Wednesday, July 23, 2014

God’s love prevails

We can be bold
we can be happy
at peace in the storms
the struggles that we carry
We can have hope
a future with God in heaven
when human love fails,
God’s love prevails.


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July 23, 2014
God’s love prevails

Genesis 29:15-28
“Jacob is Tricked” (NCV)
last sentence of devotion –
“When human love fails,
God’s love prevails.”
Upper Room Disciplines for 2014
for July 21, 2014
read July 21, 2014
&
July 21, 2014 to July 27, 2014
“Love Prevails”
by Peter Velander
Editorial Director, Upper Room Daily Devotional
member, Trinity Lutheran Church,
Bellevue, TN
&
overview page
Genesis 29:15-28
“Jacob is Tricked” (NCV)
Psalm 105:1-11, 45a
“God’s Love for Israel”
Romans 8:26-39
including Romans 8:31-39
“God’s Love in Christ Jesus
Matthew:13:31-33, 44-52
the parable of the mustard seed,
the parable about yeast
“Stories of Mustard Seed and Yeast” (NCV)
Stories of a Treasure and a Pearl” (NCV)
“A Story of a Fishing Net” (NCV)

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 31,270+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

a spark kindled – v2

a spark kindled
a seed planted
yeast hidden in flour
our faith growing
hidden within us
the soil of our hearts
tending the spark
warming the dough
giving water to the earth
flames building
the bread rising
shoots bursting forth
our faith blooming
in its season
become a brushfire


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edited July 23, 2014
a spark kindled – v2

July 23, 2014
a spark kindled
Matthew 13:31-33
“The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast” (NIV)
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Upper Room Disciplines for 2014
for July 23, 2014
read July 23, 2014
&
July 21, 2014 to July 27, 2014
“Love Prevails”
by Peter Velander
Editorial Director, Upper Room Daily Devotional
member, Trinity Lutheran Church,
Bellevue, TN
&
overview page
Genesis 29:15-28
“Jacob is Tricked” (NCV)
Psalm 105:1-11, 45a
“God’s Love for Israel”
Romans 8:26-39
including Romans 8:31-39
“God’s Love in Christ Jesus
Matthew:13:31-33, 44-52
the parable of the mustard seed,
the parable about yeast
“Stories of Mustard Seed and Yeast” (NCV)
Stories of a Treasure and a Pearl” (NCV)
“A Story of a Fishing Net” (NCV)

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 31,270+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

a spark kindled

a spark kindled
a seed planted
yeast hidden in flour
our faith growing
hidden within us
the soil of our hearts
flames building
the bread rising
shoots bursting forth
our faith blooming
in its season
become a brushfire


----
July 23, 2014
a spark kindled

Matthew 13:31-33
“The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast” (NIV)
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Upper Room Disciplines for 2014
for July 23, 2014
read July 23, 2014
&
July 21, 2014 to July 27, 2014
“Love Prevails”
by Peter Velander
Editorial Director, Upper Room Daily Devotional
member, Trinity Lutheran Church,
Bellevue, TN
&
overview page
Genesis 29:15-28
“Jacob is Tricked” (NCV)
Psalm 105:1-11, 45a
“God’s Love for Israel”
Romans 8:26-39
including Romans 8:31-39
“God’s Love in Christ Jesus
Matthew:13:31-33, 44-52
the parable of the mustard seed,
the parable about yeast
“Stories of Mustard Seed and Yeast” (NCV)
Stories of a Treasure and a Pearl” (NCV)
“A Story of a Fishing Net” (NCV)

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 31,270+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

no matter our struggles

no matter our struggles
what we face in this life
we should fear no evil
for Christ died for us

no matter the challenges
the real dark places
God is ever with us
we have nothing to fear

no matter our todays
our yet to be tomorrows
we fear nothing
the Spirit abiding.


