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Dear Friends and Family!

I wish you the most joyful holiday season and a healthful 2012!

“For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” (Colossians 1:19-20)

 

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A massive forest fire

A wildfire fire

sweeps over my spirit

I run, not knowing,

which way to turn,

searching for reasons,

I’m placed here to be,

a boat without a rudder,

a hawk without eyes,

Quench my unrest, oh God

where are you?

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I pursue the accolades

of man, only

to realize I am,

an eagle without wings,

a nightinggale without song,

Be my fulfillment, oh God

where are you?

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Lava Fields on Fire

War rages within me,

a spewing volcano

engulfing,

devouring

the landscape,

My tears, a reservoir

of disappointments,

Give me peace, oh God

where are you?

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My pain lures me

to poppy’s seduction,

and alcohol’s forgetfulness,

Heal my memories past, oh God

where are you?

Where are you, oh God?

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My beloved,

Townsend, Tennessee
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I’ve set the stars

in place to

give you night, and

dawn to disperse

the darkness

to show you

each day, is a beginning

to start anew.

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My beloved,

I am here,

I speak to you when unawares

I am here.

Delicate Fingers
Image by Chiceaux via Flickr

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I’m the innocence of the new born babe.

The whisper floating on the wind,

The calm of the evening sunset,

The hugs of trusted loved ones,

The comfort of the rhythmic seasons,

The green of the first glimpses of spring,

Snowflakes!
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The lace of each fallen snowflake,

The majesty of the Milky Way.

The heartbeat of first love,

The tears of shared lost,

The disappointments of broken promises,

The devastation of betrayed vows,

The reality of dreams dashedmilky-way2

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I am in all of these to

gently guide you

to me,

I love you and am seeking you-

turn to me.

I’ve provided a way for you,

my beloved, in my Son,

Jesus.

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There are infinite philosophies from every culture, every nation, and every era. They represent the pinnacle of mankind’s thinking, creation, and imagination. Each has withstood the test of time. They deserve our respect and honor.

These philosophies have inspired numerous practices-sacred customs, magnificent artwork, exemplary standards for relating to one another, respect for God’s creation, healthful eating habits, caring for the less fortunate, and outward adornment that reflects a humble heart.

These philosophical practices have striven to seek and find God based upon human terms. Many of these philosophical practices claim that mankind is already perfect and good; however, if we look around us, at ourselves, we can quickly conclude that we are not. We are in need of a Savior, so…

What if ?

Just, what if there is a God who has set things right based upon His terms for us to come into a personal relationship with Him? After all, He is God. What if this God is who He claims to be and is the God of the Bible?

What if this God of the Bible is such a loving God that He sacrificed Himself, His only Son, instead of you and me, so that we could be set free from our sins, have a personal relationship with Him, and eventually have eternal life?

Just what if the Bible is true?

I’m not referring the cultural practices and traditions that have developed around God through the centuries. I’m referring to the loving, patient, sovereign God of the Old Testament; the sinless, sacrificially, perfect God the Son, Jesus Christ of the New Testament; and the empowering God the Holy Spirit of the present age.

A God who loves us just because He loves us. In turn, we love because He first loved us. We serve others in gratitude to God for what He has done for us and given us. We are who we are where we are and want to give away what God has given us.

What if all the claims are true-a fulfilling relationship with God, the healing of past hurts, forgiveness of sins, power to live the life He has planned for you, and in the end eternal life.

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.'” (John 14:6)

What if your purpose for being here is tied up with Him and His purposes for you?

What if the God of the Bible, the God who’s written a 66 book of love letters to you is who He claims to be?

Have you given the God of the Bible much consideration?

Copyright 2009 by Nurturing Wisdom

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Dear Friends,

How was your Easter?

I’ve always loved the Easter Season! All around me are signs of growth and renewal. Everywhere I look, I see God’s paintbrush at work: the bright yellow forsythia, the magenta azaleas, and the newly-birthed grass pushing through winter’s thaw. It is a feast for my senses. The air is fresh and invigorating. The songbirds’ melodies are interspersed with the gleeful voices from the neighborhood playground.

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I have fond memories of Easters past: new outfits of pastel dresses, white shoes, and Easter bonnets; Easter baskets filled with chocolate eggs, jellybeans, and marshmallow chicks and bunnies; decorating Easter eggs; taking part in Easter pageants, sunrise services, and festive dinners with my family.

Although Easters past with all its traditions have given me much comfort, this Easter Season has had a special significance for me. No other year has my heart been awakened to His love and leading as it has been this year. His gentle touch has prompted me on a spiritual journey that’s been far wider, deeper, and higher than I ever imagined. He has been transforming me into the person He has intended me to be. He has been gently molding me, shaping me, and changing me.

This year I fully understand the significance of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. I have a new awareness of the magnitude of God’s love for me. My understanding has flowed from my head into my heart. He has softened my heart to be more receptive to Him.

I am reminded of a song I used to sing in church:

Something beautiful, something good,

All my confusion, He understood,

All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife,

But He made something beautiful out of my life.

This intimate relationship has only been made possible by a very loving God who thought enough about me to send His only Son to die on the cross for me so that I can become all He intends me to be. Jesus paid the penalty for me so that I will not have to pay it. I am free to be truly alive-to love, to be at peace, and to experience joy. His Holy Spirit has been empowering me and guiding me. He’s been working a miracle in my life. He’s been changing me moment by moment, day by day.

How about you?  Which Easter was your most memorable or most significant?

Copyright 2009 by Nurturing Wisdom

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