Look Unto Me

I was afraid to even pray
"Thy will be done."
I held so tightly to my way,
Afraid to kneel.
For, though I knew at Calvary
My Savior won,
Still, distant storm clouds frightened me;
But now I feel--

His tender voice is bringing warmth
Amidst the cold,
His gentle arm is holding me 
Safe and secure,
His calming peace, His boundless love,
Infinite grace, strength from above,
"Look not unto what lies ahead,
Look unto Me."

Though trials may come, though storms arise,
Yet will I sing.
With yielded will, I fix my eyes
Upon my Lord,
Finding my hope in Him alone,
My sovereign King,
Holding His hand to lead me Home,
Trusting His Word.

And looking not unto the path ahead,
Let come what may, I do not fear or dread,
For I have heard my Savior say to me, 
"Not to the future, but unto Me bow the knee."

His tender voice is bringing warmth
Amidst the cold,
His gentle arm is holding me 
Safe and secure,
His calming peace, His boundless love,
Infinite grace, strength from above,
"Look not unto what lies ahead,
Look unto Me."

Copyright © Elisabeth Linzey 2015
*This is a Song



It’s all a waste. What worth had it,
But just to feed the flame?
The effort wrought, the accomplishment—
Was everything in vain?

That into which I’d poured my all
Here, now, in ashes lay,
I thought I’d hearkened the noble call
But it seemed to waste away.

The best that I could offer up
Now lies as smoking coals—
Each fondest dream, each brim-full cup,
And all my worthy goals.

Each one placed on the altar—
How it shined with holy fire!
But as the smoke has blown afar,
There’s nought I can acquire.

Then, with a quaking majesty,
Yet, more tender than the dew,
His voice of power captured me
And whispered fresh and new.

“A sacrifice, an offering
Is all I ask of thee—
Not crowns or cities, priests or kings,
But pure humility.

I do not need you to remove
Great, rugged mountains high,
Or mend each worldly flaw and groove,
For that alone is Mine.

Each goal and aspiration,
Though noble they may be,
Are by My inspiration—
Yet, I have much more for thee.

They are provisions for sacrifice,
To be an offering;
What I desire more than price
Is drawing you to Me.

Those things are good and right to hold,
But greater they will be
When placed upon the fire
And offered willingly.

For, more than every noblest call,
More valuable by far,
Is when My child releases all
And gives her very heart.

Copyright © Elisabeth Linzey 2015


Sail On, Fair Mate!

Hard doth beat the mighty winds--
Hold on, fair mate, hold on!
Violent rageth angry waves--
Hold on, fair mate, hold on!

The sails are weak and lowering--
Rise up, fair mate, rise up!
Into the depths we dare not plunge--
Rise up, fair mate, rise up!

By tempest tossed are vessels small--
Be strong, fair mate, be strong!
Though rudder churns within the deep--
Be strong, fair mate, be strong!

High billows crash upon our decks--
Bow on, fair mate, bow on!
With grace and courage, face the storm--
Bow on, fair mate, bow on!

Unto horizons clear and bright--
Sail on, fair mate, sail on!
The journey leads beyond the night--
Sail on, fair mate, sail on!

Copyright © Elisabeth Linzey 2015


But For A Penny

 Hidden in the icy mud
There lay a copper coin,
The worth of which was hardly such
That one would dare employ.

Alone, despised, invaluable,
And freely stepped upon,
This copper coin remained untouched
As time ticked slowly on.

Then, in the chill of winter’s day,
A man came passing by,
Stooping low, he brushed the snow
From that which caught his eye.

Taking up that copper piece
Of value so remote,
He wiped away the hardened mud,
Then slipped it in his coat.

More time passed and there the coin
Sat hidden and forgotten,
It seemed to have no other use
But to fill a suit of cotton.

Then, one day, as the man was out
To purchase needed meat,
It was made known the cost was such
His dollar couldn’t meet.

A penny short—one copper coin
Was lacking from his hand;
That which had been esteemed as least
Was now in great demand.

He thrust his hand into his coat,
Reaching for a penny—
And in the time ‘twas needed most,
He found his copper ready.

