Friday, December 2, 2016

Thickets and A Ram

Written by: Carolyn-Elizabeth Roehrig
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Isaac, Abraham,
Worship the I AM;
Thicket, and a ram,
Submit to His plan.

Do I, as some say,
Hold tight what I should slay?
Raise high, elevate,
Not knife, but my way?

Wood, rope, fire in hand,
Angel spoke, "Abraham!
Your hope is My plan,
Use the rope on the ram!"

Ram's horn caught in dread,
Sin's thorn crowned the head,
Raised sword drew up red,
Guilt blood in Isaac's stead.

"I give what I love,
Now lift, offer up
Ev'ry gift, it's enough;
And live in My love."

"Father, here's my life,
Offered day and night!
Spared for heaven's light,
Suffer me this right!"

Isaac, Abraham,
Thicket, and a ram,
Tasked with His command;
"It is finished!" cried the Lamb.

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Carolyn-Elizabeth Roehrig
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Monday, November 28, 2016

THE VIEW IS BEST FROM THE TOP

,Written by: Martha Shaw

I always thought of vigor as strong arms, strong legs, athletic ability, amazing muscles, physical strength strangers see and gasp and whisper as I pass . . . the dictionary depicts it that way.   It is nothing like that!

I do not have that physical prowess of which I still desire, but . . . this heart of mine, no longer mine, holds all I need.  I gave it over to the lover of my soul and He gave me His.  This weak and broken human needs no strength of her own if she trusts in Him . . . my vigor is His heart and hand in me/mine.

The more I surrender, the more I become in Him.  I know a love beyond defining.  It is His for me and mine for Him.  Through His heart – His eyes – His strength, I can do all things, and the view from there?  Amazing!

Connect with Martha

https://inlovewiththelord.wordpress.com/2016/11/28/the-view-is-best-from-the-top/

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Where The Saved Heart Lives...

Where The Saved Heart Lives...

In the heavenly places of my restored soul
Revering the presence of His holiness
Never fearing the presence of evil
For what has evil to do with me?
In the valley of the shadow of death
That's where the saved heart lives,
....because it's only a shadow

In the lyrics of a song ...
My spirit bows low
Worshipping in His glory
In the presence of my enemies
They can gain nothing!
In the I shall not want
In the greenest of pastures

In the whisper of a prayer
Beside the stillest waters
There is tranquillity of peace
Moving from agony to ecstasy
Along the paths of His righteousness
And for His name's sake, I will follow

In the secret place of love and healing
My magnificent rendezvous
With my Lord my Shepherd,
Like a lost and found lamb....
Clinging to the rod and the staff
In the deepest comfort of joy
I am safe

At the table prepared for me
In the sublime quality of His greatness
He shows my enemies that I am His
As my cup runs over and over
In the glow of the goodness
In the never ending mercy
His oil has anointed my head
As a majestic crown of love                                                                                                                                                       

Resting between His shoulders
In the perfect purple of His presence
Following me all the days of my life
Guiding my journey into His destination
Within the words of the psalmist
My God is always with me,
Yes always! .....
This is where the saved heart lives

Inspired by the 23rd Psalm
& Deuteronomy 33:12

© 2015/revised 2016 ><>  by Sandra L Hickman

Friday, October 28, 2016

TOO MUCH WORD TOO LITTLE WORK


Faith without works is dead. So writes James.  Some Christians are professional students. They never become productive members of the Body of Christ. They are forever learning and never doing. They cannot wait for the next speaker to ascend to the platform or receive the next teaching online. We do not have a cerebral faith but a practical one. The Apostle Paul said to the church that he did not come to them with persuasive words of man’s wisdom but in power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit. We are to do the works of Jesus not just study them. How can we comfort the hurting if it hurts us to leave our comfort. The disciples hid in the upper room until they saw the Master and were filled with His Presence.

  There are those who have heard teaching all their lives but now need to be hid away in a room until they see the Master and are filled with His Presence to do the works that He commands. When was the last time that you allowed God to use you in healing the broken hearted and helping the down and out or maybe to love the lonely and care for the sick. Ministry is everywhere and at every turn. We can spend hours listening to teaching tapes but not have 5 minutes for our neighbor who is lost. The greatest testimony of a life lived for Jesus is for someone to say that he was a friend of God and a friend to man.

