• CRACKS AND CORRECTIONS

    CRACKS AND CORRECTIONS
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Cracks can be ….
    Costly,
    Corrosive,
    Critical,
    Cosmetically unappealing.
    They can also be ….
    Corrected.

    ~~~
    Foundation concerns;
    4 Basic indoor warning signs:
    1) Door begins to jam or fails to latch.
    2) Cracks appear in walls, especially over doorways, windows, or where walls meet ceilings.
    3) Cracks begin to appear in vinyl or ceramic tile over a concrete floor.
    4) Windows begin to stick or won’t close completely.
    Consider the signs.
    Correct the issues.
    Fix the cracks!

    Maintain your foundation.
    ~~~
    Consider your spiritual life.
    Internal cracks can be …
    Costly,
    Corrosive,
    Critical,
    Cosmetically unappealing.
    They can also be …
    Corrected.

    Be encouraged!
    4 Basic internal warning signs:
    1) Communion with Christ ...
    Diminishes,
    Decreases,
    Ceases to be as it was.
    The door jams,
    Fails to latch.
    You feel it.
    Talk to Him,
    Get right with Him.
    He loves you.
    2) Reflect on the walls surrounding you:
    Relationally.
    Vocationally.
    Situationally …
    Stimuli surrounds you.
    Keep it
    Holy,
    Wholesome,
    Healthy.

    3) Floor cracks.
    Foot cracks.
    Feet follow thoughts,
    Speak a message.
    You’ll
    Walk,
    Wander,
    Meander …
    To whoever,
    Whatever,
    Wherever
    Your mind leads you.
    Walk wisely.
    Get the Word in you.

    4) Weather your windows:
    Waning worship habits,
    Little time for the Word,
    Poor prayer life,
    Floundering fellowship
    Leads to lack of lustre,
     Radiance in the soul.
    Window sealants:
    Revelation,
    Meditation....
    Secure habitation
     For the Spirit.
    Windows preserve:
    Illumination.
    Ventilation.
    Invitation.
    Reflection.
    Allow for:
    Light.
    Heat.
    Warmth.
    Strength.
    Vitality ...
    To purify the soul.
    ~~~
    Read the signs:
    Study,
    Steep,
    Just keep
     Your eyes on Jesus.
    One day ...
    at a time.
    ~~~
    Consider the signs.
    Correct the issues.
    Fix the cracks!
    Maintain your foundation ...
    In Christ,
    With Christ,
    Beside Christ.
    ~~~

    “Come now, and let us reason together,”
    says the Lord,
    “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
    though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
    Isaiah 1:18

  • TWO VOICES SPOKE

    TWO VOICES SPOKE
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Two voices spoke from single face:
    One named truth, the other grace.
    Truth was stern, direct and strong,
    Truth declared the right from wrong.

    Truth proclaimed the pure and right;
    Truth distinguished dark from light.
    Everything he spoke was true,
    Truth had perfect point of view.

    Overwhelmed by all he said,
    I sat, I wept, and bowed my head;
    And then in depths of great despair,
    Another spoke to me with care.

    The name behind the voice was grace;
    He wiped the tears upon my face,
    And gently did he speak my name,
    And comfort weary broken frame.

    “I’ve come prepared to comfort you;
    Truth has come ….. but I have too.
    For linked and joined as one we go;
    Our goal to aid and make to grow.

    Wherever truth should be declared,
    Grace shall also be prepared.
    Both are needed, both are good,
    And when combined, be as they should.


    Wise in heart and wise in way,
    Will heed and hear what both will say.”
    And Christ, Himself, the single face,
    Behind the voice of truth and grace.
    ~~~

    And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
    John 1:14


  • PUDDLES AND POTHOLES


    PUDDLES AND POTHOLES

    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    “A negative thinker sees a difficulty in every opportunity;
    A positive thinker sees an opportunity in every difficulty.”

    ~~~
    Puddles,
    Potholes,
    Negative people:
    Drain,
    Dampen,
    Dishearten,
    Discourage …

    Those who dare to dream.
    ~~~
    “Don’t ever let negative toxic people rent space in your head.
    Raise the rent and kick them out.”

    Kick out the negative.
    Remove,
    Resist,
    Refuse,
    Regard …

    relationships bred in negativity.
    A kick of the positive,
    On the backside
    of the negative:
    Energizing,
    Essential,
    Exemplary.

