Roses all the way?

This book is dedicated to our dearest family and friends.
 

Let us be planted in the House of the Lord,
flourishing in the Courts of our God.
Your lives have not been roses all the way, far from it
 BUT
you know that God will bring you through.

Thank you John yet again for all your hard work in bringing this book together.
 It hasnít been roses all the way for us has it
BUT
God has made a way and provides all that we need.

 

Contents
 

A Cup of Cold Water
Bad News
Breathe on Us
Climb a Mountain
Colour
Confusion
Covered with a Blanket of Love
Deceit
Double Trouble
Fatherís Day
For Home and City
God Can Make You Whole
God Is
Grandchildren
Guilty of Loving
Guilty of Not Loving
Happiness
Have You Heard The News?
Healing of Body and Mind
Home
Jerusalem
Jesus Is
King Of Kings
Let Me
 
Only Jesus
Out of the Ruins
Peace
Right and Wrong
Roses All The Way?
Shine Upon Me
Stand Up
Stormy Weather
The Captain
The Great Physician
The Listening Ear
The Meal on the Table
The Messiah
The Safe Haven
Thereís nothing too hard for You
They Are One
They Donít Love You
Too Busy Ė No Time
Wax and Wane
When Times are Hard
Where is the Peace?
Wholeness
Why?
Why Do We Hurry?
You Are
 

 

A CUP OF COLD WATER

Even though our lives falter
We can give a cup of cold water.
There are many thirsty and lost
Seeking and paying a very high cost.

Words of encouragement and hope
Stop them on the slippery slope.
Even though our lives falter
We can give a cup of cold water.

Many have reached their limit
And need food for body and spirit.
Are we prepared to go the extra mile
To give support, comfort and a smile?

Tragedies and disasters abound
And life seems one long round
Of despair and lack of care
BUT
Even though our lives falter
We can give a cup of cold water.

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BAD NEWS

Itís easy to panic
Itís easy to fear
Itís all the bad news we hear.
Another beating
Bullying
Murder
Robbery
Every day
What can we do?
What can we say?

Debt is rising
We owe so much.
There doesnít seem to be
A gentle touch.
ďMore, more,Ē everyone seems to say
Have we all lost our way?

I want, I want,
I wonít save or wait
Will leave us
In an unhealthy financial state.
Money can quickly rule
But it is only a tool!

The Good News we should spread
And by the Spirit be led.
This world has been waylaid
Mankind is afraid.
Bad news travels fast
BUT
Thereís Good News at last
JESUS

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BREATHE ON US

May Your Holy Spirit move across this land
And the people know Salvationís Plan.
May they seek a different way
Let Jesus Christ in their hearts stay.
BREATHE ON THEM LORD.

 A new way we need to follow
Letís not in our sins wallow.
Forgiveness and blessings can flow
Jesus can pick us up when weíre low.
BREATHE ON US LORD.

Away with selfishness and greed
Your Word may we heed.
Away with hate and pride
May Your Word deeply abide.
BREATHE ON US LORD.

Away with all that would cause us
To stumble.
Donít let Your peace
In our lives crumble.
BREATHE ON US LORD.

Away with all, that would grieve
Your Spirit
May we not be taken to our limit.
Whatever we go throí You are there
To comfort us in our despair.
BREATHE ON US LORD.

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CLIMB A MOUNTAIN

 

Itís easy when you start
But with each step it gets steeper
And as you climb your commitment gets deeper.
You need an experienced team
Or youíll run out of steam!

The right equipment is a must
And in tricky circumstances you need to trust
Your climbing boots, kit and rope
You canít cross your fingers and hope!

Itís the same in this life
like a mountain we climb
Itís hard, itís tough and we wish we could stop
But thereís real joy when we reach the top!
 

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COLOUR

Life is bright
Life is not black and white.
Life is full of colour.

Pinks, reds, greens and blues
An artistís palette
Splashed before you.

