Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Appearances can be Deceiving

Things are not always as they seem
A silent God is not an absent God
An unanswered prayer is not always a "no"
A chance meeting may not be unplanned
A hopeless cause is not hopeless
when God is involved

So, look beyond appearances
below the surface
and ask God to reveal
in every situation,
for things are not always as they seem.

(Copyright© 2016 Jan Christiansen. All rights reserved.)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Coming Back to Life

No highs
No lows
Just the monotone of everyday life
Plodding along
No real goals
No real feelings

By the barrage of horrors
That passed through her life
Ripping her heart to shreds
Better to turn off the emotions
Steel yourself
Slip into limbo

No hope
No faith

A glimmer in the distance
A whisper in her ear
A snippet of scripture
A few notes of the song
That had once stirred her heart

Fueled by the truth
Of God’s undying love
Of healing through Christ
Of comfort by the Spirit
A firm foundation upon which to stand
The flickering ember grew

Climbing out of the pit
Clawing her way back to life
Clinging to the Master
Determined to stand once more
On the mountaintop
With God

With the Father’s glory
She stands
Awash with newness of life
A fire burning within
A mission to fulfill

Her world is flat no more
There are mountains to conquer
Valleys to explore
Highs and lows
But always the companionship
Of the One, who
Refreshes and

(Copyright© 2016 Jan Christiansen. All rights reserved.)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Love's Not a Feeling

Some days, I'm just not feelin' it, Lord
and I can't explain why

I still love you
still trust you
I'm still thankful for all you've done
But I'm just not feelin' it.


you are God, no matter how I'm feelin'
you are worthy of praise at all times
when I remember that
and when I act on it
and give you the praise you deserve

I'm feelin' it!

(Copyright© 2015 Jan Christiansen. All rights reserved.)
Photo credits - Lusi on rgbstock (pic 1) and Mokra on rgbstock (pic 2)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Chapel of His Own Making

photo courtesy greyman, rgbstock

A voice on the wind
calls to me,
"Come away, daughter, I am waiting for you."

Here in this chapel
created by your hand, Lord,
I am surrounded 
by your sweet presence.

Alone with you,
my heart is an open door,
inviting you to fill all
the empty spaces.

To sweep clean the residue of past hurts, 
all the confusion,
the doubts and fears
that living in this crazy world

Leaving behind nothing but
a clean spirit, filled with
your love.

I bask in the glory
of our sweet communion
and will hold on to this moment
until we meet again in this chapel
made by your hands.

(Copyright© 2015 Jan Christiansen. All rights reserved.)

Thursday, May 28, 2015

I Will Not Stop Until I Find You

You will seek me and find me 
when you seek me 
with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13


I won't stop reaching
for more of you
until my heart
is satisfied 
in your
Holy Presence 

(Copyright© 2015 Jan Christiansen. All rights reserved.)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Meeting God on the Mountain Top

Meeting God on the Mountain Top

Lord, I long for the mountain top
where I can meet with you alone

To seek your face, sing your praise
and worship with abandon

To sit in the solitude of your presence
and feel your spirit well up inside of me

To be overwhelmed by the beauty
of your creation

To hear your voice whisper on the wind

Oh, speak to me, Lord,
though I can not go to the mountain top today

Meet me here,
and fill me, now
I pray

(Copyright© 2015 Jan Christiansen. All rights reserved.)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Spring is on it's Way!

 Spring is on it's way!

February blusters it's last breath
whipping wind and flurries
swirl about
blinding blizzards
make us doubt
that we'll ever see the sun again.

But don't you fret
and don't forget that
Spring is on it's way!

Satan blusters his last breath
whipping up evil and fury
inciting man to
fear and doubt
that God has forgotten us here.

But don't you fret
and don't forget that
Jesus is on His way!

  For in just a very little while, 
"He who is coming will come and will not delay."
Hebrews 3:7

(Copyright© 2015 Jan Christiansen. All rights reserved.)