Homesick

I remember days from long ago when life was but a high
We traveled in my little car across the countryside
There was no destination as we went on this long ride
We just enjoyed the scenery especially in fall

New England is a gorgeous place when autumn comes about
The leaves turn brilliant colors that always gave my heart a shout
Whenever autumn comes each year I look with suspect doubt
That the colors here in Iowa are redolent at all

God’s canvas is a mighty thing each day I look around
From sunrises to sunsets He fails not to astound
But in the autumn colors I’m set on higher ground
Their brilliance in New England makes me homesick every fall

 

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2018/07/11/your-daily-word-prompt-Redolent-july-11th-2018/

Higher Still

I look up to the trees
Their lofty branches raised
A gentle breeze is blowing
The leaves give out a wave
So high and majestic
They give to God their praise
My eyes then look to you Lord
Higher still you reign

I look upon the buildings
That line the city streets
Walls built be man’s hands
Their living needs to meet
So high and filled with wonder
At what their size fulfills
My eyes then look to you Lord
And you are higher still

The mountains line the valley
Rising high in royalty
I gaze upon the snow caps
Such a thing of pure beauty
So high and standing grander
As tall as I can see
My eyes then look to you Lord
Higher still you’ll be

I look beyond the clouds
So high and windswept on
I see the brilliant stars
So high and far beyond
There is no end to outer space
It reaches heights unknown
My eyes then look to you Lord
Higher still and on your throne

Above all else you reign on high
Higher than the earth and sky
I can’t help but magnify
You’re worthy of all praise

Higher still I’ll lift my hands
Higher still is your sweet name
Higher then I’ll ever attain
Name above all names

Many things can try to rise
Unto heights that stretch my eyes
But even when they touch the sky
You are higher still

A Great Morning

Dark is the night
Stars shining bright
Sky is all clear
I feel God near

Quiet is the airnature
Wind is nowhere
Sun waits for dawn
Bird song is gone

Then I hear the Master
Whisper my name
Out of the dark
His voice the same

He says I love you
My peace be with you
Find joy in living
Forgiveness be giving
Speak only good things
Walk in my mercy
Find grace from me
Give grace out free

Then He was quiet
Birds started singing
Sun started rising
Light on  horizon

What a great morning
What a great way
To start this adventure
Of one more day.

 

In response to the daily prompt https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2018/06/28/a-new-daily-post-word-prompt-june-28th-2018-word-whisper/

Precious Treasures

I placed the stars in the heavens
I painted the rainbows hue
I taught the birds how to sing
I did this all for you

I brought the rain in due season
I capped the mountains with snow
I started rivers and streams
My love for you for to show

For you are my precious treasures
Each one of you dear to me
Don’t ever believe
My love is not real
Remember the marvels you see

I cause the flowers to bloom
I bring the fruit of the vine
I gave you all this creation
So you would know you are mine

Not a day goes by that my love will fade
Not a minute can block my desire
To be close to you
And all that you do
I’m so glad that you are alive

For you are my precious treasures
Each one of you dear to me
Don’t ever believe
My love is not real
Remember the marvels you see

 

Photo by Corey Hearne on Unsplash

How Can I Keep Silent

How can I keep silent
When birds sing out their praise
They greet the sun each morning
With songs that lift His name

How can I keep silent
When sunrise lights the sky
The colors give Him glory
As gilded clouds shine bright

How can I keep silent
While trees wave praise all day
The rustling of their leaves
Shout out in lofty praise

Can you hear their worship
Can you see their praise
Lifted up to heaven
Honoring His name
Their song lifts up to heaven
Their glory fills the skies
How can i keep silent
While nature testifies

How can I keep silent
When babbling brooks proclaim
A song of hallelujah
Proceeds throughout they day

How can I keep silent
When stars praise in the night
Twinkling in wonder
Of His power and might

Will you rise and worship
Will you rise in praise
Sing out hallelujah
Glorify His name
My heart beats in wonder
My soul leaps within
Longing to rejoice
And lift my voice to Him

I will lift my eyes to heaven
I will raise my hands up high
I will not be silent
I will testify
Glory to the King of Kings
Glory to the Lamb
I will sing His praises
I will worship Him

He Gave the Trees

I can look in awesome wonder
At the miracle of nature
Knowing flowers grow from tiny little seeds,
And that season after season
When the petals bloom in splendor
The whole cycle is entrusted to the bees

I can marvel at the way the leaves
Are changed to brilliant colors
As they slowly fall upon the frosty ground
But I’ll never understand the man
Who looks at all this master plan
And insists that proof of God cannot be found

He gave the trees
To color His creation.
He gave the stars
To brighten up the sky
He gave us senses
To enjoy each wonder he has made.
Who am I to doubt He’s there,
Who am I

With our eyes we see the brilliance
Of the bright stars in the heavens
As their light glows from a distance far away
With our ears we hear the chirping
Of a bird so sweetly singing
In a melody that’s far beyond compare

