With a Passion

•13/04/2014 • 2 Comments

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I love you Lord

With a Passion

Though

Faint shadow

Of Your Passion for me

Hold me close

Do not let me go

Teach me your ways

Leave me an ever-willing pupil

Soft

Open

To Your Rhythms of Grace

Soul

Stay ready to hear

The Heart Whispers

Of Your Lord

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My Heart

•14/01/2014 • Leave a Comment

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Oh my Heart

Decide upon this

Where ever

When ever

Seek the Lord

He will be found

Drawing you into

Deeper Connection

Deeper Knowledge

Deeper Passion

Deeper Relationship

Deeper Lessons

Made easier by Love

Creating Joy

That future Hope

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Oh my Heart

Even in

Dark Despair

He holds you

Gently

Carefully

He draws you close

With

Kindness

Grace

Mercy

Love

Oh my Heart

Seek Him today

With all you have

He will be found

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In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.

Jeremiah 29 v 12,13 NLT

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Thin Places

•01/01/2014 • 1 Comment

Yesterday’s quiet time verse:

Is 41v10 NLT
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. 
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
 I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

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Watching New Year Fireworks at midnight, alone in a crowd… thinking of my late husband and all that might have been, tears fill my eyes… then that reassuring warmth, like breath upon my cheek, the whisper ‘It will be alright, I promise’… and I just know it will…

This Morning’s Quiet Time verse: Is 43 v19 NLT
For I am about to do something new.
 See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
 I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
 I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

I hope for you all, thin places, where the mystery seeps through and touches you with Grace x x

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White Christmas

•23/12/2013 • 4 Comments

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It was always going to be difficult

Every little thing

Of this first Christmas

Memories of many

Memory of one

A Trigger

For Happiness

For tears

I could not taint

What was

With what is

I renew

Choosing a White Christmas

Tree

Lights

Ornaments

White

Colour of

Childhood Christmas

Jack Frosted Lace

Icicles

Snow

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White

Shining in the East

Colour of

Mourning

Sorrow

White

For me is

Fresh

Pure

Shining with Hope

A Light in Darkness

Exchanging that Darkness for light

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I hold Hope in my heart

One day I will see him

This man gone

This man I Love

This man I miss

So much

That Hope

Borne of Love

Born at Christmas

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Jesus Christ

God’s own Son

Painful

Yes

Difficult

Yes

Worthwhile

Oh Yes

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I find

I can be happy and sad

I can see the true meaning of Christmas

More clearly through tear misted eyes

I Hope

For Peace

For Joy

For Happiness

Choose to make it so

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But Not Alone

•05/11/2013 • 1 Comment

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Alone

But not alone

As clouds dance across blue sky

Sunbeams chase shadows

Lizards seek warmth

Pobblebonks call from their pond

Birds busy in the day

The house dogs lead me

Through their garden

I find a rose, almost perfect

Fallen too soon from its bush

Only a few rain-stained petals

To spoil the perfect bloom

I carry it with me

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When I find the bench

I know

Though a stranger to this idyll

It’s where you would sit with me

Together

You and I

As so many times before

In gardens gorgeous

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I place the rose next to me

Sitting there as Peace

Trickles down

In honour of our Love

I stay a while

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Then moving on

Alone

But not alone

I carry still

The Love we grew

The Love that grew us

The Love that yet lives

That perfect bloom

I leave the rose

An offering on the altar

Of what might have been

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Thank you Bungawarrah.

The Journals – Day 31

•05/11/2013 • Leave a Comment

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He is dead

My heart shatters

Into a thousand tiny shards

Each one razor sharp

Cuts to the core

Each breath hurts

Each thought sets my mind spinning

I feel a kind of madness

How can anyone ever survive this?

I weep

Pray

Weep

Read

The Word

I find

A Promise

A Prayer

May God, who puts all things together,
makes all things whole…

Now put you together…

The Message – Hebrews 13 fragments

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And I know

God will

Gradually

Slowly

Purposefully

Piece me back together

He will rebuild

Nothing lost

Love Alive

Providing me

With all I need

To please Him

This is what I want

This is what I choose

This is whom I trust…

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I Watch, I Wait

•30/09/2013 • 2 Comments

I waitI find myself

Tight

Curled up

Tense

Waiting

Watching

Listening long

for…

A foot fall

A key turn

For that hello

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I watch the clock

Count the days

He should be home by now

That familiar

That smile

Those deep brown eyes

His soft, gentle glance

That knowing

Of all that has passed

And passes between us

And still I wait

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I search the crowds

The usual places

I watch feet

For loping stride

Of aching limb

Head and shoulders above others

That crown of silver

Bestowed with age

Stooping now

With the pain of days

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I see

My heart skips

Yes!

My head murmurs

No

It cannot be

Disappointment bites

Sadness sinks my hope afloat

I am longing for what is no more

What never can be again

I want

All I cannot have

Ignoring

All that is

Overlooking

All I have

For all I have not

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Oh Lord

I am reminded

You say

I am with you

Always

All Ways

I overlook that

Simple

Saturated

Truth

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With a hopeless passion

I cry for my husband gone

Help me to cry for You

With Passion

Renewed

With First Love

Refreshed

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I listen for the man

Help me to listen for You

In Gentle whispers

In Your tender Word

I watch for the man

Enable me to see you Lord

Through all Your signs

Through all Your wonders

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I wait for the man

Give me Patience to wait

For You Lord

For Your Time

In the night

I cry for him

I long for his arms

Enfolding me

His hands holding mine

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But he is gone

You are here Lord

Let my Soul find her rest in You

Find her comfort in Your embrace

Find safe shelter beneath your wings

For in You Lord

The man and I remain One

He in Glory with You

Me on earth

With more to do

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What if

One day I turned

To find You gone

How much more would my soul lament

How much more would I cry

For You

Emmanuel

Lover of my soul

Always

All ways

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Help me

To Love

To Honour

To Cherish

To Obey

You my Lord

My King

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Words and Pictures © Denise Stanford 2013

 
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