her ode to 2012

Last New Years, I was privileged to travel to the mountains of Colorado with a dear friend’s family. Lori, her mother, challenged us to write and present a poem reflecting on the year’s past— What initially was throw up in my mouth at the thought of exposing my soul became a worshipful response to God’s faithfulness over the year. Thanks to Lori, my very first n.y.e tradition continues.

her ode to 2012


she could have never anticipated

what 2012 had in store,

a year beyond what she imagined

and so much more.

He exhorted her to go and tell

of how He saved her soul,

to those tormented similarly

and desperate to be made whole.



she trembled at this call

for her story was one she shamed,

but He had greater plans

for His glory and His fame.

in faith she followed,

and He lead the way.

yet, in weakness she fell

on her skinned knees, she prayed.



total dependence

He would require,

for only His strength was enough

to relent from this works’ tire

grieving her limitations,

she cursed the thorn in her flesh.

then sweetly remembered

what free life results in death.



anchors in hand

she engaged the climb,

the view so much bigger

trusting in His time.

heart beating faster,

she began to share,

and to life he brought her

up and out of despair



identity proved destined

in her belovedness unfold

cultivating hope and grace

with each story told

no remnant of shame

His blood left remain

the chosen set free,

whitewashed from dark stain


from bud to blossom

His radiance, her face

she gleaned securely

in His warm embrace

a summer in soul city

this sunflower thrives,

as a fitnessing foodie

on hill country drives.



celebrating her independence

in red white and blue

wedding two heart friends

and traveling to peru.

her unceased ventures

were met with a frown

by the long sufferings of a parasite

slowing her way down



a call to the stage

beckoned her step so bold

with spotlights and speakers

and a harvest tenfold

in faith and obedience

to quiet commands

surprised by joy

and awestruck she stands



moving into a cottage crooked

with heart ‘n soul friends

and starting a dream job

with some pressure to pretend

humbled by heartache,

and sin exposed,

ignited a season to fight

nasty lies imposed.



detoxing from sugar

and training for 26.2

revealed cobwebbed corners

and undisciplined residue

yet, relentlessly met with

a Father’s word worthy

she celebrated year 25

in His severe mercy



He brought her to breaking

then took her to greece

her eyes saw and ears heard

heart longing for restored peace

her city greeted her return

in a season of gratitude

and just a few days later

with a baby boy boston dude



He’s beckoned her to the nations

disciples to go and make

yet the call to come and die

leaves her life here at stake

would she lay it down

to follow His voice

dreams, plans, desires

making Him alone her choice?


New Year

Length of days does not profit me

  except the days are passed in they presence.

  in thy service, to thy glory.

Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides,

  sustains, sanctifies, aids every hour,

  that I may not be one moment apart from thee,

  but may rely on thy Spirit to supply every thought,

     speak in every word,

     direct every step,

      prosper every work,

      build up every mote of faith,

  and give me a desire to show forth thy praise;

     testify thy love,

     advance thy kingdom.

I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,

  with thee, O Father, as my harbor,

  thee, O Son, at my helm,

  thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.

Guide me to heaven with my loins girt,

  my lamp burning,

  my ear open to thy calls,

  my heart full of love,

  my soul free.

Give me the grace to sanctify me,

    thy comforts to cheer,

    thy wisdom to teach,

    thy right hand to guide,

    thy counsel to instruct,

    thy law to judge,

    thy presence to stabilize.

May thy fear be my awe,

    thy triumphs my joy.

[Valley of Vision, New Year p. 112]

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