Tuesday, May 17, 2011

New Song

One Day

I heard a voice crying "Father
Make it better oh this pain is getting worse"
I heard a stir in the silence
Saying "I am with you child hold to these words"

One day when Love will come to reign
All these troubles and fears will wash away
One day, one day

When you're sore, when you're tired,
When there seems no point in trying any more
Tell your heart every hour
Of the coming joy that waits your soul to find

Oh the day when Love will come to reign
And all these troubles and fears will wash away
One day, one day

On that day when we will be remade
The dead awake, the reaper meet his grave
One day, one day

We await the glorious day
We await the beautiful day
We await patiently wait for the day

The day when Love will come to reign
And all these troubles and fears will wash away
One day, one day

Thursday, May 12, 2011

One of the best poems ever written

A Psalm of Life

Tell me not in mournful numbers
Life is but an empty dream.
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And thing are not as they seem.

Life is real; life is earnest!
And the grave is not it's goal,
"Dust thou art, to dust returnest"
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow
Is our destined end or way
But to act that each tomorrow
Find us further than today

Art is long and time is fleeting;
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still like muffled drums are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world's broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero is the strive!

Trust no future, howe'r pleasant
Let the dead past bury their dead
Act,- act in the living present!
Heart within and God o'er head.

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime.
And departing, leave behind us,
Footprints on the sands of time;

Footprints that perhaps another
Sailing o'er life's solemn mane,
A forlorn, and shipwrecked brother
Seeing shall take heart again.

Let us then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate.
Still achieving, still pursuing;
Learn to labor and to wait.

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The last stanza is my quote for graduation. This has been my favorite poem ever since I first read it many years ago. (I am a poetry geek, so I've read a lot of poetry.) I actually typed it out of memory- that's how many times I have gone over it, and over it again. Found out recently that it was Winston Churchill's favorite poem as well. I knew I liked that guy.

I tend to be to much of a dreamer and not enough of a doer. I hope it helps you out if you are like me and need the motivation to trudge on ahead in life and to keep doing, doing, doing.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Hello again

It's been a long time. I have decided to begin blogging once again. I graduate this Saturday and made a decision to continue learning on my own even if I don't go to college. And I know posting often will motivate me. So here goes. :)

Monday, March 15, 2010

Helping the helpless

There is something eternal about helping one who can't help himself. There's something beautiful about reaching out to a weaker individual. Perhaps the eternal I find here is because through these things we demonstrate the way our Father reaches out to help us, the weaker and more needy. Maybe, in demonstrating (on a much smaller scale) Christ's relationship to us, we come to a deeper understanding of who He is. By it we draw closer to Him, where all eternal things are.

I've begun asking myself (though not nearly as often as I should) "who needs my help?" or "what can I do for someone weaker, or someone just lacking the privileges I take for granted?" I wonder what amazing things would result if we were all in the habit of looking for ways to reach out to people who need us? I wonder how much fuller a life we could have just by stepping out of the world of "me" for a change? If anyone should take this to heart it would be myself! Even as I type this, I feel convicted for even today neglecting the ones who need me so bad. Even now, people close to me come to mind who I know, could benefit from my help. If I just took the time to do what I know needs to be done. To love those who need my love. What a great responsibility to live up to!

I'm sometimes afraid of one day looking back at my life and not so much regretting what I did or said, but what I never took the time to do or say. I know God can forgive all sin. But as far as I know He does not do good for us. That is what we are called to do. That is proof that we love Him and His ways. So I'll finish up this post so I can do just what I've been saying I ought to do.
In other words, I'll stop preaching and get to practicing.

My prayer for anyone who reads this, is that God will begin to show you what He's showing me right now.

So... God bless, peace out and all that stuff! =)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Beneath the shadow

I had this picture in my head today of a giant sphere lit brightly on one side. (In art classes I've drawn many of these.) I imagined myself looking up from the point where the shadow falls, where it all looks terribly dark-- that is, except for the thin line of light along the edge of the darkest part which is a faint reflection of the light.

I see the shadowed part as this world we all are born into. So very dark! But because of that small glimmer, we know what light is. And we know that to cast such a dark shadow we conclude that there must be a great light on the other side which is casting it.

So those of us who know this hold on to that glimmer and hope for the day we will see the light revealed on the other side. But how do we live in the meantime knowing just how dark it is here?

My answer to that, is we ought to position ourselves in such a way that we too reflect that greater Light-- however faintly--while keeping our eyes on that glimmer so as not to let our eyes adjust to the darkness and then no longer long for the Light.

Until next time...

God Bless

Friday, February 5, 2010

The first post on this blog


I'm excited about getting back into blogging. I always have so much going on in my head and I don't always find the time or occasion to share it with people. Like, things God's teaching me, or things I'm learning, or lyrics to new songs I'm writing, or maybe just things I'm wondering about and want to throw out there.

Feel free to leave lengthy or conversational comments. I like it.

Don't hesitate to challenge me and question my thinking. I need it.

For today, I'll leave you with just this one thought, new realization for me.

Probably not for you though.

It should be pretty basic, but it's like a revelation to me.

Just being alive makes me responsible for every choice I make and how I treat every person I come across.

The weight of that knowledge is very heavy. Along with great freedom and potential for good comes great responsibility and potential for destruction.

I pray that I can live well in light of that knowledge and that I do all I can while I can. So that I have not lived in vain.

Well, until next time....

God Bless