Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

One little phrase
That means a lot
Whether spoken late
Or on the spot.

Thank you,
One little phrase
That brings on a smile
In so many ways.

Say it again,
Thank you my friends
One little phrase
What a message it sends!

What brings sunshine
So quickly to our busy days
Like hearing thank you that
One little phrase.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


I have two choices,
To be happy or sad.
Which will I choose?
The good or the bad?

Yesterday had troubles,
That I well know,
How much do they matter,
As onward I go?

Tomorrow's a wish
Unknown, a day yet to be,
Will I worry about it
While missing each moment given to me?

Lord help me focus
On your gift of today.
I promise to live it with joy
As I go on my way.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

God always has a way

Genesis 22:1-13

Submitting to God is not easy, not because it isn’t easy but because we make it hard. We look at Abraham stoically going up the mountain, his beloved son by his side. He has been told by God to sacrifice his boy. What must that trip have been like? We can’t imagine because God has never asked anyone else to do that. Or did He? He asked that of himself. Christ was not saved from suffering on the cross, but he was delivered from death. His life was lived out as man while he was yet God. He brought to the world the grace of redemption. What does God ask of us? The sacrifices we make are not to our glory but to his. The choices we live out can either lift us up or break us down.

I read in a devotional for dieters that when we subvert our need for food for nourishment into a desire for food to fill a void other than hunger, we have put our faith in something other than God. The instant gratification of a Ben & Jerry’s takes precedent over the long-range return of better health through self-discipline. When we submit to God's love and mercy, he opens doors and leads us through.

Abraham believed whatever the outcome, he must trust God and carry out God’s instruction no matter where it led. Self-discipline and trust are a hard to beat combination. No matter what challenges you face, God always has a way for you to get over, under, around or through them. It may require a few sacrifices on your part along the way.

Lord help me to always trust you no matter how high the mountain. Amen

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

It's Me, Lord

Psalm 143: 7-11

It’s me, Lord, a little uncertain as a new day begins,
Fearful of the demands of life in the days ahead.
I may not be able to meet expectations.
Whatever I do, Lord, may it be your will.

It’s me, Lord, thankful you are with me
As I wade into the mix of life that tests my patience,
Occasionally sparks anger,
And sometimes brings about poor choices.

It’s me, Lord, your sometimes unwilling tool,
Praying I will listen for your voice
Which comes in many forms,
Reminding me of your promise to love, comfort, and nurture.

It’s me, Lord, thankful that doing your will
Makes it possible to initiate change in myself.
My reward is the peace that comes from knowing
You are with me at every step.

It’s me, Lord, thankful for the strength
That empowers me do what needs to be done,
And for the ways, great and small, I am able
To be effective and productive.

It’s me, Lord, praying I will be prepared
To do whatever comes my way
Based on your plan uniquely designed for me.
Your presence in my life is the greatest gift of all.

Sunday, September 11, 2011


9/11 Revival Continues 
by Sharon Vander Meer

Peace of mind,
Peace at heart,
Peace in friendships,
Peace in love.

Peace through me,
Peace through you,
Peace in the home,
Peace in the world.