Leaning

January 22, 2014

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I’m leaning on you
In a world of unbelief
May we be like stars
That shine in the deep darkness
Beauty of your handiwork
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I choose where I look
A secret discovery
Comes when I focus
I’ve learned just one thing matters
I have been surprised by joy
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Be clear on one thing
Think it through with all you are
Your head, heart and gut
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Purge your imagination
Truth is what I must pursue
Relationships are dying
Therefore, I will seek real love
And I found it in one man
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He has ignited my soul
Refreshed me in solitude
Rekindled the fire in me
And guided my steps
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His Spirit awakens me
His loving kindness comforts
His presence surprises me
Radiant love comes
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Trouble will always be there
It’s the landscape of this world
It’s the reason God showed up
Became one of us
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He gave a way to follow
Those who practice discover
The way of love is narrow
And few will find it
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If you will practice these things
Recorded on that high hill
You’ll discover a new way
That’s certain and true
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Sermon on the Mount
These famous sayings practiced
Matthew five, six and seven
Will show you the way
They tell about the one thing
They will bring light to your path
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The book ,Famous Sayings of Jesus , by James Woodroof is the clearest writings of how practicing these teachings work out in real life.  A.A. (Alcohol Anonymous) practices these all over the world and millions of lives and families have been saved because these teachings are being practiced.
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“Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make at right and plain your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (Amp)

 

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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Delta Blues From Darkness to Light  speaks to inward battle in the secret place – my new book available now at www.coachinglifematters.com

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

 

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

 

Tears Water the Soul

July 13, 2013

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Time for crying and laughing

There is a time for all things

Yes, grieving and believing

Tears water the soul

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With joy we will rise

Out of the ashes we come

It’s a time to look closely 

At what matters most

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In my deepest darkest time

When there was no hope to rise

I became aware 

Incomprehensible love

Swept my soul into the joy

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I will concentrate

On listening to the person

Knowing their story

Understanding their world view

And what controls under stress

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Who will call the shots

When I am in the crisis

Will I be prepared

To love as I have been loved

To give as I’ve been given

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I have found a key*

That will unlock one’s story

I found God in the middle

Of each person’s life

A secret that’s been hidden

Ten thousand stories tell me

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No one can fathom 

The intimacy of this love

One who counts the tears

Who knows and understands you

Who comes in your darkest hour

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*The key is a tool that I use during my life coaching sessions.: Coaching: Life Matters

Psalms 56:8; Revelation 17:14; John 15:13-15; Romans 8:26,

Jesus Calling – Sarah Young

 

Finding what matters

I’ve discovered a secret

Being still and quiet

Listening in the morning

To the dawn chorus singing

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I think about the reason

What is my purpose today

Recognizing reality

This may be my last

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I will focus on one thing

Do the will of my Father

Be intentional and act

On the greatest truth

 

Love as you’ve been loved

Give as you’ve been given to

Little things mean alot

Give no strings attached

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The Greatest Thing in the World by Henry Drummond

I John; Psalm 20; Luke 1:79

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

No One Can Fathom

July 6, 2013

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History tells us

The things that we need to know

Am I listening

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The wars, the innocent lives

The raw human suffering

With fear and trembling

But with confidence and hope

I will go with you leading

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I will enter the soul wound

Having been wounded and scarred

Broken by ill-equipped ones

Loved in the middle

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I’ll not lead with piety

I enter as a wounded soul

Aware of my own sorrows

Meeting in the pain

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In my darkest grief

Losses inexpressible

The darkest room in my heart

A gentle light came

A pinhole of light to give hope

There was joy to be found

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The God I know forgives me

He came to me in darkness

Showed me what a child is worth

Opened me to love

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Every soul I meet

Help me never to label

Or eliminate

Each person has a story

Each one is beloved by God

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I’ll not live in fear

I will go with the light of love

With courage to act

With the power of presence

Staying close with compassion

 

I’ll be wise as a serpent

Gentle dove as my model

Courageous as a lion

Move forward ln light

 

The wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace will be our guide.  With the Spirit of sonship we will go where we are led.  His promises held high we go forward to meet the prisoners with a message of healing, hope and forgiveness.  As Moses led the way for the slaves in Egypt,  Jesus calls us to join him in bringing the light of life to those trapped in darkness.

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Isaiah 9:6; Zecheraiah 9:9; Romans 8: 15-16; Exodus 3:5

The Big Question

July 3, 2013

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Two things offend God for sure

When we judge one another

And indulge in self hatred

Who gave us this charge

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The higher love comes

Magnificent promises

For those who listen

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Getting past yourself

Arising to behold God’s love

He knows your story

Decision each one can make

A painful but joyful choice

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Thinking clearly brings power

It cuts through the distractions

Awakens a whole new world

From the inside out

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Transformation can take place

Energy is ignited

When I decide to give thought

And take the action

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Distractions follow feelings

Feelings are ruled by the mind

Winds of desire can destroy

Or they can give life

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So the big question

Is what do I really want

The answer shapes the vision

Then the questions form

I follow seeking knowledge

Being shaped by the answers

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Respect for myself

And for all those around me

Even enemies

Leads me to reconsider

And think about what matters

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I will decide that

Not a generational

Relational lie

That will revolve around me

But revolves around life

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Thank you, Sarah Young, author of Jesus Calling, for your thoughtful comments on the following passages.Luke 6:37; 2 Timothy4:8; Titus 3:4,5; Romans 8:1

http://www.coachinglifematters.org

The Soul Wound

June 28, 2013

No one knows the pain
Of the soul wound of others
But I can listen
 
I will not give up
Seeking to participate
In loving others
 
Only two commands matter
Loving God is the first one
Loving each other is next
Give me a pure heart

