Tag: faith

  • The Trap of Comparison

    The Trap of Comparison

    “Comparison is the thief of joy.” -Theodore Roosevelt When I write a story, my characters face an obstacle they must overcome if they are to find their joy, peace, happiness, fulfillment, whatever. Fill in the blank. Oftentimes, our source of misery comes from comparing ourselves to others. Like Theodore Roosevelt’s quote says, the comparison game […]

  • When God Shows Up

    “I need You; oh, I need You.”  I tried to stop the lyrics from playing in my head. I didn’t want to hear them. “Every hour I need you.” Yet they persisted. “My one Defense, my Righteousness. Oh, God, how I need You.” (“Lord, I Need You,” Matt Maher) But I didn’t want to need […]

  • It’s Okay to Breathe

    It’s Okay to Breathe

    …In fact, it’s good for you. Yes. Breathing is essential, a very basic need for survival. But I’m talking about breathing in more than the physical, life-giving sense. Do you ever feel like you just can’t catch up in your own race? Or that you’re running that marathon in circles, ever-doomed to repeat the same […]

  • Simple Commandments

    We want justice– Social, personal. Fairness. Yet within the church– Brokenness. One story, two sides. Both carry some truth, But the opposing side can’t– Or won’t– See the other side’s truth Or understand their story. Hurt. Brokenness. Misunderstanding. It shouldn’t be this way. Jesus weeps– The cracks his tears create Spill out his love In […]

  • Reflection: Have I Seen Heaven?

    If you ask me if I’ve seen Heaven, I’ll tell you yes. Yes. Glimpses. But yes, oh, yes. My friends and I playing in the shade of 100-year-old trees in my backyard in 1985, that summer seems endless–laughter, swinging, sliding, playing in the water, clapping games. Even though she’s been gone twenty-five years, Grandma’s voice […]

  • Journey Through Lent – My Prayer to the World

    I come before You, O Lord, not to ask for fulfillment of my personal, selfish desires, but to be a seeker of Your wisdom and a follower of Your faith. I come before You, O Lord, not to ask for Your wrath upon my enemies, but to ask for Your help in letting go of […]

  • Journey Through Lent/Poetry Tuesday – Sought and Found

    In a world that seeks truth Amidst millions of lies, Where most so-called values uncouth And anything loosely flies, From where do we gather In hopes to find What is right, rather Than the easy way to bind All virtuous, righteous, and good Acts of pure selflessness From our own brotherhood? But rather crude and […]

  • Poetry Tuesday/Journey Through Lent – Journey

    I hope as you make this sacred journey That the love of the Lord shins down upon your face, Filling you with His unending grace and strength, Uplifting your very heart and soul. I hope as you walk along, You truly feel Jesus walking beside you As your companion and friend. The journey must be […]

  • Poetry Tuesday/Journey Through Lent: Remember

    Remember why He died for us So many years ago, How the mighty Lord proclaimed His glory pure and white as snow. We sometimes find it hard to understand How hard the heart does cry When we do not feel sure About why He had to die. Jesus Christ passed hung from a cross To […]

  • Tuesday Poem/Journeying Through Lent: I Will

    I will kneel at the closed stone door And survive the pain of the meek and poor, Until His light shines upon my face, Filling my spirit with warmth and grace.   I will alone walk down a dark path, Knowing in my heart that He who hath Adorn mercy and unconditional love Shall send […]