Roses Aren’t Always Red ~

The Lord is My True Love ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann
Roses aren’t always red,
 violets can be white or blue
 but what never changes ~ Lord
 is the love coming from You.
I know I’m not perfect,
 but You love me any way
 Your love is like the sunshine
 that brightens up my day.
You love me like no other,
 what more could I need
 for Your love comes with . . .
 a satisfaction guaranteed.
Your love is in my heart,
 I can feel it in each beat
 without it my life . . .
 would be incomplete.
Roses sometimes are red,
 violets may come blue
 but Your love for me ~ Lord
 remains constantly true!
~~~~~~~~~~~
1 John 4:16
  King James Version
“And we have known and believed
  the love that God hath to us.
  God is love; and he that dwelleth
  in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”
Copyright 2014
 Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 02.07.16

C_H__Spurgeon

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Return from Backsliding

If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up.
~ Job 22:23 ~

Eliphaz, in this utterance, spoke a great truth, which is the summary of many an inspired Scripture. Reader, has sin pulled you down? Have you become like a ruin? Has the hand of the Lord gone out against you so that in estate you are impoverished and in spirit you are broken down? Was it your own folly which brought upon you all this dilapidation?

Then the first thing to be done is to return to the Lord. With deep repentance and sincere faith find your way back from your backsliding. It is your duty, for you have turned away from Him whom you professed to serve. It is your wisdom, for you cannot strive against Him and prosper. It is your immediate necessity, for what He has done is nothing compared to what He may do in the way of chastisement, since He is Almighty to punish.

See what a promise invites you! You shall be “built up.” None but the Almighty can set up the fallen pillars and restore the tottering walls of your condition; but He can and He will do it if you return to Him. Do not delay. Your crushed mind may quite fail you if you go on to rebel; but hearty confession will ease you, and humble faith will console you. Do this, and all will be well.

Today’s Bible Verse ~ 02.07.16

Your Word My Light

Psalm 97:10

“Ye that love the Lord, hate evil:
he preserveth the souls of his saints;
he delivereth them out
of the hand of the wicked.”

     King James Version
by Public Domain

~ To God Be the Glory ~

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 02.07.16

C_H__Spurgeon

Sunday, February 07, 2016

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Arise, and depart.” ~ Micah 2:10 ~

THE hour is approaching when the message will come to us, as it comes to all—”Arise, and go forth from the home in which thou hast dwelt, from the city in which thou hast done thy business, from thy family, from thy friends. Arise, and take thy last journey.” And what know we of the journey? And what know we of the country to which we are bound? A little we have read thereof, and somewhat has been revealed to us by the Spirit; but how little do we know of the realms of the future! We know that there is a black and stormy river called “Death.”

God bids us cross it, promising to be with us. And, after death, what cometh? What wonder-world will open upon our astonished sight? What scene of glory will be unfolded to our view? No traveller has ever returned to tell. But we know enough of the heavenly land to make us welcome our summons thither with joy and gladness. The journey of death may be dark, but we may go forth on it fearlessly, knowing that God is with us as we walk through the gloomy valley, and therefore we need fear no evil.

We shall be departing from all we have known and loved here, but we shall be going to our Father’s house—to our Father’s home, where Jesus is—to that royal “city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” This shall be our last removal, to dwell for ever with Him we love, in the midst of His people, in the presence of God. Christian, meditate much on heaven, it will help thee to press on, and to forget the toil of the way. This vale of tears is but the pathway to the better country: this world of woe is but the stepping-stone to a world of bliss.

“Prepare us, Lord, by grace divine,
For Thy bright courts on high;
Then bid our spirits rise, and join
The chorus of the sky.”

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 02.06.16

C_H__Spurgeon

Saturday, February 06, 2015

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Pray one for another.” ~ James 5:16 ~

AS an encouragement cheerfully to offer intercessory prayer, remember that such prayer is the sweetest God ever hears, for the prayer of Christ is of this character. In all the incense which our Great High Priest now puts into the golden censer, there is not a single grain for Himself. His intercession must be the most acceptable of all supplications—and the more like our prayer is to Christ’s, the sweeter it will be; thus while petitions for ourselves will be accepted, our pleadings for others, having in them more of the fruits of the Spirit, more love, more faith, more brotherly kindness, will be, through the precious merits of Jesus, the sweetest oblation that we can offer to God, the very fat of our sacrifice.

Remember, again, that intercessory prayer is exceedingly prevalent. What wonders it has wrought! The Word of God teems with its marvellous deeds. Believer, thou hast a mighty engine in thy hand, use it well, use it constantly, use it with faith, and thou shalt surely be a benefactor to thy brethren. When thou hast the King’s ear, speak to Him for the suffering members of His body. When thou art favoured to draw very near to His throne, and the King saith to thee, “Ask, and I will give thee what thou wilt,” let thy petitions be, not for thyself alone, but for the many who need His aid.

If thou hast grace at all, and art not an intercessor, that grace must be small as a grain of mustard seed. Thou hast just enough grace to float thy soul clear from the quicksand, but thou hast no deep floods of grace, or else thou wouldst carry in thy joyous bark a weighty cargo of the wants of others, and thou wouldst bring back from thy Lord, for them, rich blessings which but for thee they might not have obtained:—

“Oh, let my hands forget their skill,
My tongue be silent, cold, and still,
This bounding heart forget to beat,
If I forget the mercy-seat!”

The Greatest Love

The Greatest Love Sotry ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann ~ Photo Creation Swap
So great is God’s love,
 the whole world He embraces
 so He gave the greatest gift
 to every nation, to all the races.
God’s one and only Son,
 came with the greatest invitation
 those who puts their faith in Him
 would be saved from damnation.
With the greatest certainty,
 He quarantined no eternal loss
 promised everyone’s salvation
 came from the One upon the cross.
With the greatest of assurance,
 of life everlasting . . .
 God gave the greatest gift
 of true grace ~ unrelenting.
~~~~~~~~~~
John 3:16
  King James Version
“For God so loved the world,
  that he gave his only begotten Son,
  that whosoever believeth in him
  should not perish, but have
  everlasting life.”
Copyright 2014
 Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse ~ 02.06.16

