• YESTERDAY

    YESTERDAY
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    If you made poor choices yesterday;
    Pray for strength to not repeat them today.
    ~~~
     "One thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead."
    Philippians 2:13b


     

  • THE REHABILITATOR

    THE REHABILITATOR
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    God has the power to:
    Restore,
    Restructure,
    Rehabilitate ...

    Wayward lives,
    Wayward thoughts,
    Wayward habits,
    Wayward eyes,
    and
    Wayward hearts.
    ~~~
    The flesh is too weak,
    Susceptible,
    Unreliable
    and
    Unmanagable
    To get you where you need to go.
    It will lead you astray,
    Lead you away;
    and
    Take you far from home.
    ~~~
    Christ is the great Rehabilitator.
    Turn to the One who is …
    Able,
    Stable,
    Reliable,
    Unchangeable.
    He’ll get you home.
    *You cannot achieve in your flesh what only Christ can accomplish through His Spirit.
    ~~~
    “For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”
    Phil.2:13

  • YOU CHOOSE

    YOU CHOOSE
    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.
    Fill your attitude
    With gratitude.
    It’s contagious.

    ~~~
    "O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall forth Your praise."
    ​Psalm 51:15

  • 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.
    ~~~

    “O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
    You maintain my lot.
    The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    Yes, I have a good inheritance."
    Psalm 16:5-6


  • DIFFERENT CHOICES

    DIFFERENT CHOICES

    If what you’re doing today
    Isn’t going to lead you
    To where you want to be tomorrow;
    Make some different choices
    …. this moment.
    -Darrelyn L. Tutt
    ~~~~
    "For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption;
    but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life."
    Galatians 6:8



  • INSIDE OF MAN

    INSIDE OF MAN
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    “Sensual cravings sometimes entice you to wander around, but when the moment is past, what do you bring back with you save a disturbed conscience and heavy heart? A happy going often leads to a sad return, a merry evening to a mournful dawn. Thus, all carnal joy begins sweetly but in the end brings remorse and death.”
    -Thomas Kempis

    ~~~
    Sensual cravings,
    Internal urges,
    Earthly wants
    and
    A host of carnal desires beg to be filled
    Inside of man.
    This is true of every individual and not just a few.
    Don’t tell yourself that your struggles are somehow ....
    Exceptional,
    Unique,
    Different,
    More intense.
    Each man must reckon with a sin nature of his own.
    Each man must deal daily with temptation and depravity within his soul.
    ~~~
    How does one effectively do it?
    Get into your communion “cell” with Christ.
    Be quiet awhile.
    Pray,
    Meditate,
    Steep in the word,
    Saturate yourself with all that is pure.

    The internal lusts will only be settled by the internal peace of Christ;
    Wants and cravings will only be satisfied by a deeper union with Christ;
    Corruptions and impurities only removed by the blood of Christ.
    ~~~
    It is well to get alone with the Lord;
    Don’t neglect your time with Him.
    You need Him,
    He is calling,
    Respond to Him.
    ~~~

    “Whom have I in heaven but Thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee. My flesh and my heart faileth; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
    Psalm 73:25-26

  • ONE BY ONE

    ONE BY ONE
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    The formation of character
    Is not developed on
    The foundation of entitlement.
    It is built,
    One brick at a time
    With the raw material called:
    Difficulty,
    Adversity,
    Trial,
    Obscurity,
    Pain,
    Heart-ache
    and
    Sorrow.
    ~~~
    God lays the brick,
    And one by one,
    He fits them,
    Joins them ….
    When He’s done,
    This beautiful thing
    Called character emerges.
    And out of the rough …
    Comes something real.
    Authentic,
    True,
    A thing revealed
    Of
    Value,
    Worth,
    and beauty.
    Surpassing
    Labor’s duty.

    ~~~
    The mortar of His word secure,
    Attaching,
    Brick to brick,
    Secure …
    And situating soul.
    And strengthening the whole.
    ~~~
    God lays the brick,
    And one by one;
    He fits them,
    Joins them …
    When He’s done,
    This beautiful thing
    Called character emerges.
    And out of the rough ...
    Comes something real.

    ~~~
    “You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
    1 Peter 2:5

  • 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

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