November 07, 2017

When ... Trust Him

When you accept Him as Savior
Trust Him to be with you, keeping you safe in His care.

When a setback brings you untold grief
Trust Him for greater strength, endurance to carry on
to reach out to others with love.

When you get caught up in fear and anxious moments
Trust Him to remind you of His blessings.

When you say you love the Lord
Trust Him when He says, "I loved you first."

When you commit to go and do and obey His will
Trust Him to know the way, to show you the way,
to instill in you the truth

When you think it is time to get out of a situation, to move on
Trust Him to give you the answer at the right moment in His time.

When you want this, you want that
Trust Him to give you what you need

When you long for love and find hate
When you look for encouragement and are discouraged
Trust Him who loves you so much that He died for you.

When you want a relationship that's good and solid and pure
Trust Him to give you what is in your best interest

When you've lost what you once had
Trust Him to be there for you

Whenever ... whatever .... however ....
Trust Him ... Trust Jesus .... Trust the Lord
who is more than we shall ever be
and loves us more than we shall ever understand.

(c) Nov. 6 and 7, 2017

October 21, 2017

Quietness comes to us when we Look Up to Jesus

"Only the place of God will quiet our minds and put our hearts at rest. We must place our hand in His as a little child and allow Him to lead us into the bright sunshine of His love. He knows the way out of the dense, dark forest, so may we climb into His arms, trusting Him to rescue us by showing us the shortest and most reliable road." - Oct. 7 Streams in the Desert

Looking forward
yet fearful

why we ask ourselves
The Lord has said
over and over and over again
He will be with us
He is with us
He enables us
He is our helper

He takes care of the tiny hummingbird
and the beautiful flowers on the open prairie
Why would He not also take care of little ole me

But its different
I think
But is it?
Is it really different?

Look up, Look up
He is there
Is is all around
But upward bound is where
we're headed
And upward is His home on high.

Looking forward
is our future and our hope
Looking backward
often brings sorrow and remorse
Looking downward
is all about myself
But
Looking upward
keeps my eye, my mind,
my heart close and closer
to my Jesus
where all of me belongs

Another can't say to you,
"It will be fine."
Even though you want to hear it
It can't be said
unless they know,
really know,
It will ...
be fine.
You cannot say something
if you don't wholeheartedly believe it
and live it.

Otherwise
it's just talk
and talk is relatively cheap
Action - the doing, the going, the obedience -
that says and shows much more
It shows how much we love
how much we trust
our Lord Jesus.
(c) October 21, 2017

October 16, 2017

Peace

" 'Come, come,' He calls you, 'O soul oppressed and weary,
Come to the shadows of My desert rest; 
Come walk with Me far from life's nosy discords,
And peace will breathe like music in your breast.' "
                                    - Sept. 29, Streams in the Desert

Peace
a calm
moves over me
Oneness with He
who IS
with me
I can do all things
for the peace of the Lord Jesus
surrounds me
and everywhere I am
everywhere I go
He Is
His music soothes
my soul
The music of His Life, His Love
eternal
and unchanging
Fills me
with hope and joy
in the midst
of life's
endless struggle.

(c) October 15, 2017 

September 04, 2017

Remove the stone

I believe God
on the mountain top
… when nothing disturbs me
… when I am not at odds with everything around me
… when I am not caught off guard

What about in the valley
… when circumstances contradict
… when funds have dried up
… when health is dismal at best

Do I believe then too
that God is with me
that God will keep me safe
that God still loves me
that I am His forever

“Remove the stone,” 
Jesus said. (John 11:39)

Remove the stone?


Lazarus was in the tomb
four days
when Jesus came
The stench was heavy
Yet Jesus said, “Remove the stone.”

But…

But nothing.
Remove the stone.

Have you forgotten?

“Didn’t I tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”
Jesus said. (John 11:40)

Remove the stone.
The stone of unbelief

Jesus prays for us, that we may all be one
Like the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit are one,
we too may be one with them
completely one
completely loved.

“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, so that they will see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the world’s foundation.” (John 11:24)

“I made your name known to them and will continue to make it known, so that the love you have loved me with may be in them and I may be in them.” (John 11:26)

Remove the stone …
every stone attempting to crowd in and take over

The glory the Father gave to the Son who in turn gives to us … abiding always and only … is a one-on-one personal, intimate relationship of pure love.

But you must believe ... in the Father, in the Son, in the Holy Spirit ... in united love ... in Truth.

Faith is unutterable trust in God, trust which never dreams that He will not stand by us. - Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (August 29)

(c) September 3, 2017

August 17, 2017

Expressions



Jim Carrey: I Needed Color from JC on Vimeo


It's all about Love. The love of Jesus and expressions of it. Jim Carrey shows it through color in his paintings and sculptures. I show it through poetry and devotional writings.

How about you? How is your love of Jesus expressed?





July 23, 2017

Waiting

We wait
God waits
We for His promises
said to fulfill
He to renew our motivation,
our inspiration,
our trust
in Him.

He patiently teaches
obedience
We learn
from the wrongs
we do,
the discipline
He doles out,
Father to child.

God waits for us
test after test comes
He will know
when
in all of our waiting,
we are ready
to receive
His blessings.

