July 26, 2018

You say you know ... but

You say you know
But how can you.....

unless you have opened the Holy Book
and read God's word
of His wisdom
His knowledge
His promises

You say you know
But how can you....

unless you pray, bowing before Him
turning your heart toward the heavens
pouring out heart and soul
to the Lord Almighty
with your every fear
your every question
your every hurt

You say you know
But how can you....

unless you have a personal relationship
with the God you believe in
with Jesus, God's son, whom you accepted as your Lord, your Savior
with the Holy Spirit, who resides in your heart

You say you know
But how can you....

unless you gather with other believers
to worship the Holy One
to sing praises
to join in a Bible study
to learn how to apply  what you learn in living your life anew
to make friends

You say you know
But how can you....

unless you take your children with you to Sunday School
so they too will learn about Jesus
and how much Jesus loves you all

You say you know
But how can you....

unless there is a change -
in and out -
within your heart
and your witness shown on the outside

You say you know
But how can you....

unless you take the necessary steps to know.

You say you know
But how can you....

unless you love the Lord your God
as He loves you
for He died for your sinful soul

You say you know

But,
until you go the way of Jesus
until you are obedient to His commands / instructions
until you do - walk / live the life Jesus shows us

you do not know.
(c) Cathy Orrick Luders
July 12, 2018


July 11, 2018

Be ALIVE!

Don't give up
when you see
life around you
dwindling to nothingness,
being destroyed by the world's enticements

The Lord Jesus called
you to Himself
and you answered,
surrendering
to a life with Him
and Him alone

Don't fall into the pits of hell,
where Satan waits,
biding his time
to snatch you away
from God's goodness
and unending love

Satan wants only to show you
a better way to
succumb to death
It is death he seeks for you,
an eternal, endless
place of flame, torture and pain

Life IS Jesus -
remember ...
He was born
He grew to manhood
teaching Christian principals
He bled at the cross of Calvary
He died for the sins of all
and He rose - again
He is ALIVE! He is ALIVE!

Jesus is the epitome of LIFE
He shows The WAY
He imparts The TRUTH

Wake up and BE ALIVE!

Right now
you are dead
Dead to thoughts
that bring you down
Dead to memories
that remind you
of your faults
Dead to comments
from others
whose words and actions
deteriorate you

You believe the lies.
Their blame,
their bitterness
their hate
becomes a part of you
and you believe
what they say
is who you are

But is it really?!
God, the almighty God,
creator of the heavens
and all the earth
and of you
called your name
in the stillness
of your beating heart
and you answered ...
Yes

Jesus is Alive! He is Alive!

And you too are alive
a child of the King
Not of Satan
You have been forgiven
God forgave you
the moment you believed Christ died for you
and accepted
Jesus Christ's death, burial and resurrection

The Lord has filled you with His love,
His peace, His joy, His gentleness,
His kindness, His goodness,
His patience, His self-control. He has
given you eternal life.

Do not spend your days
wasting what you have
been given
to cower in a darkened corner,
reminding yourself
of every negative thing

Trust in the Lord
Believe in Him

Be ALIVE!
Go The Way of Christ
Obey The Instructions of Christ
Do The Will of Christ

Trust He is who He says He is
Believe His every promise
Read His every miracle
Follow the Lord Jesus -
He will never lead you astray.

Be ALIVE!

"Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world - the lust of the flesh, the lust of the yes, and the pride of life - is not of the Father but is of the world." ~ I John 2:15-16


(c) Cathy Orrick Luders
July 11, 2018

July 04, 2018

He does not tarry

"For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it, Because it will surely come." ~ Habakkuk 2:3

You pray
You make known to God
the desires of your heart
of which He does know
He has told us
time before
and now
and again
Do not be anxious
Do not fret
Do not question
when

The Lord will answer
in His time
All is in His time
not ours
He knows what we want
and when we want it
But our wants are not
always His best for us
And our time table is not
always His

We may think He tarries
But He is NEVER too early
NEVER too late
But just the right moment

God still rules
in every facet of our lives
Thank Him for His provisions
Be grateful
instead of in a state of
constant turmoil
Keep your focus
on the Lord Jesus
He will guide you
and bring a calming peace
to your every struggle.