   Paul in writing to Titus told him to insist steadfastly to those who have believed in God to maintain good works so as to meet necessary demands whenever the occasion may require and not be living idle and unfruitful lives. This is a saying that has been over commercialized but still very true in confronting our soul when opportunity arises to do good. The saying is what would Jesus do, WWJD. As Jesus said it is more blessed to give of yourself than to receive from others. For it is only then that you allow the power and presence of God to intervene in the lives of those around you and do the works of Him who sent you. As you daily leave your home may you also leave your comfort zone. There are people out there who need you and your voice of compassion, your touch of healing and your warmth of friendship. Have a good day at work!

Michael

Monday, October 3, 2016

A THANKFUL HEART

"Give thanks to the Lord for He is good His mercy endures forever." One of life's most important lessons is that of being grateful. Out of humility and thankfulness comes contentment and fulfillment in life. Not in the sense of doing but in being. The world measures success by accomplishments but as we know our lives can be full of activities on the outside and void in the sense of value on the inside.
The Bible makes clear our mindset in life. It states we are to "love mercy, to do justly and to walk humbly with our God." Simplicity in life's purpose brings peace and contentment in a world of chaos and uncertainty. We are to "take joy in the God of our salvation." It will take us to a state of mind and place of the heart where life makes sense and our efforts worthwhile. Truly you and God make a majority, you do not struggle alone.
To have a thankful heart is not one who is pollyannic confronting problems, believing none exist but one who does not forget whose they are when life happens, for "God keeps those in perfect peace whose minds are stayed on Him." Life is mind over matter. The mind of Christ over matters of the heart. King David writes, "I would have despaired unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living." So believes a thankful heart.
Michael

This inspiring and encouraging read has been written by Michael E. Wells of the Christian Poet and Writers Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Christianpoetsandwriters/

This post is also seen on http://www.nicecolumnbyshira.com/christian-poets-and-writers

Connect with Michael @ OurFellowship Letters, Words For Life
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Monday, September 12, 2016

When the Body of Christ See's Mountain's Move!

Today's Highlighted post by: Thomas G. Sowell

"And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." Matthew 17:20 (KJV)

Have you ever realized the smarter we get, the more problems we have? I think there are more diseases and conditions in our world today, than we have body parts. Unfortunately, fear rules the world today, we have too much awareness of our problems, and not enough awareness of God!

God still rules!!! And He chooses to rule through Christ, the head of the Church, and His Body, Christian's. As believer's we are responsible for allowing Christ to do what He says He can do through us. And we do this by faith. Faith in God! My biggest concern nowadays is not who will be the next president, what disease I may have, or if terrorist will take over the world. My biggest concern is the lack of faith in God. God is the answer to all these problems, and all other problems, and He supplies the solution to them, by Christ Jesus.

Here's the catch! In order for Christ to deliver the desired result to the world, His body (Christian's) are responsible for carrying out the solution to the rest of the world by their faith in God. Just like when we decide to walk, our body has to carry out our head's request.

Our individual faith is but one cell in the Body of Christ, and can do wonders in our own life, but in order to change the world it will take the collective faith of the Body of Christ. When the collective faith of the Body of Christ reaches a majority share, we will see God moving on earth again, through Jesus the Head, and His Body, us. We will then do greater works than Jesus did while He was here on earth!!!

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." John 14:12 (KJV)

We need to realize there is still Divine Intervention in our world when needed, just like in biblical times, but God's chosen way to work today is through His Son...Jesus Christ...and His Body...us.

Let's take our role seriously, allowing God to walk on earth again, performing miracle after miracle, healing after healing, and allowing the whole world to see, Jesus is Lord!!!
Thanks,
Thomas G. Sowell


Saturday, August 20, 2016

What God requires

 “People of God, what does the LORD God require of you but to revere the LORD your God and hold Him in awe as you walk in His ways and as you love and serve the LORD your God with your whole heart and being.” Deuteronomy 10:12:

Today's Highlighted Post is written by: Mary Harwell Sayler and what an beautifully written piece it is! Click the link below to read it in its entirety. 
https://thewordcenter.co/2016/08/17/what-god-requires/

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

BIBLE READING 101 Fundamental Pieces

Understanding the Bible can be challenging sometimes. With the help of concordances, narratives and study guides, we can gather more of an understanding as to what the passage of scripture is conveying to the reader. In this article, Beckie Lindsey gives us a very clear and memorable understanding of how to embrace and retain this God breathe inspirational book, taking the frustration and confusion out of reading and studying.

