I NEED HIS STRENGTH

There are so many times when I simply need God’s strength.  I cannot go through difficulties without it.  He sends His Spirit to give me comfort when I waiver.  He lifts me with His mighty hand when I feel I can go no further.

In life’s daily walk, we are faced with difficult decisions, trust issues, anger, fear, integrity, hopes, goals and with each of these, we can not survive alone.  Even when we have a spouse who supports us, we need the all knowing, ever present Creator to sustain us.

As I begin this day, Lord, give me the assurance that you will be with me through it.  Lead me as you will, for I know your purpose for my life is in your hands.  Protect me from those who betray or desert me and give me strength to overcome the world and my sinful flesh.   I trust in your design for my life.  Amen!

 

 

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GREAT GOD – LITTLE ME

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ART & POETRY BY PAUL & KATHY BOECHER©

Within the mountain’s early dawn, His majesty is seen,

The skies fill up with brilliance, and glorious golden sheen,

His breath is seen in morning mist, His voice through eagles’ song,

His power displays in sunlit rays, He shines the whole day long,

His love for us unspoken, but seen in every rock,

He leads us like a shepherd protects his wandering flock,

I am so weak and fragile, like many a stubborn sheep,

My trust oft wanes, my fears o’er take, I toss through dream filled sleep,

My tears won’t stop, may faith grows weak, I stumble all the way,

But He’s right there, surrounding me, protecting me each day,

I’ll never grow to understand His unconditional love,

But thank Him that He grants it from His throne high up above,

My God, you are my fortress, my strength when I am weak,

You carry me through deserts, you lead me when you speak,

Through pastures green and waters clean, fulfilling every need,

You fill my heart with gratitude, my soul your Word does feed.

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THANK YOU, LORD

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Thank you, Lord, for giving me breath and life and for your gift of the Holy Spirit which has been working within me since my baptism. Each day you provide all that I need for my physical and spiritual needs. You hug me with your mighty arms and protect me from the evil one. You have a plan for my life even in my old age.

Thank you for sending your Son, Jesus. He lived a perfect life, showing by example how we should lead a servant’s life – always putting others before ourselves. My gratitude overflows because He took my place on the cross. He died so I might live and He conquered death by returning to life proving to me that I will also share eternity with Him.

Lord, thank you also for the trials I face each day. Thanks for planting confidence in my heart so I can overcome them. I have never suffered starvation or abuse, but I pray for those who have, so they may find peace through you – especially for those who are dying defending your name.

God, I have no gift to lay at your feet, but you treasure me more than gold. I cannot save myself, but you love me so much that you made my salvation possible. All I can do is give you my heart forever ad trust completely in you for my strength, my hope, my daily bread, my salvation. I know it is in the best possible hands! Amen.

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FRUIT OF THE HARVEST

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ORIGINAL ART & POETRY BY PAUL & KATHY BOECHER©

Golden fields of grain,

Wave freely in the hot August breeze,

Soon it will all be gathered,

Before the fields freeze,

The fruits of the harvest will soon grace our table,

The grapes will be gathered by hands strong and able,

Huge silos are filled for the long winter days,

When cattle surrender to winter’s cold gaze,

Our Lord will protect each one that calls on Him,

His bounty of plenty, He always plants within,

Our souls will be fed with the food that He gives,

His love does endure for as long as we live,

When death overtakes us, He’s still by our side,

With new bodies we’ll flourish, our pain will subside,

With our Jesus we’ll walk and we’ll never more stray,

Redeemed we will stand on that last judgment day.

 

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DAILY WALK

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Original art & poetry by Paul & Kathy Boecher©

A life once filled with loneliness, a heart that seemed like stone,

Has turned to Christ and all at once, that life is not alone,

To walk without the Son of God is like an empty day,

Time that has no purpose, where thoughts get in the way,

The road through life is burdensome and sometimes can run out,

But when we walk with Jesus, the journey has no doubt,

For He alone can guide us. His tenderness is real,

He washes all our sins away, redemption He did seal.

We walk like children through this life. We’re never satisfied,

But Jesus loves us even so, through Him we’re gratified.

 

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WHO DO YOU TRUST?

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“In God we trust – trust your friends – trust the people with whom you do business – believe that your family will always be there for you – know that those who instruct you are people of integrity and common sense.”  How much truth do these sayings hold?.

In business today, it is very difficult to trust. With the use of internet to conduct everything from business to social media, there is very little face to face contact, leaving no room for reading body language or emotions. We can only assume we’re being told the truth. A handshake is rarely evident until a deal is closed and even then we don’t finish business like we did in years gone by.

In our case, friends have always been few, but ones we can depend on. Many who claimed to be friends when our business was thriving, went by the wayside as soon as success left our door. The ones that remained faithful are still friends today.

Most families are separated by miles and they’re busy building their own lives. Today, both spouses work in order to meet the everyday demands of living. Their time is precious to them. That’s not a bad thing and we’ve always given them their space, but when we need them for something, we know we can call them. Not all families are like that. Many leave the nest and are rarely seen again.

