I Feel Joy ~

Come Quickly, Lord Jesus!

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

I feel joy,
bubbling up in me
I feel hope
in what I can’t see.

I feel peace,
rising up in me
I feel settled
in what’s to be.

I feel grace,
soaking up in me
I feel sure
in Christ I’m free.

I feel pleasure,
swirling up in me
I feel ready
for eternal glee.

I feel joy,
bubbling up in me
I feel soon . . .
Jesus I will see!


Psalm 16:11

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life:
in thy presence is fulness of joy;
at thy right hand there are pleasures
for evermore.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2017
Deborah Ann Belka

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Father God, almighty Spirit and loving Son, we come in this time to worship You as a family of Your children living in this land that You have given the freedom to come together and worship.

Receive us as Your children and please forgive our sinful ways that we might be useful to You as You lead, guide, and direct in this place.

Envision for us Your will that we might be ambassadors for You in this community, state, nation, and even this world.

Enliven us by the power of Your Holy Spirit in order that we may stand the tests of the evil one who tries to lure us into sin and bring destruction where You have given freedom.                                                                                                                                      

Defend Your children in the places where we are especially vulnerable, Father. You know where we need to remember Your freedom is more than just a catchphrase.                                                                                                                                                         

Open our minds, ours hearts and our souls to You once again as we sing, pray, hear Your word proclaimed, and respond to You today.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Move us from our self-centered ways into a life that lives in Your freedom; individually, personally and as a family of Your children, dear God.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

We pray in the freedom of the name of your Son and our Savior, Jesus, the Christ. Amen!

The Path Continues….

Clyde David Joiner…

                                                              (an acrostic prayer in memory of my friend)

Coming to You, dear Father, we seek Your presence and ask for Your comfort to abide with us today.

Lead us along green paths to still waters flowing in this valley of the shadow of death today, O God!

Yearning for your mercy and grace, we come to this place today to hear from You and feel Your peace.

Descend upon us today through Your Word, Your Presence, Your Spirit and Your people as we worship today.

Enliven our spirits through the power of Your Holy Spirit, Father. We long to be more like You for having been here with these Your children.

Dearest Father, we bring this family to You in this time of grief as they experience the loss of husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

Attune their hearts to You as You visit us and them with Your love and grace.

Validate their love for You and their love for David as the days ahead come and go in the returning routine of days.

Infect them with the joy of memory of the days lived and cherished as family here on this earth.

Defend Your children here as the days pass and the memories linger of pain and suffering. Remind them of Your love and mercy when sometime seems like a long time.

Join us here, Father, as we celebrate the life and memory of this dear friend.

Open the floodgates of Your house and sprinkle Your loving grace upon all who call upon You today.

Instill in us, this day, the joy of Your salvation as we worship You and remember our friend.

Negate the sadness with Your gladness and replace the grief with Your comfort.

Engrave on their hearts and ours the very name of our Savior and Lord as You have sealed us with Your love.

Rejoicing in You, Father, we thank You for meeting us here and for bringing us Your joy and peace today.

In the name of Jesus Christ we pray and believe! Amen

Carol Frey…

~ His Perfect Peace ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

(an acrostic prayer for a friend)

Coming to You, O God, our Father, we acknowledge our sorrow and seek Your comfort today.

Attune Your ear to us, and visit us with Your tender mercies and overflowing grace, Father.

Remove the grief from our hearts as we worship You and celebrate the life of our dear friend, Carol Frey.

Open the inmost recesses of our beings and flood Your presence into our lives today, Father.

Lead us in paths of Your righteousness, for Your name’s sake, along streams of peaceful waters in green valleys as we abide in You today, our Father.

Forgive our selfish ways, O God, and cleanse us as we seek forgiveness of our sins today.

Return the joy of our salvation even as we tread in the valley of the shadow of death, dear Lord.

Enliven our spirits by Your Holy Spirit, Father, that we may walk, by faith, the path You have for each of us.

Yours is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, our Father.

In the name of Jesus our Savior, Comforter and Redeemer, we pray! Amen

The Path Continues…


The more things change…the more they stay the same…coming full-circle…all kinds of sayings and phrases describe when things in your life repeat themselves. The full-circle one is coming true in my life these days. 

Most of you know that I retired late last year after serving various church in various ministry roles for the past 45 years. The very first church I had a paid ministry position was the Sandy Plains Baptist Church of Shelby, North Carolina. It was during my time at Gardner Webb College that I was hired to be the Music Director at Sandy Plains. I was only there for one year, but the people of that church stayed in our hearts and minds and some remained friends through all these years. We visited a couple of times in the intervening 45 years and even spent the night in the home of one of the members when we visited. They are still our friends today.

Fast forward through those 45 years and you will miss graduating from Gardner Webb and heading to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. Upon graduation from there we headed to the South Norfolk Baptist Church in Chesapeake, Virginia to minister for 3 1/2 years as Minister of Education and Youth, then adding Minister of Music for the last 2 1/2 years there. From there our fast forwarding took us to the First Baptist Church of Bluefield, West Virginia as the Minister of Education and Youth and then adding Administration for 3 1-2 years. The last leg of the 45 year journey was at the First Baptist Church of Springfield, Virginia where I was Minister of Education and Administration, Interim Minister of Music, Minister of Discipleship and Congregational Ministries, Minister of  Music and Worship, Contemporary Worship Pastor, and finally, Interim Senior Pastor. We retired from there at the end on 2016 after 34 1/2 years.

Hang on, the full circle is coming…we moved upon retirement to Shelby, NC to be closer to our children and grandchildren. Our daughter, son-in-law, and two’of our grandchildren live here. It is also closer to our son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren who live in Tennesssee. So we’re here in Shelby. Upon relocating we visited several churches and Sandy Plains was one of them, because of our fond connections to it in the past. I attended several weeks and the orgainist who was there almost 45 years ago was still there and was on the music committee. The church was in the process of looking for a Minister of Music to help with the worship and music. They called and asked if I would be interested in talking to them about their need. It being only a few months since I “retired,” I was a little reluctant, but I agreed to meet with the committee. 

Th circle is now complete, I was called as the Part-time Minister of Music today, March 26, 2017, at Sandy Plains Baptist Church of Shelby, NC. Someone once said that God has a sense of humor. I’ll agree to that. He brought us here 45 years ago and now he has led us back. It will be exciting to see what He has in store for us as we strive to help lead others in worship in this place. “To God Be The Glory, Great Things He Has Done.” The circle is full!

The Path Continues…

Inspired Prayers: A Great Aid to Our Prayers

Pray as we are taught…

Prayer A to Z



The Bible is full of wonderful inspired prayers. Each prayer in the Bible is different; each one was designed and offered to fit a different need.  Some prayers are short, some long.  Some are very personal, some more public.  Some prayers, like the Psalms are very devotional.  The prayers of Paul are very doctrinal.  I think all of the inspired prayers of the Bible can be a great aid to your prayers.  Let the Holy Spirit show you which ones He wants you to use to help you in your prayers.

Generally, I see that there are two ways Biblical prayers can be used to aid our prayers: (1) they may put us in the right mood for prayer; and (2) they can be used to instruct us and tutor us in prayer. Therefore, when we read and meditate on a Biblical prayer we invite the Holy Spirit to…

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