Thus, passing on and on, great blessings from You.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Wisdom Stays Focused, June 2, 2016

Proverbs 17:24

Jesus never wandered from the work He came to do.

He didn’t take a detour from His chosen Avenue.

We love to walk the beaches or ride up in the mountains;

When Jesus tried to rest, He’d end up preaching to thousands.

“It’s not the same!” You say.  “Certainly, God’s Son,

Understands that as a man, his death is sure to come!”

Of course, on this He focused, but why do we,

Think we have more time just to do what we please?

What if we stayed focused on eternity’s concerns?

What if we are always seeking to discern?

That which God would have us understand today?

Start off every morning, praying this way?

***

Father, help us focus on the things of Your Kingdom,

Because, we have so many things grabbing our attention!

Satan never stops, for he knows the final outcome;

So Lord, we need understand, where to find wisdom (Prov. 17:24).

Thanks be to God, that You’ve promised us rest,

But Lord, we tend to wander and succumb to laziness.

Keep our minds focused on Your top priorities,

“If I am lifted up, I’ll draw everyone to Me (Jn. 12:32).”

Lord, be lifted up in our talk and in our actions,

And keep our minds focused on seeking Your wisdom.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Mellow With Age, June 1, 2016

1 Kings 11:33

We tend to mellow with age, wanting less,

Hassle, so we compromise, and quickly digress!

We want to find ways to circumvent,

The commands of God by giving consent,

To others who don’t want to follow Him,

Thus winding up, like Solomon (1 Kings 11:11)!

The loves of Solomon’s life did things,

Against all of his religious upbringing.

And instead of putting a stop to this,

He built them temples and joined their worship (11:33)!

Today, we would diagnose his addiction,

And send him to rehab, far away from these women (11:2-4)!

Their worship is contrary to God’s commands,

And will be the ruin of a once godly man!

***

Father, we see in Your Word that You,

Are the One who exalts, when we remain true.

But You’re also the One who can bring us down,

When we wink at the sin that’s all around!

Keep our hearts sensitive to Your voice,

Not caving in and make the wrong choice!

We want to complete all You’ve called us to do,

Even when it means, not giving into,

The things of this world, so very enticing,

Innocently promoted as harmless and exciting.

Lord, give us more discernment today,

So we don’t justify or gloss over wrong ways. *

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Miraculous Accompaniment, May 31, 2016

John 11:39

Certainly, Mary and Martha knew (Jn. 11:32),

The miraculous things Jesus could do.

But they didn’t understand the rhyme or reason,

Why He didn’t come immediately to them!

Jesus, God’s Son, feels their pain,

When both of the sisters, say the same thing:

“If you had come, he wouldn’t have died!”

And with that, the Lord begins to cry.

He tells them, “Move the stone away (11:39).”

They protest, “But Lord, it’s been four days!”

Convinced that Jesus does miracles,

They obeyed, and watched the impossible (1 King. 9:4).

***

Father, You told young Solomon (9:5),

That if He obeyed, as his father had done,

By following Your Word, without a doubt,

He’d watch You work the impossible out (9:6).

Lord, help us if it means we must push,

A huge stone away, so that You can work.

We tend to worry about what people say,

Like, “Why are they moving that stone away?”

But we know Your miraculous interventions,

Accompany all Your obedient children.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen. DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

No Better Friend, May 30, 2016

Proverbs 17:17

God listens and pays attention (1 Kings 8:52),

To every concern we mention.

As a friend, Hs constant intercession,

Keeps us from temptation!

 

He’s our counsel who sings our praises and stifles,

Rumors created by embittered rivals!

Jesus takes our side in trials,

And God, our Father, listens (Jn. 11:22)!

 

There’s no other friend better than this.

He anticipates needs, and doesn’t resist,

To give us more of His Holy Spirit,

So we can be fully prepared.

 

Tailor-made to meet our goals,

His designs balance out our souls,

And because He sits with us at the controls,

We don’t turn back in fear.

***

God, You’ve assigned each one, a role,

And written our scripts so we’ll reach every goal.

You place desires deep down in the soul,

That we don’t fully comprehend.

 

You never leave us out on our own.

Hand in hand, You lead us along.

And You whisper the way through the unknown,

Because, You are God, Jesus, our friend.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Up Close And Personal, May 29, 2016

John 10:36

Jesus, God’s Son, Director, Producer,

Creator of all, while knowing the future,

Takes the job offer to be our Redeemer (Jn. 10:36),

No signing bonus, no great benefits either!

Actually, for Him, it is quite a demotion!

Yet He leaves His throne without a commotion,

To experience pain, and all things, typical, *

For us, as humans, up close and personal.

Jesus will bump heads with stubborn minds,

Who won’t accept the good motives behind,

His coming to earth.  His redemptive intentions,

Will be misunderstood, and brought to question.

***

Father, we’re amazed that You asked Your Son,

To leave His throne, and agree to come,

Into Mary’s womb, an embryo then a fetus,

Up close and personal, we’ve a human, Jesus!

Lord, we cannot comprehend Your love!

You KNEW the future when You came from above.

Still, Your goodness would not be outdone,

So that You could know things like, exhaustion… *

Dozing through storms, You were hungry too.

And You found out what it’s like to have people hate You (Jn. 10:32)!

All this and more, so that when You intercede,

You can pray, understanding us, more personally.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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This Kind of Wisdom, May 28, 2016

1 Kings 3:28

We can glean from Solomon,

How to spot the work of wisdom… (Prov. 17:10).

The wise person learns much more,

From a warning, while the foolish are bored!

They sigh, they’re hungry, they’re fussy,

Looking for trouble and negativity (17:11).

Solomon’s desire to be wise,

Gave him the perk of a longer life (1 Kings 3:14).

The people grew to respect him,

Because he made good decisions (3:28).

***

Father, You gave Solomon more,

Than anything he asked for (3:13).

Help us likewise seek the things,

Of wisdom and understanding.

May we learn more quickly, too,

The rewards that come to those who (3:14),

Seek Your answers, and Your peace,

Will enjoy the shade of their own fig tree (4:25).

This reward comes only when,

We’re careful WHO we are letting in (Jn. 10:3),

Help us open up for You,

Our Shepard, and not let evil through.

Tune our ears to hear YOUR voice,

Telling us which is the wisest choice.

Lord, You followed God’s commands (Jn. 10:18),

Likewise, give us this kind of wisdom.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Original Plan, May 27, 2016

1 Kings 2:3

David’s reign is coming to an end.

He must choose a successor to follow him.

Adonijah is proud and self-appointing 1Kings 1:5),

But Solomon has God’s anointing (1:13).

What does a father do about this?

It examples the worst of politics.

No democracy, no nominations;

Just one man’s final decision (1:27).

David chooses Solomon because,

His heart is loyal to God (1:32-40).

***

Father, how we need Your help today!

Our nation has gone so far away,

From its original plan; we’re out of control,

And sin has become, acceptable!

Lord, give our leaders, eyes to see,

Exactly what our great nation needs:

Open hearts and minds to understand,

The premises & promises on which we began!

You’ve said that the people who follow You,

Will be successful in all the things they do (2:3).

Holy Spirit come upon our land,

And help us return to the original plan.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Our Valuable Part, May 26, 2016

John 9:4

God’s thoughts about us are so much more,

Than the grains of sand on the seashore.

We’re important to Him and without question,

He helps us through trials and tribulations (2 Sam. 24:14).

We may not see how we have helped to rally,

The work of the Kingdom, but God keeps a tally (24:24).

When we give to the poor, we show His power (Ps. 68:10);

And we glorify Him by redeeming each hour (Jn. 9:4).

The night WILL come, when no one, regardless,

Of rank or power will work against us.

Meanwhile, the Lord leads us forward each day,

Irreplaceably doing Our part, His way.

***

Father, as a valuable servant, we ask,

That no matter the struggles of our past,

We pray You will help us make a difference in life,

Doing Your will, while there’s still light (Jn. 9:4).

Give us refreshment when we are tired (Ps. 68:8).

Lord, by Your goodness, grant our desires (2 Sam. 23:5).

We look for Your coming, yet we know it’s essential,

To see our importance and maximize our potential.

The night means for us, a glorious rest,

And we will see exactly how precious,

How valuable and loved, we are to You,

And the wonderful things You’ve helped us to do.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Disarming Secrets, May 25, 2016

2 Samuel 22:20

When we call on the Lord, who is worthy of praise (2 Sam. 22:4),

Just like David, we too shall be saved!

The Lord who sets us free from sin,

Surrounds us with all kinds of secret weapons.

God has forces we know nothing of (22:19),

To disarm the enemies of the servants of God.

Praise is what sharpens these weapons unseen,

And gives precise aim from the heavenlies.

***

Father, You replace our worn out weapons,

With spiritual warfare, to provide our salvation.

We know we can’t fight the evil alone,

So when we call, You command from Your throne,

Your glorious angels to respond and save us (22:44),

And disarm the enemies of Christ, who hate us (22:49)!

Lord, when it seems we struggle and worry,

Give us strength and patience, not to get in a hurry,

But to call and wait until You command,

Your angels to do what ONLY they can!

Lift us up higher to places of safety;

So we can soar through our responsibilities.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Encourage People!  May 24, 2016

2 Samuel 19:14

David is mourning the loss of a son,

But at the same time, he’s rejecting the ones,

Who have fought and supported him, acting as though,

He cares more for Absalom, THEIR enemy and his foe (2 Sam. 19:6)!

Joab, his General, reminds David this:

“You need to get up, go out, and encourage,

Your loyal servants, and if you refuse (19:7),

You’ll have more trouble now than you’ve had from your youth!”

People won’t want to stick with us, unless,

They receive some encouragement in their success.

These servants of David, need to be fed,

Encouraging words, that strengthen like bread.

***

Father, let us not allow our own feelings,

To keep us from reaching out and encouraging,

All who are with us through the tough battles;

Lord, without them, we cannot be successful!

Leaders, teachers, preachers, politicians,

All need an immense support system!

We know You bless us for this reason (Ps. 67:2),

So the world will learn that You can save them!

Jesus, You continually encourage and astound us (Jn. 8-11),

So help us, likewise, encourage those around us.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Unique Love!  May 23, 2016

2 Samuel 18:33

David the King, strong and wise,

Would rather die than compromise,

The life of his son, Absalom,

Who desperately wants to kill him!

This unique love of a Father and son,

Goes way beyond our comprehension (2 Sam. 18:33)!

It’s the exact the love of God,

Inside David’s heart, now broken, because,

His son is dead!  David alone,

Loves him, in spite of what he has done.

***

Father, David is quite the example,

Of how You love Your sinful people.

When we sin against You, we become,

Much like David’s rebellious son!

You hate the sin, but love the person,

And in this story we find a lesson:

It breaks Your heart when we divide,

Our family, or friends, and take up sides.

Lord, help us grow in patience and strength (Prov. 16:32),

To bring about unity without offense.

It’s better than winning, or placing blame,

On someone else, to defrock, defame.

Give us this love, unique, from God,

That overlooks wrongs, with this unique love.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

In God We Trust, May 22, 2016

Psalm 66:9

David never saw it coming…

He didn’t think he’d be running (2 Sam. 15:14),

Barefoot, crying as he fled…

Broken hearted, covering his head (15:30).

It never fails, when we are down,

And cannot take another round,

The enemy of our souls will try,

To make us think we can’t survive (16:12).

David’s hope is in the Lord.

He knows that God will keep His Word.

He trusts God sees all his trouble;

And will repay him, good for evil.

***

Jesus, Your covenant includes,

Everything that belongs to You!

You said, the world hates You because (Jn. 7:7),

You tell it the evil things it does!

Likewise, Lord, when we uphold,

Your Word, we’re cursed!  So make us bold!

Through the fire, through the flood (Ps. 66:12),

You are going to work it out;

We’ve healing, wholeness, victory,

Protection and full immunity,

From curses the world flings at us,

Because in You, we’ve put our trust.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

The Work of the Spirit, May 21, 2016

John 6:63

The sheep know the voice of the shepherd.

When he calls, they come all together.

It’s the shepherd who cares for them,

And they’ll stay alive, because of him!

Likewise, the flesh cannot live,

Apart from the Shepherd who gives,

The Spirit of life, Who speaks through God’s Word (Jn. 6:63),

And those with the Spirit, have already heard,

And believe in the Shepherd, the One,

Who cares for them… so, they come (6:65-69).

***

Father, we don’t understand it;

How that we’re given ears by Your Spirit.

Pour Your Spirit upon all flesh,

And open up ears that are deaf (6:64).

That old nature just will not learn (Prov. 16:25),

Nor see the great things You’ve done (Ps. 66:5).

The flesh cannot give or take away life;

It’s the Spirit who opens our ears to Christ (Jn. 6:69),

And Jesus, You ARE the Good Shepherd,

Who provides for us, thus, we answer,

“Lord, who else would we go to (6:68)?

The words of eternal life come from You!”

Thanks be to God that we can hear!

Those who believe, have Spiritual ears (6:69).

But Father, we pray, You’ll pursue,

And draw the deaf, to You.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Share Joy, May 20, 2016

John 6:44

Battle grounds, fiery darts,

Things that cause a wounded heart,

Inoculate us as we grow.

And God will use it all to show,

That He can change our bitterness.

And unrest, to wholeness.

He can woo, restore and mend,

Blood relationships and friends.

***

Lord, You know before I start,

Everything that’s in my heart.

I am awed by Your compassion,

And I trust in Your direction.

Make me quick to forgive,

Stich up the hurts that, like a sieve,

Let Spiritual knowledge leak right out,

Till my brows furrow, and lips pout (Jn. 6:43).

When I need to be restored (6:44)!

And experience healing from the Lord,

Help me speak the words that feed,

And fight my battles on my knees.

Lord, control my tongue today,

So my being resonates,

With compassion and maturity (Prov. 16:23),

To share my joy, not let it leak!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

The Kindness of God, May 19, 2016

2 Samuel 9:7

David took care of Jonathan’s son,

Who was crippled, when he was very young.

He wanted to show the Kindness of God (2 Sam. 9:3),

To Jonathan, even though Saul had sought,

To kill David, time after time…

He is determined to be kind!

Solomon says that the pleasant words (Prov. 10:21),

Of a kind teacher are more easily heard.

And Jesus demonstrates quite the same,

Kindness of God, refusing the fame (Jn. 6:15),

The multitude gave him, when he fed,

Thousands of them with two loaves of bread!

Kindness is absent in those who deny,

God’s rules of order; instead, they try,

To live life, doing whatever they please,

Instead of letting God meet all their needs!

***

Father, Your kindness is something we see,

In those whose hearts are… happy (Ps. 65:4)!

You show Your kindness by answering prayer (65:5),

Miraculously, so that we’ve something to share.

Not just a little, but Lord, You intend (Jn. 6:7),

To provide more than we can comprehend (6:11).

You are the One Who uncovers, disarms,

Satan’s wicked schemes to do harm,

Those who adhere, without offense,

To Your Word, thus showing God’s Kindness.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Undisturbed Fruits of Righteousness, May 18, 2016

2 Samuel 8:15

No one knows another’s burdens!

Their past or their present whirlwinds,

Those times when we disagree,

God promises peace and safety (Psalm 64:10).

He will give us visions when,

We are truly seeking Him (2 Sam. 7:4).

When we’re not sure what to do,

And we’re easily confused,

God offers undisturbed,

Quietness, in His Word.

When we read the things He told,

Kings and Priests, nations of old (7;29),

We can claim those promises,

As if He’s saying them, to us!

***

Father, You are always fair (8:14).

You’ll give us an equal share.

Eternity begin the day,

Your Spirit comes within to stay.

His presence offers clarity,

Dispells confusion surrounding me.

Lord, when things seem so unbalanced,

Help me remember every promise.

A proud attitude will ruin me (Prov. 16:18),

So help me work diligently,

To feel Your Spirit’s peace and rest,

Undisturbed, fruits of righteousness.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Life’s Purpose, Our Fulfillment, May 17, 2016

John 5:16

We all seem to have this particular challenge:

In our work we must strive for balance!

God intends for our work to be,

Purposeful,  for you and me.

It is a gift!  Jesus wants us to know,

“My Father never stops working and so,

I keep working too,” and thus,

We’ll be fulfilled in our life’s purpose!

***

Lord, our desire is to be able,

To work at the very highest level,

Of excellence with Your ability;

But this means, working selflessly.

Your example of touching lives,

Every day, out of love, not pride (Jn. 5:16),

Shows us to needs ALL Your attributes,

So our high goals are Your pursuits.

Lord, help us never cave at opinion (2 Sam. 6:21),

But be confident, we have been given, *

A special work in which we will,

Find our life’s purpose and be fulfilled.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Willing Obedience, May 16, 2016

Psalm 62:12

When we live in obedience,

God is our Rock, our solid Defense,

Our Hope, Salvation, Reward and Rest (Ps. 62:5),

Who is working out everything for our best!

His strength, grace and love combine (62:11),

To help us conquer every climb (62:7).

So patiently trust, and wait on Him,

And PRAY about EVERY problem (62:8).

***

Father, how great a reward is this!

To have the presence of Your Spirit!

Your good returns on all we’ve done (62:12),

And starts the miracles yet to come (Jn. 4:51-53).

Develop more faith in us today,

And increase our willingness to obey.

Your benefits exceed all others,

So we can share with our sisters and brothers.

Understanding, discernment and patience,

Grow alongside our willing obedience.

 

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

No One Wins, May 15, 2016

2 Samuel 2:26

David weeps and mourns the passing,

Of Saul, who has been attacking (2 Sam. 1:11)!

Proof, this competition’s end,

Is not his fault!  He’s a true friend!

Abner kills one of David’s men,

In self-defense… yet another friend (2:21)!

Abner wants no more encounter,

So he calls out to his brothers!

“Surely you must understand (2:26),

How all this is going to end!”

Joab, David’s General,

Hears and halts his people!

It’s a fight that no one wins,

Between families and friends!

***

Heavenly Father, help us see,

No one wins a victory,

When we fight with a neighbor,

Or compete with friends/ brothers.

Help us find our rest in You (Ps. 62:1),

Our rock and salvation too (62:2);

Keep us from any competition;

With others, likewise, commissioned,

To snatch people out of hell!

Fights between us won’t end well (2 Sam. 2:26)!

Open hearts to common ground,

That which eternity is built upon!

Let us seek Your will, Your best,

And give ALL arguments a rest!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Share and Share Alike, May 14, 2016

1 Samuel 30:24

David has known victory,

Along with his army,

But returning to their families,

They discover, all are taken (1 Sam. 30:1)!

 

An enemy came while they were gone,

Stole their wives and burned their homes,

Took their children, all they owned,

So they are sorely shaken (30:6).

 

Weak and weary, they pursued,

Thought their strength is completely used,

They have to leave behind a few,

Who can’t walk any further.

 

They found the men who took their wives,

And God help them to revive,

And fight the battle of their lives,

Until everything is recovered!

***

Lord, sometimes, we’re weakened by,

The cares and trials of this life,

And others, who are stronger might,

Have to go without us!

 

Help them win every fight,

Then, share and share alike (30:24),

Returning all that which is right,

And share recovered loses.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Light Doesn’t Judge, May 13, 2016

John 3:21

Jesus IS The Light that shines (3:19),

In our hearts and in our minds.

But for those who won’t do right (Jn. 3:20),

They come to actually, hate this light!

God’s own Spirit bears a witness,

That we can receive forgiveness (Prov. 16:6),

AFTER Christ reveals within,

Anything that might be sin!

Respecting God helps us admit,

Allowing Him to reveal it.

Once we acknowledge sin,

Christ’s saving grace can begin,

And everyone who believes,

ENJOYS the light they receive.

***

Father, just as Jesus said,

“Light reveals that which we dread” (Jn. 3:20).

Things that others may not see,

You can spot immediately!

Help us never shun Your light,

Nor prefer sin’s cover of night!

Mold us, let Your light shine through,

Until we start to mirror You!

May the world see light in us,

Believe in Christ and fully trust (3:17),

That when You turn on The Light,

It’s not to judge, but set things right.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

What’s Troubling You?  May 12, 2016

John 2:9

Trouble God with whatever troubles you,

Because, He cares about all you do!

When your yoke causes rub and strain,

Just stop, and call upon His Name.

All ranks of God’s employment,

Will encounter disappointment.

Every problem of every size,

Has a miracle tucked inside (Jn. 2:9).

And like the miracle of the wine,

The Lord will help with our needs in time (2:11).

***

Lord, every trouble, big or small,

You care about them all!

Sometimes our yoke is not designed,

With what You had in mind,

So fit us with one much lighter,

That You’ve made to wear easier.

Remove what encumbers,

And tries to pull us under!

Lord, these troubles, big or small,

Do not trouble You at all!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado 

Complete Trust, May 11, 2016

Proverbs 16:1

We are God’s own dependents,

For whom He is responsible!

Our Father, selfless, generous,

Handles all our troubles (Ps. 50:15).

He can change our circumstances,

In the twinkling of an eye,

And miraculously manage,

That from which we hide (1 Sam. 24:12).

Thank God for His Power,

And try to understand,

We can trust each waking hour,

Into our Father’s hands (Ps. 60:5).

***

Father God, You bless us,

With fruits of righteousness.

What dares to come against us,

Must deal with Your defense (1 Sam. 24:15).

Lift us from our prisons;

Any shackles, Father, loose!

And let us feel the freedom,

Of completely trusting You.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Good Plans Come True, May 10, 2016

Proverbs 16:1

“Stay with me; don’t be afraid.”

Words of comfort for a son (1 Sam. 22:23),

Who has had to escape,

A slaughter… the only one!

David quickly pulls him in.

Realizing, this has happened,

Because his family prayed for him!

Now David has a greater passion,

To protect, to compensate,

This young man who has run away!

David will retaliate,

And adopts him that very day.

***

Lord, We cannot change some things.

The past is past, but when we come,

To You, we find a new blessing,

Peace and safety as this one,

Who ran away to escape,

The evil railings of another!

Lord, likewise, You quickly save,

Because You are our loving Father (Ps. 59:17).

Our defender, judge of reasons,

People do the things they do (Prov. 16:2),

You’ll turn tides, minds and seasons,

To make good plans for us come true. (16:1).

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Step-By-Step-Instructions, May 9, 2016

Luke 24:49

“Peace be with you.” Jesus said,

Though terrified and filled with dread (Luke 24:36-37)!

The disciples thought they’d seen a ghost (24:39);

His sudden appearance scared them the most.

Quickly Jesus spoke to them,

“Peace be with You!”  Once again,

They were the first to witness,

The Lord in the flesh, distinguished,

By scars on His extremities!

This IS the Lord, but how can it be?

Jesus knew they needed more,

Proof than Him coming through the door!

So after He ate a meal with them,

He laid out their next instructions…

“Stay until you have received,

Power from heaven.”  And they believed (24:49)!

***

Father, we believe You will sanction,

And provide our step-by-step- instructions.

But we confess we have some doubts,

And sometimes question Your whereabouts!

Lord, appear!  Dispel any fear!

Whisper peace into OUR ears.

And help us have the patience to,

Wait for the next instruction from You!

And step by step, You will tell us,

So as not to overwhelm us!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Best Answers, May 8, 2016

I Samuel 19:10

David, strong, young and brave,

Talented and unafraid,

On the battlefield, the best,

But at home, he faces… death!

Saul is full of jealous race (1 Sam. 19:1),

Fearing he will be upstaged.

Certainly, God will spare,

His anointed from a snare (19:9),

Still, David needs an answer (19:18),

Uncertain of Saul’s behavior.

***

Father, we can’t do it all,

Especially if we face a Saul.

Someone we’ve done nothing to,

But we’re not sure what they will do!

Make us wise in our decisions (Prov. 15:28),

So we don’t create divisions!

Lord, we need Your answers come;

For Your will is our best solution.

Give discernments as wait,

Because we don’t want any mistakes.

We know You want only our best,

And You will answer our requests (15:29).

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Praise Wakes Up the Soul!  May 7, 2016

Psalm 57:8

Brave, courageous, spiritually blessed (1 Sam. 16:18),

David stands out above the rest,

Of all the sons of Jesse…

He is the chosen, king-to-be (1 Sam. 16:13).

And though the Lord is with this lad,

He’s going to some extremely bad,

Battles that God will help him win,

And yet, some will despise him (17:28)!

“Why did you come here?”  Who has your sheep?

You’re pride and wickedness go down deep.

All you’ve come to do is watch!”

And this is when David picks up HIS cross!

***

Father, everything we will need is in You.

And yet, we will pick up our crosses too!

There are days when evil seems out of control (Ps. 57:6),

And we pray, like David, “Wake up, my soul.”

Those with negative perceptions will be,

Against Your commands, yet Lord, we won’t worry (57:6).

Instead, our praises to You will prevent,

The battles that come to circumvent,

Your glory, Oh God!  Be praised with our songs,

As we sing and glorify You all day long (57:7-11).

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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As You Wish, May 6, 2016

1 Samuel 15:24

Samuel confronts King Saul about his actions.

Saul has succumbed to pride’s attraction (1 Sam. 15:17),

And tries to deny not following decrees,

Given by God, concerning enemies (15:19).

Saul overlooked what his men were doing wrong.

His weaknesses grew, and it didn’t take long,

For God to reject Him as king over Israel (15:26),

Because he was afraid of displeasing the people (15:24)!

Pilate, likewise, decides to give in (Luke 23:23),

To the crowd’s demand, “Crucify Him!”

He frees a criminal and tells the crowd,

“Do as you wish,” because they were so loud!

***

Father, You have said, “It is better to obey (1 Sam. 15:22),

Your voice, than to do what other people say.”

Help us to ignore the popular wishes,

Of those who refuse to align to Your purpose.

Make us single-minded, to be obedient,

And following You, instead of giving consent,

To the winds of changing morals we see,

That want to turn off any consistency.

Lord, make us able to stand by ourselves,

And follow You, instead of everyone else.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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God Documents, May 5, 2016

Psalm 56:8

God not only knows our names,

He’s given each of us a plan.

His detailed records will proclaim (Ps. 56:8),

That we have never left His hand.

Imagine, God records it all!

Our troubles, tears, and victories…

Just like a Father, we can call,

On Him, to help with all our needs.

***

Father, when we come to You,

You embrace us, as we are.

Sins erased, we start a new,

Life with a pure heart (51:10).

We will trust Your every Word (53:10).

And praise You, while we’re yet alive (53:13),

Knowing that our prayers are heard,

And that You’re always on our side (53:9),

We proceed without a doubt,

That if we fall into a pit,

You are near to pull us out,

Then wipe the tears, recording it.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Touch Hearts, May 4, 2016

1 Samuel 10:26

When Samuel anointed Saul to be king,

This was such a novel thing (1 Sam. 10:25).

That Samuel had to clarify, explain,

The rights and duties of a king.

No pressure, pomp and circumstance,

It was more like a short announcement,

But God was in it, and touched the hearts,

Of a few brave men, to do their part,

Serving, supporting and helping their king.

God prompted them to do these things!

***

Father, You call us to ministries,

That are wonderful opportunities;

But Lord, You know we can’t do it alone,

So touch brave hearts to come along,

And follow You, by serving with,

Those called to servant-leadership.

Lord, with love and loyalty, fill,

All our hearts to do Your will.

Always prepared with encouraging words,

Lord, help us strengthen others who serve.

Make us kind, not pushy, but bold,

Responding to needs, without being told.

Touch hearts with Your Spirit of wisdom,

Willing to work with us in Your Kingdom.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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1 Samuel 9:20

Saul doesn’t know the extent of God’s plan,

That he’ll be the first king to rule the land.

Instead, he’s out looking for donkeys strayed,

And meets up with Samuel along the way (1 Sam. 9:6).

Hoping for clues to find the animals,

Saul is shocked by the message of Samuel!

“Don’t worry about the donkeys you’ve lost (9:20).

They’ve been found.  Soon all of Israel’s wealth,

Will belong to you and your family.”

God speaks the same, to you and me!

As His children, we’ve a royal inheritance!

As the family of God, we are meant,

To rule and reign as His royal race.

Kings and priests, qualified by grace.

***

Father, we know we’re Your workmanship,

Created by You, but so often, we forget,

How You’ve planned to give us Your Kingdom someday!

For most, it’s a change in a mighty big way!

Help us not fail to appreciate,

The unique qualities You took time to create,

In each one of us; You’ve made us complete,

In the image and glory of God, yet, unique.

Lord, grant us peace and security,

Knowing that we have been made, worthy,

To be called the Sons and Daughters of God!

By grace, with all the privileges thereof!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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God Connection Isn’t Human Perfection, May 2, 2016

Luke 21:34,36

When the sun goes down at the end of the day,

We want to be able to honestly say,

“The Lord has helped us in every issue. (1 Sam.7:12B)

And we are confident that He will continue!”

All things are possible, all things provided,

To those who seek to be spiritually guided.

We can be sure that our God connection,

Doesn’t depend on our own perfection.

God will provide what we need to get through,

And finish the work He has called us to do.

***

Lord, when we see the blossoms of Spring,

We know that Summer is coming.

Likewise, we’re watching as evidence appears,

Telling us, Lord Jesus, Your coming is near! (Luke 21:29)

With signs in the sun, the stars, the moon,

The tsunamis and earthquakes, sudden doom…

Lord, we admit, these things muster fear,

But our God-Connection draws us near,

And You remind us, not to waste time,

Trapped in worry, like the rest of mankind. (21:35)

Our sweet connection to You when we pray,

Gives us hope, a clear conscience, and grace for each day.

Father, when we’ve done all that we can,

Some things will still be out of our hands!

So we call on Your power to carry us through,

And trust our connection, Father, to You.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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The Word in Our Minds, Our Ears, Our Hearts!  May 1, 2016

Luke 21:13-14

It is an honor to give a speech,

To preach or have a class to teach!

We research what we want to say,

And deliver it in a persuasive way.

But speaking opportunities (Luke 21:13),

Can create in us, anxieties,

So Jesus says, “Make up your minds (21:14),

Not to worry ahead of time.

I will give you the sentences (21:15),

That will answer critics and nemesis.

***

Father, impress Your Word within,

Our minds, and quickly awaken,

Our ears to hear You speaking through,

Our hearts of hearts, when we need You!

You’ve promised, we don’t have to worry,

Say too much, get in a hurry,

Ramble, scramble, or shut down,

Because we’ll have, complete freedom!

Yes!  We can stand up against,

Accusations with proper defense;

No trace of hurt, nor fear of harm,

Is in us when we’ve Christ-like charm.

Lord, give us Your attitude,

Unhampered or ensnared by human mood,

So that we will have the words to say,                            

In opportunities You give us today.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Feelings Allowed, April 30, 2016

1 Samuel 1:15

Hannah prays out of sadness and grief (1 Sam. 1:7),

From the inability to conceive,

And she’s misunderstood by those standing near.

Who think she is in a drunken stupor!

But feelings so deep can manifest,

In ways that we pray, without any tact.

People who are hurting SHOULD cry out to God,

Because He WILL answer the sad and distraught (1:17).

Why don’t we pray?  The problem is this,

Prayer is an act that insists we submit!

***

Father, You know all our thoughts today (Prov. 15:11),

Why some of us just refuse to pray!

Prayer is a misunderstood act,

For people who are too proud to ask (Ps. 53:4).

As You look down from heaven on all (53:2),

Help us to see that Your loving will,

Is to answer our prayers, and work things out (Prov. 15:9).

Lord, give us faith to pray without doubt.

Change our hearts so we do not neglect,

To pray for answers and expect,

That even though we might be misunderstood,

You are working things out for our good.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Use Our Words Wisely, April 29, 2016

Proverbs 13:7

God speaks to us through His Word,

And wise will learn to use it,

To spread the knowledge of the Lord.

But what if people refuse it?

There will come a day when we,

Will have to stand and answer,

The Lord for speaking carelessly,

Or any words spoken in anger.

***

Father, help us choose today,

Each word formed on our lips.

Remind us, sort and throw away,

The words that won’t be missed.

What a joy to rightly use,

Words that spread knowledge (Prov. 15:7);

Words of life, love and truth,

That ultimately, give You glory.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Daughter-In-Love, April 28, 2016

Ruth 1:16

There is an element of intrigue and wonder,

Between two in-laws, a mother and daughter (Ruth 1:16).

This bond between them is heaven’s example,

How that in-laws can become, closer than usual!

Personalities play a big role in all this,

But when God is the center of relationships,

We have sweeter communion, everything shared,

No secrets, no favorites, no doubt that we care.

God’s love shines through in the darkest night (1:21),

When His peace and love reign in a life.

***

Father, Your love helps determine our goals,

And make our relationships, somewhat abnormal!

We see the importance of peacemaking skills,

And that Your love, makes us better than usual.

Nothing offends when peace rules and reigns!!

Lord, may we relate to each other the same,

As Naomi and Ruth, with a bond from above,

That makes a daughter-in-law, a daughter-in-love.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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A Willing Spirit is Strong, April 27, 2016

Psalm 51:12

A willing spirit is strong in the Lord,

And believes all the promises in His Word!

Even though a willing spirit is hard,

God can help us and make us strong (Ps. 51:12).

 

A willing spirit will take one dollar,

And multiply it, by working harder (Luke 19:17).

It doesn’t spend time in self-pity’s mire,

Or at least, it won’t stay there for long!

***

Father, You’ve given us all the same,

Days of life to seize and claim,

And work for the glory of Your Name!

So make us more willing and positive (Ps. 51:12).

 

You won’t reject a broken heart (51:17).

In fact, our strength will get its start,

When we are sorry that we took part,

In sin, so unproductive!

 

Jesus, You constantly seek the lost (Luke 19:10).

Your willing spirit sent You to the cross.

Where You paid for sin’s enormous cost.

Thus the JOY of our salvation is provided (Ps. 51:12).

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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The Wise Are Truthful, April 26, 2016

Psalm 51:6

It’s safe to assume that when we are truthful,

God is pleased to make us wiser people (Ps. 51:6)!

The marriage between the truth and wisdom,

Must have a humble life to house them.

There’s unspeakable joy in the heart that knows,

No guilt, no shame, washed whiter than snow (51:7).

Even the fool can recognize (Prov. 14:33),

That wisdom can’t be in one who tells lies!

If doing what is right makes a nation great (14:34),

It is only because the individual states,

The cities and towns, right down to the people,

Have finally learned the benefits of being truthful.

***

Father, we look all around us and see,

A lack of sound wisdom, truthful and godly.

Nothing compares with eternal treasures,

And Your promises for life, way beyond measure (Luke 18:29).

In You we have truth, health and provision,

But without You, we live in shameful conditions.

Don’t allow truth to be blurred by sin.

Make us own up to faults, and thus understand wisdom.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Expectantly Pray, April 25, 2016

Luke 18:1

The life we have in Christ comes from trust.

Expectantly, hopefully pray, we must!

Jesus says, we should always pray (Luke 18:1),

And not lose hope, day after day!

Just like Delilah bothered Samson until,

She wore him down and broke his will;

So he told her his secret, as a Nazarite,

And she won!  He lost his strength in one night (Judges 16:17).

Jesus speaks of a similar judge,

Who is worn down by the constant nagging of,

A widow who demands that he make things right (Luke 18:5).

Her persistence, like Delilah, wins the fight.

***

Jesus, You have said we should pray persistently,

And trust like little children, so that we can receive,

That for which we hope for and pray,

Without ceasing, keep it up, day after day (18:7).

You promise to give what is right to Your people,

And to bless our persistence in times of trouble,

Expecting You will answer…  this is hope and trust!

And You’ve promised You’ll be quick to respond to us.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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So You Thought!  April 24, 2016

Psalm 50:21

When we fail to speak up, others believe,

That we aren’t concerned, or perhaps, we agree,

With the crude things they say and the evil they do, (Ps. 50:21).

But there’s no room for darkness if God’s Spirit lives in you.

No thoughts of double entendre and lust,

No thoughts of coveting things that rust,

No thoughts of selfish, bitter displays,

No thoughts insistent on “doing it my way.”

If focused on Christ, we’ll be thinking the best,

And when Jesus comes, we won’t be left (Luke 17:26-33)!

***

Father, there is no room for darkness in my life.

I pray for Your Spirit of love, joy and light,

To dispel any darkness and purify me,

So that others won’t have to look far to see (17:21),

The Kingdom of God living within,

My heart and mind with no thoughts of sin.

Father, nourish me daily with food,

From Your Holy Word, strong and good.

Be the lamp to my feet and my thoughts full of light,

So that when Jesus come, I will quickly take flight.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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The Forgiven Forgive, April 23, 2016

Luke 17:3

Jesus has this to say about sin:

“It is terrible for those who cause it to happen (Luke 17:1)!

But when a follower sins, (Luke 17:3)!

And if he is sorry, warn and forgive him.”

Forgiveness is difficult for most of us,

Mainly because, we lose trust,

In a person seeking to be forgiven.

We’re afraid, they might do it again!

***

Father, there is no sinner’s sin,

That’s so bad they cannot be forgiven!

When we are truly sorry and come,

To You for forgiveness, it is done.

Lord, give me greater faith, I pray (17:5),

So if someone sins against me, seven times in a day,

And says he is sorry each time…

Your forgiving heart will be mine.

Called as Your servant, help me prove,

That I can indeed forgive too!

Lord, I put myself in prison (17:17),

If I cannot say, “You’re forgiven!”

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Service Without Compromise, April 22, 2016

Luke 16:13

Those who respect the Lord will have (Prov. 14:26),

A fountain of life that can save them from death (14:27).

We cannot serve the Lord, compromising,

One foot in church and one, fraternizing,

With worldly desires we to which we are partial!

God is the judge when we’re taken to trial (Ps. 50:6)!

The earth and the skies say He is right!

So why do we try to compromise and fight,

Our own happiness, joy and contentment,

By constantly rewriting scriptural amendments?

We have put ourselves into situations,

Of dangerously compromising our salvation!

***

Father, help us to identify,

Anything, any way that we compromise!

Help us to learn what the Psalmist knew,

That what the world offers isn’t worth losing You!

Lord, may we find complete satisfaction,

In serving You, the God of Creation!

You, and You alone have the say (Ps. 50:6),

 Of whether or not we breathe today!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Our Encouraging God, April 21, 2016

Judges 7:15

Gideon has a difficult task!

With only three hundred men, he asks (Judges 7:2),

God to give him proof that this will be,

Enough men to bring about a victory (7:9)!

God allows Gideon to overhear (7:10),

One of the enemy sharing his fear (7:13-14).

Along with the fleeces from the previous night (6:36-40),

NOW Gideon has the courage to fight!

***

Father, when You give us new life,

You encourage us in the battles we must fight (7:15)!

Thank you Lord, for understanding, we,

Need encouragement, to work effectively.

You send us one or two confirmations,

To bring about our transformation,

From fear to courage, from doubt to faith,

And we can “Get up!” and take our place (7:21).

Thanks be to God!  You always go before us,

And encourage us, so we can be victorious!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Go With Your Strength(s),  April 20, 2016

Judges 6:15 & 16

Gideon didn’t quite understand,

When the Lord spoke through an angel to him (Judges 6:12):

“Mighty warrior, God is with you!”

And Gideon answered, “If this is true (6:13),

Then why are we having so much trouble?”

The Lord never answered that obvious muddle.

Instead He ordered Gideon, “Go!”

“Go with your strength; be confident and know,

That I send you out there to overcome,

So the army of thousands, becomes but one (6:16).

***

Father, we constantly face opposition,

Like armies of trouble… Lord, we need wisdom!

Thank You for faithful support in Your Word,

Reminding us, we have the power of the Lord!

Father, with You, our strength is enough!

No matter how much, no matter how tough,

How WAY outnumbered we seem to be,

With You, we are always the majority.

Lord, like Gideon, we hear You tell us,

“Go with our strengths!” And You will go with us.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Submit To Guidance!  April 19, 2016

Psalm 48:14

Our God heard the cries of the Israelites (Judges 3:9 & 15),

And sent His Spirit into leaders to fight (3:10 & 15);

With strength, confidence and bravery (3:28),

He boldly said, “Come, follow me!”

The Lord gives leaders, women and men,

Talents and gifts to make things happen!

What He did for the children of Israel, He will do (4:15),

Great and mighty things to guide me and you!

His decisions are fair, so that everyone rejoices (Ps. 48:11)!

When we submit to Him, we will make the right choices.

***

Father, You promised if we give up everything (Luke 14:33),

You will be our guide and show us how to lean,

To the leading of Your Spirit.  And so, today,

Lord, let Your Spirit show us the way (Ps. 48:14).

We’ve decisions to make and we don’t want it said,

That we didn’t rightly plan for the things ahead (14:30).

So Father, fill our leaders with Your power and might,

Because they’ll face the enemy when they do what’s right.

And Lord, help us remember, when we submit to,

The authorities over us, we submit to You.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Stay Calm!  April 18, 2016

Proverbs 14:17

A quick reaction falls apart!

We’re accountable for each choice we make.

We want to change lives, minds and hearts,

But reacting too fast is not the way (Prov. 14:17)!

Our relationships must revolve,

Around a great sense of loyalty.

We must weigh all sides involved (Luke 14:5),

And come to conclusions… calmly!

***

Father, You have a divine order,

And we are all assigned a position (14:11).

May we not rush to go over,

Anyone’s head, and jump to conclusions!

Lord, give us spiritual temperaments,

That lean toward grace, as the meek and mild,

People of God, who are calm and content,

Honoring You with our humble lifestyle.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Good Promises, April 17, 2016

Joshua 23:15

Be strong!  You must continue to follow (Joshua 23:6),

The commandments of the Lord and His teachings in the Bible.

Every good promise of God has come true (23:15),

And when we are obedient, He will continue,

Fulfilling His promises to us, eternally!

BUT, we must respect Him and serve Him faithfully (24:14).

When pride is our guide, we make a big mess,

And we relinquish our peace for a truckload of stress!

We must throw away the gods that are ripping us apart,

And love the Lord, with all our heart (24:23).

***

Father, You have promised that if we have respect,

For Your Word, then we won’t have any regrets (24:14).

Serving You and being sincere in our faith,

Is a choice that every person has to make.  *

There are many things out of our control,

But eternity, the ultimate salvation of our soul, *

Is our own decision; we choose the results,

Of heaven.  But if it’s hell, it’s our own fault (24:15)!

Lord, give us wisdom of what You’d have us do.

We know when we give of our time to You,

Blessings will return to us in the same measure;

That we give, GOOD PROMISES, running over (Luke 6:38)!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Be Still and Know, April 16, 2016

Psalm 46:10

It’s been said that when there’s a storm at sea, *

And the boat we’re in tips violently,

We should steer the boat directly toward,

Any light we can sight along the shore!

Don’t stare at the waves, or aim for another,

Boat on the water, that sister or brother,

No, we must stay focused, carefully,

On the light, unaffected by storms at sea!

***

Father, the storms can stir up so fast,

And we fear the rips will ruin the mast!

But, instead of gazing at the that which affects us,

Help us focus on YOU to steer and protect us (46:7 & 11).

Father, we serve You as best we can,

And we want Your approval, rather than man.

So help us to overcome and withstand,

These waves, by setting our sights on the land,

Give us more courage and strength to row.

And settle our hearts to be still and know (46:10),

That Satan’s snares won’t spoil Your plans (Luke 13:17).

Help us recognize You in the midst of them.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Amazing Peace, April 15, 2016

Luke 12:32

What could be better than this?

We’re a child of the King, just as if,

Our Father wants to give us His throne,

But right now, He gives us access!

 

We can look ahead without fear (Luke 12:32)!

For the Kingdom of God is near (12:54),

If we are dressed and ready to serve,

We’ll receive our treasured desire.

 

And what is this treasure we seek?

A life that is whole and complete!

No worries, instead, we are always led,

By God’s Spirit of amazing peace.

***

Father, we have this treasure,

Peace beyond all measure!

You hold our hand, and You understand,

No one wants to be treated like strangers (Prov. 14:10).

 

Everyone needs loving kindness.

Lord, when You come, may You find us (12:43),

Taking care to do Your work,

Without You having to remind us.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Yes!  Much More!  April 14, 2016

Luke 12:7, 24, 28, 31

We all have a need, a trial, a prayer,

And our needs help refine our faith.

God says to give Him our every care,

And HE WILL PROVIDE by His grace.

When Jesus repeats, “You are so much more,

Much more than the little sparrows (Luke 12:7 & 24),

Much more than the lilies in the fields (12:28),

We SHOULD NOT worry ‘bout tomorrow!

***

Father, we spend too much of our time,

Trying to plan and figure,

How to spend our nickels and dimes,

While You see the bigger picture!

Lord, You’ve already provided for us,

Because to You, we are worth much more;

More than our meager frames of dust,

Could ever dream or hope for!

So we cast every care upon You, now,

And seek Your Kingdom foremost (12:31).

By faith, we believe You ARE working, somehow,

And Your promises give us hope!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Power In the Name!  April 13, 2016

Luke 11:35

Jonah was a light to the people of his time,

And Jesus also let His amazing light shine (Luke 11:30)!

We must shine brightly so that others can see (Luke 11:33),

That twinkle in our eyes showing God’s glory!

No one lights a candle then covers it up,

Likewise, God’s Spirit should be shining in us!

Be careful!  That old enemy comes and tries to flick,

The lights off, or mess with the dimming switch (11:35)!

His ways push our buttons, and weakens our minds,

To make our lights darken, instead of shine!

***

Father, I will shine this light You’ve given me,

And be careful not to let the old enemy,

Mess with the switch!  Each day, I’ll remind,

That slithering snake, “Satan, get behind!”

Lord, plug me up, change a bulb, do whatever,

You need to do to help me keep it together!

You said, there will not be another sign,

Like Jonah was to the people of his time!

So help us never let our lights dim or wane;

We keep our lights bright, by the power of Your Name.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Beyond Reality, April 12, 2016

Joshua 14:9

The Lord spoke to Joshua, now an old man,

“You have grown old, but there’s still much land (Josh. 13:1),

For you to take!”  So Joshua listened,

And as an old man, he finished his commission!

Caleb, at a ripe, eighty-five years of age,

Went way beyond reality’s stage.

He forced out the enemy up in the hills,

And protected the land because it was God’s will (14:12-14).

God sets no limits on what we can do,

And He’s never finished using me and you!

***

Lord, I believe You, and I seek Your will (11:9),

So I can find my purpose fulfilled.

You have made me like Caleb; because I believe,

You will help me defeat the enemy (Josh. 14:9).

Everything, Lord, including the energy,

You’ll provide so that I can go beyond reality.

Thank you, Father, that Your Holy Spirit,

Speaks through Your Word in ways that I can hear it.

Today You are saying, “There is still much to do,

And I am not the least bit, finished with you!!”

Thanks be to God! 

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

Mercy Stops! April 11, 2016

Luke 10:36-37

We live in a world where we don’t know our neighbors!

We’ve privacy fences, and we’re perfect strangers!

We need peace and quiet when we get in the house,

We’re so busy serving, but are we serving self (Luke 10:41)?*

We know all the stories from the Bible, yet,

We’ll pass by a person in need and forget (10:35),

To be the Samaritan; stop and show mercy!

We’re probably running late and really must hurry!

Martha, another with no time to listen (10:40),

Expected great service would excuse her omission,

Of worshipping, sitting at the feet of our Lord!

The thing most important, she totally ignored!

Jesus reminds us to love our neighbor (10:37),

That mercy stops, and becomes a good listener.

***

Father, we have many choices to make,

Such as what things to do, and what to forsake!

We’ve not enough daylight to get it all done,

But Lord, don’t let us be the negligent one,

Who walks or rides past a person in need.

Lord, we want to be Your hands and Your feet,

In this world, so broken, it cannot hold water,

Let alone Your Spirit that bids us help one another!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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So Much To Do! April 10, 2016

Luke 10:2

Jesus chooses seventy-two to go on (Luke 10:1-12),

Ahead of Him, to spread the gospel in towns,

Where He plans to visit, and yet Jesus knew,

To warn them, “They may or may not receive you!”

“There are a great many people to harvest (10:2),

But only a few workers among us.

So pray to God, who owns the yield,

That He will send MORE to harvest the fields.

Go now, but listen, I’m sending you out,

Like sheep among wolves to harvest the crop.

The blessings you give and the work you do,

If not well received…  will come back to you (10:5).”

***

Lord, give us patience to pray for those,

Who will come and help us harvest souls.

You own the world, its farms and plots,

And yet, You remind us to never stop,

Praying for workers to help in the fields,

To go out before You like sheep among wolves.

Father, when it’s tough for us to be patient!

Give us more faith, and greater discernment,

To know who is truly, passionate about You,

And who can best handle all there is to do!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Sin in the Camp, April 9, 2016

Joshua 7:11

There once was an Israelite soldier named Achan,

Who took some things he shouldn’t have taken (Josh. 7:11-25)!

Self-discipline doesn’t come natural;

Our “wants” and “lusts” easily take control,

And before we know it, we’re on the edge,

Of temptation’s slippery, sometimes deadly ledge.