Our gain
His glory.
(c) July 22-23, 2017

July 20, 2017

He has all authority

You are the son, the daughter
He is the Father
For the wrongs you've done
you receive discipline
you learn obedience
as you learn
when you think on He who is,
your obedience becomes a given
your attitude changes

You are the son, the daughter
He is the Father
You owe Him your respect
your allegiance
your obedience
because of who He is
not because of who you are
or think you are

God, our most holy Father
in heaven
has all authority
yet He doesn't push it,
doesn't demand it,
doesn't tell us to do this and that
 ... or else

He gives us freedom

Will we choose wisely
and follow the path
directed by our Father

or will be choose foolishly
following a path of
self-destruction

God's blessings are the best
in all of life,
no matter what circumstances
we find ourselves drawn into.
(c) July 19, 2017

July 18, 2017

the spoken word can be cruel

It made me sad
and unwanted

cruel words
spoken
I wanted to go away
be somewhere else
For what did it matter
...
Words said
Was the meaning understood?
...
maybe not

I read
love is natural
hate is learned
I read
you never know
what impact
you'll have
on another
by what you do
or don't do.
I remember
cruel words
yelled
(when) as a teenager
(I yelled in anger)
at my mother.
I'm sure
looking back
she was sad,
disappointed.

No matter
what our age
in all of life
words spoken
to another
build up
tear down.

Sometimes
building ourselves up
is the way,
discovering
when you want to hide
there is no place
Have to keep going
Keep showing
Keep doing
Keep helping
Keep loving

Just like Jesus
hearing cruel words
bearing the brunt of every cruel deed
for what
for me
for you
because of his great love for us
he died
for us
It made His Father
sad
But He kept on
The greater good
far more important
than our own
feeling of self-worth.

(c) October 14, 2015
updated February 10, 2016

July 17, 2017

I am but His messenger

"And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God."
~ I Corinthians 2:1-5


Listen!
No so much to me
but to God
I step aside
It is He who speaks
I am but His messenger
to present, to share The Gospel
of His Son, Jesus

Listen!
Not singular words spoken
But God's word through me

I am but His messenger
It is not
my style of dress
nor how I preach
as you contemplate the message
God has given
It is not about me
I am but the messenger

There is nothing
absolute zilch about me
that opens the door of your heart
to Jesus

Only the Holy Spirit prompts you
to ask and seek
to hear and understand
to pray and believe
to trust
to come
to follow

I am but the messenger

He who loves you so much more
than life itself
He who gave His very life for your soul

Come to Him.
Trust Him.
Follow Him.
Be True to Him.
Him and Him alone.

(c) Cathy Orrick Luders
July 17, 2017

June 15, 2017

O where are you ... you of little faith

The trials
They come
They seem to stay
Sometimes they move away
But then they return
and we struggle
we endure
Irritation develops
with others
with ourselves
with our spouses
and our children

This is not God's way

We are failing
Our faith has moved off center
and Jesus is not our focus

O where are you
You of little faith

The trials do not come
to harm us
We are to learn
We are to grow
We are to stand upright
and strong
leaning on Jesus
who gave His all to set us free
Yet we remain locked in
We believe the lies
of others told
of those we tell ourselves

O where are you
You of little faith

If only we would believe
the word of our Father in heaven

The trials bring blessings
Why do we not see
The trials bring us to You -
enabling us to be
more like You
filled with tenderness
and love,
compassion,
patience,
and much, much more.

O you of little faith
Come forth
believe
see
the beauty that abounds
all around you.


(c) Cathy Orrick Luders
June 15, 2017

May 29, 2017

Will you follow Jesus first every time?

Based on Matthew 8: 19-22


Jesus tells us to follow Him
We say, I will follow You
wherever You go, BUT …
first let me do this
let me do that
and Jesus says,
Let another one do whatever
You Follow Me.

(c) May 29, 2017


May 23, 2017

Are you standing at "Wits' End Corner?"

Today's devotional reading in Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman is taken from Psalm 107, followed by a poem written many years ago by Antoinette Wilson. Following that are my thoughts, based on the same psalm.

"They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end. Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses."  - Psalm 107:27-28

Are you standing at “Wits End Corner,”
Christian, with troubled brow?
Are you thinking of what is before you,
And all you are bearing now?
Does all the world seem against you,
And you in the battle alone?
Remember - at "Wits End Corner"
Is where God’s power is shown.

Are you standing at “Wits End Corner,”
Blinded with wearying pain,
Feeling you cannot endure it,
You cannot bear the strain,
Bruised through the constant suffering,
Dizzy and dazed, and numb?
Remember - at "Wits End Corner,"
Is where Jesus loves to come.

Are you standing at “Wits End Corner?”
Your work before you spread,
All lying begun, unfinished,
And pressing on heart and head,
Longing for strength to do it,
Stretching out trembling hands?
Remember - at “Wits End Corner”
The Burden-Bearer stands.

Are you standing at “Wits End Corner?”
Then you're just in the very spot
To learn the wondrous resources
Of Him who fails you not:
No doubt to a brighter pathway
Your footsteps will soon be moved,
But only at "Wits' End Corner"
Is the "God who is able" proved.

circa 1900s, Antoinette Wilson

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

We cry out, in anguish,
and the Lord hears
He delivers us from our distresses

Do we thank Him,
shower Him with praise
for His provision, His blessings, His goodness?

or
do we continue to sit in darkness,
now knowing what to do
at  our wits end, 
bound in one affliction after another

Do we rebel against God,
against God's word
Are we filled with hatred
and contempt
Do we have no use for God
for His wisdom

Again and again
when it is too much
we cry out,
in anguish,
to the Lord
and the Lord,
who loves us so,
saves us,
heals us

Do we thank Him
shower Him with praise
for ALL He is

Do we really care  
how very much He loves us?
or have you forgotten
He sent His Son, Jesus,
to die for you.
(c) Cathy Orrick Luders
May 23, 2017

