I wrote this Christian devotional poem this week in response to conversations I had this week with some dear sisters in Christ. The time frame of this poem covers decades of my own life of being strongly challenged (disciplined) by God to trust Him with my unsaved family members and friends. This poem is written in a general dialogue style between God and us, his precious children. Beverley Joy.
I’m speaking from experience
When your marriage is challenging
You’ve said ”We need help”
But your spouse won’t hear of it.
The loss of connection with a spouse or a child
That has disengaged and won’t communicate
The joy of that relationship
Crumbled in pieces at your feet.
The loss of a marriage that started in deep love
But over the decades has faded and gone
Pride and sin have poisoned through
The tender love you both once knew.
Loosen the tight grip of your will for them
Hoping they will change and stop how they behave
A yearning that they will return to you
The love you give so earnestly.
Letting go leaves a hole in your heart
It exposes the truth of your relationship
That you can no longer avoid
You must accept you cannot change them.
When your faith show in how you behave
They distance themselves from you
Your communication is strained
They can’t relate to your new faith.
You’ve lived for years in the hope
That you will win them over
That your life will be a beacon
That shines brightly to save them.
But then, it becomes obvious
That God’s plan, and yours, are not the same
“But wouldn’t I be the perfect choice
To ‘win’ them over to you, LORD?”
God says “No, your turn is over
It’s time for you to entrust them to me
I’m the one who saves
You’re the one who prays.”
“It’s time for you to learn to pray
In joyful hope and anticipate
Praising me in thankful trust
That My will is done, in My timing and way.”
Loosen your stranglehold on them
Stop quoting scripture to save them
Pointing your finger at their sin
Drumming your fingers, impatient for change.
You’re the one who needs to change
It’s time for you to go to My school
Open your Bible and study it deeply.
Day in day out focus on Me
Build your knowledge of My personality
The great I AM, the King of all kings
The Almighty God is recorded in history.
“I am love, I am just
I forgive, I draw near
I transform hearts of stone
I AM the one who saves nations.
I parted the mighty sea
I saved millions in history
I destroyed their enemies
Right before their very eyes.
I crumbled to dust the mighty fortresses
I built cities of splendour and wealth
And I build up my people on earth.
Get down on your knees
And focus on Me
Pray and read until you see
I love your spouse, your family
More than you have loved them
I love you more than you have loved Me
That’s why you need to focus on Me.
I’ve left you a story in the Bible
Of Leah, the unloved wife of Jacob
She tried for many years to win his love
Then she turned and drew from Me
The love she desperately needed.
Human love cannot satisfy the deep wounds of humankind
Only My love, My peace, can soothe and heal
The raw wounds that your heart bleeds.
My love and grace IS the soothing balm
Let Me hold your wounded heart in My palms
Let Me touch it, let My mercy cleanse.
Cleanse away the dirt and sin
Of your past, that has caused bad memories
Let Me shine so bright in your life
‘Til there’s no spot where darkness hides.
Sit with Me at the well
Drink My living water
Feel the cool breeze of My Spirit
Flows through your mind to cleanse it.
I hold the whole world in My hands
And in there, I hold your spouse and child
Come to Me with your heavy burden
And rest in My arms that have forgiven.
I want you to spend lots of time with Me
Build deep knowledge of Me
So you can rest in My joy and peace
Which passes human understanding.
Serve your loved ones resting in My peace
Your love for them reflects your love for Me
Let My joy and love flow to them through you
And draw on Me for the love you need.
Beverley Joy © 2021of Simply Story Poetry
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