Achan’s temptation led him to sin,

Which ended up hurting more than just him!

God removed His shield of protection,

And God’s people lost a battle because of Achan!

This account of God’s anger must,

Put the fear of God within us!

***

Father, today, we’d rather not mention,

That sin in the camp could bring condemnation!

Lord Jesus, You’ve taught us to trust,

That if someone’s not against us, they are for us (Luke 9:50)!

But Lord, if there’s anyone who continues,

To do things wrong, that are against You,

Convict and convince them to stop, because,

It not only hurts them, but all the rest of us!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Adjustments Accepted, April 8, 2016

Luke 9:23

We must make adjustments to God’s will in us.

An eternal commitment, includes giving up (Luke 9:23),

All those things we want!  Take a look at your list,

And highlight everything as completely, worthless (9:25)!

If we hold on tightly, to things we think we need,

When the Lord returns, we’ll be ashamed, indeed!

Checking off the list helps to fill up empty lives,

That should, instead be used as vessels for Christ.*

***

Father, help us empty our lives of selfishness.

Fill us with Your Spirit’s godly thoughts and holiness.

Lord, these adjustments are easier for some,

But most in our culture have a lot to overcome.

We’re coached early on, to create our destiny,

Instead of saying, “Lord, have Your way with me!”

Help us to be hungry for Your filling today,

And come, quench our thirst in every way.

Do the new things in us that only You can do,

When our lives are yours, it’s easy to adjust to,

The changes You make!  Lord, kill off selfishness,

And help us to gladly accept any adjustments.

 

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Proof of Prophet, April 7, 2016

Luke 9:1

Prophets come and prophets go.

But who is of God and how can we know?

God told Joshua, “Today I will do,

Something to prove that I am with you” (Josh. 3:7).

On that day, they all crossed the Jordan,

And God used Joshua, like Moses before him (4:24).

The Lord proves His prophets in marvelous ways,

That aren’t always witnessed in just one day!

More often, like King David, they struggle,

And have their hearts broken from times of trouble (Ps. 42:4).

But God is faithful to prove who among us,

Is truly His prophet, worthy of our trust!

***

Lord, we need discernment for sure,

To know which prophets are truly Yours!

Father, if we search each day for You,

Like a deer pants for water, You’ll prove who,

Can satisfy us with Your Word and say,

What is truly from You!  Lord, we pray,

For prophets whose fruit has lasted and grown,

And the proof that time can tell alone.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Always At Home, April 6, 2016

Joshua 1:9

Never alone, never alone!

Why?  Because God is always at home.

Others will fear, but God commands (Josh. 1:9; 2:24),

“Be strong and brave!” over and over again (1:5; 1:6; 1:7; 1:9).

He who lives in us, rules the heavens (2:11)!

And below, the earth, is all part of His Kingdom.

We are never alone!  Whatever is it,

God is at home, within us to give,

His perspective, His wisdom and guidance.

And this is what makes believers so different!

Others freak out while His children stay calm,

Because underneath, are His everlasting arms.

***

Father, thank you for Your promises,

To never leave us or forsake us (1:9).

No matter the wall we’re up against,

The odds, the extensive circumstance…

You ARE with us wherever we go!

You rebuke the devourer so all will know (2:24),

That You protect and save Your own!

You are with us, because You’re always at home!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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In God’s Care, April 5, 2016

Deuteronomy 33:3

People of God, we are SO blessed (Deut. 33:3)!

The Lord surely loves us and He promises,

To make us strong in the work we do (33:11).

He watches and protects us the whole day through (33:12),

So we rest in His care and enjoy His springs (33:13),

And the special kindnesses of all His blessings (33:23).

There is no other God who rides (33:26)

Through the heavens, seeing us, from all sides,

And we are blessed, like nobody else,

Because of God’s love and care for us (33:29).

***

Father, You’ve blessed us so we can change,

Our world and bring glory to Your Name!

You’ve promised, if we obey You,

We will reap rewards in all that we do (Prov. 13:13).

But those who reject what they have been taught,

Will reap a harvest of weeds and rocks (Luke 8:6-7).

Father help us understand Your voice (8:18),

Always careful to listen and obey, by choice (8:18),

So we are the seeds in the good ground, where,

We produce a hundred times more, in Your care.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Mac Lucado

Depths of Debt, April 4, 2016

Luke 7:41-42

Two people are in debt, one a lot, one a little (Luke 7:41).

The banker owe money to said, “Both your debts are cancelled!”

Since neither have the money to pay off what they owe,

They are both very grateful, but one, more so (7:42)!

Jesus uses parables to bring this point home.

“Who loves the banker more?”  The one with the bigger loan (7:43)!

Likewise, those who see their sins as worse than any other,

Love the Lord more when at His feet, they discover,

They can lay their burdens down and be totally released,

From great depths of debt, as they kneel at Jesus’ feet.

***

Father God, we thank You for this abundant life,

Available to us, by the shed blood of Christ.

We know that anything contrary to Your nature,

Is sin, and one sin and not greater than another!

Still, we can understand, when the depth of debt,

Is smaller, the debtor, might soon forget,

That You paid the SAME amount for our transgressions…

Your life! You shed Your blood for our redemption.

Jesus, how we thank You, and we pray our tears reveal,

The depth of our love, and the commitment we feel.

Jesus, precious Jesus, we love You today,

And thank You, for wiping our depth of debt away.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Holy Ghost Fire, April 3, 2016

Proverbs 13:9

God’s Word is very near to us.

It is in our mouths and hearts (Deut. 30:14).

Obey it!  That consistent nudge,

So the fire won’t go out.

Good people can look forward,

To a bright (and successful) future (Deut. 30:9; Prov. 13:9).

Those who obey God’s Word,

See His vision and receive His nurture (Deut. 29:4).

His fire burns away the things,

That do not look like Christ.

We’re consumed by a Holy Flame,

And the LORD becomes our life (Deut. 30:20).

***

Thank You, Lord for the baptism,

Of Your Holy Ghost.

Your plans are for our construction,

But first and foremost,

You must burn away the dross;

Anything unlike You!

We may see it as a cross,

But it’s what we must go through,

To day by day allow,

Your Spirit to work within.

Burning away somehow,

Anything that might be sin.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

The Actions of Love, April 2, 2016

Luke 6:37

We KNOW the Lord’s prayer, every word, to the letter!

We’ve memorized, “Forgive our debts as we forgive our debtors.”

But taking action on the verb, “forgive” is really tough…

And we say it, but we don’t ACT it out quite enough.

Likewise, we know what our Lord has told us do:

“Love Your enemies, do good to those who hate you” (Luke 6:27).

“If anyone slaps you on the cheek, offer the other” (6:28)

And what you’d like done to you, do to one another (6:31)!

Actions of Love override bitterness,

And doesn’t just say, “Good morning,”  but offers to make breakfast!*

***

Father, forgive us and remove our stony hearts.

Replace them with ones that have action parts,

Of forgiveness and kindness to those who have hurt us.

Our actions of love identify us with Your purpose!

Jesus, when You died, You showed love’s action at its best.

This shows us how to love, and most important, how to act!

Doing unto others what we want them to do,

Is difficult when they don’t know what they’ve put us through!

But this will prove, Father, that you’ve placed us at the top,

Where we rise above offenders, and seek to put a stop,

To our own selfishness; the kind that holds tight,

To a grudge, Father nudge us, if something isn’t right.

Search us today, and see if there is still,

Anything in us, that’s acting against Your will.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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A Dose of Joy!  April 1, 2016

Luke 6:23

The Egyptians were cruel, so God’s people prayed (Deut. 26:6-7).

And God heard the cries of His children, afraid.

The Lord God Almighty, who sent Lucifer to hell;

In the blink of an eye, can save as well (26:8).

He’d much rather save us and make us greater (26:19A)

Than those who don’t fear the Lord, THEIR creator.

He will give praise, honor and fame (26:19B)

To the ones who obey Him and call on His Name.

“Rejoice!”  Jesus says, “And be full of joy” (Luke 6:23)!

There will be cruel people who hurt and destroy,

The followers of the Lord; but be sure of this:

Great is our reward, and we will be blessed (6:22-23)!

***

Father, We have this great hope in Your Word (Ps. 39:7).

That You love us, and promise our prayers have been heard!

Lord, when we happen up on disgruntled people,

Fill us with strength, because we choose to be joyful!

We renounce all evil and worldly decisions,

Understanding, we will encounter persecution.

But when things seem hopeless, we breathe in a dose,

Of the joy of the Lord, and our strength overflows.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado


Contribute… Life is Short!  March 31, 2016

Psalm 39:5

Life is short, so we should all witness (Ps. 39:5),

And contribute to the overall effectiveness,

Of Christ’s great Kingdom here and now!

God will help us understand how,

To give what we can!  Life is short!

Don’t waste it taking others to court!

BE the giver, the one who makes sure,

To contribute a tithe, and then, some more.

Beyond the financial contributions,

Interject good into conversations (39:1).

Contribute to building another’s esteem,

By letting them contribute as part of a team!

***

Father, Your Word points out our commission,

To contribute to the overall good of the Kingdom!

As the people of God, we are fully aware,

That life is too short not to share!

Help us be careful of all we say (39:1);

Some might take it the wrong way!

Help us today, to contribute and bless,

Because, our life is only a breath (39:5)!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Let’s Dance! March 30, 2016

Luke 5:7

Think about this scenario,

A man fishes all night with nothing to show (Luke 5:5)

Then Jesus gives him purpose and hope,

By making his catch fill up TWO boats (5:7)!

God knows exactly how we feel (Ps. 38:9),

And just when we put down our rod and reel,

He tells us, “Go out and cast again” (Luke 5:4),

And we catch far more than we can imagine!

This is because, we’re willing to try,

And follow the Lord without asking, “Why” (Prov. 12:26)?

Though we get weary and bleary eyed,

Like Peter, we give it another try.

***

Father, when we’re about to quit,

You urge us, “Get up and get with it!”

The lazy catch no food to cook (Prov. 12:27),

But success comes to those who work!

Help us not quit when things get tough.

With You, we try no matter what!

The cries of our heart are not hidden from You (Ps. 38:9),

You know what we want, and what we must do,

To reach our goals, and thus advance,

Your goals as well!  So together, let’s dance!

With Your help, power and might,

We don’t have to struggle or stay up all night!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

A Kind Word, March 29, 2016

Proverbs 12:25

Worry is a heavy load, but God wants us to know,

That He can replace it with a vision and a glow.

Praising Him increases our hope of better things,

And worship helps us tap into the power of our King!

The wise keep things inside; they are careful not to say (Prov. 12:23)

Evil things of anyone!  They know a better way,

To sprinkle conversations with words kind and gentle (12:25)

Controlling disobedience to be judgmental.

***

Father God, thank You for Your blessed confidence,

That You see our motives and declare our good intent. (Deut. 19:6B)

Father nudge our hearts by the power of Your Spirit,

To speak kind words today to those who need to hear it (Prov. 12:25)

We know that worry doesn’t work, but praising You does!

Help us share with kind words, Your magnitude of love,

Point us in the right direction, Lord, especially to,

Those who need a kind word from us, and thus, from You!

Lord, make it evident that Your Spirit is present,

In our very speech, Lord, make it quite evident!!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

It Is Written, March 28, 2016

Deuteronomy 17:19

We seem to have lost the quality,

Of respect for any authority!

It is written in Deuteronomy,

That we need to understand (Deut. 17:19),

 

Anyone who is in leadership,

Should know the Word; read from it,

Every day, to be led by the Spirit,

And obey God’s commands.

 

Jesus learned the Scriptures.

In the desert, we see the big picture,

Of how our enemy, the Tempter,

Will also quote what is written (Luke 4:10-11)!

***

Father, help us press through,

Satan’s attempts to quote You!

Give us discernment to do,

Our work, aligned to Your Word.

 

Jesus, You said, “It is written” (Luke 4:4,8,12)

And You give us a clear description,

Of how to handle temptation,

While living in this world.

 

Help us to be good people (Ps. 37:39)

Who read, so we are able,

To be strong in times of trouble,

Thus we’re always moving forward (37:40).

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado 

Wait For Me!  March 27, 2016

Psalm 37:34

The Lord has promised His full protection (Ps. 37:33).

We will be given the satisfaction,

Of truth outlasting every lie (Prov. 12:19),

Or careless words that stab like a knife (23:18).

All people, all nations, all generations,

Will know all about God’s salvation (Luke 3:6).

We need not strive, worry or fret,

Because the Lord isn’t finished yet!

Wait for the Lord!   Look for His help (Ps. 37:34)!

Don’t try to do it all by yourself!

Follow Him!  He will honor you.

And do the things you cannot do.

***

Lord, we celebrate Your resurrection!

We praise and thank You for our salvation!

In these last days, Lord, give us grace,

And the wisdom to trust You and wait!

Wait for You, O Lord, instead,

Of “fixing things” we must trust what You said:

“Wait for the Lord’s help!  Follow Him (Ps. 37:34)!

He’ll honor you and give you the land,

And you will watch all evil flee,

Because You chose to wait for Me!”

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Jesus Pleases, March 26, 2016

Luke 2:34 & 52

What if your preacher, says with respect,

That there will be those who will not accept,

Your beautiful baby?  This prophesy,

Was spoken by Simeon, to Joseph and Mary (Luke 2:34)!

Think about living with these kinds of thoughts,

That your child will be a sign from God,

And cause the rise or the fall of many,

And someday, you will be very unhappy!

God gives us strength to do His will,

And leads us so that our purpose is fulfilled.

This baby Jesus will grow to be strong (2:40),

With goodness upon Him and full of wisdom.

He will have favor with God and man,

And thus, Jesus pleases, as best He can.

***

Father, we do what we can to arrange,

Our priorities to glorify Your Name.

Help us to better understand,

That growing in favor with God and man,

Doesn’t mean a life without troubles!

Lord Jesus, You know all about struggles.

You have no sin, and yet You’re despised.

Rejected, unaccepted, even, criminalized!

Father, let Your goodness fill us today,

And help us wisely follow Your ways (Prov. 12:15-16).

Grow us in favor with God and man,

Lord, we want to please You as best we can!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

Highest Call - Rest, March 25, 2016

Deuteronomy 12:7

The Highest Call isn’t just for “some”,

But “whosoever will” may come,

And press toward the mark until,

We reach our rest, part of God’s will.

The Highest Call is not the same,

Except in this, we all can claim,

The filling of The Spirit’s might,

And His counselling rest, day or night.

No need for doubt or dark despair!

The Highest Called only want to share (Prov. 12:12),

And treasure this rest, deep within (Luke 2:19),

That the Highest Called has bestowed upon them.

***

Lord, on this day we pause,

To remember Your death on the cross.

Because of our first parent’s fall,

You accepted the Father’s Highest Call,

To be the perfect sacrifice,

And pay for sin with Your life.

Death calls out to everyone,

But Your High Call is for us to come,

Accept the Call, which includes,

Rest right now, and in eternity with You (Deut. 12:7)

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

It’s A New Day! March 24, 2016

Luke 1:78

That which offends and makes us stumble,

Disappears, dissolves or crumbles,

At the dawn of a new day.

God’s Word washes it away!

His promises dawn upon us (Luke 1:71);

And we can feel His mercy surround us (1:78),

Making us want to help others see,

Each new dawn is accompanied,

By the offer of God to be forgiven!

Each dawn is a symbol of resurrection.

***

Father, we thank you and praise Your Name (Deut. 9:21),

Because You have done such wonderful things!

Your loving mercy is seen every day,

In the majesty of nature’s display.

The dawn reminds us to try again (Luke 1:78),

Because this is the day the Lord has given.

You have the power to take away (Deut. 9:6),

So we’d better get up and enjoy each day!

Lord, make us quick to forgive someone else,

But likewise, help us forgive ourselves!

And help us to live and walk in peace,

Seeing each dawn’s opportunities.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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What’s In Your Heart?  March 23, 2016

Deuteronomy 8:2

We give to things, more often than not,

If it’s something that is dear to our heart!

Checking my checkbook helps me to see,

That which is most important to me!

It’s good to stop and take a look,

At the ledger in our checkbook!

This reveals our heart’s condition…

And if our pride is in remission! (Deut. 8:2)

God will let us stay in the heat,

‘Till pride vaporizes and we can meet,

All His testing requirements,

To be humble and meek, yet confident.

***

Father, search my heart’s condition,

And check to make sure I am in submission,

Obedient to You, and full of Your love,

Wise as a serpent; harmless as a dove.

Make my heart courageous, yet pure,

Quiet in spirit, meek, yet secure.

Fill me with grace and mercy so,

When You test me, YOU will know,

What’s in my heart, and be pleased,

With what You find deep inside of me!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Two Fold Blessing, March 22, 2016

Deuteronomy 5:16

There’s only one of the Ten Commandments,

Which has with it, two attachments!

A double blessing is added to,

Honoring our parents in all we do. (Deut. 5:16)

Long life is the first reward,

And the second, is we are reassured,

That things will go well in the land,

God give us, as we honor our parents.

God, our heavenly Dad is jealous,

As the One who knitted us, (6:15)

Our Heavenly Father up above,

Declares is present and He’s jealous of,

The things we do that serve the flesh!

We go after what the world loves best.

Be careful!  There is no age limit,

On honoring earth and heaven’s parents!

***

Father, You give us discernment,

To see the blessings of obedience.

Help us to always honor and respect,

You, as our Father and add to that,

Love and honor for the parents who,

Gave us life and taught us about You.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Precious is God’s Love! March 21, 2016

Psalm 36:7

A twist, a turn along the road,

And suddenly, all that we know,

Changes, at times fast, or slow,

But changeless is God’s love!

 

His goodness is as deep and wide,

As mountain peaks or ocean tides (Ps. 36:6).

The giver of life with us abides (36:9),

And protects us from above (36:7).

 

He arranges, organizes (Luke 1:3).

The expected, the surprises,

For His glory!  Yes, He devises,

Plans for us to stand.

 

Anchored in His strategies,

He gives His creativity,

To overtake the enemy,

While we hold His precious hand (Deut. 3:6).

***

Lord, within the flesh we’re weak!

But when we pray and humbly seek,

Your love allows us peek (Ps. 36:7)

From underneath Your shadow.

 

Like a bird too young to fly,*

You are always close by,

To keep us safe, warm and dry,

Today and tomorrow (Deut. 4:40)!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

 

Make No Mistake About It, March 20, 2016

Deuteronomy 1:30

We have nothing at all to fear.

God says, “Do not be afraid” (Deut. 1:29).

Don’t worry.  I am right here,

And all the plans have been made,

For Your safety and protection.

You are living in My care.

I will point you in the direction,

Of deliverance, not despair.

You’ve already passed through fire,

And you hardly felt my arm,

Underneath you, like a Father,

Holding you, away from harm (1:31).

And likewise, I will continue (2:7).

So don’t be a doubting Thomas (Mark 16:14).

You will understand when I give you,

Everything that I have promised” (16:16).

***

Father, because of Your presence,

I abide within Your strength.

To provide for my deliverance,

Lord, You’ll go to any length.

I don’t need to worry about,

Mistakes I could make today.

You have said, “Do not doubt” (Deut. 1:17),

Your decisions along the way.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Six Hours, March 19, 2016

Mark 15:25

It was early in the morning when they nailed Him to a tree.

In six long hours, Jesus died for you and me.

Six hours of pain that few will ever know.

The first hour, He took the nails, the jolt… five more to go.

Attitudes hurt His heart, and tore His inner flesh,

“So save yourself!” they mocked Him… four more hours are left. (15:29)

“You said you could destroy the Temple, build it up again.”

He answers with nothing while darkness rushing in.

For the next three hours, the people at the cross,

Experience God’s blanket of sorrow and loss.

The fifth heavy hour is followed by a quake,

And a soldier is convinced, they’ve made a big mistake,

“This really was the Son of God!” Did he shout it or whisper?

As he stood holding a spear, and at his feet, was a hammer.

***

Jesus, at this time of year, we pause to think about,

The hours You spent at Calvary, and our hearts cry out!

“Father, forgive them, but Lord, forgive us too,

We are just as guilty as the solder next to You.”

Lord, we can’t imagine the pain and grief You bore.

The horrific six hours, and yet, it was much more;

More than the crown of thorns, the curses from the crowds,

More than Gethsemane, or the accusations loud.

You anticipated this since the day of Adam’s fall,

That the people You created, would make You stand in Pilate’s hall.

Jesus, because of love, You sustained the pain,

And to die in six hours was the reason You came.

Saying, “Thank you” is just not enough, for all the centuries,

So we give You every hour we have, now and for eternity.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Who Would Do That? March 18, 2016

Psalm 35:12-13

Who would testify without mercy,

Or ask a question, knowing the facts? (Ps. 35:11)

Who would shell out evil for good? (35:12)

Who in the world would do that?

Who would intentionally make someone sad?

Especially, one who has prayed for them?

Who would witness attack and be glad?

Hopefully not, a Christian! (35:15)

Perhaps a person who dares to make fun,

Or dive into gossip’s hideous trap,

Hasn’t received the love of a person, (Prov. 12:2)

Who only plans good and doesn’t do that!

***

Father, we live in a hungry world,

Where spiritual diets are full of junk food.

Help us to feed on the meat of Your Word,

And maintain a proper balance for good.

Lord, it’s so easy to follow a crowd,

And try to please because of fear. (Mark 15:10)

Help us to silence those who are loud,

And be Your hands and mouthpieces here.

Lord, may our witness always include,

Encouragement verbalized or created,

By actions that say, “I agree; I approve!”

With good attitudes that show on our faces.

In this world where it’s common to turn,

And look away as a life is ransacked,

Lord, forgive us and help us discern,

The right thing to do, and never do that!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

 

Carry Your Sword! March 17, 2016

Psalm 35:2

As the children of God we must understand,

That being armed is His command. (Num. 32:30)

We memorize scriptures and keep them ready,

For times when it is necessary,

To speak the Word, while out in the field,

Protected by God’s armor and shield.

The battle is His, yet we are involved,

Quite often, a target as children of God. (Ps. 35:1)

For reasons beyond our comprehension,

We carry God’s Word for our own protection.

***

Father, because we’re committed to You,

We always go out armed with the truth.

We expect we’re going to face opposition,

Even when peace dominates our intentions.

Lord, You stood there in Pilate’s hall,

At first, without uttering a word at all. (Mark 14:61)

But when You finally answered them,

You stated, “I AM both God and man.”

And one day this will be made known

When we see Christ seated on His throne. (14:62)

Father, we know in the blink of an eye,*

As fast as the lightning travels the sky,

The truth of scripture will be revealed,

But for now, we must carry our sword and shield.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado*

 

Good People Give Life, March 16, 2016

Proverbs 11:30

The Lord sees the good in our hearts and lives,

When we’re trying to do what is right.

He hears our prayers when troubles and strife, (Ps. 34:15)

Try to dim our spiritual light.

God’s acceptance, His approval is glorious.

He resolves all the problems of those,

Who cry out to Him, most righteous,

To protect our very bones. (34:20)

A good person gives to others;

The wise encourage, “Be Strong!” (Prov. 11:30)

When we’re weak and brokenhearted,

Hearing the count as we’re down.

Good people bless and prove.

That God’s love is always enough!

They will stand in the corner with you,

And help to hold you up!

***

Father, You bless our hands,

And toughen us up when we feel,

We are overwhelmed by a problem,

And we need something tangible.

Good people will be rewarded,

But the proud and contemptuous will fall. (Ps. 31:17,18)

Satan’s plans are demolished,

When YOU become involved.

Lord, You have said in Your Word,*

“A curse without cause won’t alight” (Prov. 26:2)

So we praise You that our prayers are heard,

And we trust You to make all things right.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible and prayers by Stormie O’Martian*

 

 

20/20 Spiritual Vision, March 15, 2016

Psalm 34:14

Seeing people through God’s eyes,

Melts our hearts so we don’t despise.

And if they treat us differently,

We’ll not show partiality.

We look underneath veneer,

Toughened, hardened, outer layers,

Treating them with dignity,

With 20/20 accuracy.

Those who do excellent things,

To glorify our Savior’s name, (Mark 146B)

Will be more easily understood,

If our Spiritual Vision is good!

***

Father, we may need Your help,

To see with vision beyond ourselves!*

Twenty/twenty Spiritual sight,

Will always help us see things right. (Mark 14:7)

Adjust, heal, do whatever,

So that we can see much better.

Past the depth of a disguise,

Lord, deep down where sorrow lies.

Mix our words with dignity,

Love, peace and mercy. (Psalm 34:14)

Responding to heart cries in spirit,

Sensitive, Lord, enough to heart it,

Looking past discrepancies,

To see with 20/20 accuracy.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

Mighty Angels, March 14, 2016

Psalm 34:7

God provides and God divides,

That which we need; we can personalize,

His gifts and even our promised inheritance,

As blessed children of His covenant. (Num. 26:52-56)

Likewise, those who go to Him,

For help, He is faithful to send, (Ps. 34:4-7)

His angels, with strength indescribable,*

To help save us from trouble.

The inheritance we receive in this life,

Is better understood through strife,

For when we call, without hesitation,

He gives us, angel protection.

***

Father, You customize our answers,

And provide for us, angel protectors.

They camp around us, day and night,*

To protect us, and help us do what’s right.

You are the one who judges and saves!

And with our whole being, we give You praise!

We glorify You every waking minute, (Ps. 34:1)

For nothing can overrule Your Spirit.

Thanks be to God!  As we pray, meditate,

And apply Your Word, we KNOW how great,

How deep and wide is Your love for us.

 Lord, in YOU, we place our trust.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible 

See the Bigger Vision, March 13, 2016

Numbers 23:23

When Israel’s enemies sought to curse them,

By bringing in the big guns of Balaam,

God told Balaam, “Any curses will fail!” (Num. 24:9)

“No magic will work against Israel.” (23:23)

Balaam saw this, about Israel, from God:

“Your homes are beautiful, people of Jacob!” (24:5)

“Your tents spread out like the valleys,

Or like gardens by rivers!”  Thus, Israel’s finale,

Is a part of God’s plan, a much bigger vision,

And no human being can change God’s decision! (23:19)

***

Father, Your Spirit is all that we seek.

Make us swift to hear, and slow to speak.

With meekness and temperance, we will bear fruit,

As we’re faithful to You, we grow deeper roots. (Mark 13:13)

In Israel’s promises, we can trust,

And read them as if You are promising us! (Num. 24:5-9)

Lord, You award Your power to those,

Who look for the good wherever they go. (Prov. 11:27)

Give us discernment, discretion, resolve,

To see the much bigger vision involved!

Lord, keep negative traits far away,

And help us to see what You see today;

To bless all those whom You bless,

So we can end up, victorious! (Mark 13:13)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

It’s Not What You Think!  March 12, 2016

Numbers 22:30

If a person wants to pick and choose,

Which part of scripture to refuse,

This Biblical account of a conversation,

Between a donkey and a man could be the one! (Num. 22:29-30)

The animal was stopped and wouldn’t move,

Seeing danger, with no way to prove,

Except to speak!  Then Balaam’s eyes opened,

And he saw the angel out in front of them.

Really, we believe a donkey could talk?

Yes!  Just like we believe water came from rock,

And God sent the plagues, the manna, the quail,

To free his children, protect them and prevail.

Balaam needed to understand,

That blessing Israel was part of His plan.

Things are not always what we can see,

So God might have to speak through unconventional means!

***

Father, please magnify Yourself today.

And open up our eyes so we understand the way.

Use whatever means You need to use,

A donkey?  Sure!  Just get the message through!

We don’t want to walk on dangerously,

Thinking one thing, when You might disagree!

Show us Your will, Your plan, Your way,

For us to determine ALL we do and say. (Num. 22:35)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Speak To It!  March 11, 2016

Numbers 20:8

Moses, no doubt, became angry with disgust,

At the people, because once again they did trust,

His leadership, and so this wears him down.

They’re upset!  Water is nowhere to be found. (Num. 20:2)

Angry at God, they get in Moses’ face,

“Why did you bring us to this terrible place?”  (20:5)

“It has no pomegranates, no figs, no grain,

No grapevines and no water,” they complained.

Evidently, there was a prominent rock,

In front of where the people gathered to talk.

God said for Moses to go and speak to it,

But instead, in rage, he swings his walking stick,

 Water flows out, and the people drink up,

But Moses didn’t speak to the rock, he struck!

God is not honored when we get so upset,

We’ll regret giving in to the boiling’s of the flesh! (20:12)

***

Father, You love us, so You give us what we need,

But often, we become impatient, even angry,

When pressures build around us and people start demanding,

Things that we can’t do, or go beyond our understanding!

Help us to respond with honorable words,

If You say, “Speak to this rock!” which seems absurd,

We will speak!  You can take it, make it anything You want!

Our obedient speaking, can turn it to a fount!

Lord, give us patience when our flesh wants to swing.

In response to all the ridiculous things,

About which folks complain, Lord, help us remain,

Calm and collected, speaking honor to Your Name.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

While We Still Can!  March 10, 2016

Psalm 32:6

Think you don’t have time to pray?

Not enough hours in the day?

That’s what most people say,

As they head out and then stumble.

 

Troubles will rise like a flood,

But those who pray, believing God,

Obediently, without any doubts,

Will see those troubles crumble. (Mark. 11:23)

***

Father, while we can, we will,

Pray each day to fulfill,

Our highest purpose, Lord, until,

We’re with You in heaven!

 

Lord, each day, we humbly come,

And pray, forgiving everyone.

Because, as Your daughters/sons,

We have been forgiven. (11:25)

 

You have given us this gift,

Of prayer, faith, believe if,

That for which we ask, we’ll get, (11:24)

But forgiveness is a must. (11:25)

 

We can’t hold a grudge against,

Those who’ve hurt or caused offense.*

Forgive us for carrying resentments,

So that You can answer us!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* with scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

Do Yourself A Favor, March 9, 2016

Psalm 32:1 & Proverbs 11:17

We do ourselves a favor when we practice being kind! (Prov. 11:17)

Integrity and harmony preserve us every time.

We find ourselves up against such pride and prejudice.

But God’s upper hand will demand righteousness. (Num. 16:20-22)

We won’t smell like smoke, nor appear, disheveled!

With kindness, we’ll extinguish the fires of the devil.

Happy is the person whose sins are forgiven. (Ps. 32:1)

They understand kindness, because they’ve been pardoned.

But cruel people bring trouble to their own souls! (Prov. 11:17)

If only they’d show kindness, they’d find life more favorable.

***

Father, let Your ways of kindness flow through me.

Let me experience its power released.

Thank you for forgiveness through the cross of Christ,

So all who believe, can find happiness in life. (Ps. 32:1)

Lord, this happiness is revealed in our actions!

Help us triumph over evil’s constant dissatisfaction!

Those disagreeable, transgress without cause,

And fight inner battles with You, Almighty God! (Num. 16:11)

Remind me this truth: I do myself a favor,

When I’m kind, I remind everyone of Christ, My Savior.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Oh Yes, We Can!  March 8, 2016

Numbers 13:30

When we hear, “This is hopeless, why try?”

We need to discern God’s truth from the lies.

Caleb and Joshua, two out of twelve,

Gave a report that all should go well!

When the others said, “No, we should not take this land!”

Their excellent spirits said, “Oh yes, we can!” (Num. 13:30)

The children of God are uniquely equipped,

To see the possibilities, and not jump ship!

Their thoughts tend toward hope, new beginnings, success,

While other see a big insurmountable mess.

God loves our faith, and He doesn’t ignore, (14:11)

Those willing to trust Him, go out and explore. (Ps. 31:24)

***

Father, You’ve begun a good work in us.

And You will complete it!  Our job is to trust!

You hear our prayers and concerns each day.

And remind us, “Have hope, be strong and brave!” (31:24)

Remove futile thoughts, and hopeless words;

Guard us from those who see the negative first.

Give us a Joshua and Caleb-like stand,

“We should certainly go up and take the land.” (Num. 13:30)

What’s the alternative, Lord?  We’d rather,

Go forward in faith, and not dodge the matter!

Give us that excellent spirt to say,

“Oh Yes, We Can!”  And believe it today. (Ps. 31:23)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

God Is Not Weak!  March 7, 2016

Numbers 11:14 & 23

Moses cries out to the Lord for help,

He just can’t handle things all by himself! (Num. 11:14-15)

The people are complaining, bored with the food.

Though it’s fresh every morning and free, they get rude!

God isn’t happy with all our complaining.

Because He can change things, without explaining!

In an effort to ease Moses’ stress and defeat,

God decides to upgrade their diet with meat.

“Do you think I am weak?  Now you will see,

If I can do what I say.”  Just watch Me! (trans. mine) (11:23)

God provides for His servants, just the same,

As Moses, and so we should fear to complain. (12:8)

He meets all our needs, especially,

When stressed, He will bless, and we too will see,

Our God is not weak!  Here’s what He will do,

He will bring in the quail, without fail, just for you.

***

Father, we are purified from all our sin,

And yet, we get stressed, and we often, give in,

To the loads we carry, pressures to comply,

With every demand, crossing t’s, dotting I’s.

Father, an exchange takes place when we,

Lay our burdens and cares down at Your feet.

For us, it’s impossible.  But Lord, not for You. (Mark. 10:27)

So come, and do what only You can do.

Bring us a mighty wind of Your Spirit,

With meat from heaven, Lord, don’t spare it.

You can satisfy every last need!

Because You’re a God Who is not weak!

Thank you, Lord!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

 

Fly Above It, March 6, 2016

Mark 9:40

“Rise up and scatter Your enemies, Lord.

Make those who hate You run away! (Num. 10:35)

There are people against the Lord in this world,

And as Christians, we must blow the trumpet and pray, (10:9)

“Lord, let the good rise up like cream.

To build their cities, and bless them!  (Prov. 11:11)

Scatter the ones who crush our dreams,

With negative words that destroy and condemn.

Good people build, restore, and bless,

And they’ve learned to recognize and replace,

A lower nature that refuses progress,

And cannot rise to new heights of God’s grace.

***

Lord, You’ve proven Yourself to be strong. (Ps. 31:8)

You protect Your children from those who hate You! (Num. 10:35)

Help us discern who is right, who is wrong,

And not be reluctant to see the clues:

Your enemy seeks to destroy with words,

That keep us down so we cannot rise,

On wings, supernatural, high as a bird,

Where we’re able to see, as You visualize.

Lord, You see all, and not a piece,

Both sides of the story, but most important,

You steer us away from raging seas,

And help us fulfill our divine appointments.

Thank You God, for giving us wings,

To follow You up to the higher heights!

Help us shake off lesser things,

That tie our wings, and keep us from flight.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

 

Conversational Thoughts, March 5, 2016

Numbers 7:89

It’s hard to imagine that God has a voice,

No doubt, with a tone, full and complete. (Num. 7:89)

Moses really had no other choice,

Than to go to one place to hear Him speak.

In the Holy of Holies, Moses heard,

The actual voice of God, just as if,

Almighty lips formed every word,

And Moses could respond to this.

We are not limited to one place,

One Holy of Holies, one Ark of Agreement.

We hear God speak, with the timbre of grace,

In our hearts, our own, Ark of the Covenant.

***

God, Your voice in our hearts is there,

To amplify that which Your Word says;

The Holy Spirit helps us care,

And desire to do what’s right and best.

Lord, there is only One Avenue,

But You give us motion-detector lights,

And signs, detailing, what, where, why, who,

For the good of Your Name, we KNOW what’s right. (Ps. 31:3)

Lord, make our ears and eyes alert,

To traps, mishaps, and consequences,

Of not listening louder to You in our hearts,

Our own, personal, Ark of the Agreement.

Lord, You have given something to us,

That only a handful of prophets had!

Your voice, in conversational thoughts,

That intimately detail and direct our paths!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

We Should Bless!  March 4, 2016

Numbers 6:22-26

The Psalmist probably says it best,

“What good can I do if I go to my death?” (Ps. 30:9)

Dust cannot praise the Lord or speak,

Of justice, truth, righteousness and peace. (Translation, mine)

In life, we shouldn’t have any hidden plans,

To entangle family, neighbors or friends.

Instead, we go out each day to good, (Prov. 11:3)

Blessing, because we’ve been blessed, so we should, (Num. 6:22)

Care about others, but not necessarily, (Mark 8:33)

Worry about opinions, that’s a trap of the enemy!

***

Father, help us constantly clear our focus,

To better understand our call and purpose.

As the enlisted, with this great commission,

Let us not be entangled by affairs of civilians!

Lord, hear our prayers and have mercy on us, (Ps. 30:10)

Change any sadness to gladness and trust. (30:11)

Let us rise up to heights that are best,

By accepting and sharing Your words that bless. (Num. 6:24)

“The Lord bless us and keep us today,

Make Your face shine upon us and light our way.

Bathe us in love, kindness and mercy,

And protect us with peace every inch of our journey. (6:25)

And Lord, we’ll be sure to give You the praise,

And bless as we should, this side of the grave! (Ps. 30:9-11)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Let’s All Work Together! March 3, 2016

Numbers 3:6

God told Moses to number the men, (Num. 1:20-42)

By tribe, by banner and crest.

Dan will camp north; to the south, Reuben;

Judah, east; and Joseph’s sons, west.

The other tribes set up in between,

To protect and surround God’s Tent.

Why?  The enemy against God is mean,

And seen as a REAL opponent.

Tactical strategies take time, hours,

To organize, plan and protect,

God’s Tent!  God’s church, God’s ministries, choirs,

By constantly planning ahead.

We also must learn to prioritize,

To organize wisely, because,

If unprotected, the enemy can rise,

And hurt the “Tents” of God.

***

Father, help us not just think about,

Our own little tribes and cliques.

But Lord, help us fill in the gaps, circle up,

To strengthen ministries and equip.

Make love within us, strong to protect,

And deflect Your opponent, “Fear.”

Help us understand, we must not neglect,

To organize Your Kingdom right here!

When we get to heaven, we’ll be able to see,

Other Christians as we should see them now!

All one in the Lord, part of HIS family,

Help us better, work together, somehow!

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Growth & Gain!  March 2, 2016

Psalm 29:11

God opens doors that no one can close.

He is eager to help and bless all of those,

Who respect and seek to honor His Name. (Prov. 10:27)

They can always look forward to growth and gain,

God views their spirit, body and soul.

As His work of art, most valuable! (10:28-29)

He shows us how to take each situation,

And fulfill, with skill, our obligations.

He never requires we work to death,

Or reach for things in which we aren’t the best!

But God gives us strength to do His will,

And peace like nothing else can fulfill.

We’ve no condemnation, just genuineness,

When we seek the Lord, and do our best.

***

Father, bless the work of my hands.

And may I be seen as completely, genuine.

Give me new strength, and refresh my mind,

Receiving the peace that’s meant to be mine! (Ps. 29:11)

Do not allow the old devil to steal,

My joy, by making my life, unbearable.

Lord, we’re all under so much pressure!

Help me to see it as exercise to prosper.

I seek protection, Lord, secure,

My peace, until I don’t need any more!

Grow my contentment and happiness,

To the extent that I ALWAYS expect,

To be free from the pressure to climb or gain,

Knowing, my value to You doesn’t change.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Gracious Plenty, March 1, 2016

Leviticus 27:30

One tenth of all that I have isn’t mine! (Lev. 27:30)

God doesn’t ask for an even split,

But only one-tenth, and with that, He is fine,

And He lets me use all the rest of it!

God blesses me with each new day,

And commands His angels to guard my path!

But I worship Him and give Him praise,

Not ONLY because He does all that,

But because He is holy and powerful. (Ps. 29:4)

He speaks and lightning does His will.

How amazing and how wonderful,

That His love for me will never fail!

***

Lord, my heart is set upon You.

No storm can rise up and blow me away. (Prov. 10:24-25)

Give me a fresh perspective to do,

More with my nine-tenths today.

You have ordained protection for me.

But I cannot cleans and transform myself!

Help me use resources wisely,

My income, my time, even space in my thoughts. (Mark 7:21)

Help me to put hurt and anger aside,

And see all the good things You’ve handed to me.

Daily, refresh my perspective and guide,

My use of this nine-tenths which is, gracious plenty!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Don’t Let Go of His Hand!  February 29, 2016

Mark 7:9

Oh the joy of holding God’s hand!

We’ll be blessed by following His commands. (Lev. 26:3-12)

“If you remember my laws and obey them,

I will give rain, in the right season!” (26:3 & 4)

“The land will produce; you’ll have plenty to eat,

And you will lie down in peace and safety.” (26:5-6)

“I will keep harmful animals out,

And you will chase larger armies about.” (26:7)

Count all the promises that can be ours,

If we’re obedient to the Lord our God! (26:14)

But turning away, refusing to listen,

Makes US run wild, in every direction. (26:17)

***

Father, thank you for promises given,

When I choose to remember, obey You and listen.

But Lord, if I should forget Your ways

Grab my hand and don’t allow me to stray. (26:45)

Do whatever You have to do,

So I’ll never go very far from You.

Lord, I love You with all of my heart, (Mark 7:6)

And thank You for that which obedience starts. (Prov. 10:22)

I know Your blessings are greater, indeed,

Than anything the world can offer me. (Lev. 26:45)

Lord, help those who ignore Your commands. (Mark 7:9)

See that there’s hope, and take hold of Your hand. (Lev. 26:40B)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Mind, Open Up!  February 28, 2016

Mark 6:52

Imagine following the Lord to some deserted place,

Trying to find rest, and a little elbow space; (Mark 6:31)

But despite all your efforts to rest quietly,

A crowd assembles, as far as you can see. (6:33)

Jesus had pity, because He saw them,

As lost sheep with evening about to fall on them. (6:34)

They’re searching for meaning, for help, so they forget,

All about food!  Their hunger must be met!

Jesus pulls you aside, “YOU give them something!” (6:37)

“But Lord, I’ve no reserves, no credit card, no nothing!”

Scanning the crowd, you see a kid with a basket.

You tap him on the shoulder and ask to borrow it!

Jesus take its contents, five loaves, two fish, (6:40)

Looks up to God and blesses it.

Somehow as he breaks off a handful for each person,

You end up with enough to feed more than five thousand.

How does He do it?  Here’s one fact:

You’re contented not to know and leaving it at that! (6:52)

***

Jesus, Your disciples got to witness first hand,

Miraculous events, still, they didn’t understand.

If You can feed so many with someone’s lunch sack,

Than You can open minds that are always holing back.

Closed to the gospel, they cannot see their need,

Nor their lost condition, like wandering sheep!

Open up minds of people today,

To understand, how we are fearfully made,

Created and designed to understand and know,

The work of the devil is to keep minds closed!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Security In Silence, February 27, 2016

Psalm 28:1

There will be times when God is silent. (Ps. 28:1)

And we wonder, “How can I ever triumph?”

It’s as if we have one foot in the grave,

And we can experience a lapse in our faith.  (Mark 6:6)

But God is so faithful and He is not deaf!

He won’t allow weapons of unrighteousness,

To prosper against us, no matter the opposition, (6:11)

We are under His wings, securely positioned,

To watch the darts of the enemy,

Like gossip, slander, even disloyalty,

To fall on the ground or fail to explode.

And He works in silence, more than we know.

***

Father, when heaven seems closed to us,

We know that it’s time to silently, trust.

More likely than not, You are mending the tares,

And WE must be silent, so You can repair!

Lord, You have said, “Whoever accepts,

Correction is on the way to success.” (Prov. 10:17)

Perhaps we’re in time out!  Places where we,

Can rest, in silence and security.

So Lord, when we think that You are too quiet,

Remind us, faith grows best in silence.

There will be times to make joyful noise,

But silence demands our faith be deployed.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Because You Believe, February 26, 2016

Mark 5:34

Meditate on the face of our Lord.

Bask!  You’ll feel your vitality soar!

Enjoy His presence and experience,

That nothing else matters, no circumstance,

Will corrupt or change this point of view: (Ps. 27:8)

That because you believe, good will come to you. (27:13)

Believing means you have hope and conviction,

That God can change a bad situation. (27:14)

He can make us, useful, indeed,

When we move into close proximity.  (Mark 5:28)

Take His words, “Because you believed,

“You are healed, dearest child, now, go in peace!” (5:34)

***

Father, our faith can be better explained,

As believing, having convictions that claim,

You WILL help and You will save us! (Ps. 27:13-14)

And we will see good things, because we trust, (27:14)

In You, Oh Lord!  We truly believe,

You want us to flourish, like a stately palm tree.

Upright, majestic, stable and strong,

We not only touch You, but we grab and hold on.

We can know with certainty,

You have laid up good things, for those who believe. (Ps. 31:19)

Thanks Be To God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 Apples & Oranges

Proverbs 10:12

Apples and oranges cannot be compared.

Both deliciously prove to share,

The good nutrition of vitamin C,

But they as different as different can be!

Likewise, we must understand,

That the same God who gave The Law to man,

Is Christ, who taught us live together,

And become like Him, a life-giver!

God’s plan from the very beginning,

Was life, good health, love and blessing!

Evil destroys, rather than builds.

It crushes, curses, hates and steals.

God, as our Father, Christ, our Savior,

Would rather reward than punish behavior,

And teach us to understand it all,

Even the things we don’t like in the Law. (Lev. 19:1-20:27)

***

Father, forgive us if we’re still deciding,

Whether or not to be “Law-Abiding!”

Give us discerning minds to see,

The Laws were given so graphically,

To teach things we don’t like to mention,

But deep inside, we know it all strengthens,

Families, children, relationships,

Healthy minds and marriages,

Exhorting rather than crushing us…

With forgiveness from Genesis to the cross. (Prov. 10:12)

Life is dangerous without Law.

You made it to protect us all! (Ps. 27:5)

Help us embrace Your love and acceptance,

And become the image of Christ You intended.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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The Discretion of Faith, February 24, 2016

Mark 4:40

We do not fight with flesh and blood,

And so, our help must come from God! (Ps. 27:1)

Evil will do what evil does,

But Faith lives in obedience.

 

Things on earth that Faith decrees,

Will be manifested, eventually.

And God’s Word, His prophesies,

Encourage our diligence. (Ps. 27:2)

 

Jesus stood with strength and calm, (Mark 4:39)

And told the waves to settle down!

Circumstances and Pending Harm,

Immediately obeyed!

 

So, who are we to question Christ,

If even the winds and storms of life,

Submit to Him, without thinking twice?

Yet, we’ve little effort of faith.

***

Lord, help us be more diligent,

To understand what You meant,

With this, a questioning comment,

“Why are you afraid?”

 

Give us more of what we need,

Because You’ve promised us, indeed,

More understanding to believe,

The effects of our faith…

 

To trust that Your Divine control,

Will penetrate our heart and soul,

 Providing clarity, making whole,

Our thoughts which guide our actions.

 

Father, when we’re obedient,

We find You stand in our defense, (4:39)

And give us more than common sense;

Our faith gives us discretion.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Grow One Hundred Times More

Mark 4:20

Many have selective hearing,

When it comes to Biblical teaching!

Like a seed that cannot grow,

They’re choked by worries, fears and woes. (Mark 4:19)

Evil desires deep within,

Will stop the growth before it begins!

The way to best germinate,

Is to root alongside,  associate,

With others who are considerate!

Loving, kind and courteous.

Spiritually tender, finding delight,

In submitting to our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ps. 26:8-11)

***

Father, have mercy on us today,

And help us grow the right way. (Mark 4:8)

Make our hearts good, because,

Good hearts and thoughts ARE the sod,

Your seed must have to bear more fruit,

One hundred times more seeds that root,

And dig deep into soil that’s nourished,

In God’s Word to make them flourish!

Lord, it’s not enough to listen;

We accept Your will with full submission!

Keep us from tempter’s arm,

That sows the weeds, intending to harm.

Help us not let evil shoots,

Explode pods of hollow fruit!

Chop away that which impedes,

The greatest growth of Your seeds!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado 

Pride Hides & Denies, February 22, 2016

Psalm 27:2

The Lord will defend an innocent soul. (Ps. 26:1)

Those who put their trust in Him,

And never doubt, He is in control,

Say, “Test me Lord, and check within.”(Ps. 26:2)

God’s Word of Truth helps us recognize,

Nothing is hidden under His light.

Remorse is not a product of pride,

But with it, we can make things right.

The Holy Spirit does His work,

To defend, shield us and keep us safe.

Satan finds it hard to lurk,

When God lights up our closet space.

***

Father, we pray for conviction to fall,

On errors of pride that we’ve overlooked.

We would rather have others recall,

Good things about us and our work! (Prov. 10:6-7)

Lord, deliver us from the oppression,

That clings to us when we obsess,

At self-defense in persecution,

Instead of seeing it as a test. (Ps. 26:1-2)

Lord, Your strong defense will last.

We can trust Your Word is more than enough,

To shield us when fault is cast,

We’ll trust that You are defending us.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

Is It Possible?  February 21, 2016

Mark 3:5

Is it possible, we’ve this inclination?

