OJ & Life

A glass of orange juice

knocked over the breakfast table

all over me


Sticky liquid splattered

my beginning of the day



Server youth, red-faced  and apologizing

brings another orange juice


We take some of  breakfast with us

a great oblong cinnamon toast cracker

ready to eat


Falls to the ground

and shatters into pieces all broken


We head for a change of clothes


a fresh start


Wouldn’t you know it

thumb burns

on hot flat iron


It was a rough start

to the day


And some days are like that


And some days


with more

than an orange juice in your lap


Some days bring a splattering

of hopes and dreams


And some days


with more

than cinnamon toast all over the floor


Some days bring a shattering

of what you thought

your future would be


And some days


with more

than a burned thumb all painful


Some days bring a burn intense

red hot

to your tender heart


But whatever the intensity

whatever the circumstance

whatever the heartache


God’s grace will carry you

His strength will hold you

His love will envelope you


Each day has the potential

for trials

large and small


Let His grace be everything

for you

– Susie Stewart


But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

– 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)


Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].

– Hebrews 4:16 (AMP)


Photo by Susie Stewart



Don’t Quit

Our society is filled with runaways, dropouts, and quitters. The epidemic of walking away has hit our land with effects as devastating as the bubonic plague, and it has destroyed millions of effective lives and relationships. We are so self-centred that we have ceased to lay down our lives for others. We have seen others faint or walk away and we have followed in their weakness. We have fainted when we could have persevered by exchanging our strength for His! With His strength, not only could we have kept on walking, we could have run!

– Kay Arthur


I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

– Ephesians 4:13 (ESV)


Yet, the strength of those who wait with hope in the Lord will be renewed. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and won’t become weary. They will walk and won’t grow tired.

– Isaiah 40:31 (GW)


The Eternal One is good, a safe shelter in times of trouble. He cares for those who search for protection in Him.

– Nahum 1:7 (VOICE)


Photo by Arik Stewart