May 22, 2017

Tormented ... yes, but God is our defense

We  are tormented
daily, and more frequently too

Our enemy is everywhere

Do we look to The One
who is our salvation

or are we glued to our own self
trying to make the best of things
laying hope in our fellow tormentor (s)
to come to their senses,
understand the stupidity
of their ways

Tormentors
rejoice
holding themselves higher
than another
are they children of the devil - a fallen angel,
who seeks to destroy
or do they live in a pretend world
where they can hide their own fears
from even themselves


Turn,
turn from the fallenness
you have sunk to

Turn to
the God of Grace
The One
who says,
I AM Your salvation.
Jesus is He.
His words, my pen
to you, to me:

Without Me,
you are nothing.
You have nothing.
You stagger about,
caught up in doing nothing
that is pleasing to Me.
You live to self.
You say you are a believer.
But even the devil believes.
You cry.
Is it I, the Lord, to whom you cry?
Is your trust in Me?
Are you thankful for what I Have Provided?
I AM He
who surrounds you,
who is always with you.
But,
Without your attentive focus on ME,
you will not see
My Ways at work
My Wondrous Glory

you will not notice
My Love for you

you will not hear
My Concern for you

you will not feel
My Comforting Embrace.

Turn from, turn away.
Your purpose for your life
is in Me. Turn to Me.

Turn to Jesus.
(c) May 22, 2017

Based on Psalm 56:1-11 (I originally read this from the New King James version. Here, God's word is taken from The Message)
"Take my side, God—I'm getting kicked around, stomped on every day. Not a day goes by but somebody beats me up; They make it their duty to beat me up. When I get really afraid I come to you in trust. I'm proud to praise God; fearless now, I trust in God. What can mere mortals do? They don't let up— they smear my reputation and huddle to plot my collapse. They gang up, sneak together through the alleys To take me by surprise, wait their chance to get me. Pay them back in evil! Get angry, God! Down with these people! You've kept track of my every toss and turn through the sleepless nights, Each tear entered in your ledger, each ache written in your book. If my enemies run away, turn tail when I yell at them, Then I'll know that God is on my side. I'm proud to praise God, proud to praise GOD.  Fearless now, I trust in God; what can mere mortals do to me?" 

May 04, 2017

His way

It is His way
even tho we disobey
He takes away
and gives anew
The storm gathers momentum
We think all is lost
and we are without hope
But the Lord God is the Master
He creates us
from the dust of the ground
and breathes into us Life
We are unique and His much-loved
masterpiece.
(c) May 4, 2017

April 11, 2017

The Lord says ... It will be so

Taken from Isaiah 30: 1-26 and other Scripture


Distress, sorrow will come
to rebellious children everywhere
who take counsel, but not of the Lord
who devise plans, but not of the Lord’s spirit
who add one sin on top of another sin
who walk about – (to Egypt as is this setting  - and elsewhere),
but not the Lord’s way
who do not seek His advice
nor His strength
nor trust in His provisions

It is a disaster coming – there is no remorse

The Lord promises – It is a warning
The strength of the opposition will be your shame.
The trust placed in the hands of the opposition will be your humiliation.
The opposition – the world – will not benefit you nor come to your aid.

A worthless burden carried, going nowhere

It is sad indeed – there is no remorse


Rebellious people - children are everywhere
who lie
who do not hear the law of the Lord
who do not see that which the Lord shows
who desire smooth talking and prophecy filled with deceit;
none of the right things of God
who want to travel paths away from God
who do not want His Holy Presence with them.

The Lord is grieved. His children have no remorse.

Therefore, He, who abides with us, and does not forsake us,
passes judgment.
Disciplined for wrong thinking,
wrong doing,
disobedience
Because we despise His Word,
Because we trust in and rely on oppression and perversity,
We will fall, broken.
We will not be spared.
Our calamity will come suddenly.

If we would return to Him,
rest in Him, in quietness
trust, confident in His power
we would be saved,
He tells us
repeatedly,
but we would not, we will not

We flee,
We think we will escape Him
We think the opposition is better

But we do not escape
We will be pursued
We will be trampled
We will have nothing
The evil we pursue will become our downfall
We will be tormented

But the Lord says, I AM He.
I do not change
I AM the same – yesterday, today, tomorrow – forever!

I wait for you
to turn around,
to repent of your every wrong (sin)
I will be exalted when mercy, My mercy comes to you
I AM a God of Justice – waiting
waiting to bestow blessings unto you.

A time will come
I will hear the anguished cry of your heart’s repentance
and I WILL answer
For I AM gracious.

The troubles (adversity) and pain (affliction) that come in the midst of circumstances are your teacher. Through this you will learn the way, know the truth and live the life. You will see the wrongs and not run toward them, but back away and be rid of them. They are unclean things, like filthy rags. Get Away! Will be your adamant response.

I love you.
(c) April 8-11, 2017

March 21, 2017

Who do you look to?

Sorrow looks back.
Worry looks around.
Faith looks up.

God looks within our hearts
Man looks at outside appearances

Put aside all, every trouble weighing us down
keeping us hung up on every circumstance.
filling us with defeat all around

We wanting to run away
from those who come against
seeking to destroy
what we desperately seek
and desire.

Let us run, keep running
against all odds
against the pain
Difficulties faced
not a hindrance

Holding onto God’s hand
we keep looking upward
persevering

Jesus
the author and finisher
of our faith
endured it all
for us

He is always with us
will see us through
to the very end.

Do not let sorry
or fear take root

Faith in Jesus
is all we need.


