Poem: Can you die of happiness?

"Can you die of happiness?" she said.
For some of us out of pain comes creativity,
as if joy doesn't inspire as much as sorrow.
So we wonder of the affects of happiness
because you can die from sorrow.

Can you live of happiness?
Find the beauty in the every day.
Find thankfulness in what you expect.
Keep the darkness at bay.
Keep your expectations in check.

Can you hope beyond the circumstantial?
Mind the lies in every case.
Mind the pleas that hint of bowing
beneath the pressure.
Seek to love in the lonely place.
Seek discomfort in favor of growing.
So won't you hold on a while longer?
Hold onto joy amidst sorrow.
Hold onto hope amidst the fire.
Hold onto love amidst the trial.
Hold on.
There is another side
to what you find yourself sitting in.

Liz Davis 2/5/2022

Poem: Never Alone

I know there are days the journey seems endless,
no rest stops or scenic views.
I know there are nights the dark seems deeper,
like the moon and her stars are hiding.
And I know there are mountains that seem too big to climb,
valleys too low to climb out of.

But you are never alone. Because
The God who made the path you're on
made you and placed you on it.
The God who made the Light will
sit with you, aching in the dark.
And the God who made the mountains made the valleys too
and will conquer both for you.

So you will remember
you are never alone
with Him.

Liz Davis 2/5/2022

Even Now…

In chapter two of the book of Joel in the Bible, it says, “And even now, declares the Lord, return to me with all your heart,” (verse 12).

God doesn’t want us to feel like we are too far gone or too messed up to come to Him. He loves us and wants us to love Him.

All through the Bible we see imperfect people being used by God. We don’t have to clean up our mess before we can approach God. When we ask Him for help, He cleans up our mess better than we ever could.

This Bible verse in Joel reminds me that no matter what circumstance I’m in, no matter what I’ve done, He wants me to run to Him first. If we cry out to Him, He hears us. He wants us to give our whole heart to Him.

For those that already claim to be Christians, this verse in Joel makes me think of us in regards to “rededication.” In certain “circles” there is a lot of emphasis placed on “getting saved” or “rededicate your life to Christ,” lingo that may not resonate with some.

What I’ve noticed over the last decade is how often Christians “rededicate” their life to Christ, like it’s another big moment in their faith when they come back to God, like when the first time came to Him. That is definitely the case for some. But the main theme here, both in “getting saved” and “rededicating your life” is repentance.

Repent (verb) express sincere regret about one’s wrongdoing

Repentance is hard because (1) we’re admitting we’re wrong based on God’s standards (pride hit), and (2) we’re supposed to do it over and over again. Why? Because we mess up over and over again (pride hit again), and the way we make that right is talking to God and repenting. Admitting we’re wrong, asking God to forgive us (also hard, asking forgiveness), and then asking Him to change us from the inside out so we don’t make the same mistakes should be something we regularly do.

So, instead of having that one moment where we “walk the aisle” or “rededicate,” shouldn’t we be teaching the habit of repentance? (Easier said than done; harder to explain practical application. I know.)

When I was 13, I had this rededication experience while I was at summer camp. I didn’t make a big deal about it to other people; I told my youth pastor and stood before the church with the others that had made “spiritual decisions.” But for me personally, it was a big moment. From that moment on, I wasn’t just another kid going to church because my parents brought me. I already had that relationship with Jesus, that backbone, but now I was actually living for Him, understanding what it looked like to take up my faith on my own.

It was several years later as an adult that I realized that really, all that needed to happen was repentance. And it did, but it was all about the big moment still; not learning the habit of repentance. Repentance is an important spiritual discipline, and I’m still trying to learn that discipline as a regular part of my relationship with God.

I acknowledged my sin to you,
    and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
    and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.

Psalm 32:5

Daily Gratitude

November is the month of gratitude! Thanksgiving week is the week of gratitude! Thanksgiving is the day of gratitude!

There are typically a lot of posts about what people are thankful for. Sometimes there are social media challenges telling you what to post about for each day, or to post every day the week of Thanksgiving.

What if we practiced gratitude every day?

Even as I type it, it feels cliché or something, but it really is simple.

Last December I read a short book called Redefining Anxiety by Dr. John Deloney of Ramsey Solutions. An insightful and practical book, one of the suggestions Dr. Deloney gives, that he also uses, is to practice daily gratitude.

It’s simple: every day, write down five things you are grateful for.

I incorporated this into my daily Bible study time and have done it the majority of this year. It has helped to keep me grounded by reminding me of the basic needs that are met, the people in my life, and the blessings beyond that. It’s a good reminder on the not so good days, and even on the days of elation. And it’s just a good practice overall to be in the habit of as we seek growth each day.

I encourage you to add this ritual to your daily routine! It provides a good frame of mind to start your day, or a way to refocus on what’s important at the end of your day.

And if your interested in Redefining Anxiety by Dr. John Deloney, I recommend it! I bought it on a whim and really enjoyed it, especially as someone who struggles with anxiety.

Happy Thanksgiving!🍁

Daily Gratitude:
1. Our church family
2. My husband
3. Christmas time!
4. A working heater
5. Another birthday!


One of my favorite praise and worship songs to sing is the Doxology. A short and simple tune, most of us know it very, very well. But it wasn’t until a couple years ago that I learned there are so many additional verses! It made it even better. I just loved reading all the carefully crafted and beautiful verses!

However, one becomes quite…bored… when the same, short tune is sung over and over again, even if it is to different lyrics. Below I’ve listed some of my favorite lines. The language is absolutely beautiful. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!

By influence of Light divine
Let thy own light to others shine.
Reflect all Heaven’s propitious ways
In ardent love, and cheerful praise.

Wake, and lift up thyself, my heart,
And with the angels bear thy part,
Who all night long unwearied sing
High praise to the eternal King.

All praise to Thee, Who safe has kept
And hast refreshed me while I slept
Grant, Lord, when I from death shall wake
I may of endless light partake.

Heav’n is, dear Lord, where’er Thou art,
O never then from me depart;
For to my soul ’tis hell to be
But for one moment void of Thee.

Lord, I my vows to Thee renew;
Disperse my sins as morning dew.
Guard my first springs of thought and will,
And with Thyself my spirit fill.

Direct, control, suggest, this day,
All I design, or do, or say,
That all my powers, with all their might,
In Thy sole glory may unite.

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;

Praise Him, all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Thomas Ken
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