Just a little poem wot I wrote

How’s Lent going?

I’m giving up on church!


I’ve had me pancakes and treacle
And now it’s lent
What am I going to give up?
Deny my self, self sacrifice?
something that would make me sweat ?
Help me concentrate my mind,
After long hard think and cognition
Ive decided to give up on church!

No more fair trade coffee
Committees, cleaning Rotas ... for me...
No more liturgical chants
festivals, craft sales or
Afternoon teas!

I’m going to concentrate on Jesus
And the cross...
forgiven sin,
Eternity in heaven,
Singing a new song...

I’m going to break free
From what ties me
From sharing
The word of God...
Start living the new life
Jesus gave me,
Right here,
Right now

I’m going to be a voice in the wilderness
A light in a dark room,
I’m going to be a sunbeam for Jesus
In 2022,

Mmmmm

I wonder if I can last 40 days And nights
to finish this fast...
looking forward to Easter Eggs
Easter bunnies,
Simnel cake ,
Hot Cross Buns!
 
How’s Lent going?

I’m giving up on church!


I’ve had me pancakes and treacle
And now it’s lent
What am I going to give up?
Deny my self, self sacrifice?
something that would make me sweat ?
Help me concentrate my mind,
After long hard think and cognition
Ive decided to give up on church!

No more fair trade coffee
Committees, cleaning Rotas ... for me...
No more liturgical chants
festivals, craft sales or
Afternoon teas!

I’m going to concentrate on Jesus
And the cross...
forgiven sin,
Eternity in heaven,
Singing a new song...

I’m going to break free
From what ties me
From sharing
The word of God...
Start living the new life
Jesus gave me,
Right here,
Right now

I’m going to be a voice in the wilderness
A light in a dark room,
I’m going to be a sunbeam for Jesus
In 2022,

Mmmmm

I wonder if I can last 40 days And nights
to finish this fast...
looking forward to Easter Eggs
Easter bunnies,
Simnel cake ,
Hot Cross Buns!
Sounds to me like you exchanged religion for spirituality. That's great!
Jesus is the only way.
 
Come on!
(A modern day war cry

No point in wearing yourself out
On the treadmill of prayer
When you don’t believe
Jesus will do what you ask.

No point in praying halfheartedly
Just in case
He doesn’t answer your prayer...

Don’t bother praying
‘If it’s your will’
But pray
‘Your will be done!’

COME ON!

Start to believe
Battle on your knees
Start to see the vision
God has got for this place!
Start to believe
God is moving
Throughout this land
And not passing us by

Expect to see mountains move
Into the sea...
Flames leaping out from burning bushes
That don’t burn...

Let the flames burn in our hearts
Doing Prayer battles
In the heavenly realm!

COME ON!

Put on the full armour of God
The battle still rages on
The victory,
Gods already won!

In Jesus name
Get on your knees
Mean what you say
Say what you mean

Become Gods prayer warrior
Let your prayers be,
Yea, and amen!
Answer the call
Expect the unexpected
As God reveals His plan

Are you ready,
For the twenty first century
Way of doing church
Are you up for the challenge?

Well then shout...

Yea and Amen
 

CPerkins

Senior Moderator
Staff member
Senior Moderator
Come on!
(A modern day war cry

No point in wearing yourself out
On the treadmill of prayer
When you don’t believe
Jesus will do what you ask.

No point in praying halfheartedly
Just in case
He doesn’t answer your prayer...

Don’t bother praying
‘If it’s your will’
But pray
‘Your will be done!’

COME ON!

Start to believe
Battle on your knees
Start to see the vision
God has got for this place!
Start to believe
God is moving
Throughout this land
And not passing us by

Expect to see mountains move
Into the sea...
Flames leaping out from burning bushes
That don’t burn...

Let the flames burn in our hearts
Doing Prayer battles
In the heavenly realm!

COME ON!

Put on the full armour of God
The battle still rages on
The victory,
Gods already won!

In Jesus name
Get on your knees
Mean what you say
Say what you mean

Become Gods prayer warrior
Let your prayers be,
Yea, and amen!
Answer the call
Expect the unexpected
As God reveals His plan

Are you ready,
For the twenty first century
Way of doing church
Are you up for the challenge?

Well then shout...

