Monday, February 22, 2016

WALKING WITH THE SHEPHERD ~ ALAN KEMP

Guest Blogger ~Alan Kemp
by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges

I met Alan Kemp through our Christian Poets and Writer's Group on Facebook. We recently connected as friends. God has truly gifted Alan with the ability to write poetry that will stir you in heart and soul into your inner being. I am so excited to introduce you to my friend and fellow poet. 

WELCOME TO HEART THOUGHTS ALAN! 



Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Mark 9:24 

 

  

Walking with the Shepherd
So I'm on my way I've made a choice,
I took a stand I raised my voice.
I pledged my heart and claimed my faith,
trusting Jesus who took my place.
The WAY is not easy by yourself,
more than endurance it takes God's help.
So I will let Him raise me, on my knees,
from glory to glory by degrees.
As I stumble He holds my hand,
leading me forth to the promised land.
So many times my flesh resists,
but His endless love still persists.
As I travel through the stony ground
I'm no longer lost but truly found.
From beyond Damascus to Jerusalem,
He removes all fear and man's confusion.
So now the mountain tops in sight,
I can follow His steps into the light.

A.r.k that's me





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WOW!! I cannot measure the love my heart contains for my wonderful wife Allison and our amazing children Poppy(20), Amber (18), and Peter(16) or that of the overwhelming connection and covering of love from the Lord. You see my heart may be deep and wide but it is only finite in its ability to express the love inside. 


However God is love, without end, eternal and all satisfying. His love meets every need and settles every situation. So why then are we often not content or secure that we are safely in God’s hands? Faith that is why! No matter how we came to believe or accept the amazing grace and majesty of Christ, our faith which began even as a mustard seed is continually growing. As we begin to learn, understand, adapt and apply our faith we begin to accept, recognise and realise God’s relentless love for us in our lives.


Often fear of man holds us back. Even if we refute this…it is still true! Once we realise this fear is real and consider the strength of our faith through God’s grace in our lives, we can begin to dispel that fear of man and hear the will of God.


THE MORE WE FEAR THE LESS WE HEAR!


I have often contested my own faith as I face the many dramas and disasters that the world throws at my life. The sickness, the financial crisis, the worry and calamity that comes along with teenage children, or even just the little things like the car breaking down or a disagreement at work. Pure faith, however, is childlike faith. Fully trusting in God for everything we NEED in every situation and circumstance. Faith is being prepared to do what seems impossible, ridiculous, unlikely or uncomfortable, just like Noah, in the assurance of God’s purpose being fulfilled as you trust in Him. God the Father is always faithful (God, who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful). 
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You see it is the same with our Heavenly father as when we were children happily jumping into the arms of our parents without a question of being dropped. Yet doubt and distrust are signs our faith is lacking or our fear of man is holding us back. It’s not a question of belief but of whether we will continually immerse ourselves in Him so that our faith becomes greater than our fear.

So I pray for everyone, Lord help our unbelief. Help us to be steadfast for Jesus confident in our convicting faith, fully surrendered to you as we overcome the world reaching out in love to others without fear of man being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Amen



Bio: Hi there everyone well I’m Alan (45) an Englishman living in Northern Ireland with my wife Allison and three children Poppy, Amber and Peter. I was born again just 8 years ago after my wife had prayed for almost 20 years for my salvation with total faith in God since we met at Uni. Becoming a Christian, everyone will tell you is the last thing they would have expected from me, when I first met Allison one of our first conversations was debating the very existence of God and the troubles in Northern Ireland, how Ironic.  Then 8 years ago the Lord saved me and performed a miracle as I shed my first tears since childhood. Not long after he called me to write Christian Poetry and much of it very personal and sensitive too, eventually lead me to share it publicly. I share the poems on my Facebook page, Poetry From The A.r.k . It still scares me, exposing my heart my life my faith but I trust Him you see to use it to reach out to others. God bless


10 comments:

  1. Thank you, Matcie for introducing me to Alan through his poetry. Thank you, Alan, for the insight into the way fear cripples us. I need that right now. God bless!

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    1. Praise God! I am so happy his words have spoken to you. :-)

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    2. It is a blessing to my heart to have met you Norma through this wonderful place. Pray and trust in the Lord Norma while the journey is not always easy He will always give His children strength to overcome God bless

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  2. There is no words believe it or not to explain how talented this man is.
    Yes god gave you this gift, however its one of the most fantastic and overwhelming poems that are outstanding.
    I know i will continue to keep reading and sharing your posts, godbless you all xxxx �� �� ��

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    1. Silla, thank you so much for reading and for your encouraging comment for Alan. I know this will bless him. Blessings to you as well :-)

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    2. Thank you so much Silla for such warm encouraging and loving words. All the Glory must go to God for he alone is worthy, I just play a small part in my poetry without Him not a word would hit the page. I hope and pray that He will keep leading and speaking, Amen. God bless you Silla

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  3. Alan, I SO enjoyed your post. Marcie has spoken very highly of you. Thank you for sharing your heart with us and encouraging us on our faith journeys. I LOVED your bio also.

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    1. Such kind words I am so priveleged that Marcie asked me to share and so blessed that you would have enjoyed it. I never would have seen myself writing let alone opening my heart to others. Actually for so long my heart was closed then God broke in and did something wonderful that no words can describe. He has given me a passion for living out loud and my prayer is that by not holding back as scary and personal as it is in some small way others will know Him. Everyone has been so kind taking me deeper with Him, God bless you. May we continue to share along the WAY

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    2. I think most of us know how you feel. It's heart to be transparent with our doubts, fears, and failings, but it's in that vulnerability that we touch hearts for Christ. Keep walking in obedience, networking, and studying the craft. All the Lord needs is a willing heart.

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    3. Tears Nan Tears.....praise Him

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