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July 23, 2014
no matter our struggles

Psalm 27:1,3
“Whom Shall I Fear”
devotion by Jay Stone
for July 23, 2014
read July 23, 2014
Duck Commander Daily Devotional
compiled by Alan Robertson

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 31,270+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Remembering the Past

remembering the past
for a bright future
any hope for tomorrow
grounded in yesterday
not floating on the waves
but anchored by living waters
the streams of our past
the promise of our future.


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July 23, 2014
Remembering the Past

Genesis 29:15-28
“Jacob is Tricked” (NCV)
Upper Room Disciplines for 2014
for July 21, 2014
read July 21, 2014
&
July 21, 2014 to July 27, 2014
“Love Prevails”
by Peter Velander
Editorial Director, Upper Room Daily Devotional
member, Trinity Lutheran Church,
Bellevue, TN
&
overview page
Genesis 29:15-28
“Jacob is Tricked” (NCV)
Psalm 105:1-11, 45a
“God’s Love for Israel”
Romans 8:26-39
including Romans 8:31-39
“God’s Love in Christ Jesus
Matthew:13:31-33, 44-52
the parable of the mustard seed,
the parable about yeast
“Stories of Mustard Seed and Yeast” (NCV)
Stories of a Treasure and a Pearl” (NCV)
“A Story of a Fishing Net” (NCV)

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 31,270+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

we need God’s strength

we need God’s strength
because we are weak
we hope in Him
that we may come
we lean on God
as with a walking stick
strength for the journey
hope on the walk.

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July 22, 2014
we need God’s strength

2 Thessalonians 1:7 (NIV)
2 Thessalonians 1:1-8
part of 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12
“Paul Talks about God’s Judgment” (NCV)
devotion “Pressured to Lean”
Upper Room Daily Devotional    
by Miles Wiles
for July 21, 2014
read July 21, 2014
Upper Room Daily Devotional
for July and August 2014

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 31,270+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fear is a Demon

Fear is a demon
a minion of Satan
tares in the wheat
within our hearts
Fear is a demon
sapping strength
taking our focus
away from God
Fear is a demon
but God is stronger
call on God
to cast fear out.    

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July 22, 2014
Fear is a Demon

Hebrews 13:6
“Bigger than the Bogeyman”
devotion by Sadie Robertson
for July 21, 2014
read July 21, 2014
Duck Commander Daily Devotional
compiled by Alan Robertson

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 31,270+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

small choices

bites of the elephants
whatever we are facing
one at a time,
with knife and fork
so with our whole lives
little, small choices
to follow the world
or the way of God.

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July 22, 2014
small choices

Devozine for July 21, 2014 to July 27, 2014
“+making choices”
&
Matthew 5:48 (NIV)
“Perfection?”
devotion by Alina Kanaski
Philippians 4:13 (NRSV)
for July 21, 2014
read July 21, 2014
&
Patten Methodist Youth Group
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 31,270+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live. 

we will see the kingdom here

we will see the kingdom here
if we seek it
if we long for God’s will
for our lives
all of our needs
will provided
by the hand of God.


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July 22, 2014
we will see the kingdom here

Devozine for July 14, 2014 to July 20, 2014
“+distracted”
&
“Distracted Weekend!”
“Next Day Stretch”
to read Matthew 6:33
multiple times to see what
it speaks to us
Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
Matthew 6:33 (NCV)
“Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants.
Then all your other needs will be met as well.”
Matthew 6:33 (The Message)
Matthew 6:33 (The Voice)
within section entitled,
“Don’t Worry” (NCV)
Matthew 6:25-34
for July 20, 2014
read July 20, 2014
&
“Distracted Weekend!”
“Your Attention Please”
devotion by Jackie Clark
and
Jim Still-Pepper
for July 19, 2014
read July 19, 2014
&
2 Samuel 22:29 (CEV)
“Light for My Path”
devotion by H.M.
(semi-anonymous because of subject)
for July 18, 2014
read July 19, 2014
&
Psalm 46:10
“Be Still and Know I Am God”
“Lectio Divina”
devotion by Alina Kanaski
for July 17, 2014
read July 17, 2014
&
Matthew 22:37 (NIV)
“A Heart Divided”
devotion by Elizabeth Mann
“Keep God at the Center”
devotion by Christina Martin
for July 16, 2014
read July 16, 2014
&
John 12:26a (NRSV)
“Follow Me”
devotion by Katy Steele
for July 15, 2014
read July 15, 2014
&
Psalm 73:28a (NRSV)
“Retreat”
devotion by Dylan Green
for July 14, 2014
read July 15, 2014
&
Patten Methodist Youth Group
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 31,270+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

