Completion

And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

 

—Philippians 1:6

 

You have a plan for me

Like the islands in the distant horizon

On the north Atlantic shore

I cannot see the course in sharp perspective

Yet, there is confidence that each part of the journey

Will be what You have allowed

This transformation of my heart

Will be brought to completion

In Your time and in Your way

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mother’s Teaching

Hear, my son, your father’s instruction

And do not forsake your mother’s teaching;

—Proverbs 1:8

 

 

 

The little country restaurant sat nestled in the hills

A gentle rain obscuring the view

Sitting at my table, I saw the pair

 

In a distance, the mother and the foal

Huddling close, the younger never strayed

 

With green grass and yellow blooms

To brighten the dreary scene

Each moment a lesson in life

A mother’s love and teaching revealed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Creation

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

—2 Corinthians 5:17

 

Who was that person I used to be?

What were my thoughts

In my old identity?

How did I reason that I’d be fine

Not trusting in God’s ways

But counting on mine?

Imprisoned with guilt, confusion and shame

My heart was filled with hurt and blame

Jesus came and filled my heart

His gift to me—a brand new start

Who was that person I used to be?

It matters not

Because today I am free!

 

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He Refreshes My Soul

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,
     He refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for His name’s sake.

—Psalm 23:1-3

 

 

The Lord is the one who truly takes care of us.

 

He is the one that can calm us as we lie down to rest.

The quiet waters that give physical and spiritual renewal are His gift to us.

The Lord refreshes us from the weariness draped upon us.

He guides us to the paths that He knows are best.

 

The Lord is the one who truly takes care of us.

 

 

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For I Am Lonely

Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.

—Psalm 25:16

 

 

 

Who are those that are lonely?

The ones in need so deeply inside

They’re mixed in crowds

yet still, they hide

 

Who are those that are afflicted?

The ones so burdened with pain

They blend in around us

But the hurt continues to remain

 

It is not known to their hurting hearts

That God would take them in

Who are those that could tell them?

It’s you and I, my friend

 

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This Is The Way

When I take a step

My gaze often on the road before me

Am I listening?

Listening for God

Awaiting His guidance

Walking in obedience

Instead of my own wisdom

Are my ears hearing a word behind me

Softly

Firmly

Telling me the way

When I take a step?

 

 

 

 

 

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And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.

—Isaiah 30:21

 

 

 

 

Come Forth From the Heart

Matthew 15:18

But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart;

and they defile the man.

 

The thistle bloom that grew by the fence

Was purple and brilliant

Sitting atop a mathematical wonder

Of pale green points

 

The perfect orb

A faded base

With prickly spears

 

For all who touch

It’s nature will be known

Sharp and hurtful

Barbs formed

From the inside

Now out

 

 

 

 

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In Peace

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for You alone, O LORD, will keep me safe.

—Psalm 4:8

 

She sleeps tranquilly on the leather chair
Soft light surrounds her
Eyes closed
Ears relaxed

With a steady calm
She takes a breath
Then, another

She is not fearful
Her heart is at peace

May I sleep in calmness as she does
Knowing my Father in Heaven
Watches over me

 

 

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Unfading Beauty

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

—1 Peter 3:3-4

 

Looking out over the water

I didn’t expect to see it

A quiet beauty in soft pink

A delicate statement of color

On a warm summer afternoon

 

With no tailored stones

Or fashioned presentation

The natural spoke silently

With marvelous eloquence

 

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I Am The Vine

I am the vine;

you are the branches.

If you remain in Me

and I in you,

you will bear much fruit;

apart from Me

you can do nothing.

—John 15:5

 

I can never, ever make this statement without it being false:

“I can bear fruit in God’s kingdom apart from Jesus.”

It’s not a true statement for me.

It’s not a true statement for you, either.

The branches must stay connected to the vine.

 

 

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He Will Show You

 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;

do not depend on your own understanding.

Seek His will in all you do,

and He will show you which path to take.