But, where is our faith
 
why have we allowed anger
to grab hold and carry us
 
down mud-soaked streets
 
of
 disgust and discontent 

Anger has no place
often, but not always,
many words best left unsaid
Satan wants us to be angry 
frustrated, ready to throw in the towel

But I am not a follower of Satan
he so proud
prancing around the world
looking for those to devour

God wants us to be calm
 
patient, 
 a quietness to our voice
that brings peace to another

 I fail so often.

I hope Jesus forgives me.


(c) February 23 and March 21, 2017

March 20, 2017

Always rejoicing ...?

God's word says in II Corinthians 6:10 -- "Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing"

I find that hard to do - to always rejoice - in bad times as well as good.

We endure the pain
the agony of every trial.
Are we calm and quiet
still before the Lord, our God,
without fear
of what the outcome may be?

Are we thankful
for the blessings God has given ...
to what is good?

Are we forever patient
and kind
and gentle?

Are we faithful to God alone,
trusting in His will,
obedient to His instruction?

Do we see what is true - and right - and just?

"...Whatever things are true,
whatever things are noble,
whatever things are just,
whatever things are lovely,
whatever things are of good report,
if there is any virtue
and if there is anything praiseworthy -
meditate on these things."
- Philippians 4:8 
(c) March 20, 2017

February 23, 2017

Rise, and go on

"Rise, let us be going."  - Matthew 26:46

No matter what has happened
that you have done
another was better
but that, that you failed to do
Go and do the next thing
Why let one act of failure
become continual despair
Rise up, and go on

(c) February 18, 2017 

February 20, 2017

Why Lord?

We ask,
Why Lord?
"Why do you stand afar off?
Why do you hide in times of trouble?"

(Psalm 10:1)

But does he?

No, He does not

He is there
in the midst of our trouble
waiting

"God is our refuge and strength, 
a very present help in trouble."
(Psalm 46:1) 


He allows trouble,
suffering,
pain,
to come upon us.


We are to put our trust
in Him

but
we are blinded
as though we have bandages
covering our eyes
and we refuse
to remove them


We accepted the Lord.

Did we decide along the way
of life
that we were better
than He?
that we had no need of Him?
"God is in none of his (my) thoughts." 
(Psalm 10:4)
"God has forgotten.
He hides His face.
He will never see." 

(Psalm 10:11)

Yet ...

He does see
He sees everything
He has not forgotten
It is not He who hides
but His created people

Do we say in our hearts
with such disdain to the Lord,
"You will not require an account."
(Psalm 10:13)

We are mistaken.
We are filled with sin - each and everyone
One sin is no less sinful than another

When we come to the Lord's throne of grace
we will be judged
for our trespasses.
He will ask
He will hold each of us
accountable for our every action

"... You (Lord) have seen, for You observe trouble and grief."
(Psalm 10:14)
"(The Lord will) "do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed." 
(Psalm 10:18)

(He will) "seek out the wickedness (and evilness in mankind) until You (He) find none." 
(Psalm 10:15)

(c) Cathy Orrick Luders
January 25, 2017

February 06, 2017

We all fail

Do not be quick to turn against another
You're not better than any other
You have failings too - no one is exempt

Seek after God
Rest in the quietness
of time alone with Him
Pray.
God will answer
He will take care of you
and the one you're so quick to judge

Some may defend you
what you say is true

But God is truly Judge
and although we are to be like Him
Judgment is His alone.
(c) February 4, 2017

Author's Note Feb. 6, 2017: 
I remember ...
the one who called me out
and said things better left unsaid

I remember ...
and I, no better, 
call out another

What may be true and right
is not necessarily 
the best thing to do.

And for that I apologize.
I am sorry.


January 25, 2017

we are God's treasure ... is He ours?

"Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, Be holy, for I am holy." ~ I Peter 1:13-16

God's treasure
we are
made from the dust
of the earth
in His image
for His pleasure


chasing
after every desire
we refuse to be molded
by Him
we refuse to conform
to His will
we refuse to be obedient
we refuse His Truth
believing only lies
overtaken by
ignorance


He is holy
He
calls us too
to be holy
in all we do
in all we say
in all we see
in all we feel
in all we think

God's command is
"Be holy, for I am holy."

But we are not.

Why!?

We are
God's treasure

But do we treasure
He who made us

Do we treasure
His Son
who died
and rose again
to save us
from eternal damnation

Where is your treasure?
Who is your treasure?
Is the Lord your all
Or are you all there is?
(c) January 25, 2017

January 24, 2017

What about you?

Some hear the Gospel
Some come to Jesus
Some accept His Gift
Some become a child of the King

What about you?

Did you hear the Gospel
Did you come to Jesus
Did you accept His Gift
Are you a child of the King

or does your lifestyle pull you away
Do your thoughts, desires, wants, perceptions
leave no room for God in your life?

Are you abandoned to the call of Christ on your life
or have you abandoned Christ
to live a life of your own choosing ... good or bad

Hearing the Gospel
Coming to Jesus
is not a one-time thing
It is every day, every hour, every minute, always, forever

When you accept His Gift of salvation
you believe Jesus is
The Way
The Truth
The Life.

Jesus is the key
through Bible Study
through Worship
through Prayer
to learning
to understanding
to loving
to living.

But what about you?

Have you heard the Gospel
Have you come to Jesus
Have you accepted His Gift

Are you living a life guided by the Lord
or
is it only your way, your truth that guides you?

(c) January 24, 2017

January 21, 2017

Do you...?

Do you go
when God opens the door
to opportunities
or do you
decide the timing isn't right
and you'll "go later?"

Do you trust
in God
who knows you better
than you know yourself
or is it
your job
the government
your abilities
that you count on?

