Be patient, Be kind
For there is suffering of all kind
Painted behind visages of peonies and roses
Lives a vast world filled with pain in multiple doses
Beyond what the eye can see
The truth speaks to your reality
He is always listening
Listening to your thoughts, hearing beyond your prayers
Hold on to that, my dear for He truly cares
Cares for you and the life He has set before you
The times of trouble
You know them well don’t you?
But His love is greater
Far beyond the depths of the ocean
Past the Earth’s boundless equator
This world so full of hatred
Thirsting for His radiance
Yet these gifts, He has bestowed upon you
And when the days feel gloomy
That my friend is when the world needs the “true me”
The true you that nobody can replace
The you that brings hope
So filled with His grace
Darling, give that light away
There is no reason to hide it
No point to fight it
His love, you can’t deny it
Let that sink in
And shine His light
Such an encouraging reminder that no matter what you’ve done, how you are, where you are, He’s there for you and with you.
My child, I, the Lord will guide you always; I will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
You, My love, can relax in My care knowing that I have ALL that you need or will ever need. I have a good plan for you. One of success and not disaster. Sometimes you run ahead of Me and you go left where I want to go right. Then when things seem crazy or out of control, stop and ask Me what is going on. Be in constant communion with Me and you will be hearing My desire.
Be patient with what I have for you, remember there is a time for everything and I know when the time is right. Beloved, trust that I have you where I want you and don't be discouraged through this season, rise above the desire to complain, for you are a child of the Most High God and My love for you goes on and on.
The roar of the waves
The white crystal sand
The warmth of Your touch
Your slow, steady hand
You lead me
You guide me
To this place where no one can find me
Becoming this person I’ve always been trying to be
The sea waves, they roll away
As the fog, it dissipates
And I sit & I pray
For this beautiful moment to forever stay
A heart filled with a love that can only be His
We perpetually seek out moments like this
When all we have to do is look within
Yet we are still building sand castles to fulfill our mortal wish
and when the tide rolls in it’s gone, amiss
Breathe in the salty air
Feel the sun rays beam in your hair
Search no longer, sweet daughter
This happiness you seek, is found in your one true Father
He brought into this world
Not to feel such remorse
But to be as strong as the boulders
Breaking the ocean’s tidal waves as they roll her
Giving you strength each day
His love will always pave the way
Will You be mad if I give up?
Will You be sad if I break down?
When the world is turning upside down
and shadows are following me all around
Will You be there to pick me up?
Plucking me from my own darkness?
This place filled with dust
With a heart turned to rust
Yet, I look to You
In You I still place my trust
my heart finds breath
my mind finds rest
Because You, Oh Lord, have vowed to never leave me nor forsake me
and for this I do thank Thee
Your hand, it holds me strongly
Leading me on a path I’ve grown to love so fondly
While every day does not come easily
It’s the journey that completes me
I begin to feel my feet move beneath me
I dance to Your praises
Light beaming as sun rays hit
My heart gleaming
My lips singing
I am tasked with a purpose
Your love, it brings me to the surface
And as you pull me out of my murkiness
I vow to show Your world there is so much more to this
Those who feel so mundane
Like every day goes by just the same
Feeling pressure, disregard, and shame
To you I dare say
Wake up and feel the true love that has been freely given to us each and every day
In Him we lose pain
In Him we find no blame
Our sins forgiven
With a gracious freedom in this beautiful world that we live in
So, I say choose wisely
Dark times, they may try me
But I will never let a day go by me that I do not praise His glorious name
Bringing light to everyone else just the same.
It’s not always about who’s wrong, or who’s right
It’s the push, the pull, the dirty, ugly fight
We dream of white dresses and sweet, tender caresses
But sometimes this marriage really gets to the best of us
No two people are perfect; yet no love given from God goes unsurfaced
and if we remember the real reason He placed us here, together, forever wedded
There is a true meaning which is not about the butterflies and having the best of times
It’s not about hiding the hard truth beneath mountains of lies
But to be honest, To be real; To tell each other how you truly feel
The good the bad, the ugly and the sad
It may be tough but in the end it makes us, “us”
It’s what makes us tough
That true love; God given, undreamed of love
So open up to that partner you married
Someone you should trust who holds you accountable
And for whom you are to be reliable
It won’t always be easy, but His purpose prevails
Always, and forever, utterly and completely.