#God #Christ #love #grace #family #journey #friends #Matthew22 #Psalm73 #prayer #John12 #silence #2Samuel22 #light #Matthew6

we will know God’s will

if we focus, if we listen
if we are still in silence
if we discern God’s voice
through the clutter, the chaos
we will know God’s will
His calling, His purpose
His plan for our lives
we who seek the kingdom
the path God has for us
we will know God’s will
our needs will be provided
we will faithfully serve
we will be imparted with courage.

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July 22, 2014
we will know God’s will

Devozine for July 14, 2014 to July 20, 2014
“+distracted”
&
“Distracted Weekend!”
“Next Day Stretch”
to read Matthew 6:33
multiple times to see what
it speaks to us
Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
Matthew 6:33 (NCV)
“Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants.
Then all your other needs will be met as well.”
Matthew 6:33 (The Message)
Matthew 6:33 (The Voice)
within section entitled,
“Don’t Worry” (NCV)
Matthew 6:25-34
for July 20, 2014
read July 20, 2014
&
“Distracted Weekend!”
“Your Attention Please”
devotion by Jackie Clark
and
Jim Still-Pepper
for July 19, 2014
read July 19, 2014
&
2 Samuel 22:29 (CEV)
“Light for My Path”
devotion by H.M.
(semi-anonymous because of subject)
for July 18, 2014
read July 19, 2014
&
Psalm 46:10
“Be Still and Know I Am God”
“Lectio Divina”
devotion by Alina Kanaski
for July 17, 2014
read July 17, 2014
&
Matthew 22:37 (NIV)
“A Heart Divided”
devotion by Elizabeth Mann
“Keep God at the Center”
devotion by Christina Martin
for July 16, 2014
read July 16, 2014
&
John 12:26a (NRSV)
“Follow Me”
devotion by Katy Steele
for July 15, 2014
read July 15, 2014
&
Psalm 73:28a (NRSV)
“Retreat”
devotion by Dylan Green
for July 14, 2014
read July 15, 2014
&
Patten Methodist Youth Group
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 31,270+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live. 

other needs met

this is not something we earn;
it is a gift of God
from our faithfulness, our focus
on God’s will alone.

seek God’s kingdom
seek His will
God providing
every other need.

other needs met
all of these given
not something we earn;
it is a gift of God.


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July 22, 2014
other needs met
Devozine for July 14, 2014 to July 20, 2014
“+distracted”
&
“Distracted Weekend!”
“Next Day Stretch”
to read Matthew 6:33
multiple times to see what
it speaks to us
Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
Matthew 6:33 (NCV)
“Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants.
Then all your other needs will be met as well.”
Matthew 6:33 (The Message)
Matthew 6:33 (The Voice)
within section entitled,
“Don’t Worry” (NCV)
Matthew 6:25-34
for July 20, 2014
read July 20, 2014
&
“Distracted Weekend!”
“Your Attention Please”
devotion by Jackie Clark
and
Jim Still-Pepper
for July 19, 2014
read July 19, 2014
&
2 Samuel 22:29 (CEV)
“Light for My Path”
devotion by H.M.
(semi-anonymous because of subject)
for July 18, 2014
read July 19, 2014
&
Psalm 46:10
“Be Still and Know I Am God”
“Lectio Divina”
devotion by Alina Kanaski
for July 17, 2014
read July 17, 2014
&
Matthew 22:37 (NIV)
“A Heart Divided”
devotion by Elizabeth Mann
“Keep God at the Center”
devotion by Christina Martin
for July 16, 2014
read July 16, 2014
&
John 12:26a (NRSV)
“Follow Me”
devotion by Katy Steele
for July 15, 2014
read July 15, 2014
&
Psalm 73:28a (NRSV)
“Retreat”
devotion by Dylan Green
for July 14, 2014
read July 15, 2014
&
Patten Methodist Youth Group
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 31,270+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

what God wants

that is the hard thing
seeking the kingdom
determining what God wants
amid the noise, the chaos
our own competing demands
our interests, our desires
to seek the kingdom
and the will of God.