But for a penny—worthless so,
Devoid of richest charm—
But for a soul, though small, despised,
Yet saved by God’s own arm,

But for that one, though hidden long,
Who seems to have no use,
But for a ready, willing man,
A vessel God can use!

No matter how inadequate
You think yourself to be,
Or if your task is something that
The world may never see;

To every man there comes a time
When he is called to do
A task unique to his design,
That only he can do.

That task may be a moment,
A season, or lifetime—
Were every 'copper' ready to
Fulfill his call divine!

Copyright © Elisabeth Linzey 2015


One Lone Flower

 I walked along life’s dusty road
On dry and rocky sod,
 The heat of desert scorched my brow
As step-by-step I trod.

It was not my desired lot
To follow down this path—
A sullen, lonely, barren vale—
To find what e’re it hath.

My heart called to the mountaintops
Where life and joy abode,
T’was there where laughter filled my mouth;
Rich blessings He bestowed.

He said He’d take me to the heights
If I but followed Him,
Yet, here I stood quite far from where
He’d promised to me then.

Away from every climbing steep
And going further down,
My tears descended like the path
That seemed to run aground.

“This is not right!” I protested,
“I don’t deserve this vale!
I want the golden heights, sublime,
Not desert!” I bewailed.

 Then, in the corner of my eye
I caught a glimpse of gold,
A tiny spark of hope and love,
That held a joy untold.

T’was but a little flower standing
Strong, though all alone,
It seemed to sing the sweetest tune
Of faith serenely shown.

I listened, captive by its voice
That echoed in my heart;
What words of yielded, loyalty
No other could impart!

Then, rising from my seat of gloom,
I lifted up my gaze
And looked unto the hills, from whence
My Help shown bright, ablaze.

In trusting, yielded tenderness
My heart but overflowed
With that same sweetness as displayed
Through what a flower owed.

“Behold me, now, dear Lord,” I prayed,
“Thy humble handmaiden,
Though, here my lot is but to pass
Through this land, so barren,

“I sweetly trust Thy will for me,
E’en though it dreary seems,
For You have promised, You will do,
And this is best for me.

“So, take me now, Thy little flower,
 And may Thy grace I employ,
Sparkle Thy love and peace through me;
I am ‘Acceptance-with-Joy’.”
Copyright © Elisabeth Linzey 2015


Has the Football Been Forgotten?

Two eager teams prepared themselves 
To face their opposition;
Much practice had been exercised
With hope of great position.

The long awaited day had dawned
For which they had made ready,
The days for timid weakness, past;
Their focus, now, was steady.

Within their lockers they refreshed
Their minds of all the moves,
Recalling every trick and skill--
This was no time to lose.

All along the sidelines gathered
Crowds of anxious men--
Concessions filled with cheer and mirth--
To see which team would win.

So long had been the eager wait,
So great the preparation,
And, now, at last, the time had come
To reward anticipation.

But, just before the whistle blew,
The best turned almost rotten;
Amidst the hustle of preparing,
The football had been forgotten!

What, in itself, seemed just to be
A minor part of play,
Was vital to the very game--
The essence of the day.

So cumbered we may quickly be
Preparing for "someday",
We practice hard and learn the skills
To master every way.

Then when the greatest moment comes--
The object of ambition--
We find that somewhere in the way
We lost the heart of our mission.

Without the preparation
No goal would be achieved,
And without practice in the skills
The trophy's not received.

Yet, important as the goal may be,
And how vital to prepare,
If we neglect the little things,
We'll never conquer there.

"Someday" may come, but until then
We must embrace the present
And live each moment to the hilt,
For here it is we're sent.

Anticipate the future, yet
Take heed to what's today,
Prepare for what may someday be,
Yet don't forget The Way.

All goals may be so great aspired,
But, if His Word is lost,
No matter what may be your skill,
The battle will be lost.

Amidst your earnest preparation,
Do ask yourself quite often,
"Have I embraced the Source of life,
Or has the 'football' been forgotten?"

