Friday, September 30, 2011

So I...Sit, Walk, Stand

"But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus." (Ephesians 2:4-7)


My life began

      there

      at the foot

      of Your throne.

I am learning

      the truth

      of who I am

      in Christ.

So I sit.


"I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." (Ephesians 4:1-3) "Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma." (Ephesians 5:1-2)

My journey continues

      on

      in the Light

      of Your truth.

I am blessed

      by Your love,

      grace,

      and forgiveness.

So I walk.


"Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." (Ephesians 6:11, 13)

My destination lies

      ahead

      in the place

      of Your habitation.

I am clothed

      in Your righteousness,

      the armor of salvation,

      shielded by faith.

So I stand.


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Friday, September 23, 2011

Unspoken Words

This post is one of five poems written during the month of September.  Although I've challenged myself to write words that speak  from my heart, I confess that I have (at times) been filled with self-doubt.  I've had to dismiss my anxiety and just put myself out here (so to speak).  In the end, the Lord has reminded me that, I just write, he does the rest.  Thank you for journeying with me this month.




What do you say when
        something, needs saying?
        Words that help
        someone, who’s hurting.

What do you say, when
        words can’t be found?
        See the child, who
        needs nurturing?

It’s not what
        you say, but
        what you do, with
        unspoken words


Unspoken words that soothe
        a scar,
        a bruise or
        a broken heart

Conveying one
        clear thought

I love and care about you.

Arms filled with
       packages,
       eyes almost hidden.
       A day filled with
       shopping and
       running errands.

She reaches her car and
       struggles
       unlocking the door.
       A package falls
       silently,
       to the ground.

It causes a
       domino effect.
       She stands there
       in the silence, as
       frustration mounts.

Others see
       her distress, and
       pass by,
       in the silence
       of unspoken words.

The tear-filled
       eyes
       of a child,
       look upward.

Finding comfort
        in your eyes, and
        the smile on
        your face says,
        unconditional love.

All the time
        you were gone has
        passed.
        Your loving embrace
        says,
        unspoken words.

Revealing a wealth
        of emotions.
        Eyes that comfort,
        a face that smiles and
        a loving embrace.

All confirm...

Unspoken words of love.


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Friday, September 16, 2011

Here I Am


Here I am
    needing Your love
    hoping for joy
    waiting in anticipation
    when You make Your presence known.

Here I am
    thinking of Your mercy
    remembering how every instance
    showered me like a morning rain
    with Your infinite grace

Here I am
    smiling at You
    You give me joy
    I cannot contain it
    so I will praise You!

Here I am
    silent before You
    on my knees
    I am in awe
    that You give audience to me

Here I am
    wanting to be more like You
    I hear You say,
    "The harvest is ripe..."
    use me Lord

Via con Dios...

Almighty God and Father,

The aren't enough words to express my gratitude and appreciation for Your love and grace.  How often You extend Yourself and because of You, I am better than I could have ever imagined.  Thank You for Your goodness.  Your love is beyond my understanding!  Hear my prayer today, not because I demand it, but because You tell me to, "Ask..., and to "come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need."  Search me Lord.  You know my heart, my secret thoughts, my deepest concerns.  You give peace when I am troubled, water when I thirst, light when I am blinded, and love when it was undeserved.  I will praise You Lord!  Yes, I will praise You.  I won't wait for the rocks to cry out on my behalf.  Your holiness is revealed and one day I will see Your face.  Thank You for who You are and what You do on my behalf.  With unending joy, I say, "Amen!


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Friday, September 9, 2011

You Are God....I am Your's

"See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are." (1 John 3:1) "We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love.  God is love..." (1 John 4:16)

I'm writing my own version of poetry this month.  This one is examines how God touches our life.

My thoughts escape me
   when I consider Your love
My sight fails me
   when I behold Your holiness
My lips humble me
   when I proclaim Your name
My ears silence me
   when I hear Your voice

You love..I am in awe
You shine brightly...I am overshadowed
You speak...I am listening
You are God...I am Your's

When I ask
    You hear my words
When I call
    You answer my prayers
When I cry
    You wipe away my tears
When I  hurt
    You heal my wounds

You love..I am in awe
You shine brightly...I am overshadowed
You speak...I am listening
You are God...I am Your's

In the shadows
    You illuminate my path
In the silence
    You comfort my lonliness
In the confusion
    You direct my thoughts
In the shame
    You forgive my sin

You love..I am in awe
You shine brightly...I am overshadowed
You speak...I am listening
You are God...I am Your's


Father God,

Thank You for loving me when others couldn't.  Thank You for teaching me how to love, how to forgive, and how to live.  Your grace covers my life in so many ways, that I am continually amazed.  You fill me with joy that I cannot describe.


I pray for those who need You in this moment.  Shower them with Your grace.  Speak Your words of healing and comfort.  Some are grieving, some are sick, some are hungry; may we in faith serve those in need through love.  Thank You Lord for all that You are, and all that You do on our behalf.  Amen.

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Friday, September 2, 2011

I Will...But...


"But He said to him, 'Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.' Another also said, 'I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.'"
(Luke 9:60-61)

I once heard author and lecturer, Ed Cole talk about, The Three T's (Time, Talent, and Tithes). As a Christian man, I've come to recognize that I can easily struggle in one (or all) of these areas when it comes to giving myself to Christ and having my focus elsewhere. When I lose my focus, I forget:
  1. Who Christ is, and
  2. What Christ means to me
The other night, I woke up with this thought on my mind and decided to write a poem on the topic. It is loosely based on the man who chose to follow Jesus Christ but then qualified his commitment by stipulating that he needed to first "say good-bye to those at home." (Luke 9:61)

The poem is titled, I Will...But...

I will
    give my life, to You Lord
But
    its gonna take some time
I
    have so much to do, Lord
The
    choices made are mine
It
    takes a willing heart to say
I
    need salvation now
But
    with these other, priorities
I
    can't decide just how


Not
    only How, but also When
I
    give my life to You
Surrender
    all, my choices made
I'll
    live a life that's true
I've
    put You off, so many times
It
    never seemed to matter
Things
    I spoke, and promised You
Were
    idle words of chatter


And
    now, when I need You most
I
    have no words to say
I
    constantly remind myself
To
    wait, for one more day
The
    waiting isn't hard You see
I

    didn't, count the cost
I
    lived as if, life didn't end
No
    journey to the cross


Today

    The Lord, calls out to me
Come
    closer, draw ye near
But
    I ignore Him

As,
    I often have
His
    voice, I just don't hear.

It
    won't be long
When
    I will see
My
    journey at its end
You'll
    ask me one last question then
You
    put Me off til when?

Lord Jesus,

How often have I said, "Not Now", maybe I haven't spoken the words, but I've thought them. Putting off my time, my talent, and my tithes; I've been guilty of holding back. Lord, I want to be passionate for You! I've been passionate towards others, and for things, but they all pale in comparison to You. Because of You Jesus, I have a gift which I could never earn. I have been saved by grace, the gift of God.

What does it mean to be passionate? To express intense feelings about someone or something.

What does it mean to be passionate for Christ? Lord, You said, "... AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH."

Lord, I'm discovering that this is being passionate for You. I want to be consistent in my life by how I live, and what I say; my expression of love for You. I also want to love my neighbor as I love myself. May I never ask, "Who is my neighor?" or "Who is my brother?" May I never forget the price You paid at Calvary for me. May my life serve as a witness to others of the power of God's saving grace. Amen.


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