A Four-Poem Day

I love poetry. You probably didn’t know that about me. For me, writing poetry is theraputic. It helps me express the very depths of my soul. I have not written poetry in years. Well, today was a four poem day. It has provided great relief. I will not yet share the poems of today, but I will give you a poem I have written in the past. It is entitled For Real:

Thou with my eyes I cannot see
Reveal Your Glory all to me
Touch me with Your loving arms
Let me feel You next to me
Thou with my eyes I cannot see

To hear Your voice is my delight
To listen to You all the night
Tell me all I need to hear
For You to be so real, so dear

O God, be real to me


Prayer Lesson 3 – Philippians 1:9-11

This is lesson three of our prayer lessons. The first two relate to praying (1) The Fruits of the Spirit, and (2) 1 Corinthians 13. How can you pray Philippians 1:9-11. Pray for yourself, your family, your church, etc:

1. That your love abound more and more

2. That you have knowledge and discernment

3. That you approve the excellent things

4. That you are sincere and blameless until the day of Christ

5. That you are filled with the fruit of righteousness

6. That you bring glory and praise to God

A Gymnastic Disaster

I took my daughter to gymnastics yesterday. This was the first trip without my wife. Bad mistake. I cherished the time with my daughter, but what a challenge. I had to pull her out of the class twice. Shortly thereafter, we went home. The forty five minute class only lasted fifteen for my daughter and me. I was frustrated to the core. There is a lesson here. Like a two year old, we rebel and disobey God. It grieves God, and at times He must discipline us. Yet, for those in Christ, no matter how terrible we are, God cherishes His time with us.

Lessons on Prayer – Love

This is part two in our lessons on prayer. If you recall, the first lesson involvled the fruits of the Spirit. 1 Corinthians 13 is known as the love chapter. It gives a rich and meaningful picture of true love. Why not use this as a springboard for prayer regarding relationships with your – spouse, children, coworkers, church members, etc. For example, pray:

1. Lord, help me be patient with my spouse

2. May I be kind and not jealous

3. Help me not to be arrogant or boast towards my cowokers

4. God, keep me from insinting on my own way

5. Protect me from being irritable and resentful

6. May I not rejoice in wrong doings, but with truth  

7. Help me to bear all things that my spouse, coworkers, … do

11. Lord, may I endure all things done to me

12. May my love never fail my children, my church members…

The Cowtown

In three weeks I will run the Cowtown Marathon in Ft. Worth, TX. This will be my second marathon, with Cowtown 2008 being my first. It sounds crazy to run 26.2 miles, but I love the challenge. It is a great way to discipline myself and stay in shape. I am thankful that today was my last really long run (22m) before the marathon. From here on out I will be tapering, or in normal jargon –  running less miles and resting my body! Please pray for me as the big day approaches, that I stay healthy and motivated. If you want to check out the event, you can go to http://www.cowtownmarathon.org/

The 10’th Hole

I played golf yesterday. My friend Josh and I had a great time – until the 10’th hole. I scored a sixteen on that deplorable piece of dirt. If you know anything about golf, you know a sixteen is dreadful. As a matter of fact, it is probably the worst I have ever done on one hole. My patience was greatly tested. I failed the test. It took several holes for my nerves to settle and my attitude to adjust. I thought out loud, “This is just golf. In the grand scheme of things it doesn’t really matter.” Golf is like life in so many ways. Often, life is going great – until the 10’th hole. Perhaps your 10’th hole is an illness. Maybe you have had a hard day at work. Or maybe a friend or family member has your nerves frayed and your attitude out of whack. Are you counting it all joy? Are you passing the test? I am thankful that a round of golf is 18 holes. That 10’th hole was only a portion of the course. Remember, your 10’th hole is temporary as well. Don’t let is bog you down. There are many holes yet to come. Move on and praise God!

Help – my car broke down!

On Friday my car broke down. I merged onto the Interstate, and it went berserk. It would go no faster than 30 miles per hour. Not only that, a loud hissing noise was lurking under the hood. I pulled into the next stop and noticed the problem – something by the engine had a big gash in it. Turns out, it was the ERG Valve – whatever that is. I needed help and help came. My mother came and picked me up. Then someone from church rescued, then fixed, my car. In life, whatever we face, whether it is a broken car or a broken heart, we need one another. Think of all the people who have helped you along the way. Then, think of those you have helped, or not helped. Reach out and be that friend someone needs today. Be that ear who listens and the smile they need to see. If need be, be that mechanic who fixes their ERG Valve – whatever that is!