Peace That Ransoms a Broken Heart

Written by Lisa DeVinney on . Posted in poetry

When we’re left with only questions,
And the tear stains on our cheeks,
When we’ve asked the Lord for mercy,
But His answer’s left us weak
With our faith stretched past its limits,
And our hearts pierced through and through,
That is when we find in Jesus
That His heart is breaking, too.
 
For He hears our cries of anguish.
And He feels our deepest pain.
He is weeping there, beside us
As He wipes each salty stain.
We are not alone in sorrow;
Jesus holds us in our grief.
As He wraps His arms around us,
We’re surrounded by His peace.
 
Then He whispers that He loves us,
That He always has, and will;
That our prayers are not forgotten,
That He cares, and loves us still.
And it’s then our hearts surrender
Leaning hard into His breast,
Learning just how much He loves us;
Finding that His way is best.
 
“Then you will experience God’s peace,
which exceeds anything we can understand.
His peace will guard your hearts and minds
as you live in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:7 NLT
 
Inspired by the life and gift of Ransom Elmore and his family, February 10, 2016
 
©Lisa DeVinney, February 2016
 
 

Teachable

Written by Lisa DeVinney on . Posted in poetry

Step back; and let me do what I do best – 
Work in your life, to see that you are blessed.
Don’t get discouraged when you cannot see
The answers to the things you’ve asked of Me.
For child, My ways and yours are not the same.
I’m orchestrating on a higher plane.
 
And though you may feel helpless, that’s okay.
In fact, it really is the only way
For Me to show my power and strength to you;
As you admit there’s nothing you can do
But lean on Me. That’s just the place to start!
For I can take a humble, searching heart
And teach you what it is to know My grace.
My classroom is your quiet, secret place.
 
“Who is the man that fears the LORD?
Him shall He teach in the way He chooses.”
Psalm 25:12 NKJV
 
©Lisa DeVinney, January 2012

Taking on Giants

Written by Lisa DeVinney on . Posted in poetry

“We went to the land where you sent us.
It truly flows with milk and honey…
Nevertheless the people who
dwell in the land are [giants].
Then Caleb quieted the people
before Moses, and said,
‘Let us go up at once and take possession,
for we are well able to overcome it.’”
Numbers 13:27b-28, 30 NKJV
 
When God gives us a task to do
With giants in the way,
That’s not the time to turn and run,
But kneel, instead, to pray -
Acknowledging that in His strength
We can do awesome things;
Then hasten forward to possess
Whatever this day brings.
 
 
“’Now the just shall live by faith;
But if anyone draws back,
My soul has no pleasure in him.’
But we are not of those who draw back…”
Hebrews 10:38-39a NKJV
 
©Lisa DeVinney, January 2016
 

Waiting in the Wings

Written by Lisa DeVinney on . Posted in poetry

When answers are not coming as  
I seek God’s face in prayer,
When I have watched and listened but
I just can’t feel Him there,
 
When things seem to be getting worse,
And it’s hard to believe,
That’s not the time to turn away
For God’s still holding me.
 
His answers may seem slow in coming;
But they’re not, to Him.
He knows just when it’s best, and He’ll
Not answer until then.
 
He’s teaching me to trust more through
The deepest, hardest things.
And all the while, I’m tucked in safely –
Waiting in His wings.
 
 
“I will seek refuge in the shadow of Your wings
until danger passes.
I call to God Most High,
to God who fulfills His purpose for me.
He reaches down from heaven and saves me…
God sends His faithful love and truth.”
Psalm 57:1b-3 HCSB
 
 
©Lisa DeVinney, January 2016
 

Outshined

Written by Lisa DeVinney on . Posted in poetry

It’s nearly dawn,
and a slivered almond moon
hangs precariously in
an indigo sky.
With each passing moment,
the horizon brightens –
First to dusty rose,
then a bit of turquoise
blends the day star’s light
onto a golden canvas.
And all the while,
the wisp of a moon
continues its fade
into daylight,
outshined by the sun.
 
As am I.
 
 
“He must become greater;
I must become less.”
John 3:30 NIV
 
©Lisa DeVinney, January 2016