They come at you
Somedays rippling
Low and soft
Lapping at your feet
Tickling your toes with their gentle touch
Other days they are higher
Sounding like a gentle breeze
Wandering through the trees
They flow over your feet
Tingling the top
Drawing back the sand under your feet
A giggle escapes your lips
As the sand disappears from under you
A fun filled feeling

Other days they are higher
Like small rolling fields of grain
They run up to you
Over your feet in sweeping motion
Lapping at your ankles
Drawing back and making you rock
Driving the sand from under your feet
Causing you to hold yourself up a bit
Rising and falling
With the tide

Then there are days they are mighty
Roaring like a lion
Rising like a giant windstorm
A long field of blue
Looking like a mountain range
Moving right toward you
Snow caps develop as they crest
Then the start to roll at the top
And slowly yet suddenly fall
With a mighty crash
Like a thunder clap
White foam rises high and rolls forward
Almost sweeping you off tour feet
Thrown drawing back and knocking you down
Riptides mighty and pulling back
Dangerous yet beautiful

No matter what wave comes ashore
It is incessant
The ocean serves them up
Never ending
Always beautiful

As is God’s amazing grace
Waves upon waves
As we need it
Day by day grace comes
Sometimes softly and gentle
As on the good days
When things are going well
And all is calm in our lives
Grace flows in
Little by little
Low and almost unnoticed
But never ceasing

Other days it’s more noticeable
Because the day is harder
The troubles deeper
The worry stronger
The doubt looming
Yet grace appears
As we need it day by day
Hour by hour
Minute by minute
Grace as we need it
Not a second early
Nor a second late
Grace is there incessantly
Calming our fears
Easing our pains
Giving us hope
One step at a time
Lapping at our Spirit
Joy bubbles up inside
In the most difficult times
Because grace is there

Then there are days grace roars
His powerful grace can’t be missed
Over and over again it crashes in
Like that mighty ocean wave
We feel it deep within us
We know it is there to help
To sweep us off our feet
Letting us know we have no strength to fight
We must yield to His power and strength
Majestic grace
Rising as we need it
Never failing
Always coming at us
Surrounding us
Enveloping us in it’s ardor
Grace rushes in

Embrace grace
Acknowledge grace
Be aware of grace
Know when it comes
Thank God for each occurrence
Each wave
Small or mighty
Silent or loud
Give Him praise for His grace
Raise your voice in gratitude
Without another thought but to thank Him
For the ocean of grace He gives you freely
From a rugged cross two thousand years ago
When He gave His only Son
As a sacrifice
To wipe away your sin
And reconcile you to himself
A gift beyond comprehension
Beyond imagination
Beyond our ability to grasp
A lifetime is spent to understand this grace
Yet we receive it in a moment
Just by asking Jesus to forgive us
And making Him Lord of our lives
Then His grace comes

Once we receive we have but one call
One duty
One simple command
Give it away
Do unto others what God has done for us
Give Grace
Sometimes just a little
Sometimes in waves upon waves
To whomever needs it
Friend or enemy
Family or stranger
If they cross our path
As their feet step into our lives
Like the wave of the ocean
Grace should flow from us to them
Nor jealousy
Or envy
Or anger
Or worry
Or complaint
Or murmuring
Or backbiting
Or gossip
Ir revenge
Only grace
Incessant grace
Flowing out from us
As His grace flows in
It is our duty
It is our call
It is His love and passion
Let your grace go
Like the ocean wave
Never ceasing
Always faithful
Evident for all to see

In response to the daily prompt Oceans – Incessant


This is post 1,000 on this blog which started on March 5, 2016.  That was 5 days before I was diagnosed with cancer.  Only God knew He was going to give me this many poems and songs in the next two years.  Only God knew the words He would have me write.  Only God knew who would read.

I want to thank all of you for your encouragement, comments, likes and just for reading.  This community has held me up all the way through this battle with Multiple Myeloma.  I am in he waning stages – 6 months of maintenance chemo to go, 9 months in remission.  It is your prayers that have made that happen – God has heard you.

Since this is post #1,000,  thought I’d repost the very first one that came onto this blog.  No followers, no likes, no one read this at that time.  Enjoy – and thank you again!

It’s time to lift Him up
It’s time to praise His name
It’s time to put aside our petty thoughts
And lift our voice in praise

It’s time it worship Him
It’s time to raise our voice
It’s time to stop all our complaining
And start to shout “Rejoice”

For He is worthy, worthy, worthy of our praise
He is holy, holy, holy is His name
Our task is very clear
To Him we lend our ear
He calls us into His courts to sing
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah to the Lord
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah to the Lord

Lift Him up, Lift Him up
Come and praise His name
Lift Him up, Lift Him up
Name above all names
Lift Him up, Lift Him up
So that all may know
Lift Him up, Lift Him up
How He loves them so

For He is worthy, worthy, worthy of our praise
He is holy, holy, holy is His name
Our task is very clear
To Him we lend our ear
He calls us into His courts to sing
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah to the Lord
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah to the Lord

I Thank You Lord

For the birds that sing
For the bright sunshine
For the air I breath
I thank you Lord

For the rain that comes
For the stars at night
For the gentle breeze
I thank you Lord

For a heart that beats
For a mind that thinks
For a soul that’s saved
I thank you Lord

