A New Day, A New Year


Happy New Year

Sitting quietly outside just now
Thinking, breathing and wondering how
Another year is ending and new one to begin
Thoughts of all that has happened and all that has been
The momentous occasions and the sad farewells
The times of joy where our hearts did swell
In gladness
Or in tears of sadness
In recollection and thought
What is it that really matters of this year that has brought?
For the wind is blowing gently and the trees rustle and sway
The sky is a beautiful blue for 2016’s last day
The year then wraps itself around me
In silent thoughts and words exclaimed
Loving actions and looks exchanged
Living, sleeping and working till
Another day ends and a week as well
One day after the other, grace abounds
In action, in words and in the Creation sounds
In all the usual that each day brought
The specialness remains of loved ones sought
Times spent together
In simple chatter
Reconnecting after being alone
And in the embrace of, ‘welcome home’
It is the laughter
And in the love forever after
Always in the tears, and the uncertain fears
In the encouraging words of, ‘you are doing fine,
Placing God first every time.’
And so here we are, a few hours away
From the beginning of another new day
Significant as it is, it is a new year
Full of anticipation and days unclear
Yet it is firstly, one new day ahead
To share the depth of simple, instead
The depth of love, of our Fathers grace
In action, in words, not any special place
He needed no crib, a manger was enough
No fancy hotel or fancy stuff
This coming year is no different, it is about Him and His love
As He showers us with His grace from above
And faithfully we know, He will continue on
For He promises this, through His Son
And so we face the new year in unwavering faith
Knowing He will provide us simply, with His undeserving grace

Seasons of Life

This piece was specifically written for the Womens League Magazine


Seasons of Life

Our life comes in seasons

For all different reasons

Surrounded by those we love

Sent and ordained by our God above

It is in each season as we walk with Him

He gives us opportunities to fill our souls to the brim

Of who He is and what He has done

In the work of His precious and only Son

Who died on the cross for you and me

And so removed the sin and its slavery

A thankful heart is what He gives

And so we seek Him daily, the One, who in eternity lives

We desire to start our day with God alone

For we know He is ruling from His heavenly throne

So when our children are young, and at times it is too hard to keep

Quiet time with God, amongst the never-ending washing heap

Or it’s impossible to get up early after walking the floor

With a baby whose tummy that didn’t settle till four

Or teenagers that require your undivided attention

Knowing it matters because it has taken them so long to mention

You are what they need right now

To explain Gods why and how

Life happens and God knows

He sees and hears and then gently shows

That time with Him is sometimes in deliberate reading

And other times in desperate heartfelt pleading

It’s in the thought prayers that ascend every minute of every day

Talking to Him, searching and understanding that it is His will and way

It is in the early morning walking prayers that ascend

And the late nights that seem to never end

It is in the visits and love shown

With our parents and friends as they grow old or alone

We love our God and spend time with Him each day

As we serve our family in His every way

No matter the circumstance of the life we lead

The biggest blessing is to know we need

Our God, our Father each and every day

In the sunshine and dark skies of life’s busy way

Amongst the melancholy grey day skies, there is always light,

Which reflects the falling rain, in colours so bright,

The sun shines from behind to remind us of where we have been,

And the dark rainy skies keep the days ahead, hidden and unseen,

It is then that the colour of the rainbow arches across a dark uncertain future sky,

To remind us of Gods promises that softens the very questions of why.

There is no need to worry, or be concerned,

For we know, He knows, all that our heart and soul does yearn

So with an open Bible in every season of life,

Through joyful joys and earthly strife

We can know God is speaking to us with His peace and love

And we can then rest, for He is governing perfectly from above


My Strength


For Leonie…..xo

My Strength……

No need to be brave, no need to be strong
I only need to know, to whom I belong
I belong to my God, who made heaven and earth
He is the one who knows me, even before my birth
He knows me deeper, then I do myself
And draws me closer, each moment to Himself
He gave me the faith, to trust in Him
No matter where my life is going or where it has been
He keeps my eyes open, on who He is
And guides my heart fully, to trust, in all of this
Yet when I am blinded by the flow of tears
When my soul aches for the coming years
And when my body searches for the relief of pain
And my mind wonders, how is all this gain?
I know the Lord will remind me, who I am each time
For I am His and He is mine
He is my strength, my light and my salvation
He is the one who loves me, with perfect continuation
I don’t need to be brave, I don’t need to be strong
For I know my strength comes from Him, to whom I belong

re-publish from six years ago

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This piece was written 6 years ago here:  Unchanging….after the 2010 elections. The words are just as apt for today, after the 2016 Federal Elections


In this day and age of uncertainty,

Man depends on man for security.

