One More Year

If my time was running out
If I had one year to go
I would live differently

I would embrace every moment
Spend time with those I love
Love those I’m with

I would not waste time
Do the things I love
Become who I have longed to be

I would try to make a difference
Help those who need it
Stand up for the little ones

I would worry less
Live every moment
Be fearless

I would travel more
Try new things
Go on adventures

I would give more hugs
Say “I love you”
Smile more

I would mourn for the moments I’d never have
Be thankful for all the moments I did have
See every moment as a blessing

I would appreciate every “last”
Apologize and forgive
Strive to be my best

If I had one year left
One more year on this earth
I would live differently…

But why wait?
Why say “what if”?
I say LIVE NOW!

Embrace every moment NOW
Be your best NOW
Do what you love NOW
Make a difference NOW
Help others NOW
Worry less NOW
Be fearless NOW
Travel NOW
Try new things NOW
Go on adventures NOW
Give hugs NOW
Say “I love you” NOW
Smile NOW
Be thankful NOW
Apologize NOW
Forgive NOW
LIVE NOW!

Do not wait for tomorrow
Our days are numbered
Do not waste them

The past cannot be changed
The future is not certain
Now is all we have

LIVE NOW!

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Little Girl, Broken

Little girl, brand new
Nothing to fear
Nothing will hurt her
She is protected
She is loved

Little girl, bold
She explores with exuberance
Excited about the world
She is innocent
She is loved

Little girl, bewildered
She discovers pain
The world is different now
She is wounded
She is loved

Little girl, battered
She falls down
And rises with difficulty
She is tired
She is loved

Little girl, broken
She has been hurt
Too many times
She is lonely
She is loved

Little girl, beaten
She looks around
And finds no one beside her
She is defeated
She is loved

Little girl, beloved
She finds her help
They have been there always
She is encouraged
She is loved

Little girl, brave
She stands back up
Against all odds
She is determined
She is loved

Little girl, beautiful
She presses on
Always forward
She is stronger
She is loved

Little girl, broken and brave
She lights the way
For others to follow
She is beautiful
She is loved

In Stillness

When all is quiet
And we are left alone
And there are no distractions
Only our truest self
What will we find?

When no one tells us who to be
And how to act
And what to think
What will we have left?
Who are we when everything is stripped away?

Will we like what we find?

Or will we fun
And go back to who we thought we were
And wait for someone to tell us who we are

We are terrified of stillness
When we are faced with ourselves
What if we don’t like who we are?
What if we don’t know who we are?
What if we find nothing?

We are terrified of the emptiness

And so we fill our lives
Every moment
So there is no time for stillness

But it is in stillness that we know who we are
Who we have been
And who we might be

And we are terrified

We detach from our lives
We don’t even know who we are

It is time to reconnect
It is time to face our fears
It is time to dig deep
It is time to find out who we are

Never Be the Same

She pushes through the crowd
Determined but terrified
Desperate for a cure
For love
For acceptance
For meaning in a world of empty promises.

She is broken
Lost and confused
She knows she needs a Savior

She reaches out
He’s there
Right there!
With one finger
Of one hand
She touches His robe

She feels a change instantly
She doesn’t know how
But she’s different.
One touch
With such dramatic effects

“Who touched me?”
Terror strikes her
What had she done?
She starts to run
But she knows she cannot.
She must face the Man who healed her.

The crowd parts
He approaches
He sees her
But she cannot look at Him

She falls to the ground
He is so good
So powerful
She is afraid

She clutches His robe
Weeping at His feet
She is afraid
She is thankful
She is sorrowful
She is joyful
She loves
She is alive

His hands on her head
A blessing

He crouches in front of her
Absolute love

He takes her head in His hands
And looks at her
Into her deepest being
He sees her fears
Her insecurities
Her loneliness
Her longing
He sees her

She weeps
Her hands on His
Tears stream down her face
Through their fingers
She has never been loved this way
She cannot look at Him
But she wants to always be with Him

“My daughter.”
Their eyes meet
Through her tears she can see
His smile
Loving
Knowing
Understanding

She loves Him
She bursts forth
Wraps her arms around Him
In His strong embrace
She is safe
She is loved
She is not alone

Her life will never be the same.

Battle Wounds

His hands are wounded
His side is pierced
Not because He cannot heal them
But because they are His

How else would we recognize
The man who saved our lives?

He suffered so we wouldn’t have to
But without the scars,
We wouldn’t know

Without the scars,
He would just be a man
We would not know Him

The painful reminder
Of the terror of sin, of pain, of death
Is the only way we know
Our Savior

Our battle wounds
Tell us who we are
How strong we are
That we overcome

Our scars show our strength
We fight, we fall,
But we get back up
We will not be conquered

He who defeated death
Will lead us into battle
We need not be afraid
When we fall
When we are hurt
Our wounds will match His
And we will know who we are