Pray Now

Pray Now

As God plants seeds, so does the devil
Planting seeds of many kinds of evil

Resist and he
Will surely flee

Just as we have many defenses in place
He has many weapons in his storage space

Doubt is poison
Depression is prison

How do I praise My Lord no matter how I feel?
Isn’t it better to wait until the sadness I heal?

No, pray now
He will show how

When we know not what to pray for as we ought
The Spirit guides and puts it inside our heart.

How to pray
Throughout the day

Without ceasing, as the Word demands it.
Rejoice at all times; how, when my spirit

Is downcast?
Will it last?

No, have hope, have hope inside
Then go to His throne and abide

If only I believe
He will relieve

The sadness inside my soul
Before it swallows me whole.

Into Him I press
His name I bless

The Lord gives and He takes away, by and by;
Blessed be the name of the Lord on High!

 

Likewise, the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Romans 8:26)

Pray without ceasing. (First Thessalonians 5:17)

Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of Thy countenance. In Thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in Thy righteousness, shall they be exalted. For Thou art the glory of their strength… (Psalm 89:15-17)

“Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD!” (Job 1:21)

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Photographer By Day, Novelist By Night

It is week forty-four of 100 Word Wednesday, and here is the photo and my response. 🙂 If you’d like to join in, just click the link! 😉

Image Credit Brevitē

Photographer at heart
Was almost ready to depart,
I’d gathered the supplies.

Cameras, film, and a backpack,
Going old school, memories taking me back,
Traveling to the airport, almost makes me cry.

Going to many exotic places,
Where I’ll see many faces –
That is all well and good,

But I do not want to explore,
I want to be home more,
In my own neighborhood!

Is that really so bad?
That right now, traveling makes me sad?
That in pajamas I want to stay?

And crash on the sofa and vent,
Especially during this event,
Trying to write a novel in only thirty days!

#NaNoWriMo

I Am Thine

I Am Thine

I’m Thy beloved sheep;
My woolen coat is to be white.
Thy Word I am to keep,
And walk in the path of right.

But my atrocious sins
Made my wool scarlet
As shameful swine’s skin;
Disgraceful as I could get.

But with Thy blood
That was lovingly shed,
Thee, my caring God,
Paid for me instead.

You faithfully sought me
And I am no longer mine;
You lovingly bought me,
Lord, my God, I am Thine!

Psalm 51:7: Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

No Longer Haunted

No Longer Haunted

Every time I think that I’m dead to sin,
It returns as an undead zombie
Threatening to eat me alive from within
Dying to self is not easy…

Making it stay dead is the hardest part of all
It’s like it comes from the pit of hell
A vampire that tries to feed upon my very soul
And leave me an empty shell…

I’m haunted by the self that I know
I am supposed to be dead to
A spirit of the past that shows
Up when I least expect it too

I want to give up this ghost but I can’t let go
Help my unbelief, O LORD, help my unbelief
This filth, this sin, this horror, is all I know
Let me see Your joy instead of the sins’ grief

I want to live, truly live, for You, Savior –
I can’t do that as long as I’m possessed
By this wickedness inside of my core
I want to be in Your favor, I want to be blessed!

I’m made from dirt, I’m made from sod
Wipe me clean, O Lord, make me innocent
Make me Your child, my Sovereign God
Make me white as the snowy mountain’s ascent

This darkness has a hold of my heart
Its grip threatens to crush me
And with its teeth, tear me apart
I can’t escape even though I want to desperately

Only You can help me, O Lord, only You!

It has me in its chains
That bind me and hold me.
“They no longer reign;
Don’t you know you are free?”

What? If I am free then how–
“You have been free since you believed.
It is in your hands now
Will you of these burdens be relieved?”

You purchased my freedom
So rich in kindness and grace
With the blood of Your Son
Our sins, You forgave.

I will let go, Lord, I will.
They can’t hold me
With Your Holy Spirit, fill
Me with Your humility.

Even at my worst,
You loved me when I didn’t love;
And because You loved me first
You waited to let me crawl back to You above.

I’m to come to You; for alone, I can’t do it.
By my lonesome I’m defenseless and weaponless;
But with You, I have the mighty Sword of the Spirit.
I’m done with the dead; I took Your yoke, and found rest.

I look back now and see how far I’ve traveled
I can’t believe it, it can only be Jesus Christ.
From the clutches of Hell, from Sin, unraveled,
All because of His glorious, humble sacrifice.

Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me. (Psalm 142:7)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: according as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace… (Ephesians 1:3-7)

 


 

Hello, WordPress friends! I’m back! I may not get to read blogs again until next week though. If all goes well, we’re moving from dial-up Internet to cable, at which point I will be able to load a blog within a few seconds instead of one every ten minutes. XD (Took about thirty minutes to load my “add new post page” and upload a photo for this post. My awful Internet went from bad to worse which is frustrating, haha.)

There are so many things that I can’t wait to post. I have new photos I’ve taken and new poems I’ve written over the break, and I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award (Thank you, Celebrate His Love), the Seven Days Seven Photos B&W Challenge (Thank you, Miriam), The Fall Tag, and This is My Genre Tell Me Yours book tag (Thank you Incomplete Thinker – two tags, wow :D)! And if I’m missing any, I’m so sorry; I’m very behind in reading blogs right now; these are the ones I saw. 😅

I hope y’all had a great October! ❤

**Special thanks to Refreshing Spirit who helped me with the “snowy mountain’s ascent” line. 🙂

As Time Goes By

(If this looks familiar to you, I originally posted this last Friday, but then Dutch Goes The Photo posted the photo challenge this week – Hour – so I’m moving the post to today for the challenge.)

As time goes by,
I try to know You more;
Time sure does fly,
As sands from the glass pour!

Decade by decade
I see Your marvelous glory displayed

Year by year
It is You, my Lord, that I revere

Month by month
I wish to be with You, but I’m here for the nonce

Week by week
It is You, my King, that I seek

Day by day
I kneel down before my Lord to pray

Hour by hour
I fall down before Your power

Minute by minute
I know only You, are infinite

Moment by moment
I’m thankful You sent your Son for my atonement

Second by second
I feel Your love for me beckon

 


 

There are 86,400 seconds in a day.
There are 10,080 minutes in a week.
There are 8,760 hours in a year.
There are 521.429 weeks in a decade.

How will you use them?

 


 

** All these photos were taken with my new camera; I was experimenting yesterday with the special effects that are built in. Here is a photo without any effects:

This clock is the last thing that my grandma gave to me before she died, so it’s extra special to me. While going through her old papers, we found the original paperwork from when she bought it, which floored me:

I’ve had the poem written for several months, but I had a lot of trouble figuring out which photos to put with it. Yesterday, it came to me; it just took some time, I guess. 😂

During My Soul’s Swill

During My Soul’s Swill

Father, I’ll hug You tight;
Do what is Your will,
I trust in Your might.

I’m holding onto You
During my soul’s swill
You’ll bring me through!

Cleansed with Your blood,
In Your loving grace,
Oh, how I love You, God,

The comforter of my soul,
Your sweet embrace
Makes me again whole!

The emptiness I once felt
Has been filled; when I think
Of Thy love, my heart melts.

In these oceans of life
I know that I won’t sink
For my Savior is Jesus Christ!


**Swill: clean, wash, or rinse out by pouring large amounts of liquid over or into it.

These photos were taken with my new camera. 🙂