Saturday, May 23, 2015

Patterns and Chaos


The little matters of these days
Swirl dizzily about,
I’m sure that there’s a pattern there
That I’ve not figured out,
 
There must be something that makes sense,
Though what, I cannot see,
Yet here I sit still looking for
Patterns that may not be.
 
For though God has a plan in place,
It eludes me just now,
But I have faith the pieces fit
Perfectly well somehow.
 
So, though I do not understand
The patterns of these days,
I’ll trust that God is in command
And I will give Him praise!
 
Philippians 4:7
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Woe Is Me

Oh Lord, my life has not been hard.
Though I have faced travail,
I’ve never lived life with the doubt
That I might not prevail.
 
There are so many who face death
Each day that they awake,
While I live in safety and ease
With every breath I take.
 
The woes I face are simple things,
Inconvenient at worst.
Yet “woe is me” still seems to be
The place that I go first. 
 
I don’t live with the threat of death
That many others know.
Yet, I tell myself life is hard
When, for me, that’s not so.  
 
So let me not lose sight of this.
When I fuss and complain,
Remind me that my life is free
Of the worst fear and pain. 
 
For self-pitying thoughts I had
Now and again today,
I ask You for forgiveness, Lord.
Help me cast them away.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

My Thorns


Apparently I’m cranky, Lord,
I’m letting my thorns show.
I know I ought to trim them back,
But they just grow and grow.
 
I don’t know what set them off, Lord,
But out they came today
And try as I might I can’t seem
To make them go away.
 
My prayer tonight is that these thorns
Might disappear by dawn.
I’d like to be a happy me
And they need to be gone.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Looking in Faith


You caught me looking up for You
When things grew rocky here.
Though my eyes cannot see You there
Still I can feel You near.
 
I don’t know why I look around,
When I sense You nearby.
I know I will not see Your face,
However much I try,
 
But for some reason I still look,
Believing I’ll see You.
I just have faith the day will come
When that belief proves true!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Stillness and Storms


I’m at the lull within the storm
When everything is still.
The rest of the blast hasn’t come,
But I feel sure it will.
 
And that’s okay, I’ll face it then,
For now everything’s fine.
And I will take the stillness in
Until I make it mine.
 
For in the stillness lies the strength
That comes from knowing Him,
And with that strength I’ll face the storm,
However fierce and grim.  

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Mist


I know that You are out there, Lord,
Beyond the stress filled haze,
But sometimes I lose track of You
In the craziest days.
 
I know that You can still see me,
Though I lose track of You.
That’s all that I hold on to, Lord,
When the mist rolls on through.
 
But I need to admit the mist
Is not Your work, but mine.
It’s me that lets the worries cloud
The Grace that You let shine.
 
So if You’ll burn the mist away
Just one more time for me,
I’ll try to trust You faithfully
And keep my skies mist free!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Losing Peace


Lord, take me back to find the peace
That seems to elude me.
The peace that came from knowing You,
And who I’m meant to be.
 
There are so many demands now
That pull my peace apart,
And I feel that I am losing hold
Of some part of my heart.
 
I don’t want to be who I am
When I lose track of You,
So help me find my way back, Lord,
To that peace I once knew.