Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Hard Way

There has to be a better way
To get from here to there,
But I have yet to find a path
That leads me anywhere
Except the hardest way around
The simplest of things.
As if the greater the challenge
The more delight it brings.
Yet sometime, despite all of that,
I confidently say,      
That I would like to try it once
Along the easy way!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Storm Tossed

I had my life under control,
Everything was in place,
But I was relying on me
And not upon His grace.
I had my ducks all in a row,
And moving in a line,
But I’m not in charge of my life.
That falls to The Divine.
For we’re not meant to trust ourselves
When caught in life’s fierce gale,
But are to call upon His strength
And know that He’ll prevail.
So when I get my life in line,
Thinking I’m living large,
He takes a moment to show me
That He’s the one in charge.
Reminding me that He is there
And waiting for my call,
That He will shield me in the storm,
Or lift me when I fall.

Friday, December 2, 2016

When You Passed By - Reposted

Just at the moment you passed by
A thought occurred to me,
Did you watch over me when I
Was lost and would not see?
Did you still hear my pleas at night
When I ignored your voice?
And could you feel the tears I cried
For every wretched choice?
I see you as you walk with me,
Never quite out of reach.
I hold my breath each time you speak
And learn from what you teach.
But for a while, when I was young,
I went my headstrong way
And often ran against the wind,
Blowing myself astray.
I look back now and wonder how
I didn’t see you then,
But I was not looking for you
In those days, way back when.
In looking back, I know that you
Were always passing near,
It just took me a little while
To see that you were here.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Smiling Through Sorrow - Reposted

There is a beauty in her soul
That shines through every tear,
While sorrow hovers round her life,
She offers only cheer.
What courage does it take to smile
When all your world’s is pain?
How great the faith that takes such hurt
And gives back joy again.
I thank you for the gift you give
In living as you do.
I hope someday I’ll have the faith
That blooms sweetly in you.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Little Thing

Lord, thank You for the chance to help,
To lend a hand in need.
It seems like such a little thing,
An easy task, indeed.
And yet it seemed much more to her,
That I would help her out.
I almost hesitated, but
Then I gave without doubt.
I don’t know that it helped a lot,
But sometimes a kind act
Can be bigger than just the deed,
The blessing more than fact.
Help me to be more open, Lord,
To things I ought to do,
And let me keep my heart open
To such requests from You.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

What He Has Done - Reposted

Today I lift a thankful heart
To offer God this praise
For He has loved me all my life
And guarded all my ways.
He’s loved me in my weakest times
And strengthened me once more
He’s picked me up when my whole world
Had crashed upon the floor.
He held me in His healing arms
While I wept bitter tears
Then helped me to look forward to
The joy filled coming years!
For all these blessings, and much more,
I praise His holy name
And, to the nations of the world,
His glory I proclaim.
1 Chronicles 16:8
Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done

Monday, November 28, 2016

Say You Didn't See - Reposted

I hope You didn’t see me, Lord,
When I did what I did.
I’m old enough to know better,
But behaved like a kid.
I hope You didn’t hear me, Lord,
When I said what I said.
I had a mean thought deep inside
That popped out of my head.

I hope you didn’t notice me,
Lord, I just misbehaved.
I want to act as You’d expect
From one that you have saved,
But I’ve so often looked around
To note I’ve gone astray.
Those are the moments when I hope
You might have looked away.

This perfect photo was a gift from ATF. What a sweet camouflaged owl and what a great blessing. Thank you!