Today’s Poem: A Shadow Descends

to GOD be the GLORY

November 10, 2019

~ A Shadow Descends ~

By Deborah Ann

A shadow follows me,
wherever I may go . . .
I see its silhouette
upon morning’s glow.

It shrouds me,
in my Father’s light
it changes not a bit
from day to night.

A shadow falls on me,
from a secret place
from where it comes
back to heaven I trace.

It blankets me,
with wings of love
mercifully spread
by my Father above.

A shadow descends,
a silhouette I see
I know it is God . . .
watching over me!

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Psalm 91:1

He that dwelleth in the secret place
of the most High shall abide under
the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalm 57:1

Be merciful unto me, O God,
be merciful unto me: for my
soul trusteth in thee: yea,
in the shadow of thy wings
will I make my refuge,
until these calamities be
overpast.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 06.21.20

Psalm 91:1

He that dwelleth in the secret place
of the most High shall abide
under the shadow of the Almighty.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 06.21.20

C_H__SpurgeonSunday, June 21, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Thou art fairer than the children of men.”
~
Psalm 45:2 ~

The entire person of Jesus is but as one gem, and His life is all along but one impression of the seal. He is altogether complete; not only in His several parts, but as a gracious all-glorious whole. His character is not a mass of fair colours mixed confusedly, nor a heap of precious stones laid carelessly one upon another; He is a picture of beauty and a breastplate of glory. In Him, all the “things of good repute” are in their proper places, and assist in adorning each other. Not one feature in His glorious person attracts attention at the expense of others; but He is perfectly and altogether lovely.

Oh, Jesus! Thy power, Thy grace, Thy justice, Thy tenderness, Thy truth, Thy majesty, and Thine immutability make up such a man, or rather such a God-man, as neither heaven nor earth hath seen elsewhere. Thy infancy, Thy eternity, Thy sufferings, Thy triumphs, Thy death, and Thine immortality, are all woven in one gorgeous tapestry, without seam or rent. Thou art music without discord; Thou art many, and yet not divided; Thou art all things, and yet not diverse.

As all the colours blend into one resplendent rainbow, so all the glories of heaven and earth meet in Thee, and unite so wondrously, that there is none like Thee in all things; nay, if all the virtues of the most excellent were bound in one bundle, they could not rival Thee, Thou mirror of all perfection. Thou hast been anointed with the holy oil of myrrh and cassia, which Thy God hath reserved for Thee alone; and as for Thy fragrance, it is as the holy perfume, the like of which none other can ever mingle, even with the art of the apothecary; each spice is fragrant, but the compound is divine.

“Oh, sacred symmetry! oh, rare connection
Of many perfects, to make one perfection!
Oh, heavenly music, where all parts do meet
In one sweet strain, to make one perfect sweet!”

#throwbackpoem: Knowing How To Wait

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Knowing How To Wait ~

By Deborah Ann

Knowing how to wait,
on God is a must . . .
for it’s when we learn
how in Him to trust.

We need to remain calm,
instead of losing it
we need to be quiet
both in heart and spirit.

Knowing how to be still,
is a requirement
for it’s when we become
on God more reliant.

We need to stay cool,
not lose our composure
we need to slow down
so fear doesn’t takeover.

Waiting on the Lord,
is the best way to cope
for it is the only way
to find peace and hope!

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Psalm 130:5

I wait for the Lord,
my soul doth wait,
and in his word do I hope.

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Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Poem: What Will I Lose

to GOD be the GLORY

~ What Will I Lose ~

By Deborah Ann

What Will I Lose ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

I asked the Lord,
what will be my loss
if I daily . . .
picked up my cross.

He said to me,
here’s what it requires
but first you must die
to all selfish-desires.

All your dreams,
ideas and plans
must be placed now
into My hands.

Then you will need,
to follow Me
so I can lead you
to where you should be.

All your possessions,
all that you own
you must leave behind
yes, even your home.

You must give up,
family and friends
your bank accounts
and stock dividends.

I asked the Lord,
what will be my loss . . .
YOUR VERY LIFE He said
if  you don’t pick up your cross!

