Monday, January 31, 2011

Captain Clumsy hates cold


Sunday, was this incredibly beautiful day. You couldn't ask for better here at the end of January. The sun was bright and warm, the temperature was in the seventies- I was out in short sleeves walking. Scaring up birds and soaking up the outdoors that I haven't been able to enjoy for so long.




I hate cold. Many people have heard me say that. I mean it. I don't do winter sports. My winter sport is trying to best my time in running from the house to the car.



I don't know how to ski, won't learn either. The main reason being that Captain Clumsy here knows her limitations. If I stumble walking across a perfectly level floor with nothing on it- then I'm not putting on skies. If I can manage to walk into a support beam at work, bang my head on bars that stick out for some unknown reason.. then I know that every tree on the mountain would be out for me. I also have this fear of heights thing that makes those ski lifts a thing from my nightmares.



I don't ice skate. For some of the same reasons that I don't ski. And for the fact that Captain Clumsy here would be the one that managed to find the weakest spot in the ice. I don't swim either.



I have tried to build snow people on the occasions that we have enough snow. Unfortunately, I can't try and build your average size snowman.. mine has to be some gargantuan thing that is impossible to get its head on. So I usually end up with an eight foot tall headless snow person in my yard that causes my dogs to bark until they are hoarse. I hate when that happens as it is much more expensive to feed a horse than it is a dog.. plus they need a much bigger home.



I tried to build a snow fort, that.. was a real nightmare. All of these zoning people showed up demanding to see my plans. They wanted to know if I had all of the necessary permits and had paid all of the proper fees. I had to have the construction site marked off and signs up for safety. They told me I needed a porta john for the workers- (that's me.. and I live right over there>>) no good, had to have the porta potty..with fire codes (??for snow?) and housing codes and rental agreements and insurance agreements and finding some way around some weird zoning ordinance I finally threw my hands up and had the entire thing condemned.



Snow cream? Yum- until the health inspectors showed up. Wanted to know if my supply was clean, sanitary, new or old snow.. what my ingredients were and if I had enough supply for demand and if I had the proper permits for making and sharing snow cream.




I love taking pictures of snow. And I will walk around in it for hours, especially if my boots don't get filled with snow like the last time when I managed to slide down a hill without a sled. I did manage to miss all of the trees between me and the bottom.. but my bottom was then wet and cold and I was ready for home and a steaming cup of hot cocoa.



I hate cold..



and after such a beautiful, gorgeous, sunny false spring day. Teasing and tormenting- cold has returned. And I can't get a fire to burn right in the woodstove. And hubby will be back soon and need someone to help get the stuff in the back of his trailer straightened out. But.. I will be thankful...all I'm dealing with is cold. He will soon be headed out toward where its snowing..

I'll quit whining. and start praying... for his safety and for an early spring..


















































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prayers of many



So many

are in pain

so many



lost

without realization



there are so many Lord

that are suffering

in need

in need Lord, of You

they seek You

through prayer

from bended knee they come

crying out to You Lord

beseeching

seeking

suffering

their sadness binds them

their worries encircle them

enemy to their happiness

enemy, to their joy



so many

are in pain

so many



crying out Lord, to You

seeking You, in their time of need

reaching out in the darkness of their storm

their tears falling, falling, falling

like rain from the darkest of clouds

prostrate before You they cry out

their suffering, unbearable

yet they know, and they know, You hear



so many

are in pain

so many



their voices in prayer join in harmony

as they call out to You

from bended knees and bowed head

their whispers fervent

their faith strong

knowing, believing

You hear every word

You understand, when the words run out

and only the sobs and moans remain

from the many

that are in pain



so many Lord

so many

are in pain



seeking You, joined with others

prayers are spoken, prayers are sung

prayers are softly whispered, in moments of quiet

prayers, for themselves

prayers for others, known and unknown

prayers for reasons understood

and for reasons known only to You

and the one who suffers the need

unspoken

from bended knees, from the wooded path

along the banks of a stream

in quiet moments

a bowed head, a whispered prayer

prayers and said

we pray

they pray, to You Lord, they pray

knowing

that You hear

knowing

that You



hear

















































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my heart sings




 

