Thursday, December 31, 2020

Welcome Newness!

As the year comes to an end, what better thing to do than affirm to Jesus Who He is in your life?  It makes more sense than you may think, and it is quite healing, as well!

"In You, alone, I put my trust--
it cannot be discussed!
You are the Truth, You are the Light--
none other be so bright!
You are the first, You are the last--
You'll NEVER be 'the past!'
You are my Life, You are my breath,
and even past my death!
For You are God--the only One;
though others try, they soon are done!
And even, Lord, as You remain,
there's no diminishing Your reign!

Oh, when will mortal beings learn
You're more than time, and You'll return
for them that trust in only You--
that sweet reunion...overdue?
And we will meet You in the air,
defying logic, fair and square,
to be with You in Paradise,
where all is PERFECT--more than 'nice!'
It is availed in only You!
To Your Own, every day is new--
another opportunity
to live and help the blind to see!!"

Yes, each day IS brand-new when you have Jesus alive inside your heart!  Do YOU?  What better way to start a new year than to ask Him to be your Savior and dwell inside your heart?  All you have to do is ask!  God will do all the rest!


Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Treasured Times!

Aahhh...breathe!  So it feels as I am away from the fray for a few days with a very special treat: our grandchildren are here!  When distance separates, trust me, you treasure EVERY moment God grants with them!!

Simplicity and children--

the two go hand-in-hand.
There is so much in this life that they
don't have to understand!
And so much we deem 'little things'
that, to them, mean so much...
who could put a price tag or
a value upon such?!

An afternoon of bowling.
The score, it matters not!
What counts are precious memories
and the times that we have got!
Not always are they with us, nor
will they stay this age;
capture every wondrous moment
before 'life' turns the page!

At the bowling alley with
grandchildren from afar--
such to be beyond all price,
regardless when they are!
Laughter, fun and family...
I wish it could be more!
I praise my God, though, for this time
and all that it stands for!
For HE provides such memories,
as He knows where and when
we need pause from 'the every day;'
and He's ALWAYS 'now' and 'then!'

Making lifelong memories out of 'everyday' events.  NEVER lose sight of the value of it and, surely, NEVER take it for granted!  For the days go by too fast to miss such times so wonderful!

Tuesday, December 29, 2020


On the road...a car full of gifts heading for a park just past the state line.  Christmas...FINALLY!

Up and at it early--
6 a.m. somewhere...
Out the door and driving east,
heading...who knows where?!
I only have 'coordinates,'
almost 4 hours east;
a glowing horizon greets me,
along with occasional 'beast!'
And those with me, we're excited,
It's Christmas Day once more!
We'll meet our kids and grandkids--
it is what Christmas is for!

We could not be together
to celebrate Christ's Day;
schedules and situations,
they got in the way.
But this day, naught will hinder,
together we shall be
to celebrate this blessed Event
with fervor, love and glee!

Whenever be YOUR Christmas or
wherever it must be,
celebrate with all you are
and praise Him joyously!
Life may get in the way sometimes,
but let it hinder not
the Truth and Joy of Jesus Christ
and the fulness He has got!

Yes, life gives and takes, but let it not affect the Joy and Wonder that Christmas is: JESUS CHRIST!  He is worthy of all adoration and praise as we go through the days that are!

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Jesus Constantly!

The day after.  All too often we go through life listening to how relieved folks are that Christmas is 'finally' over for the year.  Why is that?

After celebration?  No!

Festivities go on!
Joy to the world to dwell within,
not ever to be gone!
Jesus Christ on Christmas Day...
but Jesus without end:
Wonderful, Counselor,
Master, Savior, Friend!

Too many do I know so glad
it's only 'once a year!'
They may not know the Christ I know,
so constantly right here!
And constantly I celebrate Him
throughout EVERY day!
He is worthy of all adoration--
all we do and say!

Merry Christmas celebrations
ebbing everywhere,
all the while, His Holiness
is right beside them there!
O keep His Light aglow as you
press on each day ahead;
each one of them to be a 'gift'
if you are Spirit-led!

The Spirit of Christmas.  May it never leave us!  May we be 'giving' to our fellow man all throughout the year, AND honor Jesus each day that we go through!

Friday, December 25, 2020


4:30 am.  What am I doing awake?!  Then the words start to flow, and I must rise and capture the words that He is giving me...

Wake up!  Wake up, ye ones asleep!
A prophecy, this day, to keep!
For unto us a Child is come!
His birth--it is our total sum!
He comes as Babe--so frail and small,
and, yet, the greatest gift of all!
To every person anywhere
God demonstrates His awesome care!

The very Best to send now He
to be our life and victory!
No matter where you are or who,
He does this of His love for you!
Jesus Christ, of great discord,
is born to be our sovereign Lord!
So humble, cuddly, innocent--
our lone way truly to repent!

Yea, wake up!  Wake up and see him now,
there in a manger,  safe somehow,
in perfect peace for time being--
soon, for His life will they be fleeing!
But, for the moment, where you are,
wake up and see Him not afar!
For all will see Him face-to-face,
over and above this race!

WAKE UP!  And celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Emmanuel, God with us, Messiah, King of kings...there, in a stable tucked away as there is no room at the inn.  Is there room in YOU today as we celebrate His Birth?