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Matthew 16:25-26

” For whosoever will save his life
shall lose it: and whosoever will
lose his life for my sake shall find it.

For what is a man profited,
if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul?
or what shall a man give
in exchange for his soul?”

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Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 06.20.20

Mark 8:36

For what shall it profit a man,
if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul?

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 06.20.20

C_H__SpurgeonSaturday, June 20, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.”
~ Amos 9:9 ~

Every sifting comes by divine command and permission. Satan must ask leave before he can lay a finger upon Job. Nay, more, in some sense our siftings are directly the work of heaven, for the text says, “I will sift the house of Israel.” Satan, like a drudge, may hold the sieve, hoping to destroy the corn; but the overruling hand of the Master is accomplishing the purity of the grain by the very process which the enemy intended to be destructive. Precious, but much sifted corn of the Lord’s floor, be comforted by the blessed fact that the Lord directeth both flail and sieve to His own glory, and to thine eternal profit.

The Lord Jesus will surely use the fan which is in His hand, and will divide the precious from the vile. All are not Israel that are of Israel; the heap on the barn floor is not clean provender, and hence the winnowing process must be performed. In the sieve true weight alone has power. Husks and chaff being devoid of substance must fly before the wind, and only solid corn will remain.

Observe the complete safety of the Lord’s wheat; even the least grain has a promise of preservation. God Himself sifts, and therefore it is stern and terrible work; He sifts them in all places, “among all nations”; He sifts them in the most effectual manner, “like as corn is sifted in a sieve”; and yet for all this, not the smallest, lightest, or most shrivelled grain, is permitted to fall to the ground. Every individual believer is precious in the sight of the Lord, a shepherd would not lose one sheep, nor a jeweller one diamond, nor a mother one child, nor a man one limb of his body, nor will the Lord lose one of His redeemed people. However little we may be, if we are the Lord’s, we may rejoice that we are preserved in Christ Jesus.

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#throwbackpoem: Besides Stilling Water

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Besides Stilling Waters ~

By Deborah Ann

Besides stilling waters,
is where Jesus leads me
whenever from all the chaos
I long and need to be.

It is where my heart goes,
in the heat of the day
where with Him in my mind
I can linger and stay.

Besides stilling waters,
running throughout my soul
is where I ask Jesus
to regain in me control.

It is where my hopes flows,
whenever there is a drought
where with His peace I find
the abating of my doubt.

Besides stilling waters,
is where Jesus and I meet
it’s there that my fears . . .
I leave at His feet!

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Psalm 23:2

He leadeth me beside
the still waters.
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Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Poem: Under The Umbrella Of God’s Love

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Under The Umbrella Of God’s Love ~

By Deborah Ann

Under God’s umbrella,
of His merciful love
all of us He protects
from His throne above.

He shields our weary hearts,
covers our worried minds
so that His perfect peace
we can always come to find.

Under God’s umbrella,
of Jesus’ forgiving grace
are the spokes of trust
to keep us going in the race.

He gives us the faith,
everyday to help us cope
by giving us His Spirit
of abounding, living hope.

Under God’s umbrella,
of His mercy above
there is a plethora . . .
of hope, peace and love!

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Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength
and my shield; my heart
trusted in him,
and I am helped:

therefore my heart
greatly rejoiceth;
and with my song
will I praise him.

King James Version
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Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 06.19.20

Ephesians 5:25-26

Husbands, love your wives,
even as Christ also loved
the church, and gave himself
for it; That he might sanctify
and cleanse it with the washing
of water by the word,

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 06.19.20

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Friday, June 19, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost.”
~ Acts 2:4 ~

Rich were the blessings of this day if all of us were filled with the Holy Ghost. The consequences of this sacred filling of the soul it would be impossible to overestimate. Life, comfort, light, purity, power, peace; and many other precious blessings are inseparable from the Spirit’s benign presence. As sacred oil, He anoints the head of the believer, sets him apart to the priesthood of saints, and gives him grace to execute his office aright. As the only truly purifying water He cleanses us from the power of sin and sanctifies us unto holiness, working in us to will and to do of the Lord’s good pleasure.

