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

I Met God In The Morning

I Met God In The Morning

I met God in the morning
When my day was at its best,
And His Presence came like sunrise
Like a glory in my breast.

All day long the Presence lingered,
All day long He stayed with me,
And we sailed in perfect calmness
O’er a very troubled sea.

Other ships were blown and battered,
Other ships were sore distressed,
But the winds that seemed to drive them
Brought to us a peace and rest.

Then I thought of other mornings,
With a keen remorse of mind,
When I, too, had loosed the moorings
With the Presence left behind.

So I think I know the secret,
Learned from many a troubled way;
You must seek Him in the morning
If you want Him through the day.

Ralph Cushman

I Am Learning, Lord

I Am Learning, Lord

My life has taken many falls
And tumbles ‘long the way.
The many trials have left me
In a sure state of dismay.
For with each trial, I tried alone
To tend, and soothe, and mend,
Instead of giving them to God –
And on Him just depend …

But, I am learning, Lord.

It seems that I was determined
to carry all the load.
I longed for smoother pathways.
Yet, I walked a rocky road.
Little did I understand,
God waited patiently
To pave a new beginning
With a better life for me.

But, I am learning, Lord.

It took a real disaster
To bring me to my knees;
To finally call upon the Lord
And say, “God help me, please.”
He can, with no delaying,
With strong arms that could hold –
The weight of all my burdens;
He gladly took the load.

And, I am learning, Lord.

What a needless cross I carried,
All because I could not see –
What a friend I have in Jesus,
And the love He has for me.
Peace I find when troubles hover,
Though’ the outcome is unknown.
For if yet the road is rocky,
I won’t walk it all alone.

For, I am learning, Lord.

D. Sue Horton ~
Copyright © 1995

Heaven

Heaven

I was asked a question today –
Alma, are you afraid to die?
Why no, I answered quite frankly,
And then I asked myself why.

There are several answers to this question:
Number one, I know where I’ll be;
My body may be in this earth,
But my soul will be in heaven, eternally.

For you see, I’ve trusted Christ as my Savior,
He’s the Rock on whom I depend.
Together, we’ll walk on those streets of gold,
I’ll have a new life of joy that never ends.

I have two people who’ll greet me
As I enter those big pearly gates:
A father who on earth loved me dearly,
And a sister, oh I barely can wait.

There’ll be no crying in heaven,
No more pain, oh won’t that be great.
And my loved ones who’ve gone on before me,
Why, they are waiting just inside the gates.

We’ll have a family reunion
As they guide me throughout this new land,
And the angels, they will be singing,
As I place my hand in his “nail-scarred” hand.

I will bow on my knees and cry, “Holy”
As I meet my one and only King,
The one who gave His life for me,
I will burst with joy as His praises I sing.

I don’t think I’ll ask any whys
As to the problems we face here on earth,
For just to see Him in His glory
Makes any trial well the worth.

So you see, I have all this to look forward to,
And I have Jesus Christ to thank.
No, I’m not afraid to die;
I’ll be with my Savior in heaven on high.

Written by: Alma Herrington
January 4th, 1986

God’s Love Through the Storm

God’s Love Through the Storm

I did not know His love before, the way I know it now;
I could not see my need for Him, my pride would not allow.
I had it all, without a care, the “self-sufficient” lie;
My path was smooth, my sea was still, not a cloud was in my sky.

I thought I knew His love for me, I thought I’d seen His grace;
I thought I did not need to grow, I thought I’d found my place.
But then the way grew rough and dark, the storm clouds quickly rolled;
The waves began to rock my ship, my anchor would not hold.

The ship that I had built myself was made of foolish pride;
It fell apart and left me bare, with nowhere else to hide.
I had no strength or faith to face the trials that lay ahead;
And so I simply prayed to Him and bowed my weary head.

His loving arms enveloped me, and then He helped me stand;
He said, “You still must face this storm, but I will hold your hand.”
So through the dark and lonely night He guided me through pain;
I could not see the light of day or when the storm might wane.

Yet through the aches and endless tears, my faith began to grow;
I could not see it at the time, but my light began to glow.
I saw God’s love in brand new light, His grace and mercy, too;
For only when all self was gone, could Jesus’ love shine through.

