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Footprint In The Sand
       Many of us have read the wonderful poem called, Footprints. From those words we discover how God carries us when we can’t go any further. The truth is, God truly cares for us. We know that for sure because He sent his only Son to die in our place for our sins and offenses. If Jesus laid down His life for you and me, wouldn’t He also freely give us what we ask for? (As long as we don’t ask “amiss”.) We serve a good God!

Romans 8:32; (NLT)
       "Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won't he also give us everything else?"

Footprint In The Sand

There's a footprint in the sand
by the seaside of Galilee,
and as I step into it
I find it's too big for me.

It's the footprint of Jesus
made two thousand years ago.
It's the footprint of the Son of man,
and I love him so.

As I walk along the seashore
where my Savior’s feet have walked,
I wish I could hear Him speaking;
I wish I could hear him talk.

A hush comes over all the sea
where its rushing meets the shore,
and a vision comes in from the waves
as He walks the sands once more.

I can almost hear Him speaking;
I can almost hear His voice,
while a choir of angels hover near
and my Lord begins to talk.

He says, "Child I'll walk this way again
any time you want me to.
After being nailed to Calvary,
I'll do anything for you."

And a hush comes over all the sea
where its rushing meets the shore,
and a vision comes in from the waves
as He walks the sands once more.
© rdouglasVeer 6/2/2012

My Everything . . . My Best

       Oh, that one who comes to God in honesty and brokenness over his sins is precious in the sight of the Lord. And God is faithful to extend His forgiveness to such a one, we are told in First John. In fact, being saved means God forgives all of our sins, past, present and future. “In Him we HAVE redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace,” (Eph. 1:7, NKJV). The Greek verb for “have” is in the present tense, which indicates continuing action; we are continually having forgiveness of sins, including every sin we will ever commit. Also consider Colossians 2:13b-14, “God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave ALL our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.”
       So does that mean we can do anything we want to because we’re off the hook? Paul asks, “Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not!” (Romans 6:1-2a; NLT). As Christians, we must be willing to put sin to death. Ah, but there is the stickler: are we really willing? Remember: the greater the surrender, the deeper the walk. It’s up to you.

2 Corinthians 7:10; (NLT).
       “For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.”

1 John 1:9; (TPT).
      “But if we freely admit our sins when his light uncovers them, he will be faithful to forgive us every time. God is just to forgive us our sins because of Christ, and he will continue to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Psalm 34:18; (NLT).
       “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.”

My Everything . . . My Best

The day I first found Jesus
something came into my soul.
It felt like lightning striking;
it was like I was made whole.

All my fears and sorrows melted
in the Holy presence of Him.
I had been forgiven fully;
forgiven of all my sins.

The years passed by so quickly
but again, the world drew me in.
My passion for God grew dimmer
as my heart began to sin.

The good that I once carried
to the alter regularly
now had become my worldliness
and I wasted it all on me.

Now I stand before you, Jesus,
with broken heart in hand,
and ask you, “Will you forgive me,
and hold me close again?”

I know it isn’t much, dear Lord,
compared to what you gave,
but I promise to follow you faithfully
from this day to the grave.

I want to come back into your arms,
and in your presence rest.
I offer you completely,
my everything . . . my best.
rdouglasVeer 12/16/07

Momma Prayed

       Do you remember the story about the prodigal son? He was wasteful and extravagant and he squandered his inheritance on wild living. His parents were distraught over it, I’m sure. Though the Bible doesn’t say, they must have both prayed for him “without ceasing”. The Bible does tell us that the boy finally came to his senses. He humbled himself before his dad and his heavenly Father. He admitted his mistakes and came home to face the consequences. His dad welcomed him back with open arms! Do you have a wayward child? Then pray and don’t give up because God answers prayers. (Thank God for Moms who pray!)

Luke 15:12, 13; 17-19; (NIV).
       “. . . Father, give me my share of the estate . . . Not long after that . . . he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living . . . When he came to his senses, he said . . . Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.”

Momma Prayed

Much too soon, I was on my own
leaving what Momma had taught me at home.
Many times, how I wished to go back
where I knew that Momma would get me on track.

But my back was stiff and my head was hard
the day I left from Momma’s back yard.
I wouldn't listen to what I'd been told
was waiting for me not far "down the road".

I made up my mind that very day
that I could do it all, “my own way".
I had no need for any-one.
It was time for me to kick up some fun.

Yeah, some “fun” it turned out to be
when the world started giving its licks to me.
I learned to smoke and drink and more
and soon it was drugs I was trying to score.