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Gifted and gifting

Jesus Christ is come!  Jesus Christ is reigning in the heart that is availed.  That said, those hearts availed are so equipped with gifts that cannot be purchased.  Are we willing to give them away?

In the solemn Presence, oh so
valuable, so real;
ANYWHERE be sanctuary
with a heart appeal!
And faithful is He to attend,
wherever one may need;
His glory and His Majesty
to ever intercede!
He is aware of everything
that happens now and ever.
It is a sweet connection that
no thing could ever sever!
He knows the heart, He knows the feelings
each of us goes through,
therefore, He meets us where we are
and makes our lives anew!

Wherever you may find yourself
when the Spirit calls,
avail yourself unto Him, even
if there be no walls!
The Spirit is a gentleman
and KNOWS your time and day;
give to Him those moments and watch
blessings come your way;
especially this time of year
when giving be so broad,
that which you expend heart-wise
The Master will applaud!
And necessary be the gifts
that each of us contain!
Life--it is a give-and-take,
and NEVER is it 'plain!'

This year, it seems, more than any that I can recall, there is more NEED in this life than there is WANT.  Those of us belonging to Him Who is Everything are so equipped to provide some of that...whichever it be.  And we don't have to look far!  We must only be willing to share.
Merry Christmas to you and yours everyone!


Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Call to Worship!

Surely, this time of year is a time to gather and connect with family and friends.  There is, however, a much greater purpose to 'Christmas!'  Are YOU aware of it?

O come!  O come, ye faithful!
Commemorate His birth!
Set aside a time with Him
Who establishes our worth!
Celebrate!  Acknowledge Him!
Ensure that time beyond price!
O give to Him Who gives His all--
The ultimate sacrifice!

Yes come, oh come and gift Him with
your time...your life...your love!
HE IS CHRISTMAS!  More than season--
Hope and Peace and Love!
Eternal be the same will He
in Paradise above!
That Place that's filled with that which we
have yet no concept of!

Yes, come...while He is yet availed,
and sing all glory ye!
Set aside all schedule so that
you may clearly see 
the wonder and the Truth of Christmas--
that not of this place!
It's found alone in Jesus Christ--
epitome of grace!!

Yes, freely come to Jesus Christ--Life Alive!  He is so availed unto all...for now!  The Day is coming when such an amazing offer will no longer be.  However, right now He freely accepts one and all who call His Holy Name!  Let nothing stop you!  For He is MORE than 'season!'  HE IS LIFE!!


Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Now and for Always!

What a glorious day!  What a wonderful time to be alive!  In spite of 'what's on the news,' there is so much to be grateful for and so many reasons to celebrate Him this Christmas...AND ALWAYS!

The Lord, so kind and caring,

so wonderful and wise,
He's painted one more glorious day
across eternal skies!
He paints such bright emotion through
the hearts of one and all;
it brings us to this holy point,
in Bethlehem, to fall!

In Bethlehem--The King is born,
so humble, meek and mild.
The world in its entirety
to take note of one Child!
Note Him, though, but daily as
He reigns and saves and heals!
Each and every moment, something
new His Grace reveals!

"Jesus--One and only King,
we'll celebrate You ever!
Your love--it is eternal and
there's nothing that will sever!
We celebrate You now with gifts,
but then with adoration
as we serve You beyond all time
there in Your grand Creation!"

Celebrating Christ Jesus in this temporary creation.  He is worthy!  Oh, but there is a time ahead that is perfect and will not end!  THERE will we celebrate and fete Him perfectly!  WON'T IT BE WONDERFUL THERE?!

Monday, December 21, 2020

Closer the days!

One day closer to Christmas.  That wonderful and beautiful time when we celebrate the birth of our Savior!  Four days away.  But then what?  Is that ALL we have to look forward to?

Celebrating Jesus Christ--
He is worthy of it all!
Sing out!  Sing out with all you are! 
Join in the yuletide call!
The Son of God...God the Son
come to us as a Man!
So to fulfill all prophecy,
accomplishing God's Plan!

But Jesus, He is MORE than Christmas,
He is ALL of living!
Celebrate Him all the day--
His adoration, giving!
There be no limit to the praise
He is deserving of--
The Prince of Peace, the King of kings,
epitome of love!

O celebrate His birth, ye people,
but do not stop there!
Celebrate Him ALL THE TIME,
and fete Him everywhere!
For He is with you constantly,
He is beyond all time!
Praise Him even when You cannot
find reason or find rhyme!

Yes, glorious are the days and wondrous is the 'season' of Jesus, but mere 'season' can NEVER define Him!  HE IS TOO WONDERFUL!

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Last-Minute Trip

Five days until Christmas.  Winter all around me.  I find myself travelling to a destination to get a few last-minute things done before I take a week off to spend with my family.  But I am NOT alone in this truck...

On a two-lane highway,
early in the morn,
the sun begins to peek at us:
another day is born!
So slowly, light develops
revealing more and more
of God's glorious creation
for vision to explore!
And, in stealth, the deer to disappear
from the meadows to the forest;
should I ignore this time with God
but I would be the poorest!!
To start the day without the Lord
would be so sad indeed
as He creates such wonderments
causing joy be freed!
And I receive instruction, even
as I drive along:
words of wisdom...sights divine.
even blessed song!
All from Him Who makes the day
with His very hand...
all for to prepare this man
to firmly take a stand!

On a two-lane highway,
assignments all ahead.
I KNOW success will be the sum
as I am Spirit-led!

