Occupy God's Table


God provides all the essentials we need
wonderful lighting
 fragrant flowers
utensils to utilize
food for nourishment
 and a place to sit
yet I have so often
preoccupied myself
with striving to attain
all these things myself
filling my mind with worry
emptying my pockets of bills
serving only to exhaust
all the energy
God gave me.


When I think of the word "occupy"....so many things come to mind.  In the dictionary it says that occupy is to take or fill up,to engage and employ the mind,to take possession and control of, and to hold.  It seems that the things that we choose to occupy our lives have a hold on us one way or another.  Either they have a hold on us or we have a hold on them.  Hopefully our choice is something worth holding on to.



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Comments

  1. nice...look at the birds, do they worry....but yes we fall into that trap easily...nice take on this carrie

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  2. Carrie, this is a stunning poem. I too am often preoccupied rather than occupied. Yes, we do need to recognize what God has given us.

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  3. Wow, I love this. It says so much in few words!

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  4. OCCUPY - "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind" and "Love your neighbor as yourself".

    Blessings Carrie.

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  5. I too can relate to the problem of being preoccupied with trying to do too much and attain things. You say it well here. Write on!

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  6. I understood this completely. If I'm lazy and let my vigilance lapse, I go immediately to ungrateful and tired without passing Go.

    I especially enjoyed your reminder that God provides "wonderful lighting" ... made me smile.

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  7. Great take on the theme!

    Visiting from the 'Poetry Jam'. :)

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  8. "hopefully our choice is something worth holding on to."

    oh carrie. how God speaks through you. how i've missed you friend. xo

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  9. Carrie,

    I love this reminder about where we place the daily requirements. Forgetting about the important things and finding that we have enough to survive.

    Best wishes, Eileen

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  10. Hi Carrie, Thanks so much for following Saved by Grace! I'm so glad you did, because now I found your lovely blog and I'm following you too! What a lovely photo and post! We can trust God to provide for all our needs, and to answer prayers exceeding abundantly beyond what we could ever imagine or think.
    Love in Him,
    Laurie

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  11. Hi Carrie, it looks like that we got something in mutual "the titles of our blogs".... I'm just passing by to say hi to this great blog and rich contents, great poem indeed.... regards,

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  12. wonderful lighting
    fragrant flowers
    utensils to utilize
    food for nourishment
    and a place to sit

    Oh, and the photo! truly heaven on earth. If the above were a list of things we searched for, most are free or relatively cheap to obtain. Simple pleasures, simple desires sometimes make for the best memories, best times. Loved this.

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  13. Beautiful, Carrie. Lovely especially at this time of year.

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  14. Beautiful and so good. We do "occupy" so many things and then those things occupy us.

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  15. SO TRUE I think we all try to do things that occupy our life and then we are occupied by what we are doing without enough thought of what we are really doing at the time.

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  16. I like the reminder that I must intentionally occupy the presence of the divine, of plenty, in order to esperience it fully.

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  17. Carrie, this is beautiful ... your header photo is awesome!!!

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  18. I really love this piece. It is funny to look back on our lives and see times we should have just let go of what we wanted and let God take care of us.

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  19. Amen Carrie, way to testify.

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  20. Carrie, I'm so, so glad to have found your blog, and surprised to find someone speaking of God so frankly without that veiled cynicism that is everywhere today.
    Thank you very much for coming to the Jam, and I'll be back for more of you :)

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