Tuesday, November 15, 2011


this is a really special book a sweet friend gave to me. if you haven't read it yet ~ read it! it's all about knowing God & being grateful...the author ann voskamp says,"anything less than gratitude and trust is practical atheism...perhaps the opposite of faith is not doubt. perhaps the opposite of faith is fear. to lack faith perhaps isn't as much an intellectual disbelief in the existence of God as fear and distrust that there is a good God...the fear is suffocating, terrorizing, and i want a remedy, and it is trust. trust is everything."

do i know the true God
the one Your Word reveals?
or have i made an image
that holds for me appeal?

so many want a god
who only comfort brings
who gives just ease and goodness
allows no suffering

His Word says i'll have trouble
my view of suffering
should count it as a priviledge
to struggle for my King

should my first thought be always
how to be removed
from the place of trial
do i His Word confuse?

instead, should i embrace it
when trouble comes my way
and ask what may be learned
while difficulty stays?

then maybe His work finished
i more to Him will turn
and thank Him for the suffering
now His ways more i've learned


Sunday, November 13, 2011

simple desire...

my heart's desire is simple
i want to be like You
to act and to react, Lord
as You would have me do

my mornings start so sweetly
so quiet and so still
but as the sun arises
my mind begins to reel

i take the kids off this way
i get the laundry done
but who knows what's for supper?
what homework's yet begun?

the busyness engulfs me
at times my focus shifts
i see myself get moody
see tiredness take a grip

i long to hear Your voice
be grounded in Your words
that in the midst of daily
Your Spirit reassures

that though i walk imperfect
Your grace will make a way
and through my interactions
each one will come to say

"well, she just needs her Savior
and guess what? so do i!"
and grace will be extended
as busy days go by

then end of day approaches
i look back and review
were my words filled with sweetness?
did i, Lord, look like You?

now time spent in confession
i see the truth of me
may my heart, Lord, continue
in hope to be like Thee!