• THE SILENT RUB

    THE SILENT RUB
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Ashes to ashes,
    And dust to dust;
    All things on earth,
    Erode and rust ...

    Wear out and fade,
    And pass away;
    But for the soul,
    Will all decay.

    The treasure true,
    The treasure rare;
    Is in the soul,
    And hidden there.

    The tender pearl,
    The loss to gain;
    The silent rub,
    The sandy grain.

    And life begin,
    Where death resign …
    From dust to dust,
    To life divine.
    ~~~

    “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
    For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
    Matthew 6:20-21

  • THE SILENT GUEST

    THE SILENT GUEST
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Solitude is a discipline that develops
    Depth,
    Desire,
    Intimacy
    and
    Nearness with God.

    It spawns growth and spurs creativity;
    It calms the spirit and quiets the soul.
    Solitude secures a solid relationship with God and with others.
    We are wise when we interrupt our busy schedules and make time for that silent guest named Solitude.
    ~~~

    Brief Excerpt by John C. Maxwell
    How Successful People Grow

    Study the lives of great people who have made an impact on the world, and you will find that in virtually every case, they spent a considerable amount of time alone thinking. Every significant religious leader in history spent time in solitude. Every political leader who had an impact on history practiced the discipline of solitude to think and plan. Great artists spend countless hours in their studios or with their instruments not just doing, but exploring their ideas and experiences. Time alone allows people to sort through their experience, put it into perspective, and plan for the future. I strongly encourage you to find a place to think and to discipline yourself to pause and use it, because it has the potential to change your life. It can help you to figure out what’s really important and what isn’t.
    ~~~

    Be still and know that I am God …
    Psalm 46:10


  • STAY THE COURSE

    STAY THE COURSE
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Favorite wall hanging:
    An individual with arms bowed out,
    Oars in hand,
    Muscles moving, working;
    Small boat moving across waters.
    Background of golden hues,
    Light fog enveloping.
    ~~~
    Caption beneath photo:
    PERSEVERANCE
    “There is no substitute for hard work.”
    Thomas A. Edison.
    ~~~
    Perseverance – To persist in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of counter influences, opposition, or discouragement. –Websters

    The difference between failure and success does not lie in one’s talent, ability, agility, knowledge, intention … or even desire.
    The one who succeeds is the one who perseveres.
    Perseverance puts sweat on the brow and muscle in the spirit.
    It’s actively engaged in getting-up when it’s easier to lie down.
    A persevering person, like all the rest, battles fatigue, frustration, and fear …
    But continues to maintain the oars,
    Set the focus,
    Man the boat.
    And behind and above the scene:
    A hand of grace at work pulling, drawing, deepening the faith of the individual who perseveres.
    God, Himself, extending His reach,
    Applying His grace,
    Administering His strength.
    ~~~
    Perhaps, I am speaking to one who is
    Weary,
    Wondering,
    Waiting,
    Questioning.
    Wiped out,
    Washed out,
    Tired out.
    Three words for you:
    Stay the Course!
    Maintain the boat,
    Move the oars,
    Keep your eyes on Jesus.
    He’ll get you to the other side.
    ~~~

    "I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
    Philippians 3:14

  • THOUGH TEAR SHOULD FALL

    THOUGH TEAR SHOULD FALL
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Though tear should fall
    In dark of night;
    Though morning cast
    No ray of light.

    Though sorrow come
    And shadow fall;
    Though darkness tower
    Over all.

    Yet will I trust
    In simple form;
    And bow my knee
    Through trial’s storm.

    Acknowledging
    The sovereign hand;
    Of God Almighty’s
    Wiser hand.

    To delegate,
    Appoint the test;
    To try my heart
    As seemeth best.

    For this I know,
    In dark of night;
    In time shall come ….
    A ray of light.
    ~~~~

    “If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
    Yea, the darkness hideth not from Thee, but the night shineth as the day:
    The darkness and the light are both alike to Thee.”
    Psalm 139:11-12


  • THE WORDS YOU SAY

    THE WORDS YOU SAY
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    When you speak poorly of another;
    You convey a message about yourself.
    Be careful,
    Considerate,
    Compassionate,

    of others.
    Rehearse,
    Rethink,
    Review,
    Reflect

    The words you say …
    Before you say them.
    ~~~
    If you can’t speak constructively,
    Kindly,
    Courteously,
    Without contempt …
    Be quiet.
    ~~~
    Words are a reflection of your soul;
    Use them wisely.
    Edify,
    Encourage,
    Uplift,
    and
    Engage

    In ways that enhance conversation.
    ~~~
    Where you’ve spoken
    Poorly,
    Improperly,
    Unjustly….
    Confess,
    Use your mouth
    Respectably.
    Appreciate new opportunity.
    Employ your mouth
    Responsibly.

