The Vine

My hope is boundless, by His love
A Love that healed my broken dreams;
Touched by expressions of the cross,
Im confident Hes made me whole.

His grace complete, I’m full of joy
A Joy that springs from sorrows past;
As far as east is from the west,
I count upon my Savior’s grace.

Your faith has saved you, go in peace色
A Peace transformed from inward strife
Flows as a river through my soul,
Im confident my hearts restored.

Let me trust you, give me patience
A Patience that will change my day;
Perseverance is my weakness,
In Christ alone I find my strength.

Mercies flow with gentleness
A Gentleness that soothes my heart;
Theres no other so meek and mild,
Im confident His mercies flow.

His heart overflows of goodness
A Goodness flowing with His tears;
From helplessness He saved my soul,
What a comfort He brings to me.

Willing to trust him, I have faith
A Faith that comes in knowing Him;
With little faith I do possess,
Im confident its all I need.

My Shepherd leads, with meekness
A Meekness that gently shows me
He seeks the lost and holds them close,
His wayward lambs are guided home.

My daily struggle, self control
A Self Control to get me through;
He gives me courage to endure,
Im confident in God, my Rock.

Of righteous fruits, I ask in prayer
A Prayer that my heart desires;
As the Vine brings forth the harvest,
My soul responds with confidence.

穢 Chrissy Siggee

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From my book: Glimpses of His Glory

Archived in: Christian Reads

Guidance

James 1:5-7 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

God has promised to give us guidance but many of us have trouble finding Gods guidance. We want to be sure that we are in God’s will and we don’t want to take the wrong path.

If you are confused about the issue of guidance and God’s will for you, you need to know that satans intention is to confuse Christs followers about guidance and God’s will. Satan has been a liar and a cheat from the very beginning and he doesn’t want any of us to find God’s perfect plan for our lives.

But if you have made wrong decisions in your life you need to also know that you arent the only one. The Son of God can set us free. He can break through into realms of confusion and set us back on the right track again. Trust the Father to guide.

Are there great flashes from heaven to point to where you can visually see His divine will for your life? Most likely not, but its important that as children of God we know how God guides. You must know how to discern God’s will.

God’s guidance is always obvious. You might have to wait for a time for it to become clear, but when it comes, it’s always clear.

1 John 1:5 says “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

If God is light, then in Him there is no darkness. God’s guidance will never be vague.

The first thing you need to do to find guidance in God’s will is to already have an obedient heart. Whatever God reveals it will also be at a price; a cost to your very life and will.

If you want to know God’s will, and have God’s will revealed to you, then be prepared to obey God. God is not going to reveal His will to anyone if disobedience is in their lives, because there won’t be obedient to the guidance He will give. Obey and take up your cross and follow Him daily. Youll not only anticipate guidance, you’ll see it – God will lead you clearly into the plan for your life.

Thank you, Father,  for your divine guidance for our lives. We are sometimes confused by what life throws at us but help us to continue to seek you through Your Word so our trust in you may be strengthened. Amen

Chrissy Siggee 2019

Scripture Verses used are from the New International Version of the Bible

Archived in: Christian Reads

Jesus speaks to open hearts

Jesus speaks to open hearts
Fills them with His awesome love.
Through Him we seek a healing touch
and feel his presence near.

Father, move within our hearts
Change our lives and set us free.
At the cross we bear our all
and find an answer there.

Holy Spirit, seeks my willing heart
to hear and obey his holy word.
Let my heart be open to your voice
and heed the message of your love.

穢 Chrissy Siggee
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From my book: Glimpses of His Glory

Archived in: Christian Reads

Rest

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. – Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

Ah yes its one of those let go and let God verses. It takes on a new meaning when we learn to rest and let Him work on our behalf. We need to trust God in all our circumstances and wait expectantly for the peace that follows.

I think sometimes we pray for God to help us, to lead us, then we walk away trying to do things one our own just as we did before we went to the Father. We need to rest in knowing He is in control even if its not an instant answer.

