Eve

Oh, my wicked, wayward heart—Not in paradise content!Though I had a perfect start,From the garden I’ve been sent.Why? Because I couldn’t stayFrom forbidden fruit away.   One command was all I had,One fruit only not to eat.How could I have failed so bad,Fully blinded by deceit?Now I suffer for the sinMy temptation got us in. […]

Hagar

Sarah can’t conceive a baby     By the usual means of life,So she willingly suggested      I become a second wife. Being given to her husband,     Hopes in me materialized,And I’m hardly to be censured,     If my mistress is despised. I have always done her bidding,     Meekly served along her side.Who […]

The Violent

       Matthew 11:12 Yes, the Savior’s yoke is easy,       And His grace is free to all,But the careless don’t embrace it,        When they hear the gospel call. Though the will of man can’t birth it;        Cannot choose the kingdom’s course,Yet the violent—Scripture tells us—        Take it to themselves by force. If you’re […]

Not Ready to Die

The flower of youth though but recently fled,The sentence of death has been passed on my head.My heart is unwilling, my conscience can’t rest,My life’s not in order, by fears I’m oppressed,         ’Cause I am not ready,               Not ready to die. I know in my head […]

Inheritance

I Peter 1:4-9 The sufferings of this present time      Are not to be comparedTo the inheritance sublime      Our Father has prepared.Without corruption, undefiled,      It “fadeth not away,”Reserved in heaven for every child      Who keeps the narrow way.Rejoice, for though the present hour      Is filled with […]

Two Ditches

Out on my own, but not equipped      To meet with life’s demands.From childish props I’m fully stripped—First one and then another slipped      From my unwilling hands. Oh, how it burned to let them go!     I found the process hard,And though I wouldn’t let it show,I fondly clenched my status quo,  […]

Jonathan

A man of God in his own right,Who walked by faith and not by sight,The battles of the Lord he foughtAnd victory to the nation brought,For Jonathan had this in view:God saves by many or by few. When David came upon the sceneAnd slew the giant Philistine,A servant he became to Saul,Accepted in the sight […]

Inheritance in Light

            Colossians 1:12-20 We thank you, God, our Father,   For giving us the OneBy whom we’re made partakers   Of the kingdom of Your Son.You rescued us from darkness,   From Satan and his chains,And moved us to the kingdom   Where Your Beloved reigns. In Christ we have redemption,   Forgiveness of our sins,Through blood, the blood of […]

Old Soldier

Old soldier, have you left your post?    The place for which you fought? The cross was once your only boast    And held you to the spot. Not words of men, not wealth, not fame    Could move you from the place, Where planted firm in Jesus’ name,    You preached transforming grace. You […]

Quietness

2 Chronicles 20:17In quietness and confidence,            Your strength shall be.While standing in the battlefield,            Salvation see.You needn’t fear nor be dismayed—            The Lord is HeWho fights for you and promises            Prosperity. The beauty of His holiness            Calls out for praise.Though the approaching enemy            An ambush lays,God’s mercy evermore endures            In glorious ways,And quietly His mighty […]

Revelation

Our God has wisely that revealed      Which we have need to know,And what He wisely left concealed      We safely can let go. ~Nita Brainard      

Don’s Testimony

My memories are few from the first years of life, But what I remember is feuding and strife.

Mary of Bethany

What was it Mary sought    That caused the Lord to say,“The one thing needful she has got.   “It won’t be taken away.”?  It wasn’t service of the kind   That Martha tried to bear,That weighted up on her fretful mind   And cumbered her with care. The outward kind that people see,   That suits a worldly plan,Is […]

The Road

I took the road less travelled by —      Not consciously I chose,

True Surrender

Sinless was our Lord’s request    To have the cup pass by Him —

Discerning God’s Will

The will of the Lord is for you to do right — To honor His Word and to walk in the light,

Running

You’re running from your troubles,       But trouble comes along —

Dreams

  The dreams I once cherished are lost in the flood Of fast-flowing waves from the current of life.

Food in Egypt

Ah, yes, there's food in Egypt,  But what will be the cost?

Our Rose

As beauty ripens,   Must death invade?

