Thursday, July 5, 2018

To the Use of Edifying

“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29

Every word whether great or small
Has an impact on those who hear
They can help or cause one to fall
They can push away or draw one near

Before we speak, we should stop and think
Does this hurt or does this heal
What is my motive, what is my goal?
Is this truth, or simply how I feel?

Does God get honor from these words
Do I seek to follow Him?
Is He pleased with what He just heard?
Or would He call it sin?

Why say some hurtful word?
To tear someone down and make me look good?
Building up the other person is much better
The world could be a better place if we would

For there are those who suffer pain
From hurtful words most every day
When all they crave is love unfeigned
And someone to help show them the way

Others may say some hurtful things
Because they never heard
The things for which their heart now longs
Some loving and encouraging word

Yes, some still speak out of hate or fear
It’s sad, but it is true
They cause hurt to those who hear
And they speak bad of brethren, too

No, this should not be, I wish it was not
But humans we are, and humans do sin
Through grace, we can conquer even this spot
And with as much as lieth in us live peaceably with all men

Our heart must be settled on pleasing our LORD
Our focus on what He commands
When living in close relationship with God and His word
What grace He doeth give to help us to stand

To stand against sin, to live in the right
To love God and our brethren, too
To do and to say things that shine forth His light
To please God with all that we do

May my speech be with grace, seasoned with salt
A light on life’s pathway to shine
May I edify with my words, and not focus on fault
So others will hear me uplift God’s name and not mine

 “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:29-32
“Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” Colossians 4:6

~Em Kennedy~
Copyright 2018

Friday, June 22, 2018

How Excellent!

“O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Who hast set thy glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightiest still the enemy and the avenger. When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man that thou visitest him?” Psalm 8:1-4

How Excellent is Thy name, Oh, LORD
In all the earth Thy praises ring
For Thou hast set Thy glory in the Heavens
Thou alone makest everything

The humblest child Thy strength portrays
When as a babe You came
To dwell with men, in human form
From the enemy, lost soul to reclaim

When I stop and think of You
And behold Your wondrous hand
The moon, the stars, the sun, the sky
Thou makest all things grand

What is man that Thou would think of him?
Why would You even care?
When all of creation is Thine to have
Why would You visit him there?

Why would You come down to the earth
To suffer, bleed, and die?
Why would You pay sin’s sacrifice
So man could live on high?

It is Your love, Your grace and mercy
That seeks the soul once bound
To free from sin’s dread chain and sway
A sheep once lost, now found

Oh, how I love You for this truth!
For I, too, once was dead
In sin, bound by chains of guilt and lust
Till I learned what You had said

Repentance Thou seekest, a turning from sin
A soul to forsake all and turn to You
The glorious moment he accepts your gift
The sinner is forgiven, freed, and made new

How wonderful are Thy works, Oh, LORD
Your grace and mercy shine!
I am so thankful I am Yours
And that forever Thou art mine!

~Em Kennedy~

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A Love Story

                I enjoy a good love story. I don’t know exactly why, but there is something special about a love story that ends happily ever after. Of course, I like to write love stories because there are so many twists and turns that kind of story can take, giving it suspense and captivating the writer as well as the reader. But my favorite love stories are true ones. I like to listen as others tell their story. There are so many good love stories that I’ve heard over the years, but there is one true love story I’ve experienced that trumps them all. Let me tell it to you…
                He knew me before I knew He existed. He was there from day one, caring, protecting, loving. He patiently waited for me to grow to the age of understanding. I didn’t realize it then, but He drew me with His words of love, and wooed me to Himself in a pure, and beautiful way. It was a gentle, time-consuming process, yet He never gave up on me. His tender effort of love is what won my heart and brought me to the place of decision. I willingly chose to accept His love for me, and to love Him in return for all time. Now, I am eternally His own.
                At times, I find that I am not faithful to this wonderful Friend, in that I let my desires and attention stray onto other things of lesser value. Yet, He remains faithful through it all and continues to draw me to Himself in a closer, more fulfilling personal relationship. He is incapable of anything but true, faithful, pure, unending love.
                When my heart is broken with disappointment, He is there to wrap His loving arms around me in a protective canopy of hope and trust. When I suffer the pain of loss or discouragement, He is there to give peace and to fill the space left empty. When I face the fiery darts of temptation, He gives words of guidance and encouragement. When trials bring the dark veil of life around me, He is ever present speaking light and life into my weary soul.
                There is no place that I could ever go, where His presence would not go with me. There is no hate that could overcome His love. There is no desire that demands more than His faithful presence can provide. He is all I want, all I need, and all I could ever dream of having. No more; no less. Just my Savior’s unending, eternal love. Every day He speaks to me words of reassuring love, and graces my way with His beautiful presence. What more could I want, than to “live happily ever after” with my Redeemer in His home far away from the cares and sins of this world. Is there anyone else with perfect love like this? No, Friend, no other exists with such love as His. No other!
~Em Kennedy~

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

Monday, June 11, 2018

This is the Day!

