Kept

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Kept by the Spirit into Your Presence in times of need rush

Adept to be a voice for the orphan, with the poor, to those abused, and voiceless

Rep a change of heart about an unchanging message

Helped to weather the storms and calm what rages

Crept through life’s stages and moon phases

Accept mercy anew each day the sun raises

Slept in green pastures to restore my soul that amazes

Recollect HIS goodness to relate with our praises

Respect the LORD for the times HE carried us where only HIS footsteps traces

Wreck of a past held back to go forward now standing firm on the Rock of Ages

Leapt at chance to share the Truth that to our sin erases

Direct our hearts to share the perfect love that away from all fear encases

Reflect HIS face in this race that grace outpaces

Resurrect life to store up treasure above way beyond measure of souls One embraces

Connect with Your Words inside to taste and see that HE is good on a continual basis

Trekked out of the desert holding HIS Mighty Right Hand led to an oasis

Reconnect by delighting in HIM to be given the desires of your heart rather than what the world chases

Protect soul from unnecessary harm when fix on HIM your eyes gazes

Seek and beseech lost souls left faithless or think it pointless

Meet those with little faith to build up a surplus

Reach out to the weak to strengthen in earnest

Of the enemy, world, or man impervious

Go to the front lines now courageous

Tread the lion and cobra until crushed

Fight the good fight to bring about justice

Shine the Light to scatter wickedness

Live free to freely give a life of service

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Dwell

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Dwell

Where all is well

Tell

What is worth to sell

Swell

While knowing why love first fell

Dispel

All fear when perfect love will propel

Quell

The enemy with Who conquered sin, death, and hell

Yell

About how the freedom HE won for us forever speaks and increases, though at first and at the last we toll the bell

Foretell

The Good News of Salvation wherever we are to bring anyone into HIS family adopted as a son or daughter for new life to restore and resurrect your soul made whole out of your broken shell

Impel

Whatever builds up and encourages us in faith, hope, and love to do good works prepared in advance for us to do as HE leads, guides, and empowers us to excel

Unravel

The lies with Truth through Faith whenever darkness may come against with HIS Light in Love to prevail over every evil force repel

With every blood cell

Live fully to embrace HIS will to do, to overcome with breakthrough, to become more than a conqueror who perseveres and endures that you continue on no matter the cost for at great cost HE bought your life for to live is Christ and to die is gain until the final farewell to hear “Well done good and faithful servant. You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.  Enter the joy of your Master.”  So drink in Heaven’s delight with eternal Light from the SON and of the Living Water forevermore from HIS abundant wellspring; spring up HIS well for it is well with my soul and all will be well…

Origins

Origins

So I sought

Innocence

So I thought

Sins

More so I wrought

Opens

More so I fought

Hidden

Sow; don’t keep what I reap of guilt shut up or sever with shame any longer

Within

Sow; keep HIS Word will reap, built up never the same to be pure and stronger

Forbidden

Whatsoever is wicked and evil that easily entangles and ensnares

Written

Whatsoever is pure, true, noble, excellent, and praiseworthy declares

Decision

Follow so close to seek first HIS Kingdom and righteousness to do HIS will

Vision

Follow so close though weak for the outcast and orphan; thirst for HIS righteousness to fulfill and be filled

Driven

So go in perfect love abound to soar where no fear any longer bound aground

Mission

So go in perfect love surround to implore until healing lifts those down and all the lost are found

Origins

So I know HIM more to adore;  empowering K.O.R.E.

