Archive | November 2014


Once again, up late with thoughts of loved ones rattling in my mind. Images of those lost, those near and dear, those who have given me lasting memories, those who have broken my heart, and those who have come along to help it heal. I seem to get lost in the recesses of my mind, meandering through the crevices of darkness and the sections of light. My thoughts seem to wander away with me at times….always in the wee hours of the night as there is nothing else to occupy them.

Here’s to thoughts that carry me away! May your thoughts bring you to a place of rest, peace, and hope. God bless and guide you in all you think, say, and do.

All my love ❤

Search me, O God, and know my heart
Test me and know my anxious thoughts
See if there is any offensive way in me
And lead me in the way everlasting.
~ Psalm 139: 23-24 ~

Thoughts traverse down the winding road
Leading to paths unknown
The road behind filled with potholes and detours
Sharp turns
Blinding lights
Scenery beyond compare
Winding images within my mind
Meandering down the highway of life

Thank You Ever So

May you be thankful for all you have, for all you can do, for all who love you. May you enjoy the blessing God so richly bestows, and may your heart be filled with joy and comfort despite the storms.  We are called to praise God through all circumstances, in all things. May your praises ring out and be sweet music to the Lord!

All my love and prayers for a wonderful Christmas season!

Rejoice always
Pray without ceasing
In everything give thanks
For this God’s will for you in Christ Jesus
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ~

Thank You Ever So

So thankful I am for all I have
A home filled with warmth
A cozy bed to snuggle in
Food to eat each and every day

So thankful I am for those in my life
Family I hold dear to my heart
Friends that lift me and love me no matter what
Acquaintances that make me smile each day

So thankful I am for blessings abounding
Water that runs at my beck and call
A car that gets me to and fro
Music that brings joy to me any day

So thankful I am for all I have
Blessed beyond measure
My cup overflows
Dear Lord, thank you ever so

Thankful Christmas!

I know Thanksgiving is only a few days away, but it is during this time (as with every day!!) that I am ever so thankful for all that God has done for me (and for you!!). He sent His only Son to die for us, that we might find salvation through His sacrifice! As you sit down together to enjoy family time, whether to celebrate Thanksgiving, or just to eat a typical dinner, remember that despite the storms that rage and the circumstances that seem to crush, God is there and has given His all for you. He wants you to have peace, joy, unending love, and know the glory of his grace, strength and mercy. So to start this Christmas season off right…let’s not forget to thank God for all He has done and is yet to do.

All my love ❤

Season of Fear

There is no fear in the LORD, but yet we in our flesh still struggle with this very real and exceedingly intense feeling that can overwhelm and drown us if we are not cautious.  Fear comes and we must, as Christians, face it head on and see it for what it is….a ploy by Satan to deter us from the beauty and peace that is found in God and His promises for us!  Take a second to think about what fears are holding you back from receiving the promises of God.  Is it fear of failure?  Fear of rejection?  Fear of losing earthly possessions like your home or your car?  Fear of being alone?  Fear of the unknown?  What fear is driving you away from the arms of God?  Take that fear, pray, give it to God and let Him handle it for He is bigger and promises us rest.  Once He takes hold of it, then we are free to grow and mature in our walk with Him.

Blessings to you all and may the peace of God which surpasses all understanding guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)

The LORD will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest.
~ Psalm 85:11 ~

Season of Fear

Flurries of fear

Whirling in the chaos

Falling to the ground

Melting under the Son

Watering new life

Springing forth from God

Amazing grace abounds

Sails of My Soul

That we should no longer be like infants,
Tossed to and fro and carried about on every wind of doctrine,
By the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,
But speaking truth in love may grow up into him who is the head, Christ.
~ Ephesians 4:14-15 ~


Sails of My Soul

Lead me over uncharted waters
Steady my course as I go
Let loose the ropes of burden
Prepare the masts of my heart
Lower the boom of inspiration
Hoist the sails of my soul
Focus my mind on the horizon
Carry me on the wings of the wind
Lead me not into the abyss
Guide me on gentle waters
Prepare me for the storms
Shelter me from the crashing waves
Let me not go adrift
Nor lose my bearings at sea
Be my lighthouse in the darkness
Be my compass when I wander
Keep me anchored to you O Lord

Thought of the day – the 18th of november. A costly sacrifice

Made me stop and think! Beautifully stated and so glad I stopped by to see this blog….well worth the look. Blessings 🙂

Arinuck ptl

Some things are only for the heart. My heart.

Some other things, are for everyone to see. I am a permanent “spectacle”, both to angels and men.

But my offerings… my sacrifice… it should be something that should be definitely costing me. Something.

David saw it as mandatory – 2Sam.24.24. He was not willing to accept something cheap, something inexpensive…

What’s expensive to me today? What does it mean to leave all…?

To give…

Grace is for free. But doesn’t such free, exuberant gift – the sacrifice of God’s Son on the cross – prompt me to be no less exuberant myself?