“This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

This is the day my LORD has made
For me to rejoice and be glad
Rejoicing over His wondrous power
To cheer the lonely and sad

This is the day my LORD has made
For me to work for His name
Laying aside all guilt of failure, pressing forward
Receiving treasures in Heaven in place for shame

Yes, this is the day, the glorious day
The day, which God has made
I will rejoice and be glad
Because of the day that I was saved

For I am His no longer my own
I rest within His care
No power on earth, no condemnation
Could ever reach me there

This day is come so I can live
And shew forth His might Grace
For all of the blessings He has given
For my sins He did erase

This is the day the LORD hath made
I choose to rejoice and be glad
For He is ever near and in control
I refuse to be defeated or sad

~Em Kennedy~
Copyright 2018

Friday, June 8, 2018

Unending Love

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:” 1 John 3:1a

All my sins He did erase
When by faith His gift of salvation I did embrace
My heart desire He did inspire
And saved me from that awful fire

For my Savior loves me and did forgive
He died for me so I could live
Within His way, blessed and fruitful
Because of His grace, helpful and useful

Living in His glory way
Serving Him from day to day
Letting Him lead through dark or light
Loving Him with all my might

For the fact of love still lies
In the truth that never dies
That I don’t deserve for Him to give
Such grace and mercy, or even to live

He is the reason; He is the rhyme
He is the One whose love is sublime
He dwells within and shows me the way
He is the One with strength for each day

I cannot love Him enough so it seems
For all of the blessing, that He so lovingly deems
No merit could I bring, no great work or deed
Could ever deserve me the providing of need

But yet, every day He provides and protects
And He blesses so much when, my life, His likeness reflects
To dwell in His light is comfort and rest
To submit to His will is fulfilling and blest

To love Him with all of my heart
Is the desire I’ve had form the start
Because of Who He is and the way He loves me
Nothing less than my best should ever be

To give Him my heart, my desires, my plans
To place them all in His capable hands
To turn and leave them there to stay
Ensure me of a fruitful way

For He is wise and knows what’s right
He entirely is my light
Beyond my nose I rarely see
But He controls eternity

Oh, what a Father! Oh, what a Friend!
Thank God that His love for me won’t ever end
Oh, what a blessing! Oh, what a peace!
That comes with this love that will never cease
~Em Kennedy~

Thursday, June 7, 2018

But God

Dead I was in sin and shame
But God in mercy came my way
To offer salvation, praise His Name!
He brought new life that wondrous day

In times past I was not my own
Serving lust and to the things of God disobedient
A child of the devil, a slave to sin
Doing many things that were not expedient

Fulfilling the desires of the flesh and the mind
By nature a child of wrath, yes, it’s true
No real joy or peace inside could I find
Like everyone else, just searching for something new

But God, rich in mercy, Who loved me so much
Brought to my heart conviction of sin
While I was still dead in my sins, my heart He did touch
And by grace I put my faith in Him

Now quickened together with Christ, I can say
My heart He has changed my desires, too
Alive—Oh how wondrous—a life changing day!
When I repented of sin and He made me anew

By grace through faith, salvation’s plan
A gift of God unearned by men
The riches of His grace and His kind hand
Are very present right now as then

His workmanship I am, created in Christ
A vessel upon the Potter’s wheel
A picture of His grace, of God’s wrath sufficed
To walk in His ways, with His Spirit sealed

Yes, I once was dead, but now I’m alive!
My spirit was quickened when He saved my soul
My sins though so many, were washed away, in Him I abide
Because God, rich in mercy, that day made me whole

Do you remember a time in your life?
When God brought conviction of sin?
Can you honestly say you were dead in sin and strife?
But God, by grace through faith brought you to Him?
~Em Kennedy~

“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:1-10 (KJV)

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.