Betrayed by Our Actions

Conversant

1 Samuel 16:7
New Living Translation (NLT)

7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”


Speaking Without Tongues

We speak in many languages
Our messages to impart,
Some don’t even need the use of words
To show what’s hiding in our heart,

Just the way we stand or sit
Or even fold our arms,
Tells the world just what we think
Like the ringing of an alarm,

And if we’re angry we can’t hide
That glare coming from our eyes,
No more that we can conceal our love
When that special someone passes by,

So you might as well open up
And see what being conversant brings,
Your unspoken words tell all anyway
And reveal your hidden things

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

You know our every thought, our ever motive. Be with us and change our hearts and minds so that we speak only in love. Thank You, Lord for every kindness.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/conversant/

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Challenged By Grace

Assay

John 5:24
New Living Translation (NLT)

24 “I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.


Assay Me Not

I pled with the king,
I pled through the night,
Please give me a way,
To be pleasing in your sight,

Turn up the heat!
Let it sizzle and roar!
Test my true metal,
Right down to the core,

Send me on a mission,
Give me a goal,
A chance to prove,
The worth of my soul,

Grant me a title,
Dub me a knight,
There must be something,
To make it all right,

Then a Voice I heard whisper,
As clear as could be,
“Judgment is the last thing you’ll want
When You stand before Me”

I do not assay,
The value of man,
By the things that he’s done,
Or the strength of his hand,

There’s nothing to do,
That’s not already been done,
You only need accept,
The grace of my Son,

Then I will see you,
As I always see Him,
Full of righteousness and love,
Right up to the brim

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

Thank You for mercy and grace. Through them you see me anew. Hallelujah!

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/assay/

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Encrusted by Words

Encrust

John 15:15
New Living Translation (NLT)

15 I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.


Encrusted in Doubt

Like a ship with barnacles
We are all weighed down
By the baggage we carry
And the guilt to which we’re bound

Too long we have listened
To the voices of spite
Who have told us we are nothing
And did it with delight

Until at last our own thoughts
Are filled with such self-doubt
That we come to believe
It’s what life is about

And there in the emptiness
Of our deep-wounded soul
We remain fully encrusted
In all that we’ve been told

But there is a sweet voice
That whispers nothing but love
A shepherd who came quickly
From high up above

He can free you from your prison
He can break all your chains
He’ll remake you like new
Until only Light will remain

So if you are covered
In sickness and grief
Just call out from the darkness
And He will give you relief.

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

You have sent us a Shepherd, who is Jesus, and He has set us free. We thank You for such a great blessing.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/encrusted/

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Constantly Calling

Constant

Psalm 141:3-4
New Living Translation (NLT)

3 Take control of what I say, O Lord,
and guard my lips.
4 Don’t let me drift toward evil
or take part in acts of wickedness.
Don’t let me share in the delicacies
of those who do wrong.


The Dripping

Ever beating
At its slow incessant pace
Ever interrupting
Though I try to give it no place

My mind tries its hardest
To shut out its persistent voice
Yet no matter how hard I resist
It seems to have no choice

Its message is relentless
Its method most inhumane
If I have to listen
It will drive me quite insane

And whether from a faucet
Or a nearby television set
The ever constant ridicule
Still fills me with regret

And it’s not just there but everywhere
A thousand voices filled with spite
From the radio to social media
They continue day and night

Perhaps one day I’ll just pull the plug
And go completely off the grid
Out there among the birds and bees
God’s voice cannot be hid

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

Guard our hearts and minds against the voices of the darkness. They cry out all day and night to lead us astray. Cover us in Your mighty wings and hold us tight in Your embrace.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/constant/

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It’s All In The Details

Compromise

Hebrews 10:23
New Living Translation (NLT)

23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.


Too Far Compromised

It sounds like such a good thing
Just and fair for all
We each give up a little bit
And tear down the offending wall

You move a little to the left
And I’ll drift a little right
Then things will come together
And we will not have to fight

But there are things just too important
To allow their slow decay
Is there not a point somewhere
Where we must say, “No way!”

