The Weight and Wear

A few weeks ago, before I turned 59, I wrote this poem about how striving for achievement and goals can weigh us down...or better put, weigh me down.   The sense I had was that I still have work to do to surrender my goals, plans and my very days to Him...to trust Him. Not sure if you can relate, but I know I want to continue my journey toward complete freedom, where I can trust Him more and more

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Rows of Green – Rows of Red

This past week, feeling Inspired by the sacrifices that led to our joyful July 4th, I wrote this poem after I worked in the yard that hot summer day. Rows of Green - Rows of Red Hot and muggy summers day Yard work ahead, can’t ever wait Walking out to start my work I pass old Glory hanging free Proudly there for all to see ~ Mowing grass and clipping shrubs Though hot, my burden’s light Back and forth lay

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No Force Too Strong

I hope this poem is some comfort to those in the midst of difficult circumstances or pain.  Whether it’s those mourning the school shooting in south Florida earlier in February or others struggling with health or other issues. m While rescue may not come when or how we want, God’s promise to stay by our side is firm.   The peace we can find in times of pain is none but Him and His amazing grace.   His grace is

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Will You Fall to the Ground and Die?

We seem trained to think of the worst about things at times…. If I don’t get this life insurance, all heck will break loose. If I don’t get this new toothpaste, I’ll get gengivitus. If I doing use high-perfomance gasoline, my gas mileage will suffer! If I don’t drink the new Corona Premier, I’ll never have fun or friends. If I don’t get this new app, I’ll be unproductive. So, we trust (at least in small part) that these things

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A Heart that Reflects the King

Nature sometimes shouts about God.   While enjoying this lake at a retreat recently, I noticed something quite simple and wonderful. When the water was calm, the surface nearly perfectly reflected the beauty of the shoreline.  If the  shoreline represents God, we want to reflect Him, just as this water reflects the trees.  When our souls are at peace, filled with His joy, the life of Christ comes through us so clearly. So all of us who have had that

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Let go and let God. What does that mean?

There’s always that one person that says “let go and let God” right when you are in the middle of a hyper-stressful situation of your life….when you’re trying to do whatever you can to resolve something that seems on the edge of disaster. But, “let go and let God” sounds a bit too passive for us Americans. My friend Blake said recently that “culture constantly communicates and reinforces the idea that we must be the hero and that failure is

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Water for our Heart

Back in the spring I drove to north Georgia with my son Will to see an old friend.  As is common in that area, there was a stream running alongside the road kicking up mesmerizing white water.  It was clear that the power of the moving water had cut a path through the rocks and earth.   When applied over time, water can have significant effect on the landscape. Jesus, the living water, can cut a path through our hearts and souls in a similar way.  Hardened crusty places

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Come to Jesus with a Humble Surrendered Heart

When challenges come our way, the world tells us to “be strong”, “power through it”, “only the strong survive” and “just put your mind to it”.  Sometimes we may need to hear those messages, but seldom are we advised to have a humble surrendered heart toward God. Some years ago, I tried to power through and quit smoking, but it never seemed to happen.  I quit about 100 times.  My “just put your mind to it” simply wasn’t enough.  Perhaps you can relate to something

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