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Friday, December 29, 2023

View: 3 John: Prayers and Poetry


                Face to face 

                heart to heart

                words to words

                insight to insight

                thoughts to thoughts

                memories to memories

                views to views.

                His eternal love.

                His daily presence.

                His ongoing mercy.

Psalm 107:42-43: "The upright see it, and are glad; But all unrighteousness shuts its mouth. Who is wise? Let him give heed to these things; And consider the lovingkindness of the Lord.

                                   Blessings Into 2024

"And they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer."

                                    Acts 2:42

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Reflection: Priority: 3 John: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

        1. How often do we keep our hearts focused on the Lord? Especially when on a busy day? 

        2. Do you choose to see Him each day through thoughts and memories?

        3. Or seek His presence in all places with other people?

        4. Or asking Him to please write His words into your soul so that you can see each day through His view.

Share: When was the first time you saw through His eyes--His view? How does that guide you now?

Monday, December 25, 2023

Priority: 3 John: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: 3rd John:13-14: "I had many things to write to you, but I am not willing to write them to you with pen and ink; but I hope to see you shortly, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends by name."


 Lord, please keep our hearts living to You only.

May we see You every day through thoughts and meanings and relationships with others we connect with; knowing that You are present in all places. Holding us in heart and soul.

Please write Your Words into our minds--into our souls--into our breaths--so that we only see each day through Your view--Your sight.

With gratitude and love.

Your thoughts,

Friday, December 22, 2023

Testimony: 3 John: Prayers and Poetry


                Words have such power
                for light or dark
                can twist too often
                when taken for granted.

                Words of truth are
                faithful always
                carried in love
                when we seek His witness.

                Words of grace and mercy
                fill our hearts daily
                creating ongoing life
                with God's presence.

Psalm 107: 40-41: "He pours contempt upon princes, And makes them wander in a pathless waste. But He sets the needy securely on high away from affliction, And makes His families like a flock.

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Reflection: Witness: 3 John: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

        1. Do you ask the Lord for His words only? Why or why not? 

        2. How do you discern any false evil in thoughts?

        3. What do you use to test for good witness?

Share: What unexpected words has the Lord given you to bear witness when He leads?

Monday, December 18, 2023

Witness: 3 John: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: 3rd John: 11-12: "Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God. Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself; and we also bear witness, and you know that our witness is true."


Lord, even in our times of uselessness we ask to stay true to Your words within ourselves and outwardly to others.

When we speak anything that are in error please dissolve them before any one hears or reads them.

We ask to hold to Your words only. Your truth only. And to live into them as You lead.

Your thoughts,

Friday, December 15, 2023

Self-centered: 3 John: Prayers and Poetry


                It is hard sometimes to

                realize a leader has become

                self-centered and twists

                truth for personal selfishness

                satisfied only with power

                pretending to be a faithful


                It matters to seek the truth

                In every word and forbid

                Inciting lies to enter.

Psalm 107:39: "When they are diminished and bowed down, Through oppression, misery and sorrow."

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Reflection: Twisted: 3 John: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

        1.  Have you been given twisted words that pulled you into vulnerability and not in His truth? What caused it?

        2. What misinterpretations brought what consequences? 

        3. How does seeking truth before actions guides you for yourself and towards others now?

Share: How do you now hold onto  His strength to stay in His words only?

Monday, December 11, 2023

Twisted: 3 John: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: 3rd John:9-10: "I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not accept what we say. For this reason, if I come, I will call attention to his deeds which he does, unjustly accusing us with wicked words; and not satisfied with this, neither does he himself receive the brethren, and he forbids those who desire to do so, and outs them out of the church."


Lord, we need your reminder to step first into Your words and concepts to protect us from falling into vulnerability of twisted words.

Words spoken not from You but from someone seeking personal selfishness. And also when we misunderstand ourselves and deliver false interpretations.

Please keep teaching us to walk only in Your truth whether alone or with others. To hesitate when uncertain and confirm through prayer instead of being self-centered.

We ask for the strength to stay in Your Words only.

