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For the wages of sin is death
But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
~ Romans 6:23 ~

Gifts beyond measure
Freely given to us all
Hope, joy, peace, and love

The Gift of Christmas LYRICS:

Here’s the gift of Christmas, the world at it’s best
We mustn’t forget why the gift of Christmas
Can help remind us remember the rest

Who said that Christmas, yeah
Was only for kids, yeah

We may think it isn’t
But we all know it is

Don’t forget the sad ones
The poor ones and the rest

Let’s all come together
And make this one the best

Here’s the gift of Christmas, the world at it’s best
We mustn’t forget why the gift of Christmas
Can help remind us remember the rest

Don’t forget the child
When born was showered in gifts

How quickly we forget
Just what Christmas is

The wise men and the shepherds
They started up this thing

So long it’s been tradition
Make sure it doesn’t end

Here’s the gift of Christmas, the world at it’s best
We mustn’t forget why the gift of Christmas
Can help remind us remember the rest

Here’s the gift of Christmas, the world at it’s best
We mustn’t forget why the gift of Christmas
Can help remind us remember the rest

Another child dies while Mama cries
Wise are the eyes that realize like sunrise
Keep growing and showing
And while the tears, they keep flowing
There never knowing where the other meal will come from
So we jumped off the rack to give back with a track
It’s so easy to help, and help is the fact
‘Cause while the turkey you’re carving could be a child starving
We all need a lift and love is a free gift

Now at Christmas time everybody will sing
Make all the children smile and grin
Some of them small, some of them look thin
All they need is a little loving
So all of the people just keep moving
Once a year you have to give something
Christmas time and it just now begin
Watch how the children start dancing

Here’s the gift of Christmas, the world at it’s best
We mustn’t forget why the gift of Christmas
Can help remind us remember the rest

Read more: Dannii Minogue – The Gift Of Christmas Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Trust in His Power Alone!

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
Isaiah 61:1-3

My apologies for not posting sooner, but I have been out of town taking care of my father’s estate, and just recently returned a few days ago. Prior to heading to my dad’s, I had been praying for wisdom, strength, and protection. I also sought God to soften the hearts of those who were not in agreement with me and how things were done, as well as to open their minds to the words that would be spoken. I had braced myself for whatever was to come, as dealing with family after a death can often be combative and more dysfunctional than normal.

I have to say, praise God!! He was my grace, my strength, and broke the chains that would have prevented things getting done fairly and justly. Granted, not everything went perfectly, but then when in life does anything ever go perfectly? God was so good and so wonderful to me. He was my light and through his love and power, all went well, given the circumstances.

I want to take this moment to reassure you that no matter where you are in your life, no matter the situation you face, or the conflicts that surround you……GOD IS THERE! He has the power to rescue you, to teach you, to lead you. He will soften hearts, turn souls toward him, and break the chains that bind the broken and deceived! I always stand amazed at what God can do…even though I know who He is…He never ceases to amaze me.

Pray, seek Him, and be amazed by what He can do in your life and the lives of those around you!

May you be encouraged to stand with the One true God who can DO ALL THINGS!

Flood

I lost my dad 20 days ago, and just now the feelings are beginning to come. I have been so busy and so frustrated trying to get things done, to make arrangements, to take care of business, that I have not had time to feel or to cry. I sit here looking at my living and dining rooms, cluttered with mountains of paperwork and mementos of memories from his past. It is my job to sort through it, take care of it, and get things done. That’s what I do…get things done. However, I must say, this is so hard…tougher than I imagined it would be. Slowly but surely, one paper at a time, one phone call at a time, one breath at a time, I am dwindling it down. However, as the pile sits there, I now stand unmotivated, confused, angry and sad all at the same time. I know God is with me, that his hand rests upon me, and his love encompasses me all around!! Even though I know this, I am struggling with prayer and meditation time. I am struggling with writing, with sharing my thoughts, giving my heart, saying how I feel. I know this too will pass, and as the emotions and reality flood into my routine, disrupting the rhythm and flow of what needs to get done…I rest on the fact that this is God’s way of saying rest and let the flood come.

God bless, and to all of you out there who have lost a loved one, my thoughts and deepest condolences to you for it is not easy, not easy at all. All my love and may we all continually rest in the knowledge that God is above all, in all, and keeping all in his hands.