The Wall

I’ve tried so hard to manage things, And make them work by pulling strings

A Minstrel

I used to have a minstrel       Who sang his songs to me,

Aaron’s Feast

The man who spoke in Moses’ stead     And stood by Moses’ side,

Faith and Pride

Faith will sometimes be accused of being nothing more than pride, Though the boldness of its actions has humility inside.

Treasure

Oh, we have this glorious treasure     In a vessel made of clay,

The Narrow Way

The way indeed is narrow;  The entrance to it strait.

The Giver

There’s no one who loves like my Father in heaven, Who so loved the world that He gave us His Son,

Left Alone

Left alone as night draws on, Left alone — but not to sleep —    

It’s Done

It's done. It is finished — and done once for all — The work of the cross that has torn down the wall;

Christ Alone

Christ alone provides an answer      To the ills that plague our race.

Trust in the Lord

  It’s better to trust in the Lord than in men, ‘Cause people will fail you again and again.

My God Is There

In all the changing scenes of life; In times of peace; in times of strife,

Shade

Oh, Lord, if You would shelter me       With some sweet second cause —

Ressurection Song

Oh, do you believe in my Savior?       The One who arose fromt he grave?

Only One

There’s only one shelter and only one rest, There’s only one place I can go when oppressed.

My Wings

My wings, my wings, I’ve felt them grow.      They’re made to fly, I know,

God’s Choice

An old, broken vessel that no one can use Is just such an instrument God says He’ll choose. 1 Corinthians 1, Psalm 147, Psalm 34 An old, broken vessel that no one can use Is just such an instrument God says He’ll choose. The weak and the foolish, cast off by the wise, Are valued […]

Hiding From The Truth

To live out your life in delusion,       And hide from the truth and the facts; To live out your life in delusion,       And hide from the truth and the facts; While seeming to lessen your sorrow,       Your sorrow it only protracts. To build on a shaky foundation,       Convincing yourself that it’s […]

Best Wishes

I wish you the best that my Saviour can give. I wish you the happiest life you can live. I wish you the best that my Saviour can give. I wish you the happiest life you can live. I wish you the peace that surpasses all thought. I wish you the love my Lord Jesus […]

God Over All

Sometimes the things I see or hear     Wake feelings deep inside, Sometimes the things I see or hear      Wake feelings deep inside, And make old mem’ries reappear      That I had tried to hide. The buried thoughts thus brought to mind      That time cannot erase Give pain I’d […]

The Testimony of Nature

A drop of dew upon a rose Adorned in nature’s finest clothes,   A drop of dew upon a rose Adorned in nature’s finest clothes, The grandest mount in stately gray Whose glory takes my breath away, The forest, dense with luscious green, The prairie charm, more felt than seen, The checkered fields of every […]

Man’s Intention

Man, I know your heart’s intention       Is to always love your wife;  Man, I know your heart’s intention       Is to always love your wife; Give her strength and truth and passion       Through your years of wedded life. But you thought it would be easy;     […]

Martha Hall

The marriage union God has given To be a type and taste of heaven. Faithful in Adversity The marriage union God has given To be a type and taste of heaven. Both man and wife He means to bless, Increasing earthly happiness, But in the case of Martha Hall, It didn’t work that way at […]

Why Will You Die?

My friend, my soul is deeply grieved       To see the state you’re in:   My friend, my soul is deeply grieved       To see the state you’re in: What benefit have you received       For holding on to sin?   What fruit have you to justify       The minding earthly things? It’s vanity you […]

Chastening

And shall a worm complain to God If he should feel the chastening rod? Or, A Worm’s Complaint And shall a worm complain to God If he should feel the chastening rod? No, rather he is reconciled To thus be treated as a child. The Father’s discipline I feel And know thereby the Spirit’s seal; […]

Love to All

Create in this poor, struggling soul Too hard a case for Thee? Thy wisdom and Thy power flow In concert with Thy grace, And nothing is too hard for Thee— Nor I, too hard a case. No, not a thirsty soul is found Outside Thy loving sphere, Nor can outside Thy power to save A […]

The Counsel of the Lord

The counsel of the wicked ……May change from day to day. Psalm 33:11 The counsel of the wicked     May change from day to day. It needn’t be consistent     To keep in error’s way. Not so with God almighty —     His counsel stays the same, And those who stand upon it     Will […]

