The inspiration for this website came from a Scripture song I heard over 10 years ago at a ladies retreat:

Like Apples of Gold in pictures of silver
A word fitly spoken shall be,
Like Apples of Gold in pictures of silver
Let my life bring glory to thee.

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
Proverbs 25:11

Although some of the "stories" listed are made up, the Scriptural truths they illustrate are very real and can be of great benefit in a Christian's walk with the Lord and as illustrations for the lost.

It is my heart's desire that amongst the pages of this website, the Christian find words of encouragement and be spurred on to service for our Lord, and that seekers of the truth find Salvation in the timeless truths of God's Word for these troubled times.

- Angela

Poetry

Through the Eyes of a Bus Worker

Through the Eyes of a Bus Worker

Some see a fight, a push, and a shove.
I see a desperate cry for love.

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Some see a brat; he acts so bad.
I see a boy who’s never met his dad.

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Some see the messes and the trouble they give.
I see the poverty and the place where they live.

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Some see a teenager that won't dress right. 
I see a girl who has to protect herself at night.

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Some see the disrespect and a smart mouth so loud. 
I see a kid who gets made fun of in a crowd.

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Some see a woman who comes just to use. 
I see a lady who by a drunken husband is abused.

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Some see a drug addict, withered and worn. 
I see a soul that the Lord wants reborn.

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Some see dirt, filth, and snot. 
I see a kid who without Jesus, doesn't have a shot.

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Some see a crook, who you don’t trust much.
I see a man who needs the Lord’s touch.

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Some see a bunch of heathen that holler and yell.
I see kids with parents in jail.

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Some see a teenager who gives a lot of flack.
I see a boy whose family is on crack.

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Broken homes, broken lives, those with no hope. 
They need compassion and God's grace to cope.

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For every little girl that lies awake hungry at night, 
Lord, help me to keep in the fight.

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For every scared boy who sees his mommy get hit, 
Lord, help me to be faithful and never to quit.

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For every mama who needs a new start, 
Lord, help me to show her how to ask You into her heart.

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For every man on whom sin has a hold, 
Lord, help me to make sure the "Old Story" is told.

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The Lord sure has been good to me and mercy He's shown. 
Lord, help me to reach out so that others may make Heaven their home.

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May others judge gently when these kids they see. 
If not for the grace of God, that's where we'd be.

- By Crystal Buchanan

Disappointment – His Appointment

 

Disappointment – His Appointment

"Disappointment – His appointment,"
Change one letter, then I see
That the thwarting of my purpose
Is God's better choice for me.
His appointment must be a blessing,
Though it may come in disguise,
For the end from the beginning
Open to His wisdom lies.

"Disappointment – His appointment,"
Whose? The Lord, who loves me best,
Understands and knows me fully,
Who my faith and love would test;
For, like a loving earthly parent,
He rejoices when He knows
That His child accepts, unquestioned,
All that from His wisdom flows.

"Disappointment – His appointment,"
"No good thing will He withhold,"
From denials oft we gather
Treasures of His love untold,
Well He knows each broken purpose
Leads to fuller, deeper trust,
And the end of all His dealings
Proves our God is wise and just.

"Disappointment – His appointment,"
Lord, I take it, then, as such.
Like the clay in hands of potter,
Yielding wholly to Thy touch.
All my life's plan is Thy moulding,
Not one single choice be mine;
Let me answer, unrepining -
"Father, not my will, but Thine."

~Edith Lillian Young~

 

For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me:
and many such things are with him.

Job 23:14

Open Book

 
Parents, remember you bear Christ’s dear name.
Your lives are for children to view;
You are living examples- they’ll praise you or blame,
And measure the Savior by you.
 
-Anon.


God’s Will

God’s Will

I used to pray with puzzled heart,
And oft the tears would flow.
My prayer was very earnest then,
"Help me Thy will to KNOW!"

I later prayed with fearful heart,
Because God’s will I knew.
My prayer was much more earnest then,
"Help me Thy will to DO!"

Today I pray with yielded heart,
To my Father up above.
My prayer is very simple now,
"Help me Thy will to LOVE!"

Max Sidders
Ephesians 5:17

 

Just As I Am

Just As I Am

Charlotte Elliot

Just as I am, without one plea
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidd’st me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

Just as I am, and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee, whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind, -
Sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea, all I need, in Thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

Just as I am! Thy love unknown
Has broken every barrier down –
Now to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

Just as I am, of that free love
The breadth, length, depth, and height to prove,
Here for a season, then above,
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

My Times Are In Thy Hands

My Times Are In Thy Hands

(Written By William F. Lloyd)

My times are in Thy hand;
My God, I wish them there;
My life, my friends, my soul I leave
Entirely to Thy care.

My times are in Thy hand;
Whatever they may be;
Pleasing or painful, dark or bright,
As best may seem to Thee.

My times are in Thy hand;
Why should I doubt or fear?
My Father’s hand will never cause
His child a needless tear.

My times are in Thy hand,
Jesus, the crucified!
Those hands my cruel sins had pierced
Are now my guard and guide.

My times are in Thy hand,
I’ll always trust in Thee;
And, after death, at Thy right hand
I shall forever be.

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Alternate Version:

Our times are in Thy hand;
Father, we wish them there!
Our life, our souls, our all we leave
Entirely to Thy care.

Our times are in Thy hand,
Whatever they may be;
Pleasing or painful, dark or bright,
As best may seem to Thee.

Our times are in Thy hand;
Why should we doubt or fear?
Our Father’s hand will never cause
His child a needless tear.

Our times are in Thy hand,
Jesus, the crucified!
The hands my many sins have pierced
Is now our guard and guide.

Our times are in Thy hand,
We’ll always trust in Thee,
Till we have left this weary land,
And all Thy glory see.

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