Poem: Frozen

Staring out the window No motivation inside My lost mind is Frozen Lying in bed No energy to get up The will to try is Frozen Watching TV Just passing time Til misery subsides I'm Frozen Sitting in the corner Hugging my knees Hanging my head as I'm Frozen Lying on the floor Crying through…

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Sunday Reflection: Just As I Am

The pain was too great and tragically suicide became his way out. How victorious his story could have been if he had only sought forgiveness.

Overcoming the Power of the Dragon

He attacks so suddenly. That nasty monster of disabling chronic illness. Oh how scary it is when the beast strikes. What turmoil he creates in his path. He's a dragon that has no mercy on his victim -- with no way for the knight to slay his nastiness for his lady. What's a knight to…

Joy in Trials

If I only put my stock in the good days in my life, then I miss the joy that my trials can produce. It's inevitable that I am going to suffer in this life. We all will suffer something. Are my sufferings greater than others? Yes. Are my sufferings less than others? Yes. Whether they…

Poem: Peace in God’s Omnipresence

I don't know where you are, Nothing of what you're doing, How you are feeling today, If your life has improved. But God does. I can't be there for comfort, Share my concerned heart, Give you encouragement, The care that you deserve. But God can. So I pray for you, Knowing that He hears me,…

Poem: The Mask I Wear

You don't know what I feel, The emptiness, the despair, Because I have a smile, On the mask I wear. It's a way to endure, A way to be free, Of these moments of feelings, That aren't genuinely me. I play the upbeat music, I fake a disguising dance, Not because I want to, But…

Poem: Unyielded Anger

Unyielded anger lingers inside, Against wickedness committed. The perpetrator unrepentant, Nothing left but to stew. Bitterness, wrath, vengeance, Poisons the unsatisfied soul. Release it to God weary mind, Before you implode. ....do not let the sun go down on your wrath.... Ephesians‬ ‭4:26b ...."Vengeance is mine, I will repay," says the Lord. Romans 12:19b "....pray…

The Birds and the Lilies

When I hear the birds of the air, I hear them singing: "We are happy, We are fed, By the Father's hand,  We get our bread." When I see the lilies of the field, I see them expressing: "We are beautiful, We are dressed, By the Father's hand, We are blessed." When I consider these…

Graceful Woman, You Inspire Me

I've observed her tangled heart for years,  Living a downtroddened life, She wasn't expecting.  Her husband commanding and demanding from her, No love in the way she desires, Nor the security needed.  His impulses and anger getting the best of him,  Her cleaning up the messes, Hoping things will change.  Him provoking her to her…

Utilize Your Brethren

What a mockery to pray for help when you refuse to utilize the brethren God has put around you! No, they may not be able to resolve your exact problem or give you the answers that you want to hear, but they can be there to provide prayer, wisdom, encouragement, and support in bearing these…

The Problem is not Anger, Grief, or Stress

The problem is not that we experience anger, grief, or stress. These are all reflective of our need for justice, love, and peace. It's when we allow it to consume us at the expense of not trusting in God, Who is the ultimate source of justice, love, and peace. Prayer (from Psalms‬ ‭25:1-2, 9-10, 20-21):…

Thoughts

Where are your thoughts today? Are they producing feelings of love, joy, peace, or thanksgiving? Whatever we dwell on in our minds will generate our feelings and who we ultimately are. Pay attention to what you are thinking and consciously replace any negative thoughts with ones that are worthy of a merry life. Finally, brethren,…

One Big Contradiction

Depression feels like one big contradiction. You want to be happy and motivated yet everything inside you is telling you not to do what you need to succeed.  So what do you do? Find what makes it worth it and go against everything you're feeling for this purpose. It's exhausting to push through, but the…

Grief Into Gratitude

Just because someone is exhibiting abundant joy doesn't mean they have less problems in their life. They've just learned how to turn their grief into gratitude; a skill which takes deliberate, daily cultivation as it doesn't come naturally. “Rejoice always;  pray without ceasing;  in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in…

I Will Do

You have to turn "it's so hard" into "I WILL DO" whatever it takes to work through this, otherwise you will always be held down by adversity.  Now get on your knees and pray, patiently trusting that GOD WILL PROVIDE the way if you seek it by His will. Prayer: My God, I will do…