Do you believe
when the Lord
says He is with you
or do you
stand by yourself
denying your need for anybody?

Do you come
to the foot of the cross
to Jesus
to bare your soul
to make you whole and complete  in Him
or do your
wants, your thoughts, your desires
take precedence?

Do you know
Jesus
is
Everything
or are you
all that matters?

Jesus loves you
Do you love Him?

Jesus cares about you
Do you care about Him?

Jesus is your friend
Are you His friend?

Jesus wants a relationship with you
Do you want a relationship with Him?

Jesus is filled with joy
as the angels sing in the heavens
rejoicing
when you accept Him as your Savior.
Are you filled with joyous song
when you think of Him?

Jesus wants you to grow in faith,
to be mature spiritually.
Are you willing to take a step for Him?

(c) January 19-20, 2017




January 17, 2017

Whom shall I send ... Who will go?

The call
of God
for all
but few hear
and are chosen.

Still, the call
of God
goes out
into the day
throughout the night
seeking ...
"Whom shall I send?
Who will go for Us?"
(Isaiah 6:8)

The call
of God
keeps on ...
searching

Who will ask and receive,
to hear His Truth?

Who will seek and find,
to see His Way?

Who will knock and open their heart,
to understand His Life?
(paraphrase Luke 11:9-10; John 14:6)

"Whom shall I send,
Who will go for Us?"


"Here am I! Send me." (Isaiah 6:8)

Send me

Send me

Does He send you?

Do you ask?
Have you received
The Good News of Jesus Christ?

Do you seek?
Have you found
His Love, His Forgiveness, His Peace?

Do you knock?
Has your heart been opened to further understanding
through His Wisdom in His Book - The Holy Bible?
through godly men who preach the Gospel
and men and women alike who teach Sunday school and lead Bible studies?

Will, does God send you
Will you go

Or
Do you take a step back?

Do you hear the call
and receive the truth
but fail to look further, deeper
seeing only your way
and your life?

"Whom shall I send,
Who will go for Us"

Here am I. Send me." 

(c) January 16/17, 2017

December 24, 2016

A star led the wise men to Jesus

The wise men came
who knew their wisdom
astrologers ... were they? 

following a star
seen in the east
to lead them
guide them
to ...


God's glory
full of wonder
and splendor
and majesty

the babe lying 
in a manger
The Lord Jesus


To their knees
they bow
these wise men
who came
in praise
and honor
and worship

bringing gifts
to
The Holy One
King of Kings
Lord of Lords


Are we
so wise? 


Do we follow
the Lord's lead?

Do we look up ...
Bow down?

Do we know
who He is ...
The Almighty One

Is He
your King
your Lord? 


(c) December 22-23, 2016

The Lord beckons

"To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace." - Luke 1:79

"Let the peace of God rule in your hearts ... be thankful." - Colossians 3:15 


Emptiness gnaws
Hopelessness threatens

The Lord stands firm
His hand open, beckons


My Presence
is the Light
you need

My Presence
is the Completeness
you seek

Come
be filled
with My Love
My Hope
My Peace

Let the Light of
My Presence
linger
upon you
wash over you
pulse through you



 (c) December 24, 2016

November 08, 2016

Lord, You tell us ...

“Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.”   ~ Psalm 37:3-4

Based on Psalm 37

Dear Lord,
You tell us not to fret
to trust You
to do good
to live in this place and feed on Your faithfulness
to delight ourselves in You
to commit our way to You
to continue trusting You
to rest in You
to wait patiently for Your answers
to not fret over what may or may not come
to not be angry
to not fret
You remind us again and again.

You tell us
You know our days
You know those who stand with You and for You
are not ashamed in the evil time
and in the days of hunger are satisfied
and show mercy and give

You, Lord, tell us
the steps to take
and when we fall
You help us up
to begin again
You do not give up
You are beside us
All the way.

Woe, is he and she and me
who fail to delight in You
and Your every provision

Cast down, forsaken
are our feelings
in our heads
But not really real, not truly true
God loves us
God sent His son, Jesus,
to die for us, He loved, loves us
so much.

The Lord does not forsake us
It is not He who walks away
and lets us walk alone
We forsake ourselves
We believe every wrong
every lie
We walk a path we believe
is our destiny,
however crappy it may be

The Lord is ever merciful
He showers us with countless blessings
Every new day a blessing awaits

You tell us Lord,
to depart from evil
to do good

Justice,
wisdom
speak
Your law in our hearts
is Your desire

You do not condemn what is Yours

You tell us
to wait on You
to keep Your way
to rely on You,
Your strength (not our own)
in time of trouble

You, Lord, will help us
will deliver us
will save us
because
our Trust,
our Faith
is in You.


(c) November 6 and 8, 2016

September 17, 2016

Am I ...Are you?

Am I
Are you
Empty
Dissatisfied
Frustrated
Lonely
Angry
Disappointed?

Do I
Do you
try to please
a spouse
a friend?
gain or lose
what really counts

Do I
Do you
look higher
than ourselves
above the clouds
past the sun and moon
to the Lord Jesus
He who guards
my soul
and yours

Do I
Do you
find fulfillment
in
our Savior
or are we ourselves
the answer to our
eternal destiny?

Will I
Will you
run the race of life
with Jesus
as our pilot?

If I
If you
are unhappy, lonely, disappointed
will anyone care
Is it up to me or you
to fix what is broken
because no one else
is willing
to open their heart
and enter into
our burdens carried?

If I
If you
are angry, frustrated
will another answer
in like manner?

If I am stronger
than you
or
if I am weaker
than you
does that mean
one of us has no need?

