• HE FREELY GIVES

    HE FREELY GIVES
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    The heart of man is a barren place,
    And the soul of man is dry;
    Tis the recognition of this truth,
    That precedes God’s vast supply.

    Not a thing on earth, not a wealth beside,
    Can assist nor aid estate;
    But the height and depth and the grace of God,
    Who perceives man’s sinful state.

    From a place on high, from a place unseen,
    Lies an access to the throne;
    From the holy mount flows a healing fount,
    That He freely gives His own.

    Coursing down to flow on the soul below,
    Ebbs a sure and sweet supply;
    From the fount so pure running crystal clear,
    Through the soul that once was dry.

    The heart of man is a barren place,
    And the soul of man is dry;
    Tis the recognition of this truth,
    That precedes God’s vast supply.
    ~~~

    And He said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of water of life freely to him who thirsts."
    Revelation 21:6


  • I HAVE LEARNED

    I HAVE LEARNED

    “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
    ~~~

     

     

  • IF YOU KNEW ME

    IF YOU KNEW ME
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Would you love me if you knew me,
    In this heart of wicked bent?
    Would you know me if you saw me,
    In my mind and where I went?

    Would you tolerate or keep me,
    At a distance far away?
    Would you know me, recognize me,
    Still receive me … anyway?

    Many thoughts I often wonder,
    Many times I would profess;
    There is little that is lovely,
    In this heart of sinfulness.

    Simply nothing, simply needy,
    Simply coming to embrace;
    Simple mercy, simple pardon,
    Simply sweet, amazing grace.
    ~~~

    “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


  • STAR'S SCARS

    STAR’S SCARS
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Star …
    Quarter horse,
    Small,
    Delicate,
    Full of life.
    White stockings,
    White star.
    Beautiful.
    ~~~
    Study close.
    See the scars;
    Etched,
    Permanent,
    Deep.
    Barbed-wire rips in flesh.
    Embossed between legs.
    Star’s scars.
    Early entanglement.
    Skittish Star.
    ~~~
    Sun shining,
    Star saddled.
    Riding day.
    Starts right; goes awry.
    Wind through barbed-wire…
    Too close; too familiar.
    Star remembers ... old wounds
    Star spooked;
    Frantic, fearful, frenzied.
    Fast, faster …..
    Uncontrolled.
    Solo Star.
    ~~~
    Strewn rider.
    Unscathed, shaken; rattled.
    Wondering,
    Worrying,
    Waiting,
    Watching…
    Wanting Star’s return.
    ~~~~
    Star;
    Running, running, running….
    Returning.
    Foaming,
    Frothing,
    Fearful.
    Finally….home.
    ~~~
    Rider reaches….
    Hands touch.
    Eyes settle.
    Voice soothes.
    Star settles.

    ~~~
    Star in us.
    Scars within.
    Sordid secrets;
    Sorrows etched into soul.
    Deep,
    Penetrating,
    Embossed in flesh.
    The mind remembers…
    Wind blows.
    Wire too close; old wounds.
    Frantic,
    Fearful,
    Frenzied…
    Running, running… far from home.
    ~~~
    God knows …
    The scars.
    He knows
    The child.
    The rips, the reasons, the wrongs.

    ~~~
    He rescues.
    Redeems…
    Receives the scars … His own.
    The hands hold nails,
    The body beaten,
    broken,
    bruised.
    Sin’s sorrows
    Etched into sinless skin,
    Our scars His own.
    Love holding fast.
    The Savior knows.
    ~~~
    Faithful Father,
    Hands touch,
    Eyes settle,
    Voice soothes,
    Child settles.
    ~~~
    Solace for sorrow;
    Strength for tomorrow.
    The Father is faithful…
    Forever.
    ~~~

    The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying,‘Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love; therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.' Jeremiah 31:3

  • CLARITY

    CLARITY
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    My heart is illumined,
    My eye clearly sees;
    That clarity parallels,
    Time on my knees.
    ~~~

    Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
    Philippians 4:6-7


  • HELP ME

    HELP ME 

    “The Christian life is not a constant high.
    I have my moments of deep discouragement.
    I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes and say,
    ‘O God,
    Forgive me,
    help me.’”
    -Billy Graham

    Me too.
    -Darrelyn 
    ~~~

    "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
    Matthew 11:28-30


  • GRACE ABOUNDING

    GRACE ABOUNDING
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    It’s 2:30 in the morning; my mind is occupied with weighty thoughts.
    I rise because I cannot sleep.
    Enter my “book” room and scan the shelves for a particular book of comfort.
    Selection: GRACE ABOUNDING
    Author: John Bunyan
    Renown writer of The Pilgrim’s Progress.
    Exceptional and extraordinary preacher, writer and expositor of England in the 1600’s.
    My fingers touch the well-worn book grateful for the writings and refuge of a fellow pilgrim;
    Grateful for an individual who identifies with my own internal affliction.
    John Bunyan ... a true companion on my spiritual journey.
    My eyes light upon a dog-eared page.
    ~~~
    An excerpt from the great saint’s soul:
    …I often found in my mind a great urge to curse and swear, or to speak some grievous thing against God, Christ His Son, or of the Scriptures. Now I thought, surely I am possessed of the devil. At other times, I thought I would be bereft of my senses; for instead of praising and magnifying God the Lord with others, if I but heard Him spoken of, presently some most horrible blasphemous thought or other would bolt out of my heart against Him.
    …These things did sink me into very deep despair, for I concluded that such things could not possibly be found among those who loved God.
    While this torture lasted, which was about a year, I could attend to none of the ordinances of God but with sore and great affliction; then I was most distressed with blasphemies, and despair would hold me a captive there. If I was reading, then sometimes I had sudden thoughts to question all I read. At other times my mind would be so strangely snatched away and possessed with other things that I neither knew, regarded, nor remembered as much as the sentence that just then I had read.

