God is Good

GOD IS GOOD

“God is Good”
Miracles are everywhere
Cannot be misunderstood
I just have to be aware

There is the miracle of birth
Every time a child is born
I am amazed as I observe
How perfectly it’s formed

What is this feeling called “love”
That is something I didn’t learn
A bit of God placed in me
Another miracle confirmed

Each morning as I awake
I see the sun, what did it take
Another miracle I see
Once more aware that it is He

When I look up at the stars
I see the master of the universe
I feel a burst right in my heart
Another miracle occurs

Hundreds of books that it would take
Of why I say that “God Is Good”
You never cease to amaze
I worship and I praise

By:
Lissette Trahan

COMMENT

Life can be hard, but God Is Good.
I have experienced God’s goodness in my
life when I was going through the worst
kind of grief.

I doubted His goodness.

Then came His compassion, so great a love
that my tears turned to joy.

Whatever He does has a purpose. No matter
what I am going through I trust Him. His
mercy will follow.

He is my creator, He loves me, every breath
I take is given to me by Him.

God does not change.
God is good.

Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today
and forever

Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God
works for the good of those who love
him, who have been called according
to his purpose

How Can That Be

HOW CAN THAT BE

Oh God, so many years have slipped away
Years where I know I’ve gone astray
You then revealed Yourself to me
Sin you are gone, how can that be?

Whatever path that I went down
You pursued me all along
Your love disarmed me so completely
Now my desire is just to please thee

Whenever I remember, how faithful You have been
It brings tears to my eyes, I know that I have sinned
Confess my sins—-where do I start?
How could I’ve kept you far apart?

If I could start again, would I live differently?
But I know sin would be there
Oh Lord how can that be?

Then I remember Jesus who gave His life for me
He came down here to save us so that we could be free
Those sins I was enslaved to are not a part of me
I am a new creation, a proof that all can see

Jesus is the answer ”That is how it can be”

By:

Lissette Trahan

COMMENT

How have I gone astray?
My biggest sin has been to ignore Him.
I get busy, I get distracted, I become too involved
with the things of this world.

However, when I turn back to Him, He is there
with His arms open to receive me.

All of us in this human journey are seeking
something, seeking God, seeking purpose in
life.

Temptations, sin and problems will always be
there.

When I turn to Jesus, that is when I realize
He is the only thing that matters

1 Corinthians 13:12
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror;
then we shall see face to face. Now I know in
part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully
known

Prayer

PRAYER

Knock and I will answer
Seek and you will find
Why does it seem harder
To talk to you sometimes

Then I stop to examine
What have I done today
Have I committed any sin
Getting in the way

The only time I find it hard
Is when I move away
Make sure I stay on guard
Please help me Lord to stay

I know words do not matter
You see right through my heart
You know what I am about to say
Even before I start

I thank You God for listening
Praying day or night

By:

Lissette Trahan

COMMENTS

For me prayer is talking and listening to God.
It is a response to God inviting me to spend time with Him.
He wants to have a relationship and prayer
helps develop my relationship with Him.

What I yearn and long for in this life is having
that relationship with Him.
I can go to Him with problems, with confessions,
with my gratitude. He will never tire
of hearing from me,
He loves me and knows me by name.

Praying isn’t always easy. When I have sinned
and not confessed it seems like my prayers are futile.
But it isn’t that God is not there, not listening.

In the Bible it says
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart”

I was seeking when I felt His presence.
Seeking is a way of praying.
God knows what I need or what I am going to say.

I wasn’t eloquent, I just cried out wanting to know Him.

Psalm 18:6
In my distress I called to the Lord;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears

The Word

THE WORD

The power of Your Word created the world
I opened the Book, the truth finally heard
A love letter to me, we call it the Bible
With instructions so clear, it is my survival

The Bible revealed God, Jesus in action
I felt His love, I felt His passion
Reading His Word I found the truth
My life has changed, how much more proof

So many years not knowing the Word
I am a true witness of what it can do
I had been told but I had not heard
His sacrifice, His love, my life was renewed

The power of Your Word keeps the World in order
God left us that Word, God left us that power
Your Word says to go and preach in the world
How I lead my life speaks louder than words

Your Word became flesh
You became my Savior

By:
Lissette Trahan

COMMENT

The Bible is God’s Word to us. It is like
reading a love letter to us from the creator
of the universe.

