The Mystery of Prayer

The Mystery of Prayer
Beyond that which words can interpret
Or theology can explain
The soul feels a “shower of refreshment”
That falls like the gentle rain

On hearts that are parched with problems
And are searching to find the way
To somehow attract God’s attention
Through well-chosen words as they pray,

Not knowing that God in His wisdom
Can sense all man’s worry and woe
For there is nothing man can conceal
That God does not already know…

So kneel in prayer in His presence
And you’ll find no need to speak
For softly in silent communion
God grants you the peace that you seek.


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Fear Sees Faith Coming

Fear sees faith coming

When fear sees faith a-coming, when doubt sees truth displayed,
The truth that is in Jesus how can we be dismayed?
When tears are wept in secret, when sorrow’s night descends,
Then faith in Jesus’ power our sorry soul defends.

When we are busy drowning in a sea of sad despair,
When those we love have hurt us and our soul needs God’s repair,
When loneliness o’er-whelms us with an ache that none can touch,
And we’re crushed with disappointments and life is just too much.

When danger threatens loved ones, when death stalks near to home,
When war shall rise against us, when panic’s on the throne,
Remind us of your promises, renew our hearts in grace,
And help us live in righteousness and truth before your face.

So Jesus be our comfort and remind us in your Word,
That our small voice in the tempest incredibly is heard,
In the heaven you inhabit, in the love land where you live,
And you travel through the universe, your peace to us to give!

So we wait now in this stillness that garrisons our soul,
Yes, we wait with hands uplifted till you come and make us whole,
So when faith sees fear a-coming to fill our hearts with dread,
Oh Lord Jesus great and mighty, will you please kill fear dead!

Jill Briscoe

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The Rose

The rose

Near a shady wall a rose once grew
Budded and blossomed in God’s free light
Watered and fed by morning dew
Shedding its sweetness by day and night.

As it grew and blossomed fair and tall
slowly rising to loftier height
It came to a crevice in the wall
Through which there shone a beam of light.

Onward it crept with added strength
With never a thought of fear or pride
It followed the light through the crevice’s length
And unfolded itself on the other side.

The light, the dew, the broadening view,
Were found the same as they were before,
And it lost itself in beauties new,
Breathing it’s fragrance more and more.

Shall claim of death cause us to grieve
And make our courage faint and fall?
Nay! Let us Faith in God receive….
The rose still grows beyond the wall.

Scattering fragrance far and wide
Just as it did in days of yore,
Just as it did on the other side,
Just as it will forever.

“And walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:12


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Let Your Arms Unfold Us (The Prayer)

Let Your arms unfold us


Let Your arms unfold us

Through the dark of night

Will Your angel hold us

Until we see the light


Lay down your troubled mind

The day

Has vanished and left us behind

And the wind

Whispering soft lullabies

Will soothe

So close your weary eyes

Let Your arms unfold us

Through the dark of night

Will Your angel hold us

Until we see the light


Angel will watch over you

And soon

Beautiful dreams will come true

Can you feel

Spirit embracing your soul

So dream

While secret of darkness unfold

Let Your arms unfold us

Through the dark of night

Will Your angel hold us

Until we see the light

Hayley Westenra

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Your Faith is Good

James 2 26


“Your faith is good,” the Master said
“But without works, it is surely dead.”
My faith in You, O Lord, shall not waiver
I shall search for good deeds on which I can savor.

I looked to the east, and then to the west
I searched up and down for the things I do best.
And then in frustration, I became quietly still
God showed me the answer, “You must seek My will”.

“My will for your life is that you seek Me first”
“And then I will show you how to satisfy your thirst”.
So I listened with eagerness to what God revealed
For I want to help the Lord to harvest lost souls in His field.

I will seek the Lord daily for what I should do
And look forward to Heaven when God says “Well done, our harvest is

“You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless” (James 2:20)

“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” (James 2:26)

 Kelly Austin

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Hold Me Tight

Hold me tight

Jesus says to all who are burdened worried, tired, and downhearted,

“Come to Me, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28-30)

“Remain in Me, and I will remain in you” (John 15:4)

´Then come to Me. Remain Me.

Trust Me, Keep your eyes on Me

Cast your cares upon Me.

Take me as your guide.

Hold tight to the help,

The hope,

The faith you have in Me.

For I will give you rest,

 if you will only hold Me tight and don’t let go…!

Ken Philcer

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The Fragrance of Grace

Fragrance of grace

We are your children, Lord,
Saved by your precious grace
And walking in your victory,
Living by hope and faith

We come before your holy throne
And worship at your feet,
Our souls renewed with new hope,
Our spirits now set free

We yearn to know you more, O God,
More than we do right now
And we long for your presence, Lord,
As before your throne, we bow

May we be as fragrant offerings,
An incense of the Lord
That you may take pleasure in us,
A vessel you have called

So you may fill to overflow
With your Holy Spirit of truth,
So we can take your gospel, Lord,
To those who don’t know you

And be to them as Jesus was,
To love them all despite
Wherever they have come from, Lord,
For you can change their lives

So they can come before you
And worship you with praise,
To come into your presence, Lord,
And receive your saving grace.

 By M.S.Lowndes

Photo courtesy: Carol Welsh






A life drawn with pencil

So it could be rubbed out with only three colors

To lie on my page: Black; dying soul, destroyed by others.

Red; bleeding heart, bleeding wrist, life source dripping away

Grey; creeping sighs and mist covered everything.

 Black, Red, and Grey. That Was Me.

 But…I am no longer that

Colors galore, colors true

Colors fresh, colors new

A life full of colors, full of laughter

With permanent marker, forever and after 

I’m no longer bound by black, red and grey

I’m free; I’m alive, with new colors each day

As you look at my pages

My life to thee

The change in colors

Is astonishing to see

Where once there was pencil

And black, red and grey. There is now a rainbow

New day by day, the colors of life and freedom and hope

Of love and of beauty and learning to cope of kindnesses offered and given away

Of Light and of Mercy and new Grace Everyday

Natalie Collins

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O Christ

O Christ 2

O Christ, in Thee my soul hath found,
And found in Thee alone,
The peace, the joy I sought so long,
The bliss till now unknown.

I sighed for rest and happiness,
I yearned for them, not Thee;
But while I passed my Savior by,
His love laid hold on me.

Now none but Christ can satisfy,
None other name for me;
There’s love, and life, and lasting joy,
Lord Jesus, found in Thee.


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Glory be to God on High

Glory be to God

Glory be to God on High
He has restored my life
Giving me peace to overcome
To cast down thoughts of the evil one
My very life I live in Him
Christ my Lord soon coming King
I’m watching and waiting His face to see
The one that gave me liberty
No greater love I’ve ever known
Than from the One that saved my soul
His praises I’ll forever sing
Lover of my soul is Jesus my King
His word is like medicine to me
The weapon I use to battle the enemy
For on His word I will stand
In the name of Jesus authority is given
I will not fear for He is near
The still small voice whispers in my ear
“Be still and know that I AM GOD”
The power of His word on the enemy to trod
Many are the afflictions of the righteous
But you deliver us from them all with love and kindness
Although it is good to be on the mountain top
It’s in the valley I have grown and you’ve taught me a lot
Both daughter of Zion and little girl He calls me
I’m blessed beyond measure to be in His family
Saved and sanctified for His purpose and plan
Never to be plucked out of His hand
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost I will praise
My God is 3 in One throughout eternity reigns
Bless the Lord O’ my soul and forget not all His benefits
Guide me and keep me LORD through your precious Holy Spirit
Pastor Linda Begley

Photo Credit: sunrise in Mount Fuji by Kevin Lam