(c) Cathy Orrick Luders
July 4, 2018

June 30, 2018

Are we "being still" or are the sounds destroying us?

The sounds can destroy us

The Lord speaks
I have heard His gentle voice
I have listened to His words of wisdom
I have obeyed His instruction

Yet
It has not always been so
and is not now

I could hear Him -
I was "still"

Now
It is hard to be still
when pushed and pulled
in every direction

My own thoughts
tear me down
filling me
with questions, concerns,
irritation,
even outrage

Calling
Asking
Seeking

Noises distract
ringing, rattling, talking

Where is my time
with You, Lord?!
When will the "stillness"
You desire of me
return

The Enemy seeks to devour, destroy

I miss what I know
I miss what I had,
what I remember

My Jesus
My Lord
My Father God

Show me the way back
to being still in Your Presence

(c) Cathy Orrick Luders
June 30, 2018
___________________

I wrote the following on April 24, 2015, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It is titled "Be still, and know."

"Be still, and know
that I AM God." (Psalm 46:10)

God is here
with us
His Presence
our refuge
our hiding place
our strength

Be still
Will yourself
to focus
on Him
who is...
GOD

Remove
yourself
from endless thinking
planning
for any and every
circumstance

It is not easy
Keeping yourself
away
from where
you should not be
should not travel

Oh Lord
guide my steps
my every step
guide my thoughts
so I am not
led places
that are unfruitful

You are my Light
How can I be
fruitful
and multiply
if I stumble
along the path
before me?

You, Lord
show us
love
and joy
and peace
Patience
Kindness
Goodness
Faithfulness
Gentleness
self-control (Galatians 5:22)

to show
another
the way
to You
the way
You lived
the way
You are
the way
for us
to become
like You

So much
seeks
to destroy
our walk
our life
with the Lord
Selfish desires
become
a higher priority
than
God's desires (Galatians 5:19-21)

We hear
but not
that which
God wants us
to hear
We see
but our vision
is cloudy
We think we
comprehend
but are misguided
True Understanding
escapes us

Do not fear
but we are afraid
The Almighty God
creator of the universe
and of us
lowly humans
We fear His Promises
are not real
We fear His Presence
is not surrounding us
We fear His Power
is not enough

Oh we of little faith
Where is our trust
We make ourselves
bigger
We are so small
so insignificant
yet God loves us
Loved us
so much
He sent His Son
to be
the sacrificial lamb
to die
in our place

Be still
and know
Ask for all
you do not receive
Seek all
you do not find
Know
as much as
He will share
and understand
He Is.

June 13, 2018

Jesus had it

"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."                                                                                         John 14:27 NKJV

"Rest is a state of calm rising from a heart deeply and firmly established in God."                                                                         ~ Henry Drummond

Jesus had it
within His heart

Although turmoil and
life's everyday troubles
wore His body down
Peace
and rest
sustained Him
and gave others
Hope.

Cathy Orrick Luders
June 13, 2018

June 10, 2018

Later... we will know

"You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand." ~ John 13:7

Our days
we do not understand
Sometimes dismalness
crosses our path
and stays a while
We are saddened
No one seems to notice
or care
But God is at work
If only we would
remember
He is always with us,
always working
Life is not about me
nor you
It is about the Lord
Yet we forget
to look only and always
unto Him,
letting our thoughts
take precedence,
becoming our reality.
Woe is me.

