O Lord, I'm feeling hollow, As if someone or something, Has drained me of everything, Emptied, dry, no get up and go. Yes, Lord, I'm feeling hollow, I track it to confusion, Maybe lies and plots infusion, Entangled, enmeshed, wrestling. Why, Lord in my hollow, Is there thick silence creaking, Though also so, so deafening, I will stay here until You bid me go. Fill my hollowness, Lord, my hollow, Quench the dry and raise me up, Until I'm running over beyond the cusp, I'll be here Lord, until You're ready. There's movement Lord, in this hollow, Your Spirit has arrived at last, Soon this hollowness will be in the past, Fill me up Lord, fill me up. ----dfav 11/22/2020
There is silence here, where we sit, quiet peace. There is peace here, strengthening, healing. There is healing here, for heart, for soul, for mind. There is mindfulness here, awareness, understanding. You are here Heavenly Father, positive and kind. There is love here, flowing around, reaching souls. There is a soul here, aware, and so grateful. There is gratefulness here, for You, for blessings, There is truth here, and I am so thankful, You are here Heavenly Father so overwhelming. There is love here, from me to You, You to me. There is togetherness here, for all who come. There is strength here to all who accept it. There is everything one needs here, for all, not just some. You are here Heavenly Father, for all who sit. There is need here, needs still unspoken, alone. There is isolation here, so we worship here in peace. There is gratitude here, so I pour it out to You. There is me here, Lord, in Your presence there is ease. You are here Heavenly Father, help me love like You. ----dfav 11/03/2020
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”Ephesians 4:29, New International Version, 1973, 1978, Zondervan Corporation.
Everywhere my eyes and ears turn They are sure to see and hear, Words that are hurtful and foul, From hearts that are deaf and seared. The argument is that it's shock value To let whatever one thinks rip, Only the degrading and humiliating Are the core of their hearts that drip. Over all of this what do You hear Lord? In this chaotic canopy of spilling hearts? I pray it's the souls crying out for You, Do our pleas the darkness part? What do You hear day and night Lord? Cleanse my heart, my soul, my mind, So nothing that betrays Your being, Comes forth from me that is unkind. May my words bring Your healing, Encourage the weak, broken, wronged, Call people to raise their eyes up to You, Find strength in You to make them strong. I pray my words are wholesome, Bring Your honor with every word I say, Please reside deep in my heart, As I end this night and start a new day. ----dfav 10/26/2020
If I could just look at this view all day, Not seeing the ugly scenes, The nasty means used to get what people want, If I could unhear the growling throated howls, Or the innocent souls crying out to You, The blood thirsty ones seeking revenge, Could my soul believe what I say? Here, in this cottage, just You and me, I can keep my eyes upon You, Finally I can lay face down before Your throne, Seeking Your will and reading Your Word, Your angels have covered us, My heart wants and seeks Your peace, Here with You in our Cottage-by-the-Sea. The world though lays beyond this lot, The Earth is where I live each day, It's been growing darker and darker, Regardless of how much sunlight shines, How good our intentions are, How bright the moon and stars, How beautiful the fruit inside is rot. Let me pick up my cross and follow You, May I see the cost and pay it willingly, For You paid all our redemption bounties, And sharing that with others Should be my deepest heartfelt pleasure, Here I've come to draw upon Your strength I come here to find mercy like morning dew. Yes, some places on Earth are like this view, Where winds race fresh and salty, Sunlight creates the golden paths, Diamonds on the sea waves twinkle, The sky is clear and cool the breeze, The shore is clean with golden sand, I'm grateful for this as I come to You. Help me face the truth regardless, Help me stay true to Your Word and Will, Keep my feet on Your pathways, For Jesus only You are the Way, the Truth And only You are also the Light, Guide me here by Your Holy Spirit, Forgive us all for this world's mess. ----dfav 10/19/2020
Here I am and here are You Meeting once again in this place In this Cottage-by-the-Sea I am humbled I dare not look into Your glory filled face. My soul draws in Your very presence, As my lungs breathe in the sea air, How is it always possible dear Lord, You always love me and always care? Today I throw myself at Your feet, Casting all my weariness and cares upon You, You speak to my heart and very soul, Reminding me of Your love and what I am to do. From deep within me praise by song I offer up The words lapping on Heaven's very shores, Here I worship and praise You Lord, Heaven itself has flung open her doors. My soul is washed its windows flung wide, As You accept my worship, prayer and praise, Here in our place of intervention I offer You my heart and soul to raise. From our Cottage-by-the-Sea just You and I, In the falls nipping sea salty bracing winds, I freely give all I am to You my Savior, Freed because I know in You there is no end. ----dfav 10/11/2020
It’s dark, it’s cold and miserable,
There’s no way out, but many in,
No light, no warmth or hand to hold,
This pit where the bottom never ends.
It’s narrow, it’s wide and walls sharp,
Some fall quickly, other’s quite slow,
No rope, no ladder or human voice,
Worse it seems that no one else knows.
From here, this place and circumstance,
Prayers pouring from my lips,
There’s trust, there’s belief and heart,
I lift up my freezing fingertips.
He’s here, He knows and understands,
Regardless of what is in my sight,
Right here, right now I lift my praise,
Though all around me it is night.
In this pit, this place meant to break,
My heart warmed by His love bit by bit,
He is still God, He is still beside me here,
My soul will praise Him in this pit.
Forgive me Lord, for the times I’m selfish,
When all I see are things from my point-of-view,
When my own hurt and pain are all I feel,
When I fail to acknowledge my own costs are due.
Forgive me Father, for the times I close my ears,
When all I hear are the beats of my own heart,
When my own fears have reared their heads,
When I forget to trust You to do Your part.
Forgive me Lord, for the times I judge others,
When all I see are the differences in others,
When I think I understand all that makes me right,
When I just don’t see the sin in which I smother.
Forgive me Lord, for damaging Your Holy reputation,
When all I do is push our own human laws,
When I think I’m right and I’m actually so wrong,
When I draw people away from Your Holy cause.
O Holy God:
Less of me, more of You
Let that be what they see—
Less of me, more of You
Let that be all they read.
For it’s not my strength or abilities
That holds me in this hour—
It’s less of me, more of You
From which flows Your mighty power.
Let me act wisely
Let my feet walk in Your lane
May I choose You first,
Shake free of sins curse
Though doing so bring joy or pain.
Wrap me in Your light
Let my mind choose to be wise
May I taste all Your Word
Be it bitter or honey
Let me choose You to authorize.
Open my heart to Your’s
May I put aside all that will hinder
May I remember my call
Though it be easy or hard
To You I must completely surrender.
Photo courtesy of Shane Hobson.
Into Your presence I commit my spirit.
Unto Your will I surrender my plans.
To You and You only I offer my heart,
To You the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit,
Together as one You cannot be torn apart.
Before You I kneel with true awareness,
You are the Master of the Universe,
The God of Abraham, Jacob and Moses,
A God who has a history loyal to fickle man,
Who has pierced Him with thorns and neglected the roses.
To You I give up my selfish ambition.
It’s to You I release the love in my soul.
To You I turn for eternal salvation,
To You I concede I’m at my core a sinner,
And only in You, through You, can I have redemption.
Take of me whatever it is You can use,
Mold me and shape me by Your standard,
Remake, refashion, recreate the disciple You need,
Purge my heart ’til its whiter than snow,
Reap from my life where You’ve planted the seed.
When this life has passed for me,
Repentance will be far too late,
Hear my soul cry out to Jehovah God today,
As the sun breaks with brilliance across the sky,
It is to You, in You, with You I beg to stay.