Upward Not Inward

Thursday, November 26, 2020

[All & Exactly]

You are all and exactly what I need Lord

You are safety and you are intimacy

You are my provision and you are my stability

Like a foundation

Solid and unchanging

Reliable and without absence

You are here

You are all and exactly what I need

In the calm and in the storm

In the waking and in the rest

You are all and exactly what I need

Stable and unphased

Solid and unquakable

You are all and exactly what I need

What my family needs

What my workplace needs

What my city needs

What my state needs

What my nation needs

What the globe needs

What the cosmos need

For you are maker and master

Father and friend

Expansive and specific

Necessary and singular

Satisfier and sustainer

More than enough

All and exactly

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Ps. 42:7

If deep calls out to deep, then would it not be true that shallow call out to shallow?

I am reminded of shallow and surface friendships, shallow and surface image - whether digital or professional, shallow and surface faith and dare I say shallow and surface christianity.

Maybe being no longer satisfied, content with, entertained by, or comfortable with surface is evidentiary of depth. Maybe the depth is a secondary consequence of a singular superior focus.

Damon Thompson's voice echoes in my heart "an inch wide and a mile deep."

A place where shallow no longer fits or can survive. A place where trust brings admittance and uninhibited vulnerability is essential.

There is an immersion that takes place at certain depths that can never be experienced in the shallow.

I am all in.

There is no fear here.
There is no worry here.
There is no bitterness or resentment here.
There is no hatred or sarcasm here.
There is no pain here.
There is no addiction here.
There is no manipulation here.
There is no scheming here.
There is no loneliness here.
There is no betrayal here.
There is no disappointment here.

The waves and the breakers won't allow it. Rolling over me, only one thing matters. The singular and superior focus. His name is Yahweh.


Saturday, June 9, 2018

Phil 3:14

I press on
I keep going
I won't stop
I persevere
I refuse to give up
I keep fighting for and

Toward the goal for the prize
For there is reward
A grand and beautiful one
An accomplishment to be proud of
A reason to celebrate

of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus
Such a call as this
An upward one

Come hell or high water
No matter the circumstance
The atmosphere
The attitude
The struggle
The difficulty
The draining
The frustration

I won't stop heading toward and through and to the prize of that which is higher
An upward call of God
A higher purpose
Seeing the view from an elevated perspective
Knowing that there is purpose and goodness ahead
To persevere because there is more going on than simply what we can see when we are in the thick of it

That upward call is the goal
Upward Not Inward
Such an anthem
Higher are your thoughts
Higher are your ways
 

Let It Be

Let your words forever be my default.

Let your truth ever reign within me. 

Let your peace always resonate.

Let my vision remain upward.

Let inhales be your presence and exhales be your glory.

Let all my opinions carry authorship from Heaven.

Let my perspective always be enthroned with yours.

Let every desire within me flow from every desire of yours.

Let my every motive be earmarked for your glory.

Let all my utterances echo the sound of Your kingdom.

Let every selfish intention die.

Let every emotion not from you bow its knee to the supremacy of Your character.

Let the anthem of my days share the melody of your throne.

Let Your purpose ever be my priority.

Let Your undeniable goodness be more than evident.

Let it be.