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NF ~ I’ll Keep On

Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet;
but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
~ Philippians 3:13-14

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And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
~ Romans 8:28

For those moments when the oasis of life seems so distant. For the times when the desert seems to go on and on forever. For the moments where darkness is consuming. For the times when hope seems to fade with every hour. For the times you think you are too tired to press on. For the moments when you feel there is nothing left and the thought of death sounds peaceful.

Just listen. Close your eyes, and listen. Listen to the lyrics. Listen to God call to your heart. Listen for the strength of God to keep you going.

You were not meant to traverse this world on your own. It is exhausting. It is a struggle. In fact it is a battle everyday (Ephesians 6:12).  But you are not alone (Deuteronomy 31:8). God is with you always my friend.

All my love and may his peace surround you, his joy fill you, and his hope renew you.

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

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

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

Choose!

All of life comes to one ultimate question….darkness or light, evil or good, sinner or saint?  Every decision leans one way or the other.  Every action takes a side, whether you consciously choose it or not.  Every word uttered is a reflection of the heart and reveals which side of the fence the speaker is on.  Even inaction is an action, is a choice, is a decision made that answers the internal question of evil or good.

You battle everyday with choices set before you.  The battles may occur at work, at home, during down time, in the busiest time of the day, with family, friends, or coworkers.  Choices are made in everything at every moment of every day of your life.  The choice you make reflects who you are as a person, your character, your beliefs, and your values.

So, I ask you:  What do your choices reveal about you?  Do they show your faithfulness to God or to yourself and this world?  Do they reflect love and humility towards others, or show pride, arrogance, and a lack of affection?  Is what you say encouraging and renewing, or do your words tear others down?  Or worse yet, do you stand silent, not taking a stand at all?  Remember the choice to do, say, or believe nothing is a choice!

As you approach the new year, take some time to examine your heart, soul, and mind, placing them open before God.  Let him in.  Let him convict you of areas you need to improve.  Let him show you areas where you are strong.  Let God examine you and bring you to a place of light and goodness.  Let him take the sinner that you are and make you a saint in His eyes.

You are God’s child and he can show you the way of righteousness.  He can lead you down the path that is designed for you.  Trust in him, knowing that he will always guide, guard, and keep you in his love.

All my love and may the God of unending peace and wisdom bring you clarity and conviction, leading to eternal life. ❤

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts:
  see if there be any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.  ~ Psalm 139:23-24

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Put on the full armor of God,
so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,
but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness,
against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.  Ephesians 6:12

Choose

The devil comes knocking on the door of your heart
Evil coursing through his veins
Polluting your thoughts
Pouring darkness into your heart
Devouring your soul
Torturing your flesh
Stop
Breath
Release

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Relinquish control
Give it all to God
There is nothing too ugly
No sin too bad
Darkness cannot hide
God is stronger than all the devil’s tricks and deception
The Lord brings truth to the mind
Showers the heart with His light
Restores the soul
Strengthens the flesh
Stop
Breath
Release

Everything!

I cry every time as this is simply too beautiful and touching for words! God bless and may you know God is always there with you, covering and sheltering you! All my love ❤

The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. ~ Psalm 18:2

But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. ~ Thessalonians 3:4

I am a Christian – Maya Angelou

I am a Christian
By Maya Angelou

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When I say…”I am a Christian.”
I’m not shouting, “I’m clean living.”
I’m whispering, “I was lost,
Now I’m found and forgiven.”

When I say…”I am a Christian.”
I don’t speak of this with pride.
I’m confessing that I stumble
And need Christ to be my guide.

When I say…”I am a Christian.”
I’m not trying to be strong.
I’m professing that I’m weak
And need his strength to carry on.

When I say…”I am a Christian.”
I’m not bragging of success.
I’m admitting I have failed
And need God to clean my mess.

When I say…”I am a Christian.”
I’m not claiming to be perfect.
My flaws are far too visible
But, God believes I am worth it.

When I say…”I am a Christian.”
I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches
So I call upon His name.

When I say…”I am a Christian.”
I’m not holier than thou.
I’m just a simple sinner
Who received God’s grace somehow.

Ah, the freedom of the Lord!

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

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Thank you Lord for your everlasting love! Thank you for your spirit that guides, inspires, renew, and breathes life into the darkness of our hearts and minds. May we remember you are our first love. You are our freedom from the shackles of this world. You are our hope for a future. You are our light in the darkness. You are our Creator, our Lover, our Father, our Friend, our King, and our heart’s desire! Help us to hold onto you always, living each day for you and you alone!

Right Where He Needs

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Life is a continual struggle between good and evil; a battle between flesh and spirit.  You may sin or have sin done against you.  You may be broken, torn, and in a place so fragile it feels like the world may shatter around you.  You may be in an abusive relationship, a broken marriage, or dealing with addictions.  You may be wondering through this life numb to emotions and living in fear of what may happen next.  Wherever you are, God is there.  He is always there to pick you up, to pull you out, to place your feet on a firm foundation of strength and security.  All you need to do is reach up to Him, seek Him, ask Him to provide all you need, whether security, provision, safety, comfort, love…whatever you need, He can provide, but you have to let Him in.

No matter where you are in your walk of life; no matter what circumstances you face; no matter how heavy, dark, and depressed your life may be, cry out to the Lord and He will hear your cries, lifting you out of the mire and mud of life, bringing you hope, joy, and contentment.

God bless and may you indeed face this life head on, knowing that God has you! All my love from one overcomer to another ❤

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Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God:
I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you,
yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness. ~ Isaiah 41:10

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Right Where He Needs

Struggling day to day
Reaching for strength
Seeking a better way

The effects of abuse
Feelings collide
Left dazed and confused

Growing weak
Must hide the pain
The future seems so bleak

I fret, I despair
Am I lost forever
No, for God is there

Right where He needs
Torn, beaten, fragile
A heart to plant His seeds

He heals the pain
Mends the broken heart
Hopelessness lies slain

Hear Him call
Asking you to come
He will never let you fall