    ~~~
    The afflicted individual will derive comfort from these candid, reflective, honest difficult thoughts.
    The “un”afflicted may flinch and question whether such words ought to be written.
    Afflictions may surely differ in name but their content suggests evidence that the heart’s owner is a deviant of the worst kind.
    This ... I am familiar with with.
    ~~~
    John Bunyan was stricken with countless internal afflictions.
    Each, in the end, contributing to a deeper and more instructive search into the scriptures;
    Compelled to love the compelling One….
    He continued on.

    John Bunyan whispers to every afflicted soul,
    You are not alone.
    Maintaining his affection for Christ and His word amidst the cruelest of internal afflictions;
    He continued His pursuit and his final testimony secured him a wondrous ovation both on earth and in heaven.
    Christ triumphs over affliction;
    Praise the Lord!
    ~~~
    Afflictions have different names;
    arrive in different forms in each of our lives.
    In the end…
    They prove an extraordinary catalyst to a wondrous conformity.
    Stay in the word.
    Stay with the One who authored it.
    God will be faithful in "your" affliction.
    ~~~

    “I know, O Lord, that Thy judgments are right,
    and that Thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.”
    Psalm 119:75

  • THE GREAT DISCERNER

    THE GREAT DISCERNER
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Discernment – A perspective or direction guided by an internal quality of instinct rather than an external proof or stimuli.
    A supernatural directive from God dictated by the Holy Spirit.
    ~~~
    The Holy Spirit is the needle on the compass,
    The rudder on the ship,
    The wind behind the sail.
    He is invisible in His being,
    Yet visible in His power.
    He grants discernment to a seeking heart,
    Wisdom to the wondering,
    Grace to the hurting.
    He comforts,
    Corrects,
    Daily directs ...
    The child of God.
    ~~~
    He’s the great Discerner
    Residing within you,
    Abiding in you,
    Until you reach heaven.
    ~~~
    He appropriates the word within you;
    Steadies you on the course marked out for you.
    He seals,
    Solidifies,
    Sets-apart
    and
    Sanctifies
    The child of God.
    He’s the needle on the compass that leads you home;
    Discerning things that simply are not known.
    Ask Him ...
    Then do what you are shown.
    He'll prove faithful.
    ~~~

    “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”
    John 16:13

  • YOU ARE ACCEPTED

    YOU ARE ACCEPTED
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    We lose sight of who we are when we forget "whose" we are.
    Christ identifies us as His own …
    He forges our identity,
    Facilitates integrity,
    Fosters intimacy,
    Fulfills man internally.
    He initiates,
    Enforces,
    Employs vast resources ...
     Toward our growth and our good.
    ~~~
    He is constant in His devotion to us,
    Desire for us,
    Deliberation of us,
    and declaration to us …
    Who we are
    And
    Who He is.

    Listen to Him.
    ~~~
    YOU ARE ACCEPTED
    John 1:12 - You are God’s child.
    Romans 15:1 – You’ve been justified.
    1 Cor.6:17 – You’re united with Him and one spirit with Him.
    1 Cor.6:19-20 – You’ve been bought with a price. You belong to God.
    1 Cor.12:27 – You are a member of Christ’s body.
    Eph.1:1 – You are a saint.
    Eph.1:5 – You’ve been adopted as God’s child.
    Eph.2:18 – You have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit.
    Col.1:14 – You’ve been redeemed and forgiven of your sins.
    Col.2:10 – You are complete in Christ.
    ~~~
    The individual who recognizes Christ …
    Runs to Him,
    Relies on Him,
    Returns to Him,
    Will find rest in Him ...
    And in time radiate and reflect Him.
    Rest assured “you” are loved by the Lord.
    He has accepted "you."
    ~~~

    The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
    Jeremiah 31:3

  • SLOW TO UNDERSTAND

    SLOW TO UNDERSTAND
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    When the heart is heavy,
    Burdens are weighty,
    Shoulders are weary,
    Eyes are teary …
    God sees.
    He knows our
    Difficulties,
    Dilemmas,
    Disappointments,
    Discouragements.
    He’s not blind to our
    Weaknesses,
    Weariness,
    Worries,
    or
    Wanderings.
    ~~~
    He waits,
    Watches,
    Whispers …
    “I’m here,
    I’m enough,
    I have what you need,
    I’m who you need.
    I love you.”

    ~~~
    We are slow to understand
    The love of the Father.
    Slow to grasp the hand …
    That leads us home.
    God, help us when we cannot find our way.
    Love us,
    Lead us back …
    Into the fold.
    ~~~

    “All we like sheep have gone astray,
    we have turned everyone to his own way,
    And the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”
    Isaiah 53:6

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