Two Strong Feelings

December 30, 2013

 

 

Two strong feelings come

One is great joy and laughter

The other “I feel afraid”

Help me trust in your love

Seek your will with all my heart

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Where will this take me

A question I want to know

Give me your vision

Help me see the world like you

Show me where I can serve you

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The Wonderful Counselor

The Prince of Peace is with me

The Everlasting Father

These great voices speak

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Father shows no favorites

Each child is called to listen

Each one is beloved by God

The work: to believe

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This new world clashes

The power to receive love

Accept forgiveness

As opposed to the judgment

Man gives to one another

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The judgment we give

Will be the judgment we get

So be gentle with yourself

Go against the gods

That live in your unconscious

The ones you learned as a child

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The unconscious arises

When the pressure of life hits

When the trouble really comes

Wisdom is needed

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I will train to be ready

Consistent daily practice

Guard my heart with diligence

Out of it flows life

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Reflections written after reading Luke 14 out loud and meditating on the following thoughts:

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“Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust

who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.”  Psalm 40:4

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“When I am afraid,

I will trust in you.

In God I trust, I will not be afraid.

What can man do to me?”  Psalm 53:3-4

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“Trust in the Lord at all times, O people;

pour out your hearts to him, for God is your refuge.”  Psalm 62:8

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“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”  Isaiah 26:3-4

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Anchor Point

December 28, 2013

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I will choose an anchor point

A way to look at the world

A way to look at myself

And other people

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There is a fresh spring

Of living water to drink

Each morning I arise with

A thirst for real life

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There is a fresh joy

An intimacy given

To those who seek truth

The transcendent will show up

In surprising ways and times

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Develop the discipline

Trust the process not yourself

Have faith in something bigger

And never give up

Looking for the unseen truths

That give insight to the soul

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I build space, reflecting

I choose the focus of life

That’s a privilege I have

I will trust in someone

The question: “Who will that be?”

I’m responsible for that

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The people were delighted

Seeing the wonderful things

Love demonstrated

For the broken and lonely

For the sick and afflicted

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One man has captured my heart

He told about the mustard seed

That grew into a tall plant

How leaven changed things

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Reflections written after reading Luke 13 out loud, and meditating on the following thoughts.

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“God is our refuge and strength,

an ever present help in trouble.

Therefore I will not fear, though the

the earth give way

and the mountains fall into the

heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam

and the mountains quake with

their surging.”   Psalm 46:1-3

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“Blessed are those who learned to

acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence.”  Psalm 89:15

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Question:  What are some surprising ways the transcendent has showed up for you?

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Battles in the Secret Place

December 27, 2013

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“Our battles are won and lost in the secret places of our will in God’s presence, never in full view of the world….Not often, but every once in a while, God brings us to a major turning point–a great crossroads in our life.  From that point we either go toward a more and more slow, lazy, and useless Christian life, or we become more and more on fire, giving our utmost for His highest–our best for His glory.”         Oswald Chambers – My Utmost for His Highest

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I’ll walk in the light

The first thing I’ll do is sit

In the secret place

One minute, ten or twenty

Alone contemplating love

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How I interpret the facts

Will determine directions

Wisdom is needed the most

We are subjective

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And who defines love

My lived experience speaks

That’s my decision

This is subjective, I know

One life captures my soul

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Some things are true regardless

The sun rising and setting

The seasons will come and go

Death is a sure thing

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Who speaks to the death

What about the injustice

I will make a decision

Consider the facts

Interpret them in some way

I’m responsible for that

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“Since ancient time no one has heard,

no ear has perceived,

no eye has seen any God besides you,

who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.”  Isaiah 64:4

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“I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”  Jesus – John 15:5

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“For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.”   David – Psalm 36:9

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One Love Reaches In

December 26, 2013

 

Many things happen

That wound the souls of people

No one can fathom

Rejection from your parents

A soul that feels abandoned

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One love reaches in

The Everlasting Father

Through His only son

To say how much he loves you

By giving His life for you

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The Wonderful Counselor

Is given to each one who asks

Who surrenders to this love

Says, “Your will be done”

On earth as it’s in heaven

This has been tested and tried

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“If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.  And we know and rely on the love God has for us.  God is love.  Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.  Love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in in love.  But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The man who fears is not made perfect in love.”  John – I John 4:15-18
 
“The eternal God is our refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms.”  Moses – Deuteronomy 33:27
 
“But I trust in your unfailing love, my heart rejoices in our salvation.  I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.”  David – Psalms 13:5

 

Tender Vulnerable Times

December 23, 2013

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I’ll be with you in

Tender vulnerable times

That’s God’s promise
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Lightning of life will strike you

Leave a scar on your sweet soul

I will heal all of your wounds

Bring joy, make you whole
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I’ll lead with forgiveness

Through the door of compassion

Touch you where needed the most

Give understanding
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There will be no obstacle

I can’t overcome in you

God does the impossible

For those who seek him
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“The great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not.” C.S. Lewis
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“Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever.” The writer of the book of Hebrews, chapter 13.
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“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he makes your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:6

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If  Christmas time makes you cry — this post is dedicated to you …
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Longings

December 17, 2013

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Two things will anchor your life

The first is God does not lie

You can overflow with hope

Heaven is for real
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The Holy Spirit

Gives you the power to see

And experience the hope

Overflow with joy

Anchored in reality

Illuminated by love

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In marriage a struggle comes

Aware of the weaknesses

Others failings and my own

There’s war in the soul
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What do I yearn for

What is my greatest longing

Is it for real love

The ever lasting friendship

Of the beloved who’s near

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We unconsciously expect

For a person to provide

Those deep internal longings

It never happens

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Only God can give

A deep soul rhythm of joy

And dance with the soul

Others can participate

Celebrate with you his love

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There is a separateness

For there to be a oneness

A paradox discovered

When we come in trust

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This is discovered

Through a life time of seeking

Making choices to trust him

With impossible

Circumstances we live in

We choose his voice to follow
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“God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which (1) it is impossible for God to lie, (2) we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor of the soul, firm and secure……” Hebrews 6:16-18

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“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

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“….we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently….” Romans *:23-25