God told us
through the apostle Paul,
"We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)

Do we not love Him
Did we only say we did to get Him off our back

Woe indeed we are
My good
Your good
Those who love Him
who follow Him
study His book
meditate on His word

Those who are called ...
We all are
but not all have heard the message
nor listened
nor obeyed
nor trusted
nor believed

God is calling
God has called

The call goes forth -
Come
Come to Me as little children
Come to Me and sit at my feet
Come, My child
learn and know
Bring your every burden unto Me and find rest

Take that step
One step at a time
not one forward and two backward,
but one in front of the other,
Come, Follow Me

The dismalness of your days
will dissolve
as you rely more and more
on Me
for I AM
He who was
and is
and forever will be.
(c) Cathy Orrick Luders

June 03, 2018

The Lord knows - do we?

Jesus said, "Do not be afraid, only believe. ... The child is not dead, but sleeping. ...And they ridiculed Him."  ~ Mark 5:36, 39-40

The Lord knows
if one is sleeping
as at rest
or
as dead

Who are we to ridicule
He who is greater
more powerful
than all we are
all we know
all we think

Who are we to reject
He who came to earth
to save our souls
from the pits of hell,
worse than any terror
we face on earth

Who are we to condemn
He who spoke the truth of His Father
who knew no evil

Who are we to love
He who died,
bearing our sins upon His body
who was buried
and three days later,
rose from the grave

Who is He we say
He who we have ridiculed
rejected
condemned

He is Jesus
Our Savior
Our Redeemer
Our Foundation Rock
Our Everlasting Promise
Our Teacher
Our Refuge
Our Protector
Our Strength
Our Witness
Our Truth
Our Hope
Our Wisdom
Our Light
Our Life
Our Way
Our Peace
Our Patience
Our Kindness
Our Faithfulness
Our Joy
Our Gentleness
Our Forgiver
Our Healer
Our Judge
Our All

Jesus
is He
Who is The Way
The Life
The Truth

Jesus
is He
who loved us then
loves us now
will love us tomorrow.

(c) Cathy Orrick Luders
June 2-3, 2018

June 01, 2018

An Ode of Remembrance

He lived
He died
But he is not dead
His soul lives on
in the hearts
of every loved one
left behind

He was born
and lived life
as he saw fit

But then one day
he discovered God
became re-born -
a believer
in the Lord
who saved him
from an eternal hell

and lived life anew
with Jesus
his redeemer
his Savior
his refuge
guiding his way
to the golden gates
of God's heaven -
our eternal home.