It was not easy in the storm, I sometimes wondered, “Why?”
At times I thought, “I can’t go on.” I’d hurt, and doubt, and cry.
But Jesus never left my side, He guided me each day;
Through pain and strife, through fire and flood, He helped me all the way.

And now I see as never before how great His love can be;
How in my weakness He is strong, how Jesus cares for me!
He worked it all out for my good, although the way was rough;
He only sent what I could bear, and then He cried, “Enough!”

He raised His hand and said, “Be still!” He made the storm clouds cease;
He opened up the gates of joy and flooded me with peace.
I saw His face now clearer still, I felt His presence strong;
I found anew His faithfulness, He never steered me wrong.

Now I know more storms will come, but only for my good;
For pain and tears have helped me grow as naught else ever could.
I still have so much more to learn as Jesus works in me;
If in the storm I’ll love Him more, that’s where I want to be!

Author Unknown

God is…

God Is

Try to top this!

He is the First and Last, the Beginning and the End!

He is the keeper of Creation and the Creator of all!

He is the Architect of the universe and the Manager of all times.

He always was, He always is, and He always will be…

Unmoved, Unchanged, Undefeated, and never Undone!

He was bruised and brought healing!

He was pierced and eased pain!

He was persecuted and brought freedom!

He was dead and brought life!

He is risen and brings power!

He reigns and brings Peace!

The world can’t understand him,

The armies can’t defeat Him,

The schools can’t explain Him, and

The leaders can’t ignore Him.

Herod couldn’t kill Him,

The Pharisees couldn’t confuse Him, and

The people couldn’t hold Him!

Nero couldn’t crush Him, Hitler couldn’t silence Him,

The New Age can’t replace Him,

and Donahue can’t explain Him away!

He is light, love, longevity, and Lord.

He is Goodness, Kindness, Gentleness, and God.

He is Holy, Righteous, mighty, powerful, and pure.

His ways are right, His word is eternal,

His will is unchanging, and His mind is on me!

He is my Redeemer, He is my Savior,

He is my Guide, and He is my Peace!

He is my Joy, He is my Comfort,

He is my Lord, and He rules my life!

I serve Him because

His bond is love, His burden is light,

and His goal for me is abundant life.

I follow Him because He is the wisdom of the wise,

the power of the powerful, the ancient of days,

the ruler of rulers, the leader of leaders,

the overseer of the overcomers,

and the sovereign Lord of all that was and is and is to come.

And if that seems impressive to you, try this for size:

His goal is a relationship with ME!

He will never leave me, never forsake me, never mislead me,

never forget me, never overlook me,

and never cancel my appointment in His appointment book!

When I fall, He lifts me up!

When I fail, He forgives!

When I am weak, He is strong!

When I am lost, He is the way!

When I am afraid, He is my courage!

When I stumble, He steadies me!

When I am hurt, He heals me!

When I am broken, He mends me!

When I am blind, He leads me!

When I am hungry, He feeds me!

When I face trials, He is with me!

When I face persecution, He shields me!

When I face problems, He comforts me!

When I face loss, He provides for me!

When I face Death, He carries me Home!

He is everything for everybody,

everywhere, every time, and every way.

He is God, He is faithful. I am His, and He is mine!

My Father in heaven can whip the father of this world.

So, if you’re wondering why I feel so secure, understand this…

He said it and that settles it.

God is in control, I am on His side, and

that means all is well with my soul.

Everyday is a blessing, for

GOD Is!

By – Mike Hilson for Vista Magazine

In the beginning God…

Genesis 1:1

The Difference

The Difference

I got up early one morning and rushed right into the day;
I had so much to accomplish, I didn’t have time to pray.

Problems just tumbled about me and grew heavier with each task;
Why doesn’t God help me, I wondered; He answered, “You didn’t ask.”

I wanted to see joy and beauty, but the day toiled on, gray and bleak;
I wondered why God didn’t show me – He said, “But you didn’t seek.”

I tried to come into God’s presence; I used all my keys at the lock;
God gently and lovingly chided, “My child, you didn’t knock.”

I woke up early this morning and paused before entering the day;
I had so much to accomplish that I had to take time to pray.

Copyright through the Library of Congress
by Grace L. Naessens
(used with permission)

Ask, and it shall be given you;
seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
For every one that asketh receiveth;
and he that seeketh findeth;
and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Matthew 7:7-8

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