Beyond the Rain — your turn, Cecil Billingsley

We’ve been looking at John 14:1, and seeing that we should not let our hearts be troubled but should trust in Jesus. Here’s a devotional poem from Christ-follower Cecil Billingsley seeing the same. It’s called “Beyond the Rain.”

My emotions fall like rain.
Each drop, a bitter memory,
rolls gently off my mind
and soaks into my heart.

Soon the river rushes over
its ever-shifting banks
and floods my home.
I have no place to go.
The river bridge is out,
and peace is on the other side.

I know the sun still shines;
it’s these clouds that blind.
If I listen and trust, I can
hear the silence beyond the wind
and feel the peace beyond the pain
and see the sun beyond the rain.

Devotional poem © 2016 Cecil Billingsley. Used with permission.

 
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My Friends, I Met Jesus! — your turn, Robby Cekander

We’ve been looking at John 3:16, and seeing that whoever trusts in Jesus shall not perish but have eternal life. Here’s a devotional poem from Christ-follower Robby Cekander seeing the same. It’s called “My Friends, I Met Jesus!”

I had
no future,
but now I have hope.

I was in
a maze of sin,
but now I have hope.

I still
have pain,
but now I have hope.

My friends,
I met Jesus!
I gave my days,
and sin,
and pain,
to Him!

And
now that I
have stopped
running from hope,
I have hope.

Devotional poem © 2016 Robby Cekander. Used with permission.

 
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Shifting My Gaze — your turn, Kim Adornetto

We’ve been looking at John 16:33, and seeing that while in this world we will have trouble, Jesus has overcome the world. Here’s a devotional poem from Christ-follower Kim Adornetto seeing the same. It’s called “Shifting My Gaze.”

Stuck . . .
in the downward spiral
of digital dung —
sucked under by
streaming, screaming headlines
horrific with murder and mayhem.

Escaping . . .
into a virtual reality
of vaporous creatures —
where there is no winning,
only wasting time
away from the terrible.

Hopeless . . .
until He shifts my gaze
away from the vile and the virtual
to where He stands victorious —
unstained, undaunted, undefeated,
full of good cheer.

Hoping . . .
to hear my Lord Jesus
once more whisper in my ear,
“I have overcome the world,”
and have Him shift my gaze
from phantom folly to coming glory.

Devotional poem © 2016 Kim Adornetto. Used with permission.

 
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Looking for My Hope — your turn, Rena Himick

We’ve been looking at Psalm 130:7, and seeing that we must put our hope in the Lord. Here’s a devotional poem from Christ-follower Rena Himick seeing the same. It’s called “Looking for My Hope.”

Not in my car,
not in my house,
not at the bank —
my hope’s not there.

Not with my friends,
not in my church,
not in love —
my hope’s not there.

Not in myself,
though there I look
a very long time —
my hope’s not there.

I’ve looked and looked
and now I know:
my hope’s in Him
who brought me here.

My Savior holds
my hope secure:
Jesus, King, is
Keeper of My Hope!

Devotional poem © 2016 Rena Himick. Used with permission.

 
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In the Father’s Holy Family — your turn, Rena Himick

We’ve been looking at 1 Peter 1:15, and seeing that just as the Father who called us is holy, so we should be holy in all we do. Here’s a devotional poem from Christ-follower Rena Himick seeing the same. It’s called “In the Father’s Holy Family.”

Adopted! I’ve been adopted!
I was a runaway,
a ragamuffin in
an orphanage of sin.
But now through Christ Jesus,
my hero, king, and kin,
my Father brings me home again!

Family! His family forever!
Not pridefully alone,
walking, weeping, sleeping,
on squalid streets of self.
Through my brother Jesus,
I am my Father’s child
and have His Kingdom for a home.

Family! His family forever!
Taught day by gracious day
the Father’s family way:
His holy truth above,
His holy life of love,
His reborn child set free
to bear the family resemblance.

Devotional poem © 2016 Rena Himick. Used with permission.

 
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Reaching for Holiness — your turn, Rena Himick

We’ve been looking at Hebrews 12:14, and seeing that without holiness no one will see the Lord. Here’s a devotional poem from Christ-follower Rena Himick seeing the same. It’s called “Reaching for Holiness.”

Father, your will
is for me
to be holy —
holiness is
what I need
to live free.

Jesus,
make me holy
so I can
experience
the Father.

Without holiness,
no one can
see you, Lord —
see you
in me.

Surely I fall short
of any holiness at all.
But with your Spirit
deep within,
I can reach
and not fall.

Devotional poem © 2016 Rena Himick. Used with permission.

 
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