Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Keeping It Real

 The only way we can truly keep 'it' real is to keep Him real.
The only way to keep Him real is through His Word.

I have to confess I do not 'feel' excited 
when yesterday's 'undone' is the first thing I see when I wake up, 
even though I know these are all blessing-tatters.
Yesterday after supper, after dark I chose to calm kitchen chaos,
after I mowed the lawn,
 after I canned the pasta sauce
after the kiddos went home 😛
(one of my main helpers is away this week)

Oh, keep it real; the way we feel can take us down a tricky path
For feelings are subject to change; some days we weep and some we laugh
So, what we know, by this we go; and this world’s only certainty
Is love; the love that will not fail from God for all humanity

Oh, keep it real; the rise and keel of highs and lows will toss and test
Where what we feel is nothing but response to circumstance, at best
So then, where can we turn for assurance that will not fool or bend?
Aha, the word of God is sure; its promises will never end

Oh, keep it real; though zest and zeal falls prey to grays of doubt and woe
The hope for all believers is God’s saving grace whereby we go
Then, even when we feel we are a wreck and damned to deeps of hell
His Word, through ages undeterred will calm the storm with ‘peace, be still’

So, keep it real; where love will heal the hurt that we are all part of
Small wonder then of faith-hope-love, that ‘the greatest of these is love
And love will be enough if we make it the worth of all we do
Where love of God (who gave his Son) is love’s blueprint for me and you

© Janet Martin

1 Peter 1:3-6
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 
to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,
who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation
ready to be revealed in the last time.
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved
by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold
that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor
at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 2:8-10
For by grace you have been saved through faith.
And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

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