Attitude of Gratitude

“I used to complain about my feet until I met a man who didn’t have any.” Murmuring and complaining reveals a heart attitude of ungratefulness. Similar challenges affect us all, but our response to those circumstances is what charts our courses in life. We either get “bitter” or “better.”

God never calls us to be “adults” of God but rather “children.” Not childish but childlike–trusting, joyful, secure, and displaying a grateful heart during the good seasons and the bad. He wants us to have admiration, reliance, and confidence in His character as we “do life” together.

God is good; His mercy endures forever. His Spirit whispers into your heart of His constant and abiding love. Regardless of what you may be facing: death, grief, loss of a child, sickness, cancer, financial struggle, personal challenges, marital difficulties, accidents, hospitalizations, birth, marriage, celebrations, anniversaries, reunions, etc. you can be assured that He Who loves you most will never leave you.

A New Start

Sharing my poetry with you today.

New fallen snow
Is an amazing sight
Covering everything
In brilliant white

The sparkling diamonds
And fiery hues
Seem blinding
In the sun.

Like a zillion prisms
Reflecting the rainbow
Is the promise
Of God’s mercy
To forgive and
Cleanse everyone.

New, fresh, virginal
Unmarred by man
Or beast
Unlike a shroud
That merely hides
The ugliness underneath.

The snow,
Permeating deep,
Obliterates
The old trails
The places
Where we once trod

No longer exist
Because of
The forgiveness
Of God.

Ruth McElwee

Burst Bubbles

Do you remember soap bubbles? As children, we delighted in the dazzling rainbow colors, gently blowing the bubbles as they wafted in the breeze. Then, all too soon, they popped.

Like those soap bubbles, life is both fragile and beautiful. For a brief time, we enjoy the experience, and then, all too soon, it is over.

We desire simplicity but the rat race continues—chasing the wind, grasping at nothing, while hoping for something. It is ironic that after years of labor, sweat and personal sacrifice, achievements mean so little. The trophies collect dust, the accolades fade, and the successes of yesterday pave the way for the new award winners. We can take nothing with us when we leave this world. To seek worldly wealth in exchange for a vital relationship with Jesus Christ is to attempt to hold on to soap bubbles.

Dead Bones Rising

Many of us have skeletons in the closet. Things that we are ashamed of and that bring pain to our hearts. Those things in the past that have threatened to destroy us and that we have conveniently swept under the rug to forget. But God can take those very brittle and hard things that have shaped our lives and breathe life into the dry, dead bones. He can restore us and use those very bones to be like an army that stands strong to deliver us and others.