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Ode to My Creator

viewfromspruceknobOh how beautiful our Earth is.

Oceans, rivers, springs and streams dress it with blue ripples.

The waters calm my soul when I gaze over those endless bodies.

God splashed the shades of blue onto His canvas of Earth to delight mankind with the soft touches of cool refreshment.

The rains of the Earth remind me that God’s love washes over me continuously.

When storms dance on the waters and cause my heart to fear, He whispers in the wind and I remember that He’s with me and that the storms won’t last forever.

God constructed the mountains, hills, and crags with great views of boundless land filled with vegetation and animals.

I am at awe when I stand at the top and feel the breeze move through my soul.

The climb is never simple, you wonder if you will ever reach the summit.

I peek over the edge and look at the walk that God encouraged me to continue.

The reward is great with perseverance.

Some days and nights, I lay on the cool Earth in great wonder of my God, the creator.

God fills the skies with various brushes of clouds in the day.

Sometimes the clouds are thick and heavy with little light passing through.

Other times the clouds are soft splotches with bright light bouncing onto the earth.

While at night, He sprinkles the sky with stars to dance in the moonlight.

Oh how majestic our Creator is.

 

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Posted by on April 22, 2018 in Poetry, Writing

 

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New Year Beginnings

A new year is quickly approaching.  Most of us plan to make new beginnings or the appropriate term would be make new resolutions for the year ahead.  I’ve been thinking about beginnings lately.  I’ve been going reverse and forward in my head trying to reflect on my past and squint ahead at the future.  Each year we look at the beginning of January as a clean slate.  We make promises to change certain habits, get healthier, get closer to God, rebuild relationships, or redevelop our paths in our lives. I’ve promised myself that I need to get healthy again because I feel like I’m not moving enough and I know I’m eating whatever I want.  But even as I type this, I’m thinking about the Reese Cup that is staring at me across the table.  Our clean slates quickly get filled with erase marks and moved beginning dates. 

 Back to the beginning though, it’s a place to start.  It’s the point to learn something new.  At the end of every year, I reflect on what I’ve experienced, seen, lost, and learned.  So with every New Year, I think I should look at it as a time to begin to learn more about my journey.  I should embrace the beginning of each day with alert eyes, ears, hands, and heart to tackle whatever God has for me that day.  I pray that I will be aware of what I’m supposed to do and not miss an opportunity that God has scheduled me for.  I pray that I won’t ignore the whispers of the Holy Spirit just because I’m selfish, proud or afraid. 

When I think of the first beginning, my mind goes to creation.  Genesis is the origin, the coming into being, or the beginning.  In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth. He made light and dark separate to distinguish night from day. He made vegetation to grow and bear seed. He made the creatures that roam the Earth, swim in the seas, and soar in the sky.  He finished His creation with humanity.  He made us in His likeness and wanted blessings for us.  He said these beginnings were good and He rested.  Then He placed man in the garden to tend it but requested that he not eat from the Tree of Knowledge.  He then made woman for man, because He knew that man needed a companion.

 Then if you’ve ever read Genesis, you know that we screw up.  We listen to the Devil and eat what God’s told us not too.  We think we know better than He does.  We think that we have to know everything.  We think we need to control our own lives.  We do as we want and then feel the shame afterwards.  But God is so good that He made a way to erase the slate of sins in our lives.  He loves His creation and if we would just stay in His newness every day we will reap the benefits of His goodness.  Yes, we will slip up and mess up, but find peace in the grace of God knowing that Jesus paid for those slip ups and mess ups and that he offers a renewing beginning each day.  The sun rises and a new day appears, let’s live it the way that He intends for us to.  Let’s tend to what He has given us for each day and we will see His blessings.  If we continue that thought pattern for each day then the days will turn into weeks that will turn into a year filled with God’s goodness. 

               

               

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2013 in Spiritual Reflections

 

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The Heart of Worship

When my son was a toddler, I played Christian praise and worship music in my car while we did everyday tasks.  He got used to hearing certain songs and had several that he really enjoyed hearing.  His favorite song was, “Here I am to worship.”  When it played, I glanced at him in my rear view mirror and would watch him sitting in his car seat lifting his hands and singing as hard as he could along with the song.  It always melted my heart, brought tears to my eyes and a smile upon my face.

This morning I was reminded of that time once again.  My son, who is now twelve, was sitting behind me in church.  At  the end of service and the worship leaders were  singing a worship song.  I heard my son sing along with the music and he was singing with the same strength that he did when he was little.  I smiled and teared up.  I only hope that he will continue to sing praises to God. 

It made me think.  What does God think when we worship him so purely?  I would imagine it would bring him the greatest joy and pleasure.  As an earthly parent, it makes me beam with joy to hear him sing.  What does it do for God to hear us sing to Him with such pleasure?  I know it has to make him smile, it’s music to his ears.  It’s what He longs for.  He wants the transparency of his creation to come and enter into worship.  In the bible, it says that David was a man after God’s heart.  Why? Because he sang praise to His father, he cried out with song.  He was transparent with God.  In his music, he would sing what he felt.  He was honest with his Creator. 

My prayer is that I remember that God wants to hear me sing, he wants to see me raise my hands to Him, and we wants me to be transparent. This is a gift fit for the King.

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2013 in Writing

 

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Searching for God?

God is everywhere.  Why do people feel like they have to go look for Him?  Why do they think God is more present in a movement or a particular place? God is in every church building.  God is in our homes, our schools, our workplace, and our car.  God is in the bars, on the streets, under the bridges, in prisons, and in hospitals.  We don’t have to go to a particular temple, church, or building to see Him, feel Him, or worship Him.  He is with us at all times.  We are the ones who are out of touch, we are the ones who don’t realize He’s in the same room with us.  I am amused when people say that they won’t enter a church because they are so terrible that the walls will fall in on them.  They don’t fall in on them anywhere else, do they?  We think we have to clean ourselves up to go to church, but God sees us when we are dirty, when our mood is rotten, and when we even disgust ourselves.  The Lord’s love is radical.  He doesn’t want to be away from His creation.  We just have to open our eyes and see that He is beside us.  We just have to quieten our environment and hear Him.  We just have to sit still and feel His love surround us.  We just have to acknowledge Him where we are at and then we see Him.

 

Where can I go to get away from your Spirit?
    Where can I run from you?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there.
    If I lie down in the grave, you are there.
9 If I rise with the sun in the east
    and settle in the west beyond the sea,
10 even there you would guide me.
    With your right hand you would hold me.

Psalm 139:7-10 (NCV)

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2013 in Spiritual Reflections

 

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Tailor of Love

This morning I was leafing through some old poems.  I decided to share this one.

 

“Tailor of love”

He knows every stitch of me

because He created me.

He knew my layout

before I was pieced together.

He’s the master

and we’re His piece of art.

He measures us with careful consideration

Seeing the end design.

Each is relevant for different purposes,

thoughts, and placement.

 

The artist looks to Him

for He is the ultimate creator.

We are the apprentices

to His initial beauty.

He inspires us to inspect the details;

To improve upon the flaws.

He carefully tailored small details

In each of us where there is no matched replica.

Each stroke of color was meant for His light to shine through;

To reveal to all who were meant to be

His most loved creation.

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2013 in Poetry, Writing

 

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