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This week, I am welcoming special guest Minister Deborah Lynn Bacon who has written the following poem. She wrote it as wedding vows, but I thought it seemed just as appropriate for Valentine’s Day. I hope you enjoy.

Can You?
(Wedding Vows) 

Written By: Minister Deborah Lynn Bacon

Can you be gentle
If I take my heart,
And place it in the palm of your hand?
Can you be giving
If I take my body
And lay it on the land?
Can you be trusted
If I take my faith
And stand by all you do?
Can you be real
If I take my eyes
To see if you are you?
Can you be there
When I cry my tears,
But you don’ understand?

Can you believe in me;
Even when I fail,
Will you still reach out your hand?
Can you need me
More than all the world
Could need the sky or sea?
Can you love me,
Bring me joy in bloom,
Just because I’m me—
Yes, my darling
I believe you can
For you’ve shown me thru and thru,
The only one
Who can fulfill my dreams,
My darling, I’ve found in you~

WeddingIn Honor Of: When 2 people choose to embark on a shared journey of love thru the holy bonds of
matrimony. May your marriage always be guided by the loving hand of God, may your home prosper as richly as the Angels above, and may your hearts always abound with heavenly love; God bless you on your wedding day…

Deborah was born at MacDill AFB in Tampa, FL and spent her first thirteen years as a “military brat” until her parents divorced in 1968. Since that time, she has lived through a violent alcoholic step-father, being sexually abused by her own father, and even a suicide attempt. Deborah fought through addiction, homelessness, prostitution and more until she cried out for God to make her whole. He not only healed her life, but opened her hardened heart as well.

In December, 2002, she received a Certificate of Ordination as a minister. In January, 2003, she officially founded Street-To-Straight Ministries, and in March, 2008, she was accredited as an Advanced Certified Lay Speaker. She has appeared on the Sally Jesse Raphael Show to give praise to God on national television. Today her time is spent counseling others who need to know how wonderful an intimate relationship with God is, through Yeshua/Jesus.

Deborah currently has four books published, filled with poems of praise to her Lord. Please contact her through Google+ at to find out how to order them:

The titles and prices are as follows:

1.) Even I Have The Right To Be Okay (My testimonial booklet – $1)

2.) A Miracle In The Making (Inspirational poetry $16)

3.) A Miracle In The Making Too (Inspirational poetry $20)

4.) From My Heart To God’s Ear – New Psalms Unto The Lord (Inspirational poetry $25)


My neighborhood was buzzing with the local police on Saturday. Turns out my neighbors had been robbed. The police went door-to-door to see if anyone saw anything. After a brief discussion, the officer JSOinformed me that they didn’t particularly believe the story my neighbors were selling them. (In a house where 17-20 year old young men hang out most of the day, I wasn’t really buying the fact that a stranger broke in either.)

What type of person would call the police, and then not tell the truth? The police are supposed to be there to help. Yet these people probably justified their implausible story believing that what they were doing wasn’t really wrong.

But then, don’t Christians do the same with God?

We call on him to help, but then make all types of excuses and deals to get out of the situation we most likely got ourselves into. In the end, we try to justify to the Lord why we should be saved instead of falling down before God and taking full blame.

Luke 16:15, states, He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.” God knows why you did what you did. You can’t hide from Him. And the more you lie to God, the less likely He is to hear your prayers.

We try to convince ourselves that what we’re doing is right. I see this most often when it comes to giving Offering plateat church. You know that 10% thing that most people don’t do? You’re not alone. I used to make excuses also. I’d tell myself and God that once I got out of debt, I’d not only pay the ten percent, but I’d pay more. Instead, I just put myself into more debt. Or we haggle over whether God wants ten percent off the net or the gross.

How about when it comes to helping out others? We make excuses, claiming to have other plans, when we really just don’t want to do the task being asked of us. In the end, we not only convince others, but ourselves as well. Then we tell God that He knows how tired we are and how much rest we need. But He knows the real reason you don’t want to get involved.


Justified means just as if you’ve never sinned. – Joyce Meyer


We justify our actions to our church family, to ourselves, and to God to help alleviate any guilt we might feel inside. Justification of a lie doesn’t make it the truth. If you have to justify your actions, it just means you don’t even believe your own story.

To lie to God is to make mockery of your belief. You’re basically saying that God isn’t the true God because He doesn’t really know what I did. Don’t be a fool. He knows. And you’ll eventually have to answer for it one day.

If you or someone you know are in need of prayer this week, please leave a comment. We’d be more than happy to pray for you. And if this post moved you in some way, please feel free to share it.

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