• A SANDY GRAIN

    A SANDY GRAIN
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    A pearl is made by a sandy grain,
    Embedded and ensnared;
    In the oyster’s shell where it enters in,
    As an irritant …. in there.

    A lining then surrounds that grain,
    ‘Til overtime, a jewel,
    Is formed and made, created by,
    That sandy grain-like tool.

    The sandy grains are trials sent,
    But often all we see;
    Are irritants that rub us soar,
    And chaff us inwardly.

    Thus, we murmur and complain,
    Resist the very thing;
    Ordained for us and made for us …
    With endless questioning:

    Why must I, Lord, pass through this,
    And is this going to end?
    Is there sin inside my life,
    That’s brought this trial in?

    Why are You so distant, Lord,
    When I am so distressed?
    Why should I accept this thing,
    That’s brought me such unrest?
    -Pause


    The sandy grain incites response,
    The trial does reveal;
    The hidden part within the heart,
    Protected and concealed.

    Yet … here’s the rub, the paradox,
    The thing that makes you sore;
    Sanctifies and softens you,
    To make you something more.

    Let the trial do its work,
    And God will use the pain;
    And line with faith, encompassing,
    The sphere of trial’s grain.

    A pearl is made by a sandy grain,
    And a trial, the chosen tool;
    To form the heart, conform the soul,
    And thus create …. the jewel.
    ~~~
    "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience."
    ​James 1:2-3

     

  • THE ART GUY AND GOD

    THE ART GUY AND GOD
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Art guy on public television,
    Crazy hair.
    Instructor.
    Illustrator.
    Teacher.

    Fascinating
    Sort of creature.
    ~~~
    Dabs,
    Touches,
    Strokes,
    Brushes.

    Life-like lands.
    Artistic hands.
    Winding pathway.
    Streams of blue;
    All adorned in
    Colored hue.
    Splash the canvas wall.
    ~~~
    Art instructor
    Fills with wonder.
    Slow and steady.
    Think I’m ready.
    I can do it too.
    Dab.
    Touch.
    Stroke.
    Brush.

    Colors merge.
    Forms appear…
    But all unknown
    All unclear.
    So much harder
    Than it seemed.
    Better just …
    To simply dream.

    I cannot do the same.
    ~~
    God paints a landscape.
    Brush in hand.
    Word of God.
    Imperfect man.
    Assigns His holy word.
    Christ could do it.
    Never blew it.
    Dab,
    A brush….
    A simple touch.

    Calls me
    To the same.
    ~~~
    All attempts,
    And all my tries…
    Blow it,
    Watchful Holy eyes;
    Perceive my merging hues.
    Nothing clear.
    Escaping tear…

    I cannot do the same.
    ~~~
    Christ receives me.
    Helps.
    Relieves me.
    Loves in sinful state.
    Cleansing.
    Healing.
    Holding.
    Sealing …

    Child in sinful state.
    ~~~
    God forgive…
    And be for me …
    The more that I
    Can never be.

    And love me as Your own.
    Just God,
    And God ….
    Alone.
    ~~~
    “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.”
    Titus 3:5

  • A THOUSAND REGRETS

    A THOUSAND REGRETS
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Written in the inside cover of my Bible are a few notable and inspirational quotes and Scriptures. Here is one of them:
    “I am not what I ought to be,
    I am not what I want to be,
    I am not what I hope to be;
    But still, I am not what I used to be.
    By the grace of God I am what I am.”

    -John Newton

    This powerful quote was penned by a former slave trader who participated in more atrocious acts as a slave captain aboard notorious slave ships than could be recorded. John Newton lived a life of a thousand regrets and yet lived to write the most beloved hymn ever written:
    “Amazing Grace.”
    One of the interesting realities of John Newton’s life, that few people recognize, is that his conversion did not mark the turning-point in his slavery mentality; rather it was a near-death experience related to physical issues that prompted the timing and change of his heart, long after his conversion.
    This reality is significant to me.
    It’s easy to assume and suppose that when an individual comes to a knowledge of Jesus Christ there is an instant and dramatic conversion in every area of one’s life.
    Sometimes this happens.
    But sometimes it doesn’t.
    Sometimes God works in very mysterious, slow ways in an individual’s heart and the process looks unbecoming and even questionable at times.
    No matter.