God has used His brush
The colours are so lush.
Life is bright
Life is not black and white
Life is full of colour.

The earth is a canvass
That Godís hand has painted
He has made us acquainted
With all His beauty.

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CONFUSION

At times I feel Iím laid aside
No door seems open wide.
Iím not sure which way to go
Life seems to be too slow.

What shall I do?
Stay or go?
Iím depressed and feeling low.
Time seems to stand still
Am I losing my strength and will?
Itís hard to wait, to get throí another night.
I canít go on fighting this fight
And yet thereís a stirring deep inside
There is a door open wide.

Jesus waits to come in
And to free us from our sin.
Heís waiting for an invite
He is my strength and Light.

The confusion has disappeared
So too, are the problems I feared.
Iíve opened the door to allow Jesus in
And He has released me from my sin.

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COVERED WITH A BLANKET OF LOVE
 

We can be tired and cold
And feeling very old.
We have been in battles
War has broken out
And we want to shout
STOP
 

At such times the Lord steps in
Giving us hope and the desire to win
Fighting against all the odds
Covering us with a blanket of love.
 

We have to fight the fear within
And He deals with all sin
Covering us with a blanket of love
Sent from our Heavenly Father above.

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DECEIT

Smoother than cream or butter
Were the words he muttered
BUT
In his heart he was at war
This was all a ploy.
Save me Lord.

His words were softer than oil
Here again, this was a ploy.
Someone I had called a friend
Who promised to love me to the end.
Save me Lord.

Loyalty and friendship were broken
And his love was just a token.
This caused me great despair
BUT
I know Your love was there.

Heavenly Father You comforted and sustained
You didnít desert me but remained
Close so that I could cling
You took away the sting
A Faithful Friend to the end.

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DOUBLE TROUBLE

Double trouble
Knocked at my door
Entering when I least expected
My life has been deeply affected.

Iím not exempt from trouble or pain
In my life they can make a stain
BUT
I shall not be moved
Even though theyíre not removed.

Double trouble
Knocked at my door
Entering when I least expected
My life has been deeply affected.
And yet
Whatever occurs
My voice will be heard
My soul will sing
And my praises ring.

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FATHERíS DAY

Heavenly Father
Every day
Is Your day.
I am Yours, You are mine
Our lives are intertwined.

My thoughts turn to You
Each moment
Each hour
Each day.

Heavenly Father
You are very special
I am Yours, You are mine
Our lives are intertwined.

Fatherís Day is but one day
My Heavenly Fatherís Day
Is every day
And thatís how I want
It to stay.

I am Yours, You are mine
Our lives are intertwined.

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FOR HOME AND CITY

For my home Lord I pray
May Your peace love and joy
Surround each and every door.

For my city Lord I pray
Oh that it may learn another way.
May Your peace, love and joy
Surround each and every door.

For my country Lord I pray
May it serve You night and day.
May Your peace, love and joy
Surround each and every door.

May justice, mercy and grace
Fill each and every place.
Homes, businesses
And official buildings too
May we develop a deep love for You.

Life has no meaning
Unless You come first
For You Lord I thirst.
Holy Spirit move over this place
Fill us with Your divine grace.

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GOD CAN MAKE YOU WHOLE
 

Why are you downcast
Oh my soul?
Let God make you whole.
 

Hope in God
Oh my soul
Let God make you whole.
 

Why are you downcast
Oh my soul?
Remember, remember,
God can make you whole.

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GOD IS
 

God is
My everything
My all in all.
 

God is
All that I desire
Without Him Iím lost.
 

No one can match Him
No one is like Him
No one can replace Him.

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GRANDCHILDREN
 

We have six special blessings
All different ages
And you canít buy them with wages!
They are not for sale.
We wouldnít give them away
In our hearts they will stay.
 

We love them so very much.
Each different
But all having a loving touch.
Thank You Lord for them
And may Your blessings on them descend.

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GUILTY OF LOVING

He was not welcomed
He was not loved
Son of Man, Son of God.

