A slowish burn

Mark 4:28 “For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head”

Line upon line
Faith upon faith
We are transformed
Grace upon grace.

By faith and patience
We inherit
Promises given
Gradually cherished.

First the seed
Then the stem
His Word & Spirit
Fills the head.

A slowish burn
From the Seed
And soiled turned.

My reading here. 30 seconds…


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A spiritual cuisine

I am the snow
I come and go
With a melted soul
I make rivers flow.

I am the storm
I’m cold and warm
I quickly change form
So I can transform.

I am the sea
I am the deep
I’m life underneath
So I am carefree.

I am the sun
Never outdone
Clouds cannot shun
What I have begun.

I am the rain
Droughts never gain
I feed food chains
I don’t stay in drains.

I am the clouds
Constant sky shrouds
Love being in a crowd
Black & white proud.

I’m what is seen
The Mother Earth queen
A spiritual cuisine
Can you see what I mean ?.

My reading here. 56 seconds…


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The promise of closing time

Lipstick smears on her centre piece
That was botoxed till it’s a crime
It’s time for the Friday night ritual
To make it past closing time.

There’s no way to beat the boredom
The emotion instructs the mind
Unless you keep the tradition
To play way past closing time.

Though she thinks she is hot
The size of her dress belies
The cold that is hers outside
Way past the closing time.

She loves the super attention
But knows it’s a deep as their eye
But she takes it while it’s on offer
Hopes it lasts until closing time.

Her subjects begin to leave
Bellies full of alcohol slime
Emptiness begins to fill her
Cos she knows that it’s closing time.

The taxi ride home seems a blur
As the keys let her stagger inside
So she can do it again
That’s the promise of closing time.

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A soldier of the cross

A soldier of the cross
Knows the fiery darts
That try to cut through truth
To wound the softened heart,
The breastplate does its job
Protecting bloodied faith
Paid for by the One
Who loves to keep it safe.

A soldier of the cross
Holds up steely shields
Protecting the whole body
The Holy Spirit seals,
From enemy attack
And what the scoundrel shoots:
Accusing and constant lies
Without an ounce of truth.

A soldier of the cross
Hardness often endures
Draws from Who’s within
To rest and feel secure,
For the Captain of the Army
Is powerful and wise
To use the enemy’s war
For a soldier’s good and right.

A soldier of the cross
Exhibits bodily marks
Resembling the same
As the murdered Christ,
The wounds become a badge
Never hidden in a drawer
He might lose a few battles
But will never lose the war.


The Queens of Stirling Castle

The Stirling Castle flowers speak
To those who stop their feet and mind walking
And declares in honesty the verity of the corporeal soul
Among the insects who fill the air.

The Queens of the Castle though colourful, beautifully crafted, fresh, scented, celebrated and majestic
Will enjoy a short reign
Before they fade in the summer Sun
But the shortness of their reign
Does not traduce their glory and usefulness.

But the invisible soul smells the new life won
Sees the hope in the beauty
Hears the sound of the Chief musician
Feels the joy of the Producer.

And has Royal ascent to lounge and play
For the dancing Composer calls the tune
Tends His garden
Protects His field
Provides for His guardians.

When these Queens pass,
Next season, new proclaimers will be appointed,
And continue to personify the beauty of Him.

Queens of Stirling Castle

Note : I took this photo at Stirling Castle. They are local wildflowers. The flower shows us how that human kind, though rebellious, still has a glory. But also, to the believer in Christ, exhibits truths of His Kingdom…if you can see it.


“Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He comes forth like a flower and fades away; He flees like a shadow and does not continue.”
‭‭Job‬ ‭14:1-2‬ ‭

“My beloved spoke, and said to me: “Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away. For lo, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; The time of singing has come, And the voice of the turtledove Is heard in our land.”
‭‭Song of Solomon‬ ‭2:10-12‬ ‭

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭12:27-28‬

You’re not !

If you think you’re not enough
And of sub standard stuff
To be in the Christian club
You’re not !.

If you say that you’re not clean
And say that you’re not seen
And no different from a machine
You’re not !.

