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Plans of the Heart

Plans of the heart belong to man,
But the tongue answers from the Lord;
While thoughts coming from a plan,
Are not always in one accord.

The ways of man pure in his eyes,
But the Lord will weigh the spirit;
What comes from the heart does disguise,
As to hands do in their merit.

Commit your work onto the Lord,
Your thoughts shall then be established;
For they will never be ignored,
The end result as accomplished.

The Lord has made for its purpose,
Even the wicked days of trouble;
Guided by an evil compass,
For laboring in the rubble.

Those of having pride in the heart,
A detestation to the Lord;
His wrath for punishing to thwart,
When His warnings have been ignored.

When iniquity has been purged,
Atonement comes from steadfast love;
While mercy and truth has been urged,
From the faithfulness up above.

Because of the fear of the Lord,
One will turn away from evil;
Starting to be in one accord,
Avoiding works of the devil.

When the ways of man, please the Lord,
He makes His foes to be at peace;
No longer in having discord,
Letting all hostilities cease.

Better is having righteousness,
Than revenues of injustice;
There is more wealth in godliness,
Than in any wrongful practice.

The heart of a man plans his way,
But the Lord will direct his steps;
Learning how to trust and obey,
For the future that the Lord preps.

Copyright © 2021 Richard Newton Sherrer

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Got Plans? Proverbs 16:1–9

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Written on June 12, 2021

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Richard Newton Sherrer

I was born and raised on a farm in Pennsylvania. It was a small family farm that was handed down through 8 generations of Sherrer men until my father; Newton just could not make a living from it any longer. He thought that I would make a better living away from the farm. So, I decided to join the Air Force in 1969 upon graduating from high school. I gained quite a bit of experience and insight on life while in the service. Even though I was only stationed on the east coast of the US, my Air Force career took me to Germany and Korea. After 20 years wearing of the blue uniform, I decided going in a different direction and found myself becoming very diverse in many different fields. Something still seemed missing to me after being separated from the service for about 10 years. The Air Force was a way of life for me, but really missed life in Korea. I found myself changing careers again. Poetry was an interest of his since my days in high school. With returning to the Lord, I felt motivated to write of my Christian beliefs. I started looking at Bible verses and reflecting on my own personal experiences. The Bible was found to be as true today as to when the various books were written. I could see much of what the Bible is teaching us as valid as every in modern time. It felt only natural to me on using his personal experience based on Bible verses and see much of my own life written in the Scriptures. God inspires me what to write about though. I do not claim to be an expert on God or the Bible. I am just a Christian who has become enlightened to write poetic verses from the Holy Scriptures. more…

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