Path of Life

From Psalm 16:1-2:  “Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.  I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.'”

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Seeing foolishness

Walking darkest roads

Life’s journey of faith

Coming to crossroads

 

To whom shall we choose?

Evil’s empty book

Filled with deception

Flesh becomes his hook

 

Wilderness calls out

God’s refuge protects

Love filled with goodness

Earning our respect

 

Boundary lines set

Marching in God’s trust

Chosen path of life

Faith removes our lust

 

Always before us

God’s daily support

His right hand’s guidance

Grace never falls short

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From Psalm 16:11:  “You show me the path of life.  In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Dennis Swanberg Quote

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To make your dream come true, you have to stay awake.

From Ephesians 3:20:  “Now to Him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine.”

To Whom Shall We Turn?

From Isaiah 65:1:  “I was ready to be sought out by those who did not ask, to be found by those who did not seek me.  I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’ to a nation that did not call on my name.”

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Life’s stormy tribulations

Landscape filling with despair

Asking, to whom shall we turn?

God’s love coming forth, He cares

 

Darkness waits at each doorstep

Evil tramples tender reeds

Asking, to whom shall we turn?

God’s caring, sows fertile seeds

 

With each day, doing our best

Failure waiting once again

Asking, to whom shall we turn?

God’s seeds, breaking chains

 

Persecution waits nearby

Enemy lines up to strike

Asking, to whom shall we turn?

God’s breaking bread, fills life’s dike

 

Passing years taking their toll

Burdens never seem to leave

Asking, to whom shall we turn?

God’s life plan, always believe

 

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American Methodist preacher and gospel hymn composer, Charles Albert Tindley (1851-1933), wrote the lyrics to “Stand By Me” in 1905.  Gospel singer Marvin Williams adds his own interpretation to this beloved hymn.

Charles Swindoll Quote

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When times are tough, the Lord is our only security.  

From Matthew 6:25, 31-32:  “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?  Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’  For it is the gentiles who seek all these things, and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.”

Overcoming Storms

From Matthew 14:23-25:  “And after He [Jesus] had dismissed the crowds, He went up the mountain by Himself to pray.  When evening came, He was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them.  And early in the morning He came walking toward them on the sea.”

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Facing challenges

Feel nourishing calm

Fed with Living Bread

Holy Spirit’s balm

 

Sailing into wind

Swelling, stormy waves

Seeking God’s compass

Eternal grace saves

 

Witnessing hardships

Gale arrives today

God never leaves us

Teaching us to pray

 

Smothering tempest

Evil’s wrath scolding

Finding God’s refuge

His peace beholding

 

Overcoming storms

Daily lessons teach

Hearing Gospel’s call

Rescued from tide’s breach

 

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From Proverbs 10:25:  “When the tempest passes, the wicked are no more, but the righteous are established forever.”

Charles Spurgeon Quote

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God alone can give us songs in the night.

From Mark 5:35-36:  “While He was still speaking, some people came from the synagogue leader’s house to say, ‘Your daughter is dead.  Why trouble the teacher any further?’  But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the synagogue leader, “Do not be afraid; only believe.'”

Jack Wellman Quote

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Peace doesn’t come until we lay it all out before God and then let God do what only He can do, while doing what we can:  even if it’s only praying.

From Philippians 4:6-7:  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Worth Waiting For

From Psalm 25:4-5:  “Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.  Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.”

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Praying for His guidance

Seeking His protection

Always worth waiting for

Seeing God’s perfection

 

Living steadfast in faith

Trusting His Holy Word

Always worth waiting for

Grasping mercy’s password

 

Teaching about life’s kindness

Guiding with compassion

Always worth waiting for

Witnessing God’s passion

 

Bearing life’s suffering

Receiving Spirit’s fruit

Always worth waiting for

Loving God, taking root

 

Knowing His divine plan

Forgiving darkest ways

Always worth waiting for

Walking with God each day

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From Galatians 5:22-23:  “By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  There is no law against such things.”

John Calvin Quote

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We should ask God to increase our hope when it is small, awaken it when its is dormant, confirm it when it is wavering, strengthen it when it is weak, and raise it up when it is overthrown.

From Psalm 62:5-6:  “For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.  He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.”

Oswald Chambers Quote

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The one thing for which we are all being disciplined is to know that God is real.  As soon as God becomes real, other people become shadows.  Nothing that other saints do or say can ever perturb the one who is built on God.

From Genesis 15:5-6:  “He brought him [Abram] outside and said, ‘Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.’ Then He said to him, ‘So shall your descendants be.’  And he believed the Lord, and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.”