Vulnerable

Poetry

I’ve laid myself down

Raw and exposed

No safety net laid out

Fully vulnerable I suppose

Trusting You to do as You say

Believing in Your love

And even more so in Your grace

As You walk me safely through this place

Beyond me

Poetry

Beneath my circumstances

Beyond my dreams

There’s a place in my heart

Only You can reach

On my thoughts and emotions

I will not rely

But Your Word and Your promises

Shall be my guide

Day by day

And breath by breath

I will learn

To find Your rest

Thoughts

Poetry

All of the noise in my head doesn’t need to come together in some grand symphony

Not every loose end needs tying

Not every uncertainty given finality

This is life – it’s tough. Some days are amazing, others are rough.

Working through things won’t always bring answers but it does bring wisdom.

And maybe today that truth is enough to give thanks for.

Being Mean

Poetry

This morning on the way to school, my 4 year old said “sometimes Caleb (his 7 yr old brother) is mean to me. So sometimes will you be mean to him too?”  I laughed a little on the inside thinking “of course I won’t be mean to your brother because he was mean to you. He’s my son too.”  

Then I wondered if that’s how it sounds to God when we wish He would “repay” the wrongs done to us. He hears us, gently smiles, understands why we feel that way but then reminds us that the person who hurt us is His child too.  And instead of “being mean to them”, He disciplines out of love and infinite wisdom, knowing exactly what each of us needs.  He provides mercy upon mercy just as He has done for me…. and for that, I am extremely grateful.

In the broken, In the silence

I sit and wait

Your hand is at work
I watch and pray
I give You the pieces
I trust what You say

Contentment

Poetry

I asked for years how to find itI searched, pleaded, implored

Imposters came and went until

One day it arrived at my door
It came in unannounced

Hidden by the storm outside

It learned it’s way around

Waiting for me to recognize
So when the storm ended

I looked to see where it went

And standing right beside me

There it was, true contentment.
Philippians 4:11-13
…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.