Loyalty to Christ…

Photo: Hammond Coates

Photo: Hammond Coates

(an acrostic prayer)

Lord, God almighty, we come to worship out of a sense of gratitude and loyalty to Your Son, Jesus Christ today.

Open our eyes that we may see You today through the power of Your Spirit present with us, Father.

You are beautiful and deserve our highest praise for Your saving grace offered to us in Your Son, O God!

Allow us to fall before You in adoration and praise as we seek Your forgiveness for our sins and lack of interest in Your things here today, Father.

Lead us to the place that You have prepared for us. May we be loyal to Your purpose for us today and forever, O Lord.

Tighten our grip on Your word, Father. As we study and meditate on You today, may we allow You to sink deep into us, O God.

Your glory, O Father, is what we seek to make known as we gather for worship and as we live our lives daily for You!

Towards You Father, we would run to be in Your presence. We would run and bow down in thanksgiving and praise.

Offering ourselves to You again, we humbly wait before You, Father. Help us to have patience as You have patience with us, O God.

Cover us, Father, with the blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ, to cleanse and to save.

Have mercy on us, Lord, in the deep, deep love of Your grace.  Hide us in You today, Father.

Remind us, dear Lord, of Your will for our lives. May we be conscious of You each and every moment You give us to live here.

Instill in us the urgency of Your love for us and with the need to share Your love with others along our paths.

Save us from our disloyalty to Your Son, O Father. We long to be Yours through him, but we sin! Forgive us, Father.

Take our minds, hearts and souls from the distractions and busyness of this world and place them in Your safe shelter, dear God.

We pray in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, with thanksgiving and praise to You.  Amen.

The Path Continues…

To Know God’s Peace ~

Hammond A. Coates:

Peace, peace, wonderful peace…

Originally posted on CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann:

To Know God's Peace ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

Oh, to know the peace of God,
to slip to sleep upon its crest
to wade into its soft caress
and find my perfect rest.

To wait for the calming relief,
from the years of eroding pain
to find its ebbing tranquility
releasing all my earthly strain.

Oh, to calm the rushing roar,
that rages through my mind
peace asleep upon the shore
waves to me to come and find.

Peace, peace why do you flee,
from the head on which I lie
flood me with your quietness
abide with me until I die.

Oh, how I long to obtain,
a stillness – too still to hear
and then, oh then, my Lord . . .
I’ll be kept safe and near!


Psalm 4:8

“I will both lay me down in peace,
and sleep: for thou, Lord,
only makest me dwell in safety.”

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2015
Deborah Ann…

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The Table…

photo: John Gonsalves

photo: John Gonsalves

(an acrostic prayer)

The invitation to join You at this table of remembrance, O Father, is a humbling, yet exciting word from You. We thank You for the love it took to make this time for us, O God!

Help us to examine our lives in the light of Your word and in the shadow of Your Son’s cross of sacrifice, as we come to this time of worship and remembrance, Father.

Enter into our souls just now and bring Your peace that surpasses everything we can imagine or comprehend, dear God. We seek Your peace today.

Table with us, Father. As we sit at Your feet, help us to know Your presence in Your merciful grace that drips all around us daily. Abide with us, O God, as we abide with you today.

Accepting the need for cleansing, Father, we come asking for forgiveness of our sins before we sit and commune with You and Your children around Your table, Father. Forgive us!

Bowing before You, Father, as You break the bread and pour the cup for us, we long to be more of You. Accept us as we pray, O God.

Lead us, O God, from this table of remembrance to the world that does not know of Your invitation to join You here. May we be useful to You as You long to reach all people to sit around Your table, Father.

Excise the stain and guilt of our sins, Father.  Have mercy on us, wash away our tears, and make us clean, Father! We come to You table seeking You! Thank You Lord for the invitation.

               We pray in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen!

The Path Continues….

Tears in a Bottle…

(an acrostic prayer)

Today, O God, we come to lay down the burdens of this life at Your feet, and worship You, and only You!

Empty us of our pride of self and cleanse us from our sins, Father.

Attune our hearts and minds to Your spirit’s leading today as we read and hear Your Word, O God.

Remove the tone of our tongues that would spew hate and self-righteousness in our words and actions, O God!

Save us from the worries of this age and the sins of this world, Father. We long for Your peace of mind, spirit, and body.

Instruct us today in Your commands and in Your thoughts, Father. May we learn more of You for having been in this place, at this time, with these people!

