A Cost to Love

She spoke those words, I cringed inside.
A smile she shared, and I tried to hide.
There is a cost to love, are we willing to pay?
It takes all we have, and ever will each day.
20140823_200319_1[1]Dwelling along the edges of night
Silently hiding in the shadows cast
By others uncertain diffused light
There is another light that shines
Unafraid into the dark
Burning bright for all time
A light which exposes broken places
Where all the facade and fake reside
Tears leave tracks down our faces
Cracks in our amour are revealed
Wounded hearts are laid bare
Eternal fates may now be sealed
For in that moment all is clear
The pain and hurt can be healed
The light cleanses all fear
Our brokenness is only a start
Light pours through the cracks
Restoring and renewing lost hearts

~Mark W. Schutter ©2014

(What is the cost to love and are we willing to pay?  To open up ourselves to the vulnerability and allow the broken places to be revealed in truth and honesty.  For only through the cracks that we try to so desperately to hide, will the ‘light’ be able to penetrate into the dark of the hurt and pain so we may truly heal and become who we were destined to be. God bless! ~M)

100 Years From Now

With the back to school season upon us, I was blessed to hear a great sermon by Pastor Tim Wimberly of Living Water last Saturday night about parenting titled “Living Life Together”.  It was about the impact we have on our kids.  He encouraged each parent (current and future) that it is never too late.  We all feel inadequate and unprepared for parenting, when in reality what our children need more than anything is simply us with all of our imperfections.  Our love and our time, not things.  If you would like to watch the sermon or listen to a podcast click here. And follow Pastor Tim on Twitter, you won’t be disappointed! During the sermon the idea for a simple blog post (poem and photo) came to me and I share it with you now.  Remember it is never to late, you will always be their mom or dad!

Fun around the campfire!

Fun around the campfire!

If you are still breathing
You are still in the game
There is still time
The future yet unwritten
Yesterday is gone
Tomorrow a blank slate

What really matters
100 years from now
Money, possessions, cars, toys
Things with no emotion
No connection
Time and moments lost

When they look into your eyes
What will they see?
Love, hope, acceptance
It matters
It makes a difference
It will change the world

It is never too late
The moment is now
Too shine a light
Because they will know and remember
The unconditional love and acceptance
100 years from now

~Mark W. Schutter ©2014

Full of Faults

Full of FaultsSelf-awareness, accountability, honesty and truth with oneself is the first step to healing.  We must be willing to face our own fears and venture into the darkness of our hearts.  For there in the black void is where the light will shine the brightest. 
You are not alone; be strong despite the fears and never give up –
Just Believe that Grace Wins and Hope Lives!

Rodeo Fun!

Spent the day at the Roy Pioneer Rodeo in Roy, Washington with family.  Roy is a small town, very small, southeast of Seattle and Tacoma. I grew up going to rodeos in Idaho and Oregon and the small ones always seem to be the most fun.

These are some pictures taken with my smartphone throughout the event and edited using the app Snapseed. All photos are copyright of Mark Schutter ©2014. 

Enjoy the pics and what are you doing this Labor Day weekend?