Author Archives: Butch Dean

About Butch Dean

I was born and raised in the mid-west and attended high school in the '50's. My paths in life have taken me from a teenager in the fifties to the U.S. Navy in the sixties; from a blue collar worker to a nursing degree; from Illinois-Arkansas-Florida-Tennessee and back to my hometown in Illinois. Many roads have I traveled and many travelers have I met along the way, all with stories to be told. With my faith in God and “dust on my shoes,” I travel the writer’s path. My poetry and writings are about faith, hope, love and the human condition. It is my sincere hope that the thoughts expressed will find a way to speak to your heart and soul. "It's never too late and you are never too old to do what you’ve always wanted to do.”

Something Beautiful

“Something beautiful, something good,

All my confusion He understood.

All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife,

And He made something beautiful of my life.”

(Bill and Gloria Gaither)

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Company is coming and you want to look your best.

Job interview and you want to show them how qualified you are.

Sunday morning and you want others to think of you as a strong Christian.

On different occasions, outside the privacy of our own home, we want others to see us at our best. We want others to see that we are in control of our life, that we are happy, even if that is not the case. It’s a matter of self pride for each one of us.

We “talk the talk,” even if we can’t “walk the walk.”

All too often, we approach our relationship with God in the same way. Because it is so important for us to be attractive and acceptable, we convince ourselves that God will judge us as if it was a job interview or inspect our house as if He was company.

The truth is…God wants you to come as you are, not trying to clean up, not trying to impress. He knows your situation…He knows your heart.

His arms are waiting for you…just as you are.

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“All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife,

And He made something beautiful of my life.”

(Bill and Gloria Gaither)

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What More Can I Do

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Faith does believe what I cannot see,

Tis the anchor of all that I hope will be.

The eyes of my soul, the hope of my heart,

Belief without sight, this course I chart.

 

Highways and byways of life lead me on,

Unknown direction; is it right, is it wrong.

Trusting my instincts or is it in You,

Hoping in darkness what more can I do.

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