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https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/spotlight-14425711/bible-reading-101-fundamental-pieces-5073548451

Monday, August 8, 2016

3 OVERLOOKED REASONS CHRISTIANS DON’T READ THE BIBLE

This is such and inspirational, informative and well written article. I highly recommend this read for encouragement!

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https://beckielindsey16.com/2016/08/08/3-overlooked-reasons-christians-dont-read-the-bible/comment-page-1/#comment-895

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Universe of Grace – Four new hymn texts

This read is harmonically beautiful. Take a little time to peruse is refreshing penmanship!

Click the link below:
https://lukestrangerblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/07/the-universe-of-grace-four-new-hymn-texts/

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Empty Spaces

This read touches various different topics, discussions and issues, sure to be related to its intended audience.  A writing ovation indeed. If you read anything today, let it be this!

Click the link below to read the article in its entirety. 

http://www.altarwork.com/empty-spaces/http://www.altarwork.com/empty-spaces/

Friday, July 1, 2016

Put me in my place

Many of us feel we simply do not fit in. It doesn't matter where we are, who we are with or what we are doing when it's all said and done and we are left alone once again something seems missing in our life. It might be a sense of fulfillment or accomplishment we lack but yet we seem to be busy enough. Many of us have substituted activity for active involvement.
We feel like spectators in our hearts even while we are players on the field. Your problem might be in suiting up for the wrong game. God has for those who walk with Him a place. It is one of both acceptance and fulfillment, one of destiny and desire. God has called us to a place by Him to work with Him that we may ultimately be found in Him. The opportunities limitless, the challenges exciting, the blessings unmistakable and the rewards eternal.
The Apostle Paul said, "Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives with liberality; he who leads with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness." I would encourage you until you feel you are where you are suppose to be in the Kingdom of God that your daily prayer would include these words, "Lord put me in my place."
Michael E. Wells
Our fellowship Letters, Words for life

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Why does God let awful things happen?

This read certainly “Rightly Divided the Word of Truth.” Truly written by someone who clearly reads, mediates and sits at the feet of Our Lord.

Click the link below to read this read and its entirety. 
https://thewordcenter.co/2016/06/20/why-does-god-let-awful-things-happen/

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Heaven's 9-1-1 Operator

Prayer, the "Essential" of one's existence. The very connection to Abba, Father, we're able to reach down, deep down inside and pull out those hidden secrets, those hidden hurts, those inter-most parts of us, that only our Abba Father can relate.  Try prayer, it works!

Today's beautifully written and inspired message to aspire to!

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https://mahh1954.wordpress.com/heavens-9-1-1-operator/


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Enough

For those, who can handle truth. Beautifully written!

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Monday, June 13, 2016

PRAYERS THAT MAKE IT PAST THE CEILING

Prayer is simply communication with God. But this isn’t just any communication. This is our creator, the Almighty God we’re addressing. Let’s face it, talking to an omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent God requires some faith. The good news is, God has seen to it that we each are given the gift of faith.

Today's Highlighted Post. Click the link below to read this post in its entirety. 
https://beckielindsey16.com/2016/06/13/prayers-that-make-it-past-the-ceiling/

Friday, June 3, 2016

Interview with Beckie Lindsey, of the Christian Poets and Writer Group.

Mrs. Beckie Lindsey, gives us a authentic and inspiring look at her "Write Life".  Keeping the main thing, the main thing, Beckie is diligently working the gifts and talents that God has given her. This beautiful lady, has certainly chosen to expand the aptness of writing, oeuvre.

Beckie, is currently working on several writing projects that have very promising success for the future.  She begins this interview by explaining some of these compositions.


 What writing project are you working on now?

 I just finished co-writing a Bible study on the book of 2 Timothy called Legacy. One of the co-authors, Patty Schell (also a member of our FB page) and I just returned from The Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference where we met with an acquisitions editor. 

We are hopeful to see the Legacy study published. At this point, over 60 women have done the study with positive feedback. Prayers for publication are welcomed!

I have also finished the first draft of a YA novel called Beauties From Ashes. “Every girl has a secret she hopes the light will never find—but the demons already have.” I’ll be doing edits and rewrites for the next few months on this project.

Tell us about your published work.

 My published work has been my freelance writing for children’s magazines, websites and my local newspaper. You can see a few samples on my LinkedIn.

Who or what inspires your writing? 

Everything in God’s creation inspires me to write.  I also love to read and watch movies which inspires my writing.


What do you hope to accomplish in your writing?

