I went to the woods this morning to find some solace. I sat there for a few minutes and prayed. The Lord reminded me that it is not only in those great and marvelous buildings where we worship Him, but through our lives and obedience also. I was thinking about the simple but powerful message of a brother or sister who obey despite their trials and sufferings.

There stands a cross among the trees.
The sun behind it is its light.
Through winds and storms preserved its peace –
No, not at all a sign of might!

So it’s with those who quietly
Obey their Lord despite their pain.
They point to Christ entirely –
Give glory to the One Who Came.

Not many sermons by great men
Preach like the ones who are lived out.
But greatest power is with them
Who through endurance erase doubt.

Thus says the Lord: β€œLet not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth.
For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”
Jeremiah 9:23-24

This poem was inspired by Mary and Bill Sweeney Perseverance.
Check them out if you get a chance

14 responses to “Worship”

  1. Self-condemnation is a trap to which I am greatly prone. Thank you for the good advice. ❀


  2. Thank you for sharing, this is a beautiful reminder of worship. I also did a post on worship and praise. I would like to hear your thoughts.



  3. Blessed by this poem, Heidi. Thank you for being a channel of hope even as Bill and Mary are. We, too are receipients of the Lord’s grace through many years of adversity. Blessings for the precious gift God has given you. I love to write poetry when the Lord gives it, but it is not my usual expression of His presence and guidance.


    1. Thank you, Fran, for coming by and blessing me with your encouraging words. Thank you also for sharing your story with us and in that showing us the faithfulness of God and His goodness. I am looking forward to reading more at your place πŸ™‚

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  4. Thank,you, Heidi , for this precious post and poem . . .and for sharing Bill and Mary with us. I just have no words. Bowing in prayer tonight for what God shows us through them. Love and blessings!


    1. Thank you, Debbie, for your encouragement to me and so many others. Heros of the Faith are still about today as they have been thrughout the history of the Church. What a blessing they are to the Body of Christ!


  5. Oh Heidi! What a beautiful and honoring reflection of Bill and Mary! So honest in sharing their pain and heartache, yet love, courage and a determined faith have touched countless hearts for the One who saves. So much to learn from and even more to give thanks for. ❀️


    1. Sweet Friend, thank you so much for your faithful encouragement to me (and countless others). I am praying for you today πŸ™‚

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  6. Beautiful and poignant as usual, Heidi! Your poem syncs perfectly with a main point of Sara Hagerty’s Unseen (Zondervan, 2017), a book I’m currently reading. She writes about the importance of winter for the growth of a tree, though an uninformed observer would surmise the tree is dead. Then Sara says, “If I let [God] winterize me, He will deepen my roots and help me to stretch my branches toward Him for my good and for His glory.” Just as you’ve said: it’s with those who quietly / Obey their Lord despite their pain. / They point to Christ entirely – Give glory to the One Who Came.” Sometimes we’re called to quietly wait through an apparently barren season of winter. But obedience to God WILL achieve His purpose–a glorious purpose. Surely that is what Bill and Mary are achieving through their faithfulness and perseverance. It’s already visible in part through the blog responses he receives. Many people are uplifted and inspired by their example through the long winter they’re enduring.


    1. Dear Nancy, when I read your response it brought tears to my eyes. As we all do at one time or another, I had been fighting the discouragement and accusations of the enemy. Thank you for being so generous with your words of encouragement at the right time.
      Blessings to you!


  7. Thank you for this descriptive poem, Heidi, and the introduction to the Sweeneys. I marvel at how people , who are living in the midst of such a trial, can be so determined to actively live and serve God, in spite of it! It was a true blessing to read his blog. Oh yes, I have my own physical trials, but they are not this severe. Therefore this blog so encouraged me to keep on serving the Lord regardless of the difficulties I have. I subscribed to his blog and I pray that the Lord would continue to work out His perfect plan for this couple. Thanks again Heidi, I always look forward to your blog posts……….


    1. Thank you, dear Jaquline, for reading and for letting me know. Bill and Mary touch so many hearts through their trial. I consider them modern day “Heros of the Faith”. Blessings to you on this Lord’s Day.


  8. Beautiful image and poem of worship in an outdoor sanctuary.


    1. Thanks, Rene, for your encouragement πŸ™‚

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