Copyright © Elisabeth Linzey 2015


Songs in the Night

A sun that's always shining,
Blue skies with not a cloud,
A pathway lined with roses,
Where hurdles are never allowed,

No raindrops hiding the rainbow,
Nor stormy billows despair,
But mirth and laughter abideth
And gone is the burdensome care.

Such would be ever my lot
If life was within my control;
I'd banish all pain and sorrow,
For happiness would be my goal.

But the pot is put through the fire
And the gold is purged from its dross,
While weakness is turned into strength
Through bearing the weight of a cross.

The angriest storm that rages
Is the magnificent sunset at last,
And the dawn is always the brightest
When the darkest of nights has past.

The flowers of spring are gayest
After the winter's bitterest chill,
And music is never so lovely,
But when sung while the heart resteth still.

For, when pain and sorrow appear
And threaten to strip us of life,
Many are those who will seek God,
But only to save them from strife.

Oh, who is the one who will cry out,
When deep darkness hideth his light,
"Oh, where is God, my Maker,
Who giveth me songs in the night?"
Copyright © Elisabeth Linzey 2015

"By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry:
they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty. But none saith, Where is God 
my Maker, who giveth songs in the night?"
~ Job 35:9-10 ~ 


Arise, and Shine

The night, Lord, is coming,
Deep darkness draws nigh;
The Son is quite hidden 
By clouds in the sky.

The chill of the evening
Is fearfully cold;
Thro' winds of confusion
Great error is told.

The right is called wrong
And the wrong is called right,
The Light of Your truth
Is fading from sight.

The warmth of Your love,
Your mercy and grace
Retreats from a people
Rejecting Your face.

The dark night approaches
With terrible dread,
Sorrow and trouble
Adorn days ahead.

The darkness is coming,
The night, Lord, draws on;
At midnight my heart will
But praise You with song.

Arise, Lord, and shine,
For Thy glorious name;
Send forth Your Word,
Thy greatness proclaim. 

Thy lovingkindness,
Forsake not, dear Lord,
Remember Thy mercies,
Remember Thy word.

Though all of the earth 
Would run far from Thee,
And from Thy commandments
They angrily flee,

For the sake of Thy remnant
Who call on Thy name,
Oh, leave us not desolate,
Let Thy love remain.

Though long be the darkness
And cold be the night,
May You go before us
And grant us Your Light.

When midnight is passing,
O Lord, this I pray,
May we, then, with Your Light
Shine brighter than day.

Not so as to blind men
With its brightest gleam,
But so as to warm them
With Heavenly beam.

Arise, Lord, and shine,
For the darkness is come,
With kindness and love
May we lead others Home.

Copyright © Elisabeth Linzey 2015


Villages in the Wilderness

On earth where only few have trod,
Where ancients once possessed,
Remains the remnant of their lot
Lost in the wilderness.

Their footprints pack the dusty road
Where not a car distressed,
Upon their backs they bear their load,
Lost in the wilderness.

The sunshine knows their sweat-bathed brow,
Though others gaily dress,
To make their meat they humbly plow,
Lost in the wilderness.

They live a meager entity
With sacred faithfulness,
Devoted to their deities,
Lost in the wilderness.

And one by one they cease to be,
Unknown by righteousness,
Their souls for which no man will plea,
Lost in the wilderness.

Will you not heed the sounding cry
To light their deep darkness,
And go unto those forlorn souls
Lost in the wilderness?

Proclaim to them the glorious Word
Of hope and great forgiveness,
That they may praise the One True Lord,
Even in the wilderness.

Copyright © Elisabeth Linzey 2015


The Hand That Rocks The Cradle

See her touch so tenderly
Like never others can,
See the care within her eyes
As she holds her infant’s hand,
See her gently stroke the brow
That’s wrinkled with his fear,
See her kindly wipe away
The saddened, trickling tear.
Precious is the one whose hands
Nurtured the babe that purled,
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.

Though it aches her kindly heart
She spares not but doth chastise,
In love she would train up the child
So his God he’ll not despise.
Her gentle guidance, firm reproof,
And gracious instruction
Are as the chisel that mold his block
To Godliness perfection.
For this she ought to strive and labor,
Though Satan’s darts are hurled,
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.