We do only what’s in our job description! (Prov. 10:4)

Our jobs indeed might pay us to have,

A phone, a car, and a roof overhead!

But when work becomes so compartmentalized,

Sometimes we don’t mind letting others pay tithe.

But wait, this is not an attribute,

Of godliness; we ALL contribute!

Like Pharisees, we can follow the law,

But lack good sense to make the right call!

As Christians, we are really in trouble,

Because we’re not giving as much as possible!

***

Lord, those who pray the most genuine prayers,

Are likely to shoulder the greatest cares.*

We learn that all things are possible,

Because You are always available.

You respond to small gestures of faith,

And understand that anger can raise, (Ps. 25:20)

Our energy level, to work even harder,

When we see the stubbornness of another. (Mark 3:5)

Jesus, Your anger prompted You do,

Miraculous things, in opposition to,

Those trying to catch Your mistakes. (3:6)

You continued to heal, instead of hate.

Lord, help us to understand,

Sometimes, our anger, is part of Your plan!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

 

Walk In Holiness, February 20, 2016

Leviticus 11:44

“Keep yourselves holy for Me,

Because,” God says, “I am holy!” (Lev. 11:44)

Those who are humble, He shows,

The right way in which to go. (Ps. 25:5)

Those who give Him respect, (25:12)

Will be pointed in the way that is best.

They’ll enjoy a life that includes, (25:13)

Goodness in all they pursue.

The Lord doesn’t let them starve. (Prov. 10:3)

And He keeps them from those who do harm.

When we walk in holiness,

Our end will be what we expect. (Ps. 101:6)

***

Lord, I am convinced,

That walking in Holiness,

Doesn’t go in and reside,

In rooms that gossip and chide.

Forgive us for not encouraging,

Exhorting, edifying, building,

And thinking about holiness.

In this, Lord, we digress.

As it is in heaven above,

May we live by the laws of love. (Mark 2:27)

Doing all that is necessary,

To Walk in ways that are holy.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Jesus Shows Pity, February 19, 2016

Mark 1:44

As Jesus taught and walked on this earth, (Mark 1:22)

People didn’t fully grasp,

His authority, because of His birth,

And consequent childhood in Nazareth!

Jesus was able to control,

His emotions, and yet, sometimes, He cried!

He understood, stress takes its toll,

When we bottle our feelings and keep them inside!

In pity, Jesus healed their pain.

He mourned with those who suffered loss,

Bringing acceptance instead of shame,

With hopeful, loving and positive thoughts.

We can trust our emotions to Him.

And find redemption from certain things,

Like anger that could cause us to sin,

But instead, use the energy that it brings.

***

Lord, thank You for helping us feel,

Your love, Your grace and peaceful nature.

Help us not to weakly yield,

To negative thoughts, depression or anger.

You understand emotional stress,

Jesus, You got angry when,

Hearts were hard, regardless,

Of how much You loved them!

Lord, give us the liberty,

To not keep things locked up inside.

Lord, help us to love, show pity;

For those hurt, and with them, cry. (1:44)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

 

Inviting God, February 18, 2016

Mark 1:17

Compare the ideas of invitation,

With a representative delegation.

Many are cordially invited to come,

But those who feel called know, it’s a challenge!

Giving up family, land and more,

To accept the calling of the Lord, (Mark 1:18)

Offering up sacrifices of praise,

And trusting God for each step of the way.

The King of Kings says, “Open the door, (Ps. 24:9)

And I will come in forevermore.”

By first accepting His invitation,

We reciprocate, by inviting Him in.

***

Father, we open wide the doors, (Ps. 24:9)

And pray You’ll come and fill us, Lord,

With Your Holy Spirit, fresh and new.

So our lives will please and honor You. (Mark 1:11)

Thank for Your kind invitation,

Your Words sweeting each situation,

Because You remind us to come, trust,

And You will be more than enough for us.

Help us to wisely handle the challenges,

The decision, the questions, and any adjustments.

We praise You!  King, All-Powerful,

For our invitation and personal call.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and Scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

Receive A Blessing, February 17, 2016

Psalm 24:5

Service that’s done, simply because,

“We should” is part of the call of God.*

The priests who followed the law to the letter,

Found their lives went so much better. (Lev. 6:12)

The altar fires were kept ablaze,

Because priests added wood every day.

It just makes sense!  But many make fun,

Of people who have such dedication. (Prov. 9:7)

But teaching the wise, we quickly receive,

A blessing, because they will learn to achieve,

And long to go higher, not staying the same,

Loving the process of wisdom gained.

But correction often leads to results,

Of retaliation and hateful insults. (9:8)

This is to be expected, don’t fret!

God is not done with all of us yet!

***

Father, I’m free as a child of the King,

To refuse to accept the lesser things;

That which chokes out my joy and peace,

Gets in the way of Your blessings for me.

You never leave me; You’re always creating,

Opportunities for me to receive Your blessings.

My intention, Lord, my primary goal,

Is to do Your will, which blesses my soul.

Lord, energize me to fuel Your fires,

Burning each morning, with Your care and power.

Give me clean hands and a pure heart, (Ps. 24:4-5)

To receive the blessings, You impart.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

 

Understanding The Power, February 16, 2016

Matthew 27:57-66 & Proverbs 9:6

The soldiers sufficiently sealed Christ’s tomb! (Matt. 27:66)

They heard the talk of His resurrection.

No doubt, they worked by the light of the moon,

Cementing around the stone to perfection.

They probably made this seal air-tight,

Then guarded the entrance against any thieves,

That might come and steal Christ’s body by night!

They didn’t understand the Powers That Be!

Likewise, I don’t understand the extent,

Of God’s great power that trumps my own! (Ps. 23:5)

I’ve been adopted!  I’m not condemned; (Rom. 8:1)*

I’ve immediate access to my Father’s throne! (Eph. 2:18)

***

Father, today, keep me on the road,

Of understanding Your power and light.

You’ve promised to take my heavy load,

And share with me, understanding and might.

Lord, You have always led me along.

And loaded me with responsibilities!

Give me resolve, renewed and strong,

To envision the power You have for me.

My table is set at the end of the day,

With food prepared by Wisdom’s hands. (Prov. 9:5)

Lord, help me stop my worrisome ways, (9:6)

That make it impossible to understand,

That You are filling my cup, even now. (Ps. 23:5)

To overflowing with tender mercy.

You’ll KEEP me on this road, somehow,

Of understanding, by STAYING with me!  (23:3)

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucadi* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

 

Substantial Evidence, February 15, 2016

Matthew 27:51

Consider the evidence, detailed accounts,

In large coincidental amounts,

Huge things, miraculous, simultaneous,

With Christ’s death, instantaneous!

When Jesus gave up His spirit that day,

The temple veil, a mile away,

Was torn, from top to bottom by force.

With no human explanation, of course.

Accompanied by an enormous earthquake,

That shakes the ground so that rocks break!

And many of God’s people in graves,

Walked out of them, obviously, raised.

So strong was the evidence at the time,

That the soldiers who guarded Christ changed their minds!

They believed, with shock and awe, (27:54)

Saying, “He really IS the Son of God!”

***

Lord, we must study so we don’t forget,

The incredible amounts of evidence,

That happened the moment You died on the cross,

This remarkable evidence that’s discounted and lost!

Any one of these things would be breaking news,

People raised from the dead, the veil rent in two,

The mid-day sun covered up in the sky,

And an earthquake that opens the graves up wide…

Lord, all these things are proof of God’s grief!

And a foretaste of power that You will release,

When You come, final proof that You really have risen!

We who believe the evidence You’ve given,

Will be caught up to meet You and finally see,

Our faith is the evidence of all we believe.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Wisdom Sees the Joy!  February 14, 2016

Proverbs 8:30-31

The wisdom of Solomon understands,

That wisdom delights to comprehend,

And see God’s wonderful wisdom,

As a gift, a grant, a present! (Prov. 8:23)

 

He describes wisdom as a child,

Innocent, happy, good natured, mild,

Delighted to be close to God!

In His presence, moment by moment. (8:31)

 

So close, wisdom matches the sound,

Of the voice of God, and assures all around,

That wisdom won’t be easily bound,

By the hang-ups gripping another.

 

Wisdom’s vision can clearly see,

God’s direction, as… practicalities,

And wisdom knows that God is pleased,

When we find delight in each other!  (8:31)

***

Father, grant us wisdom today,

This gifts returns to us in ways,

That give us joy, to delightfully say,

Helpful words of insight!

 

Lord, may we find in one another,

Delightful things about each other.

And disregard that which bothers,

Those without wisdom’s light.

 

Thank You Father, for creating and sharing Your Wisdom!!!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Greater Than Gold, February 13, 2016

Proverbs 8:19

All is well with us when we,

Don’t give our time to the enemy,

Who wants to steal our joy away,

And occupy our life today.

Things that have no lasting purpose,

And tend toward worry and hurt.

Look at them, square in the eye,

And learn to re-prioritize!

Our hope, our joy, our final goal,

Is worth much more than silver or gold.

We meditate on the favor of,

Our faithful, loving, Father God.

***

Lord, You’ll have no weakness in me,

No oppression or inferiority!

You have clearly assigned me worth,

From the moment of my birth. (Ps. 22:9)

And I have always leaned on You,

To guide help me do what I do. (22:10)

Vitality of body and soul,

Are created in me when I seek Your counsel.

Take the enemy’s weapons and curses, (Prov. 8:13)

And increase my joy and lasting purpose!

Give me Your wisdom and sound advice,

To see what is greater than gold in my life!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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It Must Happen This Way, February 12, 2016

Matthew 26:53-54

Our Lord Himself, full of sorrow, (Matt. 26:39)

Begged to NOT go through tomorrow.

“Remove this cup, if possible,

Either way, I’ll do Your will.” (26:42)

More than once, the Lord looked up,

And asked God to remove this cup! (26:39 & 42)

Instead God gave His heart resolve,

So He could share with all involved:

“Surely, you know that God could send me,

More than a dozen angel armies,

But, to fulfill what the scriptures say,

Everything must happen this way.” (26:54)

***

Father, we are a treasure to You.

And everything that we go through,

You understand, and encourage trust,

That You will never disappoint us. (Ps. 22:5)

Thank You for helping us to see,

That just like You, our victory,

Isn’t evident in the darkness.

But soon, You will fulfill Your promise,

To light the way, and guide our steps,

Because, it’s just not over yet!

Lord, when life becomes, dangerous,

We pray, “Your will be done in this.”

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Champions Are Bred And Led, February 11, 2016

Matthew 26:24

God accompanies us to bless, (Exod. 33:14)

Our daily development, so we progress.

Disguised, a problem, catastrophic,

Is what God uses to strengthen us!*

Jesus endured Judas’ betrayal, (Matt. 26:16)

That we might have the ultimate example!

God leads us down an impossible path,

To teach us to walk in His very footsteps.

Anointed with His love and grace,

We find His steps easy to trace,

Even when it means we must,

Stoop down low underneath our own cross.

***

Father, help us see Your power,

In these difficult days and hours.

May we become, Champions of faith,

Who never doubt Your plan and grace.

Though Your cross seemed to be,

The end, it increased Your authority.

The gates of hell didn’t have a plan,

When You showed up to open them!

Lord, today, put an end to our doubt,

That You are going to work things out.

We can trust, someday, we’ll be,

A Champion bred for eternity.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* with scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

Exodus 34:26 & Matthew 24:34

Moses invited the people to come; (Exod. 34:26)

Stand with Him and follow the Lord.

Those who made this decision,

Escaped God’s punishment, and the sword. (34:32)

“I will erase from My book,

The names of those against Me.

So now, (get up) and go forward.

Authentic in taking responsibility! (34:34)

Likewise, Jesus will say to us,

“Come, receive what God has prepared, (Matt. 35:34)

For those authentic followers,

Those who gave, cared and shared.”

***

Father, since the time of time,

You have been getting ready for us.

What’s mine is Yours, what’s Yours is mine,

I’ll receive Your blessings and promises.

There shouldn’t be any compromise!

I must daily stand for Truth.

And in the end, I won’t be surprised,

When I finally stand before You! (25:35-40)

Lord, authentically I’ll follow:

Loving, serving as You did in life,

Working, doing whatever is possible,

To help, in Name of Jesus Christ.

Lord, let nothing settle in,

That’s mediocre or apathetic.  (Exod. 31:25)

To do nothing is just a sin!

Lord, help me to always be authentic! (Matt. 25:40)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Live-In-Help, February 9, 2016

Exodus 29:45-46

One of the pleasures of attaining great wealth,

Is the privilege of having, live-in-help!

Someone who not only opens doors,

But balances the daily schedules and chores!

A confidant with wisdom and tact.

Trustworthy, loyally guarding our back.

This is just but an example for us,

Of how our God is like, live-in-help.

But He cannot live within us, if we,

Do not give Him access, completely,

To every room, every corner, every closet,

So He can throw out the trash and mop it!

God comes as friend, not a maid or butler,

And lives with us, as benevolent Father. (Exod. 29:45-46)

***

Thank You, Lord, for the constant reminders,

That You are a live-in-kind-of-Father.

You cannot help us if left outside.

You want to come in, and daily, provide,

All that we need, as a gentleman would,

Kindly reminding us to BE good.

Some trust in horses, others in things, (Ps. 20:7)

But we trust You, Father, who happens to be King!

With You we march, forward to win, (Ps. 20:8)

The constant battle over evil and sin.

Lord, our God, it’s amazing to be,

One who is privileged to have You live-in me.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

All For Jesus!  February 8, 2016

Matthew 24:46

Carpenters, tailors, silversmiths too,

Bronze workers, weavers, to name just a few.

Many were asked to do what they do,

And build the Temple of God. (Exod. 27:8-21)

 

The altar, the curtains, must follow God’s plan, Exod. 27:8)

But all must be made by human hands.

This is the part we don’t quite understand:

We all work for the same cause!

 

The battle, not ours, is already won. (2 Chron. 20:15)

Yet, we’re assigned a skill in His Kingdom,

And if we are faithful in this when He comes,

We will be blessed, indeed! (Matt. 24:46)

 

Whatever it is, whatever our trade,

Our hands should stay busy until the day,

When the Lord returns to take us away! (24:40)

We will work with energy!

***

Father, we exalt and give You praise!

May we be faithful, and work till that day, (24:39)

Of Your return.  Lord, sharing “The Way,”

With those who haven’t a clue! (24:38)

 

Father, Your right hand continually breaks,

The work of the enemy for our sake.

So we can walk in the victory You make,

Doing ALL that we do, for You. (Exod. 27:38)

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Good Plans! February 7, 2016

Psalm 19:11

In every trial we can choose,

To perceive the end as win or lose;

God, however, uses them,

To weave for us, His GOOD plan.

The enemy’s intended harm,

Shouldn’t cause us great alarm.

His good, wise the better way.

Has been mapped out for us today.

“Tell us what, when, why and how!” (Matt. 24:3)

God gives us only enough right now,

Then adds to it as He sees fit,

As we walk in His Spirit.

***

Father, give us spiritual eyes,

To discern Your good, Lord, recognize,

That any rejection that’s perceived,

Is Your protection, most likely!

Our trials come to make us strong.

But if we endure, dig in, hold on,

We’ll see the prophesies come true, (24:15)

And very soon, we will see You! (24:30)

Lord, it seems there’s so much more,

Evil than there’s ever been before. (24:12)

This is yet another sign,

That we are in the end times. (24:32)

Soon and very soon, we’re sure,

We’ll receive our promised reward.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Natural Progression, February 6, 2016

Psalm 19:3-4

When tides are still and crystal clear,

They reflect the stars as if a mirror!

Our natural progression stirs up praise,

To God, because we’re so amazed!

This universe, with heaven’s heights,

Housing the sun, both day and night,

Has no speech, no fountain of words, (Ps. 19:3)

And yet, its language can be heard!

Like Breaking News, it heralds loud: (19:4)

“Let ALL proclaim the glory of God!” (19:1)

Everywhere, God’s mirrors mention:

“Beauty is God’s Natural Progression!*

***

Father, we read accounts of those,

Who actually saw You, so they know,

That You are a God who stands much higher,

On surfaces shining like blue sapphire! (Exod. 24:10)

Certainly, after seeing Your glory,

They could convey a convincing story!

Lord, we see You in a mirror,

When we look at the glory of nature. (Ps. 19:5-6)

The sun rises up in the sky,

Like an athlete, he’s off, and easily glides,

Not hidden from view, he mirrors You!

And reminds us, we can glide on too.

Your plan plugs us into Your power source,

Providing our needs to stay on course.

This natural progression includes,

A life that give glory and praise to You!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Get A Head Start, February 5, 2016

Matthew 23:11-12

Inspiration, incites us to be,

Our best, by giving the glory,

To God, or we can easily, (Matt. 23:3)

Show contempt for others.

 

A proud look upon our face,

Puts us in a dangerous place!

This is something God hates:

And hurts our brother. (Exod. 22:21)

 

Creating strong relationships,

Comes from discernment.

If we fill up with God’s Spirit,

We’ve no room for a grudge!

 

What’s within us, seeps outside.

The heart that full of selfish pride,

Will not be able to disguise,

Contempt, and needs to judge.

***

Father, help us separate, (Matt. 23:5)

From those who use, auto-rate,

And judge on scales they create,

Void of gratitude.

 

Holy Spirit, fill our hearts,

Saturating every part,

To give us a head start,

On a servant’s attitude. (23:11-12)

In Jesus name, amen.

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Share the Shine, February 4, 2016

Proverbs 6:23

Without vision, there’s no need,

For a lamp to light our way.

Without Christ, we cannot see,

And everything looks gray.

There’s no defined difference,

Between what’s right and wrong.

Without righteousness,

We can only last so long. (Matt. 22:29)

God shows His kindness to us,

Because we love Him best. (Exod. 19:6)

To a thousand generations,

Our lineage will be blessed.

The scriptures share God’s light.

That shines through us to see,

A clear path in the night,

Toward that which is holy. (Exod. 19:5)

***

Lord, speak by Your Spirit,

And shine through us with vision.

Open our ears to hear it,

And avoid all confusion. (Prov. 6:23)

Your teachings are the light,

That sometimes brings correction.

Lord, help us live a life,

Energized by Your vision. (Matt. 22:29)

Let all our attitudes,

Credit You, Oh Lord.

We will share with gratitude,

Your light, the Living Word.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Beneath the Trees, February 3, 2016

Psalm 18:33

God makes us feel at home.

Like a deer surrounded by,

Trees that shelter from the storm,

In valleys or on mountain sides. (Ps. 18:33)

Camouflaged, quiet, because,

There are times when hunters stalk.

Watered by the hand of God,

His ways are without fault. (Ps. 18:30)

When we see the things He hates:

Like pride and false witnesses. (Prov. 6:16)

We avoid them, shift our weight,

And trust God to support us. (Ps. 18:35)

He shines His reflection down,

On those who live quietly,

Like the deer, we are not bound,

But walk with Him beneath the trees.

***

Lord, we know Your great protection,

Is prepared for everyone.

But, some have no intention,

Of accepting Your invitation to come. (Matt. 22:3-11)

Lovingly, we go forward,

Like the deer, reflecting peace.

Inviting all to come and worship,

Safe with You beneath the trees.

Lord, thank you for the table,

You’ve prepared for those who, (22:14)

Accept and come as they are able,

Beneath the trees, to dine with You.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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As Savior, He Saves! February 2, 2016

Psalm 18:26-27

Jesus sees our circumstances,

Floods that come like avalanches,

Slowing down our advances,

As times to build our faith.

 

Miracles!  The things that only,

God can do in hearts, in family,

In our work, and even, politically,

Our Savior wants to save.

 

He is pure and so the pure,

Who trust Him will forevermore,

Will always see that open door,

That way of escape!

 

God is faithful.  He will prove,

The mountain that just won’t move,

Are exactly what He came to do!

As Savior, HE saves!

***

Lord, please impart Your peace,

To heal, making all pain cease,

And bring about the increase,

Of saving grace, abundently.

 

May I see my situation,

With a strong determination,

To stay in complete submission,

To my Savior, who loves me.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Winds Will Work For Us,  February 1, 2016

Exodus 14:21

When the King let all the Israelites go, (Exod. 13:17)

God took them on an unusual road.

He knew if they had to turn and fight,

They’d cower right back into slavery by night.

So off they went cutting trails brand new,

So that God could show them what He can do! (13:18)

Though they questioned, “Why this way?”

God fought for them at the end of the day. (14:21)

All night long they heard a great wind.

That parted the seas right in front of them!

The water piled up on either side, (14:22-24)

And God positioned the cloud to hide,

What He was doing to the enemy,

By the end of the day, they would be free!

***

Father, You love us and know what’s best.

You pile up the water, right and left,

Then command us to start moving forward! (14:15)

And in this way, we live out our purpose!

Lord, if left up to us we would take,

The easier route, and make a mistake,

Of not letting You fight for us!

Lord, this is how You build our trust.

Help us say to whatever our Sea,

“I will go through!  God delights in me!” (Ps. 18:19)

Increase our faith!  Remove all doubt! (Matt. 21:21-22)

At the end of the day, You work it all out.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Favor IS Favoritism, January 31, 2016

Exodus 11:7

The Egyptian Leaders hadn’t a clue,

Of what the Lord was going to do! (Exod. 11:1)

Within this Exodus story we see,

That God does show partiality! (11:7)

When sending plagues upon the land,

He covered His own, with His hand.

Not even a dog was to bark at them!

Yet somehow, the King remained, stubborn. (11:10)

God said, “Nothing will hurt you when,” (11:13)

I punish the land of the Egyptians.”

And after He did, their Masters gave,

Freedom to every Israelite slave. (11:36)

***

Father, we read this great account,

That You allow some problems to mount,

Until the adversity seems too large!

That’s when You come and personally take charge.

You handle it with Your power and might,

And remove the enemy’s will to fight. (11:36)

We call to You, our Rock of protection,

And expect You’ll miraculously, save Your children. (Ps. 18:1)

Lord, You alone are worthy of praise. (18:3)

We run to You for safety each day.

Thank You for strength in adversity,

An for treating Your children, differently. (Ex. 11:7)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Because of Whose I Am, January 30, 2016

Psalm 17:15

Certainly those, always first, (Matt. 20:16)

Feel a rush of such great worth;

But what about the rest of us,

Perhaps, we barely make the cut! (Ps. 17:15)

Jesus said that we should be,

Satisfied and… happy!

Because we live, believing this,

That we shall see His likeness.

***

Lord, to me, let me appear,

As Your likeness in the mirror!!!

This satisfies me every day,

And keeps a smile on my face. (17:7)

Let more love pour out of me,

Because, I know I’ve been set free!

Fill my mouth with joyful praise,

To laugh and sing throughout today.

Guarded as Your very own, (17:8)

Under Your wings I’m safely home.

Because of Whose I am, I can,

Be satisfied, You hold my hand.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Back To the Future, January 29, 2016

Matthew 19:30

Facing the future in twenty years, or twenty minutes,

Know that God is planning good for all His children in it.

We can rest assured that we’re the apple of His eye,

And whoever touches us, touches Power from on high. (Zech. 2:8)

God does not treat His kids, as we do our own. (Exod. 7:22)

By this, the immediate future puts us right at home,

Whether it’s an hour or a year from today!

Being in His presence,  He’ll always make a way! (Matt. 19:26)

***

Father, looking back, we can know our Future! (Exod. 7:1)

Through Moses, You provide the proof that You are able.

You soften hearts or harden them, showing us somehow,

That You will work things out, twenty minutes from now. (8:22)

Lord, help us accept all the teachings in Your Word,

So we can draw our faith from these stories in scripture.

Thank You that Your promises for us, Your children.

Are for good, and security; it’s not just an option!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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I Did What You Said!  January 28, 2016

Exodus 6:22 & Psalm 16:11

So many times we find in life,

Resistance to the Words of Christ.

Like just like Moses, we might cry too,

“Lord, I did what You told me to do!” (Exod. 5:21)

Moses adds with doubt and fear,

“Is this why you sent me here?” (5:22)

Thank God, we’re blessed with the Psalms!

Promises we can rest upon,

Moses lived way before,

The many scripture which help us soar.

We can praise the Lord and pray,

Lord Jesus, please forgive them today.”

Because we know what is to come, (Matt. 18:35)

And this is what makes us strong.

***

Lord, we give You thanks and praise,

That You are out with us today. (Ps. 16:8)

Lord, like Moses, we may question,

“Is this really Your intention?”

But instead, we’ll pray and read,

And meditate on that verse we need.

You give solutions for situations,

To help us see Your Majestic intentions. (16:11)

Father, let us not refuse, (Prov. 5:17)

To read and ask You what to do.

You want to keep us from destruction, (Jer. 29:11)*

And redeem us in each situation! (Ps. 103:1-5; Ps. 146:2)

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Significant Others, January 27, 2016

Exodus 3:11

Moses has not tasted victory,

But he has grown in efficiency. (Exod. 3:3)

And now, God wants Moses to see,

His potential to lead His people.

 

Moses is fearful, and not at all sure, (3:11)

That he can talk to the King, once more,

He doesn’t trust that God can cure,

This form of dyslexic trouble! (4:11)

 

God takes his feelings into account.

Rather than let His own anger mount,

“Your cousin has great speaking talent!”

So Aaron will help Moses speak. (4:14)

 

God is concerned about how we feel.

Even when something, developmental,

Can be changed, to Him, it is incidental,

He send others to help with our need. (4:31)

***

Father, we thank You for Your great concern.

We know You hear us and Your hearts burns, (3:9)

With love and compassion, enough to turn,

People’s hearts, to support a brother.

 

Lord, we will throw off every snare,

And believe, You even hear, fitful prayers. (4:10)

Thank You for those with whom we are paired!

We’re so grateful for, “Significant Others.”

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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All Things Will Be Possible, January 26, 2016

Matthew 17:20

Jesus talks of a tiny seed,

Almost too small to find if dropped!

About one-tenth the size of a pea,

But with this much faith, we can do a lot!

If faith the size of this little pod,

Can move a mountain from here to there, (Matt. 17:20)

Then we should be constantly asking God,

To give us more faith with every prayer!

“All things will be possible!”

All things?  Really?  Then why the wait?

“Some things creating our troubles,

Take prayer and fasting, but make no mistake,

That in the midst of that which seems,

Impossible, no way of escape!

Whatever is stealing our hopes and dreams,

Must succumb to this tiny seed of faith.

***

Father, faith means we know You will answer.

You see whatever we’re going through. (Exod. 2:25)

Your concern for us is like no other,

And You want us to do the best we can do.

Provide the confidence and rest,

Which comes from seeing You answer prayer.

Lord, give us faith, just a little at best,

Can move the mountains from here to there.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Bigger Faith, Future Grace, January 25, 2016

Matthew 16:8 & 17

Jacob spoke to all his sons,

Twelve, so different, every one. (Gen. 49:3-33)

From Reuben all the way to Ben,

He knew the facts about these men!

Jesus also blessed His twelve,

And knew their strengths very well.

Even with the ability,

To see that Peter would, candidly,

Deny the Lord, his courage lose,

Peter’s the man the Lord will choose,

To be the very rock that holds,

Foundations for his church to grow. (Matt. 16:17)

***

Father, bless us with big faith!

We know You see with future grace,

The person we were meant to be!

Lord, let that person form in me.

Peter had a long road,

From his blessing, we all know,

The way he disappointed You,

And still, he was so greatly used!

By Your future grace, we see,

What the work of Christ can be.

This is my desire, now,

For You to use little me, somehow.

You must increase, I must fade,

Inter the Your intended future grace.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Make My Name Known, January 24, 2016

Genesis 48:16

When Israel is dying, he blesses His grandsons. (Gen. 48:16)

Reminding them that God is the Faithful, Mighty One,

Who led him like a shepherd, the Angel who saves.

And now, he is blessing them so they can always,

Make his name known.  His blessing includes,

That they will be the channel of which God will use,

To make his name known, just as God wants to,

Make His Name known through me and you.

The message?  God wants to bless us today! (48:20)

Like Ephraim and Manasseh, with more to give away.

Privy to the secrets of the heavenly Kingdom,

We can overcome and with bless others with wisdom! (Ps. 13:4-6)

***

Father, thank You for the beauty of the morning dawn.

May Your light shine through us, to better carry on,

Your Name, Your witness, Your will and Your way.

Let that light grow brighter throughout the day. (Prov. 4:18)

Father, enable us to have greater insight. (Matt. 15:27)

And pray, until, You make all things right.

Father, help us be more persistent in prayer, (15:28)

Praying without ceasing, until we have the answer!

This is a great part of the reason we live,

To make Your Name known by the witness we give.

Thank you for saving us from all our trespasses!

We are blessed to make known the Name that blesses. (Gen. 48:15)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Don’t Quarrel!  January 23, 2016

Genesis 45:34

Joseph is with them long enough,

To predict they’ll argue, fight and fuss,

 So he says as they leave,

“Do not quarrel!” patronizingly. (Gen. 45:34)

Twelve sons, all of Abraham’s blood.

Sons of Jacob, who wrestled with God.

Sons of promise, who will be,

The chosen, God’s own progeny…

Why would brothers disagree?

They’re opinionated, like you and me,.

They’ll come to a fork in the road,

And argue over which way to go.

Joseph knew their tendencies,

Their impulses to disagree,

And so he makes his wishes known,

“Don’t quarrel on the journey home.”

***

Father, just as these twelve men,

Hear their brother’s reprimand,

We’re reminded, it’s not right,

For brothers and sister, to fuss and fight.

Lord, You stand for truth and love.

And as a chosen child of God,

We should never give into,

Fighting, like the godless do. (Prov. 12:7)

Thank You Lord, You keep us safe,

And show us such as amazing grace! (Gen. 46:27)

Rise up now to save us, Lord,

And use affliction’s springboards,

To bounce ahead, and closer to,

The amazing things we’ve yet to do. (45:7)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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What Sounds Right?  January 22, 2016

Proverbs 4:12-13

Good grammar spoken to a child,

Helps them when they go to school.

Children benefit from us,

If we follow grammatical rules!

Likewise, when we follow scriptures, (Prov. 4:13)

Morals, faith, scriptural facts, (Matt. 14:31)

NOTHING can make them falter,

And NOTHING will hold them back! (Prov. 4:12)

But what if good foundations fall? (Psalm 11:3)

What can good people do?

Stop and honestly recall,

What good parents taught you,

Then you will not be ashamed.

God is always leading you! (Prov. 4:11)

Reach for Him; call out His name, (Matt. 14:31)

Doesn’t that sound right to do?

***

Father, help us not forget,

The things we learned in Sunday School. (Prov. 4:13)

We want to live with no regrets,

And not be so easily fooled!

You have filled us, like a cup,

With a conscience, sounding right!

Lord, please turn the volume up,

So we can HEAR what good sounds like!

Joggle memories of the verses,

That we memorized each year.

Lord, You scatter strife and curses, (Ps. 68:1)

When these sounds are in our ears!

Thank You for our parents who,

Got us up and got us dressed,

Each Sunday, to learn of You,

And know what sounds right and best!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Now I Remember!  January 21, 2016

Genesis 41:9

The king’s cup bearer had done some time,

With a man in prison, gifted and kind.

This Hebrew interpreted several dreams,

With a gift to describe all that they mean.

The cup bearer promised…  oh, what’s-his-name?

That he would remember him when the time came,

That the king would need such a special gift…

“Now I remember!  His name is Joseph!” (41:14)

And so the king sent for Joseph in prison.

His was set free from that pit in an instant!

So many years of suffering and pain,

Are gone, because someone remembered his name!

***

Father, You make us bear fruit, no matter,

Our circumstances, because You will remember.

In spite of our pain, even, persecution,

Just like Joseph, You have a reason.

You never leave us!  But Lord, bring to mind,

Our unique gifts, You’ve honed and refined,

By years in the furnace of sorrow and grief…

Lord, in an instant You can send some relief!

Listen to what Your poor people want! (Ps. 10:17)

Do what they ask, and listen to them!

Surely, you see the inconsistencies,

And You have the power, to do something! (10:14)

And Lord, we’ll remember to forgive and release,

Any offenses, expecting freedom’s great peace.

In Jesus name,

DARMC

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Stay The Course, January 20, 2016

Proverbs 4:5

When Joseph was put in charge of the house,

He ruled over everything Potiphar owned! (Gen. 39:5)

God blessed his master with honor and wealth,

Both in the field, in business and home.

Joseph learned God’s laws for him,

So Potiphar’s wife, an evil sort,

Couldn’t shake or move him to sin!

Obediently, Joseph stayed the course.

Potiphar willingly trusted the lies,

Of his wife, to save his own dignity.

Meanwhile, Joseph, ruined for life,

Doesn’t veer from God on his journey. (40:14)

Again and again, Joseph’s forgotten.

By those he has helped!  What sadness and pain! (40:15)

Just when it seems he is at rock bottom,

God’s wisdom puts him on course, again. (Prov. 4:5)

***

Father, as Joseph trusted in You,

We look for Your wisdom in every place.

Whatever the course, You’ve ordained us to,

Seek Your kingdom and share Your grace. (Matt. 13:33)

Lord, help us understand what’s behind,

The issues that seem to knock us off course.

Give us more wisdom, to trust, in time, (Prov. 4:5)

Your plan cannot be rushed or forced.

Father, Your way for us is secure.

So enable us to see it all through!

May our lives be the yeast, for sure, (Matt. 13:33)

That raises the bar in all that we do.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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This Changes Everything, January 19, 2016

Matthew 12:30

Jesus taught all those he led,

In parables, then, He’d explain:

“The Kingdom is like this,” He said,

“A man goes out and plants some grain, (Matt. 13:24)

But that night, while he’s asleep,

An enemy will sabotage,

His field by planting with the wheat,

Weeds that grow deep in the sod.” (13:25)

With the wheat, the weeds create,

Problems if their roots are pulled!

Their roots cannot separate,

And BOTH die in that handful!

***

Father, You have given us,

A field to plant, to water, grow,

And in the harvest, Lord, we trust,

That You’ll protect the seeds we sow.

Lord, the enemy, disguises,

Ways and methods to produce!

But Your Word, clearly advises,

We must trust You for the fruit.

You will bring the harvest in!

You determine, weeds or wheat,

Bind together, chaff, the sin,

So the enemy will know defeat.

Lord, protect the tender grain,

That grows beside a prickly thorn.

Keep it growing, in Your Name,

Until it’s gathered to Your barn! (12:30)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Inside Out! January 18, 2016

Matthew 12:34 & 36

What’s inside will come out!

Foolish pride?  Words that boast. (Matt. 12:35)

But we all know this about,

The good heart, it speaks well of folks.

Yes, it’s true, we see their fruit,

Turn our heads and judge the soul. (12:33)

But good hearts live out this truth,

That we are held responsible, (23:36)

For every careless word we toss,

Without thinking, “God inspects,

My fruit, I’m grafted to the cross,

So what I say is what I get!”

***

Father, You’re our strength and shield!

Your tree is most significant.

The cross of Christ, at which we kneel,

Changes hearts that repent! (Ps. 9:10)

Good hearts have good things to say. 

Good hearts act like harmless doves,

Good hearts go out of the way,

 To do good: GOOD IS WHAT IT DOES!

Lord, by Your authority,

Keep our hearts good within.

Strong to meet the enemy,

And do what’s right instead of sin.

Doing good brings peace to us,

Flowers in the things we say.

Good hearts look to You and trust:

You’ll righty judge on Judgement Day!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind, January 17, 2016

Proverbs 3:21

Think of wisdom as a person!

Then, make this application:

Situate yourself in life,

Where you can best keep “her” in sight.  (Prov. 3:21)

Also, add to your view.

Good Sense, and you’ll see, these two,(3:22)

Will keep your safe!  You won’t get hurt,

By only using kind words. (Matt 12:7)

What we say builds up or breaks,

Gathers, scatters, love or hate,

And shows the world what’s deep inside,

AND what we’re keeping in our sights!

***

Father, unobstructed sight,

On wisdom, helps us do what’s right.

May we see these two as persons,

Mentors, Good Sense and Wisdom.

Focusing on them insures,

We’ll be kind and do much more,

To try and make another’s frown,

In and out, turn upside down!

Lord, let wisdom rule and reign,

In our minds to help us gain,

Love’s victory over fear,

To build our faith while we live here.

Lord, we see no offense,

In Wisdom and good Common Sense,

So help us keep them in our sights!

Guiding us to do what’s right.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Managing It, January 16, 2016

Matthew 11:28-29

This day and time, there’s nothing gained,

By trying to live in constant pain.

We have medications, procedures too,

That help us manage the pain we go through!

Likewise, listen to what Jesus says,

“Come to me and I’ll give you rest!” (Matt. 11:28)

Weariness comes from the disadvantage,

Of trying to balance, or personally manage,

The increased pain from a recent loss,

Or the constant weight of a too heavy cross,

When we ask the Lord to give us some rest,

He’ll take what’s turning, into a mess!

And we find peace, when we don’t hesitate,

To let HIM HELP US, manage the weight.

***

Father, as we meditate on Your Word,

We praise You that our prayers are heard! (Matt. 11:25)

You see EVERYTHING that happen to us, (Gen.31:42)

And just when we think, we’re about to bust,

You motion for us to bring it to You.

You weigh the burdens of all we do. (Gen. 31:38)

Lord, when it’s too much, we feel bound,

And we cannot go forward, so weighed down.

But you know our hearts, and all we do, (Matt. 11:19)

So what others think, doesn’t matter to You!

Thank You that we much-loved children,

And we trust You will help us, manage our burden.

Lord, help us never to hesitate,

To get You to help us, manage the weight.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Love the Ones You’re With, January 15, 2016

Genesis 21:20 & Proverbs 3:13

Happy is he, or she, who finds, (Prov. 3:13)

Ways to enjoy the passing time!

All who breathe the breath of life,

Find too soon that stress and strife, (Matt. 10:30)

Slow us down and steal our peace. (Prov. 3:14)

But wisdom makes us happy! (3:13)

Look around you, be in love.

This really worked for Jacob! (Gen. 21:20)

The seven years he worked for Laban,

Seemed, instead, like days to him!

This is wisdom we shouldn’t shirk,

“Love the ones with whom you work!”

“LOVE” THE VERB, makes time pass,

And produces happiness that lasts.

***

Father, cleanse me from all sin;

And fill me with Your wisdom! (Prov. 3:14)

Loving others, quickly makes,

My little world, a happy place.

I’m inviting wisdom in,

So understanding can begin.

I’ve learned, this takes away my fears, (Matt. 10:27)

 And gives me better,  listening ears.

To hear, You whisper, how You care, (10:30)

Enough to number all my hair!

Of course, this helps increase my love,

For You, dear Jesus, up above.

May this love flow out through me,

Producing happiness and peace.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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In Time, January 14, 2016

Genesis 27:45

“Time heals all wounds,” the saying goes,

For none of us can dodge the blows,

Of life!  We’ll all experience,

Pain, sorrow…  indifference!

God alone, knows every heart.

The troubles only help jump-start,

The work of God to pull us out.

He protects in every bout! (27:45)

Over time, the pain will cease,

The memories themselves, decrease,

Our wisdom swells, becoming large;

Shrinking self, ‘till God’s in charge.

***

Father, we find comfort, rest,

Not in lazy idleness,

But in diligent to face,

The problems, in life’s race.

We’ll suffer falls and skinned up knees,

While doing our best and trying to please!

Lord, speak gently in our minds,

“I’m in charge!  You’ll see, in time, (Ps. 7:10-16)

I will save the heart that’s right,

And you’ll not even have to fight!”

Lord, in time, help all to see,

Your power and authority,

Are freely given for us to use! (Matt. 10:1-8)

To serve, to share, not to abuse.

Lord, let us help others see,

In time, we can all reach maturity.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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God’s Intervention Plan, January 13, 2016

Genesis 26:22

Isaac lived through situations, (Gen. 26:3)

Difficult, beyond imagination.

But God designed and planned a way,

And gave him, “Room Enough” to stay. (26:22)

The seeds we plant, He will grow,

And when God blesses, others know! (26:27)

It is not for us to boast!

Because it’s God who makes things grow.

It’s not the farmer, nor the land,

But through God’s Intervention Plan.

***

Father, when we plant Your love,

You water it from up above.

And if our earthly wells get plugged, (26:23)

You intervene and defend us. (Ps. 7:8)

Lord, You intervene to bless,

With good things, growth and harvest. (Prov. 3:10)

And when we give we honor You,

With the best of our first fruits! (3:9)

Your intervention plans cause,

Whatever comes to destroy our love,

To stop!  ALL evil actions, (Ps. 7:9)

Are thwarted by Your Interventions.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Proof of Purchase, January 12, 2016

Matthew 9:6

We would think that the Son of God,

Doesn’t have to prove He is from above, (Matt. 9:6)

Because He performed the miraculous,

But what proof do others see in us?

Jesus knew their hearts and thoughts. (9:4)

Their skepticism and sly remarks.

They couldn’t understand a Divine life,

That wants kindness more than sacrifice. (9:13)

Jesus proclaims a man, forgiven,

And has to prove that He has that option!

Saying, “Stand up! Take up your mat,” (9:6)

No one can argue against that!

Those skeptical, critical human beings,

See the proof, and start believing. (9:8)

***

Lord, when You faced skepticism,

You countered it with power and wisdom.

Help us not to take offense!

Our proof of purchase and innocence,

Is something we don’t have to prove,

Once we learn this simple truth.

That You want kindness, mercy and love,

More than sacrifices to God. (9:13)

We’re the Bride, for better, for worse,

Who must pray for skeptics who bitterly curse.

There is proof, abundantly,

When the world sees and hears our harmony.

Let Your life flow from our tongues,

As proof of purchase by God’s Son.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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When We Withhold Nothing!  January 11, 2016

Genesis 21:1, 21:18, & Proverbs 3:6

For what do you need? Perhaps, money for debts?

Could it be, there’s a broken heart to mend?

Whatever it is, the Lord won’t forget,

His obedient child, who trusts in Him.

Those who choose to withhold nothing,

From their Father in heaven above,

Will understand the depth of His blessing, (Prov. 3:6)

By submitting to His guidance and love. (Gen. 21:1)

Abraham trusted the Lord to give, (22:5)

Direction, providing the promise to him,

That somehow, Isaac is going to live,

To produce MANY grandchildren! (22:8-14)

At the same moment, Abraham raised,

His knife to obey the Lord’s command,

A voice from heaven immediately saved,

The child, the promise and the faith of this man!

***

Father, You test our obedience,

In ways that are difficult, so You can see,

If we will follow Your commandments.

When we do, You help us immediately!

Lord, show us where we’ve been strong-willed,

Withholding forgiveness, thus failing to,

Be forgiven, so Your Spirit can fill,

And help us do what You what us to do.

Lord, we trust You to quickly provide,

All of our needs, as we submit,

Trusting You, to be our guide, (Prov. 3:5)

And command any storms around us to quit!! (Matt. 8:26-28)

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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So Many Ways To Be Healed!

Matthew 8:17 (Isaiah 53:4)

In Abraham’s story, the king comes to take,

Sarah, to wed,  but what a mistake!

God tells this king in a dream, “You will die! (Gen. 20:3)

The woman you took is somebody’s wife!”

So the king gives her back, because God has already,

Inflicted his whole house with, infertility!

After the truth is all revealed,

Abraham prays and everyone’s healed! (20:7-15)

A man comes to Jesus with a personal appeal:

“Lord, You can heal me, if you will!” (Matt. 8:2)

Jesus reaches out and touches the man, (8:3)

“I will.  Be healed!.” And the illness, left him.

Next, someone’s servant is home, sick in bed.

He insists the Lord needn’t go, but instead,

“Just give the order, and he will be healed!” (8:8)

“I’ve not found such faith!” Amazed, Jesus marvels. (8:10)

The man returns home, and his servant is fine.

And he learns, he is healed at the very same time,

While he is asking the Lord, long distance!

There are so many ways to be healed in an instant!!  (Is. 53:4)

***

Father, we thank You for the keys to our health!

Healing, more important than anything else,

Is possible for us, for ourselves, or another,

And the distance (or faith) of the sick doesn’t matter! (8:10)

Whether it’s personal, or we stand in the gap,

We pray, Your answer, “I will…” comes back. (8:3)

We know we must exercise faith beyond doubt,

That by Your authority, You can toss fevers out! (8:15)

You can heal the bones, or stop the progressions,

Of cancer and put it in a state of remission!

Father, we pray for our friends today,

Who need Your healing touch in some way.

Just make the command and that old enemy, (8:8)

Disease, will pack up his bags and leave!! (8:15)

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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No Holds Barred!  January 9, 2016

Genesis 18:14

Is there anything too hard, (Gen. 18:14)

For The Lord, Almighty God?

He Who made the universe,

Can push forward… or reverse!

He decides with whom to dwell, (18:21)

Making them happy and glad as well! (Ps. 5:11)

Yes, everyone who trust in Him,

Can get their joy, from within!

Good sense, understanding too, (Prov. 2:11)

Is available for me and you. (2:20)

We’ll be judged in the same way,

No holds barred… watch what you say!

Tossing pearls at the feet of pigs,

Is a very foolish way to live! (2:6)

Ask!  God can certainly give, (Matt. 7:7-8)

ANYTHING to live as we should live.

***

Father, just like Abraham,

You want us to understand, (Gen. 17:7-8)

That there is nothing You can’t do, (Matt. 7:7-8)

To help us live as You want us to!

Everyone who searches finds,

Answers from Your heart and mind,

Lord, show us what to do,

And to ASK for anything from You!

Thank you for Your Holy Spirit,

That lives within, so we distinguish,

Good and evil, we can see,

But we’ll let You judge, respectfully. (7:1-2)

Then we can ask, no holds barred,

ANYTHING!  Receive it!  No holds barred! (7:7-8)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Believe What You Hear! January 8, 2016

Genesis 15:6

Somehow, without the written Word,

God spoke, and Abram believe the Lord. (Gen. 15:6)

God accepted Abram because,

He believed what he heard, as a word from God!

Creative minds tend toward this,

That God is a God of new ideas.

When we choose to open our minds,

He speaks, through His Word, all the time.

But also, He will bring us thoughts,

Or what we should do, or maybe, should not!

Faith justifies, but we must show trust,

And believe what God says when He speaks to us!

***

Father, You are the One who floods,

Our minds with ideas; it’s not just us!

Our thoughts come from You, especially,

The positive thoughts, not all the worry!

Your promises come, new every day.

When we seek You first, and pray. (Matt. 6:33)

Thank you for Your voice inside,

Saying, “I am the Lord, who leads and guides.” (Gen. 15:7)

Thank you for speaking and showing the way,

For us to walk in, every single day. (Ps. 5:3)

You shower wisdom, and promise to be,

Responsible for all our needs. (Matt. 6:32)

Lord, increase our faith in this,

That You will fulfill ALL Your promises. (6:33)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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We Are Family, January 7, 2016

Genesis 13:8

Abram said to his nephew’s clan,

Their families, helpers and herdsmen, (Gen. 13:8)

“There shouldn’t be arguing between you and me,

We are brothers and sisters; we are all family!”

When God provides a population boom,

He also allows us more elbow room. (13:9)

Abram, older, took the “high ground,”

And let his nephew have the first round.

The battles, the wars, the arguments cease, (13:14-17)

When we realize, “Hey!  We’re all family!”

***

Father, because You love ALL of us,

We pray for Your will to be done, without fuss.

In our homes, our churches, our work, Father, link,

Our hearts together, to think like You think!*

May we seek Your mind, like a hidden treasure. (Prov. 2:5)

And “Be Careful!” Never flaunting our good endeavors, (Matt. 6:1)

But in secret, we pray, and in secret, we progress,

To reconcile, and provide, forgiveness, (6:15)

To brothers and sisters, our neighbors and friends,

So our season of bearing good fruit never ends!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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The King’s Language, January 6, 2016

Genesis 11:6

God said when all of the people agree,

To speak the same language, whatever that may be,

It becomes possible to do - whatever!  (Gen. 11:6)

Understanding each other makes plans come together!

This can be good, if the language is love. (Matt. 5:44)

But some make plan outside the will of God! (Gen. 11:7)

Confusion and misunderstanding results,

When we learn the language of selfish revolt. (11:8)

Language of pride, power and greed,

Usually hides in a heart full of need.

God knows the difference, and He will do right.

To those who speak love, and understand His advice! (Prov. 1:33)

***

Father, we accept Your correction today. (Prov. 1:30)

And want to understand You in every way.

We trust You to guide us, make everything right.

As Your Word says, when we sacrifice, (Ps. 4:5)

By studying Your language of prayerful love. (Matt. 5:44)

Fluently, God, as it’s spoken above.

Produce such unity, to do all things,

As we speak the language of the King of Kings.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Favored and Flavored, January 5, 2016

Matthew 5:13

God has given such power to people! (Gen. 9:2)

We’re respected and feared by every animal,

Every bird in the sky, every fish in the sea,

Will run from us, instinctively.

