Only A Branch

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Only A Branch

I am only a branch
I am moved by the wind
When a bird finds my perch
I am likely to bend
But I curve and I stretch
and I know, from the root
that I have what I need
to sprout leaves and bear fruit.

-kb

“I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright morning star.” (Rev 22:16b, NIV)

An Adventure Story

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An Adventure Story

There is no such thing
As a heroic tale
That ends at the start
Without wind or sail
But one goes on a journey
That’s where draws the heart
And each step that is taken
Is of every whole, part
For there is no beginning
Where rests all the glory
It’s the begin-agains
That tell the great story

“I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”  (Isaiah 43:19c, NIV)

A Healing Of Heart

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A Healing Of Heart

In stillness, I hear my heart beating
See more clearly the wind through the trees
Watch pine needles fall, mountains stand tall,
and heavy thoughts move in to seize

It’s deliberate, this moving about
This putting things out of my mind
It’s easier that way, a chance to delay
the pain that does echo and find

I wish I could tell it, “Be gone!”
And far away it would go
Like a leaf on the stream
floats away in sunbeam,
or like footprints that fade in the snow

Struggles they come, but they’ll go
Once and for all they’ll depart
And I’ll find my strength,
be renewed by each length
and all with a healing of heart

-kb

” . . . but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31, NIV)

Two Promises of God

person-2806280__480Have you ever heard the phrase, “the promises of God,” and wondered what those promises were?  Well, I know what one of them is.  It is that God will send His Holy Spirit to dwell in His people.  Not only with them, but in them (John 14:16-17).  When I think about all of the day-to-day challenges that come up in our lives, or the small details we ask God to be a part of, I sometimes wonder if He wants to be a part of those things.  Does He want us to pray for the courage to speak up in a meeting, or for safety while driving to work?  I would say that because He has sent His Spirit to dwell so closely to us (in our hearts), that He does want to be involved in every intimate detail of our lives (and by default, He will be, which is comforting :)).  It is not only a promise, but a blessing.  Which leads to another promise.  That we are never alone.

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation.  When you believed, you were marked in him with a a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:13, NIV)

His Care In All Things

 

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His Care In All Things

When an ant, carries
When wind moves the leaves
When palm branches creak
And when birds nest in trees

When pine needles fall
When stars, they sit right
When sunrise, it beams
And moon claims the night

When a creature is born
or yet, born and made new
From a worm to a butterfly
wings, purple and blue

It’s these things
All these things
remind me of You
and the care that You take
in all things that You do

– kb

“The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns,
where evening fades,
you call forth songs of joy.” (Psalm 65:8, NIV)

 

Learning to Love Others

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The more I learn, the more I understand that one of our main purposes while we are here on this earth is to love other people.  That, and to know God. Of course, knowing God is first and foremost, because only by knowing Him do we get a better understanding of what love is.  In 1 John, we are told that someone who claims to love God but “hates his brother,” is a liar (1 John 4:20).  Jesus tells us to go beyond what we are used to and to love not only our neighbor, but also our enemy.  He tells us that when we do that, we are acting like God’s children, and He makes the point that if we only love those who love us, we are not really doing much to stretch ourselves in the way of loving others (Matthew 5:43-48).  In 1 Corinthians, Paul talks about the many gifts he could have (the ability to prophesy, an understanding of God’s plans, the possession of all knowledge, faith that could move mountains), but points out that without loving others, he would be nothing.  He concludes the chapter with, “Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians, 13:1-2, 13).  So, loving others does not seem to be optional in God’s plan, but of primary importance.  I believe that one of the best things we can do when desiring to love others better is to look at the example God has given us, in Jesus.  Jesus was forgiving, patient, compassionate, and humble.  We can also study what the Bible teaches about how to love others better…being slow to speech and quick to listen (James 1:19), giving a gentle answer to turn away wrath (Proverbs 15:1).  Finally, we can ask God not only for His strength to love others better, but to give us the desire to love others, because sometimes, we are lacking even that.

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” (John 15:12, NIV)

When Crawl Became Climb

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When Crawl Became Climb

I thought it just me
weeping aloud
filling the room
with water and cloud

‘Til His voice, I felt
echoing mine
gave strength to my soul
and crawl became climb

-kb

 

” . . . but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31, NIV)

Better Land

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Better Land

I see Him in the rays of sun
that cast a warm, pink glow
I find Him in the crispy cold
that chills my face and toes

I see Him in the melty blues
in lakes below the trees
Where mountains shoot from land to sky
and gift us snowy peaks

He formed the creatures, and the moon
He put the stars in place
He grows the seedling from the earth
moves wind across my face

He’s here, and knows your every thought
the things you’ve always kept
safe, away from diggers deep
where, with folded wings you wept

To restless hearts, He gives new hope
and reaches out a Hand
As we leave our burdens there
and move to better land

– kb

“In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him.” (Psalm 95:4, NIV)

 

Heaven

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Heaven

The horizon seemed to speak
to tell me that the line
I saw drawn at it’s edge
was only to remind

That as sea continues on
stretching from that spot
and places teem with life
that eye would claim, did not

So, life continues still
for those we can’t behold
and take our place, we will
among that bless-ed fold

Something meant for all
when turn to Him, we do
An all-inclusive call
not for a chosen few

He said that he did send
His Son not to condemn
but save through Him, He would
an estranged world of men

So call to Him at night
need Him in the dark
tell Him where you stand
with faint or solid heart

He hears each voice that sounds
the whisper and the scream
the shout that fills the air
the fright that fills our dreams

So, know that there is peace
and life beyond this shore
We take His hand, and with each step
renew our hope once more

-kb

 

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:17, NIV)

The Daily Evidence of God

Every day we are able to see evidence of God around us.  We see the work of His hands in what He has created: our friends, our family, our pets.  We see His power when we witness people suffering, yet who find their strength in Him.  How have I seen Him this week?  I was reminded of His faithfulness as I listened to a wounded friend confide that God would be The One – the only One she would lean on through her pain.  I was reminded of what happens when God’s love captures someone’s heart, as I watched one of His faithful followers spend time and energy aligning each chair in our church sanctuary perfectly, in order to glorify Him.  And I heard about Him in a song this morning called, “Reckless Love,” by Cory Asbury (see below).  It conveys so well the kind of love God has for us.  As the song says, “Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me…You have been so, so kind to me.”

“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins . . .  And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.” (1 John 4:9-10, 16a, NIV)