Daily Potion August 31, 2016

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We walk in darkness

Not realizing our minds are infected.

For as soon as Eve ate of the fruit,

From our Lord we became disconnected.

All God’s human beings had minds that were pure,

Then jealousy crept in,

And Satan made us less secure.

Since Satan cannot tempt God,

He cunningly afflicted minds of the human race,

But our minds can be restored, so that one day our God, we may face.

Our choices and our thoughts help us to make up our minds,

When the thoughts within seep outward,

They always need to be refined.

Two Masters we cannot serve, one leads to sinful desires.

The other leads to freedom,

By our actions we will show which one we admire.

Evil has so confused us,

We go left when we should go right.

Each Christian is in a battle,

With God in our lives we can win the fight.

By Leola Durant

There is always hope, Eden can and will be restored. Our minds can also be restored.

Daily Dose August 30, 2016

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Set Free

I have been set free.

I have scaled the barbed wired fence

That surrounded the prison of my own making.

Tattered clothes are now restored

With new clothes

Which Jesus has offered.

Set Free

Brought through the Refiner’s Fire.

Years of burning now ended.

Hesitantly I test the ground beneath my feet,

For all I knew was my prison cell.

Set Free

Obedience and constant acknowledgement,

This is now my new way of life.

Following my Saviour only,

So that I may always remain,

Set Free.

By Leola  Durant

I wrote this poem after realizing that I no longer felt tortured by all the negative thoughts that ran through my mind on a daily basis. Many of us are allowing the Enemy to manipulate our minds. We want to be free, but it seems that most will look for complex ways to achieve this goal and we will vilify the only One that can totally set us free.

Day after day many of us are wondering; “Why do I feel so sad?” “Why do I hate myself and others?” “Why do I see no hope?” The list goes on and on. Personally speaking, I believe it’s the strong bond we have with the Enemy (Satan and his fallen angels.) He smiles as he watches the destruction of humans. Many say that they want to be in control of their own lives, but don’t realize we are either under God’s Guidance, or we are under the manipulation of the Enemy. Our minds are so warped that we find what the Enemy has to offer sweet, and what God has to offer as restrictive. We do need a shift in our thinking, so that we may live free and lifted up.

Daily Dose August 29, 2016

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High Thin Wire

Always doubts, but each day they are less,

I have proved my Saviour is there,

He walks with me through the fire,

Yes, my Saviour, He is always near.

No more do I feel alone.

No more balancing on a high thin wire.

I recognize my Jesus,

Yes, He is there. He is with me in the fire.

By focusing on Jesus, I feel my feet steady,

He leads me against the norm.

What was once a high thin wire,

Beneath my feet is now a platform.

Why should I fear!

With much room around me I freely walk,

Building upon my confidence in Him,

I go forward in prayer.

Hand in hand we freely talk.

Even though still on the wire,

Safety and confidence is my gain.

Sturdy and steady I go forward,

From negativity and doubts I now refrain.

By Leola Durant

I am sure that most of us at one time or another suffered from insomnia, anxious thoughts or depression. For some reason we just don’t like to speak of it. I truly believe that this is satan’s way of keeping us under his control.

I have experienced a period in my life when I was unable to sleep at night. Being unable to work because of my Lupus/ Vasculitis (arthritis) I spent much time in pain, but was also very anxious and depressed. My whole focus was on me, me and more me.

At some point; as a last-ditch effort (since nothing else was working) I decided to put God to the test. I cried out to Him, I searched His Word, I claimed every promised I found in the bible, and in time things began to change. I realized I was no longer looking outward at those around me, or inward at my sorry state, but I was looking “Upward.” Upward to God.

Looking back now I realized I was being tormented by satan; he was manipulating my mind. I remember the exact time God took over, but I really can’t put it into words. All I can tell you is that God chased my tormentor away, and He, by way of His Holy Spirit is now the one to Guide and Light my path. It is now my desire to stay so close to God that satan will never be manifested in my life in that way again. I so wish the same “Peace” to be found by others, it won’t just come and drop in your laps….you will have to search with all your being, but you “will” find it.


