My Saviour

My Saviour

Once, in my darkest hour, I
Reached for a hand to hold.
I felt that I was drowning and
My fingers did enfold
A hand so strong, yet gentle, that
I knew that I was safe.
He lifted me so my head rose
Above the crashing wave.
He pulled me quickly to the shore
And as my feet touched land,
I looked and saw my Saviour had
A nail hole in His hand.
I fell down to my knees. I cried
And worshipped Jesus there.
He lifted all my burdens and
Removed my every care.
“Now go and help your brothers and
Your sisters in this life,
Until I come to take you home,
Removing all your strife.
For as you do to all of these
So you have done to me.
And by this service you will find
You`ve truly been set free.”

©2017 Denise McKenney
Feel free to print, share or repost anything on this blog. I do ask that you let me know if you use one of my poems on your blog or at your church somehow. It might give me an idea of better ways to spread His words, which I am always looking to do. And of course, always keep the copyright symbol and my name with the poem so I continue to have the right to use them. You may not realize that if something is posted enough times without the copyright notice, I could lose the copyright and then someone else could conceivably file for a copyright and I would no longer be able to use my own poems! It has happened, so please make sure the (c) is always on the poem whenever you repost. Thanks!

God bless,
Denise McKenney

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Four Years

Four Years

Another year has come and gone
And I still miss you so.
I’d bring you back here if I could,
Yet in my heart I know
You’re in a so much better place
Surrounded by His love.
You’re happy there in heaven with
The Father up above.
The pain I feel grows bearable
Though I still feel the loss.
I thank God that He saved us both
By hanging on that cross.
We both will live forever with
The Father and the Son.
So for today, I bravely say,
“My Lord, Thy will be done.”

©2017 Denise McKenney
Feel free to print, share or repost anything on this blog. I do ask that you let me know if you use one of my poems on your blog or at your church somehow. It might give me an idea of better ways to spread His words, which I am always looking to do. And of course, always keep the copyright symbol and my name with the poem so I continue to have the right to use them. You may not realize that if something is posted enough times without the copyright notice, I could lose the copyright and then someone else could conceivably file for a copyright and I would no longer be able to use my own poems! It has happened, so please make sure the (c) is always on the poem whenever you repost. Thanks!

God bless,
Denise McKenney

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Your Worth 

I started this poem nearly 2 years ago, but couldn’t get the beginning or ending right. I tried finishing it several times, but it just wouldn’t come together. Tonight, I opened it up once again and God gave me just the words to complete it.So after 22 months, here’s the finished poem.

Your Worth

How do you measure what you’re worth,
What value you contain? 
Objectively, what price is fair
For body, soul & brain?
A chemist may not pay too much
For what you are made of.
Your worth is so much more to those
Who look on you with love.
But there is One Who truly knows
Just how much you are worth.
For you, He left His heavenly throne
And came to die on earth.
The Maker of the universe
Came down to die for you.
Do you reflect this awesome worth
In everything you do?
If God, our heavenly Father, thinks
You’re worth the price He paid,
Remember you are valuable:
A treasure that He made.
So don’t let others tell you that
Your worth is very small. 
The Lord of lords, the King of kings,
Thinks you are worth it all! 

(c) 2017 Denise McKenney 
Feel free to print, share or repost anything on this blog. I do ask that you let me know if you use one of my poems on your blog or at your church somehow. It might give me an idea of better ways to spread His words, which I am always looking to do. And of course, always keep the copyright symbol and my name with the poem so I continue to have the right to use them. You may not realize that if something is posted enough times without the copyright notice, I could lose the copyright and then someone else could conceivably file for a copyright and I would no longer be able to use my own poems! It has happened, so please make sure the (c) is always on the poem whenever you repost. Thanks!

God bless,
Denise McKenney

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Harden My Heart

I’ve heard many Christians pray for God to soften their heart. That is a good prayer and I have also prayed it. Have you ever prayed for God to harden your heart? Would it shock you to hear that I pray this often? Let me explain.

One thing that had bothered me in the Bible was where God said he would harden Pharaoh’s heart and he would not listen to Moses’ request to release the children of Israel. Now, I’m not one to tell God He’s wrong, but that doesn’t quite sound like God: to make Pharaoh’s heart a stone, then punish him for being hard-hearted! Then I heard a sermon that explains this. 

It was several years ago and I don’t remember who it was. Likely Chuck Missler, Colin Smith or Chuck Smith, or perhaps J. Vernon McGee, since I listened to many sermons from each of these men at that time, but it could have been someone else. I wish I could find that sermon again, and hope I don’t get the details too wrong on this explanation. If I do, forgive me. And if you know or find the source, please let me know so I can give proper credit. Anyway, his explanation had to do with the word used that is translated as “harden.”

While we generally think of hardening a heart to mean turning it to stone, incapable of feeling, this person said this particular word had a slightly different connotation. He likened it to wringing out a cloth. When you twist a washcloth, it becomes hard, stiff. Think about what else happens? Whatever is filling that washcloth gets forced out. It might be soapy water or dirty water or something you spilled and wiped up when the cloth was soft. No matter what is in the cloth, it is forced out. And only what was in the cloth can come out. You can’t wring out clean water if you just soaked up a bunch of spilled orange juice! 

