“Dear Santa”

cleaning the garage
I came across two letters
from my girls

one asking for twenty five minutes
the other asking for fifty nine minutes
of a loving family

that moment
when you feel your heart break
and drip

I began to cry
THIS is why I’m so grateful
THIS is why I write

do you have any idea what HE’s done?
do you even know how HE’s changed my life?

my grateful tears
ran into regret
and the sobbing began

always referred to as bad
but how can one not

searching deeper within
I looked up regret’s definition

as a verb
feel sad

as a noun
feeling of sadness

I regret the damage I’ve caused others
I regret certain things from the past
but it’s not a verb I practice
and it’s not a noun I live in

I breathe
and live
in joy

grateful that I’m


“Sometimes, it takes many compliments to build someone up but only one complaint to tear them down.”

The other day, I received two complaints about my worship flags. It seems SO easy to focus on those complaints, rather than the hundreds of compliments I’ve received. The thought of quitting didn’t take long to hear. It was crazy and made me think of this quote.