Saturday, July 31, 2010

beauty?













is there any beauty still left here?
everywhere i look man's been near
postage stamps carved out
but to their edge
man in all his "progress"
long since hedged

o for wide and open ~ undisturbed
whether blue of sea or untrod berm
can it yet be found
some quiet place
eyes may gaze unhindered
beauty's face?

thanks be to God
there still one place remains
and in all of its glory
never tamed
is reachable by all
who'd persevere
before the face of God
the beauty clear

*sdg~jb

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

oswald...










today's "utmost" was a reminder that God is focused on "the process" more than "the end." that makes sense to me! He is in the process of making me/us more and more like Him - so of course, He desires obedience because that is how we go about becoming more like Him, and seeing us walk through what comes our way - looking more like Him than we did the last time we walked through something, must surely be pleasing to Him! not just pointedly saying,"i will be peaceful as i face another new school year because He has told me not to worry and so i am being obedient - and that is the goal!" NO! i just do approach this year more peacefully - with less worry - because i have seen His faithfulness in the years past and i am
more peaceful because of that - does that make sense???

Oswald Chambers: we have an idea that God is leading us to a particular end, a desired goal; He is not...what we call the process, God calls the end. God's end is to enable me to see that He can walk on the chaos of my life just now.

so do, Lord! i give this day to You - asking that You be such a part of me that i walk through this day looking, acting, speaking, thinking, being more like You - it's all part of the process!

Monday, July 12, 2010

that i may know Him...

let me not keep Thee waiting
but ever be seeking Thy heart
for Thou hast filled with desire
i beg ~ Thy glory impart
for though i know Thee from childhood
Thy depths never fully explored
may i be ever thirsty
always to know Thee more

*jb~sdg

Friday, July 9, 2010

deeper...










"In this hour of all-but-universal darkness one cheering gleam appears: Within the fold of conservative Christianity there are to be found increasing numbers of persons whose religious lives are marked by a growing hunger after God Himself. They are eager for spiritual realities and will not be put off with words, nor will they be content with correct "interpretations" of truth. They are athirst for God, and they will not be satisfied till they have drunk deep at the Fountain of Living Water." -AZ Tozer - The Pursuit of God


draw me ever closer, Lord
more of You to know
take me to the deeper place
my heart so yearns to go
fill me with Your love my God
as i seek Your face
take me to the depths of You
in this quiet place

*jb~sdg

psalm42:1~as the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, o God