Wednesday, June 29, 2016

We must do business in great waters (a quote by CH Spurgeon)

“We must do business in great waters; we must be really on the deck in a storm, if we would see the works of the Lord and His wonders in the deep. We must have stood side by side with King David; we must have gone down into the pit to slay the lion or have lifted up the spear against the eight hundred, if we would know the saving strength of God’s right hand. Conflicts bring experience, and experience brings growth in grace which is not to be attained by any other means.”

CH Spurgeon, Gleanings Among the Sheaves

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Shepherd goes after the one (A Triolet)

The Shepherd goes after the one 

The Shepherd goes after the one

Lost sheep until brought safely home

On shoulders, like a prize that's won

The Shepherd goes after the one

Hillside rejoicing will soon come

Together, one hundred will roam   

The Shepherd goes after the one

Lost sheep until brought safely home 

Kariana Reyes 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

"Piece by Piece" - An Unexpected "Worship" Song

"Piece by Piece"- An Unexpected "Worship" Song

A few months back, a woman from church shared a vision with me. While praying for me, God showed her a well made of bricks. But the well was not complete - it had some bricks missing or cracked, so water seeped out of the well where there were holes. She prophesied that God would make the broken bricks whole, and where bricks were missing, He would replace them. This was my first time meeting this woman, and she didn't know that for months God had been speaking to me loudly and clearly about water - in particular, His Living Water (John 7:38). After hearing her vision, I knew that I desired to carry a whole, strong, and deep well that could hold His Living Water - a well not just for me, but one that others could drink from when they are thirsty for more of Him.

Tomorrow is Father's Day, and right now I'm listening to Kelly Clarkson's latest song about her father, "Piece by Piece." Few songs have made me cry like this one has, and I can only guess that too many people can relate to it. It's touching what a healing gift her husband has been to her and how much confidence she has in him and in his love for her. But when I hear this song, I can't help but think of God. It brings me to a heart of worship, because I know Him to be the One who makes me whole, putting me back together, piece by piece. My security and healing come from Him. This is not just head-knowledge, but heart-knowledge:

"Piece by piece he collected me up off the ground...piece by piece he filled the holes...he takes care of me cause he loves me."

I can't say that I fully understand how God is repairing my well, but I do know it is in the tender, loving way only a perfect Father could: piece by piece, brick by brick.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Telescope Heart

Telescope Heart

When darkness covers the vast night sky
When not a twinkle winks at an eye
When I cannot spy a shooting star
Lord, make a telescope of my heart
When clouds hover, blocking clearest views
When luminosity's oldest news 
When sunsets once shined heavenly art
Lord, make a telescope of my heart
When a closer view, I need to see
When I learn to fix my eyes from me
When my vision's clearer than the start
Lord, make a telescope of my heart
When a Book magnifies like a lens
When reflections of the Son romance
When it's time for gravid clouds to part
Lord, make a telescope of my heart
Behold a glow in the fleeting dark!
Lord, make a telescope of my heart 

Kariana Reyes

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Coastal Erosion (A Love Pursuit)

Coastal Erosion (A Love Pursuit)

Like tidal currents
Like adamant waves
Like weathering winds beating
Mighty cliffs for days
And days

You pursue me 

                      Abrasion-defensive rocks 
                      Break until humbled
                      Finest sediments made only from
                      Crack and tumble


And all of these unrelenting motions
Carry sands into Your oceans

Kariana Reyes