Saturday, October 22, 2016

My Floods

When troubles rise around me, Lord,
I call to You in fear.
I need to know You hear my call
And that you’re somewhere near.
But when the world is going great
And I’m not in distress,
I find I that reaching out to You
Seems to happen much less.
So if this current round of floods
Is Your reach out to me,
Then please know Lord, I’m listening,
And most attentively.
I thank You that You took the time
To rustle up a squall,
I’m sorry that I made You wait
Til floods broke loose to call.
Psalm 32:7
You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.

Many thanks to AC for catching this great shot in Nisqually flats and sharing it with us!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Little Joys

Be joyful in the little things,
For life is filled with those,
And it is from those little things
That great joy often grows.
The bright splashes of color
When all is drab and gray,
Can hold enough encouragement
To lift you through the day.
So open up your eyes to see,
Let your heart understand
That joy is born in simple things,
Not in the vast and grand,
And be on watch for little joys
That linger close to hand!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Willing Spirit

The world conspires to break me,
But You restore my strength
Until I find that, with You help,
I can rise up at length.
Please grant me Your salvation, Lord,
And also give to me
The willing spirit I will need
To be who I should be.
Then let me shine across the world
Which sought to break my soul
That those still trapped beneath its weight
Might find You and be whole!
Psalm 51:12-13
Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.

This photo is from Nancy at Racing With Jesus Ministries. What an amazing photo moment!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sunlight and Shadow - Reposted

Soft light flickers on moss and fern,
Shifting the verdure’s hue.
Nothing else changes in the wood;
Just the light’s point of view.

Constant is the sunlight’s visage,
Though shadows shift and flow.
The ferns reach up to grasp its light
And, as they strive, they grow.
So, like the fern’s beneath the trees,
We’re rooted to the earth;
Yet, in our striving to reach God,
Our shadowed souls find worth.
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.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Waiting For The Lord

There is a stillness in the earth,
A stillness and a peace
That comes of waiting on the Lord
And trusting without cease
That He has laid His plans with care
And He will not release
Those who wait patiently on Him,
But will their joy increase.
Psalm 27:14
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Cathedrals - Reposted

Some cathedrals aren’t made of stone
With all the frill and frock,
And choirs singing anthems of
The same old standard stock.
There are cathedrals formed of light
That dapples a blue sky
And drapes across the tallest boughs,
Its spires reaching high.
Not all the choirs and the hymns
Are born in hearts of men,
For many flourish in the songs
Of robin, hawk and wren.
So worship God within the church
And in creation, too,
For one was built by man for God
And one by God for you!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Unhealed Wounds

Please guide my thoughts, keep them on You,
But, even more than this,
Please guide each word that it might be
No more harsh than a kiss.

For You spoke first and foremost, Lord,
Of love for all mankind
And I should strive to speak, also,
Only words that are kind.
For words can break a loving heart
Or make it strong, once more.
And words can make a wound so deep,
There’s no healing the sore.
If I want to live in Your light
I must live life Your way,
So help me guard the thoughts I think
And every word I say.
Psalm 19:14
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.