He did not crave glory
He did not seek fame
Son of Man, Son of God.

He was despised
He was rejected,
Son of Man, Son of God.

They spat upon Him
They flogged Him
They left Him to die
Son of Man, Son of God.
Guilty Ė Guilty of loving.

He spoke of His Father
He spoke the truth.
He healed
He raised the dead.
He spoke of another way
And much more
He loved and cared for the poor!

He spoke of injustice
Hypocrisy
Greed
And much more
He loved and cared for the poor!

He cried over Jerusalem
He dined with
Tax collectors
Prostitutes
He touched lepers
And much more
He loved and cared for the poor!

He highlighted sin
Forgave
Restored
Renewed
And much more
He loved and cared for the poor!

GUILTY- GUILTY OF LOVING

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GUILTY OF NOT LOVING

I did not welcome
I did not love
The Son of Man, the Son of God.

I craved glory
I sought fame
I wanted much more in this life to gain.

I despised
I rejected
The Son of Man, the Son of God.

I spat upon Him
Flogged Him
And left Him to die.

I did not speak of the Father
I did not speak of the Son
I ignored the Holy One
And much more
I did not love or care for the poor!

GUILTY - GUILTY OF NOT LOVING
BUT
JESUS FORGAVE ME.

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HAPPINESS
 

Happiness is not in things.
They do not bring
Contentment
Peace
 or
Joy


Remember this when you are tempted to buy.
Ask yourself, ďDo I want this?Ē just try.
You will find it helps to make decisions clear
And then debt you will not fear.
 

There is a difference between wants and needs
 The voice of the Spirit please heed.

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HAVE YOU HEARD THE NEWS?
 

Have you heard the news?
Our sanity we donít have to lose.
Our lives can get back on a even keel
There is a Man who can heal.

Have you heard the news?
No longer need we live in fear
Jesus is still here.
He died to set us free
There is for us a reprieve.

Have you heard the news?
Justice and truth are still alive.
Kindness and care
Are still there.
Faith and hope arenít in short supply
And shall I tell you why?
JESUS

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HEALING OF BODY AND MIND

If You will
You can heal.

You will make the deaf hear.
You will take away fear.

The dead can be raised.
You will guide us throí lifeís maze.

The blind will see.
Open my spiritual eyes for me.

The lepers will be cleansed.
Broken hearts You will mend.

The dumb will speak
And You will give life to the weak.

You cleanse from sin.
The sinnerís heart You will win.

If You will
You can heal.

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HOME
 

Deep down inside
A warm feeling abides
When I think of home.
 

Everyone needs a place
House, room or palace.
Somewhere to hide
Somewhere to run
Somewhere to feel safe
A peaceful, restful, place.
 

Somewhere called HOME.

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JERUSALEM

Jerusalem, I pray for your peace
May all the warring cease.
May peace be within your walls.

Jerusalem, you have suffered much
Now you need a gentle touch.
May peace be within your walls.

Jerusalem, so many lives lost
The price of freedom has cost.
May peace be within your walls.

Jerusalem, to many youíre a spiritual home
Throughout history youíve been known.
May peace be within your walls.

Jerusalem, come what may
In my heart you will stay.
May peace be within your walls.

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JESUS IS

No one can heal like Jesus.
No one can save but Jesus.
He is there to pick us up
To raise us up
To set us free
This is His great love for you and me.

No one brings peace like Jesus.
No one performs miracles like Jesus.
Heís there for us day and night
Ready to assist in any plight
BUT
His love should be returned.
His love shouldnít be spurned.
Do we accept all that comes our way?
Do we want Him to sort out every affray?

We can become too familiar with blessing
And expect release from testing
That we face each and every day
Expecting deliverance come what may.

Donít letís take Him for granted
Nor become cold hearted.
Remember the sacrifices He made
On that cross He stayed.

