• WALK THIS WAY

    WALK THIS WAY
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Walk this way, this narrow way,
    And come along with me;
    Join the throng of Ancients,
    That have marched triumphantly.

    Find the sacred parting path,
    That kindred souls have trod,
    And earnestly contend with those,
    Who knew the living God.

    This the quest and journeyed path,
    Of God pursuing Saint,
    To step with steady stride and cast aside,
    All earth’s restraint.
    ~~~
    Thus says the Lord, “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it;
    Then you will find rest for your souls.”
    Jeremiah 6:16a


  • THERE'S MORE IN YOU

    THERE'S MORE IN YOU
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    MOTIVATION – A stimulus induced which produces desirable activity.
    Synonyms – Spring, impulse, incentive, inducement, spur, goad.
    ~~~
    Who or what ….
    Stirs you,
    Stimulates you,
    Strengthens you,
    Solicits you,
    Suggests in you,
    Says to you,
    There’s more in you?
    ~~~
    Who or what ….
    Calls out in you,
    The best in you..
    Inviting you,
    Inciting you,
    Igniting you,
    Reminding you …
    There’s more to you?
    ~~~
    Who or what …
    Lights the fire,
    Instills desire,
    Implores, inspires,
    The want in you
    To live more?
    Explore more,
    Expect more,
    Experience more,
    Live more…
    Fully?
    ~~~
    People of passion
    Generally fashion;
    Awaken within,
    A flickering ember.

    A breath on the ember,
    They whisper;
    "Remember … there’s more.”
    ~~~
    Who or what ….
    Is breath on your ember
    Whispers
    “Remember,
    ....There’s more.”
    ~~~
    “For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you….”
    2 Timothy 1:6a

  • SIMPLY THANKFUL

    SIMPLY THANKFUL
    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.

    ~~~
    "O give thanks unto the Lord for He is good;
    For His mercy endureth forever."
    Psalm 136:1

  • ATTITUDE

    ATTITUDE
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Countless things
    Uncontrollable.
    Attitude isn’t one of them.
    From the time you rise
    To the time
    Your head hits the pillow....
    You get to choose
    Your attitude.
    You may be immersed
    In worst case scenario,
    Difficult circumstance,
    Adverse trial,
    Painful encounter.
    Still you choose,
    Your attitude.
    Grumpy,
    Grouchy,
    Grateful,
    Gracious,
    Negative,
    Positive,
    Critical,
    Irritable,
    Thankful,
    Thoughtful,
    Cheerful,
    Hopeful.

    You decide.
    Attitude permeates…..
    People.
    Places.
    Trials.
    Spaces.
    And above all …
    It permeates you.
    You get to 
    Choose
    Your attitude;
    Your attitude doesn't choose you.
    ~~~
    “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
    1 Thessalonians 5:18

  • PREPARING

    PREPARING
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Lord ….
    I see you right beside me,
    In this valley of decision;
    You are leading and preparing me,
    To see with greater vision.

    Enabling me in spirit,
    With a lens of keener sight;
    Altered by a realm,
    Of holy cleansing perfect light.

    Calling me with purpose,
    By Your will and sovereign choice;
    Giving me provision,
    As I heed Your holy voice.

    Grant me deep discernment,
    As I move on fleshly plain;
    To see that my election,
    Bears the witness of Your name.
    Amen.

    ~~~
    “Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make certain about
    His calling and choosing you;
    for as long as you practice these things,
    you will never stumble.”
    2 Peter 1:10

  • CIRCLE OF FRIENDS

    CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    “According to research by Dr. David McClelland of Harvard, the people with whom you habitually associate are called your “reference group,” and these people determine as much as 95 percent of your success or failure in life.
    It is not always comfortable, but it is always profitable to associate with people larger than ourselves.
    People with integrity.
    People who are positive.
    People who are ahead of us professionally.
    People who lift us up instead of knocking us down.
    People who take the high road, never the low.
    And above all, people who are growing.”
    John C. Maxwell
    ~~~
    Assess,
    Address,
    Evaluate.
    Individuals
    In circle of friends.
    The story they tell
    Is one …
    About
    You.
    Do you like what you read
    In the circle?
    Do you like
    What's being said ….
    About
    You?
    ~~~
    “Iron sharpeneth iron;
    So a man sharpeneth the countenance
    Of his friend.”
    Proverbs 27:17


  • THE TENDER OAK

    THE TENDER OAK
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    She stood amidst the forest deep,
    In stature very small;
    Shadowed by the older trees,
    That towered over all.

    Her little shadowed leafy head,
    She bowed in humble state;
    And wondered what it must be like,
    To grow in stature great.

    To meet the sky and bare a form,
    Magnificent and true;
    To greet and feel the daily sun,
    The way that some could do.

    And as she pondered over this,
    The skies began to gray;
    As stormy gusts and forceful winds,
    Began to make their way.

    How the winds beat cruel and strong,
    As trees fell all around;
    Large and lofty stately forms,
    Came crashing to the ground.

    Stripped and broken snapping boughs,
    Resounded through the night;
    The tender, tired little oak,
    Hung on with all her might.

