The Wonder Of It All

•24/12/2014 • Leave a Comment

Matthew 18 1-4  The Message

“At about the same time, the disciples came to Jesus asking, “Who gets the highest rank in God’s kingdom?” For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, “I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me.”

 

 

 

Watch Child faces

Aglow in Candlelight

Awestruck by Christmas

Amazed by the Wonder of it all

Know this

As you smile over them

The Father Smiles over you

As you hope for their delight

The Father Hopes for yours

As you sing that lullaby 

To comfort Child heart

To banish Child fears

So The Father sings His Song over you

Lean in 

Feel the Depth of His Love for you

Be Amazed by the Wonder of it all

Be Awestruck by Christmas

Let your Child Heart Glow 

In the Light of Father’s Love

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Words by Denise Stanford © 2014

Photographs by Denise & James Stanford © 2014

 

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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Words and Pictures © Denise Stanford 2014

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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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Words and Pictures © Denise Stanford 2014

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

Words and Pictures © Denise Stanford 2014

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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Words and pictures © 2013 Denise Stanford

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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Words and Pictures © Denise Stanford 2013

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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Words and Pictures © Denise Stanford From The Journals

 
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