Almost Home

 

Upon your withered brow
Wisdom shows
The hoary head
And tattered clothes
Bent, you humbly bow
Signs of the journey
Life has brought you through
Chosen wisely you have tread
You’ve given your life away
At life’s end there’s no regrets
None you need repay…
All to the I Am…
Your heart, mind and soul
Made everlasting love
Your eternal goal…
Walk on my child, take joy and know
You’re journey’s soon complete
A few more steps in this old world,
Home will be so sweet…
~M.S. O’Neill November 20, 2015

The Better Part

 

Luke 10:41-42 New International Version (NIV) “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
With the holiday season upon us, it’s easy to become irritated, frustrated, “unglued” frantic even…so much to do, and already stretched beyond elasticity…what to do? What to do?
Take a deep breath, exhale, and just relax a moment.
I’m sure Martha felt the same way. She had the Master over for dinner and other important people were attending, along with family and friends…
The turkey had to be baked, the potatoes mashed, the pies prepared, the cookies and candies for the grandchildren with special icing and sprinkles made for each one …the floor needed mopping, last-minute groceries to be bought, flowers arranged, a little gift for each one, no time. She thought, I just can’t do it all in time…and Mary was sitting doing what?
First things first…
Listen, there is only one thing that is needed and that is to sit quietly at the feet of the Master and hear from him. You’ll be at peace with yourself and then with others. Just breathe and let his calm rest within your mind and your heart. With your eyes on him, your heart tuned to his words, you will find His joy that will help you face any task any situation with a steady, positive, competent response. No worry, no rushing about, no concern for who is, or who is not helping you…
In the presence of Jesus your spirit will become refreshed and alert and capable of doing anything because you spent time with Him first. This is the better part!
Take some time as you hurry about and stop, breathe, and sit, a little while in the presence of Jesus, you will be so glad you did!

Happy Thanksgiving!

~M.S. O’Neill November 20, 2017

Me

 

Hello, Me.
I think about you all the time
I, me, my and mine…
I want to have, I need to get, it’s me, me, me…
I’m talking about me, 24/7, and this is what I hear…
I’m tired, I’m lonely, I want some “me” time…
I have to do everything around here, I whine.
But what about, you, you, you?
I look in the mirror and what do I see? I see “Me” staring back at me!
Why don’t they talk to, me?
Why did they get the promotion? What’s wrong with me?
When my ship comes in, I’m leaving, and then, they can cry for me awhile…
It’s my job, my relationship, my car, my house, my money, my cat, my dog, my hair, my program, my workout, my time, my design, it’s all mine!
Why can’t they see it’s me, me, me…IT’S ALL ABOUT ME!!!
I have to do everything around here and I never get a thank you.
What would they do if they didn’t have me?
Have You, ever stopped to consider, that maybe if “Me,” were to think about “You,” that all that would be left for “Me,” to do, is to think about, “You?”
 My mom used to say this to us, “If you want to have JOY…remember this…
J-Jesus First,
O-Others second and
Y-Yourself last!
 ~M.S. O’Neill November 17, 2017
 Philippians 2:3-5 New International Version (NIV) Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.

The Heartbeat

 

When my heart is in sync with God’s heart, love is all I want to share
It’s a heart pure and holy, where angels surround and bear
Songs of joy and happiness, ring-out in the atmosphere
The heartbeat of God, Oh there is nothing stronger than His…
When your heart belongs to Jesus…your heartbeat will know this…
The beat is right on cue…
He gave His heart, long ago to you…

 

When I talk to Him, not about Him, His voice is loud and clear
My heart beats perfectly in rhythm, with certainty and cheer…
As all the enemies’ evil, completely disappears…
When standing in your presence my heart knows I am there
Holy Spirit, saturate my heart, with your loving, compassionate care…
And as it beats, ba-bump, ba-bump…keep it steady and constantly in prayer.
You are my heartbeat God, perfect peace, aware!
Your heartbeat God, is what I hear, as I lay my head upon your chest
Love beats strong and true and I can finally rest…
Let our heart, beat, as one, let love overcome…
With a strong perfect rhythm, like a song gently sung.
~M.S. O’Neill November 16, 2017
Psalm 103 King James Version (KJV) Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagles.

The Backside of the Desert…

 

Forty years in the desert
Sand storms and dry dusty days and nights…
Shepherding a flock of sheep
Praying for family I’d weep…
Forty long years and then God drew me near…
Standing shoeless on Holy Ground
I bowed in fear…
Quaking at the burning bush I could only hear
I Am that I Am; a voice came loud and clear…
Fire that does not consume, but fills the dark, the gloom
With over powering solitude…
In the desert I found my purpose…
Go, set my people free
God asked this of me!!!
I learned patience in the desert
I learned long suffering and gratitude…
I learned no matter what I face in life
God is always faithful, His word cuts like a knife…
But He is always right…
The desert is my learning ground
For in it, I was found!
~M.S. O’Neill November 16, 2017
Exodus 3:4-10 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
And Moses said, “Here I am.”
 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
 