I didn’t understand this right away but I
kept on reading. I kept on seeking to know
more. Once the truth penetrates you can
never let it go.

The Bible is the most important book on
earth. The most important book ever written.

It has been proven to be accurate. Many
have tried to disprove it and failed.
Discoveries keep coming up verifying and
supporting it.

It changed my life. It introduced me to
history’s most important figure, Jesus.

Read this book and your life will change.

Romans 10:17
“So faith comes from hearing, and
hearing through the word of Christ”

 

Pride

PRIDE

Pride–an abomination to the Lord
I wish I wasn’t guilty
But I’ve been there before
Feeling so unworthy
My peace being destroyed

I repented and confessed
I have offended You
Those sins that You detest
You know they hurt me too

With pride comes disgrace
Humility brings God’s grace
I will not my God forsake
For someone’s earthly praise

The Word is full of warnings
Too serious to ignore
Lord, help me wake each morning
Today, pride I’ll abhor

I know the days I honor You
I feel that inner peace
Why would I let pride destroy
What You have given me

I need to pray that I don’t fall
An easy thing to do
The devil won’t come near me
If I’m glorifying You.

By:
Lissette Trahan

COMMENT

Pride can sneak up on you even when you are
doing a good deed. I always ask myself, am I
proud because I am so good at it or because it
benefits another.

Pride can keep us from admitting sin. It is like
a self made man in love with himself as his
creator.

Being proud of a job well done is different than
the pride that keeps us away from God.

Boasting about myself? Not giving God the
glory? How foolish. What do I have that I have
not received?

My goal in life is to do God’s work.
Anything else is work in vain.

To be humble brings His grace.

Psalm 10:4
The wicked, through the pride of his
countenance, will not seek after God: God is not
in any of his thoughts.

Hunger

HUNGER

I hunger, O Lord, for more of you
You gave me a taste of what You can do
Now why does it feel like You withdrew
Your promises tell me that is not true

The more You reveal Yourself to me
The more I want, the more I need
I am never satisfied, I am never appeased
A life without You, I cannot breathe

Forgive me, O Lord, I am so blind
You’ve shown me Your love again and again
I know You are there, it depends on me
Your Word clearly says “I am with you always”

Why would I think that You are gone
You have been with me all life-long

As I look at the beauty of each day
I see Your presence in display

By:
Lissette Trahan

Commentary by Ken Cayce
The greatest gift that we could ever receive is the gift of
eternal life with Jesus. To know we would be separated
from Him for eternity would be more hell than I could bear.
The only life worth living is with Him.

COMMENT

I have found out going through life that if I am
not hungry or thirsty for God there is something
wrong with me spiritually.

Hungering for God is that desire that we have
when we want to get closer to Him, know Him
more, have a closer relationship with Him.

But I find I am never satisfied. The more I long
for Him, the more I yearn for Him, the more I
want. It is like an insatiable thirst.

When I read the Psalms, I see how David had that
same yearning and longing. Forever crying out
to God.

God called him “A man after my own heart”.

Hungering, yearning, longing brings action.
God brings joy and contentment but leaves me
wanting more.

Psalm 63:1-3
You are my God, earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your
power and glory. Because your love is better than
life, my lips will glorify you.

 

Repentance

REPENTANCE

The beginning of understanding God
Began when I was convicted of sin
I confessed, so many thoughts
Repenting for all that I had been

The seed of love entered my heart
That spirit of love never to part
I was forgiven by God’s grace
With gratitude and joy I praised

My way into the Kingdom of God
Was with sorrow and repentance
God was there with all His love
I felt comfort and acceptance

I have come to understand
Repentance is a gift of God
It is not something that I planned
God chose me from the start

In spite of all I still offend
But I know that when I say
“”Forgive me, Lord, I have sinned”
He forgives me everyday

By:

Lissette Trahan

C0MMENT

Repentance is a change of heart.
It is an inward response.
It is also a change of actions.

Repentance is a gift of God.
He draws me to Him, He chose me.
I did not earn it.

I didn’t change because it was a duty,
I changed because of His love for me.

Receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit
opened my eyes and changed my heart.

Do I still sin, yes, but I lose my peace
and run back to Him knowing He will
accept me.

