Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A Gentle Breeze

A gentle breeze caresses my head of salt and pepper
The ocean mist fills my nostrils
I am overwhelmed by Your tender mercy

The release came after
After I offered You my burden of death
That slavery to the code

Grace arrested me
Favor rescued me
Grace lifted my back breaking burden

There is no condemnation in Your embrace
No judging finger

Jesus' gentle breeze floods my soul
Even in the midst of a storm, I know You’re with me

How did this poem make you feel?  Is your walk with Jesus characterized by grace and peace or by striving and self-effort?  I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Encouragement for the Valley

“Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits -“ Psalm 103:2

If your staggering through the deepest valley in the day, look up you can still view the sun. At night you can still gaze at the sun's reflection in the moon. Wherever you are in life, no matter your situation, God is with you. When we go through hard times, we can remember Christ's presence in our lives in times past. We can remember when God intersected us at our point of need.

We can remember times that He has forgiven us and caused our guilt to melt away. We can remember when God provided for us or when he exchanged our sickness for His health. The Lord is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He will come through for us again, but we must continue to stride through the valley, even if it is a wasteland, knowing that God will bring us back to the mountaintop.

In the midst of our sorrow, let praise be heard once again. Let's praise the Lord for his goodness and for the times He has come through for us. Let's also praise Him in expectation of His miracles.

You must know that God is good and He wants only the best for you. What He has begun in you He will finish. He is crafting you and shaping you to reflect Christ more vividly. Then He will use you more powerfully.

Let's keep up the pace in the valley and allow God to bring us to a spacious place. He is faithful and He will do it.

Monday, November 2, 2015

When We Become Small

When we become small
He shows Himself BIG
When we bow down
He lifts us up

Open doors swing wide
When we shut the door to pride

Favor flows from God
As we expect the blessing
Favor trickles down
As we listen to the sound
His voice leads us to the place
God dreams for us

Promotion comes from the Lord
As we serve with faithful hands