And never waiver from its truth
And at that point to take a stand
And even offer up our life
If that is its demand

There is a process, that is true
Where we as people must agree
But some things must be carved in blood and stone
If we are to be truly free

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

Keep us tightly in Your mighty hands and hold us firm in Your truth. You are the way from which we must never compromise, never stray.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/compromise/

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Now Is The Time

Present

Matthew 6:25-34
New Living Translation (NLT)

25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.


In the Present

Arise!
Embrace today
What has gone before is gone
While tomorrow is always on the way

Grab hold of the here and now
Grab hold with all your might
We are not guaranteed tomorrow
Only what’s within our sight

Be fearless in your endeavors
Work hard for every goal
Time may seem eternal
But death will take its toll

So be prepared at every moment
To turn loose of everything
Only the present has been promised
And what you allow it to bring

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

Please be with us in the ever-present “now”. Let us walk with You and know that You are near. Thank You for taking such very good care of us.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/present/

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Be of Good Courage

Courage

1 Samuel 17:40
New Living Translation (NLT)

40 He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine.


 

On April 23, 1910, former President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, delivered a speech entitled, Citizenship in a Republic, before a packed crowd at the Sorbonne in Paris, France.

Below is a quote from that speech that has come to be known as The Man in the Arena.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.


Today, I salute all of you, my fellow bloggers, for you too are men and women in the arena. You enter its gates each day and spin your tales, give advice, and expose yourselves to the criticisms of the world. There are those days when you know that you have not done your best or moved the world in anyway by what you have said, yet you have set yourselves above those who have done nothing, who sit in cloistered corners and poke fun and criticize. You are a “cut above” for your courage. Be proud, be bold, be forever glad that you will not be as those who Roosevelt so aptly characterized as “knowing neither victory nor defeat”.

Have a blessed day, sleep well, and enjoy the rest known only by the brave.


Father,

Thank You for being our courage. In You there is no defeat, only victory. May everyone come to know Your great love.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/courage/

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Rubed the Right Way

Rube

Romans 10:10-12
New Living Translation (NLT)

10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him.


From a Rube to a Ruby

Change me Lord this very day
Speak through me in all I say

Change my heart and change my mind
When they look at me may You they find

May I speak the truth ringing like a bell
Let it’s wisdom be all that I ever tell

May Your love be all that I confess
No other merit do I possess

And when I run my final race
May I stand before Your smiling face

May heaven’s gate then open wide
And I be permitted to come inside

And there no longer a rube to be
Since Your mercy and grace set me free

A ruby ring upon my finger placed
And in holy arms I am embraced

Surely there can be no more paradise
Than glazing into Love’s own eyes

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

Thank You for sharing Your amazing love. Thank You for every kindness. In a world that thinks it silly to believe in You, may I be sillier every day.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/rube/

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Let Yourself Be Seen

 

Costume

Ephesians 6:11
International Standard Version (ISV)

11 Put on the whole armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the Devil’s strategies.


Put Away The Costumes

How many costumes
Are we allowed to wear?
Do they hide our feelings
Or do they help us share?

Do they help us be more courageous?
Do they make us seem a saint?
Do they make us gregarious?
Or do they make us faint?

These costumes that we wear,
Cloak us in mystery,
We hide behind the mask
In complete obscurity,

But be careful what it is you wear,
For it becomes your identity,
What you wear in fear today,
You might have to wear throughout eternity

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

Help us to clearly know who we are and who we are in You. May we always see ourselves clearly and choose rightly what armor to wear. Thank You!

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/costume/

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Without a Doubt

Suspicious

James 1:6
International Standard Version (ISV)

6 But he must ask in faith, without any doubts, for the one who has doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.


Suspicious of My Valentine?

It seems very suspicious,
Very suspicious indeed,
That we are asked to wax suspicious,
On the very day of love we most need,

Why would we look with critical eyes,
On those we say we love?
Should we not be seeing hearts,
And cupids up above?

Should we not eat candy,
And in ritzy restaurants dine?
Surely we shouldn’t be in doubt,
Of the love we’re out to find?

Surely we should hug and kiss,
And give away bouquets by the ton?
If we can’t have love on Valentine ’s Day,
Then how will we ever have any fun?

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

May we never doubt Your love. May we always look for and find that You are the one true and pure love that holds our hearts. Thank You for this life filled with You.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/suspicious/

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