God did this so that Noah’s sons,

Could replenish mankind, hunt and farm,

Successfully father the nations of earth;

Two were blessed, but one was cursed. (9:25-27)

Ham, the son who witnessed a need,

But walked away, lacking integrity. (9:24)

His brothers, took up the slack with grace,

And worked to keep Noah’s dignity in place.

This same respect for our elders will pay,

With favor and blessings in so many ways.

Blessed are we when we thirst for justice. (Matt. 5:6)

We’ll become the most satisfied amongst us.

Blessed are we if we’re working for peace. (5:9)

We’re the favored and the flavored, most salty! (5:13)

***

Father, because of our Lord Jesus Christ,

We are the favored and flavored in life.

More, not less, two-thirds can become,

The blessed of the Lord, favored daughters and sons. (Gen. 9:26 & 27)

Lord, we confess any spiritual pride,

So that we’ll gain the Kingdom, our eternal prize, (Matt. 5:3)

Bless us, Father, as we work for peace!

Help us find better ways, new strategies,

To agree with each other, and be the salt, (5:24)

The flavor others favor, Your best, blessed result.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Adjust To The Shield, January 4, 2016

Psalm 3:3

Noah was stuck in that ark for a year,

With details of which we don’t want to hear.

Surrounded by animals, how did they last?

How did they cook, or even take a bath?

Noah, his wife, his sons and their wives,

Had just seven days to adjust and organize,

All of the animals God sent their way, (Gen. 7:7-17)

Before the doors closed, and it rained forty days.

The ark was God’s shield for all that breathed,

Without mention, He provided for the fish in the sea.

They could survive the depth of the flood!

But under His shield, we must organize and adjust!

***

Lord, it’s a given.  We’ll have difficulties.

And our warfare is waged, spiritually.

We don’t battle flesh, but the enemy who tried,

To temp You, our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ! (Matt. 4:2-7)

Likewise, we put our faith in the scriptures,

Reminding old Satan, of the whole picture!

Lord, we know the best way to adjust,

Is to quote the Word at what comes against us.

But learning to fight with our two-edged Sword,

Takes time to study the promises in Your Word.

It increases our courage, to face, each day,

And rebuke the accuser, send him away. (4:10)

Lord, we worship and serve only You!

And expect You will shield us, in all that we do.

We need understanding, wisdom and health,

To live underneath Your shield, nothing else!

May, we pray for courage to yield, (Ps. 3:3)

To organize and adjust, staying under Your shield.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Change the Curse! January 3, 2016

Genesis 5:29

Enoch, we all know that name!

He’s the man who walked with God. (Gen. 5:24)

And God took him; death couldn’t claim,

His body, once cursed, sod to sod.

Enoch’s line will carry on.

They understand his legacy.

Methuselah, son to son,

Lamech, Noah, then to his seed.

They will start all over again! (6:18)

The evil world made such a stench,

That God saw, sin-lit hearts of men,

Blocked His own sweet fragrance.

This flows and draws attention of,

The goodness of the universe!

Goodness, sent from God,

To comfort and reverse the curse. (Gen. 5:29)

***

Father God, You give examples:

Enoch, one pleased You so,

Walked with You, instead of evil,

Until one day You said, “Let’s go!”

How wonderful!  What a legacy,

Methuselah, his son, Your friend,

Then Lamech, Noah, all agree,

To walk with you instead of men.

Lord, You comfort us with this:

We can, likewise, walk with You! (6:9)

The power of Your Holy Spirit,

Produces in us, that fragrance too.

Lord, may we do the things, (Matt. 3:8)

To show that sin has been reversed!

No difference, pauper, priest or king,

Your saving plan changes the curse!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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In Jesus Name, Rule Over It, January 2, 2016

Genesis 4:7

The very first family was attacked by evil,

Which grew and resulted in the death of Abel. (Gen. 4:8)

Cain, Abel’s brother, felt rejection,

When God gave Abel’s gift, more attention!

God was, no doubt, a “Grandfather” type,

And he them what He did, and didn’t like!

“If you do things well, I will accept, (4:7)

You… but sin awaits to attack.

It wants you, but YOU must RULE over it!”

But Cain couldn’t handle his jealous spirit.

This timeless battle with self-control,

Needs God’s authority to win over evil.

God provides wisdom, and by Christ’s Authority,

We can rule over sin that attacks you and me.

***

Lord, You spoke our world into creation.

But unguarded Eve, allowed Satan’s invasion. (3:1)

You came, You sought, and You intervened, (3:9)

You clothed, redirected, instructed and redeemed.

And though You put a curse on the ground, (3:17)

You created our blessing, by sending Your Son. (Matt. 2:13)

Jesus, our Refuge, our safety, protection,

By Your Name, we have all authority and wisdom,

To overcome evil, and recognize sin.

We claim our deliverance and our healing begins.

Thanks be to God!  We now move and live,

In the power and authority that Your Name gives.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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The Perfect Start, January 1, 2016

Psalm 1:6

Because God cares so much, (Ps. 1:6)

He first created light. (Gen. 1:3)

This, a most important need,

To “see” our world just right.

Next, the air, the atmosphere,

Perfect in its mixture, (1:3-8)

Then, water, a major need, (1:9-13)

Before the light’s fixtures! (1:14-19)

Certainly, we understand,

The order of succession.

The source, the energy, is planned,

Before hanging the fixtures!

What knowledge, what wisdom! (Prov. 1:7)

So far above our thinking!

God perfectly provides for us,

Right from the beginning.

***

Father, all our needs are met,

From the start.

Light to see, air to breathe,

And love to guide our hearts.

Fruit, fish, meat, drink,

All part of the plan.

Then, to ward off lonely days,

You took a rib from man,

A bone, where life’s blood is made,

Closest to the heart!

You thought of every detail,

To give us the perfect start.

It didn’t stay that way,

But because You care for us, (Ps. 1:6)

You sent our perfect sacrifice,

To breach the break in trust. (Matt. 1:25)

Joseph named him Jesus.

Your Son, chosen to be,

The light, living in us,

To meet our greatest need…  for peace.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Preparation Plan, December 31, 2015

Revelation 21:4

Part of preparation while here,

Is committing to God yet another year.

Tithe, do what’s right, and then expect, (Mal. 3:10)

So many blessings we’ve not room for it!

God will perform the things we cannot,

Like keeping pests from devouring crops. (3:11)

Meanwhile, we plan to do good everywhere, (Prov. 31:12)

Every day, find a way, to show love and care… (31:15)

Speaking with wisdom and faithful instruction, (31:26)

Should be included in our preparation.

***

Father, as the old year gives way for the new,

We prepare and plan good things for You! (31:12)

Guide and direct all of our preparations,

To do the right thing in every situation.

Perhaps, Lord Jesus, this is the year,

You’ll return and wipe away every tear. (Rev. 21:4)

Lord, we know You are coming again!  (Rev. 21:7, 12 & 20)

Help us include this in our preparation plan!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Final Round, December 30, 2015

Revelation 20:10

It fills us with a sense of wonder... (Zech. 13:9)

When Scripture writers record certain numbers!

Zechariah says, One-third of believers, left,

Will be purified by a fiery test.

In Revelation, are they the blessed,

Who rule, as the first to rise from death? (Rev. 20:6)

Biblical scholars debate all these things,

But we can agree who is LAST in the ring! (20:10)

Satan, tags in as the last of his crew,

One-third of The beast, The False Prophet too.

But before old Satan can hear the bell,

He’ll join his two-thirds, forever, in hell.

***

Father, it’s interestingly odd,

How Satan tries to imitate God!

Even to the Trinity, the “Three-In-One,”

You, God the Father, Spirit and Son.

Three Individuals, Who, rule and dictate,

Provide us with scores, just not the date!

Father, give us all the discernment we need,

To see this trickster imitate what is holy. (20:10)

We know he’ll be punished, day and night,

And we’ll be victorious in his final fight!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Calm the Waves, December 27, 2015

Zechariah 10:11

Our God cares, and because He does,

He will strengthen us, the children He loves. (Zech. 10:6)

With Him, it’s as if, we’re never apart;

God will answer the cries of our hearts.

Our sons and daughter will also see it happen,

And rejoice in God’s amazing salvation. (10:7)

God still saves and grows His people,

And calms the waves in our seas of trouble.

***

Lord, You’ve told us to give You our cares,

You forgive, You save us and answer our prayers. (10:6)

Call on Your people to all come together, (10:8)

And serve unified, like powerful soldiers; (10:5)

Protect the honor of Your bride-elect,

With the strength and power of genuine respect. (10:12)

Lord, thank You for cleansing our sin,

And calming the waves, without and within.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Something New!  December 28, 2015

Zechariah 8:15-16

Some refuse to pay attention! (Zech. 7:11)

Not inclined to anything different;

Hard hearts that just won’t listen, (7:12)

Are void of understanding!

 

God says this about their lot:

“If they won’t listen, I will not!” (7:13)

Scattered, ruined, by sin’s rot, (7:14)

Here’s what I am planning!

 

Consequences, punishment, (8:15)

But, do something different,

Tell the truth, with fairness, (8:16)

I hate the things you do! (8:17)

 

Competition, plans to hurt, (8:17)

Your promises just make things worse.

Learn to love to tell the truth! (8:19)

And I will be with you!” (8:21)

***

Lord, God All-Powerful,

We pray for help, take control. (8:21)

Break through hardened hearts and souls,

And tell us what to do.

 

Help us plant our seeds in peace, (8:12)

Rain on suffering with relief,

Your good, joyful, happy feasts, (8:19)

Accompany, something new.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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2 B U, December 27, 2015
Zechariah 4:10





Be Comforted!  December 26, 2015

Zechariah 1:13 & 17

The Lord is comforting, good, encouraging. (Zech. 1:13)

He wants work, and do it right, by measuring, (1:16)

Rebuilding His people, chosen by Him, (1:17)

A fire wall without, and His glory, within, (2:5)

Whatever touches you, really hurts God, (2:8)

Because you are precious to Him, worthy of,

Beautiful clothes…clean, pure, white linen. (3:4)

The accuser?  Silenced!  Our sins are forgiven!

***

Father, we thank You for Jesus’ birth!

Through Him, You live with us on the earth. (2:10)

And just like Joshua, “pulled from the fire.” (3:2)

You silence the accuser and remove his power.

Clean robes of beauty, do not belong,

On top of a garment soiled and worn!

In just one day, You made it possible, (3:9)

By the cross, to wash, everything soiled.

Lord, we have new life!  And with it, a plan,

To finish Your work, the best that we can. (Rev. 16:17)

May we complete our part, our commission,

Comforted by all these promises You’ve given. (Zech. 1:17)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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From Now On, Think About This:  December 25, 2015

Haggai 2:18-19

“I am with you!” says the Lord. (Haggai 1:13)

“My Spirit is with you, so don’t be afraid.” (2:5)

“I will fill your Temple with glory, (2:7)

And give you peace in this place.” (2:9)

“From now on, think about this: (2:18)

Do you have seeds still in the barn? (2:19)

I will bless your vines and figs,

Because I’ll bless YOU, from now on!

All things will come together, you’ll see,

The heavens, the earth, will rattle and shake. (2:6)

For you, my servant, are important to ME! (2:23)

So much that I sent My Son for your sake.”

***

 All-Powerful God, we lift our praises! (Ps. 147:7)

You said, “The silver and gold is Mine!” (Haggai 2:8)

You’ve promised to shake and rattle earth’s cages,

To show us Your love, in just a short time. (2:6-7)

Tell the sky with its clouds to rain. (Ps. 147:8)

Father, be pleased with all who show,

Respect to You, and bless us again,

By causing the seeds we plant to grow.

God, You do great and wonderful things! (Rev. 15:3)

Father, Almighty, today of all days,

We celebrate Jesus’ birth, our King,

And ponder these prophesies that say,

Every Nation will speak Jesus’ Name;

Humbly, all souls will worship You, (Rev. 15:4)

With honor and glory, all will proclaim,

That all these things You’ve said have come true!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Follow the Instructions, December 24, 2015

Zephaniah 2:7

When we get a gift that reads,

“Assembly required,” we know there’ll be,

Enclosed within, the vital plan,

A numbered set of instructions.

Some will skip it, as before,

Because it’s always such a bore!

Choosing to try and try again,

Assembling what seems right to them!

We use this approach in life,

When we stop asking God’s advice,

If we stop praying for direction,

And turn away from following Him. (Zeph. 1:6)

We will fail to get things right!

Pride prefers ignorance to light,

And seems to be quite satisfied, (1:12)

To toss the instruction sheet aside.

***

Father, thank You for Your gift,

Unspeakably wrapped in glowing mist;

Your precious Son, free to all,

Comes with directions & numbers to call.

You pay attention to every detail, (2:7)

Providing instructions so we won’t fail.

Lord, our life is good again,

When we follow Your directions.

You defend us, heal our wounds, (Ps. 147: 3)

But throw the wicked to the ground.  ( 147:6)

Lord, it’s a simpler deduction,

To ask, then follow Your instructions!

You fill our hearts with a new song, (Rev. 14:3)

Because following You, we can’t go wrong!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Meanwhile, Rejoice! December 23, 2015

Habakkuk 3:17

Just as wine can trick our thoughts,

Pride will tell us, it’s okay,

To do or say things we should not…

A habit or fix that soon decays. (Hab. 2:5)

Momentarily we toss,

A shovel full of dirt to cover,

Insecurities and loss,

Increasing our sense of power.

God is holy, thus we should,

Silence what we say about,

His creation, bad or good;

Choose to rejoice and work it out!

***

Father, as we live today,

We will put our hope in you! (Ps. 146:5)

You are fair in every way,

And want to help us rightly choose, (146:7)

Which desires we should fill.

Lord, our flesh will call to us,

Impulsive pride will quickly kill,

The right desires to patiently, trust. (Hab. 2:3)

Keep, protect us from mistakes!

Give us more wisdom to,

Understand, some things must wait,

And choose to rejoice in You! (3:17)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Maximized Potential, December 22, 2015

Psalm 145:19

Daily, God dwells in our souls,

Giving protection in time of trouble. (Nahum 1:7)

Everywhere the Lord goes, (1:3)

His feet stir up the clouds.

 

Seeing them, reminds us, He,

Has already won the victory! (1:13-2:2)

He has set His people free,

And grounds them in His love. (Ps. 145:20)

 

By the birth of Christ, God’s Son,

Salvation has already come,

And the accuser of His Kingdom, (Rev. 12:10)

Has lost his potential.  (12:12)

 

Satan knows there’s little time,

For him to battle with mankind. (12:17)

Even now, God’s love Divine,

Is stirring up revival!  (Nahum 1:13)

***

Father, thank You for providing,

Inner strength, prodding, guiding,

Cueing, constantly reminding,

You are in control! (Ps. 145:18)

 

Lord, You’ve promised us to listen, (145:19)

To every cry of Your children!

Lord, as we learn submission,

You maximize our potential!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Peace, Beyond Comprehension, December 20, 2015

Micah 5:2

Small beginnings!  To a town, (Micah 5:2)

Like Bethlehem, the Lord came down,

Born of a woman, God’s only Son,

Would bring the world Good News!

 

But many will not understand, (4:12)

God’s thinking, nor embrace His plan.

They’ll see this babe as just a man,

His Deity, refuse.

***

God, Your secrets are revealed,

To all submitting to Your will. (5:5)

Peace, stronger than any shield,

Will strengthen Your children.

 

Age to age, You never change.

Come, Lord Jesus, set up reign, (4:7)

And make us like the dew, the rain,

That nourishes Your creation.

 

Let us freshen, everywhere,

New each day, may we share,

The Good News, that You truly care,

That we have peace in every decision!

 

Lord, breathe in our atmosphere,

Christian love, joy and cheer,

So that every friend and family member,

Has this peace, beyond comprehension.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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What Good Does It Do?  December 19, 2015

Micah 3:5

It’s easier just to give into the crowd.

Give them what they want, or else they’ll get loud.

The very idea of exhorting is mixed,

With certain anxieties we cannot fix!

Prophets who teach God’s people to do, (Micah 3:5)

The things that are wrong, will betray me and you!

If we don’t give them what they ask for,

They’ll set us up, and declare holy war.

But answers from God will not come to them. (3:7)

Because it’s God’s Spirit that gives us the strength,

To speak the truth in the Word of God, (3:8)

And that people shouldn’t do, what they’re ashamed of!!

***

Heavenly Father, God of all truth,

Reveal what good does and what it doesn’t do!

Scores are blinded by prophets who twist, (3:9)

Your Word, misrepresenting Your righteousness.

Lord, as we grow much closer to You,

We understand what good does and doesn’t do!

Happy are those whose God is the Lord! (Ps. 144:15)

Who know how to read and pray Your Word!

Lord, help us grow in our Spiritual lives, (Prov. 30:10)

So we spend more time doing what is good and wise.

Open up ears and hearts once again,

To hear Your Holy Spirit telling them,  (Micah 2:13)

“This is the gate, walk through and be free,

From the sins that KEEP you in captivity!”

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Heaven Sent Concern, December 18, 2015

Jonah 3:10

It seems more people show discontent;

More souls embittered, betrayed and bent.

Society tends to break them off, *

Snuff them out and give them a toss!

God, our Father, is not like them. (Jonah 3:10)

He forgives us all, when we repent.

Because He is more concerned than we,

He hears our confessions and, gladly,

Changes His mind about punishments,

Because His concern is Heaven Sent! (4:2)

He’s not quick to anger, nor does He choose,

To cause us harm, but yes, He WILL use,

Whatever it takes to get out attention!

Because He’s concerned about all His creation. (4:11)

***

Heavenly Father, no one can know,

The measure of godly concern You show.

You do what it takes to lead us back,

If, for some reason, we’ve fallen off track.

Thank You for Your great love each day.

That protects us, defends us, and shows us the way, (Ps. 144:2)

To deal with touching the lives of others,

Even people who seem to be angry and bothered! (Jonah 4:10)

Lord, make our stony hearts more concerned, (4:11)

For our cities, our nation to quickly return,

To You; send revival, Oh Lord, change Your mind! (4:2)

Because You are merciful, gracious and kind!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Don’t Just Stand There!  December 17, 2015

Obadiah 11

Who can stand aside, not lend a hand to another,

Who’s in trouble, being beaten, robbed or attacked? (Obadiah 11)

Guilty are we, if we just stand there as a brother,

Is criticized!  We listen, and turn our back.

The Lord says whatever we do, good or evil, (15)

Will happen to us, so always take the higher ground!

It matters!  So let’s try to be more thoughtful!

What goes around, truly does come back around.

***

Father, we read about the thousands in Your Word,

Who worship day and night, in a very special place. (Rev. 7:14-17)

Forever, they are grateful, because they’ve learned,

Such bitter/sweet salvation, having died for their faith.

Father, at this time, help us better maintain,

Our focus of the season, and not be overcome,

By the extra activities; help us balance out our pace,

And remember to be grateful for the birth of Your Son.

Thank you, Jesus!  You gave everything, Your life!

Thus, we will loudly shout out our response!

Let us not be guilty, of just standing by,

Watching so many things going on,

With no time for concern about one another.

Lord, forgive us for falling for the lies,

That it’s okay to disrespect, or act like we are bothered,

By the people You have handpicked and placed in our lives.

May we catch a sight of You as Revelation Lord,

Wiping tears away from the many who have suffered.

And may we learn how to live now, by Your Word,

And practice for the day when we will all live together!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Praise Drops of Grace, December 16, 2015

Psalm 143:6

The Gatorade of the soul is giving God praise!

Our courage sweats, like minerals, goes away.

The Lord’s protocol for refreshment starts with:

A prayer of praise and thanksgiving on our lips!

Constantly moving away in reaction,

Only brings us to greater distractions!

Make it a habit of lifting hands in praise,

And meditating on all the things God has made. (Ps. 143:5)

Courage will return, while anxieties and fears,

Are displaced by God’s grace, and just, disappear.

***

Father, fill our cup.  We lift our hands to You,

To refresh our vision, as only You can do.

Lord, You have promised to plant Your people, (Amos 9:15)

So they’re not pulled out at the first sign of trouble.

You make things happen, and monitor our ways,

And remind us, to make our requests known with praise.

Praise and thanksgiving will open up the door,

To stand in Your presence, and ask for more;

More of Your Spirit, to quench our thirst…

To raise our expectations, and increase our self-worth.

Fill us today, with an abundance of Your rain, (9:13)

To harvest and replant, again and again.

Add to our eyes, moisture drops of grace,

And make them sparkle to reflect Your face.

Lord, when our vision becomes dry with fatigue,

Praise drops of grace, help us see more accurately.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Special Delivery Schedule, December 15, 2015

Psalm 142:5

God our Father’s time is now,

For a miracle to be delivered somehow.

When we cry out to the Lord, (Ps. 142:1)

His mercy traces every word.

Never will He turn his head,

To talk to someone else, instead.*

Anticipate and expect His will,

His delivery will be right on schedule! (Ps. 142:7)

He wants more than anything,

To free us so we can praise His Name. (142:7)

And likewise, we should want nothing more,

Than Him, as our greatest reward.

***

Father, how we need Your help,

Today, to orchestrate for us,

A timed, special delivery,

Of patience, strength and inner peace.

Now, right now, the answer’s sent;

Our benefits from being obedient. (142:2-3)

You will strengthen us in the strife,

When all we want, is You in this life. (142:5)

You alone should receive,

All power, wealth, wisdom and glory, (Rev. 5:12)

Strength, honor, and songs of praise;

Right now, and all throughout the day.

Praise helps open up the door,

To find the deliveries, addressed from the Lord!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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So Many Rounds!  December 14, 2015

Amos 5:13

If we are to fight the good fight of faith,

We must understand the enemy’s weapons.

Fear tactics, rumor, loss and disgrace, (Amos 4:1)

His plan is to maim without discretion.

He cannot stand to hear the truth! (5:10)

He rails against justice with all of his might.

But this is all that he has to use,

In the spiritual battles we constantly fight.

These are bad times for Jews and Christians.

We’re to do good, be wise and not sin. (5:13)

God defends us; He won’t commission,

His children to fight a round without Him.

***

Father, I know I’m to fight the good fight,

Of faith, but Lord, there are so many rounds!

It seems the traps are re-set day and night,

And at some point, I fear I’m going to fall down!

Help me in these wretched times of great evil, (5:13)

Not to forget my armor each day.

I give You all glory!  Lord God All-Powerful,

You protect, You guide, and direct my way,

Through mines, and traps, and all those fear tactics,

That appear and attack me, perfectly timed!

Lord, help me see the enemy is harmless,

Because You are with me, the victory is mine!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Good Scents Makes Good Sense, December 13, 2015

Psalm 141:2

Let our hearts be full of praise,

Our prayers ascend like incense placed,

Carefully, before Your throne. (Ps. 141:2)

Good Scents, from good sense grown.

When God opens up a door,

We should not do less, but more! (Rev. 3:2)

Strengthen that which we have left,

Daily, offering up our best.

We were taught, long ago,

What God opens, man can’t close! (3:7-8)

God will prove His love to us, (3:9)

If we’ll obey, and not give up!

***

Father, we believe Your truth,

That Jesus Christ is coming soon. (3:11)

Help us to continue strong,

And keep the faith by holding on,

To every Word we read today,

Reciting it, when we pray!

Lord, our victory begins,

When that door finally opens.

You said, we will not see trouble,

And be pillars in Your temple. (3:12)

Hear our prayers as incense sweet,

Making good sense to all we meet. (Ps. 141:2-3)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Anyone Can Call! December 12, 2015

Joel 2:32

God is concerned for His land and children. (Joel 2:18)

He’d rather us not be shamed as a nation! (2:19)

He has the power to force away trouble,

And make our hearts, happy and joyful! (2:23)

God always does what is right, as before,

He’ll provide all our needs, with abundantly more.

God will give back what’s been lost or stolen, (2:25)

And pour out His Spirit upon His children. (2:28)

“Anyone,” God says, can call on the Lord, (2:32)

And they shall be saved, so rest assured,

And continue to pray that your loved ones won’t fall,

But will feel God’s Spirit of conviction and call!

***

Father, we long for revival today! (2:28)

How we need more people of God to pray! (1:14)

Pour out Your Spirit!  If people will come,

And call on Your Name, You will save each one! (2:32)

This is a spiritual work we can’t do.

Our work is to pray, but conviction comes from You!

Please do not give the ones more success, (Ps. 140:8)

Who have so much pride and toss around judgments.

Send out Your Spirit!  Chase Satan away;

The accuser of souls, doesn’t want us to pray!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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We Will Bloom, December 11, 2015

Hosea 13:5

How does the African violet know,

It’s time to let its blossoms grow?

Poinsettias do the very same thing,

And bloom to announce the birth of a King!

Their bright green leaves become, instead,

Gorgeous booms, of ruby red.

An understanding person will know,

That our Creator has made this so. (Hosea 13:5)

Likewise, He has plans for us,

So when it’s time, blossom we must!

People will plan, but God alone, (13:4)

Decides the time a blossom is grown.

Blessed are those who read what is written, (Rev. 1:3)

And look for the things the Lord says will happen!! (1:7)

***  

Father, we know You direct every matter,

The blossoms, seasons, tides, and weather…

So help us to understand Revelation,

And be blessed as we read the message You’ve given. (1:3)

Jesus, You rule every kingdom on earth. (1:5)

And yet, You agreed to a human birth,

To free us from sin, and make us priests, (1:6)

Who serve in Your courts of grace and peace.

Lord, today, speak deep within,

To hear Your Spirit, giving direction.

Come, let Your dew fall upon us, (Hosea 13:5)

So we will bloom like the flowers of Christmas!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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I Won’t Contribute!  December 10, 2015

Jude 1:16

God’s shield of faith is meant to protect,

To keep us from sin, its guilt and regret.

But we snap our fingers, and toss our heads,

We’ll blame, complain, with no regrets! (Jude 1:16)

Even the archangel, Michael would not,

Judge the devil who argued and fought,

Over the body of Moses, because,

Michael left all judgment to God! (1:9)

“The Lord will punish you,” he said, (1:10)

And turned that over to God, instead,

Of trying to do the very things, (1:11)

That follow the ways of Abel and Cain.

Eating and drinking with all the saints, (1:12)

God says, they are clouds without rain!

Tossed around by the wind…

Wild as waves… only God judges them! (1:14)

***

Father, forgive us, we’re prone to complain,

To judge one another and tarnish Your name. (1:16)

You’ve said, in the last days, there will be those,

Who hurt and divide wherever they go! (1:19)

Father, feed our souls today!

You’ve said that the just must live by faith,

And turn any evil, over to You…

Not judging the things that others do! (1:27)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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The Best Yield, December 9, 2015
Hosea 10:12
Seeds of goodness, rare indeed,
Unlike any other seeds,
Send down deep, abiding roots,
Into ground that's rich in truth. (3 Jn. 1:3)
Goodness grows high above,
All the crops of human love.
Giving, sharing, SEEING beauty,
Nurtured by the call of duty.
Quickly rising to the task.
Goodness takes up the slack. (Hosea 10:12)
Greater loyalty is found,
By plowing, planting, in NEW ground.
***
Father, thank You for Your methods!
Help us find ground, uninfested,
Fresh and new, where we can plant,
Instead of trying to plow, cement!
You've said those who plow in evil,
Yield only a crop of trouble! (10:13)
Help us make it our business,
To plant in soil that grows our goodness,
Loud, rain down! Help us produce,
A lovely crop of loyal fruit! (10:12)
All our days are planned by You, (Ps. 139:16)
So help us walk in ways of truth, (3 Jn. 1:3)
Plowing ONLY where You lead,
To make the BEST yield of our seed.
In Jesus name, amen.
DARMC
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Loose Bows, December 8, 2015
Hosea 7:16
Those with faith and hope will turn,
To the Lord, not wavering! (Hosea 7:14)
God says, "I have taught them all they've learned, (7:15)
Yet, I find them favoring,
And choosing leaders I don't know! (8:3)
They won't ask My permission,
Nor where to shoot their arrows,
Like loose bows on a mission! (7:16)
They will not seek or call My Name, (7:14)
But they'll lay on their beds and cry,
Then come together and ask for grain,
Lacking faithful hearts inside."
Oh, be careful! Do not lose,
Everything for which you've labored! (2 Jn. 1:8)
Live a life of love and choose,
To tighten up unstable matters.
***
Father, You're the One we trust!
Faithfully, we'll stay the course,
Not following some who lead us,
From You, to another source!
We will not succomb to lies!
Rather, Lord, we fully know, (Hosea 7:14)
Double-minded people cry,
Instead of tightning up their bow!
We'll maintain our bow of faith!
Never loosen it to follow,
Those who turn us from Your grace,
Steal our rewards and leave us hollow! (2 Jn. 1:9)
In Jesus name, amen.
DARMC
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Victory Assured, December 7, 2015
1 John 5:4
There's that knock, it's someone who,
Wants to convince me and you,
That we should look at Jesus Christ,
As just another beautiful life! (1 Jn. 5:21)
This, the crux of our faith:
Jesus Christ was born to save, (5:3)
Born to set His children free,
Born to bring us victory!
***
Father, You're not asking us,
To work alone, in You, we trust,
To again, be our guide,
One on one, council provide.
We don't turn to flesh, but to,
Your Holy Spirit, speaking for You.
He gives victory over sin.
There's no doubt, we're going to win!
Nothing is too hard when we,
Grasp this concept: VICTORY!
Nothing too strong in the present,
Can change or dim our confidence.
Lord, we will trust in You,
And wait to see victory break through.
In Jesus name, amen.
DARMC
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Godly Love, Can’t Go Wrong, December 6, 2015

1 John 4:7

Don’t be fooled!  Love not of God,

Will not last, nor rise above,

To say the words and do the deeds,

That help meet another’s NEED.

Love that shows discrimination,

Holds a grudge is imitation.  

That icy spirit, isn’t God’s, (1 Jn. 4:7)

If it’s not warm, it isn’t love.

Warmth is healing, melts, removes,

Brokenness, to better fuse,

Relationships that went wrong!

This kind of love is Godly Strong! (4:4)

Stronger than the world can know,

Godly Strong, binds and holds.

***

God, Your love is stronger than,

That which we can understand.

Godly Strong, Your love in us,

Replaces fear, with faith and trust. (4:18)

Claiming what You’ve taught us, Lord,

Makes us stronger than the world,

Helps us be more powerful, (4:3-4)

To overcome spiritual battles.

Fill us with Your love so strong,

Godly love that can’t go wrong!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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A Merry Heart, December 5, 2015

Hosea 2:20

A merry heart is hard to find,

Non-provoked and cheer infused…

Patient, understanding, kind,

Loving because they choose to!

The merry heart has learned to handle,

Those who speak the language of,

Harsh words and persecution, (1 Jn. 3:13)

Flesh-directed, dead to God!

The Holy Spirit fills the need. (3:22)

That for which we ask will come,

When we know how to please,

God, by trusting in His Son. (3:23)

***

Father, help us truly learn,

How to do our very best,

To rise above the unconcern,

Of those driven by the flesh.

Let us be so God-directed,

Every step and every mile,

Purified and unaffected,

By dissatisfaction’s bile.

Plant us where we’ll grow into, (How. 2:23)

Fruit-producing, merry souls,

Merry hearts, loved by You,

Love to love, not control.

Let rejoicing take the place,

Of all anxieties and fears,

Inner turmoil… all erased,

By godly love, produces cheer.*

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Three Question Test,  December 4, 2015

1 John 2:16

Here’s a short, litmus test, something tried and true,

To help us figure out the right things to do!

Ask these three questions; each has the same answer:

  1. Is this to please myself, but maybe hurt another?
  2. Am I being lustful, jealous or mad?
  3. Or is this because I’m being proud of what I have?

If the answer’s “yes” to any one of these,

Then God, our Father, is not at all pleased. (1 John 2:16)

None of these things come from His great Love,

But rather, from the world who answers, “yes” to the above.

If we confess the Son, we have the Father too, (2:23)

Who gives us a special gift to TEST what we should do.

We won’t need other teachers.  God’s Word, our education, (2:27)

But periodically, we need to ask ourselves these questions!

***

Father, open up my eyes to see if there be,

Any wicked ways of the world inside of me! (2:15)

Lord, If there’s hate or jealousy in me today, (2:11)

Or if I want to please myself, these are the world’s ways! (2:16)

None of this darkness comes from You, Father God.

And because I desire an eternity above,

More than waking up to disgrace and shame, (Daniel 12:2)

Father, I will NOT seek any of these things.

You’ve promised, I will shine like the stars up above, (1 Jn. 12:3)

Forever, if I try to teach the world about Your love! (12:27)

And Lord, I will check my own motives with this test,

And answer truthfully, with all “no’s” instead of “yes”.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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A Believer’s Greatest Decision, December 3, 2015

Daniel 10:12

There are privileges and purposes in the lives of all Believers.

But some miss the grace of God and become, high achievers.

It seems we’ve pinned a stigma, to one receiving grace!

We’d rather work and prove we’re good by earning our pay.*

Believers have confessed their sins, and they are forgiven, (1 Jn. 1:9)

But then, there’s one more reckoning, yes, another great decision.

We must acknowledge we need understanding to get by, (Dan. 10:12)

And pray that God will add to this, a dose of humble pie.

***

Father, we are given gifts by You, our Lord and King!

But there remains in us, a great need for understanding.

Lord, it’s a decision that we make to come and ask,

Because there’s nothing we can do, ourselves, to have,

Wisdom, understanding, humility and grace.

All these things come only when we ask You, face to face.

Lord, let Daniel’s message bring us to this great decision,

And the moment we ask, let the answer be given. 9:23)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Well, Where Is He?  December 2, 2015

2 Peter 3:3

Gabriel explained, “Human, understand, (Dan. 8:17)

This vision is from God about the time of the end.”

Daniel saw a king who will speak against God. (7:25)

He will hurt God’s people, and try to change the laws.

Peter restates it, that in the last days, (2 Peter 3:3)

People will laugh at the Christians and say,

“Jesus promised He’d come back.  Well, where is He?” (3:4)

They choose NOT to remember all the other prophesies,

That HAVE been fulfilled.  And this vision from Daniel,

WILL be fulfilled as prophesies’ last example.

***

Father, I repent of all my critical judgments.

For if I don’t judge others, I won’t receive punishment!

Jesus, You ARE going to come back again,

So help me to have mercy and not condemn,

Those who look above and say, “Well, where is He?”

Lord, cleanse me from the timbers that blind me!

Judging them for all their apparent wrongdoing,

Isn’t going to draw them to a better understanding,

That You WILL be served by every tribe, every nation! (Dan. 7:13)

And ALL these things in Daniel, are GOING to happen.

Let me overflow with compassion and grace,

To pray that when You come, they too, will be saved!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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God Knows How to Save, December 1, 2015

2 Peter 2:9

Trapped and out of options,

No exits to escape.

At some point, as Christians,

We are tried for our faith.

Jonah, Joseph, Daniel,

All fell into a trap.*

Evil would dismantle,

And keep them from coming back.

But God knows how to save! (2 Pet. 2:9)

We’ve so many examples,

Of God’s power invades,

In ways that we aren’t able. (2:8)

***

Father, in this season,

We can easily be trapped,

In ridiculous situations,

Doing EVERYTHING, stat!

The job, the expectations,

All coupled with more things,

Many times, our own creations,

Not what You’re offering.

Salvation!  Calvary’s message.

Lord help us not be pinned, (Dan. 5:23)

And lose our sense of leverage,

Because of wrong doctrine. (2 Pet. 2:18)

Help us stay the focus,

Upon the real reason,

Help others to take notice, (Dan. 6:26)

Of Your plan for our salvation.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Even If God Won’t Answer…  November 30, 2015

Daniel 3:18

We often pray, then wonder, “Why?”

God doesn’t answer our every cry!

Just like the babe, who doesn’t know,

We grow in strength when we let go.

Let go of what we cannot do,

Choose God’s will, don’t muddle through!

For when it comes to things of God,

He takes the lead, and we just nod. (Dan. 3:16)

***

Father God, help us to know,

There will be fires!  This is so, (3:17)

But You will save us with Your hand,

But if You won’t, we STILL must stand. (3:18)

Lord, help us keep this in mind,

You’re in control ALL the time. (3:25)

And we can stand the heat because,

We’re in the furnace with You, God.

Our hair, our robes, won’t smell like smoke!

And others will learn by taking notes. (4:34)

Lord, we want to live so well,

So others choose heaven over hell. (2 Peter 1:4)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Study Your Vocabulary, November 29, 2015

1 Peter 5:6 & 10

When we speak, our HEART is heard,

So fill it up, with God’s vocabulary Words. (Matt. 12:34)

God showed Daniel visions and dreams, (Dan. 1:17)

And the secret meanings of many things,

Not for Daniel to proudly boast,

But so the King would trust Him most! (2:49)

Trust, so important to a leader,

Includes vocabulary of a King’s advisor!

Humble Words, come easily when,

We know the secret of God’s powerful hand. (1 Peter 5:6)

Words of trust, acknowledging He cares,

And in return, God loves to share, (5:7)

His secrets; His vocabulary can be heard,

As we fill up our hearts, with His Word.

***

Father, fill our hearts today,

With vocabulary words You want us to say.

Words that emphasize respect,

Praising, encouraging, no regrets. (Psalm 135:20)

Lord, inspire us not to limit,

The grace You offer, but to glory in it! (1 Pet. 5:10)

You have called us ALL to share,*

In Your glory, right now, and also, forever!

Thank you!  Grace floods our repentance,

Until we acknowledge our acceptance,

And understanding of vocabulary,

Like, forgiven, grace, and life abundantly.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Signs are Wonder-full, November 28, 2015

Psalm 135:9 & 1 Peter 4:13

God gave signs and wonders in the past, we know. (Ps. 135:9)

But does He still do for us what He did so long ago?

For example: God took things that belonged to cruel people,

And gave it as a gift to His children who were faithful. (135:12)

The Lord still defends us, and His mercy extends,

Forever!  Thus, the signs and wonders never end!

We are to strengthen ourselves with self-control, (1 Pet. 4:2)

So we can see the signs as wonders, beneficial!

Stop wasting time!  The things the world enjoys, (4:3)

Won’t pass the Lord’s inspection, and will be destroyed.

Nonbelievers think it’s very strange what we won’t do, (4:4)

Wild and wasteful things… so they’ll insult me and you!

This is just a sign.  Their wonder and distain,

Will incriminate them when they try to explain. (4:5)

***

Father, how much we need refreshing today!

Polish and refine us, in ALL we do and say.

It’s easy to waste time, doing things that just don’t matter.

So Spirit, help us recognize Your signs, and wonder…

Who needs more love, because love, amazingly,

Helps us overlook things, to live abundantly. (4:8)

We want to serve with strength, so that You will be praised, (4:11)

And recognize the signs to give You glory, every day.

Father, help us see through Your love-tinted lenses, (4:12)

And not be surprised, or think it strange, when offended!

It’s just another sign, and a wonder-full thing,

That helps us look forward to Your coming again. (4:13)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Liberated Beauty, November 27, 2015

1 Peter 3:4

Jesus Christ, the Son of God,

Is first to show respect and love,

To women!  History traces them,

As gender-dominated by men.

Jesus says, that women should,

Realize they are precious to God. (1 Pet. 3:4)

True beauty comes from deep within,

A liberated, godly woman.

This beauty results in gentleness,

And an easy, quiet, persuasiveness.

So men, stop trying to control!

Respect is so irresistible. (3:7)

The most unwilling, obstinate,

Person on the planet,

Can’t miss the true beauty of,

A woman liberated by Christ’s love.

***

Lord, You’ve said we need to be, (3:1-4)

Filled with inner-beauty.

True beauty, rooted deeper,

Is what makes a woman a real keeper.

Praising You, from the heart,

Gives an outward, glow and spark. (Ps. 136:3)

Make us truly persuasive, instead,

Turning hearts more than heads,

So that others will see You,

And our liberated beauty, shining through.

In Jesus Name, amen.

DARMC

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Top the Topics, November 26, 2015

1 Peter 2:9

God laid out the plans of the Temple long ago.

His attention to detail, teaches us to know,

How we, as the Body of the Lord Jesus Christ,

Should view God and worship in His Temple – Our Lives.

The physical structure has changed, but not the teaching;

Holiness should still top the topics of preaching…

But one thing hasn’t changed, from Old Testament to New:

Priests must help the people understand what to do. (Ezek. 44:20)

People stray!  They always have!  They leave what they were taught,

And need to be reminded of what’s holy and what’s not.

Giving their first fruits, and their best unto the Lord,

Has nothing to do with what one can afford! (44:30)

Believers are saved, with forgiveness through Christ’s blood,

To become His Temples, pure and holy before God. (1 Peter 2:1-5)

***

Gracious Heavenly Father, we give You thanks and praise,

That You desire to live within us, each and every day.

And Lord, we choose Your holiness, daily, because,

You’ve chosen us to be the royal priesthood of God. (2:9)

We became Your Temples, delivered as believers,

From evil, to be holy, but this has made us strangers. (1 Pet. 2:11)

Foreigners, Lord, in a world that’s always picking fights,

Against holiness, to argue, EVERYTHING’s alright!

Help us live such good lives, because the world is watching!

This alone will stop the world from ‘stupid’ talking! (2:15) *

Lord, It’s Your desire for our lives to be free,

To live as the example of Christ that others see. (2:20)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Faith Protection, November 25, 2015

1 Peter 1:5

Faith protection is the assurance,

Obedience is the deductible.  (1 Pet. 1:5)

Unlike conventional fire insurance,

We know the fires are inevitable.

Self will be ruined, but faith is forged,

And stronger because of the heat we must face. (1:7)

This purifies and brings us more,

Honor and praise, that strengthens our faith.

Faith trusts the Master, and waits for Him.

When it seems we are weak, we’re down and we’re out;

The Lord upholds us, and give us, within, (1:8)

A mental image of Christ, so we do not doubt!

***

Lord, as obedient children we expect,

To know You and have Your Holy Spirit.

Help us not live as we did in the past. (1:14)

Make us pure and holy, in Your eyes, perfect. (1:15)

Lord, it is written, We MUST be holy, (1:16)

This holiness is a product of faith.

By faith, Your power protects us, solely,

To be used as vessels of love and grace.

Knowing the truth, we can still, fall short,

Of following Your command to daily, practice,

Loving each other with all of our heart, (1:22)

Which means, we’ve been purified, by Your Spirit.

God, let the fires increase our faith,

And faith, once pure, will protect us and show,

That we’ve been obedient to give You first place,

In our lives, so holiness, takes hold and grows.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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The Lord’s Purpose, November 24, 2015

James 5:11

When God’s Spirit lives with a soul, (Ezek. 39:29)

He will not turn away from them anymore.

The Lord choses us, just as He chose Israel, (Ps. 132:13)

And sees us as the home, which He adores. (132:14)

He blesses us with plenty, and fills us with food. (132:15)

And promises that He will provide our heirs, (132:17)

With crowns of glory, to reign and to rule,

But because of this… there WILL be warfare.

The enemy knows he’ll be filled with shame. (132:18)

So he is constantly, roaming about,

Trying to get closer, for a better aim,

He weakens our unity then takes his best shot.

***

Father, Your promises are written for us,

To hold on to, even when we have to wait!

Just like Job, You’ve a purpose, we can trust,

And with patience, we look for Your mercy and grace. (James 5:11)

When there is trouble, Lord, we will pray. (5:13)

When we are happy, we’ll sing with abandon. (5:14)

For, we believe that our prayers of faith, (5:15)

Are Your purpose, for great and mighty things to happen. (5:16)

Lord, cleans our hearts, to effectually contribute,

To unity in the WHOLE family of God.

Let us not be weary, or give up on Your purpose,

For us to mature, doing everything in love.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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“I’ll Pass!” November 23, 2015

James 4:17

Come to God, close your eyes,

See Him seated on His throne.

Bending down, lowers pride,

To make a humble heart known,

God will honor humble hearts. (James 4:10)

He alone will be the Judge.

When thoughts line up with His thoughts,

We can’t hold on to any grudge.

Stand against the devil by,

Giving up that “harmless” thing.

Don’t bring it in before His eye,

Because our souls are His domain.

***

Thank You, Lord, You’ve given us,

Guidelines, Laws, and specifically,

The attitude to gain Your trust,

Knowing we are yours, with humility. (4:5)

Take away our love of things;

And help us know what we’re against!

The devil’s seemingly innocent games,

Cause Your Name, great offense. (4:7)

Deliver us, completely, so, (4:5)

Your Spirit does not have to grieve.

Our time is shorter than we know, (4:14)

Sooner or later, we’ll bow, humbly.

Pray, through us, Jesus, ask,

That we’ll know to do what honors You,

Give us the discernment to say, “I’ll pass,”

On the things we really shouldn’t do.  (4:17)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Four Ingredient Wisdom, November 22, 2015

James 3:17

The bread of life, Jesus, shares His recipe,

Of wisdom, to be served all day, graciously.

First, we must be pure, cleansed from within,

No jealousy or selfishness which mixes up confusion.

Second, add peace.  This is the choice of those,

Who have seen a loud noise make a beautiful cake fall.

Third, add gentleness, that comes from the heart. (Ps. 131:1-2)

It isn’t proud at all, and refuses to take part,

In looking down on others… knowing that’s a shame!

For EVERYONE’S accepted, in God’s eyes just the same.

The last ingredient is unattainable for some,

It’s being easily pleased, instead of constant criticism.

***

Father, at this time of Thanksgiving, we pause,

To thank and give You praise, for wisdom and love.

Thank you for these autumn days, not too cold or hot,

And for our bread of life, which is always, enough.

Lord, may we have the finest, quality ingredients,

To mix up wisdom, and serve it in abundance.

Without Your cleansing we cannot have purity.

Come, Holy Spirit, purge our sin, completely.

The product is peace, the second thing we need,

To add to gentleness, submitting to authority.

Last, but so important, Lord, send us these seeds,

Which produce more fruit… those easily pleased. (James 3:17)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Be More Careful, Sheep, November 21, 2015

Ezekiel 34:18

Sheep don’t understand the way,

They muddy the waters, when they drink. (Ezek. 34:18-19)

It they throw around their weight,

They stir up mud and make things stink!

God says to these ones who fail,

To watch their step and recognize,

As they clumsily rant and rail,

Nothing around them is… sanitized!

God has promised, He will save,

The flock by judging, ALL the sheep; (34:22)

God will deal with sheep who graze,

Clumsily, crushing what others eat!

***

Heavenly Father, thank you for,

Saving those who trust in You! (Ps. 130:5-7)

Help us warn those who seem sure, (Prov. 29:1)

That it doesn’t matter what they do! (James 2:24)

Thank you for your promises,

To make our land a safer place. (Ezek. 34:25)

Showers, blessing, allowances,

Will come to those who watch and wait. (Ps. 130:5)

Lord, we put our trust in You,

Because You help us better think!

What’s the wisest thing to do,

So we don’t muddy what others drink!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Memory Boosters, November 20, 2105

James 1:22-24

We must look high above our circumstances, where,

Our problems exist, and ask God, in prayer,

For wisdom!  Drill our faith, to be stronger than our doubt! (James 1:6)

Believe all God’s promises we’ve read about.

We’ve and we know what the Bible says, yet,

When we have troubles, we tend to forget! (1:22)

How to behave and how to react…

Why?  Because we have a memory lapse!

Good teachers know that students learn best,

By DRILLING, DOING it, BEFORE the test.

Drill good reactions by saying kinder words,

When anger is kindling and beginning to stir.

Instead of waiting, drill good deeds,

Understand the problem, and take authority,

Over every work of the devil by DOING,

Not just hearing the Word… see that memory improving!

***

Heaven Father, I confess I have not done,

All Your Word says to DO, so I can become,

Better at remembering Your Word, not just a hearer.

Help me be better, self-motivated DOER.

Lord, I know that practice before a test is key,

To passing, DOING, helps boost my memory.

I’m seeking and desiring for my life to be complete,

But reaching that goal means a better memory.

Whisper in my ear, the scriptures that apply,

WHEN a trouble comes, remind me, and supply,

The wisdom, the strength and the courage I need, (1:4)

To DO what You want, and boost my memory. (1:22)

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Soaking In Peace, November 19, 2015

Hebrews 13:20

We can easily change our minds,

But Christ is the same, all the time. (Heb. 13:8)

Always, yesterday, today,

He was and is the truth, the way. (Jn. 14:6)*

He is present-tense; Christ never leaves,

 And fills us up, ‘till we soak in peace.

Peace of heart, peace of mind,

Peace that doesn’t cast a line,

Into tidal fears, mistrust.

When God ordained His peace for us!

Now is the very moment when,

He wants to come and strengthen. (Heb. 13:9)

Feel His grace, and give release,

To fear, instead, accept God’s peace. (13:20)

***

Lord, secure our minds, today,

To soak in peace, agree always,

To never let the peace of God,

Seep from our hearts, like losing blood!

