Breaking Free

From Psalm 31:3-4:  “You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake lead me and guide me, take me out of the net that is hidden for me, for you are my refuge.”

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Crying out from devilish wasteland

Surrounded by desert’s empty sand

Caught, tangled in sin’s deceptive net

Buried under life’s heaviest debt

 

Captured by evil’s sly temptations

Confined to cellblock’s harsh reception

Engulfed by relentless guilt and shame

Throwing key away, dimming life’s flame

 

Praying to Holy Father above

Singing of His steadfast, faithful love

Seeking His mercy in valley’s distress

How will life move forward, from this mess?

 

Coming to life’s rescue, Jesus Christ

Accepting His grace, He pays full price

Breaking free from sin’s ongoing grip

Sailing on Spirit’s armored flagship

 

Exiting darkest, shame-filled prison

Beholding blood-stained Cross, He’s Risen!

Remaking character, with each day

Walking with Jesus, never shall stray

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From Psalm 18:1-2:  “I love you, O Lord, my strength.  The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

Just in Case

From James 4:6:  “But He gives all the more grace; therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.'”

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Our Creator’s divine plan

Offers fullest, living grace

Giving patience, just in case

When running life’s anxious race

 

Our Lord shares forgiveness

Relationships need healing

Forgiving sin, just in case

When each day seems freewheeling

 

Heaven’s Father, sharing peace

Imperfect lives needing change

Trimming each branch, just in case

When roaming lost on God’s range

 

God shares His timely wisdom

From Heaven, He sees us fall

Touching our hand, just in case

When we need His hope-filled call

 

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From John 15:1-2:  “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower.  He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit.  Every branch that bears fruit He prunes to make it bear more fruit.”

L. R. Knost Quotes

It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world.  It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.

Forgiveness empties the past of its power to empty the present of its peace.

Charles Swindoll Quote

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I honestly believe that “forgetting” is the hardest part of “forgiving.”  Forgetting is something shared with no other person.  It’s a solo flight.

From 1 John 4:4:  “Little children, you are from God, and have conquered them; for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

Chains Broken and Free

From Titus 3:4-7:  “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.  This Spirit He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

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Running life’s perpetual marathon

Searching for finish line, never in sight

Scaling boundless mountains, summits hidden

Paddling always upstream, with all our might

 

Living foolishly through sin-filled choices

Thinking daily good works shall pay our way

Falling down exhausted, never enough

Realizing God brings His goodness each day

 

Loving us with kindness, comes the Father

Giving to us freely, eternal Grace

Sharing His Holy Word, wrapped in mercy

Renewing Holy Spirit will embrace

 

Chained in darkness as unrighteous sinners

Witnessing now—a mournful, blood-stained tree

Paying for our life’s transgressions in full

Accepting Jesus, chains broken and free

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “There is only one way to receive our heavenly Father’s favor, and that’s by faith in His Son, who did all the work for us.”

Life’s New Page

From Ephesians 4:31-32:  “Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.”

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Life’s battered bucket sometimes overflows

Facing daily challenges, too immense

One challenge standing apart from the rest

Using forgiveness seems much too intense

 

Our righteous Father teaches forgiveness

Extending forgiveness with earnest hearts

Breathe in every word in its entirety

Receiving forgiveness with humble hearts

 

Take in God’s Word, His Holy Commandments

Burying bitterness, it sours the heart

Always best to forgive, forget, move on

Hanging on to the past, weighs down the heart

 

As humans, reacting much too quickly

Expressing heated anger, fixing blame

Slow to forgive, even more to forget

Stepping now with humbleness, drowns the flames

 

No longer in the enemy’s darkness

Praying the sun to not set on our rage

With our Lord’s truth, filling with righteousness

Following God’s way, life writes a new page

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From the words of American pastor and Christian author, Jim Cymbala:  “Looking back over my life, all I can see is mercy and grace written in large letters everywhere.  May God help me have the same kind of heart toward those who wound or offend me.”

Arthur Wing Pinero Quote

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In this life, if you have anything to pardon, pardon quickly.  Slow forgiveness is little better than no forgiveness.

From James 3:17-18:  “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.  And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.”

Max Lucado Quote

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What makes a Christian a Christian is not perfection but forgiveness.

From Matthew 18:21-22:  “Then Peter came and said to Him, ‘Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive?  As many as seven times?’  Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but I tell you, seventy times seven.'”

Renewing Rain

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From Isaiah 45:8:  “Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the skies rain down righteousness; let the earth open, that salvation may spring up, and let it cause righteousness t sprout up also; I the Lord have created it.”

Rain showers continuously hydrate the lands

Sending restoring moisture from God’s hands

 

Perhaps God’s design will deliver to rinse off me

Washing away transgressions that affix on thee

 

Flowers, grass, and trees experience joy now

Smiling as additional raindrops take their bow

 

This errant life feels God’s restoring spirit of the rain

Helping me to reconcile and move away from pain

 

The clouds hang low, soon rain comes again

Witnessing Christ’s love, forgiving all our sin

 

Temperatures remain cool, clouds shroud the light

Feeling God’s lasting affection, realizing His might

 

My disposition cools, harsh feelings evaporate

Praying to my Lord, as the darkness grows late

 

God continually watches over His creation

Looking down from above, smiles of elation

 

For me, a blood-stained cross forever stands near

Thanking Jesus for bringing Salvation, without fear

 

Nature comes alive as the rains abate

Growing with God’s love, will be its fate

 

An imperfect man such as me, steps from sin’s shadows

Kneeling before God, forgiven for my disobedient travels