Devil in the Cafe (Poet and Painter Collaboration)

Devil in the Cafe

Painting by Marisol McKee

 

January fourth, I packed up my bag, journals, pens and Tablet, headed to a local coffee shop determined to focus and write…preferably simultaneously.  Snow flurries fell outside as I sipped my hot brewed inspiration anticipating a multitude of epiphanies. I was hoping to muster up at least a few sentences.

Unfortunately, a gentleman set himself up beside me with his laptop, and the minute he plugged in, somehow, my own internet connection was impacted. It was mysterious, odd and a tad bit frustrating. Naturally, I turned to poetry. Because what’s a girl to do when the devil shows up at the coffee shop. But, that wasn’t the end of the story… More

Rescued From The Curse By His Grace Moment by Moment

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Standing at the kitchen counter, sleep still permeating my eyes I feel for the coffee pot, prepare the pot, as I have done so many mornings. I squint adjusting to the light well aware I’m being stalked by the morning pet parade. Three sets of eyes are staring up at me. I pour dry food into the two cat bowls, grab the dog’s leash from the coat rack and head to the door with a prancing Reindeer. Once we are out into February’s chilly morning darkness and at the canine appointed place of business, I stare up at the dark blue sky over us. I gaze at the stars. Standing in the starlight, surrounded by winter’s stillness I’m startled awake as I take inventory of my heart.

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Words in the Lot

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Satan sneaks in subtly,

with snakelike words

that slither,

seeking to strangle

 the precious Christ

that lives and moves

and has His being

in you.

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The Jaws of Sin VS. Absolute Truth

“Look, Chief, you can’t go off half-cocked looking for vengeance against a fish. That shark isn’t evil. It’s not a murderer. It’s just obeying its own instincts. Trying to get retribution against a fish is crazy.” ― Peter Benchley, Jaws

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As we come to the end of the most wonderful week of the year…ahem, Shark Week. I bring you the next post in my Summer Series, which was coincidentally, originally written in 2012 for my brethren, during Shark Week!

Jaws is one of my all time favorite movies and the greatest of Summer reads – for those who dare. Because I have watched it often, since it’s release in 1975, I have thought about it many times, both inside and outside the water.

If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” Genesis 4:7

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Warning: Dangerous Waters for Christians

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I stood at the deli counter awaiting my number to be called, when I noticed a vaguely familiar face. After mutual recognition set in the conversation flowed easily around the obvious subject.

“How’s your Summer going so far?”

“Good, good-Great weather, huh?”

“Looking forward to the beachy days ahead.” and “The tourists are taking over, but that’s the price we pay for living in such a beautiful town.”

I then, smiling, said “So, see you at church, next time!”

Awkward silence.

“No, we’re taking the Summer off.”

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