December 31, 2017

The Year

I will worship You
through the year.
My Lord I know You will hear,
the prayers of Your children dear
and guide them to safely,
and bring them near.



December 25, 2017

Christmas Miracle

That a baby could become a king,
has happened often in history.
But the true wonder and miracle,
is for a King to become a baby!

December 18, 2017

Good King Wenceslas

This is my singing of the classic Christmas carol.
Thanks for listening.
 - Tom




November 23, 2017

No Thunder Or Plop

There is no sound in the fall,
no thunder or plop,
no evidence of damage,
except a teardrop.
A soul in sin,
resulting from doing,
feels helpless and broke,
and lay in ruin.
But God will forgive,
restore and renew,
and fill you with love,
with the pure and true.



October 13, 2017

Autonomy Of Help

One desires
autonomy,
to live a life,
that is free.
But life in Christ,
makes one understand,
one must not separate,
from helping man.
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October 10, 2017

Not A Joke

Many laugh,
and even joke,
about the words,
that Jesus spoke.
But blessed are those,
with ears to hear,
for them the gift
of life draws near.

October 9, 2017

You Can Not Cheat

One can not cheat,
the truth of life,
no devious ways,
fulfill the right.
The Words of life,
one should heed,
for God's not mocked,
or deceived.




September 22, 2017

Taking Stalk

Growth in life,
compares to grain,
hidden in time,
passing through rain.
First shoot, then stalk,
a field of wheat,
pressing forth,
until complete.

September 21, 2017

Growing From Childhood

As one grows older,
then they should,
put aside,
games of childhood.
Lessons have been learned,
now to proceed,
to be all God,
wants you to be.



September 18, 2017

He's Colored My Life

The Lord has given,
the world great light,
and given hues,
to black and white.
He's taken darkness,
from my soul,
and made my life,
colorful.
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September 14, 2017

As A Green Shoot

Like a plant shoot,
new and green,
one is renewed,
and washed clean,
it's as if the past,
has never been,
when one comes to Christ,
and is born again.
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September 10, 2017

A Timely Word

A good word is timely,
and pleasant to the soul.
It binds spiritual wounds,
and begins to make one whole.
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September 9, 2017

Ecclesiastes 5:4 (paraphrased and rhymed)

When to God,
you vow a vow,,
delay not,
from paying now,
or complete,
in careless leisure,
for a fool,
gives God,
no pleasure.

September 5, 2017

The Great Oversight

The tragedy of
a lived life,
that contains a great
oversight.
By accumulating
all one can afford
yet not having
a life in the Lord.



September 4, 2017

A Marathon

We run the race
and carry on.
Not a sprint
but a marathon.
We try our best
for time to tell.
That in the end
we finish well.



September 3, 2017

Never Stylish

The current and the stylish,
will all fade away.
But the Word of God's forever.
One must follow it and pray.
The reward is life eternal,
with joy and peace within.
This day for those without,
is a good one to begin.



September 2, 2017

Not Misplaced

So much trust,
is misplaced,
in things that fail,
and end in disgrace.
But there is one,
where faith's not flawed,
no disappointment when,
one trusts in God.
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August 28, 2017

Unsure

If I neglect,
to stop and pray,
and speak with God,
at the start of day,
and listen to what,
He has to say,
I feel unsafe,
unsure of the way.

August 26, 2017

I Was The Worst (based on Timothy 13-17)

I was a blasphemer and persecutor,
and insolent opponent,
yet I received mercy and grace,
though I didn't deserve it.
Jesus came into the world,
to save those with sin's curse.
Among the many sinful,
I confess I am the worst.
Yet Christ forgives with perfect patience,
and redeemed me from my treason,
I worship and praise my God,
who has granted me freedom.
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August 24, 2017

Bedtime Prayers

A child will say,
their bedtime prayers,
and speak to God,
of all their cares.
Yet adults can learn,
at this scene so mild,
how to please God with,
the faith of a child.
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August 22, 2017

To Giggle To Laugh

To smile,
to giggle,
or to laugh,
makes a happy life,
that moves so fast.
A heart is full,
and speaks
glad words,
if it possesses,
the joy of the Lord.



