Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Perfect Gifts


There are no shadows in the light,
They fall outside its reach,
And the wave never seeks its rest
Until it’s on the beach.
 
There is a rhythm in the world,
Patterns of time and place.
The good and perfect gifts of His
Pure and unending Grace.
 
When I start moving too quickly
The world blurs out of view
And with it goes any hope of
Catching a glimpse of You.
 
So, even when the day gets wild,
With all its hurried pace,
I find I need take time to seek out
Those perfect gifts of Grace.
 
James 1:17
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

This is the second sunset photo from SNW. I think it is absolutely breathtaking and what a gift from both Sweet S and from God!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Out On a Limb


I’m gonna go out on a limb
And say I’ve seen it all,
The ups, the downs, the win, the lose
The climbs and every fall.
 
But there’s one thing I’ve never seen
In all the years I’ve know.
I’ve never seen the day when I
Had to face life alone.
 
You’ve always been right there with me
In everything I’ve tried,
And win or lose, I’ve always known
That You were by my side.
 
So let the world think what it will
When it looks on my face.
I may be ruffled up by life,
But I am touched by grace!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Psalm 62:1


The world gets busy these days, Lord,
And I give it my best,
But, when the flurry stops at last,
I still can find no rest.

For I am tossed from thought to thought,
My mind whirls from the day,
And, though I bid my thoughts take rest,
The world draws them astray.
 
That’s when I turn my mind to You,
And, through prayerful request,
I draw my thoughts back from the world
And, In You, I find rest.
 
Psalm 62:1
Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

A Grateful Prayer


Dear Lord, this life can be so hard,
There’s no doubt that is true,
But You have blessed me with so much
And I give praise to You.
 
I have to work hard for each meal,
But I have food to eat,
And I cut corners now and then
To make my ends all meet.
 
I walk the world without someone
To walk it by my side,
But I have family and friends
Who help me stem the tide.
 
I have shelter when darkness falls,
Though it’s not fine or grand,
And I sleep safely every night
Nestled within Your hand.
 
So, Lord, I know this life is hard,
I struggle to get through,
But I can take the hard times, Lord,
Because You’ve blessed me, too.
 
Psalm 34:19
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all;

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Summer Fruit


How beautiful the summer fruit,
Born from the buds of spring,
But it takes autumn’s crisp, cold winds,
Their full flavor to bring.
 
Do not lament that, in your youth,
You did such foolish things
That still, in your antiquity,
Shameful memory clings.
 
For we are like that summer fruit
That ripens on the tree.
It takes the seasons’ complete march
To reach maturity.
 
And we are meant to bloom in Youth
And grow through summer’s heat
Until, at last, autumn’s chill winds
Teach us that life is sweet.
 
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,

Friday, August 19, 2016

Cupped in Your Hands


You hold me, when I’m most afraid,
Cradled within Your hands
And I am safer, nestled there,
Than in these earthly lands.
 
You lift me on my broken wings
And dry the tears I cry.
You teach me to be strong enough
To return to the sky.
 
I know the time will come too soon
When I must rise and go,
But for this moment hold me close.
Oh Lord, I love You so.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Walk on the Shore


I walked with you along the shore,
Contented as can be,
While every wave rushed up to us,
As if they envied me.
 
I listened to Your every word.
My heart beat with such glee
That all the waves that washed the sand
Cried jealously of me.
 
You spoke of love beyond this life,
Deeper than the salt sea,
And that love, born of sacrifice…
You offered it to me.
 
Oh Lord, You washed my soul with grace
And I wept joyously.
The ocean waves rushed to the shore
And they rejoiced with me!
 
Psalm 93:4
Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea— the Lord on high is mighty.
 
One of two BEAUTIFUL sunset photos that SNW has offered to let me share with you. She took this on the Oregon Coast. THANK YOU, Sweet Angel!