John 6:44
“No one can come to me unless the
Father who sent me draws them, and
I will rise them up at the last day”

Love

LOVE

Love, an emotion that cannot be explained
It can bring such joy, sometimes such pain
Love can bring comfort to a heart that is broken
It can give hope without a word spoken

I had heard about God’s love for us
I couldn’t understand, why all the fuss
Then came one day, I was without hope
Are you really there Lord? I cannot cope

I then experienced what God’s love is like

There are no words that can explain,
His love made me His, I knew I was chosen
Bathed in God’s love, it felt like an ocean

I was not seeking, I did not believe
I had not confessed or made a commitment
He came to me while I was in grief
Thank you Lord for being persistent

He knew–that I didn’t care
He stayed by me, why was He there?
Knocking and waiting patiently
Waiting to pour His love on me

His Mercy and Grace a mystery
Because of Him I have victory
Now I understand why all the fuss

Nothing compares to God’s love for us.

By:

Lissette Trahan

COMMENTS

God is love.
He left us a love letter.
The Bible gives me love and joy and peace.
I want and need to be loved.

That is how God made me, how He made you.
Just like His Word says that He gives us
a peace that passeth understanding, he also
loves us with a love that I will never
understand.

When I first became a Christian I felt I had
to do something to show Him that I loved Him.
I had to learn that His love for me is not based
on performance.

One day reading the Bible I read
1 John 4:10
“This is love: not that we loved God,
but that He loved us and sent His Son
as an atoning sacrifice for our sins”.

All God wants is for me to understand His great
love for me. He wants to have a relationship
with me. I don’t have to do a thing for Him to
love me more.

Nothing can separate me from God’s love.
That is what unconditional love is.
I am loved.

Psalm 36:5-6
Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest
mountains,
your justice like the great deep.

Sin

SIN

What is this thing that we call sin
The word alone, it makes me cringe
To hurt the one that died for me
It was my sin there on that tree

Your Word says we all have sinned
Without the cross I’d be condemned
It was the cross that set me free
The blood that You shed on that tree

It was the love You had for me
A love that I can feel today
A comforter always with me
It guides and teaches me the way

Sin now, where is your victory?
Sin now, where is your sting?
Your death turned into liberty
Rejoicing, I will sing

Jesus, My Lord and Savior
How can I show my gratitude?

By
Lissette Trahan

COMMENT
The sins that I regret the most are the ones I
committed after knowing Jesus, after feeling
His love. I know that I am forgiven but I
remember being shocked and heart broken.
I hated my sin and my weakness.

I was born again, but it didn’t eliminate that
sin nature that I am born with. That sin nature
will be a part of me while I am in this body.
Through Adam I inherited that sin nature. I
was born guilty with no hope.

But God loved me so much
He did something incredible.

He sent His son, Jesus, who led a sinless life.
It was His innocent blood that saved me.
His sacrifice gave me the greatest gift of all,
the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. It guides me,
it convicts me, it teaches me the way.

Before I knew Jesus I sinned.
After I knew Jesus I sinned.
The difference is that I hate to sin.
I ask forgiveness, sin has no hold on me.

No more a slave to sin
I am free

John 3:16
For God so loved the world the world that He
gave His one and only son, that whoever
believes in Him should not perish but have
eternal life.

Help! I Lost My Voice…

It started on Tuesday after I had taught 3 classes.  My voice got crackly.  And then went hoarse.  The next day I couldn’t talk.  So I googled.  It says rest your voice as much as possible.  Drink plenty of fluids.  Use a humidifier.  Suck on cough drops.  “Soon” it’ll go away.

So I quit talking and started typing on my phone.  I type out my order at Starbucks.  I type out directives to my kids.  I text my husband instead of yell for him when he’s downstairs and I’m upstairs.

And now I wait.  And wait.  And wait.  It’s okay, but I have to work in a couple of days.  I pray it gets better.  I’ve been looking forward to this day as it’s a launch where we teach a new release for the first time.  We do it as a team and it’s very exciting.  But not if I can’t talk!

I’m asking God why.  And what is this supposed to teach me.  I’m not sick and I suspect it has something to do with the 18 years of second-hand smoke I had to breathe in from my mom smoking when I was a kid.

It’s very humbling and you realize how much you do take your voice for granted.  How much you communicate with it.  And how much it’s a pain not to have that ability.

So instead of me reading to my kids they read to me.  I have work to do which now has to wait.  So I’m resting.  Doing as little talking as possible.  Reading a book.  Watched a movie.  Anything to distract the mind.

I’m doing what my body is telling me to do:  rest.  Maybe that is God’s purpose after all.