(c) Cathy Orrick Luders
May 31, 2018

May 05, 2018

His sweet, sweet song

Sing a song of gladness
Sing a song of praise
Sing a song of love
     to our Savior
Sing a song of hope
     to our redeemer
Sing as if there were no tomorrow
Sing a song of pure joy
     for God has defeated the foe
Sing a song in the morning
and at noon-day fair
Sing a song in the dark of night
or when the moon shines bright.


~~~~~

I hear ...
the melody lingers
as she sings
and he sings
and sometimes, me too
but often, perhaps,
our lips are silent
our hearts stilled
as the circumstances of life
     overwhelm us.
Stop!
Listen!
and Sing!
Surround yourself with Jesus
     and be lifted up daily
through His sweet, sweet song.

(c) Cathy Orrick Luders
May 5, 2018

May 03, 2018

God's way

"Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." ~ Joel 2:32

God made the promise
Not me
Not you
and God will find a way
to keep the promise.

It is not up to me
or you
to direct His ways,
but rather,
to obey His commands.

Are we listening
Are we doing
Do we go to Him
or do we plan our own course of action
and then
pay for the misfortune that results?

"He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths." ~ Isaiah 2:3

The Lord God is gracious
He waits
for you
He hears
your cry
He answers.

Adversity comes
and pain abounds
He teaches
"This is the way, walk in it." ~ Isaiah 30:21

Do your eyes see?
Do your ears hear?
Do you obey His commands?
Does your life reflect the Lord and His way, His truth, His life?

(c) Cathy Orrick Luders
May 3, 2018

May 02, 2018

God said ...

"in hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised." ~ Titus 1:2

Faith.
Believing God's promises
True
Resting in that belief
because God said so.
He does not lie.

Faith.
Believing God sent it,
therefore,
it must be good for me.

Faith.
Believing God said
trials will come,
therefore,
it must be good for me.

Faith
Believing
His Word
His Truth
His Way
His Life

Where is our faith?

Why
is it only the misery
we see in the midst
of every trial?

Why
do we not see the good
that will come out
of our struggles and pain?

Why, in our wildest imagination,
do we not see
any good thing?

"The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all." ~ Psalm 103:19

It is His - our Lord, Jesus Christ
His kingdom 
that rules over all

The best of times

The worst of times

We are to bless Him
for all of it.

"Bless the Lord, O my soul;
and all that is within me,
bless, His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all His benefits
who forgives all your iniquities,
who heals all your disease,
who redeems your life from destruction,
who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
who satisfied your mouth with good things." 
 ~ Psalm 103:1-5

Bless Him
and bless others through the blessings God has bestowed on us

Love Him
and love others through the example Jesus has shown us

Seek His forgiveness
and forgive others as Jesus forgave us,
being reconciled through His grace, His peace, His love.

(c) Cathy Orrick Luders
May 2, 2018


April 30, 2018

We can live in victory

"Morning by morning The Lord wakens me and opens my understanding to His will." ~ Isaiah 50:4

The best of times
in our lives
can become useless
and we can become defeated

Why?!
Is it because
we do not look anew unto Jesus?

We pray
but is our approach to His throne
fresh, full of love and hope
for each day after
or
do we give up,
no longer open to new ideas
Do we not hear the Master's voice
and when we do,
what is our response?

Is it Yes?
Yes, Lord! Yes!
Wherever Lord
You lead Lord
I'll go wherever you say
or do our fears
take over?
Do we refuse to allow Him
to govern our life?

The best of times
do not have to end
Discouragement
and bitterness
need not be

We can live in victory
every day
every hour
every minute

The Lord Jesus was and is victorious
He defeated the enemy
We can too.
(c) Cathy Orrick Luders
April 30, 2018

April 29, 2018

We pray

We pray
We wait for God's response
We pray again
We look for God's revelation
but there is nothing
Are we so wise that we give up
or do we continue
with relentless endurance

The Lord said He is with us always
We shall pray and pray again
Pray continually
Pray without ceasing
Pray without questioning
Pray without seeing
Pray without knowing the end result
Pray earnestly
Pray always
Pray hopefully
Pray fervently
Pray expectantly

We believe
God's answer will come
God will reveal