As the light, He manifested to us at first our lost estate, and now He reveals the Lord Jesus to us and in us, and guides us in the way of righteousness. Enlightened by His pure celestial ray, we are no more darkness but light in the Lord. As fire, He both purges us from dross, and sets our consecrated nature on a blaze. He is the sacrificial flame by which we are enabled to offer our whole souls as a living sacrifice unto God. As heavenly dew, He removes our barrenness and fertilizes our lives. O that He would drop from above upon us at this early hour! Such morning dew would be a sweet commencement for the day.

As the dove, with wings of peaceful love He broods over His Church and over the souls of believers, and as a Comforter He dispels the cares and doubts which mar the peace of His beloved. He descends upon the chosen as upon the Lord in Jordan, and bears witness to their sonship by working in them a filial spirit by which they cry Abba, Father. As the wind, He brings the breath of life to men; blowing where He listeth He performs the quickening operations by which the spiritual creation is animated and sustained. Would to God, that we might feel His presence this day and every day.

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#throwbackpoem Claiming My Peace

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Claiming My Peace ~

By Deborah Ann

I’m claiming my peace,
I am coming to rest
knowing that for me
God only has His best.

But, it up to me,
to trust with all my heart
so I’m claiming my peace
upon morning’s start.

I’m claiming my quietness,
I am going to rely
on Jesus’ to steady me
till this storm passes by

But, it’s left to me,
to trust with all my mind
so I’m claiming my calm
that only in Him I can find.

