Friday, March 27, 2015

Reflecting Your Light


Good morning, God, the night is past,
A new day is now is here.
And all that was a haze last night,
Today’s painfully clear.
 
Our life and death, aren’t up to us,
They’re out of our control.
We take with us what we have lived
Reflected in our soul.
 
So, Lord, help me to live what’s left
Of my life on this earth
That my soul might reflect Your light
At my heavenly birth.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Overwhelmed


I’m trapped within the mist tonight
Of all that’s on my heart.
I have so many prayers to lift,
I don’t know where to start.
 
In fact, Lord, I don’t think I can
Even sort my prayers out,
But I know You can do that, Lord.
I really have no doubt.
 
So look into my faithful heart
And see what’s lost in there,
Then please consider what You find
To be my good night prayer.
 
I love You, Lord. Amen

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Grace and Praise


Yesterday was a hard one, Lord,
Today’s a rough day, too.
I’m praying, by tomorrow’s dawn,
That these hard days are through.
 
I know the way is never straight
The path’s a rocky climb,
But I could use a level place
To rest for a short time.
 
Yes, Lord, I know You have a plan
And that plan is in place,
But if it could fit in Your plan,
I sure could use some grace.
 
Okay, Lord, that is all for me,
My whining now is through.
But let me add one more, small thing…
I’m so grateful to You.
 
You lift me up when I fall down
And hold me when I cry.
On days like these, when all is rain,
You bring a clearing sky.
 
I get so caught up in the pain,
The chaos or the grief
That I forget, you offer more
Than just simple relief.
 
It is Your strength that sees me through,
Your love that dries my tears,
And it is knowing You are there
That helps me face my fears.
 
Oh Lord, I didn’t mean to gripe,
I’ve just had some tough days,
But while I pray for respite, Lord,
I also sing Your praise!
 
James 5:13
Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I Will Follow


I will follow where You lead me,
Where ever I must go,
And I will do what you ask of me.
Oh Lord, please make it so.
 
I know that I am not the best,
Nor am I quite the worst.
And, though I can be distracted,
I try to keep You first.
 
I’ve fallen more that I’ll admit,
And I gave up on me,
But You did not and, by Your grace,
You set my spirit free.
 
So though I find the way blocked by
An obstacle or two,
If You will lead me, I will go.
My Lord, I’ll follow you.
 
John 12:26
Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Gone Astray


I seem to go my own way, Lord,
More often than I should,
And I have learned what comes of that
Is never any good.

I don’t know why I’m prone to stray
From what I know is right,
But every chance I get to stray,
There I go, taking flight.
 
But You are always there for me,
To turn me back around.
You are the way I follow back
To safe and solid ground.
 
Isaiah 53:6
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

A Widow's Grief


Oh Lord, I’ve cried, I’ve prayed and fought
Against deepest despair,
But every morning I wake up
And he is still not there.
 
I wonder if I have the faith
To carry on each day,
And some days I’m not even sure
You hear me when I pray.
 
I had such happiness in life
As I had never known.
Then suddenly I lost it all
And I’m, once more, alone.
 
Lord, I know that You have a plan
For what is meant to be,
But I still cannot understand
Why this pain’s come to me.
 
I know that I can’t have him back,
I’ve known that all along.
I pray You have a plan in place
That helps me to be strong.
 
But not so strong that I grow cold,
I need to feel love, too,
For love is all that keeps me sane.
Lord, my hope rests in You.
 
I’ll trust You, Lord, and do my best
To live on without him,
But I need You to keep my heart
From growing cold and grim.
 
Proverbs 3:5-6 
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

To two friends who have lost the love of their lives in the past year and who struggle still to face each day, trusting in the Lord and leaning on Him when their own hope fails. You two have my love and awe.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Thumbnail Moon


The moon was nearly lost to sight,
Still the stars danced with glee,
They did not fear that they had lost
That which they could not see.
 
Although his light was faint at best,
As if he was not there,
Yet not one star thought he was lost
Or flickered in despair.
 
They knew that even when his light
Was hidden from their sight
That he still filled the same old space
That he filled every night.
 
And so the stars danced joyfully,
Faithfully shining on.
Relying on God’s promise that
Unseen does not mean gone.
 
2 Corinthians 4:18
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.