Cleansing Water

We had an incident just before church yesterday that resulted in a gallon of PineSol in the carpet. After 3+ hours of using nothing but water and my carpet cleaner, it was still sudsing like shaving cream. 

As I worked on this, I kept thinking about something Tony Smith had talked about in the teaching. He quoted the passage about how Jesus came to convict the world of sin and righteousness. Sin makes sense, but convict the world of righteousness? Tony explained that it was to convict us of trying to earn our way into heaven by works and our own righteousness instead of trusting in grace and Jesus’ righteousness. The Bible says all our righteousness is like filthy rags to God. 

What’s this got to do with cleaning carpets? Well, PineSol is a great cleaner, but when you pour nothing but cleaner on something, it doesn’t clean it; it makes a mess! That cleaner is like our righteousness. If we only pour it on and cover our lives with our own righteousness, it’s a mess. 

What did I use to clean the mess? Water. What cleans our lives? Living Water! Our works without Jesus just make a mess. And you know what else? If I pour the water on and do nothing else, I still have a mess. The water needs to flow out just like the Living Water needs to flow onto us, over us, and through us to others. If it just goes in and stays, no cleansing is going on. 

Now I don’t know how many more gallons of pure water it will take to clean this, but I know the only way to clean it is to keep pouring pure water on it and taking it away. And you know that even after several times of emptying the carpet cleaner of this sudsy water, it is still pulling out dirt.

I don’t know how many gallons of the Living Water it will take to clean my life, but 1 drop of Jesus​’ blood is all it took to clean my soul. While on earth, I’ll keep trying to wash in the Living Water and keep washing my dirty sins away, but I know that when I stand before the throne, God won’t see the filth or the sudsy self-righteousness​. He will see me standing in purest white robes, cleaner than anything on earth could ever make them because of Jesus’ sacrifice for me that clothed me in His righteousness.

Thank You, Jesus, from the bottom of my heart.

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Another Birthday

​Another Birthday

I`d wish you happy birthday, Mom,
But you’ve been gone 4 years,
And I can`t celebrate the day
With eyes all full of tears.
I can’t forget July the 4th
While others celebrate
With fireworks and cheerful songs
I`ve almost come to hate.
To others, Independence Day
Is filled with summer fun;
To me, your birthday simply marks
Another year you’re gone.
I guess I simply miss you, Mom,
Though you are in God`s hand.
I just don’t want to celebrate.
I hope friends understand.
©2017 Denise McKenney

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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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