RENEWAL

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Each morning as I rise up before You
While on my knees I call Your name
Lifting You up lord in prayer knowing
Inside I will never again be the same

The light within shines much brighter
Than the radiance of the new days sun
I find my heart is lifted by Your grace
And the forever gift my faith has won

All those I know see a newness around me
Causing hearts to lift Your name in praise
Like me they serve You each day happily
Their almighty eternal King of endless days

Their voices now become a grand crescendo
As the heavens shake with a tumultuous joy
And those this day who love You greatly
Display the deep grace their hearts employ

You have given to my eyes a spiritual vision
The ability to see how true happiness will be
When my spirit is taken from my cell of flesh
And in heavens gardens Lord I walk with thee.

(December 1976)
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John 14:2-4 NIV
My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not
so, would I have told you that I am going there to
prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare
a place for you, I will come back and take you to
be with me that you also may be where I am. You
know the way to the place where I am going.”
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LOVE

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Love is a true friendship
who enters our lives
always wanting to stay

Love is so endearing
many will find it
hard to chase away

Love brings light
into dark places,
where most are never
allowed to come

Love brings a sweet hope
to fill once empty hearts
with a lasting energy
which is never done

Love will keep you happy
and there will be some
moments it will make you
cry

But a genuine love won’t
stay angry long, because
it needs a taste of joy
to survive

For love will begin as
a friendship, which when
nourished will breathe
lovingly

Into yearning hearts
seeking a treasured
happiness, the heavenly
kind which will fill
all their needs.

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1 John 4:7-8
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from
God, and whoever loves has been born of God and
knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know
God, because God is love.
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I AM THE ONLY ONE WHO SAVES

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Come to me looking into the mirror of self
Viewing this day what You and I will see
Do not try to cover or keep hidden the facts
Which in your heart you have allowed to be

Take the time to really open up your eyes
Beholding the evil that lives deep within
For only when you accept your sinful state
Can the power of My saving grace begin

Sit beside Me and let us reason together
Know there is One who can make you clean
With faith embrace My loving gift of grace
While in My words of life you now believe

For there’s no other way My child to escape
What in your life will surely come one day
Unless you believe in My life-giving words
That through I Jesus Christ you can be saved.
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Acts 4:12
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no
other name under heaven given to mankind by which
we must be saved.

John 4; Verses 25 and 26.
‘The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ)
“is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything
to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to
you—I am he.”
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This poem was written for a brother looking
to change his life through Christ! (1996)

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YOUR REFRESHING PEACE

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Thank you Lord, for the pleasant blessings
Which you vibrantly bring to life each day
Serene moments you allow my eyes to open
To receive joyful feelings which want to stay

The many happy emotions bring a smile to life
Which causes the deepness of a soul to sing
As it bathes effortlessly in your sweet grace
Which refreshes the life in every part of me

As the new day’s beauty continues to awaken
So very blessed You have made my life to be
For I received quite a beneficial gift today
Because You allowed me to live and breathe

That breathtaking beautiful aroma of your love
Which those who know you each day will dream of
Knowing I am blessed with Your refreshing peace
As I feel your priceless embrace from up above.

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Psalm 16:8-11

I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be
shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole
being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.
For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or
let your holy one see corruption. You make
known to me the path of life; in your presence
there is fullness of joy; at your right hand
are pleasures forevermore.
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A TOUCH OF LOVE

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When moments in life seem to falter
When I cannot control the change
I think about my life’s constant blessing
Who inspires me when she says my name

All in my life now became less crucial
Because it’s really just another day
While within rises hope for tomorrow
Where all will be better than today

As the current day becomes a little older
More beautiful with the passing of time
Your genuine love makes my life sweeter
Reminding with your touch all will be fine

A genuine consistent love makes us stronger
So together we can handle the things we face
Knowing as God’s love pours down upon us daily
Our lives will be blessed by His loving grace.

( Written 2011 to my wife, after learning I have MS)

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DO NOT DRIFT AWAY

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When you hear His word of perfection
When you feel His touch of sinless life
As you are touched early in the morning
Before the coming of sweet dawns light

Fall to your knees and always remember
The essence of truth which came your way
Fall to your knees in complete subjugation
While you joyfully lift His name in praise

Asking him for the daily relief of the Spirit
To securely guide you on a right path today
So you are not deceived by sin’s deceitfulness
Appealing to your love for God to drift away

For the enemy each day is always near to us
Hoping he might entice us to slip and fall
Tempting hearts and minds to slowly doubt
Trying to tear our spirits from God’s call

In everything you must try to be consistent
Always making quiet times in your day to pray
Speaking to God from deep within your heart
Expressively praying you’ll never drift away.

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Hebrews 2:1
Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what
we have heard, lest we drift away from it.

2 Corinthians 13:5
Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the
faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this
about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?
—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!
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TOUCHING

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I touched your hand and never knew
I would suddenly fall in love with you
I never realized in a single moment
My dream would finally come true

I did not anticipate the serenity
Which falling in love would bring
Yet when I embraced you in my arms
I felt the joy that makes one sing

Every moment when you are next to me
My heart feels it tasted of heaven
Never thinking I would feel this way
As many amazing feelings would begin

I never knew after kissing your lips
My heart would never again be the same
Never thinking I would be so happy
Each time my lips now speak your name

When I find myself waiting for you
So anxious are the times embracing me
While all is made to be much better
By the joy in your smile I always see

I never imagined when I embraced you
My heart would be quickly swept away
Yet I found that magic moment to happen
As I received your gift of love today.

(April 1977)

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