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CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

Our Refuge ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah annIf God is our stronghold,
we will not faint
if He is our refuge
we’ll trust and wait.

If God is our rock,
we will be strong
if He is our fortress
we’ll sing a new song.

If God is our hedge,
we will be protected
if He is our salvation
we’ll never be rejected.

If God is our deliverer,
we will never fall back
if He is our shield
we’ll win every attack.

If God is our strength,
we will not be shaken
if He is our shelter . . .
we’ll not be forsaken!


Psalm 18:2

“The Lord is my rock, and my fortress,
and my deliverer; my God, my strength,
in whom I will trust; my buckler,
and the horn of my salvation,
and my high tower.”

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2015
Deborah Ann Belka

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E.M. Bounds

“What the Church needs to-day is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use — men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men — men of prayer.”
E.M. Bounds, Power Through Prayer

A.W. Tozer

“Sometimes I go to God and say, “God, if Thou dost never answer another prayer while I live on this earth, I will still worship Thee as long as I live and in the ages to come for what Thou hast done already. God’s already put me so far in debt that if I were to live one million millenniums I couldn’t pay Him for what He’s done for me.”
A.W. Tozer

“Prayer is the breath of faith. Prayer meetings are the lungs of the church”

 ~ Charles Spurgeon



The other night I received a text from a friend asking me to pray for her. She’s been walking through a desert season and just received news of more drought. I got down on my knees and began to pray for her. God put the words found in Isaiah 43:2 on my heart, “she will not be consumed.” I texted her the verse for encouragement.

The next day while sorting through some of his late mother’s belongings, my husband found a small antique box. Across the front it read, Daily Manna. He came into the kitchen saying, “Here, read one.” Then he opened the box and handed me one of the cards. Upon it was the very verse I had texted my friend the night before. These are the ways that God breaks through.

Each day, he’s reaching, longing for our attention to see the depths of his love. Time…

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The whole of France, but more particularly Paris, is coming to grips with the worst-ever terrorist attack on its soil in recent memory. Six almost simultaneous attacks have left in their wake 129 dead and more than 350 injured, including almost 100 in critical condition.

President Hollande, together with most other French political leaders, recognize that we are in a state of war. For just the third time since 1955 a state of emergency has been declared, but this is the first time that it has been extended to the whole of France. Border controls have been reinstated, street demonstrations have been banned, police and military presence has been reinforced, and people suspected of links with terrorist groups or preachers of hate have been assigned to residence.

Paradoxically, both fear and defiance are palpable as was demonstrated when the two suicide bombers blew themselves up in front of the entrance gates to the Stade de France, where 80,000 spectators were watching the football match between France and Germany. Initially they reacted with panic running on to the pitch, but then they left the stadium in an orderly manner singing “La Marseillaise,” the French national anthem.

Bruce Hoffman in Inside Terrorism defines terrorism as “the deliberate creation and exploitation of fear through violence or the threat of violence in the pursuit of political change.” All terrorist acts involve violence and are specifically designed to have far-reaching psychological effects beyond the immediate victims or object of the terrorist attack.

In the case of the attacks in Paris the intent was to shock and, by shocking, to stimulate nationwide fear and alarm. Even more importantly, terrorism, as practiced by Islamic State, recognizes no difference between civilians and military personnel, because their war is not primarily against a specific nation or state but against a culture.

How should we react as Christians?

1. Mourn with those who mourn.

Families have lost loved ones; many have been seriously or permanently injured and face an uncertain future. Pray for the churches in the Paris area as they reach out to families, neighbors, and friends who have been victims of these attacks that they may not only help them rebuild their lives but also be signposts to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

2. Pray for our leaders.

President Hollande, together with his government in consultation with his advisers and military leaders but also his political adversaries, will be making difficult decisions in the days to come. Because many of those decisions will have far-reaching consequences, pray for wisdom that they may humbly seek to promote justice and peace rather than revenge.

3. Be peacemakers.

Quite understandably, the large Muslim population of France fears reprisals and indiscriminate acts of revenge and violence. Such anger has frequently led to an escalation of violence. Pray that we may reach out to our Muslim friends and neighbors with acts of kindness but above all with the message of the “prince of peace.”

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Paris tonight.

photo from Herald de Paris

I’ve never been to Paris but I had the pleasure of enjoying it vicariously through my daughter Zoë’s travels there.

I have no other words.

Pray for Paris. Pray for France. Pray for humanity.

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Imagine if Paul faced the same persecution we do – or should I say “persecution”. What id he had to deal with the same daily difficulties you and I do? How could he have managed? It would change scripture just a bit. Here’s a sampling. It’s much more applicable.

2 Corinthians 11:24-28 ARSV (American Revised Suburban Version)

Five times I received verbally abusive tweets.

Three times I was handed a latte in a red cup.
Once I was misrepresented on a blog.
Three times I was flicked off for my fish bumper sticker.
I have spent a night and a day
At my daughter’s dance recitals where they played secular music.

On frequent efforts to “be a witness”, I faced
dangers from disinterested people,
dangers from the gay agenda,
dangers from Obama supporters,
dangers from Catholics (and Episcopalians),
dangers in my upper middle class subdivision,
dangers in the carpool lane,
dangers on Facebook,
and dangers among my cubicle mates;

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CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

Prayer Changes Everything ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

Prayer changes,
everything . . .
we can pray for

Prayer adjusts,
our attitude
when we give God
His latitude.

Prayer brings,
peace and calm
it is our
soothing balm.

Prayer alters,
our life
helps us through
the strife.

Prayer atones,
every sin
gives us power
from within.

Prayer corrects,
our ways
helps us through
bad days.

Prayer changes,
everything . . .
prayer IS


Psalm 34:17

“The righteous cry,
 and the Lord heareth,
 and delivereth them
out of all their troubles.”

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2015
Deborah Ann Belka

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November 2015