A cross in my pocket poem
Copyright Mrs. Verna Mae Thomas

I carry a cross in my pocket
A simple reminder to me
Of the fact that I am a Christian
No matter where I may be.

This little cross is not magic
Nor is it a good luck charm
It isn’t meant to protect me
From every physical harm.

It’s not for identification
For all the world to see
It’s simply an understanding
Between my Savior and me

When I put my hand in my pocket
To bring out a coin or a key
The cross is there to remind me
Of the price he paid for me.

It reminds me to be thankful
For my blessings day by day
And to strive to serve him better
In all that I do and say.

It’s also a daily reminder
Of the peace and comfort I share
With all who know my master
And give themselves to His care.

So I carry a cross in my pocket
Reminding no one but me
That Jesus Christ is the Lord of my life
If only I’ll let him be.

The movie “Do you believe” impacted me so much. Have you seen it? In the movie, the pastor handed out small, wooden crosses to carry to remind us of who we are in Christ. He asked a great question. “If you were brought to trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”

The tapestry that God wove in the lives of these 12 people to bring about  His will and His plan was truly amazing and helped me to realize that the small, still voice I hear, directing me to do, say and think certain things actually brings about the changes that create the plan.  I realized that if I ignored the voice of God that He is sovereign and would find someone else to do the work.  Blessings would be missed though.  His plan is GOOD!  I am learning to listen and obey.  I would hope that if brought to trial, that there would be enough evidence to convict me.

Father God, as we begin our day worshipping you and seeking you first for our day, we lay down our lives for you to use as you see fit.  We offer our bodies as a living sacrifice wholly and pleasing to you. Work in us as you see fit. We crucify our flesh and know death to self is the way to freedom in you. Our passions and desires are your passions and desires, we lay aside our old selves, the corrupted self, dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desires, and greed,  as we come after you Jesus and take up our cross and follow you, denying ourselves, knowing it is a choice. We do this so that our body of sin might be done away with so that we won’t be slaves to sin, we belong to you Jesus Christ and now know that  as we seek your face and will for our lives, we recognize that not only do we affect the others around us but our actions have eternal consequences.  Help us to not let an idle word out of our mouths, only words that strengthen and build up others.  We recognize that we are a new creature in Christ Jesus and we are redeemed and forgiven by the grace of Christ Jesus. Thank you and praise your Holy Name. In the Name of Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

Eph 1:7, 2 Cor 5:17, Rom 12:1, Phil 2:12-13, Matt 16:24, Mrk 8:34, Luke 9:23, Romans 6:6, Gal 5:24, Eph 4:22, Col 3:5

Romans 1:6

 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth…

1 Peter 3:15

“But in your hearts set Christ apart [as holy—acknowledging Him, giving Him first place in your lives] as Lord. Always be ready to give a [logical] defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope and confident assurance [elicited by faith] that is within you, yet [do it] with gentleness and respect.”