Shine by Rena Oynes @1/22/19

Sinful things
Cut my heart with ruts
So deep

Looking up
All I see
Is the face of Jesus
The lover of my life

The rut I remember
But the love and tenderness shown 
Shows me I’m worth it all
And I weep that you Jesus would
Love me!

Love so awesome
I fall upon the ground 
With tears rolling down my cheeks
For I’m in love with my Savior
And He with me!


Published by rko777

I am a novice writer and painter who loves to be creative. I love singing but can't sing without a hymnal, except for children's songs. I love to make up my own songs and love the old hymns. I love to garden and got that love from my Mom and Dad who taught be everything I know from planting to harvesting to canning. I'm happy gardening, walking with my pug, JD Sir Winston Churchill, painting, and crafting. I love to spend Saturday's sitting in my rocker going through a bible study. I love working with elementary school aged children and seeing them use their creative gifts. I have taught Sunday school for a number of years and taught in the public schools for 18 years. I might say I'm retired but I spend most of my time subbing and enjoy it immensely. The kids spark my own creativeness.

11 thoughts on “Shine by Rena Oynes @1/22/19

    1. Yes, gratitude. Many people like yourself were there in the deep valleys of my life. They used their gifts to play, sing, prophecy, encourage and help me understand as my mind was not functioning and pointed to Jesus Who could help and He did. I walked the rut and spoke of the rut and wondered now how anyone could hear of that rut over and over again without walking away. I hope others will see what is said of Jesus is true and trustworthy as He is not a respecter of persons. What He did for me, He will do for them because He loves them and sees us through the good and bad times of our lives. Believe in Him, He is worthy. Thank you Jesus!

      1. Thanks to all those who walked that rut with me. Thank you Jesus for placing all close to me in heart and distance. Lifting me up in prayer continuously. Thank you.

    2. I agree Debi!
      The power of proclamation in obedience of action renders results! The writings found in the Book of Luke gives power in action story. Read vs 40 following 39 of Chapter 8.
      “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.—Luke 8:39, NRSV

      I have an exercise device given as a gift by my family. Now before you ask about my goals in action, the goal is quite low😱🥰 as pros would say but, nevertheless, it’s a goal and I strive daily for the praise. When I reach the goal my device sends a ring of fire works of praise. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 🔥⭐️
      It encourages me to not forget my device when I start my new day. I feel even more energinized to get up and “be doing” when I read vs 40 after vs 39 of Chapter 8 from the book of Luke.
      Hey, somewhere I’m told Luke was Dr Luke!

      Note: I understand vs 40 says Jesus returned to where He came from and the people were waiting for Him. Use your imagination and think of the cycle of praise, gratitude, love, hope and get up and going(shine as Rena’s poem says) May many be watching and waiting for His return! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻♥️

      1. Rena speaks of love and her acceptance and emotion of her relationship with Jesus. As Debi said with gratitude.

        I’m one that has had to cultivate and it’s ongoing the love of Jesus for me and the world (John 3:16) by constantly playing out the drama of The Cross and how through that drama deliverance was offered to all. I do this by reminding myself of the passion of The Cross. This particular scripture has been helpful for me to restart my lukewarm love…for Him, myself and others.
        Romans 5:8 (NIV) “… God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

        Also, Colossians 1:22 and Galatians 2:20.

        I’m back to my electronic devices and its ongoing daily prompts.

      2. Rena writrs 1/28/19
        I thought of you and your new device and what happens when you reach goal which sets off the praise. It made me think how many times I’ve put off picking up my Bible as I head for my busy day. I found to my amazing check off list that when I read and studied the Word everything got checked off, whereas if I didn’t start off meeting with The Lord, I got hardly anything checked off. Energized by how you start your day from exercise and saturation in the Word.

        I thought also about exercise and the Word when I read about Joseph and his collecting for seven years food before the seven years of famine. Due to his work of planting, working the fields, harvesting, and storage (wow that’s pushing for the 7 year goal.)
        All had plenty to eat ! Relating that to Bible, reading daily Word We are energized for our day and storing up for days ahead. Also if we slack off 😥😥😥 we have to start all over again to build up from where we started..

        What is scary to me when reading about the Israelites is repetition of walking with the Lord—-Shining, shining, and shining and then fall away, punished for disobedience,and then shining again.

        So in order not to loss the shine for Jesus we need to keep up the exercise of walking with Him and have an exercise buddy who together keeps us on track. Then at the end the praise button will go off. 🤗👍

  1. Thanks for sharing your beautiful poem Rena. The reminder that Jesus can meet us where we are in this life journey, valley or mountaintop, and offers His love, mercy, forgiveness, and the list could go on. Praise His Holy Name!

  2. I would like to introduce a poet for the ones that don’t know of her poetry a teenager, “Then it was Saida’s turn to speak. A sixteen-year-old refugee from Somalia who spent the first three years of her life in a Kenyan refugee camp, Saida escaped the turmoil and destruction in her native land to make a home in Utah with her family. Wearing a big smile, a black hijab with white stripes, and a “Black Lives Matter” sweatshirt, she strode confidently to the microphone.
    “I’m black, I’m Muslim, I am all these stereotypes. I’m a woman. My whole identity has been under attack.”
    The crowd cheered.
    I’ve created this poem for all the refugee immigrants that want to come here, like me, to further their education.
    “So many people wish for an education
    with no limitation
    but they live in a nation
    where little boys learn about war before they learn their ABC’s
    while their families are dying of disease.”

    How O Lord does Shine, Cross and us make a difference? Tammy H’s encouraging words above, “The reminder that Jesus can meet us where we are in this life journey, valley or mountaintop, and offers His love, mercy, forgiveness, and the list could go on. Praise His Holy Name!”

    1. Thank you so much, Sara, for bringing awareness to us about Saida, her poem, and the article that reveals the plight of Somalians and so many others suffering in war-torn countries and from natural disasters, etc.

      When I read your “passion of The Cross” scriptures above, especially, “God demonstrates his own love for us” I thought about just how all-inclusive God’s love is. I was reminded of a song so many of us learned to sing at maybe the same age as Saida was when she was still in the refugee camp, mother hoping to be able to come to the America Saida now loves so much…
      “Jesus loves the little children,
      All the children of the world.
      Red and yellow, black and white,
      All are precious in His sight,
      Jesus loves the little children of the world”.

      Again, I am grateful to you Sara for providing some light on how many really live in this vast world of ours.

      1. You are Welcome Debi!
        I think of how often over many, many years I have hung welcome wreathes on my front door and welcome mats as well. I have fond memories of pineapple brass door knockers and other decorative motif that symbolized hospitality.

        I would like to add being in church where all were welcome. Being a part of learning from one another spiritually, culturally and socially, these all seem a little dated for today in my little sphere.

        Yet, there is power in our ‘virtual’ homes where we can have meaningful conversations with one another and bring diverse thinking, needs and successes into our 🍍🍍🍍🍍motif.

        On our poetry…Rena, white, a retired school teacher, shared her poem of salvation and belief in God through Jesus Christ. A Christian sitting at our ‘virtual table’ And, Saida, a “black, Muslim,” young student shared her poetry as a need for education for children that seems impossible unless awareness brings change.

        Debi, white, educator on the job daily, Christian sitting at our Daily Lily virtual table offering thanks to me for bringing “awareness” to faith for the soul, food for the body and education for the mind. My being for being!

        WOW! How our families have grow through our “Virtual Homes”! 🕯💡⛪️🏡📇☎️🎥📽 and our iphones!

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