Fear cannot take hold or hide,

Within the soul where peace abides.

Let pack our peace in strength,

That thanks and glorifies Your Name. (13:15)

God, You know just what we need,

Including, being soaked in peace.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Burdensome Handicap, November 18, 2015

Hebrews 12:27

Unshaken are those who have witnessed or felt,

The strength and power of God Himself.

Those circumstances that usually, devastate,

Can turn into lessons, that help us graduate,

From this world’s grasp to the Kingdom where,

We hear the surround sound, up there.  (Heb. 12:1)

Saints cheering us on in this race,

They understand the stress and the necessary pace.

Meanwhile, we must study our lives,

And remove ANYTHING, that could possibly drive,

Us out of the race, grab us and hold,

Us back, off track, and our passion turns cold. (12:2)

Accuracy is important to find,

The weight that besets us and ruins our time.

Only the things that cannot be shaken,

Will remain when we reach the finish line of the Kingdom. (12:27)

***

Lord, we’re epistles that reveal our best,

Until we trip, weighted down, we crash.

Help us to hear those cheers coming down,

From the saints in glory who have already found,

That God’s Word is true, those weights that beset,

Need to be removed, if we haven’t done so yet.

Help us to see what is holding us back,

Creating such a burdensome handicap.

Scrape off the jealousy, bitterness and anger,

That jumps on our backs, so we can’t sense the danger!

Lord, we need help to remove it and run,

With our eyes on the prize, God’s Only Son.  (12:2)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Love Fuels Success, November 17, 2015

Proverbs 28:25

We face the day, knowing we’re imperfect!

There are many ways in which we prove it.

But, God’s grace reaches down to us,

And gently fuels us with more love.

Those who run on selfish greed,

Desire something, someone else needs.

But those who trust the Lord know this,

More problems are solved with a loving spirit.

Faith maintains the pumps that fuel,

Our lives with love, to do God’s will.

***

Father, Your assignment for me,

Is to love You, first, wholeheartedly.

Moses chose to suffer with, (Heb. 11:29)

His people, instead of being… rich!

Greed fuels the children of,

The self-made souls who don’t need God.

But Lord, Your plan for us is better; (11:40)

Your fuel always takes us further.

Doing right always shuts the mouths,

Of lions, to help us problem solve.

Compared to the problem makers,

The fuel of love, gives us favor,

And promises us more success,

Than greed can ever accomplish.

Thanks be to God,

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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God’s Rewards, November 16, 2015

Hebrews 11:6

Most of us can get off-balanced,

Sadly, missing our allowance,

Of abundance while alive; (Ps. 127:2)

God intends for us to thrive!

Faith believes that even though,

We haven’t received an over-flow,

God intends to reward us,

If in Him, we put our trust. (Heb. 11:6)

***

Lord, please bring our faith to balance;

Change our habits of busyness.

Life gives few gratuities,

And many model negativity!

When we forget that You reward,

We settle into being, poor.

Poor in faith, trust and giving,

Poor in ways of abundant living.

Lord, we’ll seek You diligently,

Knowing, rewards aren’t necessarily,

Something we immediately know,

But we believe, it will be so.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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High Polished Souls, November 15, 2015

Proverbs 28:23

Solomon, wisest of the wise,

Says correction should be liked! (Prov. 28:23)

Fairly, out of our control,

It helps us better reach our goals.

As we journey, we can make,

This one glaring, erring mistake:

To hate correction, see it as,

Something labelling us as bad!

Not at all, it’s high polish!

We can’t shine until admonished!

***

Father, help us grow from infants,

Who enjoy the insignificant.

Wise correction, is so important,

To polish us in our appointments. (Ezekiel 21:26)

Some things might take time to fix,

So, Lord, help us not to quit! (Heb. 10:23)

Harsh correction, rough, abrasive,

Crushes, so it’s not persuasive. (Prov. 28:23)

Help us understand our wrongs, (126:2)

A little encouragement makes us strong!

And Lord, someday, we’ll meet our goals,

And praise You as High Polished Souls.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Come, Lord Jesus!  November 14, 2015

Hebrews 9:28

We’re all appointed once to die;

But still we’re clueless as to why,

Evil wants to steal our days,

And end life in horrific ways!

Come, Lord Jesus! We can’t see,

How to end these killing sprees!

Evil sneaks in like a vulture,

No doubt, jealous of our culture!

Checkpoints can’t keep evil out!

Freely, it just walks about,

When Christ returns, and only then, (Heb. 9:28)

Will democracies have freedom.

***

Father, we are so concerned!

Our hearts are sad, our stomachs churn,

With news of the unthinkable,

Terrorists acts, so evil.

Father, we have worked to give,

To countries where the needy live.

But democracies with free markets,

Like our own are now, big targets!

Lord, protect our troops who guard us! (Ps. 125:2)

And speak to heart, so they’ll trust,

In our great and mighty God!

You alone, are strong enough, (125:5)

To save us from the people who,

Hate us, Lord, and hate You too!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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God Actually Waits,  November 13, 2015

Ezekiel 18:23

“I do not really want the wicked to die. (Ezek. 18:23)

I want them to stop being bad and live!”

These are God’s words that you and I,

Can experience as God is in our midst.

Certainly, if up to me, I’d leave!

I don’t have the patience and mercy of God!

Yet, He is constantly looking to see,

If people will turn to Him for love. (18:21-22)

“If they will stop sinning and start to obey,

I’ll let them live and forget their sins! (18:22)

They will be like a bird that escapes, (Ps. 124:7)

The snares that the hunter has set for them.”

***

Father, in life, You prepare for us,

Seasons of goodness, growth and purpose.

Lord, You have blessed us with more than enough,

To keep from turning away from Your presence.

May we add glory and praise to Your Name,

Wherever we go, let it be known,

That You are the hope and the glory we claim!

Let the evidence of Christ in us clearly show!

In all that we do and all that we say.

Lord, make it clear that You’re in our midst!

That You that You won’t go away,

We call, and You’re actually, waiting for this!!!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Right & Wrong, November 12, 2015

Hebrews 8:10

We all know what’s right and wrong.

God has written it on our hearts; (Heb. 8:10)

That nudge or prick by a spiritual prong,

Reminds us, “Stop!  Do not take part!”

It can be taking a tasty treat,

That tidbit of gossip, more or less.

Delectable, but bittersweet,

Creates a burning in our chest.

God has mercy upon the ones,

Who feel ashamed and come to Him.

He forgives, and the blood of His Son,

Cleanses us from every sin. (8:12)

***

Father, we believe Your Word,

When You say, You forgive and do not recall,*

Our sins; yes, consequences occur,

But You promise to help us through it all.

Keep our hearts softened to feel the shame, (Ezek. 16:63)

If ever in weakness, we succumb,

And forget, sin isn’t a harmless game,

It kills by causing our conscience to numb.

Thank You, Your mercy forgives any sin, (8:12)

And though we remember it, You do not!

When we confess, Your Spirit moves in,

And helps us discern what is right for us. (8:10)

Thanks be to God! 

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Candy-Coated Prophesies, November 11, 2015

Ezekiel 13:3

We all have had those itching ears,

That tune to what we want to hear.

We’d rather be the petted ones,

Than reprimanded for things we’ve done.

Contemporary prophets say,

The things that people want today. (Ezekiel 13:3-23)

If we leave our children unattended,

Never advised or reprimanded,

They will grow up shoving back,

Or be the one always on the attack!

When things God hates go unnoticed, (14:6)

Or looked at as if, candy-coated,

God will NOT try to appease, (14:23)

And sanction our doing whatever we please.

***

Heavenly Father, Your Word is true,

And we dare not misrepresent You.

We will study to understand,

And not candy-coat salvation’s plan.

Without Your mercy and forgiveness,

The good we do is just plan useless. (Hebrews 7:18)

Lord, we realize we aren’t able,

To rise above what comes so natural!

Only You can transform us,

Into those strongly anchored in God.

Help us never try to appease,

Others with white-washed prophesies.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Grown-Up Perfection, November 10, 2015

Hebrews 6:1

Needy, angry people, only want their way;

They shove aside love, and full-grown grace.

God-ordained goals include that we grow,

In patience, in faith, to bear fruit, that shows.

Sadly, Christians exhibit some behaviors,

That are clearly infantile, yet, they want to be teachers!

God’s great desire is for us to mature,

To be the problem solvers, by knowing His Word.

A diet of milk is not God’s intention, (Hebrews 5:13)

We must all move on to grown-up perfection. (6:1)

***

Father, You can make all things possible!

Perfect us as believers, so if there is trouble,

We’re the problem solvers and not the problem makers.

Lord, help us move on, as grown-up believers.

Let us not withhold, from others or from You!

Rain down upon us to produce much more fruit. (6:7)

And we will be like those who through faith and patience,

Increase in love and receive what You have promised. (6:12)

Thanks be to God! You make us, complete,

Maturing us in love, to confidently teach!

Instead of behaving like one who needs correction,

Lord, move us on to Grown-Up Perfection. (5:2)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Mountain… Move!  November 9, 2015

Hebrews 4:16

We’d like to have these mountains moved,

The tragedies that crush the heart.

But obediently, we trust God to,

Enlarge our faith, by doing His part.

We’re to trust the Lord above! (Ps. 121:2)

To help us with His power and might!

This mountain won’t defeat the child,

He guards and protects, day and night. (121:4)

Perhaps it will be shade, indeed,

Like clouds that nourish earth with rain!

Unaware, we might just need,

That mountain, so, it will remain!

***

Lord, look closely, to the roots,

And see if any anger still,

Creates a mountain we can’t move…

A mountain that is NOT Your will.

But Father, if it’s there, because,

You’ve planned to use it in some way,

Help us grow in faith and love,

To let that mountain stay in place... (Heb. 4:16)

Lord, we’ll trust, obediently,

That when we have to come and ask,

For strength, You’ve all the grace we need,

And we can merely, sit and bask,

In Your presence; faith enlarged,

We understand Your Word will prove,

There’s no mountain too big for God!

So Lord, I commit this mountain to You!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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True Self-Image, November 8, 2015

Hebrews 4:10

Look all around; more than most,

Need a day of rest, and a double dose,

Of peace!  Imagine what life would be,

If all will hear God’s call to peace! (Ps. 120:6)

Rest, take today, and put aside,

The quiet voices that say otherwise.

Perfection, success, enticements that dangle,

As goals for us, are not God’s examples!

God’s living Word, will cut to the spirit, (Heb. 4:12)

And judge our thoughts, until we get it!

We need to rest!  We must not neglect,

This way of finding our True Self-Image.

***

Lord, help us clearly to identify,

Our lives with You, by putting aside,

A day to rest, and bask in the rays,

Of the light of Your glory, honor and praise.

Lord, we live in a world without peace. (120:6-7)

Provide us some rest from negativity.

We’re obediently doing all that we do,

Heartily, as if we are doing it for You.

Let us receive the benefits of rest,

As a natural ingredient for any future progress.

It strengthens us and helps us live appreciatively,

As we see in the mirror, what You’ve made us to be!

Not selfish, self-focused, nor imprisoned to sin,

But recognizing, the image of Christ stamped within.

In Jesus name, amen.

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Understanding a Dust-Made-House, November 7, 2015

Psalm 119:169

From Moses to John, God’s many contributors,

Wrote His narratives, His stories and letters,

So that every generation, every woman, every man,

Could use the Word of God, to help them understand, (Ps. 119:169)

The underlying message is God’s greatest passion, *

To love, to help and to save His children.

Our biggest challenge seems to be maintaining, (Heb. 3:6)

Our confidence, hope and understanding!

We are like His house, and Christ oversees it; (3:4-6)

The architect, God, also gives His Holy Spirit,

To help maintain and refurbish, for himself,

This clay, human body, a dust-made-house!

***

Father, we’re at peace, because Your ways are perfect.

We trust that You will save us as You promised! (Ps. 119:170)

Lord, as needed, You provide understanding,

To handle circumstances hard and demanding!

While it is “today” we’ll encourage one another, (Heb. 3:13)

Because, “now” is ours, and we may not have a “later.”

Lord, we look to You as houses built of dust!

And thank you for Your passion, to live inside of us.

Your plan of salvation is the thread throughout,

The pages of Your Word, so we have no doubt,

That You will be our compass, and guide our every step.

Lord, we have great confidence in our architect. (3:11-14)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Seven Times A Day, November 6, 2015

Psalm 119:164

We naturally bend to our questions, instead,

Of trusting God, and that small knock of dread,

Persists.  But God provides a way…

For us to escape, seven times a day! (Ps. 119:164)

Those who love His teachings find peace. (119:165)

Seven times a day, Praising God brings relief. (119:168)

Seven, that blessed number, well known,

Throughout the Word, its perfection is shown.

Every two hours or so, lift your hands,

And praise the Lord, because He commands,

We love Him with all our hearts, minds and souls,

And thus, we affirm His Almighty control. (Heb. 2:18)

***

Father, we’re hidden!  Things can be worse!

As the children of God, we are blessed, not cursed. (Ps. 119:165)

Yes, we wait for Your coming to save us.

And in the meantime, we’ll sing praises.

Every few hours, seven times a day,

We’ll lift our hands and give You praise.

Lord, we know that Your plan is good.

And nothing happens unless it should,

To those of us with assignments to do:

Which include, giving praise and glory to You!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Another Carpenter Rises, November 5, 2015

Hebrews 1:1-2

What could have been the reason behind,

God wanting His only Son to become,

A carpenter, incognito, the kind,*

Of man with callused fingers and thumbs!

God’s incarnation took the form,

Of a common maker of furniture!

This mystery baby, virgin born,

Would grow up to be our Savior!

The angels watched, no doubt, in awe,

As God completed His masterpiece;

Today, they stand, cheer and applaud,

As another Carpenter’s life is complete.

***

Lord, we thank you for giving us Lou!

With compassionate heart and callused hands,

He gives us a sweet glimpse of you,

Who became a carpenter, just like him!

Lou is the perfect picture of,

A kind and friendly, Jesus, who,

Is human!  Flesh, spirit and blood,

Loving, joking, kidding like Lou!

Thank you for Lou’s thoughtful nods,

That coupled with his smile to say,

“You’re the main focus of,

My concerns, right here, right now, today.”

Father, blessed are those who rise,

No longer bound to bodies that ache.

Open up our spirit eyes,

To see Lou’s smile at heaven’s gate.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Believers Refresh, November 4, 2015

Philemon 7

The blessings we have in Christ are to share,

And refresh those around us, everywhere. (Phil 6)

Great joy and comfort should come from Believers! (7)

If not, beware!  They could be deceivers!

Times of refreshing are needed, we know,

And believers are those, to whom we can go,

For comfort, strength and understanding.

They will do even more for us without asking, (21)

Because the Spirit within them leads,

And makes them more sensitive to other’s needs.

***

Father, make us more diligent,

To encourage, comfort and offer refreshment.

Spirit, lead us in how to pray,

And show us who needs refreshing today.

Make us more disciplined, Lord, to build,

Encouragement waters, and fattens the yield.

Complaining destroys, and grumbling smothers;

Lord, forgive us for acting so bothered!

Guard our talk, every word we say,

So that we can refresh other souls today.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Believers, Do the Opposite, November 3, 2015

Titus 3:1

Believers can expect to experience temptations.

Our natural desires go against God’s regulations.

We feel that stubborn streak, when we’re told what to do!

And God says, “Remember, all the things I’ve taught you. (Prov. 28:9)

If you refuse, your prayers will not be heard!”

That should be enough to remember God’s Word.

Reading God’s promises increases our faith.

The Spirit speaks, showing us where we are enslaved. (Titus 3:3)

We’ve all been foolish and enjoyed being jealous!

But evil talk and gossip is not of the Spirit. (3:4)

The Spirit within, cleanses us from all sin. (3:5)

It’s by His mercy that we sense His conviction.

***

Father, we’re desperate for complete possession,

Of Your Spirit in our lives to change our heart’s condition!

We confess, we don’t express many feelings of love,

That come from spending time in Your presence, Lord God.

It’s only by Your Spirit that our souls can be cleansed,

To do the opposite when temptations come again. (3:7)

Pour out Your spirit, so kindness reigns in us!

And make us right with You, by doing, the opposite,

Of what our nature tells us; Lord, dissolve any obsessions,

That feed carnal needs, or load emotional weapons. (3:3)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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All Are Important, November 2, 2015

Titus 2:15

Paul hits the nail, right on the head,

Stating the problems of gender and age!

Older men need more patience instead,

Of anything that is perceived as rage. (Titus 2:1)

Also, they should be serious, wise,

Strong in the faith and full of love; (2:2)

As an example, able to show,

The younger men how to live for God. (2:6)

Older women must be holy! (2:3)

Not speaking out against each other!

Sober, self-controlled, emotionally,

Teaching young women to love one another! (2:4)

Work ethic, kindness, all of these,

Are taught and caught, from age to age.

We’re to encourage, with authority! (2:15)

All are important!  All have a say!

***

Father, thank you for many examples,

Given to us in Scriptures, so we,

Can understand, that ALL are important,

Growing, into what You want them to be.

Help us be fully persuaded, no doubt,

That you will perform what You’ve promised to do.

Make us holy, within and without,

BELIEVING that ALL are important to You! (2:15)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Illogical Peace, November 1, 2015

Titus 1:4

Gideon went to battle with some crazy odds.

David slew a giant with the power of God.

With all of our problems, it’s illogical for sure,*

To expect that peace will come knocking at our door.

Let us not forget where to find our rest. (Jer. 50:6)

Peace flows from God’s great love and forgiveness. (50:20)

Pride is the culprit, and the enemy of our souls. (50:30)

It will keep us from the peace of letting God have control.

***

Heavenly Father, let us walk today in Your peace.

The kind that causes all our worries to cease.

Peace that sustained our Lord when He submitted,

To the cross, so that all of us could be acquitted.

Father, give us peace that shows on our faces.

Peace that removes any hints or traces,

Of pride, selfishness, or partiality.

Father, help us rest in Your Illogical Peace.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Long Settled, October 31, 2015

Jeremiah 48:7-8

Beware not to trust in what you do, (48:7)

Or God will come and “unsettle” you. (48:11)

God’s Word has examples of His correction, (Jer. 48:12)

When people form habits by settling in.

Look out, if you’re wine that’s never been poured,

Your cork will “pop” when shaken for sure.

In days to come, after God is through, (48:47)

He promises to again, bring good to you.

***

Father, it seems we get poured in a kettle,

When You think we’re getting way too settled! (2 Tim. 4:17)

When you turn up the heat in the “pots” we’re in,

You closely monitor our situation.

Let us receive it and fully trust,

It’s out of Your love, that You purify us.

Lord, we form habits, such negative ones,

And refuse to be poured out so we can become,

A person of praise, who is thankful for life,

Having survived the fires of strife.

Lord, forgive us, and soften our hearts,

To trust You unsettle to strengthen us.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Accept It, But Rise Above It, October 30, 2015

2 Timothy 4:5

In the last days, people will be: (2 Tim. 2:1-18)

Unloving, living life, selfishly.

They’ll be proud, and say evil things against,

Anyone and everyone, even their parents!

They will not be thankful, and will not be the kind,

Of people God wants, because they’ll gossip all the time.

They’ll refuse to forgive!  They’ll hate what is good,

They’ll turn against friends and not love God as they should.

Oh, they’ll say that they do, but they just want pleasure.

But without God’s statutes, they won’t have His power.

***

Father, Your Word gives us life and light. (Ps. 119:105-106)

We can be sure, You will help us know what’s right.

You will save us from suffering and troubles that come. (2 Tim. 3:10)

And we accept we will be persecuted, as Christians. (3:12)

Help us not forget the teachings of our youth. (3:14)

They will show us where we’re wrong and we need to improve. (3:16)

Success in this life is assured to us,

If we use Your Scriptures to guide all. (3:17)

Help us to be ready to speak Your Word, (4:4)

To encourage and have greater patience in this world.

Open hearts and eyes.  Lord, in these last days,

It’s getting where people refuse to change their ways! (3;7)

Help them realize they will never fully be,

Empowered and guided, with everything they need! (3:17)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

Jesus Cannot Be Unfaithful, October 29, 2015

2 Timothy 2:13

The world gives us permission;

So we can do just what we want. (2 Tim. 2:22)

Very few choose God’s commission,

Over bucket lists of fun.

“Think about what I am saying! (2:7)

And remember Jesus Christ,

Who suffered, by His own choosing,

To give us eternal life. (2:8)

If we die believing Jesus,

We will live again with Him. (2:10)

If we accept and share His suffering,

We’ll have glory that never ends.

But if we say we don’t know Him, (2:12)

“I don’t know you!” will startle us!

It won’t change Who He is,

If we decide, not to trust!  (2:13)

***

Father God, I give you praise,

For all of Your commands. (Ps. 119:98)

You lend me Your understanding,

And make me wiser than I am! (119:99)

Help me be MORE obedient, (119:101)

Because Your promises are sweet! (119:103)

And evil spreads like sickness, (2 Tim. 2:17)

When the faithful, just retreat!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Finish Strong, October 28, 2015

2 Timothy 1:12

Fear second guesses, but faith finishes strong,

With love to share and self-control all along, (2 Tim. 1:7-8)

The route mapped out.  There is no need to fear; (Jer. 42:11)

God’s presence in us provides a spirit of power.

It grows from a small flame, into a fire.

And we can be sure, our Lord will never tire,

Of protecting all we’ve committed unto Him. (1:12)

Our obedience makes a strong finish, happen. (Jer. 42:6)

***

Lord, You sent an army to save the captives; (41:13)

This made their faith grow, and they reacted,

By seeking Your will, with greater resolve,

To obey what You say, whether they like it or not. (42:6)

Father, when we trust and obey you altogether:

You fan our faith, to become much greater.

Give us Your power, more love and self-control. (2 Tim. 1:7)

We will do what you say, having sought Your counsel. (Jer. 42:6)

As we go today, Father, set the pace,

And empower us with unlimited faith.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Because We Trust! October 27, 2015

Jeremiah 39:18

Because you trust in Me, my Words will come true, (Jer. 39:16)

You see devastation, but I will save you! (39:17)

You’ll not have to deal with those you fear and dread.

I will surely save you; I’ll bring you out, instead. (39:18)

Because you trust in Me, you are free to do, (40:4)

Whatever you want, go where you want to.

Because you trust in Me, the chains on your wrists,

Are gone!  You’re free to move about, as you wish. (40:5)

Do not be afraid to stay, serve and live,

Right where you are, and enjoy the harvest.  (40:9)

Because you trust in Me, serving Me, makes you rich! (1 Tim. 6:6)

And this means “satisfied” with the things I have to give.

***

Father, we’re instructed to procure a meek spirit;

A rare quality that frees those who have it.

Because we trust in You, we are free indeed!

To live, to work, and just, be satisfied “to be,”

Exactly who we are, with all our imperfections!

Because we trust in You, we will make good decisions.

Keep our hearts focused, trusting You, being glad! (6:6)

Because we trust You, we’re satisfied with what we have!

Lord, we know the truth is what sets us free!

But our chains come from a love… for money. (6:10)

We choose to follow You, in faith and gentleness, (6:11)

So help us fight the good fight, with hope and patience. (6:12)

We came into this world wearing nothing but our skin!

Help us remember, what goes with us into heaven!

Thanks be to God!  When we stand before Your throne,

We’ll be counted as Your friends, by trusting You, not what we own!!!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Priorities Come Together, October 26, 2015

1 Timothy 5:1-2

We must prioritize, for the sake of our health,

Mentally, socially and spiritually as well. (Ps. 119:73)

We know what we should do, but it’s not easy! (119:45)

If priorities get skewed, we fall apart, immediately.

Exhaustion, fatigue, and even bitterness sets in.

We’re angry because, we didn’t pay attention,

To our body saying, “Stop!”  To our minds saying, “Rest!”

To our Spirits say, “Pray about it, don’t be stressed!”

We have a certain duty to our family and friends,

To our church, to our neighbors, as God commands. (1 Tim. 5:1-8)

God says we’re worthy of good pay, especially,

When we follow His teachings, and support those who lead. (5:17-19)

***

Father, You said, we must treat one another, (5:1)

In a purity and love, like a father and mother.

Today, Lord, help us rethink priorities!

Seeking You first, taking care of family, (5:1-8)

Will help us perfect our spirit, soul and body,

And understand others, so we don’t become angry! (5:1)

Father, You made us, and formed us with Your hands! (Ps. 119:73)

So we look to You for help to understand,

How to treat others, and live our lives,

Making right choices, seeking You to guide!

Lord, go before us, every minute, knowing this,

We are much better off if we submit to Your Spirit.

Riches won’t last, and the body doesn’t either!

Help us seek You first, so our priorities come together.

In Jesus Name, amen.

DARMC

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Continue to Pursue, October 25, 2015

1 Timothy 4:14

“Get another scroll!  Re-write what I have spoken.” (Jer. 35:28)

In hiding, Jeremiah, replaced a scroll still smokin’. (35:27)

The King of Judah didn’t like the Word of God’s Spirit,

So he cut the scroll and burned it, thinking, he would end it.

But nothing stops the plans of our Father up in heaven.

He does things for our good, and shares His knowledge and wisdom. (Ps. 119:65-66)

But those who refuse to hear the Word of God, (Jer. 35:31)

Will end up doing things they cannot be proud of. (35:29)

God has greater punishment planned for this King, (35:30)

Which will affect the lives of everyone and everything.

When we are obedient, God has greater blessings,

Not only for us, but for our off springs!

Continue to pursue, all that you know to be right!

Then God will hide you too, while He takes on the fight. (35:26)

***

Father, I’ll continue to pursue Your blessed Word. (1 Tim. 4:14)

I will not let Your gift, lie dormant and deferred.

Though other try to burn it, or lie about it, You, (Ps. 119:69)

Have given me an order to continue and pursue!

Just like Jeremiah, I’ll re-write whatever’s needed,

Though unread, tossed aside, definitely, unheeded.

Lord, help those who follow foolish stories today, (1 Tim. 4:7)

That disagree with all that the Scriptures have to say.

They hate the Bible preachers, because it makes them feel,

Guilty, for the sins they think are fine and natural.

Lord, protect the gift given us by Your Spirit, (4:14)

And help us to mature, and continue to pursue it.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Hone A Heaven Mentality, October 24, 2015

Psalm 119:57

Let’s be more expectant when we pray! (33:3)

Get a vision of our God as Mighty and Great!

We want to experience peaceful days, (Jer. 34:4)

Just like the prophesy of Zedekiah’s fate!!

Certainly, we benefit from better attitudes,

And thinking about God’s promises to us. (Ps. 119:57)

So stop being critical, bitter and rude,

And pray for God’s peace, safety and health. (Jer. 33:6-7)

Yes, we’ve sinned, but God has cleansed,

Our ugly guilt and forgiven our souls; (33:8)

We can look for His kindness, again, (33:11)

And His goodness, by submitting to His control.

***

Father, we choose to believe that You,

Mean what You say in Your Holy Word!

It is Your good pleasure to bring us through,

And give us Your Kingdom of mercy and love.

Lord, we want this heaven on earth!

Help us maintain this mentality,

That YOU ARE for us, we’re blessed, not cursed. (119:61)

And we can have heaven now, literally!

Father, when we catch a vision of You:

Seated on Your throne, and sending love down, (119:63)

To fill this world we must travel through,

We experience Your goodness, in leaps and bounds!

Let, let all of our relationships,

Be full of honor for each other, in love. (1 Tim.  3:2-8)

Not criticizing, fighting, but giving respect,

Just as if we’re already in heaven, above.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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It’s Practical, Not Impossible! October 23, 2015

Jeremiah 32:26

The common man, hands rough and worn,

Finds grace and refuge in every storm,

Because God loves the practical,

Everyday life of everyday people.

Read His words, and be reminded:

“I will continue to show you kindness,” (Jer. 31:3)

Because I love you, I will prove it!

I’ll change you, as only I can do it. (31:13)

I will comfort you and make,

Your sadness into joy, for my sake!

There is hope for you and yours, (31:17)

And You will know it’s from the Lord.

I will do good things for you, (31:23)

I’ll give you rest and strength to do,

The things that seems impossible, (32:26)

To Me, it’s just plain, practical!”

***

Father, increase our knowledge, Lord,

In the things You see as practical.

You watch us as a Shepherd does,

And in common ways, You show Your love. (31:30)

Thank you Lord, for all the good things,

That come when we follow Your teachings. (31:33)

Write them deeper in our hearts and minds.

And though we might fall seven times,

We trust Your hands to lift us up.

Providing miracles, in everyday stuff.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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The Greatest Promises to Ponder, October 22, 2015

Jeremiah 29:29

No doubt, you’ve heard these words before;

They are favorite verses of many, for sure:

“I say this because I know my plans, (Jer. 29:29)

Are good for you, to give you this land,

And a good future; you will be saved, (30:7)

I don’t want to hurt you, so don’t be afraid! (30:10)

My people are going to have peace again.

No enemy will frighten them.

Those who destroyed, will be left, (30:16)

Like they left you, stripped by theft.

I will bring you back to health! (30:17)

To honor, to singing, to laughter and wealth. (30:19)

***

Father, we’re filled with anticipation,

When pondering hope and future direction. (30:21)

Grant us wisdom and strength for today,

And grasp the insights these verses display.

Send us, Father, those fit to lead, (30:21)

With strong values and Christian beliefs.

Show us Your love, and save us, Lord. (Ps. 119:41)

Help us because it’s increasing hard!

We need more love from a pure faith, (1 Tim. 1:5)

That continues to grow wherever we’re placed. (1:19)

Let our thoughts and actions show,

Whose we are, wherever we go. (Prov. 27:19)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Who Does That Anymore?  October 21, 2015

2 Thessalonians 3:5

Who lets the Lord lead their heart,

Instead of going along with the crowd? (2 Thess. 3:5)

Taking a vote, is the reason, in part,

Especially when one or two are loud!*

If Moses had tallied a vote back in Egypt,

He would not have been able to take,

The Israelites; many didn’t believe it!

They thought, “There no way we can escape!”

They would rather have lived in bondage!

Likewise, David’s brothers would choose,

For him to tend sheep, and not have the privilege,

Of killing Goliath; they figured, he’d lose!

***

Father, You said, if we serve You,

We have to follow You; not a choice! (Ps. 119:37)

Make us want to tune into, (119:36)

Your quiet, peaceful, still small voice.

So that You will be respected, (119:38)

Keep the promises in which we trust; (2 Thess. 3:3-13)

Don’t let our well-doing be rejected,

And strengthen our faith by providing for us.

We praise You, Father, for giving each day,

A path to follow, which might not be,

What others think, do or say;

And is more likely NOT, the majority!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Maybe They Will Listen!  October 20, 2015

Jeremiah 26:3

Speaking up for the truth of the gospel, (Jer. 26:13)

Gets Jeremiah into big trouble!

But the town’s people and officers knew,

That Jeremiah is telling the truth! (26:16)

“If we hurt Jeremiah, we’ll bring,

Disaster on us, and everything! (26:19)

And so, Jeremiah has their support; (26:24)

And that of the elders who recall a report: (26:19)

“When Hezekiah turned around,

The Lord didn’t send His disaster down.”

When people listen and want what is right;

God brings truth to their hearts so they might,

Turn from their sins, and follow His ways,

God will change His mind, in mercy He saves! (26:13)

***

Father, thank you for examples like this,

Of people who support a prophet’s message. (26:15)

Thank you for elders who remember others,

Who preached the same message to their fathers. (26:18)

Lord, likewise, we want to yield,

To the truth, so we can harvest our fields.

But those who don’t accept consequences,

Bring disaster on others who are in the trenches.

Father, in quietness we are to labor,

Helping and praying for friends and neighbors.

Help us to walk and live in the truth,

And provide all the support needed to continue! (2 Thess. 2:15)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Don’t Accept Stolen Doctrine, October 19, 2015

Jeremiah 23:30

Jeremiah speaks a lot about those,

Who talk about visions their own minds make; (Jer. 23:16)

It didn’t come from God, but something they chose;

And they’re fake as the teachings they create!

“None of them has paid close attention! (23:18)

Because if they had, their talks would begin,

With a message that God’s grants salvation,

Only if people turn from their sin!” (23:22)

“I am a God who is near,” says the Lord. (23:23)

“No one can hide where I cannot see!”

“It’s wishful thinking, not My Word,

They steal thoughts from each other, to sound like Me.” (23:30)

***

Father, we need Your guidance today.

We know that You want to lift up our heads!

But others teach some of what You say,

And turn it to what they want, instead!

Give us discernment to study ourselves.

Plant us and grow us in soil that’s sound. (24:6)

Make us want to know You, somehow,

You’ve promised, in searching, You will be found! (24:7)

We know You are right, and we will pray, (2 Thess. 1:5-6)

Always for others to live the life,

You’ve called them to live, every day,

With the power of God to do what’s right!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Trust the One Who Calls You, October 18, 2015

Jeremiah 22:3 & 1 Thessalonians 5:24

People want power and they’ll rob one another. (Jer. 22:3)

We’re to watch, and help those hurt by attackers.

If we just ignore it, or join in their mistreatment,

We are serving self and greed, not God’s agreement. (22:8-9)

The people of Judah quit following the Lord.

They worshiped and served their homes of cedar board! (22:15)

God asks this question, “Does having a lot,

Make you great at what you do?” God thinks not.

Our fathers and mothers were satisfied with less,

With enough food and drink, they thought themselves, blest.

They gave to the needy, and sought to know God, (22:16)

So He met their needs, as they saved those who were robbed!

***

Father, with You, we’ve a joyous relationship,

When we love Your rules as others love riches. (Ps. 119:9-16)

The only way anyone survives at any age,

And lives a pure life, is by studying Your ways.

Lord, help us wake up and stay alert! (1 Thess. 5:6-24)

Strengthen our resolve to not retaliate or hurt, (5:15)

But rather, appreciate the work others do. (5:12 & 18)

By prayer, Your Spirit helps us test the truth. (5:17-21)

We will not dismiss Your Word as unimportant.

This grieves Your Spirit, and is cause for punishment. (5:3)

Let us be Your light, to the people who prefer,

To live in darkness, and ultimately, suffer! (5:9)

This is not Your choice!  Lord, You’d rather save each one!

We’ll trust You to equip us for our calling, ‘till You come. (5:23-24)

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Encourage Others!  October 17, 2015

1 Thessalonians 4:18

We hold on to the Words of Christ,

That He’s coming back for His children of light.

Those who try to obey His commands, (Ps. 119:4-5)

Will be taken up when He comes again.

God has called us to holiness. (1 Thess. 4:7)

To identify, confess, any sins within us.

Then we do all we can to live in peace, (4:11)

And take care of our businesses, ethically.

Unbelievers will respect us for it.

And see us as good people, not opponents! (4:12)

When Christ returns, all those who have died,

Will somehow unite with their bodies in the sky. (4:15-16)

The Lord’s command will be loud and clear,

So Christians, rejoice!  There’s no need to fear!

Believers who are living when the Lord comes back, (4:17)

Will gather in the air, just like that!

***

Father, we can’t hold in, our love for Christ;

We must tell of God’s Son, who gave His life, (Jer. 19:19)

To pay the penalty of sin for us,

Which makes more sense than those who trust,

In faiths that encourage them that they can make it,

Without God, or the power of Your Spirit. (4:7)

Lord, we work at peace, but we stumble and fall,

Living in a world where others want it all.

Spirit, penetrate every fiber of our lives,

Give new strength, power and a loving, sound mind.

Let us be the ones to encourage like this,

Helping others to expect Your good and perfect gifts!!!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Master of Fine Art, October 16, 2015

Jeremiah 17:1

One who restores a battered buffet,

Knows solid wood is meant to last.

They’ll sand scratches and mars away,

Then rub in oils to bring out its best.

Likewise, a potter will pump the wheel,

Turning, molding, sprinkle and mist,

But before putting it in the kiln,

Something could go wrong with it! (Jer. 18:4)

The potter will work to keep it soft;

Perhaps He’ll change what it will be.

Cannot God do the same with us, (18:5)

Before He fires us, permanently?

***

Lord, awaken our minds today,

To see the wheel is turned by You!!

Master Potter, while shaping Your clay,

You can do whatever You want to do. (17:10 & 18:5)

Father, Creator of all Fine Art,

Master Mentor of those with skill,

Determine what’s needed to mold our hearts,

To ONLY and ALWAYS, do Your will. (17:7-8)

Make us like trees, planted next,

To water that keeps us supple and green.

Always producing, never upset, (1 Thess. 3:3)

When troubles come, or the kiln is mean. (Jer. 17:14)

God, some sins are deeply etched,

Into the corners of our hearts, (17:1)

Sand them away, don’t stop working yet,

Until we become Your Finest Art.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Sixth Sense, October 15, 2015

Jeremiah 15:17

It’s true!  People do not like prophets! (Jer. 15:10)

And Jeremiah talks all about it. (15:15)

God remembers those who suffer for Him,

By telling the truth about people who sin!

God gives His children that special, sixth sense,

To discern when there is evil present. (15:17)

When God fills us with His Holy Spirit,

Condoning sin, or trying to conceal it,

Is contrary to His own personality!

If people cursed Jesus, they’ll curse you and me!

***

Father, although the world won’t agree,

Your Holy Spirit gives discernment to see,

That we’ll be insulted; the world is against, (1 Thess. 2:2)

Those who refuse to sit on the fence!

People are prophets when they tell,

The truth about Jesus, heaven and hell.

And often, they suffer, tested and tried, (2:4)

When encouraging others to live good lives. (2:11)

But You promise, Lord, to make us like brass!

Strong as a wall, that forever will last. (Jer. 15:20)

Heaven and earth will pass away,

But Your provide us a protected, safe place. (16:19)

Lord, the same stone, rejected by builders, (Ps. 118:22)

Sits on the throne and rules over rulers.

This is the day that the Lord has made!  (118:24)

Prophets, rejoice, and be glad – we are safe!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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For God’s Sake! October 14, 2015

Jeremiah 14:7

Just as Jeremiah reminded the Lord, (Jer. 14:7)

“We’re the people who are called by Your Name!”

“For Your sake, do not take the honor from Your throne!” (14:21)

“Don’t break Your agreement, Lord, instead, stake Your claim!”

Brothers and Sisters, it’s important that we hear, (1 Thess. 1:4)

God loves us and yes, He has chosen us.

His Spirit, through the Word, teaches us, loud and clear, (1:5)

And in the process, sometimes we suffer much! (1:6B)

But this becomes a testimony many others read. (1:7)

They learn from the examples of believers.

And when they see God working, it helps them to succeed,

Growing in joyful strength which brings them victory. (Ps. 118:15-16)

***

Heavenly Father, we readily accept,

The fact that we’re indebted and in need. (Jer. 14:7)

We know You live among us, and You’re not finished yet, (14:9B)

With all those whom You’ve promised not to leave!

For Your sake, Father, remember this, (Jer. 14:21)

We acknowledge our wickedness and sin!

According to Your Word, keep Your agreement,

To help us, and protect us from temptation!

We’ll be sure to tell all the things You’ve done, (Ps. 118:17)

How that by Your grace and mercy, You forgive.

God, help us accept all the teachings of Your Son, (1 Thess. 1:6)

And understand that for Your sake, You let us live!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Run Well With Others, October 13, 2015

Jeremiah 12:5

In Jesus’ Name, I can be strong. (Ps. 118:10)

When it seems, I’m running around a swarm, (118:11-12)

God gives me power to stand and defeat,

Whatever seems, bothering me. (118:13)

If I get tired while running with men, (Jer. 12:5)

Not feeling like I can meet the demands,

I only have to remember this,

It’s only men, it could be horses!

***

Father, Your goodness and mercy is strong.

You’ve pity for me when I can’t go on. (Jer. 12:15)

I’ll try to learn my lessons well,

And finish the race, with whom You will.

You give me strength, my help and song. (Ps. 118:14)

You’ve saved me, empowered me all along.

No matter how I feel, I’ll “faith”,

That You’ll help me keep an excellent pace.

Lord, I’ll be sure to give You the praise,

And not take for granted, others who race,

Alongside of me, day by day.

I pray for their growth and strength all the way,

Until we finish and we can rest. (Jer. 11:5)

In the fertile promise of Your harvest.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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What Color Is Holiness?  October 12, 2015

Colossians 3:15

What color is the peace of Christ?

How does it feel?  What’s the texture?

Can we picture this in life;

And make it real, as something to wear?

Picture a layering of self-control,

Like an outer coat, we put on each day. (Col. 3:12)

God’s chosen and holy people,

Need to dress in a certain way!

Peace will hold our thoughts in place,

Warm and snug as a turban or scarf,

Gentleness conceals, as if to erase,

Unsightly patches of unwanted scars.

Humility guides the steps we take,

And helps us walk through any door,

Patience, like earrings, indicate,

That we are the slave of Christ our Lord. (3:23)

***

Father, In all the work we do,

We want it to be as servants who wear,

The clothes You’ve put on us, to prove,

We are Your people, the ones who care. (3:12)

Christ, our life!  We know You will come,

And we will receive a great reward, (3:4)

For everything thought, said and done,

If it’s in obedience to You, precious Lord. (3:17)

Not for people, do we give our best,

But in everything, as if working for You! (3:23)

We’ll wear these things, when we dress,

Mercy and Kindness, in a gentle hues!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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We’ve Got the Power! October 11, 2015

Colossians 2:15

Do you REALLY believe it, or shrug it off:

“Obey Me and I will be Your God! (Jer. 7:23)

“Do what I command you to do,

And watch, good things will happen to you.”

“Why do people want to go the wrong way? (8:5)

They believe their own lies, not what I say!

And they’re not ashamed to blush, it’s true,

At the terrible things they say and do.”

“Keep your roots deeply in Him, (Col. 2:7)

To make Scripture, your life’s foundation,

Be strong in faith, as when you first heard,

The truths explained, from God’s Holy Word.”

***

Heavenly Father, thank you for all,

The warnings You give us, so we won’t fall. (2:19)

Holding on tightly, to Christ, the head,

We will care for each other, and grow, instead,

Of selfishly holding back our love. (Prov. 27:5)

We pray this, in the Body of God!

We’ll be careful to give You thanks today, (Ps. 118:2-4)

For love that endures whatever comes our way.

The enemy’s plans have been ripped to shreds;

Satan and his angels run stupid with dread; (Col. 2:15)

They’ve no more authority, or rule over us!

We’ve got the power… the power of the cross.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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For What Should We Pray?  October 10, 2015

Colossians 1:9

Praise the Lord; He loves us very much. (Ps. 117:2)

And establishes us in holiness.

We have our faith because we trust, (Col. 1:5)

That God keeps safe His promises.

For what should we be praying, now? (1:9)

Each day, we ask the Father how,

To know exactly what He wants.

Starting with His commandments,

Pray for greater wisdom in all things,

But especially, spiritual understanding.

***

Father, so that we can live this life, (1:10)

Bringing honor to our Savior, Jesus Christ,

Help us please You Lord, God, in all we do.

So our works will bring forth holy fruit.

May we follow, close, to know Your Truth;

Feel the strength and power straight from You. (1:11)

So when troubles come, Lord surely we,

Will have all the patience that we need.

Thank you for Your friendship and Your love,

Maturing us to rise above,

And continue strong in hope and faith, (1:28)

Praying all will grow in love and grace. (2:5)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Good Seeds Matter, October 9, 2015

Jeremiah 4:8

Favor, success and prosperity,

Start as thoughts, like tiny seeds.

Plow the unplowed fields God gives, (Jer. 4:3)

And plant only where you dig.

If good seeds fall amongst the thorns,

Expect they’ll die, or grow up torn.

Watch where tossing seeds of doubt,

They grow kudzu-choking thoughts.

Seeds of Truth, planted with beauty,

Grow respect, honor and stability. (Phil. 4:8)

This produces crops that bring,

The fullest joy, while harvesting. (Phil 4:1)

***

Father, help me better see,

I’m planting thoughts, just like seeds.

It’s important that I know for sure,

I’m planting kindness more than ever before. (Phil. 4:5)

I’ve learned, my worries grow to become,

Weeds that choke out everyone. (4:6)

In my heart, Lord plant the seeds,

Of peace, vision and prosperity. (4:7)

Let the seeds of good grow,

And bloom with a fragrant joy that flows. (4:17)

God, come add Your resources,

To grow the seeds Your Spirit gives. (4:19)

Satisfy every situation and need,

As I focus today on planting good seeds.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Rings and Things, October 8, 2015

Jeremiah 2:32

A young woman doesn’t forget such things, (Jer. 2:32)

Like accessories, especially her rings;

She adds them to whatever she wears,

As a sign of her marriage, her devotion and care.

God says, His people are acting as if,

They’ve forgotten their jewelry, signifying they’re His!

Yet, they don’t see that they’ve committed,

A sin at all, even though they’ve permitted,

Two great evils to lead their lives:

The first of which is to follow lies.

Turning against God’s teachings, they dig,

Their own wells, that quickly fill up with twigs,

Swirling and twirling until they make cracks,

And the walls of their cisterns, soon collapse. (1:13)

***

Father, forgive us when we forget,

That You have a plan; we’ve a big part in it! (Jer. 1:5)

Clearly, Your Word says, You’ve set us apart,

Formed our bodies, then from heaven, reach out,

To touched our lips, and put within us, (1:9)

A relationship, complete with this promise:

“Relax, because I’ll take care of you.” (Ps. 116:5)

“I’ll intervene, bring you safely through,”

“You will stop crying and see your advantage,

And that I am with You to help you manage.” (116:8)

Thanks be to God!  We have joy in the Lord, (Phil. 3:1)

Because You give peace as we spiritually, mature. (3:15)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Comfort Vibes, October 7, 2015

Isaiah 66:13 & Philippians 2:13

Today, be careful to meditate on this:

God is at work, right now, by His Spirit,

Giving the nudges, the prompts, the nods,

That gut feeling there?  It’s coming from God.

Not only does He produce within us,

Our faith, that initial desire to trust,

But He gives us a thirst for His righteousness,

To actually WANT to do what is best. (Phil. 2:13)

With this desire, the need, the “want to,”

Do what please Him, He gives me and you,

The ability, whatever that is, to perform,

The actual work, well above the norm.

***

Father, thank you for these principles,

That help me remember, You’re in control.

You put within me the will to do things,

That please You, and glorify Christ, my King.

Along with desire to work, You pick,

The tools I will need to accomplish it.

You gage the finances for every task,

And provide to the penny, before I ask. (Is. 65:24)

Give me discernment to see if there be,

Any pride or stubbornness lurking in me. (66:2B)

This type of person can never be blessed,

But those who please You, will grow like the grass. (66:14)

And see Your great power, know the feel,

Of those comforting vibes saying:  “Peace, child, be still.” (66:13)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Daily Check List, October 6, 2015

Philippians 1:19

When troubles come, go down the list,

And check off the things, and refer to i:

  1. Is there even one person who needs my help?
  2. One to encourage, to grow themselves? (1:25)
  3. Trouble brings fear of another attack,
    1. Can I see the proof, God has my back?
    2. Will a pit dug for me, trip another?
    3. How best can I protect my brother?
    4. Does life in Christ provide my strength? (2:1-2)
    5. Does His love help me go any length?
    6. Do I share His love with everyone else?
    7. Do I want what’s best for others, not just self?

***

Father, I know that Your love is real.

You lift up my head, and cover me with Your shield. (Ps. 3:3)

Help me have courage to face the unknown;

Trusting, Your plan includes, joy and wisdom. (1:25)

Help me to think most of others today.

Interested more in what they have to say. (2:3-4)

Lord, bring connections so spiritually sound,

That I’m drawn to others who need me around. (1:25)

Make my roots planted, firmly, I pray,

With fresh, flourishing fruit, into old age. (Ps. 92:13-14)

You guide each minute, I’m sure of this,

To enjoy life, alongside of those with like purpose.

Thanks be to God,

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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The Battle of Hearts, October 5, 2015

Ephesians 6:10

One of the legs that strengthens the desk,

Of He who Commands, is the law of respect.

Officers know every rank that ascends,

And stand at attention for all ranks above them.

God uses parallels within His Word,

To help navigate wars of the worlds.

We do not fight against flesh and blood,

But spiritual wickedness against authorities above. (Eph. 5:12)

To better our chances, we take time to don,

The armor of God, carefully, put it on:

Truth as the belt, which strengthens our stand, (6:14)

An impenetrable faith, shields a hit well planned. (16)

Coverage for the heart comes by only pursuing,

That which is right; it’s all you’ll be doing.

God will remind You to put on your hat,

Of salvation, think of it, before you react.

Keep your sword ready, and don’t be afraid,

To un-sheaf its powerful, two-edged blade.

God does the rest, after we’ve check in;

Daily, He promises, His sure direction.

***

Father, you’ve ordained each of us to be part,

Of the army of God, in the battle for hearts.

The enemy fights with strategies and plans,

And infiltrates every heart that he can!

On our behalf, Lord, You watch from above,

And overcome all evil with the power of love.

