How Can I Doubt?

I’d like to thank Sharon for so kindly asking me to write a guest post for her blog, Life As A Believer. 😊 If you’d like to read the post in its entirety, just click the link below! (And while you’re there, browse around a little – she’s a fantastic blogger. 😉)

Life As A Believer

24 Pennelope pic By Penelope Payne

I’m worthless, my life is in vain;
Tried to fix myself, but superglue
Can’t hold me together; the pain
Inside is too great, I’m too blue.

Not the blue of the sky or ocean,
But the kind that has no cheer;
The kind that throws you in prison,
The kind that comes with fear…

Everyone would be better off without me;
I’m just a burden; I can’t pull myself out
Of the dark hole; they are just blinded by pity.
They don’t realize how good it would be without.

I’m a pathetic excuse for a creature;
No good to anyone, not even God.
It’s too late for me, of that I’m sure,
Adam created from dirt, me from sod.

Filled with guilt and despair,
Depression grabs my soul,
And takes me on the way there,
Down into the darkest hole…

I said I wouldn’t, but I’m done,

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The walls that I’ve built
Come bulldozing down
The idols, sins, and guilt
Become one with the ground

I watch as no corrupt thing can stand,
For dynamite blows apart the foundation
That was constructed on unstable sand,
Instead of the Rock where it should’ve been.

The Bulldozer flattens the old remains
So that the new can be constructed;
My new heart can barely contain
The excitement, for it can be deducted,

When God’s mighty and perfect plan unfurls,
The old passes away – no one remembers it.
Therefore shed the old garment of the world,
And put on Jesus Christ in the Spirit!

No longer shall idols, sin, guilt
Evil, temptation and such control,
For the decrepit heart is now newly rebuilt
On the Cornerstone – He rules this soul!

Revelation 21:5: And He that sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said unto me, “Write: for these words are true and faithful.”

Ephesians 4:21-24: If so be that ye have heard Him, and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Ephesians 2:20: And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the Chief Corner Stone…

My Oasis

The heat of the world burns;
I rest in His cool shadow,
And of Living Waters, I yearn,
To drown the drought filled sorrows.

In this dry world, my soul pants for Thee;
You are my thirst-quenching Oasis;
In a dry land where no water is;
And where no other shelter can be.

He is my sanctuary,
Where I can freely rest;
I am in Him and He in me,
The Holy Spirit quenches best!

In the early morning hour,
I will seek You first thing;
To You be the glory, my King,
To Whom has all the power!

“O God, Thou art my God; early will I seek Thee: my soul thirsteth for Thee, my flesh longeth for Thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; to see Thy power and Thy glory, so as I have seen Thee in the sanctuary. ” (Psalm 63:1)

“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after Thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” (Psalms 42:1-2)

Golden Skies

Dutch Goes The Photo’s Tuesday Photo Challenge is Golden, and it reminded me of a sunset from a couple of months ago that I had the pleasure of viewing on our way home from town. 🙂

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. (Psalm 19:1)

I saw a lion’s head in this one:

But it wasn’t there long before it morphed into another shape – and apparently the bridge ices before the road does.  😅

I wanted to get photos without a lot of man-made structures in it, and somehow I timed it perfectly to not only showcase the golden sky and cloud formation, but also the cell phone tower. 😄 Oops.

I love the clouds in this one. 🙂

By this time, the “lion” had lost his “head.”

I love how the dark clouds are silhouetted against the golden sky!

And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, we turned and saw this image:

It looked like a rabbit with very short ears on the left side of that cloud to me.

I tried to get a better shot, only to realize when I got home that the power lines got in my way at just the wrong moment:

Sorry for the large circles in a few of these photos; apparently the flash went off, and it bounced off of something on the windshield. 😜 Anyway, the view just got better and better:

Here is the last one I took before we got home:

I love the colors! Gold to pink to red. What a view! Sunsets can be so beautiful.  ❤

Coffee Chat: I Want To Be Close To God Again (a reblog)

A wonderful post by Robin! 🙂


For those of us who have been saved from hell & God’s wrath by Jesus Christ, we have known what it was like to walk with Him, to be completely devoted. We would do anything for the Gospel, and we would defend our faith until we were blue in the face. We would leap at the chance to read our bibles. But then, the world comes in and it’s difficult to find that perfect balance. School, homework, jobs, the sleep schedule (if there was one) all become top priority. We forget to read our bible, we don’t make time to pray, and before we know it, we’re found wondering why God feels so distant from us. This is what we keep getting wrong, however: God has neverleft us- He promised us. We know Him to be faithful. Instead, it’s we who have distanced ourselves away from Him and…

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A Symbol Of Peace And Rebellion

It’s week 80 of Three Line Tales, and here is the photo and my response. 🙂 If you’d like to join in the fun, just click the link! 😉

photo by Annie Theby via Unsplash

🌼 The VW bus magically transports me to days before I was born 🌻

🌷 When it carried flower children to the whimsical place of their choosing. 🌹

🌺 A symbol of peace and rebellion, it is now ready to carry people once again. 🌸

Lepers of the Spirit

Here are more notes from my Humility study; the previous installments can be found here and here, but you don’t have to read them in order to read this post. 🙂

Luke 5:12-14: And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought Him, saying, “Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean.”

There is so much to take away from this request:

  1. “Lord, if Thou wilt…” If it is in Your will, Lord. It reminds me of the Lord’s Prayer: “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven… “
  2. “Thou canst make me clean.” You can make me clean. This was a statement of what he believed Jesus can do, not what he thought He must do. He is acknowledging that Jesus has the power; but it is His will that matters. It is up to Jesus whether or not he is cleansed.

What a show of humility!

And He put forth His hand, and touched him, saying, “I will: be thou clean.” And immediately the leprosy departed from him.
And He charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

I find this to be such an interesting statement. If a miracle like that happened to me, I’d have a hard time keeping quiet and not telling people, I think. The man didn’t have to go tell everyone though; everyone saw that he was clean. He was a walking testimony.

I spoke to a friend of mine about this and he said, “I never thought of this: it’s a picture of us after we have been cleansed from sin!” I hadn’t thought of it that way before either; but isn’t that an exciting thought?!

And it is always in His will to forgive sins and cleanse our hearts. 🙂 What an amazing Jesus! ❤