A Poetic Blessing (poem by me)

May the Lord be your rock and your citadel,
May humility be the fork with which you eat,
then honor will be your carousel,
and riches will gather at your feet.

“Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life.” —Proverbs 22:4

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When the Beginning Is the End (poem by me)

I wish...
...our community treasured life;
I wish...
...she wasn't a deer caught in a headlight;
I wish...
...the law protected you;
I wish...
...my words had gotten through;
Then...
...maybe you would have been born;
Then...
...you would be a cause to rejoice instead of to mourn. 

"Children are a blessing and a gift from the Lord."--Psalm 127:3

*This poem is dedicated to aborted children. Fellow Americans, please vote 
for the party (Republican or Democratic) that represents your view on 
abortion. If you regret receiving an abortion, find forgiveness and healing 
in a SAVIOR.

 

Spiritual Sight

I remember when I was first diagnosed with nearsightedness at the age of 12. The doctors fitted me with contacts and eyeglasses. Suddenly and dramatically, I could clearly see each individual leaf on the tree outside the tall glass building where my doctor’s office was located. Suddenly I was able to see how absolutely beautiful the landscape looked to everyone else.

Over the next ten years, my prescription continued to grow stronger. I developed a love-hate relationship with glasses and contacts. Contacts bothered my eyes—mostly because my days were long and my lifestyle was active. Glasses were no better. They were uncomfortable, and I frequently lost them. That’s why I decided to get surgery to correct my vision.

Back then, doctors mainly performed radial keratotomy (RK) to correct vision. There was some risk involved. It was possible I could need contacts and glasses because it was not corrected enough. Another possibly was that my sight would be over-corrected, in which case I would be farsighted. Then there was the risk of something worse like infection. I was warned that even patients with perfect outcomes had the tendency to return to nearsightedness as they aged. Regardless of the risk, I stood firm on my decision to receive the surgery.

Just before the scheduled eye surgery, something amazing happened. I became a Christian. With my newfound faith, I began to pray incessantly that the surgery would be smooth and successful. The procedure did go well. It went really well, in fact. After I had healed from the surgery, I was able to see perfectly without glasses or contacts.

No experience has been more symbolic of my conversion to Christianity than this one. I had been unable to see the reality of God and His plan of salvation just like I was unable to see the details of the world around me due to my nearsightedness. Yet after surgery, I was able to see perfectly with my physical eyes just as God had spiritually opened my eyes. The Holy Spirit gave my heart a sudden understanding of the presence of God and His amazing plan for salvation.

It has now been over twenty years since my vision correction surgery. As the doctors had warned, my eyes did develop a mild nearsightedness. For a few years, I needed glasses for driving only. Oddly, even that mild nearsightedness has since disappeared on its own. I now see perfectly (20/20) again. I still wear glasses occasionally because it helps with the glare, but I am happy to report that God blessed me with two wonderful gifts: the ability to see physically and (more importantly) the ability to see spiritually. If interested, you can read my compelling salvation story HERE.

I hope you have made that important decision to receive Christ so that you can have access to that mysterious presence of God and be welcomed into that secret knowledge that is only available to those who welcome the Holy Spirit into their being. Thanks for reading and God bless!

 

 

 

 

A Blessing for Children (prayer)

2 Cor 9 8(Join me in prayer to bless the children in your life.)

Lord,

I bless  the children in my life,

May their days be many

And may each one be filled with the joy of Christ

Give them good health in the body

And let their soul bloom with

Self-control, kindness and gentleness.

Fill them with hope and excitement

For every new day

Because You plan to prosper them

Not to harm them.

May they never be too rich to see their humble place in the universe

Or so poor that they are tempted to steal from their neighbor.

Remind them that relationships

Are better than glorious riches.

May they always see You

May they always hear You

May they always sense Your Presence, Lord

For You are the ultimate reward

The prize we seek all of our days.

In Christ’s Name, Amen.

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Compassion & Reverence (prayer)

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(Join with me in prayer to bless your family.)

Lord,

We thank You for our family,

Whether large or small,

Traditional or non-traditional.

We thank You for putting these people in our lives

And pray a blessing over them.

We pray that children would honor their parents,

That things would go well with them.

We pray that fathers would show compassion on their children,

For You have said even the wicked give good gifts to their children.

We pray that mothers would have reverent behavior,

And so teach their daughters to love their husbands.

In all of the ways we fail to be the family You designed,

Help us to become more virtuous.

Give them health and provision

And comfort them in times of loss and trial.

We pray we would draw nearer to You

That we may know You as our true Father.

In Christ’s Name, Amen.

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Lift Each Other (prayer)

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(Join me in prayer to bless your friends.)

Lord,

We thank You for sending special friends into our lives,

We praise You for the ways in which You have made these people unique,

Please bless them today.

Meet all of their needs according to Your good and perfect love,

Give them courage to fend off every fear,

Help us to lift each other up when we fall down,

Let us sharpen one another,

Help us to love at all times,

We pray they would lean on You in present trouble,

And You would wipe away every tear,

I pray You would keep us from neglecting our friendships,

But we would give them priority because You prioritize love,

You, Lord, are the Friend who is closer than a brother

Who has laid down His life for us,

And there is no greater love than that.

In Christ’s Name, Amen.

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Fill Our Nets (prayer)

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(Sometimes we realize we need help rendering our hearts in prayer. Read on to pray with me for God to bless and anoint us.)

Lord,

We sail on stormy seas

With waves of oppression, loneliness, and depression,

Crashing on us.

As we paddle through and give ourselves to You,

Bless us along with our families, churches, and friends.

According to Your great plans,

Make my desires reflect Yours.

Teach me to practice obedience,

Help me to pray with conviction,

So when we arrive on shore,

Our nets are full of sinners saved by grace,

So we may praise You

Joined in song—

The songs of nations for Your glory.

May it be so

Forever and ever.

In Christ’s Name,

Amen.

© 2015 Kim Bond

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