David W. Ballard: Professional Writer specializing in Web content writing, copywriting, feature writing, fiction writing, and poetry. http://davidwballard.com ...when writing has to make a difference Sat, 20 Jun 2015 15:14:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 More Love http://davidwballard.com/2015/06/20/more-love/ Sat, 20 Jun 2015 15:14:21 +0000 http://davidwballard.com/?p=2045 Just came across this quote about love: Make my love abound more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, So that I may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day

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Just came across this quote about love:

Make my love abound more and more in real knowledge and all discernment,

So that I may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness

Which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

For all you who read this: I love you more:)

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The Road http://davidwballard.com/2014/12/20/road/ Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:49:15 +0000 http://davidwballard.com/?p=2041 The nightmare’s gone, And it’s early dawn. I see through a window now, Not through tears. The LORD has sloughed off my load Like the beginnings of laughter. I’m not bereft At all, Just a blinded Saul. My Maple tree

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The nightmare’s gone,
And it’s early dawn.

I see through a window now,
Not through tears.
The LORD has sloughed off my load
Like the beginnings of laughter.

I’m not bereft
At all,
Just a blinded Saul.

My Maple tree outside is still;
There is no wind,
Just a moment to contemplate
What’s been.

I saw Nana before I rose
So I had to compose
A poem which speaks of death
To death.

Perhaps, at just the right time,
We all will see
Sorrow is but a way lay
On the road to immortality.

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TriniTree http://davidwballard.com/2014/09/29/trinitree/ Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:26:31 +0000 http://davidwballard.com/?p=2036 I see the Trinity As a fruit-bearing tree. For one, The Son Reaches with outstretched arms Toward us Because Jesus, Is branches and limbs Bearing the Fruit of the Spirit in Him. God’s Spirit, like fruit, trembles in its own

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I see the Trinity
As a fruit-bearing tree.
For one,
The Son
Reaches with outstretched arms
Toward us
Because Jesus,
Is branches and limbs
Bearing the Fruit of the Spirit in Him.

God’s Spirit, like fruit, trembles in its own wind
Blowing and blowing without origin.
The vine dresser, our Father, trims His tree
So the God-head bears fruit most abundantly
And to show us how to live relationally.
Or, perhaps, He’s also the roots
Drawing everything to Him to perfect His fruit.

You may see the Trinity another way;
So have your say,
Just permit me to say:
There is a Triune God,
Though three in One may seem odd.
But don’t you know we have many parts
Stretching out from our one beating heart?

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Robin http://davidwballard.com/2014/08/12/robin/ http://davidwballard.com/2014/08/12/robin/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 03:10:47 +0000 http://davidwballard.com/?p=2033 After every joke, there is a pause. “Will they boo or applaud?” O, Robin, I’m still laughin’ Remember when . . . Or when You were in . . . Man, you’re somethin’ else, Always help me take the focus

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After every joke, there is a pause.
“Will they boo or applaud?”

O, Robin,
I’m still laughin’
Remember when . . .
Or when
You were in . . .
Man, you’re somethin’ else,
Always help me take the focus off myself.

What? Somethin’s wrong?
Yeah, I’m kinda busy here, is this going to take long?
You know I care,
But is there
A punchline somewhere?
Wait! No! No!
Hello? Hello?

I’m sorry, Robin;
I didn’t stop to listen.
When I had it rough,
You showed me great love,
But I thought of myself too much
And not of you enough.
You were just so damn funny
Who
Knew
You
Cried,
Too.

We’ve all had bad days;
Lives we wish we could change,
But somethings you can’t unchange:
A world that’s no longer the same.
So don’t forget
Every chance you get
To say, “I love you,”
To comedians, too.

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Burning Wrongs http://davidwballard.com/2014/07/24/burning-wrongs/ http://davidwballard.com/2014/07/24/burning-wrongs/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:08:50 +0000 http://davidwballard.com/?p=2028 I lit the piece of paper, Listing the wrongs, on fire. It burned ashen in a few seconds time, Without witnesses to the petty crimes. Somehow, I’d recorded them in my mind And replayed them like a turn style, Spinning

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I lit the piece of paper,
Listing the wrongs, on fire.
It burned ashen in a few seconds time,
Without witnesses to the petty crimes.

Somehow, I’d recorded them in my mind
And replayed them like a turn style,
Spinning bad lyrics on a scratched 45.
I did it often without knowing why.

After all, He set my record ablaze
When he first forgave.
So I’ve loved again in earnest,
Setting out to do my durndest.

