Archive | October 2014

Cottage by the Sea 10/17/14

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Abba Father,
High tide leaves it’s mark
Respectfully I wheel myself close
Eyes scanning in the dark
Winds strong and wild add their dose.
Water surges hungry for my chair
Rain goes from stream to pound
Salty spray infuses the air
Once I was lost now I’m found.
Purple – white lightening streaks the skies
Dark clouds cover up the moon
Tears flow from my eyes
Full force storm will be here soon.
I need to be right where I am
Though dangerous I am aware
Any second the storm could slam
Logic questions this unwise dare
I can’t leave there is no way
Within me I know I need to do this
You’ve out there God night and day
You’re here in this storm’s hard kiss.
Blow away my fears and doubt
Scrub away my selfishness
Strike so excuses are burned out
Let no chains of Satan be missed.
Throw your storm at my heart
Pound and scrub till spotless clean
Then help me Lord to do my part
To trust You for all this means.
Amen
              d.f.a.v. 10/17/14
—-Donna

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Another Glimpse of Heaven

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Fields of grass and tall purple flowers
Joyfully playing with the wind
The suns rays almost level in this hour
While branches of trees dance and bend.
Fragrance of beauty scent the prize
With a peaceful knowing more is there
Just ahead over the next rise
Lay the gates of Heaven we’ll all share.
There can be no shadows or darkness here
No obstacles in moving to Heaven’s gates
My heart alive so free of fear
Arrived on time neither early nor late.
A joy exists as sweet as David’s psalms
For those who have God within our hearts
Whose names are engraved on His palms
Whose lives on earth they have made the part.
               d.f.a.v. 10/16/14
—Donna

Obedience

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The reveal is coming the post read
And this beautiful woman earlier had said
I’m not quite sure yet of everything
But God has told me to shave my head.
I’m to keep it shaved for three and one half years
She was humble in her stature her eyes held tears
Her voice was shaking with every word
God was with her to calm her fears.
A beautiful person with a compassionate heart
Surrendering herself to complete her part
Of a larger picture still not quite known
And Evil will mock her and throw his darts.
You could tell from her partial reveal
This wasn’t a joke it was very real
God had asked her to make herself bald
Would such obedience be mine or would mine fail?
Then like lightening across the sky
His message flashed and before my eyes
God reminded me every day He asked
Surrender yourself to me let your faith thrive!
My dear sister in Christ sets an example I see
To heed God’s voice and decrees
Obeying with a child – like faith
Even those things requiring a sacrifice of me.
Would I shave my head like my sister will do?
Would you sacrifice something of high value to you?
If He asked us to give away all we have
Or mark ourselves for public ridicule?
It’s not what God sets before us as our task
But rather the obedience of what He asks
Our willingness, faith, our love for Him
These things assure our testimonies will last.
               d.f.a.v. 10/15/14
–Donna

Crops in the Heart

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Where crops of bitterness exist Lord,
Burn them down!
Let the flames illuminate
My envy, jealousy, lust, pride
Burn this crop so I cannot hide
Then give me tools and strength
To dig the roots from the ground.

Where a field of anger waves it’s fists
Still them with a mighty storm!
Let the thunder make them quake
Reminding them violence has its price
Hail and rain beat back their slice
Let the storm prove Your way
So the field of anger goes away
A fields heart is now reborn.

Through out the fields You’ve entrusted me
Rid them of weeds of discontent
Rip each one from the earth
Pull out roots which have no worth
Even if the ground with blood does run
Wash it clean when work is done
Sow it then with seeds of encouragement.

The crop You want from with my heart
Be the gardener!
Till the soil, plant the seeds
Nourish with gentle rain and sunny rays
For bountiful harvests to reap one day.
Prune away the pieces stunting growth
Pull up the weeds, plants and roots both,
So these heart fields produce for Your needs.
d.f.a.v. 10/14/14
–Donna

Prayer from the Cottage by the Sea 10/10/14

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Abba Father;
Allow me to kneel before Your throne
To press my forehead to the ground,
So I may be humbled in Your sight
My sins revealed in Your light.
Forgive me Jesus for the hurt I’ve caused,
My snippy tongue and attitude
Forgive me of any thought of flight
To slip away in darkest night.

Wash my heart, mind, body, soul
Cleanse me of the sins I must own
As the waves outside sweeps in and out
Leaving treasures taking away the work of doubt.
Let Your grace rain down as waves come in
Forgive me, free me from the dark within.
Restore my sight to the path set as my route,
Remind me what this journey is about.

Praises I offer You from my very soul
Gratitude for Your love for me
Stroked again is Your fire within my heart
Lead me, guide me, help me do my part
To see the wounded sisters and brothers
Who seek You though they be unaware
Restore to them their child – like faith and heart
Give them strength to avoid Evil ‘ s darts.

Believers, Christians we have this to do
Go out and take Your message forth
To all people, all men, all nooks of this earth
Share Your message of a second birth
How You and only You alone
Can fill the hole in aching hearts
You alone Sweet Jesus see our true worth
Filling us with love, joy, peace and mirth.