You are Lord

my heart sings

You are Lord

with upraised hands

eyes looking only to You

I sing

You are Lord



I know, that You are with me

I know, that You guide me

I lift my eyes to You

my heart sings

songs of joy

songs of peace

to You Lord to You

You are King



I am Yours

my heart, my all, Yours

understanding Your mercy

filled with Your love

humbled by Your grace

knowing from where I have come

lost and afraid

lost and ashamed

You cleansed me of all stain

You are King

You are Lord

You are Savior



I know, Your peace

during all storms

You are with me

You are my Rock

You are my strength

You are Savior

my heart sings

hallelujah, hosanna

You are Lord

You are Light

in the darkness

sanctuary in the storm



You are Lord

my heart sings

You are Lord

with upraised hands

eyes looking only to You

I sing

You are Lord

Your love fills me

heals me

You are Lord

I am assured

I am secure

in You

I am assured

of eternity in You

with You



You are Lord

my heart sings

















































Blessed, a collection of God given inspirational poetry by Rebecca Stepp Revels is available now @

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The Legend of Dragon's Doom:a Young Warrior's vow, by RS Revels is available @

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

All in with You, Lord, all in with You










All in Lord, how I seek to be all in

as I walk with You

I know that there will be those

who do not understand

seeking, ever seeking to criticize

their eyes closed, their ears sealed

they do not understand

this walk with You

the relationship that You offer us

that You seek with us

contentious to some, for they do not understand

cannot comprehend

the love You offer, the peace You give

all in Lord, I seek to be all in

as I walk with You

along this way, this path narrow

strewn with the rocks of malice from those

along the way, determined to bring strife

Their taunts ugly, their words hurtful

intentionally

for they do not see You, they cannot with cold heart

understand Your gift of love

they stand along the way, hiding in the darkness

afraid for their sins to be seen in Your light

lurking in the shadows, they wait

seeking only to bring pain

share the darkness in which they hide

it is all they know, they know not Your peace

so they seek to prevent, seek to damage

the life I seek

one of being all in my Lord

all in with You

that I may with You, walk this path assured

strong and blest in You

that I may walk, with open eyes and ready words to share

of Your love, Your most merciful grace

that I may share Your gospel

to all that will hear

planting a seed Lord, for You

hoping to give others Lord, hope

reason to seek You, seek Your love

all in Lord, all in with You

is what I seek

as I walk this path, listening to You

speak to me,

as I follow You Lord, along this way

allowing You to guide me, gird me in Your love

wrap me in Your peace

fill me, with understanding of You Lord, of You

as I seek, always seek

to be all in Lord

all in, with You















































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Saturday, January 29, 2011

along the way

With each step that I take

every heart beat every breath

I know, I will see You

along the way

You are here with me always

within my heart, by my side

You place before me great beauty

in the landscape and the skies

with each step, every blink

I see the gifts You have placed before me

the colors that stretch out underfoot

as a carpet of Your love

I see life created by Your hand

each with purpose

a miracle in itself as everything works as planned

as I walk, with eyes open I see You


along the way

the music of this life plays

filling my ears

a song and joy to the heart

In the winds blowing through the leaves

the river that flows, dancing to the sea

the humming of the bees

all music, Your song

I find along the way

Your peace fills me

Your comfort covers me

in my knowledge of You

With Your very presence in my life

here with me, within me

I know no matter what may come, all is well

even in the beauty, there are storms

for in the storms is where we grow

stronger in faith, closer in relationship

in the storms and battles we turn to You

seeking You and all You are

these things of You I know I will find

I know I will draw close to me

as I go with You

along the way

Thank you Lord
for being with me
along this way

Friday, January 28, 2011

the silence screams loudly




Silence, so loud I am drowning in it

it circles me, like a hungry animal

clawing at my soul

I walk these rooms, my fingers trailing along the walls

as I seek distraction

from the silence

thick and heavy it weighs on me

as I draw lines and shapes in the dust

laying thick on the furniture

silence, screaming in my ears

covering my breathing, overpowering my heart beating

tears pool in my eyes, but they do not fall

as trembling hands push back wayward strands of hair

room by room I walk through an empty house

opening and closing doors

pushing aside curtains to look out windows and not see

allowing them to fall soundlessly

as I walk away, footfalls on carpeted floors quiet

Your shirt still draped across the arm of the chair

your shoes rest haphazard in the corner

your things are scattered through this house

but you are not here

and the silence screams loudly

and the tears do not fall

as I walk through this house

seeking distraction

drawing hearts in the dust on the windows

while I rest my face upon the chilled glass

looking out into the night

bearing the burden of time alone

wearing the cloak of the faithful

