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Light Outshines The Darkness: Dark Day #2

A lonely widow was I
With three young children to raise.
Pushing my way through grief and sorrow
Is how I spent my days.

I thought no one knew the miles I travelled
To sit alone in my pain
To wallow in self pity
As my tears fell like rain.

But God saw every tear
Every sob He heard
And one rainy day
He gave me a word.

Forget the past
Something new is on the way
Yes, I’m doing something new.
It begins today!

And just like that
His Light and love shone through
Turning my heaviness
Into something new.

Joy took over.
Peace fell.
Hope won.
Love prevailed.

Grief and sorrow after the loss of two loved ones within four months threatened to shut me down in 1993.
God surrounded me with family and friends who helped me take care of my children. There were days when grief so heavy. One day I was sitting in my car preparing to drive 16 miles home to have a good cry between my college classes when it started raining. I decided to stay put. I reached down to recline the back of my seat and my hand hit something. It was my bible.

I decided to read instead of sleep. I let the bible fall open on my lap and it opened to Isaiah 43. I began to read and when I got to verses 18 and 19, I knew God was speaking to me.

My heart filled with joy and a peacefulness fell over me. Grief and sorrow no longer dominated my life. After almost two years of constant heaviness, the weight of mourning was lifted.

God did a new thing in my life. He can do the same for you.

Something New by CiMo

Isaiah 43:18-19 (KJV)

18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

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14 Days of Blessings: Day 7

Today I wish you resurrection.

The beauty of this season is the hope that the end of something is approaching and we have something new to look forward to. That is resurrection.

This year may have been extremely challenging for you, but we have this hope…He who began a good work in us is faithful to complete it at the coming of Jesus (Philippians 1:6).

Jesus has come. He brought goodness, mercy, love, and grace with Him. He raised our hopelessness from the dead. His birth was the beginning of a resurrected life for us.

He came to give us access to the One who is able to do more than we could ever ask or think. He is the creator of heaven and earth and nothing is impossible with Him. Let Him resurrect your hope, your joy, your peace, and your love. Today is a new day…a new beginning.

Rise Blessing

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A Love Letter to the Beloved

I have not forgotten you
You matter to Me.
I’m waiting to show love to all
To set you free.

I’m waiting for you to turn around
To see what’s before you.
I’m waiting for your heart to open
For what I desire to do.

My love is deeper than you know.
It’s wider than your imagination.
I loved you before you were born
From the beginning of creation.

Come find me, I’m waiting.
You are not too far away.
I’m yours for the asking.
Come find me today.

I love you.

 

You are Beloved Music

 

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Uncluttered Part 12: Rise Above the Noise

When I began this uncluttered series at the beginning of the year I was inspired by an advertisement about storage containers. I thought the trouble with storage containers is we tend to hold on to what we need to let go. We pack away things we don’t wear and our garages are filled with books, favorite sweats and sweaters, baby clothes, etc.

Why are we holding on as if we can’t live without them? I am persuaded that some of us only think we can’t live without them. There is a voice in our heads telling us, “I might need that one day.” Some may even have things stored thinking, “So that I never forget what he/she did.” The challenge today addresses the latter storage container, the one filled with thoughts we need to unpack and throw away.

What are you storing away so that you won’t forget the pain? What voices are you hearing about why you need to fill up another storage container? I believe in my spirit that many of us are not growing and walking out our destiny because we are holding on to the past. We are holding on to thoughts (voices and noise) that need to be replaced with words that give hope, words that give life, words that heal.

It’s time for us to move forward. In order to move forward, we have to stop allowing noise–what happened to us, what was said to us, and the mistakes we made to keep us stuck, to stunt our growth.

Let it go.

Rise above that noise.

We are free to live.

It is time to allow our true selves to shine. We were created for LOVE. We were created to give LOVE. We were created to touch the world around us with LOVE. God’s banner over us is LOVE. He is LOVE.

Rise and shine for Light has come! (Isaiah 60:1)

Stand up and let the breath of the Almighty give you a new life you never imagined possible.

Rise Above the Noise

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Help Me Stand Tall

Grief is a strange inspiration, but today it is just that.

Tomorrow we will say “until we meet again” to a very sweet and loving family member who left us very suddenly. As I think about how my family is grieving, I am also thinking of the families in the UK where terror is falling like rain on them. It would be easy to lock ourselves away and give up if we succumb to sorrow, fear, and despair.

Instead, let’s choose to stand tall. To you who are grieving and are afraid of the terror, I pray that you will find comfort in this prayer that helped me through a dark time in my life. I pray that you will find the courage to stand tall.

In times of trials and testing,
Lord, help me stand tall.
When the way seems cloudy and my enemy's infesting,
Help me stand tall.
When I cannot seem to find victory and I feel despair,
Help me stand tall.
When I fall on my face beneath my burdens and care,
Help me stand tall.
When my focus grows dim and my enemy says, "Give in",
Help me stand tall.
When my heart is heavy and I feel discouraged within,
Help me stand tall. 

Lord, help me stand on Your truth.
That you are with me forever.
That I am not alone.
That nothing can separate me from Your love.
And You are not done.

Help me stand tall.
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