The Path From Here

Our best friends in life often have to go on when death parts us temporarily

Today I lost my true best friend, whom I must wait to hold again
Their yesterday was difficult , now I rejoice, released from pain
The plans I made for what I’d do, seem out of place if I am sane
Outside it feels like summertime, but in my heart it’s winter still

The value of my things has changed, I need them not I want them less
Priorities are all in flux, what matters most, I can’t confess
Where is the sign that “You are here,” if I knew that I would not stress
Determining which way to go, I have to ask, is this God’s will?

Relying on God’s truth each hour, I know his voice, He leads the way
Our closeness is a growing thing, He tells me what I need each day
Stability relies on God, I’m helping others cope today
Although emotions come and go, I know that my God loves me still

By Justin Ogden
Copyright May 28, 2018


Leaning on the Lord

When times are tough our weakness is supplanted by God’s strength

I ask you Lord to guide me, for you’re always at my side
I need You here to help me, so that I don’t run and hide
And when the tide comes over me, Your arms are open wide
When storms deal fear up to me, You let me come inside
When rejection reigns in place of love, in You I will abide

Today I’m clothed in regal love
My blissful home is up above
My spirit soars up like a dove
His hand works through me like a glove

My problems don’t all go away
Our pain is real at end of day
Though I can’t change things my God may
God’s healing comes through what You say
God’s coming soon, He won’t delay

Sometimes this life feels so absurd
I trust Your will, I trust Your word
Your mighty love is seen and heard
One day my sin, it will be cured
Your sovereign hand keeps us assured

My love for You I can’t contain
Renew my song and my refrain
My heart today You will sustain
Because God lives I will remain

By Justin Ogden
Copyright May 26, 2018

Craving God’s Word

God’s word works in powerful ways

The word it fills our craving hearts, we see our need, that’s where it starts
It’s the antiseptic to our sin, that we apply to wounds within
The power that can change us all, from trembling souls to saints like Paul
God’s truth, His essence, penned in words, communicates what we have heard
That word applied to all our lives, directs His body far and wide
God’s word, with skill like surgeon’s knife, will cleanse and heal our hearts tonight
God’s word will deal with us in truth, though we be aged or just a youth
O God, our minds with wisdom fill, to lead and guide, protect us still
God’s word was spoken to endure, protect us from the Devil’s lure
God’s word with wisdom fills our minds, to keep our lives between the lines
The straight and narrow we must walk, of God’s truth our mouths will talk
To God’s truth we will respond, to suffer as He leads us on

By Justin Ogden
Copyright October 19, 2017

Your Life Song

For one who is struggling

My friend, I send this word to you, to give you strength and pull you through

Discouragement, it holds you tight, although I pull with all my might

You need a stronger hand than mine, not of this world, something divine

The help you need is in God’s word, God spoke it and you’ve also heard

It’s written here, inside this book, now all you need to do is look

And so I now encourage you, to trust in God, His word is true

Though life is full of hurt, dismay, we’re looking for a better day

We point our souls up to the sky, where we will never ask, But Why

Our brief experience on this sod, prepares us for our life with God

So here and now, are sufferings, trials, but your reward be glory, smiles

So may these words, both true, divine, free you from the ties that bind

And may the song He’s put in you, carry you your whole life through

Continue the fight, trust God’s Son, He’ll lead you through till the victory’s won

Watch Him work your whole life long, you’ll praise Him through your own Life Song

By Justin Ogden Copyright August 3, 2017

My Offense

My dear offense, how well you guard me, keep me from the Master’s use

My attitude is often raw, see, for I suffer much abuse

Quick to tell me when I’m faulted, faithful as a friend you are

Lest I stray from your control, you never leave the door ajar

You safely keep me, blanket wrapped, in my cocoon and unaware

Of drawing on abundant living, and all that I could richly share

You guard my heart from all the knowledge, that God sends from up above

And all the help I could provide, if I’d let others feel my love

I often wish I could draw nearer, nearer to the God I love

Wishing I could see His likeness, like the angels up above

One day soon I might be able, unlock this fortress door of mine

Step into the light of day, and sit down with the Lord to dine

That old offense has many reasons why I shouldn’t go outside

But I see the Son is shining, that’s the place I should abide

As I lift my hands to praise, I see a fist and not a palm

God, unclench my weary fingers, touch me with Thy healing balm

Offense has held me long enough, my heart is yearning to be free

God’s power frees me from my fortress, offense has been my enemy

Now I see that I’ve been failing, to conform to God’s command

Obedience will bring me near Him, and to trust His mighty hand

Jesus’ warmth is bathing over me, welcomes me to my new world

Fear’s control is but a memory, I see the Master’s plan unfurled

Now I’m free to do His bidding, useful am I in God’s hand

Giving to the body strength, exhorting them to take a stand

Pour into the lives of others, ministry with great appeal

Enabled to fulfill my calling, serve the Lord with lots of zeal

Disciple making’s now a passion, the Spirit’s work is fresh and new

My quiet time is filled with power, what God controls He does imbue

I’ve repurposed that old door, no longer focused on myself 

Put offense into the fortress, put my pride up on the shelf

I rarely ever go to visit, don’t have a need for them at all

Living life up to the max, with Jesus daily life’s a ball

By Justin Ogden & Bev McColluch

Copyright February 26, 2017