Nudge us from our complacent places of ease into the fury of this world’s helplessness. May we be useful to You in those places you send us!

Allow us to see and to respond to the needs of people that You place in our daily paths, O God. You have blessed us immeasurably. May we share as has been shared with us.

Beseeching You, O God, of Your mercy and healing today, we bow low in humble adoration.

Open us to the overwhelming grace that you pour out on us, O God. May we be grace-channels to reach this world for You.

Thank You, O God, for watching over us and caring for us so much. You know our struggles and You collect our tears in Your bottle and write them in Your book, Father. O how we love You!

Transform this Your people into a force for You here in this place and as You sprinkle us in this world, O Father.

Leaning into You, O God, we know we cannot stand on our own. Hold us in the palm of Your hand, Father, please!

Envelope us in Your Holy Spirit as we sing, as we pray, and as we allow Your Word to sink deep within us that we might stand before You; Almighty God Alone.

We pray in the name of Your Son, our Savior, even Jesus Christ.  Amen!

The Path Continues…

Morning’s Upon Me ~

Originally posted on CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann:

Morning's Upon Me ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann photo creation swap

Morning’s upon me,
a new day has dawn
I rise with the drops
of dew on my lawn.

Robins are singing,
their voices are clear
the perfume of lilacs
drift though the air.

I greet the new day,
like the robins I sing
of God’s tender mercies
a new day will bring.

Aromas of grace,
like lilacs do smell
praise for my Savior
in my heart swells.

Morning’s upon me,
a new day is here
its sights and sounds
bring my heart cheer.

For God has sent me,
the blessings of dew
dawning with the promise
all things He’ll make new!


Psalm 59:16

“But I will sing of thy power;
yea, I will sing aloud of
thy mercy in the morning:

King James Version
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Copyright 2015
Deborah Ann Belka

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Come Walk With Me ~

Hammond A. Coates:

and He walks with me, and he talks with me, and he tells me I am His own. And the joy we share, as we tarry there, none other, has ever known…

Originally posted on CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann:

Walking In The Light ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann ~

Come with Me,
lets walk in My light
for in Me . . .
all things are bright.

Let Me lead you,
down the grinding road
come along with Me
I’ll carry your load.

Come walk with Me,
through the dark valley
if you grow weary
I’ll help you to rally.

Let Me guide you,
to fields of green
if you should tire
on Me you can lean.

Come walk with Me,
let Me direct you
up over that mountain
for a brighter view.

Let Me climb with you,
up that steep incline
for I will not forsake
or leave you behind.

Come walk with Me,
I want you along
for it is only I . . .
who makes you strong.

Come with Me,
let’s take this together
for in my light . . .
all things look better!


Isaiah 2:5

“O house of Jacob, come ye,
and let us walk in the light of the Lord.”


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My Strength Renew…

Crabtree Falls Upper Trail-Tree

                                Photo: Hammond Coates

(an acrostic prayer)

Majestic Father in heaven, we come beseeching You in all Your glory to attend to our prayer today as we come to worship You with praise and thanksgiving.

Yours is the kingdom and the power forever, Father. We thank You for Your love for us today.

Strengthen us through the power of Your Holy Spirit living within Your children today, Father. Renew our spirit and our strength as we worship today.

Take our hearts and make them clean, O God! Have mercy on us even as we worship today.

Remove the stain the stain that our sin has left on our hearts today, O God! Renew us today in the grace that is Your love.

Enthuse the weary hearts among us today with the joy of Your salvation, O Lord.

Needing to come to you in repentance, we bow our heads and seek forgiveness, even right now, O God!

Grant a cleansing through the blood of Your Son, today, O God! We need a renewed cleansing of our prideful lives, Father.

Together with You, Father, may we be used to bring Your kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven today.

Help us to renew our commitment to You and to Your church, O Father. Help us to be Your expression of Your love here in this place.

Round about us today, Father, we ask that Your grace would drip all about us today. May we share that grace today.

Evoke in us a sense of Your renewal for us today! May that renewal of strength and love be evident to our world.

Near to You, dear Father, we pause even in our praying to be very near to you.  We thank you for the evidence of Your presence today!

Enough of our prideful human attitudes, Father, take our sin away, O God! We know we are less that useful to You in our present condition!

Walk with us, Father, as we strive to pursue the paths that You have chosen for us. Renew our strength for the journey today, O God!

            We pray in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ!  Amen!

The Path Continues…