As For Me

Everyone around me

may be going one way

 

But as for me

I will go the way You show me

 

They may invent new “truth”

and follow their own broken hearts

 

But as for me

I will stand solidly on Your timeless wisdom

 

All may bow to the world

and its ways

 

But as for me

I bow only to You, Lord

 

I will not be swayed

by a crowd mentality

by expendable truth

by waves of cultural norms

by popular opinion

 

As for me

I am with You, God

 

My commitment to You

clings to who You’ve promised

Yourself to be

 

On the love

that You gave me

proved so beautifully

 

As for me

I follow You

 

– Susie Stewart

 

As for me, I call to God,
    and the Lord saves me.

– Psalm 55:16 (NIV)

 

But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

– Joshua 24:15 (NIV)

 

But as for me, I trust in You.

– Psalm 55:23 (NIV)

 

Photo by Maggie Oertli

 

This Man

How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your Word.

– Psalm 119:9 (ESV)

 

I knew a young man

who loved Jesus

 

He sought to ground his life

on biblical truth

 

He was unique from others,

different from those who followed the crowd

 

A young man to be respected

because of his integrity

 

So I married this young man

 

He wasn’t perfect

but was set apart

 

Grounded

Honest

Kind

Faithful

 

A man after God’s heart

 

Every morning I would find him

with his breakfast and his Bible

 

And when we had our first child

a son to call our own

 

I was grateful that my man was a man

my boy could be proud of

 

and was a support to the boys

who didn’t have that example

 

As our young boy grew to be a young man

I saw in him his father

 

Grounded

Honest

Kind

Faithful

 

Every morning he had seen his dad

breakfast and Bible before him

 

It made an impression

 

For that had been

and would continue to be

the foundation of my man’s day

 

The foundation of his life

 

Living according to God’s Word

 

How does a young man

and his dad keep their way pure?

 

By living according to God’s Word

 

– Susie Stewart

 

…do everything you can to present yourself to God as a man who is fully genuine, a worker unashamed of your mission, a guide capable of leading others along the correct path defined by the word of truth.

– 2 Timothy 2:15 (VOICE)

 

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Photos by Todd Versaw, Bob Karraker, and Susie Stewart