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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Sprinkle Them With Healings of Love - Poem poster










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Sprinkle Them With Healings of Love




Widowed mother killed in Hinckley
accident while directing school bus
carrying her children - Break News - Ohio

Widow Mother Of Three Killed In Hinckley Accident

Sprinkle Them 
With Healings of Love

Protect the heart of the orphaned children:
Hold them close in your tender care.
Comfort them through their tremendous loss, Lord;
As you collect each precious tear.

Lord, heal their hurts and wounded spirits;
Give them grace to go on divine.
Handle with care their hearts of grieving;
That after suffering they'll still shine.

Longing for their mother's affection;
Cause their eyes to look to the sky.
Fill their heart with your reassurance;
And place in your hands the pain of why.

Be with them on their new journey, Lord;
Guide them in your perfect Holy will.
Though they've been wounded beyond all words;
Your fountain of compassion heals.

Protect them from a life of baggage;
Give them hope for they've lost all.
Fill their soul with your dear presence;
Speak to their heart in a gentle call.

Thank-you for your compassionate grace;
Falling freely from your throne above.
Upon these hurting children, Lord;
Please, sprinkle them with healings of love.

Provide their food, provide them with care;
Provide the love of a mother near.
Provide a home of security;
Where they will heal from year to year.

By: Susan Y Nikitenko
October 25th 2011 ©






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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Are You The Kind Of Friend That Job Had?






Are You The Kind Of Friend That Job Had?

 Are you the kind of friend that Job had, when they couldn't understand;
Why such heartache and sickness fell his way; one unexpected day?
Are you the one to judge when you do not know the half of it, nor will;
While upon the one you have cast your judgment, is not mentioned when you pray?

So easy it is to think you know them ole so well;
As you wait nearby in hopes that they will utterly fail.
"Let's write a little poem and say a word or two;" You say.
Cause you do not believe them when they say,  "I'm not feeling well. "

Be very careful, you may not know, as much as you think you do;
Before you throw your darts of knowledge, with a heart of doubt, contempt.
When the one you judge may be learning something just before you do;
So they will have compassion when it's your turn to learn it too.

See, those little insinuations, those little hurtful taunts, could be;
Just what satan needs to cause someone already hurt more grief.
Without love you are nothing and your voice will not be heard;
Because you are just a noise without love, but so full of words.

Susan Nikitenko
September 25th, 2016


 1 Corinthians 13:1 
Though I speak with the tongues of men
and of angels, and have not charity, I am 
become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

Job is pronounced Jobe
in the Bible

Job was sick and lost his family but never cursed God.
His friends felt he must had done something
wrong to be going through his suffering and great loss.
His friends added to his grief by casting judgement.

Read About Job In The Bible

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Friday, September 23, 2016

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Your Promises Make Me Strong - Text





Your Promises Make Me Strong


Please, fill me with your Spirit
Let your presence glisten  through.
So others will know, dear Lord;
How I desire  to serve you.
Oh, let your love be my guide;
As I hide your Word inside.
I will humbly trust in you;
No matter  what others do.
When the night seems hard and long;
When I cannot find a song;
Your word is my foundation;
Your promises make me strong.
Oh, you are my strength and shield;
You are what makes my heart full
I can do all things through you;
Nothing is impossible.

Philippines 4:13
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
 Mark 9:23 
 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things
 are possible to him that believeth.
Matthew19:26
But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is 
impossible; but with God all things are possible.

By : Susan Y Nikitenko     
 September 25th 2011







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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Draw Nigh To God



Draw Nigh To God

It must be very soon, we will see Jesus in the sky:
The trumpet must be warming up, to call us home.
The world is growing darker and sin just seems to prosper;
Many Christians  have wandered way on their own.

Confusion, disquiet, illusion and persecution;
Dangers to the Christian, in this spiritual fight.
The double minded are blown two and fro in this dark world;
That's what happens when you wander from the light.

( Chorus)
Draw nigh to God, believe, believe, all things are possible.
All things are possible to those who believe.
Praise His name, His holy name, don't let anger fret your heart;
Jesus is our lighthouse in the dark night of the sea.
-------------

Let not your heart be troubled, discouraged, dismayed;
When Jesus speaks or whispers peace, the storms obey.
Draw nigh to God, believe, believe, all thing are possible;
Oh, let your faith, chase ev'ry fear and doubt away.

Not tossed by the howling storms, that tempt the peaceful sea;
Let our hearts be assured and at peace like a dove.
Like a ship in the midnight, seeking guidance from above.
Let us look to the compass of God's  written love.

( Chorus)
Draw nigh to God, believe, believe, all things are possible.
All things are possible to those who believe.
Praise His name, His holy name, don't let anger fret your heart;
Jesus is our lighthouse in the dark night of the sea.

Susan Y. Nikitenko
(Song)©
September 11th, 2016

 James 4:8 
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

 Hebrews 10:22 
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.


Draw Nigh To Ged + Get Close With God

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Oh, Glorious Glad Day




Oh, Glorious Glad Day!