Yes, victories await ahead...already settled before time began!  They must be taken care of, however, before I spend that precious time with my wife and children as we celebrate Jesus' birthday!
Merry Christmas to you, whatever road you may be on today!

Saturday, December 19, 2020


Getting the day over with.  All has gone well until...

When 'luxuries' turn into major headaches...
when 'day-to-day' gets all turned upside-down..
when I sit down at the desk to write His message
and find out that the internet is down!
I breathe in deep, sit back and look around me
and realize we are so blessed anyway!
And even if I cannot send out what He tells me,
there is life in everything He has to say!

Too many times of late come disappointments,
yet we remain alive with shelter fine!
And even if you and I cannot get together,
I have beautiful ones with me to sup and dine!
Yes, this year has been a challenge like no other!
And these 'holidays' are like we've never seen!
But CELEBRATE anyway as best that you can
the birthday of the Truth, the Life, the Way!

The challenges in life, they will continue.
The setbacks even may become far worse!
But love the ones you're with as long as you can,
and see NOT the 'holidays' as but a curse!

Some of us will not be able to be with the ones we want to be with this Christmas, but love the ones you're with regardless!  The internet may be down...or crash completely, but let it not hinder the Joy that this time of year is all about:  JESUS!!

Friday, December 18, 2020

Celebrate First!

Rising up.  Cold December morning.  A full day ahead--filled with people who all want everything their way.  Isn't THAT something to look forward to?!  Oh, but I know how to start before that begins...

Celebrate Jesus!  He is worthy!
King above all kings!
His reign--it has no measurement
as every angel sings!
His value so transcends all issues
anywhere this day!
To one and all, He yet remains

"'Tis the season," so they say,
but all day long, each day,
His glory and His majesty
are truly on display!
And the love, His perfect love
for everyone around
so fills each moment we go through,
as grace and peace abound!

Celebrate, ye people!  Fete Him 
with all love and praise!
He is the ONLY Answer to
these complicated days!
The Truth, the Life, the Way so comes
in ways we understand;
adorn Him with all adoration
all across the land!

Yes, CELEBRATE JESUS!  Even if celebrating is the last thing you FEEL like doing, do it anyway!  For He is worthy of it, and you will be the better for it!  After all, celebrating Him shall we be throughout eternity.  Why not start now?

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Christmas Surprise

God is so good!  He opens doors that no man can open, and He arranges 'things' that man calls 'impossible!'  Such happened today.  We met relatives that we have not seen in almost 40 years years...and they only live 30 minutes from us!!

There's One alone Who can arrange
what man fathom not!
'His ways are not our ways' they say,
and no limit has He got!
He brings together families
who've drifted far away,
and times to have with moments such,
but they will last for aye!

Do YOU face the impossible?
You think it's 'too far gone?'
BUT GOD, He's always keeping track,
so, in hope, carry on!
NEVER is it too late to find
or fix relationship;
all you need is hope, desire,
and that unfailing grip!

No, don't ever give up.  God doesn't!  And He is The One Who can bring it about! He did today and, though painful is the event that brought us together, beautiful are the results!

Wednesday, December 16, 2020



No matter what's going on, it is temporary.  Regardless what the plans are, they are temporary!  If life is going wrong, it's temporary.  If life is going right, rejoice, but know that it, too, is temporary.  Jesus Christ, however, IS ETERNAL!  And He is worthy of our song!

Come, come ye voice of celebration!
Wake up, ye chords of joy!
That song suppressed for oh too long
now, now you must employ!
A KING IS BORN!  A King of which
the likes has NEVER been!
His reign--it is eternal, and
His love is for ALL men!
And His celebration--it goes on
without end, all the day:
endlessly, they say!
And we, we are encouraged to
join that eternal song
from the heart, the voice, the hands,
that more, they might belong!

Yes, come, ye jubilation voice!
Sound out above the noise
of everything of every day
that constantly annoys!
So temporary is the trial,
eternal, the reward!

Let us ever keep this in sight as we press on!  In spite of viruses, diseases, economies...anything that the enemy may use to detract us from pressing on...NOTHING can hinder the joy of the Lord...a joy that conquers all!

Monday, December 14, 2020

Celebrate, ye People!

With all that is happening, every one of us have something stealing away our time.  This is NOT the time of year for that!  No, this is a time to CELEBRATE!!

O celebrate with jubilation!

We have every cause!
to rid man of his flaws!
He's come, fulfilling prophecy!
He's come, all joy to bring!
He's come in might and majesty:
And He comes so humbly, in a stable,
no room at the inn;
fulfilling further prophecy--
the jubilee begin!!

Yea, celebrate His riches--greater
than the world can know!
Celebrate His liberty--
all fetters to let go!
Celebrate His company
to never be without!
Yea, celebrate Him everywhere,
and do not ever doubt!
For soon, our celebration, it
shall happen face-to-face,
and we'll be with Him evermore
due His amazing grace!!

Yes, celebrate with jubilation
Christ this Christmastide!
Jesus, Jesus, Lord and Savior--
Friend so verified!
For there is not another that
is like Him anywhere
and, with Him living in our hearts,
someday we will be there!!

There is so much going on in this busy, fast-paced life right now.  But there is even more that is worth celebrating!  And JESUS is atop that list!  Join me, won't you?

