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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The World of The Great Unknown



In the world of the great unknown

Seeds of doubt are sown

Scattered and thrown

Deep within the heart

Of man.


In the world of the great unknown

Where the fiercest winds have blown

Away all courage shown

In the stand

Of man.


In the world of the great unknown

Those rooted seeds have grown

Creating walls of stone,

Around the heart

Of man.


In the world of the great unknown

It's faith in Christ alone, that sets the tone

Crashing through those walls of stone

Freeing the heart and soul

Of man.


In the world of the great unknown

May our eyes rest on God's son

Seated on heaven's throne

Revealing the way to go

to man.




























Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Forever In My Heart

Forever in my Heart...Song

May Your peace reign forever in my heart
May Your peace reign forever in my heart
Lord you came, you took the blame
For all my sin and shame
Thank You Lord
May Your peace reign in my heart

May Your peace reign forever in my heart
May Your peace reign forever in my heart
Lord You came
You bore the pain
That was tearing me apart
Thank You Lord
May Your peace reign in my heart.

May Your peace reign forever in my heart
May Your peace reign forever in my heart
Lord You came
You called my name
And You gave me a new start
Thank You Lord
May Your peace reign in my heart.

Friday, October 14, 2011

From a Crack In The Sidewalk

Landing in a crack in the sidewalk

Nestled between two concrete walls

Thirsty for some water

To help me grow strong and tall.


Waiting, rather lonely

Wondering when it will arrive,

The wet of rain I've longed for

To make my rise up towards the sky.


Above, the sun is beating down

Feet trample over me

No one sees this little seed

Just waiting for it's need.


One day the sky grew black.

The clouds poured forth their tears

I was there to catch them,

After waiting for what seemed years.


Something began to happen

My insides started to change

The shell that kept me safe

Started feeling strange.


It could no longer hold me.

I was busting out.

I grasped for something to hold on to.

And found a hole in the sidewalks grout.


My roots grew deep beyond the concrete,

And once they were secure

My dream began to happen.

Skyward I began to soar.


It was a slow process.

Nothing much to see.

Until the day of blooming,

That's when they noticed me.


Everyone that passed by

Marveled at the sight

Of this flower in the sidewalk crack

Proudly blooming bright.
























































Thursday, October 13, 2011

Through the Fire



What do you think about when you think of fire?...all consuming, spreading, intense heat, melting, crackling, powerful, destruction, desolation, light? These are just a few words that come to mind.


Today I'm going to write on the subject of fire, specifically...How to walk through the fire...Come out ON fire...Without getting burned!

Based on the Story in the Old Testament from Daniel 3...Shadrack, Mishack and Abednigo in the fiery furnace. These 3 characters give us a practical example of going through the fire. I've created an acronym to help us to remember some steps we need to take when our situations resemble walking through the raging fires of life's circumstances.


F- Fan the flames of faith - Hebrews 11:1 tells us that Faith is being SURE of what we hope for and CERTAIN of what we do not see. We need to be sure and certain that our God is greater and will handle all circumstances in our lives. Faith is the fuel that takes us through the fire so that we can count it pure joy when we face trials of all kinds. Because we know that the testing of our faith produces perseverance...blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, that God has promised to those who love him. ( James1:2-3...12) Shadrack, Mishack and Abednigo believed that no matter what happened to them God would see them through. Faith is like walking blindfolded but knowing exactly where you're going. Incredible things happen when we hold firm to our faith! Some ways we can fan the flames of faith are by prayer, following Jesus example, recounting Gods greatness in the past, learning and obeying God's commands, seeking Gods will, and staying close to Him in all we do.


I - Internalize Gods word.- Meditate on Gods word, make it part of you. Believe Him. (Jeremiah 15:16)(Psalm 119) In Luke 4 - The temptation of Jesus gives us an example of the power Gods Word holds...Jesus comes back at satan's temptations with the words, "It is written" every time, and every time satan is stopped. We need to know what Gods Word says so that we can always have an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have. ( 1 Peter 3:15) Knowing and believing in our hearts Gods promises and to claim the power we have in the Holy Spirit we need to make His Word part of us. Evil is halted by God's Word, we are strengthened by God's Word and people are won over by God's word. Making God's word a part of us is like our cooling system in the midst of the intense heat of the fire.