My Times and My Tears

I cannot guess the future;               The past I cannot change; August 25, 2009    I cannot guess the future;               The past I cannot change; My present situation               I cannot re-arrange. My life is full of questions               That I don’t understand, But God my Father tells me,               My times are in […]

It Doesn’t Matter

It doesn’t matter what may come my way; It doesn’t matter what the neighbors say; August 6, 2009 It doesn’t matter what may come my way; It doesn’t matter what the neighbors say; It doesn’t matter what reproach I bear, What other people think, or how they fare,                            I cast my care on You. […]

Gossip

After I have listened                           to gossip for an hour, July 15, 2009 After I have listened                           to gossip for an hour, Vainly I imagine                           that I’ve escaped its power. Totally unconscious,                           I drank in every word; Soaked up all the passion                           of everything I heard. Thinking I’m impartial,                           I […]

Swords for Souls

Some men have swords with which to fight              To gain their carnal goals. Luke 2: 35 Some men have swords with which to fight              To gain their carnal goals. The mortal body they will smite,              But God has swords for souls. Like Mary, among women blessed              And favored of the Lord, […]

The Roaring Lion

There’s no utopian path of ease               Where trials won’t be met;  I Peter 5:7-11 There’s no utopian path of ease               Where trials won’t be met; Where I can think the prize to seize               Without the lion’s threat. The devil walks about to seek               For souls he may devour. He preys on […]

Hope in the Darkness

When all is black, there’s still a light That makes the deepest valley bright; April 16, 2009 When all is black, there’s still a light That makes the deepest valley bright; There’s still a purpose to believe, A Rock to which my soul can cleave. When passion reigns, and reason flies, And dark confusion clouds […]

Knocking Again

My Father, it’s me, knocking hard on your door. You know what I want, ’cause I’ve been here before. May 15, 2009 My Father, it’s me, knocking hard on your door. You know what I want, ’cause I’ve been here before. I’m asking again, and I don’t plan to cease. Until I am blessed, I […]

If I Could Be a Martyr

If I could be a martyr,  I’d sooner die indeed I can as willingly be a martyr for love as for  any article of the creed.  ~Richard Baxter If I could be a martyr,  I’d sooner die indeed For love shown to my brothers,  Then sticking by my creed. The truth is all important,  And […]

Mediocrity

O wretched mediocrity,  With which the church is cursed, O wretched mediocrity,     With which the church is cursed, How loathe are men to part with thee;     How loathe thy bands to burst! How gladly men embrace thy ways,     How low the goals they set! They live for one another’s praise,     And […]

The God of the Universe Hearkens to Me

The God of the universe hearkens to me. A heavenly paradox though it may be, The God of the universe hearkens to me. A heavenly paradox though it may be, By faith I lay hold of this great mystery. The Maker of all that has ever been made, Whose majesty, glory, and power won’t fade, […]

The Way of Escape

There’s never a temptation  Of all that might befall, 1 Cor. 10:13 There’s never a temptation  Of all that might befall, That is a situation  Not common to us all. There’s never a temptation,  Whatever be its shape, But that a way is given,  By which I might escape. However bleak my prospects,  However dark […]

The Will of God

It is the Word of God alone,  The written Word, I mean, April 9, 2009 It is the Word of God alone,     The written Word, I mean, By which the will of God is known,     For there His ways are seen. The Bible is the way by which     The Holy Spirit leads, […]

God Remains the Same

Life’s changing scenes make their appeal  To my poor, fickle frame, Life’s changing scenes make their appeal  To my poor, fickle frame, And often change the way I feel,  But God remains the same. When circumstances fluctuate,  My hopes may rise or fall, But God, unhindered by my state,  Is always over all. Though hopes […]

A Gourd

A gourd sprang up to shelter me,     And shade me in my grief. A gourd sprang up to shelter me,      And shade me in my grief. I thought it would forever be,     A source of sweet relief. But after only one glad day,     Which might my dreams confirm, I learned it […]

Worry and Quietness

Two passions that cannot agree Both try to be a friend to me. "In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength." ~ Isa 30:15 Two passions that cannot agree Both try to be a friend to me. The one more forward often gains An entrance to my heart and reins. In her I have […]

