Saturday, October 21, 2017

To Do Your Will - Re-posted

I desire to do Your will,
Yet I so often fail.
Each day I say I’ll do better,
But my will proves too frail.
 
Your law is written in my heart
And bound there with your name.
So, though I fail You day to day,
Your love’s still mine to claim.
 
Thus, I will keep trying, my Lord,
To live within Your will,
And hold Your law within my heart,
While it is beating still.
 
Psalm 40:8
I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Obedience and Blossoms - Re-posted


The flowers do not bloom in fall
They only burst in spring
And autumn winds sing different songs
Than those winter would sing.
 
The seasons move obedient
To plans that You’ve outlined
And all occurs as it should be,
In patterns You've designed.
 
But then you come to folk like me,
Stiff necked, I think’s the word,
And, though I know what You expect,
I act like I’ve not heard.
 
Obedience is not that hard,
And Your yoke is quite light.            .
I’ve come to learn that things go well
When I do what is right,
 
But still I have this stubborn streak,
I’m obstinate at best.
I want to be obedient,
And still I fail the test.
 
So turn my heart back to you, Lord,
Teach me what flowers know.
Remind me that when I obey
Blossoms of joy will grow.
 
1 Kings 8:58
May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in obedience to him and keep the commands, decrees and laws he gave our ancestors.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Running Astray - Re-posted

I promised I would wait for You
To lead me on the way,
But I was anxious to begin
And so I went astray.
 
I promised I would call Your name
And offer You my praise,
But I was soon distracted by
The chaos of my days. 
 
I promised to listen to You
And live as You’d asked me,
But I got caught up in the plans
Of all I longed to be.
 
Then everything seemed to collapse,
I got lost in my pride,
And suddenly I realized 
I wasn’t by Your side.
 
But just before my spirit failed,
Consumed by all my fear,
I felt Your arms reach out for me,
To hold me safe and near.
 
For, though I’d run ahead of You,
You never left my side,
And so I've learned to wait for You
To be my loving guide. 
 
Psalm 27:14
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Singing for Joy - Re-posted

In that moment when the morning
Is still patterned with first light
And the mists that fell with darkness
Scatter as the skies grow bright,
All the birds rise up in singing
Melodic hymns of delight.
For they know that day is coming,
Turning back fears of the night.
 
That is when, in grateful praising,
My joyful heart finds voice and sings;
Joining with the birds in chorus,
Rejoicing in all morning brings.
 
Psalm 90:14
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Seeing His Face - Re-posted

I woke this morning wracked with dread,
But too afraid to weep.
My days filled with too many cares,
And nights with little sleep.
 
I needed to see your face, Lord,
Or maybe hear your voice,
But I had no time for a chat
And thus, I had no choice.
 
I faced the day, I headed out,
My tears began to spill,
“I need you Lord”, my heart cried out,
“I need to see you still.”
 
Then, through the blurring of my tears,
I thought I saw your face
Within the colors of a leaf
Drifting with gentle grace.
 
I looked once more and saw you there
In every passing tree.
From deep within their vibrant hues,
You smiled in joy at me.
 
I saw you once again, Oh Lord,
Within the misty sun,
I smiled at you, you smiled right back
Like we were having fun.
 
I heard your voice within the rain
That pattered a sweet tune,
I heard it in the swirling trill
Of a melodic loon.
 
I felt Your presence in the world
Created by your name
And realized I’ll never see
Anything quite the same.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Humble and Grateful - Re-posted

Oh Lord, let me speak only words
That bring glory to You.
Let nothing that I do today
Be what I should not do. 
Keep my feet moving on the path
That You would have me walk
And when I come to those rough spots
Please, Lord, don’t let me balk. 
Let joy and love be what I show,
Whatever I may feel,
And when I think too much of me,
Remind me, Lord, to kneel.
Let me give humbly of myself 
To those who are in need,
And, while I take care of me, too,
Don’t let me turn to greed.
Let me take time to stop and pray,
To reflect on Your grace.
And, Lord, when I feel most afraid
Hold me in Your embrace. 
I pray these things in gratitude
For all You’ve done for me, 
That I might not take for granted
How rich Your grace can be.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Raidrops and Butterflies - Re-posted

I watched the rain run down the pane
And pool upon the sill.
I thought how dreary winter is,
It cannot be God’s will.
 
The rain poured on unceasingly
And my spirits drooped low
For winter has only begun
With many months to go.
 
The sun broke through for just a flash,
A dazzle caught my eye
For there, caught in a spider’s web,
Was a bright butterfly.
 
Small raindrops glittered on a web
Shaped like a butterfly,
And all that I could do was grin
As new rain hit the sky.

For God knew what my heart needed
Without my asking Him.
And all it took was that small joy
To turn bright,what was grim!  

Proverbs 17:22
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.