Saturday, October 20, 2018

Special offer from Exhort, Encourage, Edify

We are running a special offer to celebrate fall and the upcoming Christmas holiday!!!! The second edition of Exhort, Encourage, Edify in paperback form, pictured above, "Praise in Poetic Form," is going on sale!!! An Author Signed copy is available for $8 (usually $10) plus shipping!!!
If anyone wants to get multiple copies to give as Christmas is the time to order! I am also offering a discount on shipping if you order more than 10 books! If you order 20 or more, the price per book drops to $5! Remember...You can also purchase author signed copies of my first book in this series "Exhort, Encourage, Edify an Independent Baptist Devotional".
If you want to mix and match, just email me and I will give you the discounted price per book for ordering 10 or more, or 20 or more... This offer is not good on Amazon, or other online retailers, only directly from the Author. This offer is only good until November 10th, 2018. Please don't hesitate, we need time to get the books shipped to you in time for Christmas.

Below is a list of the books available directly from the Author in signed paperback format:

  1. Exhort, Encourage, Edify an Independent Baptist Devotional, $10 per book.
  2. Praise in Poetic Form (Exhort, Encourage, Edify volume 2), $8 per book (usually $10).
  3. The Wishful Heart, $8 per book (fiction).
  4. Shipwrecked but Saved, $10 per book (fiction...only a few left).
  5. The Beauty of the Sky, $8 per book (Picture book for children describing the different faces of the sky. All pictures are photos that I have taken.)

Please email me at for more information or to place an order! Discounts are available for multiple copies!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Sowing Tears; Reaping Joy

“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Psalm 126:5-6

Though the trial seems a lot
For one to have to bear
Remember you are not alone
He your burden wants to share

Give Him your problems big and small
Let Him your strength become
For when you lean upon His arm
He takes it all, not just some

Today you may be sowing
Seeds of pain and tears
Tomorrow you will be rejoicing
As He will calm your fears

Let Him be the Master of the Harvest
As He is in control
Follow His lead and choose faith
No matter how high life’s billows roll

He Who calms the storm has sent it
The winds are a work of His hand
It may seem strange, but it is true
The waves obey His command

Just lean on Him your way to light
And let Him take you through
For joy is the product of staying faithful
He wants what’s best for you

Keep on going; He is in charge
Just submit to Him and trust
For the darkest night will meet the dawn
The light will shine, it must

For He is light and where He is
No darkness can dare stay
What a wondrous promise we can claim
That He will shed light upon our way

Lord, please help us not to fear
To weep as we do sow
For the harvest with great joy
One day will come, we know
~Em Kennedy~
Copyright 2018

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Yielding to Win

“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” Proverbs 11:30

Dare I ask the question?
Dare I count the cost?
When God has said to go and do
To reach and win the lost?

Can I neglect to do His will
Which tells so obviously
That I should stoop to win
As many as I see

Would my conscience let me go on
Without some action taken
Could I live my life in ease
When others live hopeless and forsaken

Are they just another face?
Another human being?
Or do they have a soul that’s lost
A wounded heart that’s seeking?

Yes, I may not know the burdens
Of a foreign mission field
Where life is tough and death a risk
To truly trust and yield

But yet I lack desire sometimes
And dare not even try
When every day I see some soul
And let them pass on by

Oh, God, forgive me
For not caring more for them
For whom Your Blood was shed
Help me seek to reach and win

Give me words to speak
Give me grace to dare
Give me strength to stand
Give me love to share

That I may win the lost
In my own mission field
May my confidence be in You
As to Your will I yield
~Em Kennedy~
Copyright 2018

Monday, September 10, 2018

“Yea, Hath God Said?”

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

“Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?” Romans 9:20

Dare I question the words of God
And doubt His love for me?
Dare I resist His will and way
When the future I can’t see?

Am I so great that I would dare
To offer God advice?
Dare I correct Him Who made me thus
And paid sins sacrifice?

Can I cause one hair to grow?
Can I make the sun to shine?
Can I breathe without His air?
Or live through life of mine?