He gave us life
He set us free
Oh Lord, heal me
And I shall be healed.
Save me and I shall be saved
Only You will I praise.

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KING OF KINGS
 

You have the power
The power to create
The power to pull down.
 

The power to break
The power to mend.
 

The power to maintain
The power to change.
 

You have the power
You are the Creator
You are the King of Kings.

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LET ME

Let me always remember Your Word
Since young I have heard.
 

I want to obey
Stay
Living Your Way.
 

Let nothing lead me astray
I am weak
For strength I pray.
 

I shall not turn to left or right
Your Heavenly Kingdom
Should always be in my sight.

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ONLY JESUS

The Lord made us all
But sin caused the Fall.
How can we get back to that place
And rest in a state of grace?

Jesus came to put it right
And to free us from our plight.
Eternal Life and freedom from sin
And our hearts He came to win.

He became the substitute
And was absolutely resolute
From Salvationís Plan He wouldnít be distracted
And many to Him were attracted.

The sick
The lost
Hungry
Confused
Came to Him
And werenít refused.

Jesus is the same
Yesterday, to-day and forever
These words we should always remember.

He will forgive our sins
And find us when weíre lost
He has already paid the cost.

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OUT OF THE RUINS

My life is a mess
Each day is a test.
Will all come together?
Iím at the end of my tether.

Ruins
Rubble
And much trouble
Itís time to make
Itís time to create
A new life.

Away with the old
And in with the new
God is my Maker
God is my Creator.

He is Designer
Builder
And Architect
Upon these words
I will reflect.

Away with the old
And in with the new.
God is my Maker
God is my Creator.

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PEACE
 

Whatever is going on in life
I can still find peace
By letting all irritations cease!
 

It is difficult to control self
And not be influenced by wealth
Something deeper drives us on!
 

A deeper power Ė a deeper drive
The power of God is alive
Working inside.

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RIGHT AND WRONG

When lies are spoken
Do we speak the truth?

When black is called white
Do we give a reproof?

When justice is in short supply
Do we reply?

When the weary are exhausted
Do we help them to find rest?

When the sick are in despair
Are we there?

When the lonely are neglected
Are we affected?

Do we pray?
Do we say?
Do we care?
Do we share?

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ROSES ALL THE WAY?

There are many ups and downs
Painful, hurtful times
and yet
There are blessings and happiness.
Roses all the way?
NO
But in my heart Jesus stays.

We can be lonely and neglected
Also at times feeling rejected.
Painful, hurtful times
and yet
There are blessings and happiness.
Roses all the way?
NO
But in my heart Jesus stays.

He comforts
 He guides
He opens the door wide.
In His Presence we can rest
In His Presence we are blessed.

He will wipe the tears away.
In His presence we will finally stay.
At that time we wonít feel lonely
Neglected
or
Rejected.

Roses all the way?
YES
When in His Presence
We finally stay.

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SHINE UPON ME

Let Your face shine upon me.
Teach me Your ways.

I desire more of You
I thirst
I hunger
I canít wait much longer.

Iím desperate for more of You.
Let Your face shine upon me.
Teach me Your Ways.

It hurts when others donít love You.
They wonít listen to Your Word
Even though they have heard
BUT
I desire more of You
I thirst
I hunger
I canít wait much longer.

Hear me Lord
Hear my desperate plea.
You are the only One for me.

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STAND UP

Stand up, stand up
And be true
Speak of the things
God has done for you.

Tell mankind
 Thereís another way
In their sin
They donít have to stay.

They can be free
Thereís a new day dawning
God will deal with their mourning.

Stand up, stand up
And be true
Speak of the things
God has done for you.

The innocent suffer
The guilty go free
Why, oh why, canít they see?

Justice is in short supply
And society is built upon a lie.
Why, oh why, canít they see?

The land is groaning
The people moaning
Why, oh why, canít they see?

Lord, open their eyes
So that they may see.
Warm their hearts
Oh, that they maybe free.
Stand up, stand up
And be true
Speak of the things
God has done for you.