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The World’s Guides? http://davidwballard.com/2014/07/23/worlds-guides/ Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:04:03 +0000 http://davidwballard.com/?p=2017 God gave us Word-Light In the dark of night. Around the LORD’s Son, Like the lesser sun, We revolve in life, ‘Cause of Jesus’ Light. The darkened but see Blind imaginings. They–try to describe, Apart from scribes, The cosmos around

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God gave us Word-Light
In the dark of night.
Around the LORD’s Son,
Like the lesser sun,
We revolve in life,
‘Cause of Jesus’ Light.
The darkened but see
Blind imaginings.

They–try to describe,
Apart from scribes,
The cosmos around
Examining sound;
Researching light,
Origin of sight–
Listen, but don’t hear;
See, but aren’t aware.

Are they the world’s guides
In Satan’s disguise?

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Act the Way http://davidwballard.com/2014/07/22/act-way/ Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:24:41 +0000 http://davidwballard.com/?p=2014 My broken heart is stained from sin. “Lord, why’d you leave again? Yes, I strayed from the godly way You command everyday. Perhaps there’s fruit when I obey But, heart, what do you say? Can you cleanse me of binding

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My broken heart is stained from sin.
“Lord, why’d you leave again?
Yes, I strayed from the godly way
You command everyday.

Perhaps there’s fruit when I obey
But, heart, what do you say?
Can you cleanse me of binding sin,
So I’m free once again?

This anger’s a prison of sin,
Back again and again.”
“‘No, I can’t,’ my bitter heart says.
‘Just the Lord works this way.'”

From the depths of defeat, I say,
“Lord, I can’t live this way.”
God reaches down and takes my sin.
I sing to Him again.

“Thank you, God! You forgave my sin!
Now, I have peace again!
Lord, there’s so much I want to say!
“Say nothing, act the way.”

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Need http://davidwballard.com/2014/07/15/need/ Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:54:08 +0000 http://davidwballard.com/?p=2008 We play along to songs, so wrong, Yearning for what lies beyond. We stop the music, but it still plays, Washing us away. We need. Need. Need. Call it thirst or desire Or some other word for-higher, Which longs to

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We play along to songs, so wrong,
Yearning for what lies beyond.
We stop the music, but it still plays,
Washing us away.

We need. Need. Need.
Call it thirst or desire
Or some other word for-higher,
Which longs to be higher.
But the words pull us in the muck and mire.
We grow tired, so, so tired:
Reverse hunger, cold fire.

We need. Need. Need.
Bringing us to our knees,
This need. Need. Need.
It makes us tired, so, so tired:
Reverse hunger, uninspired.

He says: “Feed on me.
Feed on me.
Feed on me.
My yoke is easy.
Come to me
When you’re in need,
Abide in me.
You don’t have to need to need.
Just agree with me and you’ll see.
It’s so easy, so easy
I say, “Jesus, rule in me
Every part of me.”

We may tire, still get so, so tired
But the fire
Of our desire
Will inspire
Us to reach higher.
He says, “the Truth will set you free..
Free. Free. Free indeed.
You’ll never need to ache in need,
Ache in need, ache in need.”

Now I see.
I can be free. Free. Free.
Not bound by need to the worldly
Free. Free. Free. Free.
His Truth sets us free.
Free. Free. Free. Free.

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Though Enemies Assail http://davidwballard.com/2014/07/05/though-enemies-assail/ Sat, 05 Jul 2014 14:24:57 +0000 http://davidwballard.com/?p=2005 For such a time as this, It is my wish: In faith, not to fail, Though enemies assail. They surround thus Deploring Jesus. So, if I proclaim to be A follower of Thee, I will take a stand As best

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For such a time as this,
It is my wish:
In faith, not to fail,
Though enemies assail.

They surround thus
Deploring Jesus.

So, if I proclaim to be
A follower of Thee,
I will take a stand
As best I can.

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Righter’s Block http://davidwballard.com/2014/07/04/righters-block/ Fri, 04 Jul 2014 16:14:32 +0000 http://davidwballard.com/?p=2002 My well’s run dry, And I don’t know why. I plumb the depths Looking beyond my mess To righteously convey What I want to say. His Spirit finally begins to flow In a stream eddying slow Till He floods my

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My well’s run dry,
And I don’t know why.
I plumb the depths
Looking beyond my mess
To righteously convey
What I want to say.

His Spirit finally begins to flow
In a stream eddying slow
Till He floods my banks again,
And I can finally lay aside my sin
To take up a resident pen
And abide resting in Him.

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