Quiet Retreat

January 30, 2011

From Psalm 119: 97-104  in the “The Message”
The ditches and ruts
Avoid them – a full time job
Let me spend my time
Listening and obeying you
Your word is what gives me life
I will ponder and absorb
The counsel that you give me
My worries and fears will die
Your word gives me life
You gave me good directions
Your words are so choice and true
I prefer them above all
Because they give life
From Psalm 119: 105-112 in “The Message”
Your words clear the way
Throw a beam of light on me
My path illuminated
I can choose his love
I will concentrate on you
Do exactly what you say
I accept your forgiveness
And will forgive others
No one can compare
When I practice your teaching
With the love you give
Although I still feel the pain
The healing will come in time
Forgiveness is now
The healing will take some time
You are choosing to trust him
The one who gave his life 
Who arose up from the grave
To comfort, heal and guide you
Your words are a gift
Given in my darkest hour
I turn with my will
Choose to believe and practice
You promises come alive
I will concentrate on you
Your commands will be my joy
I’ll resist the evil one
I need your Spirit
From Psalm 119: 113-120 in “The Message”
My place of quiet retreat
Is your Revelation thoughts
Your words always renew me
I choose to believe
Total allegiance 
To your life definition
I shiver in awe of you
Your loving embrace
Open my eyes to see you
Meet me with your compassion
My words are mixed with Eugene Peterson’s interpretation of this Psalm.  I am deeply grateful for the work, time, and prayer that he took to translate the Psalms into the language of real life.  The reflections written above are words I believe and that give me life daily.  God is closer than the air we breathe.  He is saddened by the distractions that rob us of His massive, extravagant love, and the daily joy that he wants to give.  May His peace be with you.

God – shape my life

January 26, 2011

Most of these words are from “The Message”  because they describe the direction my mind, heart and soul are choosing today.  I choose to not trust my feelings for they deceive me under great stress.  Reflections come from meditating on Psalms 119:47-64.  Click here to read Psalm 119.
Let your love, God, shape my life
Exactly as you promised
Don’t deprive me of your truth
Speak and I will act

I’ll guard with my life
What you have revealed to me
Guard it now and forever
I will move freely
In the wide open spaces
Looking for truth and wisdom

I’ll tell the world what I find
I’ll speak out in the public
Speak boldly, unembarrassed
I’ll cherish your words

I will relish your counsel
I’ll remember what you said
Hang onto your words for dear life
Your words renew me

These words hold me in bad times
I am rejuvenated
By all your promises
Though people failed me

I’ve sinned against you
Lost my temper, acted out
I feel justified
Until I consider you
I am overwhelmed with grief

I have come to be restored
Your Revelation of love
Is much greater than my shame
Help me to believe

Help me on this pilgrim way
I come to you in silence
Your story delivers me
From my own judgment

I will pursue righteousness
Let your forgiveness rule me
Accept your gentle presence
Give as I’m given

Be gracious as you promised
Give me the gift of true faith
I am weak and so blinded
In my woundedness

I got my feet back
On this trail you have blazed
Your love rekindled the fire
And directs my path
I surrender to your love
May your Spirit give me words

I arise at night
To thank you for your kindness
For your patient love

You are all I need
With all my heart I trust that
Deliver me from all lies
Your Revelation calls me
To practice your Divine Love


How can I believe?

January 25, 2011

Why don’t I spend time
Being still and listening
My feelings deceive
God’s kindness draws me
I tremble at his greatness
I trust and hope in his love
I cannot imagine
God is tender and gentle
Strong and mighty in power
How can I believe
When my world is so shattered
I can see no hope
The darkness hides your great love
Where can I go and find rest
There is a place of quiet
A mystery that’s hidden
That is seeking to be found
Love found me searching
I fixed my eyes on Jesus
The one who knows how I feel
Who chose to be just like me
Gave me his Spirit
In my helplessness I come
I am broken and ashamed
With my fear and unbelief
Your love draws me near
I cannot deny
Who you are and what you do
I have seen you work
In my short time here
Sixty-eight years exactly
You found me seeking
You surprised me with your love
You came to me at my worst
For generations
You’ve loved us in our failure
History will bear this out
I will use my mind
God is pleased that I seek him
Trust him to keep his promise
Light came to me in darkness
Hope visited in despair
Peace came to me through one voice
Love came in quiet
Proverbs 18:21  
“Words kill, words give life
They’re either poison or fruit
You choose”
Psalms 86:11
“Train me, God, to walk straight
then I’ll follow your true path.
Put me together, one heart and mind then, undivided,
I worship in joyful fear.”
Psalms 86:13
“You’ve always been great toward me–what love!
You snatched me from the brink of disaster!”
Psalm 86:15
“But you, O God, are both tender and kind, not easily angered, immense in love, and you never, never quit.”
© Terry S. Smith
January 18, 2011
Meditations from Psalm 86-90; Proverbs 18; John 15; Colossians 3.


January 10, 2011

I will not let fear rob me
Of the joy of God’s presence
Because He is faithful
He will not abandon me
Be still and listen
Go, spend time alone with God
He will come and teach
He meets you with compassion
Will give you the gift of faith
I cried in desperation
Looking for a place of peace
I found Him waiting
It’s a mystery
I proclaim with all my heart
A love that has endured
For all generations
The revelation of truth
He knows you by name
It is written on His hands
Just look at His son
He understands where you are
“Do not be afraid” – Believe
© Terry S. Smith
January 5, 2011
Morning reflections after practicing the mystery of His presence and meditating on Psalm 16. 

The Pearl

January 3, 2011

I have a vision
I’m committed to a process
The path along the way
Is riddled with distractions
Awareness keeps me alert
If I focus on the outcome
I am sure to lose my way
I sharpen my vision
Train daily to love
A human is marvelous
Like a rough pearl has layers
These layers must be removed
Pealed off with great care
Underneath is the treasure
The secret that is hidden
With thought and concentration
Can be found in love
Look beyond the circumstance
You will find you can do it
It will take courage and faith
And your best thinking
Rising out of chaos
Each person can discover
There is hope larger than pain
Turn and listen
Seek and find this great treasure
The mystery of great joy
© Terry S. Smith
December 31, 2010
Happy New Year!
A word from God – “I will peal the layers back each day; you will shine and they will see me.”  Reflections after reading Proverbs and John 15.  Insight is available to those who seek it with all the heart.  Proverbs gives clues.