Reasons For Hope
Though my suffering is great,
My faith remains in You.
I man be in a horrible state,
but I know You’re faith remains true.
Every promise You made, encouraging or frightening,
You have kept.
So all situations, be they joyful or terrifying,
I will strive to accept.
Your steadfast love never ceases;
Your mercies never end;
Your faithfulness ever increases;
On Your sufficiency, I can depend.
In all suffering, be it old or new,
I can endure, oh LORD, because I have You.
Generous and Merciful
Glory be to our God, who always provides.
He is slow to anger and abounding in mercy.
He is the source from which every blessing resides.
He gives us more than any man can see.
I’m protected from hunger, for He is my daily bread.
I feel no cold, for He has placed a shirt on my back.
I don’t fear the elements, for He has put a roof over my head.
I’m more blessed than I have a right to be, for there isn’t a thing I lack.
Let us focus on all he’s given us,
rather than the excess we desire.
Times of both abundance and famine will come to us,
but He always gives us what we require.
When tempted to demand more in our greed,
let us repent and praise the God who always gives what we need.
He Who Makes Anything Possible
The quantity of fish was too much, 153.
Seven disciples couldn’t lift the net.
Then Jesus said, “Bring the fish to me.”
Suddenly the net wasn’t to hard for Simon Peter to get.
By himself, as one of seven,
Peter lacked the strength.
But by the will of the Son of Heaven,
Peter had no lack of strength.
Peter didn’t remind Christ of the weight;
he was too excited to please his Savior.
When one’s faith is that great,
he can perform any labor.
It may not seem at all plausible,
but through Jesus Christ, all things are possible.
A Heart For You
Lord change my deceitful heart.
Renew a right spirit in me.
Make me like David, a man after your heart.
Better still, make me like Christ, who died to set me free.
Too easily, you slip from my mind.
Too easily, I forget my promises to you.
I give my attention to temptations that make me blind,
Change me, lest comfort and entertainment turn me away from you.
Be not just an hour on Sunday
or a moment of reading.
Instead rule my heart and thoughts in every way,
for Your glory is the only thought worth keeping.
Take charge of my heart, and lead me in all that I do.
Posses my heart, and make it only for You.
Three times He was denied.
Three times His disciple professed his love.
Three days after he died,
He arose and announced his return to the father above.
Three ways Satan tested.
Three times, He resisted.
Three days, the Israelites thirsted.
Three years, Paul was instructed.
Three nights, and God came down on Mount Sinai.
Jonah was trapped three days inside the whale.
There is no one who can deny
the significance of this detail.
But, the most significant use of three,
is the Father, Son, and Spirit, the Holy Trinity.
As I Grow
Walk with me.
Make me more like You.
Live in me.
Let my growth be seen through what I do.
Help me put aside the man I was.
For I know a man is recognized by what he does.
For all the things I hate are what I do.
Grant me the discipline to do as my changed heart wants to.
I am still far short of Your glory, I know.
Sanctify me, and have patience as I grow.
To Know God
I know God.
No, I know God.
No one who tries to Use God
Can claim to truly know God.
We do not use Him.
He uses us.
Insulting those who seek to honor Him
Isn’t very Christian of us.
Respond to cruelty with love.
Turn the misguided to His word.
The best way to honor our God above
Is to live in accordance to His word.
Share His word in love.
Live with others in holy love.