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)

Snow

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Snow

It is icy up here
and the night has been long
I haven’t heard cheer
or the little bird’s song
the dark makes it colder
oh, the shadows of night
I’m not seeing gladness
or the little bird’s flight
how do I wish morning
would make itself known
when eyes would peer out
from the tucked-in, hushed home
they’d see me, and smile
oh, how bright it becomes
when the little bird sings
at the sight of the sun
then with the warmth
and with the glow
I become water
when once I was snow
I fall from this branch
but all the way down
I’ll see the bird dance
and hear its sweet sound

– kb

“Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.” (Psalm 86:1, 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)

Choosing To Dwell With Him

skateboard-331751__480We have a choice as to where we dwell, and God gave us this ability to choose.  He gave us this choice knowing that we could make the decision not to dwell closely with Him.  Freedom to choose is something I value highly.  I think the same is true for lots of people.  Thank You, God, for giving me a choice as to where I dwell.  It’s comforting to know that if we choose to seek God and desire for Him to be at the center of our lives, we can never be out of reach of His hand or in any situation where He will not lead us.

“If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” (Psalm 139:9-10, NIV)

Grief

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Grief

There are some things that we have not shared with another
the things that make different, us one from the other
They boiled our blood, they changed us within
so that never would we be back where we had been

There are images we cannot ever unsee
where not just my pain made the breathing less free
I saw others break too, and their grief did strike me
so that nothing the same, no not ever, would be

-kb

“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” (Romans 12:15, NIV)

He Took Me

joy-4223806__480This morning I read Psalm 18.  It’s a Psalm that King David wrote, praising God for rescuing him from his enemies.  It must be a pleasing Psalm to God, and it lives through the ages by means of His Bible.  In the Old Testament, God often stresses to the Israelites the importance of passing along what they know of Him and His miracles…His saving power…to their children (future generations).  This Psalm accomplishes that same purpose.  There were many verses or parts of verses that I underlined while reading it, however one in particular resonated with me in a deep way today…”He took me…(Psalm 18:16).”  The whole verse reads, “He reached from on high, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.”  But “He took me” sums things up for me in my life.  There are all of these complex emotions and thoughts I have every day.  Some are helpful and some are not.  It’s clear to me that when I try to figure life out without submitting myself before God first, things are confusing, a struggle, and at times, dark.  But God doesn’t leave me there.  He didn’t leave me there.  He took me.  He lifted me up from a place of not knowing Him, to a place of knowing that I’m known by Him.  He took me from darkness to the awareness of His love.  He gave me things I didn’t deserve and topped them with a handful of, “I love you.”  And there were no strings attached.  Before I knew Jesus, I was on my own, at least in my own mind.  I had made my decision that I would lead the life I wanted to and that I was only accountable to myself.  I didn’t realize God’s love for me.  But He took me.  He took me from there and said, “No, I’m real, this is Who I Am, and I love you.”  I am sure this is similar to what every parent wants their child to know…that they are not alone and that they are loved.

“Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations . . . ” (Psalm 18:49a, NIV)

The Need To Be Loved

switzerland-4290226__480What is our deepest longing, as people?  I would suggest that it is to be loved.  I have listened to numerous testimonies by people who at one time lived lives that made it appear as though they gave absolutely no thought to the need to be loved, when in reality, they were yearning for it on the inside.  They wanted someone to love them enough to show them a better way of living…someone who had their best interests at heart.  Someone who would be a compassionate listener when they needed to vent their deepest frustrations, allowing them to be as honest and flawed as they truly are, and yet still offer love and acceptance.  Someone who would allow them to put the weight of their discouragement, fear, anxiety, abandoned hopes, feelings of worthlessness, and all of their other struggles onto them and give them the wisdom to navigate through them.  Someone to hold them when they were feeling…done…tired…burnt out…shame…at the end of their rope…and who would whisper, “I love you,”…”I…loveyou.”  We all long for this, and this is the kind of relationship God offers us through His Son, Jesus.

“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies?  Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.  Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:6-7, NIV)

A Trip to Tahoe

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Tahoe

Giant dandelions,
as big as my fist
If there, they are
I’m not likely to miss

And, if I see
a new creature to me
Like a bright, orange fish
that’s in river, not sea
I’m astounded once more
at the things He’s made be

Then, when the wind
blows straight through my face
When the air that I breathe
feels like an embrace
I’m reminded once more
that there is a place
Where someday I’ll see God,
one day, face to Face

-kb

“They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty – and I will meditate on your wonderful works.” (Psalm 145:5, NIV)

Will You Find Me Here?

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Will You Find Me Here?

It’s hard to put it into words
the inadequacy I feel
I’ve accomplished so little
with so much time
and being here makes it more real
If there is something I’m good at
it’s saying “no,” or not finishing things
It’s losing interest, assuming defeat
or sitting on my wings
It’s fear that consumes me now
it’s fear that consumed me then
And self-pity makes it easier somehow
I can call feeling sorry, my friend
But I’m not ready to be the problem
or accept blame for falling short
For not impressing family or friend
or for staying in my port
I’ve heard some say that accepting yourself
and what has come of yet
is the secret to living life peacefully
instead of with regret
Did I ever want?
What did I desire?
To step onto another’s path
and make their flame my fire?
To hop onto another’s back
while they walked through the mire?
I don’t deserve the things I have
the blessings He is giving
The comforts or the kind of love
that make a life, good living
But I would never argue this
the gratitude I owe
To the God Who brought me here
and helps me as I grow
And when I pray for just one thing
to feel I can be proud of
Something followed through to end
and had no single doubt of
I hope it counts as brand new seed
that sprouts within my heart
In soil that is watered well
from which efforts don’t part
Though maybe you will find me here
once again, in gloom
Where tears they fall from cheek to chin
as I watch others bloom

“The Lord will vindicate me; your love, Lord, endures forever . . . ” (Psalm 138:8a, 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)