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
instills.

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

Longing
aching
searching
seeking

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.)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Birds of a feather

Artwork use by permission from Graphics Fairy

 If God has given you a handful of friends,
then you've been blessed beyond measure!

I have a friends, who have blessed my life
and given me moments to treasure.

Thank you, Lord, for my friends
one of life's greatest pleasures!


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

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

I Will Never Give Up!





Those who live according
to the flesh have their minds set
on what the flesh desires;
but those who live according
to the Spirit have their minds set
on what the Spirit desires.
Romans 8:5


I Will Never Give Up

My head is bowed down
My spirit broken
for I have failed, yet again,
to do the very thing I want to do
and done the very thing I
didn't want to do.

The flesh is a demanding
cacophany, ever clamoring
to be satisfied.

I stand firm...for a while,
then cave in a weak moment
that begins a rapid descent 
downward
spiraling
out of
control.

I am ashamed
embarrassed
guilt-ridden
 that once again
I have let you down
let myself down.

The only spark of joy
the only light
is the knowledge
that you still love me

As I kneel before you, now
please forgive me.
Set my feet back on the right path.
Renew my strength and
help me to start again.

Help me to ignore the constant clamor
of my flesh, for things that 
tear me down, rather than build me up.

As I rise, I will go
in the power of your Holy Spirit,
with my mind set on 
what the Spirit desires.

I go...
back into the battle
forgiven
strengthened
and
loved.

I will fight the demands of my flesh
as long as I live and
I will never give up!




(Copyright© 2014 Jan Christiansen. All rights reserved.)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I hear a voice



I hear a voice...

He calls to me
and I am drawn
away from the noise
to a quiet place.

He stills my hurried heart
calms my spirit
with inaudible
deep whispers.

He reveals purpose
and truth,
stirring me
to push on...

deeper still
into the
His fathomless love

and when I am 
revived
refreshed
renewed
He sends me out
to fulfill
that for which
He created me.

***

(Copyright© 2012 Jan Christiansen. All rights reserved.)
photo credit: Giampaolo Macorig via photopin cc