I Knocked, Jesus Opened ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

I knocked,
He opened the door
then my life
Jesus began to explore.

I heard,
once Jesus was in
Him telling me
all about my sin.

I asked,
what I needed to do
Jesus answered
a holy life pursue.

I knew,
I needed His grace
by the reflection
I saw on Jesus’ face.

I sought,
a new life I found
and now by faith
I’m heaven bound!

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Matthew 7:7

“Ask, and it shall be given you;
seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you:”

King James Version
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The First Military Railroad

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

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From the American Civil War to this present day, the railroad has played a role in the military not just in the United States but in other countries around the world.  Do you know where the railroad was first used for military service?  It was during the American Civil War, and it was used during the First Battle of Manassas although not on the battlefield itself.  General Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson did use the railroad to transport his troops between Delaplane, Virginia to the Manassas Junction (now Manassas) to march his troops to the battlefield, but there was a railroad built specifically for military use.   Sadly, most of the railroad bed is gone, but there are a few markers at places where the train once ran.

It began north of the railroad junction (which is where Wellington Road crosses the tracks) past the old train station in what is now Old…

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Jesus, My Rock ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

Jesus, my Rock
my salvation, my refuge
with You there is peace
under worries deluge.

You are my strength,
when my own is spent
in You there’s safety
from all that torments.

My God, My Rock,
shield me from evil
protect me from
the world’s upheaval.

Be my earthly guide,
let me not fall prey
to satan’s deceitfulness
and his unrighteous way.

Jesus, My Rock,
on You I will depend
to keep me sheltered
until You come again!

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Psalm 62:7

“In God is my salvation
and my glory:
the rock of my strength,
and my refuge, is in God.”

King James Version
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Deborah Ann Belka

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Redeeming Today ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

Today I’m redeeming,
the time God’s allotted
I’ll use it wisely
so evil can be spotted.

I am going to walk,
so ever cautiously
my steps I will pan
very carefully.

Today I’m redeeming,
every hour of my day
I’ll be ready to face
whatever comes my way.

My armor I’ll have on,
into God’s Word I will slip
so that into temptation
I will not fall or trip.

Today I’m redeeming,
cashing in on God’s power
for I know the day is evil
and satan’s out to devour!

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Ephesians 5:15-16

“See then that ye walk circumspectly,
not as fools, but as wise,

Redeeming the time,
because the days are evil.”

King James Version
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Deborah Ann Belka

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Portland: Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and Museum

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The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum operates out of the former Portland Company Marine Complex, which built railroad equipment from 1846 to 1978.
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The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 1992, whose mission is to preserve the history of the 2 ft narrow gauge railways that ran in the state of Maine in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Carrying both passengers and freight, these railways served the smaller communities in Maine, connecting with the full size lines in cities like Portland.
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There is a 1½ mile long railroad that runs along the waterfront of Casco Bay and parallels Portland’s Eastern Promenade. The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad company runs rides on these tracks in their restored train cars…

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God’s Preparing The Way ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

God’s working everyday,
in the believer’s life
every experience
be it victory or strife.

He has a purpose,
behind all He exercises
He warns and corrects us
so our sin will recognize.

God tests where we’ll put,
our faith and trust
so He sends us trials
to see how we’ll adjust.

He has a reason,
for the storms that blow
and He wants to see
where we’ll choose to go.

God is preparing us,
working in us each day
for our future glory . . .
He is purifying the way!

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Ephesians 1:11

“In whom also we have obtained
an inheritance, being
predestinated according to
the purpose of him who worketh
all things after the counsel
of his own will:

King James Version
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Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka

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