Intrusion of Illusion

Be doers of the word, and not hearers only.

Otherwise, you are deceiving yourselves.  ~ James 1:22

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Intrusion of Illusion

Do not be deceived

Be doers, not mere hearers of the WORD

Rather than allow the intrusion of illusion

By satan and his minions

Stand in the doorway of righteousness

Instead of inviting deception and the lies of the world

Host honesty and wisdom in the home of your heart

In lieu of immorality and sin

Invite virtue and integrity in

Abandon the darkness that binds spirit and soul

Usher in the light that inspires and radiates

May the hallway of holiness go on forever

And the corridor of corruption be remodeled with truth and justice

That the house of the Lord be glorified!

In times of weakness

Every life is filled with ups and downs.  Times that are easy and times that are hard.  Moments where strength abounds and when weakness surrounds.  Despite the storms that rise and fall, God is constant.  His love never fails.  His hope endures.  His hand always leads.  His presence is continuous.  Despite how you feel or what you see before you….God is with you!

In Isaiah 41:10, God says:

Fear not for I am with you: be not dismayed for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yea, I will help you; yea, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness (KJV2000).

What a wonderful promise spoken to us from the Lord.  Though His direct comment was to Israel, it is applicable to all of His people, then and now.  As a believer, you are part of the community of Israel, God’s chosen children.

In your weakness, stand on God’s strength and revel in His promises, knowing that you are His child and He will lead you to paths of peace and righteousness, bringing you ever more into His presence that will enable you to stand through any storm, despite your own weakness.

More scriptures to ponder:

Romans 8:31 What then shall we say in response to these things?  If God is for us, who can be against us?

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you.  He will not leave you not forsake you.

Isaiah 41:13 For I am the LORD your God, who upholds your right hand, who says to you, “Do not fear, I will help you.”

Isaiah 40:28-31 Have you not known? Have you not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, faints not, neither is weary?  There is no searching of his understanding.  He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases strength.  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but those that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings of eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Be blessed by the LORD’s promises and walk His power and strength.  All my love ❤


In every thing give thanks, for this is the will of God, in Christ Jesus concerning you.

~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18


Thankful Always!

Lord, I know you hold me

even when I cannot see You

I know you are with me

guiding me in all that I do

Lord, when I am tired and weak

You refresh me and make me new

I know You surround me

helping me in the darkness, seeing me through

Storms will rage

Earth will shake

Winds will blow

Waters will rise

Help me to always keep a thankful view

Rise and Fall

Do not fret because of evildoers or be envious of the wicked, for the evildoer has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out. ~ Proverbs 24:19-20

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Rise and Fall

The story of life
From one man to nations of men
A barrage of chaos

We rise and fall
Creation has lost its mind
Wars, pain, injustice

Wearing masks
Walking among the dead
Not knowing they exist

Eyes that see not
Hearts numb
Hardened by Satan’s wicked pleasures

We rise and fall
Striving to soar among the Heavens
Awaiting something more

Crushed and hurting
Reaching for hope but losing grip
Holding tight to what is known

Lost in selfishness
Greed filling the flesh
There must be MORE

We rise and fall
Created from dust; to dust we return
Blown where the winds may lead

Mourning greets the day
Weeping fills the night
Fear denying futures

Gnashing of teeth
The battle cry goes forth
Fighting for righteousness in an unrighteous world

We rise and fall
The race must carry on
Light reveals hidden darkness

Men of God Arise

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. ~ Ephesians 6:10

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As I was cleaning off some of my shelves and storage cabinets, I came across one of my older poetry binders from 2011, and I discovered a trove of poetic treasures and writings about life trials, celebrations, feelings, and circumstances that I have never published. Most of them are so exceedingly relevant to the present and this one is no exception. In this world, so many Christian men and women tend to to settle for less than a Godly centered husband or wife. Having been single for 15 years and just getting remarried a year ago, I realize how difficult it can be to find someone who is centered on prayer, worship, and meditation of God’s word, but I also realize how important it is to be evenly yoked so my expectations remained high.

It is my prayer that every man of God will live out loud their faith, and walk the walk they have committed to heart and mind. In the same way, it is my prayer that every woman of God will wait for the man God has designed for them, and settle for nothing less.