I read once in a daily devotional book by Susie Larson that God doesnt make things nice, He makes things new. How right she is. Thank you, Susie, I needed to read that.

Resting in God is the key to let Him do what He has planned. Dont take the burden back up and carry it around with you when you have left it with the Father.

Father, thank you that when Im weary and burdened down with circumstances in life that I can come to you in pray and lean on you. Help me to rest in you know you will make all things new. Amen

Chrissy Siggee  2019

Scripture Verses used are from the New International Version of the Bible

Archived in: Christian Reads

Trust

Hebrews 12: 1-3 says: Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

Sometimes life finds us in a place where we dont want to be or in a place we dont understand. Yet God knows why we need to be there and for how long. Saying you trust God is not as easy as actually trusting God.

God supplies all our needs, including friendship. He places people in our lives at different times and circumstances. Sometimes relationships put us through hurts and pain and we find it difficult to trust again. Jesus himself had friends turn against him, but he still trusted his heavenly Father. He trusted God no matter the circumstances.

Situations change again and again through time and circumstances. We need to step out in faith and allow the Lord to close one door so He can open another. Theres no shame in daring to hope but Gods plan is made for our benefit so His glory can be revealed. Our Lord will never leave us. He will take us and move us forward in a strength, which we once had thought we had lost forever. He will supply all our needs. We just need to trust him.

Jeremiah 17:7 says: Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.

Father, you are always with us and you know our every situation. You know exactly what we need at the very time we need it, and who is needed to guide us through.  You also know when we need to let go and step out in faith, trusting in new a tomorrow and thank you for opportunities to know true friendships Amen.


Chrissy Siggee First Published 2009

Scripture Verses used are from the King James Version of the Bible

Archived in: Christian Reads

A New Dawn Rising

Echoes of early birds twill fill my ears,
Gleams of sun rays kiss my face,
Fragrances from the dew-fresh grass tease my senses.

Opening my eyes, I see a crimson sky
I can almost taste the sweetness of the early morning;
Sunlight announces a new dawn rising.

穢 Chrissy Siggee

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From my book: Glimpses of His Glory

Archived in: Poetry Mix

Mercy

Mercy can be a difficult topic to tackle; yet I find its one of the most desirable gifts Christians seek. To show mercy is an awesome experience but to receive mercy is not always easy. Sometimes people misunderstand those who show mercy. Those who show mercy often dont even realise thats what they are demonstrating.

To show mercy is to show forgiveness, compassion, kindness, pity or understanding even leniency. When explained this way, I can see how people have shown mercy toward me and how I have shown mercy to others. I also understand how we can misinterpret anothers acts of mercy. Have we become unaccepting of anothers gifts? Do we feel complacent with our circumstances or those of others?

Jesus showed mercy/ compassion and He has instructed us to show mercy. Shouldnt we also accept mercy from those He has instructed to show mercy?

Exodus 33:19 says:And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.

Isaiah 30:18 says:And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.

Where and when was mercy shown to you in the past month?

When was the last time you showed mercy to another?

Father, help us to show mercy to others no matter the situation. Teach us to becompassionate and live our lives as you would. Also, help us to remember that when others show mercy to us that we do not reject them, because the mercy they show is the mercy you would have them give as you would have us to give. Amen


Chrissy Siggee 2012

Scripture Verses used are from the King James Version of the Bible

Archived in: Christian Reads

Absorbed in Wonder

Raindrops trickle from velvet soft roses by the gate
Ladybugs struggle to keep a grip on moistened leaves
Butterflies flutter their feather-light wings
And mottled stalks assent to the rising breeze.

Beyond the path that leads to the meadow,
Sparrows take flight from their nesting trees
Creating rain-soaked leaves to glisten like shattered mirrors
And sun rays capture the essence of the after rain.

Honeysuckle saturates the air with its perfume
Mingling with the simple freshness of dampened earth,
That fills the air with splendour and His goodness
And penetrates the senses with pure simplicity.

