Your Presence

Your Presence

As I go through the day, morning or night
I am aware of your presence.
If I allow you to guide,
I have peace–I have your protection

I am learning as I go through this journey of life
My feelings are not always right
That is when I need to remember the past
Your presence that I felt when I prayed, and I asked

Your presence and help is always on time
Yet it happens again and again
When chaos comes as it always does
I worry, I whine and I fuss

I know the way is to learn how to trust
Your presence is reason enough
Lord, help me always to be aware
Your presence is always there

By:
Lissette Trahan

Comments on Your Presence
My prayer everyday is that I never lose that intimacy with the Lord that comes with being aware of his presence. My overwhelming longing is to have that awareness no matter where I am or what I am doing.

He has made his presence known to me in so many ways, but the one time when I was touched, the ecstasy I felt was like a foretaste of the future that awaits me living with my creator and savior for eternity.

The daily fellowship and prayer is the one thing necessary in my life that helps me through the trials of living this life, in this decaying body, in this decaying world. I have felt his love, I have felt his presence and nothing that this world throws at me can destroy the faith and the love that it produced.

God’s presence above all brings me great joy and trust. I can stand firm through trials and testings knowing that no matter what happens he is in control. He is for me, He loves me. If I fail like I do so often, he is there picking me up, holding my hand.

You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore
Psalm 16:11

The Hole

THE HOLE

When God created each of us He left within us all
A tiny hole that isn’t filled until we hear His call
Until the day we listen, we grow and use our will
The hole becomes a yearning and cries to be fulfilled.

The hole becomes a tiny voice, one that is barely heard
But suddenly our soul cries out, it wants to hear the Word
Our minds are all a clutter with the sounds of our own life
We try to hear the Word but can’t because of strife.

The voices are much clearer as the night turns bleak and black,
The one is saying “come to me” the other says “turn back”
What’s happening within my soul and which one do I hear
The one that says “come back” or the one that says “come here”?

I listened to the battle cries all through the dark black night,
And suddenly as dawn appears the Word becomes a light
The voices fighting through the night, I know within my soul,
Were God and Satan fighting hard to fill that tiny hole.

The Word that we all hear, throughout our life and now
Is God’s still voice within our soul that wants to show us how.
The choice is ours-it has to be-but He’s always there to plead,
“Please come to me and trust me, and I will take the lead”

That voice I hear, so full of love, I know I want to follow,
It takes me where He wants to lead.
The hole no longer hollow.

By:
Marcie Wert

Comment on The Hole

This poem was sent and composed by a wonderful friend, Marcie Wert, who lives to glorify God’s name.

It says so much about our journey both before and after we become a Christian. When I read it the words resonated in me knowing the truth of what it was saying. This poem made my Spirit leap.

Our life here is a battle. Satan forever trying to destroy us. But we are not alone. That hole, that yearning is Jesus, cheering us on, telling us not to quit.

Our tool against Satan is the Word. Because of Jesus we have a comforter who lives in us. We have the Word, a love letter with instructions. A gift of love.

We need to open our eyes and see the universe around us, we need to read the Word with an open heart, especially we need to pause and listen. Seeking we will hear His voice, not in a whisper, but loud enough to awaken us.

Satan will continue fighting us but he has lost, Jesus won that victory on the cross.

Jesus has risen, He is alive!!

Psalm 143:6
I spread out my hands to you;
I thirst for you like a parched land

Attitude

ATTITUDE

My attitude determines what my day will be like.
When awakening in the morning if my first thought is of Christ,
No matter what lays ahead I know He’ll make it right.
At times it is not easy, life can be such a fight.
My attitude determines what my day will be like.

This life is a journey where I am learning how to trust
My attitude will determine, will I adjust or disrupt?
When my life goes into chaos, as it so often does,
Will I say Your will be done, or will I say enough?

I know when I am tested God is working in my life
Maturity and growth will come about with strife.
Attitude is the key, it changes life from dark to bright
God will take care of the rest, if my attitude is right.

By:

Lissette Trahan

Comment on Attitude

Life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent
how we react to it.

My attitude determines so much of what happens
everyday. Anyone that I come in contact with can be
changed by my attitude.

Winston Churchill said
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference”

If I develop an attitude of thanks, giving thanks to
God knowing that He is working always for my good,
I learn to trust Him and that brings peace and joy.

I have talked about and read about trusting God.
It wasn’t until the trials came that I really knew what
it meant. Trusting to me was peace when everything
was falling apart. An attitude of patience while you
wait.

This verse says it all, this is the attitude that God
wants for me.

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

One Question

ONE QUESTION

As I was watching Worship
I heard the preacher say
And now how can I help you
What’s on your heart today

If you had just one question
That you could ask the Lord
I came right to attention
That really struck a chord

What is it like in heaven?
Why did You make Adam?
Why did You make me?
Why did you let Satan
Overcome so easily?

What about the angels
Surely they get lonely
They’re not made in Your image
As You made me to be

What about eternity
It’s really hard to see
How it had no beginning
And the end will never be

So many hours I studied
And realized finally
Your Word has all the answers
I need in this journey

By:

Lissette Trahan

COMMENT ON ONE QUESTION

This one is a bit lighter then most of the poems,

While living in Belize I was listening to a
preacher from Puerto Rico. I always felt
light-hearted after his sermons.

He had a way of taking some of the parables
and seeing the irony and the humor in them.

This poem was inspired after hearing one of
his sermons.

The Word has given me answers and I am so
grateful for it.

Psalm 19:14
May these words of my mouth and this meditation
of my heart be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Beloved

BELOVED

The God of the universe
The same God that paints the sunsets
The same God that made the world
Has chosen to call me His beloved

I did not have to earn His love
He pursued, wouldn’t let me go
I rebelled, I thought enough,
Then He called me His beloved

I felt His love envelop me
A love so unconditional
Had never felt so great a peace
I knew it was a miracle

If I listen when I pray
I can gently hear Him say
‘You are mine”–I feel so blessed
Knowing I am His beloved

My role in this is to be-loved
Not because of who I am
But because of who He is

God is love

I am beloved, I am His

By:

Lissette Trahan

Comments on Beloved

What a wonderful word “Beloved”

Why am I called His Beloved? Not
because I earned it, not because I am
worthy. I sin everyday.

What have I ever done to deserve that
unconditional love?

The Bible says
Beloved, now we are the children of God.

He loved me first, He chose me. He died so
that I would receive Him.
The Holy Spirit.

John was the “the beloved disciple” who
leaned on Jesus during the last supper. Who
was given the honor to take care of Mary.
He was the one disciple at the cross,

I humbly accept being His beloved.
Undeserved, unconditional love.
I am filled with joy and gratitude.

1 John 3:2
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it
doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we
know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like
him; for we shall see him as he is.”

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.