For years I’ve longed to have a perfect smile;
At last the long-awaited day has come.
I didn’t know they’d be so worrisome—
Will my mouth be this tender all the while?
They say there is no profit without pain;
I only hope it will not be in vain.
My daughter never did so carry on;
She chuckles now to see her mom complain.
From further loud laments I shall refrain,
Envisioning my smile when these are gone.
Continue reading “First Day in Braces”
I am not a theologian or a scholar, but I am very aware of the fact that pain is necessary to all of us. In my own life, I think I can honestly say that out of the deepest pain has come the strongest conviction of the presence of God and the love of God.
Continue reading “Necessary Pain”
Hankering deep within the heart
Finding purpose in the delay
Continue reading “Longing”
Though learning, I see
I’ll always an apprentice
And be still.
I have heard your prayer.
In time I’ll prove how much I
Continue reading “How Much I Care”
When obedience to God contradicts what I think will give me pleasure, let me ask myself if I love Him.
Continue reading “Contradictions”
I don’t listen to a lot of country music, and what country I do listen to is happy music: John Denver’s Country Roads, Unkle Kracker’s Smile, Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors, etc. But one day I was driving down the road, and the words to this song started playing in my mind, complete with a melody. I have no idea if the melody belongs to someone else, but as far as I know, the lyrics are original with me. The tune has not been written or recorded yet; it’s still stuck inside my head. But I hope you like the words….
Continue reading “Fairy Tales”
Don’t just pray about what seems logical and possible.
Pray HARD about the “impossible.”
God will show you that NOTHING,
nothing, nothing, nothing,
is impossible with Him.
End of story.
Continue reading “Nothing Is Impossible”
One does not surrender a life in an instant. That which is lifelong can only be surrendered in a lifetime.
—Elisabeth Elliot, Womanhood with Purpose
Continue reading “Surrendered”
Mother eagle knows it’s time—
Shows him how to fly;
Pushes him from out the nest—
Will he fall and die?
No. For mother swoops beneath,
And she does not tarry.
When he calms his fears and rests
On her wings, she’ll carry,
Through the wind his form sustain,
Start the lesson once again.
Continue reading “Flying Lessons”
Heaven is not here, it’s There. If we were given all we wanted here, our hearts would settle for this world rather than the next. God is forever luring us up and away from this one, wooing us to Himself and His still invisible kingdom, where we will certainly find what we so keenly long for.
—Elisabeth Elliot, Keeping a Quiet Heart
Continue reading “Up, Up, and Away”