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We live much of life amid unique choices. Joy is anchored in The One beyond our life.
"Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement.
One fails forward toward success."

C. S. Lewis


"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen:
not only because I see it,
but because by it I see everything else."

C. S. Lewis




I have come home at last!
This is my real country!
I belong here.
This is the land
I have been looking for all my life,
though I never knew it till now...
Come further up, come further in!

― C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle
https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/1059917-the-last-battle


“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say”


J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring


“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

J.R.R. Tolkien




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November 25, 2020 at 12:43am
November 25, 2020 at 12:43am
#999077
Sing "Happy Birthday" to my wife!
What Joy abounds through all my days!
My hopeful heart and wondrous life
regard this one my smile displays.

My wife in beauty always grows.
Her youthfulness defies the years.
The world can't see what my heart knows.
That teen, I met, each day appears.

Sing "Happy Birthday" with the voice.
Proclaim this bliss throughout the land.
The best for me is my lone choice.
This lady with her lifelong man.

So glad am I my wife was born,
surviving struggle to the light.
Umbilical the neck had worn.
No oxygen, her birthing plight.

Sing "Happy Birthday." Praise the Lord,
who one day brought her to my arms.
We worship weekly in His Word,
His great defense from all alarms.

My gifted lass with artful skill
creates a painting, darns some pants.
She lifts my life with joy to fill,
and favors me each day she grants.

Sing "Happy Birthday" to my wife!
What Joy abounds through all my days!
My hopeful heart and wondrous life
are better through each word she says.


by Jay O'Toole
on November 25th, 2020


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October 31, 2020 at 8:57pm
October 31, 2020 at 8:57pm
#997278
The preacher writes his book anew
to show all souls a message through
the lives of those, who lived or not.
In fiction show the truths we're taught.

New worlds to reach through Christ, the Lord,
depending on His Holy Word.
But first we reach the fam'ly hearts,
before the other service starts.

We serve Him when we serve at home
a-drawing them the Lord to come.
We're keepers in this fam'ly first
by "salting" hearts to create thirst.

To win the world, yet lose the ones
He's given me, these daughters, sons,
would be a tragedy most blind,
unraveling the fam'ly twined.

So, daily we reach families, All,
by urging them on Christ to call.
"Salvation through the whelming flood.
Salvation through his precious blood."

We sing these hymns to keep us strong.
We're lifted through these Bible songs.
We need the preaching of the Truth.
We need to know Him from our youth.

Each family is precious, rare,
and for their hearts we daily care.
We keep them for Eternity.
What wondrous treasure given me!




by Jay O'Toole
on October 31st, 2020


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October 30, 2020 at 3:05pm
October 30, 2020 at 3:05pm
#997174
Wading through a muddy bog,
to find a sure foot stand.
Often I must slowly slog,
quite hindered in my plan.

It seems as though the world is full
of dirt and watered truth.
We take a stand against the pull
the wrong way from our youth.

A sodden perch of grimy grass
relieves some muscle pain,
but afterward what way to pass
amid the building rain?

Oh, Maker of the world, that spins
and keeps its course to You.
Please, keep us faithful through Your win,
to make our world anew.


by Jay O'Toole
on October 30th, 2020


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October 29, 2020 at 7:35pm
October 29, 2020 at 7:35pm
#997112
The runner's pace in rain is now quite slow
as light is dancing off the sidewalk's sheen.
Cars splosh along the street so newly clean.
All trees of sopping boughs are bowing low.
Bright colored lights around the city grow
from green to yellow, then to red and green.
The cricket's song at night as bird's do preen
lifts hearts with hopeful light to rest and glow.


by Jay O'Toole
on October 29th, 2020


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October 28, 2020 at 3:28pm
October 28, 2020 at 3:28pm
#997015
We worry not for evil folks, who come.
The Lord's own justice follows wicked ones.
A lost man's power is part, not full the sum,
but punishment is theirs when days are done.

Just trust the Lord, do good. You'll live and eat.
Keep focus on this One, Who means you good.
Forever shine you bright and peace you meet.
The meek will have the Earth and daily food.

We rest. The Lord has future quite secure
for those, who know His loving daily care.
The blest inherit Earth, alway endure.
The foes are stopped and left to only stare.

The wise and righteous man has food enough.
The Lord protects him through all times, made tough.


by Jay O'Toole
on October 28th, 2020


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October 27, 2020 at 4:22pm
October 27, 2020 at 4:22pm
#996899
The wrestling heart is like a rose,
great beauty without strife,
but crushed among a pile of those
sweet smells then come to life.

The wrestling heart may try to rest,
but in the perfumer's care
the way is strait until it's blest.
The aroma fills the air.

The wrestling heart's own wish is peace,
but God's desire is trust.
Your safety comes through full release.
The Plan of God is just.

The wrestling heart can hope in this,
that Christ will put all right
the earthly tossing souls in Bliss
will know a future bright.


by Jay O'Toole
on October 27th, 2020


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October 26, 2020 at 3:40pm
October 26, 2020 at 3:40pm
#996816
To write a book in thirty days
is such a novel thought.
A rough draft of our thoughts displays
what one day may be bought.

Protagonist and foe alike
are made up in the mind.
These faux friends walk or they may bike,
and sometimes they are kind.

Though worlds away or near at hand
environment creates
the action, that we choose to plan
or new ways out the gates.

What twists and turns will live we there?
What peaceful days at rest?
When finally in hope we care,
will everyone be blessed?


by Jay O'Toole
on October 26th, 2020


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October 24, 2020 at 10:07pm
October 24, 2020 at 10:07pm
#996674
The future seems great stormy tossing waves,
that few survive with restful hope intact,
but bind your doubts as awful sniv'ling slaves.
Then rest in hope with Christ your greatest fact.

The present seems uncertain as a day,
for those against us seem a mighty horde,
the foe must bow before Him and obey
the Rest, the Hope, the Worthy, Mighty Lord.

The host on horses all the city round
can make the hearts of servants soon to fear,
but angels of the Lord will quick confound
for eyes, that newly see His Purpose clear.

Oh, rest in hope, beleaguered saints of God.
Salvation from His hands will leave you awed.


by Jay O'Toole
on October 24th, 2020


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October 23, 2020 at 11:05am
October 23, 2020 at 11:05am
#996546
Perspectives cause us cautious seeing.
Forever we are living, being.
From future, past He's daily freeing.

The ever-living God is speaking.
Loved human hearts He's always seeking.
Rejecting souls forever reeking.

Salvation's Gift is for us waiting.
The virgin's oil needs highest rating.
The Bridegroom comes. We're sober stating.


by Jay O'Toole
on October 23rd, 2020


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October 22, 2020 at 2:05pm
October 22, 2020 at 2:05pm
#996485
A meal will come three times a day with choices.
A leader leads three years among the voices.
A meal unliked is changed within mere minutes.
Some leaders make opponents quickly grimace.

Your steak will satisfy the tummy's yearning.
Great leaders bless the money you are earning.
Raw eggs are rotten when in water floating.
Corrupt ones know not voters after voting.

"Our Constitution's made for faithful folk.
Religion guides the ones, who know the way.
It cannot curb the rebel's awful heart.
"
In hopelessness, our voting's quite a joke
to those who'd lead and make us them obey.
Return us, God, to leaders from our start!

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"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.
It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
"
(President John Adams)


by Jay O'Toole
on October 22nd, 2020


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