Friday, June 02, 2017

New Creation

A new one today.

Thursday, June 01, 2017


Recently, my mind has turned to poetry.  The Lord is wanting to speak to me in a different way these days. Its funny though, this goes back decades.

The End of the Search

There is no finding of Him in books
Written in vain, though they vastly cover
Realms of thought; but as my heart looks
And accepts Him unknown, it shall discover
Peace unsurpassed, because the Only Lover
Of my soul, becomes known in the myriad nooks
Of inner writings imprinted in His image;
Though I never knew when, or how He did manage
To unite our hearts and intentions so near,
That the division between becomes unclear.
And not in thoughts does my heart end its care,
But in purposeful union of will, so dear. 

        -SJS, 1983

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Was reading in the wonderful old book "Daily Strength for Daily Needs".  I wanted to share this days devotion on contentment:
MAY 23
Be content with such things as ye have.—HEB. xiii. 5.
I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therein to be content.—PHIL. iv. 11 ( R. V.).
  No longer forward nor behind
    I look in hope or fear;
  But, grateful, take the good I find,
    The best of now and here.  J. G. WHITTIER.

If we wished to gain contentment, we might try such rules as these:—
1. Allow thyself to complain of nothing, not even of the weather.
2. Never picture thyself to thyself under any circumstances in which thou art not.
3. Never compare thine own lot with that of another.
4. Never allow thyself to dwell on the wish that this or that had been, or were, otherwise than it was, or is. God Almighty loves thee better and more wisely than thou dost thyself.
5. Never dwell on the morrow. Remember that it is God's, not thine. The heaviest part of sorrow often is to look forward to it. "The Lord will provide."    E. B. PUSEY.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Simple Inspiration

I came across this simple and uplifting quote today.

"Be simple, hidden, quiet and small."
    -Thomas Hopko