Psalm 4:7 You have put joy in my heart, more than (others know) when their wheat and new wine have yielded abundantly. Jesus' Joy Feelings are fickle And emotions come and go However, there's a truth Most of us don't know We don't have to accept Oppression, despair and fear God's Word has said And made it quite clear The LORD has provided Peace for our pathways And joy in our journeys For ALL of our days We don't have to take Whatever Satan sends Jesus overcame his evil And made perfect amends For us as His children To live happy and free Of all the evil inventions Satan planned for you and me The often depressive, Disparaging feelings that surface Have roots of evil Not goodness and grace They are not fitting For children of Light Our Savior fought And won the fight For us to live victoriously Each moment, everyday Never wasting our time Battling clouds of gray So, refuse to accept Anything inferior or less Than Jesus' own joy, His hope and happiness You don't have to make it All on your own He's already provided it You are not alone He's the Master Healer Who delights to impart His own brand of bliss In our weary, worn heart Just bow your head Ask, and you will see How He gently places joy Where sadness used to be Copyright © 2017 (Sandra Briggs). All rights reserved.
Just Sit tight This unpleasant season That you are going through Has come for a reason - To strengthen and bless you These trials are all by design And God's working them out Just stay steadfast And let go of your doubt You've had hurts and hardships And you feel all alone But these are just 'blessings' That He is working on I know right now You feel hopeless and sad But this season has arrived For your good, not bad Don't be discouraged - Run to Him, not away If you will just 'sit tight' Good things are coming your way Don't let doom and despair Darken your sight Believe every moment That He's making things right For these are just avenues That He's working through - Just the means and methods Of bringing His best to you Copyright © 2017 (Sandra Briggs). All rights reserved. Jesus Others You (JOY) Joy only comes When priorities are right It's simply a matter Of improving our sight Fixing your focus On Jesus, others, then you Fills an empty heart As nothing else can do Our focus affects us To the core of our being Because joy depends On what we are seeing The quickest path To depression and despair Is to set your focus On you and your care When your vision improves Your despair will too For the pathway to depression Is paved with thoughts of 'you' If you want more joy In your heart everyday Dwell less on yourself And things not going your way Seeking our own happiness Is a no-win fight Increasing our discontent Both day and night Set your sights on Jesus And love others too Forget yourself and your care And 'joy' will find you Copyright © 2017 (Sandra Briggs). All rights reserved. A Heart to Help Dear Lord, I want my life To count for You today Let me not walk My own self-centered way Open my heart to the hurt Of every woman and man With a desire to help someway And to believe that I can Teach me to share The things You've given me To be a blessing to those in need And to feed a child who is hungry Let me not hold back the Truth Of Your love and grace Regardless of the consequences Or the rejection I face You gave Your best for me So nothing less from me will do And when we are serving others In reality, we're serving You We must have the vision to see A drink offered to each needy one Is a drink received By God's own precious Son For while that drink lays Still damp on the lips of a child Our Savior in Heaven tasted Of your generosity and smiled Copyright © 2017 (Sandra Briggs). All rights reserved. 1 Kings 18:41 And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain. Abundance of Rain Are there things That you've been praying for But you've just given up Believing for them anymore You've prayed and you've prayed And nothing seems to come of it We MUST keep on believing The rain won't come if we quit Keep listening for the sound Of abundance of rain God has heard your prayers And your faith is never in vain And when the rain comes It will be an abundant downpour Because He always gives Over and above what we ask for So, don't ever give up Keep asking to receive God's blessings will eventually rain On the lives of those who believe Copyright © 2017 (Sandra Briggs). All rights reserved. Dare to be Real Learn to love The person you are God made us as different As each shining star Don't expect others to be like you For life would then be a bore He created as many personalities As sands on the seashore We all make up His world And we each have our place We must learn to appreciate His handiwork and never abase Even one of the precious ones That He's placed on Earth We all have many differences But share the same worth Value the uniqueness of others And appreciate your own For God gave your personality To you and you alone Never ever imitate The things that others do You will only truly fit when you are uniquely you For God made a place That only you can fill As you accept yourself And dare to be real Copyright © 2017 (Sandra Briggs). All rights reserved. Flying Free It's never an easy task To get free from oppression Emotional bondage Brings pain and depression A butterfly in his cocoon Yearns to be free A caterpillar, with a desire To be who he was meant to be He struggles to be loosed From his prison, as nature intended All the while he sets his sights On future wings, colorfully splendid We struggle to get free From our bondage and pain For we all have something To leave behind in order to gain The happy, joyous life That our Father intends Which is produced when our faith Unites with the grace He sends Just trust in His promises Claim them as yours and you'll see... His Words are the wings That will set you free Copyright © 2017 (Sandra Briggs). All rights reserved. Psalms 22:3 But Thou art holy, O Thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. God Inhabits our Praise When you are feeling down And nothing's going right And the future seems Anything but bright It's time to praise God And let your sorrows go Just lift up your hands And bow your head low Remember all the times That He's brought you through And all of the troubles From which He's rescued you Believe in your heart That He will do it again For His Word has promised There's no battle we can't win As we start to worship In the middle of our pain We have nothing to lose And everything to gain When we begin to praise God Something miraculous takes place For heart-felt worship always Moves our Father's hand to grace His Word says He inhabits our praises So lift your hands to the sky And prepare to be delivered For God, Himself, is stopping by Copyright © 2017 (Sandra Briggs). All rights reserved. God is Good all the Time God is good all the time But, at times, we place the blame On Him when things go wrong And dishonor His holy name But bad things happen For many different reasons And into each life there comes Difficult times and seasons God is good all the time And never varies at all Would the One Who loves us most Find some joy to see us fall God is our refuge and strength When we take His Word to heart Although while we're in this world We'll always share a part Of the evils that inevitably come To everyone under the sun But His children have a hand to hold Through each and every one God is good all the time And He changes never So we can count on His love Today...and forever Copyright © 2017 (Sandra Briggs). All rights reserved.
God's Word - Our Mirror God's Word is a mirror He has given for correction As we look into It We can see our reflection All our flaws and imperfections Are spotted easily there Things that may take us by surprise Of which we're often unaware It will show us the wrongs We must change and amend Selfish lifestyles and ways That must come to an end Our reflection in a looking glass Grows unlovely as time goes by But in the mirror of God's Word To self we die And this death is a beautiful thing For our selfish desires fade Time enhances the process Into a brand new image we are made We are growing to look like Him How beautiful we will be As each day reveals More of Him and less of me This is an inner beauty The outer appearance may disguise It's the beauty of a Godly heart Unseen by human eyes Copyright © 2017 (Sandra Briggs). All rights reserved.
We are His Hands Night falls upon hungry children And the endless sobbing starts They are cold, they are frightened Hopeless little hearts Hurting mothers listen To an agony they cannot end They watch them dying daily With a pain that will not mend “Why does God allow it; Why doesn’t He do something,” we say “If God were a God of love, He wouldn’t let people live that way” We complain and blame Him But what we fail to recognize Is that WE are the Hands of God It’s up to us to dry their eyes He’s working His miracles daily Through the heart that understands That God uses ‘people’ to help people, …….for WE are His Hands Copyright © 2017 (Sandra Briggs). All rights reserved.