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Friday, December 2, 2022

See: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry



                Like the flood

                A reminder
                a warning
                a healing
                an opportunity to begin
                again fresh.

                To remove our blindness
                in our hearts
                in our souls.

                Like the flood

                To recognize and
                be restored again
                be returned to hope
                be rescued into life.


Psalm 89:48: "What man can live and not see death? Can he deliver his soul from the power of Sheol?" Selah.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Reflection: Floods: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

        1. How often do our worries and failures shut our doors of hope?

        2. In what ways does our world ignore God's creations and leans us only in complaint and resentment.

        3. How can we pause and pray for clarity when any kind of flood comes?

Share: What is your trigger that warns you? 

Monday, November 28, 2022

Floods: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry

 2nd Peter 3:4-6: " They will say, 'So what about this promise of His coming?' Our ancestors are dead and buried, yet everything is still the same as it was since from the beginning of time until now. But they conveniently overlook that from the beginning, the heavens and earth were created by God's word. He spoke and the dry ground separated from the waters. Then long afterward He destroyed the world with a tremendous flood by those very waters."


We are all too quick to complain and ignore His ongoing gifts and presence that surrounds us throughout nature and history and seasons in our lives.

Instead of thankfulness we demand selfishness as our focus and lean only on our desires. And too often do not even acknowledge His ongoing presence day by day.

Or we only see destruction and loss as evil and forget to see the cost You commit to save lives and souls for eternity. Especially when we cross a line that we cannot return from.

We ask to see the 'floods' in our lives through Your words--Your voice--Your healing--Your restoration--Your mercy.

Lord, please show us how to turn our hearts back to amazement and gratitude and commitment--in all our circumstances.

And walk with You daily. Seeing.

Your thoughts, 

Friday, November 25, 2022

Firm: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry


                Prophecies stand firm 
                through all time
                no matter how strong
                mockers engage.

                Truth cannot be broken
                even when we walk
                away in confusion
                with doubts.

                Stand on His ground
                given for eternity
                Holy words spoken
                His foundation.

Psalm 89:47: "Remember what my span of life is; For what vanity Thou hast created all the sons of men!"

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Reflection: Mocked: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry

 Reflection Questions

        1. Have you been mocked for your beliefs?

        2. How did that meddle for your thoughts and questions?

        3. What enabled you to stand on His truth?

Share: How would you share with another under attack?

Monday, November 21, 2022

Mocked: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry

2nd Peter 3:1-3: "Beloved friends, this is now the second letter I have written to you in which I've attempted to stir you up and awaken you to a proper mind-set. So never forget both the prophecies spoken by the holy prophets of old and the teaching of our Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles. Above all you must understand that in the last days mockers will multiply, chasing after their evil desires."


Thank you, Lord, that You give us Your word and guidance in all circumstances.

Please keep our mind and heart and soul so grounded in You alone and that nothing else can get through. We ask to hear Your words when spoken as Your Spirit guides. And then for Your strength for us to obey--no matter what.

The mockers are strong and have more access to spread their lies throughout so many communications. Sometimes we do think we are hearing clearly so only Your light and truth and foundation can break the deception.

Please continue to show us when darkness is pulling us away from true light whether in difficulties or in joy. We ask to walk with You.

Your thoughts

Friday, November 18, 2022

Mercy: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry


                To recognize the lose of 
                His gift--relationship--
                broken by selfishness
                overwhelms with grief.

                To recognize our failure.

                Often drown in sorrow
                unless we seek the
                light still burning
                waiting for us to return--seek.

                Ongoing mercy never dies.

Psalm 89:46: "How long, O Lord? Wilt Thou hide Thyself forever? Will Thy wrath burn like fire?"

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Reflection: Return: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions 

        1. When have you walked away from God's grace either into a seemingly small lie or a chosen rejection?

        2. How long before recognizing that choice as a deep darkness that dissolved you?

        3. How did you seek His mercy again?

Share: What warning would you now give to another when you see their lure pulling them from truth?

