Sunday, February 26, 2012

the Cost

If I follow,
a disciple, leaving all behind
If I obey,
a servant, doing only thy will
who will I be then?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Women of the Cross

     We want to be women of the cross.

     We want to live for Christ; to die for Christ; to every day submit the selfish desires and needs and worries of the self over to the altar that they might die. We want to walk by faith.

     We want to be women who abide. We want to be intercessors, message-bringers, light-bearers, grace-givers.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Poetry for a Valentine's Evening

Love. Our world is in love with love, with the idea of love, the feeling of love, the fairy-tale "happily ever after" love. And yet our ideas of love are very different. There are probably hundreds of poems written on love, but these are a few of my favorites, each setting forth an aspect of love.

What Shall I Give My Love?
~Sara Teasdale

I asked the heaven of stars
What I should give my love
It answered me with silence,
Silence above.

I asked the darkened sea
Down where the fishes go
It answered me with silence,
Silence below.

Oh, I could give him weeping,
Or I could give him a song
But how can I give silence
My whole life long?

Monday, February 13, 2012

Plans

I wrote this poem exactly a year ago yesterday. It is still one of my favorites, especially when I find myself off of the path that I had planned so carefully and onto a path that God had prepared.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

photos

Some photos I took over the weekend up in Wisconsin.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Thanks be to God

If everything is lost, thanks be to God
If I must see it go, watch it go,
Watch it fade away, die
Thanks be to God that He is all I have

the Seed

The seed must fall and die,
It must wait, alone; and lie
Upon the frozen ground
While winter comes with bitter chill
To kill the earth without a sound.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Gifts of Grace

LORD—all glory and world and fullness therein art thine,
        The weight of sorrow, hungry child and stormy sea,
        The height of joy, blushing bride and budding tree,
How wondrous, then, thy strength and Spirit which art mine.


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