God knows what’s in my heart and mind
It’s Him in prayer daily I’ll seek and find
From the minute I wake, until day’s end
He’s gracious to me; My Faithful Friend
Those times when fear and faith collide
He’s my Deliverer, and in Him I’ll abide
If I rely on myself, I’ll stumble and fall
If I’m trusting in Him, He’ll handle it all
He’ll never leave me; of this I’m aware
I’m kept in His loving and tender care
My fears melt away, for He’s all I need
In Him, I’ve true peace and rest indeed
Psalm 18:2 (NASB) The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NASB) 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Lord, I am safe and secure in You
Let Your Word be my sole delight
That I may think upon Your Truth
From morning through the night
Renew my mind; Light my way
Plant Your Word deeply within
You are the Potter; I am the clay
Liberated from the power of sin
In You, I have an oasis of peace
Abiding in You, I have my rest
All my worries to You I release
In You, I am happy and blessed
Psalms 37:4 (NASB)
Delight yourself in the LORD;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalms 119:35 (NASB)
Make me walk in the path of Your commandments,
For I delight in it.
Psalms 1:1-2 (NASB)
1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
The nearer God’s Children draw to Him
The more they will grow to hate their sin
His Pure Holiness; of this they are aware
His mercy toward them; His loving care
Through refining fire, their faith He tests
They are strongest when in He they rest
In light of His grace, their troubles dim
There is peace; a quiet assurance within
He is their Lord; He comes to their aid
He is their Hope; Joy that will not fade
Psalms 32:11 (NASB)
Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous ones;
And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.
God is calling to the hearts of His children
Draw near to Me, and rest in My peace
Do not look around you, my dear ones
Lift your eyes to the heavens
Call out to Me from the depths of your souls
Let My truth sustain you, Trust Me
To hold you, lead you, and guide you
Until the day I come for you
Open your eyes, Joy awaits
With time no more
in eternity’s glad welcome
Isaiah 61:10 (NASB)
I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, My soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
It’s like living a bad nightmare
In a world where wrong is right
A world devoid of love and care
Darkness disguises itself as light
In a society where anything goes
Nothing makes any sense at all
A social gospel among its woes
Spiritual dominoes ready to fall
Salvation is found only in Jesus
Abiding peace we have in Him
For it’s by His grace we stand
His eternal joy we carry within
Romans 5:1-2 (NASB)
1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.
On the wings of anticipation
Hope of eternity takes flight
Brings joy in the morning
Peace in the deep of night
Our Savior’s sweet, gentle voice
Draws us even nearer to Him
Walking together, side by side
Earth quickly fades, grows dim
Heart and mind yearn
To hear the call Home
In a brief instant of time
Forever at His Throne
Romans 8:25 (NASB)
But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.
II Corinthians 5:1-2 (NASB)
1 For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2 For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven
About nine years ago, Jesus brought me back to Himself; He rescued this wayward lamb. This is my testimony to His grace, mercy, love, and faithfulness… I grew up attending a Methodist church; even at the age of four I wanted to talk to God, and knew I wasn’t good enough to get into heaven (despite my mom saying “Oh, you just need to be a good girl.”) I attended church at various points in my life; it was all ceremony and legalism to me, and I hated it. The church I spent most of my years at was non-denominational (with a Baptist bent). They taught the gospel, but what I didn’t realize then (but do now) is that I ‘tried’ to do everything on my own; they did emphasize the need to make a ‘decision’ for Christ. I must have prayed the sinner’s prayer hundreds of times, tears streaming, but then my life didn’t change, even though I tried to ‘live the Christian life’ on my own. I remember praying to Jesus that He “not forget nor give up” on me. For many years I ran from Him, seeking happiness in what this world had to offer, but finding only an aching emptiness and disillusionment. But Jesus is faithful, and He heard and answered my prayer. The turning point in my life came in October, 2008, when my hubby and I received a call that my hubby’s niece, Molly (16 yrs. old, she was a believer) had been killed instantly in an auto accident. Life became a blur as the family tried to deal with the shock and grief. Meanwhile, I was brought face to face with a question I’d been running from for years: Was I really saved? What if that had been me in that car? Voices tried to dissuade me from thinking about examining where I stood with God, to the tune of “too little, too late, He can’t save you now!” Well, I was tired of those ‘voices’, and decided to get before Him in prayer and have Him show me the Truth. I wasn’t content to rely on a ‘decision’ or ‘decisions’ made years earlier. My eyes were opened for the first time concerning what salvation really is; it is all of God, not of man. I couldn’t choose to live for Him because my will was ‘bound’. So I asked Jesus to make me willing, to forgive me, and to be my Lord, because I wanted Him in my life so badly, and knew I needed Him. He gave me the faith to believe, and I once was blind, but now I could see. My understanding coalesced in a big, big way when I was listening to a song by Petra, called “Thankful Heart”. These lyrics spoke to me powerfully: I have a thankful heart That you have given me And it can only come from You Finally, something unexpected happened shortly thereafter. I began writing poetry in praise to Him. Below is one of the first poems I penned, a love note/thank you letter all in one: “Miracle” You have brought joy to my heart And peace to my spirit You have created a miracle A heart, once cold and unyielding Has become warm and responsive to You You have shown grace and mercy To one who is so undeserving It is a mystery That cannot be explained in mere words But through the eyes of faith It is accepted and understood And the mind and heart Abide with You In the peaceful, settled rest That only You can give To a broken, repentant sinner You call Your own Now and forever.