We are each our own
We walk around
In our own world
With our own feet
In our own skin
Seeing what we see
All through our own lens
We assign judgments
To the things around us
Trying to classify
Every little thing
Assign it value
See where it fits
Where we fit
In this life
It is hard wired
Into each of us
As we navigate
And try to survive
Anything that’s different
Is most often feared
Treated as if it is
Full of hidden
Poison and danger
This is the way we navigate
The whole world
Labeling things as we see
If we need to give
Them more attention
Or if they’re safe to ignore
It’s an act of navigation
There is so much more to see
Than just what we
Have to navigate


Jagged Place

Life is a jagged place
Full of places to puncture
And poke myself
On the outcroppings
And spires of the mountains
That must be climbed
It’s a rugged journey
Not a leisurely stroll
I never navigate alone
I never take a step
Or a handhold that
Is not one that I
Take by myself
All through this walk
All through this journey
I am always with my God
He walks along with me
And He never, ever
Let’s me fall or
Get impaled on the rocks
More than I can survive
He comforts me
He comes with me
And when I want to quit
He holds me up
He carries me
Loving me through it all
From the highest peak
To the deepest muck
He is always with me
And I with Him
In this jagged place


For one He would go
Anywhere on this earth
Just to bring them home
Beyond measure

He declares our worth
Chosen as priceless
Before our births
He knew us then

For one, He bled
Out until He died
Just so one would shed
Their shame and guilt

Only Jesus beat death
Came back to life
To breathe His breath
Into one to set them free


Peeling away the armored layers
Revealing the rawness
The hurtable parts
Of who I am
It’s a painful process
That often leaves
Me completely breathless
Exposed in the most
Vulnerable way imaginable
To take off all the constructs
That I’ve spent years
Layering in front of me
Hoping people won’t look
Too hard past the me
I choose to give them
I’ve worked to perfect
The art of giving enough
That they think they have
All of me, when the truth is
Very few have that much
That utter vulnerability
That access to my whole real me
In the intangible inner parts
That beyond God
Who lives in me
So few have ever seen
That is the transparency
The level of honesty
That God is working me toward
To peel away the armor
I put on, my camouflage
And trade it only for
The armor of God.
His armor is more than sufficient
To protect all of who
He has made me to be
Let it peel away


Before I drew breath
You knew me Lord
You knew me as I formed
This body that houses me
You knew me then
You know me now
As age has reshaped
The body I am in
And the me You walk with
When my breath
Comes short from
The inflictions of life
I drop to my knees
And pitch forward
Onto my face
And I know, deeply know
That I am with You
Because You knew me
Before I drew breath
For that, gratitude soars
Through my heart
And through my soul
Even when I don’t
Have the strength
To get off my knees,
To expand my lung,
The strength to breathe
That’s when Your breath
Is all that sustains me


Pressure pushes in
Friction heats things up
And everything realigns
That’s how diamonds form

Stress pushed in
Friction heats things up
Cracks form in us
That’s how people reform

In those times the world
Hurts too much, breaking me
Pressing in, heating up
I will go to safety

My safety lies in Jesus
He is the One Who shapes me
Reforms me when
The pressures come

He forms me when things heat up
He repairs my cracking self
He uses the stress
To make me a diamond

Not On My Own

I can handle it all
All on my own
That is such a crock
A giant self-told lie
That breeds loneliness
In comes vulnerability
Knowing I’m all alone
That’s where I see
I can’t function
On my own
I need help
I need something bigger
That can handle
All that I can’t
I can’t do life
All on my own
I need arms
To hold me
A safe place to go
When the rocks
Of life fly at me
And loneliness
Tries to crush me
I need someone
To carry in my heart
Who is always with me
No matter what
Stupid thing is say
Or crazy thing I do
And that is You
Jesus, You come with me
Through everything
Because I see
I can’t do this on my own
I need You
And You alone