I’m So Glad You’re Here


My word for 2017 is “less,” as in spending less time on Facebook and in front of the TV. Plus, I am examining my schedule to see what other things I can cross off my To Do list in order to spend more time doing those things I would say are of highest priority.

My theme verse for the year goes right along with this idea. In the ESV, John 3:30 says, “He [Jesus] must increase, but I must decrease.”

I’m excited about the coming year. I hope you will visit often as we discover what 2017 has in store.

Photo Credit: Stephen G. Woo

The Visit

I’m honoured to have gifted poet and precious friend, Heather Joyes, guest post today.

She came to visit
For tea and conversation,
Sweet honey cakes were ready,
Without warning,
A chill filled the room
As unkind words were spoken,
The deed complete
She left, never looking back,
Stunned, I bade farewell,
Saddened, I turned to my Saviour,
And faithful friend.

Guest Poet

While I still want to write 31 poems this month, I have been too busy to keep up with the daily challenges at OctPoWriMo

Today I would like to feature two poems by my dear friend Heather Joyes.

Subtle change,
Almost imperceptible to discern,
Causing concern,
Foreseeing a negative shift
To a special privilege at risk,
Thankful I rejoice,
Expressing all care to Him
Knowing His peace is a gift,
Trusting He will lead
Silent echoes
Drift in,
A chaotic repetition
Of unspoken dialogue,
No lilting notes,
Rather simultaneous tones,
Intermingle in discord,
Seeking attention
As they swirl together,
Only He can bring
Peace and order
As I pray,
And trust in Him.

The Void Between

Today is Day 2 of OctPoWriMo. Although the prompts are optional, I enjoy stretching myself by following them. Today’s challenge: write a Kyrielle poem inspired by “the void.”

I set my goals, my hopes and dreams,
And reach for them most days it seems,
But all too often I don’t see
The void between my goals and me.

And if I see it in my way,
I make excuses for that day,
Surely I am not meant to flee
The void between my goals and me.

I’m meant to face the void ahead,
To walk the walk as I am led,
With help, there will no longer be
The void between my goals and me.

“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:6 ESV) (from biblegateway.com)

Time Limit

Time 12 limit

Another twenty-four hours

Eighty-six thousand four hundred seconds

Will I invest this time or will I merely spend it 3

Will I stay true to my imagined priorities

Will I love my Saviour and Lord

May it 6 always be

Today is the first day of OctPoWriMo. Want to join this group of poets (pros, wannabes, and everything in between)? Today’s prompt was to write a shape poem about time. (All prompts are optional. The goal is to write a new poem each day of October.) Check it out!

Final Round 3 Check-In

And that’s a wrap on Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days.

At the beginning of this round, I rebranded myself. My new tagline is “to nurture & inspire.” Let’s see how I did over the last three months.

These were my original goals and how I did …

To Nurture & Inspire @ My Computer

Whether editing my clients’ work or writing devotionals and blog posts … whether Skyping or connecting on Facebook and Twitter … I will ask myself how I can be a blessing to each one. Although this is my heart’s desire, I haven’t been as deliberate about it as I’d planned. 

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24 NIV).

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