Sing Like the Trees
You can no longer hide
Who you were meant to be.
Like the leaves on a tree
You have what the world needs to see.
You have a voice
It’s time to make the choice
To share it so the world can rejoice
And glorify the Creator of the gift you have inside.
Romans 12 The Message (MSG)
Place Your Life Before God
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you:
Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.
Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.
Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God.
You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it.
Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Are you a reflection of heaven on earth?
Or a reflection of traditions passed along at birth?
Do others experience heaven through you?
Or the leftovers of rituals others used to do?
Does the love you share break through brick walls?
Or does your love cringe and run away when trouble comes to call?
Is what you have to give an image of the grace you received?
Or is it clouded by the pain of when you were deceived?
Psalm 32:8-9 (TPT)
I hear the Lord saying, “I will stay close to you, instructing and guiding you along the pathway for your life. I will advise you along the way and lead you forth with my eyes as your guide. So don’t make it difficult; don’t be stubborn when I take you where you’ve not been before. Don’t make me tug you and pull you along. Just come with me!”
Take your joy on a journey
Around your neighborhood.
Spread it like a rash
That can’t be washed away
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.”
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.
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.