By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Star …
    Quarter horse,
    Full of life.
    White stockings,
    White star.
    Study close.
    See the scars;
    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 …..
    Solo Star.
    Strewn rider.
    Unscathed, shaken; rattled.
    Wanting Star’s return.
    Running, running, running….
    Rider reaches….
    Hands touch.
    Eyes settle.
    Voice soothes.
    Star settles.

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

    He rescues.
    Receives the scars … His own.
    The hands hold nails,
    The body beaten,
    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…

    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


    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 

    “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.

    "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


    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


    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,
    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,
    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


    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,
    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
    Who He is.

    Listen to Him.
    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


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    When the heart is heavy,
    Burdens are weighty,
    Shoulders are weary,
    Eyes are teary …
    God sees.
    He knows our
    He’s not blind to our
    He waits,
    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


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Was God of all the universe,
    Excited Christmas Day?
    Did He see the baby Jesus
    In the manger full of hay?

    Did He see the mother Mary,
    When she held Him in her arms?
    Did He see her kiss Him gently,
    Hold Him close and keep Him warm?

    Did He watch the shepherds coming,
    Closely following the star?
    Did He see as wise men followed,
    Traveling from a land afar?

    Did He see the baby Jesus ...
    Did He see the tiny King?
    Or did He see His precious Son,
    That He loved more than anything?

    The excitement of the moment,
    All the human eye can see:
    Was a sacrificial moment;
    Christ would die for you and me.

    Giving all … receiving nothing,
    What a gift on Christmas Day;
    When the God of all creation,
    Placed our Savior in the hay.

    ~Merry Christmas~


    “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
    John 3:16


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Your darkness doesn’t hold a candle next to Christ’s light.
    Hold the hand that leads you home.

    Then Jesus spoke again to them saying,
    “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
    John 8:12


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    The gifts were all unwrapped,
    The wrapping paper strewn about;
    Toys of every kind,
    Were scattered everywhere throughout.

    Sweaters, shirts, and clothing,
    And computer games galore,
    Vidoes and software,
    For the children even more.

    Something deep within me,
    Wandered oh so far away.
    To simple things that mattered,
    On a simple Christmas Day.

    A baby in a manger,
    On a dark and quiet night;
    The stars up in the heaven,
    Looking down on Holy Light.

    I’m humbled by this present,
    By the manner which He came;
    I’m hopeful of a Savior,
    Who arrived with such a name:

    Immanuel – God with us,
    Not above us, not around,
    But with us ... God is with us,
    And He walked our mortal ground.

    The King of heaven’s glory,
    In His majesty and might;
    Chose a woman’s womb,
    And then arrived one quiet night.

    A gift that came unwrapped,
    And left His lofty home above,
    To lay in manger hay,
    One Christmas Day ….
    A “gift” of love.
    ~Merry Christmas~

    “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
    Matthew 1:23

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