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Doing our part

The days and times in which we live.  They are like no other!  Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.  Will YOU do YOUR part?

epidemic or a plague...
with so many disappearing, 
identities grow vague;
but each one be a family member,
each one be a friend;
someone, somewhere is in great pain
due relationship to end.

So what be there for servants
at such a time as this?
Because we're His, all warnings and
precautions to dismiss?
"The Blood of Jesus covers me,"
therefore, no fear have I!
But we are to be vigilant,
trust and not defy!

All wise do we possess as we
press on, press on and trust.
The dangers of the day are REAL,
and CANNOT be discussed!
BUT GOD is real, as well and, 
by His Spirit, we are led,
doing as instructed by Him
as we press ahead!

Strange and dangerous times are these my friend.  I'd love to spend some quality time with you, but I have to wear a mask to do so.  Have to?  YES...if I love you!  God is well aware of what is going on and what we are going through.  Continue to trust Him.  He will do more than His part, but each of us must do ours, as well.


Saturday, December 12, 2020

That Precious Daily Time

First thing.  Wondering what today holds.  Knowing it will require greater power than this man has!  Therefore, I turn to God...

Minor flurries flit about
in the morning air
as we slowly rise so early--
for such we prepare.
It shall not hinder all the tasks,
but time will I so share--
time with God, watching snowflakes
drifting through the air.

So busier the days become
as year draws to an end;
but I set aside the 'busyness'
and visit with my Friend.
He sees and knows of all as we
are scurrying about,
and yearns for us, this precious time,
to NEVER go without!

Regardless of the weather...
regardless of the pace...
so essential is this time
that we spend with His Grace!
It makes the day to fit together
whatever be the tasks,
and He is so available
to anyone who asks!

This precious, valuable, essential time set aside each day.  The same becomes more and more necessary as the days progress.  Jesus said it would be that way, and He avails Himself to ALL constantly!


Thursday, December 10, 2020


Listening to conversations...eavesdropping?  Well...yes.  But all about the town, I keep hearing the same thing...and the same pain.

Where have gone 'relationships'
that, sacred, used to be?
Even 'relatives,' they get
neglected easily!
We get too caught up in 'careers'
or 'issues of the day...'
Is that a 'reason' or 'excuse?'
The heart can only say.
Yes, many are the issues and
activities around;
even more so, the 'distractions'
that would so abound!
All to steal the time away
and keep us busy so;
that, details about one another,
we neglect to know!

Yea, too many are the factors that
would keep us each apart.
The very same factors work
at hardening the heart!
Relationships take effort and
lack comfort often so;
and just how willing are the ones
that 'extra mile' to go?

Relationships--rewarding when
they're guarded and revered;
and wealthy they who find the same
and see them to be feared!

Love takes effort.  Friendship takes time.  Care requires work.  Again, how many are willing to do such, KNOWING that the same might hurt?  God has great reward for them that persevere!

Tuesday, December 8, 2020


The year is winding down.  Folks are scrambling all about trying to get as much done as possible before ________!  Are YOU one of them?

Back to the simplicity

of Jesus--only Him!
So much of life is happening,
it seems, upon a whim!
BUT GOD--He is the bedrock
not a thing in life can shake!
Time for Him, in EVERY day,
but everyone must make!

Jesus, Jesus, only Him,
Know ye not that, of yourself,
He is so very fond?
And the speed of life these days
is a concern minute!
Stay focused and move straight ahead
and naught shall He impute!

Yea, busy are the days that be,
with speeds so out-of-whack!
But do your best, ye chosen ones
and, quietly, sit back
KNOWING that the days that are,
for they are FULLY known
to Him Who set up time itself,
and you, YOU ARE HIS OWN!

Yes, busy are these days, and much is there to do.  But there is only so much that YOU can do about that!  You must do your best and TRUST Him with the rest!  Did you hear that?  TRUST and REST!

Monday, December 7, 2020


"Oh, that wonderful time of year!"  But I meet too many who see it otherwise.  I counsel with many who stress out most this time of year.  Such out not to be.  For GOD certainly did not  intend it to be that way!

Decorations and decor
now everywhere around!
Joy and jubilation to
abundantly abound!
It is that time of glory when
we celebrate His birth--
God Most High come as a Man,
reminding us of our worth!

So celebrate His birthday knowing
what He's done for you:
giving hope, giving joy
and making life anew!
As we gather with our loved ones
invite HIM to be there!
Acknowledge Him as The Reason
that, such joy, we share!

Jesus, Jesus, Loving Lord
and Savior to us all!
Sing Him out with all you are!
Send forth His saving call!
He is The Reason for the season
we all know and love,
and one glad morn we'll celebrate
in Paradise above!

"Decoration and decor,"
do it for HIS glory!
Adorn Christ first and Christmastide
will be more than just 'story!'

It's Christmas!  IT'S JESUS!  And He is worth celebrating, not stressing out over!  If you are scrambling about trying to get everything for everyone, STOP!  Take a deep breath and focus on WHO it should be all about!


Sunday, December 6, 2020


Invisible.  Some people feel that way.  Maybe even YOU feel that way.  It is a painful feeling, and it is so unnecessary!  We are all in this together!