Your thoughts,

Friday, December 8, 2023

Multiply: 3 John: Prayers and Poetry


                Spirit's witness of truth 

                on bearing gift of light

                and protection throughout

                all our thought s and actions

                offering permanent healing

                Spirit's love and mercy.

Psalm 107:38: "Also He blesses them and they multiply greatly, And He does not let their cattle decrease."

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Reflection: Share: 3 John: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

        1. When have you been in a situation when you chose to not remember, or ignore, the Spirit's words and turned away? Why--what pulled you? 

        2. When have you been deceived by lies and actually thought you were being in His words? What brought you to truth?

        3. In which area do you still struggle most with agreeing to His words when you hear an attack: heart-soul-actions-words-commitments?

Share: How has the Spirit brought witness and mercy to heal and reconcile you to His truth?

Monday, December 4, 2023

Share: 3 John: Prayer and Poetry

Reading:3rd John:7-8: "For they went out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support such men, that we may be fellow workers with the truth.


We have been given the gift of relationship. Ongoing.

We need forgiveness for too often not remembering, or turning away, or ignoring words, or not sharing.

We pray to be completely attached to You Lord--in mind--in heart--in soul--in commitment. Every part of every hour and every day. As You call.

"Thy will be done."

Your thoughts,

Friday, December 1, 2023

Intercession: 3 John: Prayers and Poetry


                IN thoughts

                in quiet

                in conversation

                in worry

                in prayers

                in joy and sorrow

                in witness

                in hope

                Intercession HIS ongoing, everlasting mercy of love.

Psalm 107:37: "And sow fields and plant vineyards, And gather a fruitful harvest."

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Reflection: Witness: 3 John: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

        1. Are His words of prayer your foundation in all circumstances, or only in difficulties? Why or why not? 

        2. Do you pray for insight on choices and direction as ongoing conversations? Why or why not?

        3. Do you immediately seek insight, whether in silence or conversations, to ask Him for words to pray?

Share: How do you recognize the nudges to pause and pray, especially when unexpected?

Monday, November 27, 2023

Witness: 3 John: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: 3rd John :5-6: "Beloved, you are acting faithfully in whatever you accomplish for the brethren, and especially when they are strangers; and they bear witness to you love before the church; and you will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God." 


Lord, please forgive us for too often becoming self-centered of 'other centered' when you nudge us.

We ask for insights as to when to speak and when to be silent in conversation, but in both to Your Spirit's Words what to pray.

And to continue to pray when You lead. May Your words be at the foundation and center of all our connections--in thoughts--in quiet--in conversation--in prayer.

Your thoughts,

Friday, November 24, 2023

Sincerity: 3 John: Prayers and Poetry


                Walking in truth an
                ongoing gift of mercy
                given by our Holy Spirit
                when we listen--really listen.

                Become immersed in truth
                as He leads moment
                by moment within our thoughts
                blessings unto relationships.

                His voice our strength
                as He prays for each of us
                committed to guide and protect as
                His walk a personal love.

Psalm 107:36: "And there He makes the hungry to dwell, So that they may establish an inhabited city."


Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Reflection: Immerse: 3 John: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

        1. In what ways do you recognize the witness to His truth? Which one is clearest to you? 

        2. When has the Spirit's truth immersed you to guide you from a difficult situation?

        3. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for continually? Children? Family? Friends? And...?

Share: "How are you walking in truth? How does the Lord lead you?"

Monday, November 20, 2023

Immerse: 3 John: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: 3rd John:3-4: "For I was very glad when brethren came and bore witness to your truth, that is, how you are walking in truth. I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth."


Lord, we can only walk in Your truth by the guidance of Your words and the Holy Spirit. Too often we forget and jump in without confirming with You.

Please keep us listening so that we are completely immersed in Your truth only and as You lead. To pray as You remind us for children, family, friends, strangers You nudge us.

Anyone else You place into our thoughts or relationships.

We are still so far away from being a committed pray-er.

Please keep teaching and leading us to hear Your Spirit's voice--Your truth only. And to anyone else may we be dissolved or will be deaf to.

Your thoughts,

Friday, November 17, 2023

Praying: 3 John: Prayers and Poetry


                Silent words

                Prayer words

                Sharing words

                Purpose words

                Sound words

                Powerful words

                Spirit's words our light and foundation.

