Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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As I have mentioned in Why This Blog?, my children that have written poetry are between the ages of eight and fifteen. I've uploaded their poems, which glorify God, in separate posts on this blog for you to enjoy.

I've called this blog "Verses to the King," which is based on the words of the psalmist that say, "To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah; a love song. My heart overflows with a pleasing theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe." (Psa 45:1).  

Beauty Unfading
My Letter to the King
The Midnight Hour
Preparation
The Time is Near
Make Your Bride Ready
Jesus is Risen
Give Your Life to Jesus
Out of His Love
In These Last Days
America, Turn Back to God
 Judgment of Babylon
 Marriage Feast
The Name of the Lord
The Man with the Master Plan
Faith Should Not Depend on Feeling
Take Me Away
Praise for Our King
God Will Meet You There
I'll Follow You
Worth My Praise
The Hunter and the Hunted
God Will Help Us
Nothing Will Separate
Safe
Call of the Missionary
I Learned to Fly
The Meaning of Life
The Noble Wife
So Much More
God is in Control
Perfect for the King
Feeling Your Love
A.S.K.
Going Through the Valley
Strangers
Like a Child
The Millennium
The Rider
Overflowing Blessings
Creator We Love
Use Your Talents
The Sheep and the Goats
You Are Faithful
All Creation Proclaims
When I Cross the Line
The Cost
Jesus, My Lover
The Glory of God
Without Love
When I Get to Heaven
Seashore
Vessel for the Master
The Spirit is willing
Pearl in the Sand
He Wants To Be Involved
Boldly Bring
Within His Will
Finishing Strong
Armed for War
God’s Grand Design
The Answer
Our Intercessor
Connected to the Vine
At the Crossroads
Store Eternal Treasure
His Little Flower
The Miracle Worker
Under the Tree
Beyond the Clouds
Blessings
My Daily Bread
Dont Look Back
Your Life
You Fill Me Up
Good Shepherd
Mirror of Christ
Lighthouse
The River of Life
The Love Story
Open Line to God
My Anchor
Still the Same
The Eyes of the Lord
Don’t Run from God
Reward of the Overcomer
Praise Him
Saved Through Sacrifice
Flaming Sword
He Loved Us First
A Pleasing Sacrifice
Wait for the Lord
Smoldering Flame
Compassion for the Lost
God's Eternal Ways
Beckoned
We Want to be Accepted
Cross Bearing
Wash Your Robes
Full of His Goodness
God-Given Rest
Fruit in Every Season 
From Him, Through Him, To Him
Love on Trial
Great is His Faithfulness
Spared
My Grace Was There

Author's note You can access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master." 
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

My Grace Was There



“O Lord, I’m lost!” the wanderer cries. 
“I have no hope of Paradise.
Your Spirit spoke, yet I rebelled. 
Undoubtedly, I’m doomed to hell!

“I know I’m past the point of grace.
Prayers for this would be a waste.
You surely won’t receive me now,
No matter what I say or how.”

But Jesus sees you in that Slough,
Deep in mire and sinking down. 
He reaches forth and grasps your hand.
With eyes intent, He says, “I can.

“I love you with a burning love.
Freely you are pardoned of
That which surely brought Me pain,
And yet no more shall it remain.

“My Blood has power to make you white.
Would I condemn the soul contrite?
Do not say, ‘God will not forgive’
And forfeit every chance to live.

“Look, you’ve fallen in the mud
Where other lambs got in a rut.
Some sank completely in full despair,
Yet all along, My grace was there.” 

-- C.V., girl, age 19


Scripture Quotations: 
"As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us." (Psa 103:12)

"'Come now, and let us reason together,' Says the LORD, 'Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.'" (Isa 1:18)

"For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You." (Psa 86:5)

"The LORD is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness." (Psa 103:8)

Attribution noticeScripture quotations taken from the NASB.

Photo credit: Image used for commentary and educational purposes only, according to the Fair Use Act.

