Renew and Restore

September 24, 2010

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Finding a clear path

To do what is right and just

Is the path I want

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Get understanding

Make it your priority

Otherwise you’ll find yourself

Living in darkness

Not knowing which way to go

Filled with fear and judgment

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Guard your mouth and tongue

You’ll avoid calamity

Be clear on what you focus

A secret to know

Whatever that focus is

Will only grow much larger   *       

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Give thought to your ways

Your feelings can deceive you

Fear will rob your life

Bitterness is a cancer

That will spread through your body

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Seek wisdom and clear insight

When desperate, come to God

One who loves without limit

Has power to rescue

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Insight never comes

Before you choose who you’ll trust

You must use your mind

Decide who is trustworthy

Then have the courage to act

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Anxiety kills

Is blinding and harmful

A doorway to death

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“Do not be afraid”

Three hundred and sixty-five times

Spoken by your God

This is a voice of promise

That renews and restores life

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© Terry S. Smith

September 21, 2010

 Meditations written after reading Proverbs 21; John 15; Colossians 3.  (* Inspired from the quote: “Whatever you focus upon, increases.”  Andy Andrews The Noticer p.13.)

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a place of peace

September 20, 2010

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You will feel better

When you choose a cheerful heart

It’s good medicine

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Circumstances will rob you

If you let them control you

Others make expectations

You must meet their needs

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How absurd is this

To make you responsible

To meet all their needs

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If you cover an offense

You promote genuine love

If the matter’s repeated

Separation comes

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A person of knowledge

Will measure words carefully

Stay even tempered

Understanding will guide you 

A loving presence brings life

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I will hold my tongue

Pay attention to others

Listen carefully

I am choosing to respond

To love when misunderstood

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I will not react

This is the way of a fool

A way I have lived

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There’s a place of peace

That passes understanding

That’s bigger than death

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Christ has arisen

He offers each one his peace

Forgiveness and love

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Do not be afraid

There is no reason for fear

You’re beloved by God

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© Terry S. Smith

September 17, 2010

Meditations written after reading Proverbs 17 and John 15.

my quest

September 6, 2010

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A train wreck, then a crisis
Each day on television
Lives shattered, then a movie
That tells it again
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We keep telling the story
Feed our minds with the same things
Doing the same things over
Hoping things will change
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When will we stop and listen
Seek understanding and peace
From the One who can give it
Divine intervention
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You say, I don’t believe it
Can life be different
The cycle keeps repeating 
There is nothing new
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I beg to differ
As one who was handed death
Loneliness and despair
Abandoned by mother
A father who had no hope
A life traveling in darkness
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I engaged my mind
Read ancient proverbs each day
Looked for those who were living
Studied history
I sought out understanding
From those who wanted to live
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Poetry read in the Psalms
Of a king who failed in life
Murdered, stole, and filled with lust
Was restored to joy
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You say it can’t be
It is not real, it’s a crutch
That’s the way you see
There may be information
Outside the box of your world
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No one escapes pain
We all “get it in the neck”
I’ll choose how I will respond
A gift that we have
Otherwise I am a robot
I discovered I can think
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I want to know who speaks
To the deepest hurt I have
That has been my quest so long
A longing fulfilled
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Yes, there is real hope
Delightful inheritance
Bigger than the grave
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A spirit world does exist
It will take your best thinking
To not react but inform
Be responsible
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I experience true love
Not just in the spirit world
The Proverbs have fathered me
Psalms have mothered me
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Strange combination
A secret that I have found
Two kings led with failure
Recovered with hope
Advice born out of real life
So very similar to mine
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Psalms and Proverbs
Please meditate on these words
Each person chooses
The path that they are taking
It is the freedom we have
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Darkness was turned into light
Help came flooding to my soul
I have found a “spacious place” 
In early morning
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Even if it cost all you have
Get understanding for life
Embrace wisdom and find honor
Joy for the journey
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© Terry S. Smith
September 4, 2010
Written after meditating on Psalm 16-20,
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