Monday, November 14, 2022

Return: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry

2nd Peter 2:20-22: "Those who escape the corrupting forces of this world system through the experience of knowing about our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Messiah, then go back into entanglement with them and are defeated by them, becoming worse off than they were to start with. It would have been much better for them never to have experienced the way of righteousness than to know it and then turn away from the sacred obligation that was given to them. They became illustrations of the true proverb: A day will return to his own vomit and a washed pig to its rolling in the mud."


Sometimes we really don't understand how or why as His child we too often fall back into sin and greed and selfishness.

To walk away from His grace and mercy always brings deeper loss and fears with an attitude of hopelessness when we recognize our failure--again.

And yet, Lord, You will restore us when we finally seek Your light again.

Please keep it burning no matter how faint we can see it until all of Your lost return.

Please continue to hold on to each one of us when we falter and recognize the corruption no matter how small so that we can return to You.

Please keep us holding always.

Your thoughts,

Friday, November 11, 2022

Attitudes: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry



                freedom only possible

                on His daily presence

                walking whatever road

                is chosen to follow

                at His words and

                direction regardless

                of any darkness

                since true light is now within.

Psalm 89:45: "Thou hast shortened the days of his youth; Thou hast covered him with shame." Selah

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Reflection: Actions: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

        1. When have you experienced a 'dried up river bed' because of empty actions and attitudes that separated you from the Lord?

        2. What enabled you to recognize the dangerous choices and turn towards truth and light?

        3. How do you protect yourself now from lies and false desires?

Share: What is the first word you would give to someone seeking release too?

Monday, November 7, 2022

Actions: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry

2nd Peter 2:17-19: "These people are dried-up river beds, waterless clouds, pushed along by stormy winds--the deepest darkness of gloom has been prepared for them. They spout off with their grandiose, impressive nonsense. Consumed with the lusts of the flesh, they lure back into sin those who recently escaped from their error. They promised others freedom, yet they themselves are slaves to corruption, for people are slaves to whatever overcomes them."


Lord, if there is anything that is overcoming us and keeping us from Your path please show us and take it away.

We can so easily slip into distance by worries and fears instead of going to You first.

We ask to be on Your path as Your child. We ask to live into Your light in all circumstances.

May we be overcome by Your truth and guidance and call instead so that our hearts are in holy action.

Thank you for Your gift of ongoing protection of our souls regardless of all our failures. Please continue to guide and protect all who are drifting and show us how to walk the path where we can also break the chains others are held by.

We ask to be in Your purpose and protection.

Your thoughts,

Friday, November 4, 2022

Sin: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry


                Wages of sin 

                destroy our lives

                drift us into darkness.

                Wrapped in cords of deceit.

                Yet nothing is

                impossible to the Lord

                interceding for each astray.

                Yokes broken by His cross.

Psalm 89:44: "Thou hast made his splendor to cease, And cast his throne to the ground."

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Reflection: Astray: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

        1.What lies have cost you to wander off His main road?

        2. How did you return?

        3. How do you keep a focus on following His path only now?

Share: What insight do you share with others being pulled into wrong pursuits?

Monday, October 31, 2022

Astray: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry

2nd Peter 2:14-16: "They are addicted to adultery, with eyes that are insatiable, with sins that never end. They seduce the vulnerable and are experts in their greed--they are but children of a curse! They have wandered off the main road and have gone astray, because they are prophets who love profit--the wages they earn by wrongdoing. They are following the example of Balaam, son of Beor, who was rebuked for evil by a donkey incapable of speech yet that spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet's madness."


Too often we all wander off His main road and sometimes we don't even  recognize how far we can slip. Until the world's definition of craving things turn into consequences.

Addictions we may not even recognize as danger. And personal greed's we consider acceptable.

And when we do recognize our dangers and failures we feel we can never escape the evil or be restored.

Yet that is another lie too--maybe one of the deepest--to not believe the impossible.

Yet there is nothing impossible in His hands. Whether we are seen as useless or useful, damaged or broken,He promises healing.