For the peace that stills
For a joy that that flows
For enduring hope
I thank you Lord

For a loving wife
For three sweet girls
For five grand kids
I thank you Lord

For a praying church
For my firm Pastor
For good fellowship
I thank you Lord

For your great love
For mercy grand
For amazing grace
I thank you Lord

For God the Father
For Christ the Son
For the Holy Spirit
I thank you Lord

I thank you Lord
For all I have
I give to you
All that I am

I honor you
With all my praise
As everyday
I thank you Lord

Time to Praise

Darkness hides the shadows as I wake up with a yawn
I open up my eyes before the coming of the dawn
My feet hit the floor as the sleepiness wears on
It must be time to praise the Lord

Before I rise up from my bed I lift my feeble voice
Before any other thing I will take time to rejoice
Before the day has started His praise will be my choice
This is the time to praise the Lord

Hallelujah Lord I love you
I thank you for your grace
Hallelujah thank you Jesus
Thank you for my wife’s embrace
I will praise you
I will bless your name
From the rising to the setting sun
Not a moment will go by
That my heart will not cry out
Praise the Lord

When I start my day with worship the whole day will turn out right
I never have to wonder if I’m walking in His light
He draws so near to me in the quiet of the night
As I take time to praise the Lord

No matter what the day will bring
Come rain or snow or wind
No matter what my body feels
If I’m well or if I’m ill
My voice will lift up praises
My heart will fill with song
My spirit will rise up to Him
My worship will be sung

Hallelujah Lord I love you
I thank you for your grace
Hallelujah thank you Jesus
Thank you for my wife’s embrace
I will praise you
I will bless your name
From the rising to the setting sun
Not a moment will go by
That my heart will not cry out
Praise the Lord

Not a moment
Not a single moment will go by
That my heart will not cry out
Praise the Lord

He Longs To Hear

I often seek to hear God’s voice
To guide me day by day
He comes and gently speaks to me
Showing me the way

He spoke before the dawn today
His words were very clear
He told me that most every day
My voice He longs to hear

He longs to hear me giving thanks
For all that he has done
From the Spirits leading in my life
To the giving of His Son
Each day He makes the sun to rise
And the stars to shine at night
Oh that we would thank the Lord
For the blessings in our lives

He longs to hear me praying
For the many that I know
Who need a touch from Him today
His power He wants to show
All week I told those close to me
That I would pray for them
He longs to have me take the time
To lift those prayers to Him

He longs to hear me praise Him
With all my heart and soul
To lift His name above all names
His glory to be told
With mighty anthems raising high
Our Hallelujahs ring
Lift up His praise for all to hear
As His great name we sing

Jesus mighty Son of God
All power and praise to you
Glory in the highest
I lift my arms to you
Praise and adoration
With all I have within
Exalted is your name oh Lord
My God, my everything

I Come To You

I come to you this morning Lord
With my heart open
My ears open
My eyes open
My mind open
Hoping to hear your voice
To sense your presence
To feel your touch

I cry out to you
With words of praise
With words of worship
With words of thanksgiving
With words of repentance
Hoping for your mercy
Hoping for your grace
Hoping for your compassion

I remember your promise
If I seek you first
That all things will be added
That I must put you above all
Then all things will be put under my feet

I stand on your word
As I seek you
As I cry out to you
You Are all I need
All I seek
All I long for
All I desire

I worship you this morning Lord
With all my heart
With all my soul
With all my strength
With all my mind
I lift my praise to your throne
Ad magnify your mighty name

Jesus, Emmanuel
Jesus, King of Kings
Jesus, Savior of my soul
Jesus, Lord of all

It Moves!

I never before have announced
Something special in one of my rhymes
But today I am breaking tradition
‘Cause I want to announce this on time

I’m pleased to let all of you know
This bad shoulder I’ve had for a year
Has now started to move on it’s own
In response to all who gave prayer

So I thank you with all my heart
For the prayers you have said for me
This cancer will certainly pass
Since we all have the faith to believe


In response to the daily prompt Pleased

Many thanks

An extra post today
To thank you in my way
For you have made my day

You may ask me how
I got such a big wow
I’ll tell you here right now

Thius day is the first time
100 viewed my rhymes
I’m thrilled you took the time

So I give my thanks to you
To everyone who viewed
I pray God blesses you!

Completely Whole

I hear His midnight call to me
In His quiet gentle voice
Saying do not doubt these words of mine
Will cause you to rejoice

Healing will soon come to you
It’s slow but very sure
You’ll see improvement every day
Until you know your cured

There’s nothing that will keep you back
From this reality
I paid the price for healing
On the cross that fateful day

So walk in faith and lift your praise
And you will be made whole
Remember ten who I had touched
Just one gave thanks it’s told

And that one walked away brand new
No pain or scars remained
The other nine still bore their scars
From thanks they did refrain

But you my son have lifted praise
And thanks to me each day
So you will be completely whole
For you did trust my grace

With that His words were finished
And I broke down and wept
Tears of joy rolled down my cheeks
His praise I’d always kept

I knew He had the best for me
Of this there was no doubt
That is why in all our trials
It’s time to sing and shout

Sing His praise and shout with thanks
When hard imes hit your life
Sing hosanna worship Him
His healing comes in time

He hears your prayers and all your needs
He keeps His promises
Be the one who brings back thanks
Healing was soon his