Just a Closer Walk

This Road

Psalm 23
New Living Translation (NLT)

1 The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
2 He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
3 He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.
4 Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.
5 You prepare a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord
forever.


This Road

A thousand times I’ve walked this road,
A thousand times or more,
And not much has ever seemed to change
At least not heretofore,

But today as I came strolling by
And passed an injured man,
I asked if I might bind his wounds?
Those in his feet and hands,

“No thanks!” he said with a knowing grin,
“I’m doing very well!”
But I might give you some good advice
That will pull you from your hell,

You see I’ve been right here and watched you,
“A thousand times or more”
But you’ve never even glanced up,
Never seen me here before,

You’re wrapped up in this worldly mess,
You follow after it everyday,
Perhaps you’d like to take a break
Then start walking down this way,

He pointed to a road unseen,
A path I’d never walked before,
It seemed a little narrow
But it begged me to explore,

It led beside a meadow green,
Then peaceful waters calm and clear,
And even through a deep, dark valley,
Yet I had not a single fear,

Soon I found that I was laughing
As sheer joy brought me to my knees,
I was unable to explain what happened
But somehow I knew that I was free,

Free from all the stress and pain,
All the panic and the pride,
I turned loose of all the lust and greed
And to this wicked world I died,

How glad I am to that injured man,
He must have been sent here from above,
I was surely lost here on this road
Until he showed me that path of love.

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

Thank You for sending Jesus. Through Him we have been freed from sin and death, and placed upon a path of righteousness.

Just a Short Walk Away

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Dreaming of a Hideaway

It’s an unremarkable place
Just a short walk away
Down by the creek
Where the deer often play

There’s no tv or computer
And the phones are all gone
When you are there
You are really alone

Just the crickets and the frogs
Are all that you’ll hear
It’s just a place in the woods
To get your head clear

So quietly close the door
And leave the world behind
Then listen with your heart
So God’s peace you will find

©2018 by William Pierce

Ask a Favor

Favor

This week  I’ll be taking some time off, so I’m posting some old prayers from my Mail Chimp Days. Hope you won’t mind?


Isaiah 66:2
New International Version (NIV)

2 Has not my hand made all these things,
and so they came into being?”
declares the Lord.
“These are the ones I look on with favor:
those who are humble and contrite in spirit,
and who tremble at my word.


We dream about being rich or being a movie star or a world class athlete. To possess a talent or beauty or skill that sets us apart from the everyday and makes us special. But what if you had a genie in a bottle and one wish only… What special thing would you ask for to set yourself apart from all the rest?

I would hope that I would not waste my one chance at reaching the top. That I would go for a serious wish…God’s Favor. Yes, it’s better by far than talent. There’s not enough money in all of creation to match it. It might be the single most precious thing you could ask for. To have not only God’s blessing, but to have Him actively pursuing your prospering in everything You do. Wow!


Father,

Please look down on us and pour out on us, Your Favor. Empower us with what we need to succeed. Turn the hearts of those that can assist us to do so. Make us pleasing to all that come in contact with us. May Your Presence go before us and follow us in all that we endeavor to do. But most of all Lord, may we be pleasing to You for the sake of our relationship and to bring Glory to Your name.

Thank You, Jesus so very, very much.

 

Isn’t It Peculiar?

Peculiar

Exodus 23:25
New International Version (NIV)

25 Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you,


A Peculiar Blessing

Isn’t it a little peculiar
And just a tiny bit odd
We’re always glad to get the sunshine
But blame all the storms on God

We imagine He sits high on His throne
And ponders up punishment that’s due
Yet He sent us His Son, Jesus
Who gave His life for me and you

The air we breathe, the food we eat
It’s all a gift from above
We never get what we truly deserve
Instead we get mercy and love

Oh sure, we don’t all drive Mercedes
Or live in mansions grand
But we’re blessed with life
We’re created by His mighty hand

So try to pause…just once a day
And thank Him that you live
And look passed all life’s troubles and woes
To all the many blessings He gives

©2017 by William Pierce


Father,

I know, because I have seen the life of Jesus, and all the blessings that the whole Earth receives each day from Your hand…You love us! It is not Your nature to sit and send storms and disasters to punish us. You have given us life and we must live it. If we choose to live it with You, then we can live without fear or anger. May everyone who faces trouble today, face it with You. There is no greater blessing.

Thank You!

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The Straight and Narrow

Overcome

Revelation 12:11

11 They overcame him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
as to shrink from death.


How to Overcome

Long before they ever died
They did not sit in the dark and cower
But made their battle over small things
Thus robbing the big ones of their power

Then when hard choices laid before them
The decision was already done
Their minds were made up long ago
And the battle already won

So train your mind and spirit
Train them every day
Then they will not turn to the right or left
But stay on God’s righteous way

©2017 by William Pierce


Father,

Help us to stay upon the path to life. Let us not wander off and become lost among the glitter and allure of the world. May we become one with You so that we will not be overcome by evil but conquer it with Your truth and love.

Thank You, Lord. Amen!

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Grateful for the Plan

Crescendo

Isaiah 33:15-17
New International Version (NIV)

15 Those who walk righteously
and speak what is right,
who reject gain from extortion
and keep their hands from accepting bribes,
who stop their ears against plots of murder
and shut their eyes against contemplating evil—
16 they are the ones who will dwell on the heights,
whose refuge will be the mountain fortress.
Their bread will be supplied,
and water will not fail them.
17 Your eyes will see the king in his beauty
and view a land that stretches afar.


