Take Joy on a Journey

Take your joy on a journey
Around your neighborhood.

Spread it like a rash
That can’t be washed away
By circumstances
And the cares of the day.

Set it into motion,
Cause a commotion,
Give it a promotion.
However you do it,
Make it your devotion
To

Take your joy on a journey.

This sketch is suppose to be a racetrack, but it looks like a smile to me. I know a child who is passionate about drawing tracks. I plan to surprise him with this.

The poem came as I thought about how he practically glowed today when I showed him how to use his eraser to create art. He left with excited intention to try this. He smiled and giggled for the first time in my presence. His joy traveled home with me.

Isaiah 55:12-13 (ESV)
“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace: the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress;
instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall make a name for the Lord, an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”

Right Now

You may feel lost and abandoned

Right now

You may be disappointed and frustrated

Right now

You may be confused and hurt

Right now

You might be afraid of what you’re seeing

Right now

There is more than what you see

Right now

Look beyond the moment and grasp this truth

Right now won’t last forever

Each day is a fresh start

Treat each like the gifts they are

Open each one with an open heart.


Lamentations 3:22-23English Standard Version (ESV)

22 The steadfast love of theLord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

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Train Ride Through Darkness

The doors were open wide
So I stepped inside

And took a window seat for this ride.

I wanted to see the places
To watch the faces
Of those who darkness chases.

A little girl whose face is round
Sitting alone on the playground
Not a friend to be found.

A misunderstood teen
Wishing to be seen
By people’s faces buried in their screens.

A new mother alone with her babe
Hoping no mistakes will be made
Can’t find relief from nerves frayed.

A man sitting alone
Not ready to go home
To face a marriage where love is long gone.

People were walking along
As if nothing is wrong
Pretending to be strong.

I realized this is not my ride.
I refuse to hide.
The possibilities for life are wide.

So I get off the train
Shook off the strain
And started living again.

Darkness will reach out to all of us at some point. We may even take a ride on that train. But we have power within us to get off.

We have the gift of choice.

For some there are clinical reasons for the darkness and medical help is necessary.

For others, we simply have to decide, “This is not my ride,” and get off that train. If we are lonely and afraid, we have a Helper who will show us the path to a brighter day.

Psalm 18:28 (TPT)
God, all at once you turned on a floodlight for me!
You are the revelation-light in my darkness,
and in your brightness I can see the path ahead.

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A Quadrille of Hope

I stand in need
Desperate for more
Than what I see
Than what I hear.
Lord, draw me near.

I get so lost
In life’s mundane
No place of peace
Test after test.
Lord, I need rest.

I need Your hope.
I need Your peace.
I need Your touch
So very much.

Then I can live
Above this pain
Above this fear.
Then I can soar
To where there’s more.

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As a teacher at a junior high I meet many young people who live in darkness. They are looking for something, but they can’t name it. Many are empty and rarely express any emotion but sorrow. Others are angry and lash out at the least provocation. There are many others who pretend to be happy, but when no one is watching, their eyes reveal the pain they feel inside. All of the faces I see seem to be searching for more. I feel encouraged that they are searching because if they are searching, that means they have hope.

I pray for them to find hope in positive places. I pray they will come to know the deep love of the Lord. Then I try to be the giver of hope and love because loving them will last longer than the math lessons I teach. Love will last forever.

Psalm 34:17-18 (NIRV)

Godly people cry out and the Lord hears them. He saves them from all their troubles. The lord is close to those whose hearts have been broken. He saves those whose spirits have been crushed.

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Remind Me

When dark clouds hover
And disappointment shakes me
You send a peaceful messenger
To remind me, I am not alone.

When disappointments come, and they will, it is very important not to get so caught up in our emotions that we forget to look up.

We must follow David’s example and remind ourselves of all we have to be thankful for. We must remember that no matter what happens God promised to never leave us. He will never stop loving us.

Psalm 43:5

Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God. – Psalm 43:5

A Mercy Nonet

My heart is full to overflowing.
I have so much to thank Him for.
I felt alone and afraid.
I was lost in darkness.
But God saw me there.
With great mercy
Rescued me
Showed me
Love.

The song I am sharing today brings back memories of my teen years. I wanted to know God, but I also wanted to fit in with my friends. I remember some very good friends laughing at me because I read my bible and prayed regularly. I was embarrassed at first. I even stopped for a while so that I could fit in. Eventually, I felt drawn back to the word, but I have to admit that the years when I stopped seeking the Lord, I got caught up in things that were emotionally and physically dangerous. I learned that giving my body to drugs, alcohol and boys only caused pain. I was miserable and found myself in a very dark place.

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My change came around the time I had a dream that I died. I knew that I wasn’t ready to die and began to pray for the Lord to help me and He did. I am so thankful that His plan for my life was never far away. Salvation was never beyond my reach. I had to make unpopular decisions. I spent a great deal of time alone and my friends “had fun” without me. My family didn’t understand me, but the more I sought the Lord, the more changes I saw in myself.

I learned to love myself. I learned to love others the right way. I learned how to walk in the Light. When I started walking in the Light, the darkness lost its power.

Romans 5:8
 But Christ proved God’s passionate love for us by dying in our place while we were still lost and ungodly!

September Sky

September sky

Releases rain

Long overdue

While sun shines on.

We welcome you.

It’s always fascinating to me to see sun shining in the middle of a rain shower. It’s as though God is saying, “I know what you need. You may be in a very dry place right now, but I am watching and I care. You are not going to perish. I will satisfy your thirst. It may seem like it’s taking too long, but I am always on time. I love you.”

Psalm 84:11

The Lord God is a sun and shield; He gives grace and glory. He withholds no good thing from those who walk with Him. (My paraphrase.)