June 30, 2020

The Seeker - (By Tom Balistreri)

I seek your glory.
I seek your face.
Remove me from
this worldly place.

Into your presence,
where troubles cease,
and love abides
with perfect peace.

June 29, 2020

No Second Thoughts - (By Tom Balistreri)

One needs to follow,
without second thoughts.
To seek the Lord,
as one ought.

He is the way ,
the truth and life.
He will lead,
you in His light.

Do not be,
of double mind,
but leave the foolish,
ways behind.

June 28, 2020

Waiting Gracefully - (by Tom Balistreri)

Lord,
I do not know,
or understand,
your mighty works,
or wondrous plans.
Help me to be,
what I must,
increase in me,
patience and trust.


June 26, 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


On My Arising - (by Tom Balistreri)

I praise you Lord,
for another day.
Guide me please,
show me Your ways.

Thank You for,
family and health,
for provisions given,
from Your wealth.

Guard me Lord,
and loves of mine,
help me make,
the best of my time.

June 25, 2020

Every Fault And Mistake - (By Tom Balistreri)

Every fault and mistake,
every sin You will take.
You toss them
in forgetfulness,
and cleanse my wounds,
with gentleness.

June 24, 2020

Please Realize - ( by Tom Balistreri)

Open your heart,
and realize,
that time and life,
is passing by.

Do the activities,
in which you spend,
matter to your soul,
in the end?

Seek God
in all of your ways,
and you'll have peace,
at the end of days.

June 23, 2020

Lay Down Beside Me

It's time for a peaceful love song. This is my singing of the the song, "Lay Down Beside Me." Thank you for listening. - Tom Balistreri


Even In The Desert - ( by Tom Balistreri)

In the midst of the desert,
God provides a flowing stream.
Surrounded by darkness,
He shines His light beam.

He forgets not His children,
God is always there,
to give His protection,
His love and His care.

June 22, 2020

Nothing When Apart (based on John 15:5)


You are the branches,
I am the vine.
You must abide in Me,
and we will be entwined.
The result will be,
much fruit you will bear.
For apart from Me,
there will be nothing there.

June 21, 2020

Yearning For Learning - ( by Tom Balistreri)

My true desire,
my inner yearning,
to grow in love,
and to keep learning.

Infinite and great,
are Your wondrous ways.
To commune with You,
brings joyous days.

June 20, 2020

There Is None Like Him

I sing here a gospel rocker called,
"There Is None Like Him."

With great backing by "Mississippi Mass Choir."

Thank you for listening.
- Tom


Not Whitewash Paint - (By Tom Balistreri)

Not a disguised tomb,
with whitewash paint,
but a renewed soul 
of a saint.

Life in Christ,
makes the spirit new,
and the grace of God,
in a man shines through.

June 19, 2020

The Stubborn Soul - (by Tom Balistreri)

The stubborn soul,
full of pride,
lives for itself,
with naught denied.

A Godly spirit,
freely gives,
and in the giving,
eternally lives.

June 17, 2020

No Longer Adrift - (By Tom Balistreri)

Adrift upon a stormy sea.
This was all life was to me.
Then rescued by God
I was free.
Now I praise Him
endlessly.

June 16, 2020

Stream Of Dreams - (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.

June 15, 2020

I've Still Got It (An essay by Tom Balistreri)

Today as I was reading many blog posts from various writers a thought occurred to me,
“I still got it.”
Got what? you may ask.
Child like wonder.
Or maybe it’s better called a positive attitude, or optimism, or hope.
I don’t know if any of those words describe what it is that I have.
I just know I’ve got it.
I can remember being a child.
I can recall my feelings and views towards the world that I had then.
I can relive them like it was yesterday.
I mentally can put myself back there and think like I did then.
Age has brought me experience.
It can bring a bit of callousness upon a person.
Maybe as a form of self protection.
But children see the world as very clear cut.
There are bad guys and good guys.
Right and wrong.
Cool and yucky.
I think kids are more realistic than adults.
The grown ups seems to be full of cynicism.
The media is all put downs, and gotchas.
Bad news makes good news.
If the other person has a different point of view, then it must be based on an evil ulterior motive.
Maybe I’m naive.
I try to remember to look at things through the eyes of a naive child.
Not always, but not enough.
I like a good joke. I like insult humor.
But I don’t like hurting anyone. Even if meant in good humor.
So I use the insults on myself.
It’s an excuse to have some humor at no ones expense but my own.
There is still kindness in the world.
I try to be part of it.
I know there are many who also are the positive souls on this planet.
Perhaps the reason the world is still here is because there are more of them than we realize.
They are just not as loud.
It is written:
“..Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 19:14
Perhaps that’s the secret.
To try to remember how to see things through the eyes and faith of a child.
I may not be perfect,
but I’d like to think,
I still got it
1956. The Author at 2 yrs old. The last time I caught a fish.