When will it matter
When will you care
Must I, must you
be what we are not
to receive what we desire?

Lo, but

The Lord
to Him
me and you matter
He cares
He is here
beside me, beside you
surrounding us

Do I
Do you too
often miss Him
Fail to grasp His hand
Speak His name
Realize He is there
right where
you and I
are?

Is
my cry
your cry
only heard
by us
Or do others
hear and listen
what is not spoken?

Does the Lord?

Do I
Do you
feel warmth
security
love
peace
or are we
left in the dark
with only ourselves?

Do I
Do you

Call upon the Lord

Will I
Will you

Seek His guidance

If I
If you

Pray in His name

Will I
Will you

be more full
more satisfied
more truthful
more self-controlled
more peaceful
more joyful
more patient
more faithful
more gentle
more kind
more obedient
more trusting
more encouraging
more content
more forgiven
more loving
more grateful
more faithful

More like Jesus?

(c) Sept. 15-17, 2016

September 04, 2016

Soaring high

Phone
E-mail
Facebook
I attempt
an audience
of one
to reach
but fail.

Staring
Deep in thought
it appears
to another

There are no clouds

The sky blue
lifeless
until early evening light
brightens
and glows
warm oranges
and pinks
and I know
God is near.

His presence
reminds me
He is near always

He sees
our every circumstance
knows our every turmoil
our desires and dreams

 our tiredness
morning
noon
and night

He sees our stupidity
He knows we must wait
for what is to come

He sees our glad
and happy occasions
too,

but
Be still, He says

Be still
when we don’t know
where we go
or why it is
or how it will be

Be still.

I AM here.
I AM there.
Wherever you are
the quiet stillness
before the storm

Stay focused on Me
and you will be free,
soaring like the eagle
high and higher above.
(c) September 3-4, 2016


“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak and to those who have no might He increases strength. … those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40: 28-29, 31


“Be still and know that I AM God.” – Psalm 46:10

August 19, 2016

I AM

“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.” – Psalm 37:7

I AM

Emptiness fills
Lost and alone
wandering down paths
thought to bring
renewal
but only
more destruction
meets
your gaze

The darkness
settles in

Love fails
to fill
the deep despair
of your soul

Return
Repent
Refocus
the Holy Spirit whispers

The Lord God
offers
rest
refreshment
fulfillment

Connection to what is good
and true
and complete
cut, snapped in two
You think it’s all about you

The Lord reigns
Satan was and is defeated
at the cross

The Lord judges

One day
sooner than known
He will return
and you will be judged
and your punishment
will be made known

and you will see
how little is about you

For
I AM
The Beginning
and
The End
I AM
The Way
The Truth
and
The Life

You are Nothing
without ME !

© August 19, 2016


August 18, 2016

Where IS your Love for ME?


God wants to know...
Why, My Child
have you left Me?
Where is your love for Me?

I was No. 1

Now hate and anger and defiance
take precedence

 and you have no need for ME

Have you forgotten so much!?
I AM He who created you
I AM your Savior
I AM your Deliverer
I AM your Teacher

It is My Commandments
you are to follow

 not the leadings of the world
I
 AM He who fights for what is right and true
 I AM He who fights against all Evil

Where is your love for Me?
© August 18, 2016



August 16, 2016

A sign

"What sign will you perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do?" - John 6:30

They 
and we
me too
we all
ask
for a sign
a sign
to show us
who
You
O Holy One
Lord Most High
are.

We say
if we see
we will
believe.

But our vision
is cloudy
Our eyes
open wide
are darkened
covered
by a veil
and
we see
little
if anything
of what
God
has to show us.

A sign
He sends the rainbow
sunrises
sunsets
cloud formations
Do we look up
Do we yet believe?!

No,
we do not.

We talk
Big talk
Meaningless chatter

In all our talking,
is it
with the Lord
and do we
wait
for His response
Are we
earnestly
listening
to His wisdom,
His instruction

We say
if we
heard,
we would
believe
Jesus
is The Way
The Truth
The Life
but do we
listen?
Is it His doctrine
we cling to

No.
We turn away
to a world
of make believe
We ask for a sign
but then
we stop up our ears
and go
our own way

A sign
A sign
We want a sign
You say the world is dying
How can that be?!
What is there
that we have missed?

Our eyes
Our ears
Even our hearts
are closed

The signs
have been given
But we do not
see
for we are blind
we do not hear
for we are deaf
we do not understand
for our hearts are as hard as stone

A sign --
we must
look beyond
beyond ourselves
to the Lord
Focus on Him
for everything
His Life
His Truth
His Way

But,
sadly,
we
do
not.


© August 16, 2016

July 30, 2016

He is everywhere....

My Presence is everywhere 
you see it
in the rainbow
the sunset
changing of leaves in the fall
the oceans
the mountains
the flowers
and at birth

Some of you rejoice
declaring its magnificence
Thanking Me for the beauty and wonder
of My creation.

Did you know that is worship?

Everywhere you go
I am there
I surround you

Are you thankful
for My every provision?

or do you find fault
with the gifts you receive?

“Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”  - Psalm 29:2

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!” – Isaiah 6:3

 
© July 30, 2016

July 29, 2016

The Lord sees your secret sins

The Lord sees you
He hears you
He knows your heart
Every secret sin
you hide from another
is known by the Lord God

Do not think
your sins are safe
for they are not
You proclaim faith in the Lord Jesus
Yet you do not spend time
with Him – praying and studying His word
Your secret sins control you
Your life revolves around a fantasy world
that you treat as reality.

