Refuge From The Storm

Refuge From The Storm (Isaiah 25:4)

We walk the world
In the face of many storms
We fight our way
Through the heart of savage fires

The afflicted, the needy
The poor and the broken

In distress we find a shelter
Your refuge we always find
The arms You place around us
Become our walls against the storm
There we find our rest
When the chaos outside has died
With Your strength we walk again

(Part 3 of 7)

Isaiah 25:4

Isaiah 25:4

So Great, So Deep

So Great, So Deep (Psalm 103:11-12)

Your Love so great
Stretches high across the heavens
And from the heavens high
To the Earth below
Where it falls upon us all
A love so deep
That You freely give

Your Love so great
From the east to the west
So we cannot hide
As our sins are lifted
We captives are set free
By a love so deep
That You freely give

(Part 2 of 7)

Psalm 103:11-12

Psalm 103:11-12

You Came

You Came (Psalm 3:5)

When I called to You
As I lied there
Under deepest shadows
With an empty heart
You answered
You came

When I couldn’t find sleep
As the nights dragged on
And morning came too soon
I called out for peace
You answered
You came

Now I lie down
Now I sleep in perfect peace
And when the new sun rises
I wake anew because
You answered
You came

(Part 1 of 7)

Psalm 3:5

Psalm 3:5

I Am

I Am (2 Thessalonians 3:13)

Wherever you run
No matter how deep you hide
I will always be there
Because, I Am
I Am He who will set you free
So now run to the world
Let them all see
The good that I’ve placed within you
Show the world they can be free
And when they ask
Just say
Because, I Am

(Part 7 of 7)

NOTE:
I wrote this on Wednesday morning, at the time I was unsure of the last three lines, but I went with them as written and scheduled the post for this evening, as I usually write these in batches and schedule one each day.  This morning at Church, Sam one of our Pastors, spoke about Exodus 3:13-14 and the command from God to Moses to just say “I Am”, in an instant I thought about this poem scheduled for this evening and how I had pondered over it, but right then I seemed to know that it was just fine the way it was, so I post it just as it was written and I thank you Sam for that little bit of inspiration.

2 Thessalonians 3:13

2 Thessalonians 3:13

Finding Inspiration From Within

It seems now a long time since I was in a bit of a low spot two weeks ago, each week since has got better and better, in fact last week was a very positive week.

As I was asked if I could fit in quite an amount of Architectural work, I took a few days off work at the end of this last week, with the intention of getting a few things done at home and getting the drawings done without having to work late into the night or all my spare hours over this last weekend.

One of the things that I decided to get done whilst awaiting instructions for the drawing work was to try and get all of the poems I have put on this blog written up into my notebooks.  Shortly after I started writing poetry I brought a notebook to write my completed poems into, to keep as a permanent record, this I did diligently for almost a year.  Then when I had my bout of depression at the end of 2013, this was one of the many things that went out of the window.  I had caught up a little over the year, but I still had over six months of poems to write up, so Wednesday morning I started with the intention of over the next few days getting completely up to date.

That task I finally completed yesterday afternoon, 72 poems later, which included composing five new ones for this week’s series of verse of the day posts.

Over the course of the few days I found quite a lot of inspiration from what I had written, there were a number of poems which really stood out, I don’t actually remember writing most of them or where I was or how I was feeling at the time, I don’t know whether they were speaking into my life at the time I wrote them, but at this point in time they certainly did.

The first one was It’s Okay, I don’t remember writing it, my post at the time from October notes that it was written back in May of last year, I don’t know where I was then, but it spoke to me on Wednesday morning.

IT’S OKAY
Hello my child
I can see your heart
And I feel this is something
That I have to say
I need you to know
It’s okay not to feel okay

It’s okay
To be afraid of fear
There’s no shame
In the fear of being afraid
As when you’re frightened
I’ll be there holding tight

It’s okay
To feel alone in the dark
It’s alright to feel
Like you just don’t fit
Or that your life feels empty
I’ll be there to fill your heart

It’s okay
To feel that you are weak
There’s no shame in feeling that way
Or when you’re tired and weary
And you just can’t go on
I’ll be the one to carry you

It’s okay
It doesn’t matter to me
How far you fall
Or where you hide
Just lean on me my child
As I’ll be always by your side

The next one was called Faded Mirror, this one I vaguely remember writing, but still I not sure why or how I was feeling at the time.

FADED MIRROR
I’ve been looking in the faded mirror
The face I see I do not like
I don’t see the one You see

When I see ugly
You see only beauty

When I feel old
You call me child

When I feel alone
Your arm reaches around me

When I see failure
You proclaim my victory

When my scars begin to show
You wipe away my guilt

Forget that old faded mirror
Who I see is not who I’m made to be
Because You created me for greater things

And the third one was called Never, this one I remember writing, it was one I worked on over a week or so, I changed it many times, adding bits in, moving things around and taking things out, but finding it again gave me some inspiration.

NEVER?
Is this you or I?

If I never fly
I will never come crashing down

If I never try
I will never fail

If I never love
I will never feel the pain

But consider this…

To never run
Is to never win the race

To never try

Is to never succeed

To never practice 
Is to never perfect

To never fail 

Is to never learn

To never fall
Is to never recover

To never let go

Is to never be free

To never hope
Is to never believe

To never love

Is to never live

When I first set out writing poetry, I didn’t connect with a number of those early attempts and actually I still don’t, there’s a number of them that I actually hate now, but that’s not the case anymore, I connect with them all now.

YOUR LOVE IS A SONG by SWITCHFOOT
Yeah

I hear you breathing in
Another day begins
The stars are falling out
My dreams are fading now, fading out

I’ve been keeping my eyes wide open
I’ve been keeping my eyes wide open

Your love is a symphony
All around me
Running through me
Your love is a melody
Underneath me
Running to me

Oh, your love is a song

The dawn is fire bright
Against the city lights
The clouds are glowing now
The moon is blacking out, is blacking out

So I’ve been keeping my mind wide open
I’ve been keeping my mind wide open, yeah

Your love is a symphony
All around me
Running through me
Your love is a melody
Underneath me
Running to me

Oh, your love is a song
Your love is a song
Oh, your love is a song
Your love is strong

With my eyes wide open
I’ve got my eyes wide open
I’ve been keeping my hopes unbroken, yeah

Your love is a symphony
All around me
Running through me
Your love is a melody
Underneath me
Running to me

Your love is a song
Yeah, yeah
Your love is my remedy
Oh your love is a song

Already Waiting

Already Waiting (Psalm 139:9-10)

From the depths of pain
You draw me to fly
From my chambers of hurt
A healing touch revives my hope
I can never run
Can I ever hide
From a love I can’t escape
When I run so far
Where I can never love myself
I find You there
Already waiting
With a love so deep
A broken heart can never escape

(Part 6 of 7)

Psalm 139:9-10

Psalm 139:9-10