Fire In the Sky

Faith paragon, no…

But I brave fire in the sky

Hammer at Heaven’s

Pure pearl gate outside God’s throne

Making tear-drenched prolix prayer:

“What if there’s something

I could do to compensate

For all that I’m not

Persuade You, my Lord, to move

As You’ve done, often before

Have mercy, and speak”…

Freshened breeze blows reminder

God has Not changed, Never Sleeps*

He’s present in our waiting

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.

*“Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17, New International Version

“God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?” Numbers 23:19, New Living Translation

“Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” Psalm 121:4, King James Bible

Daily Light #85 ~ Prayer for God’s Mercy

Psalm 123:1-4

I lift my eyes to you,

O God, enthroned in heaven.

We keep looking to the LORD our God for his mercy,

just as servants keep their eyes on their master,

as a slave girl watches her mistress for the slightest signal.

Have mercy on us, LORD, have mercy,

for we have had our fill of contempt.

We have had more than our fill of the scoffing of the proud

and the contempt of the arrogant.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved. Bible Hub

On Our Knees

Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge: Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Today’s prompt: Write a piece of prose or poetry around the phrase: “on our knees”


On our knees, broken

On our knees, weeping

On our knees, waiting

On our knees, humbled

On our knees seeking

Lord of Creation lift our

Eyes, show us what You see

But keep us on our knees

Till we align our hearts with Thee

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.

Glad Game #13 ~ Let Us Eat Cake

Here we are, together again…ready to play the Glad Game?  That’s where we count our blessings gratefully, like “Pollyanna”—who always found something to be glad about in the worst of circumstances.  And right now feels as close to “worst” as anyone wants to imagine…so I’ve brought you what’s left of my “desperation cake”🙃

a) I’m grateful for freedom…not everyone in the world is so entitled, and all the forums are buzzing with people discussing the unrest in the US, and other global issues.  I’ll just say that I wish people used their freedom to express kindness, love, peace, generosity, prayers—rather than words and actions that wound, murder, and cause immeasurable destruction in lives.

b) Thankful, indeed, for reports that pandemic safety measures might be decreased by August, where I live—not completely unrestricted, but we may be able to visit in person.  That will be something to celebrate, sing praises about!

c) Very grateful my housing recertification is over, with only a minimal change in rent.  And I’m glad to have a good relationship with my property manager, who works diligently in a challenging job—she helps make my life easier.

d) Thankful to learn food assistance resources will be increased again, for June—I’ll be able to grocery shop with wild abandon!  Not that I’m in least danger of becoming malnourished…I’m simply happiest when cupboards, freezer are well laden.  Variety is the spice of life, supposedly, and that surely applies to meal-planning😉

e) Let’s see…I’m grateful yet again for mild temps.  If I could bother the Lord for just one more favor, I pray summer won’t be HOT.

f) I’m beyond thankful for blogging…who’d-a-thunk the world would open its doors to reveal a wide vista on such engaging people to meet—without leaving home?!  My readers are each a precious gem…jewelry I can wear everyday, accessorizing my old T-shirts!😊  Thank you all!

g) More grateful than ever for humor—and my faith in “the God who stays” (song).  He’s promised to never forsake us, and His word is true and reliable.

Confession:  I’ve consumed nearly the entire (9 x 13) delish Chocolate Cake I baked recently…if you’d like the recipe for a super-moist cake, I’ll share.  Part of the secret is, ingredients include a can of condensed tomato soup (without spices), and buttermilk.  The 100% cacao Hershey’s Cocoa Powder gives it rich flavor, and color to make a fashion designer drool!  I’m so sorry it’s not gluten-free…

Alrighty-then, I’ll leave you with virtual hugs all ’round, and continued prayers for your well-being.  You’re wonderful…and, yes we’ll make it through a deplorable season, together!💖Rhen

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.

Daily Light #27 ~ Call to Prayer

First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered on behalf of all men for kings and all those in authority, so that we may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity. This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior…” 1st Timothy 2:1-3, Berean Study Bible

Daily Light #15 ~ Prayer

Jesus said, “This is how you should pray: 

“Father, may your name be kept holy. 

May your Kingdom come soon. 

Give us each day the food we need,

and forgive us our sins,

as we forgive those who sin against us. 

And don’t let us yield to temptation.”

Luke 11:2-4, New Living Translation

“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for.  Keep on seeking, and you will find.  Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks, receives.  Everyone who seeks, finds.  And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” Luke 11:9-1077, NLT

“In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.” 1 Timothy 2:8, NLT

Daily Light #8 ~ God’s Unfailing Love

“Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God.  He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.”  Deuteronomy 7:9, New Living Translation

Verse 15, “And the Lord will protect you from all sickness.”

Verse 21, “…for the Lord your God is among you, and he is a great and awesome God.”

Verse 8:3b, “…people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”

Verse 15-16, “Do not forget that he led you through the great and terrifying wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, where it was so hot and dry.  He gave you water from the rock!  He fed you with manna in the wilderness…”, NLT

“Answer my prayers, O Lord, for your unfailing love is wonderful.  Take care of me, for your mercy is so plentiful.” Psalm 69:16, NLT

Change, Gotta Love It…

Lest you be confused, I’ve finally changed the theme I’ve been using since Noah built the ark!  I had a single reason for doing so:  though I still love the 2011 theme, the Comments thread became illegible past more than a few replies—and I VALUE Comments and REPLIES 🙂

I’m pleased with the new header image, and hope you’ll adjust to the changes I’ve made and continue reading what I offer here.  If you find anything about the new theme problematic, please let me know…I’m open to hearing suggestions. 

My readers are the special family I’m privileged to connect with throughout each week.

My loving prayers for all of you continue:  that God will bless you with peace, protection and good health.  The pandemic will NOT last forever, we’ll get through it stronger than before…and with inspiring stories to share.  My confidence in God remains steady.

Yours truly,


God Comes Running, Sunday Song

Lord, just for today

Make everything be alright

Send this day’s manna

Your gentle rain of healing

To replace night puddles’ tears


So many anguished

Their hope, faith unraveling

Speak the Word, O God

One breath from You sweeps darkness

Gone, all which gnaws, writhes within


The battle’s Yours, Lord

Thankfulness, our sacrifice

Trust, our choice to make

Lift us to Your holy hill

Rock fortress where Light guides us

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.