“Command the children of Israel and say to them, ‘When you come into the land of Canaan, this is the land that shall fall to you as an inheritance – the land of Canaan to its boundaries’.” Numbers 34:2

Neighbors thought we had an invisible fence for our dog. But, we didn’t. My husband trained her to know the boundaries of the yard and to stay within them.

Thank You, Lord, for Your invisible Holy Spirit fence that lets us know when we cross the line. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Staying Within

We slip
towards the edge
and eye-ball
the other side,
but Love
draws us back
where grace
and mercy thrive.


  1. Thanks, Deb.

    I like much ‘the Holy Spirit fence!’ Invisible but ever present – always there to guide us aright.

    Easier to cross the line when the barriers are not physically there. Praying we’ll trust Him enough to allow Him to guide us around what we cannot see.

    (Thinking about my own obedience training …)


  2. I agree wholeheartedly with Ann! I love this poem, I think it is really profound actually.

  3. There is so much to thank the Lord for in your poem! 🙂

  4. Deb, Why do we eye-ball the other side? What is within the boundaries is so wonderful and beautiful! And yet we do. So thankful “Love draws us back” before we can stray too far! Reminds me of a line in a song by Johnny Cash called “Cowboy’s Prayer”:

    Just keep an eye on all that’s done or said
    And right me sometimes when I turn aside
    And guide me on that long, dim trail ahead
    That stretches upward toward the great divide

    Peace, Linda

  5. The Holy Spirit like an invisible fence – you come up with the best analogies!

    and I heart these words:

    Love draws us back where grace and mercy thrive.

    God Bless and Keep You and Yours

  6. Amen Ann! Maybe if we had collars that zapped us? 😉 God bless you as you thrive within Him!

  7. Oh Theresa . . .thank you for helping me see that, and all there is to be thankful for each day. Like safe boundaries within His will and love. God bless you and your ever thankful heart!

  8. Linda, I never realized all the wonderful songs Johnny had composed and sang. I love the cowboy’s prayer! God bless you as you turn to Him each day!

  9. Hi Deb,
    Your poem reminds me of the Israelites who complained about how they missed leeks and onions in Egypt when God provided them heavenly manna. We live in blessing but we don’t see it because we look with human eyes rather than our spiritual eyes. The Holy Spirit sure knows how to get our attention and keep us in check. I love the words you wrote, ‘Love draws us back where grace and mercy thrive’. It’s certainly God’s love over man’s broken logic 🙂
    In Christ,

  10. God had me write a devotion once about when our sweet dog did go outside her boundaries and got lost. Someone called and let us know where she was at. When I got her home, I discovered so many ticks on her. It was awful! I thought I had gotten them all off, but then the next day or two, would find the ones I missed, engorged. And that’s what happens to me, when I slip away from Him . . .all kinds of things collect on me like bitterness, unforgiveness, resentment and grow worse and worse. Need me that Holy Spirit fence! 🙂
    God bless you and all the plans He has for you within His will!

  11. I love how you put that Vineet . . .about His love over our human logic. More about trusting Him and that He loves us and isn’t just keeping us away from having fun. I found nothing is really fun apart from Him. 🙂 God bless you and how His love draws you each day!

  12. Thank you, blue . . .and God bless you and your wonderful poetry for Him. Think book . . .:)

  13. Deb, He didn’t actually write this song, but Johnny had a knack for finding great old folk songs and hymns and making them his own. He also has recorded some newer songs and really put his unique imprint on them. I think there might be a song sung by Johnny Cash for just about any situation! Peace, Linda

  14. My favorite poem so far, Debbie!! Never would have thought of the Holy Spirit like that, but what a great word picture..we need to pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance so that we don’t hop the fence!!

  15. God bless you and your sensitive heart for Him, that keeps you close. 🙂 I find that the Spirit does give me warnings that I’m getting a little to close to the edge. Like red flags or beeps! ha! It’s then a matter of me listening and obeying!

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