“O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.” – Psalm 119:1-3

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” – Psalm 119:23-24

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” – I John 4:18

Do not allow your secret sins to destroy you
Come into His Presence
Let His Love for you
seep into your every pore

“…He who begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 1:6

© July 29, 2016 

July 28, 2016

His Light shines, His brightness prevails

His Light shines
His brightness prevails

Many though fail to see
as eyes cloud over
ears plug up
hearts harden

Heartlessness rules
Selfish living dominates
a world filled with
cruelty, evilness, death

Yet,
His Light shines
His brightness prevails
overcoming the darkness

Love within
spreads out
and beyond

The path of goodness
gentleness
kindness
patience
thankfulness
obedience
forgiveness
reaches past
the monotonous days
of living for self
to the
fulfilling days
of living for God



Seek the Light
The Light of Jesus
Seek Meaning
The Love of Jesus
Seek Truth
The Truth of Jesus
Seek Life
Seek Jesus

Open your eyes
so you may perceive
past yourself
to those around you

“for the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” – I Samuel 16:7b

Open your ears
so you may understand
the Truth of the Living God
past your own reasoning

“O my people, listen to my instructions. Open your ears to what I am saying, for I will speak to you in a parable. I will teach you hidden lessons from our past – stories we have heard and known, stories our ancestors handed down to us. We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the LORD, about his power and his mighty wonders.” – Psalm 78: 1-4

Open your heart
so you may embrace
the Love of the Lord
and of those around you
past selfishness


“The Lord your God will delight in you if you obey his voice and keep the commands and decrees written in this Book of Instruction, and if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and soul. This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you to understand, and it is not beyond your reach.” – Deuteronomy 30: 10-11

© July 28, 2016

July 13, 2016

Our Prayer

We pray
We ask
What is Your will, Lord
Is it moving
Is it staying put
Is it going
and doing
Is it leaving

You said go and do
We go, we do

You said do not move
You said stay
We stay

You said
I will tell you when your time is finished
We have not heard Your answer

Fear steps in
Worry and anxious moments
threaten our well-being

What is Your will, Lord

You said Trust Me
Do we trust
We say we trust
But are we

Is our fear of the unknown greater than our trust in You

Oh, be it not so
Remove the fear Lord
Remove the anxiety
Keep us ever mindful of You

It is not about us
Not about our desires
Not about the desires of a church body

It is all about You
Your will

Let Your will be done Lord Jesus
You and You alone

Help us trust you more
Help us to remain grateful, ever thankful
Help us continue to be and go and do
all that is Your will.

In Your Name we pray.

Amen.

July 10, 2016

What do the shadows say?

What do the shadows say?

So still
quietness before
the storm erupts

and then it begins
movement
ever so slightly
becomes louder and louder still

If you don't hear
is there no sound?

Sounds of silence
break
at early light
havoc breaks free
the end coming
the sun shines
slightly

The son watches
God His Father
searches
Will He save the many
for just one
Is there one
Will the Holy Spirit
be heard above the noise

What do the shadows say?

The sun
settles upon the darkness
Only His Light
can remove
the blackness of your soul

Satan grips tighter
Destruction his perfect plan
Death his ultimate goal
There is no tomorrow in hell
Only one torment after another.

Come into My Light and Live
I AM
The Way, The Truth, The Life
There is no other.

Through Me
is
Salvation
Hope
Love
Joy
Peace
Life Evermore

What do the shadows say?
is the noise booming louder
or do you hear the still
small voice of God
....whispering

Ar you one with Him  --
the called, the chosen, the faithful

or
are you among those
who make war
with the Lamb

Do not be deceived.
The shadows play games with your mind,

but the Lamb,
the Lamb who was slain
for every sin
past present and future,
is the Lord of lords
and King of kings
He - the Lamb of God -
Jesus Christ
is the overcomer
and He WILL
overcome them.

(c) July 10, 2016
Cathy Orrick Luders


"These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful."  _ Revelation 17:14

July 09, 2016

Do you need reprogramming?

Do you need reprogramming?

No! - you're not a robot, you say

But actions deceive
over and over
responses
consistently the same

The Lord

Our Father in heaven,
who created you

His Son Jesus Christ,
who died for you

His Spirit,
who lives within you

tells us to
STOP! 

Stop listening to the noise of the world and
to your own negative thinking


Hear Me! 

Hear My voice
speaking softly to you

Ask Me
My Spirit
to quiet your mind
remove the deafening sounds
that explode within you

Come to Me
Do not fear

I will give you what you need

"Do not be conformed (or molded) to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." _ Romans 12:2

July 08, 2016

Answers ...

Answers

We always wait
and God reveals --
sometimes all at once
but mostly bits and pieces
in His good time.

We think we understand
His word to us
but then we doubt
whether we heard it at all.

Answers

Sometimes yes
Sometimes no
but mostly just plain wait

Wait

and continue to go
continue to do

The end will be greater
than the beginning

and what does that mean?!

wherever He leads
whenever the time

His answer
will come to us all
For it is His answer
that matters most --
more than any other.

Continue to go
Continue to do
Be My Light
to those who reside in the darkness
who have lost their way
who fail to see all they have and/or could have.

Answers.

1 "Hear my prayer, O Lord, Give ear to my supplications! In your faithfulness answer me, And in Your righteousness. 7 Answer me speedily, O Lord; My spirit fails. Do not hide Your face from me, Lest I be like those who go down into the pit. 8 Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You. 9 Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies, In You I take shelter. 10 Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness."  -- Psalm 143 

April 21, 2016

Hope

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11) 

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17)


Why?
For what reason
would

you hurt
worthless
let me be

But they did not


Choices
made
all hurt

Jesus
loves 

you

He
died
for you

Will you
not live
for Him? 