Thank You Lord for hearing me
Even more for forgiving me
Thank You for living inside this heart
Thank You for all the blessings You impart.
Walk with me today let me follow close
Your steps before me let me see the most.
You are the One True and Living God
In Heaven above and on this earthly sod.
                  Amen
                             d.f.a.v. 10/10/14
–Donna

Poem 2 in Poems that have Influenced Me

This poem seemed to be everywhere when I was a teenager. On plaques, bookmarks, signs, décor’ and cards and its words seemed to sneak into my heart without my even reading them after a while. Perhaps because I needed to have them engraved in my heart then. I only know I find it no surprise God would bring them back to my mind during this stage of my life.

Whatever you’re facing in your life, perhaps God knows you need them too? —Donna


        Don’t Quit

        -Author Unknown

 

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won if he’d stuck it out.
Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out –
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are –
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.


 

“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

        Philippians 4:13 (NIV)


 

At the Door…

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Joy came tapping,
     tap, tap, tapping
     at my door…
Take me in, laugh with me!
     I can lift your soul
     forevermore. ..

Peace knocked next
      a-rap-a-tat-tat
      slipped through a window…
Take me in, find solace in me!
      I can calm your soul
      though war rages so…

Love rang the doorbell
      la-la-la-do-ray-mi-so
      melody entwined with me…
Take me in, cherish your heart!
     Though it may get hurt
     I can grow you see…

Willingly I took them in…
      embraced their presence…
      Then fell to my knees…
Jesus, thank You! (for He was the three)
       Joy, Peace and Love…
       You’ve given me!

Mission came with a firm hand
       here-I-am, here-I-am
       go now and give us away…
Don’t hold us tight in your grasp!
      We grow the most…
      if shared everyday…

Out from my house into the street…
     offering these same gifts…
     some accepted others said no…
It wasn’t easy and some sent us away!
     But Jesus never gave up on us…
     even on those who told us to go.

Will you answer Joy tapping…
      Peace who is knocking…
      Love who is chiming…
For it’s Jesus Himself at the door!
               d.f.a.v. 10/8/14

—Donna

The Choice is Ours

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Everyone’s faith is their own
We can be wise or naive
Misplace our trust
Ruin our intentions…
The choice is ours…

Everyone’s journey belongs to them
We all slug through valleys
Celebrate on mountain tops
Views of each leg of it few…
The choice is ours…

Everyone for themselves must decide
We believe Christ is Christ
Our Savior and Our Lord
Whose sacrifice from sin sets us free or not…
The choice is ours…

Everyone gets the opportunity
We all can say yes
We all can say no
We all must bear the consequences…
The choice is ours…

Not everyone will make the right choice
For some it’s hard to imagine saying no
For others to say yes they can’t do
Some thing, someone stands in the way…
But, the choice is ours.
             d.f.a.v. 10 / 7 / 14
–Donna

Lesson in the Wheel

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She danced all week
The fair had come to town
Come Friday night she’d get to ride
THE FERRIS WHEEL round and round!

A thirteen year dream come true
This time she was confident and
So excited she didn’t know what to do
Joy, joy the fair was coming to town!

She prayed all week rain wouldn’t come
Did all her chores with no complaints
Prayed every night God would see the dream done.
She told her friend and Daddy too.

Rain passed early everything fell into place
It was certain her dream would come true
High expectations shone on her face
She could barely contain herself.

But her friend rode a ride fast and wild
His ride over he said no ferris wheel ride
After the scary one was her ride was too mild?
Or was something else was on his mind?

When she came home in tears
She and I talked it through
We prayed God would erase her fears
And she went off feeling okay.

Later she asked me were we being naive?
Did God really care if she had this dream?
I thought for a moment how God weaves
The threads of our lives including our dreams.

When she gets older her dreams will change
She’ll pray many prayers for dreams all around
God’s answers will come for each prayer and range
Ferris wheel rides, a husband, babies of her own.

Once we finished our prayer that night
She looked at me to have her say
I told her go on, it will be alright
And what she said blew my mind.

Mama, it was just a Ferris Wheel
One day I’ll ride, wait and see.
Her truth was no bitter tear
God granted her sunshine in rain.

Last night before she kissed me goodnight
She amazed me with wisdom beyond her years
Her heart had mended exactly right
She’d begun to make preparations for next year.
d.f.a.v 10/5/14
–Donna

Seasons Come & Go

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Spring and Summer have come and gone,
Fall arrives as harvest comes.
Winter winds will surely blow,
Time, it seems, just carries on.
Routines and ruts a fact of life,
Circles open then close up tight.
A man turns husband a woman his wife,
As a child is born so someone sleeps,
Tears of joy and wails of pain.
We learn this lesson repeatedly
With the sun comes the rain
And with God’s love His discipline.
How swift we are to see the sour.
Forgetting the cream of finer days
We cling to the driftwood of shipwrecked hours.
Our eyes upon some earthly way.
Grains of sand and ticking clocks
Mark a time in God’s own hand
Do you hear the tick-tock-tock
That counts til finished then it stops?
As seasons pass and hours flow
The question is that I must ask
Are you ready to Jesus to truly go?
For time approaches on swift feet.
It can’t be frozen or somehow stopped
Nor tricked or fooled to any extent
Our hearts beat on though well numbered
God Himself will stop our clock.
So listen well to what I say
Don’t let yourself get caught unprepared
God will listen for prayers you pray
As seasons come so will they go.
           d.f.a.v. 10/02/14
♡♡♡Donna