April 2, 2020

Heal The Scorched - (by Tom Balistreri)

Forgive me Lord
and welcome in,
the repentant soul
scorched with sin.

Extend Your hand
towards me to heal
and grant to me
Your Spirit’s seal.


April 1, 2020

Ever Climbing - (by Tom Balistreri)

We were ever climbing.
Trying to get to You.
But You seemed so far away,
despite what we could do.

Then to our amazement,
in more than we could trust.
You brought us into union,
by coming down to us.

March 31, 2020

There's A Kind Of Hush

As the world tries to be still,
I thought this would be a song that would fit.
This is just me and my guitar as I sing,
"There's A Kind Of Hush."
Thank you for listening.
- Tom


He Will Give You Rest - (by Tom Balistreri)

Go to the Lord,
He will give you rest,
from weariness,
of earthly quests.
He will grant you joy,
and all it brings,
and the peace to love,
quieter things.

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March 30, 2020

Daydream Believer

Here is a song for everyone as we shelter in place.
My version of
"Daydream Believer."
Just me and my guitar.
Thanks for listening.
-Tom


Wait And See - (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.

March 29, 2020

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.

March 28, 2020

An Elixir For My Soul - (by Tom Balistreri)

Your Holy Spirit Fills my soul.
An elixir for my thirst.
Your love envelopes me.
In my good times or my worst.

You refresh and renew,
my spirit and my life.
I love and thank you Lord,
for granting me Your light.

March 27, 2020

The Object Of - (by Tom Balistreri)

The object of my thoughts,
the object of my praise,
the one who does not object,
of me despite my ways.

I am the object of His creation,
The object of His care.
The object of my God,
who loves and answers prayer.

March 26, 2020

Live And Learn - (by Tom Balistreri)

I thought my talents
defined my life as a man.
The desires of my calling,
the skills of my hand.

But age has brought small wisdom,
and now I understand.
A fulfilled life is gathered,
when aligned with God’s plan.

March 25, 2020

Fear Not - (by Tom Balistreri)

Be strong and courageous,
God has told us through the ages.
For there is no reason to have fear.
Just know the Lord is near.

March 24, 2020

Revealed And Heard - (by Tom Balistreri)

The Word was revealed
and He was heard.
Lives transformed,
hearts were stirred.

Now is the time.
All are invited.
Come taste and be,
 the Lord's delighted.

March 23, 2020

Like The Wind - (by Tom Balistreri)

Like the mystery of the wind,
that comes from who knows where,
the Spirit flows from God,
as help and gentle care.

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March 22, 2020

Through A Glass Darkly - (by Tom Balistreri)

For now we see,
as through a darkened glass.
We behold things unclear,
until this life does pass.

In God's kingdom we will see,
and then we'll understand,
how all things worked for good,
according to His plan.

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March 21, 2020

Open And Forward - (by Tom Balistreri)

An open heart.
An open mind.
An open plan.
Made for God's time.

No looking back,
at what is behind.
Only faith and peace,
In what I'll find.

March 20, 2020

Pillage Of Image - (by Tom Balistreri)

Christ captured hell.
He conquered death and its pillage.
Recreating spirits of believers
into His image.


March 19, 2020

Without Flourish - (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.


March 18, 2020

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.

March 17, 2020

Prayer For Restoration - (by Tom Balistreri)

Hear us Oh Lord.
We humbly pray.
Remove that which hinders,
and distorts Your ways.

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

March 16, 2020

Sailing The Course - (by Tom Balistreri)

As a ship without a sail,
or rudderless one would fail,
to  steer a straight course,
without the Lord as your source.

March 15, 2020

I Know - (written and sung by Tom Balistreri)

This is a song I wrote and sing that I happened to hear the other day.
It's sort of fitting for these times.
What struck me is how I often fail to live up to my own lyrics.
I guess this is an example of talking to oneself.
Here is my song called,
"I Know."

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Wonderful Restoration - (by Tom Balistreri)

Not by my power,
or my strength,
has goodness lasted,
for great length.

Yet in here in wonder,
do I stand,
in restoration,
by God's hand.


March 14, 2020

A Choice Of Path - (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.

March 13, 2020

Not Blindly - (by Tom Balistreri)

We do not follow Christ blindly,
as in darkness without light.
For the Lord came and demonstrated,
love, power and might.

March 12, 2020

Love Never Faded - (by Tom Balistreri)

Time has made
the colors faded.
The world falls
in decay.
But God’s love
is forever brightly.
To His children
a fresh bouquet.

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March 11, 2020

In Seriousness - (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.

March 10, 2020

Care Full - (by Tom Balistreri)

God cares for the sparrows
upon the earth.
He regards His children
with greater worth.

He frees the binding
of sin’s curse.
He provides redemption,
and second birth.

March 9, 2020

Among The Maddening - (by Tom Balistreri)

The voice of the world is maddening.
Its demands never cease.
Yet the voice of God is there,
whispering perfect peace.


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March 8, 2020

There Is Peace - (by Tom Balistreri)

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

In this world,
conflicts do not cease,
but in the Lord,
there is peace.

