Friday, December 18, 2009

first snow...


temperature drops
clouds gather
grayness fills the day

people hurry
grocery shelves empty
be ready~come what may

home at last
everything sealed up
better drip the faucets just in case

dinner blessing
includes "please send lots of snow"
bringing smiles to every face

fireplace roars
hot cider simmers
weather channel predicts where & when

kids check the windows
look for the first flake
hope for "school closings" to begin

quilts & afghans
pj's of flannel
all settled snugly in bed

anticipation
hard to fall asleep
visions filling each head

then about 2:00 AM
something awakens
look out the window & view

world of whiteness
silently covering
all things being made new

storehouse of snow
angels shoveling
transformation only You can bring

beauty
purest beauty
in my heart do the same thing


*jb*

job 37:6a
He says to the snow,'fall on the earth'

ezekiel36:26
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you;I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

*photo~www.topnews.in/files/SnowFallss3.jpg

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

what to do with hurt feelings?










like icicles gleaming clear
oh my heart would be!
examine every motive
test my thoughts and see

am i walking in Your way
or is there something deep inside
that needs examination?
Oh,Father,be my guide

so hard to discern
when emotions get involved
show me,Father ~ truth
for my thinking may be flawed

i want to assume the best
yet it's judgment i perceive
i'm willing to be wrong
let me not be deceived

relationships get messy
we're all human ~ that's for sure
so take my sinful condition
and help me to endure

the times my understanding
is put,Lord,to the test
help me to be quiet
and in Your comfort rest

*jb*


proverbs 17:9
disregarding another person's faults preserves love; telling about them separates close friends

but at the same time...

proverbs 27:6a
faithful are the wounds of a friend

i will wait on the Lord to give clarity & in the meanwhile, i will trust that He is working all things together for good!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

content in the present...






we have an old pine chest where every year we set out all the Christmas cards from years gone by ~ it's so fun to look at them and remember what life was like "back then". if someone asked me which one is my favorite, i think almost every year i would say, "this year" ~ and it's true once again ~ God is so good! it's a blessing to be content in the present ~ to embrace what He is doing & where He has me NOW. for all the talk of the challenges & difficulties of teenage years ~ i say "bah humbug!" i love my teenagers & their teenage friends! this time is a gift from God ~ they spend time with us, share their thoughts & feelings with us, their struggles & victories because they choose to now and that is a blessed Christmas & everyday gift that gives more joy than my simple words can express...i love my children TODAY!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

beauty...









frozen beads pitter~pat against the pane
walkways sparkle 'neath the frozen rain

every light reflects in a blur
like looking through old glass windows at the world

frozen branches begin to twinkle & shine
holly berries glisten & remind

that we the best decorations cannot buy
just look at the stars in the sky!

this season is His & His alone
may the beauty of it turn hearts to His Son

*jb*

psalm 19:1
the heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handywork.

Monday, December 7, 2009

for gwenn...


my friend is moving on
strange cause it's usually me
who's packing for a new place
what the Lord has next ~ waiting to see



they're leaving us ~
a sense of sadness tempts me to despair
another friend to love from a distance
in my life something not so rare

but they go because the Lord is leading
and their obedience i love to see
His sweet presence traveling with them
to my beloved home ~ tennessee!

the gift of friendship oh so special
even with the risk of a broken heart
i wouldn't trade a single minute
though now we'll live far apart

for the Lord's knit our hearts together
i pray for her family & she for mine
He's given again a precious sister
a friend for a lifetime ~
*jb*

thank you, gwenn
we love each one of you
and pray God's watchcare over
your sweet family as you walk in His way.
see you in tennessee ~ love

psalm 40:1-5
I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,
and he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground
and steadied me as I walked along.
He has given me a new song to sing,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see what he has done and be amazed.
They will put their trust in the Lord.
Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord,
who have no confidence in the proud
or in those who worship idols.
O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us.
Your plans for us are too numerous to list.
You have no equal.
If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds,
I would never come to the end of them.

barn memories...


