• SEA OF GRACE

    SEA OF GRACE
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    At the end of all regrets
     Is a Sea of Grace.
     Ready to swallow us up
    With a hope we cannot understand.
    God’s mysterious ways;
    Submerging us simultaneously
    In
     Truth and Grace:
    Soaking,
    Saturating,
    Securing,
    Sealing the soul

    With the supernatural.
    ~~~
    We are not
     Restored
    Renewed,
    Replenished

     Through our own efforts
    But through empty souls extended....
    Lifted up to God:
    Empty,
    Needy,
    Insufficient.

    And filled by an overflow of grace.
    This is the mercy of God;
    Like waves
    In a Sea of Grace.  
    ~~~

    “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.”
    Titus 3:5


  • BEHIND THE CURTAINS

    BEHIND THE CURTAINS
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    “The act on the stage of our life will probably always look better than what goes on behind the curtains,
    but as long as we are willing to face the contrast,
    and struggle to minimize it,
    the tension can keep us humble by allowing us to offer our services to others,
    without being whole ourselves.”
    Henri J.M. Nouwen
    ~~~

    “Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.”
    Psalm 51:6


  • MY INABILITY

    MY INABILITY
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    I don’t have the ability to:
    Do what’s right,
    Think what’s right,
    Be what’s right.

    I assume full responsibility
    For my inability …
    And I reach for that needed thing
    called
    Grace.
    ~~~

    “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace which we stand,
    and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
    Romans 5:1-2

  • IN RIVERS DEEP

    IN RIVERS DEEP
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    I find amidst the deepest pain,
    Amidst affliction great;
    A catalyst for certain growth,
    And in that lonely state ….

    Redemption flows in rivers deep,
    And through the muck and mire;
    I die to self, the dross removed,
    Refined within the fire.

    Though the eye cannot conceive,
    The wisdom of the hand;
    That moves the mighty heart of God,
    Yet surely it will stand.

    His perfect will, His perfect way,
    His sovereign holy choice;
    Shall lead the way and those shall heed,
    That hear the Master’s voice.

    The call within the hungry heart,
    The thirst that none shall fill;
    'Til God be all and bind the soul,
    To humbly do …. His will.
    ~~~

    “He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
    Out of the miry clay,
    And set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.”
    Psalm 40:2


  • CAN'T AND DON'T

    CAN’T AND DON’T
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    You can’t undo what you’ve already done;
    But you don’t have to repeat it.
    ~~~

    “Create in me a clean heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
    Psalm 51:10

  • DIFFERENT AND ALIKE

    DIFFERENT AND ALIKE
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Arrogant,
    Humble.
    Brassy,
    Meek.
    Loud,
    Quiet.
    Pompous,
    Placid.
    Character contrast
    Captivating men:
    Winston Churchill
    and
    Abraham Lincoln.
    Personalities that collide,
    Divide,
    Captivate,
    Resonate,
    Puncuate,
    Saturate

    and
    Permeate the landscape we call history.
    ~~~
    Indomitable,
    Capable,
    Earnest,
    Passionate,
    Persistent,
    Courageous,
    Brave.

    Personalities that unite,
    Ignite,
    Invite
    And
    Incite …
    A courage that few men possess.
    Character likenesses:
    Winston Churchill
    and
    Abraham Lincoln.
    ~~~
    Different … but alike.
    Empassioned,
    Employed,
    Engaged
    Individuals;
    Carrying,
    Conveying,
    And
    Effectively shouldering ...
    Responsibilities
    Appointed them
    By God.
    ~~~
    Each man fit for a
    Season,
    Reason,
    Purpose,
    and
    Calling …
    God chooses,
    Equips,
    Of His own accord.
    A wonder He designates men.
     A wonder 
    Again and again.
    ~~~
    God creates,
    Equips,
    Instills,
    Empowers
    Each individual with 
    Traits,
    Talents,
    Testings
    and
    Temperament ...
    Designed with a purpose in mind:
    To glorify God
    and 
    Fulfill His purpose 
    Through our lives.
    ~~~
    What God has given you …
    Will be called out of you
    In His time.

    ~~~
    The timing,
    The season,
    The reason …
    Is His.
    Trust Him,
    Wait for Him,
    Look to Him,
    Engage with Him.
    Your hour is coming.
    Amen.
    ~~~

    “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works,
    which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."
    Ephesians 2:10

  • KEEP WALKING

    KEEP WALKING
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Chris entered my life some 25 years ago and made imprints in my physical life that have carried over into a healthy practice and discipline still “walked out” today.
    Our relationship began with a simple invite to become her walking partner.
    Had you known me at that particular time, you would’ve observed that I was not in peak shape nor had I ever entered into a regimented physical discipline.
    I’m not sure what prompted the invite but I grabbed ahold of it observing it had clearly been a productive discipline in Chris’s life.
    How hard can walking be, right?
    I’d like to speak to that question:
    By the third block of our five mile course on our first day I was ready to call it quits. I recall looking at her out of the corner of my eye hoping she was humoring me.
    She wasn’t.
    Welcome to the world of speed walking.
    Too proud to assert my weariness I managed to complete the first day’s walk which, in hindsight, I still consider a monumental feat.
    Blisters lined my heels and toes.
    Sweat permeated my entire frame.
    Breathing was heavy and laborious.
    These symptoms were consistently mine for the first month of our walking regiment which consisted of five days a week, no exceptions.
    ~~~
    Why did I keep walking?
    The foremost reason was that I really enjoyed time with Chris and the budding intimacy that was being developed in our time together and ……
    I possess one of those natures that is internally motivated and driven to achieve. The need to be challenged sits in me like an empty tank ready to be filled.
    Chris happened to be my pump.
    Her consistent presence in my life was a daily motivator and challenge to me.
    I continued on because of her.
    Within about two months, my stride was equal to that of my friend and through the process I began to eat less, walk more, and enjoy a wonderful new friendship.
    Chris’s walk greatly influenced my own and her invitation to a challenge stirred me.
    ~~~~
    “If it doesn’t challenge you
    It doesn’t change you.”
    -Fred Devito
    ~~~
    Praise be to God for the individuals who spark challenge, life, and vibrancy into our lives and evoke healthy challenge and change as a result.
    Their worth is inestimable!

