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A Mini-Psalm

“He has saved me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.” Psalm 116:8 (NLT).

Dark fog surrounded me
Torrential tears drowned
I besought God,
Grant me relief from my despair

He answered me
Cleared away dark clouds
Dried my tears
Praise be to God

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The Game

This game of life and death
I want to win, do my best

Best is not good enough
Perfect the winning stuff

So I trust my substitute
Jesus, Jesse’s root

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Alive!

Have you heard the news?
He’s no longer dead
He’s alive, the Marys said

This morning they found
His empty tomb
He appeared in this very room

He is risen!

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Light and Momentary

His light and momentary trouble
hanging on the cross
far outweighs my trials
each and every loss

He gained my salvation
eternal life with God
By His sacrifice I’m awed

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Wind

Gusting wind

Branches whipping

Banging on the roof

Pulling down power lines

Leaving us in the dark

It’s chilly without heat

Whatever shall we eat?

Great power in God’s wind

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Listening

It’s been a hard week, she said

Me, too, I thought
but didn’t speak

Just listen, God nudged

So I listened
even when she paused

Thanks for listening, she said

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Showing My Scars

This Saturday I’ll be speaking at a conference called Shattering Stigma with StoriesI attended this event last year and experienced the powerful and informative stories of real people who struggle with mental illnesses, including anorexia, depression, and bipolar disorder. One of my writing friends, Leanne Sype, was one of the speakers. When we later met for coffee, I mentioned that I had a strong desire to tell my story and that I was drawn to this ministry. So she arranged for me to meet with the woman who created the Shattering Stigma ministry at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church.

Well, almost a year later I’d all but forgotten about this ministry, thinking they were never going to ask me to speak at their conference. That’s when Leanne contacted me to ask if I would be on a trauma panel. It didn’t take much thought to know the answer was yes.

So, the conference is this Saturday. Oh wait, I said that already. Can you tell I’m excited?

It seems weird to be excited about telling my story of having endured trauma and struggled with symptoms of PTSD and depression as a result. But I am excited because I know that God will use my story, just as He used the stories of the speakers last year, to shine a light on the truth about people with mental illnesses. That truth is that they—we—are loved by God. He desires to step into our circumstances and bring hope and healing. He desires for us to be a part of His Church and He expects His Church to minister to us in the midst of our struggles and pain.

He expects us to show the scars of the wounds He has healed so that others may find healing, too.

 

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Giggles of a Cutie

I didn’t mean to get him in trouble
But I couldn’t help playing peek-a-boo
with the cutie in front of me
squirming in his father’s arms
at Ash Wednesday service
we’re supposed to be solemn
But I made him giggle
I think God smiled

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Had to share one more real-life experience from this week that involved giggling for dVerse Poets Pub‘s Quadrille Monday.

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God’s Sense of Humor

Do you think
Jesus giggled
as a little Jewish boy

Did He make the children
laugh out loud
when He told them a story

When God created
the platypus
did He chuckle to Adam and say
Look at the crazy creature
I made today

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I’m finally catching up with dVerse Poets Pub‘s Quadrille Monday for this week. The word of the week is giggle. I actually wrote the first two stanza of this on paper on Tuesday evening, but haven’t had time until now to finish it.

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The Holy Ghost

King James and Wycliffe
called Him the Holy Ghost
like He haunted and terrorized
men, women, and children alike
Some terrible ghoul
roaming the graveyards of earth
Representing death and destruction

Yet He is life
Spirit of God
Spirit of truth
Advocate and Counselor

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It’s Quadrille Monday again at dVerse Poets Pub and the word of the day is ghost. The pub opens at noon Pacific Time. Head on over and see what ghostly Quadrilles poets are offering up today.

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