Yea and Amen

I love that you weaved faith into prayer. Without praying with faith, trusting God our prayers really are meaningless.

cp
 
Just one more poem this week...


Er, God can I Ask a Question ?

Hope you don’t mind me asking
What you were thinking about
When you created
The two toed sloth?
Hanging upside down in trees
Doing nothing but sleep


And while we’re on the subject
I know you created everything,
The sky, the sea
Hills and vales
Everything that flies
And walks the land.
So while you were creating
The beast of the field and birds of the air...
The duck billed platypus
What’s that all about?

Did you have spare parts left?
Lost concentration
Or were you just having a laugh..
Or did the elephant stand on their bills
Before they were set fast

And what did you class them as
A beast of the field,
A fish
Or birds of the air...
Were you experimenting?
With a cross over betwixt
Beast and Birds

Just realised...

while I was pondering
about all this
I spent an hour talking to you...
went onto to talk
Of other things..
How your creation was made...
Of How much you loved me,
How good it is to be
A child of God...
And then we talked
Of other personal things
Not for discussion here...

Then I realised

So,

Maybe God
You hadn’t lost the plot
after all...
Creating the duck billed platypus the way you did
Maybe they were designed
As a talking point?
So I would spend time
Sharing
With my God?
I don’t know why
One thing for sure
It worked on me!
 
Just one more poem this week...


Er, God can I Ask a Question ?

Hope you don’t mind me asking
What you were thinking about
When you created
The two toed sloth?
Hanging upside down in trees
Doing nothing but sleep


And while we’re on the subject
I know you created everything,
The sky, the sea
Hills and vales
Everything that flies
And walks the land.
So while you were creating
The beast of the field and birds of the air...
The duck billed platypus
What’s that all about?

Did you have spare parts left?
Lost concentration
Or were you just having a laugh..
Or did the elephant stand on their bills
Before they were set fast

And what did you class them as
A beast of the field,
A fish
Or birds of the air...
Were you experimenting?
With a cross over betwixt
Beast and Birds

Just realised...

while I was pondering
about all this
I spent an hour talking to you...
went onto to talk
Of other things..
How your creation was made...
Of How much you loved me,
How good it is to be
A child of God...
And then we talked
Of other personal things
Not for discussion here...

Then I realised

So,

Maybe God
You hadn’t lost the plot
after all...
Creating the duck billed platypus the way you did
Maybe they were designed
As a talking point?
So I would spend time
Sharing
With my God?
I don’t know why
One thing for sure
It worked on me!
What a sweet conversation you had with God.
It's kind of like a trusting child incessantly asking,
"why, why, why, what's that". Love it!
 

CPerkins

Senior Moderator
Staff member
Senior Moderator
Just one more poem this week...


Er, God can I Ask a Question ?

Hope you don’t mind me asking
What you were thinking about
When you created
The two toed sloth?
Hanging upside down in trees
Doing nothing but sleep


And while we’re on the subject
I know you created everything,
The sky, the sea
Hills and vales
Everything that flies
And walks the land.
So while you were creating
The beast of the field and birds of the air...
The duck billed platypus
What’s that all about?

Did you have spare parts left?
Lost concentration
Or were you just having a laugh..
Or did the elephant stand on their bills
Before they were set fast

And what did you class them as
A beast of the field,
A fish
Or birds of the air...
Were you experimenting?
With a cross over betwixt
Beast and Birds

Just realised...

while I was pondering
about all this
I spent an hour talking to you...
went onto to talk
Of other things..
How your creation was made...
Of How much you loved me,
How good it is to be
A child of God...
And then we talked
Of other personal things
Not for discussion here...

Then I realised

So,

Maybe God
You hadn’t lost the plot
after all...
Creating the duck billed platypus the way you did
Maybe they were designed
As a talking point?
So I would spend time
Sharing
With my God?
I don’t know why
One thing for sure
It worked on me!

A wonderful poem and conversation with God.
 
Ouch that hurt! Had to do some time on my knees after writing this!!!!


I had one of them discussions
(Put your phone down and listen!)

I had one of them discussions
With God, last week,
You know the one when He wakes you up
At three a.m. on the dot...
Just To make sure He has your full and undivided attention...
Real good..
I should have just listened,
and kept my mouth shut!
Not justify my position,
try to explain...
To ram the point home
He had a videotape,
To make it easier to ram His point home!

