The Carpenter

June 6, 2016 at 2:05 am (Poems, Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder) (, , , , , , )

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O Lord, at Joseph’s humble bench
Thy hands did handle saw and plane;
Thy hammer nails did drive and clench,
Avoiding knot and humouring grain.

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That Thou didst seem, Thou wast indeed,
In sport Thy tools Thou didst not use;
Nor, helping hinds or fishers need,
The labourer’s hire, too nice, refuse.

Lord, might I be but as a saw,
A plane, a chisel, in Thy hand!
No, Lord! I take it back in awe,
Such prayer for me is far too grand.

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I pray, O Master, let me lie,
As on Thy bench the favored wood;
Thy saw, Thy plane, Thy chisel ply,
And work me into something good.

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No, no; ambition, Holy-high,
Urges for more than both to pray:
Come in, O Gracious Force, I cry –
Or workmen, share my shed of clay.

Then I, at bench, or desk, or oar,
With knife or needle, voice or pen,
As Thou in Nazareth of yore,
Shall do the Father’s will again.

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This fashioning a workmen rare,
O Master, this shall be Thy fee,
Home to Thy Father Thou shalt bear
Another child made like Thee.

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♡ Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ♡

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Light

April 22, 2016 at 12:46 pm (Poems, recommended reading, Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder) (, , , , , )

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Firstborn of the Creating Voice!
Ministering of God’s Spirit, who was sent
Waiting upon Him first, what time He went
Moving about the tumultuous noise of each unpiloted element
Upon the face of the void formless deep!
Thou who did come unbodied and alone
Ere yet the sun was set his rule to keep,
Or ever the moon shone,
Or e’er the wandering star-flocks forth were driven!
Thou garment of the Invisible,whose skirt sweeps, glory-giving, over earth and heaven!
Thou comforter, be with me as Thou wert when first I longed for words, to be
A radiant garment for my thought, like Thee!

George MacDonald – Enlighten Us, O Father of Lights – first stanza

♡ Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ♡

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Sketches

March 11, 2016 at 9:20 am (Poems, Prayers)

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God, oh God!
List, responsibilities, integrity, bills, work, deadlines, contracts, places, appointments, errands, chores, these hand’s so weak, so desirous to please You, all, all these, nothing, nothing compared to You, empty, fruitless, wasting, yet. You – You give, all, these things, made worthy because of You.

Oh, Father!
Be pleased! Delight! Sing over! Move! Inject the vaccine of Your Promises, Your assurance, Your power to fight! Fight the fatigue, the weariness, the aging decay, the blindness, the deafness that masks this day, Your day, each minute, called, ordered, directed by You. Promise forth Your Presence!

Yeshua! Sweet Savior, Shepherd of Your people!
Eyes, so many, full of listlessness, fevered with worry, dreams, wants, needs, soul reflecting the lack of Your rest, Your yoke. Heal, if You’re willing, each disease of soul for lack of Your nutrition – love, mercy, grace, obedience, perseverance, trust! Seek the lost in us all, where we wander, searching, grasping, mindlessly targeting our way. Use Your staff to bump, tap, nudge, back to Your path,Your Voice, Your burdens, Your purpose. Fight! O Warrior of Heaven, wolf Slayer, open, eyes, to see, the Hosts of heaven! Feed! Oh, Muiltiplier of faith! Feed us, Your Bread, Your wine, Your water, Your righteousness! Empty, oh up turn! The basket of hopelessness, brokenness, break out! Wrap us in the band’s of Holiness! Open! Ears! To hear beyond their limits, into the sounds of worship and contentment from the Throne!
Reawaken! Deadened nerves! Leporous hearts! That with suffering, feeling may yet again serve Your purpose! Beauty, hope, and souls poured out for anothers. Turn us! Oh, Miracle Worker from water to wine! Pressed out from vines of endurance, pruned, shaped and harvested! We, oh Master! Are Your fruit!

Elohim! Adonai!
Words, broken, unable to define, to express, so insufficient to describe, all, needs, but, more the truth! You Maker of all, send down Your great rain! Blow again into the dust of us! Life!

Strokes, of inner paintings, sketches, of each heart, You alone, can discern and Master piece these.

Surrender…all…I…lay…all
Sketch me into Your will today.
Wind me into Your timing, stop me at Your crossroads, lift me into Your keeping. Sketch me, oh, Merciful, into Your Glory!

♡ Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ♡

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Every Little Movement

September 17, 2015 at 2:38 am (Poems) (, , )

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For those who feel more now than they ever did before...

