Sunday, September 20, 2015

Out of Every Trial

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. Psalm 34:19 KJV

Some years ago I went on a mission trip with five other people to China. It wouldn't be wise for me to go into great detail about the trip. I will say that on one of the days a friend and I went to a large city in that great land. We preached in a small underground gathering and then secretly made our way back to the home where we previously had dinner.

Darkness had settled on the land because it was getting late. While we were having dessert, the owner of the home said, “Quick! Go into the other room and shut the lights. Be quiet!” Policemen surrounded the area. Their flashlights could be seen searching in the night. Our group quietly prayed for deliverance. If caught, my friend and I could be forced to leave the country. But if one of our Chinese brothers or sisters were caught, they could easily be placed in prison for participating in a non-sanctioned Christian event. After about twenty minutes, the policemen disappeared. Then my friend and I caught a taxi and made our way back to our hotel. We learned later that some of our friends at home in the United States were praying for us at that exact time. The Lord truly delivered us out of our trouble.

If you are facing a trial, know that God will not allow you to experience anything you cannot handle. He also will deliver you at the appropriate time and in his way. Trust the Lord with all of your heart. Believe him to bring you freedom and deliverance. God is faithful he will never leave you nor forsake you. Believe and expect him to bring you deliverance from every affliction and trial you face.

Dear Father God,

Thank you for making a way out of my troubles. Help me to follow your lead and to find victory on the other side of my trials. I trust you Lord to set me free and to deliver me. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Sunday, September 6, 2015


Today one of my poems is featured at  Just click

Thank you for reading.  I invite your comments with all my entries.  I hope this poem will make you think a bit, and I hope you enjoy it.


Tom Toya

Thursday, September 3, 2015

My Prince of Peace

The slick swift pace of life
Nibbles at my peace
When I set my eyes on you Lord
You set my heart at ease

When I give in to the tempest and the tide
When I allow doubt to creep in like a choking vine
I find unrest deep inside my soul
I must give You full control

You came so I could be saved
From the chaos that surrounds me
I must reduce my pace
Slow down, so I can be free

When I set my face like a flint upon
Your promises and Your commands
I experience You as my Prince of Peace
You cause me to stand

Oh that I would be wise enough
To simplify my life
And find victory over the strife

You are my Prince of Peace
Worry you must flee
You are My Shepherd Friend
I will love You till the end

You are my Prince of Peace
It’s You only that I see
I cast my cares on you
Savior, You are true