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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Finding beauty . . .



Beauty.

It was there.

On the wrong path.

The one that I started out
so sure on.

But the farther I went,
the more I realized

It was not the right one.




Little did I know

That this path would lead me

Back to the one

I had intended to be on, yes,

But even more so -

Beauty in the journey.


That's the message. Beauty in the journey. Right where I am. The path I didn't choose. Or that was chosen for me. Or that seems all uphill. Or seems like it is going nowhere.


Look around.

Find the beautiful.

Right here.

Right now.

Because I might not be on this road again.

Monday, June 10, 2013

When the Water Gets Deep


When the water gets deep.

And it keeps rising

And you feel like you are in

over your head.




You are not.
A failure.
That is a lie of the enemy.

You are not.
Not wanted.
Again, a lie
straight from the pit of hell.

You are wanted.
You are loved.
You are more than a conqueror.
You are treasured.


And the only "thing"
that can change this mindset
deep within the core of your being

Is not a thing.

It's a "someone."

A person.

It's an encounter with Him.

Where you settle

These issues

that keep rising to the surface

when the water gets deep.
 

 
And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

HILLSONG UNITED "OCEANS (WHERE FEET MY FAIL)"
 

Link to the song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy9nwe9_xzw

Friday, June 7, 2013

The Protector

A baby goose

alongside his Daddy -

the protector.







The baby sees me coming
and moves one step closer to Daddy.

Daddy - he squawks at me.
There is no way I'm getting any closer to his baby.


The question is:

When it looks like trouble is coming my way,

do I move closer to You

or try to defend myself on my own?



How foolish it would be for the baby geese to try that!


As I press in to You,
so the troubles squeeze in on all sides.


Do I run to my protector
when danger lurks
when troubles surround

Do I move closer to You

or farther from You

because I think I am strong enough?


I will pursue you
I will pursue your presence

Our pastor recently shared a transparent message about his life and learning to live with Jesus as his protector.

What protects you?

Jesus was designed to
He longs to
be your one and only protector.

Not the shame,
nor the fear,
nor the "I'm not worthy."

It's one thing to understand
Because I can understand that You are my protector
But it is a whole other thing to live it out.

So what I am to do?

Run to You.
You are the safe place.
You are greater.
You settle me.

It's time to let go
of the false protectors.
 

Turn Around: Find Grace





Turn around.

There is grace. 

Right behind you.







The voice behind you saying,

"This is the way. Walk in it. When you turn to the right and when you turn to the left."                                                                  -Isaiah 30:21


Your ears shall hear the voice.

The word.

The one He speaks for this moment.



But how can You be leading me from behind me?

No wonder I am free to walk off on my own.


Turn around.

Right where you are.

This is where the grace lies.

With Me.

My Holy Spirit enabling the flowing of grace.


Turn and face HOPE
when I have none.

Turn and face the OVERWHELMING ONE
when I am overwhelmed.

Turn and face GRACE
when I am empty,
I can't give out what I haven't got
I need to be filled up with You and Your grace.



Come boldly
to the throne
of GRACE
to find mercy and grace to help
in our time of need


Not harshness
in my time of need.

Not sternness
in my time of need.

Oh, am I in need.

May I be like the plant, who responds to the light. It stays right put, but it turns to the light. It grows towards the light. (the scientific name is phototropism).


The following is beautiful quote from A Good American by Alex George, a book I read for a book club the other month (can't fully recommend it though). Lately, my life has felt like a long opera.

My grandmother’s life had been one long opera. There had been drama, heroes, villains, improbably plot twists, all that. But most of all there had been love, great big waves of it, crashing ceaselessly against the rocks of life, bearing us all back to grace.

 



As I turn
and look into Your face
I find grace
for this place


 
The story behind the photos:
The elusive cherry blossoms that I waited for in April. A strange spring. It stayed cold late into the spring and then became quite hot. One day, they were not in full bloom. A few days later, they were and it didn't last long. So, I tramped down to the Tidal Basin to capture a few shots . . . my heart sank when I saw that I had missed the peak. But I found a few and just when I was ready to pack up, I scanned the horizon. My eyes caught a glimpse of a hidden pocket of trees in full bloom! Grace.
 
And the bonus. These tulips in the Floral Library.