Lost in a Melody

My dear friend Heather forwarded the following poem to me this morning. I just love it. I hope you enjoy it too.

Lost in a melody

Cares recede.

For a beautiful moment,

Soothing strings bathe

The collective consciousness

In a peaceful reverie,

Revealing what love

Can achieve.

My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music (Psalm 57:7 NIV).


ABCs of Flight


Beautiful clouds


Endless, fantastic glory

Happiness inspired

Joy kindly, lovingly manifest

No obstacles

Perfect quest




Unbelievable variety



Youthful zeal

I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings (Psalm 17:6-8 NIV)

Yesterday’s Post

Some days escape us.

Two days ago

I was flying high.

I completed one edit

And looked forward to devoting

Lots of time

To a second I have on the go.


Yesterday was a wash

In many ways.

But that’s OK.


A new day dawned.

And while I’m

Trying to catch up on

Yesterday’s work

(This post, for example),

I’m thankful

Today’s schedule

Can be rearranged

Without setting me back

Too much.

That’s the way it is

I plan my flight path

And do our best to stay on course.


There are just too many variables

I cannot control.

And that’s when


In the Bigger Plan

Comes in handy.

Now that yesterday’s work

Is almost done

It’s time

To take a look at


Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers (Psalm 1:1-3 NIV).

Number One Thing


I shared some things

I still need to learn

New directions

More distant destinations

But this morning

As I was thinking about

The things I can do

The things I could do

I began to consider

The things I should do

The things I was created to do

While I can dream of

Many desirable destinations

I may find

As I draw closer

That they’re

Not quite what I’d imagined

Other destinations

Those that

At first

Did not seem appealing

Are actually where I’m meant to go

And if that is the case

They will most certainly

Be worth the flight

Whether it be through





The occasional



While I consider

My destination


What I need for my flight

I realize

The number one thing is


And lots of it

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you (James 1:5 NIV).

Things to Learn

To often I’ve been known to jump without a parachute.

Thankfully Grace caught me every time.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t have things to learn.

I do.

Jumping repeatedly without a parachute…

Definitely a bad idea.

So what does this jumper have to learn?

As a spender,

I need to learn to save.

As a impulsive individual,

I have to learn to think things through…

At least sometimes.

As someone who loves the potential of cyberspace…

New friends, new knowledge, new opportunities…

I have to remind myself

I still need to live in the real world.

As someone who loves socializing online,

I have to limit my time doing so.

I have work to do.

A family to take care of.

Friends to interact with – in person.

As someone who recently had a tire blow when traveling 60 mph,

I have to remember everything can change

In an instant.

Have I done everything I can to prepare for big changes?

Not yet.

A good place to start…

Do what I know to do.

Learn what I’ve yet to learn.

And definitely

Fly every day.

“Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding. I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching. For I too was a son to my father, still tender, and cherished by my mother” (Proverbs 4:1-3 NIV).


Just Jump

From yesterday’s post…

I know I’ll never soar

If I stay safely in the plane…

Or on the precipice…

Or wherever…

If I refuse to budge

I’ll never get anywhere.

I have much to learn.

But I do have

Enough basic knowledge

To jump.

I’m trying an experiment next week.

Instead of making numerous

Low-level jumps

Every day,

I’m going to ascend higher

So I can travel

Much farther

With one destination in sight.

I’m starting today

By limiting my presence

In cyberspace

And spending time


The experiment

Begins in earnest

On Monday.

Then I’ll share

Things I’ve yet to learn.

…let us live up to what we have already attained (Philippians 3:16 NIV).

A Paradox

There are two things we must consider about flight.

1. A jumper will never soar if she stays in the plane.

2. That same jumper will plummet to the earth without proper instruction and a working parachute.

More on this next time…

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction (Proverbs 1: 7 NIV).