Wax and Wane

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I realize that not all poems need to rhyme, but I enjoy reading and writing poems that do.  In anticipation of summer, I wrote this poem about the beach called “Wax and Wane”.  Instead of just printing it, I added it on a beach background.  Let me know what you think.

Wax and Wane

 

Kind words

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Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.

Mother Teresa

What if we changed the words we say to ourselves? Our self talk can be harsh and discouraging at times.  We say things to ourselves we would never say to anyone else, “your’re stupid”, “you can’t do this”, “I’m embarrassing myself” “I’m no good at anything I do”.   When we become aware of the words we’re speaking to ourselves, could we change them to uplifting words and words of kindness?  How difficult is it to change the way we think and change what we say to ourselves? Instead, maybe we should try saying things like, “I have amazing potential”, “I CAN do this”, “It’s okay for me to feel this way”, etc.

Change…  it happens all around us. Each day brings new challenges and new blessings. The world around us changes, mountains shake, waters roar, rain falls, sun shines, time ticks away and we are left here in this moment. Today, this exact moment you are reading this is the only time you have, so enjoy today.  If you are feeling stressed, try to change your thinking and focus on blessings not troubles. Try to imagine yourself succeeding.  Do not let someone else’s ill conceived words steal your moment. Don’t allow the words and actions of others dictate how you should feel and love and live. You choose! Fill your moments with loving thoughts and know that you will be filled with Gods grace and he will give you the strength to carry on. Also try to be encouraging and speak kind words to others, your voice will echo and the kindness will return to you one hundred fold.

Now go out there and take on your challenges, you’ve got this! And … Be kind to yourself along the way.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we won’t be afraid, though the earth changes, though the mountains are shaken into the heart of the seas; though its waters roar and are troubled, though the mountains tremble with their swelling.  Psalm 46:1-3

Rising of the Son

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Where’s the light at the end of the tunnel?
Where’s my reward for living true?
Why is everything such a mess?
When all I want – is to follow you.

I’m falling apart at the seams,
I can’t do this on my own
I’m tired of feeling broken
I’m tired of feeling alone.

Could you mend all my broken pieces?
Could I find peace in your loving embrace?
Will you lead me beside still waters?
Will I discover amazing Grace?

Will I escape from my worries and woes?
Will I find the Solution I need?
Will my future finally look bright?
Will the darkness eventually flee ?

This world is full of such sadness,
I’m not sure which direction to go.
Will you take away all my troubles?
Will you prepare me a room in your home?

The darkness finally faded,
With the rising of the son.
I surrendered my heavy burdens,
And found peace when the day was done.

Broken Together 

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Jesus lives! We can still see signs all around us, if we look closely that show us that Jesus still lives today in the hearts of those who seek him. But we still struggle.

 

So I’m inclined to ask … If following Jesus does not exempt us from struggles and brokenness… Then why should we follow him? Why pray or go to church? What’s in it for us? The struggles we each face can be challenging and scary. And Following Jesus gives us a pathway to peace. He shows us the way to find Gods loving embrace. He takes away our fears and replaces it with determination and renewed strength. Our problems don’t go away when we follow Jesus, but the way we tackle them changes. Our attitude towards our problems change when we know we are not fighting them alone.

 

On this life journey, it’s the proclaiming our faith and the expressing our doubts, the questioning and the searching for answers, the falling and the getting up, the yanking and the pushing… it’s life pulling us in all directions, it’s the chasing and the crying and the celebrating that we do togetherthat leads us to discover the spirit of God in each of us.  By following Jesus it fills our spirit with the love of God and brings us comfort knowing we are never alone.  God is always with us.

 

Some of you endure the pain of life on a daily basis. 
A lost marriage.
A broken home.
Death and separation
Sickness and pain.
Children facing difficulties and challenges.
Lost jobs.
Lost loves.
Lost joy.

 

No strong person I know got that way from walking away from their doubts and fears.  It’s by tackling problems, by questioning, by searching for answers that we become stronger and more resilient.  