    Love others …
    and
    Do it
    Intentionally.
    Your words tell a story ...
    Effectively.
    ~~~

    “Whoever guards his mouth and tongue,
    keeps his soul from troubles.”
    Proverbs 21:23

  • HE CARES

    HE CARES
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    He cares about the sparrow small,
    He clothes the lily sweet;
    There’s not a single care or need,
    But God alone will meet.

    Limitations don’t exist,
    And nothing does appear;
    To give the great Creator,
    Any cause for any fear.

    Nothing can alarm Him,
    Nor surprise Him ‘bout your need;
    Nothing can detract Him,
    He will always intercede.

    For He careth for the sparrow,
    And He clothes the lily sweet;
    Every need that He’s created,
    He intends to fully meet.
    ~~~

    “But seek ye first the kingdom of God,
    and His righteousness;
    and all these things shall be added unto you.”
    Matthew 6:33

  • COMPASSION

    COMPASSION
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Compassion is a universal language;
    Everyone seems to understand it
    and
    Everyone needs it.
    ~~~

    “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.”
    2 Corinthians 1:3


  • ONE FACED

    ONE FACED
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    God is faithful,
    Fearless,
    Faultless,
    Fierce.
    He protects,
    Overshadows,
    Overrides
    the thoughts,
    Intents,
    Ideas,
    Suggestions of man.
    He’s truth based,
    One faced,
    Full of grace …
    God.

    ~~~
    He retains the power to restore the
    Broken,
    Bruised,
    Battered
    and
    Beaten-up.
    ~~~
    He loves,
    Cast-aways,
    Run-aways,
    and
    Far-aways.
    He’s partial to …
    Prodigals,
    Prostitutes,
    Profligates.
    He’s not afraid of the problematic.
    He knows that His presence
    Is our solution.

    ~~
    He doesn’t see potential in us;
    He sees potential in what His Son can do through us.
    And there lies all the difference.
    ~~~
    Maybe you’re lost,
    Far from home,
    Feeling forgotten.
    Do an about face to the True faced.
    Your eyes will glimpse His glory.
    His eyes will cleanse your soul.
    ~~~
    “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
    On those who hope for His lovingkindness.”
    Psalms 33:18

  • DEPTH

    “There is nothing like depth to make us dissatisfied with superficial, shallow things. Once we have delved below the surface and had a taste of the marvels and mysteries of the deep, we realize the value of taking time and going to the trouble of plumbing those depths.”
    Charles Swindoll


  • UNDER THE RULE

    UNDER THE RULE
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Should we do something rightly
    If we’re thinking wrongly?
    Should motivations that are less than pure …
    Seize us,
    Slow us,
    Stop us,
    Sequester a beautiful noble deed.

    Should motivations guide our course of obedience,
    Rule our conduct,
    Determine our activity?
    ~~~
    I think not.
    ~~~
    How shallow the spiritual life would be
    If motivations were the guiding rule.
    If blame for not doing
    What we ought to be doing
    Could be cast on improper and impure motivations.
    ~~~
    Motivations are generally composed of
    A concoction of
    Impure,
    Improper,
    Selfish,
    Faulty,
    Impregnated motives surrounding self.

    Motivations are manufactured by the flesh,
    Must be surrendered to the Lord,
    Must be brought under the rule and reign of the Holy Spirit.
    Carefulness should lie in using "fleshly" motivations as an excuse for lack of obedience.
    ~~~
    If God has called you to a thing,
    Don’t allow motives to excuse you from doing the thing.
    Trust God and ask Hiim to purify your motives
    And work through you anyway.
    Trust God that His Spirit will …
    Empower you,
    Surround you,
    Lead you,
    Overpower you,
    Strengthen you,
    And overshadow all hindrances,
    Including those things called motives.
    The Spirit is greater than all;
    He'll supply,
    Just obey ....
    Do it anyway.
    ~~~

    “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it,
    to him it is sin.”
    James 4:17

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