Troubling Thoughts

Beauty from the Bramble

I have nightmares that make me weep.
Dark thoughts unbidden from the deep.
Disturbing dreams that make me wonder,
Where did I get their ugly thunder?
The haunting of my sleep.

Then I think of Joseph, the dreamer from of old.
A baker asked Joseph what his dream foretold.
In this nightmare birds picked at his bread.
“It means three days till you’re hanged and dead.”

Shaken I ask, “What’s my dream’s meaning?”
This ugliness my mind is weaving.
Do they reflect what I am inside?
Take them, please take them, I can’t abide.

The Lord’s response:

Three days I spent in death’s dark terror,
that your nightmares may be condemned as error.
I arose with dawn just and true.
be assured I have good dreams for you,
Remember this, the fight’s been won.
My mercy is new as the coming sun.

epilog

Each morning I awake of this I know,
His unfailing love won’t me let go.
So if fears and hurts plague your thought,
Know that each one He has bought
and buried forever in the deepest hell.
That you might draw joy from salvation’s well.

Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies. Psalm 23:4-5

Faith vs. Feelings

Solid rock changing the course of the stream.

For we live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

Don’t let your feelings guide you,
Don’t listen to what they say.
For feelings abhor discomfort,
trading future goodness for ease today.

God’s help comes through faith in Him,
and does not depend on how I feel.
Emotions gyrate up and down
causing life to sway and reel.

I’m learning to trust in God alone,
He is faithful in all His ways.
My rock and my salvation,
My shepherd for all my days.

When I stumble in the dark.
Anxious thoughts begin to bound.
God wants my faith to lead the way,
till my feelings come around.

Night Crossings

Sunrise breaking up the clouds

Night swoops in, I cannot see,
Its darkness fills my mind.
Fear creeping up to devour me.
With dread I glance behind.

Voices recount my past disgust.
The shadows laughing at my plight.
In desperation I cry out to God.
Lord, hold me by Your might.

God makes my feet bound like a deer,
to stand upon the height,
and anoints me with my tears
to greet His mourning light.

He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights. Psalm 18:33

Problems that seem bigger than my prayers

Zion National Park

When my problems are bigger than my prayers I go to this verse:

Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor His ear too dull to hear. Isaiah 59:1

Holding onto this verse when I pray for family and friends really adds zest to my prayers, and bounce to my worship.

Rejoice in the Lord!

Sunrise penetrating the clouds

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4

Each morning and through out the day it is good for me to rejoice in the Lord. I need it to put life in my living. Otherwise I am overcome by the trials and tribulations of this world.

  1. Rejoice with gratitude for God’s grace in Jesus.
  2. Rejoice that God is good and His love endures forever.
  3. Rejoice that He will never leave me nor forsake me.
  4. Rejoice that I am His child by faith and not by anything I do or fail to do.
  5. Rejoice that God has good plans for me.
  6. Rejoice that He has sent the Holy Spirit to guide me.

So… REJOICE and give thanks.

Feelings or Faith

Dead snag praising God

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
Let Him lead through all of your days.
Though your feelings will shout,
As they turn trust into doubt.
Seek refuge in a garment of praise.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; Proverbs 3:5

Tranquility in the Storm

Rainbow over Wedge Mountain

Lessons from the Pandemic (It is hard to be tranquil)

It is easy to get covid. It is hard not to spread it to others.
It is easy to protest. It is hard to see another perspective.
It is easy to go back to old ways. It is hard to change.
It is easy to criticize. It is hard to receive criticism.
It is easy to believe a lie you like. It is hard to accept truth you don’t like.
It is easy to get anxious. It is hard to let it go.
It is easy to see other’s mistakes. It is hard to see your own.

We all need help to do the hard things
Jesus said, “My yoke is easy My burden is light.”
It’s easy to say I want God’s help.
But, it’s hard to give Him control.

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 

Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9:23

Seeking the Living Water

Water droplets make all the difference

You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

Seeking God with all of your heart is not a formula for getting all you desire. It is a way God uses to get our attention for all He desires for us.

You will make known to me the way of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; Psalm 16:11 NASV