R - Resist temptation. - Shadrack, Mishack, and Abednigo could've given in to King Nebuchadenezzar's command to bow down to his man created idol. They stood firm in their faith even to death and God in His fiathfulness rescued them. Their faith brought the King to know and believe the One true God! Don't give in, The devil prowls around like a roaring lion just waiting to devour (Peter) and roams to and fro among the earth(Job 1) trying to tempt us away from our calling. He uses threats, deception and self condemnation rooted in fear. Keep eyes fixed on God and heart stayed on Him. Use Gods word. Put on the armor of God. (Ephesians 6) Know and believe the promises of God and look to past examples of His greatness. Jesus left us the gift of the Holy Spirit to help us turn satan's fiery arrows away from us and uses them to clear a way out for us, so that we can resist the temptations that seek to burn us up.


E- Emerge VICTORIUOS. This is my favorite part! We are more than conquerors in Christ.(Romans 8:37) We will do the greater things.(John 14:12) In ALL things God works for the good of those who love him. (Romans 8:28) God has already won the battle over sin and death through His Son Jesus Christ. All who believe on Him shall not perish.(John 3:16) We are on a mission with an eternal purpose. Keeping this in mind can give us a new perspective when we face our own fiery furnaces in life.

Let us live in this truth! Jesus says I am the light of the world(The everlasting flame!)...we are to follow Him and magnify his light by coming through the trials of fire ON fire for Him! Amen

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Awesome Wonder

Busily, this little bee, gathers pollen dillegently.
Flower to flower landing, pollinating for expanding;
Beautiful color, fragrant smell, fostering growth, all is well.
God's creation works together, intricate complexities untether...
Before our eyes, the once concealed;
Becomes a gift of awesome wonder revealed.



Monday, August 15, 2011

Got an Itch?

If you've got an itch then scratch it
Take a lesson from this squirrel.

That nagging little feeling

Could be the making of a pearl.

Just as a grain of sand

Get stuck inside a shell,

The itch unscratched will bother

But with scratch, the itch will quell.

Giving time to question,

Why the itch was there?

Was it just a passing notion

Or something meant to make aware?

Just as the grain of sand,

Over time becomes a pearl.

The itch unscratched can fester

Causing damage to this squirrel.



Thank you God for speaking to me the way you do, through photographs and nature to get Your message through. No one else may get it...and for me that's quite OK. Just like to share the words You spin into my brain each day. Thank you for the pleasures that knowing You affords.

I pray that we come to know you better as you open all closed doors. The itches could mean something that you intend to teach, so that we may grow close to You, should we dare to reach; and scratch at the idea or lesson You've prepared. All because You are our God who takes the time to care...Amen


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Twilight Moon

Thank You Lord,
For twilight moon.
Shining bright
Through dark of night.
Shedding light
Upon the earth,
Assured that morning sun Will be there soon.











Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Docked


Boats sit in wait for occupants
to hop on in and take them for a spin.
Patiently still, they reflect themselves
on mirrored lake.
Anticipating the voyage they will take.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

My Rock

I love You O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock,
my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock in whom I take refuge.
He is my shield and the horn of my salvation,
My stronghold.

Psalm 18: 1-2

Friday, July 29, 2011

The World Outside



Perched upon her stand

peering at world grand

Wondering eyes

Wagging tail

Ears peaked

Attuned to the world outside.


Seeming perfectly content

But wasn't she meant

for free

for roaming

for experiencing

What's on windows other side?


We are much the same

Trapped within lifes game

Longing to feel

Things seen

From inside out

Throw open window wide.


Leaping from it's sash

Exilaration fuels the dash

Wind on face

Grass tickle feet

Pure sun soaks

Joy rolls in like ocean's tide.





Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Shining Light

Matthew 5:14-16 "You are the light of the world...Let your light shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father in Heaven."


Monday, July 11, 2011

An Island Stand of Trees





An island is the home to these gangly looking trees.

An ugly mess to some, but beautiful to me.

Their roots sunk deep into the earth, sipping water every day.

Free to grow in all directions creating this display.

They've stood the test of time, with flood and wind and storm.

They've been shed bare in winter, and in spring they've been reborn.

Drawing all their nourishment from the river they call home,

They've become a sanctuary, a refuge all their own.

Shade for weary visitors, shelter from the sky.

Their branches shield from predators, providing ample place to hide.

Trunks have made a fortress, surrounding lapping shores;

To sit and watch the world outside, till minds becomes restored.

I never would've found this place, had I not explored,

The island full of tree's with my kayak and my oar.

These trees are an example of how God wants us to be

Planted by His living water, sipping continually.