So many times I have laid and thought
of how much sorrow that I had brought
to Momma there at home (so good)
worrying for me like I knew she would.

I didn't know that back at home
when Momma had time to be alone
she was praying down upon her knees
asking God through her tears to watch over me.

Those days and nights that turned into years
were soaked in Momma’s precious tears
'cause while I was doing "what-ever I would"
Momma was doing "all that she could".

Well, that was then and this is now
and an unlimited God knew just how
to bring me to an alter one day
because my Momma knew how to pray.

Dear Momma, I know I've brought hurt to you
and long and lonely sleepless nights too.
But while you were doing “all that you could”,
God turned my soul from evil to good.
© rdouglasVeer 11/19/1997

Even Then & It's Too Late

       The Bible says every one of us falls short of God’s glory, (Romans 3:23), and that our righteousness is like filthy rags, (Isaiah 64:6). Compared to God’s perfect holiness, we are all so very lacking. When we consider the character of God we find Him to be all knowing and wise, all loving, all powerful, as well as infinite and unchanging. At the same time, God is personal. That’s why He gave us the Bible. He wants us to know Him, His great love for us, and to understand He created us and has known us intimately, even before our conception, (Jeremiah 1:5). His plan, all along, was that we would dwell with Him for eternity. But sin got in the way. In the midst of that sin, God sent His son to die in our place that we might be forgiven and accepted into His everlasting kingdom.
       God’s word says He loves us, yet some people still reject Him. What will happen to them? When they pass away, all their chances for receiving God’s help will end. God will speak to each one of those individuals one final time. They will have come too late for redemption: “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me’ . . .” (Matthew 7:23; NKJV). No one will want to hear those words when they reach “the other side”. That’s why the Bible says, “Today is the day of salvation,” (II Corinthians 6:2b; NLT). What say you?

Romans 5:8; (NIV).
       “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

2 Corinthians 6:2; (NLT).
       "For God says, 'At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.' Indeed, the 'right time' is now. Today is the day of salvation.”

Even Then

He had a plan that I'd be saved
even when I misbehaved,
because He loved me every day,
from the cradle to the grave.
I learned there were results for sin,
my folks did warn--again and again.
But I threw all caution to the wind.
You know . . . He loved me even then.

(We’re like) babies born in a mother’s pain
amidst sleepless nights and tiresome days . . . yet
from the world’s foundation, God intends
steadfast to love us even then.
He stumbled on; ‘neath His cross He strained,
while we cursed Him, trusting our stiff-necked ways.
I took the hammer and drove the nails, when
all along, He loved me even then.

Too Late

Now the end has come and life is done
upon this living earth,
and death has taken in its toll
and judgement, since my birth.
I stand before the judgement seat
and know that God's therein,
and I realize that the time has come
to face my life of sin.

You died for me on Calvary
and now I plead the blood.
I'm sorry I didn't care before,
but now I need your love.
And then an answer came from God
seated high and in full view.
“With too little, you have come too late.
Depart . . . I never knew you.”
©rDouglasVeer (dates unknown)

His Only Son

       The Oxford Dictionary defines Easter as, “the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, held between March 21 and April 25 on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the northern spring equinox.” Well, Easter is not only important, it is the very foundation of the Christian faith. Because of Christ’s triumph on the cross, our sins have been forgiven, (Colossians 2:13), and “death has been swallowed up in victory,” (1 Corinthians 15:54). When we accept the gift of salvation by trusting Jesus Christ, we too can walk in that victory. And as Jesus was
resurrected, we too shall be resurrected one day, to eternal life. There is no hope greater than this. Our mortal lives are finite and temporary, but our souls are eternal and God’s love is eternal . . . and His
wonderful gifts can be ours if we accept them and walk in them. Can you think of a good reason to not be interested in Jesus’ offer?

1 Corinthians 15:20-22; (TPT).
       “20 But the truth is, Christ is risen from the dead, as the firstfruit of a great resurrection harvest of those who have died. 21 For since death came through a man, Adam, it is fitting that the resurrection of the dead has also come through a man, Christ. 22 Even as all who are in Adam die, so also all who are in Christ will be made alive.”

1 Corinthians 15:54; (TPT).
       “And when that which is mortal puts on immortality, and what now decays is exchanged for what will never decay, then the Scripture will be fulfilled that says: Death is swallowed up by a triumphant victory!”

His Only Son

I lived a dark and stormy life
that lasted many years,
until one day I saw a light
through a heart of many tears.

