Before God ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

One day before God,
you will give an account
as to why you shunned Him
and shut His Son out.

One day you will be,
to God accountable
and for your rebellion
be held responsible.

One day judgement’s seat,
you will have to face
and tell God why you rejected
His gift of love and grace.

One day Jesus.
will determine your fate
and open up to you the pit
and not the narrow gate.

One day before God,
you will bow . . .
one day Jesus’ name
you will avow!


Romans 14:11

“For it is written,
As I live, saith the Lord,
every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall
confess to God.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka

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Entreaty to the Sea

L.T. Garvin

When your grandmother

decided for care and comfort

and laid a string of pearls

across an ocean

it’s open depths

yawning the unknown

a depth you could not follow

So you said your prayers

beneath cerulean heavens

and bribed the Norse god of independence

to gather the shards

of your broken soul

After a while,

you stopped seeking her

behind half-closed doors

beyond dimly lit corridors

where patterns in the rug

became the songs of mystics

Then you implored

the enchanted air

to carry the hymns of loss

so that her ears would know

the weighty sound

of your sunken grief

and still how you miss

the image of her face

sweetly carved

by the haunting wind

upon the rocks

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Seek God While It’s Early ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

In the morning hours,
when all is quiet and still
seek God and you’ll find
what is for you His will.

Ask Him for the wisdom,
as you commence your day
and He will show you
the righteousness of His way.

In the early light,
when all is calm and silent
seek God with a heart
on Him trusting and reliant.

Ask Him to show you,
the plans He has for you
inquire of Him guidance
in all His has for you to do.

In the morning hours,
seek God while it’s still dawn
and throughout the day  . . .
you’ll find yourself Spirit drawn!


Psalm 143:8

“Cause me to hear thy
lovingkindness in the morning;
for in thee do I trust:
cause me to know the way
wherein I should walk;
for I lift up my soul unto thee.”

King James Version
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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!


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


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!


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
Public Domain

Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka

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