This book is full of biblical themed rhymes and reflections, of various lengths and complexities, appealing to both men and women, and organized topically between: morning inspirations, personal struggles, things to consider, following Christ, prophetic challenges, the state of the nation, and the Good News. The writings are personal, written out
of times of personal prayer and challenging experiences.
The writings combine poetry with prayerful insights, edification, and exhortations. They blend wisdom and humor with struggles and encounters. The writings serve as a devotional supplement for bible reading, to use for either deep reflection or quick inspiration.
Targeted Age Group:: 25-70
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I had written many short reflections on social media for many years, and was encouraged to collect-save some of them in case. As I did, I decided to review and reflect and journal on some of the thoughts. After doing so, I became inspired to expand upon what I wrote and fill a vision for seven topical chapters, for my own personal usage as well as to share with others.
Like it was in the beginning, forming, rising up from the mud,
Taking a breath, perhaps a stretch, in order to find,
My strength, my vision, my reason in time.
Can I walk? Can I talk? Am I not alone?
Whispers as I’m waking, thoughts arising too,
Some good, some bad, some I wish I knew.
Finding my way, still darkness before day,
I begin with prayer, because I begin to hear,
A calling, a purpose, a voice I know in my ear,
Tormented depths of parental pain, like chards of glass lying on the windowpane, broken hearts now exposing the weather of life’s effect on what was sane.
The view is not the same. The edges are sharp.
Unable to assist because the mist is too thick to see what will be received, by the object of our love so blinded by what it feels and is deceived.
The view has no reprieve. The cloud is too dark.
Solutions squander any true hope for the prescription dope that has stolen our son. Disunity breeding enmity because there is no indemnity among those we love.
The view has no sum. The future is stark.
Pleading to gleam from what others have dreamed from their experiences, knowing the strain and the current ways of rowing through deliverances.
The view has a friend. The car is in park.
Confronting the choices of so many faces, but not able to settle on the best places, where they will find help, or even be found, because they could not accept the basis.
The view will chase us. The patient still barks.
The continual thunder of storms, yet to be, threaten as our present sky is plundered, we grieve. Forecasts unknown for the days, weeks, and years ahead, we despairingly wonder.
The view causes ponder. The need for an ark.
Samples of Proverbial Thoughts
As I find myself wrestling with both God and man, I find that the most difficult struggle is with myself. But this makes sense given that the key to victory is found in self-denial. The battle within is more important than the battle without. When my heart, mind, and soul are right with God, I know this. But nowadays, there is a battle raging inside that doesn’t allow me to be content with the basic fruit of the Spirit. Why? Because the fire of the Spirit is not quenched, and the fruit is not reproductive, unless I do His will. I must submit so they may be satisfied.
The problem with being stretched is that I am not made out of rubber. It is so hard for this clay to be broken.
The tension between remaining childlike in my faith but mature in my behavior is confusing, but innocence cannot be an excuse for irresponsibility, when God has given me the ability to respond.
Fires come and fires go,
Some from heaven, some below,
Wreaking havoc as they burn,
Or saving souls from depths forlorn.
Instrument of god of choice,
To whom you’ve wed for better or worse.
Eternal dimension as a course,
Gnash with wailing or rejoice.
A pawn of action in his hand,
To scorch or cleanse the forest land.
Measure of trial from the one,
Whose heart he owns as daughter or son,
Who are burned up or consumed,
A willful, waiting, choice of two.
Flames from heaven or below,
Preference of the lord you know,
To fill his purpose and design,
One is devilish and One Divine.
So serious and it is, but,
So weary on our minds.
To leery to believe, but,
I need another wine.
The news is true, it is, but,
Deceivers still deceive.
The arguments are brief, but,
They never seem to leave.
Could use a little head-butt,
Another crack or two.
Its moments like today, but,
The numbers are too few.
Humor us again, but,
Be sure to aim to please.
The weight is still upon, us,
Until the bad news leaves.
“Yes, no, maybe so”, I am confused on clues, rummaging through my anxieties and the list of “to do’s” ever changing, exhausted from managing the decisions so tyrannical upon me.
Cannot I be left in peace for a day, but then one day is not enough unless it’s the last, when no other choices are required, when the servants of earth have all been fired for their insolent demands.
Why is it that choices always confront me? Why is it that voices always affront me, yelling and swelling in my brain with pressures driving towards the insane, and so I cross my arms as if in a strait jacket.
Must I? Do I trust in God enough to suffer the consequences of indecision? Is it the devil taunting me with measured precision, knowing what robs me of joy and peace? Where is the relief of the silence?
The world’s requirements are a form of violence against the soul, demanding answers spoken so boldly from the face of temporal vices and for snickering human trifles that deem themselves so important.
My goal is to ignore them, but that’s a day by day, moment by moment decision I have to make, with the help of my God who is infinitely more decisive than I am, and whose mind I must decide to listen to constantly.
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