Choosing Forgiveness

But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too. Mark 11:25 NLT Hard and fast I held a grudgeBuried long and deep Other’s actions I would judgeAll my rights to keep Each wrong plainly recordedBuilt a mighty wall Behind…

Stand in Awe

Let the whole world fear the Lord,     and let everyone stand in awe of him. Psalm 33:8 NLT All my glory is built with strawHe is a fortress great and strongSo let the whole world stand in awe As we transgress His perfect lawWithout love just a clanging gongAll our glory is built of straw Never…

Wander Not Alone

John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’” John 1:23 NIV I wander in the wildernessOh my body of flesh and boneHaunted by crushing lonelinessAs despair grips my heart of stoneYet onward and onward I press Oasis in…

When I Was Young

 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. 2 Corinthians 13:11 NIV. When I was young I wish I’d knownThat I was loved for myself alone That mother’s frown was not disdainBut stemmed instead from her own…

This Joy Complete

If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. John…

God Brings the Rain

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 42:5 NIV When rain falls like tearsDrenching parched landscapesI know God sees my heart When flowers burst like hopeBrightening winter’s decayI know God is faithful When clouds hide the…

Not One Favorite

I have a favorite verse today.Tomorrow ’twill be another.So rich the Word of God does layUpon my heart the answer. For whatever is my urgent need,This daily bread He transmits.If anxiety plagues, I concede,Philippians 4 only peace permits. When sleep eludes in dark of nightPsalm 23 brings the Shepherd’s hope.Rest then comes ’til dawns new…

In His Image Is Beauty

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. Colossians 1:15-16a NLT. In winter all stands bare and starkDays fall short and nights bathed in darkSnowflakes light on branches of…

Dear 2021,

In their hearts humans plan their course,     but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9 NIV Dear Twenty Twenty-One, Your predecessor has left us lost and dazedCautious and timid with our goalsOnly by the Spirit is our faith unfazedWe’re hopeful our love will touch many souls Our expectations for you are quite lowGiven the year we’ve just…

Christmas 2020

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 NIV. Christmas is different this year,like so many other things of 2020.My living room should be half-decoratedtwo days after Thanksgiving, butnot a single nativity has escaped the shed.Packing boxes crowd the house instead. Though Jesus in our hearts resides. Christmas eve will be…