Monthly Archives: September 2014

Filled with Joy

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Filled with Joy

Truth in my inner being,
This is my desire,
This is my aim.

Cause me to know Truth
Fully from the very center
Of my heart and soul.

Force all lies and doubt to
Be thrusted to the surface,
Removed and replaced by Truth.

Cleanse me of my sin
– secret and known.
Wash me thoroughly.

Let the broken places
Be infused with healing
That I may pour forth praise.

Grant me a heart that is
Both willing and pure
Ever filled with Your joy.

~ Laurie Pontious-Andrews

Psalms 51:6-12 – Prayer/Promise

Behold, You desire truth in the inner being; make me therefore to know wisdom in my inmost heart. Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean [ceremonially]; wash me, and I shall [in reality] be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness and be satisfied; let the bones which You have broken rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my guilt and iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit.

Your Love Never Quits

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My Paraphrase
Psalm 136

​Thank You, Daddy!
You deserve all my thanks.
Your love never quits.

Thank You God of all gods,
Your love never quits.

Thank You Lord of all lords.
Your love never quits.

Thank You miracle-working God,
Your love never quits.

Daddy, Your skill
formed the cosmos,
Your love never quits.

Daddy, You laid out earth
on ocean foundations,
Your love never quits.

Daddy, You filled the skies with light,
Your love never quits.

The sun to watch over the day,
Your love never quits.

Moon and stars
as guardians of the night,
Your love never quits.

Daddy, You struck down
the Egyptian firstborn,
Your love never quits.

And rescued Israel
from Egypt’s oppression,
Your love never quits.

Took Israel in hand
with Your powerful hand,
Your love never quits.

Split the Red Sea right in half,
Your love never quits.

Led Israel right through the middle,
Your love never quits.

Dumped Pharaoh
and his army in the sea,
Your love never quits.

Daddy, You marched
Your people through the desert,
Your love never quits.

Smashed huge kingdoms
right and left,
Your love never quits.

Struck down the famous kings,
Your love never quits.

Struck Sihon the Amorite king,
Your love never quits.

Struck Og the Bashanite king,
Your love never quits.

Then distributed their land as booty,
Your love never quits.

Handed the land over to Israel.
Your love never quits.

Daddy, You remember me
when I am down,
Your love never quits.

Rescue me from the trampling boot,
Your love never quits.

Take care of me in time of need.
Your love never quits.

Thank You, Daddy, You did it all!
Your love never quits.

Safe With You

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Safe With You

You are greater than my heart.
You are greater than my shame.
You are greater than my guilt.

You are greater than the words
Of condemnation that flood my mind.
You are greater than my reproach.

I am safe with You.

You know everything about me.
You are intimately acquainted
With my comings and goings.

You know my hidden pain.
You know my dreams.
You know my sorrows.

I am safe with You.

I can rest quietly
In Your loving embrace
Knowing You love me.

Your desire is to restore me.
Your desire is to cleanse me.
Your desire is to heal me.

I am safe with You – always.

~ Laurie Pontious-Andrews

Isaiah 54:4 – Prayer/Promise

Fear not, for you shall not be ashamed; neither be confounded and depressed, for you shall not be put to shame. For you shall forget the shame of your youth, and you shall not [seriously] remember the reproach of your widowhood any more.

1 John 3:19-20 – Prayer/Promise

By this we shall come to know (perceive, recognize, and understand) that we are of the Truth, and can reassure (quiet, conciliate, and pacify) our hearts in His presence, Whenever our hearts in [tormenting] self-accusation make us feel guilty and condemn us. [For we are in God’s hands.] For He is above and greater than our consciences (our hearts), and He knows (perceives and understands) everything [nothing is hidden from Him].

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Moving In Intimate Communion

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Moving In Intimate Communion

As I slowly hobble toward You –
Toward all that You are –
Grant me straightened paths.

For I am weak and weary.
My feet are crooked and pained.
My joints are maimed and injured.

I am bowed low and bent over
From the sheer weight
Of my burden and misery.

But You have enveloped me
In Your Grace, Mercy and Love.
I am safe, warm, and protected.

This path has been prepared
For me by Your very own Hand
From before the beginning of time.

Every difficult cautious step I take
Results in a little more healing,
A little more strengthening.

I move in intimate communion
Ever closer to Your Heart
A little deeper into all You are.

Empower my weak and feeble knees.
Grant me all I need to keep moving
Ever forward toward You.

~ Laurie Pontious-Andrews

Hebrews 12:12-13 – Prayer

So then, brace up and reinvigorate and set right your slackened and weakened and drooping hands and strengthen your feeble and palsied and tottering knees, And cut through and make firm and plain and smooth, straight paths for your feet [yes, make them safe and upright and happy paths that go in the right direction], so that the lame and halting [limbs] may not be put out of joint, but rather may be cured.

No More the Super Hero

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I’m so happy that Over-Responsible People Pleasing Perfectionist Workaholic Rescuing Co-Dependent Enabling Super Hero Laurie removed her cape 3 1/2 years ago.

Galatians 3:2-3

Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God’s Message to you? Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. If you weren’t smart enough or strong enough to begin it, how do you suppose you could perfect it?

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Holding Nothing Back

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Holding Nothing Back

An honest heart before You.
An open heart before You.
An undivided heart before You.
A cleansed heart before You.
An emptied heart before You.

Help me to reside in this place.

Help me to stop hiding.

Help me to stop leaning on things –
empty, dead things – instead of You.

I feel Your nudge.
Help me to yield
And not hold back.

Forgive me my anger,
vanity, and pride.
They are so ugly and vile.
They are repugnant to me.

I declare my heart is safe with You.

~ Laurie Pontious-Andrews

Psalms 32:2b – Prayer/Promise

God holds nothing against you and you’re holding nothing back from him.