Getting Off the Merry-Go-Round

Written by Lisa DeVinney on . Posted in poetry

“So many times I’ve longed for my circumstances
to change while I haven’t been willing to change.”
“Making changes can be hard,
but it’s our refusal to change the places
God is asking us to change that keeps us stuck on
the dismal merry-go-round we’re
too afraid to jump off yet too sick to stay on.
We hold on tightly only to pass by the same old stuff
exactly where it was at the last time we swirled past.”
*Kelly Minter: Week 5, Day 5
 
 
God’s looking for a change in me.
So how will I respond?
Will I turn loose, if He should ask,
The things of which I’m fond –
 
Like old, familiar habits or
Relationships or things
That keep me stuck right where I’ve been,
Instead of growing wings?
 
God offers me the grace and strength
To trust Him and obey
But will not force me to let go
So I can try His way.
 
The carousel is spinning and
God wants my faith to show.
It’s time to test my wings but that
Requires I let go.
 
But I’m not scared because I’ve learned
The things I leave behind
Will make room for the greater blessings
In God’s grand design.
 
 
“The people all responded together,
‘We will do everything the Lord has said.’”
Exodus 19:8a NIV
©Lisa DeVinney, November 2014
 
 
*Nehemiah. LifeWay Press, 2012. Pgs. 133 and 136.

Moon Flowers

Written by Lisa DeVinney on . Posted in poetry

Did you know there’s a flower  
That only blooms at night?
It waits until the sun goes down,
And there is little light.
 
Then as the darkness settles in
Beneath the rising moon,
It then gracefully opens
Its luminescent bloom.
 
The pure-white of its blossom
And trumpet-like design
Make it appear, at twilight,
To glow along its vine.
 
A beauty to behold! Yet
Needs darkness to be seen.
How like our own refinement
When trials intervene.
 
For there are things we only learn
When in our darkest night,
As grace then fully blossoms in
The glow of God’s Sonlight.
 
So may we not despair when
That darkness crashes in.
Perhaps something will blossom
Before the trial’s end.
 
For God has sweetly promised
There’s purpose in each test.
And sometimes we need moonlight,
To see we’re truly blessed.
 
“…but we also rejoice in our afflictions,
because we know that affliction produces endurance,
endurance produces proven character,
and proven character produces hope.
This hope will not disappoint us,
because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts
through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
Romans 5:3-5 HCSB
 
 
 
©Lisa DeVinney, July 2017

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Written by Lisa DeVinney on . Posted in poetry

God puts us in a garden, 
And plants each flow’r that grows;
Then asks that we would faithfully
Tend to the ones He sows.
 
Some flow’rs are tall and graceful -
A pleasure to behold.
Some share the sweetest fragrance,
Have colors bright and bold.
 
Still others can be pungent,
Or have a thorny stem.
But all are His creations;
And we’re to care for them.
 
They’ll need a little Sonshine;
Some living water, too.
And much attentive weeding
Is what we’re asked to do.
 
How is your garden growing?
Are all your flow’rs in bloom?
Or for your plot’s improvement
Is there a little room?
 
“The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden…
Then the LORD God took the man and put him
in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.”
Genesis 2:8, 15
 
 
©Lisa DeVinney, August 2009
 

He Has Me in His Heart

Written by Lisa DeVinney on . Posted in poetry

“No matter where you are at today… 
if you are a sheep…
The Shepherd has you in His heart.
He will find you!”
~ Linda Sandlin, fb post 1/13/13
 
Because I am His sheep, the Shepherd
Has me in His heart.
If I should start to wander, if it
Seems I’ve gone too far,
 
He’ll climb the steepest cliffs or brave
The heaviest of storms
To bring me back into the fold
Where I’ll be safe and warm.
 
He knows I’m prone to wander, that
I tend to go astray.
But He is the Good Shepherd so
I won’t get far away
 
Before I hear His voice and feel
His staff guiding me home,
Back to the fold where I belong,
Close to His gracious throne.
 
And there I truly long to stay,
And ne’er again depart;
For Christ is my sweet Shepherd, and
He has me in His heart.
 
 
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish;
neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.”
John 10:27-28 NKJV
 
©Lisa DeVinney, January 2013
 
 

We Receive Your Grace!

Written by Lisa DeVinney on . Posted in poetry

“We receive You grace!”   
~ from a facebook post by Gloria Spears, 1/9/13
 
We lift up weary hands
That have been toiling all day through.
We empty them of burdens
As we cast them, Lord, on You.
And we receive Your grace.
 
We lift up moistened hands
That have been wiping tears away.
Those tears are in Your bottle;
And that’s why our hearts can say
That we receive Your grace.
 
We lift up joyful hands,
So full of blessings from above.
We give them back to You, Lord,
As a token of our love.
For we’ve received Your grace.
 
Thank You, Lord!
 
“Indeed, we have all received grace after grace
from His fullness,”
John 1:16 HCSB
 
©Lisa DeVinney, January 2013