This is what God did with Pharaoh’s heart: squeezed it to force out what was already inside. He didn’t put hardness into Pharaoh’s heart, only forced out the hardness and evil thoughts that were already there. Makes a lot more sense that way, doesn’t it?

So every time I take a shower and wring out the washcloth at the end, I pray God will wring out all that is in my heart. I ask Him to get rid of all that isn’t of Him. And when that is done, I ask Him to let my heart soak up all His love so when life wrings out my heart, all that comes out on the people around me is His love, pouring over all.

I hope you will also take the time to pray for God to harden your heart and wring out all the junk, then pour in His love for your heart to soak up and have ready to pour out on those around you. 

God bless you richly!

Denise
Feel free to print, share or repost anything on this blog. I do ask that you let me know if you use one of my poems on your blog or at your church somehow. It might give me an idea of better ways to spread His words, which I am always looking to do. And of course, always keep the copyright symbol and my name with the poem so I continue to have the right to use them. You may not realize that if something is posted enough times without the copyright notice, I could lose the copyright and then someone else could conceivably file for a copyright and I would no longer be able to use my own poems! It has happened, so please make sure the (c) is always on the poem whenever you repost. Thanks!

God bless,
Denise McKenney

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Merry Christmas!

Every year, God gives me a poem that I put on a full year calendar and give out as my Christmas card. I have included links to both a color and a monocolor version. They should print on normal 8.5 x 11 paper. Print, share, enjoy!

Every year, I am blessed as I hear how God uses the poem to inspire, encourage and lift the spirits of so many in a multitude of ways. I pray this poem blesses you all through the coming year.

 

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ABC’s of Thanksgiving

This isn’t my typical post, as it’s not a rhyming poem, but it’s appropriate for Thanksgiving. I went through the alphabet finding one thing for each letter that I was grateful to God for giving me. Now, I could have listed many more for some of the letters, but I restricted myself to one each. This is what I came up with. I may rework it into a rhyming poem later. I wanted to go ahead and post what I had done for Thanksgiving, so here it is. I hope it inspires you. And I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving!

ABC’s of Thanksgiving

Lord, I Thank You For:

Angels You send to fight our spiritual battles
Blessings beyond measure
Calvary’s cross, where my sin was washed away
Deliverance from evil
Everlasting life spent with You
Forgiveness gained from Jesus’ blood
Grace given so freely
Holy Spirit that lives in us and interprets our prayers
Israel, Your chosen people, by whom all nations are blessed
Justice tempered with grace as only You can deliver
Kindness You show us that we don’t deserve
Love You pour into our hearts until it overflows onto others
Miracles, big and small, that You perform daily
Nativity scenes that remind us that You came to us as a baby
Opportunities to share Your Gospel with others
Prayers that are always heard and saved
Questions that we can bring to You for answers
Rest that only You can give that goes beyond sleep
Salvation given by Jesus’ sacrifice
Truth that never changes or fails
Understanding high priest Who knows how we feel
Victory over the enemy
Worship time filled with Your praises that will never end
X-ray “plus” vision God has to see our deepest hearts
Your yoke, which is easy and Your burden, which is light
Zion, Your holy mountain

(C) 2016 Denise McKenney

 

Feel free to print, share or repost anything on this blog. I do ask that you let me know if you use one of my poems on your blog or at your church somehow. It might give me an idea of better ways to spread His words, which I am always looking to do. And of course, always keep the copyright symbol and my name with the poem so I continue to have the right to use them. You may not realize that if something is posted enough times without the copyright notice, I could lose the copyright and then someone else could conceivably file for a copyright and I would no longer be able to use my own poems! It has happened, so please make sure the (c) is always on the poem whenever you repost. Thanks!

God bless,
Denise McKenney

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Serenity Poem 

Have you ever heard the full Serenity Prayer, by Reinhold Neibuhr? I didn’t know there was more, but the full text is very cool!

God, give us grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.

Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.

Amen.

Here’s my rhymed poem inspired by the above.

Serenity Poem

God, grant me the serenity
That only comes from You
To take the things that I can’t change.
Please change my point of view.
And give me courage to go forth
And change what’s in my power
And help me tell, Lord, which is which.
Help me live in this hour.
Help me remember hardship is
A pathway to Your peace.
Help me to take this world as is;
My wishful thinking, cease.
Help me to trust, as Jesus did,
That You’ll make all things right
If I surrender to Your will
And follow in Your light.
I know that I’ll be happier
In this life here below
And even more in heaven
When it’s time for me to go.

(c) 2016 Denise McKenney

Feel free to print, share or repost anything on this blog. I do ask that you let me know if you use one of my poems on your blog or at your church somehow. It might give me an idea of better ways to spread His words, which I am always looking to do. And of course, always keep the copyright symbol and my name with the poem so I continue to have the right to use them. You may not realize that if something is posted enough times without the copyright notice, I could lose the copyright and then someone else could conceivably file for a copyright and I would no longer be able to use my own poems! It has happened, so please make sure the (c) is always on the poem whenever you repost. Thanks!

God bless,
Denise McKenney

 

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