"Please don't see me as 'just different.'
I'm just the same as you in every way.
You step aside when I start to walk toward you,
thinking you must 'get out of the way.'
I'd really like for you to be 'just you,'
to say 'hello' like you do to others;
after all, in the eyes of Jesus,
we are equal as sisters and brothers!
What I have, for it is not 'contagious,'
except the love I have inside my heart.
Avoiding me is utterly outrageous!
Who knows, a lasting friendship, it may start!
I know you're busy and you have a schedule;
I am, too, but I just want to say 'Hello!'
It doesn't cost a thing at all to anyone
to just acknowledge me as you go!"

Many people have these feelings.  Most of them will not share them, they will just go about their day...trying to do their best while living the pain.  Go out of YOUR way to find them.  You don't have to look far!


Saturday, December 5, 2020

This Challenging Time

Here we are, at the end of the year.  A very CHALLENGING year!  Going through a crisis, the likes of which some of us have never seen!  So what do we do?  Give in to it?

In times of greatest challenge,

the greater good takes place.
Though sales and numbers suffer,
abundant would be grace!
Traditions that we've held so dear
for, lo, so many years,
now cannot happen as we'd like,
so the challenge--it appears!

We cannot be together in
the numbers we have known,
BUT GOD--He makes it possible
that we not be alone!
The dinners that we would attend
if normal be the days,
we can yet attend, but in
a myriad of ways!

Thanks to the great technology
that God has shown to man,
there are so many of us learning
of another plan!
Via media we visit
friends and family;
so many ways to keep in touch
here in the days that be!
And by the folding of the hands
to Jesus Christ in prayer,
we can be transported and
have fellowship anywhere!
Truly, it is NOT the same,
but we are NOT alone;
and soon, solution to this crisis,
somehow, will be known!

Don't lose hope.  Don't ever give up.  And for GOD'S sake, do not stop believing!  For He has seen us through quite a bit, and He's not about to stop!  TRUST HIM!

Friday, December 4, 2020

The Fading Day

Home at last!  Day is done for me in town...and BUSY it was!  However, God has prepared a wonderful place for me to be restored...

As afternoon paints remaining foliage,
winter whispers to me in the breeze.
I scan the acres and the hills around me
and entertain my Guest with all of these.
Already He's familiar with creation,
as He is The Creator of the same;
as we converse at liberty together,
I praise and magnify His Holy Name!

Yes, Father God has joined me in the vespers
as I unwind from what the day contained.
Christmas blessings were dispensed so freely--
joy, love and serenity so rained!
And the Source of such, He joins me as I settle,
granting rest and restoration, too!
He is The Source of ALL that life requires,
He is The Reason life is made anew!

Yes, as afternoon turns into early evening,
God--so great and glorious--is on display!
He welcomes ANYONE participating
by giving us The Truth, The Life, The Way!
He manufactures beauty with precision;
how many are the grateful to take note?
O take His blessings not at all for granted,
and take some time, unto Him, to devote!

No matter what kind of day you have had, God has an exclusive retreat for you to relax and recharge!  NEVER take it for granted!  It is a very necessary time, especially in the days that are!


Thursday, December 3, 2020

Daddy's Hands

Ooops!  Just found this.  Better late than never.
Think back...last week...I was out on the deck counting my blessings.  As I reflected, my daddy's hands flooded my memory...

Two days before Thanksgiving
I think of "Daddy's hands."
A base of gratitude so great,
on which he firmly stands!
Hands that never met a task
that they could not complete...
hands that would assist a total
stranger on the street!
Those hands of his--so many came 
from places near and far:
from helping with my homework to
to rebuilding someone's car!
Little seemed to hinder him,
save at the very end
when just the lightest handshake seemed
to knock him on his end!
But those hands, soft as I recall,
constructed many a thing;
and fascination mounted as
he told what each shift would bring!
And soft and gentle were they,
any year to matter not,
as love and comfort came from them
in all of what life brought!

Daddy's hands--I never shall forget
the feeling of his touch!
And, with each year that passes, I
miss that touch more so much!
encouraging a life--
I thank God for my daddy's hands
but all throughout my life!!

Daddy could fix anything that was brought to him.  If something was missing a part, he could make it from scratch!  Most of all, however, I remember that he was always 'there' and had an encouraging word or hug.  Such a legacy could only be given to me by God!

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

The Best Laid Plans

Each and every one of us has a plan for what the day will hold.  Most of the time, that plan is altered by something called 'life.'  THEN what do you do...

When things don't go as planned,

there is One to understand.
He knows each form of 'hurt,'
as He's walked in that same dirt.
The disappointment and the pain--
for He knows they are not 'plain.'
However, He is so very great
that He can fully compensate
for the 'let downs' in this life,
and the struggles that be so rife.
For when no one understands,
He engulfs us in His hands;
and in His firm embrace
we can fully state our case!

And all the 'let downs' as we live
He keeps track of for to give
compensation for the pain
and assure each one cause gain!
For He has walked each path before.
He knows how our desires soar
and what happens when they fail,
our each emotion to assail!

But great reward awaits the stern
who press to that for which we yearn
but, somehow, do not come to pass.
Life--the gamut to amass!
So live.  So live as best you can
KNOWING life may alter your each plan,
knowing God is fully aware
and that you are in His perfect care!

And as you live, do so unto God.  In doing so, those things which may be 'disappointments' will be fully compensated for...often in something far better than what we were expecting!  That's just how gracious our loving Father is!

