“Poems, Prayers and Promises” – Time To Act by Steve Martin

July 24, 2020 Love For His People in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7, NKJV

Early as usual, but that has become the time when our good Lord speaks the most to me it seems. Now being on the road again (sorry Willie, but with my good wife Laura Jean, aka Laurie), I enjoyed the two times I had been able to sit in this I75 Kentucky town’s hotel lobby, in front of the fireplace, with little or no disturbance. (But being summer here in the USA, the wood burner has no glow.)

And as I quietly sat in this open space with little or no activity to disrupt thoughts, poems, prayers, and promises come to remembrance from the Living God of Israel. That is why I like the early morning hours.

Being a product of the 60s and 70s in America, John Denver was among my favorites in the music realms. Of course, if I had a playlist back then, it would also include the likes of Chicago, Three Dog Night, and James Taylor. And of course, Dianna Ross and the Supremes!

But Colorado Mountain High Man John was my favorite, and even when I was in my late 50s and beyond, I still remembered his songs, which became the karaoke ones of choice to sing whenever the opportunity arose.

My favorite album of his, as Wikipedia notes, was this.

“Poems, Prayers & Promises is the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter John Denver. It was released in April, 1971. This album was Denver’s commercial breakthrough, and contained several of his most popular songs, such as “Poems, Prayers, and Promises”, “My Sweet Lady”, “I Guess He’d Rather Be in Colorado”, “Sunshine on My Shoulders“, and “Take Me Home, Country Roads“, which would become one of Denver’s signature songs. The Box which concludes the album is a poem illustrating the futility of war.”

I knew them all – sunshine, country roads, my sweet lady. With Poems, Prayers, and Promises having that sweet, soft touch to it, as I sat in this country inn hotel, that is the one the Lord spoke quietly to me about this new day’s morning.

For you see, He is the One Who gives us the poems in our lives. He puts the prayers of hope and faith in our hearts. He fulfills the promises that He alone can make, and bring them to pass as we keep our eyes fixed on Him, as the Bible encourages us to do daily, “…looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. (Hebrews 12:2, NKJV)

As we consider our walk with Him, we can relish the moments He gives us, those words to encourage us along the path, those “poems”, skillfully written or just a short mix of words in our spirit, sharing His life of joy and delight in His ways.

The prayers we speak – either out loud or the ones that silently rise up from our inner soul – let Him, but uttered primarily for our sake, know we need a solid foundation, the Solid Rock which some of us sang in church on Sunday, to make it through the coming day.

And the promises, the “hope of glory”, which we must rely on, while pressing forward to accomplish His directives.

“This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple. That is the substance of our Message.” Colossians 1:26-28, THE MESSAGE

Instead of giving attention to, focusing on, or allowing the sounds that fill the airwaves with far too much fear and nothings that will not last forever, take up our hearing time today, let us give thanks, considering the acts of the Lord God Himself, Who continues to guide His chosen, directing steps, and leading us into His green fields of peace, safety, and rest, even among all the unrest and uncertainty surrounding us.

Instead of being consumed with the roar of the enemy, be filled with the peace of the Lord Jesus, of that which passes all understanding.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7, NKJV

Ahava and shalom,

Steve Martin, Love For His People Founder/President

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Steve Martin

STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS My good wife Laurie and I (45 years in October 2022!), through the ministry of Love For His People we founded in 2010, give love and support for our friends in Israel and in other nations with friendship, humanitarian aid, and social media support, along with Steve's messages, and our Ahava Adventures trips to Israel. Steve has also authored and published 35 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area. We have four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids.

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