The Crack of Dawn ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

I wake up at dawn,
along with the dew
and rise up my Lord
to get close to You.

My morning I start,
with You in prayer
so to be ready
to give You my care.

Just like a bird early,
who gets the worm
I study Your Word
to keep my faith firm.

I dress in my armor,
make sure it’s on tight
I pray each verse I read
fills me Your might.

Each morning I awake,
with the crack of dawn
so my soul to You Lord
daily may be drawn!


Psalm 5:3

“My voice shalt thou hear
in the morning, O Lord;
in the morning will I
direct my prayer unto thee,
and will look up.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka

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Dixie Smith….

(an acrostic prayer in memory of a friend)

Dear Lord and Father, we beseech You and all Your comfort to surround our friends as they walk through this valley in the shadow of the death of Dixie Smith.

Instill in them the stillness of Your presence as they seek Your face, O God, and as we come alongside them today as part of Your family and theirs.

X-out the anxiety and fear that we feel in this valley of death and flood us with the warmth of Your grace, dear Father.

Inspire us to new heights of faith in You, as you lead us into paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake, dear Lord.

Empty us of our doubt and despair and fill us anew with Your Spirit’s presence, that we may walk in Your will today, even as we grieve this loss of Dixie Smith, Father.

Surround her loved ones and friends with Your mighty arms today, dear Father. Keep them from the world’s harsh tones as they seek Your face in this time!

Move in and among us, dear God, and lead us along the path that You have for each of us for we know that You are the way, the truth and the light!

I thank You, Father, for the influence of my friend, Dixie Smith, on the lives of those she came into contact. May we all be more like You for having lived this life with her.

Tether this family to Yourself, Father, especially in these coming days, that they might know of Your tender mercies that are new each morning. Help them to live in that hope as they tread this sod each and every day.

Hear our prayer, O Lord! We offer it in the calm assurance that You hear and answer in Your will and way. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us all.

We pray in the name of Dixie Smith’s Savior, Jesus Christ! Amen and Amen

The Path Continues…

Sylvester Samudre…

(an acrostic prayer for my friend)

Savior God, eternal Father, I pray today for my friend, Sylvester Samudre. I ask that Your richest blessings may fall upon him today as he seeks Your guidance and will for his life.

Yielded, he stands in Your presence as a servant of Yours, may Your peace be in him and Your mercy enfold him today, O God!

Lord of all, provider of all good things, I beseech You today to provide the strength, patience, joy, and love that he will need to do Your will in this world.

Verify Your call on his life daily, Father, as he seeks to know what it is You would have him do to bring glory and honor to You.

Enthuse him with the power of Your Spirit, dear God, that he might be enthusiastic in his service to You and to his fellow travellers on this sod.

Shine Yourself on him that he might see and be able to reflect Your image of love and grace to this world.

Tether him tightly to Your word, Father, so that he might rightly divide the word of truth to those You call him to speak to in this world.

Enter into his space, Holy Spirit, that he might sense Your leading and surrender his will and way each and every day that You give him to live and breathe and have his being.

Refresh him in the night seasons of life and provide him with the understanding to be able to stand and speak in Your name, O Lord.

Send forth Your grace as showers to renew and to protect him from the evil one who is always seeking to destroy those who speak Your word, Father!

Attune his heart to those who need to know Your love, Father. May he have eyes to see who it is You are bringing into his path for him to touch with Your grace.

Move him, Father, as You live in him, move him to the places in his heart and soul that You create to bring him into communion with You.

Unhinge him from the cares of the days, O Lord. Provide for his physical needs and show him the ways everlasting in Your will.

Delight Yourself, O God, in this good man. See in him Your goodness and mercy and love as he reflects them to those of us who know and love him as You do, Father.

Remove the temptations of this world as he seeks to follow You. Empower his spirit with Your Spirit, Father, to withstand the wiles of the devil as he seeks to present You to those who are lost without You.

Eternal Father, strong to save, accept our praise of our friend, Sly, as an offering of praise to You, that we might bring glory and honor to You in all we say and do. Thank You, Father for my friend, Sylvester Samudre.

In the name of Jesus Christ, my Savior, I pray. Amen and amen!!

The Path Continues….

Ardith Coates…

(an acrostic prayer in memory of my friend)

Almighty God, precious Father and provider of all comfort, we seek Your face today in the shadow of the death of Your child and our friend, Ardith Coates.

Remember Your mercy to us as we seek Your comfort as we grieve the loss of our friend and loved one, O God.

Descend to us, O Lord, as we walk in this valley today and lead us in the paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake.

Inspire us to greater heights as we remember the influence that Ardith was in our lives and in the lives of those whom she lived and worked with on this sod, O God.

Tether us to You, Father, for we tend to spin away from Your ways when we are faced with sorrow and despair.

Hold us in the palm of Your mighty hand and restore to us to joy of knowing our friend, Ardith, and show us how to relay that knowledge to those You bring into our paths daily.

Carry us, O Father, until we can walk again out of this season of grief and disappointment into the joy of living with You and in remembering Ardith.

Open the eyes of our hearts, Lord, and help us to see as You lead us from sorrow to joy, from grief to joyful remembrance, and from sadness of missing Ardith to the joy of knowing she is with You without physical pain.

