Archive for November, 2012

Masks, masks, what are your masks

Does it keep you from purpose

Does it keep you from tasks

 

Does it keep you from being yourself

 

What do we cover

Who do we hide

That’s the question that hovers

 

Or what is the answer we ask

 

The truth is at times we all have a wall

Whatever the reason, whatever the cause

To hide from a hurt, to keep from a fall

 

There is one answer I’ve always heard

Have faith in Jesus and trust in His Word

 

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011 and  2012

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I would like to write about an experience that my wife (Mary), I and another family are experiencing together. I’m new at this type of writing and I really don’t consider myself a writer at all, so please feel free to comment your thoughts.

 

Love One Another

 

1 John 3:16, 18 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.17, If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him.18, Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

 

Mary and I met Martha and Johnny about 3 months ago through our next door neighbor in whom they were living with and helping. I first met Johnny and started to get to know him as we started having coffee in the mornings together and just talking. Johnny (I learned) didn’t have many friends and I didn’t either. And I believe our wives agreed that it was good for the two of us. Me, I had friends at church, but it was not like I talked to them on a regular basis like Johnny and I talked. It didn’t take long to learn that we had a few things in common. They have 2 boys in high school and a daughter that is 12, and we have a daughter that is 11. Both our daughters are in the same grade but different schools.

The first opportunity that I believe the Lord gave us was at the beginning of summer and what makes this significant is we have a swimming pool. I knew in my heart that our daughter would love having company swimming besides me all the time, you know kids her own age. Well I approached Mary with the idea of letting the kids come over to swim, and Mary wasn’t to keen on my plan because of all the hard work in keeping it clean. After we got past that barrier there was the accountability issue being I was the only adult around most of the time. So we got to know them and got past that. Any time a Christian goes to do something good for others, it seems the devil and/or his demonic forces come against you. So when you discern and stick to the Truth, there is no obstacle too tough for our God. How we got past the 1st obstacle was with Mary my wife I leaned on my belief that God blesses His children to in turn be a blessing to others. I simply told Mary that the Lord has blessed us with this beautiful large house and a swimming pool, how can we not let it be used. Then there was another motive, I love sharing what God does in my life and I was hoping for the opportunity to get to know Johnny’s 2 sons. You see in the time when Johnny and I have coffee God gave me the opportunity to learn their beliefs in God and our Christian faith. Mary and I started praying for the Lord to open up an opportunity to minister to this family, our daughter included. Here’s where all 4 of us would probably have a chuckle. To be honest I don’t think at the time we started praying that Mary and I had even thought what Gods plans might be and how He was going to bless and use each family to love and minister to one another. And that is what we all believe was Gods plan, is that He is using each family to minister to the other family.

Well it didn’t take long to get a glimpse or have an idea in the direction of Gods plan. And what’s funny in away I started trying to guess at what God is doing. And let me let you know it doesn’t work trying to guess Gods plan, His plan as I understand it is for us to love others and be obedient. Johnny and Martha, well to put it plain got told they had to leave in 2 weeks. Let me back up a little. In Johnny’s and mine coffee time I got to learn about their faith in God, and how they stand firm in believing That God is going provide for them. And to me what’s even exciting than hearing about their faith is being a witness to their faith. Being careful not to gossip I went to Mary with what I believe as an opportunity to help them. I learned that they were going to need a place to store their belongings, and proposed to Mary we let them use our garage that we barely use, and Mary and I discussed briefly what we would do if they couldn’t find housing. Through the love of God we decided to open our home to Johnny and Martha and family.

Here’s where life for both families gets interesting, putting it lightly. You see let me remind the reader that this is not just a story of how Mary and I are meeting a families physical needs, they are helping us learn  how to be a family, truly help each other, submit to one another. I stand in awe of God and His foreknowledge that Mary and I need to grow not just in our marriage, but as a family also. And I stand in awe in how God decided to use others to grow and mature my family, as far as unity and strengthen us all. You see none of us have it all together, as much as we like for people to think we do we don’t. Mary and I are newly weds. Mary has been married twice before, me I’m 48 yr old and have never been married till 47. Mary has 2 daughters, I have no children. So the only person I’ve ever had to take care of is me, and even as a Christian, I’m still a selfish person. And to be honest a little on the lazy side too. But I’m willing to learn and grow, I believe we all are willing to learn and grow. This is where God is allowing Johnny and Martha to help Mary and I.

