Plants and Seeds

A time of harvest. A time of blessings. No more strife. Please, stop stressing. Joy is here. The sun peers. Through the leaves of green. What a glorious scene. You thought this was the end. But joy cometh in the morning, my friend. Seed, time, and harvest. Water your crops. Let it penetrate your seed. There is no more drought. While others were drying and leaves were dying, you were planted by rivers of water. Now you rise toward the open skies. What a blessed time to be alive. You survived the storm. You overcame the chills. There have been deep valleys and hovering hills. But mighty are the works of His hands. Tenderly, carefully guiding you in His plan. Cultivating your mind and causing your stems to rise. Oh, what a blessed time to be alive. 

He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. Psalms 23:2 NKJV

God, Give Me Strength

When I don’t understand. When I feel terrible. When I suffer from heartache. When I ache with pain. Lord, be my strength. Be my guide. It is in you that I confide. How can I survive if I don’t have you by my side? Your glory brightens my face. Your love shields me, encompassing me wherever I go. Wherever I go. I did not comprehend the magnitude of this journey. But I do not regret walking this way. My past way would have consumed me eventually. Be my strength. Be my guide. On this journey, in You, I will confide. walking

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A Harvest Season

 

The leaves are slowly changing. The breeze is cooler. I feel it in the air. It’s a new season. A new time to be alive. Fall is approaching. I will enjoy this late summer. How I’ve longed for this time. It’s not a midsummer night’s dream.

Thank you for the breeze. Thank you for the trees. Thank you for the sound.
If you want to see God look all around. His hands are in the branches. His smile is in the sun. His breath is in the wind. His voice is in the waters. His heart is in the details. Oh, what a time to be alive.

Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.-Ecclesiastes 3:11

A Made Up Mind

I’ve made up my mind. I won’t press rewind. I’ve been down that road too many times. I’d start up the hill. Pedal to the floor. Then I’d lose my momentum ending further back than before. I’d pick up speed, then spread my wings. Run off the cliff to reach my dreams. But then I’d stare at other things. Like cars, gowns, phones, and rings. These were labelled the finer things. Before I realized it, I had lost my wings. Uninspired. Lost and tired. I’d look for someone to blame. To carry my guilt and shame. 

Success is not a stroll in the park. It won’t remain with just a spark. Drive is needed. Courage too. Patience is crucial in order to get through. I’m done chasing the get rich schemes. I’ve made up my mind to live out my dreams. I hope it helps someone along the way. I won’t press rewind; it’s time to press play.

Today

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Today is the perfect day to be a great day. Today is a day that’s here to stay.
Wash away the residue from yesterday’s past.
Remember the Lord your God today.
Don’t waste time on negative thoughts, words, or deeds.
It’s time to sow a seed.
A seed of productivity.
A seed of creativity.
A seed of joy.
So let today be your best day.
With all your might let your mind excite.

This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. -Psalm 118:24 NLT

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‘Tis the Season

We know that it’s that time of year.
Smiles on their faces.
Hearts filled with cheer.
A new dawn has come.
Laugh everyone.
It’s time to celebrate.
Extinguish the hate.

‘Tis the season to be jolly.
Fall on your knees.
Worship the King.
Pursue Him like the three wise men.
Love and joy will He extend.

When younger we thought all about the gifts.
And boy, would we laugh at all the myths.
Like, “Santa came down our chimney so fast.”
Yeah right, the chimney we never had.
But hearts were set free.
A family were we.
Had ups and downs.
Even dressed like clowns.

The peaking through doors to spot a big gift.
The wrestle of wrapping a pogo stick.
The reruns of holiday movies and shows.
The chill down my spine when hit with snow.

The smiles on the faces.
The warm, sweet embraces.
The joy in our souls.
The heat when it’s cold.
These are the moments I cherish so dear.
Tis the season for love everywhere.

When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.  And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
-Matthew 2:10,11 NLT

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Just Breathe.

I can’t take it anymore. Feel like my head’s about to explode. But then I hear soft words saying, “Just breathe.”

Here comes that knot again. Tightening in my throat. Tension in my forehead but I hear it again. Just breathe.

The situation is hard to cope with. Seems unbearable and difficult to escape. I keep seeing scenes from that tormentuous moment. Sounds from the altercation. The still cool air. As the repetitious thoughts spiral in my mind my refuge lies in the center. Just breathe.

So I’ve decided to release. Inhale. Exhale. Let go. Tired of those same tired thoughts that are tired of running in my mind. The heart is sensitive but somehow miraculously heals from all the pain. 

Yes there are stains.  Yes there are scars. But I’ve learned to Just Breathe.

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Sweet Sleep

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Soft light peers through my window as I’m wrapped by you.
Sweet little nephew.
Although the air is cold I am embraced by your warm love.

Last night while sleeping I heard little feet walk in my room.
I slowly opened my eyes and saw two bright, brown ones staring at me.
You climbed on the bed.
Sitting indian-style next to me waiting for the invite to lay down.
I put my covers on you, then you layed down.
I remember listening to you breathe.
Then finally you faded off to sleep.

As I woke up early this morning you were bundled up next to me.
I put your little arms around the covers.
Brown coily hair and a small brown face.
“Thank you for this gift.”

I thanked God for the angels watching over us as we slept.
Small, steady breathing from my little one.
I wondered what you were dreaming of because out of the blue you said, “Hmm?”
Shortly after you chuckled and smiled.
“The angels must be entertaining him,” I thought.

After slightly opening your eyes you realized I was here.
Kissed my face with those little lips and covered me with your hug.
I smile at you, my sweet little nephew.

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On this rainy day in York I sit on this couch with my brain scrambled.
I have much to look forward to and yet I feel like I’m still catching up.
I don’t believe this is a stand-still season for me.
So many opportunities and so many ideas. Dreams and fears circle around me.
But I am determined to stay focused.
To not let the “should’ve, could’ve, would’ve’s” get me down.
There is no time for doubt.
I am who I was created to be.
Young, brave, and fearless.
Ready to explore.
Taking these manifold opportunities as they come.
I can’t be still.
I have to keep moving.
A greater purpose lies ahead.
God is pulling me closer to my destiny.
Have you ever heard the phrase ‘Time flies’? The sand timer had stood still for a while but now I’m accelerating as the sand starts to flow.

Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. -Romans 13:11 ESV