You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way,
as with someone weaker, since she is a woman;
and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life,
so that your prayers will not be hindered.
To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly,
kindhearted, and humble in spirit;
not returning evil for evil or insult for insult,
but giving a blessing instead;
for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.
~ 1 Peter 3:7-9

Men of God Arise

Women in search of a true man of God
Standing firm in our beliefs
Accepting nothing less
Wanting for a warrior to stand before us

Men, we want you to love God
To seek Him in all that you do
Getting down on your knees
Lifting hands to the God who sees all

You must seek justice
Love mercy, live in grace
Walk in humility with the One True God
Falling before Him broken and torn

Battles may rage within your heart
Furious wars take place in your mind
You must be the man who breaks those chains
The man who challenges the world to stand

We women want a man who is courageous
Who loves us heart and soul
Who protects his loved ones at all costs
A man who refuses to let us fall

Men, you were made for so much more
Not meant to sit on the sidelines
But to passionately seek the Lord
Men of God arise, the world needs you




Written by Christine Caine for Propel Ministries:

Day by Day

I wait on the Lord, my soul waits and in his word I hope.  ~ Psalm 130:5

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Day by Day

There is joy and there is pain

Yet love always remains

There are highs and there are lows

Still comfort he will bestow

Just when you feel lost

There is a hand to guide you through

There is an end to the long road

You do not traverse it alone

Day by day the journey continues

There is rest in the fortress of God

There is hope in the Lord

Though life has its ups and downs, there is always hope in the Lord.  Know that no matter what you are facing, no matter the mountains you must climb, no matter the pain you are feeling, no matter the darkness of life…it will end!  Every season has its end.  Though trials and tribulations will come, there is always hope in the Lord.  Don’t give up.  Don’t settle.  Don’t surrender.  Stand strong in the Lord and he shall direct your paths.  He will bring victory–even when you don’t believe it.  He will bring blessings–even when you don’t see them.  He will bring good–even when it seems hopeless.  May the peace, strength and courage of the Lord hold you through the storm and may the joy, hope and comfort of the Lord light your path.  All my ❤


Luke * The Bible Project

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

~ Luke 6:27-31


New Year, New Start!

New Year equals new opportunities, new outlook, and new chances! I love the beginning of a new year as it provides a chance to start over with a clean slate and positive outlook!! Just as each day provides a clean slate, so too does each new year. This year…expect the best, prepare for the worst, love boldly, laugh out loud, cry deeply, hope eternally, and live fully!! You never know when your life or the life of a loved one will be taken for none of us are ever promised tomorrow! Each breath is a gift! Don’t waste this year spending your life in anger, envy, strife, conflict, blame, guilt, shame, anxiety, or bitterness for they take away the joy and beauty of each day and take a physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional toll on the quality of your life.

1. If you are angry, pray for peace and surrender to the Lord your anger.
2. If you are envious, try being thankful for what you DO have, for many others have much less than you.
3. If you are in strife or conflict with someone, apologize and make things right….even if you aren’t the one who made things wrong (after all God forgives and makes things right with you everyday, even when He was not the one who sinned or made things wrong!–just saying’).
4. If you are spending time blaming others for where you are and who you have become, decide to take responsibility for yourself and the direction of your life for only you have the power to change it!!
5. If you are stuck in a life filled with guilt and shame, pray, seek counsel, change your ways, and surrender it to God– it was Christ’s sacrifice that has covered ALL your guilt and shame with love, mercy, and grace at the cross!
6. If you are filled with anxiety about whatever you are facing, be it finances, family struggles, employment, death, health, or anything else out of your control….rest in the arms of God. Cast all your cares on Him for He cares for you (more than you may ever know!!).
7. If you hold bitterness towards someone who has wronged you…let it go!!
It doesn’t hurt the other person, but it destroys you from the inside out! Forgive and find strength in God to show mercy and grace, just as he has so freely given it to you.

Strive to make this year a GOD centered year, instead of a ME centered year and look forward to all the blessings that will flow forth! When your focus is love and peace, the world and everyone in it are so much better off….and so are YOU!

All my love ❤