Tag Archives: love

Thwarted arrows

 “In the shelter of your presence you hide them … in your dwelling you keep them safe from accusing tongues.” Psalm 31:20

Where is the arrow

shot from enemy’s bow?

Where are the accusations

that have been thrown?

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They’ve been thwarted,

diverted from my path.

Dispersed, fallen,

and of strength — sapped.

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Keep me in your presence,

hidden in perfect love.

Safe from accusing tongues,

restored and ready to serve.

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He shuts out accusing voices. He stills the echo of negative words and constant criticism. He quiets the soul. In His presence I am hidden, tucked under his sheltering wings — out of sight and out of mind from those who would bring down.

 

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That reason to get up

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

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He made James faithful and John devoted,

Timothy proved loyal and Peter emoted.

Martha got it done and Mary took it in,

David grew heart-broken, and Paul determined.

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He created Moses a leader and Ruth a follower,

Joseph rose a dreamer and Esther an interceder.

Each one granted a purpose to fulfill,

These heroes, the faithful, who do his will.

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Each of us has a purpose to fulfill. It’s that reason to get up in the morning. May we all find it, or die searching.


An ocean deep

“This is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” I John 4:10

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Love is not based on our love for God. That foundation would be unstable at best because it’s based on human capabilities. Love is based on what God did for us. He sent his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. All other love springs from that foundation…or is it an ocean?

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An ocean deep,

Is the well of God’s love—

where springs begin

and rivers flow—

it’s endless depths

no man can know.

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On shores of sand

 foundations collapse—

yet tides of mercy pull

and waves of grace call—

God’s ocean reverberates

for one, for all.

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A bridge to God

Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.” I John 2:6

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So, how did Jesus walk?

Jesus broke bread and fed crowds; he fried fish for his hungry friends. Jesus broke tradition and spoke with a Samaritan woman. He did not condemn one caught in adultery. Jesus put mud on a blind man’s eyes and welcomed little children. He accepted an extravagant gift of perfume and wept over a good friend’s death. Jesus dipped bread with a traitor and died for sins he didn’t commit.

That’s how Jesus walked.

He walked in humility. He served others. He fully accepted God’s call on his life. Jesus came to connect with people and provide a way to God. He became the bridge to God.

Am I a bridge to God? A connector? I wonder if others find the way to God when they see my life, or do they see barriers that send them in another direction. Would I be willing to break with tradition or muddy my hands if it meant becoming a bridge?

Lord, push barriers away, that nothing keep others from coming to you. Help me walk as you walked. 

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May others find their way to God

When on my path they trod.

May barriers be pushed aside—

 An open bridge beckon wide. 

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This Thanksgiving take the high road

“Hatred stirs old quarrels, but love overlooks insults.” Proverbs 10:12 (Living)

“Your own soul is nourished when you are kind…” Proverbs 11:17 (Living)

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Ignore the arrow

look past the jab—

be the one to move on.

Leave the low road

choose the high road—

let love cover past wrong.

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When extra portions of relatives are served in multiple courses strung out in all kinds of settings, yesterday’s quarrels can simmer on the back burner—waiting to be stirred.

What keeps us picking up the puckering persimmon? It’s the emotion we’re embarrassed to admit, yet find so hard to leave on the shelf. Hatred is a stirring spoon that feels good in the hand, but dishes up a bitter aftertaste.

Here’s a dare to lay down the agitated stirring spoon and pick up a ladle of love. Love that overlooks insults. Love that spoons sugar into the green beans and dollops whipped cream on pumpkin pie. Love that satisfies the palate and says, this is good. Serve the kind of love willing to take the high road and overlook insults—allow them to fly by unaccepted.

Be the one to set a table full of kindness. Kindness that offers a seat and helps carry the load.  Kindness that settles, soothes and despite cutting the pie into enough pieces to go around, manages to remain whole.

Because kindness somehow sneaks back into the giver. It boomerangs into a nourishing balm for one’s own soul and is always needed. Always.

This Thanksgiving, may love and kindness be served in abundance

and may they start with me.


Held secure

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

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Choosing a candidate to vote for in this year’s election left me uncertain. I had to edit out a lot of jargon to get down to issues that mattered most. And even then, still wondered if I was doing the right thing…

And then, on election day, I came across this: Nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Not the future. Not powers. Nothing in all creation. The highest mountain, the deepest ocean, the farthest star in the sky can’t separate us from God.

Whatever direction our country takes, those who follow God will continue to be gripped in his arms forever. We are held secure in his love.

No leader or politician can rip us from his grasp; nothing can disconnect us from his love. God’s love is constant and sure, all-encompassing and far reaching. His love is greater than election outcomes.

Lord, let fear and uncertainty fall away.

You reign sovereignly over all and your love endures forever.

Thank you.

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“For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or power or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:16-17


Find me waiting

Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him.” Isaiah 30:18

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I become irritable if I have to wait for anything too long. I want to take matters into my own hands. But often in scripture we’re told to “wait” for the Lord—to give him time to do his work.

There is a reason to be patient: He longs to be gracious and he rises to show compassion. I’d like to be the recipient of that! Those who wait for him are going to be blessed. It’s going to be worth the wait.

May the reality of my life match the longing of his heart to pour out love and grace. Let me not live in a way that prevents it!

You are worth waiting for.

Your blessing is precious and sweet—

Sweeter than anything else out there.

Find me ready.

Find me receptive.

Find me waiting.