Robins sing their chorus to the retreating storm
Fleeting clouds drift across the distant sky,
While trailing shadows chase the thinning haze
And disappear into carefree sunbeams along the rise.

Unfurling colours spread as ribbons above the trees
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet
Etching an archway across the clearing heavens
And embracing the distant hills with the perfect kiss.

I close my eyes to soak up the enchanting beauty
Tranquil moments fill my thirsty soul,
His blessed peace flows through my inner being
And imprints the perfect scene within my mind.

穢 Chrissy Siggee
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
From my book:  Glimpses of His Glory

Archived in: Christian Reads

Wisdom

Psalm 32:8 says: I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

Seeking wisdom should be a part of life. Wisdom should be sort when making decisions for a life time partner, parenting wisdom (from newborns through school days) teens, their wedding plans etc. Wisdom is so important for guidance. Of course, theres an assortment of classes, counselling and generational pass-down of valuable experience. Wisdom is also needed during times of crisis and when under financial pressure.

Where do we find such wisdom?

James 1:5  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

So why do we allow ourselves to stress out, panic or worry in times like this? How often do we seek wisdom from the Lord?

In the early years of my marriage, I used to stress over every minor crisis, especially when my husband was interstate with work or on a course where I couldnt contact him. When it came to a serious dilemma, I was panic stricken. It took sheer willpower to seek wisdom through His word and be strengthen by His truths. By seeking wisdom when a situation arose, I could take my concerns immediately to the Lord in prayer.

The next time theres a crisis or situations that requires wisdom, pray and seek out God’s wisdom in your circumstances. Through His Word and prayer, He will guide you through.

Father, show us wisdom in all situations that arise in our day-to-day lives. Teach us to trust you, seek out insights through your word and prompt us to pray through ever crisis. Strengthen us so we may stand firm when things happen that needs your wisdom to see us through.  Amen.

 Chrissy Siggee 

First Published 2009

Scripture Verses used are from the King James Version of the Bible

Archived in: Christian Reads

Believe

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:18

I grew up in a Christian home and witnessed many answered prayers and God-orchestrated incidents regularly so perhaps believing was easy for me. I accepted Christ as my own personal Saviour and Lord at the age of six. Ive been told it would be impossible for me to remember, but I do. I dont remember every word spoken by the preacher, but I remember the powerful impact they had on me. I also remember the hymn that was sung by the choir. It still echoes in my head, even as I type this memory.

In my early teens, I couldnt understand why my friends wouldnt believe there was a God who created all things. The beauty of nature has always left me breathless and I suppose thats why so many of my poems reflect my love for creation. I couldnt understand why they laughed at me when I told them about Jesus.

Later, in my older teens years and early twenties, I worked with younger teens and again, I was mystified by the lack of faith I witnessed. I once invited a guest youth pastor to a weekly youth meeting.  He was very wise for his age and I was pleased he was because a small street gang came to that meeting. They were a little disruptive but mostly they were just being who they were and behaving the only way they knew how. When the speaker gave the invitation to seek Christ as their Lord, the smirks started. The response by this young pastor has stayed with me all these years and Ive used his words once or twice in similar situations.

He said: Consider for just a moment where you would spend eternity if you were to leave here tonight and be hit by a car or bus, or if another gang attacked and killed you on your way home. If youre not a believer, allow yourself to ponder for a few minutes that if it was true, then what? And if you still dont believe, Ill accept it.

Three of those gang members accepted Jesus that night.

I leave you with the words of that young pastor. If youre not a believer, allow yourself to ponder for a few minutes that if it was true, then what?

Where will you spend eternity?

John 12:46 says: I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

穢 Chrissy Siggee

Scripture Verses used are from the King James Version of the Bible

Archived in: Christian Reads

 

GLIMPSES OF HIS GLORY Chrissy Siggee Miriam Jacob, Oxford Academic, Oxford University Press, Reviewer/Co-Author

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