    Keep your eyes
    on the vertical;
    God is filled
    with the positive.
    His promises are yes and amen.
    ~~~
    “A negative mind will never give you a positive life.”
    Negativity breeds negativity.
    Positivity breeds positivity.
    Rub shoulders,
    Heart,
    and head,
    And mind,
    With those
    Who positively shine.
    Be positive!
    ~~~
    Positive attitude leads you to higher altitude.
    Aspire,
    Acquire,
    Admire,
    Inspire,

    Affect others ...
    With a positive attitude.
    ~~~

    “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes,
    and in Him
     Amen,
    To the glory of God through us.”
    2 Corinthians 1:20

  • FOREVER GOD

    FOREVER GOD
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    God uses your
    Flaws,
    Faults,
    Failures,
    and
    Frailties,
    To forge character.
    ~~~
    He encircles,
    Encourages,
    Establishes,
    Enables you
    For acts of service.
    ~~~
    With attributes
    Of
    Majesty,
    Mercy,
    Might,
    And meekness…
    He motivates,
    Moves,
    And draws you.
    ~~~
    He uses you,
    Chooses you,
    Loves you,
    Leads you.

    ~~~
    He is,
    Will always be…
    Forever God.
    You’re His,
    You’ll always be,
    Forever
    His child.
    ~~~
    “For we are His workmanship,
    created in Christ Jesus for good works,
    which God prepared beforehand
    that we should walk in them.”
    Ephesians 2:10

  • SOMETHING ABOUT HIM

    SOMETHING ABOUT HIM
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    The local Deli was unusually quiet …
    translating into a good conversation day.
    I waited for my friend,
     preoccupied with thoughts of upcoming conversation,
     and craving a strong cup of coffee.
    The sun was shining brightly, a little too brightly,
    shades needed to be turned.
    That’s what prompted my initial gaze toward the window seat.
    That’s when I saw “him.”
    The “him” was an elderly looking farmer-type,
    maybe in his 80’s;
     wore an old blue flannel shirt over slumped shoulders and faded, well-worn jeans.
    Gray hair, an unkept beard, large frame.
    One of those people you almost miss unless you’re really looking.
    Something about him made my eyes linger long;
    a “loneliness and unspeakable sadness” seemed to engulf him.
    Watched him scan the parking lot and then drift back to the coffee cup in front of him.
    And all of a sudden … he mattered to me.
    ~~~
    Moved by a perfect stranger,
    I no longer cared about the too-bright sun or the upcoming conversation.
    This stranger had become my new preoccupation.
    Perhaps he felt my stare;
    he looked up,
    our eyes locked for a second.
    Eyes so telling; eyes so sad and empty.
    ~~~
    Compelled by a prompting within,
    I reached into my purse and retrieved a little 2x3 inch scripture card;
    words reflecting hope … no matter how hopeless things seem.
    Don’t remember the specific reference,
    Just chose one that I thought would elevate his thoughts.
    I walked over to him.
    “Sir, are you doing okay?”
    I’ve asked others before,
    his words were direct and more honest,
    “I’m tired, just so very tired,” he said quietly.
    Put his head down a little,
    followed the rim of his coffee cup with his index finger.
    I put my hand on his.
    For a moment we were quiet.
    Something passed between us;
    some form of empathetic camaraderie.
    Asked him if I could help in some way.
    “You’ve done enough;
     thanks for stopping ….
    thanks for asking,” he said.
    Gentle voice; soft-spoken.
    Gave him the scripture card and told him God loved him and had a plan for him.
    He looked like he might say something … and then decided against it.
    Gave me a tired smile.
    ~~~
    And then … in walked my late friend.
    The elderly gentleman nodded at me,
     I went and took my place.
    No longer preoccupied with my friend or our conversation
     I continued to watch
     the one I’d held hands with.
    Watched him read the card,
    touch the edges gently and then ….
    I saw him take out his wallet,
    read the card once more and placed the scripture in it.
    Picked up his coffee up,
     took his last sip,
    got up, gave me a silent nod.
    Walked out.
    I don’t remember much about the day’s conversation with my dear friend.
    But I remember the hand I held for just a moment and the thing that passed between us.
    I remember the man.
    ~~~
    This “piece” isn’t written to decorate my small attempt to care about an individual I perceived to be hurting.
    It’s about how thankful I am that he was in my life and that I was in his.
    Perfect strangers,
    Hands touching,
    Lives briefly intersecting,
    A 2x3 inch card with words of hope conveyed,
    And someone just being honest about life.
    There's something so refreshing about honesty....
    And two hands touching.

    ~~~
    “And this is His commandment,
    That we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ,
    And love one another,
    as He gave us commandment.”
    1 John 3:23

  • EXPOSED

    EXPOSED
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Exposed – Uncovered, unsheathed, unadorned, naked, unarmed, defenseless.
    -Webster’s
    ~~~
    The soul that comes to God in such a state will be clothed.
    God doesn’t need any of our finery.
    He doesn’t need:
    an intelligent mind,
    a beautiful face,
    an eloquent tongue,
    an attractive body,
    a title behind the name,
     money in the account.

