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,  […]

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 […]

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,

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,

Christ Alone

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

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 […]

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 […]

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; […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]