Encouragement to share your gifts

What if a storm cloud refused to rain?

Would it stay dark forever?

How heavy would it get?

How many flowers would miss their chance to bloom,

waiting for water that never fell?

 

What if you refuse to share your heart with the world?

Will it feel dark forever?

How heavy will it get?

Who will miss their chance to flourish,

waiting for grace that never poured out of you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peace in troubled times

Fiery chaos surrounds me,

but You are the still waters in my soul.

Through prayer,

I retreat-

into the silence of Your presence,

and I am not burned.

Thank You for the promise of Your perfect peace, and

Thank You for sustaining us through it all.

 

Related Scripture

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 16:33

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

St. Teresa of Avila:

Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.

 

 

Faith is simpler than we make it out to be

All God really wants is our awe

and wonder at His majesty.

Wherever we are,

whatever we’re doing,

we can stand together in spirit-

at the foot of His perfect love,

eternally pouring beauty into the world.

Whether we’re at church or home,

in the mountains or on a train-

we can pay attention;

we can gaze at the vastness of all that He is;

we can marvel at His grandeur all around us.

Everything beautiful points to His glory-

it’s our simple job to notice.

The more we allow our actions to flow from that awareness,

the more our presence can lead others to Him.

 

Related Scripture

John 4:7-8 “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.”

Luke 10: 38-42

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.

Good news

If you take the time to remove each stone

one by one,

a doubt and fear at a time –

gradually,

the Living Waters will begin to flow more freely through you.

If you want to experience the bubbling joy of infinite Divine Love,

heavy lifting pays off.

 

Related Scripture

Isaiah 44:3 “For I will pour out water on the thirsty land And streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring And My blessing on your descendants.”

John 7:38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'”

 

 

 

What I loved about my first open mic night

I recently submitted a poem to a local community blog, which was curated by a spoken word artist. I personally am NOT a spoken word artist – at all.

I’m a very shy and private person, who likes writing poems to express my faith and encourage others. Since I’m writing more consistently now, I’m at a point of realizing I should probably put myself out there more and market my work, but I’m dragging my heels because it will be such an uncomfortable step for me, and I’m not sure if I’m ready for it.

Writing is the fruit of my prayer life, which is private between me and God. I feel that it’s fruitful in and of itself because I believe wholeheartedly in the power of prayer to effect change in the world. But I also feel that God is preparing me to share my work with others. As a baby step in that direction and a major stretch of my comfort zone, I decided to attend the open mic night with the intention of hopefully being brave enough to read my poem.

I thought it was so cool! When I got there, people were already performing spoken word poetry. It was a safe environment to share and some topics were pretty intense including suicidal depression, sexual assault and abuse, but there was also humor and encouragement. It was a wide range of authentic expressions of human experiences – I loved the poetry and the supportive atmosphere, especially the snaps people used to show approval of each other.

I am a huge advocate of expressing feelings.  I think it’s an important part of our faith journey to authentically process and work through the emotional side of our human experience. Even in studying the mind-body-spirit connection, I’ve learned how lodging emotions inside our bodies can negatively impact our physical not to mention spiritual health. In recent years, I’ve come to understand the poetry of the psalms as being God’s gift to us as role modelling how to express every human emotion in right relationship to faith-that’s a powerful thing and I believe the antidote to legalistic religion, which can be so harmful.

Though the topic of the community blog was faith, everyone who submitted to the blog approached that topic from a different angle with varying degrees of relationship to God – since I’m usually in a church environment where we’re all on the same page for the most part, it was refreshing to hear varying thought processes.

I was nervous, but I was so touched by the supportive atmosphere that got up and read my own short poem and was received with plenty of encouragement from the little coffee shop crowd – I’m giving myself snaps just thinking about it. Go me for being brave!

I have no idea where this writing journey will lead me, and I can’t really control it. But I can choose to be courageous and put myself out there one step at a time! One thing’s for sure: I have a LONG way to go!

How about you? Where are you at in your faith journey? Do you need prayers for courage to step outside your comfort zone into a new opportunity or experience? Comment below, and I’ll lift you up in prayer! 

God bless anyone reading this with the courage to step out on faith in the direction of God’s plan for your life! 

 

 

 

 

 

Claiming the light

I know it’s easier for you to splatter black paint

on me

than it would be to accept

the oil spill

that your life has become.

I also know I’m kind, quick to forgive

and strong enough to scrape your darkness off me-

without complaining too much.

But the truth is:

I am not a blank canvas for you to paint your shadows on.

I prefer bright colors,

and I’m tired of cleaning up your messes –

Enough is Enough.

God, thank you for teaching me about forgiveness,

humility

and strength.

Now I want to learn how it feels to be safe.

Can you send your angels to guard this sacred space

and shine Your brilliance through everything I create?

Thank you –

In Jesus name,

Amen.

A busy mom’s prayer

Lord, You know I love my children more than anything on this earth.

I want to give them the very best that life has to offer,

but I find that I’m constantly pulled beyond my limits.

Between their needs and all of my other responsibilities,

I really need Your help.

Be my eyes, when they are away from me.

Look after them, and

protect them from all emotional, physical and spiritual harm.

Surround them with faithful friends,

coaches, teachers and mentors,

who truly care about them

and support them in ways I can’t begin to do on my own.

Fill them with Your Holy Spirit, and

make Your presence known to them in their hearts.

Give them the grace to hear the guidance of their guardian angel’s whispers,

and fill them with inner strength to follow Your ways always.

Make up for all my failings,

and bless them beyond measure.

I entrust my children into Your perfectly loving hands.

In Jesus name,

Amen.