How Can I Help But Love Him?

 
   

 

 

But God showed his great love for us by sending (Jesus) Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

 

--Romans 5:8

   
  How can I help but love Him,
 

This One Who died for me?

 

How can I help but serve Him

 

This One Who set me free?

  How can I help but love Him,
  This One Who bore my sin?
  How can I help but serve Him,
  And to Him others win?
  How can I help but love Him,
  This One Who took my shame?
  How can I help but serve Him,
  And magnify His name?
   
  Janet Fenton Meadows
 

3/19/2005

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". . . but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the highcalling of God in Christ Jesus."

   
 

-- Philippians 3;13-14

 
 

The Next Thing

 
       
  Dear Lord, I prayed, forgive me

 
  For the things I left undone.  
  Opportunities to serve you,  
  I've let pass by, one by one.  
     
  And, Lord, forgive me also  
  For the things I have done wrong.  
  He answered, 'You're forgiven,    
  Now don't tarry here too long.    
       
  Arise now, do the next thing    
  That I have for you to do;    
  Don't let past failures hinder,    
  Just remember I'm with you.    
       
  You cannot change the past,    
  What you did or did not do;    
  Let the past begone, my child;    
  Your future waits bright and new.

 
     
  We will go on together now,  
  Just trust me and let me guide;  
  Remember you are not alone,  
  I'm always at your side.  
     
  Arise now, let's be going;  
  We will leave despair behind  
  And journey on together  
  Doing the next thing we find.'    
       
  Janet Fenton Meadows    
  2/18/93    
 

 

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Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

   
 

 -- EPHESIANS 5:20

   
  Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.    
 

--MATTHEW 5:48

   
         
 

THANKS

   
         
   

Father in Heaven,

Thanks for Jesus, Your Son, my Saviour;

Who died to put me in Your favor.

I=m so glad for the faith You=ve given;

And for the hope I have of Heaven.

Thanks for the loving forgiveness You give;

And for showing me how to live.

Thanks for showing me where I=m wrong;

Then, in Christ=s strength, for making me strong.

Thanks for trials that help me grow,

And help me more of You to know.

Thanks for answers when I pray,

And for showing me the way.

Thanks for Your Presence each day of my life

And for comfort during trouble and strife.

Thanks for caring, and help me to be

More and more loving until I=m perfect like Thee.

In Jesus= Name, Amen.

 

   
 

Janet Fenton Meadows

 
 

1975

 
 

 

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ďSearch me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.Ē

   
 

--Psalm 139:23-24

 
       
 

 
       
  SHOW ME MYSELF, LORD    
       
  Show me myself, Lord,    
  As Thou doest see me;    
  And help me to see, Lord,    
  Just what Thou doest see.  
  Open my eyes, Lord, open my heart;  
  Let me see whatís there, in every part--  
  All that pleases or displeases Thee--    
  Show it all, Lord, show it to me.    
  Help me repent of all that is there    
  That grieves You, Lord, and brings me despair.    
  Free me from myself, Lord,    
 

From all self-centered thought;

   
  May I let Thy Spirit rule,    
  In my life as I ought.    
       
  Janet Fenton Meadows    
  6/29/1993    
 

 

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Marriage Poem

 
       
 

As you begin life together as husband and wife,

 
  May you welcome Christ into your marriage and life;  
  For only He can teach you how to love  
  With a love that only comes from above.  
       
  Love must be patient, Love must be kind;  
  It must not envy, but it must find  
 

A way to uplift one another,

 
  Thus bringing joy to each other.  
       
  Love never fails when in God you trust.  
  To have Him in you marriage is a must,  
  If you want your marriage to be blessed  
 

With a love that lasts and brings happiness.

 
       
  Janet Fenton Meadows  
  10/13/2007  

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Psalm 32:5-6 (The Living Bible) I finally admitted all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, AI will confess them to the Lord.@ And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Now I say that each believer should confess his sins to God when he is aware of them, while there is time to be forgiven. Judgement will not touch him if he does.

See also John 13 

      
    

              

 
 

THE JOY OF FORGIVENESS

 
       
  Jesus died on the cross for me;  
   From my sins to set me free.  
  I=ve been forgiven; my salvation=s sure;  
  In His righteousness, I=m pure.  
 