Your Word My Light

Proverbs 21:21

He that followeth after
righteousness and mercy

findeth life, righteousness,
and honour.”

    King James Version
by Public Domain

~ To God Be the Glory ~

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 02.06.16

C_H__Spurgeon

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Blessing in the City

If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, blessed shalt thou be in the city. ~ Deuteronomy 28:2-3 ~

The city is full of care, and he who has to go there from day to day finds it to be a place of great wear and tear. It is full of noise, and stir, and bustle, and sore travail; many are its temptations, losses, and worries. But to go there with the divine blessing takes off the edge of its difficulty; to remain there with that blessing is to find pleasure in its duties and strength equal to its demands.

A blessing in the city may not make us great, but it will keep us good; it may not make us rich, but it will preserve us honest. Whether we are porters, or clerks, or managers, or merchants, or magistrates, the city will afford us opportunities for usefulness. It is good fishing where there are shoals of fish, and it is hopeful to work for our Lord amid the thronging crowds. We might prefer the quiet of a country life; but if called to town, we may certainly prefer it because there is room for our energies.

Today let us expect good things because of this promise, and let our care be to have an open ear to the voice of the Lord and a ready hand to execute His bidding. Obedience brings the blessing. “In keeping his commandments there is great reward.”

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 02.06.16

C_H__Spurgeon

Saturday, February 06, 2016

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Praying always.” ~ Ephesians 6:18 ~

WHAT multitudes of prayers we have put up from the first moment when we learned to pray. Our first prayer was a prayer for ourselves; we asked that God would have mercy upon us, and blot out our sin. He heard us. But when He had blotted out our sins like a cloud, then we had more prayers for ourselves. We have had to pray for sanctifying grace, for constraining and restraining grace; we have been led to crave for a fresh assurance of faith, for the comfortable application of the promise, for deliverance in the hour of temptation, for help in the time of duty, and for succour in the day of trial.

We have been compelled to go to God for our souls, as constant beggars asking for everything. Bear witness, children of God, you have never been able to get anything for your souls elsewhere. All the bread your soul has eaten has come down from heaven, and all the water of which it has drank has flowed from the living rock—Christ Jesus the Lord. Your soul has never grown rich in itself; it has always been a pensioner upon the daily bounty of God; and hence your prayers have ascended to heaven for a range of spiritual mercies all but infinite. Your wants were innumerable, and therefore the supplies have been infinitely great, and your prayers have been as varied as the mercies have been countless.

Then have you not cause to say, “I love the Lord, because He hath heard the voice of my supplication”? For as your prayers have been many, so also have been God’s answers to them. He has heard you in the day of trouble, has strengthened you, and helped you, even when you dishonoured Him by trembling and doubting at the mercy-seat. Remember this, and let it fill your heart with gratitude to God, who has thus graciously heard your poor weak prayers. “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.”