in His time all we are to know

In the meantime
We pray.
(c) Cathy Orrick Luders
April 29, 2018

April 19, 2018

Do not give up... Do not give in

"Stand firm" (Exodus 14:13)
The Lord says
Wait for His response
to your plea

Do not give up
Do not give in
to despair,
but be cheerful
and courageous,
rejoicing in His love.

Do not give up
Do not give in
to cowardice,
but follow the Lord only
because we are
children of God.

Do not give up
Do not give in
to impatience,
but keep your mindset
continually on the Lord,
who is always with you.

Do not give up
Do not give in
to arrogance,
but stand firm
as a rock
until you hear
His mighty response,
"Move On. Go Forward." (Exodus 14:15)
(c) Cathy Orrick Luders
April 19, 2018

April 14, 2018

Wasted years...?

Were those years
wasted
as we think and thought?

Others vehemently against,
opposed to what God
had called one to do,
because of mistakes made

Were those years
really wasted?
Maybe not.

The Lord sees
all everywhere
We see oh so dimly
thinking we know how
things are to be
and respond as such
because we are oh so smart

But we are not smart
Our foolish thinking
does not deliver wisdom

God tells us to trust Him
and we try,
but because our focus
has moved from Him
to ourselves
and to those who
think they know all,
we fail.

Our desire
should be in the Lord
Our lives lived
should be led by the Spirit

When our focus
is not on God
our Father
but elsewhere,
we become trapped
within locked doors
with steel bars.

The fruit
of the Holy Spirit -
love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness,
goodness,
faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control -
ours
when we have
professed Jesus
as our Lord and Savior

The fruit
of the Holy Spirit
within us
is truly ours
but not developed
or at best, under-developed

Instead of kindness and gentleness,
we become indifferent,
thoughtless,
mean.
Patience gives way to fear,
frustration,
anxiety.
Goodness is not good,
but evil, dishonest, cruel.
Instead of controlling ourselves,
we are filled with pity
and selfishness.
We trust no one
We look to ourselves
for help, for answers.
There is no joy,
no peace,
no love.

Jesus shows us
how to live
our lives abundantly.

What do we have?
Do we live abundantly?
Do we follow His path?

Or is the only thing we have
an oversupply of foolish,
stupid behavior?

(c) Cathy Orrick Luders
April 13-14, 2018

March 27, 2018

Face to Face

Face to Face
we shall see Him
Oh! What glorious thought
My Lord
to whom I gave my soul
He loves me so
more, much more
than shall I ever


Face to Face
now only dimly
and trembling
Soon and very soon
longer than we'd like
He will come
on high
in all His glory
white as new fallen snow
to gather
all His children
together -
even me
even me. 


Face to Face
Come quickly, Lord Jesus
The trials and sorrows
of this world grow
But You are all-powerful
You are stronger
than any two-edged sword
You have defeated the foe - 

Satan -
for all
even me
even me.

Face to Face
even me Lord
even me
I will see You
to whom I gave my soul. 


(c) Cathy Orrick Luders
March 27, 2018

March 23, 2018

God sees all

"...we know in part ... but when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away ... For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face." ~ I Corinthians 13:9-10, 12

"Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see, but does not see, and ears to hear, but does not hear." ~ Ezekiel 12:2

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, And my thoughts than your thoughts." ~ Isaiah 55:8-9

"The Lord knows the thoughts of man, that they are futile." ~ Psalm 94:11

"The things which are impossible with men are possible with God." ~ Luke 18:27


God sees
We think He only sits
in the heavens
and watches
but does nothing -
an uncaring, unloving Father

We are so wrong.

God sees
our pain
our mishaps
our discord

Today
every day
He is not inactive
He is preparing us
for greater service,
strengthening us
for the time-consuming days
of suffering ahead.

We abhor waiting.
Patience is not
our specialty

The days drag into weeks
and months
and years

We strive
to be pleasing
to God
but we drown in
dismay.
We have lost
all strength
and fortitude
to go on
and patiently wait.

What will You have us
to do this day, Lord?

Don't be impulsive
Don't run ahead of Me
Wait.
I will show the way

God sees all.
We only see partly -
Partly the way
Partly the truth
and although
we may live life
we do not see
the fully complete life