Then we too will grow in righteousness and strength

Proving a place of rest for the lonely lost, going to great length.

Growing with endurance as we lift the lost towards light,

Branching out God's kingdom, bringing it to sight.

Thank You Lord for speaking through an island stand of trees...

Had I never known You, it wouldn't mean that much to me.


Psalm 1 (reference)





















































Sunday, July 10, 2011

Bloom where You're Planted



Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me....This picture speaks volumes...About God...About circumstances...About will. What does it speak to your heart?

Days of Summer



Slipping through the waters

Free to roam...

Explore,

The mighty Susquehanna

With my kayak and oar.

I glide upon the surface

Eyes and ears attuned,

To the detail of the landscape

And creations lilting tune.

Thank You God for days away

Warm sun

Time to play

Good friends to share with,

On a perfect summer's day.


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Cardinal Calling



Graced by his presence this regal bird looks on

Perched atop the wire, stretched across my lawn.

Chirping periodically, in his sweet singular note.

Letting me know he's watching in his red feathered coat.

Thank You God for the detail, and creative fashioning

Of every living creature, that upon this earth You bring.

May we just enjoy the beauty and revel in the prize

Of experiencing Your artistry that's right before our eyes.

Summer Treat

Watermelon...

Fresh, pink, drenched with juicy drops of sweetness.

Thank You Lord God for this yummy summer treat!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Life Speeds

Photographing out the car window really captured the picture of what my life often feels like.

How do we slow it? How do things get to this fast pace to begin with?

After looking at this picture a while I noticed something. Maybe you will notice too. Outside the window life is racing by as the car moves, but inside all is still. I think God revealed this to me as one of those aha moments when things of His Kingdom become clear.

Though our lives become crazy, chaotic, fast paced and running at warp speed, if we are attuned to God, inside we too will feel still, at peace and OK to deal with our fast paced life.

Let's face it, life happens and we don't always have control...but God does, everything is in His control and when we trust Him with that...He works things out for our good so His purposes will be fulfilled.

Thank You Dear Lord for Your revelations through Your Holy Spirit.


Monday, July 4, 2011

Nothing Wasted



Unknowingly, I dropped a crumb of a chip on the ground. A few minutes later I looked to find this team of ants taking the spoils back to their nest. I watched them work for a long time. these little creatures pulled and nudged this large feast with all they had.


This display of strength and perseverance reminded me that God is our provider and in Christ nothing is ever wasted. Like the ants we need to keep our eyes on the prize(Jesus, eternal life) and never give up. Things may look impossible but with God's help and perspective we can make it through.

The Long Arm of Our God

I love water, any kind. Trees too. The branch in this picture reminds me that God's arm is long and always ready to reach, rescue, and lift us from trouble. We are never too far from His reach. Even when we're running in the opposite direction...He taps us on the shoulder and redirects our path. Thanks God for the way you show yourself to us through your creation.



Independence Day

All across America flags are flying, speckling and dotting front door posts of houses, town squares and government buildings. July the 4th, Independence day, a day of celebration and commemoration of the birth of our country's religious freedom.

We love to celebrate. We love our freedom. But do we remember how it came about? How we achieved it? The sacrifice our first settlers made and why?

God...The desire to worship and serve God Almighty was the driving force behind the Declaration of Independence.

I often think of the saying that freedom isn't free...and that's the truth. Our country started with nothing but a faith in God, they didn't know where they were going, when they'd get there, or even if they'd get there. But in faith they went.

Jesus Christ, too paid a dear price for our freedom. For us to take that for granted with Jesus, with our forefathers, our service men...etc...is in itself a tragedy. Let's take this day to remember all that it cost for our freedom...and stand up for those who paid it...Especially Jesus, who began it all.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Branches

Sometimes it's hard to see the forest from the trees.



Till we step back from the thick of the branches,

Then we can finally see

There's alot more going on in there,

Than the tangled limbs and leaves.












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The Bridge

I'm a bridge kind of person. Making connections, creating a way for people to get from one side to the other. Carrying them safely along the way till they are established on the other side.



Thinking about it, isn't that what Jesus was? He was our bridge to restored relationship with our Heavenly Father. He was the greatest, strongest bridge I know and I am thankful for His example of true humility and love for us to follow.


Thank you Jesus for being our bridge to eternity.

