The Poetry That Is Life

Trying to find the beauty, the poetry, in every moment



Faith, Hope, and Love

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13



For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:10

My story of faith begins at an early age. I was seven when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior, and I don’t remember as much about the “experience” as I wish I did. It was during a revival, and I remember feeling like I needed to go forward, but I was a shy child and was embarrassed to go up in front of everyone, so I didn’t make my profession of faith until the next night. But I don’t really remember much else.  Continue reading “Faith, Hope, and Love”


Romeo and Juliet, 9th graders, and fictional love

“Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?”

balcony scene

One of the most quotable lines from one of the most “romantic” stories in literature: Romeo and Juliet, the go-to Shakespeare play for 9th grade.

9th graders hate Romeo and Juliet, which is such a shame, because if they could just get past the language, the play reflects exactly how they behave in their own relationships.

Now, to be completely honest, 9th graders (or high schoolers in general) aren’t exactly open about their romantic escapades with their teachers. But again folks, the power of observation. If you pay close enough attention to these teenagers—in class, in the hallways, at lunch—you can TOTALLY tell when they have a crush on someone. It’s even more obvious when the relationship becomes official. Let’s just say that schools have “No PDA” rules in place for a reason….

And just a reminder folks, in case it’s been awhile since you’ve read (or attempted to read, skimmed, or slept through) Romeo and Juliet: the story is NOT about a young, handsome Leonardo DiCaprio falling madly in love and pursuing his darling to the best of his ability, doing his best to love her despite the darkest of circumstances.

It’s about two turned-on teenagers who can’t wait to get in each other’s pants. Continue reading “Romeo and Juliet, 9th graders, and fictional love”

Life…the way I want it

“But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:14

Sometimes, when I look back at a past period of my life, while I may smile with fond memories, there’s a certain amount of disappointment I feel as well. Though, through the grace of God, I am taking steps in the right direction toward living the radical, satisfying, thirst-quenching life Christ offer to us and calls us to live, when I look back, many times I feel that I’ve failed. I could have done more. I could have been more sincere. I could have spent more time with that person. I could have loved more. Continue reading “Life…the way I want it”


Just some verses that stood out to me today as I was reading, and my thoughts about them. 

Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.  Luke 10:20

The seventy two (see context) were called to good works and to spread the gospel, and were given the power to do so through the holy spirit.  And yet even in doing good works, they were called to be humble.  Their celebration was not to be because of the wonderful works they were doing and seeing, even though that came from God.  Instead, they were to humbly rejoice in God’s mercy, that they would see heaven.  Do everything out of love for our merciful God! He deserves our praise! We can do nothing apart from him. 

But  the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary.  Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.  Luke 10:41-42

Oh how I worry and do not trust.  I worry myself sick over things I can’t control.  But He has a plan better than what I could plan (Luke 11:13).  And ultimately,  while we should serve (and be happy and excited to serve) out of love for our Lord, nothing is more important than spending time with God and learning from His instruction.

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