As I come to my blog, I find myself without words. Sometimes it is easy to think of a topic and the words come quickly. Other times my mind can’t come up with a thing, and it seems my words are limping along.
Since I want my blog to be an encouragement to others and point to God I try to remember to pray each time before I write. I want my words to reflect truth and to share from my own experience rather than spout platitudes.
This morning, after praying and reading a psalm, I decided to look through some of my documents to see if I could glean anything to share. I came across this poem I wrote in response to a writing challenge shared this past April by Beth Morey. Her prompt was limping words.
MY LIMPING WORDS
I call myself a writer but
often when I sit to write the
words seem far away
I wonder if I really have
a thing of worth to say and then
doubts begin to come
I start to write with limping words
what I have learned in life and soon
strength comes to my voice
I call myself a writer and
when I doubt I will remember
my words have a place
SHOW UP EVERY DAY
Do you ever feel that way? Whether a writer or another kind of job, I suspect we all have doubts sometimes as to our ability to put forth good work. Sometimes all we can do is take baby steps. It may not seem like enough, but every little bit of progress helps.
What is important is that we are faithful to show up every day, even if we don’t get very far. Because God has given each of us gifts, He will give us the strength and grace to use them and accomplish what He has called us to do.
Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are different activities, but the same God works all of them in each person.
One and the same Spirit is active in all these, distributing to each person as he wills.
LIFE IS A JOURNEY
Life is a journey. Sometimes the road will be clear and we will move along quickly. Other times there are roadblocks that make us slow down or even come to a complete stop. There are times of waiting and times of moving forward, times of happiness and times of grief.
It may look like things will never change and we are stuck, but if we look hard enough we will find that there is still hope. We may face trials that seem too hard, but if we keep showing up and persevere we will find hope and have peace as we trust in God.
Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have also obtained access through him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope.
This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Whatever we do, whether our words and actions are crawling, limping along or going at full speed, we are making progress. So take time to stop today and notice where you are. Breathe deeply, relax, rest and then move at your own pace. The goal is out there and we will make it one step at a time.