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My daughter Sarah, gave me a beautiful pen for Christmas called a poetry pen.  I love the feel of the pen in my hand and the style suits me perfectly.  The style is vintage and it made me think of lovely ladies from another time sitting in their drawing room clothed in brocade trimmed gowns, writing poetry to be illuminated in books for keepsakes.

On my bookshelf I found two treasures this morning.  A Treasury of The World’s Best Loved Poems and The Book of Psalms.  I love poetry and certainly the sonnets of love are music to our ears when a wonderful romantic love is alive.  Yet, during my lifetime I have learned that romance wanes and sometimes romantic love disappoints.  The Psalms however, are written to remind us that not only does God love us, but He is there always in the middle of adversity.  He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.  His promises found in the scriptures of the Word of God reminds us how faithful He is to us, how He surrounds us with His angels, and He is always there to restore us.

Psalm 46 1-5

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore I will not we fear, though the earth be removed and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.  There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.  God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved.  God shall help her and that right early.”

My favorite Psalm which has helped me through so many difficulties is Psalm 91 and I prefer The King James translation because of it’s poetic words:

Psalm 91:1-6

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in Him will I trust.  Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler and from the noisome pestilence.  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust, his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.  Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night nor for the arrow that flieth by day, nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness nor the destruction that wasteth at noonday.” 

That Psalm is my shield and I rely on those words whenever I need comfort and protection. 

My favorite verse from Psalm 91 is verse eleven:

“For he shall give his angels charge over thee to keep thee in all they ways.”

In the book The Timeless Treasure, a commentary on the Song of Solomon Luann Dunnuck leads us through the Song of Solomon and how God has written this beautiful poetry to us.  She says “When I begin to feel discouraged and frustrated, I open my Bible to the Song of Solomon for encouragement.”  Her commentary is fabulous and leads you through each verse and interprets for us the meaning behind the symbols.

“When I found the one I love, I held him and would not let him go” Chapter 3 verse 4

When we finally understand how much God loves us, it is easy to read how He will not let us go.  In verse 9  it is written “The Beloved you have ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; you have ravished my heart with one look of your eyes, with one link of your necklace.”  When I read the book of Ruth for my Bible study I could see how the love Ruth finds is so much like our Lord and Savior.  Ruth found a wealthy man who became her provider, someone who cherished her and gave her his promise of forever love.  Our Lord has given us His promise to love us forever, and God has a storehouse of blessings that He wants to shower us with.  I love that we are His Beloved, you are His Beloved and there is no greater love than the love of God.

“I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.” Chapter 6 verse 3

I love this verse because it reminds me that I am God’s beloved, and so are you.  When I finally understood this, I stopped relying on the approval of people because I have God’s approval and that is the most valuable love you kind find.  In Isaiah 55 there is an invitation to come sit with God and read His poetry found in His Word and to come to know that He is Lord and He longs to spend time with us and to give us His rich blessings. The milk is His Word and the honey is His sweet promise to us. We can come to God without earning His reward, but come as we are to His throne and sit with Him a while, as He pours out HIs blessings through His Word.

 “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.

In Isaiah 55 He promises us that when we speak His Word and we listen to God speak to us, it will accomplish great things:

“So is my word that goes out from my mouth:It will not return to me empty,but will accomplish what I desireand achieve the purpose for which I sent it .

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace;the mountains and hillswill burst into song before you,and all the trees of the fieldwill clap their hands.”

The poetry of scripture is a beautiful Word from God written to let us know how much He loves us.  No matter what the translation of the Bible you read, the poetry of God’s Word, will comfort you and renew your spirit when trials leave you weary.  The poetry of scripture will uplift your heart better than any love sonnet can.  To read God’s promises as He asks us to be still and listen to  His Word, will renew your spirit so that you may receive the blessings God has for you.  The poetry of scripture teaches us, His purpose for our lives and it fills us with hope and with His love.  David sang praises to God, he knew the love that God has for anyone who listens and hears the Word of God will be blessed.

“Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live.  I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.”

Isaiah 55:3

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I gave my life to Jesus Christ twenty-five years ago. During my walk with the Lord I have studied the Bible, listened to sermons, discovered beautiful worship music and read many books. I truly found my best direction many times from my devotional. I started with Hearing God, by Lory Basham Jones and then added Streams In The Desert, by L.B. Cowman, and Springs In The Valley by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman which helped me daily to receive a message from God. To this day I read these three devotionals and I have added even more devotionals to my morning devotional time.

What I love about a devotional is that there is a daily message for that specific day of the month that you are reading, I can’t tell you how many times it fits absolutely perfectly with my circumstances. There is scripture and scripture references, which taught me how to study the Bible on a daily basis. When I discovered the devotional, I learned how others applied God’s word to their every day lives. In my first devotional Hearing God, I read every day what guidance the Holy Spirit was giving Lori Basham Jones. I also learned from that book how she would ask God in plain English, no flowering fancy prayer, to guide her. She begins with scripture, moves on to ask God about her circumstance and then includes how God directs her path. Through reading this little book, which is tattered and missing the spine now, I learned how to recognize God’s voice.

Streams of the Desert is truly amazing to me. Day after day, year after year I read the daily message and it never ceases to amaze me how the writing is so close to my circumstance. That little treasure is full of so many messages from people like us just taking life one day at a time. It is my favorite gift to share with others and give as a gift. This book has comforted me so many times in the middle of difficult times, and has taught me how to react to my circumstances.

My most recent additions to my devotional library are Starting Your Day Right By Joyce Meyer and Choosing Life, One Day At A Time by Dodie Osteen, and this divine little treasure Meeting God in Quiet Places, The Cotswold Parables by F. LaGard Smith, illustrated by Glenda Rae.

F. LaGard Smith has written a whole series of Meeting God in Quiet Places. My favorite is in the Cotswolds, in it he refers to everyday things and how he sees God’s parables all around him. He leads you through his words down the beautiful places in the Cotswolds and describes in detail how he sees God’s parables. It is the loveliest little book, and it has inspired me tremendously. Not only do I feel like I am walking through the Cotswolds, but F. LaGard Smith narrates how God’s parables are still alive all around us today. Max Lucado wrote the Foreward and it he writes:

“LaGard has invited us to walk with him through the countryside of England. But as you walk you will see much more than bunnies and sheep. You will see truths of Scripture come alive and the promise of God renewed with each sunrise.”

Today I own many devotionals and I still am learning to see God in the details of everyday life. My devotionals were the inspiration for this blog. I thought I would love to introduce others to the world of these little guide books called devotionals. I decided to write in my own devotional for you, how the Holy Spirit has and continues to teach, comfort, lead and strengthen me, as I walk the path following Jesus Christ. I wanted to write a devotional that would hopefully touch your heart the way that my library of friends has touched mine.

I believe I owe everything to my Savior. I hope my writings bless you and inspire you to never grow weary of following our Lord.

We all have the abililty to encourage one another just as Paul did thousands of years ago from a jail cell through his letters. Whether you are a new believer, a seeker, or feeling lost our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ will lead you. When I was first saved I was lost how to read God’s Word, where to begin and how to read the Word. My devotionals were my introduction how to understand scripture, and how to apply it to my circumstance.

I believe one of my favorite scriptures is in Jeremiah, chapter twenty-nine, verse eleven:

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

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