Not Owed

This for that
All things owed
Must be repaid
Debt is a way
We’ve learned
To live our lives.
Everything must
Always be earned
But wait, hang on
What about forgiveness?
It lets go without
Asking for anything
At all in return
It wipes away all marks
And it is not earned
It is given
Forgiveness is
An incredible gift
That we all
Need more of


Built on Honesty

God’s kingdom is built
On honesty, not the lies
Of guilt and shame
About how we suck
And God could never
Forgive us for what we’ve done
That lie about God
Comes from the evil one
Who built a kingdom
Among us built on lies
Guilt and shame
But there is a
Much better way
In the kingdom
Of honesty living
Honestly in the light
Cast by Father God
The purity of a real life
Set free from guilt
And the pain of shame
Is the real life I want
Built on God’s honesty


Squeezed tight in my hand
Held so secure no
Light can get in
This thing I will not
Let go of, I’ll hold
Tight to so no one
Else can see it
With all my might
I will hold tight
To this one thing
Oh no, there’s a problem
Holding this thing means
I can’t hold onto
Anything else
While I squeeze this tight
If I want to use my hand
I have to let it go
And not squeeze tight
To this thing
Finger by finger
I let it go
Until my hand
Is open
Degree by degree
I tip my hand
Until the thing
Slips to the ground
No longer squeezed tight
In my hand


This world told you that
You don’t matter
You’re not important
You are replaceable

This world told you that
Your value is only
In what you have
In what you can get

This world told you that
Someone else is special
Someone else is enough
And you are not

This world told you
A giant bag of lies
A huge sack of fear
To keep you scared

The Creator says
You are loved
You are unique
You were made
With a purpose in mind
You have a place
That is all your own
You are special
You are irreplaceable
You are so loved
So wanted and you
You are enough


Sexual expression
Has become the
Number one way
Our society says
To express ourselves
But, I’m so much more
Than a biological drive
Than a session of sweaty fun
And my love for my husband
Has so much more to it
Than just sex
Love is so not about
Feeling tingly and palpitations
It’s a difficult and
Totally immersive way
To spend life with
Other humans
Supporting each other
Crying and caring together
Disagreeing and making
It all work out
The way Jesus showed us
It should be
It’s not a feeling
It’s a verb
Love is an action
It’s something we do
It means so much more
Than just emotion
Than just a later night encounter
Love is a decision
To face life together