It shined upon Golgotha’s hill
and on a rugged tree,
where Jesus did His Father’s will
the day He died for me.

Oh, Son of love, why did You have to
hang upon that hill?
Why did You have to be the One
to do Your Father’s will?

There were so many here below
deserving punishment,
but only One was pure enough;
that’s why the Father sent

His only Son, His only Son;
no other one could pay
the price His only Son could offer.
Messiah is His name.

Oh, Lamb of God, unspotted One,
bound to die since virgin birth.
He was the only perfect One
to pay sin’s debt on earth.

Now Jesus stands in heaven above
beside His Father’s throne,
forgiving all who come to Him;
washed clean thru His blood, alone.

Because of love He gave His life;
no one else could pay the price:
God’s only son, His only son,
My Savior, Jesus Christ
rdouglasVeer 03/06/1999

A Taste of Beauty
       One of the many beauty’s of Spring is the emergence of flowers in bloom. Solomon also revered the splendor of God’s creation and referred to his bride as the “lily of the valley”, and “the rose of Sharon”, (see Song of Solomon 2:1). This passage along with the entire book also symbolically refers to Jesus as the “rose of Sharon”, and the bride as the body of Christian believers. How wonderful to know about God’s love for us! He created us; He cherishes us; He wants His best for us; He wants to know us through and through. At the same time, he wants us to know Him in the same way. That’s why the idea of “religion” falls so terribly short. Rather, it’s a personal relationship that God desires to have with us. But we, each, must answer His call. We, individually, must come, like the butterfly taking in nectar. We must decide to bond with the Lord, and be nourished by Him . . . through daily prayer and the reading of His word, and the carrying out of His wishes, that we might be filled with His glory and power and love. To learn more about how to become a Christian, visit:

Hosea 14:4-6; (GNT).
       4 The Lord says, “I will bring my people back to me. I will love them with all my heart; no longer am I angry with them. 5 I will be to the people of Israel like rain in a dry land. They will blossom like
flowers; they will be firmly rooted like the trees of Lebanon. 6 They will be alive with new growth, and beautiful like olive trees. They will be fragrant like the cedars of Lebanon.”

A Taste of Beauty

So flocks the brilliant butterfly
upon the gentle stem
which holds the nectar of the dainty flower.

As silently, invisibly
doth beat the gentle wing
suspending it with tireless, gentle power.

Who but a God of wonders would
create one such as this
to give the world, a taste of beauty such

that in His love a man would He
share such a majesty
to show the wonder of His love for us.
rdouglasVeer 02/28/2021

He's Changing Me

       How does God change a person? Matthew 5:48 says, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect,” (KJV). We see what we used to be; we see who we still are, and it seems hopeless sometimes. After becoming saved, the goal is to grow into the image of Christ, but that can seem so unreachable. Well first, we should
remember that the Christian walk is not a destination but a journey that we take with God’s help. Philippians, chapter two explains that it is God who is working in us, and helping us become more like Him. Second, the Greek word for “perfect” in the Matthew passage (below) is the word “telos”. According to, “telos” does not imply a state of being, but rather a
direction toward the end for which a thing is made. It has the sense of a target, minus the actual arrival.” The question is, are you on the right road? Are you traveling in the right direction? Are you
“. . . press[ing] toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus?”
(See Philippians 3:14).
       “So then, my dear ones, just as you have always obeyed [my instructions with enthusiasm], not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, continue to work out your salvation [that is,
cultivate it, bring it to full effect, actively pursue spiritual maturity] with awe-inspired fear and
trembling [using serious caution and critical self-evaluation to avoid anything that might offend God or discredit the name of Christ],” (Philippians 2:12; AMP).

Philippians 2:13; (AMP).
       “For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your
purpose] for His good pleasure.”

Matthew 5:48; (AMP).
       “You, therefore, will be perfect [growing into spiritual maturity both in mind and character, actively integrating godly values into your daily life], as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

He’s Changing Me

I was a beggar; a poor lost soul.
Then He fed me and gave me His ring.
He’s changing me into His image.
I’m becoming a child of the King.

How precious are His thoughts toward me,
and His love has been the key.
I am transforming into His child;
I’m changing . . . all because He loves me.

I’m growing and I’m moving, though,
I know that it has taken awhile.
Yet He has been so patient and kind,
strengthening me, His very own child.

As I travel through this troubled world,
a beggar I will no more be.
With God’s help, and through His angels sent,
praise His name, He’s changing me!
rdouglasVeer 01/28/03

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