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Flight of Verbs


























Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord…(Colossians 3:23 NIV)

(These are among the things I did today. How about you?)






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)

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).


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).

The Music Rises

Once again I asked my friend Heather for permission to post one of her poems. Since my hubby is a musician and I recognize music’s power to give wings to my heart, this poem speaks volumes.

The music rises
In a crescendo
And strikes a chord
Deep within.
No longer staccato notes,
The angelic timbre
Resounds and reassures
He is everpresent.

The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17 NIV).

Domestic Flights

Up at 4:15.

Brainstorm picture book ideas.

Download the rough draft of a friend’s TidBook.

Discuss a possible writing opportunity…

And the future of paper publishing.

Watch episodes of a favourite show with S & D.

Wander around Port with hubby.

Watch more episodes.

Receive message from middle child…

Back at college for his fourth year.

Try to figure out what to write here.

Realize most of my life is about

Domestic flights.

And for that

I will be forever thankful.

An extraordinary ordinary life

Is fine by me.

Love you guys lots and lots and lots.

The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him. May your father and mother rejoice; may she who gave you birth be joyful! My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways…(Proverbs 23:24-26 NIV).

Divide and Conquer

I fly forward.

I fly back.

I fly forward.

I fly back.


What’s the solution?

Choose a destination

And don’t stop flying

Until I get there?


I can then look back

Over my route

And rejoice

In how far I’ve come.

There are other times


That just isn’t practical.

There are tasks that need to be accomplished


And when that’s the case

I have to make short flights.

Say London to Toronto and back again.


For example

The reading I have on the go.

If I divide the number of pages in the book

By the number of days until my deadline…

Self-imposed or otherwise…

I can read x number of pages per day

And set it aside.

A commuter hop if you will.

If I divide my responsibilities

And conquer today’s goals

I’m still on my way

To The Destination.

When it comes to goal-setting, I’d like to refer you to today’s post a http://janetsketchley.wordpress.com/

Because of Grace

Do I deserve the updrafts?

The blue skies?

The breathtaking landscape?

Do I deserve the sunshine?

The warm breezes?

The strength to fly?

Do I deserve the company of fellow fliers?

Their friendship?

Their support?

Do I deserve to know the Flight Path?

The Flight Instructor?

The Ultimate Destination?

Not even a little.

But my thankful heart soars

Because of GRACE.

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ… (Ephesians 1: 7-9 NIV)

My Hatchlings

I’m no ornithologist

But I did grow up in the country.

I’ve never seen a mother bird

Carry her little ones

Into the skies.


She tends to the nest

The eggs and the hatchlings.


Before they seem ready,

She virtually abandons them.

She has new responsibilities.

It is no longer up to her

To tend to their needs.


It’s the same for me.

Now that my hatchlings

Are all grown,

They have to fly

On their own.

I can be here

When they need to talk

Or if they want to

Bounce ideas off me.

But I must allow them

To learn to fly on their own.

My job now

Is simply to be

A good example

And to love them

For always.

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me (1 Corinthians 13:11 NIV).