 Is character by naught, achieved?
Does prudence come by wind?
Or comes integrity by birth;
And wisdom dwell within?
Nay, e’er must be the influence
Of righteous dignity,
Exemplified in every way
In her authority.
So requisite her influence
In a land where Truth is furled,
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.

Though feminine is her delight
And gracious is her touch,
Yet comes a strength unquenchable,
 Though still she dons her ruche,
For though her lot may never be
To wear laurels of fame,
Or conquer nations, rule the throne,
And live with highest name,
Her influence in sons she bore
Lives on, though ages whirled,
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.
O Mother, do not fain despise
Your calling in this place,
Though weariness and struggles come;
God gives His daily grace.
Your tender touch and patient care
Is molding men of great,
The generation next to come
Who’ll bear the nation’s fate.
 Remember as you kiss your babe
And hold his fingers curled,
That the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.

Copyright © Elisabeth Linzey 2015



Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 1 Corinthians 10:12

Hundreds of thousands of homes each year
Are met with devastating fate,
Destruction is rampant as an avid foe
Sneaks in—so much is at stake.

More damage is caused than all the effort
Of fire and storms combined,
The greatest are falling, though sturdy they seemed,
The smallest are, too, undermined.

Though, if from a distance you gazed upon
The towers standing tall,
They might brave the storms or be fireproof,
But what is it that makes them fall?

It’s not the foundation, for that is quite firm;
This doom does not happen to stone,
But into the wood which has no protection
A tiny foe slips in—unknown.

It tunnels along, so hidden from sight,
Consuming the internal strength,
Then, finally, when all is eaten away
The shell crumbles down at length.

Mourning, we see those great towers fall;
Despairing, we wonder, “why?”
Their foundations were sure; they braved fire and storm.
“What happened?” we sorrowfully cry.

Time and again, to home after home
This tiny foe was not new.
And, long before the great structure fell,
It ate away—hidden from view.

Such mass devastation is come in our land,
Strong homes being eaten away,
Towers looked up to, men we admire
Are crumbling down every day.

Though strong the foundation they stood upon,
And tho’ fire and storm they could brave,
Inside of their hearts where nobody sees
They were slowly being eaten away.

The termites of lust and wickedness
Are slipping in unperceived,
What starts out so small and innocent
Leaves them and their families deceived.

In a day of such great devastation
We simply cannot afford
To lose our homes, great or small,
While termites of sin we ignore.

So, let him that thinks he stands take heed
And guard every window and wall
From the tiny foe which so quickly slips in
And causes the greatest to fall.

Copyright © Elisabeth Linzey 2015


Draw Me to You, Daddy!

‘Twas just a simple sketch—
Nothing very grand,
But pictured in the drawing
The boy was with his dad.
The innocent display
Of what his young heart treasured
Portrayed a daddy’s love
That nothing e’er could sever.
The call of great adventure,
Of conquering the wild;
He longed to be like daddy,
Though he was just a child.
His pencil drew the figures,
His heart burst with desire—
On stallions with his daddy
Is what his dream inspired.
The cry within his soul
Didn’t ask for pomp or gold,
“Just draw me to you, Daddy!”
Was the massage that he told.

* * *
Another simple sketch—
‘Twas nothing very grand,
But pictured in the drawing,
The boy was with his dad.
The innocent display
Of what his young heart treasured
Portrayed his daddy’s love
That nothing e’er could sever.
The memory filled his heart
As his pencil sketched away,
With deepest joy expressed
He remembered yesterday.
The sun was shining brightly,
To the river they had gone,
They got two boats—for him and dad,
And brother came along.
He, still, could smell the water
As he drew his dad and him,
The fondness of that treasure
Was cherished deep within.
“Thank you, Papa” were the words
He wrote with gratitude,
And in his heart, continued on—
“For drawing me to you!”

"My Son, give me thine heart, and 
let thine eyes observe my ways."
~Proverbs 23:26~
Written by Elisabeth, Dedicated to Caleb and Papa