    To these individuals I commemorate three life lessons with an emphasis toward the spiritual:
    1) My friend would have laughed at the idea that a simple invitation to take a walk could impose life changing and health altering consequences in my life.
    But it did.
    That walk also fostered an intimate friendship that I deeply needed in that period of my life for which I will ever be grateful.
    A simple walk has the power to do that.
    In similar fashion, you have something to give another because God has designed you to “be” something for another. Extend your hand and heart and welcome someone new into your world.
    Take a walk with someone in some arena of your life and ask God to use the walk to foster intimacy and growth in someone else’s life.
    ~~~
    2) Don’t resist the challenging stride of another even if it looks initially impossible.
    You will be amazed at what someone else’s stride contributes to your own.
    Evaluate your present cluster of relationships and consider which individuals stimulate and challenge you to growth in a positive direction and stick with them!
    If your circle is still the same circle as 20 years ago; you’re missing out.
    Brothers and sisters in Christ each walk with a unique stride of their own; therefore, each has a contribution to make in our walk with Christ and fellowship with one another. Hold a different hand, walk a different stride, and see where you are led.
    ~~~
    3) Those nasty blisters are just no fun but we don’t grow without them either.
    If your walk with Christ looks like mine; you’re familiar with spiritual blisters, bobbles, and burns. It’s so encouraging to have someone walk a leg of the journey with us and impart a little bit of truth and grace along the way and it’s even more wondrous when we decidedly perform that role in someone else’s life.
    Wield your influence and affect someone’s walk
    And keep your stride strong in the Lord.

    ~~~

    “Ponder the path of thy feet,
    and let all thy ways be established.”
    Proverbs 4:26

  • EVERY DETAIL

    EVERY DETAIL
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    For things I would have wanted not,
    Yet things I would not change;
    For much that’s come into my life,
    And much that’s rearranged.

    For lessons learned and trials sent,
    For heartache and for pain;
    For mountains hard to navigate,
    For new and straight terrain.

    For holy hands that hold my own,
    And One who knows my way;
    For transformation taking place,
    And mercy every day.

    For pure and undefiled love,
    And nothing left to chance;
    For sifting every detail of my life,
    Through holy hands.

    For things I would have wanted not,
    Yet things I would not change;
    I’m thankful, simply thankful,
    For the “much” that’s rearranged.
    ~~~

    “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness.”
    Lamentations 3:22-23

  • AND FOR A WHILE

    AND FOR AWHILE ...
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    The expression “Two steps forward, one step back” has a comforting ring to it suggesting that, while we may not be taking large strides in a right direction; we are at least taking some stride in a right direction.
    It’s a great little cliché but it’s not always a reality.
    Sometimes our lives are steeped in sin and we regress instead of progress, we move backward instead of forward;
    sometimes we immerse ourselves in private sins and engage ourselves in besetting habits and practices that spiral us … downward.
    If a man after God’s own heart, like David, could commit murder and adultery,
    I don’t believe that you and I are above any sin of darkness either.
    Perhaps your sin has a different name:
    Anger, greed, gossip, alcohol, over-eating, pornography, stealing, lying, cheating, etc.
    The name of your sin is insignificant next to the debilitating effect it has on your spirit.
    When we don’t deal rightly with sin we are held captive by it and we take …
    “Two steps backward, one step back.”
    Consider the life of David.
    David gave himself over to his sinful desires and was catapulted into a state that demoralized, disrupted, and dismantled his beautiful shepherd heart.
    And for a while ….
    -The songs left him.
    -The words left him.
    -The music left him.

    And the great Psalmist became a great transgressor.
    - Riddled with guilt.
    - Saddled with shame.
    - Demoralized by deception.
    David simply plummeted and descended into the depths of sin.
    And yet … one stationary reality remained in place.
    - The Giver of songs never left David.
    - The Giver of words never left David.
    - The Giver of music never left David.
    And the Worshipful One loved the sinful one;
    and called not one David but all of the “Davids” back into harmony with Himself
    through the words of a man who had taken enough steps backward to warrant a prison sentence.
    And David’s heart changed,
    along with his words.
    Psalm 51 is a composition of the “broken and sin impaired.”
    Perhaps the greatest composition ever written
    and induced by a thousand steps backward.
    The harmony of two now becomes a symphony of thousands as broken lives and hurting individuals grab ahold of the words of, not a strong king, but a broken, sinful, humble shepherd.
    And it’s at this point that the old cliché becomes a wondrous new reality;
    truth and grace enter in and once again it’s ….
    “Two steps forward; one step back.”
    And God alone be praised.
    ~~~

    “Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean; wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.
    Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which Thou hast broken may rejoice.
    Hide Thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
    Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
    Psalm 51:7-10


  • A WAY FOR YOU

    A WAY FOR YOU
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Sin will make a mess of you;
    God will make a way for you.
    His multitude of mercies
    Never
    End.
    ~~~

    "In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace."
    Ephesians 1:7


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