Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Renewing Joy

When I get weary of the world
With all is pain and grief
You offer me a glimpse of joy,
A comforting relief.
Tonight it was a swallow’s song.
Each cheery little tweet
Restored the joy that I had lost,
And made my evening sweet.
I know the world is still out there,
Filled with fear and travail,
But in that moment peace and hope
Proved that they would prevail.
Tomorrow I will rise again,
Face life and carry on,
But I will hold that one moment
Until my pain is gone.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

On This Milestone

It’s but a milestone on the path,
A day like other days,
Yet, Lord, I feel compelled today
To lift a special praise.
Thank You for bringing me this far
Across life’s ragged sky.
Thank You for giving me my wings
And teaching me to fly.  
Thank You for offering Your strength,
When mine proved all too frail,
Then helping me to rise above
Each storm, and to prevail.
But, most of all, I thank You, Lord,
Through all the joy and tears,
That You’ve loved me unfailingly
And will for all my years.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Lost Again

It isn’t easy being me,
And it’s harder each day
For when I think I’m on the path
I find I’ve gone astray.
I wander lost, more oft than not,
Afraid if I hit ground
And I’m not where I ought to be,
I never will be found.
I know that it’s a silly thing
For I’m never so lost
That You don’t know right where I am,
However blown or tossed.
But I would think, at this point, Lord,
I ought to know my way,
And yet here I am, one more time,
Completely gone astray!
Job 28:23-24
God understands the way to it and he alone knows where it dwells,
for he views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunshine and Breezes

We tend to pray for our have nots
Forgetting what we have.
If it is sunny, we want rain,
If raining, sun’s our salve.  
So let me offer my thanks now,
Since I am in between.
The rain has just let go its sway,
The sun’s out to be seen.
I’m grateful for the warm, bright sky,
The breeze that hits the spot,
And for a chance to be thankful
Before it’s too darned hot!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Another Chance

I have to confess to You, Lord,
I’m not perfected yet.
I start each day with good intent
And end up with regret.
I ask You to forgive again,
What You forgave before.
I try each day to give my best
And end up failing more.
I don’t see how You can forgive
And watch me fail again,
But I pray You love me enough
That, one more time, You can.
So as the sun seeks a new dawn
I rise to face the day
Vowing to try today to do
What I failed yesterday.
Colossians 3:13
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Times of Trouble

I keep my eyes turned toward heaven
My gaze is firmly fixed on You.
For all around me storms are rising
And I don’t know what I can do.
If I look one way I see evil,
The other way is dark despair.
The only thing that keeps me hopeful
Is knowing that You are still there.
I know hard times are not forever,
But that comfort is small and mean,
For right now I am in the middle
Of the darkest days that I’ve seen.
So I keep my eyes turned to heaven
And my gaze fixed firmly on You
For You are my refuge in trouble
And I have faith You’ll pull me through.
Psalm 59:16
But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Watching Me

I know that You are watching me,
That You are always there.
And yet it’s still a sweet surprise
When You show me You care.
I don’t need miracles to know
That You watch over me.
The fact that I have lived this long,
Makes that point succinctly.
I don’t need to have answered prayers
To let me know You hear.
The answer sometimes is just, “No”
But that it’s You, is clear.
So, Lord, since I know You’re watching
Each little thing I do,
Help me to live my life such that
It’s most pleasing to You!