    Morning came and stillness passed,
    And all was rearranged;
    The little oak looked all about,
    With eyes and vision changed.

    Stormy gusts had taken down,
    The lofty and the high;
    Uprooted trees could now be seen,
    With roots that looked so dry.

    “How can it be,” she asked aloud,
    “The trees that towered tall,
    Could not withstand the gusty winds,
    That now have made them fall?”

    An elder tree looked down upon,
    The tender little oak;
    “One’s size does not determine,
    What you stand against,” he spoke.

    “For storms are surely bound to come,
    And winds will steady blow;
    Enduring strength is only found,
    In roots … that deeply grow.”
    ~~~~
    “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.
    They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.
    It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.
    It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
    Jeremiah 17:7-8


  • SIMPLE QUESTION

    SIMPLE QUESTION
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Second grade.
    Single handout.
    Simple question.
    I want to be _____________________.
    Fill in blank.
    Simple answers:
    Blackboard professions.
    Teacher writing;
    White on black.
    Chalk engaging:
    Terry to be teacher.
    Peter to be pilot.
    Nancy to be nurse.
    David to be doctor.
    Aaron to be astronaut.

    Filled blackboard.
    Great aspirations.
    Big expectations.
    Acknowledged.
    ~~~
    Fold my paper.
    Hold my paper.
    In my hands.
    Revelation.
    Realization.
    Answer wrong.
    Thought did not occur to me.
    A list of things that I could be.
    My answer
    Simply wanting….
    To belong.
    ~~~
    Belong -
    Become attached.
    Bound by birth,
    Allegiance,
    Dependency.
    To be an attribute,
    A part ...
    Of another person
    Or thing.
    To be fulfilled within a unit.
    To belong.

    ~~~
    Teacher says,
    The want to “be”
    Should make us see,
    The need
    For higher learning.
    Teachers, pilots, nurses,
    More….
    Doctors, astronauts
    Explore
    More schooling.
    ~~~
    But quietly, a thought in me…
    Is being explored.
    Does school exist …
    A school for me,
    Where I can board?
    ~~~
    Or…
    Could it be
    Such need in me.
    Engaged in me…
    Secured in me
    A want for God?
    Could it be
    Unknown to me ….
    One day I’d be
    A child beloved
    By God?
    ~~~
    Never had the answer wrong.
    I simply wanted to belong.
    God met the need
    And all along…
    He loved me.
    ~~~
    The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying,
    “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
    Therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you.”
    Jeremiah 31:3

  • HE BREATHES

    HE BREATHES
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Oh heart so bruised and sorely worn,
    A comfort blows your way;
    The Savior knows and mends the heart,
    Desiring to obey.

    He breathes a breath and all is new,
    Where heartache should arise;
    A healing balm is placed upon,
    The soul … that sanctifies.

    Oh for the grace that freely flows,
    In this I will rejoice;
    No man, no plan can circumvent,
    My Savior’s precious voice.

    Though heart should grieve I will believe,
    God takes our deepest pain;
    And joy shall come and rivers flow,
    And fill the tender plain.

    ~~~~
    “I will open rivers in desolate heights, and fountains in the midst of valleys;
    I will make the wilderness a pool of water,
    and the dry land springs of water.”
    Isaiah 41:18

     

  • MONGREL OR PUREBRED

    MONGREL OR PUREBRED
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Breed a mongrel
    With a mongrel;
    You’ll get a mongrel.
    Breed a mongrel,
    With a purebred;
    You’ll get a mixed breed.
    Breed a purebred
    With a purebred;
    You’ll get a purebred.
    ~~~
    Insecurity and Uncertainty.
    Mongrel thoughts;
    Bred by rehearsing
    The changeable:
    What if I lose my job?
    What if my spouse leaves?
    What if I have cancer?
    What if I can’t pay the bills?
    What if I can’t get it right?

    The what-ifs create…
    Endless list of
    Endless wondering.
    At the end of endless wondering:
    Insecurity and Uncertainty.
    We breed instability when we mix..
    The changing with changing.
    Mongrel thoughts.
    Absorbed
    Together.
    A little bit of everything.
    A lot of nothing.
    ~~~
    Pause.
    Think.
    Take a pure thought,
    Right strain of truth;
    Mix with another pure thought,
    Another grain of truth.
    Security and certainty…
    Bred by rehearsing,
    The unchangeable:
    God is faithful,
    He will never leave or forsake you.
    His unchanging Word has been given you to navigate,
    His Spirit to help you appropriate,
    His love to simply saturate…
    Your needy soul.

    ~~~
    The latter list;
    True list.
    Everything in it …
    Unchanging.
    Unmoving.
    Unswerving.
    Unquestioning.

    Mind feeding,
    Thought breeding;
    Man needing,
    God's leading ...
    Alone.
    ~~~
    Today you choose,
    List you live by.
    Mongrel ...
      Purebred.
    Feed the breed
    With seed 
    You need....
    The Living Word.
    ~~~
    “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,
    whatever things are noble,
    whatever things are just,
    whatever things are pure,
    whatever things are lovely,
    whatever things are of good report,
    if there is any virtue
    and if there is anything praiseworthy,
    meditate on these things.”
    Philippians 4:8

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