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 02.05.16

C_H__Spurgeon

Friday, February 05, 2016

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“At that time Jesus answered.”~ Matthew 11:25 ~

THIS is a singular way in which to commence a verse—”At that time Jesus answered.” If you will look at the context you will not perceive that any person had asked Him a question, or that He was in conversation with any human being. Yet it is written, “Jesus answered and said, I thank Thee, O Father.” When a man answers, he answers a person who has been speaking to him. Who, then, had spoken to Christ? His Father. Yet there is no record of it; and this should teach us that Jesus had constant fellowship with His Father, and that God spake into His heart so often, so continually, that it was not a circumstance singular enough to be recorded. It was the habit and life of Jesus to talk with God.

Even as Jesus was, is this world, so are we; let us therefore learn the lesson which this simple statement concerning Him teaches us. May we likewise have silent fellowship with the Father, so that often we may answer Him, and though the world wotteth not to whom we speak, may we be responding to that secret voice unheard of any other ear, which our own ear, opened by the Spirit of God, recognizes with joy. God has spoken to us, let us speak to God—either to set our seal that God is true and faithful to His promise, or to confess the sin of which the Spirit of God has convinced us, or to acknowledge the mercy which God’s providence has given, or to express assent to the great truths which God the Holy Ghost has opened to our understanding.

What a privilege is intimate communion with the Father of our spirits! It is a secret hidden from the world, a joy with which even the nearest friend intermeddleth not. If we would hear the whispers of God’s love, our ear must be purged and fitted to listen to His voice. This very evening may our hearts be in such a state, that when God speaks to us, we, like Jesus, may be prepared at once to answer Him.

