I didn't shout praise to God as I got out
heart was heavily burdened down and I didn't
bow my head.
did the normal morning things, then curled
up in my chair.
place where I knew I'd find God waiting
once again before I could start, the telephone
jangled at me,
the time I wanted to spend with Him, was
replaced with disharmony.
resurfaced to catch me off guard stealing
my peace away,
the hours ticked by in rapid succession,
all devoid of a moment to pray.
was over and I felt so bad, my body wearily
usual disposition so sunny and bright, was
replaced by perpetual frowns.
settled myself upon the couch, drawing a
blanket against the chill,
as I drifted to sleep, I murmured a plea,
"Lord, peace instill."
should God listen to my plea? Why should
He bring me peace?
shunned the warmth of His presence all day
while discouragement increased.
somewhere in that sleepy space, where time
sometimes stands still,
heard the whisper of angel's wings ushering
in the Lord's council.
dreamed of each nation's representatives
seated around God's throne
one by one the angels come bearing petitions
from God's own.
see Him read each prayer request, I see
Him answer each one.
see Him give His angels charge to oversee
what needs to be done.
see the elders all humbly bow, I hear the
praise they sing.
see that prayers of praise ascend as their
God raises His head and looks far away,
eyes roaming o'er earth's land
I see the ones that were prayed for being
touched by Jesus' own hand.
see the strength they're given, I see them
respond to His love.
see the healings happen as they look to
the Father above.
I see Jesus approach me, ushered on by the
in my dream, I start to struggle, trying
to sit up or stand.
He pauses just for a moment with a pleading
look in His eye,
a knot of grief forms within me as I silently
watch Him pass by.
despair is overwhelming and I sob aloud
in my sleep,
alone and discarded, like I'm drowning in
suddenly awakened, but the dream has not
the fear I feel is so very real as each
vision replays through my eyes.
passed me by! He did not stop! I'm so unworthy
am His child but I'd failed to reach Him....because
I had failed to pray!
Lord, I come before You now, a valuable
can't answer me if I fail to ask, no matter
how much my heart yearned.
are my Father, so loving and kind, and I
kept You waiting in vain
I selfishly wallowed in pity so deep till
I witnessed Your deep disdain.
me Lord for not worshipping You the minute
I opened my eyes.
me for wasting three-fourths of the day
and listening to Satan's lies.
are the Lord and the giver of peace, the
breaker of all chains that bind.
are the One, the Only One, that I should
let come into my mind.
down the barriers that I have created when
I was too busy to pray.
in Lord Jesus, back into my life, to fellowship
with me today."
lift up my voice in a symphony of praise,
adoring the Lord, King of all.
forgiveness came down restoring my joy,
the moment He first heard my call.
I won't dwell in a dry land, rebellious,
discouraged or low,
the moment my eyes open at the sunrise,
to the foot of the cross I shall go.
worship my Lord with joy in my heart disregarding
discomforts I feel,
in fellowship sweet, I will bow at His feet,
basking in His love so real.
angel's wings shall my praises ascend, with
thanksgiving for blessings all day.
the dream will remind me that Satan will
bind me...if I ever again fail to pray!
Dorothea K. Barwick © 3-17-03
68:3-6 But let the righteous be glad; let
them rejoice before God:
let them exceedingly rejoice. Sing unto
God, sing praises to his name:
him that rideth upon the heavens by his
name JAH, and rejoice before him.
of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows,
is God in his holy habitation.
setteth the solitary in families: He bringeth
out those which are bound
chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry
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