“Oh Alan... wake up, listen , I’ve got something you need to hear”
Er , Oh it’s you God
Do you want a word with me?
“How much time do you spend,
going to the gym?”
In the middle of the night,
you ask me that?
I thought you were omnipotent
And already knew ...
But desperate to get back to sleep,
I played along...
Let’s see, ninety minutes three times a week?
If my sums are right
That makes... four and a half hours?
And of that time you spend forty five minutes just on the rowing machine!
If He already knew, why did He ask?
Does He know it’s three fifteen In the morn?
Then, came the body blow
When God pointed out...
That’s thirty minutes more time...
than you spent
In the quiet, one on one with Me

He then went on to show me
Some more uncomfortable facts
How much time I spent watching T.V. Reading a novel?
Doing the crossword,
or just fiddling with my mobile phone?
didn’t manage to finishing totting up... before He said...
“You sit for hours
Fiddling with your phone,
But can’t put time aside for me?”

You’ve been to church three times, last week.
Sunday service , prayer meeting and on Saturday
that special praise service
With refreshments afterwards...
When toting up,
Do you realise ?
You Spent more time drinking coffee
Than you spent, one to one with Me!

He then showed me a video, fast forward...
moment by moment
everything I did last month.
Every thing was there,
Just as I remembered,
Including time...Spent on my knees...



You spent time with your granddaughter...
Now He’s is getting too close to home...
You made tea and when you sat down
She said “come on grandpa, hold hands“
Then she recited this little prayer,
I didn’t understand a word...
Diolch Iesu am ein bwyd. Amen
The language, God said, doesn’t matter
I speak Welsh!
But did you know she has spent
More time thanking Me for her food
Than you did .... well, let’s not go there.

“I’m desperate for you to sit down”
He said,
“I’m desperate for you to hear... “
“On the whole, Well done, You did good,
On the whole I’m well pleased!”

Don’t think your wife is getting away,
Scot free...
I’ll be having words with her
Watch this space!
She may interrupt , finish what your saying,
listen with only one ear...
She may get away with that with you..
But she’ll not get away with that with Me!
Good luck with that,
You must be God
if you’re going to point that one out!

But getting back to what you’re saying
I desperate to get back to sleep,
I’ve work in the morning and got to get up at six!
“I’ve not finished yet
He interrupted...
don’t think you really understand
just how bad it’s got!”
As a father you should be setting an example
let’s just have look at your kids...


How much time do you think they spend... on their Mobile phones?
Ah! not going to fall that one again
I don’t need to do the maths
He’s already worked the figures out,
He’s got all the numbers to hand...
How much time do you think they spend
On Snapchat, face book, Tik Tok,
texting friends?
Did you know They spent more time updating their profiles
Than they did... sat at my feet?

This one sided dissertation went on and on.
I’ll not bother you
with chapter and verse,
But suffice to say
I got the point...
God, He didn’t mince His words!
I can sum it up in just two lines,
“shut up, sit down, put your phone on silent,

LISTEN!...

I’ve got something to say”
 
Ouch that hurt! Had to do some time on my knees after writing this!!!!


I had one of them discussions
(Put your phone down and listen!)

I had one of them discussions
With God, last week,
You know the one when He wakes you up
At three a.m. on the dot...
Just To make sure He has your full and undivided attention...
Real good..
I should have just listened,
and kept my mouth shut!
Not justify my position,
try to explain...
To ram the point home
He had a videotape,
To make it easier to ram His point home!

“Oh Alan... wake up, listen , I’ve got something you need to hear”
Er , Oh it’s you God
Do you want a word with me?
“How much time do you spend,
going to the gym?”
In the middle of the night,
you ask me that?
I thought you were omnipotent
And already knew ...
But desperate to get back to sleep,
I played along...
Let’s see, ninety minutes three times a week?
If my sums are right
That makes... four and a half hours?
And of that time you spend forty five minutes just on the rowing machine!
If He already knew, why did He ask?
Does He know it’s three fifteen In the morn?
Then, came the body blow
When God pointed out...
That’s thirty minutes more time...
than you spent
In the quiet, one on one with Me

He then went on to show me
Some more uncomfortable facts
How much time I spent watching T.V. Reading a novel?
Doing the crossword,
or just fiddling with my mobile phone?
didn’t manage to finishing totting up... before He said...
“You sit for hours
Fiddling with your phone,
But can’t put time aside for me?”

