To be filled with goodness
There must be space
Pour out the heavy
Let filling await
Bask in the feeling
Lighter and free
Stand still in the moment
To breathe and just be
Allow awe and wonder
Guide your next move
Awake to your dreams
You’ve go nothing to prove
Unshackle your heart
From the coldness of fear
Re-ponder your purpose
Once vision is cleared
Time may tick slowly
While standing in place
But peaceful in knowing
I am filling with grace.
I find myself smiling, watching a child
Airport delays ruffle feathers and minds
People and cases are rushing around
I desperately seek, but few smiles can be found
Pulled back to this girl, no more than age four
She’s laughing and trotting, to her life is more
More than the stressing and money to spend
She’d rather chase bubbles, gushing joy without end
To me this is heaven, to others a bore
Wondering why won’t the parents do more
To shut down this angelic innocent face
Would remove all the light she was giving this place
Heart strings are played when I find such a gift
In the currents of life that at times feel too swift
Perfect encouragement timing is true
When God knows my heart feels the blessings are few
On days when mass shootings are drowning the news
Chaos strikes quickly changing all that you knew
Thumbs tapping quickly with ranting and prayer
Media streaming with deafening snare
Back to the airport and the happiness girl
If only a moment I’ll just watch her twirl.
The youngest of brothers cast out in the mud
Unknown and hidden but God knew he would
Rise at the time when his name was called
Anointed and chosen when the riddle was solved
Alone in the pasture tending the sheep
His heart always singing a joy he would keep
Secrets and living where no one could see
Solitude life in the wilderness heat
Danger of beasts lurking and stalking his flock
Trained up and ready no rest on the clock
Hour by hour passing slow into days
God saw David’s heart and he knew of his ways
Molded and humble he was formed in His hands
Prepared for a journey and greater new lands.
Inspired by 1 Samuel 16:1-12
Grass under my feet and wind in my hair
Reminding me God, that Your love is there
You are my rock through the chaos on earth
And I know there’s a purpose and loving has worth
When fire and affliction burns hot on your heart
Meaningless madness will tear you apart
Take hold of the moment, stand strong and aware
That darkness will cower to God’s love affair
His power will crush the arrows that fly
The taunts of the enemy become known for their lies
The world spins unknowing the battles to fight
So I war on my knees to replace darkness with light
With each breath in my lungs I vow to live well
And let God use my life as His story to tell
Pages keep turning as days turn to years
I stop to reflect how He’s used all my tears
Seeds of grace and forgiveness flourish and grow
In each burning affliction I’m pushed closer to know
True joy and love when I dig deeper to find
Strong roots reach the Giver of your life and mine.
Moments of joy and life full of love
Drift and depart through my days
Washing over and receding in spin
Like the waves of the billowing sea
Departing and loss is painful and yet
The promise of life still returns
Surprised by joy with bloom in hand
Like a gentleman courting his bride
Riding the tide and awaiting return
Learning to breathe once again
Push into the freedom of letting it go
Knowing Your love will sustain
Lord help me and keep me
And use me for good
Turn ashes to beauty from pain.
What stirs in heart at depths it seems
The whole of quiet, nature beams
Take a look and longer gaze
At what you pass in hurried days
Find the rest, your soul that thirsts
Remember love, remember firsts
Once wild desire, taken for granted
Trace back and see what seeds you planted
The tree that grows needs time to flare
Slow down, stop running, reaching for air
Hold to that which firmly rooted
Anchors soul, press play, now muted
Let beauty’s music guide your heart
Hope revealed, seen now in part
Gather treasures growing where
Your passion planted life once bare
Remember promise sown with vision
God graced you with a worthy mission
Humble down and let love rise
Cherish treasures, choices wise
Cease in searching empty dreams
Once cold and broken, healed heart gleams.
Words and Photo by Jennifer JLS
Waiting and watching when all seems bleak.
Anticipation. She’s smiling sweet.
Storms crash over. Eyes are blind.
Winds will topple weaker mind.
Vows sealed strong in confident mess.
Held in His arms. Her God will bless.
Faith and promises tried and true.
Reassurance in skies of blue.
Clearing clouds and bows of wonder.
Sacred earth is heavy under.
Open hearts and eyes to see.
Graceful glimpse of what will be.
Girding strength for this new day.
Joyful journey come what may.