Innocence

So they come to know HIM all the more; entering through the open door to be restored

Origins

So with deep conviction to children I have taught

Innocence

So with precious blood for children HE has bought

Reasons to Remember

Here for a reason

Why I carry on so

For a season

How long I don’t know

 

Listen to reminder

Never alone in the throes

Be kinder along the way as a pathfinder

Mercy to give others among their woes

 

Meant to remember

Compassion to show

Ignite the ember

Eager to grow

 

Be responsible

Despite the toll of pains blow

Overcome every obstacle

He died to give you new life for HIS renown owe

 

Goal to reconcile

Uplift the low

Reach out to those in denial

Faith seeds to sow

 

Make recompense

With love overflow

Stand in defense

Voice on behalf of the orphans, the weak, and the poor bestow

 

Life purpose reconsider

Envision where to go

For the little children never hinder unto HIS arms open wide come hither

Justice to prevail against all evil derail until fears overthrow

 

Choose to rescue

Those fallen below

Leave the many for the few

Willing to walk through the valley of death’s shadow

 

Faith, hope, and love remain

To refill, refresh, replenish, and restore the hollow

Greatest of these is love to sustain

Receive from Heaven’s open window until reach it’s door open to enter the afterglow

 

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Traces of HIS Presence entailing dependence more closely appealing!

Make a positive difference with faith fulfilling impact.

Nears HIS Spirit will reflect the love to show…

-knows the one chosen as a vital decision where acceptance will sink in

 

Phrases from HIS Presence unveiling Promises more deeply revealing!

Communicate the Good News with Words instilling truth as fact.

Appears HIS Spirit will interject seeds to sow…

-knows one will be open to what’s written and spoken over to listen

 

Races to HIS Presence hailing the KING humbly kneeling!

Enter into eternal significance with hope refilling to get back on track.

Steers HIS Spirit will intersect the why, when, where, and how to go…

-knows from those ones who arose then to win after the struggle in transition

 

Erases in HIS Presence, unfailing, all negative unruly feeling no longer stuck in emotions concealing!

Give sincere preference with love willing to go the extra mile picking up the slack.

Fears, HIS Spirit will redirect far away from overthrow…

-knows one grows again abiding with HIM and one’s desires hidden are finding arisen when delight in HIM

 

Chases HIS Presence detailing the anguish desperately pleading!

Provide a way of deliverance with mercy building up cheerfully still forgiving when taking any flak.

Angry jeers HIS Spirit will deflect and forego…

-knows one’s blows taken to remember scars stricken incision

 

Encases HIS Presence wailing until held together tenderly sealing!

Handle the ambivalence with compassion to understand and listen in coming alongside griefs attack.

Tears HIS Spirit will connect with to know…

-knows one’s lows begin to change uplifting one’s countenance until strengthen within

 

Replaces with HIS Presence exhaling within new breath and new life reality so freeing!

Offset any hindrance with grace outpour to care filling up their cup beyond what once did lack.

Adheres HIS Spirit will protect to overflow…

-knows what ones given is to freely give out again in love driven

 

Embraces with HIS Presence bailing out soon after suffering to steadily stand after reeling until genuinely heeding!

Give extreme resilience with patience in disciplining when backtrack, then to gently bring reassuringly back.

Endears HIS Spirit will correct behavior toward rewarding transformation undergo…

-knows sin to resist within and soon to set free from prison to be with HIM

 

Faces toward HIS Presence availing much what once was failing remind and trailing behind now steadfastly interceding and leading!

Live as role models in coexistence with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control tilling the soil of their heart for treasure one day to extract.

Clears the way for HIS Spirit that will resurrect to glow in the Son’s Light reflecting the glistening brilliance white as snow…

-knows the Great Commission with purpose and vision

Rebuild Lives

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It was a wonderful time teaching in children’s ministry; always refreshing to my spirit and empowered by HIS Spirit…

Inspired to share some of the insights spoken there and received later

Life Application:

Initiative =seeing what needs to be done and doing it

Bottom Line:

Don’t wait for someone else to do what needs to be done

Memory Verse:

“Work at everything you do with all your heart.  Work as if you were working for the LORD.”  Colossians 3:23

Bible Truth:

Nehemiah plans to build the wall.

Key Question:

What keeps you from doing what needs to be done?

