Archive | November 2010

Ears to Hear

Sometimes

It’s a whisper.

Sometimes

It’s simply

A heads-up

Followed by a nudge

In the same direction.

The thing is

That whisper, heads-up or nudge

Can come from

Any direction

At any time.

What I need

Always

Are ears to hear.

I really don’t want

To be hit upside the head

Every time I have

A lesson to learn…

Though that may be necessary

From time to time.

So,

If I’m going to truly fly

And reach unbelievable heights…

Not simply be deluded

By a false sense of soaring

As if in a flight simulator…

I must listen carefully

And keep my eyes

Wide open.

Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches (Revelation 3:22, NIV).

E-Living

While admitting

I have wasted

Far too much time

On a certain social network,

I also proclaimed

My excitement

That I’d made friends

All around the world.

To that statement,

One lady responded,

“Who needs them?”

Or something to that effect.

Time for a big breath.

E-living

Is definitely not a substitute

For face-to-face,

Heart-to-heart,

Day-to-day

Life.

However,

In my case,

And for many others,

It is a wonderful way

To connect,

To support,

To stay in touch.

As I’ve mentioned,

I’ve made

Some great friends

Online.

I’ve kept in touch

With friends

I rarely get to see.

When I’m too far away

To hug a hurting friend,

A (((hug)))

At least let’s her know

I’m thinking of her.

When another friend

Shares exciting news,

I can

<jump up and down>

And rejoice.

When the miles separate,

My friends are as close

As the computer screen.

My heart soars

At the thought

That I can brighten someone’s day.

So…

Who needs them?

That’d be me!

As long as I’m able,

I’ll continue to soar

In cyberspace.

A friend loves at all times (Proverbs 17:17, NIV).

Economy Fare

I am experiencing

Similar situations

In two different

Areas of my life.

While sometimes

That can be overwhelming

And make me want

To crawl into a hole

And hide,

I just realized something.

The lessons I learn in one situation

Will be applicable to the other.

As I learn to do my part

And leave the rest

To the One who sees clearly

From all angles,

I will fly higher.

The luxury of first class

With economy fare.

Suits me fine.

So,

For now,

I apply what I know

And do the best I can.

I must trust

That I will learn

The required lessons

And get clearer direction

As needed.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil (Proverbs 3:5-7, NIV).

Surprise Blessings

Flying along.

Enjoying the scenery.

Then,

All of a sudden,

I get blindsided…

But in a very good way.

I’d been chatting online

With my son.

His computer battery

Was running low,

So we signed off.

Shortly thereafter,

My telephone rang.

This may be bad

For a mother to say,

But I didn’t recognize his voice.

In my defense,

He has never called from school

Because he doesn’t have

Cell phone reception.

Turns out,

He recently purchased

A calling card.

We talked

Until my phone’s battery

Started to die.

What a blessing!

(The talk

Not that my battery

Almost died.)

I learned

I must keep

My eyes and ears open.

When I am focused

On what is ahead,

I may miss the joy

That is waiting

To ambush me

From another direction.

May the LORD bless you…he who is the Maker of heaven and earth (Psalm 134:3, NIV).

Farther Afield

Crawling on the ground

Only works for caterpillars…

Not butterflies.

Residing in the nest

Only works for new hatchlings…

Not birds capable of flight.

Remaining in the hive

Is only for a select number of bees.

The others are responsible

To hunt for and discover

New sources of food

For all.

I’ve decided to spread my wings

And fly a little farther afield.

Will it turn out well

Or as I expect?

Maybe.

Maybe not.

But I’ll never know

If I stay

Grounded,

In the nest

Or secure

In familiar surroundings.

The skies are vast.

The potential

For new discoveries

Unlimited.

Enjoy the Adventure!

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground (Psalm 143:10, NIV).

Lift

If you know anything about aeronautics,

(And I know very little),

You realize without lift

There is no flight.

What gives lift to my wings

May not do the same for you.

For me,

It’s my relationships,

First and foremost.

Family.

Friends…

(It’s such an amazing thing

To be called someone’s friend.)

Lift comes in the form of

A child.

Such a priceless treasure!

A blazing sunset.

A crashing waterfall.

A delicate butterfly.

A new book.

I am thankful

For each person

And each thing

That lifts me higher.

But I’m most thankful

For the Creator

Of all blessings.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good (Genesis 1:31, NIV).

Commitment Issues

In this day and age,

We call it multitasking.

It sounds so efficient

And so productive.

But it can be

Just the opposite.

If I’m involved in

Too many things,

I don’t do any of them

Particularly well.

It doesn’t mean

I can’t have lots on the go.

I do,

However,

Have to focus on

The one thing I’m doing

At any given moment.

If my mind is flitting

From one thing to another,

I won’t do my best

Nor will I give

The tasks and people

The attention they deserve.

For my soul to take flight,

I must reign in my flitting thoughts.

I must reach new levels

Of focus

And commitment.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7, NIV).