NEWS OF REBUILDING

Keeping a spiritual journal is such an important tool for reminding us what God has done for us in the past. I have been writing in journals for many years and every so often I will come across one and read through it. Last week I posted a poem I found in one of my journals. Yesterday, as I was looking for a notebook for my husband to write in, I found another of my journals. The following is a poem I wrote on September 13, 2012 as I was working through a Bible Study on Nehemiah.

 

NEHEMIAH NEWS

The gates of the city were burned

the walls broken down.

People were resigned and discouraged

as danger lurked  around.

Then God placed a vision

in the heart of one man

to rebuild that which was broken

to restore God’s master plan.

By night, he travelled the walls

to see the damage done.

By day he called together the people

to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

The enemy didn’t like it

when the people began to rebuild.

But they did not stop their work,

they did not fear or yield.

“The God of Heaven will give us success”,

their faith and trust pushed them on.

They began with the gates, then on to the walls

until at last, their work was done.

With God all things are possible

even when obstacles come our way

because God has a plan for every task

He places in our hearts today.

Yes, we can all be builders

of that which is broken down.

As we trust God for overcoming power

when the enemy comes around.

The God of Heaven will fill our hearts

with that which is right and true.

He gives strength and courage

For every task He has called us to.

 – Virginia – 9/13/12

 

Lord of All Creation

 

As I was looking back through my journal this morning, I found this poem I wrote on January 3rd of this year without knowing what the year would bring, personally and nationally. Today I find it very appropriate as a prayer for those who do not yet know the Lord of all creation that they would seek Him. His name is Jesus.

LORD OF ALL CREATION

Lord of all creation

humbly I bow at your feet

seeking your hand of mercy

to touch and give me strength.

To the weak and the weary

Your grace you have shown

to fill our hearts with hope

as we await our heavenly home.

Thank you for mercy and grace

in the sacrifice you made

that we could experience your presence

and from your free gift, be saved.

And now, O Lord, I ponder

how it can be so

that we receive such great love

and out of your wisdom, we can know…

The Loving Savior, Jesus!

“And it shall come to pass

that whoever calls on the name of the LORD

shall be saved.”

Acts 2:21 (NKJV)

FAN THE FLAME

The firepit sat in the garage for a while after our daughter gave it to my husband for Christmas. In the Spring, he brought it to the patio and has been building a fire in it every night. He sits around the firepit, watching the flames until they diminish, and the wood turns to ash. The next night, he will go out and rekindle the flame and repeat the process. It is now Summer now with temperatures in the 90s. I asked why he was doing this and he replied, “It gives me time to think and meditate.”

As I see him head out to the patio each evening, I am reminded of Paul’s words to Timothy.Fan into flame the gift of God”. For me, fanning the flame comes in the early morning as I pray and read God’s Word. For my husband, fanning the flame comes in the evenings as he spends time in quiet contemplation of God.

Fan into flame the gift of God which is in you is a statement for us all to consider as believers. God has gifted each one of us in different ways but one purpose. God gifted us to glorify Him and serve as a witness for Jesus Christ that others may come to know Him too. Just like a fire, our passion for serving can burn until there is no kindling left if we do not fan it every day. I don’t know about you, but studying God’s word lights a spark in me each time I study. It is my passion. When the flame is burning, I know I am serving in His will.

What about you? What is your passion? How are you fanning the flame to know and serve the Lord according to the gifts He has given you?

God gifted Timothy to preach, but he was apparently fearful. Paul told him, “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control”. (2 Timothy 1:7 ESV) It is by the power of the Holy Spirit you are equipped to serve out your passion from the area of giftedness God has given. Because of this power, you need not fear or be intimidated to move forward by faith in what God has called you to do.

Fan the flame to keep the fire burning through prayer and Bible reading every day.

For this reason, I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God,

which is in you through the laying on of my hands…

2 Timothy 1:6 (ESV)