March 7, 2020

Wings Of Eagles - (by Tom Balistreri)

The Lord gives strength to the weary.
Even youths grow tired and weak.
But one can soar as if with wings of an eagle,
if it is God whom they seek.

They will increase in power,
they will run and will not faint.
For God gives health to his children,
who love Him without restraint.


March 6, 2020

The Bridge - (by Tom Balistreri)

It may be hard,
to understand,
that Christ is the bridge,
between God and man.

Through Him we have,
now become,
no longer slaves,
but adopted sons.



March 5, 2020

Always Urgent - (by Tom Balistreri)

It may not seem urgent,
to live in God's light.
One thinks there is time,
to turn towards the right.

But one never knows,
as they plan their desires,
that this very day,
their soul may be required.

March 4, 2020

Nothing To Hang Onto - (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.

March 3, 2020

The Great Exchange - (by Tom Balistreri)

The Holy Spirit,
will exchange,
the tormented soul,
and rearrange,
thoughts of darkness,
towards the light,
and despair of death,
to joyous life.

March 2, 2020

The Precious Gift - (by Tom Balistreri)

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.



March 1, 2020

I Cling To Thee - (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 29, 2020

Pause For Praise - (by Tom Balistreri)

Through out the day
I give pause
to worship You,
creations cause.

I thank You Lord,
for all You've done,
and the gift You gave,
of Your Son.

February 28, 2020

The Word Was Bespoke - (By Tom Balistreri)

The Word of God
was bespoke
to redeem all
from death.

To renew
a right spirit
and to give
the weary rest.

February 27, 2020

Not Frail - (By Tom Balistreri)

Although I appear,
weak and frail,
with faith in God,
I shall not fail.

He renews my soul,
and strengthens me,
and make me more,
than one might see.

February 26, 2020

Who Needs Poetry? - ( by tom balistreri)

Who has time for poetry?
When wars rage on
toward destiny.

No time to pause,
for subtlety.
Or clever words,
in melody.

Why slow and think,
of gentle things?
When there are conquerings and rising kings.

The leaf,
a bird,
issues of the heart.
They slow the rage,
and take apart,

the desires,
the lusts,
the wanting more,
of material things,
to own and store.

Who needs reminding,
they are a soul.
A spirit that love
can control.

Who needs to think in poetry?
Only those,
like you and me.



I'll Immerse Myself - (by Tom Balistreri)

To understand
what has occurred,
I shall immerse myself
in Your Word.

You direct and share
great holy light,
and give to all,
the Word of life.

February 25, 2020

The Burden Of Light - (by Tom Balistreri)

The Lord calls,
and at His behest,
I come to Him,
and He gives me rest.

I’m released from struggle,
and use of might.
For His yoke is easy,
and His burden is light.

February 24, 2020

Which Way Should I Go? - (by Tom Balistreri)

Show me the way Lord.
Which way should I go?
What path should I take?
I want to know.

Yet I will trust,
that You will guide.
And fear not,
with You by my side.

February 23, 2020

Let Me Not Jeopardize - (by Tom Balistreri)

Let me not,
jeopardize,
the faith of others,
in my life.

Help me be,
Your hands and light,
and not fail to show,
the path that's right.

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February 22, 2020

A Living Transformation - (by Tom Balistreri)

A living transformation,
sometimes quickly,
often slow,

comes to those
who turn to Christ,
and come to know,

His love and revelation,
as he turns
darkness into light,

and they find
old things become new,
and find new life.

February 21, 2020

The Borrowed- (by Tom Balistreri)

Material things
in life aren’t mine.
All is borrowed,
even time.

Only love
can one possess.
And give to all,
for happiness.

February 20, 2020

Knowledge Of The Prudent - (by Tom Balistreri)

Study the scriptures
as a student.
Learn from the wise
develop prudence.

Grow in knowledge
of the Lord.
Gain understanding,
an eternal reward.

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February 19, 2020

I'm Not The Same - (by Tom Balistreri)

I'm not the same
as I used to be,
for Christ has won
the victory.

I am renewed
and set free,
from the weight of sin,
that burdened me.

February 18, 2020

Drift Toward Pride - (by Tom Balistreri)

Success in ones life,
may cause one to drift.
Into feelings of pride.
This is well to resist.

When the power of the humble,
have their feelings shift,
the wise will remember,
talent is God's gift.

February 17, 2020

At The Crossroads - (by Tom Balistreri)

Many come to a crossroad,
the choice has them lost.
Know then the right direction,
is the road with a cross.

February 16, 2020

Passionate Mercy - (by Tom Balistreri)

Your passionate mercy,
Your wondrous grace,
Your loving kindness,
You restore and make chaste.

We worship You Lord,
who loves us and guides,
Who welcomes His children,
with arms open wide.

February 15, 2020

Where Else Can I Go? - (by Tom Balistreri)

Where else can I go Lord,
to hear words of life?
Who else illuminates,
through dark of night?

Who else would accept,
that burdens I bring?
Only You my Lord,
the true God and my King.


February 14, 2020

Morning Prayer - (by Tom Balistreri)

Holy God,
Mighty King,
I await the wonders,
this day will bring.

To You all praise,
I will sing.
For Your mercy is
everlasting.