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

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

It Flows

She wasn’t invited,
But she couldn’t miss this.
He would be there
And she had to see Him.

She slipped in unnoticed
She couldn’t help herself.
He was there, looking like
Forgiveness and love.

This is what she needed
She could finally breathe.
He smiled and she fell on her knees.

The tears began to flow
His feet got wet, but she knew
How to dry them.

It was only hair and oil.
She owed Him so much.
He had given her so much.

The more her tears flowed
Love flowed from Him.

She heard what He told the others
Who sneered at her display.
She couldn’t help it.

She adored Him and what His presence meant.
He described to them her truth.
He knew the real her.

And He loved her anyway.

Luke 7:36 – 50

When the world tries to make you feel less than worthy, less than who you really are. Remember there is a God who knows the real you and He loves you. He loves you with no strings attached. He is waiting for you to bring your adoration and your heart to Him. He will accept you just as you are.

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Silent but waiting
Heart open but words escape
Groans uttered, prayer sent

There are times when we get stuck, not knowing what to do or how to move forward. We feel alone and at a loss or abandoned. These are times when we might begin to wonder if our prayers are being answered.

Is God listening? Is that the right way to pray?

During those times it’s easy to forget the promise Jesus made before He bore our sins on the cross.

He promised to send someone to lead us, teach us, and pray for us. He promised to send a Helper, the Holy Spirit.

So, we don’t have to worry.

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