Free At Last

•11/10/2016 • 1 Comment

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I just saw a lovely pastel sketch of a ‘butterfly’ and woman merged into one mythical creature

The title of the piece declared

Free at last…

We may long to be free of the restrictions being human brings

to feel freedom like the creatures of the air

even on a spiritual level


But before the caterpillar becomes ‘free’

it must first submit to a kind of death

to a death of familiar

death of safe

death of known

death of its old life

its old ways

its perceived power and control

it must submit to the silence and isolation of the cocoon

it must submit perhaps to the unknown…

It must trust instincts inbred

to find

that right place

that right season

to weave a cocoon in the right way


entangling oneself within

remain completely vulnerable

and wait

whilst changes of mammoth significance occur

not once questioning or interrupting the process

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Perhaps if we

Listened for God

in Silence

In Isolation

trusting Him

to provide

the right time

the right space

the right season

to follow where He leads

Obedient to His promptings

Not insisting on

our way

our time

our terms

our conditions

our control

To leave ourselves open to Him

become entangled in His Word

to remain vulnerable to Him

defenceless in the face of

Who He Is

Then perhaps we will find

that prison gate swinging wide

right where we are

And take flight in Praise of Him

He is the Key

to true


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Words and Pictures © Denise Stanford-Buller 2016

Still Within The Vine

•13/09/2016 • 2 Comments

dscn2046I Remain

Within The Vine

I Stand

Upon the Firm Foundation

Of God’s Love

In quiet confidence

In His Faith


I Know

I Am


By His Grace


By His Power


By His love

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I Abide

In His Love


No doubts

I Remain

Held firm

Within The Vine

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Words and Pictures © Denise Stanford-Buller 2016 

Father Song

•15/09/2015 • 1 Comment

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I step into the early morning air,

It is crisp, clear, the freshness awakens me

The Sun is rising; it spills golden light all around

I see tiny dew drops edging each leaf, soon they will be gone

Seen by my eyes alone but here too I see The Father’s Hand

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Nearby Magpie lifts his head, warbling a purlieu song

That claims all I see as his own.

My tree, my roses, my garden, my abode

My own; he tells the world loud and clear


Creator God, You Paint the day

You Smile at the treasures I find

You walk with me, You remind me I Am

Your Child, Your Joy


Oh how I delight in You, in this Your abiding love

As I lean in close You lean in closer

Breathless I know, I know I am known

You lift Your Head oh God and Sing Your Father song

You claim me as Your own and willingly I stand as Yours

My mind  My soul  My heart  My Love My all

All Your Own

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Words and Pictures © Denise Stanford 2015

•21/03/2015 • 3 Comments



The Wonder Of It All

•24/12/2014 • Leave a Comment

Matthew 18 1-4  The Message

“At about the same time, the disciples came to Jesus asking, “Who gets the highest rank in God’s kingdom?” For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, “I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me.”




Watch Child faces

Aglow in Candlelight

Awestruck by Christmas

Amazed by the Wonder of it all

Know this

As you smile over them

The Father Smiles over you

As you hope for their delight

The Father Hopes for yours

As you sing that lullaby 

To comfort Child heart

To banish Child fears

So The Father sings His Song over you

Lean in 

Feel the Depth of His Love for you

Be Amazed by the Wonder of it all

Be Awestruck by Christmas

Let your Child Heart Glow 

In the Light of Father’s Love


Words by Denise Stanford © 2014

Photographs by Denise & James Stanford © 2014


With a Passion

•13/04/2014 • 2 Comments



I love you Lord

With a Passion


Faint shadow

Of Your Passion for me

Hold me close

Do not let me go

Teach me your ways

Leave me an ever-willing pupil



To Your Rhythms of Grace


Stay ready to hear

The Heart Whispers

Of Your Lord

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My Heart

•14/01/2014 • Leave a Comment


Oh my Heart

Decide upon this

Where ever

When ever

Seek the Lord

He will be found

Drawing you into

Deeper Connection

Deeper Knowledge

Deeper Passion

Deeper Relationship

Deeper Lessons

Made easier by Love

Creating Joy

That future Hope


Oh my Heart

Even in

Dark Despair

He holds you



He draws you close






Oh my Heart

Seek Him today

With all you have

He will be found


In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.

Jeremiah 29 v 12,13 NLT


Words and Pictures © Denise Stanford 2014