A Simple Request

Written by Lisa DeVinney on . Posted in poetry

Lord, wrap me in Your loving arms today;
Then send me someone I, in turn, can touch -
To say to them, "I care that you are hurting,"
Which says to You, "I love You very much."
 
 
"Beloved, let us love one another,
for love is of God; and everyone who loves
is born of God and knows God."
1 John 4:7 NKJV
 
©Lisa DeVinney, April 2008

Transforming Grace

Written by Lisa DeVinney on . Posted in poetry

“I will make the wilderness a pool of water,
and the dry land springs of water.”
Isaiah 41:18b
 
Lord, who can take the wilderness
And make of it a sea?
There’s none in heav’n or earth below;
There’s none, oh Lord, but Thee!
 
Or who could fill a barren sky
With sun, and moon, and stars?
Who is this great Creator?
Oh Lord of Heav’n, You are!
 
And who can take sin from a heart,
Then put love in its place?
There’s nothing that can change a soul
Like Your transforming grace!
 
Lord, in Your mercy, grace, and love,
Transform this heart of mine.
Remold, remake it as You will,
Till I am wholly Thine!
 
 
“Let this mind be in you,
which was also in Christ Jesus…” Philippians 2:5
 
“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be
conformed to the image of his Son…” Romans 8:29a
 
©Lisa DeVinney, May 2009
 

Waiting For You

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I’m waiting for you…
Do you see My outstretched hand;
Ready to take hold of yours,
And draw you near?
 
I’m waiting…
Can you hear Me whispering your name,
Coaxing your weary heart to come away
And join Me here?
 
I’m ready…
To wrap you tightly in My warm embrace;
And share with you sweet words
To calm your fears.
 
I’m waiting…
In our secret place;
Where we have met so many times before –
 
But you’re not here…
 
                                  I miss you.
 
 
"For thus says the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel:
'In returning and rest you shall be saved;
In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.'
But you would not…"
Isaiah 30:15
 
Lisa (Kesinger) DeVinney, May 2008
 

What’s Under the Bed?

Written by Lisa DeVinney on . Posted in poetry

When my heart’s humbled low enough
To bring me to the ground,
I may just be surprised by hidden
Things that lie around.
 
Perhaps amid the balls of dust,
The missing book, and string,
I may just find that God’s revealed
Some more important things:
 
An unforgiving spirit, here;
Perhaps a bit of pride;
Some anger that’s been buried for
Awhile, deep inside.
 
Those things that I’d been kicking under
Whatever was near,
So I could just ignore them…
Well, now God has made them clear.
 
Which leaves me, now, with quite a choice:
To quickly get back up,
Pretend I’d looked the other way
And didn’t see that stuff;
 
Or spend a little more time there,
Before God…heart exposed,
Till I have left before Him all
My sinful, fleshly foes.
 
I never know what I might find
Before God, on my face.
But I can know, when I confess,
It’s covered by His grace.
 
 
“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalm 139:23-24 NIV
 
©Lisa DeVinney, March 2010
 

Random Reminders

Written by Lisa DeVinney on . Posted in poetry

Live like there’ll be no tomorrow.
Pray like your prayer’s being heard. (it is!)
Sing like there’s no one around you.
Promise, then stand by your word.
 
Work like your master is watching. (God is!)
Play every once in awhile.
Notice the people around you.
Trust with the faith of a child.
 
Hug with a reckless abandon.
Smile all the way to your eyes.
Love, even when you’re not loved in return.
Ask God, and He’ll make you wise.
 
Rest when your body is weary.
Be satisfied with enough.
Look at the stars in the clear winter sky,
While holding someone that you love.
 
And if you forget all the rest,
Remember, in God you are blessed!
 
 
"And whatever you do,
do it heartily, as to the Lord
and not to men"
Colossians 3:23
 
by Lisa Kesinger DeVinney, February 2009