Backdrop:

Read Nehemiah 1

  • We learn Nehemiah is heartbroken for his hometown left in ruins.
  • We learn he is repentant for the sins of GOD’s people and intercedes on their behalf.
  • We learn he asks for favor as he readies himself to approach the king with a life-changing request.
  • We learn he is a cupbearer.

Nehemiah’s job was a cupbearer to the king.  That meant he would test the wine first to see if it was tainted.  He lived to give his life for the king in which he would die in his place, thus saving him from the presence of any poison.

JESUS, in greater comparison, was our cupbearer.  HE would drink the cup (containing our sin’s poison) of GOD the FATHER’s will; taking our place to ultimately save our very lives…

Matthew 26:39

39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

JESUS chose to obey the FATHER’s will willingly; drinking the cup of GOD’s wrath that would have been meant for us had HE not chose to lay down HIS life.

John 15:13

13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

This greater love was for me, you, and everyone in the world…

Have you called on HIS name yet?

Romans 10: 8-13

But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Read  Nehemiah 2: 1-10

  • We learn the king recognizes that Nehemiah is saddened of heart.
  • Nehemiah shares his heart for his homeland lying in ruins.
  • The king asks what Nehemiah wants.
  • Nehemiah requests to go to his birth city to rebuild it.
  • The king agrees to send him.
  • Nehemiah asks for letters to give to governors for safe passage and for getting the material possessions for rebuilding.
  • The king gives him letters and gives a calvary to guard him along the way.

KING JESUS recognizes our saddened heart when our lives are in ruins.  HE was sent from Heaven to earth by GOD the FATHER not only save our souls, but to rebuild are lives…  JESUS was given safe passage for a set time and brought with him the vital possessions of a perfect life tempted in every way as we are yet without sin, of power to bring healing, of power to give forgiveness, of pure blood to be poured out shed on the cross as our atoning sacrifice with compassion to refill our cups to overflowing, of life-giving Words to renew our minds, of mercy to restore our souls, of grace to repair our hearts, of life-giving Spirit to replenish our spirits, of faithfulness to refresh our strength…  of the empowering and encouraging Holy Spirit’s help coming alongside for the journey ahead…

Read Nehemiah 2: 11-18

  • We learn Nehemiah assesses the damages of broken down walls and burned up gates.
  • We learn he shares with others the plans to rebuild and to no longer be disgraced.
  • We learn the people agree to rebuild and are eager to start the process.

JESUS inspects the damaged walls of our heart from the world’s pressures and others  evil intentions that may have wrecked havoc and caused us to lose the hope and peace that HE knows we need to carry on along our healing journey…  HE knows and understands how to rebuild the walls to be fortified to withstand stress and tests that may come against us.  HE wants to be a shield protecting all around us and for HIS peace to dwell within steadfastly.  HE alone takes away our shame to no longer be disgraced.  JESUS inspects our eyes (the gateways to our souls) that have been burned with the intense fire damaging images of immorality and violence.  HE offers to purify us with the Light of HIS Words and HIS Presence.  GOD offers forgiveness when we confess our sins and cleanses us from all unrighteousness.  JESUS leads and guides us as the Way, the Truth, and the Life…  We become new… with pure desires… that as we delight in HIM, we receive the desires of our hearts…  We join the rebuilding efforts of others precious lives as GOD’s people in the ministry of reconciliation to HIM…

Have you asked JESUS to rebuild the walls of your heart and put up new gates to see with and envision the future and a hope HE gives to you personally… Once you do, you will begin to see the new HE wants to do in and through you…  Living by faith, giving the hope, and sharing the love received for others to know HIM and be known…

We have been given command to care for and support orphans by GOD our FATHER and our LORD and Savior JESUS Christ…

We have been given command to care for and support the oppressed and the poor by GOD our FATHER and our LORD and Savior JESUS Christ…

We have been given command to care for and support those weaker in faith by GOD our FATHER and our LORD and Savior JESUS Christ…

Will you join the efforts of rebuilding their precious lives?!…

HE is worth it and they are worth it…  valuable treasures needing to be restored and stored above in Heaven…

Reach out to me if you are stuck;  keeping you from doing what you need to do.