Liquid pleasure through my toes
A thread of hair the gentle breeze blows
The softest measure of Your sweet touch
I’m on the hunt for just this much

We take advantage, O God on High
Of the simple pleasure of Your passing by
Canvas making a world unseen
Holding sunlight on witness beams

The stoke of Genius
Forgiveness is
Unmaking bondage
While freedom gives

You art my Maker
Body and soul
Only Your touch
Can make me whole

Come Thou Lover
With Life’s caress
Enlighten my nerves
With nothing less

Than the trust required
To feel Your love
And never take advantage
Of Your precious nudge

Beyond the borders
Of this my frame
Color me in
With Your great Name

– LRV

♡ Grace and Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah ♡

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Shadows and Dust

September 5, 2015 at 10:58 pm (Mile Stones, Poems, Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Shadows ands dust
That’s what you’d like me to believe I am

Floating on the winds of human illusions
Left to the chance breezes of monetary bondages
Cast into the shadow of man’s invention
Shaped by their slave molding institutions

Oh, but most of all!
Most of all you’d bind me to the chains of me-ism
Every thought revolving towards myself
Caught in the lightless shade of self-absorbtion
This is your highest prize

But by the Grace that shaped the universe
I speak the Name – Yeshua
My eyes begin to light
The world fades dark as night
Yeshua, Yeshua, the Great Light

Fear falls like the shadows and dust you intended for man
Your jealousy crawls in darkness
Yahweh has loved these weak-kneed creatures
Fear follows His thought to the pit

Loosened now, are the chains that perpetuate the self-full soul
The pin point flame of Grace begins a roaring fire
Refining the weakness into His strength
The me-ism loses desire

The inner soul turns instead to the Glory!
Glory, glory in the Highest!
Worthy is the One to be praised!
The envied little weaklings you so abhorred
Now turns from themselves to stand in His gaze!

You screech and paw, and maim and kill
But you are weakness imbodied still
Cast out as the dust and shadows you offered us instead

And what more do or did you have to offer?
You Liar, son of deceit!
I stand in the coat of Blood that’s been offered
Shaking your dust off His feet!

Hear and harken, dust and shadows
You’ll play no tricks on my Savior
My ears will close up to your shadow
My eyes shall see only His Light
HE! HE has decreed it!  It will be so
So even if, I shall become dust again
His breath will again wake me and I will look upon His face, forever!

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Isaiah 14:26-27
This is the program planned for all the earth, this is the Hand stretched out over all the nation’s. Adonai-Tzva’ot has made His decision. Who is there that can stop Him? He has stretched out His Hand. Who can turn it back?

Isaiah 32:1-4
There is coming a King who will reign justly and princes who will rule uprightly. A man will be like a refuge from the wind, like protection from a storm, like streams of water on arid ground, like a rock cliff shading a weary land. The eyes of those seeing will not be closed, the ears of those hearing will pay close attention. The minds of the impetuous will learn to weigh carefully, the tongues of the stutterers will speak readily and clearly.

Jeremiah 31:3
From a distance Adonai appeared to me, saying, “I love you with an everlasting love; this is why in My Grace I draw you to Me.

Ezekiel 34:15-16
Yes, I will pasture My sheep; and I will let them rest, says (declares) Adonai Elohim. I will seek the lost, bring back the outcasts, bandage the broken, and strengthen the sick. But the fat and the strong I will destroy – I will feed them with judgement.

Psalms 2:7
I will proclaim the decree Adonai said to me, “You are My son; today I became your Father.”

Lamentations 3:21-39
But in my mind I keep returning to something, something that gives me hope -that the Grace of Adonai is not exhausted, that His compassion has not ended. On the contrary, they are new every morning! How great is Your Faithfulness! “Adonai is all I have,” I say; “therefore I will put my hope in Him.” Adonai is good to those waiting for Him, to those who are seeking Him. It is good to wait patiently for the saving help of Adonai. It is good for a man to bear the yoke from his youth. Let him sit alone in silence when He has laid it on him. Let him submit absolutely; there may yet be hope. Let him offer his cheek to the one who strikes it, and receive his fill of insults. For rejection by Adonai does not last forever. He may cause grief, but He will take pity, in keeping with the greatness of His Grace. For He does not arbitarily torment or punish human beings. When anyone tramples underfoot any of the prisoners of the land; when anyone deprives a person of justice, in defiance of the Most High; when someone is cheated of justice in court – does Adonai not take note of such things? Who can say something and have it happen without Adonai commanding it? Don’t both bad things and good proceed from the mouth of the Most High? Why should anyone alive complain, even a strong man, about the punishment for his sins?

Ephesians 1:7-12
In union with Him, through the shedding of His blood, we are set free – our sins are forgiven; this accords with the wealth of the Grace He has lavished on us. In all His wisdom and insight He has made known to us His secret plan, which by His own will He designed beforehand in connection with the Messiah and will put into effect when the time is ripe – His plan to place everything in heaven and on earth under the Messiah’s headship.

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♡ Grace and Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah ♡

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