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Beauty & the Butterfly

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I didn't use to take the time...

to see the butterflies

to watch them in flight

carefree

beautiful

fluttering here and there.






Just like I didn't used to take the time...

to spend with You in the morning

to listen to Your voice

both then and as I went through my day.


And some days....
or some hours
or some moments

go by

And I still could say

I used to...



But then you send a butterfly my way

or a sunset into view

or the majesty of Your creation overwhelms me

and I remember.


How loved I am.

How wonderful you are.

How your beauty chases me

Even when I am not actively chasing You.

Beauty is defined as:  
1. the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure
    to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit
2. a beautifulperson or thing 3. a particularly graceful, ornamental, or excellent quality 4. a brilliant, extreme, or egregious (distinguished) example or instance of 
    beauty
Your beauty and love chase after me
every day of my life. Psalm 23:6 MSG

Just as each day …

Lost without Your Light

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A few weeks ago, when the weather was still summer and the boys were outside in flip-flops and shorts, my son lost his shoe.

Too busy swinging away at twilight with not a care in the world.

Spending time seeing how much daylight could be squeezed out of the day 
in the neighborhood playground.

Off went the flip-flop.

Sailing high into the sky, I am sure.
And then the search.

For now dusk had come and gone.

Boys and flashlights.

An all-out search party.


The out of breath boy runs inside. "We went deep into the woods," he described. "We all had flashlights and we can't find it anywhere."

"It has to be there, and it'll be there in the morning unless some animal would like a smelly old shoe for a home tonight," I reply. "We just can't see it without more light. We'll look in the morning."

The next morning, going outside to look for the shoe was the first priority.
We retraced steps.
He showed me where he was on the swing
and pointed to whi…

The One that Almost Got Away . . .

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The other morning...


the pug got away.


Extreme panic.

I had stopped
 and the leash slipped right through my hand.

I didn't know if he'd come back
because the harder I chased him,
    the farther & faster he ran.

But when I enticed
  with open arms 
    and a voice that beckons ...

He'll come running.


The Perfect Father.

He won't panic
  when I run off after my own ambitions
   when my heart has wandered
    when my thoughts have drifted afar

I won't slip
  farther than He can grasp
    beyond hearing His voice
      out of reach of His unfailing love

I cried out, “I am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me. Psalm 94:18
He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Psalm 121:3

"I know how to love you ... perfectly ... completely."