Sojourner

Homesteaders we are not, for our home is yet to be seen
We live among these citizens until we see our King
Only guests in this foreign place…
Living in a manner to honor Him, while making haste…
To dream and build and occupy for we wish to make no waste…
To sing and dance and write His words upon the comelings hearts
Knowing that we are sojourners here, and here, is where we start…
Sowing seeds and planting fields
Walking beside still waters…
The beauty here cannot compare to what we’ll have, when we get there…
So plow and sweat and play and sleep beneath these wondrous stars…
Teach your children how to pray and reach beyond the bars…
For we are no longer prisoners of the Evil-War-Lord, here on earth
Ours is of a nobler land; not built by human hands
Sojourners, our homes not built on sinking sand…
But built by He, who has prepared, our Promise Land
We need not wonder…it’s by faith we take our stand…
Knowing there are those who await our arrival,
But until then~
We are sojourners in a foreign land.
~M.S. O’Neill November 15, 2017 
1 Peter 2:11-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
Living Before the World
Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.

Divine Grace

Excruciating! Debilitating! This pain is more than the body or mind can take…
Suffering is indescribable, swimming in a tormented lake…
The mind writhes in torture chambers, not asleep and not awake…
Cries for just a moment of reprieve, so, pain-killers I take…
Numb and exhausted finally I sleep the sleep of the undead…
Restless dreams of hope wonder in my head…
Sometimes thoughts of wanting death…
At least I’d be free of the dread, knowing what living, will give instead…
Then someone enters my world of unconsciousness, the face I recognize…
Divine Grace; shining from His eyes…
Floating in a pool of warmth, in peace is where I lie…
As His Divine Grace, pours upon my tattered, torn body, my soul finds rest,
And I am free to fly!
In my Father’s house are many mansions…I go to prepare a place for you that where I am you may be also…
~M. S. O’Neill November 14, 2017
John 14:2-4 The Message (MSG) The Road
“Don’t let this throw you. You trust God, don’t you? Trust me. There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home. If that weren’t so, would I have told you that I’m on my way to get a room ready for you? And if I’m on my way to get your room ready, I’ll come back and get you so you can live where I live. And you already know the road I’m taking.”

Jesus

My mom used to say this verse all the time, “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor, rather than silver and gold.
She’d say, “Your name will go farther than you will, so make sure you don’t ruin your name.”
Our names are given to us at birth and stays with us even after we are gone.
Our name identifies us and sets us apart from everyone else.
Oh there are pet names we give each other, like sweetheart, baby, dar’lyn sometimes brat or goof-ball just to name a few.
Moms called us to supper by our names or to come home when at play. The nurse calls our name at the doctor’s office, and the teacher calls our name at roll call in school. We are known by our name.
And when someone mispronounces our name it’s pretty disturbing and of course we set them straight right away.
We are sometimes given titles to go with our name like Doctor, Pastor, Commander, and so on…
But titles are not the same as our name.
I was thinking about this the other morning 4:30 in the morning as a matter of fact. I couldn’t sleep no matter what I did, so I thought about many things and after praying a while this came to my mind.
I thought about the name of Jesus. His name was given even before he was born, by the angel of the Lord.
He’s Adonai, Elohim, there are lots of descriptions and titles He’s given, Savior, etc.
He said, In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.
He has given us permission to use His name…
When He hears His name He is quick to listen and attend to our cry…
And this was my thought…The Name Above ALL other names, the name given by God the Father, when we say the Name of Jesus He hears us and responds to His name….
Just like when we hear our name called…someone can say, “Hey you, or Sir or Maim,” and we don’t really pay attention but when you hear your name, your ears perk up, they’ve got your attention and you respond because it’s your name they’ve addressed.
We can love on Jesus by calling Him endearing names…praise worthy words, names that describe Him…
But if we want to get His full attention and have demons run and sickness scatter…say the name of Jesus…or His Hebrew name, Yeshua…
It identifies who we are talking to in the heavenly realm and He said, He will hear and answer because He has given us authority here on earth to say His name and at His name our request will be heard.
There were other Jesus’s in those days just as there are other people who have our name…but there is a district difference when someone you know and love says your name. You know exactly who it is that’s calling you.
Jesus…Yeshua…just saying His name out loud, and knowing who it is I’m addressing brings such joy and love to my heart and mind…
Knowing what he has done for me and you, the love he gave so we could know him, there is no greater name than Jesus…
Knowing too, that He said, I have access to heaven because of His name and what that name means…that by His blood I am free from sin and death…All I have to do is say, Jesus in faith and I am instantly transformed into His presence…
When I say the name of Jesus…His ears perk up, immediately he knows my voice, and I have his full attention…
Thank you Jesus. I love you.
I love you too, Marla!
~M.S. O’Neill November 13, 2017
Proverbs 22: New King James Version (KJV) A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.
Mark 16:17-18 New King James Version (NKJV) And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
John 14 12:13 New King James Version (NKJV) “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
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