My Creator’s Creatures

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The Crow and the Eagle

No matter how big your problems may seem, don’t give up, don’t give in.

In the photo, a Crow tries to chase an Eagle out of his area, even though he could be consumed by the Eagle.


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Daily Potion August 26, 2016

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Transforming Mind

We evolve not in body

But we should be transforming our minds,

As we grow in relationship with Jesus

His precious gems we find.

Jesus speaks to our minds,

He is real, He is not fake,

We view Him like a terror

But the enemy’s words we take.

Instead of letting God transform our minds

We readily give into Satan and his temptations,

All knowledge of Jesus and our minds transforming,

Is met with much repudiation.

When we let our minds expand,

Jesus opens our eyes to things in His big universe.

But most of us are content to remain limited,

Living under Satan and his curse.

God’s creation sings praises to Him,

The space all around us, the sea and the wind,

While God’s little children walk on in darkness,

Looking for someone who will defend them.

The children keep walking

Looking on the outside, and refusing to look within,

Satan keeps smiling;

He knows they are trapped in his web of sin.

Some of God’s little children decides to take a chance,

Looking within their minds,

Lo and behold, Jesus is there,

He really is; what a marvelous find.

The children are still in the fire,

But now the flames feel barely warm.

There is a shift in their thinking,

They are now going against the norm.

As others around them squirm

Growing more afraid of the things to come,

They in their minds are growing,

Growing closer to God’s Almighty Son.

There is lots of shaking and rattling,

But the little children hang firmly to God showing satan no fear,

He cannot understand how he lost them,

The children no longer feel his sneer.

Seek to adorn the inner, which is your mind.

Not paying too much attention to the outer head.

The Holy Spirit is waiting within to be acknowledged,

Hi is alive, just accept him, He is not dead.

Thanks be to God,

Transforming in mind is to undergo a total change.

Believe in Jesus with all your mind

And from all harm and dangers,

With our minds settled on Him, we will never be deranged.

The words in this poem are words that were given to me by way of the Holy Spirit. I of my own know nothing about the mind on any higher level than the bible. As for poems and writing, I am sure there is a proper and improper way to do it; however that is not my main focus. My main focus is to share my walk with Jesus with you, and how I see Him working in my life. God does open our eyes in many different ways. I my case, many times He will give me a word, for example in this poem I used the word “repudiation,” He brought that to my mind. Yes, I should be ashamed to say I didn’t know the meaning, but found that it fitted what I wanted to say.

Another such word I got from the Holy Spirit was the word “Capitulate.” So for days I tried to figure out the meaning of this word; of course I know how to spell it now, but at that time as I tried to find it in the dictionary I was looking for it to begin with the letter “K.”

It was a shock to me when I finally found the word. God was telling me I needed to surrender, when I thought I was already surrendered. God is seeking our total surrender, and it can only come from dying daily to self.

Daily Potion August 25, 2016

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Light In The Upper Room

So this poem is about one of the most unusual things that I have ever experience. It’s the kind of event that I would find hard to believe, if I was told it by another.

There is a Light in the upper room;

I sense it’s the presence of my Lord, my Savior.

Brought by constant searching and yearning

Faithfully seeking to win His favor.

There is a Light in the upper room;

The presence of it causes me to relax.

The Holy Spirit’s joy and comfort

Never wane and never wax.

There is a Light in the upper room;

The Spirit lights the path that’s true.

Invisible, yet beautifully manifested

To all who walk with a spiritual view.

There is a Light in the upper room;

I wonder when or from where it came.

But by faith I pray in earnest

And hope that it will always remain.

When all is dark around,

That shining Light is ever-present.

Fear is gone, peace remains

I know this Light is sent from heaven.

There is a Light in the upper room.

I have a room in my house where I write all my poetry, edit my nature photos, and sometimes I will also do my daily devotions is this room. One night I got up to go to the bathroom, only to see the room flooded with light. It was so odd. I went into the room to see what could be giving off the light, as so many gadgets these days give off light in the darkness, however this was a more powerful light. I sat down in the chair and decided I would embrace the light as coming from God. I felt peaceful, I felt happy, it was as if God wa saying to me, ” I approve of the work you do in this room Leola.”

