Episode 16

Published on:

16th Jun 2021

My Echo

My Echo . . . 

My Word is sown 

into the soils of hearts 

scattered . . .

to find its place 

as bread would be

cast upon the waters. 

This Word is a seed, 

having its own eternal life 

never ceasing 

to grow within. 

In due time 

it returns. 

Accomplishing the works

it was sent to do.  

Returning as an Echo 

Back into . . .

His Own Heart. 


The Word Of God is a double-edged sword as the scripture states. Having cut between the flesh and Spirit it remains a constant reminder of it's truth.

It is the internal goad or prompt which guides our actions and speech if we listen to its voice. As a lamp it shows us the way in the darkness or comforts and anchors us during times of trouble. 

It's also a marker post on the roadmap, as we travel to success and victory. When it returns having completed the work it was sent to do it continues to work as a testimony, which imparts faith in the hearts which hear it's message. 

Something which I heard myself saying in a conversation was this; "I don't read the Bible, it reads me"! This, I believe to be true because there's a reciprocal process which goes on in my heart. The words prompt, goad and inspire me to respond and enquire of myself and my heart, asking questions of myself. 

The amazing thing I notice, it's not condemning me but lifting me up. I feel inspired to go deeper and be more transformed that the Word be made flesh in me.

The Word is eternal and God never stops hearing the echoes of His Words as they continue to come home to roost! How much pleasure must this bring Him as His word returns back to Him having done it's work?


# - How long have you been waiting for your personal Word to come to pass? Where has it been planted?

# - Can you explain how the soil of your heart has been cultivated by this Word? 

# - Can you now understand how God watches over His word to perform it and are you in this picture? Has the word read you personally if so how?

Proverbs 8:33 - 35 Passion Translation 

33 Listen to my counsel, for my instruction will enlighten you. You’ll be wise not to ignore it.

34 If you wait at wisdom’s doorway, longing to hear a word for every day, joy will break forth within you as you listen for what I’ll say.

35 For the fountain of life pours into you every time that you find me, and this is the secret of growing in the delight and the favor of the Lord.

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About the Podcast

Devotional Christian Poetry
Spiritual Food
I was once a Pastor in a Church that owned a Christian bookstore. One Christmas while I was selecting appropriate gifts for our 5 voluntary staff members, I experienced an encounter with God.
After I selected the gifts God said to me, "put the gifts back and take some blank cards home and give them something from the Pastor's desk!" I was excited about this, as I knew God wanted to speak to each one of them.

What He did then astounded me. After I had finished writing, I realized I had written a prophetic message for each of these loyal volunteers written as a poem! That was the day I realized my gift to write poetry, and since then I haven't stopped writing. The wonderful thing about poetry is, it engages with the reader's emotions and touches the heart.

On this podcast show, you will hear me read one of my poems, inspired and written from a revelation I have received from scripture. A reflection about the poem with 3 questions will follow this to engage and inspire you to take action on all the content. I also reference the scripture I have used, and sometimes I will offer some additional comments.

In Psalms are many examples of poetry that color the truth and enhance our experiences as we read them. In Eph 2:20 the Greek word for workmanship is translated from the root word Poema meaning poem. Quoting from the Passion Translation, we have this root word translated poetry. God calls us his poetry (workmanship) in this version, "We have become his poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One".

This beautiful Translation captures so much more of the emotional truth about us. God is not intimidated about using emotional words to capture who we are.

Embracing the language and subtle nuances God uses in His word have always been my delight and inspiration. Poetry brings a fullness to life which often eludes men especially. Men more so because they connect cognitively more than emotionally. Women connect differently as they feel the inferences of the words, whereas men think about the inferences and question them. Both connections are acceptable to God.

For you, as the listening audience to receive the comfort and revelation wrapped in the words of this poetry, I encourage you to adopt a different mindset and feel the words. Let them speak to your heart. Imagine reading the scripture as you would read a love letter from your adoring spouse! Knowing it was a love letter, how would you approach opening that letter?

I have a revelation to share with you about being washed by scripture. Some years ago while meditating on different scripture I realized when I read the passages I don’t read them, the scripture reads Me! It reads my heart, my soul, my principles, and values and becomes my litmus test to my responses and reactions. It tests me to the core!

As an example here in 2 corr 5:17 states the truth; Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. I have italicized the question this scripture asks me. Am I IN Christ? This is about my daily life not just attending a Sunday service. This is not a question to condemn me, it's questioning my focus. Because I am IN CHRIST, my life changes as I am washed by the water of His Word and He is continually being formed within me.

Every one of us is unique and has our own testimonies of our experiences with God. These stories define and speak about our revelations and encounters with Him. My encounter with God was very significant and taught me how to write poetry.

My desire is that my inspired words of poetry wash over you and connect emotionally with you so you receive the benefits of their truths.

This content can be used in study groups and for devotional material.
For more information, please go to my website www.devotionalchristianpoetry.com where there is a free ebook for you to access and my contact links.

About your host

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Lloyd Portman

From as far back as I can remember, I am always fascinated by what makes people tick. Searching behind what drives certain behaviors and finding practical reasons and solutions comes naturally from this fascination.

Having a personal experiential relationship with God was very important to me, rather than a theoretical religious one was my attraction to Him. These experiences started before my conversion and have continued to this day.

After my encounter with God, my poetry was born, and I use poetry to articulate the principles of scripture and the revelations I have experienced.

My podcasts will share these experiences I have had with God during my years of Pastoral ministry and life's school of hard knocks. I encourage you to glean any applicable nuggets and apply your faith to use them, as I used those I heard from other testimonies.

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