Saturday, February 28, 2015

Finding Peace

"Don't be afraid, my love. "
I whisper to the trembling child at my side.
"Everything is going to be alright."

Fear is such a common fact of life, but it wasn't meant to be that way. God made us to live in peace. He wants us to enjoy this life and see the beauty of it, if we will just put our trust in Him - He will give us peace. A peace that passes understanding (Phil 4:7) to the many who haven't experienced it.

I've heard it said that fear is what makes you feel alive, but I would say the opposite - fear keeps us from living. It paralyzes us. Thankfully, we don't have to live in fear. In fact, life is full of peace and beauty when we put our trust in our Creator.

Isaiah 26:3
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee."

2 Timothy 1:7
"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

Thursday, February 26, 2015


here we are laughing
enjoying the slow passage of moments
i forget to notice
that the sun isn't shining
i don't hear 
the pitter-patter of ice and rain against the window
all alone in the big city
so far away from home
but we hardly notice
we're making the most of our lives
and for the moment it's just 
a couple of friends with their coffee

Saturday, February 21, 2015


the universe was formed by Your word
and the stars were breathed into existence 
by You
through Your power, the forces of nature work
and the lives of men are changed by Your thought
in vein they try to control their lives
and live for their own pleasure

i am as dust that is blown by the wind
a vapor that disappears in an instant
so small and unimaginable
i stand and i tremble as i feel
Your presence 

my head bows in shame
of the haughtiness of my heart
through a fog of emotions
i become aware
of tears
tears streaming down my face

i feel Your kind touch 
and forgiveness washes over me
yet again
i don't deserve this love
how can i be its recipient? 
the Creator of the universe
holds my hand and asks me to be His bride

oh, that i could be more worthy 
of such an honor
"follow Me" 
i hear the words break through my thoughts
"i will" i promise, 
overwhelmed by Your love

Friday, February 20, 2015



I just wish you could understand me.
Because I need you,
More than you will ever know.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

You are Beautiful, Love

I sit alone
watching the sunset
so beautiful that it makes me sad
sad because I know
how short it will last
and I think of how I will feel
when it is gone
and I wish I could see it again
a beautiful kind of sad
it reminds me of you
listening to your laugh
the way your eyes shone
and the feeling, oh the feeling
when I'm not with you
when it feels like 
I don't exist apart from you
because you make me better
you make me, me
and I want you to know that
you are beautiful, love
oh, so beautiful

Sunday, February 15, 2015

I'll Still be Waiting

I thought you were different from the rest
I thought we would be friends forever.
My phone never lights up with your name anymore
And I feel like I have so much to say to you, 
But there's no opportunity to say it. 
I know I've over-worn my welcome
Which is why if you want to hear from me again -
This time, you'll have to contact me first.
I'll still be waiting, but no longer with baited breath
Because sadly, I've already wasted too much time
Waiting for you to be my friend back.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Silver Linings

It's like
The sun shining on a rainy day;
The grand finale of a long parade;
The hand on your shoulder as the tears fall down;
Or the diamonds glittering on the queen's old crown.

It's like 
The music playing when you feel so sad;
The cat's loud purr that makes you so glad;
The warm fire when coldness engulfs you;
The sigh of relief when your car starts anew.

Yes life is hard and things can knock us down,
But we need always remember that
There is a silver lining on every single cloud,
And that is what we must learn to see.

Life is good;
Life is beautiful;
Life is love. 

Hurt Me

why do i always let you hurt me
       // how does your abuse cause me pain

my skin should be calloused
       and tough and protective
from the spot that your remarks
always manage to find

yet i still feel the knife's blade
as it sinks into my back
       // one more time

i try to look strong
like your actions don't affect me
but when i'm alone
       // i cry 

Friday, February 6, 2015


i look in the mirror 
        and quickly glance away
// afraid to look that girl in the eye
        and risk exposing all her pain

shame and despair haunt me
        day and night

i know i'll never be perfect
that's really not what i want
but would it be so much to ask
       if i could just see one good thing
        // about myself

every part of me is flawed
and there's nothing 
that i can do to change it

sometimes i cry
        not because of pity
// but because i wonder
        at how God can love me
        and how my friends can stand me

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


Aliah over at Cranberries and Crescents is hosting a black and white photo contest, and since B&W is one of my favorite types of photography, I thought I'd enter some of my pictures. Enjoy...and feel free to vote in the comments as to which one is your favorite!

my brother playing the violin, it's awe-inspiring music wafting out so delicately and perfectly.
Black and white is perfect for violins - they are both true classics. 

"the heavens declare the glory of God"
memories of childhood daydreams on warm summer days 

friends forever. 
Why are babies always so cute?  

my sister with a wounded robin in the middle of winter. 
This picture symbolizes my sister's very essence - she is a teacher who helps her students fly.  

 doing the work of God...these bumblebees never tire of doing their job - faithfully, loyally, without fail

"And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."

a new sunflower bud, ready to open and with its brilliance, make the world a better place.