time is passing quickly
the old barns ~ they disappear
fewer the people who've experienced
the scents & sounds i hold so dear

the smell of fresh~cut hay
just unloaded from the truck
stacked up high in the hayloft
a perfect place to read a book


and in the neatly kept tack room
the fragrance of leather & saddle soap
a little, wooden chair in the corner
bins filled with sweet~feed, a little corn & some oats

the stalls with waiting horses
stamping feet & whinnying low
waiting on their dinner
their nostrils, they snort & blow

grain spills from a bucket
a sweet sound to the ear
the horses greedily digging in
like they haven't eaten in a year!

and later in the evening
as the animals settle down
the hush of gentle breathing
music of crickets the only sound

step outside in the flood of moonlight
stand & gaze at a thousand stars
was this what that evening looked like
that special night in Bethlehem far?

*jb*

Saturday, December 5, 2009

let the stable still astonish...

let the stable still astonish:
straw - dirt floor,dull eyes,
dusty flanks of donkeys,oxen;
crumbling crooked walls;
no bed to carry that pain,
and then, the child,
rag-wrapped, laid to cry
in a trough
who would have chosen this?
who would have said: "yes,
let the God of all the heavens
and earth
be born here, in this place"?

who but the same God
who stands in the darker,fouler
rooms
of our hearts
and says,"yes,
let the God of Heaven and Earth
be born here-
in this place."

~lesile leyland fields

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

busy but blessed!

Dec.1~
My house had boxes and boxes of Christmas decorations scattered all around. As soon as i woke up, I realized that I had a stressful day ahead of me: taking Sam to Gileskirk, needing to get a few things for his first basketball game that night, Audrey coming over for cooking class, Elle to piano where she and Audrey would see if they were ready to play a duet they had been working on, then I would need to pick Sam up, study for Biology, finish a poem for Gileskirk, Elle had history, I had a doctor appointment very close to the time we needed to leave for Sam's game which was not in a great part of town, so we were going by Tommy's work so we could all go together - oh and by the way, Sam's new b'ball shoes hadn't arrived yet (ups) - did I mention Christmas boxes everywhere and a tree not even 1/2 decorated??!!

Well, I began to pray as soon as my feet hit the floor! Lord, give me the ability to meet the challenges of the day and to respond as it would be pleasing to You. Make my words- Your words. My reactions - Your reactions. I even shed a few tears on my friends shoulder over this "busyness" when she dropped her son off to ride with us...
So, we were off to Gileskirk - thinking we probably wouldn't have time to cook the delicious recipe (gourmet mac & cheese) that I had planned! But, after dropping Sam off, we were quickly able to find what we needed for b'ball at Sports Authority. Elle, Audrey, and I came home and quickly got started on our cooking. Fortunately, Elle and I had chopped onions and grated cheese (Fontina, Gruyere, Sharp White Cheddar and Parmigiano-Reggiano) the day before! Everything came together like clockwork! The girls are becoming experts at a lovely, smooth Bechemel(white sauce). We were off to piano which went well- still a little more practice needed on their piece. We swung back by home and were able to deliver a lovely, not to mention delicious, dish of mac & cheese to Audrey's mom and her hungry brothers when we took her home!
Sam and Elle went straight to work after a little lunch and we headed to my Doctor appointment. They stayed in the car to study while I went in. As I sat waiting, I received a call letting me know Sam's basketball game had been cancelled - I couldn't believe it! Not only had things all day run smoothly - not only had the Lord given me grace to walk through a busy day properly, but now (as far as I'm concerned!) He had freed up my evening too!

We came home, and as the kids studied a little more, I was able to get to the Christmas decorating! When they'd finished their work, they joined in as we hung ornaments on the tree! Tommy and Sam blessed me even further by going ahead and moving all the storage boxes our right away. Finally, about10:30, I climbed into bed tired - but so grateful for a full day of blessings!

*Oh! and by the way, when we got home, Sam's basketball shoes were delivered and he'll be able to wear them to his game tonight!

1Peter 5:7
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.