while I endure, the silence so heavy

as I wait, for the time of your return















































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how I worship You










You my Lord

are my heart

Your love beating within

flowing

filling

You are my life

how I worship You

falling to my knees

I cannot stand before You

You are pure, You are holy

I but a sinner forgiven

cleansed by the blood spilled

forgiven

by Your merciful grace

You are my Lord

my heart

You have filled me with compassion

Your Spirit dwells within

gentleness reigns

in You

how worship You Lord

I feel Your touch on my life

You are my Lord

You are my heart

how I worship You



















































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Thursday, January 27, 2011

it is all about You Lord



 


Help me Lord, to remember what's important

not to never to allow, my own thoughts and worries

to consume me, to overcome and over shadow

what is really important, Your children

those around me that are suffering and weary

let me see them Lord, recognize their need

give me wisdom in You Lord, to share

give me strength to reach out and lift up

helping those that are among us, that are in need



You were here among us

You walked the dusty roads, reaching out

to all that You passed,

teaching, explaining, healing

You saw not only to the emotional needs

but to the physical as well

Your love, so great

Your love, enough



Help me Lord, to remember

that as I make this journey to You

walking along with You with me

that I take the time, that I open my eyes

to see those that You have placed in my path

that I may reach out to them, lift them

from where they have stumbled

share with them, the news of You

reaching out in a way that You would

acknowledging, You. How You care for all

and all that is needed by those suffering

Speak to me, let me hear and recognize Your voice

understanding what You would have me do

go where You would have me go

living a life, that glorifies You in all ways



Help me Lord

to remember

it isn't about me

my wants, my needs, my concerns

it is about You Lord

all about You

and Your gracious

precious

merciful

love.



















































Blessed, a collection of God given inspirational poetry by Rebecca Stepp Revels is available now @

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The Legend of Dragon's Doom:a Young Warrior's vow, by RS Revels is available @

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

as I walk this road



 


That I walk this road in strength of You

Your peace and love flowing through me

to those around me

that I am able, in act and word

to share all that You are to me, with all that will hear

how You are with me, always.



It is easy, to allow things of this life

to over come our strength

it is easy, to allow worries and fears to grow

so I ask, always for Your peace

in my life, so I may live it out for those around me

that watch and see, how I deal with life's blows





that I walk this road, in Your light and path

Your hand on my life, guiding me

keeping me on Your course, lighting the way

my Shepherd, my Guide, my Strength

You are my Sanctuary always

I run to You, when this path grows tiresome

I run to You, when I grow weak

Keep Your hand ever on me Lord

that I will walk this road in You

so that others along the way, may see You

guiding me



Storms may come at any time

others may seek to weaken my faith

but I know, You are my strength in all things

so their words and acts have no effect on my heart

on my faith and belief in You

allow me Lord, to walk ever closer to You

gaining strength in You

so that as I walk this road, others along the way

will see You, Your glory and Your love

reaching out to You, so they too

may know You, have You as Lord and Savior

strength and peace.



That will walk this road,

always with them

so they too, may share with those they meet

along the way























































Blessed, a collection of God given inspirational poetry by Rebecca Stepp Revels is available now @

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The Legend of Dragon's Doom:a Young Warrior's vow, by RS Revels is available @

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

with a word


help me Lord

when all around me seems to be in shambles

falling apart, piece by piece

confusion reigns, emotions run high

help me Lord

keep my focus on You

always on You

believing, that as long as I look to You

all will be well

for You are Lord, You are God

Creator and Healer

You are God of control and order

I will look to You

watching, as You still the storms of this life

calm the seas of confusion

with a word

calm the winds of fear

with a word

stop the rains of loss

with a word

I will look to You

believe in You

feel the love You have for me

falling to my knees before You

feeling the difference Your grace makes

feeling the healing difference Your love makes

the difference of being washed clean

with a word

when confusion surrounds

and all seems to be in shambles

I will turn to You

keep my eyes to You Lord

listening for, and hearing

how You are in control and calm all things

with a word



















































Blessed, a collection of God given inspirational poetry by Rebecca Stepp Revels is available now @

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The Legend of Dragon's Doom:a Young Warrior's vow, by RS Revels is available @

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Poetry reading and...who??

