There are somethings
that you do
which will truly

like how your praise
of Me endures
holding fast.

A laid down life gives enduring praise.

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.” Psalm 111:10 NKJV

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I set
the day in motion
I awaken
every dawn

with your prayer
and praises
with your
heartfelt songs.

A laid down life is filled with God’s mercy and truth.

“O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise even with my glory. Awake lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn. For Your mercy is great above the heavens, and Your truth reaches to the clouds.” Psalm 108:1,2,4 NKJV

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Made By God



Your thankfulness
swings wide My gates
your praises fill
My courts

the way you gladly serve
so blesses Me
it’s what you were
made for.

A laid down life is made thankful by God.

“Serve the LORD with gladness. Know that the LORD, He is God; it is He who made us and not we ourselves. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His name.” Psalm 100:2,3,4 NKJV

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Not Forgotten



I know the enemy roars
in your midst
and blasphemes
My Holy name

but I have not forgotten
the oppressed
nor the continuance of
your praise .

A laid down life is not forgotten.

“Your enemies roar in the midst of Your meeting place. Will the enemy blaspheme Your name forever? Do not forget the life of Your poor forever. Oh, do not let the oppressed return ashamed! Let the poor and needy praise Your name.” Psalm 74:4,10,19,21. NKJV

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Into The Light

imagespecial girl

invites me

into the light


We smile at the feel of warm tile under our feet.

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9 NKJV

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Our Great King

“. . . ‘For I am a great King,’
says the LORD of hosts,
‘and My name is to be feared among the nations.'”  Malachi 1:14 NKJV

What a privilege it is to love and honor God.

Thank You, Lord, for giving us opportunities to glorify You today.  And here is a simple poem . . .

He is our great King
our LORD of hosts

Whose name is awesome
among the nations

and we offer Him
our very best

praise and worship in
each situation.

God bless you as you honor and serve Him today!

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Got Breath?

“Let everything that has breath
praise the LORD.”  Psalm 150:6

It we do this, we’ll never have to worry about wasting our breath.  😀

Lord, let me not waste the breath that You gave me to praise You with.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

All Given To Glorify

All that I’ve been given
are tools with which to glorify
to praise You and exalt You
until the day I die.

Dear friends and readers,

I’m going to be stepping away from blogging a bit, but I hope to stay in touch, reading and commenting on your blogs when I can.  🙂  I’ll be leaving my blog up, but closing the comments.  And maybe coming back to it in the future.  🙂

Thank you so much for teaching me, inspiring me, challenging me and always lifting me up!  Blogging has been such a huge blessing to me.  YOU all have been such a huge blessing to me.   

For those who’d like to get J of Jerusalem’s letters sent to you directly, please email me at with “Inside Israel” in the subject line and I will hook you up! 

Thanks again!!  God bless you!!!

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Standing By Night

“Behold, bless the LORD,
all you servants of the LORD,
Who by night stand in the house of
the LORD!
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary,
And bless the LORD.”   Psalm 134:1-2

I tend to pace whenever I have to stand . ..or I rock back and forth.

Lord, teach me to stand when , where , and how You want me to.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

To Stand

Lord, give us strength
to stand in the night

when we are weary
of this life

to lift our hands
and give You praise

to bless You, Lord
forever and always.


“As the mountains surround
So the LORD surrounds His people
From this time forth and forevermore.”  Psalm 125:2

In movies, we often hear the line, “We’ve got you surrounded. Come out with your hands up.”

Lord, thank You for surrounding us today.  We desire to live always surrendered to You.  And here’s a simple poem . . .


God has us

let us raise
up our hands

in praise
and surrender

to the Great


Awakening The Dawn

“I will awaken the dawn.”  Psalm 108:2

The birds are really great at this.

Lord, may I praise You even in the dark.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

On The Rise

I heard the first bird singing
before it was even light

trusting and believing
in the coldness of night

that the sun which had not risen
surely would yet come

and in its heart began to praise
as though it was already done.

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