The candle was simple and plain,
In a holder made of glass;
But oh what radiance when given a flame
It had a purpose at last.

It stood with its soft, gentle light
That warmed and inspired all;
With a fragrance and glow that brought great delight
To those in the banquet hall.

The gift that it offered was great,
Though it didn’t seem like much.
But the candle carried its flame with such weight,
No one could miss its warm touch.

Whatever my talents and gifts,
I will ever serve God my Lord;
So that in my actions all worship I lift
To Jesus the Living Word.


Take time to listen;
What will you hear?
A gentle love song,
Sung softly and clear.

New every morning,
Echoed at night
As it fills your heart
With peace and delight.

Take time to notice;
What will you see?
Evidence of love,
Signs of God’s glory.

All of creation
Tells of his ways;
His mercy and love;
To him be all praise!


What is it about you that God loves?

Is it your quick wit or great creativity?
Perhaps it’s your work ethic and attention to detail.
Truthfully, it’s probably none of the above.
Yes, He gave you those talents and strengths; He is pleased when you invest in them and use them for Him…
But that isn’t what He loves about you.

Is it your ability to relate to children?
Your service at Church and in your community?

No. Those are good, but they aren’t what He loves about you.

The answer?
He loves you. He loves that you are one of His precious people, personally conceived and created by Him.
He loves that you are one for whom Jesus died and rose;
He looks at you and says that you are a spitting image of Himself.
Papa God loves you in the same way that we love babies: They don’t do much; they eat, drink, poop, cry and sleep; yet we coo over them and adore them. We admire their soft hair, little hands and feet; we remark at how they look like Mama or Papa; we take turns holding them.
God loves you, just because…
You’re you.


The wellspring of life is your heart;
Guard it as a great treasure.
From God’s ways never depart
So that you know His pleasure.


As you follow Him each day,
Know that your heart is secure.
Because you trust and obey,
His prosperity is sure.


Such love has no one for you
That is constant day and night;
Love so unfailing and true
AS to fill you with delight.


Guard this place where love resides;
It’s the center of your soul.
Look for blessings which God hides
That nourish and help you grow.


Jesus is the only source
Of good gifts sent from above.
There is no power or force
That can ever block His love.


(Based on Proverbs 4:23)



My soul is satisfied
With the Spirit’s wonderful food
That fills and nourishes every cell
And proves that God is good.


His love is rich and sweet;
His sparkling joy is divine;
The fruit called peace brings life and wholeness;
Into this heart of mine.


I feast on His patience
Kindness and goodness fill my soul.
Because of His faithful gentleness,
I can have self control.


There is nothing like hope
To strengthen me and cheer me on.
As I delight in all of God’s fruit,
I sing this happy song.


How do you look like the Father?
How do you look like His Son?
How do you reflect
The light of the Holy One?

How does your life in the Spirit
Carry and guide you each day?
What do you expect
As you trust God when you pray?

May you see the way Papa does;
With loving mercy and grace;
Until He perfects
Your reflection of His face.


When I come to crossroads
And don’t know what to do,
I can only turn
And put my trust in You.

When my wisdom fails me;
I need to know what’s true,
I will always turn
And put my trust in You.

I only see in part;
I’m weak in what I do;
So once again I turn
And put my trust in You.

My life is hidden in
Jesus who makes me new;
For this reason I turn
And put my trust in You.


“This I recall to mind, therefore I have hope. The Lord’s lovingkindnesses
indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore
I have hope in Him.’ The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him” (Lamentations 3:21-25).

God’s love, faithfulness and goodness are the most renewable resources around!  Do you need peace?  It’s immediately available.  Are you short on joy or hope?  Just ask; a fresh supply is yours.  Protection?  Provision?  Name it, God has it for you.  His gifts are not stale old things that have been in storage for years; they’re new every morning, just like the manna He supplied to His people when they walked through the wilderness to the Promised Land.
Even greater and deeper, do you want to know Him better and feel His presence more intimately?  He is as close as your heart and breath.  If you ask Him and pay attention, you’ll notice Him:  Some thought or impression might come to mind; perhaps you will feel heat on your face or body; a picture might pop into your head…He loves to talk to us, show us things and touch us.
Because HE is so consistently good and loving, we have hope – confident expectancy.



Simeon held to a promise
That he would see God’s Son;
That he would not die but live
To hold the Holy One.

Simeon watched for Him each day,
In prayerful meditation,
Until in his arms there lay
The Savior of nations.

Anna watched and waited too;
She served God day and night,
Till she saw Messiah who
Would set the world right.

When we watch and pray, we know
We will see Jesus too;
He opens our hearts to show
Himself to me and you.

Seek the Lord who makes you whole
And you will surely see
Him the Lover of your soul,
King through Eternity.


The flower started as a seed,
Hidden in a secret place
That cradled and nurtured it
Providing a growing place.

The seed had everything needed
To germinate, sprout and grow
Into the lovely flower
That would be admired so.

The rain and sun brought nourishment;
That helped to make the plant strong;
Fresh air boosted the fragrance;
The roots grew deeper and long.

Then at last the flower blossomed
With petals so soft and fair
Standing in glorious splendor,
Its beauty beyond compare.

Then the blossom turned back to seed;
It faded, withered and died;
But the seeds will live and grow,
Becoming the flower’s pride.

And so it goes every season:
Reminders of life and death;
Starting in secret places;
Emerging to light and breath.

All things in nature around us
Tell about Heaven above,
Pointing to God’s provision;
Expressing His endless love.


A new description of hope came to me this morning:  Confident expectancy.
With that in mind, here is a poem:

Because God is good;
Because He loves us so;
We have every confidence;
We truly know
Every perfect gift
is presented to us by Him,
Until our expectancy grows brighter,
Never becoming dim.

Trusting in God’s love;
Walking in His great light;
We receive His providence;
All that is right
As His dear children;
We are treasured and blessed each day;
Until we see His glory
And reflect Jesus in every way.

oh God is our Hope;
His faithfulness is true;
We respond with gratitude
In all we do.
Expressions of joy
Are like streams that flow from our souls;
Bubbling up in our delight,
Songs of praise and hope that ever grows.


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