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God is Greater

For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord,
plans to prosper you not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11

grace

God is greater
Larger than the obstacles you face
He knows your past and your sins
Yet offers you limitless grace

Hold tight to His truths
For in His arms you can stand
Know He is with you
Guiding you with His mighty hand

He sees your pain and shame
His heart bleeds for you
Let it go and surrender
For His promises will see you through

May the obstacles you face be merely a speck in the scheme of life, and may you always know that God is with you through it all, with a promise to bring you good, to prosper you, to bless you abundantly more than you can ever imagine! May this new year bring peace and joy despite the storms that rage around or in you!

All my love ❤

Mansion in Your Mind (NF ~ Mansion)

Peace I leave with you;
My peace I give to you;
not as the world gives do I give to you.
Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
John 14:27

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Coming from a background of abuse and chaos, secrets which have passed away with those who have left this world, I find myself trapped inside my own mind at times. For years I have covered up the pain, anguish, guilt and shame, but as God has shone his glorious light into my heart, the darkness has fled. There are times where satan reminds me of my past, brings up fears and fantasies that don’t belong in rooms within my mind! Thank you Lord that you have overcome so that I too can do the same, in your strength and power! So blessed to have a God that is bigger than me, a God who loves me in spite of myself, a God who knows me inside and out and chases after me anyway!

“Behold, an hour is coming, and has already come, for you to be scattered,
each to his own home, and to leave Me alone;
and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace.
In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
John 16:32-33

Surrender

Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves,
you are slaves of the one you obey–whether you are slaves to sin,
which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?
~ Romans 6:20 ~

When we surrender, there is no bitterness, no anger, no resentment, no fear! Just complete peace, joy, contentment, and love! Hard as it is to surrender all you feel, all you are, all you have to the Lord, it is oh so much harder to carry it. Don’t let the situations, tribulations, and conflicts of this life be burdensome….for you were never created to carry the baggage that comes from sin!! Let it go, surrender to God, and find the freedom that only comes from the Almighty!

All my love and may the shackles of this life be broken and your heart, spirit, and mind be set free in Christ! ❤

22 Days of Christmas

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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

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Let’s Play Ball

Life is a constant war, a game if you will, where the players are not of this world. We are but rookies in this game of life, and must learn to rely on something stronger than ourselves to make it through. I cannot avoid Satan’s snares, the temptations of the flesh, without the strength of the Lord! For the Lord is my strength and my refuge in times of help…He is my shield and my sword…my light and my all. With that said….

Let’s Play Ball

Fighting battles everyday
Knowing Satan wants to play
Here I stand, a player in the first inning
Aware the battle is just beginning
1 strike
2 strikes
3 strikes
I am out
Walking away filled with doubt
2 innings
3 innings
4 innings down
The scoreboard shows I am losing ground
Satan swings
He hits
He scores
The game is not lost, more is in store
God is pitching now
1 strike
2 strikes
3 strikes
Temptation does not succeed
Upon my heart it will not feed
5 innings
6 innings
7 inning stretch
God’s encouraging, loving arms outstretched
8 innings in and the game is tied
The battle rages on inside
The ninth inning is here
Satan scores a homerun
Though the battle for my soul is not done
My final at bat
I hit
I miss
Strike 1
Strike 2
I pray, I seek, I focus on what is true
Satan pitches
With bated breath I stand
Ball meets bat, praying for a grand slam
I run, and run
Avoiding Satan’s snare
Only to be tagged out
And thus find myself in despair
Yet still the game is not done
The bases are loaded
Christ is at bat
First swing out the door
A homerun is scored
Thus the scoreboard stands…
Satan – 3
Christ – 4
The battle lay in God’s hands
Not of my own ability could I win
Only with God’s strength can I beat sin

The More I Seek

The more I seek, the more I find!  The farther I fall, the deeper I dive into you O Lord!  The harder life hits, the more I seek you!  Be my vision, be my guide, be my all in this world dear Lord.  May I thirst for you, hunger for you, strive to be like you.  Though I may fall short, though I may sin, though I am weak and restless….may my heart and soul always long for you.  May your passion well up and shine brighter than the noon day sun.  I will praise you O Lord in all things, especially amidst the pain and turmoil of this life!

One Word! Two Words! More!

When life is just too hard to explain!  Hold tight to the known.  Hope in the unknown.

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Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
~ Psalm 55:22 ~

Worn
Broken
Torn
Falling
Tired
Waiting
Battling
Hurting
Uncertain
Searching
Trusting
Relying
Hoping

Past haunting
Losing ground
Falling down
Exposed heart
Doubting reality
Heart torn
Thoughts reeling
Feelings swarm
Trust broken
Evil unmasked
Holding on
Seeking more
Looking up

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Emotions run wild
Fleeing to and fro
Swallowing the light
Exposing inner darkness
Face turned away
Hands reaching up
Heart lain bare
Wanting to do what’s right
Feeling so wrong
Never wanting to hurt
Desiring to share God
Failing so miserably
Knowing the Lord has all

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Just here
Empty days
Sleepless nights
Freedom unknown
Consuming pain
Inner turmoil
Confusion reigns
Clarity fades
Insecurities abound
Desires betray
Flesh craves
Soul strains
God remains

Experiences
Worldly
Life
Sin
Shame
Agony
Forgiveness
Relationships
Surrender
Pray
Trust
Love
Faith

O Lord!

