February 27, 2019

Praise To God - ( by tom balistreri)

I lift my voice,
to God in praise.
for His gracious love,
and marvelous ways.
I’ll speak of Him,
in joy I’ll sing,
of mighty God,
my Lord and King.

February 26, 2019

Wait And See - (a poem by tom balistreri)

I will not murmur,
or complain,
or state my grievances
in vain.
I turn to God,
and wait and see,
how He will move,
and rescue me.

February 25, 2019

Willing - (by tom balistreri)

Here I am.
Here I stand.
To receive,
or lend a hand.

I do not need
to understand.
I am here Lord,
for Your plans.

February 24, 2019

Mope Not - (by tom balistreri)

Do not dwell on struggle,
nor whine and mope.
Have faith in God,
your eternal hope.

He will redeem
and see you through,
to blessings that
you never knew.

February 22, 2019

Devastation Restoration - (by tom balistreri)

In great loss
and devastation
I look to God
for restoration.

He will comfort
and see me through,
remove the ruin
and renew.

February 20, 2019

Poetic Pretension - (by tom balistreri)

The inclination to give perception,
of eloquent literary invention,
may cause an author's attention,
to submit to poetic pretension.

The serious poets curse,
may be to write in fanciful verse.
With works that appear,
a mix of King James and Shakespeare.

Though temptation may beguile,
still I resist that style.
Perhaps because my muse,
is closer to Seuss.

The Shadow Of The Almighty - (a poem by tom balistreri)

He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.
For in the hands of God,
are the souls of the just.

Safe from deadly pestilence,
and from the fowler’s snare.
In the shadow of the Almighty,
I find protection there.

February 19, 2019

A Choice Of Path - (a poem by tom balistreri)

You set before me
a choice of path.
Your way that's blessed,
or my aftermath.

I turn from how,
I've walked astray.
And choose to journey,
in Your way.

February 18, 2019

Tremble In Faith - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Faith without works is dead.
This has been written and read.

Faith alone is not fundamental.
For even Satan believes and trembles.

February 17, 2019

As A Swarm - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Temptations come
as a swarm.
They promise joy
but cause one harm.

Resist the price
one can’t afford.
Turn in prayer
to the Lord.

February 16, 2019

Constant Conundrum - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Life is seldom
considered humdrum.
More often it's
a constant conundrum.

But with prayer,
and Gods grace,
one can succeed,
as they live in faith.

February 15, 2019

In Seriousness - (a poem by tom balistreri)

In seriousness,
I come to You.
Lord guide me in
all I do.

Wash me clean,
make me new.
Please give me wisdom
to follow through.

February 14, 2019

Clothed As The Lilies - (a poem by tom balstreri)

Why worry about your clothes?
See how the flowers grow.
They labor not or spin,
yet dress finer than a king.

If God clothes the grass of the field,
will His blessings stay concealed?
To those who have faith,
He will provide a glorious swathe.

Wealth Of Knowledge - (a rhyme by tom balistreri)

He took his private jet,
to his over sea home.
He had breakfast in Paris.
He had dinner in Rome.

They say his wealth,
came from talent and skill.
Actually it came,
from his late uncle’s will.

If I Tried All My Days - (a poem by tom balistreri)

If I tried all my days,
I could not give enough praise.
Oh Lord you are my God and king.
Creator of everything.
I give you thanks how You have blessed.
In Your presence I find rest.

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February 13, 2019

It Has Gone - (a poem by tom balistreri)

The guilt and the shame,
and the mark of sin's stain,
all of it is has gone.

Jesus Christ has cleansed,
my troubled soul,
and a new life has dawned.

The Subtle Trial - (a poem by tom balistreri)

The subtle trial
here everyday.
Free me Lord
of this I pray.

It's not the obvious,
suffering and pain.
It is a constant,
eternal rain.

Forgive my pleading,
it seems trifling.
but I seek release,
from the stifling.

February 12, 2019

Nothing To Hang Onto - (a poem by tom balistreri)

I've given up nothing,
for nothing is all I had.
I thought that losing nothing,
somehow would be bad.

Now free to give to others,
from new discovered wealth.
For nothing becomes something,
when one gives of them self.

February 11, 2019

Stream Of Dreams - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Like a shadow,
as if a dream,
life passes,
in time's stream.

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

February 10, 2019

The Winter's Rest - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Blankets of snow across the ground.
People struggle to get around.
They dream about warmer times,
imagining warmer climes.
Unaware of nature's rhythm.
The time's purpose, remains hidden.
Failure to see, they are blessed,
and meant to enjoy the winter's rest.

Keep Me Simple - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Keep me simple,
keep me true.
Keep me on,
the path to You.

May my successes,
bring humility,
and all of us
closer to Thee.

February 9, 2019

I Cling To Thee - (A poem by tom balistreri)

With heart and soul,
I cling to thee.
You free the chains,
that burden me.

You open eyes,
so I may see.
You turn defeat,
to victory.

February 8, 2019

Lovely Thoughts (Based on Philippians 4:8)

Finally, brethren,
these things you must do,
whatever things are lovely,
whatever things are true,
whatever is pure,
honest and just,
of good report with virtue,
then you must,
think of these things,
dwell on them always,
for this righteous,
and worthy of praise.

February 7, 2019

Not Maybe - (a poem by tom balistreri)

In a world where answers are hazy.
Where clear direction
is answered with a "maybe".
The promises of God require no guess,
for he answers His Word,
with a "yes".

February 6, 2019

There Is Peace - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Through the trial,
through the test,
I turn to God,
to find rest.

In this world,
conflicts don't cease,
but in the Lord,
there is peace.

February 5, 2019

Prayer For Restoration - (by tom balistreri)

Hear us Oh Lord.
We humbly pray.
Remove those who hinder,
and distort Your ways.

Send us Your guides,
to lead us in truth.
Restore Your people,
to the strength of their youth.

Oh Holy Ghost - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Come dwell within,
oh Holy Ghost,
inside this humble,
unworthy host.

Spirit of God,
always there,
with love abides,
showing great care.

February 1, 2019

Without Flourish - (a poem by tom balistreri)

My soul's been fed,
my spirit nourished.
Done without signs,
or great flourish.

The change has come,
and put there,
as a result,
of simple prayer.

The Night We Called It A Day

I sing here the classic standard song,
"The Night We Called It A Day."
Truly a torch song.
Thanks for listening.
- tom