On waking up the next night, my work room was once again illuminated with light. I went in and sat for a while before going back to bed. I thought about mentioning it to my hubby, but would he understand; he may think I’m hallucinating. So I said nothing.

The next day however, my hubby asked; “Leola, are you leaving a light on in the front room at night? The question wipe away any doubts I may have had. He then said; “Maybe the street light is shining in.” That was not possible as the street light is not right in front of our home, and I had further more also check the outdoors.

I would see the Light one more time after this. It appeared as a streak, down the back of the chair in which I sit to do my work. This came at a time when I was having back pain, so I sat in the chair and began to pray.

Daily Potion August 23, 2016

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Unchanging God

Israel was God’s chosen people. They were to give His Light to the rest of the world. God was their King and they were to serve Him only, but time and time again they turned their backs on God so they could serve other gods. When they turned their backs on God to do their own “thing,” God withheld their blessings.

Judges 3: 7, 8 & 9 The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord; they forgot the Lord their God and served the Baals and Asherahs. The anger of the Lord burned against Israel  so that He sold them into the hands Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram Naharaim, to whom the Israelites were subject for eight years. 9 But when they cried out to the Lord, He raised up for them a deliverer, Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, who saved them.

This shows that God will never condone certain behaviour. We also must realize that there is a penalty to pay when we come out from under God’s protection. We cannot expect His full blessing when we are not honouring Him.

The New Testament God is the same God of the Old Testament. For example the rules set out for us to live by in the Old Testament (10 commandments) still applies today. We show our love for God by obeying His commands.

When Jesus returns to this earth, He is coming for the ones who remained faithful to Him by following His commandments. The others who did their own thing in showing God they wanted no part of Him, will suffer everlasting death.

Matthew 24: 46 ” Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

Daily Potion August 22, 2016

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Only By Faith

How is it I believe all my needs will be taken care of ?

It is only by faith.

How is it I believe the bible and its words are true?

It is only by faith.

How is it I believe You are alive?

It is only by faith.

How is it I believe You discipline me in my inner thoughts?

It is only by faith.

How is it I believe You guide and protect me?

It is only by faith.

How is it I trust in You?

It is only by faith.

How is it I believe You are the true Healer?

It is only by faith.

How is it I believe you will keep each promise You make?

 It is only by faith.

How is it I hear Your Still Small Voice?

It is only by faith.

Thank You God for faith,

The grain of a mustard seed,

So that Your narrow way I might heed.

By Leola Durant

Many of us want to see then we will believe, but the bible calls us to believe more in the unseen than the things which are seen. The more we believe in the unseen, the more our faith will grow.

2 Corinthians 4:18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.


Daily Potion August 19, 2016

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Over The Chasm

Lord, I’m stripped of all earthly support.

Terror fills my body as I put one foot forward,

Only to take it back again.

Dry mouth, pounding chest, trembling hands,

Nowhere to go, don’t know what to do.

People tell me go here, go there,

But nothing seems to work.

All support around me has crumbled.

Is there really a Higher Heavenly Being?

I’ve lost everything, I have nothing left to lose,

By faith I will leap over the chasm

And by faith I will believe.

I will bathe in the Word and see where it takes me.

Situation hasn’t changed, but I feel lifted.

Maybe I’ll take the chance.

I will plant both feet over the abyss,

And by faith I believe You will hold me up,

And I will walk on.

By Leola Durant

This is another poem from my book “Walking With the Spirit.” I wrote it at a time in my life when everything seemed to be falling apart. I was ill, I was in pain and I thought no one cared. I also wondered where God really was. Could He not see me? I started searching the bible on a daily basis to prove or disprove whether it was really possible to have a connection with God.

While my situation did not change immediately, I started looking at things differently. I also decided to allow God to be my Guide, it meant that I would have to let go of anger, that I would have to forgive. As difficult as it was to do, I did it. My reward from God would be riches, not the earthly riches that we seek, but just a great sense of well-being, something that no one can take from me. This is why I want to be a witness for God, because of what He has done, and is still doing for me.