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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)


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).

Wind in My Wings

You may not see them,

But I know they’re always there.

I have wings.

Some days I keep them folded

And tucked in tight.

Other days I tentatively open them,

Timid about catching the current.

And then there are the best days,

The days I extend them fully

Even before I get out of bed.

Where’s the nearest cliff?

I have to jump off,

Knowing only then

Can I catch an updraft

And reach new heights.

For me

Opportunities equal cliffs.

But just because I come to the edge

Doesn’t mean I’m supposed to jump.

But there is real excitement

When I do.

This week I’ve jumped off

A few more.

I love the feeling of

The wind in my wings.

Tell me

What made you soar today?

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people (Galatians 6:10 NIV).

Autumn Skies

It must be fall,

My hands are cold,

Like blocks of ice,

So I’ve been told.

The kettle’s on

For something hot,

Not the thing

I do a lot.

Unless the winds

Are blowing cold,

And skies are gray,

And leaves are old.

It can be hard

To soar the skies,

When chilly currents

Round me fly.

I’d rather stay

Completely still

Snuggled warm

Beneath my quilt.

But autumn skies

Are calling loud,

They beckon me

Above the crowd.

So I must fly

To reach my goals,

Come fly with me

Before it snows.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10 NIV).

Fly with a Buddy

They say it’s wise to

Swim with a buddy.

I say it’s also wise to

Fly with one.


It makes the journey

More enjoyable.

The shared joy and excitement

Lift us to newer heights.

If one of us begins to

Lose altitude

The other can

Encourage and strengthen

So we can again

Soar above the clouds.

It’s wonderful

To turn to our traveling companion

And say

Do you see that?


I was reminded that

Putting our goals out there

For our friends to see

Holds us to

A higher level of accountability.

Enjoy the flight, my friends.

And remember

To fly with a buddy.

Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together (Psalm 34:3 NIV).

Exciting Times

Maybe I should be flying

Up the stairs

To get some shut-eye.

But I made a promise

To try to reach out to you

Pretty much every day.

To share with you

The lessons I’m learning

About life and flight.


The topics

Fall into my lap.

At others

It seems to take more work.

And then there are the times

I seem to be grasping

At illusive, uninspired straws.

But that’s life.

Sometimes I fly high

Soaring at breathless heights.


As the old saying goes…

I just keep on keepin’ on.

Every now and then

I struggle to put

One foot in front of the other.

The path may meander.

The ground may be solid

Or it may littered with potholes.

And then again

I may walk right off a cliff.

At first

I make a hasty descent.

But then

I unfold my wings and catch the updraft.

And those might just prove to be

The most exciting times of all.

Let us not become weary in doing good…(Galatians 6:9 NIV)