Psalm 34: 18-19 says .. If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath. Disciples so often get into trouble; still, God is there every time.


Brokenness connects us to God.
 Think of the word BROKEN!  When we’re financially strapped, we say we’re broke, when we lose someone or something we love we’re brokenheartedWhen we were dating someone and they make us mad we break up with them.  When we get together for meals we say we are “breaking bread together”, when we’re an emotional mess we have a break down.  But it’s the broken ground that we plant seeds in to produce life,its broken clouds that bring rain, rain that yields flowers and food.


You know, 
it’s striking at how much the weather is a metaphor for our lives. This year especially we have realized  that our never ending winter has finally moved into spring. We knew it would.  That rain brings fruits and trees and rainbows. That storms destroy things that can be rebuilt even better and more resilient than before.  Our lives are spent being broken and being renewed. Being cast aside and being lifted up. Being rained on and feeling lousy about it and then blossoming into a beautiful flower. We face storms, we struggle, we deal with the loss of loved ones. But it’s the harsh winters make spring much more appreciated. It’s in dealing with death,  as we all do at times, that makes us appreciate life even more. Without storms we wouldn’t appreciate calm. Without death we wouldn’t appreciate life. God has a purpose for us ~ to live our life, to face challenges knowing that spring is coming and that whatever is broken or knocked down by the gusts of wind can be rebuilt and renewed – Are you hungry for God’s love? Are you passionate about learning more and removing those fears and doubts? Are you ready to discover the confidence that comes from tackling your problems with Jesus by your side?


We all have doubts and fears. You may be shatt
ered by the loss of a loved one, dealing with health issues, facing a financial crisis, seeking spiritual fulfillment, needful of an emotional pick me up or just feeling sad.  Yet, as followers of Jesus – together we can lift each other up. You don’t have to do it alone. We can be “Broken Together” and that’s okay – because we know that God uses broken things. God can put our broken pieces back together in a different way so that they will have a new meaning and make us feel loved and complete.  

 

Are you listening?

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All these blessings will come upon you, and overtake you, if you listen to the LORD your God’s voice.

Deuteronomy 28:2

Do you hear it? It’s that voice in your head that some may call intuition. It guides you if you take the time to listen to it. It gives you advice. It tells you you’ve done something wrong. It leads you to call a loved one, knowing when to open up and when to be quiet … If we listen to it. Are you listening? Can you decipher your voice from Gods? 

Sit quietly and feel gods love. Sit quietly and feel the peace of this moment. Release all negative thoughts and emotions. Instead ask who loves me and who do I love. What am I doing that’s good. Give your troubles to God, let him handle them. Give your health issues to God, give your financial burdens to God,  lift up your relationship hurdles to God. Then,  sit in a state of peace, a state of joy, a state of thankfulness for your blessings. When the time is right, you will discover a solution to your troubles, then it will be time to take action in that direction. 

I like to take time each day to do this. To lift up my burdens, focus on my blessings, asking for solutions and answers. Meditation will help us hear and recognize the voice of God, and to see the hand of God moving and touching and directing our life. You will discover that people will come into your life and help you. Beautiful sunsets will appear, you will walk outside and realize that the birds are singing  just for you because no one else is listening.  When you stop and listen, God will show himself in an assortment of ways. 

I would like to share with you again a poem I’ve written:

God’s Voice

God’s voice whispers in my ear:  “Slow down”
but there is so much to do and say,
I hear:  “Sit quietly and pray.”

God’s voice whispers to my heart: “Give more”
but there is no money left to give away.
I hear: “Give first and pray.”

God’s voice whispers to my soul: “Be someone”
but it is not my fault, nothing ever goes my way,
I hear: “Stop blaming others and pray.”

God’s voice whispers in the wind: “Be the light”
but what if others don’t listen, who am i anyway?
I hear: “You are a child of God, pray.”

God’s voice whispers in the night: “Don’t be afraid”
but there are so many obstacles in my way,
I hear: “I am with you, pray.”

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