Psalm 138:8 “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever–do not abandon the works of your hands.” (NIV)*

Kite and St Catherine's Island

Kite and St Catherine’s Island (Photo credit: pcgn7)


abandoned on life’s beaches.

Maybe I tried too hard to follow–

threw in too much of me…

who is she?


To save life

one must lose it–

losing doesn’t feel so great,

watching as others participate

hopes sit, as the parade…

passes by.


The sand bucket

has been dumped out–

poured at his feet, shells and all.

I skip random rocks into an ocean

trying to make ripples…




tossed heavenward,

toward an endless, bigger blue sky–

hoping for more than I can see.

Windblown efforts…

will they reach?


How do I catch

the fluttering, aimless kite–

grab the tail and reign it in,

that empty feeling…

of purposeless?


Tether to me, then,

be confident not in yourself

but in what I am doing through you.

Then, let your kite soar–

with purpose.





by Patty Perkins


Psalm 138:8, one of my all-time favorite verses, is in the June 20th reading of The One Year Bible. It keeps me tethered. Otherwise, I might fly away into and empty never-never land.

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


About Patty Perkins

I'm Patty, writer of the devotional blog, Beside Quiet Waters. I love writing, reading and taking long walks with my camera. I've been married to my loving husband for 32 years and we have two grown sons. I am thankful for a place to spill ink, in hopes of encouraging others to find daily hope and inspiration in God's Word. View all posts by Patty Perkins

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