We’re in this life together!!…  You’re not alone…  I enjoy listening and “being there” for others…  I enjoy encouraging and motivating…

 

 

 

 

 

Children

Children!!…

Psalm 127:3

Children are a gift from the Lord;
they are a reward from him.

I have been given 8 gifts and rewards from the LORD…

5 biological children are being raised in our home.

2 were miscarried and carried to Heaven.

1 is adopted by faith and not with us physically, but spiritually with us in our hearts.  There was the day GOD asked me to adopt a young toddler from Haiti who was found on the side of the road after the major earthquake January 12, 2010.  I have not seen him since the picture of him taken by Love A Child nor know if he is still alive or died soon after.  They did not know his name, but gave him the number 1013.  GOD inspired a new name given to me to call him…

Psalm 127: 3-5

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;
They shall not be ashamed,
But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

They are a heritage (inheritance and precious possessions) given to us.  They are arrows directed as the LORD leads and guides…  There is the promise that they will not be ashamed and will contend with their enemies…

Matthew 6:21

21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

These 8 children are treasures to my wife and I and to GOD…

My treasure I store in Heaven, so one day I will spend time with them forevermore there…

My family has other treasures to be stored in Heaven…  They are the many orphans we have the privilege of supporting in India…  They are valuable to us, to those in charge of their daily care, and to GOD as well…

Psalm 68:5-6

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
is God in his holy dwelling.

Children!!…

Children are gifts, rewards, a heritage/inheritance/precious possessions, arrows, and valuable treasures…

 

Another chapter in my journey begins in the morning serving in children’s ministry once again…  It is my favorite experience involving JESUS working in and through me serving kids…  There is great joy and freedom in doing HIS will…

Matthew 19:14

14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dream Still Alive

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Seek Your face

Chase Your heart

Impart Your Word

 

Weak for taste

Grace pour afar

Restart K.O.R.E. astir

 

Unique toward place

Race… Soars… Stars…

Chart course… Serve…

 

Meek more embrace

Prays doors ajar

Scars enforce verve

 

Sneak peak ignore haste

Retrace shores so far

Registrars endorse… observe…

 

Cheeks adorn tears encase

Erase sin… shorn fears once marred

Bars broken… inner wars cease to unnerve

 

Greater love is not a waste…

Greater love rewrites my memoir…

Greater love chooses to preserve…

 

Greater love gives more grace…

Greater love uplifts when under par…

Greater love redirects when I swerve…

 

Greater love will I showcase…

Greater love enhances repertoire…

Greater love for orphans reserve…

 

Greater love forever outpace…

Greater love overflows the reservoir…

Greater love than I deserve…

 

 

To Care

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To care or not to care?

I care…  At a place now though, I cannot show it like I’d want.  I can pray;  yes.  I believe in faith in action…  Doing what is needed to be an answer to the prayer is better by far…  How will I get there again?  When will it happen?  My dependence on GOD is being stretched…  Trust is proving to be a greater work within…  No second jobs have been offered to me.  I now look for opportunity where I think of my own interests yet also to the interests of others…  Can I follow my dream of who I want to be and indeed deem it necessary to do good deeds for the orphans in greater need…  I plead for doors HE will open…  Awaiting dreams to come true…

How about you?  Will you dream up a dream that will include orphans being cared for?  This gives greater purpose and a future to envision…  Will you look for the open door HE has your name lit up on meant just for you?  Will you take the chance when you see it?  We are not our own;  bought with a price!!!…  We aren’t meant to live for ourselves alone…

I will hope and trust for a “way in the desert and streams in the wasteland…”

