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The Tongue!

A tongue out of control 

is a bullet let loose

by a blind man.

A tongue out of control 

is a whirlwind of strife.

J Thomas @ 2017

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The Necktie of Purpose: A poem

Here is a poem I think you find that stretches  you out a wee bit!

Trials Into Blessings!

I have a coworker who became a good friend, so I started to pray for him. Steve’s life was going along real good: But God had plans for Steve’s life. Steve was to be broken, divorce was coming, his life was to be torn apart, he was to be thrown into a pit with no way out. At the start of his divorce he became very depressed and wanted to kill himself, his wife and all his family. I have walked this road myself Jesus found me at the bottom of this pit. I said some things to Steve in away most men of God would not talk. I also used language most men of God should never use. Steve had to hear and understand so I spoke his language. Of course I could have used a ball bat, or even a golf club, they work just as well for tact. My idea of tact is to use a nine pound sledge-hammer to drive a thumb tack into a cork board. It may not be pretty but it will get the job done. My method of console is best understood by bloody knuckle blue-collar workers only.

Yes, I remember the Greek word for comfort; paraklesis: to come along side because you are invited: When a vessel at sea is in distress the aiding vessel must be invited, to come alongside to give aid. It does not mean you shall not use a fire axe if a fire axe is needed to combat the demons of hell.

This story goes on and on and it is still going on but there is a point to it. God used all the suffering in my life to walk with Steve and sometimes even carry him through his trials. Steve did make peace with God, and so did his seventeen year old daughter. As I think all of the things that I have suffered through, God for His Glory has used my trials to comfort someone else. My trials were not only for my good, but my trials were also used to bless another and another and another. Just like a pebble dropped in a pond the blessing only goes out. Only a God of love can do that!

Out of this story comes the poem Trials!

Just for the record I wrote the story first, but I posted the poem first a dyslexic will do that!

With Him

One day I started this walk

With Him,

As His love woos me to Him!

So I believed then prayed!

At first the trail was smooth

there was only a little dust aroused

as I scampered along

With Him.

As I believed then prayed!

Soon the heat beat down

so His Shadow became my  shade

He refreshed me with

His living water

so I pressed on

With Him.

As I believed then prayed!

Down down into a vast deep valley

darkness, depression, and fear

was trying to hide what lie ahead

He became my Light.

As I trodden on

With Him.

As I believed then prayed!

Coldness of bitterness tried to steal away

warmth of my life

His love became the fire

that melted away the icy night

as I toiled on

With Him.

As I believed then prayed!

The road soon turned upward

the gentle incline grew steep

 growling hunger pains came from within

He became my bread of life

a nourishing power of Him,

I climbed higher

With Him.

As I believed then prayed!

A narrow mountain trail grew vertical

jagged sharp-edged rocks

razor cuts deep to my bones

a nailed scared touch of His Hand

was all healing of the wounds

I ascended upward,

With Him.

As I believed then prayed!

A missed placed step

a slip, a stumble, a fall

catapulted for sure to succumb on boulders below

His mercy. His grace,

Rescued as I was captured

back into enduring arms,

With Him.

I believed then prayed!

Thieves, robbers, set traps and snares

meaning to entangle

lions and serpents seeking to devour.

He the gentle Shepherd

guided, guarded as I grazed Living Words

drank from the Fruit of the Living Vine

In Him.

 I believed and prayed!

As many a valley I have crossed,

countless mountains have been climbed,

rivers to numerous to count forged,

trials, temptations pitfalls surpassed,

evil’s forces confronted,

sins confessed, weakness turned to strength

for His Glory.

For He is my Fortress, my Rock

my Shepherd, my Light, my Strength,

my Lord, my Messiah, my Love,

my life is

With Him.

 one thing I have learned

is to believe and pray.

These last few miles He now carries me

forward on life’s narrow path,

clutched tightly against His chest

to His Abba Father’s Home

where I shall live at rest forever

With Him,

Yeshua Messiah.

As I believed and prayed!

Amen.

When We Cry Out

When We Cry Out
NKJV Mark 4:35-41
On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
I know there has been many sermons on this passage of Scripture, but this is not going to be one of them. Let me take you back to some twenty-three years to a time in my life when I first began my relationship with Jesus. I had wrecked my life to the point I could no longer go home to my now ex-wife and children and was going to soon to be divorced. My sin had been forgiven but the consequences of my sin still had a price to be paid. I should have been homeless and alone, but God found me a room with a single bed. In my mind, I still believed I had a relationship with my children but the courts had placed a restraining order to keep me from contacting them. I was only maybe a few hours old in Christ and there was a storm raging in my life. I was a mess I had not slept in days and my mind was in turmoil with anger, fear, and a sea of depression was tearing at my soul. I knelt beside that little bed and began to cry out to the Lord. I cried out maybe much like the disciples did that dark stormy night. I was in the mist of a tempest and my boat was about to sink and I was sure I was going to die, so I cried out to Jesus. I told Him everything my sins my fears and about how alone I was. In a short time Jesus, the Holy Spirit, came into the room and wrapped His arms around me. I heard Him say to my heart and soul “Peace be Still.” Like the wind, my soul and heart obeyed and I fell asleep there on that floor in His arms. The storm still raged on in my life for some time, but in my heart and soul His Peace remained as He spoke Peace be Still.
A few days ago, a friend of mine met me where I go to pray each morning before we start work, which is not unusual of him. This morning he greeted me with the news that his mother had a heart attack, was in the hospital, was going to have test, and may need surgery for what we did not know at this time. He prayed first and I do not remember what he said in his prayer but I could see he was in a storm. Then I prayed I do not remember what I asked of the Lord but at some point, my prayer went like this: Jesus we are in a storm and we are crying out to You. We are not sure what Your plan is but in this pain, we know that good things will happen. If it is Your will that his mother be healed in that You shall be glorified my Father. We also know that if she is called home much good can come of this too. I have seen families brought back together, and old family scars healed. Out of loss much healing has come. Father we know that even though we are in this storm we will reach the other side. Please my dear Father speak into my brother’s heart the words you speak to me, Peace be Still. Even if the wind keeps blowing and waves crash over the side of our ship hear us as we cry out to You and speak the words Peace be Still and like the wind did so many years before are souls and hearts shall obey. Amen
After a second or two of quite with heads bowed He said your prayer was prefect and I could see Jesus had spoken to him Peace be Still.
In the storms of our life if we just cry out to Jesus he still speaks the words Peace be Still.

 

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