that is almost easier
when I pause, think it over,
the next part of the scripture
to completely trust in God
that all of our needs
ever dot, ever tittle,
all our other needs
will be provided by God.


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July 22, 2014
Devozine for July 14, 2014 to July 20, 2014
“+distracted”
&
“Distracted Weekend!”
“Next Day Stretch”
to read Matthew 6:33
multiple times to see what
it speaks to us
Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
Matthew 6:33 (NCV)
“Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants.
Then all your other needs will be met as well.”
Matthew 6:33 (The Message)
Matthew 6:33 (The Voice)
within section entitled,
“Don’t Worry” (NCV)
Matthew 6:25-34
for July 20, 2014
read July 20, 2014
&
“Distracted Weekend!”
“Your Attention Please”
devotion by Jackie Clark
and
Jim Still-Pepper
for July 19, 2014
read July 19, 2014
&
2 Samuel 22:29 (CEV)
“Light for My Path”
devotion by H.M.
(semi-anonymous because of subject)
for July 18, 2014
read July 19, 2014
&
Psalm 46:10
“Be Still and Know I Am God”
“Lectio Divina”
devotion by Alina Kanaski
for July 17, 2014
read July 17, 2014
&
Matthew 22:37 (NIV)
“A Heart Divided”
devotion by Elizabeth Mann
“Keep God at the Center”
devotion by Christina Martin
for July 16, 2014
read July 16, 2014
&
John 12:26a (NRSV)
“Follow Me”
devotion by Katy Steele
for July 15, 2014
read July 15, 2014
&
Psalm 73:28a (NRSV)
“Retreat”
devotion by Dylan Green
for July 14, 2014
read July 15, 2014
&
Patten Methodist Youth Group
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 31,270+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

seeking the kingdom

I understand this scripture
the challenge is life
seeking the kingdom
with eyes of the world
seeking the kingdom
that we may know God
trusting God completely
for all our needs.


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July 22, 2014
seeking the kingdom

Devozine for July 14, 2014 to July 20, 2014
“+distracted”
&
“Distracted Weekend!”
“Next Day Stretch”
to read Matthew 6:33
multiple times to see what
it speaks to us
Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
Matthew 6:33 (NCV)
“Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants.
Then all your other needs will be met as well.”
Matthew 6:33 (The Message)
Matthew 6:33 (The Voice)
within section entitled,
“Don’t Worry” (NCV)
Matthew 6:25-34
for July 20, 2014
read July 20, 2014
&
“Distracted Weekend!”
“Your Attention Please”
devotion by Jackie Clark
and
Jim Still-Pepper
for July 19, 2014
read July 19, 2014
&
2 Samuel 22:29 (CEV)
“Light for My Path”
devotion by H.M.
(semi-anonymous because of subject)
for July 18, 2014
read July 19, 2014
&
Psalm 46:10
“Be Still and Know I Am God”
“Lectio Divina”
devotion by Alina Kanaski
for July 17, 2014
read July 17, 2014
&
Matthew 22:37 (NIV)
“A Heart Divided”
devotion by Elizabeth Mann
“Keep God at the Center”
devotion by Christina Martin
for July 16, 2014
read July 16, 2014
&
John 12:26a (NRSV)
“Follow Me”
devotion by Katy Steele
for July 15, 2014
read July 15, 2014
&
Psalm 73:28a (NRSV)
“Retreat”
devotion by Dylan Green
for July 14, 2014
read July 15, 2014
&
Patten Methodist Youth Group
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 31,270+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.