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Monthly Archives: November 2016

God’s Plan

Dear Lord,

Help me to have faith that You are in control of my life.  Help me to recognize Satan’s attempts to sabotage my faith.  Give me the strength to drive him out of my thoughts so my true focus can be on You.  Let me live to serve You, oh Lord!

In Jesus Precious Name,

Amen

Faith Is All I’ve Got

Let not your heart be troubled

Let faith carry the day

God’s grace is more than sufficient

Give all your cares away

Lessons learned the hard way

Senseless works for naught

When faith is all that’s needed

And faith is all I’ve got

Darryl Hanks

The Resurrection

Woman, why are you weeping?

Woman, who are you seeking?

A broken heart, life in despair

A joyful heart, my teacher’s here

Go tell the brethren, so they will know

That I was here, and I must go

To our FATHER, ascending high

To our LORD’s, sweet bye and bye

Before I go, remember this

Feed my sheep, is what I wish

Remember all I’ve shown to be

Faith, Hope, and Love, a gift from me

Darryl Hanks

This Foggy Morning

Many people would consider a day like this, dreary, depressing, or even scary.  I find it beautiful and fascinating.  When the clouds lower themselves to be in among us, it’s ethereal.  The bible gives us many instances where God has dwelt among His people via cloud.

Just Do It!

If I worked all day, every day, for the rest of my life, it would never be enough.  I, in my imperfection, my sin, my absolute ‘humanness’ could never do enough.  No matter how pure my intentions, or how true my heart, I can never reach this pinnacle I thought I had to reach in order to be able to serve the Lord.  I can’t wait until I’ve finally reached this level of Nirvana, that does not exist, to serve God.  I have to serve Him now.

Thanks Be Unto The Lord – Thanksgiving 2016

It’s Your breath in our lungs,

So we pour out our praise,

We pour out our praise.

Great Are You Lord!

These words from one of my favorite praise and worship songs pretty much sums up how I feel this Thanksgiving.  I fall on my knees in praise of the Lord, thanking Him for all He has blessed me with.  I will thank the Lord with all my heart; I will declare all Your wonderful works. Psalm 9:1  Many could look at my life and ask why would I thank Him.  That always makes me grin just a little because I realize they just don’t get it.  Then it makes me sad because I realize, they just don’t get it.  Whatever you have been dealt in life, you cannot forget that God is still on the throne, and everything is part of His great plan.  Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7  

Every Scar Tells A Story

When I was five years old I fell into a fire.  Most of my family was at my mamaw and papaw’s house in rural southeastern Oklahoma.  We had built a fire out in front of the property.  When the adults had retreated back towards the house, my older brothers and male cousins began jumping over the fire.  It was exciting to see them run and jump with the flames seemingly engulfing their legs.  

Have Thine Own Way

Have Thine own way Lord

Have Thine own way

Thou art the potter, I am the clay

Mold me and make me after Thy will

While I am waiting yielded and still

Lord, this is all I truly want.  For You to have Your will fulfilled in me.  Whatever You want me to do, wherever You want me to go, I want only that.  I am ready and willing to serve You, and I pray that You will use me to bring glory to Your great name.  Help me to know my calling.  To hear Your voice, and have no doubt.  To have the strength and the grace to pick up my cross and follow You.  These things I pray in Jesus Holy Name.

Amen

A Prayer for Prayer

Dear Lord,

Thank You for the many blessings You have bestowed upon me.  I pray now Lord, to be blessed with an all consuming passion for prayer.  To communicate with You daily.  To have a deep desire to bring all things to You in prayer.  To defeat the devil and bring glory to Your name.

Amen

When You’re Ready

At my desk, my pen in hand

Waiting, wondering, what’s God’s plan?

A calling came, that much I know

A need to share?  A need to go?

But where I ask?  What can I say?

Patience child, a piece of clay

Mold me Lord, please shape my heart

Mold me Lord, to play a part

Use me Lord, Your message heard

Use me Lord, to spread Your word

Darryl Hanks

The Troubles of the Day

Dear Lord,

Please help me to put away the troubles of the day, so I may rejoice in You with the fullness of my heart.  Help me put You foremost in my thoughts, so I may draw ever closer to You.  This I pray dear Lord, so I may feel You in the flutter of my soul.

In Jesus Holy Name,

Amen

I’m Not Done Yet

So many things have gone on in my life in the last several days.  Seems like the devil is working overtime to try and steal my joy.  But, that is life, and it’s hard to have a message if there isn’t a mess to go through, or a testimony if there aren’t some tests along the way.  “Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4  So…bring it on Satan!  I’m not done yet.  

Veterans Day 2016

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Praise the Lord we live in a country where men and women have, and do, volunteer to put their lives on the line for us.  “No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13   Today is the day we should all stop and spend some time praying for our military, past and present, who live all over the world.  May God Bless Them All!

Sing Unto The Lord

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“I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God while I live.” Psalm 104:33

Music has been a very important part of my life always.  It started with my mother’s lullabies, then my father’s folk songs, and then gospel music.  

O Happy Day!

While pipes sing out

Amazing Grace

Carry me to my final

resting place

Let my people

with their own hand

Bury me in

the family land

Next to my grandparents,

my mother, my brother

Where we have been laid

one after the other

That is where

my body shall stay

Until the blessed

judgment day

But do not mourn

or linger there

At the grave

you mark with care

For I am not in it

and that is a fact

My spirit is steady,

salvation intact

I’ve gone on to heaven

a place is prepared

To celebrate and worship

and wait for you there

 

 

Hello World!

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I am so excited to finally be starting this blog!  What a wonderful endeavor it has been, and I’m finally here.  I hope you join me as I share my creative insights on life, love, and most of all…Jesus Christ.  The good Lord has blessed me in so many ways.  I have so much to share, it’s hard for me to stay focused.  I pray you find encouragement and hope in your own walk with Jesus as you learn more about mine.  All that I do is for the glory of God.  So, buckle up, and get ready for this incredible ride.  May God Bless You!