Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Forgotten God

He is the Forgotten God
Oft thought of as “It”, rather than He
In today’s church He bears little resemblance
To the Holy Spirit’s work in New Testament believers
Do our lives reflect the work of the Holy Spirit
Or do we desire to experience more
He is the promised Counselor and Comforter
Our bodies are His temple and He resides within
The Holy Spirit has been unleashed
He is available to all believers
He empowers us with supernatural gifts for the brethren
Through Him we can put sin to death in us
Our lives can be radically different
Won't you yield to the Holy Spirit’s active work within? 

by Susan Bunts Wachtel
May 21, 2010
This poem was inspired by Francis Chan’s new book “The Forgotten God”. 

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sight Walking Faith

Oh the error
Of sight walking faith

Instead of believing the Lover of my soul
I believe the one who seeks to steal, kill and destroy

I surrender certain victory in Christ
For continuous daily defeat

I swap the strength of the Lord
For my weakness

I exchange the truth of God
For a lie

I trade the peace of God that passes all understanding
For worry, anxiety and stress

I substitute praying to God in faith
With meditating on my problems

by Susan Bunts Wachtel
May 18, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

The Power of Praise

It’s through praise and worship
I’m ushered into Your presence Lord Jesus
When I glorify Your holy Name
Life comes into perspective
As Your power and strength are manifest
My problems and concerns diminish
The One who is mighty to save
Is able to deliver me from all my afflictions
The cares of this world fade away
As I behold Your glory
It’s through the power of praise and worship my soul is strengthened
My heart and mind are stayed on Thee
By Susan Bunts Wachtel
May 11, 2010

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Seeds of Discontent

Each program intended to build up and edify
Instead sows seeds of discontentment
Bringing a bountiful harvest of discouragement
Discussions on what a perfect marriage and family should be
Serve as a reminder
That reality often differs from the ideal
Examples on how to be a better husband and wife
Instead highlight imperfections
In the spouse that God has given us
Perhaps the better route is to read the manual given by our Creator
Let God guide and direct us through His word
Speak to our hearts through prayer
We’ll likely find God requires us
To remove the beam from our own eye
Before removing the speck from our spouse’s eye
Marriage a tool in the hand of God
Used to buff out our sin nature
Make us more like Christ
God cares more about our holiness than our happiness
But we can achieve both
When we yield to the hands of the Master
By Susan Bunts Wachtel
May 11, 2010
Do you ever listen to Christian radio programs about marriage and family only to find yourself discouraged because your life is not quite the ideal that they are portraying?  Sometimes I’ll be listening to a list of things that my husband should be doing, according to the resident expert, and realize that Chris is not living up their checklist.  According to their list…I’m falling far short of what it is to be an ideal wife.
I have no doubt…that we are both a work in progress.  That God is in the process of forming and shaping us and using our spouse as a tool.  Sometimes it’s a painful process.
Perhaps it’s time for me to fast from a few of the marriage and family programs.  Instead, pick up God’s word to see what He requires of us.  Take up the challenge to pray for my husband, instead of comparing him to someone else’s checklist.  Ask God how I might encourage Chris in his quest to be the man and the husband that God wants him to be.  Read what God requires of me as a wife and seek God’s help to walk according to His plan. 

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Cry Out to God

In your deepest valley
During your darkest night
When facing the fiercest storm
Cry out to God
During your busy day
In the midst trying circumstances
When faced with overwhelming demands
Cry out to God
While standing on the mountaintop
When all seems right with the world
When your heart overflows with joy
Cry out to God
He comforts us in our deepest sorrow
He meets us in our pressing need
Shares in our heartfelt joy
Cry out to God and let Him meet you there

Susan Bunts Wachtel
April 27, 2010