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.
    “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



    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    "William Stirrat, aka Hy Zaret, was 16 when he wrote the lyrics about Mary Louise "Cookie" Pierce (prettiest girl he ever saw but never spoke too on account of shyness.) Alex North wrote the music to 'Unchained Melody.' Ask anyone over the age of, say, 30, if they remember the song 'Unchained Melody' and they will likely begin to sing you the lyrics "Oh, my love, my darling / I've hungered for your touch / A long, lonely time."
    The young lyricist who wrote those words waited a long time (19 years,) to hear it performed in public, but when the song finally hit the charts in 1955, it went straight to the top and has been there on and off for almost 50 years."
    -Linda DeNicola
    Staff writer to the News Transcript
    Interesting facts regarding this song:
    1) The word "Unchained" is never used in the lyrics. It was named for the little known prison film "Unchained" in which it was first featured.
    2) Several versions exist of when, why, and how the song was actually composed.
    I favor the version above based on the staff-writer's "one on one" interview with Hy Zaret, and the sense of vulnerability projected throughout the rest of the article (not all recorded here on account of space.)
    3) Alex North put the words to extraordinary music and made the words magical.
    4) The Righteous Brothers sang the song in 1955 and it became one of the most recorded songs in the 20th century.
    If you've never heard the song, dear Reader, you're in for a treat.
    The combination of word, music, and voice is second to none and no one sings it like the Righteous Brothers.
    In fact, when I listened to the CD in its entirety, every poetic nerve awoke in me;
    All on account of an old CD sitting in a Goodwill shop,
    Calling my name on my way out the door.
    Glad I picked it up.
    Hmmm ...
    We never know when something beautiful might waken and move us;
    When a composition of something beautiful, sweet, and good might speak to us and provoke us toward something stirring, good, and tender.
    There's something sweetly evoking, dear Reader, about returning to a "simpler" day,
    A tender way,
    And a loving song.
    Each time I listen I drift away:
    "Time goes by so slowly ...
    And time can do so much."
    Give the song a "listen too" and enjoy an old review of a beautiful yesterday,  dear Reader. Slow down, make time ... and listen to the music. 


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

     I didn't turn away as I'd done before ...
    And this has made all the difference.
    I looked fear, rejection, and condemnation straight in the eye,
    And in unflinching resolve,
    I refused them all.
    Decidedly, deliberately, and unflinchingly,
    I held on to the truth which God had spoken of me,
    And I dared apply it to myself.
    I chose a wise and beautiful course ...
    And this has made all the difference.
    We think we are at our lowest when, in reality, we are on the heights and at the very peak of absorbing and realizing new realities;
    Making new discoveries about the unconditional love and tenderness of God.
    The capacity to love and serve is activated at an entirely different level by one who has fallen from the heights and been received, restored, and renewed by the merciful Shepherd.
    Christ, the healing Shepherd, comes to all,
    And lovingly He meets us when we fall.
    We become the hands and feet that heal,
    A mystery in this love of God ...
    "A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions."
    -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
    *Accompanying Facebook Link:
    D.L. Inkwell



    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    "Where do you think you will be one year from now?" I was asked.
    "Surprised," I answered with a twinkle in my eye.
    The possibilities are endless as to what God might choose to do through us at any given moment, dear Reader.
    He ushers Himself into ordinary moments,
    Through ordinary individuals,
    In extraordinary ways.
    His goal is to delight the soul,
    And write the story;
    Magnitize the seeker,
    And magnify His glory.
    He knows how to do this ... entirely unaided.
    Surprise us, God.
    Lead us to a "somewhere" we've never been before,
    Grant us the courage to "open" up the door.
    Lead us into endless possibilities ...
    Lead us to the something,
    That is "more."



    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Initiating Father,
    You placed it on Hezekiah's heart to reinstitute the feast of Passover and rekindle remembrance of Your faithfulness. Hezekiah's immediate and obedient response to You ushered in a powerful glimpse of Your glory. Not only did You allow Hezekiah to achieve and fulfill Your desires, but you did the thing suddenly:
    You orchestrated a timeline that was of Your doing, so that not even King Hezekiah could glory in a personal achievement.
    Great God who does wondrous things,
    Perform a "sudden and immediate" work in my life that attests to Your glory.
    Let me be a responsive and obedient vessel for Your purposes,
    And satisfy me with a "tangible" act of amazing grace.
    "And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared the people; for the thing was done suddenly."
    2 Chronicles 29:36


