Descend and Wallow

[I started this poem some time ago during a time of severe depression. Due to the often therapeutic effect of writing, I found I couldn't finish it then as writing it began to cheer me up. It is finally done and although admittedly a dark piece, I pray someone finds hope from it.]     [...]

My Mirror the Punching Bag (Part II)

The Perfectionist’s Redemption Indeed, such a mirror does exist, and its truth far outweighs any self-incriminating thoughts I could have or condemning thoughts from anyone else.  This mirror is the Bible. James 1:23-25 says: “For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his [...]

My Mirror the Punching Bag (Part I)

  The Perfectionist’s Lament I will forgive anyone for anything except myself for not being want I to and should be.  How I hate the foibles, flaws, and faults I try so hard to hide but all my efforts cause me nothing but frustration and angst.  When I fail to measure up to expectations, especially [...]

The Monotony of Suffering

  Suffering can be dangerous.  The choices we make in suffering can easily alter the course of our lives.  There can come a point in one's time of affliction where we allow ourselves to become so used to suffering, so overwhelmed by its demands, so exhausted by its continual presence, that it becomes monotonous.  Our [...]

One Smile Away

I am overwhelmed By every glance from you Overcome By attention never anticipated I am overrun By thoughts of what could be And completely overtaken By the memory Of the smile That brought my heart To its knees. What do you think When my expression Appears nothing more than pensive? When my interest Seems nothing [...]

If It Meant…

I would gladly run around In the circles of your silence If it meant One day we would collide And find out what could commence. I will avoid your gaze For as long as it takes If it means Your eyes will become devoid Of any mistakes In finding mine. I would ask God’s help [...]

Timmy and the Angry Balloon

    (I started this story a few years ago as a way of helping my nephew see the importance of controlling his temper.  I owe a debt to his older brother, Braden, for a significant idea that improved the plot.) Timmy always loved balloons.  Balloons were his favorite toy.  For as long as he [...]

Don’t Worry About “The When”

  Romans 4:20-21: He [Abraham] staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. I never gave too much heed to these verses, because it is so obvious and basic that [...]