Monday, November 30, 2020

After Business

Ahhh, that day is complete.  Well, the labor for this day is.  Day won't be complete until I spend time with one of God's most beautiful gifts.  I glance at the mountains as I head home to her...

The gusts are hardy all about
as I complete the day!
If one can stand the chill, behold
the whitecaps on this day!
Little time for gazing, though,
there be yet tasks to do;
we discuss them as I drive
along the priceless view!

I know the lot that must be done 
when I get to the house.
'Winterizing' has been done,
so I will take my spouse;
we will bundle up and take 
the horses for a ride
along the spectacle that is
November riverside!
Too long overdue, as labor
has been complicated
by so many factors that
has time reallocated!
Situations in this life
that God alone foreknew
forced us out of 'routine' ad
the 'schedules' that we know!

Finally, arrival at
that home with perfect touch.
Such welcome respite with
the one I love so much!
The day behind, the life ahead-
our own pace for a few hours;
when we are together it gives
this man superpowers!!

Busy...busy...busy...but done early enough to spend precious time out in His creation with another one of His creations: my wife!  She keeps this house going, keeps this man straight and organized, and blesses so many others just by being herself!  WHAT A GIFT SHE IS!!


Sunday, November 29, 2020

November from the Road

Heading down this highway, I come upon a sight that steels me and I must pull over to take it in completely...

Snow is gently dusting
upper ridges of the view
the morning sun illuminates
against the endless blue!
Majestic is the western range
that's mesmerizing now!
To take it in, slow the pace
of 'everyday...' somehow!
It is a necessary pause
provided by The One
Who speaks the mountain range afar
by saying "It is done!"
He speaks the word or waves His hand
and sights like this appear,
detailed and so beautiful
it even brings a tear!

"O thank You for the beauty of
the seasons--so alive!
The boldness and the subtleties
even as they arrive!
You are the lone Creator of
what no one else can do!
I contemplate the mighty landscape
and give praise to You!"

Yea, if one would only pause to look around, glory would shout out...or whisper!  God knows exactly how to get our attention when He needs to...even as I'm on an empty highway heading west with this truck.  Someone is blessed receiving these Christmas gifts, and I am blessed receiving these winter visions!
God is so good to us!

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Holiday for ALL?

After many hours in the city, getting accomplished what I must, safely back at home I look back upon the day...

Compassion takes a holiday?
Oh!  So "'tis the season..."
People scramble everywhere--
a myriad of reason.
I have but so much funds on which
so many gifts to spend;
the list keeps growing.  Say, but at what point
will it ever end?
So very many on that list,
and while I scurry 'bout
too many are the families
this year to do without.
So many situations happen
as year comes to end--
the same to separate the best
of family and friend!
Yet many others be there, doing
with no surplus at all!
They only want a greeting or
a handshake or a call!
'The year of the forgotten--' be it 
known NOT as such at all:
pick up the phone...walk down the street...
make ANY sort of call
to just provide assurance that
they're known and not forgotten;
such to mean much more than any
gift they may have gotten!
The great gift of YOUR company
and assurance one's aware;
the very greatest gift of all
is to know that others care.

In a prison cell...
in mansions, laden well...
just there, across the street...
or where work you complete,
there are people in need of touch,
and LOVE--so very much!
And with Christ alive inside,
WE can bridge that divide!!

"'Tis the season..."  So many gifts and life to celebrate!  While all the while, ones so close still suffer in silence, loneliness and fear.  We have the most precious gifts within, it's time we use those gifts for the greater good of ALL!  Young or old, whole or frail--pain and loneliness have many faces.  But if we don the face and heart of Jesus Christ, much of that pain can be exposed, dealt with and alleviated!
Question is: are WE willing and available?

Friday, November 27, 2020

Another BUSY Day!

Once again, the busyness of 'season' kicks in and life speeds up.  Do your best.  That is all we can do, KNOWING that God will take care of everything else!

Taking care of all the day
and now, I think it's done;
business was quite a pace,
enlightening and fun!
But now that it is done, it's closed
and I am heading out,
just as the setting sun 
illuminates that welcome route!

So many sights are yet alive
as I am heading home;
and, everywhere along the route,
deer so freely roam!
God converses with me every
mile along the way,
and we discuss the victories
and challenges of the day.

There was so very much to do,
yet so much to be done;
and day-by-day, hour-by-hour,
even one-by-one,
we WILL get through the issues and
what beauty then will be--
even like the sights and people
e'er surrounding me!

Yes, we all have days that are wonderful...yet challenging as well.  Never give up.  Keep pressing forward, TRUSTING that He already has all things settled and secured.  YOU can have such assurance as He resides in your heart!


Thursday, November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving 2020

Ahhh...Thanksgiving Day.  A day of celebration?  A day of gratitude?  A time to reflect on the blessings we've had over the past 12 months?  REALLY?!  Yes, really!

How 'thankful' can a person be
in days and times that are?
Regardless of 'environs' 
thankfulness goes o so far!
And much have we to thank God for
if we but stop and think!
For without Jesus in these times,
Thanksgiving--it would stink!
For though we can't have everyone,
yet still have we each other.
Pick up the phone and call your friend,
your sister or your brother!
Remind them of the blessings that
no 'issues' come between;
and don't forget to call your elders--
so much may THAT call mean!

Thanksgiving--oh so differently,
yet thankful each we are!
And having that heart of gratitude
can go so very far!
Let not the issues that abound
affect joys that are real!
Live your gratitude to God
in ways none may conceal!