we are to follow.

O Lord,
help us
we pray
to see what You want us to see
to do what You want us to do

Help us
see
and understand
any strength lies only in You.

Without You,
without awareness of You
a dismal life
is all that we see.

(c) Cathy Orrick Luders
March 22-23, 2018


March 21, 2018

...can it be?

And can it be ...
That I
should be redeemed
That My God
should die for me?

God said ... and it was so

Do you believe
My Father says
You and you and you,
do you believe
that I am able to do (this)?

...can it be?
I who caused Your pain
I who should have died
I who you did not condemn

... can it be?
That I
should be redeemed
That My God
should die for me

and
He touched me
He loved me so much
and He loves me still

I am His
His child
forever I am
and He is mine
My Savior
My life
My all

His promise fulfilled
according to
my faith
My trust
in Him.

"Do you believe that I am able to do this?" ~ Matthew 9:28

"God said ... and it was so." 
~ Genesis 1:9

"According to your faith let it be to you." 
Matthew 9:29

(c) Cathy Orrick Luders
March 21, 2018

March 16, 2018

It's all about Love

"My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him,
For whom the Lord loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives."
~ Hebrews 12:5-6


You discipline your sons
and daughters
So why should you also 

not be disciplined?

They do wrong
in your eyes
as you do wrong
in the eyes of God


Their punishment 
you consider reasonable
You remove things
from their enjoyment
so they will learn
right from wrong


You, too, are punished
Whatever God determines is best,
will be removed from you
so you, too, will learn
right from wrong


You want your sons
and daughters
to mind
to say "please" and "thank you"
and "I'm sorry"
Just as God wants you
to mind
to be obedient to Him


You have desires
you want met
God, too, has desires -
to ask of Him in prayer
to thank Him in worship and praise
to forgive another
and not constantly remind them
of their faults


God forgave you
He knows your faults,
your Sin
He knows everything
about you
and He forgave you


It's all about Love -
He loves you 

Do you love Him? 
(c) Cathy Orrick Luders
March 16, 2018

March 15, 2018

We are A child of God

"Almighty God can make us stronger than our circumstances and can turn each situation to our good." ~ John Henry Jowett, Streams in the Desert

We are nothing
yet we are
God's creation
made in His image
from the dust of the earth
and given the breath of life

We are
A Child of God


We are nothing
yet we have
God's strength.
With Him
we can do all things
we can go all places
we can be all we can be - 

loving, trustful, godly, truthful
believing, faithful, gentle
patient, honest,
a reflection of our Lord,
Jesus Christ.
We are
A Child of God


We are nothing
yet we know
God's instructions, teachings
show us the way
to rise above and beyond
our every fear and temptation.
We can trust God
to guide us
along life's crooked path
and make it straight.
We are
A Child of God


We are nothing
yet we profess
Jesus
is The Way,
The Truth,
The Life
We are
A Child of God



(c) Cathy Orrick Luders
March 15, 2018

March 09, 2018

Promises

"Every promise of Scripture is a letter from God." ~ Charles H. Spurgeon,                                                                                   Streams in the Desert


Every promise of God is built on:

His justice
His holiness
His grace or goodness
His truth

He will NEVER deceive us
He will NEVER forget us
He will NEVER change

On the other hand,
every promise of Satan is built on:

Lies

He ALWAYS deceives us
ALWAYS forgets us
ALWAYS changes

Who do you believe ... What do you believe?

March 04, 2018

To be like Him

Many trials we must face
through suffering we run the race
In God's wisdom He bestows
strength for our weary souls
encouraging us to glow bright
and brighter still, like the light
of Jesus, His beloved Son.
(c) Cathy Orrick Luders
March 4, 2018

March 01, 2018

Soon and Very Soon


God’s desire
Our mission - to cling to Him
and not become distraught,
seeking escape
from difficult circumstances faced.

Tired and so weary
We lay upon our pillow,
praying.
Won’t You please take me home?
Why am I still here?

Cling to Me He says
Cling My Child
and as you cling, sing praises
thanking Me
for every blessing bestowed
given then
given now
given later

Your room
not yet ready
You are needed
where you are
Do not question
the whys and whens