My writing is God inspired. It is my goal to bring Him glory in whatever I write, whether directly or indirectly. I am passionate about Bible study as the key to knowing God intimately   His word is alive bringing healing and transformation to all who are willing to engage.

Does anything ever discourage you from writing?

I’ve wrestled with depression since I was a teen. It can creep up on me like a storm cloud and threaten with all sorts of negative thoughts. 

A big issue for me is comparing my writing with others and feeling I fall short. I’ve come to realize that comparison is a stumbling block to many writers.
God is teaching me to compare myself to His standards alone and to trust the call He has for me. 

Do you use social networks to interact online with other Christian poets, writers, editors, or publishers?

This is the predominate way I encourage other writers as well as receive encouragement and writing tips. Our Facebook page is an example of a network of writers who spur one another on. 

I have also used social media to learn about and attain writing opportunities for magazines, websites and contests.

What helpful suggestions or encouragement would you like to offer other Christian poets or writers? 

Writing can be an isolated and lonely vocation. As writers, we need solitude to produce our work, however, we need interaction with the world in order to fodder our gift.

Here are a few things that help me:  Spend daily time with God, writer’s groups (in person and online) critique groups, go outside everyday if possible, make a writing schedule and stick to it, take a Sabbath day once a week, limit social media time to 30-45 minutes daily, take classes, go to conferences, enter contests, and read, read, read, read. 

I'm very sure many of us writers can identify with, the comparison of others, Beckie. You have certainly given Christian Poets and Writer some very helpful and encouraging advice to stay the course. 

So very good to know that you have connected with other members of the group to bring about a connection of faithfulness and unity, concerning writing and publishing. 

May the Lord continue to bless the works of your hands and most importantly, the encouragement that you give to the Body of Christ.  


For more information and how you can connect with, Beckie.



Blogs and books: beckielindsey16.com

Twitter: @lindseybeckie 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beckie.lindsey.5                      



Thursday, May 26, 2016

Here I Am.

Prayer, a beautiful commune between man and God. Prayer, gives us peace of mind, solace and hope. 

Whatever the need, as we pray and stand in agreement with others, may our petitions of prayer be a sweet aroma to our Lord, All Mighty. Lord, hear our prayers. 

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16.  

Please click the link below to read this post in its entirety. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

NO SECRETS (The Challenge and Power of Transparency)

Talk about keeping it real. This read unravels the fallacies that we portray, the masks that we sometimes wear. reveals the pontificating that goes along with our imperfections and all the madness and mayhem.  Exposing our Source. The very Source that is able to remove the fig leaves, inadequacies and bring about true identity in Him, making all things well!

Please take time to read this one. It won't disappoint.

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http://kurtbubna.com/no-secrets-the-challenge-and-power-of-transparency/

Monday, May 23, 2016

Only You

It is in, God that we live and move and have our being.  The Great Physician, Jesus Christ is ever ready to heal us. Remove those things that are not like Him. Giving us a renew life, filled with divine intervention and purity.  May this read bless you, as it was written with an excellent spirit of love toward God.

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http://www.altarwork.com/only-you/

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

SEEK THE LORD WHEN AFRAID

God is our Abba Father.  We need not to be afraid to go before Him with any petition of prayer or request.  According to His will, He will answer, deliver us and set us free.  Let us rest in this assurance.  We are children of the most High God, we are privileged! Thanks Bruce Sims for this beautiful reminder.


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SEEK THE LORD WHEN AFRAID

Friday, May 13, 2016

The Words of the Father

Facts, Truth and Conversation with God is the Topic of Discussion in the beautifully written post by Marla Y. O'Neill.

This read is sure to inspire and motivate you to continue reading and studying God's Word with perservance and cheerful spirit. Thanks Marla!

Please click the link below to read this post in its entirety.

https://mahh1954.wordpress.com/the-words-of-the-father/

Friday, May 6, 2016

HOW WILL YOU VIEW YOUR LIFE?

There comes when we all will step back and do a thorough inventory of our lives.  When this time occurs, I encourage all to stay of good cheer. Always looking to the Author and Finisher of our Faith.

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https://alphadyne457.net/2016/05/06/how-will-you-view-your-life/

Caught up in the Act?

Holiness is the topic of discussion in this read.  God desires us to Holy unto Him.  Always abiding in His Good Will and Purpose for our lives.  An inspirational and encouraging read to aspire to. Thanks for sharing Moses!

Caught up in the Act?