When I set out not so long ago to make contact with some of the independent book stores I had no idea what sort of adventures I was about to fall into. There are moments that I feel somewhat like Alice falling down the rabbit hole, never knowing what is around that next turn.




Some of the experiences have been less than good to put it nicely. But I use them for lessons learned. Mark that in the 'don't do that again' column and go on. Then the day came that I noted a column in the paper about a new book shop opening up. Might as well give it a shot. I fire off an email and continue on about my business. When I receive a reply a conversation begins. Before its over I have set up a meeting, before I left their building I was handing over copies of my books. And so, it began.



The day that I checked my email and found the message about a possible reading I was excited. In all of the conversations I grew more excited. They even agreed to hold it on a day that was easier for me, whether it was a good business day or not. The day chosen was nearly a month from the date of inception. That was good in that I had plenty of time to prepare, bad because it gave me plenty of time for fear to build up. And it did.



A week before the scheduled day I drug my poor mother out shopping with me and we went from store to store searching for 'the' outfit for me to wear. At one point I was walking in circles in one of the stores, looking at the same items time and again as if maybe at one point when I wasn't looking it might have made some drastic changes to make it acceptable. Sad thing is, as I search, I'm not even exactly sure what I'm searching for other than the outfit that screams out "ME!! Pick ME!!" I finally settled on a red blouse and figured I'd use one of the many pairs of black slacks I have at the house. Mom was glad, she had long given up on following me in my circles and had taken to leaning on the shopping cart simply watching me walk in circles.



I would pick up the book and look at it, then put it back down. The cover never changed, and I couldn't make up my mind on which poems. I did get a brief introduction written. I believe I said enough to explain and not bore, or have anyone searching for a handy net. Finally, I made myself sit down and start going through the inside of the book and choose some poems. Its difficult choosing only a few poems to read when you have a fondness for them all.



On the day of the event I was a basket case. I was trying to get ready, answer phones, read my intro and make sure I was happy with my choices. I did get dressed and my face all made up. James loaded the books into the car and I was getting ready to leave when I noticed that my phone's charge was low. I borrowed James's cell phone. Now- just the night before I had lectured James on letting his phone go dead- what was about to happen served me right.



I got to the book store and was standing chatting with the owners and their friends. It was- as most places where books are housed tend to be-quiet. Conversation flowed, but respectfully. Then..suddenly.. from my pocket screams Ozzie Osbourne. I had forgotten to change his phone to vibrate. The front screen on his phone doesn't work so I had no idea who was calling. Once Ozzie finally quit screaming about some crazy train I checked and saw that it was my husband who had called, suddenly Ozzie was at it again as he tried once more. He was momentarily stumped when I answered. I started to make the best of it but this time I didn't. I explained why I had James's phone, as our conversation finished I immediately changed the phone to vibrate. I do have to admit that any remaining ice was broken right there- thanks Ozzie-



The event went well, some dear friends showed up, I made new friends, I read, I answered questions, I laughed and I loved the attention. I'm really ready for the event where I'll read from the Legend of Dragon's Doom- now- that ought to be fun!!



















Blessed, a collection of God given inspirational poetry by Rebecca Stepp Revels is available now @

http://stores.lulu.com/store.php?fAcctID=2137587

and now also at

Amazon, Books-a-Million and Barnes and Noble .com





The Legend of Dragon's Doom:a Young Warrior's vow, by RS Revels is available @

http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/the-legend-of-dragons-doom-a-young-warriors-vow/7505820

and other online sites





also @ Bookin' It, your mobile bookstore @ www.bookin-it.com



Available now @ http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/blessed-in-his-promises/12670945:

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