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

‘Tis Two Weeks Before Christmas

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‘Tis two weeks before Christmas and snow’s gently falling, 
Our tree is now up. Friends and family are calling.
The stockings I’ve hung by the chimney with fear,
Because I’m far from ready, and Christmas is near.

But at moments like this when some panic besets,
I stop for a time so that I won’t forget
That the reason we celebrate this time of year
Is the gift of our Lord – above all gifts most dear.

It’s the coming of God-in-the-flesh to this earth,
His pure, sinless life; His foretold virgin birth.
His life here of service, His death on the tree;
Then His rising again to redeem you and me.

And this is the gift He would cherish from us -
Not this buying, and spending, and holiday rush;
Just hearts that would love Him and serve Him today,
Reflecting His light, showing others the Way.
"You must have the same attitude
that Christ Jesus had...
he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being."
Philippians 2:5-7a NLT
©Lisa DeVinney, March 2007

He’s Everything to Me

Written by Lisa DeVinney on . Posted in poetry

Almighty God – Jehovah – Savior - Pure and spotless Lamb
Creator of the universe -The only, great I AM
The Alpha and Omega - The Beginning and the End
The Bread of Life - The Vine - The Door - My Master – Teacher - Friend
The Loader-up of benefits - And Giver of good things
Oil Pourer - Joy Restorer - Glorious King of kings
Abba Father – Advocate - Sustainer of the weak
Chain Breaker - Peace Maker - Blesser of the meek
Star Namer - Lion Tamer - Singer over me
Dream Weaver - Fountain Cleaver - God who hears and sees
Defender and Deliverer - The Way - The Truth - The Life
The Bridegroom - The Anointed One - The Rock - The Word - The Light
Mountain Framer - Sea Restrainer - Rider on the wind
Giant Slayer - Ransom Payer - Pardoner of sin
Burden Bearer - Yoke Sharer - Tender to my cry
Throne Preparer - Breach Repairer - Dayspring from on High
Healer of the broken hearted - Opener of wombs
Promise Maker - Vengeance Taker - Vanquisher of tombs
Comforter – Redeemer – Helper - And my Hiding Place
Sea Divider - Need Provider - Lavisher of grace
Fashioner of beauty out of ashes that remained
Lion out of Judah that will not be cowed or tamed
Mountain Shaker - Seal breaker - Calmer of the waves
Veil Render - Lightning Sender - Lengthener of days
Setter up of kings and kingdoms - Raiser of dry bones
Drier-up of river beds - And precious Cornerstone
A Father to the Fatherless - My Refuge – Strength - And Shield
My very present Help in trouble - By His stripes I’m healed
He’s my Companion through the fire - Shelter in the flood
My God-in-flesh with Servant heart - And holy, righteous Judge
The Sun of Righteousness who comes with healing in His wings
And in the desert makes a way for clear, refreshing springs
My Intercessor - Counselor - The Writer of my name
The God who was, and is, and will forever be the same
The Lord of lords - The Prince of Peace - My all-Sufficiency
My Guide - My Portion - And my Hope –
He’s everything to me!
“And my God will meet all your needs
according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:19 NIV
My prayer is that these won’t be mere words.
But that through them I will come to know My God better:
to know His character, and learn to recognize His voice.
And find that He is indeed everything!
©Lisa DeVinney, March 2015
Each of these descriptions of God is taken from Scripture.  If you would like a copy of the references where they can be found, simply leave a comment below with your contact information, and let me know you'd like a copy.

He Makes You Matter

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“God has a plan to make you mighty, and make you matter.” 
* Beth Moore
Do you ever feel like you don’t matter in this world;
Like if you disappeared, no one would care?
Well let me tell you, friend, that can’t be farther from the truth;
‘Cause if you’ve breathed a single breath of air
Then God has got a plan for you that He’ll work out for good;
That’s full of hope in all that He can do.
He’s got a special purpose that He wants you to fulfill,
With His own grace and strength at work in you.
So if you choose to live for Him, you’ll surely leave some mark
That lets the world know you, indeed, were there.
And even better is the mark that doesn’t point to you,
But leaves the name of Jesus everywhere.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus
to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Ephesians 2:10 NIV
©Lisa DeVinney, November 2016
*in Group Session One of "Entrusted"

Veterans Day Prayer

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In memory of the ones who gave their lives,
In honor of those serving ‘cross the sea,
In gratitude to those who guard our shores,
Oh Lord, this day we lift our thanks to Thee.
We thank Thee for the courage they possess,
And for their strength to face adversity.
Then most of all, dear Lord, we thank Thee for
This land where we can live in liberty.
May we forever fly sweet freedom’s flag
Under the banner of Thy watchful eye;
And ne’er forget the ones who serve us still,
Who every day for freedom risk their lives.
Please bless them and protect them ‘neath Thy wing.
And give to them Thy mercies new, each morn.
Then when they lie in bed at night, dear Lord,
May Thy sweet peace their sleepy eyes adorn.
Then when their selfless service is complete,
And when the task Thou gavest them is done,
Lord, bless them for the sacrifices made,
As Thou dost bring our heroes safely home.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD,
‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.’”
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
©Lisa DeVinney, May 2010