Our pastors, teachers, mentors and leaders should be those you can put your complete trust in, but even in those positions of merit, we often hear stories of shepherds leading their flocks astray with false teaching. We discover that teachers or others in authority can use their station to take advantage of those they teach or put them in compromising situations. Mentors should be looked up to, but they often fall short. As to our athletic heroes, movie icons, television stars, their fame has often tainted them and their ability to motivate or stand as good role models is pathetic. Our leaders have lost track of the fact that they have been elected to work for our good, but special interest groups often capture their attention first.

When we trust in ourselves for wisdom, our narcissistic nature often grabs hold of us and we think we’re the only ones we can trust. Some folks worship false gods, the internet, money & success, good works and on and on, but there is only One that we can trust to mold us, punch us, toss us around, help us, comfort us, raise us up when we’re down and give us hope – all for our benefit.

Even when life is coming at us from all sides, His love never changes. He is unconditional with it – He lavishly disperses it on us – sometimes you don’t like His path and determine to take your own. When that doesn’t work, you know He’ll be waiting for you with open arms.

To me, He’s the only One you can trust completely.

 

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R E S P E C T !

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Picture a world where life had no value; a place where brother fought against brother to the death; where unborn lives were snuffed out in an instant; where seniors were deemed useless and exterminated after a certain age; where children killed someone just for the fun of it. What a horrible place that would be and yet we are living in the midst of such a world.

Whatever happened to respect for human life? Whatever happened to consequences for bad actions? Whatever happened to the laws of God? The Ten Commandments were given to man to be a law for our lives and yet they seem to be stomped on daily, as life takes a back seat to pleasure and selfishness.

I am ashamed of what has happened within my own country. Guns are being blamed for taking lives rather than the people who pull the trigger. Children see violence as a thrill rather than it having any consequences. Abortion is a cop out for taking responsibility for poor choices, with no conscience about the murder of an unborn life.

Lord, help our nation to begin to look to your Word for answers again instead of within themselves. We need your law as well as your Gospel in our lives. Help us to remember to teach our children the value of life and the consequences of bad actions.  We must return to you and your law if we are ever to survive as a nation.  Amen!

 

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GOOD GRIEF

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Poor, old Charlie Brown – never could cut a break. One of the world’s most favorite cartoon characters, created by Charles M. Schulz had a daily struggle with the same kinds of problems we often face. If it wasn’t being chosen last on the baseball team, it was trying to get his kite to soar in the air. In these cute comic strips, we can often see ourselves and some of the difficulties we encounter in our daily walk.

God doesn’t promise us a perfect life. There will be problems and they could easily overwhelm us. In a way we should look at these interruptions as “good grief.” They keep us on a steady track with our Creator. When things are going well with us, we often forget to communicate with Him. When the path is cluttered, we don’t waste any time reaching out to God for answers.

Lord, I need to be reminded to pray when I am thankful as well as when I need your help. Sometimes I can’t even find the right words to say. When that happens, I know you will still hear what is in my heart. Thanks for placing good grief in my way. It reminds me that you are in charge of my life. Amen!

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TRUSTING GOD

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ORIGINAL ART & POETRY BY PAUL & KATHY BOECHER©

Sun slowly sets, leaving glistening rays upon the still water,

We hold hands and think about tomorrow,

We plan,

We dream,

We hope for answers,

For wisdom, discernment, dependence on our God,

Some days we seem to approach a wilderness,

No plans,

Shattered dreams

Unanswered prayers,

It seems at times that God is no where to be found,

But then the glow of His presence is felt in the skies,

The water,

The trees,

The reflections,

We can be still and know,

That He is there,

That He is God,

That He has this!

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IN THE DESERT

Being in the desert for 40 years had to be an incredible exercise in patience.  Even though the Israelites had obtained their freedom from slavery, their condition during that desert time was a series of highs and lows.  God had made Himself known to them, protected and provided for them throughout, but they continued to grumble and whine.

Kind of like us when we go through difficulties and hard choices in life.  How about enduring those things for 40 years?  Today, God reveals Himself to us through His Word.  We have immediate access to Him, through our Savior, Jesus.  We can depend on His enduring love and perfect plan for our lives – but still we grumble and whine.

When we discipline our children, it’s intended for their good.  God does the same thing with us.  He expects complete obedience to His commands.  Even Moses was unable to reach the promised land because He didn’t obey God’s specific directions.  Being sinners, we are incapable of doing this alone so we must rely on Jesus to strengthen us and intercede for us.

As light seems to be appearing at the end of our current dark tunnel, I feel that maybe it will soon be over, but the battle continues.  It’s a day by day process, which requires complete trust and obedience.

Dear Lord, Jesus, You alone have fulfilled the Law which God demands. I had nothing to do with that.  Because of your perfection, I know that my sins have been forgiven.  Help me now to walk in obedience to Him – to trust and let Him complete my journey in His time and by His will.  Amen!

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