Much changes

In the ages.

Seasons come, seasons go,

Earthly life does ebb and flow.

From giving birth,

To leaving this earth,

From worldly gain,

To human pain.

The slow death of these earthly grounds,

Its aging utters groaning sounds.

As this earth grows old,

Men are becoming increasingly bold,

Of self-sufficiency; no need to depend,

Not needing God, is the ultimate end.

Men come, men go,

The unrelenting changes of life’s flow.

It makes you breathless

With the ability to leave you anxious.

Seeking for what is unchanging,

Looking for what is enduring.

How precious it is to know of the One,

In this earthly life of the dulling sun.

How sweet it is our refuge we find

Where we can leave all this changing behind.

For in Him we have complete security,

In His promises we have firm stability.

His power, His wisdom, His justice, His truth,

His love He has shown since the earth’s youth.

Never changing,

Never ending,

Everlasting love,

Reigning from heaven above.

In full control of all things,

Quieting of the soul this brings.

Knowing that nothing happens unforeseen,

In what is to come or has been.

As we walk on this temporary earthly abode,

We take comfort in the unchanging love God has bestowed,

On His children here on earth everyday,

Relieving them of utter dismay.

How dear it is for us to know

He patiently and graciously does show…

That He is the same from eternity past

And so….in future eternity He will perfectly last…

He Knows….

love and prayers for the many loved ones we know, who are faced with sickness and pain


He Knows

God knows you, He knows you today
He knows, for He also knew you yesterday
He knows you tomorrow and forever more
He knew you longer then forever before
Before the world began,
Already then you were in His loving plan
He knew then and had your life set out
Knowing you will be facing times of difficulty and doubt
These times of sickness, tears and pain
With the knowledge that your trust in Him, may wonder and wane
He knows, He cares
He is there
He is sustaining you though all the many ascending prayers
His protection, His help, His love and care, as everyday before
Will carry you in this broken world of bodily war
He made you, you are His child, the one He calls His own
Knitted perfectly together to ultimately sit before His throne
He made you and gave you the life you lead
Blessed you with love, faith and family
He has always showered you daily from above
And provided you with His grace and perfect love
In the uncertain days of tomorrow, this will not sever
It can never change, for He promises this forever
For He knows you, He knows you today
And He will know you tomorrow, in exactly the same way
For you are His beloved, His well-favoured treasure
Whom He graciously delights, in loving with perfect measure

A Love Already There


“Happy Mothers Day”


Every year I get asked in the same way,

“What would you like for Mothers Day?”

Each year my answer never changes,

“Good kids and happy little faces.”

Their eyes roll and they shake their head,

“Really Mum, that’s how we always get out of bed.

How about something different, something sweet,

Something that is really a little treat.”

Each time I just smiled, I really understood,

‘Cos I remembered my own childhood,

I loved the day of sharing in my Mothers love,

A love that was sent from God above,

Showing her especially then,

And each year again,

That she meant the world,

Growing up being her little girl,

Now a Mum all of my own,

I see the faces and anticipation well known,

The eagerness of their love to give,

In the God given life they live,

A time to deliberately share,

The love that is seen and already there.

From mother to child and child to mother,

A beautiful day to celebrate that love for each other.

The Cry of the Heart


The cry of the heart

Our hearts cry, it cries deep from within
From within a life full of sin
It cries out in words unspoken
For a world that is sinful and broken
It sobs, it wrestles, it seeks to understand
Searching for a trace of our Gods loving Hand
Looking for anything to make sense of it all
Whispering in sorrowful heavenly calls
Our hearts cry, it cries deep from within
At the revelation of the depth our own deepest sin
The finger points furthest into the heart of our own
Where sin is planted and deeply sown
And it cries much, for what keeps us away
From our God who asks us to love Him, His way
A way that we find hard to keep
And so our heart does cry and weep
Yet God loves us through our sinful grief
And perfectly directs His immeasurable relief
His patience is long-suffering and His love is more
As He comforts our hearts just like before
Each day He is there, doing the same
Loving and caring though our own guilt and shame
And yet our heart cries, it cries from the depth of our soul
The deepest cry that only our God can console
That cry only our God can calm
A cry that only subsides in a heavenly Palm
A Palm that carries truth and love
With justice and mercy from heaven above
For His will is done, His might is known
His love is immeasurable for us, His own
His own He calls, ‘beloved and mine,’
Through a perfect Being, His Son, divine.

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