You know, it has been on my heart to start this blog in order to share the love, beauty, and peace that God has so richly brought into my life through the years that were filled with pain, turmoil, and chaos. However, I really was struck this morning by the Lord! Posting just a poem, expressive though it may be, is only a slight reflection of the emotion behind the words. Others can read it and not really take anything from it for there is no real person behind it, no circumstances to understand it, and nothing for them to relate to personally. This is not to say that the poems the Lord places on my heart will have no impact, for I know they do otherwise they would not be here for you to read, but the desire of my heart is to be real, to be transparent so that others can say, “Oh yeah! I totally know how that feels,” and then to have that feeling resonate in your heart. Then to reiterate those feelings and emotions poetically has much more power to transform and renew. Thus I begin yet another chapter in this ever increasing journey of blogging–revealing the stories behind the poems. They are the stories of my life, the stories of struggles, and the stories of reality in a fallen world. They are who I am and are reality for many who read them, a part of their journey with God as well. May they truly bless your life and I pray that through this blog, you will come to rely on, trust more, and surrender to the One true God who can indeed bring you a future filled with hope and promise. All my love and blessings as we embark together on this, the ultimate Journey with God!
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.– Ephesians 4:29-31
Conflagration of the Tongue
Death and life are in the power of the tongue
It is a fire, a world of iniquity
So set among the body’s members that it defiles the whole body
No man can tame the tongue
It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison
Do not let unwholesome talk spew from the mouth
Nor obscenities or foolish words
Coarse joking is out of place
Put away perversity from the mouth for it stirs up dissension
Keep corrupt talk far from the lips
Flattery and smooth speech is a double-edged sword
A gossip betrays confidence and separates close friends
Reckless words pierce the heart
Harsh words stir up anger
The deceitful tongue crushes the spirit
For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks
Every idle word that comes forth will be judged
All will give account on the Day of Judgment for every careless word uttered
Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;
for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.
Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. –Psalm 37:1-4
Delight in the Lord
Let us search out and examine our ways
Seek the answers to the questions of the heart
Let us seek the Lord everyday
Submitting our will to Him
We have rebelled and fallen short
Relying on self to guide us through
Come back to the Creator who beckons
Come home to worship Him
Delight in His ways and let the Spirit consume
Be not ashamed to fall on your knees
To raise your hands or even shout
Lift Him in glory for all to see