Take my distractions away

Lord of the heaven and earth
How quickly I get distracted
Jobs to do
People to see
And the games on the tablet
The hours spent wasted

Keep me focused on you alone
With my eyes on heavenly realms
Constantly praying
Having you on my mind
Singing and dancing
Praise all around

Let me feast on your blessings
Each treasure from heaven
Sharing with others
Your goodness abound
Leaving the earthly
Firmly on the ground

Let my being be more than natural
Carrying your presence supernaturally
Not limiting you
Let your Spirit abound
Showing others around
The possiblities abound

Be my heart beat Lord I pray
Not easily distracted
Just running the race
Joyful and accepting
No matter the finishing place
Eternity in heaven the ultimate place

You are loved

It doesn’t matter how old you are! 30 secs old or 120 years old. YOU ARE LOVED.

The very conservative middle class town I Iive in has recently suffered 3 teenage suicides. I find this heartbreaking.

I have no idea the reasons why they did this or what life looked like for them but this should not be happening in a so called first world country with access to so much mental and physical health support. A country where we preach about being kind to one another, where in reality we all struggle with that, mostly unintentionally.

Life is precious. You are precious. BELIEVE IT.

As a Christian you can’t believe in God without believing in the devil. The biggest thing the devil does is lie to you. He will tell you your worthless take away your confidence and bring you down because he wants you in his camp. We all fall for those lies at times.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

John 10:10

Jesus came because he loves YOU! He loves YOU with a love that can never be quashed, taken away, removed or dampened.

Jesus loves YOU for being YOU no other reason.

It is an unexplainable love. You may not understand it, get it or even believe in it but is is there and nothing YOU can do can stop it.

JESUS LOVES YOU.

However hard, whatever your struggle. Stop listening to the lie. If things feel out of control get professional help. PRAY you may be surprised at the answer.

But whatever you are going through right now remember …..

YOU ARE LOVED

Walking in faith

Everyday I walk in faith 
The son of God I trust
Even though we have not met
In human terms that is

Walking in the resurrection
Not in death
Or an empty tomb
Just full expectation

Whether my vision is cloudy
Or the way lit bright
I walk in the presence
Faithfully holding tight

In the good & bad times
Death & life
Confusion & complacency
My walk continuing expectantly

It is not always easy
At times I trip
But the one I believe in
Always holding me tightly

You may not understand
Why I follow blindly
But dare to look for faith
In a God that loves you boldly

Rejoice what ever the view

God has made this day
Especially for you
To walk in freedom
Grace & mercy
Just because he loves you

Depending on your view
Determines what you see
Fluffy white clouds
Perfect blue skies
Or thunder clouds gathering

You might be looking down
From a mountain peak
Or looking at the hill
You still need to climb
While resting in the field

While walking by a spring
Do you think of jumping in
Splashing cares away
For there are no worries
When God is splashing with you

Even if your day is stormy
Your boat being bashed
Giant waves surround
But never swallow you
When God is by your side

So whatever your view
God is holding your hand
Dancing, singing, crying
Meeting you where you are
Why wouldn't you rejoice

He is alive

HAPPY EASTER 😊

The earth quakes 
The stone rolled away
Guards on the floor
He is not here says the voice
Just go and see
Grave clothes folded
Joy in their hearts

Oh what a day
The ultimate u-turn
Grieving to jubilation
For Jesus is alive
He said he is going ahead to Galilee
You will see him there
How fast did your disciples run to get to you there

Prophesies fulfilled
Evil did not win the day
For death had to happen
To set us free
For we were dead to sin
But Jesus cancelled our every debt
So we can live with him

What a glorious day
The ultimate price paid for us
Because he loves us so
No more tears
No more death
We live alive & free
In Jesus victory

Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.
Matthew 28:1‭-‬15 ESV

Restless Easter Saturday

Easter Saturday. We are almost there!