Yes, it IS possible to do this, even in the days that are!  You feel great?  THANK GOD!  You don't feel so great, thank Him anyway!  You're barely hanging on?  Thank Him even then, for He is the One holding you in the palm of His hand, and HE IS WORTHY!

Wednesday, November 25, 2020


So much to be thankful for.  Regardless what this year has brought into or through our lives, God is still in control, and He continues to bless us abundantly!

"WHAT A YEAR!" I hear so many
cry out with each day.
A different year it's surely been
no matter what they say!
But here we are.  Most of us
have made it to this day--
a time for giving thanks aloud,
and praises Heaven-way!
Yes, so much to be grateful for-
I ponder on this eve.
A fresh, new batch of blessings
every morning I receive!
And even all throughout the day
as time would go along,
there is cause to never never cease
that deep and wondrous song!

Though many are the issues that
affect all of our living,
they be outnumbered by the blessings!
Therefore, keep on giving!
I promise, that which you dispense
our God will sure replace!
Replace so with abundance from
His never-ending grace!!

So thankful.  Even though we've gone through so much...even though we may lack something...even though we may be perfectly fine...BE THANKFUL!  For even as we approach the end of 2020, GOD IS STILL GOOD!

Tuesday, November 24, 2020


The longer we live, the busier life seems to be.  The busier life seems to get, the more we attempt to do.  The more we attempt to do, does it affect the quality of that which we are called to do?  Hmmm...

"O God, thank You for the business
that Your hand sends my way!
It so provides a living as
would pass the 'daily' day.
You've gifted this man with a gift
that I may share with all,
but make me not so 'busy,' Lord,
that 'quality' would fall!
For I cannot get anything
accomplished with You!
The people I see all the day...
the things I say and do...
O set a watch upon me, Lord,
that I would do my best
for my family, for a friend,
or for that unknown guest!
The quality of what I do
should matter not for 'whom;'
EVERYONE deserves the best
that may come by that room!
Even total strangers I
have never seen before
deserve respect and courtesy,
that they would come back more!

"Respecter of no 'person,' Lord,
but, to all, fair and kind,"
each and every moment, Lord--
so be my heart and mind!

What did you do today?  Was it done with consistency, or did your service vary depending on whom you were serving?  Hard question, but a true revealer of the heart!


Monday, November 23, 2020


So much going on everywhere.  So many things to not merely distract us, but try to 'derail' us altogether!  While all of it happens, there is a Better Way...

Beyond the drama that the world
would easily produce,
there be Person and a Place
all stresses to reduce!
It is a necessary Place,
but just how many go?
Or is it 'easier' to just
'get caught up in the flow?'
Yes, it takes effort to find ease
and savor time with Him.
While the 'world' would so react
with knee-jerk and a whim,
them that have His confidence
yet press on with restraint,
clinging to the 'real' and seeing
past the things that 'ain't!'
For there is a blessed 'consistency'
for them that do belong.
For He provides resiliency
whenever things go wrong;
and security inside a world
that be so insecure.
Stay in His Word, commune with Him,
and surely you'll endure!

But 'endurance' is just part of the blessing.  Excelling is the other, and God The Provider is an expert at both!  It takes much effort sometimes on our part, but it is so worth it!  Be His today, won't you?


Sunday, November 22, 2020


There is a special list of ingredients in this life that make a 'house' a 'home.'  A loving spouse be one of them...the Presence of God...the list goes on.  So wealthy are them that have discovered that list!

How comforting--a place called 'home'
to which one may return
following the many days,
(and many things to learn!)
so refreshing be that place
to kick back and relax...
Home--it be a sanctuary,
far from all attacks!
And God, so present everywhere,
to join us here as well,
providing peace, providing rest--
in Him secure we dwell!
He knows what all the day contained,
as He, too, went along;
He knows exactly what to do 
for to restore that song!

'Home...' so wonderful a place
filled with God--His love and grace...
filled with quiet, filled with rest...
those with 'home,' we are so blessed!

Too often, those of us with such take 'home' for granted.  Anybody can buy a house and 'occupy' it.  It takes God, love and effort to make it a 'home' and fill it with love!


Saturday, November 21, 2020

Morning Words

 Ahhh....finally, a few moments to escape to the keyboard and record the words He gave me this morning.  If you are reading this and it is NOT morning, rewind your day and imagine...

Before the first of everything
that's waiting has begun...
before is even seen the list
of all that must be done...
before distraction steals my focus
in the slightest way,
I join God on the deck and hear
all that He has to say.
The same--it is not 'monologue,'
it's conversation living!
It is not even a situation
of taking and of giving!
It is a sweet relationship
that REQUIRES conversation
as, in the same, become We One
in duty and celebration!

Yea, before the first of everything,
the Lord's awaiting me.
Already is He well aware
of all that's going to be,
but He is so empathetic that
He WANTS to hear this man,
to visit and to fellowship,
and not just hear MY plan!

A relationship alive--
it requires such to thrive.
He need not such from me,
but it is VITAL for life to be!

Sure, there is plenty of time to just pray, eat and go off to the day, but I would rather spend time with Him and hear what HE has to say.  Such a relationship ALWAYS brings victory, and it is ALWAYS more than 'words!'


