Lighten a Troubled Heart 1

LOOKING TO HEAR

I’m looking to hear
In all the noise
Of my hectic life,
The Lord saying to me,
“This way, this way.”
I’m listening intently to hear
Beyond the clamor
Of all that craves
My full attention,
The still small voice of God
As he calls to me,
“Come, follow me.”
My ears are open wide
To hear in that quiet voice
Beneath the waves of sound
That constantly surround me
The words of my Savior
As he points the way.

          Kathi Phillips

BROKEN CISTERNS AND CRACKED POTS

Broken cisterns and cracked pots
Have something in common:
Neither can hold very much.
But by turning back
To the Spring of Living Water
And accepting God’s touch,
Broken cisterns are not needed
And cracked pots allow
The glory of God to shine forth.

          Kathi Phillips

GOD KNEW ME WHEN

God knew me when,
Way back when:
When I was still a nothing,
Not even a twinkle,
Anywhere.
God knew who’d I’d be,
And where I’d go.
He set a path
For my life,
A special plan
Just for me.
God knew everything
That I’d become:
He knew what I’d do,
And how I’d do it.
He knew the mistakes I’d make.
He even saw my turnings from him.
God knew it all
And still gave me life.

         Kathi Phillips

I AM NOT WHAT I’M FEELING!

I’m in a situation
That causes no elation;
I’m feeling many things
That only hurting brings:
Unwanted and unneeded,
Unheard and unheeded.
With each of these I feel
That pain that tries to steal
The peace that I have found
Amongst the hurts that hound.
Please help me to remember
Within my heart the ember
Of who I really am:
A very precious gem;
One who’s not defined
By falsehoods of the mind.

         Kathi Phillips

SQUARE PEG

Why must all the world
Insist on defining me?
Why do the round pegs
Demand I squish my corners in
To occupy their holes?
I’d rather stay a square peg
And seek out the hole
God has designed for me alone.
I am no less a person
For having corners;
Nor am I diminished for choosing
To remain a square peg
Seeking her own square hole.

            Kathi Phillips

IT WORKS
(Based on Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose KJV)

It all works together
Even when I can’t see
How it even fits together!
It all works together for good
Even when all I see
Is terribly, horribly, separately bad.
It all works together for good
For all those (including me)
Who love the Lord
Even if everything appears
To have just fallen apart
Because I am called
According to his purpose.

          Kathi Phillips