Pondering The Poetic Heart
Pondering the Poetic Heart is a place to guide our spirits into place of contemplative rest. As a poet, I long to encourage you to find hope and healing through the process of reflecting on God, love, life, and all things that capture the spirit through the written word.
In the month of November, I will lead us through a time of thanksgiving through my 30 Days of Thanksgiving Poems. In December we will ring the bells of Christmas. There will also be other times through the year when we will celebrate love, just for fun poetry, and more. I pray this will be a place of loving contentment for all of us.
Some days we color a pretty picture all nice and neat. Other days turn into scribbles, all unruly outside of the lines.
And you know what? That's okay. The question is, do we include God in the messiness of our lives as much as we do the colorful days?
He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart; He gently leads those that have young. Isaiah 40:11
How wonderful are the gifts God gives us. Springtime. New growth. Flowers and grass and trees. And I love how holds us with an everlasting love, like a new-born lamb.
Are you tired of the battle you are fighting? Have you been going through a trial for seems like forever? I'm not usually this transparent in my writings, but today I decided to feel all the feelings and write down my thoughts as I have struggled for a long time now through a heartache I fear will never end. But God says, "Peace, be still." And so, I choose to rest. I hope you will choose the same.
Are you having trouble in your writing? Are you having trouble coming up with words to say to someone or to write? Take heart. Even Moses and Aaron hesitated to speak to God’s people and to the Pharoah.
But if you really want to write — especially to encourage others in the Lord — then you need to pray and ask God to speak to you and write through you.
Here are 5 ways to keep going when you feel all dried up.
The one thing about rivers is, they don’t stand still.
Rivers travel. They bubble and gurgle, always flowing somewhere. But they don’t get stagnant.
Rivers don’t give up. They don’t quit. No matter how many rocks and hills and logs might be in their way, rivers always find a way around their obstacles.
Sometimes I lament I cannot hear God’s voice. He isn’t answering my prayers. He doesn’t seem to even know I exist. But the question I must ask myself is this: Am I seeking God with my whole heart, or am I just throwing a quick prayer into the air hoping He’ll hear me and reply?
Jeremiah 29:13 states, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Did you catch that? “When you search for Me with all your heart.”
Not half-hearted. Not a flip of a coin or a toss of wish. No, it must be, with your WHOLE heart