—Proverbs 3:5-6

 

 

I see the sunset as it meets the ocean

A seam of water and sky

Blended with blurred reflection

 

I hurry beside the fence

Intent on finding a clearer view

The blazing light before me

Fills my thoughts and fuels my steps

 

Drawn to what I see

The path is laid before me

The only direction I need

 

 

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God is the Builder

For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.

—Hebrews 3:4

I saw Him sitting on a plant in our front flower garden area.

A leaf hopper perched out in the open, fully camouflaged.

His wings were like green leaves, even with dead and brown looking edges and spots.

With legs that mimicked tiny branches, he was well disguised.

I marvel at creatures like this.

There might be those that say that his kind evolved in such a way as to look at their surroundings and match them in their appearance in order to evade would-be attackers.

For me, I can only conclude that God, the Creator, made this magnificent insect to look like the environment around him for protection.

Our God.

He created everything.

 

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Along a Riverbank

They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.

—Jeremiah 17:8

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In ten minutes I can be there. 

Sitting beside where the trees seem to grow right out of the water. 

If trees could worry, these trees wouldn’t be worried about water. 

No. 

They are staying close. 

Roots down. 

It’s their place. 

I want to be close to God. 

I want to listen for His guidance. 

I want to be attentive to His love. 

Staying close. 

Roots down. 

In my place. 

The Light of Light

When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

—John 8:12
Have you ever walked on a moonless night in the woods? 

It’s so incredibly dark. 

It can even be hard to see your own feet. 

However, if someone is in front of you with a flashlight, the situation is totally different. 

Looking ahead, the light shows you where to go as you follow. 

The darkness is displaced by the light. 

If we are following Jesus, He is our light. 

We no longer have to stumble in the darkness. 

Courageous

         Be on your guard;

stand firm in the faith;

be courageous; be strong.         

—1 Corinthians 16:13

 

I stood on the shore and watched.

Who was he?

I will never know.

Standing on the paddle board in the north Atlantic, the waves were constant.

He was on his guard, looking to the side.

Courageous?

I would say so.

Most of us won’t be spending our days balancing ourselves against the power of the sea, but there is still a challenge to be faced.

As believers, we are to stand firm in the faith of Jesus Christ.

We are to be courageous and strong.

The strength that we need comes from God.

And the waves?

Discouragement.

Doubts…

Yet, we must pray, read the Bible, and continue on–

Standing firm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Be Transformed

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

—Romans 12:2
Do you ever find yourself in a place where deep inside you know you don’t fit in?

Like being in a grocery store when a group of marathon runners come down the aisle to purchase water and all you’ve ever done is walk your dog. 

You don’t fit in.  

Or maybe while visiting at a friend’s house the conversation turns to the big game on television the night before. Everyone has seen it–except you. There’s not much you can say. 

You don’t fit in. 

There are so many situations where we find ourselves to be different. 

That’s okay. 

We can’t all be runners or sports fans or scientists or artists. 

We don’t have to conform to everyone. 

Spiritually, we don’t have to be like everyone else, either. 

We don’t have to conform to the world. 

We can be changed and transformed to think in the way that is pleasing to God. 

When we are changed, we become different. 

We stand out. 

We don’t fit in with the world. 

Instead, we fit in with God…

The Peace of Christ

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

—Colossians 3:15

The view of the water from my canoe was serene and calm. 

The complete opposite of a raging lightning storm with torrential rain. 

Even flowing water with manatees, turtles and fish as its inhabitants. 

The peace of Christ calms us and comforts us. 

Our hearts can be at peace through His strength in us. 

The complete opposite of the chaotic, fast-paced environment of the world. 

I want a peaceful heart. 

Don’t you?

Creatures That Move

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

—Genesis 1:26

 

 

Strolling slowly on the boardwalk, I noticed several dragonflies darting around near the water’s surface.

Dragonflies are so delicate, so quick and so ornate.

Everything that God has made is beautiful.

Every creature that exists is a masterpiece of God.

 

 

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