Christian Fellowship Church Of Largo
Mary Mayko is Christian Fellowship's Adult Sunday School Teacher, Church Elder and one of our counselors. Mary also has the pulpit one Tuesday night a month to deliver Gods Word. She has penned inspirational poetry and writings for over 30 years.
“UNDER HIS WINGS!”
“Keep me as the apple of your eye, hide me in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 17:8
“O God! Where are You?” Many people feel they have missed out on God’s protection when they face their troubles in life! Surely they would not be suffering or going through such difficulties if they were really under His wings of safety! If He is keeping them as the apple of His eye, just what is going on here? What is He protecting them from? Isn’t the apple of His eye supposed to be something very valuable? Doesn’t one take steps to guard and protect their valuables?
John 10:27-29 NIV “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” The Father assures us no one can take us out of His hand! Jesus was speaking to His people in this passage! When God makes a promise, He keeps it!
Not only are we protected in the shadow of His hands, He is also able to keep us from falling away from Him! Jude 24-25 NIV “To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy- to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen” In our times of feeling we must have utterly failed our Lord in some way, here is a couple of amazing verses the Holy Spirit brings to my mind to reassure me of His love and forgiveness! I am safe under His wings! He cleanses me, makes me blameless before the Father!
1 Thess. 5:23-24 NIV “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through, may your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Verse after verse in the Bible reminds of the keeping power and watchful eye of our Lord! We need to encourage ourselves when we go through those hard times by looking at His Word! I have experienced a true sense of security when I am able to put everything into His hands and trust Him to work it all out for my good, as well as those I am praying for! He is our watchful Guardian!
On the contrary, we have not missed His Plan when we go though difficulties! Rather, as we keep going on in spite of them, is a testimony to others! He proves His faithfulness as we look unto Him for the Strength we need! His goal for us is not to shield us from painful struggles, but He promises we will go through them together! When we need peace, He will give it. When we need wisdom, ask, He will give it! In the midst of turmoil and others are in a panic, a verse descends upon our mind and spirit like a dove! Phil.4:7 NIV “The peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Jesus Christ.” As we keep Him in our mind, He will keep our heart peaceful!
God did not create us to live in some bubble where we could never grow! We need sunshine and rain, night time and day, sleep and rest, as well as work! If we never suffer, how could we have true compassion for others? If we have not exercised our spiritual muscles, we would be weak Christians! The problems we face enable us to trust Him and ask for the wisdom we need to handle each problem correctly! Think of the beauty of a butterfly! They must struggle through the hard outer covering in order for their wings to develop strong and proper, otherwise they are cripples and unable to fly and soon die! As we look at nature, it reminds us of the many different spiritual aspects of our own life. Sometimes want to take care of every problem our loved ones face, but in doing so, we may make them a cripple, unable to mature!
As the butterfly develops, he soars off to do exactly what God created him to do! The hard times in our lives enables us to endure the realities of life so we too, can soar on eagles wings with God’s protection and guidance! Psalm 36:7 NIV “How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men, find refuge in the shadow of your wings.” The Lord often tells us to find our refuge in the Lord! He always has a place of safety for us to run in to!
What a comfort to know we live under the watchful eye of the Lord, to know He is always there to save us! He is not watching to hinder or intimidate us, but to guide us, for we are of great value to Him! He wants us to trust Him! We need to listen and follow carefully! He sees the storms and dangers ahead of us. Knowing we cannot avoid them, He tells us to abide under His wings, stay under His shadow so close we do not lose our way!
Psalm 17:6-7 NIV “I will call on You, O God, for You will answer me and hear my prayer. Show me the wonder of Your great love, You, who save by Your right hand, those who take refuge in You from their foes!”
Rest in Him and enjoy the shelter of His arms! In His Service, Mary Mayko
“RISING ON EAGLES WINGS”
Mary Mayko 2006
We need to wait upon the LORD when we are downcast and forlorn,
Those times when our hope and spirits feel so tattered and torn!
For He promises to renew our strength and lift us up on high,
When we rest in Him, and under His wings we rise to the skies!
He will cover us with His feathers, in His loving care He keeps us
He is our refuge from harm and danger as in Him we put our trust!
When we soar with Him our view is changed because of the height!
Come! Rest on His wings as He carries us upward! Enjoy the flight!
We cease our struggles as we float along on currents of warm air,
The winds carry us up above our fears and worries and care!
The LORD teaches us to run a pace that does not wear us out
And walk without fainting so we can praise Him with a shout!
He will deliver us from bondage and bear us up on eagle wings.
Our joy will overflow with melodies in our heart and our voice sings!
He wipes away our weariness, gives us strength for whatever we face.
We are His special treasure when we accept His love and His grace!
So when our spirit is overwhelmed He will hear our heart cries.
He will swoop down on eagles wings and lift us up to soar in the skies!
He promises He will answer, and we know He will help us!
Come now, as you wait on the LORD, He renews your hope and trust!
“He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shall thou trust; His truth shall be thou shield and buckler.” Psalm 91:4
“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
I TRUST THESE SCRIPTURES AND WRITINGS WILL ENCOURAGE YOUR HEART AND BUILD YOUR FAITH AS YOU READ THROUGH THEM! Our prayer for this website is that it continues to be a source of encouragement and blessings to all who have stopped by for a visit with us! Mary Mayko