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Worth Fighting

June 25, 2017

The faith inside
Won’t die to expectations
I thought I forgot
How to fight
But, then my blood remembered
This life isn’t mine

And it ran
Down the cross
Didn’t count the loss
But the gain
So I fight
For You already won

Can’t take the credit
For the glory is Yours
All I can say is
Without You,
There’d be nothing to fight for

The shadows try to play
In my mind
My instincts tell me
I’m not cold
But not hot
Lord, don’t spew me away

I draw close
To your heart
And your word
Mumbles to a pound
In my chest and mind
There’s something more

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In His Hand

January 15, 2017

Psalm 89:13-16 King James Version (KJV)

13 Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.

14 Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.

15 Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance.

16 In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted.

As a child of God, be encouraged that you are in His hand. As a child of God, you are victorious. Walk in His love and praise Him in advance for His goodness and mercy for His joy shall be your strength. Adversity may come and struggles may arise, but know and be encouraged that you shall come forth as pure gold.

The Not-so ‘Young’ Guns

January 15, 2017

When a co-worker told me about the retirement of Carl Edwards, I like many was caught off-guard. But, upon further reflection, I thought of Jeff Gordon and the thoughts I’d had previously.

Back in the day, NASCAR had commercials that featured the ‘young guns’ of the sport. Ryan Newman and a few others were spotlighted and, as a Jeff Gordon fan, I couldn’t help but ask, why wasn’t Jeff featured? He’s not that much older than him! When Jeff got towards the latter part of his NASCAR career and analysts commentated on how he was the elder statesman, I couldn’t help but think, they do know Dale Jr isn’t too far behind him?

My point in this is, back then, I felt that once Jeff retired, there were a few guys that probably wouldn’t be that far behind.

As Jeff was and remains a trendsetter in NASCAR, I believe a new trend of the ‘not-retired’ will arise and many drivers will step away from the full-time grind as drivers who started when they were four and five are closing in or are past 40. With Tony Stewart and now Carl Edwards stepping away, it’s only going to continue. In the meantime, enjoy the ride.

bad and good

December 23, 2015

I just wanted to take a moment to encourage someone. There are times in life when bad things occur to good people. There are definitely challenges to overcome, some things may have happened that you didn’t plan for. But, at the end of the day, when you trust in the Word of God and apply it, being a believer who is actively reaching, God is not slack in His promises. It may not be something that is incredibly monumental that you’re facing. It could be something that’s going on with a loved one, family member or friend. Might be someone you don’t understand. It may be a decision you’re in the process of making or a thorn you’re trying to overcome; but I know God is more than enough.

Psalms 27 was a word that reached out to me the past two weeks. Wait for the Lord, be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. He’s got you.

Sometimes, bad things happen
To good people,
And today, sometimes,
Bad things do.
But, I’m encouraged
More times,
More often, tough things
Work to my good.

Thankful, I’m starting
Starting to see more and more
Of Your faithfulness,
The lack of my own
Reminds me of how much
I need to be thankful
For you cause
The bad to work to my good

I can be thankful
Even for the trials,
When I take my mind off
The miles and trust
In purpose
The trial
Isn’t for–me–
But for Your glory

The Heat is On/Off–Annie, Richard and me

July 18, 2015

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Heat is On.”

There are instances where I find that I work better under pressure. But, even then, the details ruminate in my mind and can tumble over and over. Just like thinking of something; to do it, you first have to have the initial thought to go forward before you can move. The alarm clock goes off…your eyes awaken…you start to fall back asleep….then, you remember that you have to be early….you smell the uncooked bacon…feel the urge of the unmade sale….rub your eyes…decide it’s time to run.

In the midst of that, there’s the question of who woke you up. As I believe it was God who woke me this morning, I realize it’s the thermometer within that will help me gauge what must be done today. He helps me think on what needs to be done, when. Sometimes, I will know that I need to write a paper for days, yet, as much as I want to get it done, it’s not until the last hour that certain details will come to me. Other times, the urgency will be so great that I will jot something down and it almost seems as if it’s writing itself.

It may have been Annie Dillard who said something to the effect that we have to be comfortable enough to not run to a notebook anytime we have an idea to write something. Sometimes, it’s better to allow ideas to grow. Other times, it’s better to write about that idea, the triggering subject that will grows into something completely different. One one side, there’s Annie with quotes like this:

“One of the things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better. These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water. Similarly, the impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.”
Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

Another is from Richard Hugo, in Writing off the The Subject:

“When you start to write, you carry to the page one of two attitudes, though you may not be
aware of it. One is that all music must conform to truth. The other, that all truth must conform
to music. If you believe the first, you are making your job very difficult, and you are not only
limiting the writing of poems to something done only by the very witty and clever, such as
Auden, you are weakening the justification for creative writing programs. So you can take that
attitude if you want, but you are jeopardizing my livelihood as well as your chances of writing
a good poem. If the second attitude is right, then I still have a job. Let’s pretend it is right
because I need the money. Besides, if you feel truth must conform to music, those of us who
find life bewildering and who don’t know what things mean, but love the sounds of words
enough to fight through draft after draft of a poem, can go on writing–try to stop us.”