This thing called marriage was crafted and made
So two people on earth could love each other
Like Christ loves the church
Blameless, and forgiving
No scores kept ; No winning
Always there when you trip on your feet
Holding you up when the walk is rough
To be there for one another
Two bodies, one soul
Showing the world how His perfect love helps us grow
Lord I need you…
All of you
I need your arms around me
To feel your love surrounding
The days may be growing longer
But time seems to wander
It wanders away, slipping through my tense grasp
Being consumed by life’s menial tasks
The stress and the worry take over
And my brows begin to furrow
As I sit and worry about a future that I cannot see
Stressing about trivial needs
When people are dying, begging on the streets
I stop myself, admitting my shameful self-pity
realizing the blessing of His bringing me to this city
At just the right time
Not a penny too short; Right on the dime
Yet, I still worry about the cares of this life
When You, oh Lord, already gave me more than enough to suffice
Nevertheless, I persist in worrying about time
When all I should be doing is resting my mind
Resting in your presence
Singing to the heavens
Because this time is a gift
and I will praise you as long as I live
As long as I can write, as long as I can sing, as long as I can draw, paint, and dance
As long as I am here, Lord, I will use my God-given gifts
Worry I may
But at the end of the day
I will quietly pray
To not let a second of this beautiful life slip away
I couldn’t wait to see what it would like, our entire downstairs tiled instead of carpeted after 14 years. The process was a bit painful, white dust rising to stick on everything everywhere, things coming off the walls, rooms of furniture rotated here and there to accommodate the tile setters, but room by room we were beginning to get the picture.
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Trench Classes United. Come on in for a little break in your day.
We actually left for a three day weekend, hoping that when we came home, it would be finished. It was, and it looked and looks amazing. It took a full day of cleaning and organizing to get the house back to “normal,” whatever that is, but our little four-legged babes are still looking for the carpet! 😊 😊 And not just because of its warmth, either, if you’re catching what I’m throwing!
We were loving it…until a few days later when we realized that now we can see every single thing, including their paw prints!@%^&*(( What were we thinking? At least with the carpet, all I had to do was vacuum and I felt better, thinking it was clean.
But now I’ve realized that it wasn’t. There was no way it would be really clean unless I were to vacuum every single day, and that didn’t happen nor will it ever happen 😊
It got me thinking that just like the carpet was covering up the dirt, things unseen, we tend to cover up insecurities in the same way: we post pretend lives on social media, chasing recognition and approval, or shopping to get the latest and greatest in home décor, car, clothes, jewelry, or going here, there and everywhere, in debt. Why? Could it be that Instead of looking to God for provision and approval, we look to each other in the name of comparison.
Take a moment and pray this prayer with me:
Abba, what insecurities lie hidden in me? What am I covering them up with? Father, take away the carpet of insecurities and reveal that which is not pleasing to you, that which needs to be exposed, cleansed and forgiven and learned from that I might move forward with my eyes on you and what I have, instead of others and what I don’t have.
Happy Monday and thanks for joining us for Monday’s Message with Trench Classes United and Abigail. Come on in for a sweet message from a newly-married wife to her husband.
I had an inclination to write this for AJ one day at work. It came randomly but I also knew he was struggling and starting to feel very depressed. As a wife, we will never know the burdens our husband carries, and as a husband, he will never know the pressure we are under. No matter the pain, the pressure, or the stress you are enduring. But as a married couple, you are one, enduring together thru the same exact things – just in different ways. Marriage is teaching me to take a step back, pray, and ask the Lord to guide my way.
He may just nudge you to say or write the right thing.
When you’re depressed
When you are feeling down
Feel my presence
In this is a lesson
A lesson to drop everything
Just leave it be
Your worries are never bigger than Me
I am the only One who can meet your needs
Give them to Me
Kneel before me, all feelings pouring
Human nature will always get in the way
But I have created you
And it is I who will sustain you
Come to me...
Leave the pressures and your daily stressors
They may be here today, but gone tomorrow or within the hour
I have met your every need
Listen to me
Feel my presence
Time is of the essence
But timing is My message
For you to live in patience
Loving this gracious gift of
and feeling my presence
Be fearless in your endeavors
Find your passion
and Your hands and heart will thank you forever
Your life is a blessing
Hugging you close to me…
Life was never meant to be lived alone. Who’s on your team? Who will you walk and run this year’s race with?
Thanks for joining us for Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and Wednesday’s Word with Trench Classes United.
So were you able to think of a couple of people who you normally reach out to and do life with…besides a significant other if you have one? Have you ever watched as runners approach the finish line? I’ll never forget the feeling of approaching the finish line to my first 10k race. The cheering and encouragement combined with the adrenaline spurred me on to not only reach that finish line, but to finish strong.
Life can surely feel like a long never-ending marathon, miles of difficulties, challenges that cause incredible physical, emotional and even spiritual fatigue, twists and turns that create uncertainty, doubt, frustration. Why do we even attempt to do it alone?
And then there are those moments in the race where we have much to celebrate, and should share with others on our team. Who do we rejoice with and how is it we celebrate the victories along the way?
Did you know that God actually spoke those words, that it is not good for man/woman to be alone? Coffee Hour Friend, God predestined each one of us to be in relationship; to not isolate in times of trouble, to have others to rejoice with.
The New Year is well on its way. Take a moment to pause, reflect and pray about your team; that when the 2019 finish line approaches, you finish strong.