Tuesday, September 2, 2014

In The Way


There’s always something in the way,
Some little snag or snare.
It’s not enough to dissuade me,
Just slow my getting there.
 
Sometimes I let it frustrate me,
I even lose my cool.
But all that does is make it worse,
And I feel like a fool.
 
I need to get perspective back,
Shrug those small things away.
There’s far too much that matters more
To let them cause dismay.
 
Lord, help me see small things as small,
And focus on my goal.
That way I’ll get there happier
In heart and mind and soul.
 
Hebrews 12:1-2 
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Slim Pickings


My pickings seem meager to me,
But when I think of those
Who live without hope every day,
Without clean food or clothes,
I recognize my cup is full,
That I am blessed indeed.
I lift a grateful praise to You,
You meet my every need.
 
So I don’t ask for more for me
I ask it for the weak,
I ask it for the hungry poor,
The lost afraid to seek,
And for those trapped within nightmares
Though they are wide awake.
Oh Lord, please fill their empty cups,
I ask You for their sake.       
 
Psalm 23: 5-6
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Pray in Faith


Pray with faith in the answered prayer,
Knowing you’re in God’s hand,
Expecting to have the answer
That is as He has planned.
 
Do not let your doubts consume you,
But pray expectantly,
For that for which you pray in faith,
God promises will be.
 
Don’t harbor doubt within yourself,
Instead, just let it go,
God knows what dwells within your heart
Despite what you might show.
 
So empty your hands of all doubt,
Then lift them up in prayer.
For God will hear and answer you,
He’ll fill them, don’t despair.  
 
Mark 11:23-24
“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fighting the Darkness


The darkness grasped her in its arms
Fear rose within her heart,
She wanted to break free of it,
But knew not how to start.
 
She struggled, knowing she might fail,
But that she had to try,
She dared not give up or give in,
Though she might want to cry.
 
Then suddenly she felt her fear
Give way to joy again,
For she recalled He’d set her free;
That freedom would remain.
 
And so she shrugged off the darkness
Leaving her fears behind,
Carrying His love in her heart,
His promise in her mind.
 
Isaiah 61:1
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners

Friday, August 29, 2014

In Control


I must admit I’m overwhelmed
By all that’s come to be.
It’s clear that someone is in charge,
But I know it’s not me.
 
I cannot fathom how it is
That God handles it all,
From mountains towering on high
To molecules so small.
 
I try to think I’m in control
Of how I live each day,
But I’m often forced to admit
Chaos has had its way.
 
Yet, God seems to have it in hand
When I’m too lost to see.
If one of us must be in charge,
I’m glad it’s Him, not me.

This is another beautiful photo from our friend CC! Thank you for these wonderful gifts!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The News Today


I see the storm is lowering
I hear the thunder growl,
And, though I think I’m safe from harm,
I tremble at its scowl.
 
I know the storm is on its way,
I feel it in the air;
It crackles with the static charge
Of anger and despair.
 
There seems to be so little hope
In all I see today,
But I know that is far from true.
That’s why I pray each day
 
That You will give me strength enough
To stand against the squall
And faith enough to ride the waves
Until You calm them all.
 
Luke 8:24
The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Faithfuness


I feel my faith wobble some days.
What witness have I got
To testify to faithfulness
That seems beyond my lot?
 
The truth is that His faithfulness
Is what I see day
When sun and moon rise in the sky
And travel on their way.
 
For He who set them on their course
And will not let them fall
Will overlook my weaknesses
And answer when I call.
 
Psalm 89:37
it will be established forever like the moon, the faithful witness in the sky.