 

   
  But sometimes I wander and go astray,  
  From the straight and narrow way.  
  My feet get soiled; in sin I=ve trod;  
  I  turn and come back to the Lord, My God.  
       
  I see such love upon His face;  
  He, bowing down, takes a servant=s place;  
  He gently washes my dirty feet;  
  Once again my cleansing is complete.  
       
  O, my dear Lord, I love You so!  
  Please tell me so that I will know;  
  What it is that I can do or say,  
  To express my thanks toYou today.  
       
  AGo, He said, Ato another and do;  
  What I, your Lord, have done for you;  
  Go wash the feet of your sister or brother,  
  And by this show that you love one another.  
       
  Then others, seeing this deed that you do;  
  Will know that My Spirit lives in you.  
  By your example they may come to believe;  
  And turning to Me, new life receive.@  
       
  Janet Fenton Meadows  
  4/7/98  
 

                              

 

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John 13:1-17

   
       
 

BE A SERVING SPOON

 
  If others were to watch your life

 
  As you go about living each day,
  Would they see you as a fork, spoon or knife,
  In the things that you do and say?
   
  Would they see a fork that jabs at others,
  Or a knife that cuts others down?
  Or would they see a serving spoon
  That serves all those around?
   
  If you would please your Master
  And always to Him be true,
  Like Him, you must serve others,
  Doing as He would say or do.
   
  So place yourself within His will
  And as a serving spoon in His hand,
 

He can use you to serve others

  As you follow His every command.
   
   Janet Fenton Meadows
  October 21, 1999

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    We try to live in such a way that so no one will ever be offended or kept back from finding the Lord by the way we act, so that no one can find fault with us and blame it on the Lord    
 

--2 Corinthians 6:3 (TLB)

 
     
 

CONVINCING LOVE

 
 

Oh, Christian friend, there should not be

 Schisms within our Lord=s Body.

As The Church, His Body, we all are one;

So, we must let His will be done.

 

If we quarrel and fight with each other,

How shall we ever convince another

 That Jesus Christ is really God=s son?

 That their soul to Him might be won?

 

Our only purpose in life should be

Is to live so that others may see

That Jesus is real, that it was God=s love

That brought Him to Earth from Heaven above.

 

But, if we don=t have love for each other,

How shall we ever convince another

That having Christ in our lives makes us new,

And that He can be seen in me and in you?

 

But, if in us they see strife and division

How will they ever make the decision

To trust Christ as Savior and Lord --

To live for Him and trust in His Word?

 

Our love for Christ and for each other

Is what will win our lost sister and brother.

We must forget what we want or feel

So we can convince others that He is real.

 

Real in us, His Church, the Body of our Lord.

Because of the lost we cannot afford

To let our own resentments and pride

Cause one to be lost, for whom Christ died.

 

So, let us now, from this day on,

Resolve to forget and let be gone

Those things in the past that have made us divided,

And show each other that we have decided

 

That winning the lost, that=s what we=re about;

Bringing souls in, not shutting them out!

Proclaiming the Good News, of sin forgiven,

New life in Jesus and a home in Heaven!

 

Janet Fenton Meadows

May 6, 1987

 
 

 

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He (Jesus) spoke to them and said, ďTake heart, it is I; do not be afraid.Ē Then He got into the boat with them.

--Mark 6:50-51(NRSV)

'The Same Boat'

When upon the sea of Life

My boat is turned and tossed,

When wind and waves surround me,

And Iím afraid I will be lost,

Help me remember, then, Dear Lord,

When troubleís all I see,

That everything will be all right;

You are in the boat with me.

 

We are in the same boat, Dear Lord,

Iíve nothing now to fear.

Nothing now can harm me

When Youíre so very near.

The winds will cease, the waves will rest,

As You speak and they obey.

And I will lean upon Your breast

In a clear and sunny day.

 

When the storms of life assail you,

And you feel you canít go on,

When the waves splash high around you,

And your hope is all but gone,

Remember Jesus loves you;

He will surely see you through;

Just turn and look beside you,

Heís in the boat with you.

 

We are in the same boat, Dear Lord,

Iíve nothing now to fear.

Nothing now can harm me

When Youíre so very near.

The winds will cease, the waves will rest,

As You speak and they obey.

And I will lean upon Your breast

In a clear and sunny day.

 

Janet Fenton Meadows

8/15/2002

 

 

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