Sometimes I am all business.
I put process ahead of persons,
process ahead of poetry,
the poetry of God’s whispers.
Sometimes I am too concerned
about the process to see
the point of the pin
that pricks at pained heartstrings.
Sometimes I’m caught in calendar,
all deadlines ahead of doorways
that lead to peace with patience,
that open to compassion with courage.
Sometimes God rises to reveal
a hardened heart that hears,
“Hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry,
and plow through the process!”
Sometimes when I stop to see
the mangled mess I’ve made
with focus on the failures,
God stops my steps.
He points to the positives;
He gathers up the good
And puts the process behind,
Trading it for tenderheartedness.
He helps me humbly see
the covenant, the cross on Calvary,
the limitless love of letting
God’s grace return to the gathering.
Return it to the wondrous whispers
that only tenderness and transparency
can reveal as we enter the center
of God’s tender heart – and hear.
Hear His poetry, hold His hand,
sing His songs and shout “Shalom!”
Take His tender heart that tugs
at your heartstrings. Take it home.
Growing in God’s Grace, Jan Beekman, poet
Don’t Be Discouraged
“You have made known to me
The path of life;
You will fill me with
Joy in your presence,
With eternal pleasures…”
Set your net to the other side of the boat.
Catch plentifully the colorful fish waiting there.
Discouragement is a powerful destructive force.
We have the power to choose a different response.
With the Father’s help,
We can get through seasons of discouragement,
in spite of living in a flawed world as flawed people.
Face it. Conquer it. Replace it with HOPE.
Turn to God who turns to you
And lifts your spirits, putting your life back on track.
He loves you. He cares. Believe. Trust.
Do not be discouraged. Pray – and know
I’m praying for you, too!
What have you caught with your positivity lately?
Thanks, dear WP friends, for visiting.
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As I go about my daily life,
I’m conscious of God’s presence..
I know God lives within me;
God’s light is my existence.
As I choose the things to do each day,
I reflect on His Will in prayer.
I know that wherever I am,
The Holy Spirit also is there.
If I frown and drag my feet each day,
If I begrudge my work and grumble,
My attitude will become contagious
And I’ll cause those near me to stumble.
But if I smile and do my work with joy,
Then God’s love will shine right through.
That’s my prayer for my daily life –
May God’s love and peace rub off on you!