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STORMY WEATHER

Dreams can be smashed
As the waves lash.
Fear takes hold
We forget all weíve been told.
Panic sets in
We know we canít win

BUT

Jesus says, ďPeace be stillĒ
And our lives He will heal
Mending those with broken hearts
Giving us all a brand new start.

Yes, although problems weíll face
We shall have His grace.
The storms He calms
The battering waves will cease
And He will again restore peace.

PEACE BE STILL

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THE CAPTAIN

Youíre the Captain
Youíre in control.

Youíre at the helm
Your presence overwhelms.

Your laws are tough
Given because You love.

Youíre strict but just
Curbing my wanderlust.

Storms come and go
Making me mentally low
BUT
Youíre the Captain of this ship
With You in control I wonít slip.

You saved me from a cruel sea
You were a lifeline to me.

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THE GREAT PHYSICIAN

Unbelief and fear

Bring sadness and tears.

Our spiritual temperature falls

And peace doesnít rule!

We feel sick inside

And darkness resides.

A plaster

Isnít the answer

Itís time to seek

A different release.

THE GREAT PHYSICIAN

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THE LISTENING EAR
 

Have I a listening ear?

Do I hear?

Do I obey?

In His presence do I stay?
 

 

Sometimes I shut my ears

Sometimes I donít obey

And in His Presence I donít stay!

Sorry Lord.

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THE MEAL ON THE TABLE
 

As we sit down to eat
Consuming our vegetables and meat
Do we realise we are blessed?
 

Many donít have much to eat
Not even a morsel of wheat!
Do we realise we are blessed?
 

We are blessed beyond measure
Pure water is a priceless treasure
From our taps it pours
And, of course, installed indoors!
Do we realise we are blessed?

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THE MESSIAH

Like the Children of Israel
Iíve waited to be set free
Someone to release me from tyranny.
Someone who would make the darkness light
Someone who would help me in my fight.

The promise for many years I heeded.
It gave the strength and courage I needed
BUT
The Messiah came not as expected
A great earthly leader I wanted elected.
My Messiah was one who washed feet!
A servantís role, thatís a defeat!
How can this be?
Heís let me down
Thorns were made into His crown!

No royal palace, no costly robes
No armies to conquer the globe!
I think Iíve got it wrong
This isnít the Messiah for whom I longed.

BUT
Yes, I had it wrong
His example I should follow
He gave hope of a new tomorrow.
Iím not looking at the greater plan
Jesus, Son of God, Son of Man.
He came to set me free
On that Cross at Calvary
HE IS THE MESSIAH

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THE SAFE HAVEN

Find a safe place
Where you can face
The problems and troubles which distress
And you will see how God can bless.

Find a safe place
Where you can rest
Let down your guard
Although it will be hard.

Youíve struggled for years
Youíve had many tears
Youíve been alone
Your heart has felt like stone.
Now is the time to encourage change
All the arrows will be out of range.

Seek the safe place
For there is grace
No trouble or pain
And much to gain.
 God welcomes those
Battered and bruised
And who feel they have been used.

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THEREíS NOTHING TOO HARD FOR YOU

 When lifeís problems press
nd I feel Iím undergoing a test
I say to myself in my despair
ďGod, I know Youíre there.
Nothing is too hard for You.Ē

You lead me throí the darkest days
Even though I neglect Your Ways.
I canít seem to face the problems that come
But I look to Jesus, Godís Son.
God, I know Youíre there
Nothing is too hard for You.

His compassion lifts
He mends rifts.
Darkness turns to light
In His sight

THERE IS NOTHING TOO HARD FOR YOU.

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THEY ARE ONE

Let us give honour to
Father
and
Son
They are one.

Let us give praise to
Father
and
Son
They are one.

Let us bow down to
Father
and
Son
They are one.

Let us pay homage to
Father
and
Son
They are one.

If we know the Father
We know the Son
They are one.