For Johnny and Martha this is not the first time they’ve struggled, but what they’ve learned in 16 years of marriage is how to truly love and depend on one another, all the while at times having Gods provisions abundantly and through consequences of not doing with the blessings what they told God they would do with them, their belief is that God disciplining them.  To me they are learning what it means to submit to God and each other. They Do things or Don’t things for each other out of love not because they have to. They to us exercise what it means to be a family no matter the struggles and obstacles, and believe me throw 2 full families under one roof things can get pretty tense. So the one thing we do and will not compromise on is we maintain an open line of communication and there are even times in communicating when we feel like we are walking on egg shells. But one thing we do is we share Chris’s Love with each other and stand firm on Gods Promises.

 

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011 and  2012

 

 

 

Lord, as I sit and reflect on this night

Help me to walk in love and not to fight

Your Word says this battle isn’t with

blood and flesh

Please tell me why then do I violently

thresh

It’s the evil one who tempts and toils

about

In my heart and in my mind, he can stir

up doubt

That can cause me to stumble, to fall on

my face

So thankful to God, He alone provides

grace

So in this Walk of Love, Firm is how I

stand

Reliance upon the Lord, the devils schemes

I can withstand

 

 

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011 and  2012

Up in the morning just before three

Thinking about life after Christ set me free

 

Your freedom and joy can be taken for a heist

Strongholds prevent a life that reflects Christ

 

Our freedom comes from knowing Jesus as Lord

Then comes obedience and studying the sword

 

I know for most, this is a process

We have to develop faith, which comes through a test

 

Tests seem to come in all shapes and forms

They will rise up in the midst of a storm

 

Faith comes from standing firm in a trial or test

We can have faith in knowing In Christ We Are Blessed

 

 

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011 and  2012

There was a time when I was lost in sin

There was a war raging, it was more than within

The battle was with addiction and helping people with needs

The problem with both was my addiction to speed

 

I was addicted to helping people who used each other

Most were called thieves, who would steal from their mother

I had this one experience while helping a homeless girl

She took me for a free ride, my life changed in a whirl

 

While I was in the hospital having a urinary surgery

Her boyfriend got out of prison, he did time for murdering

After I got out of the hospital I was trying to recover

I smelled a foul smell and boy what did I discover

 

A meth lab was in my house and I didn’t know what to do

I went to get a friend, it was hauled off by his own crew

Before I found the lab he sat me down for a talk

He said if I’m the telling kind I’d never live or walk

 

I took that to be literal, he meant what he said

He told some friends of mine, if it’s the last thing he did I’d be dead

The reason I’m alive for this testimony I do give

I have a relationship with Christ, my enemies at peace I will live

 

This all happened just a few short years ago

I remain faithful to Christ, His Ways I want to know

Sometimes I get paranoid and fear really grips at me

I remain faithful to Christ, He’s my Lord who sets me free

 

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011 and  2012

All my life was filled with strife

Then Jesus found me and gave life

Before, I toiled and suffered abound

My job was spreading death all around

Now as a New Creation in life

I still have a lot of strife

There is a difference today

Because now I walk in Gods ways

Life still has its ups and downs

But today Jesus is always around

Like the poem foot prints in the sand

I reach up and grab Christ’s hand

Christ’s Spirit convicts me of sin

When I choose righteousness my strength

comes from within

As long as I walk in Gods Ways

He strengthens me not to stray

My heart has been cleansed and purified

With Jesus my life is now satisfied

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011 and  2012

 

All my life I was dead in trespass

But along the way I heard of another path

Although the devil seemed to whisper in my ear

Because of my desires I was open to hear

I tried to put the ways of God out of my mind

Only in a gang with no way out I did find

It wasn’t too long before fear took over my life

Not to mention addiction was causing me strife

I didn’t know it then, but I do know it now

God made a way out and I took it somehow

Paranoia and fear did grip at my insides

Living a life of sin, my actions began to collide

I didn’t live Gods way because in sin I had no way out

The reason for this Gods Love I seemed to doubt

It took many years before to God I did submit

Then asking for forgiveness for sins I did commit

Now I submit to God and live in His Ways

I study His Word, from Him I don’t want to stray

 

 

 

 

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011 and  2012