• THE SPADE REMAINED A SPADE

    THE SPADE REMAINED A SPADE
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    I knelt,
    I begged,
    I pled,
    And prayed …
    But still
    The spade
    Remained
    A spade.

    ~~~
    My heart grew weak,
    My eyes grew dim.
    I clung to God,
    I wrestled Him.
    The spade
    Remained
    A spade.

    ~~~
    I sought release,
    I longed for peace;
    I begged for God,
    And laid the fleece.
    Lord …
    Please replay
    The hand.
    ~~~
    Maybe shuffle,
    Once again;
    Prove me
    With a
    Different
    Hand.
    The hand remained the same.
    The spade
    Remained
    A spade.

    ~~~
    He didn’t play
    A different card.
    He didn’t allow
    For one discard.
    He handed me the rules.
    And gave me ...
    Needed tools.
    ~~~
    He’s heard request,
    That I have prayed;
    He’s let
    The spade
    Remain
    A spade …
    God knows the reason why.
    ~~~
    Lord,
    Help me play the hand
    I’m dealt.
    And keep me in
    A posture knelt,
    And leaning on your grace.
    Help me call
    A spade
    A spade.
    And trust
    That every card
    I’m played,
    Submits to Kingly face.

    ~~~
    Lord, help me …
    Give me grace.
    I’m so in need of grace.
    Amen.
    ~~~

    “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

  • THERE'S MORE

    THERE’S MORE
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    I do not know what lies ahead,
    Or what God has in store;
    Of what may come, of what may be,
    I only know ….. there’s more.

    Each step I take for Jesus’ sake,
    Is filled with guarantee;
    His promises are multiplied,
    And opened up to me.

    The Gospel as a witness, true,
    On earthy seed and sod;
    I rest my changing future
    On a great unchanging God.


    With clarity to carry me,
    Through all that lies ahead;
    I make my boast in Christ alone;
    And go where I am led.

    For all that lies ahead of me;
    For all He has in store;
    I’m confident He’s calling me,
    And leading me ….. to more.


  • HUMPTY DUMPTY

    HUMPTY DUMPTY
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Remember the old nursery rhyme:
    Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall,
    Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;
    All the king’s horses,
    And all the king’s men,
    Couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty together again.

    ~~~
    Me and Humpty Dumpty.
    Much in common.
    Got a wall.
    Got a fall.
    Got a lot of disrepair.
    Me and Humpty Dumpty can’t be fixed,
    By great kings, minds, or monetary means.
    We require something bigger.
    God is the something bigger.
    He’s enough.
    He takes the broken Humpty Dumpty’s,
    Redeems them.
    Heals them.
    Mends them.
    Loves them.
    Uses them.

    Sends them out to other broken Humpty Dumpty’s.
    ~~~
    Sort of a humble plan.
    But it’s a good one.
    Changing my life,
    And the lives of a few Humpty Dumpty’s around me.
    ~~~
    “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulations, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
    2 Corinthians 1:3-4

  • THE PRAISE OF GOD

    THE PRAISE OF GOD
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    The praise of God enfolds me,
    And the love of God upholds me,
    And none can thwart the purpose of His hand;
    His arm is strong and able,
    He is might to enable me ...
     To follow and accomplish what He’s planned.

    The Word of God’s unfailing,

    His truth always prevailing,
    Demolishing the strongholds in our lives;
    A sword that cuts in two,
    My mighty shield that I run to,
    He is my God, His word sustains and satisfies.

    The hope of God’s unending,
    Comes in glory yet defending;
    My Redeemer … gave and sacrificed His Son.
    His precious blood erasing,
    All my sin and then embracing,
    Who I am in spite of all that I have done.

    The peace of God’s transcending,
    Flowing out and never ending,
    Like a river coursing power through my soul;
    It’s flow is so refining,
    For its aim is redefining,
    My pursuits to seek a higher worthy goal.


    The name of God’s enduring,
    He gives strength and reassuring,
    Lifting up the lowly, bowed before His throne;
    A Savior to the seeker,
    He’s inclined to aid the weaker,
    He empowers those He calls to be His own.

    The praise of God it stirs me,
    For I know that I’m unworthy,
    I will lift my voice and praise my mighty King.
    There is so much that I owe Him,
    I’m so thankful that I know Him;
    He’s my shelter, I’m the shadow …
    ‘Neath His wing.
    ~~~

    “Whoso offereth praise glorifieth Me; and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I show the salvation of God.” Psalm 50:23


  • A BATTLE WON

    A BATTLE WON
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    A freedom gained,
    Is a battle won;
    Even if the war has left you,
    Feeling wounded when you’re done.
    The heart gets tired,
    And the soul needs rest;
    And the Healer comes to hold you,
    In His arms you will be blessed.
    ~~~
    CHORUS:
    And He holds you so securely,
    He will never let you go;
    There is nothing you could give Him,
    He does not already know.