I’m claiming God’s peace,
my understanding it’ll surpass . . .
and then my heart and mind
fear no longer can harass!

~~~~~~~~~~

Philippians 4:7

And the peace of God,
which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds
through Christ Jesus.

King James Version
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Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Poem: A Warm Summer’s Day

to GOD be the GLORY

~ A Warm Summer Day ~

By Deborah Ann

Give me a warm summer day,
a cool breeze on my face
and I’ll tell you all about . . .
my Father’s mercy and grace.

For when I’m basking in,
the warmth of His love
I find myself engulfed
in His peace from above.

Give me a long lazy day,
with nothing else to do
and I’ll tell you just how
Jesus making all things new.

For when I’m just chilling,
His favor consumes me
and all I can think about
are the things I can’t see.

Give me a warm summer day,
far from the heat of things
and I’ll tell you all about . . .
the hope my Savior brings!

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Song of Solomon 1:7

“Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth,
where thou feedest, where thou makest
thy flock to rest at noon:

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Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 06.18.20

Ephesians 6:4

And, ye fathers, provoke not
your children to wrath:
but bring them up in the
nurture and admonition
of the Lord.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 06.18.20

C_H__SpurgeonThursday, June 18, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Thy Redeemer.”
~Isaiah 54:5 ~

Jesus, the Redeemer, is altogether ours and ours for ever. All the offices of Christ are held on our behalf. He is king for us, priest for us, and prophet for us. Whenever we read a new title of the Redeemer, let us appropriate Him as ours under that name as much as under any other. The shepherd’s staff, the father’s rod, the captain’s sword, the priest’s mitre, the prince’s sceptre, the prophet’s mantle, all are ours. Jesus hath no dignity which He will not employ for our exaltation, and no prerogative which He will not exercise for our defence. His fulness of Godhead is our unfailing, inexhaustible treasure-house.

His manhood also, which he took upon him for us, is ours in all its perfection. To us our gracious Lord communicates the spotless virtue of a stainless character; to us he gives the meritorious efficacy of a devoted life; on us he bestows the reward procured by obedient submission and incessant service. He makes the unsullied garment of his life our covering beauty; the glittering virtues of his character our ornaments and jewels; and the superhuman meekness of his death our boast and glory. He bequeaths us his manger, from which to learn how God came down to man; and his Cross to teach us how man may go up to God.

All His thoughts, emotions, actions, utterances, miracles, and intercessions, were for us. He trod the road of sorrow on our behalf, and hath made over to us as his heavenly legacy the full results of all the labours of his life. He is now as much ours as heretofore; and he blushes not to acknowledge himself “our Lord Jesus Christ,” though he is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords. Christ everywhere and every way is our Christ, for ever and ever most richly to enjoy. O my soul, by the power of the Holy Spirit! call him this morning, “thy Redeemer.”

#throwbackpoem: A Calm That Doesn’t Cease

to GOD be the GLORY

~ A Calm That Doesn’t Cease ~

By Deborah Ann

Today I’m resting,
my hope will sustain
for in my Lord
my faith shall remain.

Though I’ve troubles,
cares and worries too
trusting in my Lord
is all I need to do.

Today I’m at peace,
my hope will provide
for in my Lord
I know I can confide.

Through I’ve concerns,
difficulties and woes
I know all my ills
my Lord already knows.

Today I’m resting,
soaking up His peace
for the Lord’s given me
a calm that doesn’t cease!

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Acts 2:26

Therefore did my heart rejoice,
and my tongue was glad;
moreover also my flesh
shall rest in hope:

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Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Poem: Singing In The Dark

to GOD be the GLORY

April 17, 2018

~ Singing In The Dark ~

By Deborah Ann

It’s easy to sing,
when the day is trouble free
it’s easier to give accolades
to God, when full of glee.

It’s easy to sing,
when all is looking bright
it’s easier to praise God
when bathed in His light.

It’s easy to sing,
when all is going well
it’s easier to let our gratitude
for God, to grow and swell.

It’s easy to sing,
when  happy and content
it’s easier for us to God
our thanksgiving present.

But, they who still sing,
in the darkness of the night
are those who praise God . . .
no matter what’s in their sight!

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Job 35:10

“But none saith,
Where is God my maker,
who giveth songs
in the night;”

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Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 06.17.20

Psalm 68:4-5

Sing unto God, sing praises
to his name: extol him that
rideth upon the heavens by
his name Jah, and rejoice
before him. A father of the
fatherless, and a judge of the
widows, is God in his
holy habitation.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 06.17.20

C_H__Spurgeon

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Help, Lord.”
~ Psalm 12:1 ~

The prayer itself is remarkable, for it is short, but seasonable, sententious, and suggestive. David mourned the fewness of faithful men, and therefore lifted up his heart in supplication—when the creature failed, he flew to the Creator. He evidently felt his own weakness, or he would not have cried for help; but at the same time he intended honestly to exert himself for the cause of truth, for the word “help” is inapplicable where we ourselves do nothing. There is much of directness, clearness of perception, and distinctness of utterance in this petition of two words; much more, indeed, than in the long rambling outpourings of certain professors. The Psalmist runs straight-forward to his God, with a well-considered prayer; he knows what he is seeking, and where to seek it. Lord, teach us to pray in the same blessed manner.

The occasions for the use of this prayer are frequent. In providential afflictions how suitable it is for tried believers who find all helpers failing them. Students, in doctrinal difficulties, may often obtain aid by lifting up this cry of “Help, Lord,” to the Holy Spirit, the great Teacher. Spiritual warriors in inward conflicts may send to the throne for reinforcements, and this will be a model for their request. Workers in heavenly labour may thus obtain grace in time of need. Seeking sinners, in doubts and alarms, may offer up the same weighty supplication; in fact, in all these cases, times, and places, this will serve the turn of needy souls. “Help, Lord,” will suit us living and dying, suffering or labouring, rejoicing or sorrowing. In Him our help is found, let us not be slack to cry to Him.

The answer to the prayer is certain, if it be sincerely offered through Jesus. The Lord’s character assures us that He will not leave His people; His relationship as Father and Husband guarantee us His aid; His gift of Jesus is a pledge of every good thing; and His sure promise stands, “Fear not, I WILL HELP THEE.”

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#throwbackpoem: We All Look For Peace

to GOD be the GLORY

~We All Look For Peace ~

By Deborah Ann

We all look for,
some kind of peace
we all need
some sort of release.

We all want,
just a little rest
we all desire
a lot less stress.

We all seek,
a gentle calmness
we all wish for
a stilling solace.

We all require,
some kind of quiet
we all request
a tranquil climate.

We all look for,
a real genuine peace
but only Jesus . . .
true peace can release!

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John 14:27

Peace I leave with you,
my peace I give unto you:

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Deborah Ann Belka

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