Accept our thanks, O Father, for the grace to live these days as we look forward to the time will we will be reunited with Ardith and live eternally with You.

Take us from the ordinary, everydayness of our existence, to the joy of living with You as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Empty us of our selfishness and fill us with Your presence, O God. Help us to be more like You for having known our friend, Your child, Ardith!

Save us, O Lord, from our sins and send us to the world that needs to hear and know you as You saved and sent Ardith. Thank you for allowing us to have been in her life and her in ours. We praise You for Ardith Coates!

In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, we pray! Amen!

The Path Continues…

Engulfed In Silence ~

Silence is a key to knowing God…

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

When my heart,
I turn over to silence
when I let it listen
for God’s guidance.

I experience a hush,
an inner stillness
as I let His Spirit
to my soul witness.

When my mind,
I turn over to calmness
when I let it reflect
on all God’s promises.

I feel the tranquility,
only He can provide
as I let His Spirit
my thoughts guide.

When my heart and mind,
are engulfed in silence
God reveals to me . . .
how His peace is timeless!


Psalm 46:10

“Be still, and know
that I am God:”

King James Version
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Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka

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Van and Bennye Adams…

(acrostic prayers on the occasion of their Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary)

Bennye Adams

Believing that You, O Father, send people into our lives to strengthen and encourage us along the paths of life, I thank you for sending Bennye Adams into my life.

Encourage her today, Father, as she celebrates this marriage of fifty years with her family and friends.

Nourish her faith and spirit today, and show her the love of family and friends, but most of all, Your love for her.

Notice her love for others as she has shown Your love through her actions as wife, mother, grandmother and friend!

You, O God, You are the giver of life and strength, I ask that You extend Your grace to Bennye, to provide life at its fullest to her today!

Envision in her, Your mercy, love and grace as she goes about the daily walks of this life. May others see Jesus in her!

Accept this prayer for my friend and fill it with Your purposes today, dear Father; purposes to cheer, to encourage and to say, “Thank You,” to my friend.

Delight Yourself, Father, in her faithfulness, her goodness, and her charity to those You bring into her path of life.

Allow Your grace to shower around her today, Father. May her friends and family bring abundant joy to her just now.

Move in and among her life, dear Lord, to bring love, joy, and peace as she brings the same to others.

Send her sunshine that she may see You as You move in and around her life, Father. May Your peace that surpasses all understanding be known both in and through Bennye today. Thank You, dear Father, for my friend, Bennye Adams!

In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray! Amen!

Hammond A Coates  Shelby, North Carolina

Van Adams

Various times and at various places, You, O Lord, bring blessings in the form of people into my life. I thank You for bringing one of Your children, Van Adams, into my life.

Attend to him today, my Father, as he celebrates this milestone anniversary. May he know Your presence as the giver of all life!

Negate whatever fears that may come with the assurance of Your will in his life and his loved ones lives, O God!

Allow Your grace to flood over him and his life, Father. May others see the very essence of Your love in Van’s life. May others see Jesus in him today.

Distribute to him, the peace, love, and joy that come from You, Lord! May he become an even greater channel of blessing to others in these days than he has been before.

Afix in him the wherewithal to see where You, O God, are leading and the understanding of how and when to follow. Your wisdom is very evident in his life already, bless him with more, for Your name’s sake.

Move in and through him, O Lord, both to bless and to encourage others, as You bring them into his path. May he have Your vision to see and to know!

Secure him and those You have given to him, in love and joy today as they celebrate life together. May Your peace and joy be evident as they gather together. Thank You, O Lord, for my friend,Van Adams!

In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

Hammond A Coates   Shelby, North Carolina

The Path Continues…

Lewis Johnson….

(an acrostic prayer in memory of my friend)

Loving and faithful heavenly Father, I beseech You to wrap your arms around this family and hold them in the palm of Your hand. Thank you for the privilege of knowing, my friend, Lewis Johnson.

Effuse us with the comfort of Your Holy Spirit and Your intimate presence as we gather to remember and to celebrate the life of this good man.

Wash us in Your love and mercy as we feel the loss and sadness of knowing Lewis is no longer physically among us, dear Lord.

Instill in us the knowledge that he is with You at this very moment, praising You and singing “Glory to God in the Highest,” we long to join him there, Father.

Send us Your people in this hour, Lord, that we may sense Your presence in their presence as we mourn and cry, but at the same time we would sense Your love in Your people.

Join us in this hour, dear Father, as we celebrate the life of our husband, father, grandfather and friend. We need to remember and to know You are with us always!

Open the windows of heaven, O God, and shower us with Your grace as we struggle to live these days and the days to come in Your will.

Hear the cries of Your children, Father, as we mourn. We need to know that You hear and You grieve the loss of this child of Yours even as Jesus cried for Lazarus.

Never alone, are the least of His children, as the songwriter has said, we long to know Your presence now and forevermore.

Send us from this celebration of remembrance to a world that needs to know that You love it and will provide the needed comfort, strength, and love.

Over and above our grief and sadness at the loss of Lewis, we know that You have us all in Your hands and will bring about Your purpose for each of us in Your will, Father.

Nearer, still nearer we long to be to You, O God. We love you and want to share that love in this world where You have placed us. We thank You and praise You for this good man, Lewis Johnson! Thanks You for allowing us to be in his path in this life!

We pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord! Amen

The Path Continues….