No one
not one
is less than
another
All precious
to God

Perspectives
flawed
thinking
disconnected,
distorted

Think about Jesus
Think about His love for you
Think about His plans for your future


You fall
the pit deeper
Endless misery
when to end


But hope whispers
picked up
brushed off
taken in
embraced

Disappointed
God is
bad choices
swallow you

But hope whispers
Do not be afraid
His hand extended
Another chance
perhaps? 


You accept His hand
cling to life

Will you accept His love
freely given?

Will you accept His guidance
to direct your steps?

Will you accept Him as your Lord, your Savior?

Will you become a new man, discarding the old? 

(c) April 20, 2016

April 18, 2016

Rise Above


We share
We help
another
We feel
downtrodden
We see
looks of disdain
We are
disheartened,
hurt
Smiles
hide
ourselves
Quietness
closes in.

God says
Rise Above.

Needless,
unnecessary
words
do not
build up
only say
how far
another
has to go
Looking down
as if to pass
judgment

Are we so good?
Our thinking,
perceptions
remove us
from reality.

God says
Rise Above.
It is
My Way
My Truth
My Life

When
you
fall down,
Rise Up,
Rise Above
the circumstances
of every moment
locked behind
invisible walls
in darkened minds.

Rise Up
Rive Above
Come,
into My Presence
Daily seek
and Follow Me
bring your awareness
of your need
to Me
Be thankful
for I give you
Peace.

(c) April 18, 2016





April 02, 2016

He promises, He knows, He says, He Is


He promises
to meet all our needs.

He knows
exactly what our needs are.

 He says
PEACE
is our deepest need.

 He says
trials
bring about peace
through trusting in Him
in the midst of every trouble.

 He says
Focusing on Him
instead of the stones and weeds
that take up residence in our hearts
will bring us Peace.

 He says
PEACE
will flourish
 when pride
and
worry
and
anger
and
swearing
and
lying
and
cheating
and
envy
and
jealousy
and more
are kicked out.

 He says
I DIED FOR YOU
 not for the world
not for the things of the world
but FOR YOU.

 He says
I LOVE YOU.
You are Mine.
I can do all things.
I AM all things.

 He says
Believing in Me
is good,
but even the demons
believe.

 I want a relationship with you.

 He says
I want a future for you,
a hope growing within you

 He says
PEACE in Me
I give you.

 In the world
there is only one struggle on top of another.
It is unending.

 He says
COME.
Come into My Presence
and listen
and hear
and do.

 Be Still.

He says
I AM ALIVE!
I arose from the grave!
Satan has not won
I am not defeated.

 He says
defeat does not live
in your heart.
I moved in
when you accepted Me
as your personal Lord and Savior.

 I AM THEVICTOR.

I offer abundant life.

 Come.

 Walk with Me

 and live life abundantly,

 in Victory.
(c) April 2, 2016

John 16:33 ~ “…In Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Jeremiah 29:11 ~ “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil,  to give you a future and a hope.”

Philippians 4:19 ~ “Any my God shall supply all you need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

James 2:19 ~ “You believe that there is one God, you do well. Even the demons believe – and tremble!”

March 31, 2016

Who do we please?

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and depart from evil.”
~ Proverbs 3:5-7
Should we do that
Should we do this
Should we please you
… individually
or as a group
Should we please ourselves

Someone
wants this done
Another
wants something else

And then there is the Lord
He too we hear
His word is different
than all the others
To please Him
we simply must be
in His Presence.
Meeting with Him daily
Listening to His counsel
Following His advice

We are bombarded

The Lord says to go
So we go
He says to stay
So we stay
Sometimes too He says to stop
Stop and wait
So we stop… and we wait

But some do not like
where we go
nor
where we stay
and stopping and waiting
is just not reasonable thinking

The Lord says
+ to keep our focus on Him
+ to seek His kingdom, His righteousness
+ to follow His leading
+ to look at every circumstance for His provisions
+ to live our lives with His light
shining in us
shining upon us
shining through us
+ to share His love with everyone
+ to be still and know Him.

It is not the world
and not our Christian brothers and sisters
to whom we owe allegiance,
but the Lord Jesus Christ Himself!
To Him
we must look first
for every answer, every need, every desire


Is not our faith in Him?
We trusted Him to save us … do we not trust Him with our day-to-day living?

 How can we say we trust the Lord,
but do not obey His commands, do not follow His  leading ?

 How can we pray for guidance and then  decide it is not enough?
 We need more.
We know what we need.
God doesn’t have a clue.

Are we sure our faith is in Him …
Are we sure we trust the Lord to guide us down the right path …
Are we sure He knows the way?

 No, we are not sure.

 We proclaim to be born-again Christians
and yet we live as though we control the universe.  

and we do not. 
(c) March 31, 2016

March 30, 2016

The best gift of all


Christ is me
The best gift of all
For without Him
all of me
all of life
is filled with distractions

It is not
what He does
nor
what He gives
but
who He is
And
who He is in me

I only walk
through the motions
of the day-to-day grind
in the workplace
in home life
even in leisure time

Our bodies fail
and wither away

Our minds nod off
into dull senseless thought

 We are … nothing.

But we can be transformed.

Christ
born for us
lived for us
died for us
and three days later,
He arose
for us!

Christ is alive!
I too am alive
Reformed
Reborn
Renewed
I must Be still
I must
come into His Presence…
I must
listen
be alert
obey
His every call
upon me

I must!
For if I am only
what is
and nothing more

God’s light in me
will never shine.

(c) March 27, 2016