Lord, please teach us how to stay on Your main road and how to recognize the sins that pull us away. May our hearts grow only into Your choices and actions.

May we walk with You each day in trust. In faith. In restoration.

Your thoughts,

Friday, October 28, 2022

Trap: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry


                Too often so easy
                to not recognize.

                False paths
                fueling wrong decisions.

                Seems harmless
                seeking pleasure.

                Instead a trap
                into destruction.

                Only His light can
                open honest actions.

Psalm 89:43: "Thous dost also turn back the edge of his sword, And has not made him stand in battle."


Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Reflection: Lies: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry

 Reflection Questions

        1. When have you been deceived by lies that led you to dismay and failures?

        2. How did the truth get twisted?

        3. What insight enabled you to recognize the danger?

Share: How do you filter potential lies now through the Lord's guidance?

Monday, October 24, 2022

Lies: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry

2nd Peter 2:11-13: "Yet even angels, who are greater by they in power and strength, do not dare slander them before the Lord. These individuals are nothing but brute beasts--irrational creatures, born in the wild to be caught and destroyers--and they will perish like beasts. They are professional insulters, who slander whatever they don't understand, and in their destruction they will be destroyed.
    For all the evil they have done will come crashing down on them. They consider it their great pleasure to carouse in broad daylight. When they come to your love feats they are but strains and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions as they feast with you."


Slander so easily twists truth's purpose and strength. Sometimes it seems considered mild when we don't understand correctly and we reject negatively. Sadly also caught up in deliberate lies when under attack.

Any seed of anger or abuse brings harshness and lies.

When we are faced with any lies we need to immediately turn to His truth and attitude in the slander. He will protect us both within and without. And show us when our own false information can pass lies unto others.

False choices create more destruction. Even in seasons of loss and tragedy.

Lord, please open our eyes to the lies and self-centeredness so that we may not follow deception through ignorance and instead learn to reveal Your truth and light to any who have become trapped.

Your thoughts,

Friday, October 21, 2022

Daily: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry


                So caught up in ourselves
                our wants and choices
                often lured into
                sin entering our hearts.

                Do not see a danger.

                Do not realize our abandonment.

                Do not acknowledge self-centeredness.

                So His ongoing mercy
                opens a door of release
                offers grace and forgiveness
                sin recognized and dissolved.

                Daily protects.

                Daily prays for each one.

                Daily present.

Psalm 89:42: "Thou hast exalted the right hand of his adversaries; Thou hast made all his enemies rejoice.



Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Reflection: Rescues: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

        1. What situation have you experienced that you realized your need for escape? 

        2. How did the Lord rescue you?

        3. What insight do you now follow daily?

Share: Has the Lord shown you how to pray for others too?

Monday, October 17, 2022

Rescues: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry

2nd Peter 2:9-10: "If the Lord Yahweh rescued Lot, He knows how to continually rescue the godly from their trials and to reserve the ungodly for punishment on the day of judgement. And this especially applies to those who live their lives despising authorities and who abandon themselves to chasing the depraved lusts of their flesh. They are willfully arrogant and insolent, unafraid to insult the glorious ones."


His ongoing rescue. Daily.

And forgives us for allowing fear to be our first response instead of trusting first and our not recognizing His way regardless of the circumstances.

He will guide throughout all situations big or small, minor or dangerous. Daily.

And show us how to walk with purpose and plans throughout His words. To learn to trust wherever He sends us.

He will catch us when we are caught in our own trials. Daily.

And dissolve our excuses and the costs of our actions within our souls.

He gives us mercy instead--healing--forgiveness--and a new life.

His ongoing love. Daily.

Your thoughts,

Friday, October 14, 2022

Intervenes: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry


                Righteousness lived
                in the middle of
                lies and selfishness
                lawless beliefs attack.

                Rescue of heart and soul
                illuminated by truth
                love everlasting
                intervenes with protection
                leads a path to follow daily.

Psalm 89:41: "All who pass along the way plunder him; He has become a reproach to his neighbors."