We can depend on our Father our friend;
His fountain of love never reaches an end.
Oh, glorious glad day!

He would never throw His babies away;
It was written in blood with His great love
on cal'vry that day.

Through faith and by grace we become His dear babe;
He's not like this world who aborts life He gave.
Oh, glorious glad day!

He sees when we're joyful and knows when we're sad;
And forever He loves us through both
our good and our bad.

He's working each day in the lives that we live;
He knows when we're angry or when we forgive.
Oh, glorious glad day!

He molds us and makes us with His love and care;
Through greatest of trials and all of our miles
 He's constantly there.

No matter our failures, no matter how black;
His blood paid the price and His love will not lack.
Oh, glorious glad day!

He chastens us when we choose a wrong task;
He guides us along through tears or through song;
if we simply just ask.

He's preparing a place for me and for you;
A heavenly home with mansion and view.
Oh, glorious glad day!

At last we will never, ever sin again;
We will see the lovely face of Jesus
smile and chat with Him.

God's child forever embraced by His love:
And carried to heaven , one day like a dove.
Oh, glorious glad day!



 November 4, 2011  ©    ~Susan Y Nikitenko~




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Oh, Glorious Glad Day Poster - Poem





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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Praising, Praising Him So Merrily



Praising, Praising Him So Merrily


Beautiful ,Beautiful Sunlight of You Saviour;
Beautiful ,Beautiful stars of your delight.
Beautiful, Beautiful rainbows of your promise;
Beautiful, Beautiful guidance through the night.

Wonderful, Wonderful grace that keeps us going;.
Wonderful, Wonderful peace that fills our soul.
Wonderful, Wonderful life that you've provided;
Wonderful, Wonderful love, that’s made us whole.

Chorus:

 Praising now, because I ‘m happy;
 Praising Him, The one who set me free.
Praising, Praising now, my bless-ed Jesus;
Praising, Praising Him so merrily.

Heavenly thoughts and dreams avail us;
Heavenly home, a place of rest.
Heavenly hope, we’re now awaiting;
Heavenly day, we’ll be so blessed.

Praising your name, In sweet amazement.
Praising your name, through fire and test;
Praising because, you are so worthy.
Praising you now, we cease to rest.

Chorus:

Praising now, because I’m happy;
 Praising Him, The one who set me free.
Praising, Praising now, my bless-ed Jesus;
Praising, Praising Him so merrily.

Singing to you, we lift our voices;
Singing of your, redemption plan.
Singing of your, glowing glory;
Singing of your, love for sinful man.

Lifting our voices, with the angels;
Lifting our praises, Let them ring.
Lifting our prayers, of adoration;
Lifting them up, to honor our King.

Chorus:

Praising now, because I’m happy
 Praising Him, The one who set me free
Praising, Praising now, my bless-ed Jesus
Praising, Praising Him so merrily. 

Praising, Praising Him so merrily.  

(Happy Song)
By: Susan Y Nikitenko ©

 Psalms 146:5 
Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob 
for his help, whose hope is in the
 LORD his God:

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 1 John 2:28
And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.


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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Keep Watch Poster






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Keep Watch




Keep Watch


Snatched from the realm of darkness;
Brought to salvational light.
Still we live in a dark world;
That’s lost in deception of night.

Soldiers, we fight in a battle;
Led by our heavenly King.
Following spiritual orders;
Obeying and honor we bring.

A battle, between light and darkness;
Our commander has already won.
The Lord, the Light of salvation;
No fear, for He sent His Son.

Jesus, the light of this lost world;
Hope for the lost in there sin.
Victorious, over deaths sentence;
Light has the victory in Him.

We are now, lights in the darkness;
As Jesus sheds love, in our hearts.
Battling this world, in His strength;
We can avoid satans darts.

Carry His lamp, there before you.
His light, will lead in the Way.
He’ll protect, in heat of the battle.
Walk in the Light and don’t stray away.

Keep watch!  Be spiritually ready;
Wearing your shield and your sword.
We shall defeat, in this darkness;
The battle belongs to the Lord

By:   Susan Y Nikitenko ©


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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Day is Soon Approaching




Day is Soon Approaching


Sing joyfully, dear friends;
Be happy in the Lord.
Stay faithful in His work;
Our end is great reward.

Soon upon that golden street
In gratefulness complete
We’ll cast gold crowns of love
At our Savior’s Holy feet

There’s a purpose and a plan
God has for us to do
Be a light, for those in night
The job for me and you

Walking rightly in the way
Our Lord will one day say
Well done, my faithful child
You listened, you obeyed

Live your life in His love
Be generous and kind
Always praying, always praising
Give hope to poor and blind

What you do and don’t do
Is important and it matters
Live to build others up
Rebelling only scatters

Yearning eyes are watching you
In hopes of something true
Please, good Christian friend
Be careful what you do

Walking daily in His light
Follow in the Way
Joyful heart, shining bright
Watchful, please don’t stray

 Day is soon approaching
The Son is soon to come
Live your life completely
To glorify the Holy One

                                                             
                                                    Susan Y Nikitenko   2009 ©




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Friday, September 2, 2016

Thanksgiving Poster






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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Saved In a Snowstorm




Saved In a Snowstorm
( version 2)

Flurry, scurry, everywhere
the falling snow, does blow.
A flock of geese a swaying
fall to the earth below.

