Monthly Archives: September 2009

A Path for my Feet

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Have you ever been caught up in the movement of your life, something totally outside your control, yet working out in amazing ways?  The last week has been like that.  I thought my life this fall was going to go one way, but it has taken a slightly drastic change of direction… which has actually motivated me to make a few other changes I have been desiring to make for a long while.

The thing that amazes me is that none of those changes (mostly involving jobs) had been working out, causing me a lot of frustration.  And yet, now I see how it has all been working together as it needed to, in light of recent events I had not foreseen.  I am overwhelmed with the sense of God’s providential preparation for the way I would need to go, before I even knew I would be needing a way when the path I had been walking along suddenly caved in.

I think He is always doing that.  I’m just not always watching.


Always to Rejoice

The darkness folds around me, but I know that Thou canst see:

Even darkness cannot hide my fearful, trembling form from Thee!

When hidden danger threaten, or when I can plainly see

All that threatens to o’ertake me, teach me then to trsut in Thee.

Teach me to sing Thy praises when my heart is fraught with fear,

Train my eyes to look upon Thee, not upon what threatens here;

And with thanksgiving bringing, oh, but that I e’er would turn

To Thee with all my cares, and would not Thy peace sweetest spurn.

So take my hand, O Father,

And in loving, patient voice,

Tell me once again to trust in Thee,

And always, to rejoice!

(copyright 2009, Jeanne Lane)


Morning

With the light of morning shining warm upon my face,

Its radiance softly beaming with a calm and quiet grace,

I come to seek You, Father, and You hear my every word.

I have no fear nor doubt that I will ever go unheard.

 

This peace that You have given, that rests within my heart,

Is like the morning stillness– but never will depart!

For unlike earthly morning that will one day all be gone,

With You in perfect oneness, how could peace become undone?

 

You are my morning sunshine shining warm upon my face;

The breezes of the morning are Your calm and quiet grace;

The coolness and the dewdrops– how Your Spirit does restore!

And soon in heaven’s morning I shall live forevermore.

 

(copyright 2009 Jeanne Lane)


There You Will Be

O Lord, You have searched me and known me,

My thoughts understood and my ways;

You know of my sitting and rising;

Your hand, now and ever, upon me is laid.

 

If I take the wings of the dawn,

Or dwell in the depths of the sea,

If I make my bed in the grave

The hand of my God will lay hold of me.

 

When darkness my soul overwhelms,

The light all around is as night;

The darkness is not dark to You!

The darkest of nights is as day in Your sight.

 

So fearfully and wonderfully made

When wrought in the depths of the earth;

You saw me and knew all my days–

Before there was one, before my birth.

 

Search me, O God, know my heart;

Try me, and all my thoughts know;

Encompass behind and before;

Teach me in ways everlasting to go.

 

From Your Spirit, Your presence, O where can I flee?

But there You will be.

 

(copyright 2009 Jeanne Lane)


Poems coming…

Should you be bewildered by the upcoming daily plunking down of a new poem for the next few days, fear not, it will not last long.  I simply thought I would post some of my old poems here.  So there you have it.


The Will of God

Excerpts from The Will of God as a Way of Life by Jerry Sittser:

I discovered that the Bible says very little about the will of God as a future pathway.  Instead, the Bible warns us about anxiety and presumption concerning the future, assures us that God is in control, and commands us to do the will of God as we already know in the present.

We simply need to do what we already know in the present.  God has been clear where clarity is most needed.  The choices we make every day… determine whether or not we are doing the will of God.  If we have a problem, it is not lack of knowledge; rather, it is our unwillingness to respond to the knowledge we have.

The only time we really have both to know and do God’s will is the present moment.  We are to love God with heart, sould, mind, and strength, and we are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.  These are the basic responsibilities Jesus challenged us to pay attention to….

If we truly seek God above all, then we will always be doing the will of God, no matter where our particular choices lead us, because seeking God’s kingdom first is God’s will.


Kindredness

“There is something so beautiful in coming on one’s very own inmost thoughts in another. In one way it is one of the greatest pleasures one has.” Olive Schreiner