    God keeps applying the compress of grace on the swollen results of sin;
    and individuals who have need of it.
    He loves us through the ugly and unbecoming stages of conformity
     and somewhere in it all …
    The slave becomes free;
    The free becomes changed,
    And we hear the strain of song;
    Amazing Grace.
    ~~~~
    “But by the grace of God I am what I am;
    And His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain.”
    1 Corinthians 15:10

  • GRACE WITHIN GRASP

    GRACE WITHIN GRASP
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Frail,
    Fickle,
    Fallen beings.
    Struggling,
    Stumbling,
    Slipping.
    ~~~
    God Almighty,
    Faithful Father:
    Fearless,
    Faultless,
    Focused.
    ~~~
    Relentlessly
    Reaching,
    Regarding,
    Responding,
    Realizing ...

    Needs of
    Fallen creation.
    ~~~
    Mysterious mercy.
    Gratuitous grace.
    Lavish love,
    Timeless truth.
    Extending.
    Descending.
    Transcending

    From Holy God …
    To unholy child.
    ~~~
    Bow.
    Bend.
    Weep.
    Extend
    Your arms ….
    And touch the Father.
    ~~~
    Grace within grasp.
    Riches within reach.
    Wonders too deep
    To comprehend.

    ~~~
    Wonder,
    Marvel,
    Meditate,
    Move …
    To the heart
    Of the
    Heavenly Father.
    His arms are extended to you.
    ~~~
    And He said to me, 
    "My grace is sufficient for you, 
    for My strength is made perfect in weakness."
    Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities,
    That the power of Christ may rest upon me.
    2 Corinthians 12:9

  • PASSAGEWAY

    PASSAGEWAY
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    I say farewell to yesterday,
    For yesterday is gone;
    I let her go deliberately,
    And choose to travel on.

    I understand, perhaps in part,
    What many never see;
    That yesterday’s a passageway,
    To where I need to be.

    For I’ve been preordained a path,
    That’s mine alone to trod;
    My lot has been apportioned by …
    The very hand of God.

    The boundaries are drawn for me,
    And all has been secured;
    When trials seem to overwhelm,
    Of this I am assured:

    That all is single-handedly,
    Determined for my good;
    If God has chosen “it” for me;
    I’ll praise Him as I should.

    Eternally advancing,
    In an orchestrated grace;
    Sufficient for arriving,
    At a predetermined place.

    I welcome in this passageway,
    That’s been ordained for me;
    For God, alone, knows what I need,
    For where I am to be.
    ~~~

    "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."
    Romans 8:28

     

  • RESOLUTIONS AND REVOLUTIONS

    RESOLUTIONS AND REVOLUTIONS
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Revolution – The action of a celestial body going around in an orbit or elliptic course.
    Example: Earth revolves around sun and gives us one year.

    ~~~
    Resolutions can be like Revolutions.
    Resolutions can orbit around self,
    Like earth orbits around sun.
    The word “I”
    Eclipses
    New Year’s Resolutions.
    ~~~
    Tired of singular pronoun
    "I."
    Tactics changed last year.
    Made others my center.
    Resolutions orbiting,
    Absorbing needs of others.

    Revolutionary.
    Life changing!
    ~~~
    New Year’s Revolution:
    January – Put God first; employ Bible reading plan.
    February – Reach out to your next door neighbor.
    March – Bring a meal to someone.
    April – Volunteer at a shelter or local place of need.
    May – Invite someone new into home.
    June – Pay a bill for someone.
    July – Encourage a teacher or pastor.
    August – Watch a young mother’s children or make a meal for her.
    September – Give blood to Red Cross.
    October – Visit shut-in or elderly individual.
    November – Invite someone to your table for Thanksgiving.
    December – Read the Christmas story aloud to someone.
    ~~~
    New Year’s Goal:
    Self to Self-less.
    Put others in center.
    Orbit around them
    Serve.
    Love.
    Give.
    ~~~
    Goals.
    Achievements.
    Dreams.
    Desires.
    Other minded.
    Lifts.
    Inspires.

    Others do the same.
    ~~~
    Achieve.
    Believe.
    Conceive,
    Receive.
    In giving to others.
    You give to self.
    From I to others;
    From resolution to revolution.
    Make a New Year's Revolution
    Around others.
    ~~~
    “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”
    Phillipians 2:4

  • SLIPS AND FALLS

    SLIPS AND FALLS
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Daily walk.
    Slipped.
    Fell.
    Snow covered ice,
    Fell to the right.
    Leaned in …
    Caught fall.
    Elbows extending,
    Shoulders shifting,
    Feet lifting.
    Ouch!
    Muscle strain,
    Deep pain.
    Single strand of thought:
    “The problem with accidents is that you can’t see them coming.”
    -Winnie the Pooh
    ~~~
    Indeed.
    Stand up.
    Brush off.
    Move about.
    Stretch.
    ~~~
    Today’s slip;
    Tomorrow’s bruising.
    Aches and pains ...
    And muscle strains.
    Still …
    The walk is good.
    ~~~
    “The problem with accidents is that you can’t see them coming.”
    Life is a walk.
    Accidents part of it.
    Slips and falls.
    Inevitable.
    ~~~
    See the One,
    Who walked before you.
    Call on Him …
    He won’t ignore you.
    Jesus.
    The slip-less,
    Fall-less,
    Flaw-less,
    Sin-less One.

