Category Archives: defeatedness

From the Shadows

From the Shadows

 

Here in the shadows where I like to hide

Deep in the darkness is where I abide 

 

I look at my sin and recede even more

I’m shamed and in agony right to my core

 

I look to the light unworthy and shamed

I hear the gentlest of whispers calling my name 

 

The sweetest of songs filling my ears

So very sweet, I want to draw near

 

I see a soft light penetrating my cave 

I reach out attempting to somehow be brave 

 

As the light draws nearer I’m bathed in its warmth 

I feel like I’m being wrapped in God’s arms

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The Lost Ones

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The Lost Ones

 

I reach My hand out to the poor, the needy and the ill

I reach My hand to the broken, to save them’s My will

 

Poor in spirit, faint of heart, I love one and all

My voice a gentile, prodding tone, it is to them I call

 

I ache to save the lost ones who I created with my Hand

I ache to draw them to Me, that their hearts would understand

 

I pour My love out like sweet oil, beckoning with my voice

I pour My heart out for their sake waiting to be their choice

 

I reign on high, I’m Lord of All, I’ve already won the battle

These souls are rightfully mine to take, not abandoned chattel

 

Where to Go from Here

Where to Go from Here

Where do I go from here, God?

Today I can..

 

Look to the light You’ve set unto my path

And know that Your love will guide my way along the wide road and the lath

 

Photo by Easter Ellen

 

The future can often feel so daunting, whether in the immediate, or in the far future. Which choices to make along the way. From early decisions such as education, friends we make and relationships that we establish to career choices, family decisions and the ways to cope through life’s many struggles, which way to go is always at our best, an educated decision; a hopeful choice; a path chosen from advice and thought.

 

When we allow God and our faith to lead our choices, the path, although perhaps just as daunting in how it may appear to us, is clear in our Heavenly Father’s eyes. It is one that was laid for us before the beginning of time and one that we can trust as it is the all-knowing, all-seeing God of the universe that has set it for us.

 

We find that He leads us in our path through prayer, through the courage to step out in faith with Him and in His Holy Word.

 

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet; a lamp on my path.

Untimely Passing

Untimely Passing

Lord.. Why do You take people we love before they’ve lived a full, long life?

Today I’m going to…

Ask You once again why my loved one is now gone

I’ll keep an open heart and look to You to carry on

Photo by Easter Ellen

 

There is nothing as difficult as losing a loved one before they have a chance to experience a full life and reach an older age. Even when a loved one has aged it is still difficult to get through the grieving. We find ourselves torn by the pain, enraged by the untimeliness, screaming inside with the “WHY??” of it. “Where was God?”, we ask.

We are always told that we will eventually have all of the answers or that “it was God’s will”. “How can it be God’s will?” we ask ourselves. “How could God let this happen?”

I recently saw a program that had interviewed several people that had experienced Near-Death Experiences. These are people who had for a brief few moments actually experienced death. Each of the people described an overwhelming feeling of love that they were consumed and engulfed in. This does not answer “why”, but it gave me tremendous comfort in having recently lost a close friend and knowing that both my grandmother and my father were taken before their own time. Knowing that they are in this wonderful place of God’s love; knowing that they are waiting for me; knowing that although my heart pains and longs for them, that they are waiting for me with love and joy, blesses my heart.

Turn to God in your pain. He is our comforter, our maker, our Father in the most loving and caring way. Pray that He will give you peace beyond understanding. You will find peace in praying with Him and love in speaking with Him.

 

Revelation 21:4 (NIV)

‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Nothing Left

Nothing Left

Lord, I feel that I have nothing left to give; no more strength, .

Today I’m going to…

Take a breath, thank the Lord, for He’s my strength

I can do all things through God, He’s within my arm’s length 

Photo by Easter Ellen

How can I get through today? How can I deal with the people in my life? Work, family, tasks, errands, obligations.. I have nothing left. No strength. No will. There is just nothing left.

 

So many things can weigh our spirits down. So many times in life we can be overwhelmed by not only the big tasks, but getting through the little ones that are our routine. Feeling weary, feeling tired, feeling incapable can be defeating.

 

The beauty of God, is that He promises us that He is our strength. That we can do all things through Him, because He strengthens us. Just think about that and let your faith, however weak you may feel it is, take over. You are able to get through your day, your errands, your obligations, because God’s strength is yours for the asking. Ask and you will receive!

Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

 

Unrooted

Unrooted

Dear God, Sometimes I just don’t feel that I am where I should be.. I feel like my whole life has been uprooted.

Today I’m going to…

Smile, as I am a chosen child of the Lord

He loves me as a Father, and my peace is His reward 

 

Photo by Easter Ellen

 

 

So often I have felt like I just could not get things on track; that life had uprooted me from the dreams I had carried with me and thrown me into the darkness. I felt I had been robbed of my dreams and put onto a much harsher path than I had chosen.

 

The feeling of being uprooted is so difficult to deal with on our own.  This feeling can be from any of life’s tragedies or through our own emotional struggles but Our Heavenly Father comforts us always. He tells us that he loves us despite our iniquities and moreso, He deights in us returning to Him. Do you know that the angels of Heaven rejoice in singing when we turn to God? Our turning to Him allows His love to channel through to us by the Holy Spirit and fills us with the sure knowledge that we are secure as His child.  His plans for us engraved from the beginning of time and His promise of peace and love that are beyond our greatest hopes.

 

Psalm 16:6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.

The Mountain

Mountains

Lord.. The struggles in my life loom over me and block my path to getting through my day

Today I’m going to…

 

Know that faith as tiny as a seed

Is enough to spark God’s power, however great my need

Photo by Easter Ellen

 

 

Our mountains are so different than each others’, but they are always impossible looking, defeat-invoking and completely intimidating. I saw my mountains looming right in the middle of my pathways in life for years before I was able to even believe that God could help me move them. It is just so much easier looking to stay down in the muck at the base of that mountain than to begin climbing what appears to be an impassable climb.

 

Mustard seeds… of all of the things that could have been told would be enough to clear us of the mountains in our life, God teaches us that it is just a little faith, as tiny as the seed of the mustard plant that will move these struggles. “Pray for more faith”, Jesus teaches us. As we pray, believing that God is able, the struggles of our lives don’t loom over us as heavily and eventually their enormity be ones much less of the scary size it started. Faith strengthens us to have the eyes that God wants us to see through.  Plant that mustard seed of faith within yourself and water it with the Word of God. Let His strength is waiting to be used through your faith.

 

Matthew 17:20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”