    Let Him have you,
    Yield to Him the deepest part;
    You fought the war,
    Just so He could have your heart.
    ~~~
    The trumpet sounds,
    And the cry redeemed;
    Is ringing like an echo,
    Stretched across the battle scene.
    The victor shouts,
    And a voice is heard;
    There is triumph in the holy precious Lamb,
    And in His Word.
    -Chorus

    ~~~
    “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course;
    I have kept the faith.”
    2 Timothy 4:7



  • I ADMIRE

    I ADMIRE

    I don’t envy the man who’s been handed much;
    I admire and applaud the one who’s worked for it.
    - D.L.Tutt

    ~~~
    "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might...."
    Ecclesiastes 9:10

  • EFFORT OR ENTITLEMENT

    EFFORT OR ENTITLEMENT
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Consider:
    John inherited a million dollars,
    Steve earned it.
    Sarah lives with a daily disability,
    Karen enjoys perfect health.
    Jim grew up in an oppressive environment.
    Lynn enjoyed ease and stability.
    Mike has fought with deep depression most of his life.
    Jill has always been happy-go-lucky.
    ~~~
    The individual most likely, in these scenarios, to undergo
    Character development
    Is the one who ….
    Exerts effort,
    Exercises discipline,
    Exacts energy,
    Engages difficulty,
    Endures the exhausting …
    With
    Effort required
    and
    Entitlement absent.
    ~~~
    Character is fostered in the furnace of affliction,
    It’s not pleasant,
    Enjoyable,
    Easy
    or
    Fun.
    But it is …
    Rewarding,
    Enhancing,
    Enlightening,
    Indescribably ….
    Life changing good.

    ~~~
    The thing that requires the most effort
    In your life …
    Will become the greatest character developer
    Of your life.
    ~~~
    Receive it,
    Learn from it,
    Grow from it,
    Acknowledge it,
    Welcome it,
    Trust the hand …
    That sent you it.
    God will be faithful
    To
    The end of it.

    ~~~

    “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you,
    that you,
    always having all sufficiency in all things,
    may have an abundance for every good work.
    2 Corinthians 9:8

  • NO MATTER

    NO MATTER
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Discipline,
    Determination,
    Diligence,
    Drive.
    Character facets
    Necessary to
    Achieve
    and
    Arrive.
    Realize,
    Actualize …
    a dream.
    ~~~
    No matter how
    Lofty,
    Unlikely,
    Impossible
    A thing looks …
    An individual
    Will be conveyed from
    One realm to another
    With these traits internally
    At work
    Within him.
    ~~~
    Successful endeavors
    Are not the conclusion of the
    Talented,
    Spirited,
    Wealthy,
    Healthy,
    Strong,
    Abled,
    Positioned,
    Or
    Titled.
    ~~~
    Successful endeavors
    Are the result of
    Painstaking,
    Back-breaking,
    Mind-making,
    Risk-taking,
    Heart-aching,
    Faith driven

    Individuals.
    ~~~
    Hats off to those who
    Dare to dream ….
    The things that seem
    Impossible;
    and
    Simply are …
    Unstoppable.
    To those who resist mediocrity;
    Don't subscribe to conformity;
    Refuse uniformity.

    Who defy the odds,
    And
    Trust in God.
    Simply …
    Out of the ordinary,
    Extraordinary;
    Who reach for the things that matter ...
    No matter.

    ~~~
    “I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”
    Booker T. Washington

  • HOPELESS TO HOPEFUL

    HOPELESS TO HOPEFUL
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Hopelessness is a buggerish thing;
    Rooted in unmet expectations,
    Self-centeredness,
    Selfishness,
    Sin.
    It’s ugly,
    Unattractive,
    and
    Unnecessary.
    ~~~
    Hopefulness is a beautiful thing;
    Rooted in truth,
    Thankfulness
    and
    Thoughtfulness.
    It’s refreshing,
    Renewing,
    and
    Responsive.
    ~~~
    If you're feeling a little stuck in the hopeless ....
    Here's a little spur toward the hopeful.
    Complete these 10 suggestions and record the outcome:
    1) Write a note, send a text or call someone who is passing through a dark season of life and encourage them.
    2) Visit a shut-in or elderly individual for one hour.
    3) Read Ephesians 6.
    4) Record 10 individuals who have impacted your life in a favorable way.
    Thank one of them.
    5) Jot down 10 things you are thankful for and thank God for them.
    6) Record 10 individuals who don’t have the 10 things you just recorded and reflect on their realities. Do something thoughtful for one of them.
    7) Reflect on a recent kindness bestowed on you … what it was, why it touched you, who performed it.
    Perform a personal unexpected kindness on another.
    8) Record 3 characteristics of God that you like.
    9) Record a dream, goal or desire you have and do one thing that gets you closer to it.
    10) Write down a specific truth from God’s word that will never change.
    ~~~
    Two of my favorite "hopeful" quotes:
    “What gives me the most hope every day is God’s grace; knowing that His grace is going to give me the strength for whatever I face, knowing that nothing is a surprise to God.”
    - Rick Warren

    “You can make positive deposits in your own economy every day by reading and listening to powerful, positive, life-changing content and by associating with encouraging and hope-building people.”
    - Zig Ziglar

    ~~~
    Hopeful reality from God's word:
    “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
    My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
    My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
    Psalm 18:2

  • SOLITUDE

    SOLITUDE
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    I have a very quiet friend,
    Her name is solitude;
    She fills the busy world of talk,
    With silent interlude.

    She speaks a tranquil language true,
    Yet never fills the air,
    With simple talk or idle chat
    And yet, I know she’s there.

    For solitude communicates,
    A message of her own;
    Her presence simply speaking,
    “Come away and come alone.”

    In conduct so becoming,
    And an invitation free;
    She offers timely friendship,
    And she wisely counsels me.

    I have a very quiet friend,
    Her name is solitude;
    No other friend so faithful been,
    As silent interlude.
    ~~~

    For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel;
    “In returning and rest you shall be saved,
    In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.”
    Isaiah 30:15a


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