My Walk In Hope

wave_touristIt isn’t easy

Walking alone

Among the wolves

Hoping the walls

Don’t collapse

Around you

It’s easier to

Carry the burdens

When there are

Two in agreement

But I am put

Here for a purpose

I strain to

Find my gift

My offering

To the world

So I will continue

To do what

I am called to do

Walk with one

Foot in front

Of the other

Until I am

Given the word

That now I can rest.

You See That Mountain Over There?

One of these days

Prostredný hrot mountain, Tatra Mountains, Slo...


I’m gonna reach

The top of

That mountain

Over there, do you

See it, the one there

With all the ridges

Where my trials

Have been heavy

And rocky at times

But there are some

Smooth grassy spots

Yeah, right where

You’re pointing

Those are the

Marks of where

Jesus took my

Hand and guided

Me through the

Wild brush

You see, no matter

How tough life is

Or how sick we feel

We are never really

Alone although we

Feel like we are

Just whisper the

Sweet words of Jesus

And he will guide

You each step

Of each day

Terry Shepherd


Oh Lord

Hurrican Sandy

Oh Lord we gather around today

And we are going to pray

That you watch over the people there

Please do not leave their area all bare

We sense the fear they carry

Their lives are not sweet and merry

Oh Lord we pray they are safe today

As the weather is having its way

Let them remember you are here

And wipe a way all their tears

You know the reasons why

That this storm is passing by

Oh Lord we trust you so

Please let this pass and go

Let their lives be quick to heal

Let them find shelter and a meal

I pray this in your holy name


Dr. Charles Stanley

This was the devotion today, and since I got something out of it, I am passing it along to all of my friends also. Hope you enjoy also!



July 31

Defeating the Devil’s Strategies

John 21:15-19

All of us make tracks through the valley of failure. Then the key question is, What we will do next? Sadly, many believers who stumble give up a vibrant kingdom-serving life for a defeated existence. But failure can also be a chance for a new beginning of living in Christ’s strength.

In pride, Peter thought his faith was the strongest of all the disciples’ and swore that even if the others left Jesus, he never would (Mark 14:29). Yet when the time of testing came, he denied even knowing Christ–and did so three times (Matt. 26:69-75). Satan hoped the disciple would be so wounded by his own disloyalty that his faith would be undermined by shame, condemnation, and despair.

Likewise, when the Enemy sifts believers today, his goal is for us to become shelved and ineffective for God’s kingdom. That’s why he goes after our strengths, especially the areas in which we proudly consider ourselves invincible. But if we’re willing, the Lord can use our failures to do spiritual housecleaning, as He did in Peter’s life. After the resurrection, Jesus met with the disciple personally and restored him, preparing him to become a great leader in the early church. He made it clear that Peter’s potential to serve was defined, not by failure, but by his unwavering love for Christ.

Peter laid down his pride, received the healing Jesus offered, and put on courage with the Holy Spirit’s help. He then risked his life fearlessly to further the gospel, and many came to Christ through his example. Failure was the catalyst that grew in him a stronger, more authentic faith.

Another Piece From Dr. Charles Stanley

July 14/15

How to Cry Out to God

Matthew 14:29-30

The phone rings, and you answer. A sullen voice informs you of a tragedy. Your heart is so heavy that you feel as though you could die. What do you do?

Bad news, danger, and pain all cause us to look for help. As believers, we dwell with the almighty God, who is able to aid us. At those moments when we are sideswiped by life’s circumstances, we should cry out to Him.

In the Bible, crying out refers to speaking audibly with great emotion concerning an urgent need. God invites us to use this form of prayer to communicate that we desperately need His mercy.

It takes both faith and humility to share our heart’s concern aloud. Crying out, then, is a way for God’s children to express trust in the Lord’s ability and willingness to help. By calling upon Him with such urgency, we also lay down our pride and any attitude of self-sufficiency.

The Word of God assures us that our Father hears our cries and responds. In Psalm 3:4, for example, David wrote, “I was crying to the Lord with my voice, and He answered from His holy mountain.” When we call aloud for help in Jesus’ name, we invite His power into the situation. Remember that there is strength in just speaking His name.

When we cry out to God, He may remove the problem immediately, yet we often have to wait for His perfect timing. Harsh circumstances might even be allowed to remain for His good purposes. But we can always count on His comfort and presence, which enable us to live with joy and hope.