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Memories of a bygone era...

Memories of a bygone era…

Times long since forgotten,
Now, are remembered;
In forests, begotten,
I, again, have wandered.

More memories are seen,
The deeper I go;
The light doesn’t gleam,
But glimmers and glows.

Sunshine from above,
Peaks through the leaves;
Some times I love,
Others are too dreary.

I recognize old landmarks,
And see the pathways there;
Travels there, we did embark,
Dependent on each other.

Someday, I will tell these tales,
Of every perilous moment;
Times of victory or of failure,
Each, a memorable monument.

So many memories,
Stored up in my heart;
Memories so distant,
I weep as I depart.

I emerge from the forest,
Shaken and tired;
With sorrow and joyfulness,
To my home I retire.

God gave us these moments,
So precious and so few;
I cherish these fragments,
These snapshots, and these moments with you.

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Leaves of a Golden Pathway

Leaves of Gold

On a walk through sunny shade,
The wind whispers gently through the trees;
The path before, like lemonade,
Yellow, golden, fallen autumn leaves.

Even in these quiet times;
There are changes so uncertain;
Yet God still gives us sunshine.
The clouds of doubt are now broken.

Once the leaves from trees have all fallen,
To the floor of the forest so far;
Once they darken, and their gold is stolen,
How barren the birch trees now are.

The leaves will grow back after a season,
Even though the trees appear dead.
Just so, every scar, bruise, and grievance,
Will heal after time trods ahead.

Take heart, have faith, seek Christ right now;
Though now may seem so sorrowful.
Time will tell what, when, and how;
The spring will bring something wonderful.

And so I find comfort, on a walk,
Through the shadows of today;
I thank God, for the lessons I’m taught;
As I walk on a golden pathway.

A Golden Pathway Through the Forest

A Golden Pathway Through the Forest

Old Notes and New Reflections

Found this old note I made to myself on December 12, 2007:

I learn daily that I must have faith in the Lord. In the mornings I must have faith to trust that everything He does that day is for the better. During work I must have faith that the barrage he puts into my life and the difficulties and problems he faces me with are to strengthen me. When praying I have faith that He will answer my prayers. I also have faith that when he says no, or doesn’t answer my prayers in the way I want, that what He did answer them with is for His better and perfect will. Sometimes the Lord closes doors that I want to go through, I have faith that the reason He shut the door to those things that He did it for a good reason, whether to keep me from danger or sin or it just isn’t part of His will. On the flip-side when the Lord opens doors I don’t always want to go through, I need to have faith that the end result is for the better. Nobody knows what God’s will is, but whatever it is we must follow it, for in the end we will be rewarded for following it. Sometimes it might seem like nothing good could come of some situation, or something is just so bad that God could never use the situation for your advantage. But God’s will is not always what’s better now, the Lord plans ahead, he looks down on us and knows everything that has happened, will happen, and is happening. By faith we must trust that the outcome, however bad or good, is being used for someone’s better. We need to have faith that God’s will is best, and we must pray, meditate on the Word, and spend time with God. But we must do more than just that, we need to prepare for whatever He may have for us. God’s plan is always in motion and there is always something God wants us to do.

Sometimes my own thoughts from so long ago, speak to me right now. I am not sure what God has planned, and I never will be. God likes surprises, and His are usually the best in my experience.

These past few weeks have brought me down very low; humbling, crushing… And yet, even with this constant feeling of desperation, there is a glimmer of hope. Even at night, there are stars that shed a little light. I cling to those sparkling points of hope; hoping, against all odds, for the impossible.

Prayer, meditation on God’s word, living today for Christ, and not worrying about tomorrow; that’s what I need to do now. I don’t know where I’m headed, but there’s always hope. I’m patiently waiting; for how long, I know not… But how long doesn’t really matter. Some things are worth waiting your whole life for… And, perhaps “waiting” may not be the right term; “look forward to”, or “anticipate” might better reflect the idea. It is an active patience; an action today that anticipates tomorrow, preparation.

Seek Christ, live out that life. Live every moment, in that moment. Look around and live the day for those around you; every moment was meant to be shared with someone else. Focus on others, and live for Christ; and you’ll find the north star, to guide you tonight.

Wandering in the Sky

Wandering in the Sky

The day was gloomy,
My heart, distraught;
It seems that’s the norm,
like it, or not.

Every smile is a frown,
No matter how pleasant;
The world’s upside-down,
An unpleasant fragrance.