Just soak in My goodness
Be content to bask in the Light of My Son
and soon and very soon,
You will be in the
Almighty Presence of My Unending Love.

Dedicated to my adopted mommy, Anna, on her 105th birthday. 
(c) Cathy Orrick Luders
March 1, 2018

February 21, 2018

Possible Promises


We are
powerless
alone

We are
distraught
and
fearful

We don’t come
to the Lord
who said
He would be
with us,
who said
with Him
ALL
is possible

We are
believers
yes,
shortsighted too

We may be
willing, but …

Step by step
one forward
two back
onward march

We are
powerless
alone

When
will it be
we
to trust
in the
mighty Power
of The Lord?

When
will it be
we
who read of
His Promises
to take
every one of them
to heart
and really know
these
Possible Promises
to be true?

You do
or
you don’t
Believe
in the
power of God

You do
or
you don’t
Come
before His throne
in prayer
and
fasting

When you believe
“nothing will be
impossible for you.”

(Matthew 17:20)

“If you can believe,
all things are possible
to him who believes.”

(Mark 9:23)

Believe
in Me
He says
Believe
in Me
and take
that step of faith

Without
believing
and
putting action
to your belief
all the
promises
given
will not
be yours

“Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass. (
bring it about)”
(Psalm 37:5)
(c) Cathy Orrick Luders
Feb. 21, 2018

February 03, 2018

God blesses ... and then

God blesses
and then...
the battle begins

It was so
with His Son
"whom He loved
and was well pleased"
(Mark 1:11)
It is so
with us
His children
adopted through the shed blood
of His Son
who died to set us free

God blesses
and then...

at once
we are in a quandry

Tested and retested
God knows the final result
But we ...

we are not all and always
like Christ
who stayed committed
to His Father
no matter what
Satan attempted

We think
whatever Satan
poses to us
is different
from what he
posed to Jesus

But is it?

Sin is sin
No matter what the sin
saying no to it
refusing to give in to it
trusting God
and being obedient to Him
is what it is about

We will be
blessed again...
to give us hope
and to strengthen us
for the darkness
to come.
(c) Cathy Orrick Luders
Feb. 3, 2018

January 04, 2018

When you pray ...

When
you pray
to God

When
you ask
of God

Believe.

The answer
sought
will come
IF
you believe -
not with your mind,
but with your heart -
He hears
your plea
and will provide
what you need.

Our prayers
must be
focused
on Him
and His will
not
on our
circumstances
of the
moment

When
you pray
to God

Remember ...
His promises

When
you ask
of God

Trust ... 
He will
shed light
on the
darkness
that beckons you
to come
and follow -
a place
of fear
and unbelief

When
you pray

Listen.

God listens
to you.
Do you listen
to Him?

Do you
spend time
with Him
to hear
what He
has to say
to you?

or do you
turn Him off,
tune Him out
when you
have had enough?!

When
it is
to God
you pray

When
it is
of God
you ask

When
it is
from God
you receive

Believe
Trust
Listen
with your whole heart,
your whole being

True faith
will prevail
when
anxiety
passes,
bringing
in its wake,
calmness.

In Mark 11:22-24, Jesus said - "Have faith in God. ... whoever does not doubt in his heart, but believes... whatever things you ask when you pray that you receive them, you will have them." 

(c) Cathy Orrick Luders
Jan. 4, 2018

January 03, 2018

He remembers

All that is
Jesus remembers

Great or small
On mountaintops
or deep valleys
Jesus remembers

He remembers
your capabilities
and strengthens us
or allows us to rest
in His shadow

He remembers
your discontent
and encourages us
to spend time with Him
focusing on His Love

He remembers
from where you came
and is patient
and gentle and kind
in your suffering moment
faced
facing
and will face

He remembers
the lies heard and told
and the truth
for He is the Truth
In Him, "it is impossible to lie"  (Hebrews 6:18)

He remembers
your desires
your faults
your shame
and opens His arms wide
to envelop you
To set you free
as you were,
as you are,
as you always will be -
His -
yet you travel
a path of your own
making

He remembers
you do not travel
the route He has chosen
you do not seek
His guidance
you do not listen
to His words of wisdom
you do not know
of the promises
He has given you

He remembers
all of it
Even that which you think
is hidden
He knows
"For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light." (Mark 4:22)

He remembers
your selfishness
your pride
your disobedience
your conceit