Our part is telling you everything we know, (6:18)

Then wait for Your briefings before we go.

Suited with weapons of spiritual war,

We’ll never give up; we’ve seen it all before.

Thanks be to God, You’ve conditioned us well,

To recognize and withstand the warfare of hell.

 

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Without Fault, October 4, 2015

Ephesians 5:27

In all of our churches and denominations,

Is any, TOTALLY pure within?

Christ died to bring His espoused, salvation,

And dress Her in righteousness, cleansed from sin. (Eph. 5:27)

Husbands and wives understand thus,

Submitting in love makes the marriages strong.

So goes the Bride of Christ in us!

When nothing’s withheld, nothing goes wrong!

Ah, but we fail!  We don’t pay attention,

To caring for, praying for Her everyday!

Stingy, sometimes, with our funds, not to mention,

We think God, surely is looking away! (Ps. 115:4)

*** 

Good Lord, Adonai, Abba, God,

Look down with mercy upon us right now.

Wrap up Your church, Your Bride, in love,

And purify, cleans Her, for Your Sake, somehow,

Let Your Word speak and be rightfully used, (Eph. 5:26)

To keep Her from sin and open Her eyes,

To find new direction, unity and truth,

Because it is clear, Satan wants Her demise!

Father, build walls to protect Your home.

The Bride, within, is worth this to You!

You gave Your life, so we could be one,

In the Body of Christ which You choose to work through.

Thanks be to God, for all of Your gifts,

For people who give, sacrificially,

And seek to follow the ways of Your Spirit;

Lord, make us the church YOU want us to be.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Ephesians 5:1

Everyone learns at a very young age,

There are rules to follow, or penalties to pay.

As Christians, we learn, love’s protocols,

Love as a verb is grace meant for all. (Eph. 5:1-2)

God gives a check list of what not to do: (5:3-4)

Sex sins, evil talk, greed - all taboo.

If we are living as children of light, (5:8)

We follow love’s protocols to do what’s right.

God clearly spells out, how much He is pleased,

With those who depend upon Him for their needs. (Is. 57:13 & Eph. 5:10)

This is the hardest of protocols yet,

Trusting that God really means what He says. (5:13)

***

Father, we thank You for protocols given,

So we can peacefully live as Your children.

You have promised to strengthen our bones, (Is. 58:11-12)

Water our gardens and rebuild our homes.

Lord, love’s protocols turn on Your light,

That shine on us so we see to do right. (5:8)

Lord, stop the ones who trouble others, (5:9)

Arguing, using cruel words, pointing fingers.

Open up eyes to see the real needs,

Are about helping those troubled, sick or bereaved.

Checking off protocols, one at a time,

Polishes us, to be ready and primed, (5:9)

For Your light to rise in us, like the dawn.

Leading to paths of goodness and wisdom. (5:11)

 

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Grow in the Rain, October 2, 2015

Isaiah 55:10

The heavens send down rain and snow,

To water the earth so that everything grows. (Is. 55:10-11)

God sends His Word to us like this.

It waters the hearer and matures the spirit.

God’s Word will not return to Him empty;

It quenches dry lips all who are thirsty.

True and successful, God’s Word applies,

To invigorate, encourage us and re-energize.

Following It, we’re led forward in peace, (55:12)

It puts joy in our hearts and a skip in our feet.

***

Father, Your Word is my strength today.

You remind me that nothing can get in the way,

Of Your Divine purpose, Your will and Your plan.

Lord, no one can stop what Your Word commands.

As a reminder, You will plant Cypress trees,

Mighty and strong, so they choke out the weeds. (55:13)

All the while, teaching me, how best to use,

Your Word in my prayers, as reminders to You!

Help me drink in Your thoughts, so refreshing,

Turning my own from apathy to blessing.

Your ways, much higher, spur me to climb,

And reach my high calling to be humble and kind, (Eph. 4:1-2)

Gentle, patient, accepting each other,

In love, One body, One hope, together.

One Spirit, One Faith, One Lord, All the same,

All returning to heaven, having grown from the rain.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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October 1, 2015    

That’s Beautiful!  September 30, 2015

Isaiah 52:7

Wake up!  Wake up!  Make yourself strong!

Shake off the dust, and the notion,

That you have no power over what’s wrong,

 Not true!  You’re a beautiful person! (Is. 52:7)

You climbed the mountains to bring good news.

You are toughened and unafraid, (Ps. 112:5)

Of what might come down the mountain on you,

Because you know why you were made. (Eph. 2:10)

Through Christ our Lord, you go about,

Doing all that which is good!

God planned for our lives to be free from doubt,

With a beautiful spirit, under the hood.

***

Lord, right this minute, fill us with love,

And let our eyes shine with Your brightness.

This is what makes the person of God,

Your child, who shares Your likeness.

Let us be generous to a fault,

And merciful, Lord, beyond measure.

These are the things that open the vault,

To life’s most beautiful treasures!

Your Word talks of those who are evil. (Ps. 112:10)

Their plans and outcomes will fail!

Open their eyes to see they wrestle,

With You, Lord, and that’s not beautiful!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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The Day After Surgery!  September 29, 2015

Ephesians 1:14

How amazing is this!  A few little pills,

Given to me for post-op-ills,

Can move my body to pastures and hills,

Nick-named, “LaLa Land”!

 

It reminds me of an old, fa la la,

“They’re coming to take me away, ha ha,

To the funny farm,” so sappy and dah,

That someone must help me stand!

 

Everything’s timed just right to my need,

Even doctors and pills, especilly.

Without them, where oh where would I be?

Painfully not breathin’!

***

Father God, I give You praise,

For working things out in so many ways!!

You can take a fall that happens one day,

And turn it to good, as only You could! (Eph. 1:13-14)

 

Your Spirit, the mark You’ve put upon us,

Increases our faith to know HOW to trust,

And prove that You will use all this stuff!

And thus, we share, as we should.

 

Lord, I’ve experienced, Your Word is true,

And I’m grateful Father, that I can use,

My freedom to share and to glorify You!*

As you make all things work for my good.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Sow Seeds of Patience, September 28, 2015

Isaiah 47:9

With troubles, God purifies us. (48:10)

But for His own sake, He is patient with us.

The One who holds time, cannot abide evil, (48:11)

So He has patience with all of His people. (Is. 47:12)

With His right hand He spreads out the skies, (47:13)

Our sins, travel off with the clouds that go by.

From the Genesis to Revelation,

He shares with us all that will happen. (47:14)

Along with this, guidelines, so we can remain,

In His presence without any burdens of shame.

All of this isn’t just for our enhancement,

But for His own sake, He’s amazingly patient.

***

Father, thank You for Your patience with us.

Through troubles, You guide and teach us to trust.

Father, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Cleanse me from the works of flesh in this life.

I long to be taught and led by Your Spirit,

To be purified, and stay, at all times in Your presence.

Teach me to do what is godly and spiritual.

Take responsibility and not be judgmental. (Gal. 6:1-5)

Lord, somehow help me be patience like You,

With myself and with others, but then, reap it too. (6:7)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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I Will Statements, September 27, 2015

Isaiah 45:1

God has put in writing, things that He will do:

“I will hold your right hand, and open doors for you.” (Is. 45:1)

I will help you win, by taking all the power,

Of those who come against you; I will make them cower.

I will go before you, and crush the mountains flat. (45:2)

I will break down gates of bronze and iron bars, in a snap.

I will give you wealth, and show you riches holy, (45:3)

I will make you strong to make your work easy. (45:13)

I will make a promise and not change what I say, (45:23)

And I will help you to be good and praise me every day.” (45:25)

***

Father God, I praise You for Your “I will” statements bold.

You’ve said You WILL take care of me, even when I’m old. (46:3-4)

You’ve carried me from birth, and You will do what You’ve planned,

For me, for my family, my church and all my friends. (46:11)

You will do it soon!  Sooner than we think!

And our response will be to bow, worship and give thanks. (45:23, 24 & Ps. 111:1)

Lord, in the meantime, we should follow Your Spirit, (Gal. 5:13)

Stay in Your Word so when You speak, we will hear it.

Father, remind us of the “should nots” that will break us.

Such as doing what we please, Lord protect and make us, (5:17-20)

Into people sinless, no more making trouble, jealous,

Anger, causing strife and division, not being envious.

Lord, take and lead us by Your Spirit, step by step,

Because You will do what You say, and what You will is best.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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“Listen To Me!  September 26, 2015

Isaiah 44:1

“Listen to Me!”  God calls us to hear Him,

To read His Word, and sidle up near Him. (Is. 43:10)

We have been chosen to set our sights,

Upon the good things of God in this life.

We know the difference between right and wrong,

Because God has been speaking to us all along! (43:12)

Forget what has happened, and don’t even think,

About the past, because the future is great! (43:18)

This very moment, let God’s plans begin!

He has promised, for His own sake, to erase all our sins; (43:20)

He won’t remember what you did… just listen!!!

“I chose you, and I’ve told you what will happen. (43:1-8)

You will be rebuilt, and I’ll make you strong,

And when you enter into battle, you won’t be alone. (Ps. 110:3)

I will be with you, and I’m far greater than,

Anyone trying to harm my children.” (110:5)

***

Father, You look down upon us as children.

And you see others luring us to follow them! (Gal. 4:17)

Lord, they’re so persuasive, in ways against You,

So keep our attention, don’t let them break through!

Don’t let our hearts become hard and hopeless.

Lord, take our faces in Your hands and scold us!

Shout if you must, and don’t stop ‘til we listen!

So that You can help us rebuild our foundations. (Is. 44:28)

Lord, call Your angels to be by our side.

The enemy constantly encroaches and tries,

To get in our ears so we hear him instead…

Lord, when he does, smack us upside the head!!!

Get our attention so we listen to You,

And do only that which we were chosen to do. ((44:1)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Binding Agreement, September 25, 2015

Isaiah 41:9-10

We say, “I do,” with a kiss and a token,

It’s a Binding Agreement that should not be broken.

When we see these agreements come to an end,

It’s difficult to trust agreements again!

But the Lord our God isn’t quick to dissolve,

Any agreements in which He’s involved.

Hear these words and believe they are true:

“You are my servants, I have chosen you!” (Is. 41:9)

God adds, “Don’t worry, I am with you… (41:10)

I’ll make you strong and I will help you;

I will support you with my right hand…

So that others will see it and understand. (41:20)

They’ll know the power of God has done this.” (Ps. 109:27)

God’s Binding Agreement, signed by the blood of Jesus!

***

Father, You help us because You are loving! (Ps. 109:26)

For a long time, we’ve just said nothing! (Is. 42:14)

But speaking Your Name, Heaven’s power is released,

And works for us, when we’re down on our knees.

We re-read the vows that You’ve made to us;

These are Binding Agreements in which we can trust!

Symptoms of sickness will leave in Your Name,

Situations will resolve, again and again.

You activate our protection and heal,

Wounds from any past tests we’ve failed.

Lord, in Your Name, Your Agreement to save,

Is as sure as the sun will rise today.

Lord, when we’re weak as a worm, we’ll remember. (41:14)

We’ve a Binding Agreement with You, forever.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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God’s Love Is the Same

Isaiah 40:11

God takes care of His children like sheep.

He knows if we’re strong, and He knows where we’re weak. (40:11)

He gathers us into His arms all together,

And pulls us in closer as the winds howl in winter.

Gently, He leads the mothers with young;

Yet He summons His armies because He’s so strong! (40:26)

Why would we even think to complain,

As if God doesn’t love us all the same?

He gives new strength to those who get tired. (40:29)

And to those who grow weak, His Spirit empowers.

People who trust in the Lord will arise;

They will run with the Shepherd, by their side.

***

Father, show us kindness as You promised You would,

So that others will know You are truly good. (Ps. 109:21)

Lord, You can blow us away like the dust, (Is. 40:12)

So at times, we wonder, “Why do You love us?”

We’re complainers, we’re selfish, and we’ve no gratitude.

Forgive us for our flesh-controlled attitudes!

Give us a spirit of joy and contentment,

Don’t let us get grumpy, full of resentment.

Lord, make Your face shine down and release us,

From concerns and pressures that only weaken us.

Let us enjoy a continual feast,

Giving thanks in all things, so that we can have peace.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Take Ten Steps, September 23, 2015

Isaiah 38:7

Once upon a time, in a land far away,

A king became deathly ill one day.

He cried out to God, and God answered,

“I’ve seen your tears, and heard your prayers.

I will add to your life, fifteen more years.

And I’ll save you from whatever, whomever you fear.

I’ll defend your city from these constant attacks.

And as a sign, watch this shadow move back.”

The sun had made a shadow go down ten steps,

God sent it back up, now, how did He do that?

The miracle isn’t in the earth’s rotation,

But that this dying King has found a new salvation.

“It was for my own good that I had this trouble,”

The miracle?  He becomes quite humble!

***

Father, it’s a miracle to take our seeds of faith,

And grow them into trees of power and grace.

Let us experience this life changing plan,

Of coming to this important realization…!

You hear us in our needs and You see our tears!

You understand that even little words bring us fear. (Is. 37:5)

We don’t need a sign, but Lord, certainly,

The God who guides a shadow, I want guiding me!

Any troubles I’ve had, are for my own growth,

And I praise You that You’ve helped me understand and know,

That Your power is greatest when I am humbled.

I’m reminded to please You, instead of people.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Pray For Completeness, September 22, 2015

2 Corinthians 13:9

No doubt, those in authority, (2 Cor. 13:3-10)

Must prove themselves, constantly.

They must show they are bearing fruit,

This is evidence and proof.

But also, it’s imperative,

That they example how to live!

Teaching, preaching, “Christ in me,”

The test?  Is this what others see?

Doing what is right, even if,

Those who lead don’t pass the test. (13:7)

***

Father, let this be the proof,

That I can’t do anything against Your truth. (13:8)

Any weaknesses,  I’ll gladly allow,

If through it, I am used somehow, (13:9)

To strengthen others, make them complete,

In this, is my authority! (13:10)

Building others up, not tearing them down,

Lord, this how Your love abounds.

I pray for others to be complete,

Even if it makes me look weak!

In everything, strengthening them,

Makes me complete, not challenged.

Lord, Your Spirit speaks for unity,

Agreeing says, “Christ is in me.”

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Now That’s Grace, September 21, 2015

2 Corinthians 12:9

Respect for the Lord is our greatest treasure! (Is. 33:6)

When we discover it, all things work together!

There is more that God from His people. (33:15-16)

To do and say what’s right, not allow thoughts of evil;

This is the kind of person who will be,

Surrounded by God’s grace, and His walls of safety.

***

Father, You go out before me every day.

You re-route the enemy who plans a way,

To steal my peace, my joy and my crown.

Thanks be to God!  Your grace abounds,

And Your love for me is beyond my comprehension!

Lord, when I’m weak, and full of apprehension, (2 Cor. 12:10)

Then I am truly stronger in You!

I cannot express my deepest gratitude!

Your grace, love, protection is easier to see,

When I realize, it’s all because Christ is in Me.*

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Stop Worrying, September 20, 2015

Isaiah 30:21

My child, what’s your broken dream,

That crushed hope tucked inside?

Do you think of God as mean,

That He doesn’t want to guide?

No!  He says, “Trust Me,

You’ll find a brand new strength. (Is. 30:15)

I want to show you mercy,

And I’ll go to any length. (30:18)

When I hear you crying,

I will comfort, help. (30:20)

You will hear me saying,

This is the way out.” (30:21)

***

Father, You have promised me,

When I pass through deep waters,

Or rivers of adversity,

You, will be my Father.

You view my situation,

As a bird, sees her nest; (31:5)

You defend Your children,

And lead them into rest… (32:18)

To live in peaceful places,

And plant seeds near a stream…

Hindsight show the traces,

Of Your guidance; we’re a team.

Those darts aimed to hurt me,

Won’t touch or burn my skin. (43:1-3)

Because You won’t desert me,

Victory’s sure – so no more worryin’! (Ps. 108:12-13)

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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2 Corinthians 11:1-15

Paul, an apostle, also makes tents!

Ministers often need additional employment.

If it’s not enough, we have to trust,

That God will provide opportunities for us!

Yes, He creates lots of possibilities,

For us to blossom, along with ministry.

We are charged to work and not be slack,

At keeping our households on the right!

Paul says, when he writes of this, he feels,

A little bit foolish, but he’s got to pay the bills! (2 Cor. 11:1)

***

Father, You’ve often said You will make room,

For our talents and gifts to blossom and bloom. (Prov. 18:16)

No matter where we work, we should be,

Examples, of truth, not just in ministry. (2 Cor. 11:3)

Lord, some have changed the gospel of Christ, (11:4)

To increase their own importance in life. (11:7)

Connect us, inside and out of ministry,

Where we can provide for our families.

Thank you for leading us every single day.

And thank you for providing lots of different ways,

To use our talents, and make it possible,

To bloom, minister and care for our household.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Musical Timing, September 18, 2015

Proverbs 25:20

Good singers love to sing, for sure,

And use their talents to praise the Lord.

But understand this, not everyone,

Wants to hear these songs that are sung.

Sometimes we think when someone’s sad,

A cheerful song will make them glad!

Sprinkling an open wound with salt,

Is like singing to a broken heart. (Prov. 25:20)

Knowing when to sing in the dark,

And NOT to sing, is the real Fine Art.

***

Thanks be to God for our families,

And friends, divine connections indeed!

We are blessed beyond measure with those who care,

Those who sing when a song should be shared.

But Lord, when a heart is broken and torn,

Let us hear Your small voice to warn,

When to sing, or when to NOT!

And help us develop this Fine Art.

It’s a difficult thing, to know exactly,

How to encourage the soul who grieves,

Or know the difference, of one that is crushed,

By the constant, heavy weight of a grudge!

Lord, help us know when to sing songs.

It’s painful when musical timing is wrong.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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God’s Completion, September 17, 2015

Psalm 107:29-30

We cry out when we hear the wind,

Or feel those whipping waves.

God stills the storm, without, within, (Ps. 107:29)

And helps us find our way.

We’re happy when it’s quiet, (107:30)

But God has promised more!

He’s going to make it possible,

For us to reach the shore.

Not only does He give us,

Safety in the ocean,

But He wants to guide us,

To the very port we wanted!

***

Father God in Heaven,

You stop the things You do,

To listen to Your children,  

Calling out to You.

Storms of life are frightening!

But Lord, we know You’re faithful,

To weaken the lightning,

And keep our vessel stable.

Thank you for reminding us,

That Your desire is this,

That we complete our destiny;

Take each step with the Spirit.

We we’ll praise Your greatness,

And give You thanks because. (107:32)

The depth of our gratitude,

Shows the depth of our love.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Unexpected Giving, September 16, 2015

2 Corinthians 8:5

Here’s a challenge!  We can see, it IS possible,

To give, even when we are tested by troubles. (8:2)

God certainly works in mysterious ways,

Through us, when it seems, we’ve nothing to pay!

We’ve got mounting bills, food, clothes and stuff…

Yet, we’re the ones who keep giving so much! (2 Cor. 8:3)

Offerings offered, with joy, will affect,

The receivers, with more than they expect. (8:5)

Somehow God mixes our richness of faith, (8:7)

With the good that we do, to make any gift great.

The widow’s mite, the meal, the pie,

When given in faith, God somehow multiplies.

***

Lord, so often we forget whose we are!

That You, our Father, is a Powerful God,

Please take what we have and create much more,

And may we never stoop to hoard.

Father, You turn our captivity,

Into faultless, loving, positivity,

Able to think in creative ways,

When we give what can give, somehow, YOU pay!

Our giving triggers those heavenly coffers,

To pour out blessings on your sons and daughters.

Help us to open our hearts and our stores,

And give, with joy, which will turn into more.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Just Because God Is Good, September 15, 2015

Psalm 107:1

Everywhere we walk upon this earth,*

We can’t help but see the wonders of God’s work.

And say thank you, Precious Lord, just because, (Ps. 107:1)

Your goodness alone has saved us.

From fear, discouragement and troubles, (107:5-6)

God cleanses anxieties about tomorrow,

And if they once again come to mind,

We can hand them over to Him every time. (107:8)

***

Lord Jesus, help us never be forgetful,

Of all Your miracles, and be grateful. (107:8)

Lord, no matter how we feel today,

Help us remember the words we SHOULD say.

Thank you Lord, because You are good.

You pursue what is eternal, and thus, we should,

Rid ourselves of constant activities,

That keep us from seeking You down on our knees.

We praise You precious Lord and pray our attitude,

More than anything else, reveals our gratitude.

Lord, let all we do be good, constantly believing,

That it’s just because You’re good, that we’re still breathing.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Just Because God Is Good, September 15, 2015

Psalm 107:1

Everywhere we walk upon this earth,*

We can’t help but see the wonders of God’s work.

And say thank you, Precious Lord, just because, (Ps. 107:1)

Your goodness alone has saved us.

From fear, discouragement and troubles, (107:5-6)

God cleanses anxieties about tomorrow,

And if they once again come to mind,

We can hand them over to Him every time. (107:8)

***

Lord Jesus, help us never be forgetful,

Of all Your miracles, and be grateful. (107:8)

Lord, no matter how we feel today,

Help us remember the words we SHOULD say.

Thank you Lord, because You are good.

You pursue what is eternal, and thus, we should,

Rid ourselves of constant activities,

That keep us from seeking You down on our knees.

We praise You precious Lord and pray our attitude,

More than anything else, reveals our gratitude.

Lord, let all we do be good, constantly believing,

That it’s just because You’re good, that we’re still breathing.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Twilight, September 14, 2015

2 Corinthians 6:14

Good without God, does good as it should,

But eventually, it breaks its façade.

When the Spirit, good, lives under our hood,

We develop respect for God. (2 Cor. 7:1)

Perhaps, like Peter, we’re rough.

We are inconsistent at best.

Instead of the meat of the Word, we stuff,

Ourselves with junk, like the rest. (6:14)

Do not attach to the coat tails,

Of people who, obviously,

Do not respect God; they rant and rail,

Over all the things that are holy. (6:15)

Agreement with such attachments, (6:16)

Turns gray any goodness inside;

Just like one cannot cement,

Light to dark…  it becomes twilight. (6:14)

***

Father, Your Word is our sample,

Our guide that we need to respect.

Lord, help us be good examples,

And carefully choose with whom to connect. (6:17)

Lord, we desire to please You.

And expect You to monitor progress.

We’re good, when we’ve seen You!

Your glory deserves our respect.

Perfect our words and actions.

And mature us to a degree,

Much higher than any attraction,

To those who can hurt our testimony.  (6:18)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Gowns and Crowns, September 13, 2015

2 Corinthians 5:5 & 17

Not too many things will last a lifetime.

Yet I hope in the unseen, and claim it as mine. (2 Cor. 5:1)

Add elements to age and this body’s paid a toll. (2 Cor. 4:16)

I am looking forward to that brand new vessel for my soul. (5:2)

Meanwhile, God has given me His guarantees. (5:5)

In His Word, and to my heart, His Spirit speaks to me.

With quiet peaceful Words that never pull me down.

And He changes my focus to Heaven, Gowns and Crowns.  (5:10)

Courage and strength comes through trusting in the Lord.

And believing in His guarantees, forevermore.

***

Father, I need strategies from time to time.

From life, being life, often rough and unkind.

You’ve promised You’ll not fail me, and I believe,

That it’s better to trust in You, than to trust in me.

The world says, “To thine own self be true!”

But that leaves out a lot of things You’ve planned for me to do! (5:20)

So, with my hand holding Yours, You guarantee,

My answers will come at the right time, with strategies,

For all the circumstances, Lord, everything I face,

Your Spirit’s peace within is my saving grace. (5:17)

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Transparency, September 12, 2015

2 Corinthians 4:2

Humans do what humans do,

It happens to me, and also to you.

Best foot forward, great intentions,

High hopes pricked with our rough edges.

But we don’t share our ups and downs,

Those days our feet don’t touch the ground,

Might take a nasty turn,

Collide - Bam!  We crash and burn.

Those who keep their struggles in,

Wear furrowed brows and painful grins!

They try to go about their tasks,

Hoping not to be unmasked!

***

Lord, Your truth enlightens us! (2 Cor. 4:6)

Melt the mask so tight on us.

You desire that we be,

Covered in transparency.

Real emotions, if smothered,

Burn within and then burn others.

Help us be responsible,

For opening up to Your control.

All Your children, great and small,

Face the same, solid walls,

That can’t be broken by ourselves!

Lord, make strongholds dissolve,

With Your Word; Lord activate,

Your power in us to formulate,

A covering of transparency,

So that Christ is all that anyone sees.

In Jesus name, amen.

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Appointed To Die, September 11, 2015

Psalm 106:23

 

There’s this idea in the back of our minds,

Of our greatest appointment, but we don’t know the time.

It can be a real nightmare, until we uncover,

And understand, the secrets God wants us to discover!

Scheduled things can change at the very last minute, (Ps. 106:23)

There’s a train, or a stain, or a car accident.

But what if our appointment to appear at heaven’s gate,

Is moved up because we’ve been messing with fate?

We keep loading up our bodies with trashy poisons,

And act as if we’ve not the slightest notion,

About how long we can last!  So we’ll keep it up until,

We’re called in early, not at all, God’s perfect will!

***

Father, You are good to those who daily try,

To follow Your will, and not haphazardly get by.

Strengthen our bodies, and motivate our minds,

To pray about everything, even this time,

Which is appointed unto us to knock at heaven’s door,

Lord, don’t let if come a moment before,

Your perfect will for our life is completed.

So, protect us, Lord, from fatal diseases.

Father, where we’ve failed, and let ourselves go,

Help us to stop doing that which is harmful,

And form good habits, Lord, SOONER, not later,

So we keep the right appointment time with You, Heavenly Father!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Stay Close To The Well, September 10, 2015

Isaiah 12:3

Isaiah says salvation is like a well, or spring.

Cool, natural, pure, completely, refreshing.

Drink it!  Enjoy rinsing all those sins away!

Then fill up receptacles to use throughout the day.

Our minds, gallon jugs and our hearts are like carafes,

Before the day is out, we’re going to need another glass!

Choose how best to store it!  The lid must be tight.

Make self-control a seal that fits that gallon jug just right.

Keeping that heart, those thought processes in check and in order,

This reduces stressful cracks that leak salvation’s water.

God is the one who provides this cleansing stream. (Is. 12:2)

But we must find ways to stay in close proximity.

***

Father, thank you for salvation’s waters free!

Daily, like a spring, it flows, refreshes me.

Fill me, Lord, let it strengthen me along the way.

By Your power and might, not mine, I claim joy today.

My prayer time is the journey to the well where I receive,

A fresh anointing, and reminding, You give all I need!  

Let Your joy strengthen me, increase my self-control.

Because the daily stress, weakens my receptacles!

And help me guard my time, keeping close proximity,

So Your springs of joy and strength can flow over me.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Game On!  September 9, 2015

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

As mothers and fathers, our instincts kick in,

And we RUN to the aid of our children.

When they’re hungry and tired, we do our best,

As parents to provide good nutrition and rest.

When they’re hurting, we hurt, seemingly more!

And we comfort them even after they mature.

So why don’t we let our Father above,

Lavish on us, this same kind of love?*

He takes complete responsibility for, (Is. 9:6B)

His children, as Father, and Counselor,

As our Powerful God and Prince of Peace,

He doesn’t like it when our enemies,

Treat us like carpet.  God will respond,

With justice and goodness… for us, it’s Game On! (9:7)

***

Father, thank you for reminding me,

That You take complete responsibility,

For leading me, coaching me; You are hands on,

And You want to show me how best to respond.

Lord, help me bless, when I feel a bit injured,

And not criticize, but seek You for comfort.

Others don’t know that they can be tools,

And You can take them, anytime and use, (10:33)

To mold and sharpen, toughen and make,

Me into someone, more graciously shaped.

This is my prayer, Lord, coach me today,

To react to every situation the right way.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Opportunity = Opposition, September 8, 2015

1 Corinthians 16:9

Paul recognizes that his opportunity, (1 Cor. 16:9)

Has rising opposition, proportionately!

Not just a few, but many are against him.

Any great work for God, needs protection. (Ps. 105:39-40)

God reminds Isaiah, “Don’t fear the things they fear, (Is. 8:12-14)

Instead, wait for Me, and I will make your way clear.”

Others will stumble, because they’ve lost their sense,

Of dreading the Protector of the ones they come against.

***

Father, as we labor out in Your fields today.

We ask for Your protection over us in every way.

Always, with great opportunities, we will see,

Opposition to our faith, and fearless disbelief.

Lord, Your children walked out of Egypt, because,

You made the Egyptians fear them and their God! (Ps. 105:38)

You can do the same today, yet You tell us, “Love.”

“Be alert, continue strong in faith and fear of God.” (1 Cor. 16:13)

Lord, we recognize that love trumps opposition.

And conquers the fears that it creates in proportion.

Fill us with more love, and faith for all our needs,

To be covered, as we wait on You in every ministry.

Worthy of our hire, and complete restitution.

We’ll do everything in love, and not fear opposition.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Selflessness Is Never Wasted, September 7, 2015

1 Corinthians 15:58

We can all agree that we wish for harmony,

But is anyone searching for its seemingly, lost key?

Instead of being selfless, our selfishness abounds.

And the comforts of segregation still hang around.

“Foolish person! When you sow a seed, it must die,

Then and only then, can it sprout new life.” (1 Cor. 15:36)

It won’t even look the same, this process includes,

A total metamorphosis in order to produce.

If we stay a selfish little seed, we will decay. (15:42)

But if we die to self, spiritually, we are raised. (15:43)

Flesh can’t have a part in the heavens up there!

Death to self begins by covering differences in prayer.

***

Father, all our lives, we have struggled within,

Because the world around us draws on our nature to sin!

To make us more effective, You must fill us with Your Spirit!

Once we die to self, we all set to inherit,

Our spiritual life, which begins when selflessness,

Takes over our lives and we die to our flesh.

Father, selfishly, selfishness creates a rot!

Our communities stink with no emphasis on God.

Our houses will stand better, our worship places too,

If we die to selfishness, to be raised unto You.

Lord, You’ve said, nothing’s wasted, when, selflessly,

Is given fully to the work of Your ministry. (15:58)

Lord, remind us, show us how to selflessly cover,

Another’s differences, by praying for each other.

Let us start each day, putting selfishness to death.

Help us give fully, in love and selflessness. (15:58)

In Jesus name, amen.

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It’s Who You Know!  September 6, 2015

Psalm 105:9

Seldom does a person rise,

To greater things, higher heights,

Without the help of Mentors wise,

Those people who have been there.

 

Youthful hands long to succeed,

And latch on to stability,

And as a much loved, Mentee,

They are molded with great care.

 

Regulation, rules, and such,

Don’t seem to matter much,

And consequences may not touch,

The Mentor who is guilty. (Is. 3:8)

 

Of leading Mentees down a path, (Is. 3:11)

Allowing doubts to surface fast.

That Scripture isn’t meant to last,

And God just forgives everybody!   (3:10-12)

 

***

Father God, in Jesus name,

You keep Your Word to those who claim,

The cross of Christ, we have the same,

Agreements with You, forever. (Ps. 105:9)

 

You expect Your children to,

Believe the Scriptures, given by You!

For safety, help and guidance through,

This world, with YOU as Mentor.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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In-Right, Out-Right, Happy All the Time, September 5, 2015

Psalm 105:3-4

Can we make a difference?

What needs to change?

Look In-Right, for instance,

Has gladness staked a claim? (Ps. 105:3)

Happy to belong?

Delighted to be His…

Or allowing what’s wrong,

To disable, discourage? (Isiah 2:6)

Out-Right we’re receivers!

God entrusts His fortune,

His Kingdom, nothing meager,

With blessings in proportion,

To what we give away!

Out-Right, is there cheer?

In-Right, because we’re saved,

Generously, we can share.

***

Father, how we thank You,

For all Your principles.

What we have, comes from You,

And is given, as examples,

Of things we should be sharing!

Our In-Right spirit tells us,

The miracles worth remembering, (Ps. 105:5)

Have occurred because You’re generous!

Lord, help us be prompt,

Work In-Right, Out-Right, through us,

To sow more abundant,

And expect, You to outdo us.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Long-Term Gifts, September 4, 2015

1 Corinthians 14:23

How beautiful are the gifts of the spirit,

Each one, perfect and worthy of merit.

Prophesy awakens, encourages us, (1 Cor. 14:3)

Increases our faith, and long-term trust.

Praying in tongues with spiritual groaning,

Speaks to God, without others knowing.

But sounds without meaning can trouble the ear,

Like a flute out of tune is hard to hear. (14:7)

It seems rather selfish, to only wish,

For just a prayer language, above other gifts. 14:12)

Gifts that others can’t understand,

Keeps them from adding their thankful, amen. (14:16)

***

All glory to God!  Forever be praised!

May You always enjoy all You’ve made! (Ps. 104:31)

As we worship, we lift our thoughts,

To a place where Your grace, reins over chaos.

With love, so strong, Your take our mistakes, (Songs 8:6)

Off fatal plateaus to a much higher place.

Floods cannot drown this flame of Your love, (8:7)

Which ignites every good gift from above.

Lord, we will seek gifts that help others grow. (1 Cor. 14:12)

Lovingly sharing the witness we know,

Doesn’t sound crazy, but makes others say,

“Truly, God is with them in this place.” (14:25)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Love Floats Forever, September 3, 2015

1 Corinthians 12:8

Since our emotions are clearly tied,

To our physical health, what’s going on inside,

We must learn how to better relate,

To love each other, and recognize hate.

Hate envies evil people! (Prov. 24:19)

But love hopes and thinks on things eternal. (24:20)

Hate doesn’t try to understand,

How to love… instead, it demands. (1 Cor. 13:4)

We fail to properly calculate,

Unknowingly, we underestimate,

The power of this spiritual mystery,

Of loving, unconditionally.

***

Father, Your Words on printed page,

Will yellow, fade, and chip with age.

But Your message of love, lives forever,

For it is etched in the heart of every believer.

Crucify what remains of our flesh.

Any carnal hate makes us walking dead,

With no knowledge, nor understanding of,

The perfecting power of Your great love.

The “old man” inside us that gets upset. (13:5)

Ties us up in a tight, needy net!

Free us!  Lord, let love dissolve,

The flesh, so we can float above,

The cares of life more than ever before, (13:5)

Like shoes, we take off, at heaven’s door.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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For The Common Good, September 2, 2015

1 Corinthians 12:11

When we accept Jesus Christ,

We allow His Spirit to change our life.

He lives within, and brings a gift,

Just made for us, a custom fit.*

It feels good when we put it on.

Covering weakness, accenting strong,

Inclinations, and the talents we’ve been,

Grooming all along, are now enhanced for Him!

It’s all for God’s glory, and the Common Good,

Using our gifts, as we should.

***

Father, thank you for our gift,

So right for us that others see it!

Help us use it as we should,

Always, for the Common Good.

Lord, our purpose, energy and zest,

Come together and we do our best,

When we understand our gifts,

And humbly share it, not push it.

May we recognize gifts in one another,

To nurture, grow it, not neglect or smother!

Provide the right opportunities to use it,

Otherwise, Lord, we might lose it!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Risky Investing, September 1, 2015

Psalm 104:1-2

Invest it all, lock, stock, barrel,

To share the cup at His table. (1 Cor. 11:26)

Time spent telling about the Lord,

Has its own returns and rewards.

Until He comes, we will invest,

Our time, money, and faithfulness.

As we do, God creates an alignment,

Of risks, benefits, interest and assignments.

***

Father God, we completely agree, (Ps. 104:1)

To give You all our praise and glory!

Heaven’s secrets and wise advice,

Increase any interest in our lives.

Like a robe, You put on light,

Commanding tides, day and night.104:7)

You’ve set the water’s levels, limits,

To guard and secure Your investments.

Lord, on earth, much time was spent,

On making and growing more investments.

You alone, agree to the risks,

Of returns which depend on our faithfulness.

Thanks be to God!  We daily trust,

And thank You for investing in us.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Hope-Full Branches, August 31, 2015

Proverbs 24:14

As a child sits in a tree,

To daydream, big and wistfully.

God would have us child-like be!

And share with Him our plans.

 

He LOVES creativity!

He shaped for us, that special tree,

Then calls to you and me.

“Climb up and dream again.”

 

God gives us trees in which to play;

As we grow, they’re more for shade;

In solitude, their leafy cave,

Surrounds us with discernment.

 

Visions muster in a tree!

Dreams, high up, grow safely,

And ripen to maturity,

To give us, steady, encouragement.

***

Father, as Your children, we,

Must dream, decidedly.

And somewhere on our journey,

Our decisions form our goals.

 

Goals that take their shape because,

We believe in You, Oh God,

To light the fires, the desires in us,

For the future, You control!

 

What part of this can we perform?

Lord, Your plan, since we were born,

Is to restore our natures, torn,

Renew, rekindle, wishes.

 

Father, give us trees to climb!

To pray more, until we find.

Discernment, how to spend our time,

In future, hope-full branches.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Show Off!  August 30, 2015

Proverbs 24:10

Quiet words and calm advice, (Ecc. 9:17)

Show off strength that’s very nice!

Not in packed abdominals,

But in how we problem solve! (10:4)

Rather than shouting, “Foul!”

Listen!  God will whisper how,

What, when, where, and even who,

We should calmly, talk to!

Cooler head, controlled lips,

Hands relaxes, not forming fists,

Shows a strength that often takes,

Full accounting for mistakes.

Relax, take some deep breaths,

Then show off calm, go ahead, flex!

***

Father, we are free today,

And not condemned in any way.

By Your Spirit we are strong,

To problem solve, by staying calm. (10:4)

Lord, if we give up when, (Prov. 24:10)

Faced with opposition,

Our weakness shows, and we fail!

Someone calmer will prevail!

Lord, let Your wisdom flow,

And give us all we need to know. ( 24:12)

May we show off greater strength,

With calm replies to rogue complaints.

In Jesus name, amen.

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Don’t Rub Your Nose In It!  August 29, 2015

Psalm 103:2-3

We might find it difficult,

To forgive ourselves when we’re at fault!

That angry tone, those hurt results,

Gets stuck on, replay.

 

We sink down deeply in regret,

And somehow, we just forget,

That God takes sins that we’ve confessed,

And tosses them away. (Ps. 103:3)

 

Others rub our nose in it,*

But God released His statement:

“As far as east is from the west,

I’ve cast that sin away!” (Jer. 31:34)

 

It’s best to please and honor Him!

Erase instead of replay sin.

This is God’s reaction,

To sins of yesterday.

***

Father, thank You for Your math,

That zeros out sins in the past.

Your accounting’s what will last,

So let our nature be,

 

More like You, trying to,

Focus, more of what to do,

That’s good, learn from we’ve been through,

Loaded with love and mercy. (Ps. 103:4)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Teamwork is Best, August 28, 2015

Ecclesiastes 4:9

We’ve grown up with this simple truth,

One is never as good as two! (Ecc. 4:9)

We need a hand when we fall down; (4:10)

And two defending can hold their ground! (4:12)

A rope that’s braded with three strings,

Is harder to break than anything! (4:13)

Fame and power will cease to be,

But PEOPLE do their best in teams.

***

Father, thank you for making us new!

As people in Christ, we can count on You,

And also, on our family and friends,

Who back us up when we need a hand.

Teach us to be the best team players,

Starting with our daily prayers!

Keep us from life’s competitions, (4:4)

Pursuing wealth and recognitions. (4:6)

Only You can make us better,

At keeping our families and friendships together.

Break through any hardened hearts,

To recognize if we need to start,

Reaching out, more, not less,

And work as teams to be our best.

DARMC

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Simply Put, BE Good!, August 27, 2015

Ecclesiastes 3:17

In worship, we express our love,

To God, above all others.

By loving Him, we learn to love,

Our sisters and our brothers.

Worship strips our hearts of greed,

And plants within, a purpose.

Faith moves us with certainty,

Of our anchor, sure and steadfast.

First and foremost, God is good!

Just because, He is!

Praising Him, as we should,

Helps us know our purpose! (1 Cor. 8:2-3)

***

Father, when we come upon,

These challenges of life.

Help us worship, focus on,

Your good and glorious light.

Shine it now to show the way,

And as we say out loud,

That You alone deserve our praise,

You fill us with Your love.

Let Your goodness overflow,

Within us to prevail.

Without it, all we say and know,

Is void, we’re doomed to fail! (Ecc. 3:17)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Chasing The Wind, August 26, 2015

Ecclesiastes 2:26

Solomon penned these thoughts, not I,

“Even the wise are going to die! (Ecc. 2:21)

And other people will get their things!

Life is unfair and full of pain.” (2:22)

According to Solomon’s sober advice,

We should eat, drink, and enjoy our lives! (2:24)

This realization comes from above,

That life’s enjoyments are not without God!

Much of our striving and working for wealth,

Is chasing the wind… and bad for our health! (2:26)

We are bought with a price, there is nothing more, (1 Cor. 7:23)

That should make us chase the wind, for sure!

***

Father, Adonai, my God,

Your help and strength is the source of,

All joy in life, in work, and at best,

Satisfaction, not worrying to death!

Thank you for all Your reminders to me,

To enjoy, to eat, to drink and be merry!

Everything else is just chasing the wind!

Father, Your love is far better than,

Chasing after our own inventions.

Lord, release in us an affection,

For others, in honor preferring them,

And enjoy life more, this side of heaven.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Recognize It, August 25, 2015

Psalm 101:5

Love delivers, edifies,

Heals, fills and satisfies.

The Holy Spirit’s highest prize,

Is God’s blessed approval.

 

God delights in prayers that will,

Bolster, benefit and heal,

All of those with whom we deal,

For salvation from evil.

 

Help to put a stop to blame,

Which seems to have no other aim,

Than building high the person’s name,

Who looks down on other people. (Ps. 101:5)

***

Father, You exhort us,

And teach us to trust,

In You by showing kindness,

So that we can take a stand.

 

Against ungodly sense,

That lacks Your presence,

Takes aim and fires offense,

And refuses a helping hand.

 

Thanks be to God!

You are stripping us of,

What we mistake for love:

The approval of man.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Did You Even Ask?

1 Corinthians 6:19

The Holy Spirit is available,

And poured into the asking soul.

As human parents here on earth,

We give our children gifts of worth.

So, how much more will Adonai,

Give us that for which we cry?

Likewise, He can help us keep,

Our temple bodies clean and neat, (1 Cor. 6:19)

For His Spirit to live within,

And guide us, if we ask Him!

***

Father, own my house of clay,

As Your property, I pray.

Help me keep it clean to hold,

The mighty power of Your Holy Ghost.

In my house, I’ll close the door,

To wickedness and lusty lure. (Ps. 101:2)

Filling every available corner,

With gifts, given me, by the Owner.

I ask Lord, that You make me fit,

To receive and house Your Holy Spirit.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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What’s My Business?  August 23, 2015

1 Corinthians 5:12-13

It’s none of my business to judge unbelievers, (1 Cor. 5:12)

Whose sinful selves won’t be the receivers, (5:5)

Of Christ’s open arms to forgive their sins.

Judging these souls must be left up to Him!

But those disguised as believers in Christ,

Who continue to sin, cannot witness His life! (5:11)

Void of God’s supernatural float,

They’re not buoyed up by Holy Ghost.

Let’s all ask ourselves this important question.**

Would you be lured, if you were a pagan,

To become a Christian by someone like YOU,

While the Spirit grieved by the things you do?

***

Father, please help us respond to Your nudges,

And be more careful, not to be judges!

Help us be much more attentive to You,

So we hear Your small voice tell us what to do.

As we obey, give us peace inside,*

Never motivated by guilt or pride,

But by the pleasure of riding the wings,

Of Your Spirit, right over difficult things.

Make us the people others can trust,

And see Jesus Christ, living in us.

Lord, let us be the hook and lure,

That helps another become assured,

In their salvation, have full forgiveness,

Lord, make my business to be such a witness.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado* and thoughts by Mark Buchanan.**

 

Extravagant In Everything, August 22, 2015

1 Corinthians 4:5

Somehow God won’t delegate,*

His role of handing out the praise.

EACH one, not a lucky few, (1 Cor. 4:5)

Will hear, “Well done!  I’m proud of you!”

Extravagant joy never wonders if,

Our good makes any difference!

Face to face, one on one,

God will somehow get it done.

HIS excellence causes extravagant,

Surpassing of standard accomplishments.

***

Father, we invite Your Spirit,

To take the wheel in us, steer it!

Send extravagant joy, excellence, faith,

As lifeblood filling us with grace.

Link us to accomplishments,

That exude Your presence,

Without, within, each word we say,

Each thought, connected to You today.

Create what’s needed, Holy Spirit,

To empower us so others sense it.

May the safety of Your presence,

Be contagious and immediately evident.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

 

Milky-Watered-Down-Truth, August 21, 2015

1 Corinthians 3:1-3

Samson’s strength is not apparent.

No one understands his might.

His frame and size is unimportant,

When God’s Spirit begins to fight.

The Holy Spirit’s strength galore,

Makes him outwardly, the best!

But we all know, this strong hero,

Cannot conquer his own flesh.**

Take a lesson from this man!

Paul explains it just like this,

Babes in Christ create more problems,*

By acting like those without the Spirit! (1 Cor. 3:1)

They cannot chew the solid foods,

Of scripture’s deep, tough issues.

Such quarreling!  Taking sides, proves, (3:3-4)

A diet of milky-watered-down-truth.

***

Father, with compassion You,

Care for us in various stages,

Hoping we’ll develop into,

Those who “chew” on scripture pages.

Help us make amazing gains!

Not remaining babes, may we,

Grow in strength, claim the name,

Of Christ, grow out of cutting teeth.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado* and passages from Hidden In Plain Sight, by Mark Buchanan.**

 

No RSVP, August 20, 2015

1 Corinthians 2:10

The Holy Spirit is a gentleman.

He waits until He’s invited in.

And once inside, He’ll make it home,

By gently making Himself known.

He doesn’t overpower, yet,

He speaks His mind without regret. (Job 32:18)

As a godly person does,

The Spirit helps, but never shoves.

If invited, He will address,

Rebellious hearts and stubbornness.

***

Father, thank you for the witness,

Of Your Holy Spirit, within us.

Holy Spirit, come and take,

The sins within that we create.

Sins that show resemblances of,

Satan’s attributes, not God.

Move in, do whatever to,

Make us holy, more like You.

Lord, it may take a while,

Before we truly smile Your smile,

Use Your words, be a friend,

And BEAR the fruit that never end.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by scriptures in Grace For the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado.

Look Forward To More!  August 19, 2015

1 Corinthians 1:8

God has so much more for us, (1 Cor. 1:8)

He works in ways that make us strong.

And as we walk in obedience,

Not one hair falls to the ground,

Without His knowledge and His care.

You can be sure, the devil tries,

To steal the joy God gives us here,

To separate and divide. (1:10-25)

It’s difficult to walk on through,

This sinful world without the need,

For God’s protective hand to do,

That which assures our victory.  (1:9)

***

Father, we will strive until,

You come again, or call us home,

To live by faith and do Your will,

And EXPECT that You will keep us strong.

Just like Job, we’re tested when,

Satan makes it look as if,

The furnace heat is going to singe,

But God, WE ARE NOT harmed by it.

Thank you for Your presence Lord,

In every moment of today.

We can rejoice that more, (Psalm 97:11)

And BETTER things to come our way.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

 

What’s the Price?  August 18, 2015

Job 28:15

Wisdom will be tested and tried,

To see if it goes deep and wide.

The branches only give the fruit,

Of what is deep down in the root!

Shallow faith is going to show,

When we think we surely know,

Only what God understands:

Where wisdom lives and how we can, (Job 28:28)

Find our way into its house.

This fear of God cannot be bought. (28:15_

***

Father, understanding comes,

As I value wisdom. (28:13)

It’s not found where expect,

In all my books, if I neglect,

To fear You Lord, and stay away,

From evil’s many forms today.  (Rom. 16:17)

Father, You have given me,

Strengths and abilities,

That grow when I give back to You,

My deep respect, expectance too,

That You will ALWAYS intervene,

Because You’re great and utterly,

Show me mercy!  By faith alone,

I’ll search and find wisdom’s home.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

A Time of Rest, August 18, 2015

Romans 15:32

How can we forget the past? (Job 26:2)

What someone did or said to cast,

A smudgy grudge, causing results,

Of fingers pointing, “You’re at fault!”

Ah, there must be higher ground,

Where we can climb and see around!

God will change our dance and song,

In time, reveal, who caused the wrong!

Meanwhile, we must never trust,

In retaliation… it just doesn’t work for us!

***

Father, thank you for the scriptures!

Your Word helps us get the picture,

Of mercy’s cycle, which creates a feast,

Of continual joy and godly peace!

Lord, release us from whatever creates,

A desire to pay back…  retaliate.

Give us a spirit of joy within,

That keeps us from being a grumpy old person!

May we instead, counter sorrows,

With hope of reaching great gains for tomorrow.

