Two Roads Diverged

Two Roads Diverged

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It’s providential that I came to a personal crossroads at the same time that I am studying Robert Frost for grad school.  “The Road Not Taken” has a new meaning when you are the person choosing between “the first” road and “the one less traveled by.”

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Simple Joy Saturday # 54

Simple Joy Saturday # 54

In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!

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*Walking in slowly and hiding my face in shame because I haven’t posted all month long.

May has been busy!  Honestly, I didn’t know if I would even finish this post because I haven’t had time to sit down and think through all of the events that have happened in May.  Hopefully I didn’t miss anything important in this roundup.

Enjoyable Reads

  1. This month, I read 1775 poems by Emily Dickinson.  (Don’t study English if you don’t like poems!) One of my favorites was “A Narrow Fellow in the Grass.”
  2. If you want a shorter poem, “Faith is a fine invention” is also clever.
  3. Out of the very few books that I scratched off the 100 Books Bucket List this month, In Cold Blood was the best.

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It is Finished

It is Finished

Friday was heinous:
His body bled,
Thorns pierced his head,
His skin in shreds.
And then, “It is finished.”

Saturday was anxious:
Filled with affright–
Dark had killed Light–
And nothing was right
Because it was finished.

But Sunday was glorious:
Death had been hacked–
Life waged an attack,
Supreme comeback,
And it was finished.

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His Love Endures Forever

His Love Endures Forever

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.

His love endures forever.

 He is greater than the gods of wood.

His love endures forever.

 The earthly lords are under His throne.

His love endures forever.

 Miraculous works are His alone.

His love endures forever.

Give thanks to Him who made the skies.

His love endures forever.

He parted the water so earth could rise.

His love endures forever.

Thank Him who made the greatest lights—

His love endures forever.

the sun for day, the moon for night.

His love endures forever.

With a mighty hand and outstretched arm,

His love endures forever.

 He saved His people from certain harm.

His love endures forever.

 Threw their enemies below the sea,

His love endures forever.

 Though they were slaves, He set them free.

His love endures forever.

He remembered us in our low estate

His love endures forever.

Our faith is small; His grace is great.

His love endures forever.

He provides for those who call Him friend.

His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God whose love will not end.

His love endures forever.

Mary’s Song

Mary’s Song

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My soul magnifies my God,
And my spirit rejoices in the Lord
Because He saw us in a lowly state,
Yet our salvation is assured.

Generations will be blessed
Through His holy, mighty name.
With the strength of His arms,
He scatters those with fame.

As he humbles worldly kings,
He uplifts the paupers.
He fills the hungry with good things.
He calls them sons and daughters.

He did not forget His mercy.
He remembers us so low.
Just as He led our fathers,
He will lead us even now.

Adapted from Luke 1:46-55

Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal Cookies

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I hear the timer beep; my snack is ready.

I smell sweet cinnamon coming from the oven, and

I see the soft circles waiting patiently on the pan.

I feel a scalding disk sear my satisfied tongue.

I taste the heavenly combination of oats, sugar, and butter.

I sense happiness and fulfillment.

Closing Comraderies: July {Caroline Kristen}

Closing Comraderies: July {Caroline Kristen}

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Before I even knew Caroline had a blog, I asked her to be my Closing Comrade for the month of July.  Caroline is my suite mate at college, and when I saw this poem hanging on her wall, I knew that I wanted to share it on my blog.  A few weeks ago, Caroline sent me a link to her blog, and I was happy to find that she has many more beautiful poems to share.  Be sure to check out her page!

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You are beautiful,
No matter what anyone else says,
No matter what anyone else thinks about you.
Their opinions do not define you;
God does.
He knows who you are:
You are His.
No one can take that away from you;
Not your so-called friends,
Not your enemies,
Not even a guy in whom you want to find your worth;
Your identity is found in Him.
The One Who gave Himself for you,
The One Who loved you enough to take your imperfection
And turn it into something beautiful.
The One Who saw your worthless and helpless state
And saved your life from an eternity of hell,
Making you worthy in His sight because of Christ.
He loves you.
Isn’t He enough?
Isn’t He worth living for?
Love Him…
Because He loves you
More than you will ever comprehend
And He is enough…

Copyright © 2015 Caroline K. Schools

Poem by Caroline Kristen