Lord? I only want these simple things: I want Peace. Not war. Love not hate. A long life to be lived in a happy state; Let me know the contentment joy brings! But Lord? What I get are complications, Needless drama, manufactured misery! Stress! And I pay with anxiety, as usury; Subtracts from joy, … More Love’s Balance
Time wears away at the facts within a memory; But time, can’t prevent the wound from scaring; Or prevent mindless hand from caressing reverie, The cold, rough lump, which stiffens love’s caring; A madness of sorts; this living in the past’s territory! Lost in yesterday; and past hurts in present bearing; Brokenness unburied, lye outside … More The Joy in Forgiveness
I am war-weary, in need of a furlough, and awaiting an honorable discharge. I am battle-hardened but this war is long; it has been raging for centuries, filling the earth with blood. My enemy is a deceptive predator who sometimes, weakens me by sneaking into my thoughts. You see, I once fought on his side, … More Joy Waits on God
Ice-cold rain drops; pounding measure; Pelt leaves of gold; bring them down! Swirling streams of tattered treasure; Emeralds in gold, muddied and brown; Dark season’s beginning now is sure! Men of violent force seeking renown; Dedicated to death; a religion impure; Persecution pound! Bring world down! Cord-drawn destruction; finality sure; Truth in Love muddied and … More No Joy Found in “The Valley of Decision”
Kathleen lived in a state of constant fear; and her fear wasn’t unreasonable. Raised in a home characterized by abuse and neglect, Kathleen grew up to recognize abuse as normal and even, an expression of love. This left the door open for child-rapists and sexual exploiters to further abuse her. Even though Kathleen accepted it … More Joy vs. Fear and Wins!
There are many slaves in the world today and most of them think they are free. Those discouraged by their inability to live up to moral expectations and feeling shackled by those unattainable demands, reach for freedom by choosing to pursue and satisfy their personal desires. Moral abandon is exhilarating at first but life lived … More Condemnation is Anti-Joy