your defiance
your jealousy
your bitterness
your unbelief

He remembers
seeing all that you were
and all that you are now
and all that you will become
"For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth..."  (II Chronicles 16:9)

He remembers
"because, although (you) knew God, (you) did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in (your) thoughts and (your) foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, (you) became fools."  (Romans 1:21-22)
(c) Cathy Orrick Luders
January 3, 2018

December 25, 2017

Alive in our hearts

I think of those gone on
this  Christmas Eve
This Christmas morn

Remembering moments
missing them so
Wishing they were here
to sit awhile and visit
to enjoy a meal together
to be a family once again

O what a gift that would be.

I think of those gone on
this Christmas Eve
this Christmas morn

Remembering
and Realizing too
They gave their hearts to Jesus
as you and I (perhaps?) have too

They are in His Presence -
filled with glory bright
praising and worshipping
at the feet of Jesus
O holy one, most precious

Gone from our physical presence
but present still
in the hearts of loved ones
family and friend
They remain

They are with us
Just as Jesus -
Alive in our hearts
(c) Christmas Day, 2017


December 21, 2017

We have Jesus

We are scattered
so lost and alone
we fear the future
moments to come
what will it be
we dare not go

We are scattered
yet we are never
fully alone
For He knows
where we are
what we need

Yes, we are scattered
but we are surrounded
by God's love and mercy
shone through His Son
Our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ

December 21, 2017

Jesus - Upon the Cross

Jesus died
He gave His life
and took your sins
Upon the cross
at Calvary

He came to Earth
to pay the price
Walked the road
for you
Upon the cross
at Calvary

He taught
He healed
He loved
He showed The Way
to life eternal
Upon the cross
at Calvary

And you -
you, who He died for
you, who He healed
you who He loved
and loves still -


Have you Accepted His love
His healing
His teaching
His Way

Have you Believed
He died for you
He took your sins
and gave you a new life?

Have you Committed
to turn away from your old life
and turn to Jesus?


The Apostle Paul tells us in II Corinthians 5:17: "...if anyone is in Christ, he is a anew creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 

Beginning in Ephesians 4:17 and following, Paul reminds us that we are to "put off our former conduct ... to be renewed in the spirit of our mind ... to put on the new man which was created according to God in true righteousness and holiness ... to put away lying, to speak truth ... to not go to bed angry ... to not steal ... to not use corrupt words..." Verses 31-32 tells us: "Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor and evil speaking  be put away from you, with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you." 

December 17-18, 2017 

December 01, 2017

Give it up!

Give it up, My child
The load you carry
It is not I, Jesus, Your Lord and Savior,
but the Devil - Satan himself
who brings you
these heavy burdens.

Wearing on you,
Satan brings one trouble after another
So downtrodden you are
with worry and fear,
resentment, bitterness, deception, rejection.

Give it up, Give it all up
You have no need -
weighted down so.

Come to Me, My child
Rest in Me.
"(I) The Lord will be a refuge
for the oppressed,
a refuge in times of trouble." 

-- Psalm 9:9

"And those who know Your name
will put their trust in You;
For you, Lord, have not forsaken
those who seek you."
-- Psalm 9:10

December 1, 2017

November 23, 2017

Do you ... believe?

ASK
not of those around you
who do not know,
but of  The Lord,
who will guide you
in The Way
best for you.

SEEK
not in worldly things
that do not bring fulfillment,
but God,
who will forgive you,
heal you
restore you,
bring yearnings impossible
for another, to become reality.

KNOCK
not on a loved one's heart's door
that refuses entrance,
but on God's door,
open to all who choose
to believe and trust and commit.

"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened."
 - Matthew 7:7-8
Don't stop!
Ask God
and receive blessings

Seek answers from The Lord
and find The Truth

Knock on heaven's gate
and His mercy and grace
will be opened to you. 

"Do you believe that I (God) am able to do this?" - Matthew 9:28

Thanksgiving Day
Nov. 23, 2017

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