Sabbath Rest

I find I am much happier when I am at rest.

Note, I am seldom without something to do;

but, there is a significant difference between

having a schedule that’s full to the brim,

and doing what needs to be done as the need arises.

I have a knack for overbooking.

Why? I don’t know.

It takes me away from my wife, it robs me of my joy,

and it depletes my finances,

yet I overbook all the time.

Maybe I just desire the fame, or the attention?

Or maybe I am just afraid of being alone.

God, you are enough.

Let me be proactive about pursuing peace.

Welcome me in to Your Sabbath rest.

The Heartbeats of My Existence

God in the silence,

of the silence,

let my breathe be Yours,

Your Nemphesh, Your Spirit

Your holy wind.

When I leave this place of self-induced isolation

let me go and breathe on others,

new life hope and opportunities for relationship

deeper than they have ever known,

let them see You through me,

so much so that I disappear

You are good, o Rock of My Soul

Your life love and glory

are the very heartbeats

of my perpetual existence.

Tree Hugger

I am a star-gazer… a naval gazer

a tree hugger, and a God worshipper

I will meditate on you always

As long as my lungs have breath

For I am tenderly and meticulously made

and remade

in you and for you

Let celebrations rise to you,

now and forever,

for you are the Great God

of Mystery and Light.

All praise, hope, and love

Resides in you,

my God, the LORD of life.

Greet the Day

You don’t always have to

be brave, be kind,
be right be strong
be seen, be heard, be known, be loved
You don’t always have to
be in front, be happy
be rich, be smart
be inspirational
You don’t have to be anything
but you
so stop trying
to live up to a false sense of security
take a breathe, take a load off
take a bath, light some incense,
have a cup of wine, tea, beer, hot chocolate
whiskey on the rye
have a chat with some friends
enjoy the intimacy of lovers
share a simple moment,
a gift, a song, a joke, a secret, a poem
a lifetime
know yourself
in the light, in the dark
dressed up, dressed down
in public, all alone
curl up with a good book,
meditate on a falling leaf
smile at strangers
say a prayer for your enemies
tell yourself that you are awesome
on a sticky note,
that sticks to your heart forever
hug someone
hug everyone
let the world know you are here,
then wave it goodbye and enjoy
a good night’s rest
then wake refreshed
and be prepared to greet the day.

Out of the Ashes: Overcoming Adversity (Self-Imposed or Otherwise)

Summary: Stop and smell the roses, before you get pricked by the thorns

We all hit the proverbial wall at one time or another. Sometimes, it is because we have taken too much on. Sometimes, it is because too much has been thrown at us. In either case, remember that we are not called to be superheroes. After all, we burn out. We hit our limits. Those who insist on being strong all the time, on putting that on “knight in shining armor” act 24/7, will eventually fall, and fall hard. This is inevitable, even for the best of us.

If you find yourself over your head: Take a moment. Breathe. Meditate. Admit your humanity and weakness. Then, form a plan of attack. That attack may be: re-prioritizing your life, it might be asking for help, might just be saying “no.”

We’re so “yes” minded. We love to say “yes.” It feels good. But, if we say it enough times, especially in situations that put us at odds with our values, abilities, or resources, we will quickly find ourselves in a heap of trouble.

I highly encourage learning new skills, trying new things, and taking on new challenges. But remember to give yourself time to relax, replenish, and savor life. Otherwise, it will fly by and you will be none the wiser for it.

Life is, after all, a marathon. Not a sprint. A baton-toss, not a winner-take-all fight to the death.

So, be wise, be human, and be strong.

Blessings to you in Christ,