Did the disciples stay together 
The first Easter Saturday
Hands in heads
Stunned by all
There master gone
Dead
Betrayed by one of their own
Things spiraled out of control so quickly
Dark forces messing with their heads

Why were the chief priests so scared
A dead imposter needed a guard
A stone barely moveable
A man never to escape
Seconds thoughts
Guilt
The magnitude of their mistake
Burning on their hearts
Was this jealousy or hate or prophecy coming true

The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’ Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.” So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.
Matthew 27:62‭-‬66

The cross and the curtain

Good Friday. The day every one that doesn’t have a relationship with Jesus asks what is so good about it? Stick around there are a few days left of the story.

The crowd that was cheering
Only days ago
Singing Hosanna
Now are jeering
Scoffing, mocking
Calling for your death

Crucify they say
Stirred up by the priests
Oh what a threat
You were to their lives
They didn't care about God
Just putting on a show

My voice of sin
Is in the mocking crowd
Do you look me in the eye
As you pause with your heavy load
I cannot watch this horrid scene
And run to hide at home

As the day went black
The sun disappeared
It is finished your final breath
As the tears from loved ones flow
The curtain torn in two
No more barriers between us

The toughest soldiers of them all
Stirred, touched, amazed
Surely this was the son of God
Uttered from his lips
Buried in a cave
The stone to seal your grave

And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.
Mark 15:33‭-‬41 ESV

Keep us fruitful

Happy Holy Tuesday.

The tree once so green
Leafy and showy
But producing no fruit
Now stands withered
Dried up,dead

Our lives can be a show
Saying the right thing
With our stage make up on
Smiling and laughing
Looking wonderful

Shakespeare can be jealous
Of your show so bold
But if underneath
There is no fruit
Your dry & brittle bones

So do not let your roots dry up
Or let your soul become withered
Drink & feed from the source
Producing fruit all year round
Tasty, good & honest

Feed your roots
Have no doubt or fear
Because God listens to every prayer
Blessing the roots of all his people
Giving them fruit to share

The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.
Mark 11:12‭-‬14 NIV

In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!” “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
Mark 11:20‭-‬25

Where did the crowd come from?

Happy Palm Sunday

Where did the crowd come from 
The day Jesus entered Jerusalem
Back in the day
There were no flashmobs
Putting on a display
No insta,Twitter or Facebook
To check yourself into
No tabloids or TV commercials
To advertise the event
Or any agent to take their cut
From promoting you as their star

Did the crowd follow you from Bethany
Where you did the impossible
Raising your friend from the dead
No tricks or magic involved
No mistaking after 4 days
Lazarus was dead
Jesus spoke his words
Lazarus was alive again
Mouths wide open in surprise
Tears of joy
Astonishment to all those watching on

The crowd spreading the news
All the good that Jesus did
All the way to Jerusalem
Stirring up all they met
Breaking off branches
Laying down coats
For the king of kings
Shouting Hosanna
As he passes on his colt
The party erupting along the way
As the east gate he enters in

The crowd on this day
With celebrations erupting
Upsetting the priest's
Looking on from the back
Sneering plotting planning
Quietly letting the party swing
Getting ready to crash the mood
As the week goes on
Giving Jesus his moment
Not wanting to be the party pooper
That comes later on

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’ ” They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna! ” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
Mark 11:1‭-‬11 NIV

A heart like Jesus

If COVID wasn’t enough to deal with. The world seems little of kilter once more. There appears to be diversion and judgement. Relationships tested and Racisim yet again rearing its ugly head. This doesn’t even touch on poverty and sickness.

I was wondering how to respond to this and this is what I came up with.

A heart like Jesus

Where do we get a heart like Jesus
One truly of love & peace
Forgiveness & patience
A heart that never judges
Leaves opinions
Thoughts and views
One that truly accepts
We are who we are
Whatever the difference
Whatever the hurt
A heart that restores relationships
Building and not dividing
Never blames
Only loves
What ever the cost
To have a heart like Jesus

God bless