Author's note The poems in this blog were written by my children, ages twelve through nineteen . The "Why This Blog" post explains how the Lord inspired these poems in answer to a prayer during illness.  I also recommend visiting my children's blog, A Brush with Life, where you will also find beautiful art they have drawn for the glory of God. You can access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master."  Now I'd like to ask a very important question.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe. 

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"

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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Spared


More times than you have known there were,
My angels rescued you from danger.
Approaching harm and unexpected
Did not affect you, preserved, protected.

When you were only two years old,
You walked into a busy road.
If you had stood a moment more,
A fatal crash was next in store.

One day while on a mountain climb,
You tripped and slipped, but then a vine
I caused to catch and snag your feet
Prevented you from tumbling.

A night that had a normal feel
Was when the burglar planned to steal.
The door that you forgot to lock
He could not budge at twelve o’clock.

You were late for work one time
Because you sat in traffic lines.
Meanwhile the bridge you cross each day
Collapsed suddenly in that delay.

I manage every circumstance.
There’s no such thing as luck or chance.
On most occasions, you aren’t aware
Of all the ways in which you’re spared.

-- Charity L., age 19


Scripture Quotations: 
The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in From this time forth and forever." (Psa 121:8)

"For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways." (Psa 91:11)

"The LORD will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul." (Psa 121:7)


Attribution notice: Scripture quotations taken from the NASB. "God Has My Back" painting © 2017 Danny Hahlbohm, all rights reserved by the artist.  Please visit his site inspired-art.com

Author's note The poems in this blog were written by my children, ages eleven through nineteen. The "Why This Blog" post explains how the Lord inspired these poems in answer to a prayer during illness. I also recommend visiting my children's blog, A Brush with Life, where you will also find beautiful art they have drawn for the glory of God. You can access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master." Now I'd like to ask a very important question.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Great Is His Faithfulness


Great is His faithfulness.
His love never fails.
His mercies eternal, 
They always prevail. 

In trials and hardships,
He is our shield.
In Him we must trust,
To Him we must yield.

He is our tower 
In times of distress.
But in the end,
Our troubles He'll bless.

God is our healer. 
He will provide. 
He will care for and hold us
Till the day that we die.

-- C.R., boy, age 11


Author's note The poems in this blog were written by my children, ages eleven through eighteen. The "Why This Blog" post explains how the Lord inspired these poems in answer to a prayer during illness. I also recommend visiting my children's blog, A Brush with Life, where you will also find beautiful art they have drawn for the glory of God. You can access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master."    Now I'd like to ask a very important question.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Love On Trial


Take up your cross,
Walk in My ways
Give me your will and surrender.
Are you reluctant to do what I say?
You told Me you love Me, remember?

Forsake sinful pleasures,
Abandon the dross
And do not ignore when I call.
If you hold back because you’d face loss,
Then you really don’t love Me at all.

-- C.V., girl, age 18


Scriptural Basis:
""If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” (Joh 14:15)

“Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. "He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's who sent Me.” (Joh 14:23-24)

“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.” (2Jn 1:6)

Attribution notice: Most Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

Author's note The poems in this blog were written by my children, ages seven through fourteen. The "Why This Blog" post explains how the Lord inspired these poems in answer to a prayer during illness. I also recommend visiting my children's blog, A Brush with Life, where you will also find beautiful art they have drawn for the glory of God. You can access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master."  The "All Hail" painting © 2012 is by Danny Hahlbohm, all rights reserved by the artist.  Now I'd like to ask a very important question.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
_________________________________________________

Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

From Him, Through Him, To Him



Everything that we enjoy
From God’s good hand have come.
He bestows and we receive,
Just as would a son.

It’s simply just because He chose
To open wide His hand
That we find ourselves so privileged.
It’s not because of man.

Frail as we are, we cannot claim
That “Since I toil with sweat and pain
This is how I’ve been sustained.”
No, God has brought us through.