August 21, 2017

A Good Read

You can read the newspaper,
but it may not be the truth.
You can't rely on the tales,
that were told as a youth.
There is a reliable source,
you may of read or have heard.
The font of truth,
is to be found in God's Word.



August 20, 2017

Clouds Of Witnesses

Great clouds of witnesses,
observe us living life.
They know of our struggle,
to do what is right.
When the battles are all over,
and we're released from all harm,
they will be there to greet us,
with love and open arms.

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August 17, 2017

No Record

No remembrance or record,
of wrongs we have done.

We are washed and forgiven,
in the love of God’s Son.



August 16, 2017

The Battle Fierce

The struggle is long,
the battle fierce,
repelling thoughts,
that seek to pierce.

Yet the shield of faith,
repels evil’s darts,
and the love of God,
fills my heart.



August 15, 2017

Carefree With Thee

I seek not fame,
or to live carefree.
I only desire
to be close to thee.
You are my life,
my everything.
You are God,
my Lord and King.

August 14, 2017

It Moves Slowly

Life's trials seem to move slowly.
One grows weary as they pass.
But our lives are but moment,
and not long do they last.
The tests that one goes through,
we endure and not succumb.
But they are not worthy,
to be compared to the glory,
that is to come.



August 9, 2017

So Generous

Oh Lord,
You are so generous,
many gifts You do bestow.
You gladly forgive debts,
despite how much we owe.
We thank you,
and we praise You,
for the love You freely give.
With You we find salvation,
in You we truly live.



August 8, 2017

Stream Of Dreams

Like a shadow,
as if a dream,
life passes,
in times stream.

We flow towards,
a world above,
and leave behind,
imprints of love.

August 7, 2017

Philippians 2:14–15 (Paraphrased And Rhymed)

Do all things,
without murmuring,
or dispute.
Be blameless,
and harmless,
sons of God,
without rebuke,

in the midst of a crooked,
and very,
perverse nation,

among whom you shine,
as lights,
within creation.

July 27, 2017

The Prayer of the Optina Elders

Grant unto me, O Lord, that with peace of mind I may face all that this new day is to bring.
Grant unto me to dedicate myself completely to Thy Holy Will.
For every hour of this day, instruct and support me in all things.
Whatsoever tidings I may receive during the day, do Thou teach me to accept tranquilly, in the firm conviction that all eventualities fulfill Thy Holy Will.
Govern Thou my thoughts and feelings in all I do and say.
When things unforeseen occur , let me not forget that all cometh down from Thee.
Teach me to behave sincerely and rationally toward every member of my family, that I may bring confusion and sorrow to none.
Bestow upon me, my Lord, strength to endure the fatigue of the day, and to bear my part in all its passing events.
Guide Thou my will and teach me to pray, to believe, to hope, to suffer, to forgive, and to love.
Amen

July 25, 2017

The Precious Gift

It is a gift so precious.
Worth more than pearls or gold.
It's value never changes.
Whether it is young or old.

It begins at it's creation.
But it never has an end.
It is common for everyone,
yet unique and can ascend.

Despite rank or positions,
that one may possess,
your spirit, soul and life
make you one and you are blessed.

July 11, 2017

Not By My Grit

With grit and determination, 
I struggled for my salvation. 
My failure drove me to quit. 
But Jesus obtained it.

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July 5, 2017

Humble Lesson

I confess,
and have contrition. 
I’ve not been, 
in submission.

I’ve tried to do things,
with my own hands. 
By my strength,
I’ve worked to stand.

Thus I earned,
what I could not afford. 
Better to wait, 
on the Lord.

Who planned success,
before I began.
Who sought,
to raise, 
a humble man.

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