Emptied Out and Ruined

“For the Lord will restore the excellence of Jacob
Like the excellence of Israel,
For the emptiers have emptied them out
And ruined their vine branches.”  Nahum 2:2

Those involved in restoration projects go to great lengths to get it right.

Thank You, Lord, for seeing when I’m emptied out and ruined, and then carefully restoring me.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Though I am
emptied out and ruined
nothing good here
to see

You come to
replace and restore
Your excellence
in me.

God bless you as He restores you today!

 

Published in: on April 24, 2014 at 3:20 am  Leave a Comment  
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Trust

“The Lord is good,
A stronghold in the day of trouble;
And He knows those who trust in Him.”  Nahum 1:7 NKJV

If I can’t trust God, who can I trust?

Thank You, Lord, for being my only good, trustworthy stronghold.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

I am good
and the only
stronghold for you
this day.

You can trust Me
for I know you
and have loved you
always.

God bless you as you trust in Him!

Published in: on April 23, 2014 at 12:14 am  Leave a Comment  
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Imitating

“Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good.” 3 John vs 11 NKJV

The “fight fire with fire” rule doesn’t apply to evil.

Thank You, Jesus, for Your great goodness that overcomes evil.  And here’s a simple poem  . . .

Evil’s a foot
and running rampant
there’s only one thing
that will trip it up

living lives surrendered
to our Good Shepherd
makes evil recoil
and slink on off.

God bless you as you resist evil today!

Published in: on April 22, 2014 at 12:58 am  Leave a Comment  
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When I Fall

“When I fall, I will arise,
When I sit in darkness,
The Lord will be a light to me.”   Micah 7:8 NKJV

When I fall and/or sit in darkness, the temptation is to think it is a permanent place.

Thank You, Jesus, for rising out of that dark tomb and reminding me that things aren’t always as they seem, because You are here.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Though I sit
in the darkness
it is Your light
I will yet see

and when I walk
through the valley
it’s under Your shadow
that I’ll be.

God bless you as you arise with Him today!

Published in: on April 21, 2014 at 1:26 am  Leave a Comment  
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“How Have I Wearied You?”

“Oh My people, what have I done to you?
And how have I wearied you?
Testify against Me.”  Micah 6:3

“For I brought you up out of the land of Egypt,
I redeemed you from the house of bondage;
And I sent before you Moses, Aaron and Miriam.”  Micah 6:4 NKJV

If I feel weary, it’s time to turn to God.

Thank You, Lord, for delivering me out of wearisome places and giving me rest.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

If I’m
feeling weary
and the opposite
of blessed

let me turn
to You, Lord
for deliverance
and rest.

God bless you and give you rest!

Published in: on April 20, 2014 at 1:18 am  Leave a Comment  
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This One

“And He shall stand and feed His flock
In the strength of the Lord,
In the majesty of the name of the Lord His God;
And they shall abide,
For now He shall be great
To the ends of the earth,
And this One shall be peace.”  Micah 5:4

I have been extra hungry lately.

Thank You, Jesus, for feeding me in the strength and majesty of Your name.  And here’s a simple poem  . . .

And He shall stand
and feed His flock
in the majesty and greatness
of the Lord.

And they shall abide
in His presence
filled with peace
and of One accord.

God bless you as He feeds you today!

Published in: on April 19, 2014 at 1:49 am  Leave a Comment  
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Be In Pain and Labor

“Be in pain, and labor to bring forth;
O daughter of Zion,
Like a woman in birth pangs.”  Micah 4:10

Mothers know that the pain and labor are worth it.

Thank You, Lord, for leading me through the painful times that bring forth new joy.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

This feels too hard
and painful
though I know
that You love me.

Please strengthen me
to give birth to
all You desire
yet to be.

God bless you and encourage you during the painful times!

Published in: on April 17, 2014 at 11:12 pm  Leave a Comment  
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For Money

“. . .her heads judge for a bribe,
Her priests teach for pay,
And her prophets divine for money.”  Micah 3:11

It’s hard for me to not desire money.

Thank You, Jesus, for continuing to teach me to desire You more.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Let there be nothing
that I won’t do
simply because
You will me to

not for money
or recognition
but out of love
and sanctification.

God bless you as you desire Him more and more!

Published in: on April 16, 2014 at 5:10 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Do Not My Words Do Good?”

“Is the Spirit of the Lord restricted”
Are these His doings?
Do not My words do good
To him who walks uprightly?”  Micah 2:7

God’s message to me may be one hard to hear and come from someone I don’t even know.

Thank You, God, for Your word that does good.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

My Spirit
can’t be restricted
it must go
where it may

doing good
through My words
wherever they’re
received today.

God bless you as His Word does good in you today!

Published in: on April 15, 2014 at 1:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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Uncovered

“. . .And I will uncover her foundations.

All her carved images shall be beaten to pieces . . .”  Micah 1:6-7

Micah was pronouncing the coming judgement on Israel.

Thank You, Father, for uncovering areas of my life that I need to confess and ask forgiveness for.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Uncover my
foundations
break in pieces
what You find

if it is not
of You, Lord
but of myself
and pride.

God bless you as you allow Him to uncover your heart today!

Published in: on April 13, 2014 at 10:12 pm  Leave a Comment  
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