For by the Lord, we are supplied
Through treasure stores of grace
And to this same good giving Father,
Return his gifts with praise.

-- Charity V. Lacroix, age 18

Scriptural Basis: "For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.” (Rom 11:36)

Attribution notice: Most Scripture quotation taken from the NASB.

Author's note:  The poems in this blog were written by my children, ages eleven through eighteen. The "Why This Blog" post explains how the Lord inspired these poems in answer to a prayer during illness. Poems on this site may be copied and used for non-commercial purposes, as long as proper credit and backlink to this blog is given.  No commercial use allowed without express permission from author.  I also recommend visiting my children's blog, A Brush with Life, where you will also find beautiful art they have drawn for the glory of God. You can access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master." Now I'd like to ask a very important question.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
_________________________________________________ 

Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Fruit in Every Season


When Jesus comes looking for fruit on our tree,
Regardless of the season that it may be,
May He find our branches with something to offer --
Something delightful to Him and the Father.

Love is the first fruit the Lord wants to find.
Is this at the root of our acts toward mankind?
And do we obey Him because “it’s required”?
Or does love compel us to seek what’s desired?

Joy follows second as fruit for the Groom.
It’s a choice that we make in defiance of gloom.
When clouds overshadow to darken our days,
He still wants to find us exuding joy’s rays.

What about peace, the anchor in shaking,
When all is tumultuous, unstable, and quaking?
At all times we ought to have peace in our soul,
Especially when things get out of control

Then there is patience. When we are short-tempered,
We fail in this fruit and haven’t remembered
That frustration and anger do not bring about
The righteousness of God in any amount.

Kindness is something the poor and the weak,
With gazes imploring do hope for and seek.
There may be some sacrifice made on our part,
But really, God’s looking for a cheerful heart.

The sweet fruit of goodness is equally needed
It truly affects the way others are treated.
All that comes forth from our lives as our deeds
Reveals what we’ve laid up within as the seeds.

Now let not the Lord find us failing the test
Whenever He checks for the fruit faithfulness.
Will we keep all our promises, stand by our word?
Pressing ahead, though it’s hard to endure?

The Gardener expects just as much to discover
The fruit gentleness as He would any other.
Look through His eyes at the simple and slow.
Then will compassion from Him through us flow.

Last but not least, do we bear self-control?
We can’t leave it out, for it makes our tree whole.
Our wills must be fully submitted to Christ
For if they take charge, we will pay a great price.

-- Charity Lacroix, age 18, August, 2016

Related Scriptures:
“…so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God…” (Col 1:10)

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law." (Gal 5:22-23)

"Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if perhaps He would find anything on it; and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. He said to it, 'May no one ever eat fruit from you again!' And His disciples were listening." (Mar 11:13-14)

"Seeing a lone fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it except leaves only; and He said to it, 'No longer shall there ever be any fruit from you.' And at once the fig tree withered." (Mat 21:19)

"Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." (Rev 22:1-2)

"By the river on its bank, on one side and on the other, will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither and their fruit will not fail. They will bear every month because their water flows from the sanctuary, and their fruit will be for food and their leaves for healing." (Eze 47:12)

"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit." (Joh 15:1-2)

"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned." (Joh 15:4-6)

Related articles:
Fruit in Every Season (article)
Gifts and Fruit of the Spirit: What's the Difference?
Multiplication


Attribution notice: Most Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

Author's note The poems in this blog were written by my children, ages seven through fourteen. The "Why This Blog" post explains how the Lord inspired these poems in answer to a prayer during illness. Poems on this site may be copied and used for non-commercial purposes, as long as proper credit and backlink to this blog is given.  No commercial use allowed without express permission from author.  I also recommend visiting my children's blog, A Brush with Life, where you will also find beautiful art they have drawn for the glory of God. You can access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master." Now I'd like to ask a very important question.

Do You Want to Know Him?

If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
_________________________________________________

Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.