23 July 2015

eyes and ears open


We are in the middle of the first of several visioning trips
as we open our eyes, ears and hearts
to learn what God is asking of us

building new relationships
breaking bread
(or in this case, crocodile)
allowing the Holy Spirit to over-fill us
with the love only He can provide

God is not yet saying yes here
but He also is not saying no

more to come

 

20 June 2015

I AM still here

I'm here
relaxing in front of our cozy little home
in Zambia
where I rarely have good enough internet access
to connect to you
but you remain
in my heart and mind
and I hope I remain
in your prayers

02 May 2015

bringing forth

In my quiet time yesterday morning, 
the Lord shared the following word with me:

You have been carrying that which I planted within you --
Just as a woman carries a child for nine months 
before bringing it into the world
so too shall it be with you
I called you from your home 
almost nine months ago
your time of birthing is near 
and you will be surprised 
at what We have brought forth
for My glory –
you have been through all the uncertainty 
like morning sickness
the heavy slowness 
the fatigue and wanting to give up –
but I tell you as a warning
the hardest is yet ahead
the pains of labour
but push through, push through
to new life!


 

21 April 2015

reflected cross

it was a perfect morning
to walk and wander
the nature reserve
heat from the sun 
drifting in a subtle breeze

resting in a bird blind
we savoured songs
sensing nearness
even as they remained hidden
I watched, still 
silent, to see
not wings, but a cross
reflected from random twigs

when eyes are wide
and spirits open
the cross is everywhere

For the story and message of the cross is sheer absurdity and folly
 to those who are perishing and on their way to perdition, 
but to us who are being saved it is the [manifestation of] the power of God. 

 

16 April 2015

seasons upside down

I am chilly here
mornings, evenings
wrapped in fleece
as night floats in
flowers blaze
courage displayed
even as Autumn grabs hold
this still unsettles me
living upside down
when all within me insists
April means Spring

It is still warmer here in Pretoria 
than the normal temperatures in Manitoba
but having adjusted to the hot, hot, hotter of Africa 
the cool seems to drive in deep
we will soon depart to sunrises 
and the coldest months yet under Zambian skies
July will find me clad in sweats instead of drenched in sweat
as I wait for the blooming jacaranda trees 
to signal winter's end

 

12 April 2015

a quiet walk

While the sun was high
we went for a short walk
to the nearby game reserve
stepping softly we wandered
to visit with, but not disturb
residents both hiding
and boldly close and exposed
rejoicing as we breathed
the same air
.
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