You’ve been to church three times, last week.
Sunday service , prayer meeting and on Saturday
that special praise service
With refreshments afterwards...
When toting up,
Do you realise ?
You Spent more time drinking coffee
Than you spent, one to one with Me!

He then showed me a video, fast forward...
moment by moment
everything I did last month.
Every thing was there,
Just as I remembered,
Including time...Spent on my knees...



You spent time with your granddaughter...
Now He’s is getting too close to home...
You made tea and when you sat down
She said “come on grandpa, hold hands“
Then she recited this little prayer,
I didn’t understand a word...
Diolch Iesu am ein bwyd. Amen
The language, God said, doesn’t matter
I speak Welsh!
But did you know she has spent
More time thanking Me for her food
Than you did .... well, let’s not go there.

“I’m desperate for you to sit down”
He said,
“I’m desperate for you to hear... “
“On the whole, Well done, You did good,
On the whole I’m well pleased!”

Don’t think your wife is getting away,
Scot free...
I’ll be having words with her
Watch this space!
She may interrupt , finish what your saying,
listen with only one ear...
She may get away with that with you..
But she’ll not get away with that with Me!
Good luck with that,
You must be God
if you’re going to point that one out!

But getting back to what you’re saying
I desperate to get back to sleep,
I’ve work in the morning and got to get up at six!
“I’ve not finished yet
He interrupted...
don’t think you really understand
just how bad it’s got!”
As a father you should be setting an example
let’s just have look at your kids...


How much time do you think they spend... on their Mobile phones?
Ah! not going to fall that one again
I don’t need to do the maths
He’s already worked the figures out,
He’s got all the numbers to hand...
How much time do you think they spend
On Snapchat, face book, Tik Tok,
texting friends?
Did you know They spent more time updating their profiles
Than they did... sat at my feet?

This one sided dissertation went on and on.
I’ll not bother you
with chapter and verse,
But suffice to say
I got the point...
God, He didn’t mince His words!
I can sum it up in just two lines,
“shut up, sit down, put your phone on silent,

LISTEN!...

I’ve got something to say”
Wow, I bet that did hurt. It made me think about the time
and quality of our visits with Him each day. If He isn't our
focus then He isn't our focus. Thank you for sharing this, Alan.
 

Garee

Account Closed
One I penned a while back when looking at the backside of God.

Wilderness love.(the backside of God.)

In the dawning of your love... this day thou hasprepared breaks forth anew. . the fast is
surely broken, as I awake my hunger turns towards you.

Now looking for your precious love, it awakens me and me finds me waiting here.... . Filling
my cup to overflowing. . this is your love for sure, leading us to where we are going.

Your love has so awakened me, as it has desired so, this cannot be mistaken where your
love leads me, I will surely go.

Looking in hopeful anticipation the gate swings open to this day anew, and in humble
adoration we follow, as your lamp unto our feet............ leads us through.

Step by step we follow your path as the light of your word guides our hearts from above, marveling at the fact for our trespass you did pay, But why?

Walking with joy towards your mansion, we pause to drink from your living water of delight.This raises our hope like putting on armor; we are strengthened by the authority of your might.

Times along this journey are sometimes rough we know, a stone of a false gospel may cause us to stumble, and that dark valley, so, so far......... below.

We sometimes feel overshadowed, falling far behind. In this dark and dreary valley, how much
longer.... echoes in our mind?

Suddenly lifted high in visions of rapture upon the solid Rock of Christ, we stand. We look in anticipation for you to speak a word.... but we find we can only sigh. We ask that we might see your face, we ask.... . please do not deny.

Suddenly we find ourselves in a cleft of a Rock, as the place we firmly stand. Could this be the answer of seeking your face.. your gracious and loving reply?

The cloud of your presence now veils the light as your glory passes by, blinded by this wonderful grace. Suddenly your veil now is lifted high.

Sounds of battle we faintly hear, as we look our vision still blurry and marred. You are the victor of our faith, our Holy shield, and our rear guard.