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Reflection: Ruins: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry

 Reflection Questions

        1. When have you found yourself in the middle of attitudes and purposes that you knew were not acceptable to God's words?

        2. How did you navigate the lures and/or ridicules because you would not engage?

        3. When have you not recognized a lie that then pulled you into a sin of action or in your heart?

Share: How do you process "worldly" viewpoints now?

Monday, October 10, 2022

Ruins: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry

2nd Peter 2:5-8: "And He did not spare the former world in the days of Noah when He sent a flood to destroy a depraved world (although He protected Noah, the preacher of righteousness, along with seven members of his family). And don't forget that He reduced to ashes the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, condemning them to ruin and destruction. God appointed them to be examples as to what is coming to the ungodly.

    Yet He rescued a righteous man, Lot, suffering the indignity of the unbridled lusts of the lawless. For righteousness Lot lived among them day by day, distressed in his righteous soul by the rebellious deeds he saw and heard."


Lord, too often we continue to forget to seek Your help and guidance when misuse of any kind appears. We need to look into Your words instead of letting attacks or cruelties become an answer. We also need You to keep us from being lured into even the smallest lure.

Please help us to keep Your words and Your truth as our armor and not accept any false lies that can lead us away from You into any destruction. To ourselves or to others.

When we are confused please give each of us insight. May we only hear Your words and act upon them as You lead.

Your thoughts,                      

Friday, October 7, 2022

Restored: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry


                Lies can often
                hide within
                ourselves waiting
                for the opportunity
                to turn us from
                honesty into appearance
                need His light
                moment by moment
                and remember


Psalm 89:40: "Thou hast broken down all his walls; Thou hast brought his strongholds to ruin."


Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Reflection: Condemnation: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry

 Reflection Questions

        1. Has there been a season in your life where you only looked for your own desires? Why?

        2. How did that affect your relationship with others--especially those you loved?

        3. Where or how did you see God's offer to escape from soul destruction?

Share: When have you been lured into a lie that went against the Lord's truth? How did you be restored?

Monday, October 3, 2022

Condemnation: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry

2nd Peter 2:3-4: "They are only out for themselves, ready to exploit you for their own gain through their cunning arguments. Their condemnation has been a long time coming. But their destruction does not slumber or sit idly by, for it is sure to come. Now, don't forget, God has no pity for the angels when they sinned but threw them into the lowest, darkest dungeon of gloom and locked them in chains, where they are firmly held under the judgment of torment."


Often we are all too absorbed in ourselves instead of being centered in the Lord and seeing others through His truth and mercy.

Then we often 'use' others instead for our own benefits.

Yet the Holy Spirit recognizes when we have become self-centered and will help us to release it all through His cleansing presence. We can ask for guidance.

By His heart He will nudge us to see our selfishness and help us to let go and replace darkness with light and love and forgiveness instead.

Will we accept?

Please be Lord of all of us as each Your child and recognize Your gift of life daily.

Your thoughts,

Friday, September 30, 2022

Divides: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry


                Destructive heresies
                abound every day
                drapped in false
                guidance as sugar offerings.

                Determined to break
                truth in our hearts
                detour us from
                God's mercy and truth.

                Discernment our gift
                with Holy Spirit's presence
                Dissolves the lies
                when we seek and listen.

Psalm 89:39: "Thou hast spurned the covenant of Thy servant; Thou hast profaned his crown in the dust."


Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Reflection: Discernment: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions 

        1. Have you experienced false interpretation of Scripture? How? Why?

        2. How did the Lord open up the errors, due to false ideas, for you to recognize the lies?

        3. How now do you filter out ignorance or corruption?

Share: When has the Holy Spirit protected you from a heresy immediately?

Monday, September 26, 2022

Discernment: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry

2nd Peter 1:20-21 to 2:1-2: "You must understand this at the outset: Interpretation of scriptural prophecy requires the Holy Spirit, for it does not originate from someone's own imagination. No true prophecy comes from human initiative but is inspired by the moving of the Holy Spirit upon those who speak the message that came from God.