If we know the Son
We know the Father
They are one.

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THEY DONíT LOVE YOU

They love evil more than good.
Oh, that they would
Love the Lord with all their heart.

They boast of mischief done
Against the Lord and His Son.
Oh, that they would
Love the Lord with all their heart.

Their tongues are razor sharp
Cutting close to the heart.
Oh, that they would
Love the Lord with all their heart.

They love words that destroy
Deceit is their ploy.
Oh, that they would
Love the Lord with all their heart.

Those who refuse to hear
Will suffer many tears.
Wayward, uncaring,
Lacking justice, weaving deceit
Their lives are destructive and incomplete

BUT

Those who love You and follow
Their lives are not hollow.
They are like a green olive tree
This is how I want it to be.
I donít seek those things of earth
Nor seek power or wealth.

Youíre all that I need
Your voice I will heed
Youíre my Refuge and Strength.
I will go to any length
To draw close to You.

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TOO BUSY Ė NO TIME

 

No time for our Heavenly Father

No time for our family

No time for our friends

No time to rest

No time to think

No time to put right

No time, no time
 

Itís gone!

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WAX AND WANE
 

Tears
Fears
Wax and wane
 

Depression
Oppression
Wax and wane
BUT
Strength comes for the soul
We will be made whole.
 

Cling to Jesus
Cling to the Son.
Changes take place
As we face
All that comes our way.

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WHEN TIMES ARE HARD
 

You will not allow me to
Falter
Fall
or
Fail

 

You will keep me
Still
Safe
and
Secure

 

Your love will
Caress
Comfort
and
Keep

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WHERE IS THE PEACE?

Wars do not cease
Do we say
Peace, peace
When there is no peace?

Many are hungry
Many are dying
Do we say
Peace, peace
When there is no peace?

Have our lives come to a halt?
God we havenít sought.
Do we say
Peace, peace
When there is no peace?

Quietness
Doesnít mean peace!
When wars cease
It doesnít mean peace!
When angry, hurtful words cease
It doesnít mean peace!

TRUE PEACE COMES FROM GOD

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WHOLENESS

I feel a stirring within my soul
Iíve been shattered
But now Iím made whole.
Circumstances and wrong choices
Led to my demise
BUT
Now thereís healing deep inside.

I had failed, fallen short
Forgotten all that Iíd been taught.
Selfishness and pride took hold
And I felt I was out in the cold.

My Heavenly Father was always there
For me in my despair
But I wasnít prepared to come to Him
So I was entrenched deeper in sin.

Sin sticks like mud and dirt
Causing us to deeply hurt.
Nothing seems to stop the pain
We keep on searching looking for gain.

When we reach the bottom of a pit
And in our misery we sit
Thatís the time weíre ready to hear
Crying to God in our fear.

Heís always there to assist.
Heíll pull us out if we donít resist.
Itís only when weíre ready to obey
That our lives will move
In a different way.

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WHY?
 

Why do I say the things that I do?
Why do I at times hurt you?
Why donít I hurry to say, ďIím sorryĒ
Why oh why?
 

Yes at times I can be very cross
And my peace I have lost.
Why do I wait until this stage
Letting irritation turn to rage!
 

What I must do is very clear
From destructive emotions I must steer
Allowing Godís love to bring me throí
And forgiving those who hurt me too!

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WHY DO WE HURRY?
 

Why are we always rushing around?
This will make our problems compound.
Stress increases
Peace decreases
Donít hurry, donít hurry
Itíll only make you worry.
 

Why do I want instant results?
And when I donít get them, sulk?
Life has its seasons
God has His reasons.
Donít hurry, donít hurry
Itíll only make you worry.

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YOU ARE

You are my hiding place
Wherein is a state of grace.

You are my shining Light
You make all things right.

You are my Comforter and Friend
Your peace You send.

You give strength for another day
You give me wise words to say.

You will never let me down
What peace I have found.


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