Poetry

He Gives Freedom

My sin is not greater

My gifts are not lesser

Than all those who

have gone before

Equal in measure

For the standard of Christ

Is the only judgement

That matters any more

Galatians 3:28

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

James 2: 12-13

12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the Law that gives freedom. 13 For judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

 

 

 

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Poetry

Struggle 

There’s a little extra pain in my tears

A little more sorrow in my heart

The struggle is getting the best of me 

Each day I’m not sure how to start

One breath at a time

I slowly move forward and pray

That I’ll see something, hear a word

That sounds different than it did yesterday

Poetry

Doubt, Faith, Possibilities

What if…

I never discover a solution

My battles never find resolution

My actions never match my words

My thoughts are always disturbed

I never write a famous song

I never find a place to belong

My worry doesn’t cease

My soul never finds peace

What if…

Promises are fulfilled

I perfect the art of being still

I continue to grow and gain

I find purpose in the pain

I gain insight and faith

I discover new strength

I hold fast to the truth

I stay beside You

What if…

Poetry

I’d Rather

I’d rather have peace

than excitement

Rather be wrong in my faith

than selfish in my doubt

Rather be judged for childlike faith

than for my life when I am faithless

I’d rather believe the Bible

than the guesses in my head

I’d rather seek an invisible God

Than seek fruitless desires instead.

Romans 1:20

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

Poetry

Turn

You do offer strength

And Your call is strong

You’ve asked me to choose

Right over wrong

But what if I don’t

What if I go the wrong way

Would you love me the same

Would I stay in Your grace

Could I love You from there

Would my vision be strained

Would You still hear my prayers

Or would everything change?
2 Chronicles 7:14-15

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place.
Corinthians 3:16

But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

Thoughts

Get Higher

Several years ago I had a dream.  In my dream, I was kind of hopping through the treetops and I could see everything going on down below from a higher vantage point.  What I saw below was like an obstacle course.  It was very very busy and noisy.  There were swinging ropes and tunnels and mazes.  It was nighttime but bright neon lights were everywhere.  It looked exciting and fun but also potentially dangerous.  And as I was looking at it all, I wondered how I would ever know which course to take.    

Some dreams, and I have a ton, just stick with me and that has been one of them.  And often times I can see the parallels between my life and that dream.  It is so full of activity and choices.  It is full of possibilities, both good and bad.  But when I am walking the ground down below and all I can see is the obstacle right in front of me, I lose sight of the bigger picture and have trouble deciding which way to go.  So maybe that is when I go to the treetops.  Get up higher to see the bigger picture.  Get to a place where the noises are quieter, the lights are softer and the perspective is bigger and clearer.

So how do I get to the treetops?

Mark 1:35

“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”

Psalms 91:1

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”

Isaiah 55: 9

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.…”

Isaiah 30:21

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”