Doubting man, says to his wife
“Don’t ask me to believe.”
“Why would God, come down to us,
a sinful world receive?”

Hurting wife, she goes to church;
her heart down in despair.
Crying out to God above
“Show him, Lord, you care.”

Her husband hears a noise outside,
Honking geese trapped in the snow;
Cold, confused, alone,
While cold winds whip and blow.

Compassion speaking to his heart,
“Those wandering geese need saved.”
He bundled up to go outside.
He called to them and waved.

Blowing sharply, wintry winds;
He tried to call and guide.
They simply would not listen,
Though a door stood open wide.

Frustrated and greatly grieved,
He said, in words so dim,
“The only way to save the geese,
Is by becoming one of them.”

He fell upon his knees, that day,
In wintry blowing snow.
Cried out to God, “I understand”
Your love!, I see!, I know!”

God so gracious and so kind;
in compassion, heart felt love,
He came down, to dwell 
with man
And left His home above.

Taking on our human flesh;
He felt our human pain.
Died upon, a wooden cross;
For sinners, He was slain.

No greater love, there’s ever been;
Than that of this Great One.
In Human Flesh, Our loving God,
Sent us His only Son.

John 1:14 
And the Word was made flesh,
and dwelt among us,
(and we beheld his glory, 
the glory as of the only
begotten of the Father,) 
full of grace and truth.

By: Susan Nikitenko 
February 18, 2009 ©

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"Geese in a Snowstorm"
( I Write This Song About It)
Or Rhyming Reading
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Thanksgiving




THANKSGIVING:

A day of thanks unto God for the great bounty of not just the harvest,
But for the bounty of love that God has allowed us to know and enjoy.
It has been set aside to honor Him, remember Him and praise Him.

A day of feasting and celebration of family and
to acknowledge Gods graciousness to us. 

We as a nation have not deserved the great blessings
bestowed by God Almighty.  His great creation itself rejoices and shouts
of His goodness.  For this blessing alone we should be thankful.

His provision, for us as a nation, has been
astounding in comparison to other nations.  Let us return to Him and rejoice
with thanksgiving to our great God, who will never leave His child comfortless.

Let us be thankful for the provision of daily need whether
physical emotional or spiritual.  The provision of His grace that enables us
to continue on each day.

Have not the trees produced their crop and the fields their corn?
While others live in a barren waste and beg their bread?

 Still many dare to shake their fist at God while God
has been overly patient with this country.
Have not the spoiled of our country cried
the loudest in their complaints and bit the hands that fed them?

Let our thanksgiving be of a true heart,  Living a life that exemplifies
our gratefulness by our obedience to God.
A nation that forgets God and forsakes His commandments
will not go unpunished.

Lord help us to love you more and truly realize how good you are. 
Help us to see how wonderfully blessed we are in this country.
Your blessings are numberless.

Let us fear what we allow to pass through our lips and
cause them to be filled with praise and thanksgiving. 

Oh Lord I pray, that this country doesn't have to
suffer tremendous loss in order to see how good we really had it.
The old saying stands true,  You really don't know what you have
until it's gone.  Once it's gone we'll realize we should have been grateful.

Let us be grateful.
Let our hearts be filled with  true thankfulness.
Let us rejoice in God's  immeasurable blessings.
Gods provision and His grace upon  this beautiful country,
 America,  our home.

Thank You, God.
Thank You.


Susan Y Nikitenko  11-14-11 ©


2 Corinthians  9:11 
Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

Praise Your Name - Poster







 Psalms 22:22
 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.

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Praise Your Name




Praise Your Name

Praise your Name!
Praise your Holy name!
Through the storms,
Through the tears,
Through the years.

Praise you!
Your love will keep us.
Praise you!
Your strength will hold us.
Praise you!
Your truth will guide us; 
along life's roads.

Praise your Name!
Praise your Holy name!
 Every day... along the way;
Thick or thin,
Again and again,
Praise your Name!
Praise your Holy name!

Praise ye Lord!
Praise ye Lord!
You are wonderful, 
good and true.
Let our hearts grow joyful;
Praising your name;
For all the things ....
that you do.

Let our hearts,
begin anew....
Praising your name;
Because we love you.
 Teach our hearts to rejoice;
Making forgiveness a choice.
Praising your name;

There's so many reasons
To praise you Lord.....
For your great creation
And your Holy Word.
For your free salvation;
And our heart stirred.

Praise your Name!
Praise your Holy name!
Through the storms,
through the tears,
Through the years.

Praise you!
Your love will keep us.
Praise you!
Your strength will hold us.
Praise you!
Your truth will guide us;
along life's roads.

By: Susan Y Nikitenko 
November 19th,2011©
Praise Song

 Psalms 7:17 
I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.


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