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There are so many times amidst my journey through this life that I struggle with right and wrong. I know the right thing to do, I know the Godly choices to make, I know the pure path I must walk, but that does not mean I don’t stumble and fall into sin and temptation. I strive to be the righteous woman God so deserves me to be, and created me to be, but there are times when the fleshly desires consume, and the battle is momentarily lost. However, I praise God even when I fall! For His love is never-ending. His grace and mercy are new every morning. His forgiveness is deeper than I can comprehend. Even when I knowingly stagger into the sins of the flesh, I am ever so thankful that He rescues me, reminds me I am chosen and loved, sets my feet on the path of righteousness, and fills my heart with a renewed hope and strength. It is my ongoing prayer that God will continue to reveal my weaknesses to me that I may become strong through Him!

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.
~ Psalm 139:23 ~

Oh, Lord I thank you for every breath that You give me. Each one is a reminder that I am loved, created for a purpose, and have much more to do before my time in this foreign land is done. I pray that you will search my heart, see the evil within, and purge me Lord of those things unpleasing to you. I want to walk a holy and righteous life that reflects only YOU, but if I am real and honest, I must admit it is a daily struggle. Give me your strength oh Lord and help me to be the woman you designed me to be. Be my shield against the temptations Satan brings my way, and help me to stand strong in your word and your ways. When I stumble or fall Lord, convict my heart, heal my wounded soul, and bring me back to the path you designed just for me. I thank you that you never leave me, never forsake me, and always love me. I praise you for your never-ending forgiveness and merciful grace. Be with me Lord in all I do, giving me courage and discernment always. With my heart I surrender all!

Yeah, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me!
~ Psalm 23:4 ~

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O Lord!

Illuminate the darkness within
Strengthen weaknesses known and unknown
Guide me O Lord

Bind my broken heart
Heal my battered soul
Restore me O Lord

Prepare me for all that is to come
Set my feet on holy ground
Protect me O Lord

Lift up my eyes to the heavens
Show me the way everlasting
Revive me O Lord

Because?

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ,
set your hearts on things above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Set your minds on things above,
not on earthly things.
~ Colossians 3:1-3 ~

Because?

Crucified with Christ
It is not I that live
But Christ in me

Why then do I struggle so
Why does the flesh take hold

I am a child of God
Bought with the life of Christ
With inheritance in the Lord’s Kingdom

Why then do I do what I don’t want to do
Why don’t I do what I need to do

I set my mind on things above
Focus my heart on heavenly things
Pray for strength to resist the temptations

Why then can’t I give up the ways of the world
Why can’t I stand strong

Living by faith in the Son of God
The One who gave His life for me
He lives in my heart and soul

Why then Oh Lord is the struggle so deep
Why do I succumb

Protector of the Weak

There are times when the battles of life wear you down, challenging you beyond your strength and capacity. You may feel like you are in the depths of despair or that the world and those in it have let you down. You may find yourself confused by the circumstances in your life, uncertain of what to do next. Perhaps you feel like everyone is against you, that you are a failure, or that you have pressure coming down on you from every angle of life. Whatever your situation, know this — The Lord has you!! He protects all who call upon his name, provides refuge and shelter for those who love and seek him, and gives strength to the weak and hope to the hopeless. He is the beginning and the end, knows your comings and your goings, and loves you unconditionally in spite of your faults and sins. He is hope. He is truth. He is freedom. He is forgiveness. He is grace. He is mercy. He is all you need. Lean on Him and he will be your protector.

God bless and keep you always! ❤

We are pressed on every side, yet not crushed;
we are perplexed, but not in despair;
persecuted, but not forsaken;
struck down, but now destroyed. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

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Protector of the Weak

A glistening ray of hope
Knight in shining armor
Protector of the weak

Your sword is Your Word
Sharper than any weapon
Swift and precise it cuts
The wind it carries You
To the place of pain
There You cut and destroy
Protector of the weak

Darkness cannot run
There is nowhere it can hide
Though earthly shelter eludes
Your shadow it covers
A blanket soft and secure
The warmth invades the soul
Protector of the weak

Scars from battles lost will fade
Healing with the passage of time
The war is never-ending
Destruction awaits at every bend
The enemy always poised to strike
You press on, confident in Your conquest
Protector of the weak

Climbing the tower of Darkness
With shield and sword You defend
Defender of all that was lost
One blow of Your might and darkness cowers
It claims only momentary loss
Waiting for its next move
Protector of the weak

Your cadence is one step ahead
Prepared for all that is to come
Protector of the weak