If you feel that no one cares
You’re playing musical chairs
Unworthy of Heaven’s share
You’re not.

When voices scream you’re done
And the treachery weighs a ton
And you are the lie that’s spun
You’re not !.

It seems that God’s not there
It seems that God’s not fair
Your placed where there’s no prayer
You’re not !.

It’s all about who you are
And Him who drives the car
Think you’re defined by your scars ?.
You’re not !.

Four strings and the Truth

People ask me why do I
Like to play the Uke
I just think to my self
“Four strings and the truth”,

1st string is the note of “A”
Second string is “E”
“C” if you know what I mean
The fourth string is a “G”.

Chorus 1
Four strings and the truth
Known only by few
Make a joyful noise
Is why I play the Uke.

Might look like a little flea
But that don’t matter much
When singing about my Jesus Christ
And how He lost His blood

It’s not the instrument you play
Uke or big guitar
The thing matters most to him
Is playing from the heart.

Chorus 2
Four strings and the truth
Are you one of the few ?
Make a joyful noise
Is why I play the Uke.


Words & music by Peter Hall. Scot Free music. February 2016

…a play on the phrase that country music is “3 chords and the truth”.

Are you one the few ?.

The Voice

Sun shines on my back,
Blue skies on the track,
One step at a time,
Never a crime,

Rain falls on my head,
Not what the weather girl said,
And then turns into snow,
Which way to go.


I have the Voice within
That ends what It begins
I know that I will make it through,

“Let’s go to the other side”
Says the Voice that keeps an eye
Cos the skies are turning blue.
The Voice says I will make it through.


Sometimes life goes wrong,
And so you lose your song,
Grey skies seems to say,
“This is how you’ll stay”,

But then the Voice speaks loud,
Blues skies break the clouds,
Sets free the ball and chain,
Here I go again.


Words & music by Peter Hall. Copyright Scot Free Music 2016

This song is really about the Voice of the Holy Spirit in times of uncertainty. Jesus said in Mark 4:38 “let us go to the other side”. I think this is a profound statement because it is a clear statement of intention by Jesus. If He has birthed us and is the “finisher”, no storm, black clouds, or fierce winds will hinder His finishing work in us !. This is reassuring, and we must constantly reassure ourself with this thought. I am proud of the line: “The Voice that keeps an eye”…juxtaposing the Voice with His guiding eye as per Psalm 32:8.

You can download the lyrics and ukulele chords (and chord charts)  here.


Heaven and Earth

Came down through
The way renewed
Heaven is here,

Comes like a
Coming to
Object of love,

Only one God
Came from Heaven
Turning curses
Into blessings
What other God sacrifices self ?,
For the objects
Of Affection
Gaining Spirit
And connection
For Heaven and earth now are one.

Lived among
New things were
Heaven is here,

Shown in the
Not seen be-
Proven by blood.

Words & Music by Peter Hall. Copyright Sot Free Music 2016

Christ; who is a self sacrificing God, has bought Heaven, or His Kingdom into our lives. Heaven is now within. This is radical, like nothing anywhere else. When Jesus came and declared the Kingdom, it was new, life changing and powerful.

“with respect to an administration of the completion of the epochs of time to bring back again to their original state all things in the Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth, in Him”. Ephesians 1:10 (Wuest version)



You can read or download the lyrics and ukulele chords (and chord charts) here.


Inconvenient detours

God’s ways can seem twisted and winding
The right path seems short of the finding
The most convenient thing to do
But there’s a truth known by the few.

That evil tidings in the world abounds
Seeking to steal your victors crown
Unsuitable detours trod by the waiter
Are really God’s plan for something greater !.


Saul was the son of striving (1 Samuel 9:1 “son of Aphiah”). He had to find his fathers donkeys and after many travels and detours, he met Samuel who was to anoint him King. God found the donkeys for Saul in the end (grace is not striving but letting Him do the work).  The unsuitable, awkward and inconvenient detours made him see Samuel. Inconvenient detours may be in God’s plan for something greater. Later, the best part of the sacrifice was saved for Saul; it was set apart for him: 1 Samuel 9:24. Saul, through the inconvenient, came into God will and plan.

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