Man Pleasing

Oh, the crowd can’t be pleased, nor the members thereof, For what one will call hatred, another calls love. September 16, 2007 Oh, the crowd can’t be pleased, nor the members thereof, For what one will call hatred, another calls love. Though on pointing of fingers all seem to agree, The direction of pointing quite […]

Thou Knowest

That I’ve clung unto they word, More than food thy voice preferred; Job 23: 8 – 12   That I’ve clung unto thy word, More than food thy voice preferred; That my feet have kept thy way, From thy steps refused to stray,       Thou knowest.   Though I find not what I’ve sought, Though […]

Wind

The sound of whispers in the trees, The calm of summer’s evening breeze, The sound of whispers in the trees, The calm of summer’s evening breeze, The freshness of the gales in spring, All make the weary spirit sing. E’en winter’s blasts in beauty blow, When whirling flakes of pure, white snow. No season stops […]

Who Are You?

Can you plunge the depth of seas; Understand the ways of bees; Job 39 & 40 Can you plunge the depth of seas; Understand the ways of bees; Count the waves upon the shore; Or instruct a dinosaur? Did you choose our planet’s course; Or give strength unto the horse? Can you reach up to […]

What I Wanted

Ah, this is what I wanted,  And this is what I got, Ah, this is what I wanted,     And this is what I got, To be a quiet poet,     In my own quiet spot. But oh that I had hungered     For things of greater worth, That I had longed and panted     […]

We Can

We can have sorrow and rejoice, In praises lift our faltering voice. We can have sorrow and rejoice, In praises lift our faltering voice. We can be weak and yet be strong. We can have suffering with a song. We can be chastened and yet cleave. We can be sifted, yet believe. We can, for […]

To Taste a Real Revival

I want a visitation   Of manna from above,     I want a visitation         Of manna from above, Another Great Awakening,         A feast of heaven’s love.     I want the Spirit’s power         To move among the saints, To purify our flagging faith,         And purge our selfish taints.     I want the […]

The Well of All Wells

 If I draw from the well of my own shallow heart, Then the blessings are few that I have to impart, If I draw from the well of my own shallow heart, Then the blessings are few that I have to impart, But a fountain is flowing that never runs dry, And from it I […]

Strength

 He’ll put strength in me. He whose voice could still the waves, He is still the one who saves,            He’ll put strength in me. Though a weak and faltering saint, I am worn and feeling faint,            He’ll put strength in me. Though I grovel in the dirt, He won’t touch me for my […]

Settle My Soul

No one on earth understands my distress; Nor of my burdens does anyone guess. No one on earth understands my distress; Nor of my burdens does anyone guess. I, for myself, hardly know my own heart; Scarcely can sort my emotions apart. Only my God knows the anguish I feel. He is the one unto […]

Perfect in Grace

Perfect in holiness,          Perfect in grace, Perfect in holiness,          Perfect in grace, Saviour who pities me,         Show me thy face. Men may think ill of me, Friends prove untrue to me; Closer I draw to thee,         Grant thy embrace. Little I understand        How it can be, Perfect in holiness,        […]

Pain

“Man of Sorrows” knows my grief— He can soothe and bring relief, “Man of Sorrows” knows my grief— He can soothe and bring relief, Who himself such pain did bear, That none other can compare. All that sinners put him through No one shared and no one knew. I am not thus left alone, All […]

Thou Art Able

No temptation thee assaileth, But what commonly prevaileth. No temptation thee assaileth, But what commonly prevaileth. Others also patience borrow, Who must face thy self-same sorrow,         Who like thee with burdens groan. Even when the Lord’s allowed thee, That the blackest sky becloud thee, Even in the dark confusion, Give no heed to the […]

Keep me, Lord

Keep me, Lord, by your side; my own ways I resign, And I want to abide as a branch in the vine.  John 15   Keep me, Lord, by your side; my own ways I resign, And I want to abide as a branch in the vine. With your glory my goal, and your purpose […]

I Know What I Want

This time when I pray I know just what I want, And nothing You say could my confidence daunt, Novenber 11, 2008 This time when I pray I know just what I want, And nothing You say could my confidence daunt,      For my cup You have promised to fill. My case I now plead, […]