Friday, November 20, 2020

Afternoon Assurances

Friday is done.  The weekend comes in so welcome!  No matter how frantic the week has been, I join the Lord out back and we fellowship together.  In such, assurances come that are so necessary...

Afternoon so perfect, even
though November fades;
the streaks of clouds above create
a variety of shades
affecting every color Autumn
season to produce:
in the heart, such warmth and wonder
is it to produce!
And 'perfect' afternoon be needed
in the days that be!
As of late, life can be described
as 'sheer intensity!'
Regardless of what day it is,
no matter who you are,
this situation has surpassed
all 'normalcy' by far!
BUT GOD, He be with the devout
and, freely, we commune.
He says, regardless of the days,
that He is coming soon!
Do not abandon hope, or give in
to the 'popular' tune!
All things are in His hand, and He
will surely compensate!
Press on, press on and focus not
upon the time and date,
but savor perfect afternoon
in spite of 'happenings.'
For this cause, the soul rejoices
and the heart, it sings!

Do YOU need such assurances?  They are available to you!  Just set everything aside for a few moments and call on Jesus!  He will meet you where you are, and He has everything you need!

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Priceless Time!

There is so much to get done today.  Is it just me, or does it seem that with each day that passes there be more and more to do?  There is only ONE way to deal with this!

So necessary to escape,
(if only for awhile,)
the issues come from everywhere--
how rapidly they pile!
I know I must engage in them
later on today,
but, for right now, precedence
and time go Heaven-way!
And stress, conflict and controversy
disappear for now,
as I commune with Christ the Lord--
the Sealer of my vow!
He walks with me along the way,
matching my own pace;
it is a necessary time
in the daily race!
And the words that flow out of His heart
empower, heal and bless...
the words that flow out of His eyes
eliminate all stress...
and the time we spend prepare me
for the day ahead
regardless what will rise or fall--
for such as this He bled!

So glorious, the morning...
so beautiful, this time!
And making sure it starts with Jesus
makes the whole day rhyme!

The older we get...excuse me, the 'farther along' we get in this life, there are more and more things to complicate it...IF we allow them to!  There is one simple step to avoid such: TIME IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD!  Whatever time of day your 'morning' is, start it with time with Jesus.  Such to assure victory and help you retain sanity.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The Days of Late

The best of times...the worst of times.  Seems like both tend to bring out the best and the worst in us.  However, if you are aware, you will realize that there is more GOOD going on and happening through these days than anyone cares to "report" about.  Just look around...

Back into the midst of life--
the frantic and the fray,
sent to represent the Truth,
the Life, the only Way!
So necessary be the Gift
that we contain inside.
Of what use be that Living Gift
if we just 'go and hide?!'
Yea, it be a dangerous place
out into which we go,
but the Maker of that place,
so personally, we know!
And we go out with His protection
with us everywhere--
wherever we are called each day,
we know He will be there!
Go forth boldly, therefore,
wherever you be called
KNOWING, if it be NOT His will,
your plan, it will be stalled.
For He knows His own.  He loves them and
protects at every hand.
Present His love and saving grace,
that victory may stand!!

Yes, go forth.  There is a lost, scared and dying world out there in need of Life!  Take every precaution that is necessary, but don't stop!  LIFE NEEDS YOU!

Monday, November 16, 2020

Wonderful Time?

'It's the most wonderful time of the year.' 
At least it is supposed to be!  But look at what we have made it to be!!  'God, help us!'

"O lessen the intensity
that we may know Your peace!
I know that, as we let things go,
Your blessings will increase!
The way we treat each other, Lord,
the attitudes and tone,
we need The Spirit to keep in check
lest we make You to groan!

Yea, so 'indifferent' be the life
here in the latter day
with everybody to insist
on having things 'their way!'
But if we could just 'get along'
and cooperate,
imagine how much could get done
minus all stress and hate!

Apart from the intensity:
a 'peace that passes all,'
to stabilize and redirect,
that we may hear Your call!
Above the noise...above the tumult
there is perfect peace.
It comes from knowing You alone--
the greatest of release!"

In the world...but not OF the world.  It IS possible as we calm down, put one another first, and focus on the 'good' that we can do IN HIM as we simply go about our day.


Proper perspective

Time marches on. In spite of these 'moments' that we go through that seem to be 'frozen in time,' they're not. The prophet wrote "There is nothing new under the sun." The older we get, the more truth we find in his words and in HIS Word!

A month from now we celebrate
the birthday of our King!
So worthy, all creation takes note
of this 'happening!'
A time of joy...a time of peace...
a time of exaltation...
and greater so to them that know
a personal relation!

The 'world,' though, would take this time
and fill it with all stress!
This time of awe and wonder God
intends to fully bless!
'Life' develops timelines false
to get us in a hurry,
the end result becoming 'stress'
with 'attitude' and 'worry!'
Refute the workings of the world!
Behold the awe of Christ!
Remake the 'task' of 'buying gifts'
to be a time more nice!
ENJOY the time God grants us each,
include Him in the same;
refuse to let the 'commercial' world,
your glory time, to claim!

TIME with family...TIME with friends
to worship, laugh and share;
the very 'gifting' of yourself--
the greatest gift to bear!

Yes, too often have I seen over the years by too many I know make the next six weeks a literal 'hell' on themselves by trying to please everyone! This year, may we do our best to merely be here for one another, be available and be keen to each other's hearts. Would that not please the Lord even more?