It is Him Who gives me life and breath
I cannot on my own
I dare not resist His love for me
Or the mercy He has shown

Will I assess what He has done
And dare to find a fault?
When I can do nothing right or good
As I wish I could and ought

So, why then would I stop to assess
His words for truth or lie
When I know He cannot do but good
And I should just comply

I cannot resist, I will not doubt
But simply trust and obey
God’s ways are so very far above mine
I will submit to Him today

No need for fear, no need for question
When He wants only what is best
His arms are secure and bring great comfort
I will simply submit and rest

I dare not question Him, I dare not doubt
He is my everything
Whatever He wills, I will to be
And submit to whatever He brings
~Em Kennedy~
Copyright 2018

The first record of the word of God being questioned is found in Genesis chapter 3:
“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.” Genesis 3:1-7

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

God's Purpose in Creation

"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are andwere created." Revelation 4:11

Why did God create the world?
Why did He choose to make
Light when there was none of it
For His own pleasure and His sake

Why did God choose to divide
The darkness from the light
To make an obvious difference 
Between the day and the night

Why did God create the land
Why did He spread it abroad
And plant it with herbs and trees
For His honor and His laud

So why are there fish and birds
Why so many animals I wonder
Why did He create such beauty
Why the stars and planets out yonder

And most importantly I ask
Why did He create the human race
Why did He undergo such a task
When He knew men wouldn't seek His face

He loved when yet, He was not loved
He lived, yet with the purpose to die
To redeem the souls of all mankind
Who in their sinful condition do lie

He lay down His life willingly
He took it back up of His own power!
He needed not help from man
He had full control of each moment, each hour

He needed not man for companionship
He had all He would ever need
Simply in His own being it existed
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the blessed Trinity

So why did He make us?
Why did He create
The very souls of all mankind
Who would their God forsake

He knew that it would happen
He planned in eternity past
The wondrous salvation plan
That for eternity would last

For His glory, and His pleasure
We were and are created
For His mere enjoyment we exist
As the Bible has clearly stated

We are a wondrous picture
Of our Savior's wondrous care
Of His love divine, and mercy sweet
And the grace He is so quick to share

His power shows forth in all His creation
The skies even speak of His great ability
Who spread out the heavens with a span
And displays through nature His infallibility

What a great God it is Who made all things
What a wondrous plan He made to thrive
To draw lost souls to Himself
Through His death are we made alive

~Em Kennedy~
Copyright 2018

"1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2The same was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4In him was life; and the life was the light of men." John 1:1-4

If you haven't read it yet, please take time to read the second book in the Exhort, Encourage, Edify series, "Praise in Poetic Form", by Em Kennedy. The picture below has a direct link to Amazon where you can purchase the Kindle E-book, or the paperback version. Just click on the picture. For all author signed copies, please E-mail me at Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Yet, Will I Not Forget Thee

“Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.” Isaiah 49:15

Can a mother ere forget
The son whom she did bear?
To let him go without nourishment
Much to his despair?

Could she forget to care for him
Could she neglect to do?
The normal things a mother does
To protect and cherish, too?

Would she leave him all alone
To cry and go unfed?
Would she not draw him up in arms
And nurture him instead?

Although my inner mother instinct
Says that this could never be!
Yet, it may happen to some rare few
Who the right way do not heed

In such a rare instance this may be true
That a mother may neglect
The son of her womb whom she did bear
Yet, God this carelessness could never reflect

It would go against His nature
It would go against His plan
It would go against His perfect will
To even forget one man

We cannot hide from His view
We are all within His care
For even when we were dead in sins
He saw, having mercy on us there

Now that we are His and He is ours
No way could He forget
To protect and provide for His child
He always will, and yet…

We still forget to talk to Him
We still complain and despair
We still point fingers up at Him
When trials come that are hard to bear

He loves us much more than a mother would
He longs our praise to hear
When in times of deep heartbreak
He is there to dry each tear

He comforts and speaks words of hope
He guides and leads the way
He provides the things we need to live
And gives grace for each new day

Not only does He provide our needs
But blessings He doth send
Above and beyond He gives to us
Oh, what a wondrous Friend!

If our earthly mothers would gain
Our deep and loving respect
Much more our LORD deserves our praise
For His children He could never neglect

Yes, others may forget
Or be too busy to hear
But God on High cannot forget
And He is always near

~Em Kennedy~
Copyright 2018

Psalm 16:11

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.