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    And for just a little while it seemed that evil was prevailing,
    And that truth was certain failing.
    But it only seemed that way;
    It wasn't that way at all.
    Christ speaks emphatically about the truth because He is the truth.
    Because of Him and through Him we are enabled and empowered to tell the truth and live out the truth ... even when it's hard, unpopular, and undesirable.
    "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone that doeth evil hateth the light, and neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God."
    John 3:19-21
    The telling of truth and the "tellers" of truth bear witness to the Truth, displaying the  signature and seal of the Holy Spirit's presence within. Man is simply too evil to muster up the courage required for his cleansing unless the Spirit moves knowingly, powerfully, and lovingly within.
    The man or woman who tells the truth, dear Reader, will most certainly reap cleansing results from the Truth and this individual has nothing to fear.
    This individual is in possession of a most beautiful, certain, and unchanging reality.
    "Sanctify them through Thy truth; Thy word is truth."
    John 17:17
    No man can prevent God's word from bringing about the changes which He desires in our lives. No man's lie, no matter how great it seems, is equal or greater than God's pure truth.
    It never will be.
    Rest confidently and quietly in the wondrous realities of God's promises and provisions.
    Put them forth ... no man preventing,
    And trust God for a timely and truthful outcome.
    In His time ...
    "Truth is always strong no matter how weak it looks; and falsehood is always weak no matter how strong it looks."
    -Phillip Brooks

    *Facebook Link.


    O Lord God, I praise and magnify Thy name that thus Thou hast set Thy seal upon my inmost being, not leaving me to my own poor and petty selfhood or to the sole empire of animal passion and desire, but calling me to be an heir of Thine eternal Kingdom. I bless Thee for that knocking at my heart's door that warns me of Thy waiting presence. I bless Thee for Thy hand upon my life, and for the sure knowledge that, however I may falter and fail, yet underneath are Thine everlasting arms.

    O Thou who alone knowest what lies before me this day, grant that in every hour of it I may stay close to Thee. Let me be in the world, yet not of it. Let me use this world without abusing it. If I buy, let me be as though I possessed not. If I have nothing, let me be as though possessing all things. Let me today embark on no undertaking that is not in line with Thy will for my life, nor shrink from any sacrifice which Thy will may demand. Suggest, direct, control every movement of my mind, for my Lord Christ's sake.
    -John Baillie
    "The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms ... "
    Deuteronomy 33:27


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Be more overwhelmed by the grace of God,
    Than the test you face today;
    Be more overwhelmed by the word of God,
    Than the words you hear men say.
    When you stand alone ... then stand in Him,
    And He says, “I’ll be your stay.”
    Live in the grace that God provides,
    And be overwhelmed this day.

    “I, even I, am He that comforteth you: Who art thou that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; And forgettest the Lord thy Maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth ..."
    Isaiah 51:12-13


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Last night was one of those nights where I thought long into it.
    I went far away, tucked into thoughts that strangely confused and comforted all at once.
    One memory led to another memory,
    Which led to another memory,
    And on and on like that.
    And that was my night, dear Reader.
    And it seems so strange ...
    Upon continued reflection this morning;
    The moments and memories which the mind chooses to relive, rehearse, and recall.
    The memories speak a message of what the soul truly craves,
    Worthy of reflection and contemplation.
    Worthy of the tears ...
     That gentle fall.
    Worthy of the hopes and dreams within.
    "Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future."
    -Corrie Ten Boom


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    There are many things in life we cannot change,
    But our attitude isn't one of them.
    This wondrous reality, dear Reader, prompts a creative attempt to translate the negatives into positives through the application of practical activity.
    Let's mentally circle the three negatives we're most struggling with today, and transfer our negative energy into a positive "counter" activity.
    The goal is to apply a concrete physical activity in the stead of the negative, whereby God is glorified and the human nature mollified in the process.
    Grab ahold of my hand and let's begin to make some alphabetical transfers.
    Let's transfer ...
    -Anger into Achievement (specific and prompt.)
    -Bitterness into Betterment.
    -Criticism into Compassion.
    -Distress into Discipline.
    -Embarrassment into Empathy.
    -Fear into Forgiving.
    -Griping into Giving.
    -Hatred into Healing.
    -Ignorance into Intelligence.
    -Judgment into Jentleness (For just this once we'll replace the "G" with a "J" and overlook the intentional misspelling on account of it being such a beautiful and precise opposite.)
    -Killing into Kindness.
    -Lying into Learning.
    -Marginal behavior into Meaningful.
    -Negativity into Nicety.
    -Ornery into Optimism.
    -Pessimistic into Pro-Active.
    -Quibbling into Quiet.
      -Resistant into Resourceful.
    -Self-righteous into Softened.
    -Torment into Truth.
    -Undermining into Understanding.
    -Vulgarity into Vulnerability.
    -Wickedness into Wisdom.
    -eXaustion into eXalting.
    -Yapping into Yearning.
    -Zeros into Zillions. (Take what looks like nothing and turn it into something.)
    One of my "circlings" is Anger which is composed of much energy.
    I replace Anger with Achievement by directing my energy into a positive, meaningful activity. The activity I've chosen is a hike up Black Elk in support of Special Olympics whereby I will work to raise money for this charity.
    Harney was rightfully renamed "Black Elk" on account of the horrific and brutal murderers "General Harney" committed in the slaying of women and children.
    There's something very empowering to me, dear Reader, about taking a bad and hurtful place and translating it into a healing and life-giving place.
    Black Elk is perfect for me and speaks personally to me on a lot of different levels.
    Mmmm ...
    *For more information on the hike, visit the CONTACT page and view the content beneath the photo.
     Now it's your turn.
    Circle three.
    Live Intentionally.

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