The deepest soul wound
Unspeakable tragedy
Is understood by your God
He shares the same wound

Betrayed by his friends
Who thought they knew who they were
Jealousy and strife
They were awakened by love
Friendship indescribable

This story I tell
After listening to the wound
The soul wound fully expressed
Given space to heal
In the safety of true friends
Peace passes understanding

Our Father’s Heart

June 17, 2013

The reason I’m here …

To reveal our Father’s heart

Good news for the poor

Freedom for the prisoners

He releases the oppressed

 

The blind will see the light

The sick will be healed at last

The lonely friends will have friends

His promises restore life

His forever love renews

 

Focusing on Jesus

I have trained to listen each day

My friend forever

I have no greater joy here

Than living with his presence

 

Enduring the pain

Incomprehensible loss

Grief that overwhelms

He holds me close to his heart

His love secures and gives hope

 

My lived experience says

I have a friend big enough

To enter my losses with love

And understanding

 

His compassion draws me

His story is compelling

What mattered to him captures

His mind is brilliant

 

He always sees the person

Religion has kept hidden

Incomprehensible love

That is in the now

 

I cannot fathom

The depth of our Father’s love

In silence I come

Laughter breaks forth in my soul

Joy enters the darkest room

 

The story revealed in the Bible in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John have focused me on a real man. The daily practice of choosing who would be the most influential person in my life (over the last fifty years) has led me to inexpressible joy. This is poetry from my soul. It comes out of a lived experience through pain.  This gift of joy is available to all.

A pinhole of light

June 16, 2013

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A “pinhole of light”
Comes in the deepest darkness
Hope found me waiting

There’s a room of loss
In the heart of everyone
I go to the pain

Death cannot hold me
I am not afraid to live
A gift I receive

Joy is to my soul
What blood is to my body
This belief I hold

A certain unseen
Available to each one
Unspeakable love

Everyone has an amazing story. I believe each person is being pursued by inexpressible love. Make time to reflect. I am indebted beyond words to so many who have made that love real to me by the way they live. These things, along with my personal story, are discussed in my book “Delta Blues – Darkness to Life”.  It will be available in the fall. The introduction to my book is on my new web site:
http://www.coachinglifematters.org/delta-blues.html


Thank you, Landon Saunders for this deep true heart felt line I heard you speak 16 years ago: “Joy is to your soul what blood is to your body.” Thank you, Paul, for what you said from prison about not fixing our eyes on what is seen and but on what is unseen because what is seen is temporary and what is unseen is eternal. Thank you, Sarah Young for sharing your interpretation of Jesus’ invitation,”When you approach me in stillness and trust, you are strengthened.” Thank you Rebecca Greer for your words, “pinhole of light.” Your story inspires me beyond words.

Joy is my lived experience!

Joy and Pain

May 3, 2013

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This is a mixture
They seem to go together
A choice can be made
Joy and pain are “twin sisters”*
A surprised discovery
 
I began this life with joy
The pain was hidden from me
Then surprised me with vengeance
And joy sustained me
 
A well-spring of energy
Like living water it came
It found me in the despair
Offering me hope
 
The memory compelled me
I am larger than my pain
I discovered this secret 
Made in God’s image
 
This huge discovery came 
A love affair ignited
One that cannot be explained
Pursued by God’s love
 
There is great wisdom
Pay attention to questions
Reflect on your life
Give yourself to the seeking
God is searching to find you
 
He is running to meet you
With the deepest compassion
You find it in the story
Of God’s unique Son
 
 

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith.  And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.”  Ephesians 3:16-17

 

“You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”  Psalm 16:11

 

*I got the phrase “Twin Sisters” from a poem my wife Charlotte wrote years ago. 

 

For my nephew Kirk, on his birthday

Soaking

January 8, 2013

I’ll soak in your thoughts

Remember the things you say

Write them on my heart

Please light the flame in my soul

Let it burn for you today

 

I will enter your throne room

In quiet and wait for you

I am so slow to hear you

You words are simple

 

I’ll act on your words

Reflect, only you are God

I’ll light the candle of hope

Receive your mercy

Accept your peace in the storm

Receive your gentle presence

 

Gratitude fills me

I choose to believe the truth

He’s stored life for me

In the sight of all mankind

My cup overflows with love

 

“The words I speak are Spirit”

His words are light to my soul

I believe them like a son

Holding Father’s hand

Going out not knowing

Trusting He will lead the way

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My Utmost for His Higest – January 3

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young – January 3

Psalm 31:19-20; John 6:33, 16:33; Psalm 97:2,3,20,11

 “When a man gets to God, it is by most simple ways—words.”  Oswald Chambers

 

God the Initiator

December 16, 2012

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I have heard his voice
The voice of the Beloved
My God and my friend

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He speaks in the night
And comes to me by day
My part is to seek
To surrender all my heart
My mind and my soul today

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He has already spoken
Through the life of his dear son
If you need more he will give
He knows what you need

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I trust the one who loves me
Who kept silent at his death
And raised him from death to show
Everlasting love

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I know my first love
There is no one to compare
Fifty one years I’ve followed
Stumbling in his arms
Only to discover this
God’s the initiator

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God initiated his love by sending his only son. He need not speak again, but he does. He will come to you when you need him, in the way you need him. His voice speaks loudest in the sending of his only son into the world. I pray the world is listening. I pray I am listening. I pray the advent of his coming into the world means he comes into my heart like a fresh spring today.