I choose to have faith and wait in expectation…

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.  Hebrews 11:1

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.  Hebrews 11:6

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Orphans need love, care, and support from those willing to step in and help…  What happens to them when no one steps into their existence?  Christians are given a mandate from GOD to be there for them in some way…

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.  James 1:27

“To look after” has a connotation of providing for their needs…  Other versions mention “to visit” orphans…  Both ways are needed by these precious children…  We are called to do something meaningful, valuable, and worthwhile on their behalf.  Faith without action is dead.  Faith with action to meet their needs is called for…  Faith is then alive and brings with it life to another;  in this case the orphan…

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.
If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.  James 2:15-18

GOD desires for us to care for the least of these…  We see HIS heart and the importance HE places on orphans in that HE will reward those who answer the call to give…

And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”

GOD HIMSELF calls orphans HIS very own…  This fact of their existence should motivate and inspire us to want to contribute to their well being in being a part of GOD’s family.  HE adopts orphans…  HE adopts us by grace through faith in HIS SON JESUS when we believe and trust in HIM for our salvation…

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.  Psalm 68:5

GOD calls us to stand for and speak up for orphans in their defense…  HE desires justice to be done for orphans who are HIS…  We represent HIM as FATHER to the fatherless and reflect the LIGHT of HIS SON showing them HIS life and HIS love…

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.  Psalm 68:5

Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.  Isaiah 1:17

Read poems I’ve written in being a voice for orphans:

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My family and I have supported pastors who care for orphans going on 14 years…  They have been helped in being given shelter, food, and clothes…  For those who don’t know, my wife suffered a stroke back in October and had to resign from her teaching job in the spring as it became more difficult for her to manage the stress and remember things due to severe head pains.  I told her she needed to resign and recuperate at home.  She learned that it takes up to 2 years to fully recover from such an ordeal.

I am saddened that my wife cannot function like she once did.  Yet I have faith and trust in the LORD that HE is helping her and healing her…

I am saddened that we are not able to give as much support now as we once were able to.  Yet I have faith and trust that GOD is working out a greater purpose in meeting the needs for the orphans HE loves and cares for…

So what do I do if I am not able to give as much right now?

I humbly ask for help…  I realize I can’t make it happen without it…  The orphans are in need more than what I alone can give…

What about you?

Would you think about and pray about joining K.O.R.E. ministry in being a part of our team?

What if you do?

I will be gladdened that you desire to help support orphans as well!!…

I will be gladdened that you choose to follow HIS Word by grace through faith to provide for needs that will bring you reward in Heaven!!…

So, if you decide to help provide for the orphans in India, let me know by emailing me:

jeffandtami@truevine.net

It doesn’t have to be a lot to make a huge impact in the orphans lives:

You may be able to give $5, $10, or $20 a month.  That would be so awesome!!…

If you want to support a pastor further who cares for orphans, then you may do so by giving $30 or $50 a month…

If you want to do this, I will give you the contact information and you can send the money yourself by way of Western Union or if you’d rather send me the money to send over to India, then I will pay the Western Union fee and pool the money with ours to give.

How will you know what you’re giving to?

I will forward the updates of emails and pictures from the pastors to your email so you can see how you are helping and supporting the ministry…

I just say “Thank you” to those of you who are willing to help meet the orphans’ needs while my family gets back on track to one day be able to do more again…  Any help you decide to do for orphans will touch the heart of GOD who is the FATHER of the fatherless…

I encourage you to care for orphans, if not the ones we support, then look to give to another ministry helping orphans…  You will never go wrong with investing in their lives for GOD promises great reward for those who choose to heed HIS call…

If you cannot give at all, don’t feel pressure or feel bad about it…  Join me in praying GOD will somehow meet their needs in other ways or through other lives who can give…

Love you all!!…  To those following this blog, thank you for your encouragement and support…

Jeff

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