With our nose we smell the fresh rain
And our mouths enjoy the sweet grain
That the earth brings forth on each and every day
But it’s hard to understand a man
Whose body holds this master plan
And insists that God’s not with us day to day

He gave the trees
Tto color His creation.
He gave the stars
To brighten up the sky
He gave us senses
To enjoy each wonder he has made
Who am I
To doubt His wondrous plan
That was formed
By the master’s hand
And given from above to man
Who am I

If you’ll open up your eyes and ears
You’ll see Him as he draws you near
And hear His gentle voice say
I Love you

This Thanksgiving Day

Blossoming flowers
Birds in the air
Rain in due season
Clouds white and fair

Moon in last quarter
Stars shining bright
Sun in the heavens
Giving us light

These are things I love in my life
These are the things that make me smile
These are the things for which I give thanks
This Thanksgiving Day

Food on the table
Smells like a dream
Choices of drinks
Pie with whipped cream

Family around us
How blessed we are
People that care
Both near and afar

These are things I love in my life
These are the things that make me smile
These are the things for which I give thanks
This Thanksgiving Day

Joy overflows
Peace overcomes
Love overwhelms
Thanksgiving has come

Most of all thanks
For mercy and grace
That comes from my God
This Thanksgiving Day

These are things I love in my life
These are the things that make me smile
These are the things for which I give thanks
This Thanksgiving Day

You Are Amazing

This was one of the first full songs I wrote back in 2011, and is still one of my favorites.  The link at the bottom is to my video recording of the song..

I can see the birds fly
I can see the trees wave.
I can see the clouds roll by in splendor
I can see the sun rise
I can see the star shine
So how can I not see your majesty

You are amazing
You take my breath away.
So Amazing.
I marvel every day
Oh Lord Open up my heart
And show me how amazing you are

I can hear the bird sing
I can hear the north wind
I can hear the lightning clap with thunder
I can hear the wave crash
I can hear the rain splash
So how can I not hear when you call to me

You are amazing
You take my breath away.
So Amazing.
I marvel every day
Oh Lord Open up my heart
And show me how amazing you are

Every day through all me senses
You are calling out to me
Hoping to get through so that I’ll
Know that you’re in love with me
All that you desire
Is just to walk with me
Lord, Open up my heart,
Please open up my heart

I can feel the snow flake
I can feel the earth quake
I can feel the summer heat surround me
I can feel the wind blow
I can feel the stream flow
So how can I not feel your love to me

You are amazing
You take my breath away.
So Amazing.
I marvel every day
Oh Lord Open up my heart
And show me how amazing you are

You Are Amazing

Glorious Indeed

I walked out this morning to a silent peaceful night
Up above my head I saw the stars that shone so bright
The crickets chirping softly sang a tune that let me know
They praised the one who reigned on high and sat upon the throne

And as I walked in wonder I can feel his presence near
The night air was so calm there were many sounds to hear
As I put it all together I just stood in awe
This glorious creation was a testament to God

Glorious creation glorious indeed
I look up to the heavens He adorned
His glory they proclaim
So I lift up His name
To join the heavenly chorus of the Lord

All that I have was given by His grace so undeserved
He saved me from my sin with His mercy and His Word
When I look at the stars I am reminded of the day
That Jesus came and rescued me from all my sinful ways

Glorious creation glorious indeed
I look up to the heavens He adorned
His glory they proclaim
So I lift up His name
To join the heavenly chorus of the Lord

He didn’t have to leave His throne
He didn’t have to save us
He didn’t have to die an ugly death
He did it so we’d know His love
He did it so we’d look above
He did it to have fellowship with us

Glorious creation glorious indeed
I look up to the heavens He adorned
His glory they proclaim
So I lift up His name
To join the heavenly chorus of the Lord

Oh, Man, Turn to Me

I was walking on the beach
In a dream I had last night
Soft sand under my feet
As the waves crashed in
Incessantly

Then I heard the spirit speak to me
With the still small voice of God
“Hear the waves praise my name?
Hear them never cease to shout?
Loud and free.”

Then I traveled in my dream
To a meadow lined with trees
Just before the day dawned
As the birds chirp in glee
Unceasingly

Then I heard the spirit speak to me
With the still small voice of God
“Hear the birds praise my name?
Hear them fill the air with song?
So beautifully.”

Nature sings my praise all day
From wind to rain to streams
I long to hear the voice of man
Joining in their song

My crowning achievement
I gave him all of this
All of nature is at his disposal
All he needs is provided
Just like the birds and beasts
Just like the flowers and trees
Yet man does not praise me
But mocks me, scorns me, blames me

All I do is love him
I gave my son to set him free
I gave the spirit to guide him
Yet he chooses to remain lost
To remain by himself
Trying to figure life out
Trying to make it on his owns
Turning to things unknown
Harmful things, deadly things

Oh, man, turn to me
Lift up my name
Sing aloud my praise
I will lift you up
I will set you free
I will guide you through this world
Because I love you
I always have
I always will

Oh, man, turn to me
Join natures praise
Join the thankful chorus
Sing Hallelujah
Sing Emmanuel
For I am with you
Watching over you
Always