    In the past there arose false prophets among God's people, just as there will continue to be false teachers who will secretly infiltrate in your midst to divide you, bringing with them their destructive heresies. They will even deny the Master, who paid the price for them, bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow immoral lifestyles. Because of these corrupt false teachers, the way of truth will be slandered."


Lord, we need Your thoughts and words all the time in all circumstances. We cannot trust  our own confusions that arise. Please guide us through each step said in our words whether talking to ourselves or sharing with others.

Only Your direction and messages as You nudge in Your time.

And remind us to take the time to seek confirmation from You--especially when new ideas arise--so that we stay on Your truth. And to identify subtle proposals that seem so kind.

In all our thoughts--our actions--our relationships.

Your wisdom only from the Spirit's voice.

Your thoughts,

Friday, September 23, 2022

Insight: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry


                His voice spoken then
                on the mountain a gift
                beyond comprehension.

                And now light is
                offered to each
                circumstance bearing light.

                As we listen
                from a heart insight
                gift of glory.

Psalm 89:38: "But thought hast cast off and rejected, Thou hast been full of wrath against Thine anointed."


Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Reflection Questions

        1. How do you recognize when a word is coming directly from the Lord's voice? 

        2. When have you been given a prophetic word from the Lord or been given one to speak to  another?

        3. How does that affect your choices and your heart?

Share: What helps you to listen for confirmation as to how  and when to share?

Monday, September 19, 2022

Message: 2nd Peter: Prayers and Poetry

2nd Peter 1:18-19: " And we ourselves heard that voice resound from the heavens while we were with Him on the holy mountain. And so we have been given the prophetic word--the written message of the prophets, made more reliable and fully validated by the confirming voice of God on the Mount of Transfiguration. And you will continue to do well if you stay focused on it. For this prophetic message is like a piercing light shining in a gloomy place until the dawning of a new day when the Morning Star rises in your hearts."


Moment by moment.

He will guide us to hear His voice if we will choose to listen. He will guide sometimes through nudges and light led by the Spirit's whispers and insight.

His walk. His will. His words offered as a gift every new day.

Lord, please keep teaching us to hear what You say. To fill our hearts and souls and thoughts bound to You.And then to share what has been prepared for us to offer.

Your light--Your wisdom--Your truth.

Your thoughts,

Friday, September 16, 2022

Delight: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry


                We easily recognize

                 the lavished love

                 poured out on Jesus

                 by His Father

                 with delight.

                 We often cannot

                  though see we are also

                  poured out with His love

                   bought by mercy and healing

                   with delight.

Psalm 89:37: "It shall be established forever like the moon, And the witness in the sky is faithful." Selah.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Reflection: Unveil: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions 

        1. How do you define a passionate relationship with those you love deeply?

        2. In what ways do you recognize the overwhelming ongoing love from God?

        3. How did He 'unveil' your false concepts into His powerful truth and personal relationships?

Share: In what ways does your passion of grace help guide you to share with others?

Monday, September 12, 2022

Unveil: 2 Peter: Prayers and Poetry

2nd Peter 1:15-17: "Indeed I'm passionate to share these things with you so that you will always remember them after my exodus from this life. We were not retelling some masterfully crafted legend when we informed you of the power and appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, for we saw His magnificence and splendor unveiled before our very eyes. Yes, Father God lavished upon Him radiant glory and honor when His distinct voice spoke out of the realm of majestic glory, endorsing Him with these words: 'This is My cherished Son, marked by My love. All my delight is found in Him!'"


Thank you  Lord that You speak and teach into each of us Your words and Your presence so that we can meet You one by one. Not only stories but ongoing relationships.

Please keep us listening for Your specific words on Your path in Your time. We are in such need of Your directions so that we may learn to live into Your purpose. Too often we struggle to recognize, or receive, that Your gift of love is for each of us.

Please guiding us to speak only Your words to ourselves and to others; to live into Your glory and light.

May our hearts yearn to listen and grow under Your care.

Your thoughts,
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