And Father, we will trust that You know best,

WHEN to give us a complete time of rest. (14:32)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Clickety Clack, Accept That! August 16, 2015

Romans 15:7

We’ve all wondered sometimes, “Is there any hope?” (Rom. 15:13)

Hope for good to come, but do we look for it each day?

With optimistic aspirations, aims, goals and expectations,

Our hope is nourished and then watered as we pray.

Who can understand the mind, or know exactly where to find, (Job 23:3)

The absolute right answers to questions of life?

We might well present our case:  “We’re only clay, the human race,

Incapable of peace, will always suffer strife!

God loves us, even when we trip up and peddle back,

Second-guessing, rickety-rack-weak characters collapse,

When under pressure, our unstable nature,

Moves us to quickly run back to our clickety-clacks!

***

Father, Your extravagance of love is the evidence,

That we should expect to react and do the same.

Still we fail, thinking “always” when indeed, we have the knowledge,

But the outcome, “sometimes,” is more of what we claim.

Father, please forgive us when we say, “No matter what,”

Then mean, “If it’s my way, I’ll get on board.”

Help us be emphatic and not just poetic,

About our faith and hope, forgiveness and love. 

May we go the extra mile, be willing to talk awhile,

To someone with a need, showing sure patterns of,

Thought processes, synapses, that spark proactive,

And positive responses, when repeat offenders shove!!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible and devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Faith, Our Anchor, August 15, 2015

Romans 14:17

That which we put into our mouths,

Like meat and veggies, milk or wine,

Might be offensive to somebody else,

Even if we think it is fine! (Rom 14:15)

The heart can allow only so much!

Its anchor of faith will measure our hold.

Whether the waves be water or dust,

The anchor’s size proportions control.

Knowing when to toss it in,

Or how to hook it onto a rock,

Will keep us from drifting off to sin,

Or go over the falls, because we can’t stop!

*** 

Father, Your Words anchor my life.

May they sink deeply to hold me in place.

To stay where peace and joy abides,

And Your love reflects off my face . (14:17)

Lord, the convictions I have inside,

Help me to know when to add more anchor.

Give me Your understanding as guide,

And not get swept away into danger.

Living right, with You, in peace,

And seeking serve my Lord Jesus Christ,

Will anchor me, strong as can be,

To all the important things in life.

Thanks be to God!  You help me know,

What might discourage another’s walk.

Because of their weakness, make me grow,

In discernment, whether to share… or not!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Don’t Wear Yourself Out!  August 14, 2015

Proverbs 23:4

Come and worship!  Let’s be free,

Of strongholds hurting you and me. (Rom. 13:13)

Envy, selfishness and greed,

Are part of Satan’s jealousy.

These are his heavyweights,

That wrestle with us for our faith!

Status and stuff just will not last!

It’s time to come to grips with that!

***

Father, help us earnestly,

Seek and love to work and please,

ONLY you, and not because,

We HAVE to have this other god.

God’s that sparkle, perfectly new,

Will soon wear out … wearing us out too.

Help us put our hope and trust,

In You, who alone, rewards us.

Sink our hearts in this conviction:

Chasing stuff or position,

Is a hoax to steal our souls!

Loose this magnet-like control!

Father, help us not resent,

Those who show indifference,

Today, remind us to pursue,

Nothing more gratifying than You.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

 

Shapin’ Up Shapes, August 13, 2015

Romans 12:2 & 3

God has shown us His love and great mercy. (Rom. 12:1)

And in return, we offer to Him,

Our lives; by faith and hope, not worry,

We are shaped and changed by His Spirit within. (12:2)

We have a new way of thinking for sure!

Our heart is pulled toward the light.

We are quite simple designed for more,

And shaped for our part to play in this life. (12:3)

No one can think themselves better than,

Anyone God has placed in their way!

Each one of us plays a part in His plan,

To be about His business today.

***

Father, thank you for Your forgiveness,

And assurance that I am part of Your plan,

To go about my Father’s business,

Specially shaped, but no better then,

Anyone else in the body of Christ! (12:5)

Lord, continue to mold me until,

I’m fit for service in this life,

And staying in Your perfect will.

Help me understand my part,

When there’s a better shape I see!

Lord, assure me deep in my heart,

That this is the shape that’s best for me. (12:3)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

 

Maintain Proper Priorities, August 12, 2015

Romans 11:22

God’s great kindness overflows,

With “all these things” given to those,

Who follow Him, prioritize,

And keep God first in their lives.

Richer, fuller faith will show,

Lush, amazing fruit will grow. (Rom. 11:33)

But no one can fully explain,

How putting God first, makes us change. (11:34)

***

Father, thank you for Your kindness,

Giving us life in more abundance,

When we follow and do our part,

To maintain a pure and prioritized heart. (11:36)

Help us simplify our lives,

Creatively, prioritize.

Come, revive, reset our minds.

Each day, connect this power Divine,

To light our way, and, likewise,

Dispel the darkness, help to guide,

Others to the cross where they,

Can give You any mistakes they’ve made!*

Lord, Your kindness plays a major part,

In forgiving and purifying our heart.

Lord, keep reminding us too,

There IS punishment when we stop following You! (11:22)

So give us the wisdom to clearly see,

How to maintain proper priorities.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

 

Make The Most of It, August 11, 2015

Romans 11:13

God has placed us in a spot,

Some may like it, some may not!

Prophets, God’s Ambassadors, (Rom. 11:3)

Can get discouraged, that’s for sure!

But trust His greatest gift might be,

The work He does that we can’t see.  (11:5)

God’s grace isn’t something won.

With Him, it’s never, “GAME ON!”

Where and how and what is best,

Comes as we make the most of it! (11:13)

***

Father, You’ve anointed us,

Then put us where we have to trust.

Trust You, as a channel of,

Your acceptance, hope and love.

May we fit, as branches do,

Supporting others, but rooted in You. (11:18)

Cut off, Lord, we’ll never be,

Able to work successfully. (11:17)

We can count on Your Spirit,

To help us make the best of it.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Quality Traits, August 10, 2015

Romans 10:3

Human effort is full of snares.*

So, perfectionists and fruit inspectors, beware!

A healthy self-respect, within,

Will create a well-rounded person! (Rom. 10:12-13)

Their work ethic means they maintain the fire,

Of that dedicated person their boss once hired!

They’re creative, reliable, trusted, proactive,

They challenge their old ways with new perspectives!

Their patience won’t expire when others are weak,

Inconsiderate, demanding, immature and indiscrete.

These happy people show great self-respect,

Which the actions of other cannot affect.

***

Father, thank you for the grace You impart, (10:9)

That cleanses and builds self-respect in my heart.

No longer a slave to worry and guilt,

The opinions of others don’t negate how I feel. (10:10)

Thank you for helping me focus on this,

That You’ve given me a definite purpose! (10:15)

When I take inventory, Father, I see,

That Your Spirit is alive and working in me!

I acknowledge Your attributes clearly defined,

As traits of Your grace, becoming, mine!

Your kindness and wisdom, great attributes,

Are increasing, but I’m seeing, much more gratitude.

Thanks be to God!!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

 

 

Spiritual GPS, August 9, 2015

Job 10:12

Yes, there are many more ways than known,

That God has provided to help us get home!*

He is transforming us along the way,

To look more and more like Him every day.

Sometimes He’s pushy, sometimes He’s gentle,

When guiding His hell-bent, stubborn people!

But like a good Shepherd, He knows what we need.

He knows where to take us for water and feed.

He cares if we’re lost, if we’re hurt, if we moan,

And will help us turn around, to find our way home!

***

 Father, You molded me, formed me inside,

My mother’s womb, and gave me this life. (Job 10:9-12)

Your kindness, Your protection, Your love and grace,

Provide the voice that tells me, “Retrace,

Or stop, make a U-turns, and admit, this is wrong!”

You’ll provide what I need to get me home.

Lord, Your love includes great respect,

In that while still a sinner, You never forget,

That Your first and foremost priority,

Is to help me get home, for all eternity.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

Perfect Fit, August 8, 2015

Proverbs 22:19

In the beginning, God’s plan for us,

Is to live a comfortable life of trust.*

Trust that doesn’t worry about,

Interest rates, or material, what not.

God’s good people grow into,

The life that everyone else outgrew.

Trust fits so much better on children,

But as we grow up, trust is a problem.

Reality triggers this process of shrinking,

Our trust until we stop believing!

As we outgrow it we must endure,

Trying new styles that don’t fit us for sure!

Like the comfort of cotton, our faith, well worn,

Feels like the skin of trusting new-born.

***

Father, thank You for grace that comes free,

And trust that fits us, perfectly. (Rom. 9:15)

But Lord, You dress all Your creatures,

With great fitting trust under fur and feathers,

Yet, we can grow out of our trust over time!

We are led to believe it’s for…  smaller minds.

Forgive us and help us pay better attention,

To Your true and reliable Words of wisdom. (Ps. 22:21)

Make our trust in You fit us like skin!

Increase the size, to fit our situation,

Until we are comfortable in Your grace,

With a perfect fit of trust and faith.  (Prov. 22:19)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

 

Victory Is Promised, August 7, 2015

Romans 8:37

Our strength can so easily dissipate,

Depleting our power to patiently wait! (Job 6:11)

So we seek an immediate fix,

And overlook the positives. (Rom. 8:24)

There seems to be no one,

Whom we can truly count on. (Job 6:15)

Like streams that rise in season,

They’ll disappear, no question, (6:17)

As quickly as they swell,

And become an dried up well.

Fools don’t understand it, (Ps. 92:6)

That God’s already demanded it!

That in all these things that hurt us, (Rom. 8:28)

We WILL BE victorious!

***

Father, Your Word is truth!

And Christ’s resurrection is proof,

That You will save and defend us,

From ALL that which comes against us! (8:31)

Satan will be silenced!*

You’ve already promised,

That no one can accuse,

The Ones, whom You choose. (8:33)

Humbly, we hang our heads.

But Lord, we need not dread,

There is no contradictory!

You’ve promised us victory!!! (8:37)

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

 

 

 

Blessed, Honored, & Rescued, August 6, 2015

Psalm 91:15 & Romans 8:17

Anything apart from God’s nature, is sinful.

His ten commandments apply to ALL people!

They help us relate to God and to each other,

We see God as our Father, and Christ as our brother.

We’re filled with the Spirit, God’s nature every day, (Rom. 8:10)

Who guides and directs us, in all we do and say.*

Sanctified, acceptable, perfect and good,

God’s Spirit within us helps us do the things we should.

***

Father, how we thank You for the guidance of Your Spirit.

We pray to be blessed and enriched today by it.

Lord, help us not be redirected by the flesh!

We need Your gentle nudges to keep us from this!

Putting on Your nature is as simple as if,

Putting on our shoes, Lord, we put on Your Spirit.

Open up our eyes to see the consequences,

Of building bitter walls, or nursing our offenses.

Along with the blessings and the glory of Christ, (Rom. 8:17)

We’re all going to share His sufferings in this life!

So Lord, instead of doubting, we’ll lift up our praise,

Knowing, as Your children, we are blessed in ways,

That the world can’t experience unless they know You! (Ps. 91:14)

Thanks be to God!  You bless, honor and rescue! (91:15)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

 

Arenas of Faith, August 5, 2015

Psalm 91:10

We can anticipate great things because,

We’re adopted into the family of God!

We expect to be tested along the way, (Job 2:3)

While scrutinized in our Arenas of Faith.

People will judge, but they cannot feel, (2:13)

The pain we suffer, until God reveals,

His plan… to test us to see if we know,

That He is for us wherever we go. (Ps. 91:11)

***

Lord, we praise You with heart, soul and mind. (Rom. 7:22)

With self-control, we grasp the time,

To petition You, and thanksgiving and trust,

That deliverance will come, as You’ve promised to us. (Ps. 91:9)

Abba, Father, it is clear as we read,

That in every arena we have peace and safety.

Thank you for access to Your throne,

And for all the promises You will perform. (91:10-13)

Free from the law, our sole motivation,

Is to serve You out of appreciation.

We fully believe Your Word and trust,

That in every arena, You’ll be right there with us.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Stay Connected!  August 4, 2015

Romans 6:16

God want every person to be,

Saved from their sin for eternity.

We’re easily bound to those who can’t pay,

Our debt to sin, so we lose our way.

And just like a flower, when cut from its roots,*

We die without God’s connection to truth.

The good news is we can be grafted back in, (Rom. 6:1-5)

Because God is not a respecter of persons.

***

Father, You love us all just the same.

You’ve given us abilities and gifts to claim.

We all fall short from Your glory and yet, (6:6)

When we ask forgiveness, Your answer is, “Yes!”

Thank you for loving us so strongly today,

That to You, our little quirks just go away.

All these flaws that we see as huge,

Are things that don’t really matter to You.

You cared enough to learn about us,

By sending Jesus to die on the cross.

Thank you that You consider our feelings!

And see each of us, as well worth encouraging.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

Opening Statements, August 3, 2015

Esther 8:5

Our courtrooms establish protocols,

With expectations of behavior and dress.

Whether in session or out in the halls,

The rules are enforced and there will be respect!

Respect between prosecutors, defense,

Jurors and Foreman rehears what they say!

Respect in their tone, even facial reactions,

So as not to offend in any way.

Esther is Queen, and yet she still follows, (Esther 8:5)

The expectations and protocol.

Her problem is such that she could die tomorrow!

Yet she states her loyalty and respect, first of all.

***

Father, forgive me for lack of respect.

I’ve become complacent and far too casual!

Coming before Your throne, I forget

My own words to You should be more respectful!

First, has my life been pleasing to you? (8:5)

Second, will You want to do this for me?

Third, do You think it’s the right thing to do?

And fourth, am I making You… happy?

Father, from now on, I’ll start my petitions,

With these four things, and I’ll thank You ahead,

Of ANY request, in full recognition,

That You, King of Kings, can do something else, instead!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

Stop Trying So Hard, August 2, 2015

Romans 4:5

Our levels of holiness can’t reach the mark,

Of all that God’s Spirit can do In our heart.*

And what about goodness?  We’re not even close,

To the goodness of God, through the Holy Ghost.

Defending our actions and justifying goals,

Don’t balance out, without God in control.

Time is too short, so use what is left,

To accept God’s gift of loving us best.

God’s not demanding this huge deposit,

WE OWN 90% of what’s in our wallet!

It takes our decision to be free from guilt,

And give God issues that are too difficult.

Let Him, our Father, makes all things right. (Rom. 4:5)

Which requires our faith, in His power and might.

***

Father, we lift up our hands in this hour.

Acknowledging Your encouragement, Your love and power.

We ask that You bless the work of our hands,

And open our minds so we fully understand,

That it’s not what we’ve done, nor what we will do,

That saves our souls and makes us right with You.

Thank You for loving us long before,

We bowed our knees to pray for more,

More of Your peace, Your forgiveness and faith,

More of Your wisdom, Your power and grace.

Thank You that we only need to be,

An empty vessel You can fill, daily.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

 

 

First-Class-Spirit-Upgrade, August 1, 2015

Romans 3:4

When excellence and confidence combine, it’s refreshing!

Add hope to intelligence and the sum is outstanding.

Now multiply these qualities acknowledging we’re blessed,

Divide by faith in Christ, and see what is left!

God knows exactly the amount of time we have. (Ps. 89:47)

We all face the grave and we all have a dash,

Between our date of birth and the day we hear it, (89:48)

That call, “Come on home, and only bring your spirit!”

So why not travel life, pulled by stallions of faith,

With First-Class-Spirits holdingreigns of grace? (Romans 3:28)

***

Lord, help us get a grip tightly on those reigns,

Of Grace, God’s grace, in our days that remain.

Your grace attaches us to stallions of faith,

That pull us on a path, You’ve already traced!

Father, may be have such an excellent Spirit.

Superior, because we let You control it!

Remind us there is nothing we can DO to be saved!

And we can ride First Class, LONG before the grave.

When we transition, with first class accommodations,

Our First Class Spirits, won’t know any hesitation!

Lord, may we realize the price You have paid,

So we can have a First-Class-Spirit-Upgrade.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado*

 

 

 

Armor Up!  July 31, 2015

Proverbs 22:5

Believe it or not, things could be worse!

If Christ had not intercepted our curse,

The briar patches of this old earth,*

Would swallow us alive!

 

Those who are evil are already trapped!

They’ve no one guarding their front or back.

Easy targets to every attack,

They’re pricked by the thorns ‘till they die. (Prov. 22:5)

***

Father, the wicked may plot and plan,

But the evil will fall right back on them. (Esther 2:22-23)

You’ve promised, we won’t have this problem,

If, we guard ourselves.

 

Our marriages, children, all come to mind.

We need You to guard us and help us find,

The thing most needed, most stolen - our time,

To pray and armor up!

 

Lord, cleanse us to walk upright,

In all the many affairs of this life.

Give us Your guiding and guarding light,

Then Lord, intercept the problems.

 

Bless the children we have raised,

Remind them to armor up each day.

Remove the thorns and traps in their way.

So that nothing will ever confound them.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

 

Burn the List… July 30, 2015

Romans1:28

The lists we make can help us recall,

Things to do or to buy at the store.

Here’s a list of things that happen,

When knowing God is unimportant! (Rom. 1:28)

One: God leaves us to worthless thoughts,

To do all these things that we should not!

Two:  EVERY kind of sin moves in, (1:29)

Evil, selfishness – the list begins.

Three:  Jealousy, fighting, lying, (1:30)

Murder, paranoid, manipulative, conniving,

Thinking the worst about other people,

Gossiping lengthens this list of evil.

Four:  People hate the mention of God!

They are rude, and think of only themselves. (1:31)

Five:  Foolish, they’ll break a promise,

Without warning or mercy, love or kindess.

Six:  They know what’s wrong, yet they insist,

We applaud, as they, check off this list.

***

Father, we’ve studied and remember Your Word,

But if we repeat it, others say, we’re absurd!

We are labelled, “Judgmental!”  So Lord, we fear,

Of opening our mouths, to avoid the danger!

Lord, it seems an impossible thing,

To burn this list, repent, re-arrange,

Our nation’s priorities, to put You first!!

Our job is to pray, Your Spirit will work.

We cannot judge those who hold to this list.

But we can pray You’ll pour out Your Spirit!

Saturate hearts of the old and the young.

Impossible?  Not for You!  Spirit, Come!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

 

What Can God Do About It? July 29, 2015

Psalm 89:24

What can God do about those unpaid bills?

Really?  He’s the “Trump” who owns the cattle AND the hills!

What can God do, if those we love say, “We’re through!”?

He says, “My loyalty and love will ALWAYS be with you.” (Ps. 89:24)

What can God do if we don’t know what to pray?

His spirit speaks through His Word to tell us what to say! (89:26)

What can God do if we cannot sleep at night? (89:28)

He reminds us, His agreement will make everything all right. (Neh. 10:28)

What can God do about our future or our past?

“My promises to you are as long as the skies last.” (89:29)

***

Father, we can boldly come before you every day,

And ask, “What can You do about this problem in my way?”

You’ve appointed and anointed many who believe; (89:19-20)

When we ask, You’re quick to respond to every need!

Rich or poor, less is more when we are well respected. (Prov. 22:1)

You have promised, You’ll make sure we’re always protected. (Ps. 89:23)

God, it’s time to steady us with Your Almighty hand, (89:20)

And give us power over things we don’t understand.  

Like, what can You, Father, about our immorality?

You can give us courage, Lord, to speak up, more boldly. (Acts 28:31)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Joy Is Contagious, July 28, 2015

Nehemiah 7:10

In full view of everyone,

Praise the Lord for all He’s done. (Neh. 7:5-6)

Ezra stood higher so all could see,

Him read from the Book of Prophesy.

The people stood while the Word was read,

Tears pouring from their eyes, instead,

Of joy, because, they had done wrong!

Their feelings of guilt and sorrow, strong!

Nehemiah spoke out to them, (Neh. 7:9)

“Go and enjoy good food, good friends,

And be sure to share it with those who have none.

For the joy of the Lord will make you strong.” (7:10)

***

Father, there is such joy in fellowship!

Gathering for good food, praise and worship,

Helps us to understand this fact,

That getting together brings happiness that,

Is part of your plan to make us strong!

Lord, there are times when we must be gone,

But help us be mindful and more diligent,

To come together, in ways that strengthen,

And give us joy!  Lord, praising You,

Will build our strength, to get us through,

Whatever comes, tomorrow, today,

Now and forever, Lord, lead us, we pray,

To practice JOY… joy that’s contagious,

That strengthens us and all those with us.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Strength Training, July 27, 2015

Nehemiah 6:9

Why would anyone want to diminish,

The good work of others, so they cannot finish? (Neh. 6:9)

When negative people want to control,

The progress of others, who has their soul?

To weaken resolve, the efforts and actions,

Of others, intentionally causing distractions?

God wants to make us strong for this! (6:10)

He gives discernment, through His Spirit.

Helping us finish the work, because,

ALL of us need the help of our God. (6:16)

***                                  

Father, we thank You for hearing our prayers.

Your answers are sure, because You care,

With feelings much deeper, than any we know!

Lord, You are constantly helping us grow.

Increase our strength, so that when we lift,

Our burdens, or another’s, we can do it.

Hind-sight shows us, all that You’ve done,

And how You have helped us overcome,

Whatever the evil, we’re not alone!

Over time, we find, our strength has grown!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Obey the Vision, July 26, 2015

Acts 26:19

Has God tucked a dream in your mind?

Perhaps it’s been a very long time,

Since you first began to work toward it.

What caused you to lose that drive and spirit?

Life will lead us in opposite directions,

And move us far away from our vision.

Reach back, review it, unwrap and describe,

That vision.  Then ask God to clearly provide,

A way to fulfill it, obey it, because,

God won’t abort what He’s planned for us.

***

Father, we trust Your Spirit to guide,

Us back to the dream, we’ve put to the side!

Twists in families and turns in careers,

Made us lose sight of it, after so many years.*

Help us discern if that vision, once clear,

As it held our focus, with sweat, even, tears,

Is something we need to take down off the shelf!

Because, if we don’t, You’ll use someone else!

Lord, may our walk match our fullness of days,

Completing the vision, as we move to obey.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

Rebuilding, July 25, 2015

Nehemiah 2:18

People and places wear out, wear down,

Relationships, property, buildings and towns.

The course of all things in this world will lose,

Momentum, while traveling life’s avenues.

Energy, must be provided and fueled,

By decisions and choices that follow some rules.

Even a godless society knows,

Civil justice, doesn’t happen to grow! (Acts. 25:16)

We must have rules and protocols,

And wisdom to recognize poor judgement calls. (25:18)

***

Father, let us be the ones, willing,

To get up and do the work of rebuilding.

Everything tends toward decomposition,

Without hard work and appreciation,

For that which was started to continue, complete!

Lord, wake us up out of apathy’s sleep, (Prov. 21:25)

To give without holding back, thus, rebuild,

Even when something seems, totaled!

Help us restore, with wisdom, proclaim,

“All things are possible,” in Jesus name.

Amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Politicians, Beware, July 23, 2015

Acts 24:22

As Christians, we live in this world, day by day,

Interacting with others all along the way.

Everyone is as different as different can be!

Each has a unique personality.

We see our leaders, riding the fence,

Trying to appease their constituents. (Acts 24:24-25)

Beware, if when placed in high recognition, (Prov. 21:24)

That you don’t trade your morals for popular opinion!

Controlled by money, you will live in fear!

God holds you responsible – Politicians - Beware!

***

Father, You’ve promised to protect Your children.

To provide, no matter our situation.

Lord, there are those in high positions,

Being swayed by immoral, yet popular opinion.

Lord, is it possible to be safe today,

Speaking truth of Your judgment, in a loving way? (Acts 24:25)

Let Your Spirit be heard, in hearts so bent,

On appeasing a crowd, who will not relent.

Lord, when the leaders don’t do what they should,

Replace them, with hopefully, those who are good. (24:27)

Many have changed the values they learned,

To gain more power and political returns.

Seeking re-election, by, heaven forbid,

Bribes on the side, so hard to forgive!

Convict our leaders of their moral obligations;

Not so easily pulled by popular opinion.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible, with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Real Success, July 23, 2015

Proverbs 21:21

Doing THINGS right and doing WHAT’S right, (Prov. 21:21)

Are different, but work as part of a team.

Often these values not in sight,

Of those whose end justifies the means.

Coming together, is just the beginning,

Staying together is indeed, progress!

But here’s the gift that keeps on giving,

Working together is REAL Success.*

***

Father, help us work to be great,

At thinking of others before ourselves.

May we be early and never too late,

At giving respect to everyone else.

Praising You is recognition,

That because we’re linked to the God above,

We’re able to work, without division,

With trust and loyalty, fueled by love.

Help us live right and do our best, (Prov. 21:21)

To focus on others, rather than self.

Lord, to experience Real Success,

We must learn to work with EVERYONE else.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado and quote from *Henry Ford.

Win-Win Situations, July 22, 2015

Acts 23: 6

When we are faced with a difficult scene,

Defending a difference of opinion can mean,

The words we speak will not be heard,

When tossed at walls built of… anger.

So what can we do?  What can we say?

What makes the problem go away?

Kind acts, hand pats, a kiss on the cheek,

Things that show others, dignity.

Listen!  Step back, and show respect. (Acts 23:5)

The scriptures discourage a lack of tact.

Restate the point, “I’m on trial here, (23:6)

Because I believe ______, state it clear.”

Don’t exacerbate a situation,

By disrespecting another’s opinion!

***

Father, there are times when we disagree.

Help us to communicate more wisely!

You’ve said, it is better to live one’s life,

In the desert, alone, than in constant strife.” (Prov. 21:19)

Yet Lord, You can turn any situation,

And help us learn, “Win-Win” interaction.

Lord, as we humble ourselves, we start,

To feel hostility leave the heart.

Give understanding, so we can detect,

When others are desperate for attention and respect.

Lord, may compassion flow from our actions,

To create a more comfortable, “Win-Win” situation.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

 

 

Rights of Citizenship, July 21, 2015

Acts 22:26

When we are born to the family of God,

We’re extended ALL the benefits of,

Citizenship in the heavens, and more!

We’ve rights and promises that are sure.

God’s Word, our evidence, and defense,

And our Embassy’s spiritual presence,

Is open, twenty-four hours a day.

Our sanctuary, the moment we pray.

***

Father, our hope and security lies,

In the sanctuary You provide,

Through our citizenship, fully granted,

By Jesus Christ, with all the rights and privileges.

This promise includes, that returns will come,

When our things are stolen, by the evil one. (Ps. 86:14)

You are a God who shows His people,

Mercy, kindness and protection from evil. (96:15)

By Your love and faithfulness,

We see the signs of Your goodness. (96:17-18)

Thank you Lord, for inalienable rights, (Acts 22:25)

To come before You, day or night,

And plead our case to the Judge who insists,

That we have ALL the rights of our citizenship.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

An Inside Job, July 20, 2015

Acts 21:40

Silence can breathe on the darkest night,

And covers it, making a palate of white.

Silence is needed for thoughts to be heard,

Interpreting emotional, internal words.

Silence is intertwined and connected,

To forgiveness, when it’s given, or it’s accepted.

There is no fanfare, hoopla, or screaming,

When internal freedom and peace is live-streaming.

Silence clicks open a link to God,

And learns from mistakes… an inside job.

***

Father, there are times we must silence the crowd,

The noise, the activity, the voices so loud,

So that we can hear Your still small voice.

An inside job… yes, silence, is a choice.

Silence resentments that harden the heart.

Silence that need for revenge when it starts.

Silence the junk that poisons our freedom,

And keeps us from learning all of life’s lessons.

Lord, we pray for silence today,

So that we can hear what You have to say.

Wave Your hand over chaos and fog, (Acts 21:40)

To silence our fears… an inside job.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

Give and Take, July 19, 2015

2 Chronicles 34:31

We shout, “Unfair!” So easily,

Yet we’re the ones, who, selfishly,

Do what we want, disobediently!

Take from God, while holding back.

 

Most often, we don’t even know!

Our lukewarm stance, clearly shows,

No hope of change, as on we go… 

Farther from the track!

*** 

Lord, God, soften up the crust,

That slowly forms to hardens us,

Until we don’t confront or fuss,

The issues sin creates.

 

Lord, come, reignite the fire,

Soften hearts to absorb desire,

To give whatever love requires,

A devotion that can’t be faked!

 

There’s no other way to our survival,

As a nation, Lord, we need revival,

We’re want Your blessing, but stay in denial,

That obedience is what it takes!

 

Forgive us, thinking, You’re okay,

With a, “Lord, bless us anyway.”

We’ll reinstate the vows we say!

And be obedient, for our own sake!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Anger Management, July 17, 2015

Psalm 85:3

God gets angry… so do you and I!

The difference?  God’s anger is justified!

Compromise and negotiation,

Are not how God resolves this emotion!

Lightning, thunder, crashing waves?

Could God be releasing some built up rage?

These could indeed be indications,

Of God venting anger and tension!

We are taught as a child, we should,

Suppress our anger… but that isn’t good!

It detonates and, implodes inside,

Or seeps out in other ways, disguised…

***

Father, we know that anger exists,

So help us find ways to ally with it!

When it swells, builds and spurts,

May we release it in ways that won’t hurt?

Holding on to anger, doesn’t seem right,

But somehow, we must, harness its might,

And use the adrenalin pumping so fast,

To discern the source quickly, so as not to react,

In destructive ways.  Lord, help us, rather,

To forgive, let go, and stop the anger! (Ps. 85:3)

Many times, anger is justified,

So we can’t suppress it, or try to hide,

That it’s there… Father, help us to deal,

With anger, as yet another signal,

That we must somehow, productively use,

This anger, Lord, show us what we should do.

Remind us, rage is not a good choice!

Manipulating or raising our voice,

Or becoming a victim… Lord, all of these,

Are never productive, ways to release,

The anger that comes… Lord, help us know,

What to do with it, and then… let it go.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado &

*Elizabeth B. Brown, author of Sunrise Tomorrow

 

We Too Shall Survive! July 17, 2015

2 Chronicles 32:8

Open God’s Word today and find,

Encouragement, hope and peace of mind.

God’s power in us will be magnified, (2 Chron. 32:7)

Far greater than others who terrorize.

Their horrific tactics are nothing new,

King Hezekiah was terrorized too! (32:18)

The goal of the enemy is to create,

Such fear in people that they can’t think straight!

God’s mercy to us is available,

To empower us, to win the battles! (32:8)

***

Father, forgive us of all our sin,

So Your Spirit’s presence can be within.

Lord, send out angels against our enemies!! (32:21)

Because You’ve promised protection and peace! (Ps. 85-8-13)

“God will soon save those who respect Him,

And HIS glory WILL be seen in our land!” (Ps. 85:9)

“On earth, people who are loyal to God,

Will see His goodness shine down from above.”(85:11)

Our preparations for battle includes,

Humbling ourselves, and praying to You.

Lord, when we do, Your miraculous work,

Will be for us, as it is in Your Word. (2 Chron. 32:22)

“You took care of them on every side!”

With Your power and encouragement, we too shall survive!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

 

Disarm the Alarm, July 16, 2015

Acts 19:40 & Psalm 84:11                                 

When a siren goes off, we know there’s a fire,

Someone, somewhere, needs immediate assistance.

It’s a sound that says, “Get up, and gather,

All the necessary, fire-fighting equipment.

Sirens are much needed signals in life.

They go off to alert us of immediate danger.

We’ve internal sirens, set off by strife,

Like a button, when pushed, triggers our anger. (Acts 19:28)

Jealousy and fear, can also push buttons,

Producing a siren of confusion and pain. (19:32)

Fear of losing that which we’re accustomed,

Brings on some feeling we cannot explain… (19:37)

There’s no proof or reason, no smell of smoke,

No sign of arson, no heat, no real flames.

Still the siren goes off, and it can’t be revoked,

And a button is pushed for no reason, no gain. (19:40)

***

Father, at times, we’ve an internal siren,

Like a button that’s pushed as a signal or sign,

Of a dangerous fire, igniting a problem,

But the reason and source, cannot be defined.

Lord, may we not be pulled into the danger,

And chaos that comes from not having the facts.

Give us discernment to sort any anger,

And learn how to manage, when sirens react!

Many times, Lord, there is no reasoning, (19:40)

But buttons are pushed and sirens go off!

Lord, make us wiser, never appeasing,

Any provocation to join in such chaos!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado*

 

 

 

 

Proper Longings, July 15, 2015

Psalm 84:2

We find there’s a longing for things we don’t have!

Perhaps, it’s a relationships, present or past…

Where we long for someone whose point of view,

Are important to them, but foreign to you…

We’ve a longing to change them, help set them free,

But they are quite content with who they want to be!

Letting go, isn’t an option, and yet,

This keeps us from enjoying that which we have!

***

Lord, set us free from longings, improper!

Co-dependencies that keep us from all the other,

Wonderful, healthy relationships,

That You have provided for each one of us.

Lord, check our longings, and sound the alarm,

When we’re stuck on one that causes us harm.

Increase our discernment to understand that,

This may be one, from which we need to detach!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace of the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Reasonable Emotions, July 14, 2015

Acts 18:9-10

There will always be people who say evil things. (Acts 18:6)

Many have problems that we cannot change!

Yes, negative hearts make us uncomfortable,

Displaying emotions, out of control.

Nearsighted, often defending their actions,

Vengeful, and needing, instant gratification. (18:12)

When people are like this, it is their own fault,

And we can’t do much to change the results! (18:6)

***

Father, thank You for giving us reason,

To stabilize and balance out our emotions.

Reason helps us choose words carefully,

To disarm tension, and respond… reasonably.

Lord, please help us come to agreement;

For when two agree, You’ve said, You are present!

Lord, keep us safe, to share, openly,

Our feelings, venting, appropriately.

Lord, our witness, includes control,

And keeping our emotions more…  reasonable.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

 

 

 

Jehosheba’s Secret, July 13, 2015

2 Chronicles 22:11

How finely designed is each woman, each man,

Playing an important role in God’s plan.

He has something magnificent, that only we can,

Accomplish, by doing His will.

 

Jehosheba takes a great risk to save,

The future King, Joash, as a tiny babe. (2 Chron. 22:11)

For six years, she hides him, safely away!

So God’s plan is fulfilled.

 

Because of her part, the nation will thrive,

But only because this little baby survives!

Though hardly mentioned, no one denies, (22:10)

Jehosheba’s role is important!!

 

Her husband just happens to hold the position,

Of the highest ranking priest, with a good reputation.

He’ll protect and guide this next generation, (23:1-7)

For his role is also, paramount.

***

Father, sometimes, we don’t seem to matter,

We’re not in positions of greatness and power,

But each of us has been made for this hour,

And we play an important role.

 

Help us to trust You and keep our hearts tender,

To hear Your directions, so Your plan comes together,

Our godly influence, now more than ever,

Plays a part in Your over-all control! (Proverbs 21:1)

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

 

Character of Courage, July 12, 2015

2 Chronicles 20:20

So many scriptures help bolster our courage! (2 Chron. 20:20)

God knows we need to conquer our fears,

With HIS character, we can actually, flourish,

And train our emotions, to adhere!

Managing them takes organization!

Part of our work is to learn how to spot,

The good ones, the bad ones, it takes recognition.

Some we encourage, but some we should not!

***

Father, help us fully understand our emotions.

If fear is dominates, our courage is zapped!

Help us stand strong, because it is written,

“Don’t be discouraged, You are not trapped, (2 Chron. 10:15)

The battle is MINE!  You needn’t fight!

Stand strong, don’t move, and you will be saved.” (20:17-20)

God, we cry out to You, day and night, (20:9)

To give us Your character, that is never afraid.*

Add more discernment and lead us to,

Join up with others, with faith that is real!

Lord, as we seek to live for You,

We resolve to stand strong, and not trust how we feel!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado*

 

 

 

Happy And Healthy, July 11, 2015

Acts 16:25 & 40

Intentionally, resolve to turn off,

A source of illness, those stressful thoughts!

We’ve nothing to lose, but much to gain,

When we choose to sing and praise God’s name. (Acts 16:25)

Paul and Silas make it clear,

That they don’t share the effects of fear. (16:27-31)

Instead, their singing is setting them free!

Not just from the jail, but, emotionally.

Their inward happiness doesn’t depend,

On the circumstances surrounding them.

They sing, much like a sparrow does,

Lifting a daily song to God!

***

Lord, we know the importance of,

Singing praise and glory to God!

So help us not let our thoughts revolve,

Around any problems, still, unresolved!

Rather, remind us to sing today,

A song of thanksgiving, honor and praise!

This creates inward happiness,

And wards off disease-related, stress.

We’ll encourage ourselves as well as release,

Certain hormones that help our own bodies!

Lord, today, let us praise You by singing,

To experience happier, healthier living!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

FOATEX, July 10, 2015

Psalm 81:10

Here’s a new word, not English or French,

Not Spanish nor German, it’s simply, FOATEX.

It’s an acronym for three special ways,

We can manage to live in victory each day.

F-O is for FOCUS, set your eyes on what’s good.

A-T is for ATTITUDE, thinking as we should.

E-X, EXPECTATIONS, are they healthy and real?

If we spot-check our FOATEX we can change how we feel!

Relationships, situations, can cause us to react,

Inappropriately, if our FOATEX is out of wack.

***

Father, You lead us out of our prisons, (Ps. 81:10)

To save us from all forms of evil and oppression.

Help us stay FOCUSed, keep our eyes upon You, (2 Chron. 15:4)

Until we find peace, and know exactly what to do.

Make us trade gloom for a great ATTITUDE,

Affirming, encouraging, and showing gratitude.

Last, but so important, Lord, help us to know,

Which expectations to keep, or let go.

Father, we’re much stronger and spiritually renewed,

When our FOATEX is perfectly aligned with You.

Thanks be to God,

In Jesus name, amen

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Why Pray?  July 9, 2015

2 Chronicles 14:11 & Proverbs 20:22

When Asa prays, He’s reminding the Lord,

That the weak cannot fight against the strong! (2 Chron. 14:11)

God puts desires within the soul,

To pray, until He makes right, any wrongs. (Prov. 20:22)

Be faithful to pray and leave it with Him,

To go out ahead and fight our battles!

God’s intention for us is to win! (2 Chron. 13:12 & 14:12)

But we must pray and wait on His will.

***

Father, we sense the battle is on,

Between the evil and good in this world.

We often feel weak against the strong,

And growing dissent against Your Word.

Father, remember Your promises,

To those who wait upon You each day.

Lord, cleanse our hearts, do a new thing in us!  (Is. 43:18-19)

Refresh our desire to watch and pray.

Let us not speak any evil of others,*

Regardless of what they’ve done, help us wait, (Prov. 20:22)

On You, Oh Lord, Your are stronger, wiser,

And able to do great things through our faith.

Faith that is hopeful and determined,

To follow the Scriptures we’ve memorized.

Faith that’s intentional, growing and learning,

Understands, prayer brings success in this life.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible and devotional by Max Lucado*

 

Your People, July 8, 2015

Acts 15:8-11

Whitewashed prejudice treats a neighbor,

With spite, or passive/aggressive behavior.

Even in Acts, they hold discussions,

About race!  It’s an ageless problem! (Acts 15:1-11)

The first believers come to understand,

That God’s grace extends to EVERY person!

No matter their ethnicity traced,

It’s a spiritual matter and not at all, race. (15:9)

***

Father, we live in a world so broken,

With deep-seated prejudice, unspoken.

And yet, we see by certain behaviors,

That many will NEVER come together.

In Your eyes, all races, not some,

Are a part of Your family, always welcome.

One body and spirit, one way of salvation,

Our future in heaven has NO separation.

Help us find a way to combine,

Our behavior with what Christ has in mind.

Make our attitude, “Yes, I can,

Remove these walls and understand,

That until my body’s final breath,

I must not engage in any prejudice!”

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Mere Christianity, July 7, 2015

Acts 14:22-23

When our expectations do not align,

With reality, our initial design,

Might need changed, revamped, reconsidered,

Because we care and we’re not quitters!

God has put us together with some,

Whose ideals are different, and soon we become,

Set on fences we don’t want to straddle,

Or dodging bullets, like fish in a barrel!

Though God has clearly provided for us, (Ps. 80:9)

To plant, water, and work for a harvest,

There may be those planting different seeds,

And we must agree to disagree.

***

Father, when Paul and Barnabas went,

Some people listened, in total agreement. (Acts 14:1)

But Lord, when others disagree,

May we show Mere Christianity.  (14:2)

The kind that tangles with differences,

By growing in grace and tolerance.

When we can’t change the actions of others,

Help us to see them as sisters and brothers,

Not allowing lines to be drawn in the sand,

But prayerfully, trying to understand. (14:23)

Make us the one with a change of heart,

So relationships aren’t torn apart.

Lord, may we not show contempt or judge,

But exhort with kindness, truth and love.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Blessed Assurance, July 6, 2015

2 Chronicles 7:14

There’s a promise given to King Solomon, (2 Chron. 7:14)

That’s quoted a lot, and also, sung.

It basically spells out how God responds,

With assurance, when we confess:

 

“Lord, we believe!  We’re called by Your Name!

We humbly come to You, again,

And ask You to show us where we have sinned,

And we’ll STOP such wickedness.”

 

God will hear our every prayer!

His healing response assures us He cares.

Our difficult burdens, He gladly bares,

But first, we must humbly confess!

***

Lord, thank you for blessing our land,

And responding to every uplifted hand…

You reach down to heal, again and again,

And assure us You’ll hear every prayer.

 

As we begin this new day on our knees,

Father, we seek in humility;

And ask You to somehow, meet our needs,

And assure us of how much You care!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

We Are Sheep, July 5, 2015

Psalm 79:13

We, like sheep, still go astray!

We’ve absolutely no time in our day,

To rest at the feet of our Lord,

And spend some quality time in His Word.

Instead, to the fast moving waters we rush,

Our wool saturates, and the weight drowns us!

Just like sheep who need to be led,

To waters still, quiet, instead,

We crave the life that has no limits!

But we find out soon enough, it’s all just a gimmick,

By Satan himself, to take us away,

Heavily soak us to drown in the waves.*

***

Lord, like sheep, we are unaware,

How much we need Your love and care.

Let us sit down at Your banquet table,

In the company of God-fearing people!

Father, like the pull of a riptide, strong,

We can drown in places we shouldn’t have gone.*

Father, we know we are safest when,

We are closest to You, our Savior and friend.

Thanks be to God!  We’ve no need to wander!

Keep us in reach, so we’re never pulled under.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

Seeing Is Believing, July 4, 2015

Psalm 79:9

Integrity seeks a hostile divorce,

From pride’s deceit that lurks within,

And sometimes takes unusual force,

The residue left by secret sin.

Low integrity makes one apt,

To disregard any moral compass!

But high integrity doesn’t let,

A word or act without checking it.

Do we think others see God in us,

If we refuse to show forgiveness?

God’s integrity cannot allow,

A witness to shine through stubbornness.

***

Father, if I have unconfessed sin,

I know my prayers are meaningless.

Don’ t let my heart be deceive from within,

To think, it’s okay to nurse, bitterness.

Just like rust, it eats at my joy,

Leaving pits I will have to cover.

Save me Lord, so I don’t destroy, (Ps. 79:9)

Any witness I might have on others.

May I example salvation as rich,

In truth, in love, and integrity.

Make me more teachable, by Your Spirit,

So others see Christ in me and believe!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado*

  

 

Life’s Richest Gain, July 3, 2015

2 Chronicles 1:11-12

Picture young Solomon as the new King;

He hears God say, “Ask Me for ANYTHING!.”

“Lord?” Wide-eyed, he adds, “How I need You! (2 Chron. 1:9)

You’ve made me the king, but I don’t know what to do! (2 Chron. 1:10)

PLEASE, give me wisdom to lead the right way,

And knowledge to rule!  This is what I pray!”

God nods His head, “Son!  You’ve NOT asked,

For wealth, long life, or your enemy’s death! (1:11)

That’s awesome!  So, I’ll give you life’s richest gain,

Wisdom, synonymous with Your own name!

I’ll give you more wealth than anyone, ever,

Has had in the past, or will have in the future.” (1:12)

So Solomon’s wisdom… and businesses grew,

Buying, selling, horses, chariots too. (1:17)

Importing from Egypt, this very young king,

Deals and profits on just about everything!

His wisdom is exceeded by His gratitude.

And he builds God a house, to say, “Thank you!”

***

Lord, may we learn from Solomon’s story!

By asking for wisdom, He understands YOUR glory.

He wants Your knowledge more than anything,

And for this, You made him greater than any other king!

For most of us, Lord, wealth is too tempting!

Pride, the result, smothers understanding.

Lord, give us wisdom, and with it, we’ll gain,

Humility, gratitude, and the riches of a good name!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

 

How Long?  July 2, 2015

1 Chronicles 29:15

How long does a shadow last?

Most days, not too long! (1 Chron. 29:15)

One cloud can bring an overcast,

And “POOF” the shadow’s gone.

God has His reasons,

For shadows, yet we say,

“How long before this season,

Is going to go away?”

Every time we question,

A given length of time,

We’re not paying attention,

To what God has in mind!

The sooner we get into,

His refining fire, (1 Chron. 29:17)

The sooner we’ll be through…

But timing it?  Don’t bother! (29:18)

***

God of our fathers,

We give You all the praise. (29:10)

For Lord, You have the power,

To refine and make us great! (29:12)

How long until maturity?

Lord, You’ve already measured!

And we’ve peace and security,

That shadows don’t last forever.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

What Makes God Angry? July 1, 2015

Psalm 78:58

We have this misconception about God today,

By thinking He gets mad when He doesn’t get His way!

This, a common reason for our anger, but the Savior,

Gets angry when He sees our self-destructive behavior.*

Spending all our time on ourselves and our lists,

Is something that God hates, despises, and detests!

These self-centered attitudes, self-centered goals,

Take God out of the picture, and put self in control.

Once God is seated on the throne in a heart,

Self-serving behavior gets a boot if it starts.

God’s wrath is poured out when his people turn away,

Over-committed, immersed in business, every day.

***

Father God, forgive us.  We fill up our minds,

With bucket lists that dominate and take up all our time.

Lord, we’ll exhaust ourselves, and thus exhaust others,

By habitually, working on the things that do not matter.

Family, friends, and businesses crumble at the lies,

Of self-indulging, self-destructive ways so well-disguised,

As certified needs, Lord, when we should be on our knees,

To ask for forgiveness doing things that make You grieve!

Lord, we confess, we are a thankless, selfish nation.

Forgive us for worshipping the gods of materialism.

Turn away Your anger, Lord, because we can’t survive,

A minute more without Your presence in our lives.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

 

Take Responsibility!  June 30, 2015

Acts 9:34

As Christians, let it not be said,

We left behind any unmade beds!

When the Lord tells us to take a “Stand!” (Acts 9:34)

We must adhere to His command.

But remember, there are things to do,

So others won’t be cleaning up after you!

Immature children, will stand up and go,

Leaving a trail like a… tornado!

We stand and gladly receive the prize,

But then, we may need to re-organize!

And tidy up whatever our business;

These are the things that make or break our witness!

***

Father, there’s work to do, all around us,

Lots of rusty relationships, hearts that bust,

Peeling emotions, a few broken names,

And it seems when we’re done, we have to start again!

Help us not grow weary in well-doing,

The responsibilities that come with growing. (Prov. 20:3)

Lord, we realize, others may not know,

How they’ve left a mess when off they go!

Help us do that which we are able,

To mature, Lord, and be more responsible.

Please remove any bitterness or pride,

That eats away at what we have inside!

Heal us, renew us and help us follow through,

And not grow weary in the good we must do!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

More Than Just Enough, June 29, 2015

Acts 9:6

WHO we are segues onto,

Highways of God’s will for us.

Day and night He helps us see,

Always more than just enough!

When we’re travelling this path,

We’ve a sense of inner calm, (1 Chron. 22:9)

Security and confidence,

More than enough to carry on.

God will be the One to shake,

Even sink us, make us swim! (Prov. 19:27)

He alone knows what it takes, (Ps. 78:38-39)

Just enough to turn to Him. (Acts 9:3)

***

Lord, all Heaven shouts a cheer,

When a child learns to obey! (1 Chron. 22:19)

May such music fill Your ears,

This special blend of grateful praise.

Father, help us learn to trust,

And recognize the light You give; (Acts 9:18)

Always more than just enough,

To steer away from conflict.

You do not delight in those,

Who stay on paths, unfulfilled.

Lord, block off popular roads! (Acts 9:4)

Add more reflectors to Your will. (9:6)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

Our Real Purpose, June 28, 2015

1 Chronicles 19:13

The battles wage both day and night,

Whether or not we are willing to fight!

The enemy of our souls wants us,

Not to rock the boat or make a fuss!

“The majority rules so just go with the flow,

We’ll never change the status quo!”

So why does God say to take His Word,

And use it in life, much like a sword?