Us stragglers and strays you left not behind, but in love said follow me.. By this love you made the victory sure, by your blood you set us free.

Such unfailing love that rescues those you bought, such love that knows no end. We thank you Jesus for being our Savior, and also for being our loving
friend.
 
Can’t remember what it was they said but my mind wandered in the prayer meeting tonight and I penned this



Square pegs into round holes

God doesn’t put square pegs into round holes
He has a perfect shaped place for you
He made you perfect
The right number of feet, Noses,
Eyes all in the right place
Three ears would be confusing
Which ones would you hang your glasses on?
He knows what size your feet are
You won’t rattle around in odd size shoes
Or Need a belt to keep your kecks up.
He doesn’t follow fashion
But you’ll always be dressed right...
He has welly boots and waterproofs
For the floods of life,
Climbing boots and crampons
To reach the mountains tops...
Armour of faith to protect you
When the enemy has a go...
Royal robes of crimson
Ready for the bridal feast
God doesn’t build with bananas
He places each stone
Is in its perfect place
I’m in danger of mixing my metaphors
Writing parables is not an easy job
Good job Jesus knows me
And knows what’s in my heart
 
Really got to stop scribbling and get on!
Sorry I forgot I’m retired
I can spare time to be and not do all the time!





Just a reminder...



Just a reminder
Points to remember
when you do zoom church!
Don’t forget to put your face on
Don’t forget to do your hair
Don’t forget to get the camera angle right...

Check the shelves behind you
Move what you don’t want to be seen
Put that latest book
You want to promote
In the middle so everyone can
Read the title on the spine...

If you only dress smart on the top half,
remember not to stand up...
If you are a preacher and have some profound to say,
Don’t lean forward unless you have clipped your nose hairs

Don’t forget to look in the mirror
Before you start
Nobody want to know what you had for breakfast dried upon your chin

Don’t forget to talk slowly, smile
Oh, and remember to put your teeth in

Remember who you are talking to
And they can hear every word
So make sure you have muted them
Before you make a personal aside...

But the most important thing to remember
Is God doesn't use zoom
He sees the whole room
And knows where you are really at!
 
For all those out there

For all those out there who would love to stand up and preach,
But don’t get the opportunity
cos that’s not your thing.
For all those out there who would love to be in the worship band,
But no one ever asked, if they could sing,
For all those out there who feel inadequate
when it comes to reading the bible, out loud,
For those who feel invisible when standing in a crowd...
For all those pew warmers who just turn up every week,
For those who don’t wait for coffee before making good their escape
For all those out there that just can’t bring, that bible verse to mind,
are worried if ‘Was I just dreaming o
or is it a word from God?’
For all those out there who don’t feel beautiful, Are nervous and afraid,
For all those out there who feel like a spare part.
For those that feel supernumerary when trying to help,
For those out there who don’t feel popular can’t tell jokes, Act cool, be one of the ‘in’ crowd... just look on

For all of those out there
For all of those..,

For all those out there who have more pity parties than celebrations with friends
Who would love to be acknowledged for the person who’s inside.
For those out there who join in with the church blogs
Then feel invisible when their blogs
don’t even get one like,
For those who sit silently when others pray out loud...
For those out there who feel rejected,
lonely don’t know where to turn...
For all of those out there that are crying in side
For all those out there who don’t know why they bother with church any more...
For all those out there desperate to belong,
longing to be welcomed
Not politely,
but as a special friend...
For all those out there
Just wanting to be loved...
For all those out there
On the verge of suicide
For all those out there,
It’s for you Jesus died

For all of those out there
For all of those

For all of you who are still there
In spite of how you feel...

For all of those out there...
For all of those
Jesus has a special place for you!
 
Congratulations you are the first to pick up on the date, in my mind I was thinking of all the times I set my mind with good intentions, have it all planned and at the last moment, loose my bottle and procrastinate
Alan, I certainly understand these frustrations expressed here.
You are not alone and You are very unique.
God is taking you on a journey. Just reach for Him through it all.
Don't put your hope in people because I will fail you and so will
they. Jesus, however, will love and teach you the whole way through.
He is teaching you something now but you can't let go of Him.
PM me if you need anything. You are not alone.
 
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