 

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance…

Ecclesiastes 3:1-4

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Flood

My dad is gone
No longer a part of this world
Yet the memories linger on
Images, past and present invade my mind
The good, the bad, the happy and the sad
Flooding every moment of every day

From illness to death, he is no more
Confused and so out of sorts I am
Everything is overwhelmingly chaotic
Though I maintain, smile, and push through
Doing what needs to be done
I am not ready for the feelings to flood my life today

Ah, but the days press on
The feelings beckon at the door of my heart
I push them back, keep on moving
Letting the tide of emotions stay at bay
They continually threaten to rise
Not yet, I have no time
Yet still they pursue

Going through the motions
One day at a time
Work, family, chores
There is no time to feel
I am busy, there is planning and filing to do
Piles of papers and memories to sort

Sadness, Confusion
Heartbreak
Slowly soaking in
Filling my heart
Anger, resentment
Frustration
So much to do, where do I start

The feelings rise
Washing over me like a crashing wave
Pulling me deeper into the emotional undertow
Drowning, disconnected
All I can do is cry
Not for my dad, as I know he is in a better place

I cry for all that was lost
Tears of a broken and painful past
Cries of joy for a blessed restoration
Anguish of a present life that was so conflicted
Pain for what could have been
For all the suffering and hurt

In this moment my heart is distant
Prayer is difficult
Reading scripture is challenging
My thoughts overwhelm me
But music; music is my lifeline
Hope of God’s word put to song

Melodies that bring me hope
Songs that bring healing thoughts
Rhythm and rhyme to bring me peace
Inspiring lyrics keep me grounded
Knowing God is with me
And this flood will subside

Merely Existent

Have you ever encountered a time in your life, be it a day, a week, a month, or years, where it just seemed that there was no hope? Ever feel like the emotions of your circumstances would swallow you whole, leaving only an empty carcass of pain and defeat? I have been there with you my friend! I have encountered the gates of hell first hand, and am here to say that the darkness will not destroy you, nor will it consume you! I am living proof that there is hope! There is light amidst even the darkest times of your life. There is love even when you don’t love yourself and you feel as though love is nonexistent. I am here to tell you that there is release from the darkness and pain, and it is found in The Lord!

God will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6-8)! He is your light in a world of darkness (John 8:12, 12:46). He is your hope in those desperate times where everything seems to confuse and overwhelm (Romans 15:13, psalm 42:8). He is your strength when you just can’t go any more; when you just feel like you would be better off dead. God is there to lift you from the mire of your own sin (Psalm 40:2). He is there to pull you out of the pit of shame, guilt, and ambivalence.

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All you need do is cry out (Psalm 34:17, Isaiah 19:20)! Release your tears, your heartache, your pain. Surrender them to God and know that he collects them all, seeks revenge for wrongs done to you, forgives you for your own sins, and brings the hope and promise of a future filled with peace, comfort, hope, and salvation!

May you know you are not alone in your journey! All my love ❤

“Why are you like a man dismayed,
like a mighty man who cannot save?
Yet you are in our midst, O LORD,
and we are called by your name; do not forsake us!”
~ Jeremiah 14:9

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Merely Existent

Moving in slow motion
Life is taking its grueling toll
Leaving me feeling empty
Devoid of true happiness and peace

What do I face each day for
Only to be struck down
Beyond the anger, past the hurt
The emotions continually stupefy me

Why am I so lost
Confused as to who I am
What I want in life
What I expect from God

Each day seems so different
The expectations so unique
My existence like vapor
The hunger for something more haunts me

Longing to live passionately
Fearing to face reality
The thoughts anger me
Cause conflict deep in my soul

Resentment pulsing through my veins
Shattering the life I clung to
Sadness fills my heart
Casting its shadow on my joy

Self condemnation destroys my hope
Beckoning me towards the pit of hell
The emotional lion devours my very breath
Leaving only tortured remains

Kiss ~ In memory of my Grandmother

Today, I have been pondering the memories of the people in my past that have made me who I am, and provided me with direction and wisdom that continues to guide me today and will do so well into the future.  I recently started scrapbooking pictures of family and friends that date back as far as the 1800’s.  It has been fabulous and reminds me of the blessings we have, and the struggles others went through to get me where I am today.  Many are long gone, and many I have never met, but without them, I would not exist!

With that said, in loving memory of my exceptionally wonderful grandparents, I share poems in their memory. This one is dedicated to my grandmother who showed me what it meant to be a lady. I could never leave the house without a slip under my skirt or dress, I was called to respect and show kindness (as you did toward me), and it was expected that I would behave like a proper lady at all times.  She was not just my grandmother, but a mother to me as well, and I am so thankful for her influence in my life!

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He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up. Lest you dash your foot against a stone. ~ Psalm 91:11-12

Now I Know Why…

As I watch home videos
Tears fill my eyes
I miss you with all my heart
And wonder why it was your time to die

Whenever life gets complicated
Times when it seems so tough
My selfishness comes out
I want you here, all to myself

Why did God have to take you
He knows I need you so much
You are now out of my reach
Well beyond my touch

I look back at all you did for me
Instilling values and morals deep in my soul
Telling me of your life stories
Sharing my joys and sorrows

You are no longer here with me
Instead, you reside high above
An angle up in Heaven
Residing with lost ones you loved

I was blessed to be cared for by you
More fortunate than most
For this I am indeed very thankful
To the Lord, our Heavenly Host

I suppose I understand now
Why God called you home to Him
He needed someone wonderful
To help welcome the rest of us in

With all my love to you and may the glory of Heaven be all you ever imagined!  Until I see you again, your loving granddaughter.