The Maestro’s Plan

When the world seems hopeless
And God’s way you fail to understand
Do you sit and grumble
And question the wisdom of His plan

When hurricanes are swirling
And flood waters rise 8 feet tall
Do you praise Him for past blessings
Or just blame Him for it all

God’s put in place a master blueprint
Only He knows its reason or its rhyme
It’s unfolding right before our face
But just a little bit at the time

Like a mighty symphony it’s scored
With vast melodies of grace
A crescendo of love and mercy
That carries us through time and space

And we are lifted to a heavenly home
Where the music never ends
Rescued from a fate worse than death
By a Savior who calls us friends

©2017 by William Pierce


Father,

How easy it is for our tongues to rise up in judgment, even against You. To speak as though we know what is good and evil, what is right and wrong. We are then just a slippery step away from pride, lust, coveting, envy, and every other sin. Keep us Lord from judging. From placing ourselves above You. You know what is best and You are making it unfold.

We ask Your forgiveness and mercy for judging and praise You for this amazing gift of life.  In the mighty name of Jesus. Amen!

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Finite and Fine

Finite

Finite

Dictionary. Com defines finite, as it pertains to mathematics, to be:
1. (of a set of elements) capable of being completely counted.
2. not infinite or infinitesimal.
3. Not zero
So, let’s see how do we all “stack up” in terms of our finite-ness.


• Can we all be completely counted?

Genesis 16:10
New Life Version (NLV)

10 The angel of the Lord said to her, “I will give you so many people in your family through the years that they will be too many to number.”

Well, there’s obviously a limit to how many of mankind there are, but God must surely intend for there to be lots of us.


• Are we “too big for our britches” or “too small to count”?

James 4:14
New Living Translation (NLT)

14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.

This should help us realize the depth, the breath, and the height of our being…we like the fog are here then gone. But wait, there’s hope…

Matthew 10:28-31
New Living Translation (NLT)

28 “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. 30 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.

What kind of hope is that you ask, “Worth more than a flock of sparrows”? Remember, it’s not how much we value a flock of sparrows, but how much God values a flock of sparrows.


• Are we worthless?

John 3:16
New Living Translation (NLT)

16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

We’re very important to God or He would not have had Jesus do what He did – to die a gruesome death on a cross. He waits with open arms for all who will repent and turn from wickedness.


So, just how finite do we seem to be? At the moment, we are certainly not much more than a mist in the morning whether we’re a pauper or a king. We are more valuable than a bunch of birds, but we don’t need to get all puffed up about our importance because we’re not. Yet we know that we are enormously loved. Loved beyond anyway we have to measure just how loved we are. So while we are not important, or valuable, we are greatly valued by the Creator of the universe…How cool and reassuring is that? I’ll take that. How about you?


Father,

Thank You for caring so much and loving us so completely. May every person come to know how valued they are.

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Be Careful What You Wish For

Anticipate

1 Corinthians 16:14
New International Version (NIV)

14 Do everything in love.


Anticipate Something More

Some men sit and ponder
Always wanting something more
Can’t work their iphone six
But 7 is in the store

So they sit all day and dream
Of new things they can buy
Maybe digital televisions
6 feet wide by 4 feet high

They look at their shiny cars
Getting older every day
When a Porsche comes screaming by them
Got to be theirs some way

Then maybe a big boat
A Rolex or Jet Ski
They work so very hard
How wrong can it be

The wife has a fur coat
The kids all have their own cars
Why not buy a golf cart
Or a trip to the stars

But no matter what they buy
It will never satisfy or fulfill
They’ll be left only to anticipate
What’s worthwhile and what’s real

Life, you see is much, much more
Than what we can possess
If it’s void of  the Creator’s love
It’s just plain…worthless

©2017 by William Pierce


Father,

Help us to see and do all things in love. To take action through the heart and to filter our deeds through its pure and crystal clear vision.

Thank You for loving us.

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Lifted Up

Elevale

Mark 9:34-37
New Life Version (NLV)

34 They did not answer. They had been arguing along the road about who was the greatest. 35 Jesus sat down and called the followers to Him. He said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all. He will be the one to care for all.” 36 Jesus took a child and stood it among them. Then He took the child up in His arms and said to the followers, 37 “Whoever receives one of these little children in My name, receives Me. Whoever will receive Me, receives not Me, but Him Who sent Me.”


Elevate

Lift your eyes
Lift your voice
See what’s to see
And make a choice

Lift your spirits
Lift your hands
Be of profit
Do what you can

Lift your brother
Lift them all
Helping others
Great and small

Lift up God
Lift up praise
His name laud
For all your days

©2017 by William Pierce


Father,

Give us hearts of servants. Help us to humble ourselves that You might lift us up, for those You elevate are elevated indeed.

Thank You, Lord!

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Educated Early On

Educate

Proverbs 22:6
New International Version (NIV)

6 Start children off on the way they should go,
and even when they are old they will not turn from it.


I tried writing a little poem today about “educate”, but with it being a holiday…just couldn’t seem to make it happen. Luckily I remembered Robert Fulghum’s, “All I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”. It certainly reminds us of much that is really worth learning, as does Proverb 22 that I quoted from above.

Hope you all had a very good Labor Day holiday and are ready to get busy and “write” the wrongs of the world in what’s left of 2017. Oh! All of you along the Atlantic seaboard, stay alert and stay safe as Irma approaches.

Link to: “All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”

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Father,

As bright as we are, we still are in very much need. We need You. We need Your wisdom. We need Your strength. We need Your love. Hold us close and keep us from the darkness.

Thank You!

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