Know Greater Love ~

Know Greater Love ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann
They say love makes,
 this world go around
 but now a days . . .
 it’s harder to be found.
We want to find love,
 lasting and real
 love that goes deeper
 than just how we feel.
We search for it,
 in all sorts of places
 we look to find it
 on stranger’s faces.
Seldom do we see,
 the love that we need
 to our worldly lusts
 we so often heed.
But, if we want to know,
 a love that is greater
 we needn’t look past
 our Lord and Savior.
For, there’s no better love,
 on which we can depend
 then the one that comes
 from our eternal Friend!
~~~~~~~~~~~~
John 15:13
  King James Version
“Greater love hath no man than this,
  that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
Copyright 2014
 Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 02.05.16

C_H__Spurgeon

Friday, February 05, 2016

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


Justice Satisfied

When I see the blood, I will pass over you. ~ Exodus 12:13 ~

My own sight of the precious blood is for my comfort; but it is the Lord’s sight of it which secures my safety. Even when I am unable to behold it, the Lord looks at it and passes over me because of it. If I am not so much at ease as I ought to be, because my faith is dim, yet I am equally safe because the Lord’s eye is not dim, and He sees the blood of the great Sacrifice with steady gaze. What a joy is this!

The Lord sees the deep inner meaning, the infinite fullness of all that is meant by the death of His dear Son. He sees it with restful memory of justice satisfied and all His matchless attributes glorified. He beheld creation in its progress and said, “It is very good”; but what does He say of redemption in its completeness? What does He say of the obedience even unto death of His well-beloved Son? None can tell His delight in Jesus, His rest in the sweet savor which Jesus presented when He offered Himself without spot unto God.

Now rest we in calm security. We have God’s sacrifice and God’s Word to create in us a sense of perfect security. He will, He must, pass over us, because He spared not our glorious Substitute. Justice joins hands with love to provide everlasting salvation for all the blood-besprinkled

Today’s Bible Verse ~ 02.05.16

Your Word My Light

Psalm 33:4-5

“For the word of the Lord is right;
and all his works are done in truth.

He loveth righteousness and judgment:
the earth is full of the goodness
of the Lord.”

    King James Version
by Public Domain

~ To God Be the Glory ~

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 02.05.16

C_H__Spurgeon

Friday, February 05, 201

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“The Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.”
~ 1 John 4:14 ~

IT is a sweet thought that Jesus Christ did not come forth without His Father’s permission, authority, consent, and assistance. He was sent of the Father, that He might be the Saviour of men. We are too apt to forget that, while there are distinctions as to the persons in the Trinity, there are no distinctions of honour. We too frequently ascribe the honour of our salvation, or at least the depths of its benevolence, more to Jesus Christ than we do the Father. This is a very great mistake.

What if Jesus came? Did not His Father send Him? If He spake wondrously, did not His Father pour grace into His lips, that He might be an able minister of the new covenant? He who knoweth the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost as he should know them, never setteth one before another in his love; he sees them at Bethlehem, at Gethsemane, and on Calvary, all equally engaged in the work of salvation. O Christian, hast thou put thy confidence in the Man Christ Jesus? Hast thou placed thy reliance solely on Him? And art thou united with Him? Then believe that thou art united unto the God of heaven.

Since to the Man Christ Jesus thou art brother, and holdest closest fellowship, thou art linked thereby with God the Eternal, and “the Ancient of days” is thy Father and thy friend. Didst thou ever consider the depth of love in the heart of Jehovah, when God the Father equipped His Son for the great enterprise of mercy? If not, be this thy day’s meditation. The Father sent Him! Contemplate that subject. Think how Jesus works what the Father wills. In the wounds of the dying Saviour see the love of the great I AM. Let every thought of Jesus be also connected with the Eternal, ever-blessed God, for “It pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief.”

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 02.04.16

C_H__Spurgeon

Thursday, February 04, 2016

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Your refuge from the avenger of blood.”~ Joshua 20:3 ~

IT is said that in the land of Canaan, cities of refuge were so arranged, that any man might reach one of them within half a day at the utmost. Even so the word of our salvation is near to us; Jesus is a present Saviour, and the way to Him is short; it is but a simple renunciation of our own merit, and a laying hold of Jesus, to be our all in all. With regard to the roads to the city of refuge, we are told that they were strictly preserved, every river was bridged, and every obstruction removed, so that the man who fled might find an easy passage to the city. Once a year the elders went along the roads and saw to their order, so that nothing might impede the flight of any one, and cause him, through delay, to be overtaken and slain.

How graciously do the promises of the gospel remove stumbling blocks from the way! Wherever there were by-roads and turnings, there were fixed up hand-posts, with the inscription upon them—”To the city of refuge!” This is a picture of the road to Christ Jesus. It is no roundabout road of the law; it is no obeying this, that, and the other; it is a straight road: “Believe, and live.” It is a road so hard, that no self-righteous man can ever tread it, but so easy, that every sinner, who knows himself to be a sinner may by it find his way to heaven. No sooner did the man-slayer reach the outworks of the city than he was safe; it was not necessary for him to pass far within the walls, but the suburbs themselves were sufficient protection. Learn hence, that if you do but touch the hem of Christ’s garment, you shall be made whole; if you do but lay hold upon him with “faith as a grain of mustard seed,” you are safe.

“A little genuine grace ensures
The death of all our sins.”

Only waste no time, loiter not by the way, for the avenger of blood is swift of foot; and it may be he is at your heels at this still hour of eventide.

Love Letter From God ~

Love Letter from God ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann
 Today I received,
 a love letter from God
 I opened up my Bible
 here is what I read . . .
I am your Creator,
 before you were born
 I molded and formed you
 just like the dew in the morn.
I’m the remedy to your needs,
 I am your soothing balm
 I’m the peace in your storm
 I am the voice that is calm.
I’m all the grace you need,
 in Me, there is eternal life
 I came so that I could bear
 the burden of your strife.
I am your staff of comfort,
 I will shield and protect you
 through life’s complexities
 together we’ll journey through.
I am the anchor of your soul,
 a safe place to run and hide
 I will never forsake you . . .
 I am always at your side.
I’m the lamp unto your way,
 with my Word I will guide
 I am the One who you feel
 stirring up deep inside.
I am your Creator,
 I knew you from the start
 that is why I gave to you
 for Me ~ a loving heart!
~~~~~~~~~~~
John 16:33
  King James Version
“These things I have spoken unto you,Creator
  that in me ye might have peace.
  In the world ye shall have tribulation:
  but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Copyright 2014
 Deborah Ann Belka

Faith’s Check Book ~ C.H. Spurgeon 02.04.16

C_H__Spurgeon

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry

C. H. Spurgeon


He Will Return

I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. ~ John 14:18 ~

He left us, and yet we are not left orphans. He is our comfort, and He is gone; but we are not comfortless. Our comfort is that He will come to us, and this is consolation enough to sustain us through His prolonged absence. Jesus is already on His way: He says, “I come quickly”: He rides posthaste toward us. He says, “I will come”: and none can prevent His coming, or put it back for a quarter of an hour. He specially says, “I will come to you”; and so He will. His coming is specially to and for His own people. This is meant to be their present comfort while they mourn that the Bridegroom doth not yet appear.