I step outside to walk around,
From one place to another;
The sun hits me, hot and round;
I look up in awestruck wonder.

A sky of ocean blue,
The paths of snowy white;
My thoughts have been subdued,
And doom doth run in fright.

Though my heart is hurting,
My thoughts, all a mess;
God is faithful, never-changing,
Every day He does bless.

Look up when your heart is down,
Find the path of light;
Jesus Christ will, low, bend down,
Take your hand, and lead you right.

Our failures will always disappoint,
Every blunder, goof-up, and mistake;
We make them often, fall down hard,
That’s when, Christ’s hand, we take.

As I look at the clouds in the air,
The beautiful, brilliant sunshine;
I realize God made a path for me there,
To wander in the sky.

Speed of Change

Sunlight shone on the path as we started, The warmth on our backs and the trail before us.

Sunlight shone on the path as we started,
The warmth on our backs and the trail before us.

Long was our quest, and far was our goal, To make it all the way, we must be bold.

Long was our quest, and far was our goal,
To make it all the way, we must be bold.

The road changed quickly, much faster than we thought; We were not expecting to be climbing over rocks!

The road changed quickly, much faster than we thought;
We were not expecting to be climbing over rocks!

Some of us fell, out of thirst and hunger, Others kept going, prodding us onward.

Some of us fell, out of thirst and hunger,
Others kept going, prodding us onward.

As we went ever upward, into the valley, Heaven's floodgates opened up, but we hardly did tary. We quickened our pace, to reach the high top, But alas, for the rain made it all naught. Overlooking this valley, I see the mysteries, of life and love, how they can appear so quickly. Like the rain that came quickly, from nowhere it seemed, So love, life and laughter, all come without warning. Prepare for the rain, by packing rain gear, prepare for your life, by seeking God here. Prepare for a laugh, have a net handy, and prepare for love, which borders insanity.

As we went ever upward, into the valley,
Heaven’s floodgates opened up, but we hardly did tary.
We quickened our pace, to reach the high top,
But alas, for the rain made it all naught.
Overlooking this valley, I see the mysteries,
Of life and love, how they can appear so quickly.
Like the rain that came quickly, from nowhere it seemed,
So love, life and laughter, all come without warning.
Prepare for the rain, by packing rain gear,
Prepare for your life, by seeking God here;
Prepare for a laugh, have a net handy,
And prepare for love, which borders insanity.

Now we are here, in this life so sunny and warm, All friends, all family, all quite adventuresome.

Now we are here, in this life so sunny and warm,
All friends, all family, all quite adventuresome.

Adventure Planet

Adventure Planet

Many days ago, I looked in the distance.
And saw a great mountain, and promised to climb it.
Across deserts and hills, streams and mountains;
‘Til I reached that peak, of so great a foundation.
The trials and hardship, of every step foward,
Great sorrow and anguish, when I backslid down further.
Running, walking, hiking, and climbing;
On all fours, I continued crawling.
Onward I pushed, for I knew the reward;
Of enduring to the end, the end of this world.
Life is an adventure, unknown and exciting;
Every day a surprise, God’s will He’s unveiling.
I struggled and pushed, past sweat and blood;
Every inch of pain, every minute so far.
I would not have made it far, without the Lord’s hand;
He gave a Comforter, and he gave me some friends.
Friends so faithful, loving and kind;
My fellow comrades, ’til the day that I die!
We made it at last, to the top of the peak;
overlooking the sands, some hills, and some streams.
In glory we meet our loving Creator;
Who died, and rose, and became our dear Savior.
This dream I do have, is in the near future;
It feels so real at the end of this adventure.
I look all around, at my friends and family;
And think of the adventure, that is only just beginning…

Mountains of Life’s Journey

Mountains of Life's Journey

Difficult climb to the top of the mountain,
First step, next grip, keeps the momentum;
Search for the peak, the head of a titan,
One trial, one path, and my determination.
Struggles met on the narrow, steep ridge,
Temptations and trials, all seem authentic;
Stay to the trail, don’t fall off a cliff,
A lion waits at the bottom, hungry and quick!
At last at the top, or so it would seem,
On a ledge I did look at the distant scene…
A giant among dwarfs loomed beyond me,
Flaunting, harassing, and curiosity provoking.
“Someday,” I say, with utmost certainty,
“I will reach that peak at the end of my journey.”