Two edged at that, more power and might,

Because in the end, God will do what’s right! (1 Chron. 19:13)

***

Father Almighty, You determine,

Each battle we face, as well as the outcome.

If we’re indifferent we might neglect,

A war that has an eternal effect.

Lord, so many are ruled by fear!

Let your Word saturate fibers,

Convicting, convincing and making us brave,

To disarm the minefields that Satan has laid.

Lord, Joab’s plan can work for us too,

“You help me and I’ll help you!” (1 Chron. 19:12)

Forgive us for throwing friends under the bus,

When they stand up for things that should concern us!

Lord, together, we will pay a price, (19:13)*

If we dare to neglect our real purpose in life.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

 

 

 

From Pasture to Palace, June 27, 2015

1 Chronicles 17:7-8

If God turns a shepherd boy into a man,

And gives him a palaces, then surely, He can, (1 Chron. 17:7-8)

Lead us to victory wherever we go, (18:13)

Nurturing us, so our faith will grow.

Our Palace in life won’t allow entertaining,

Anxious, negative thoughts…  complaining.

God transforms and renews us to find,

Ways to train and maintain our minds.

Knowing God’s will, and perfected in love,

We’ll trade pastures here, for a palace above.

***

Father, You’ve been with us all our lives! (17:8)

You’ve helped us to grow and recognize,

The difference between Your voice and evil.

Lord, You have taken good care of Your people!!*

Thank You for planting us in places where,

We can build, plant, harvest and prosper. (17:9)

The work of Your Spirit is unsurpassed, (Acts 8:17)

Whether pasture or palace, from birth to death.

Lord, You’ve served us the bread of angels. (Ps. 78:25)

With food from Your Word, as well as our table.

Nothing on earth will overwhelm us,

Because, You are with us from Pasture to Palace!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado*

 

 

Clear Answers, June 26, 2015

1 Chronicles 14:15

Should I go?  Should I stay? (1 Chron. 14:10)

Shall I run?  If so, which way?

Are the answers loud and clear?

Or just thoughts I think I hear?

How does God give one man,

Clear answers gain and again, (14:16-17)

Like David?  How is it that he,

Seems to hear God, audibly? (14:14)

We know they sometimes utilized,

A fleece, lots, or tossing dice,

But whenever David prayed, he knew,

Precisely what God wants him to do.

***

Father, we’d think it insanely odd,

To actually hear the voice of God!

But many Biblical men and women,

Write as if You’ve spoken to them!

Details about this and that,

Like, when to retreat or when to attack. (14:15)

Father, speak to us today,

With clear answers in detailed ways,

Which door to open and walk through,

And clearly know what You want us to do.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Empowering Words, June 25, 2015

Acts 7:60

Our words are powerful!

When Satan turns up the heat,

God gives us wonderful,

Words that power our peace.

He gives words that are fueled,

By the power of the Spirit,

So the godly approve,

But the liars are furious. (Acts 7:54-58)

We are never to fear,

The reactions of man.

Though they throw stone down here,

That hurt when they land! (7:60)

***

Lord, You rise to Your feet, (7:56)

Giving honor and respect,

To the “Stephens” who meet,

A martyr’s death.

Father, we, most likely,

Can take a stand for You,

And speak out boldly,

Without going through,

An experience like Stephen! (7:60)

But Father, if we come close,

Praying, “Don’t hold this against them,” (7:59)

Empowers us the most.*

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

 

Leaders Like You, June 24, 2015

Psalm 77:20

We may call this our home,

Sturdy walls, comfortable;

But our spirits won’t stay,

Anywhere, structural.

Everything that we do,

Experience, relationships…

Highs and lows we’ve been through,

Failing health, empty wallets…*

While enduring complaints,

We pour out our affection,

Knowing, nothing has changed!

We’re following the right direction!

***

Father, You’ll lead us out, (Ps. 77:19)

And we’ll know where to walk.

We’ve no fear and no doubt,

That You will shepherd Your flock.

Our help comes from You, Lord,

Not from structures or plans,

But by scriptural Words,

Or through a “Moses and Aaron.” (Ps. 77:20)

Lord, we pray for these men,

And women whom You use,

To help shepherd, defend,

And direct us toward You!

May they have understanding,

Better insight, clear truth,

Greater love, wisdom, caring,

To lead just like You!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

 

 

Accused of Impersonating An Angel, June 23, 2015

Acts 6:15

God somehow lets evil things occur,

Using results to awaken and stir,

Hearts and minds to see that deeper,

Need for God’s love in this life.

 

No matter the sin, no matter the sinner,

God’s spotlight flushes out the deceiver,

And make his captives become, believers,

Who are reconciled to Christ.

***

Lord, You are holy, and You won’t stand by, (Ps. 77:13)

As hearts are broken and Your children cry,

Without a clue, as to how or why,

You’ve allowed the work of the devil!

 

Father, come, take our attitudes,

And shine on us, so we can be used,

As witnesses to a world abused,

And so seemingly, entangled.

 

Thank You, Lord Jesus, You’ve already won!

You take our desperate situations.

And raise us up to overcome,

By donning the glow of an angel.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

Change the Mindset, June 22, 2015

Acts 5:31

The enemy’s gripping assaults will pale,

As churches unite and seek to prevail,

Over spirits of pride and prejudice,

Greed, isolation and haughtiness.

We must personally and corporately guide,

The Body of Christ to get rid of pride,

So that God’s grace can work all that which we can’t,*

And change the mindsets of souls to repent.

***

Father, by Your Spirit, help us believe,

That churches CAN work as ONE Body!

Break down church-wide strongholds of sin.

By opening our hearts, to let everyone in.

Tear down the walls that devastate unity.

Bring church together, as One Body in our community.

Lord stop division, and all the competition,

And unite as one, to beat the opposition!

Lord, thank You, Your strategies in scripture,

Help us describe You, as our Lord and our Savior.

When we choose to forgive, love reaches,

Far beyond what any one of us preaches!

Spirit, convict, open hearts, open doors,

So that we work together as never before,

To demolish the mindsets of the Satan-set limits,

Making Christians believe that we can’t ever change it!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

 

 

Enjoy the Present, June 21, 2015

Proverbs 19:11

That tireless, tricky and proud deceiver,

Works overtime to corrupt the believer,

With impatience, Satan’s best ammunition,

That makes us want INSTANT gratification.

The wise will be honored if they can wait. (Prov. 19:11)

Time’s limitations won’t make or break,

God’s good plans for all of His children.

When we learn patience, we enjoy the present!

***

Father, You’ve said, our residency,

Here on this earth, is but temporary!

Help us to love living in the present,

Not stuck in the past, nor becoming impatient,

About the future, knowing Your love,*

Will silence all of heaven up above, (Ps. 77:1)

To hear our cries, and answer our prayers!

Lord, give us wisdom to live “here” not “there”.

Father, we need to show up in the present,

And not allow worry, mistrust or impatience,

Sift from our faith the ability,

To enjoy the present, more patiently.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

Just Like Jabez! June 20, 2015

1 Chronicles 4:10

God’s personal messages often appear,

Between the lines of our everyday prayers.

The prayer of Jabez, isn’t much of a read,

But from it, God answers an incredible need!

Jabez lives his life, dealing with pain,

Somehow, associated, with his own name! (2 Chron. 4:9)

Needs can grow up, from childhood stress,

Making us just an emotional mess!

Whatever the reason for this man’s pain,

He prays and asks God to do good things. (4:10)

Along with this, he tags on a plea,

“Give me more land and stay with me.

Don’t let anyone hurt me.  Then,

I won’t have to go through such pain again!”

***

Father, sometimes, we’re stuck in our pain,

And it seems like it’s going to forever remain!

Forgive us for not crying out sooner,

Like Jabez for some really GOOD answers.

Do those good things for us, and please,

Provide our personal, deepest need!

Like Jabez, we don’t want more,

Of the pain we’ve had to deal with before!

Lord, answer prayers for us, today,

As you did for Jabez, and we’ll give You the praise!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

Public Relations Nightmare, June 19, 2015

Acts 4:20

These men had been with Jesus Christ! (Acts. 4:13B)

They weren’t afraid to speak of Him.

John and Peter lived their lives,

Not fearing what others thought of them.

“We must speak about the Lord,

All He’s done, we HAVE to share!” (4:20)

When preachers today are so bold,

Their considered, a PR nightmare! (20:21)

***

Lord, our mouths MUST give You glory!

Jesus, You alone can save. (4:12)

But many hate the gospel story,

And all the teachings that You gave.

Lord, help us not to stress,

Over things that they might do,

If we boldly share our witness,

Of all we’ve experienced with You!

Anchored deeply into scripture;

Point us to the open doors.

Help us not fall to peer pressure,

But speak up, as never before!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Overpowering Power!  June 18, 2014

Acts 3:12

God’s overpowering power, we know, (Ps. 75:3)

Supersedes the most powerful show, (75:4)

God’s power takes the power away, (75:10)

From the wicked and gives it to those who obey.

Those who will not bow to gods of this world;

But choose to follow God’s holy word,

Are confident in the power of Christ’s, (Acts 3:6)

Healing power that lengthens our life!

The power in us, to bring about goodness.

Is power from God, channeled through us!

Those who do right, for the most part,

Are following laws from God in their heart.

***

Thank you, Lord Jesus, we can call out Your Name,

And witness a power that we cannot explain!

The earth may roar, crumble and shake,

But by Your power, it doesn’t break. (75: 3)

You give this awesome power to us,

To use it for good… that’s a powerful trust,

Because every good thing comes from above,

Those who show mercy, forgiveness and love,

Receive this power in mysterious ways,

As they are wooed to believe and be saved. (Acts 3:12)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment, Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

Congenial Christians, June 16, 2015

Acts 2:47

The very first Christians, in general,

Were well-liked, obviously, congenial. (Acts. 2:47)

It’s rare for a group, large in size,

To find a way to be unified.

Their respect for God is a main factor,

In how they behave and treat one aother. (2:43)

Jealousy, bitterness, envy and greed,

Will not produce, congeniality!

Instead, when we study how these Christians act,

We see they are happy to share, in fact, (2:46)

They gather for prayer and praise, EVERY day,

And thus, the Lord added to those being saved! (2:47)

***

Father, we best see the example of Christ,

In accounts of what the first Christians were like! (2:41)

Fine-tune our spirits so we do not miss,

This experience of such joy and happiness.

Lord, renew in us, great respect,

For You, by developing a divine diet,

Of scripture and fellowship, prayerfully,

Finding how to live more congenially. 

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

Leap Over It!  June 16, 2015

2 Kings 19:25

Each generation has its giants to slay.

So that we are not crushed, God plans a way, (2 Kings 19:25)

For us to leap over an immovable wall,

God’s Spirit enables us to somehow, clear it all!

We can run through a troop, yea, hit head-on,

A force of adversity, or an illness strong… (20:4-6)

No broken vessel is too far gone,

To stop what God’s planned, all along.

His strong love for us will make good things happen. (19:31)

He’ll lift us over every bump or mountain.

Do not refuse God’s promises to provide,

When the wall smacks you right between the eyes!

***

Father, Your Spirit won’t let us grow faint.

We can run a race or leap over a high bank.

All that You’ve planned, has been provided.

For Your own Name’s sake, we will not be misguided.

So pour out Your Spirit! Lord help us leap,

Over that which is disturbing our sleep!

You’ve set the limits on winter and fall, (Ps. 74:17)

So of course, with Your help, we’ll leap over this wall!

Nothing’s impossible, no giant can,

Stop the good things for us that You’ve planned.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Need Power? June 15, 2015

Acts 1:8

What’s this talk of armor?

Why does hell need gates?

And why should we need power,

If God controls our fate?

The answer?  Human nature,

Reflects the choices of,

Adam, our first father,

Who disobeyed God.

Suddenly, because of sin,

Adam tries to hide,

And cover up his naked skin,

His guilt has recognized.

Thus, the battle rages,

Darkness versus light.

And Christians through the ages,

Need Spiritual power to fight.

***

Father, we know our nature,

Is to be disobedient!

Disarming this behavior,

Takes a powerful ingredient.

Pour out Your Holy Spirit,

Upon our lives today.

Check our armor, seal it,

To deflect what comes our way.

Lord, we need Your power,

When we side with You above,

We become more susceptible,

To the enemies of God!

Tear down any footholds,

That the enemy has gained.

Give Your power to ALL those,

Who believe in Jesus Name!

In Jesus name we pray,

Amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

 

Persevere, Try, Try Again!  June 14, 2015

John 21:6

A bit confused about it all,

Peter ponders Jesus’ call,

And goes out to the sea again,

To work as a fisherman.

But Jesus shows up on the shore,

And calls out as He did before,

“Friends, have you caught any fish?” (Jn. 21:5)

They think, “Where have I heard this?”  (Luke 5:5)

“Throw your nets out again,” (Jn. 21:6)

And they catch too many to pull in!

Suddenly, it’s crystal clear,

“Stick with your call, come… persevere!”

***

Lord, when challenges appear,

Help us work to persevere!

It’s much easier to go,

Back to what is comfortable!

Father God, You understand,

How to level the biggest mountains!

By Your power and Your might,

You will make everything right!

So when You say, “Toss that net,

I’m not done with you just yet!”

With Your spirit in my veins,

I’ll persevere, try, try again!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Peace, Regardless, June 13, 2015

John 20:21

When circumstances dictate,

The feelings in our head,

We can’t make mistakes,

And forget what Jesus said:

“Peace be with you.” (Jn. 20:19-21)

“Receive the Holy Ghost!”

This is the ingredient,

That affects our peace the most. (20:22))

Without the Spirit’s power,

We’re quick to be deceived,

And allow these thoughts, like briars,

To choke out our peace.

***

Lord, we pray Your peace.

Flows in us from above.

Let Your Spirit be released,

To forgive and to love. (20:23)

Help us understand,

That we’re a planted seed,

And we’re watered by Your Spirit,

To grow in our beliefs.

Times of oppression,

Cannot crush the soul,

If we ponder each situation,

As completely in Your control.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

 

Time… the Relationship Factor, June 12, 2015

2 Kings 13:14

Spending time in someone’s presence, increases our love.

This principle is what relationships are made of.

We gain insight and wisdom, when we invest an hour,

With those who matter most, we find that we’re inspired,

And gain new understanding of the things they need.

But, relationships can’t grow without such intimacies.

***

Father, You reveal Yourself to those who come to You.

Your love for us is power, always ready to be used.

When we ask, we will receive, from our relationship,

With You, according to our own willingness,

To communicate with You, taking time… the main factor,

In growing a relationship, and turning on love’s power.

But finding time is difficult; our schedules are full!

Lord, help us find a way to master this principle!

Communication increases love and loyalty.

We find it easier, to understand and see,

Another point of view, and turn love’s power on,

Which encourages more time to make relationships strong!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible and devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Power By God, June 11, 2015

John 19:11

Powerful people, like politicians,

Kings and Queens in smaller nations,

May or may not know that God has planned,

Any power that’s placed in their hands. (Jn. 19:11)

The best producers and writers of scripts,

Cannot weave plots and stories like this!

Only God can decide what will happen,

When “So-in-So” starts to rule a nation!

Check out the endings, read and see,

How powerful Kings fulfill prophesies. (2 Kings 9:12-13)

Those who desire the upper hand, (9:32)

May or may not understand,

That all the plans God has established,

Will not be stopped by human tactics.

***

Father, we know Your vision and plan,

Is working for the good of Your children.

We confess times when we are tempted,

To think some others might be exempted,

From Your direction, Your power, Your will;

Then You remind us, it’s just one battle…

The war is won, Christ’s victory sure.

This battle won’t change Your final score.

Lord, we will be encouraged today,

Knowing Your Spirit leads us to pray,

Prayers of mercy for some who believe,

You’ve nothing to do with what they achieve!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

 

 

God’s Kingdom of Joy, June 10, 2015

John 18:36

We are to be diligent,

To live in joyful fellowship,

Which represents the worship,

That’s going on in heaven!

 

Chains and walls are broken down,

When we sing our strength abounds,

And lifts our feet to higher ground,

For joyful intervention!

 

Earth meets Heaven with a kiss,

When we sing, praise, and worship,

Together we experience,

Joy’s rejuvenation!

***

Father, we were made to be,

Strong, productive and happy!

Your supply of strength is free,

When we give You praise.

 

Let our voices raise the roof!

Lord, our praise is heavenly proof,

How this great unending truth,

 Of joy operates!

 

Lord, send joy from up above.

Producing strength and perfect love,

Bringing to earth God’s Kingdom of,

Joy, which dominates!

 

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

Enormous Armies, June 9, 2015

2 Kings 6:16

We don’t fight things which we see,

But powers and principalities, (Eph. 6:12)

Rulers, highest generals,

Of wickedness, invisible.

God wants us to see with eyes,

Envisioning His troops, mobilized; (2 Kings 6:10)

When we understand this fact, (6:16)

That our Father has our back,

We can close our eyes to see… (6:17-18)

Our defenders in the heavenlies.

***

Father, help us visualize,

Mighty troops You supply!

Lord, take our fears away,

Open up our eyes today.

Let us catch just a peek,

At the army You unleash,

Powerful, battalions of,

Troops from heaven up above.

Father, open eyes to see,

Your patrols, especially,

When a dart hits our emotions,

Causing internal commotion.

Open up our eyes to see,

Your enormous armies.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

 

God’s Prayer Request, June 8, 2015

John 17:23

What desires fill God’s heart?

Is it that all his children’s gain,

That which tears His church apart,

Thus tarnishing His precious Name?

No, not ever would He wish,

For us to be a person who,

Puts a wedge between His,

Church family… me and you.

Jesus prays God’s heart today,

Just as He did long ago.

He’s praying now for the sake, (Jn. 17:19)

Of unity, so His church will grow.

***

Jesus, in Your priestly prayer,

You reveal the heart of God.

Like the need, back then and there,

For oneness, binding hearts in love,

Lord, Your body of believers,

Today, needs Your harmony!

We’ve become, over-achievers,

With great plans and strategies.

Taking things in our own hands,

Trying to make the world believe. (17:22)

But Lord, they won’t understand,

Until we agree…  to agree!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

 

It’s A Short Season, June 7, 2015

John 16:33

 

Nations touting disbelief,

Widows dealing with their grief,

Bodies ravished by disease,

Are battles to be expected!*

 

Satan rushes ‘round each bend,

Bringing hurt and devastation,

Hardened people seem accustomed,

Their hearts, unaffected!

 

Jesus Christ has overcome,

WHATEVER the devil’s already done!

Troubles past and those to come,

We’ve won!  It’s been DECIDED.*

***

Father, we’re encouraged now,

To praise You, knowing, You allow,

Satan’s season, for just a while,

To cause such a commotion!

 

In this short life that we have,

We expect to meet some bad,

Rough times that make us sad;

Lord, balance those emotions.

 

Give us joy in battles fought,

Strength to show, the devil’s not,

Allowed to KEEP what he got,

From us, Your beloved children.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

 

Manipulative Prayers, June 6, 2015

John 16:2

God gives us all the command to pray;

But some think prayer is to get their way!

Perhaps they want power, like Jezebel,

Whose influence is the worst evil from Hell! (1 Kings 21:25)

Intercessors must truly sacrifice,

Much time and energy to their prayer life.

Prayers should always include mercy,

So by this fruit, others will see,

Change may be needed!  But, if the prayer,

Is outside of scripture, excluding the Savior, (Jn. 15:10)

There is confusion, strife and oppression.

These are the prayers of manipulation.

***

Father, create a heart within me,

Clean before You, pure and holy.

Lord, help me realize when I step out,

Of praying Your Word, it is what I want!

Jesus, You came to obey God’s commands,

Help us also be obedient Christians!

Loving each other, sincerely,

Produces fruit from a joyful tree!

Pride precedes prayers that criticize,

And You said, Words can bring death or life!

So help us never abuse what we ask,

With prayers hurting others… just like witchcraft!

By Your love and power, great,

Help me pray as to not manipulate,

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMc

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

Elishas For Us, June 5, 2015

1 Kings 19:18

Elijah is ready to throw in the towel; (1 Kings 19:4)

He is physically exhausted, spiritually as well.

He prays, "Let me die...I'm the only Prophet left,

I've not bowed to Baal... I'm out-numbered, I'm the last!"

"Go back, Elijah!  You've much more to do!" (19:15)

Then God lets him know there are many more who, (19:18)

Have NOT bowed to Baal, nor kissed his idol!

This brings strength and new hope to Elijah.

God also plans bringing helpers on board ,

Younger Elishas who are strong in the Lord. (20:14)

Elisha, while plowing, meets his new Mentor,

And answers the call, but must have some closure, (19:20)

On one phase of life, before beginning another.

He burns a few yokes, and kisses his mother...

Likewise, in ministry, we can trust,

God will provide these Elishas for us!

*** 

Lord, when Your Prophets become discouraged,

When they're tired and lonely and need to be encouraged,

Just like Elijah, they succomb to the stress,

Of defending the faith.  Lord, give them rest! (19:6) 

Father, Your Son encouraged His team! (John 14:26)

By revealing His Spirit will be given to them.

Lord, when we think we might be alone,

Let the Elishas in our lives be known.

Rally Your troups, Lord, strengthen them too,

With the mind of Your Spirit... not the popular views. 

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today's scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado









Full Jars & Jugs, June 4, 2015

1 Kings 17:14

Her jar's about empty;  God opens the lid,

And fills it with flour so her family can live!

Likewise, her jug of oil's near through!

But she gives it away, as she's asked to do! (1 Kings 17:15)

God may test us by asking, somtimes,

To offer up our very last dime!

When He asks us to give things away like this,

He makes our jars and jugs... bottomless! (17:15)

We can apply this in other ways, 

Such as seeking to put Him first every day.  

When our priorities stem from our faith,

God provides for us in mysterious ways! 

*** 

Father, we praise You for having the means, 

To miraculously use jars and jugs that seem, 

Near empty!  Lord, You can keep full,

Our accounts, our pantries, using this principle!

So, we will seek You first, trust You for,

All our needs to be met, with much more! 

More than enough!  More than imagined, 

More than we asked for... beyond comprehension!  

Lord, we are bolstered today as we read,

How You cared for the widow's family! (17:22)

We will have food in famine, drink in drout,

By putting You first, we will not go without.

We oyfully trust that You want to do,

The same for all those who believe in You! 

Thanks be to God! 

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today's scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado
















Know Right and Do It, June 3, 2015

John 13:27


Jesus will find a way,

For example, we might hear Him say,

"Is this going to grieve My Spirit?"

But we've just one chance to adhear to it!

One chance to follow through, 

With what the Lord would rather us do.

When tempted, look for it... 

Your God-provided exit.

Don't think He will give you more, 

"A" way means, one open door. 

So take it when it comes. 

Instead of giving in to that temptation.

***  

Lord up above, examine, 

Every motive, every action.

Father, dig around and cultivate,

Our level of commitment from good to great. 

May we always do the right thing,

So our consequence is constant blessing!  

Lord, all the right things You've done, (Jn. 13:15)

And as never before, we seek to become,

Someone You can count on to do,

The righteous things exampled by You.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

inspired by today's scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado





The Strength of Agreement, June 2, 2015

John 12:50

We gain strength and support when we,

Pray, agreeing on what we believe!

Our Father knows, we cannot bear,

The weight of a burden... it must be shared!

The Lord shared with others, what He was told!

His agreement with the Father, made Him bold! (Jn. 12:48)

He knew His Father's will and agreed,

To carry it out, in unity.  

*** 

Father, even Jesus explained,

That all He did, was in Your Name.

Likewise, we understand that You,

Will send us those in agreement, who,

You've put the very same burden upon,

Their hearts, so we help make each other strong.

Father, we know Your will from hearing, 

And reading Your Word, and thus, agreeing.

All Your standards, become crosses we bear, 

When we profess them, confess them and share.

Jesus, You shared what God said too, 

Professing what the Father told You to do. (12:50)

Faith comes by hearing, strength from agreeing,

That when two people pray for the same thing, believing,

We will receive, together, as one,

That for which we agree, will be done.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today's scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado 





Visions Change, June 1, 2015

1 Kings 12:24


When God gives a vision, we may or may not,

See it all happen, just as we thought!

Perhaps, God will change it!  Be certain of this,

If He does, He will let us in on the secret!

God may just orchestrate something brand new!

While you're shaking your head, He tells you,

"... I made all of these things happen!" (1 Kings. 12:24)

And visions go in a different direction!

Martin Luther, Charles and John,

Experienced this when God said, "Move on!"

It may seem darkest before the dawn... 

But God orchestrated this change all along,

With whatever the cost, whatever the timing,

We feel God's peace, just like a silk lining. 

*** 

Father, when You tell us one thing to do,

We will give it our all, to see it through. 

But help us be constantly seeking Your will,

And line up the scriptures with convictions we feel.

While praying Your Word, Your promises too,

We know You will show us just what to do!

Lord, Your control is never in question.

We can trust You to give us direction.

Take everything, every thought and intention,(Jn. 12:7)

To bring us peace to pursue a new vision.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today's scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado







Our Part Is To Push, May 31, 2015
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John 11:39

Lazarus, Mary and Martha all knew, (Jn. 11:32)

The power of God and what Jesus COULD do.

But they didn’t grasp the rhyme or reason,

Of why He didn’t come running to them!

Jesus, the Son of God, feels their pain;

Mary and Martha think and say same thing,

“If you had come, this wouldn’t have happened.”

And Jesus knows, they don’t understand,

So He cries with them… it’s been four days!

Then shocked, they hear, “Move the stone away.” (11:39)

They all protest!  Oh the smell of decay!

Yet, they knew they should obey.

Obey when it’s simply, impossible…

Obey and watch God do a miracle. (1 Kings 9:4)

***

Father, You told, young King Solomon, (9:5)

You would make his kingdom strong,

If He obeyed, as his father had done,

His family would rule, from now on. (9:6)

Lord, when obedience means we must push,

The stone away, so that You can work…

Help us just do it, however severe,

And follow Your Word, Your commands, without fear.

Fear and worry about what people say.

Like, “Why are they pushing that stone away?”

Lord, we trust, Your miraculous intervention,

To reward the obedience of Your children.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

 

God’s Goals, May 30, 2015

Proverbs 17:17

God will listen and pay attention, (1 Kings 8:52)

To every little concern you mention.

As a friend, He provides intercession,

Through Jesus, who is praying for you!

 

Like a friend who sings your praises and stifles,

Rumors created by embittered rivals!

Jesus will stick with you through your trials,

And do what you ask Him to do.  (Jn. 11:22)

 

There’s never a better friend than this.

He knows what we’ll need, and doesn’t resist,

To fill us completely with His Holy Spirit,

To fulfill the goals He’s prepared.

 

Tailor-made to meet our needs,

These goals are designed just for you and me,

And totally mapped out before we proceed,

So we won’t turn back in fear.

***

God, You’ve assigned a specific role,

And written my script so I’ll reach every goal,

By placing the desires deep down in my soul!

Lord, I’ll can go forward, because,

 

I realize, I’m never on my own.

Your Spirit’s been leading me all along.

You make each step of the way, well known,

And all I can say is, “Thank You, God!”

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

 

 

Proper Returns,  May 29, 2015

Proverbs 17:13 & John 10:32

We can spot sarcasm in the Lord’s phrase,

“For which of these good works, (normally praised),

Is your reason to kill me?”  And they respond, (Jn. 10:32)

“Because You say You are God’s Son.” (10:33)

Someone against God, would want to fight Him,

And wouldn’t admit to being just like Him! (10:36)

Always, there’s a battle behind the scenes,

A war that we fight until eternity.

Pray, like Anna, pray like Daniel,

Pray as watchmen who know all these details.

Pray that God will open up minds,

To see the truth, and the motives behind,

Those who oppose, those who question,

Visions, motives and good intentions.

***

Father, You delight in us, so that we,

Can share Your Spirit of Serenity,

Knowing Your plans and promises,

Are only for good and right things for us.

Lord, when others take good and twist,

It into something, negative, (Prov. 17:13)

Help us step back, and bow our heads,

Call for Your intervention instead.

We won’t attempt to fight in this war,

Other than calling on Your support!

Your troops from heaven, a strength from our Maker,

That won’t be outdone, because it’s far greater,

Thank anything we could ever do…

Father, we step back and call upon You!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

Quiet Confidence, May 28, 2015

1 Kings 3:5

Ask God for wisdom and He will give, (1 King 3:5)

Understanding, quiet confidence to live,

And know that all will work out in time;

God will help us decide, to accept or decline. (3:10)

For He wants to be part of every decision.

His Spirit speaks truth into all our convictions. (3:28)

We don’t need to worry, knowing our end,

Is entrusted to our Shepherd, who is also, our friend. (Jn. 10:11)

***

Father, You ARE the door for Your sheep. (10:7)

The truth and the way, to the pastures we need.

You count every freckle, every hair on our heads,*

Every story we have, good or bad.

All our sins are uncovered to You instantly,

And You judge us with much greater love and mercy,

Than we judge ourselves!  Lord, You bring us through,

And lead us to such quiet, confidence in You.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

God’s Loyalty, May 27, 2015

1 Kings 2:3

David passes on his legacy,

Of faith in God’s loyalty.

And to the next king, Solomon.

David gives his last commands: (1 Kings 2:1)

“Be a good leader, a strong one too,

Obeying the Lord in all you do, (2:3)

And be assured, wherever you go,

God will make you, successful.”

Likewise, we will not be shaken,

Even when it seems, bad things happen,

Because God will show His loyalty,

To those who follow him, faithfully.

***

Lord, through David, You share Your secrets,

And speak to us by Your Holy Spirit.

Goodness and strength are qualities,

That naturally flow from loyalty,

To You, who is every-present when,

We are following You… we are not shaken.

Father, You will never fail,

And You keep Your hold in times of trouble.

Bless us as we seek Your will,

With protection from the plans of evil.

Be our rock, our fortress and shield,

And restore whatever the enemy steals,

Because we’ve followed Your commands,

And trust You are loyal to Your children.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Intercede, Please! May 26, 2015

2 Samuel 24:25B

Satan is waging outrageous attacks!

But who is interceding about that?

Absorbed in ourselves, we miss the needs,

And the bigger problems of a lost country.

Perhaps we’re afraid to call into question, (Jn. 9:22)

The sin-sicknesses, wide-spread in our nation.

Teens having babies, suicides rising,

And divorce seems normal, not at all, surprising.

It’s as if the church has left the track,

Of praying for our nation as it’s under attack!

***

Lord, help us see this incredible need,

And use our time to intercede.

Forgive us for not being diligent,

To pray that our nation will repent.

Just as you heard David’s prayers, (2 Sam. 24:25B)

And answered, Lord, help us be aware,

That we can change our country’s outcome,

And our prayers can help to heal our nation.

Lord, we pray for the work of Your Spirit,

To move in our county, to generate respect,

For the things of God, our fore-father’s standards.

Lord, give us more gifted, Christian intercessors!!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

God’s Greatest Weapon, May 25, 2015

John 8:32

The greatest gift we can receive,

Is faith and fresh hope to believe,

That God has set us free from sin,

By forgiveness, His greatest weapon.

In return, God bids us choose,

This same great weapon He has used,

To conquer shame, repair and mend,

Relationships, restoring friends.

***

Lord, Your Holy Spirit draws,

My soul to hunger, thirst for God.

The moment I accept Your truth,

And confess my sins, they are removed.

I’m free to soar through all my days.

To walk or run and not feel faint.

Forgiveness crushes all my guilt,

Replaces discouragement with hope.

Lord, may I forever choose,

Forgiveness, and be first to use,

This technic of an outstretched hand,

Wielding Your Greatest Weapon – forgiveness.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Mirror Image, May 24, 2015

John 8:6

I’ve heard it said a time or two,

God likes to introduce us to,

Those with similar traits, who,

Seem to be a mirror!

 

While opposites do attract,

Their mirror image looking back,

Bothers you, yes, in fact,

Their flaws are crystal clear!

 

The reason?  You are just like them!

Personalities clash when,

We see ourselves in that person,

They pinch our own shortcomings.

 

Perhaps they’re stubborn as a mule,

Always butting heads with you!

So what in the world can you do?

Let God do ALL the judging.  (Jn. 8:6)

***

Lord, when I’m so quick to judge,

As if I’m perfect, when I’m not,

Forgive me!  You alone are God,

With standards high above.

 

Each of us, born to sin;

Before I judge, help me look in,

Because, I’m like that person,

Who needs Your forgiveness and love.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Imitate Christ’s Words, May 23, 2015

John 7:46

The Words of Christ that have been spoken,

Are Words we should imitate! (Jn. 7:46)

In history, there is no other person,

Whose words have been so great!

When He says “If ANYONE believes,

Rivers of water will flow…” (7:38)

He’s promising us that we will receive,

The Holy Ghost, and know,

The words to use that imitate Christ,

Words that show love and patience.

Wonderful, beautiful words of life,

Making OUR words pale in comparison.

***

Father, give us Your words today,

That we may imitate, Jesus!

You want to bless us in this way,

So our words can bless others.

Let Your great words be formed,

Within our hearts and minds…

Words above and beyond the norm,

That reach out to all mankind.

Lead, protect us and always provide,

The words we will need to say.

May every word clearly imply,

That we follow You today.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

Don’t Ruin It! May 22, 2015

Proverbs 16:28

All that we are belongs to Christ;

In return, He gives to us,

All that He is, all that He has,

And friendships noble and just.

Useless people spend their days,

Causing many problems! (Prov. 16:28)

A gossip seeks to find new ways,

To separate friends around them.

A gossip talks about whom they’ve talked,

Then turns right around and tells,

Exactly what you asked them not,

Hurting you as well.

***

Jesus, You said the world dislikes,

Anyone who takes a stand,

Against the evil things they do,

So they gossip and reprimand.

Gossip weakens soundness of mind,

Forgiveness and most of all, wisdom.

Help us not gossip, but rather, be kind,

And look to mend divisions.

Cleanse our hearts and minds to house,

All that Your Spirit speaks!

Make that which comes out of our mouths,

Be true, noble, and trustworthy.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

 

Vessels of Honor, May 21, 2015

Proverbs 16:25

Satan is mad!  God gave MAN his dominion;

Add to that, a blank check of free will and opinion!

Right from the beginning, Satan seeks ways,

To sneak his nature into us every day.

Satan’s priority is to cause results,

That make man’s authority come to a halt!

He temps us and sways us to think like him,

And we’re horribly trapped, the moment we give in.

Love, on the other hand, isn’t paranoid!

Its contents don’t condemn, but seek to enjoy.

Love and honor, results of God’s control,

When His Spirit’s nature fills us like a vessel.

Competitive natures, envy, jealousy,

Keep a strong wall around their territory!

***

Father, You’re aware of Satan’s claims,

And how he hates us, controlling his domain.

I pray You will keep us from falling to temptation,

That makes our vessel open up to competition.

Lord, make us Your works of honor, that show,

The love and the nature of the Lord in this world.

Mend our imperfections and glaze over places,

Where we’ve been hit by Satan’s forces.

God, You have the power, to open up the eyes,

Of those who have accepted the wrong nature in their lives;

Believing, it’s normal, okay, and there’s no need,

To give up any part of their territory.

Lord, let us walk in Your truth and nature,

By the power of Your Spirit, be Vessels of Honor.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Restoration, May 20, 2015

John 6:44

Who can skip life’s hurtful parts,

Battle grounds and fiery darts,

Things that cause a wounded heart,

Needing to be cleansed?

 

God can change our bitterness,

Take our pain, hurt, unrest,

Surround us His wholeness,

And help us to mend.

***

Father, as I enter in,

Hear my intercessions,

You know, before I begin,

That I need to forgive!

 

I am awed by Your compassion,

Guiding me in this direction,

Adding Your Divine Protection,

So that I can live!

 

Thank You for maturing me,

To fight my battles on my knees,

Believing Your possibilities…

And that Your Spirit draws,

 

Others in, to be restored, (Jn. 6:44)

And know this healing of the Lord.

Change and save forevermore,

All of us who fall!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

 

Amazing Answers!  May 19, 2015

Psalm 65:5

God’s not in a hurry,

And He doesn’t think twice,

To test our faith and courage, (Jn. 6:6)

Until we get it right!

We’ve seen His answers come,

In ways, unexpected,

So why do we still question?

Because we’re not perfected!

God hears all our prayers,

And forgives all our sins… (Ps. 65:2 & 3)

So we shouldn’t linger where,

We originally came in!

Trust He considers,

The circumstances ‘round us,

To bring amazing answers,

That in time, will astound us!

***

Father, how You love,

To take Your time with us.

Retesting every motive,

To train us to trust.

Yes, You’re in control!

Lord, we shouldn’t think,

That Your miracles,

Are ever out of reach! (Jn. 6:21)

Lord, step into the boat,

And bring us to the shore,

With increased faith and hope,

That You’ll provide much more…

More than we can dream,

More than we can wonder,

Because You’ll do what’s right, (2 Sam. 10:12)

And amaze us with Your answers. (Ps. 65:5)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Our Happiness, May 18, 2015

Psalm 64:10

The mind is hard to understand. (Ps. 64:6B)

What others think won’t change our plan!

Their thoughts and words might condemn them, (64:8)

And their attitudes bring ruin. (Prov. 16:18)

 

Pride will turn the best of us,

Into hearts that corrode and rust.

It makes us sour with distrust,

And victory is out of the question.

 

Humble attitudes reflect,

God’s special brand of happiness.

Even when suffering is present,

We have a direct connection.

***

Father, You hear all complaints! (64:1)

Our peace flows, by saying Your Name,

Connecting happily to our claim,

Because we put You first!

 

Lord, we also give You praise!

You have made our dwelling place,

Filled with forgiving love and grace,

And fulfill Your many promises.

 

Promises that remind,

You are good and truly kind.

No other god at any time,

Give such happiness!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMc

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

 

Our Work, May 17, 2015

John 5:17

In our work, we must strive for balance;

And this is a constant challenge!

A workaholic tends to be,

Always greedy for profit, pure vanity.

Our work is a means of fulfillment!

And there’s nothing better than enjoying it.

It’s a gift of God and He wants us to be,

Productive, and for heaven’s sake, not lazy!

God doesn’t stop His work to nap,

And yet, He knows, WE need that!

So He says, “We must work six days!”

Whether at home or in the marketplace,

We employ all our unique gifts,

And with confidence say, “I love this!”

***

Father, thank you for my abilities;

These are attributes You have given me.

Whether I’m on day six or day two,

I pray my work will imitate You.*

May I strive for the highest level,

For excellence, never man’s approval.

Lord, let my work be successful,

And develop my skills to be valuable.

I pray my work is established,

And never lagging in diligence.

Let me be like You up above,

Working at that which I love.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Important to Our Witness, May 16, 2015

Psalm 62:12

When we spend our lives in obedience,

God is our hope and rest.  (Ps. 62:5)

He’s our Rock, Salvation, our Defense,

And all things DO work out for the best!

If we are patient and trust in His time, (62:11)

He will fully solve any problem.

Because, His power and love combine,

To reward all those who obey Him. (62:12)

***

Father, how great a reward is this,

To know that You work for our good!*

Along with the presence of Your Spirit,

This is quite enough!

Your good return on what we’ve done, (62:12)

Increases our will to obey,

And all the miracles that come, (John 4:51-53)

Develop our faith day by day!

May our neighbors, sisters and brothers,

Witness this truth and believe,

Your benefits exceed all others,

By the way You meet all our needs!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado*

Giver of Vision, May 15, 2015

John 4:38

“Yes, this might be another’s foundation. (Jn. 4:37)

But, trust Me to give you the goals and vision.

You will harvest a land and a crop,

That perhaps you planted… perhaps you did not! (4:38)

Look all around you and study the view.

Our transient lives have somehow put you,

Right in the middle of where you should be…

Your field is ripe, as far as you can see!

Not later, now!  Move forward and trust,

I’m giving you the chance to be adventurous!”

***

Father, forgive any doubt that You’re leading,

And that You plant us firmly and expect, fruit-bearing!

Make Your vision our heart’s desire,

To take them on like a house on fire.

Don’t let us settle for anything less,

Than fulfilling the purpose You have for us!

Giver of goals, visions and dreams,

Pour a fresh anointing upon our hands.

Let our weaknesses turn out to be,

Weights that anchor us in our beliefs.

Along with the vision, provide the hope,

That we have the potential… and it’s all possible.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible and devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

I Can’t Believe You Don’t Believe! May 14, 2015

John 3:36

If faith come from hearing the Word of God,

No wonder some have concluded,

That they don’t believe He exists, because,

They’ve never read the scriptures.

They don’t know the stories of Christ’s birth,

Of His life and the depth of His love.

Without the hearing of His Word,

They have no concern of heaven above. (Jn. 3:36)

Equating their thinking with disbelief,

They assert that they’ve made a decision,

To NOT believe that God exists,

But instead, they’ll believe… evolution!

They don’t want to honor the Son God gave, (3:35)

Nor believe that He’ll raise the dead.

No clue that He gives LIFE for today,

And hope for what lies ahead.

***

Father, we pray for those who are duped,

Into false security,

Accepting lies, they deny the truth,

And choose, NOT to believe.

We pray for their souls to shake and stir,

And their hearts to hear Your voice.

Lord, cause WHATEVER needs to occur,

To help them rethink their choice!

In Jesus name, they need to know,

About Your Word and believe,

That if on this path they continue to go,

They’ve no life, and worse, no eternity. (3:36)

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Not Judging, Just Saving!  May 13, 2015

John 3:17

Do you believe God sent His Son,

NOT to judge every one?

But to SAVE and adopt them, (n. 3:7)

By His own blood, He bought them.

Love and truth brings forgiveness. (Prov. 16:6)

God’s Spirit bears the witness,

Wooing us to the light, (Jn. 3:19)

Even those who choose the night.

Evil does not wish to be,

In the light so others see,

All the evil things they do,

The things God’s light will not shine through. (3:21)

***

Father, thank You for Your love,

Your acceptance from above.

Love that hung upon a tree,

So You could save and adopt me.

Thank you for Your light that draws,

Souls in darkness to the cross.

Shine Your light, so it shows,

What’s in my heart, Lord, let me know!

Reveal what might keep me from You,

Remove it, so Your light shines though.

Take my “self” and stamp my life,

With the image of Jesus Christ.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Go Ahead, Trouble God!  May 12, 2015

John 2:9

If there’s no more wine to serve the guests,

The bride will be so embarrassed!

Who would think to trouble God’s Son,

And ask Him for wine?  It’s just not done! (Jn. 2:3)

This smallest hurt, or that huge disappointment,

That doesn’t seem worthy of God’s employment,

Is for Him to decide!  Of course, He wants to,

Take the troubles that trouble you. (Ps. 60:11)

There’s no trouble, too small or too wide,

That doesn’t have a miracle tucked inside. (Jn. 2:9)

So when we feel a slight rub or strain,

With our daily yoke, just call His Name,

Because He cares about all you do!

Trouble God with what troubles you.

***

Lord, we forget there’s no trouble too small,

To trouble you with, because You care about them all!*

Lord, if my yoke is not designed by You,

Then help me figure out what I should do,

To step out of it, and accept whatever,

You have for me; because it will be…  lighter.

With Your help I can win, because,

You’re my friend, and not a far away God.

No matter the problem, big or small,

You want me to trouble You about them all.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s devotional by Max Lucado* and scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible

 

 

 

Dependency, May 11, 2015

Proverbs 16:3

We are God’s Dependents,

For whom He is responsible!

Our Father, selfless, generous,

Handles all our troubles. (Ps. 50:15)

He can change circumstances,

In the twinkling of an eye.

And miraculously manage,

That which we won’t dare to try.

Thank Him for His power,

And try to understand,

That He dominates each hour,

And you are in his hands. (Ps. 60:5)

***

Father, You have blessed us,

With the fruit of righteousness.

All that would devour us,

Cowers at Your defense.

Lift us from the prison,

Of whatever won’t come lose.

So we have that freedom,

To be dependent on You!

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

Love That’s A Surety,  May 10, 2015

Psalm 59:10 & 17

Who loves me? The day-dreamer,

Caught up in my fantasies,

Mesmerized by humming birds,

Songs and creative stories…

Who loves me?  The tough skinned,

Never do I want to give in,

I’m confident and I need to win,

And I’ll finish strong, or I won’t begin…

Who love me?  The whisperer,

I stand behind a soft voice,

I’ll befriend the weak, and slightly weird,

Because I’m okay with not being heard…

Mothers love their day-dreamer,

Their tough skinned son or daughter,

Their sweet, shy wall-flower,

Oh, be thankful for your Mother!

***

Father, thank you for this one,

Who looks at all her daughters and sons,

And understands, they’re from above,

This life she made, YOU gave, to love.

Who loves her?  Lord, You do!

You give Moms the follow through,

And  the toughest job she’ll ever do…

Yes, being a Mom means she’ll be calling on You.

Bless the Moms and help them see,

That their love, unconditionally,

Is just like You, for eternity…

Your love, like hers is a surety.

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

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Weigh The Effect, May 9, 2015

Luke 24:51

Children blurt out all the time,

Things they never should have said.

Quick responses aren’t refined,

No time to weigh their effect.

Blessing shouldn’t use the track,

Which is also used to curse!

We can’t take curses back,

So carefully weigh out every word.

***

Father teach us how to weigh,

That which flows from our lips!

What we think IS what we say,

So help us flip the negatives.

Certainly, when we’re attacked,

We need Your help to filter through,

Our reactions, weigh effects,

Of what OUR words are going to do!

As You blessed Your followers,

Help us bless, loud and clear,

To balance out eternity,

With effects that last a hundred years.

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

A Time To Run, May 8, 2015

I Samuel 18:10

David, strong, young and brave,

Talented, and unafraid,

On the battlefield, the best…

But at home, he faces… death!

Saul, jealous, full of hate,

Fears that he will be replaced!

Certainly, God will spare,

His anointed from a snare!

But for now, David must run,

Uncertain of what is to come!

***

Father, we might face a “Saul.”

A troubled soul, about to fall…

Lord, we need to hear from You,

When we’re not sure what they will do!

Help us quickly to decide;

Tune our ears so You can guide,

And map our route, perfectly,

So we don’t take off, foolishly!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

Art of Kindness, May 7, 2015

Proverbs 15:26

In this day of speaking your mind,

We’re not teaching how to be kind.

This is an Art, we sometimes forget,

To practice until it’s… automatic!

We can create something from vision,

And kindness is just another decision.

So choose to be kind, and this will please,

Jehovah, Who gives us this great ability.

***

Father, our lives are complete in You!

This means You will show us what to do.

What we should say, and how to become,

Good at the Art of Communication.

Lord, along with this, we find,

We need to develop the how to be KIND.

It feeds our souls when we view,

The Art of Kindness being used.

Lord, we find that as we employ,

The Art of Kindness, we find such joy!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

Kingdom Goals, May 6, 2015

I Samuel 15:22

What are the goals you’ve set for today?

Did you ask the Lord if He is okay,

With all you’ve added to your plate?

Did you pencil in a time, or a date,

To accomplish something for the Lord?

Wise people put His Kingdom first!

Our main priorities and our goals,

Should be to follow Christ’s example.

Today. Have you Kingdom plans at all?

Things that help establish Your call?

Or are you pulled by that which contends,

With your faith, by pursuing the goals of men?

***

Father, it’s difficult to plan,

To accomplish great things for Your Kingdom!

Work, family, duties and such,

Take our time, and don’t leave too much,

For Kingdom work and Kingdom goals.

Lord, open our eyes to behold,

The reason we live, our full purpose of,

Contributing to the Kingdom of God.

Let us be single minded in this,

That we’re led by Your Spirit, pursuing Your gifts,

Of love, joy, peace and patience!

These goals accomplish great things for Your Kingdom!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

 

 

Proof of Purchase, May 5, 2015

Psalm 56:8

God blots out our ever transgression.

Yet he lists our every tear!

He forgets our sins, after confession,

But documents our troubles and fears! (Ps. 56:8)

Creating in us a clean heart,

Doesn’t release us from ruling evil! (Luke 22:53)

God, our historian from the start,

Records our battles, physical, spiritual.

***

Thank you Lord, for needing me,

And holding me, when I forget,

That as part of Your family,

A steadfast strength, I inherit!

Lord, when darkness overrules,

And troubles come, however steep,

You control the intervals,

And bottle up my tears to keep,

As PROOF of how I’ve had to trust!

My bottled tears, displayed, You see,

That every time I call for help,

They are proof, You’ve purchased me. ((Ps. 56:11)

Thanks be to God!

In Jesus name, amen.

DARMC

Inspired by today’s scripture in Grace for the Moment Daily Bible with devotional by Max Lucado

The Voice Of Trust!  May 4, 3015

I Samuel 11:9B

God will chase away the sorrow,

“Before the day warms up tomorrow,” (I Sam. 11:9B)

We can trust His love abounds,

And surely, He won’t let us down. (Ps. 55:22)