    He sets His holy eye on ...
     the needy one,
    the hurting one,
    the broken one,
    the empty one,

    the searching one,
    the naked and exposed one.
    And He loves that “one.”
    ~~~
    And on that “one” He adorns an internal raiment superior to earth’s finest.
    In that “one” He finds delight and anoints with His Spirit.
    Over that “one” He provides a canopy of grace.
    And before that “one” He goes ahead.
    God is not afraid of an altered, broken, damaged, fragmented life;
    Come as you are … and He will clothe you.
    ~~~
    “Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing; and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked …
    I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich;
    and white garments that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed;
    and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.’
    As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten.
    Therefore be zealous and repent.”
    Revelation 3:17-19

  • THE SHADOW

    THE SHADOW
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    I flounder around,
    In the shadow of sin;
    I run and I hide,
    But it finds me again.

    For I cannot escape,
    The enticement and snare,
    That promises something,
    Though nothing is there.

    I know it, I blow it,
    I falter, I fall;
    I stumble and fumble,
    And doubt through it all.

    And yet there’s a longing,
    And yearning within,
    To reach for the grace,
    That will cover the sin.

    To cover, discover,
    The ugly in me;
    To face it, replace it,
    With God’s remedy:

    The cross of redemption,
    The blood that can free;
    Yes, this is the promise,
    There’s pardon .... for me.

    ~~~~
    "If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?
    But there is forgiveness with You,
    That You may be feared."
    Psalm 130:3-4


  • TIME OUT

    TIME OUT
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Disciplinary methods differ but one of the most common seems to be putting a child in a “time out.”
    While I understand and appreciate its purpose; I find it a sad implication to suggest that a quiet and alone place be considered a place of punishment.
    I’m not sure that adults don’t respond to such places in a similar manner.
    Quiet makes us anxious and questioning.
    Solitude fills us with restlessness and insecurity.
    We assert, often times, that we have a great need and desire for peace and quiet but our conduct suggests something very different.
    We get to the quiet and we do not work to maintain it, but to employ it, with whatever activity first comes along.
    And so… televisions blare, radios speak, cell phones ring, and technology replaces that undesirable place called silence.
    As Henry Nouwen so adequately suggests,
    “We indeed have become very preoccupied people, afraid of unnamable emptiness and silent solitude.”
    I believe that solitude and quiet are the primary conduits to spiritual maturity and growth; they are also the sparks that ignite creativity and imagination.
    I believe that without the element called “silence” actively engaged and at work in our lives, we run the risk of losing a necessary quality of intimacy with others and with God.
    God has established a need in the human soul for quiet, contemplation, and meditation. In that place you will find intimacy with God and in that place you will find His presence.
    God will not compete with the god of technology or the countless voices that vie for your attention.
    Evaluate your hearing and take a needed “time out.”
    Shut off technology for 24 hours, get alone by yourself, and simply listen to what God has to say.
    You might be amazed at what you hear.
    ~~~~
    “Be still and know that I am God.”
    Psalm 46:10a

  • THE STUFF THAT ACHES

    THE STUFF THAT ACHES
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Struggle builds stamina.
    Crisis builds character.
    Conflict builds courage.
    Christ builds faith.
    ~~~
    God has chosen:
    Hurts,
    Heartaches,
    Headaches,
    Trials,
    Pain.
    The stuff that aches …
    To mold you,
    Make you,
    Break you,
    Take you
    Get you into shape:
    The soul becomes softer,
    The heart becomes purer,
    The thoughts become wiser,
    The mind becomes clearer.

    You change.
    ~~~
    In the end
    The stuff that aches…
    Conforms,
    Creates,
    The soul.
    Don’t despise,
    Or criticize,
    The One
    Who won’t let go.

    He loves you
    With an everlasting love.
    He loves you and ....
     He’ll never let you go.
    ~~~
    “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while,
    if need be,
    you have been grieved by various trials,
    That the genuineness of your faith,
    being much more precious than gold that perishes,
    though it is tested by fire,
    may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
    1 Peter 1:6-7

  • THE CIRCLE

    THE CIRCLE
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Rodney “Gypsy” Smith.
    Born 1860.
    London.
    Humble origins:
    Uneducated,
    Unknown,
    Unfamiliar.
    Unlikely candidate

    Yet …
    Unprecedented success.
    ~~~
    Preached to millions:
    Powerful,
    Persistent,
    Passionate,
    Prayerful.
    Preaching,
    Reaching,
    Teaching
    The lost
    .
    Revival spread,
    And Gypsy led ….
    The way.
    ~~~
    Gypsy was asked,
    Secret to success.
    Reflect on response.
    ~~~
    “Go home.
    Lock yourself in your room.
    Kneel down in the middle of the floor,
    and with a piece of chalk
    draw a circle around yourself.
    There,
    on your knees,
    pray fervently and brokenly
    that God would start a revival
    within that chalk circle.”
    -Gypsy Smith

    ~~~
    Revivals conjure up,
    Mass groups,
    Corporate settings,
    Large volumes,
    Great gatherings.
    ~~~
    Just a reminder:
    Revivals
    Begin
    With
    One.
    Draw the circle.
    ~~~~
    "Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
    And sinners shall be converted to You."
    Psalm 51:12-13

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