Walking with Him, following in His steps, day by day – loving the lovable, enjoying the beautiful, savouring the pleasure… is this sacrifice? It’s rather ego-centrical serving, as long as all is so good, so plentyful, as long as I don’t lack health, money, children, all my wishes…

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My Restless Prayer

Another sleepless night! Restless thoughts, anxious heart, sadness, confusion, fatigue (then why can’t I sleep!?). The list seems to go on and on tonight, yet somewhere in the midst I feel alert and peaceful with a hint of happiness inside. Hmmmm….to sleep or not to sleep, the choice apparently isn’t mine as I sit here wishing I could close my eyes and wander off into the land of sweet dreams and restful slumber. Perhaps it is the nightmares that keep me up, or the overwhelming emotions. Maybe it is the pressure of life or the endless checklists that continue to beckon me even after they have been written down. Perhaps it is all the above or maybe it is none. Whatever the reason for this lack of sleep, I am drawn to write, yet even this seems empty right now. Never had that happen before. So, instead of a poem or a song, perhaps a prayer to settle the heart, mind and soul down.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
~ Matthew 11:29

Confess your faults one to another,
and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
~ James 5:16

Lord, I come before You
Broken and confused
Hurting and weak
A sinner among the world of flesh
Praying humbly before You
Wanting desperately to find You in the middle of everything
To hear Your voice saying all will be fine
This too shall pass
I seek Your treasures
I want to be filled with You oh God
Yet I am walking through this spiritual desert
Yearning to pray, but at a loss for words
Desiring to dive into Your word, but struggling to find the strength
Even my worship seems hollow in this moment
Everything makes me weepy, Lord, and I feel like I am going to crack
Happiness eludes, yet life goes on
My friends are suffering
So many loved ones have passed in so little time
Some memories bring joy while others haunt
Cancer runs a muck in the lives of those I love
And pain seems to be everywhere I turn
How long does this last?
Will it ever end?
I know You are here Lord
I feel Your presence everywhere I am
Yet still I feel so alone
Your hand is in all that is going on
I trust You completely
Knowing You are my all
My Provider
My Rock
My Fortress
My Shield
My Hope
My Strength
My Energy
My Refuge
My Peace
You are everything to me and so much more
Help me Father to get through this storm
Guide me safely where You want me to be
Lead me and renew the spirit within
Bring passion for Your Word back to my heart
Let the songs I sing bring glory to Your name
Be all I need through the trials
Give me strength to face each day
I don’t want to get lost in the pain
Don’t want to fall to pieces
Lord I want to feel Your presence
Be with me
Be with my friends and family
Bring healing where illness and pain exist
Bring hope where darkness and despair lie
Bring peace where anxiety and fear reside
Bring joy instead of mourning
Bring comfort in the midst of heartbreak
Father, despite my feelings
In spite of my thoughts
Regardless of the circumstances
I KNOW You are here
May Your rest please come this way

In Jesus name! Amen!

Oh to be Held!

If the LORD had not been my help,
My soul would soon have dwelt in the abode of silence.
If I should say, “My foot has slipped,”
Your lovingkindness, O LORD, will hold me up.
When my anxious thoughts multiply within me,
Your consolations delight my soul.
~ Psalm 94:17-19 ~

Sinking among the waves of emotion
Drowning in a sea of sorrow
Praying for the beacon amidst the darkness
Wanting to be held

Hiding in recesses of my mind
Wandering among thoughts still unknown
Seeking clarity through the storm
Needing to be held

Stumbling through the streets of chaos
Falling to my knees
Hoping for an end to the brokenness
Yearning to be held

Stuck in the traffic jam of life
Moving in slow motion
Slipping further and further behind
Wishing to be held

Holding it all together
Hitting my head against the wall
Desiring to just let go
Craving to be held

Just be Held ~ Casting Crowns

A big thank you to Kellies Korner for recommending this song to me!!  Just what I needed to hear tonight.

May you surrender tonight, let go of all the chains that bind you, and know that God is on the throne, orchestrating every event to bring you to the place he has predestined for you! Just rest and be held!

All my love ❤

Up or Down

Reality will come! Whether we choose to walk in it or not is a conscious decision each person must make for themselves.  Nothing we hide will remain hidden, nothing we shove on the back burner will be left there, nothing covered up by fake smiles and masks will go unrevealed. God wants us heart and soul, body and mind, and he will do all it takes to strip away the masks, putting a stop to the parade of illusions we tend to paint for ourselves. He wants rip off the band-aids of our wounds, and bring complete healing inside and out. Though the pain of life comes, and often hits pretty hard, it lasts but only a moment, to be replaced by the glorious love, peace and comfort of the One True God!! I am not exempt of putting on a mask to make it through the day, but when the sun sets and my head rests upon the pillow, God speaks his love and truth to my heart, reminding me to stop putting on my best show and to be a living witness to the pain and sorrow that exists in my life and my heart, so that when he brings healing and joy, others will see his marvelous works.

Father God, if it glorifies you, I pray you give me strength to stand in the here and now, to be real with my emotions, bringing you glory through the healing!! I pray that no matter what I or others face, you remind us that you are near, you are here, you are working all things for our good, Father.

May God bless and keep you grounded in reality, showing you peace and joy through your darkest of times. All my love ❤

For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed,
and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.
~ Luke 8:17 ~

Painted faces masquerade
Breezes blowing here and there
Effortlessly gliding through life
Not what they appear

Painful scars covered up
Masks to hide the tears
Parading up and down
Don’t reveal the fear

Dancing feet scurry by
Twirling delicately each day
Tiptoeing around the darkness
Desperately seeking a way

Holding tight to illusions
Mirrors of perfection held high
Don’t let anyone see
Pray they just pass by

Streets paved with eggshells
Treading ever so lightly
Lest the world cave in
Never reveal the unsightly

Swinging through the air
Up and down they go
Stepping in front of the curtain
Putting forth the best show