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.
“IN THE AFTERGLOW”
Mary Mayko 1994
When I sense Him near, my cares seem so small
I have no doubt He will take them, one and all!
His Presence makes me long for heaven so sweet
To gaze at His dear face and sit at His feet!
I feel so unworthy yet His loving care I seek
I sit in awe, greatly humbled and meek.
Sitting in His Presence I know He loves me so!
He gently soothes my spirit with His divine flow!
I cannot move away from Him just yet!
The sweetness of His Spirit I will not forget!
I must praise Him only, no one else I know!
So when He lifts His Presence, I’ll stay in the afterglow!
Just a taste of His glory, He gives us now and then,
Tender reminders of His love and cleansing from sin.
I feel quieter as I walk away from this place I know
My life seems a little easier in the precious afterglow!
I think about how He saved and kept me all these years
Through times of joy, sorrows, trials and fears
How He has guided my life and helped me grow
As I reflect on His mercy I enjoy the grace of His afterglow!
To recall His love and some of His divine visitations
Gives me courage I need to fight many frustrations.
This treasure, this Greater One is in me I know
And by faith I will win and see His face glow!
When it seems as tho’ this light is growing dim
And His help I need, I quietly come to Him.
I say, “I love You, LORD” and let my praises flow
He fills my soul with peace as I rest in His afterglow!
“You have let me experience the joys of life and the exquisite pleasures of Your own Eternal Presence.” Psalm 16:11 LB
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
“EARLY MORNING MEETINGS”
“Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my meditation. Heaken unto the voice of my cry, my King and my God: for unto thee will I pray. My voice shall hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” Psalm 51:1-3 KJV
Before the crowds came or opposition rose against Him, Jesus had already been seeking the face of His Father early in the morning! “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he (Jesus) went out, and departed to a solitary place, and there prayed.” Mark 1:35. Since Jesus felt the need to rise early to talk to His Father about His will and where to go and what to do, what about us? If it was necessary for Jesus to seek His Father before the busy day started, I think we too, need to follow His example!
As usual, I rise early nearly every morning for a quiet time. Looking up at the heavens, I am thankful I can meet with my LORD! Sometimes it is still quite dark out, but on this day, I view the eastern sky as early morning light begins a soft sheen on the clouds drifting by. The early sun softly tints the dark purple clouds with lavender gray. Then a soft dusty rose is followed by a burst of brilliant pink! Quickly the pink turns into red-orange, then fades to a pastel peach. As the sun breaks into full view, the clouds change to a golden glow and then, suddenly to a silvery white!
With a full shining sun, now we have white fluffy clouds floating lazily by! Only God can paint such a lovely, ever changing picture in the sky for those who rise early to enjoy with awe and wonder in their hearts! It is as if the morning has burst forth in glory and splendor to honor its’ Creator! It is a reminder of the beauty He made for all to enjoy! As I meditate on His goodness, I thank my God, in spite of my failures or my accomplishment He loves me and showers me with His mercy and goodness day by day!
“This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. The LORDS’ loving kindness indeed never ceases, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness.” Lam.3:21-23
In these early morning meetings with the LORD, I prepare my heart for a new day. I talk with the LORD and read His Word, which speaks back to me! Sometimes I am heart struck by His message! I see my need to seek a change in some way. I confess my faults to Him and thank Him for His love and forgiveness! Some days I sit in awe of the timely instruction or comfort I receive! Simply amazing truths become clear to me in a new way! Old words, yet new understanding that brings peace and energy I need to deal with important issues of the day! His wisdom has guided me through many difficult decisions and problems! Thank You for Your faithfulness O LORD!
Now why can’t I feel like that every morning, when His Word tells me His mercies and compassions and love, are new each morning as a fresh gift for today? Perhaps the next morning is overcast and dark clouds obscure the sun! There may be a feeling of heaviness along with the ominous looking sky! But realistically, no two mornings ever seem to be exactly the same! When I get out of sorts, so to speak, over something, I am quickly reminded I am human, and if I try to resolve the issue without God’s help, I mess up big time! “I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud, and your sins like a heavy mist.” Isaiah 44:22 ABS
I go to Psalm 51 and read David’s prayer for a cleansing. It is a call to humbling ourselves before an Almighty God! He can create a clean heart within me! He can renew a right spirit as I seek Him! He restores joy within me and praise flows outward and upward because what He does for me! He is so willing to do all this for anyone who will come and bow before Him!
“It is a good thing to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to thy name, O Most High; to declare thy loving-kindness in the morning and thy faithfulness at night.” Psalm 92:1-2 ASB
Whether the clouds of life are brilliant and beautiful or dark and threatening, we need to remind ourselves daily of early morning meetings of Gods’ love and faithfulness to each of us! Where would we be without it?
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33 KJV
In His Service, Mary Mayko