Psalm 107:35: "He changes a wilderness into a pool of water, And a dry land into springs of water." 

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Reflection: Words: 3 John: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

        1. In what ways have fellow believers given love in truth when needed?

        2. How have gifts of prayers from others, when in deep difficulties, carried you through with peace?

        3. When has the Spirit given you words of grace to walk alongside someone in need?

Share: What gift of truth through prayer brought a deeper insight into your praying to become an ongoing walk?

Monday, November 13, 2023

Words: 3 John: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: 3rd John:1-2: "The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth. Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers."


Thank-you for Your prayers Lord--to give to us and so teach us and to understand this blessing.

To nudge us to pray for others and to feel their prayers for us.

To listen to Your words and pray for others as You lead us.

To give us silent words, compassion words, share words. Spirit words guiding through to us for whatever the situation or the purpose is.

Please keep teaching us to pray only Your truth.

Your thoughts,

Friday, November 10, 2023

Voice: 2 John: Prayers and Poetry


                When lies attack

                we have truth and support

                with guidance and prayer so the

                weakening can be silenced.

                Words from His voice will be

                written into our hearts and souls and

                with an honest foundation given

                we chose His strength

                when we trust His words first.

                Our strong obedience to Him alone.

Psalm 107: 34: "A fruitful land into a salt waste, Because of the wickedness of those who dwell in it?

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Reflection: Speaking: 2 John: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

        1. Have you faltered into lies because of twisted words? How did you turn away? 

        2. When have you experienced a silent attack of lies? How did you resist or restore?

        3. How do you now first listen for His voice and words to be your foundation?

Share: What warnings can you give to another when you see them being lied to?

Monday, November 6, 2023

Speaking: 2 John: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: 2nd John:11-13: "for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds. Having many things to write to you, I do not want to do so with paper and ink; but I hope to come to you and speak face to face, that your joy may be made full. The children of your chosen sister greet you." 


Too often we still falter as to when to say yes or no--even when we pray.

Perhaps we are not aware of a silent attack, or our mind is weak to grasp the ideas. And so we turn from Your voice.

Please teach us how to hear only Your voice and words: spoken or written. To be our only foundation so that we participate only as You lead.

We ask to become strong in obedience to You alone.

Your thoughts,

Friday, November 3, 2023

Cornerstone: 2 John: Prayers and Poetry


                His teaching
                our foundation
                to protect from
                false copycats
                seeking to feed lies.

                But cannot enter into
                our hearts and thoughts
                when we daily hold
                to His Spirit's words
                to listen and walk.

                Into blessed relationships
                abiding truth always.

Psalm 107:33: "He changes rivers into a wilderness, And springs of water into a thirsty ground."

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Reflection: Foundation: 2 John: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

        1. Do you consider yourself abiding daily in Christ's teaching? Why or why not? 

        2. What teaching foundation from God keeps you listening to His words and walking in relationship with Him?

        3. How do you hold fast to His foundation and words and truth in ALL circumstances to recognize false teachings from others?

Share: "Let me speak a word of peace that Jesus brings in me." How would you share this with another person seeking His truth?

Monday, October 30, 2023

Foundation: 2 John: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: 2nd John:9-10: "Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting.


Your foundation--Your words--Your truth--Your life never falters.

Thank you Lord for caring and protecting us in all situations. 

May we keep listening to Your words and be able to recognize false copycats before we even listen to them.

Thank you for the gift of Your Holy Spirit to daily offer truth for us to listen and walk in holy relationship.

Your thoughts,

Friday, October 27, 2023

Guards: 2 John: Prayers and Poetry


                So caught up in busy

                lives can often become

                seeds for

                doubts or failures

                looking to pull us from

                silence that is our foundation

                lies attempted to deceive instead.

                Spirit always standing guard

                Listen for His words only

                So wrapped in protection and truth.

Psalm 107:32: "Let them extol Him also in the congregation of the people, And praise Him at the seat of the elders."


Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Reflection: Shielding: 2 John: Prayers and Poetry

Reading Questions

        1. What circumstances has brought doubts or confusion or failure to you? Fatigue? Worry? 

        2. How do you keep your heart and thoughts and actions attached to Him when you recognize hints of deceit or lies attacking you?