    Calls you.
    Implores you.
    Gently restores you.
    Urges you....
    Keep on walking!
    ~~~
    All of life:
    Physically,
    Relationally,
    Emotionally,
    Spiritually.
    Includes ....
    Slips,
    Falls,
    And desperate calls
    To God.
    ~~~
    Options:
    Stay down
    Or stand up.
    Quit walking.
    Keep walking.

    You decide.
    ~~~
    Slips and falls.
    Teachers in disguise.
    Not disenablers.
    ~~~
    Stand up.
    Brush yourself off.
    Stretch your muscles.
    Get moving.
    Remember:
    Bruises,
    Breaks,
    And your mistakes …
    Are all part of the walk.
    ~~~
    Enjoy the scenery:
    Snow
    Or Greenery.
    Live in the moment
    You’ve got.
    A walk in the park.
    A light in the dark.
    Risk is a piece of the journey.
    God’s on the journey with you.
    ~~~
    “The Lord upholds all who fall;
    And raises up all who are bowed down.”
    Psalm 145:14

  • THE REST-GIVER

    THE REST-GIVER
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Reflect.
    Renew.
    Recharge.
    Receive.
    Christmas is over.
    Commercialism,
    Commotion,
    Conversations ….
    Cease.
    ~~~~
    Quiet replaces
    The faces,
    Traces
    Of loved ones,
    Around the tree.
    ~~~
    Exhausted one
    Seeks Exalted One.
    Lonely one
    Seeks Living One.
    Empty one
    Seeks Identifying One;
    Restless one
    Seeks Rest-Giving One.

    ~~~
    The Rest-Giver
    Comes ….
    Canopies weary frame:
    Quiets,
    Consoles,
    Comforts,
    Communes;

    Concerned by the cares
    Of the soul.
    ~~~
    Covering,
    Carrying,
    Cradling

    The soul.....
    The Christ of compassion
    Comes in.
    The Rest-Giver;
    Jesus,
    Within.
    ~~~
    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 30:15

  • A SACRIFICIAL MOMENT

    A SACRIFICIAL MOMENT
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Was God of all the universe,
    Excited Christmas Day?
    Did He see the baby Jesus
    In the manger full of hay?

    Did He see the mother Mary,
    When she held Him in her arms?
    Did He see her kiss Him gently,
    Hold Him close and keep Him warm?

    Did He watch the shepherds coming,
    Closely following the star?
    Did He see as wise men followed,
    Traveling from a land afar?

    Did He see the baby Jesus?
    Did He see the tiny King?
    Or did He see His precious Son,
    That He loved more than anything?

    The excitement of the moment,
    All the human eye can see:
    Was a sacrificial moment;
    Christ would die for you ... and me.

    Giving all; receiving nothing,
    What a gift on Christmas Day;
    When the God of all creation,
    Placed our Savior in the hay.

    Merry Christmas.
    ~~~~
    "And she shall bring forth a Son and thou shalt call His name JESUS;
    For He shall save His people from their sins."
    Matthew 1:21


  • HEARTBEAT OF CHRISTMAS

    HEARTBEAT OF CHRISTMAS
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Fearful,
    Fickle,
    Frail.

    Man’s traits.
    Fearless,
    Faultless.
    Faithful.

    God’s traits.
    ~~~
    Every day we rise…
    To these realities.
    Shown a glimpse,
    Sometimes more
    Of who we are,
    What we are,
    Apart from Him.
    ~~~
    Someone’s reading this.
    Tempted to
    Give up,
    Slip up,
    Mess up,
    Hang it up.

    God speaks to you.
    Desires to:
    Hold you up,
    Stand you up,
    Clean you up,
    Help you up.

    Love on you.
    ~~~
    Christmas introduced
    A Savior.
    Blessed is the one
    Who recognizes…
    His need to be saved.
    ~~~
    God will be faithful.
    He has promised.
    Desires to replace:
    Fearfulness with Faithfulness.
    Weakness with Strength.
    Sadness with Gladness.
    Hopelessness with Hope.

    This is the heartbeat of Christmas.
    You are the reason Christ came.
    ~~~
    “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS;
    For He shall save His people from their sins.”
    “Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son,
    And they shall call His name Emmanuel,
    Which being interpreted is,
    God with us.”
    Matthew 1:21&23

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