While this may or may not seem related, I believe that it is. As Richard Hugo wrote the Triggering Subject, there are instances where the the initial thought isn’t the end. We hear the sound, feel the wind when we don’t see it. Even when a task is begun, the ending is not with the completion of the task, or when it’s turned in. The collective remnants add to another, then to another, and another. Hence, what we know as truth is not stagnant but, it should continue to grow. Truth is not limited to a certain standard. It shouldn’t change or have loopholes, but we should find that we grow because of it.

We should not be limited to a set standard, but should be able to have an ever-growing relationship. One that is not stagnant and keeps you locked down. But, because it’s there, you’re there with another, moments build on each other. You’re not limited to the rules, because it’s a relationship. Understanding grows even in the midst of shortcomings and pitfalls and brokenness. Where deadlines are not dead, but lines that continue to grow, even when the ink stops.

April 19, 2015

In this season, it is important for you to know who you are as a child of God. He hasn’t brought you this far to quit or to give up. There’s a difference between giving up and giving in to the leading of the Lord. Trust Him.

Experimenting with Haikus

February 16, 2015

So this is a brief attempt at a haiku based on the prompt of water and using a simile….

Praise, like water is
For the soul to grow, more than
Sorrow, to Son-light

Second draft
Praise like water, now
My heart a drumbeat thankful
Sinews, meshed in breath
Dust giving birth to new sound
Sorrow to sunlight

Combined…

Praise, like water is
For the soul to grow–more than
Sorrow to Son–light
Praise like water, now
My heart a drumbeat thankful
Sinews, meshed in breath
Dust giving birth to new sound
Sorrow to sunlight

One small step…

February 7, 2015

It’s February…..already! It seems like it’s colder now than it was in December and January alone! But, that’s cool. Already the year is close to 1/6 complete, a little more than 10% of the year has passed. As you’ve lived more than a month into the new year, that’s a reason to give God praise for that alone. You’re one month older, wiser and prayerfully, better. Opportunities for better choices have already crossed our paths. For those who have established goals and are getting closer to them, celebrate and praise Him! For those who are feeling like you’re not any closer to where you’re trying to get to, be encouraged.

Each day, each second, each moment, each breath, is a chance to seek God, not only for what He can do. But, more importantly, for who He is. In His sovereignty, He is not limited by time, circumstances, missteps or miscalculations. He is God alone all by Himself, the master creator. It’s my prayer that as you seek His voice, that you be encouraged, empowered, invigorated; trusting and believing in faith and not relying solely on emotions. Trust Him at His word, and watch Him do the supernatural in your life. A small step towards Him is a giant leap closer to what He wants to do in and through you. Don’t give up, don’t give in, keep the faith and you are gon’ win!

Let this mind be in you…

December 31, 2014

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus

Romans 12:1-2

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Having the mind of Christ involves studying His word, and actively gauging your thoughts. Do they line up with His word? There are times in life when things get tough, but remember, who gives you strength as a child of God. Don’t just look at the situation, but remember your Creator and His word.Turn to Him with your praise and your faith.

Your actions start with your thoughts, hence it is all the more important to seek His help. In seeking His word, you gain  more of an understanding for God, His desires and promises for you. Seek His voice, make yourself available to Him. When you seek after the Lord and His statutes, He will draw nigh to you and be an ever present help. There is no problem too big or too small! In the midst of seeking Him, you build your relationship with Him.

Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

As you seek the Lord with fear, ie. reverence and respect for who He is, He will reveal more of Himself and His ways. In life, there are times where we won’t understand, or know how to proceed. But, no matter the problem, you can turn to Him. In the midst of the trials, God wants to get the glory. See your trials as your future testimony.

As you seek the Lord with a willingness and obedience to His word, you can trust Him and watch Him move in your life.

Jeremiah 29:11

December 29, 2014

 Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

As children of God, we have to keep a constant remembrance of God’s word. In those times where the enemy tries to buffet your mind, we need to counter it with what God says. When the enemy tries to come against you, remember as a child of God that God wants you to be above and not beneath. He wants your focus, worship, your faith and obedience. When your mind is cluttered with doubt and unbelief, it can become easy to focus on the immediate situation, rather than seeing the big picture. The big picture is that you are blessed and highly favored. The big picture is that in the midst of whatever you’re facing, that God’s plans for you are greater than you can even imagine. Jeremiah 29:11 is a scripture that has resonated with me lately, as it is a reminder that our thoughts should line up with thoughts of His peace, love and joy.

As a child of God, each day is a day that the Lord is desiring to get even closer to you. In the midst of the trials or difficulties that you may face during the day, see them as an opportunity that God wants to reveal that much more of Himself to you. In the rough and tough, in the sunlight of peace, God wants to get the glory. And, because of that, as a child of God, you cannot lose. Continue to seek Him and remember His word.