        3. How do you not let go of His truth in all circumstances? Do you have a special prayer word?

Share: How do you wait in silent trust when confusion arises trying to twist His truth?

Monday, October 23, 2023

Shielding: 2 John: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: 2nd John:7-8: "For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch yourselves, that you might not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward."


Too often fatigue and worries take root in us and quietly then grow into doubts or confusion or failures.

We need to keep our hearts and thoughts and actions attached to You only, Lord, so that even when in unawareness we will not let go of Your truth in any way.

May we remember to keep praying. Remembering You will hear us.

May we keep waiting in silence and trust when confusion arises.

Your thoughts,

Friday, October 20, 2023

Walking: 2 John: Prayers and Poetry


                This commandment so often
                Twisted into personal shapes

                Yet He continues to offer
                Yield into His compassion

                Love that grows into truth
                Living into hearts to trust

                All strong foundation this gift
                Always walking with us step by step.

Psalm 107:31: "Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, And for wonders to the sons of men!"


Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Reflection: Paths: 2 John: Prayers and Poetry

 Reading Questions

        1. How do you interpret to walk in His commandments?

        2. Have you seen, or been, the victim of those who have misused His commandments for their own purpose? What did it do to your faith?

        3. How do you define to 'love one another' with those you know and those who are strangers?

Share: How do you "walk in it" now? With what path of kindness?

Monday, October 16, 2023

Paths: 2 John: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: 2nd John:4-6: "I was very glad to see some of your children walking in truth, just as we have received commandment to do from the Father. And now I ask you lady, not as writing to you a new commandment, but the one which we have had from the beginning, that we love one another. And this is love that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it."


Too often we forget the foundation You have given to us to live and to share.

To hold to Your truth.

To walk in Your path.

To follow Your words.

To love one another.

 To act in kindness and trust.

All according to Your commandments. Please keep all our steps in You.

Your thoughts,

Friday, October 13, 2023

Devotion: 2 John: Prayers ans Poetry


                Truthful Love 

                Abiding Love

                Graceful Love

                Merciful Love

                Peaceful Love

                Forever Love

                Wisdom Love

                Wrapped moment by moment by His presence.
                Wrapped in His life for eternity.

                Will we accept this costly gift He offers? 

Psalm 107: 30: "Then they were glad because then they were quiet; So He guided them to their desired haven."

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Reflection: Beloved: 2 John: Prayers and Poetry

 Reflection Questions

        1. How often do you recognize the Lord's presence--just because? By truth? By love? By...?

        2. How do you feel wrapped up in His grace?

        3. How do you realize He has already filled you with His peace when in difficult situations?

Share: What are some words you would give others to understand the gift of following His path?

Monday, October 9, 2023

Beloved: 2 John: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: 2nd John:1-3: " The elder to the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in truth; and not only I, but also all who know the truth, for the sake of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever: Grace, mercy and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love." 


Too often we do not give thankfulness for Your ongoing presence guiding us in truth, wrapping us in Your grace.

Giving daily mercy and peace no matter what the circumstances  of our weakness or strength. 

Lord, please keep us filled with Your words and paths as You lead each of us with Your wisdom within us and through us to others too.

Your thoughts,

Friday, October 6, 2023

Enticed: 1 John: Prayers and Poetry


                Evil manipulates through
                lies often seeming an
                opportunity or purpose attack
                twisting ideas as in
                the garden to ignore
                truth as unnecessary
                to pursue.

                Every moment the Spirit
                stands ready to protect us
                yet too often
                we do not ask or
                seek advice for something
                that seems so mild
                yet He will guard
                and give understanding in 
                truth always when we listen.

Psalm 107:29: "He caused the storm to be still, So that the waves of the sea were hushed."

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Reflections: Idols: 1 John: prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

        1. Have you been caught up in a situation that was an idol? What kind? 

        2. How did you realize the hidden lies?

        3. In what way did it damage your faith?

        4. How did the Lord bring healing to you?

Share: What warning can you pass on to others to someone who is being enticed?
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