When we lose the joyful sense of His presence we mourn, but we may not sorrow as if there were no hope. Our Lord in a little wrath has hid Himself from us for a moment, but He will return in full favor. He leaves us in a sense, but only in a sense. When He withdraws, He leaves a pledge behind that He will return. O Lord, come quickly! There is no life in this earthly existence if Thou be gone. We sigh for the return of Thy sweet smile. When wilt Thou come unto us? We are sure Thou wilt appear; but be Thou like a roe, or a young hart. Make no tarrying, O our God!

Today’s Bible Verse ~ 02.04.16

Your Word My Light

Psalm 18:1-2

 “I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, and my fortress,
and my deliverer; my God, my strength,
in whom I will trust; my buckler,
and the horn of my salvation, and my
high tower.”

    King James Version
by Public Domain

~ To God Be the Glory ~

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 02.04.16

C_H__Spurgeon

Thursday, February 04, 2016

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“The love of the Lord.”~ Hosea 3:1 ~

BELIEVER, look back through all thine experience, and think of the way whereby the Lord thy God has led thee in the wilderness, and how He hath fed and clothed thee every day—how He hath borne with thine ill manners—how He hath put up with all thy murmurings, and all thy longings after the flesh-pots of Egypt—how He has opened the rock to supply thee, and fed thee with manna that came down from heaven. Think of how His grace has been sufficient for thee in all thy troubles—how His blood has been a pardon to thee in all thy sins—how His rod and His staff have comforted thee.

When thou hast thus looked back upon the love of the Lord, then let faith survey His love in the future, for remember that Christ’s covenant and blood have something more in them than the past. He who has loved thee and pardoned thee, shall never cease to love and pardon. He is Alpha, and He shall be Omega also: He is first, and He shall be last. Therefore, bethink thee, when thou shalt pass through the valley of the shadow of death, thou needest fear no evil, for He is with thee.

When thou shalt stand in the cold floods of Jordan, thou needest not fear, for death cannot separate thee from His love; and when thou shalt come into the mysteries of eternity thou needest not tremble, “For I am persuaded, that neither death; nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Now, soul, is not thy love refreshed? Does not this make thee love Jesus? Doth not a flight through illimitable plains of the ether of love inflame thy heart and compel thee to delight thyself in the Lord thy God? Surely as we meditate on “the love of the Lord,” our hearts burn within us, and we long to love Him more.

Evening’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 02.03.16

C_H__Spurgeon

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

This Evening’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Tell me . . . where Thou feedest, where Thou makest Thy flock to rest at noon.” ~ Song of Solomon 1:7 ~

THESE words express the desire of the believer after Christ, and his longing for present communion with Him. Where doest Thou feed Thy flock? In Thy house? I will go, if I may find Thee there. In private prayer? Then I will pray without ceasing. In the Word? Then I will read it diligently. In Thine ordinances? Then I will walk in them with all my heart. Tell me where Thou feedest, for wherever Thou standest as the Shepherd, there will I lie down as a sheep; for none but Thyself can supply my need. I cannot be satisfied to be apart from Thee.

My soul hungers and thirsts for the refreshment of Thy presence. “Where dost Thou make Thy flock to rest at noon?” for whether at dawn or at noon, my only rest must be where Thou art and Thy beloved flock. My soul’s rest must be a grace-given rest, and can only be found in Thee. Where is the shadow of that rock? Why should I not repose beneath it? “Why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions?” Thou hast companions—why should I not be one?

Satan tells me I am unworthy; but I always was unworthy, and yet Thou hast long loved me; and therefore my unworthiness cannot be a bar to my having fellowship with Thee now. It is true I am weak in faith, and prone to fall, but my very feebleness is the reason why I should always be where Thou feedest Thy flock, that I may be strengthened, and preserved in safety beside the still waters. Why should I turn aside? There is no reason why I should, but there are a thousand reasons why I should not, for Jesus beckons me to come. If He withdrew Himself a little, it is but to make me prize His presence more. Now that I am grieved and distressed at being away from Him, He will lead me yet again to that sheltered nook where the lambs of His fold are sheltered from the burning sun.

%d bloggers like this: