Poetry

The Girl

In these dim days, I have been looking for bits of joy. My ordinary life, has become even more ordinary. I have slowed, and looked and paid attention to all the small things in my day. Turns out I’ve been missing allot.

I had a little girl stop in my office with her Dad, she is about four. In moments we had a glorious visit together and I’m still smiling about it.

The Girl

In a moment she slipped into my world.

Her smile curious, as we greeted,

she asked my name, and I asked her’s.

And just like that, we were friends.

I complimented her aqua blue

princess earrings.

She told me they were clip-ons.

She said she liked my blue eyes, and my dark brown hair

I replied that her golden hair was beautiful.

She smiled.

We continued complimenting everything about one another,

until we floated.

Her shirt said, Wonder Woman

I asked if she was a superhero.

She told me, Yes.

As she turned to leave, I asked,

What are your superpowers?

With confidence she said, I can fly, and I’ll save everyone.

Yes, I believe you will, darling girl

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Better Together

Something has been burning in me for some time now.  It’s my first thought in the morning and my last at night.  We’re better together.

I am on this walk, this journey to become more like Christ.  The plan is –

Less of Me – More of Him 

This is a walk I cannot walk alone.  I am grateful that I have not had to.  Grateful for friends, who have become sisters to me, who have joined me the journey.

In my small community , God is on the move.  I see new faces each week, when I take the time to look –

  •  I see a generation of women, who are holding a Bible in their hands for the first time,starving for what its pages hold.
  •  I see a hunger and a thirst for a better life.  A life with God in the center.
  • I see mothers standing alone dedicating their children to the Lord.
  • I see women sitting alone, their husbands at home far from God.

I hear the Lord whispering in my ear,

“They don’t have to walk alone.” 

I feel a fire igniting within me – burning

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Many of us spend our lives chasing after our ‘calling’.  We are convinced that it has to be some great thing.

What if the great things are this – 

  • Sitting over a cup of coffee and opening up her Bible with her for the first time.
  • Lingering over a meal as you encourage her, filling her with strength to keep God in the center.
  • Standing with her as she strives to raise her children knowing the Lord.
  • Sitting beside her and praying for her husband to join her in knowing Jesus.

Let this be our prayer –  Lord, help us to clearly see the great things You have called us to.  Remind us that great is not always big.  Great can be, just the one.  You see her, Lord – the one who is walking, lonely.   Give us the courage to lay down all of our fears, selfishness and insecurities, that we may come alongside her in her journey.  – Amen

Praying the Psalms Project

Psalm 15 – Praying the Psalms Project

This Psalm reveals to us, that it is important to God who we surround ourselves with.  We are created for community, with God and with others.  When we find ourselves far away from the Lord, wondering how to get back, we must take a good look around us. 

In my life surrounding myself with God seeking women has dug my tent pegs deep.   They are women who have corrected, challenged, encouraged, inspired and prayed for me. 

Mentoring is biblical, the Lord knew we would need encouraged in this journey called life.

Psalm 15

Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
    Who may live on your holy mountain?

The one whose walk is blameless,
    who does what is righteous,
    who speaks the truth from their heart;
whose tongue utters no slander,
    who does no wrong to a neighbor,
    and casts no slur on others;
who despises a vile person
    but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
    and does not change their mind;
who lends money to the poor without interest;
    who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

Whoever does these things
    will never be shaken.

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Oh Lord, I want to camp out with You?

But I need Your help –

To walk blameless

To do what is right

To have truth in my heart and speak it from my lips

To be a woman who does not slander others

Who does no wrong to those around me

Who never gossips

Help me to separate myself from those who are mean spirited.

Connect me with those who honor and fear You. 

Who go to great lengths to honor their promises and don’t change their minds.

Who care for the poor and never look to profit from their distress

For they will never be shaken

Who I surround myself with matters to You. 

I want to be a woman who is never shaken, who camps out with You. – Amen

 

 

An Advent Journey with Mary

Preparation

 

We spend more time preparing for Christmas than actually celebrating Christmas.  Our days are filled with grocery Lists, gift lists, baking, cooking and decorating.  Let’s be honest Christmas can be a lot of work and preparation, it is also part of the fun.  For me, I enjoy the baking.

With Christmas carols playing, I roll and cut the sugar cookie dough. Soon I’m pulling out trays of warm cookies and frosting them with a thick layer of butter cream icing. It’s my happy place… a place where my young  children, nieces and nephews would gather around the table to add the sprinkles.

Just like we prepare every year to celebrate this beautiful and holy day, the Lord in His wisdom knew that Mary would need some preparation.

Her cousin, Elizabeth played a big part.   As we read in Luke Chapter 1 Elizabeth had something wonderful happen to her.  She had been barren up to this point, longing for a child of her own.  In her words, she had suffered a lifetime of reproach, of blame, she was the object of scorn or contempt from those around her. The Lord was preparing to redeem those years that she spent aching for a child.

In their old age, when it would seem impossible to have a child.  An angel appears to Zacharias telling him that Elizabeth will bear a son and his name has already been chosen, John.

He would be a child who would…

  • Would bring joy and gladness
  • Cause many would rejoice at his birth
  • Be great in the sight of the Lord
  • Not drink wine or strong drink
  • Be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.
  • Turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. 
  • Walk in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord

Zacharias couldn’t believe what he was hearing and for doubting his lips were sealed until the day he would name his son.

Elizabeth stayed in her home for the first five months of her pregnancy.  Why?  We wonder.  My guess, to stay away from the naysayers and doubters.  She was hanging on to her God Promise.  There are times when we must hold our God Promises, close to our heart, so that no one can bring doubt to our mind.

Elizabeth and Zacharias may have been weary of waiting and praying for a child, but the Lord was planning to give them an extraordinary child who was well worth with the wait, John the Baptist.

Elizabeth would be part of the preparation process for Mary.  Two women experiencing miracle pregnancies, they had much to discuss!

Let’s look at this precious greeting between them…

Mary didn’t waste a minute. She got up and traveled to a town in Judah in the hill country, straight to Zachariah’s house, and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby in her womb leaped. She was filled with the Holy Spirit, and sang out exuberantly,

You’re so blessed among women,
    and the babe in your womb, also blessed!
And why am I so blessed that
    the mother of my Lord visits me?
The moment the sound of your
    greeting entered my ears,
The babe in my womb
    skipped like a lamb for sheer joy.
Blessed woman, who believed what God said,
    believed every word would come true!  Luke 1: 39-45 Msg

Elizabeth knows and so does baby John.  The knew the were in the presence of the Messiah and both were filled with joy.  Just typing those words made my own heart leap!

Then the visiting began.  I am sure that Mary and Elizabeth laughed, ate, cried, prayed and encouraged each other.  Such a beautiful time between friends and all the while Elizabeth’s belly grew.  Reinforcing the miracle happening within her.

God knows how important friendship is.  How it encourages and strengthens us.  We see examples all through  the Bible.  We can find ourselves consumed with creating the perfect Christmas for our families that we forget our friends.  Our friendships are a treasure, we must nurture and care for them.

For me, spending time with a good friend, refreshes me in ways nothing else can.

As we light our preparation candle this week plan to reach out to a good friend.  Plan to spend time together eating, talking, laughing, even crying.  Make it a point to encourage each other, this will prepare our hearts.

Preparation