I Ask for a Blessing

I ask you, my God, for a blessing,      Though just what your blessing may mean September 27, 2008 I ask you, my God, for a blessing,    Though just what your blessing may mean Is buried in clouds of confusion,     And hid in the future, unseen. Just what should be chosen to bless […]

He’ll Never Leave Me

Forsaken of God was his well-beloved Son, Condemned for my sin was the only pure One. Forsaken of God was his well-beloved Son, Condemned for my sin was the only pure One. He suffered alone, died alone on the tree, Love’s eternal object rejected for me. The pain and the anguish I hardly conceive, Affliction […]

Healing

The wound is sore and open wide, Revealing wrenching pain inside. May, 2006 The wound is sore and open wide, Revealing wrenching pain inside. ’Tis so the healing process starts, When God binds up our broken hearts. The hungry are the ones he feeds, He bandages the heart that bleeds. The weary only find his […]

The Bonds are Broken

The law of sin and death may reign, Increasing misery and pain,   Romans 6   The law of sin and death may reign, Increasing misery and pain, Where blinded men its bonds embrace, But God be praised who offers grace, And frees me from sin’s bitter claw, By issuing a better law— The law […]

Free

In Christ I have sweet liberty. From condemnation I am free, October 27, 2007 In Christ I have sweet liberty. From condemnation I am free, From fear of death, and from its sting, From minding every fleshly thing, From fear of man, and pride of life, From worldly sorrow, lust, and strife. I’m free from […]

Death and Life

The Father’s love is far too great      To be to heaven confined. The love He gave a worthy Son      Extends to humankind. No man deserves a share in that      Which God bestows in grace, And pours with all the wealth He owns      On our rebellious race. My […]

Dead in Christ

Dead in Christ and ris’n again; This the plan of God for men. Collossians 3: 1 – 5 Dead in Christ and ris’n again; This the plan of God for men. When we die, new life we find, Guilt and pain are left behind. Once he died for you and me, That from sin we’d […]

As Dead

As over me the world once reigned, And lust and pride their hold maintained, As over me the world once reigned, And lust and pride their hold maintained, Let now the Holy Ghost control, And be director of my soul. Once death, in which I loved to dwell, Would keep me from the living well, […]

Light on the Inside

Though nothing looks the brighter;               My path is still the same,   Though nothing looks the brighter;               My path is still the same, My God, I want to thank You               And praise Your holy name. Dark clouds are all around me;               No sign of light is here, But in my heart […]

A Refuge

 That a refuge we need  Is quite certain indeed Psalm 62     That a refuge we need     Is quite certain indeed In this age of such sorrow and strife.     Every man has his way     His own pain to allay, And to bury the hurts in his life.     There is nowhere to […]

Once Has God Spoken

Once has God spoken  Yeah, twice have I heard, Psalm 62: 11 Once has God spoken     Yeah, twice have I heard, That His is the power—     It’s writ in God’s word: Trust not in oppression,     Trust not in the sword, For power, all power      Belongs to the Lord. Unto Him power, […]

Wisdom

Experience instructs, but it gives no relief, For knowledge brings sorrow, and wisdom is grief, May 21, 2009 Experience instructs, but it gives no relief, For knowledge brings sorrow, and wisdom is grief, And yet by the preacher of wisdom we’re told To seek it as silver and prize it as gold. It’s better to […]

Questions

Will they who look to the Lord for bread Be given only a stone instead? To Wrestle With Will they who look to the Lord for bread Be given only a stone instead? Will they who praise and exalt His name With shining faces be put to shame? Will those who trust in a carnal […]

I Can Safely Rely

I can safely rely      On a Friend who would die Psalm 4; 6 – 8            I can safely rely       On a Friend who would die For to ransom an enemy’s soul.       With a Savior like this,       It is heavenly bliss To yield all to Your faithful control.       I’ve […]

The Face of My Saviour

In the heat of affliction,       When bowed down with care, In the heat of affliction,       When bowed down with care, In my troubles and worries,       I pour out my prayer. Thus I cast on my Saviour       My burden of grief, And I find in His presence       The sweetest relief Oh, […]

Faith Is for Failures

Faith is for failures and all who are weak. The strong have no need of the help that I seek. Faith is for failures and all who are weak. The strong have no need of the help that I seek. The well have no need of a Healer like mine; The righteous, no need of […]