God, Life

Do Not Fear…

The phrase “Do not fear” in one form or another occurs in the bible hundreds of times from Genesis to Revelation and Jesus says “Do not fear” fourteen times. If I may be so bold as to paraphrase Jesus in the vernacular of today and in relation to our current situation.

“CHILL OUT!”

“I have this all under control.”

There is a peace beyond understanding and I pray this for all who are reading this now in the days to come. It is a crazy, mixed up, shook up world right now and we all need strength to face what this way comes. Treating each other as fellow brothers and sisters, not as political ideologies and social agendas. As C.S Lewis said,

“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.”

“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. ~C.S. Lewis #Quote

God, Life, Writing

What Will This Experience Teach Us?

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Experience is the most brutal of teachers but you learn, my God, do you learn” ~C.S. Lewis

So in the midst of adversity and challenges that we did not anticipate nor wish for, we can only persevere and attempt to learn from the experience. I wonder years from now what will history say about this time in which we find ourselves living and what will be said about us as individuals, nations and the world?

I pray that we learn. And use this experience to do better and to correct any mistakes in the future. Like Solomon I pray for wisdom each day in the choices I make. Those that affect my family, my friends, those I work with and others that may be touched by the ripples I create.

In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream at night; and God said, “Ask what you wish Me to give you.”

Solomon’s Prayer

Then Solomon said, “You have shown great lovingkindness to Your servant David my father, according as he walked before You in truth and righteousness and uprightness of heart toward You; and You have reserved for him this great lovingkindness, that You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king in place of my father David, yet I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. Your servant is in the midst of Your people which You have chosen, a great people who are too many to be numbered or counted. So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”

God’s Answer

10 It was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing. ~1 Kings 3:5-9 (NASB)

May our leaders also being praying for and asking for wisdom. So, how are you doing with during this time? Are you affected by any stay at home orders?

I would love to hear your thoughts. Stay safe my friends and God bless! 😊

God, Life, Stories

Belief and Death – are the words so difficult to learn?

“Well, we have nothing if not belief.”

~Reepicheep

“The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” (CS Lewis)

A Grief Observed, as well as other books and writings, by CS Lewis have comforted, challenged and confirmed many of my own feelings at different times with their stark emotion and startling honesty. Almost thirty-five years and a vast ocean between two continents separated the experiences of Mr. Lewis and my own. We were at very different points on life’s continuum; Mr. Lewis was in his early sixties when his wife, Joy, died and me in my late twenties when my wife died.

However, the experiences of Mr. Lewis I read about are eerily similar to my own experiences. The feelings of pain, sorrow, guilt and eventually a measure of acceptance and healing that followed. Grief is a solitary road we must walk alone, however the words Mr. Lewis shared have always made me feel not quite so alone, especially during my own time of anguish and the dark night of my soul.

My hope is that my words, the things I share and put into the world can do the same for someone else. We are all sojourners here on earth and sorrow at one time or another will wrap its cold arms around us all and hold us close. In those moments, we need grace and mercy, for if my own experience is any indication in those dark times of guilt and pain there often vows and promises made that we are never meant to keep.

God, Life

A Magic Apple of Knowledge

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We have lost the ‘magic’ in the mundane, the obligations and the busyness of life.

We have lost the ‘mystery’ of eternity in the quest for wealth and materialism today.

We have lost the ‘magic’ of love in lonely selfishness and seeking physical satisfaction.

#JustBelieve #HopeLives #LoveChangesPeople

Life, Poetry

Will you believe in the truth despite your unbelief?

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We must hold onto truth despite our feelings that would lead us to believe otherwise. 

It is difficult when the things of this world so easily where us down. Our hearts are broken and scarred from the constant barrage of evil that comes and hope often seems so distant. Despite your circumstances and the things this world throws at you will you continue to believe? To live with belief and a hope that better things lie ahead and are sure to come?

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” ~C.S. Lewis

#JustBelieve #GraceWins #HopeLives #LoveChangesPeople #YouMatter

Poetry

The Truth about the False Infinite

Iridescent StreamsHow often do we willingly seek the bright shiny objects that seem to lay so innocently in our path? Are these only random inconveniences of life or a devious plan to lead us astray? We are so easily seduced by the things of this world, I know as I have found myself on those paths littered with shiny objects that only serve to distract me from my true calling and purpose.

To quote or paraphrase C.S. Lewis it is ‘the sweet poison of the false infinite’ that lures us temptingly towards always wanting more. I pray that each of us may hear that still small voice that whispers truth to us and we are able to resist the poison that is so sweet and yet promises nothing.

For you, yes you, are meant for so much more than ordinary! Remember, #YouMatter #LoveChangesPeople

Poetry

“Love” in 10 Sentences; no more and no less.

Love in 10 SentencesOh my! These challenge prompts always make me anxious. The challenge I received from Staci at A God Colored Girl in a Grey World was to write a poem about love in 10 sentences. Thank you Staci for thinking me worthy and sorry it has taken me so long to post something! Each sentence is supposed to contain the word ‘love’ and have only four words in each sentence. I’m also suppose to include a favorite quote about love and challenge ten other bloggers, which may or may not happen. 🙂

“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That’s the deal.” ~CS Lewis (quote)

I chose this quote because of how it speaks to me of reality.  A reality that I have lived and am living now. You can read about that on my about page A Cowboys Heart. To experience love is also to experience pain and I use this quote to remind myself the reason I feel pain now is because of a happiness I had that was lost, yet I would not change a thing.  I am very happy now and unfortunately it too will most likely lead to pain.  However, I refuse to dwell on that and chose to love relentlessly, passionately and fully anyway.  I urge you to do the same and allow yourself to feel the emotions, for there is always hope.

Ok, now for my nominations. There are so many fantastic bloggers out there it was hard to only pick 10, yet here they are in no particular order:

Shawn – Shawn L. Bird
Kim – Building A Life of Hope
Christy – Poetic Parfait
Dorothy –  Eyes to Heart
Hannah – Metaphors and Smiles
Kellie – Kellie Elmore
Holly – House of Heart
Carri – Moments of Unveiled Grace
Jessica – Jessica Kristie
Sean – Sean Bidd

And I am also going to nominate the members of my writing group from work who meet twice a month during lunch > Max, Greg, Lindsay, Virginia, Tony, Darren, Susie, Francine, Mat and Nicole.  Many do not have blogs, so I will email them a link and the directions.  I will post their contributions on my blog in the future.  Okay, everyone get your ‘write on!’

Life, Poetry

Ghost Hunting

Ghost Hunting #2in the light and in the dark

we fight the battles and we survive the wars

hunting ghosts in shadows and searching for answers

in our minds dark and hidden from our sight

haunting visions linger and death does matter

hands are now cold and a beating heart stilled

beyond our grasp and falling over the edge

we yearn for time and one more chance

a smiling laugh and touch of compassion

before we will fade and leave memories behind

into the undiscovered and alone into the alone

∼Mark Schutter ©2015

I believe in life and I believe in death in this life.  And to quote C.S. Lewis, There is death.  And whatever is matters.  And whatever happens has consequences, and it and they are irrevocable and irreversible. You might as well say birth does not matter.”   It matters to all of us, but I also believe in a better life after this one when we will journey into the undiscovered.  I pray that you will be there also. ~M

#JustBelieve   #GraceWins   #HopeLives