Grace, Not Perfection

Grace Not Perfection 2Perfection’s highly
overrated. Give me grace
to let myself live,
to be human, to learn from
both victory and failure

May 4, 2017 ~ Tanka
© 2017 Angela Umphers Rueger – All Rights Reserved
Photo taken in Virginia Beach, VA, 2017

This poem is based on the book by the same title that I am currently reading, written by Emily Ley. I’ve had a good many Wow! and Aha! moments while reading this book. I’ll go through it more slowly the second time (if that’s even possible), making notes and underlining/highlighting as I go along. I am brainwashing myself into believing that perfectionism is bad. It’s been my way of life for so long that it will take some effort to loosen its grasp on my mindset.

And just for the record, she is not paying me to promote her book, but I included a link above for you to buy it (her name) if you’re interested. I am happy to endorse it because it has changed my life by changing my mindset. Highly recommended!

I Will Look Up ~ Psalm 5

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Psalm 5

Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.
Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God:
for unto Thee will I pray.

My voice shalt Thou hear in the morning, O LORD; 
in the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee, 
and will look up. 

For Thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness:
neither shall evil dwell with Thee.
The foolish shall not stand in Thy sight: Thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing:
the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.

But as for me, I will come into Thy house in the multitude of Thy mercy:
and in Thy fear will I worship toward Thy holy temple.

Lead me, O LORD, in Thy righteousness because of my enemies;
make Thy way straight before my face.

For there is no faithfulness in their mouth;
their inward part is very wickedness;
their throat is an open sepulcher;
they flatter with their tongue.
Destroy thou them, O God;
let them fall by their own counsels;
cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions;
for they have rebelled against Thee.

But let all those that put their trust in Thee rejoice:
let them ever shout for joy, because Thou defendest them:
let them also that love Thy name be joyful in Thee.

For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous;
with favor wilt Thou compass him as with a shield.

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Stillness

dogwood treeWhat is it in the morning calls for stillness?
The tall trees stand composed and at attention.
The songs of birds are hushed, with one exception,
And silent chimes announce the absence of the wind.

And likewise in my heart there reigns a calmness,
The product of a restful night of slumber,
Awakened to a new day filled with wonder
And ready to be still and know the God within.


Photo taken in Milton, Florida, 2017