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An Empty Vessel

Her heart was hollow and she stood unyielding to anyone that tried to reach out to her.

She was used to the insults flung at her by those who were supposed to love her.

She didn’t trust what people called love.

She heard their artificial claims and witnessed their cold shoulders.

 

Yet, she crossed my path.

I want to show her the love that My Father showed me.

So, I take the time to

Chisel….tap….stand back

Wait.

Pray.

Smile at her with an honest grin

And with eyes that hope,

With eyes that felt like she does….once upon a time.

Until, God shook me and showered me with love that wasn’t deserved,

A pure love, a real love.

I’m waiting for that cloudburst to drizzle upon her face

And fill that heart to capacity.

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Posted by on February 17, 2016 in Poetry, Writing

 

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“Eat Your Veggies”

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I’ve always loved eating but there are certain things that my body starts to crave if I deprive it of good food.  Often times I’ll just grab a quick fix through the drive thru of a fast food restaurant or I’ll fill up on junk food.  It fills me up with empty calories and I’m not satisfied.  I’m not satisfied with my meal until I include veggies in my diet.

Now, when I was a kid there were certain vegetables that I detested.  Asparagus and brussel sprouts were on my least wanted list.  When my mom put those veggies on my plate, I had to scheme of ways to remove them from my plate other than putting them in my mouth.  My mom expected a clean plate at the end of a meal.  She would look at me and say, “Now eat your veggies, they are good for you.”  I disagreed, so when she turned her back I conveniently unfolded my napkin and quickly slid the veggies onto the thin paper.  Then I’d grab another to wipe my mouth and cover the veggies with that napkin, ball it up and throw it into the trash in one quick sweep.  She’d turn around and smile and tell me that I did good, until she caught me.  Then I had to figure out other methods of not eating my veggies.

I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older that I do that a lot with things that are really good for me.  Instead of embracing things that are healthy for my body, I’ll look for a quick fix instead or a way to just push it away for awhile.  That happens with my spiritual life too.  I’ll get busy and don’t take time to pray or read the bible.  I run out of time or don’t make time to do what my body needs me to do.  I’ll read a quick devotion and expect that to fill me, but then I walk around feeling empty.  Then I’ll finally slow down, sit down and savor the word.  When I do that I get satisfied, not just filled up.  God does that a lot with me on all aspects of my life.  I’ll sit at His table and He’ll put a plate before me.  I’ll look down at the plate and see some things that I question Him on.  “I don’t know, that doesn’t look very good to me,” I’ll think.   God looks at me and says, “It’s good for you, eat it.”  I’ll slowly put it in my mouth and chew.  Sometimes it may not taste the best going down, but in the end it helps my body function better.  Other times I taste it and immediately my opinion is changed.  I see that you can’t judge a veggie by what it looks like on your plate.

Those veggies may not look appealing but they give you the vitamins your body needs.  So remember, don’t snarl your nose up at what doesn’t look good in your eyes because oftentimes that’s exactly what the body needs to survive and thrive.

“Let them praise the Lord for His great love and for the wonderful things He has done for them.  For He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”  Psalm 107:8-9 NLV

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2014 in Spiritual Reflections

 

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Do you hear what I hear?

When you are hard of hearing, listening becomes vital to knowing what’s going on.  I can’t hear very well, I wear hearing aids to correct it.  I have trouble hearing low tones, even with corrective measures.  So, if I want to actually hear something, I have to focus closely and listen for it.  When you loose your hearing, you realize how important it is and how much you miss when you go from barely hearing to hearing somewhat with hearing aids.  I didn’t realize that I wasn’t hearing birds chirp in the spring, crickets singing, or even cars buzzing by when I went walking.  I have a friend who is completely deaf, I know that she longs to hear.  I know how aggravated people get with me for not hearing as well as they do.  It’s frustrating and people go on the defense if you tell them you can’t hear well.  They often reply with, “I’ve been having trouble hearing today, too.” They speak like it’s a cold that someone catches and quickly heals from.  

But back to my original thought, listening is something you have to do more of when you can’t hear well.  You have to focus on what you want to hear.  You have to give attention to what is being said.  You have to hone in on sounds that others hear.  When you can hear good, you don’t notice the sounds around you as much.  They are normal to your environment.  You don’t give it a second thought.  You don’t know how blessed you are to hear.  

I often think of times in my life when I question God and say, “God, I don’t hear you.  Are you even saying anything?”  And I come full circle in my mind and think, maybe I’m not hearing because I’ve gotten so used to hearing the same sounds.  I’m routinely going about my day and I’m used to things not changing.  I have slowly adapted to my environment and all I hear is background noise.  Then when something crashes down, I usually run toward the noise to see what it is.  In the crashes, I ask what happened?  Why did it happen? How did it happen?  Perhaps the signs were there, but I wasn’t listening.  I got into the mundane routine of life.  So then I question God.  Maybe He was just trying to get my attention.  Maybe He has something He wants to say.  Maybe He’s been talking the whole time and I wasn’t listening.  So today, I’m going to listen for whatever God wants to tell me.  Maybe He wants me to notice someone who needs a little encouragement.  Maybe He wants to remind me that He’s beside me.  Maybe He wants to show me something I wouldn’t have noticed anyway.  Maybe He just wants me to pay attention to Him or spend time with Him.  

 

Then he added, “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given[c]—and you will receive even more. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.”   Mark 4:24-25

Listen, O heavens, and I will speak!
    Hear, O earth, the words that I say!
Let my teaching fall on you like rain;
    let my speech settle like dew.
Let my words fall like rain on tender grass,
    like gentle showers on young plants.”

Deuteronomy 32:1-2

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2014 in Spiritual Reflections

 

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