A Wise Prayer - (by Tom Balistreri)


June 13, 2020

I Do.

I wrote and recorded this a few months back.
It seems to apply in any time you live in.
So here is my song called,
"I Do."
Thank you for listening.


The Cost is Minimal - (By Tom Balistreri)

The cost is minimal.
A very small price.
You lose the bonds of death,
and gain eternal life.

June 12, 2020

Narrow Road




I’ve traveled for so long upon this path.
Sometimes the way is hard and not too fast.
But I know where it goes.
It’s taking me home.
That is why I’m on the narrow road.
There’s been times were I have lost my way.
And moments where I have chose to stray.
I turned around and found my way back again.
I’m heading back to where I’ll be welcomed in.
That is why I’m on the narrow road.
There’s a road road that’s wide, broad and bright.
Those who travel on it think it feels alright.
But it’s leading to a place they don’t want to go.
It’s that path of least resistance. It’s an easier way.
There’s a toll at they end that they can not pay.
When the journey’s over it’s not what you have but who you know.
I’m not saying you must follow me.
We all have are own paths and destinies.
The Spirit of the Lord calls to show you the way.
To endless treasure if you hear what He says.
And follow Him upon the narrow road

I Look For A City - (by Tom Balistreri)

In this cruel world,
without pity,
I look forward to a city.
Built in love,
by God’s hands,
heavens reward for righteous man.

June 11, 2020

Cat Slaps Dog

Meanwhile there are jerks in the animal kingdom too.

Glory Train


I recorded this song over 20 years ago.
I'm surprised to see it still gets a few views daily on youtube.
This is my singing of the classic Southern Gospel song,
"Glory Train."

Thank you for watching and listening.





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


The Quick Answer - (By Tom Balistreri)

Do not mistake,
the clever for the wise.
A quick answer may impress,
but truth is disguised.


June 10, 2020

He Takes Pleasure - (by Tom Balistreri)

God takes pleasure in His people.
They are His delight.
He gives the afflicted salvation.
He beautifies with His light.

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June 9, 2020

Pray And Seek - (By Tom Balistreri)

To avoid temptation,
pray and seek,
for the spirit is willing,
but the flesh is weak.

June 8, 2020

A New Day’s Prayer - (By Tom Balistreri)

Thank you Lord for this day.
And the blessings You have sent my way.

Please lead me, guide me,
show me the way.

And guard me in,
the things I say.

June 7, 2020

Precious Price - (By Tom Balistreri)

The precious blood,
that was shed,
was to redeem,
in our stead.

A price so great,
we could not pay,
but Christ's sacrifice,
opened the way.

June 6, 2020

I Relish The Thought - (by Tom Balistreri)

I relish the thought of that day,
when the cares of life fall away.
And I enter in rest and peace,
and join in to God's eternal feast.


June 5, 2020

Turn From The False - (by Tom Balistreri)

In a world that's fallen,
with many faults,
many turn to ways,
that are false.

But I've learned Your precepts,
that I've heard since youth,
for You are God,
and Your Word is truth.

June 3, 2020

Unstoppable Will - (By Tom Balistreri)

The will of God's unstoppable.
What is written shall come to pass.
He knows the end from the beginning.
The future from the past.

Remember in the turmoil,
the times that try men's soul.
God is never unaware,
and He is in control.

June 2, 2020

Not Unfinished - (by Tom Balistreri)

Nothing was left unfinished,
with Christ's death upon the cross.
His sacrifice restored,
all that men had lost.

The power of death was defeated,
not just diminished.
Christ Himself stated on the cross,
"It is finished!"

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