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Ugly Beautiful


God can make beauty from ashes and make good come from bad. In His upside down from this world Kingdom it's the mystery of opposites that are captivatingly beautiful! Thank You God for your wonders...
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Buried Deep




My friend and I were walking by a pond and spotted these curious bubbles making their way to the surface. Being a photogragh fanatic I saw opportunity...and siezed it! We watched the bubbles for quite a while to see if anything recognizable surfaced...to no avail.

Later when downloading the pictures from our walk, this one got me thinking. Isn't it so in our lives too, that all the things buried under the surface must eventually bubble up? Sometimes these bubbles take the form of things like anger, stress, worry, guilt, poor self image, withdraw all evidence of what ever it is thats underneath the surface.

My point is when the bubbles come, don't ignore them. Name them for what they are and explore the deep. Investigate what's causing the bubbles...and bring it to the light. My friend and I never found out what was causing these bubbles in the pond, but I'm sure had we more time and patience we would have.

When our life bubbles surface...remember to take time, be patient and you will discover and uncover what lies below.

Once exposed you'll be able to see it for what it is. work through it and breath the fresh air above once again.

There is a River...Strong and Mighty





Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though 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.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Come and see what the LORD has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.



Psalm 46 is a song of victory and triumph for those who know Him. It's a testimony of His power over all and who we are in Him. I have read through this psalm many times, and the old familiar promises always stand out, such as "God is our refuge and strength, an ever- present help in times of trouble.", "We will not fear.", and "Be still and know that I am God."

Take heart today, that though the world around us appears in ruin and the news is inundated with tragedy, brokeness and heart ache, Go, our mighty strong and sovereing God, Is there and watching and rescuing and waiting for you and me to come to Him, making us as a rushing river with whom He dwells.








Thursday, June 30, 2011

Faithful and True


This is Jackie(or swedish, as my oldest son calls her)...She's been part of our family for 12 years now and has remained a steady source of joy and comfort for all of us. Every morning without fail I wake up and as I approach this trusting creature, wether I acknowlege her or not, her tail shows her appreciation for me. She is always there and always predictable.

Isn't that one of the characteristics of God too? Always there, always predictable, steady, you can count on Him everyday, and when we come to Him he leaps for joy. I thank God for sharing glimpses of himself to me through His creation...When we attune ourselves to the things of God even our dogs can show representation of Gods nature.

Thanking God for loving me and my faithful pup today.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Birds Eye View

As this bird surveys it's surroundings from atop the roof on which it's perched; we too must sometimes step back and look at our situation from a distance. It's then we are able to see the grander picture of what is going on. Taking the time to do this reminds us that God has a plan for our lives and our present circumstances are often times a tool used to achieve the means to the end.

Take notice the cloud to the right in this picture...it's almost as if God Himself is giving the thumbs up. Looking through the lens of a camera can capture more than the eye can see at first glance, in the same way looking at our circumstances through the lens of God's plan can reveal the deeper meanings and help us through those seemingly impossible situations...All things are possible with God. It's for us to trust and believe.

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Window




Feeling the darkness inside,

Confined by the walls I abide

Built over years of time,

Keeping me from the world outside.


The window holds the view

Of all that I'd like to do

Seen from inside out

My heart longs to fly but dark brings doubt.


Wandering ever near

To the glass in panes so clear,

Evokes a burning desire

To break the walls of fear.


To open window wide

Where fear and free collide

Climbing upon the sash

Dare I spread my wings and fly?


















Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Front Yard Cloudy Morning Sun Rise




Sun is on the rise

Breaking cloud filled skies

Instilling awesome wonder,

Dazzling the eyes.

Capturing this moment...

Of Divine surprise.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Bird Lessons


Daring to Believe




Eager little things

Waiting for the food

Their faithful Mama brings

To fill her hungry brood


Mouths open to receive,

Trusting Mama's care.

Daring to believe,

She'll always be there.










Sunday, June 5, 2011

River Reflections



I pray amidst your busy days,

You take some time to breathe,

The fragrant aroma of springtime's

Flowers, it's soft and gentle breeze.

To gaze upon the landscape

That sits within your reach,

And marvel at the wonders

That God's grace gifts beseech.

Taking time for moments

To recognize His hand,

Helps us in the seeing

Of what's hard to understand.

I pray for you remembering,

Cause we all tend to forget;

The Creator of our universe

Is busy too...Working for our best.

Friends

Thank you God for friends.

Canadian Snow Goose and Gosslings



Monday, May 30, 2011

Like children... we must come...to Jesus...with wondering eyes and listening ears...eager to learn...experience...and grow...









In love and joy and peace in Him who is our Maker...