There Will Be War


You know about
my weaknesses

I have yet to

leading me through
the wilderness

teaching of the war You’ve
already won.


The One who knows my frailities, is with me.


“So it happened, when Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, even though it was nearer; for God said, ‘The people might change their minds when they see war [that is, that there will be war], and return to Egypt.’ “

“But God led the people around by way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea; the sons of Israel went up in battle array (orderly ranks, marching formation) out of the land of Egypt.”

Exodus 13:17,18 AMP

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Wilderness Of Comfort


I shall take from your mouth
names from the past

you shall remember them
no more

bringing you into
the wilderness for comfort

giving you hope’s song
as a door.


You are with me in the wilderness to comfort me and give me hope.


“Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
Will bring her into the wilderness,
And speak comfort to her.”

“I will give her her vineyards from there,
And the Valley of A’chor as a door of hope;
She shall sing there,
As in the days of her youth . . .”

“For I will take from her mouth the names of the Ba’als,
And they shall be remembered by their name no more.”

Hosea 2:14,15,17. NKJV

(My “word” for this coming year is “God with me”.  I started a day early!  🙂 )

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Life’s Melody


My righteousness
endures forever

and My
salvation too

changing your deserts
into gardens

bringing forth glad
singing from you.

My life melody is established by You!

“But My salvation will be forever, and My righteousness will not be abolished. For the LORD will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness will be found in it, thanksgiving and the voice of melody. ” Isaiah 51:6,3 NKJV

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Where The Hungry Dwell

“He turns a wilderness into pools of
And dry land into watersprings,
There He makes the hungry dwell,
That they may establish a city for
And sow fields and plant vineyards,
That they may yield a fruitful
harvest.”  Psalm 107:35-37

The wilderness and desert are extreme habitats.

Lord, I desire to not flee the extreme places of my life, but trust You to make them into something of beauty and delight.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

He Inhabits


The wilderness is dangerous
the desert way too harsh

out of my element
I quickly ask to depart

but You delight and desire
to turn what’s hard into tools

that uncover well springs
and bring forth fruit beside pools.

Strengthened In God

“So David saw that Saul had come out to seek his life.  And David was in the wilderness of Ziph in a forest.”  1 Samuel 23:15
“Then Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and went to David in the woods and strengthened his hand in God.”  1 Samuel 23:16

Wilderness times can make us feel vulnerable.

Lord, thank You for showing us David’s time in the wilderness and how You were still with him.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Sending Strength

Feeling a little shaky
out in the wilderness

small and bewildered
sort of valueless

then You send someone in Christ
to strengthen our hands

to remind us that You are near
and You understand.

As He Said

“So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children’s forever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God’.” Joshua 14:9
“And now behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, those forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness, and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old.” Joshua 14:10

Caleb saw that God kept His word.

Thank You, Lord, for keeping us alive and fulfilling all Your promises. And here’s a simple poem . . .


If He spoke it
it is true
and it will come
to be.

Whether now
or then later
His word’s a certain

So He Humbled

“So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.” Deuteronomy 8:3

There can be God reasons beyond our reasoning.

Thank You, Lord, for knowing what I need to stay lovingly humble and obedient before you. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Allowing This

It’s humbling to be
lovingly led
taken by the hand
and graciously fed
but better for us
in the long run
that pride be wrecked
and overcome.

He Knows Your Trudging

“For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hand. He knows your trudging through this great wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you; you have lacked nothing.” Deuteronomy 2:7

I’m not sure how blessed the children of Israel felt in the wilderness. Or how blessed we feel in our own.

O Lord, help us discern the truth from the lies. You are indeed with us, therefore we lack nothing. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Still With Us

Some days drag over us
leaving us for dead
and if we dare to look up
we see more trudging ahead.

But the truth is You’re blessing
the work that we do
and know exactly what it’s like
for You are right here too.

He Will Fight For You

“The Lord your God who goes before you, He will fight for you, according to all He did for you in Egypt before your eyes, and in the wilderness where you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, in all the way that you went until you came to this place.” Deuteronomy 1:30-31

I slip into thinking I am only an errant child, forgetting You and I are on the same side.

Thank you Lord, for giving me a place on the winning team. And here’s a simple poem . . .

All You Do

I remember Your fight for me
there upon the cross

and all the times You carried me
when I could barely walk

And how You keep making a way
through the wilderness

and I fall down in worship
at just how much You bless.

Turn and Take Your Journey

“On this side of the Jordan in the land of Moab, Moses began to explain this law, saying,
‘The Lord our God spoke to us in Horeb, saying, “You have dwelt long enough at this mountain.
Turn and take your journey . . .” Deuteronomy 1:5-7

How the children of Israel must have rejoiced to hear those words.

Lord, we wait ready and with anticipation for when You say, “long enough.” And here’s a simple poem . . .

His Fulfillment

Living in the shadow of this mountain
so long it feels like home
but You never intended us to think
this was the end of the road.

So now You call for us to pick up
to journey on and so we go
into all that You have promised
the fulfillment that You know.

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