June 29, 2012

Shadows...


Shadows are all around us.
Some shadows are dark...
lurking in the corners...
intermingled with cobwebs.

(picture from the web)

Some shadows dance on the ground...
as the sun plays peek-a-boo...
through the trees.


This shadow is a reflection
from the pendant on my wind chime.




The shadow is much more beautiful 
than the pendant itself.




As I look at the beautiful shadow
glistening on the door,
I'm struck by the thought
that we, as Christians,
have much in common 
with this shadow.

 

You and I...
we're plain and simple...

...yet when we allow Jesus to shine through us, we are illuminated into something much more beautiful. 

It doesn't matter if we don't "measure up" in the natural; it only matters that we allow Jesus to work in and through us, so that HE can cast HIS beauty upon the world around us.  

I really don't think it's even about letting our own light shine...but about letting HIS LIGHT shine through us!

Just BE...
 the 
unique
 YOU 
God 
has 
made 
you 
to 
be!

June 28, 2012

Beauty and Perspective...

I love "beauty"...
I love watching flowers bloom...
Little buds spreading their petals...
Totally enclosed...
until they come to life...


I love the sun...
the way it shines through the trees...
casting shadows of perfection on the earth below...
I love the warmth on my face...
as the wind gently blows...


Even when it's overcast and grey...
I see the beauty...
Lately, that is...
I think I'm in love with the sun...
and the clouds...


I love pictures that capture a well trodden path...
The path that is worn from many footprints...
from those who have gone before me...
I love imagining the journey of those people...
with their dirty and dusty sandals...
who paved the path beneath my own feet.


I love to find the beauty...
in the things others may not see...
the hidden tree branches that have fallen...
the rotted old tree that still stands tall...


The greenery that managed to find its place...
among the broken cement and brick...
Some say it should not be there...
Yet I say, 
"Good job! You managed to thrive!"
It beat the odds.
Made its own path...
decided not to follow the crowd... 


 And then...
there's 
THIS 
kind 
of 
beauty!!!



Wow!
Breathtaking!
Amazing!
Yet I wonder...
do people see it?
Or is it just me?
It's so complex...
and profound...
one-of-a-kind...
unique...
a masterpiece, I say.


I see potential...
I see beauty...
I see hope...
I see life...
I see inspiration...

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Beauty is all around us.
Each one of us.
Every day.
In every place.
It's in perspective.
It's in the view.

Your trial is beautiful...
not because of how it looks today...
but because of what God can do with it...
tomorrow...
and the next day...
and next year...
and many years after that.

Your weakness is beautiful...
not because of how it looks today...
but because God can make it your strength...
one day...
if you let Him.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

It's all about perspective...
It's all about the view...


June 26, 2012

Persevere...

For so long, I felt like this.
Growing, but stuck.
Entangled.


My path felt like this.
Rocky.
Unstable.
Unsecured.


The path to freedom seemed...
always unattainable.
Just out of reach.
So close...
but yet still so far away.



I still had hope...
because I still had Jesus...
But the light of freedom
seemed so far way.


At times, the path would clear.
The sun became brighter.
Freedom seemed possible.
Hope was more evident.


But then I would get stuck again.
Entangled more.
It was getting harder to get free.
BUT I KEPT TRYING!
I KEPT SEEKING JESUS!
I KEPT CRYING OUT FOR FREEDOM!
FOR MORE!


My view got brighter.
My vision cleared.
Life seemed a little sideways.
BUT life was better.
Brighter.
More hopeful.
I kept pressing in.
I kept pressing through.
I had to.
I could taste freedom.
I could smell freedom.
I wanted to touch freedom!



 The path has not been easy.
Nor has it been fast.
But Jesus is the leader.
I'm just diligently following.
Life is good.
Resistance is still there.
Jesus is bigger.
All the time!!! 


Say "Yes" to God!
Where HE wants to take you...
is better than where you are...
and it's beautiful...
and full of hope...
and peace...
and joy... 

It's good!

~Heavenly Father, I pray for those who seek freedom. Freedom from the past. Freedom from the chains. Freedom from addictions. Freedom from themselves.  Freedom from the lies that have kept them entangled and stuck. 

In the name of Jesus, I curse the spirit of rejection, despair, depression, lack, and destruction off of each one of them, and command those spirits to go.  I pray that You would fill them up with peace, hope, joy, and love today. Your love Jesus! Your comfort! Your amazing grace! Thank you Jesus. In Jesus name, Amen~

June 25, 2012

ALL victories are tested!!!

All victories are tested...


One of my Pastors has been telling me that for a few weeks now. I didn't understand what it meant until yesterday.


I am free! I have been healed! My life has totally changed in the past few months! Set 100% free! Anxiety and depression GONE! High Blood pressure GONE! Weight loss happening! Weariness GONE! Broken heart HEALED! Guilt and Shame GONE! Sexual addiction GONE!


I was on a "high" for the month of May! I was unstoppable! I was confident! I was praying for people left and right! I was contagious! I was happy! I was victorious!


June came... and so did the tests!


Worry came. Anxiety came. Temptations came. Issues came. Illness came. 


"What is going on???" I would cry out.


At first, I was super strong and full of faith, but when illness didn't go away immediately or "bad news" didn't immediately turn to good news...my soul grew weary.


I kept declaring GOD IS GOOD! GOD IS FAITHFUL! I AM FREE! I STILL CHOOSE TO BELIEVE!


But my body was getting weary from being sick. My heart was growing faint from unanswered prayers. Temptations would creep up and I began to wonder if I really was free. Depression tried to come upon me again. I began to look at the circumstances in the natural and began to sink... quickly!


BUT I CHOSE to believe that WHOM THE SON SET FREE IS FREE INDEED!


I CHOSE to claim the promises of God!


I CHOSE to turn away from worry, strife, anxiety, and sin.


"HEAVEN, ALL VICTORIES ARE TESTED!!!"


Every time I text my Pastor with another circumstance, he would respond with the above words, along with the encouragement that God IS FIGHTING for me and my family!


Needless, to say, God and I conquered a week of hell and uncertainty! During those times of trials, I did not understand what my Pastor was saying. But he continued (along with other friends!) to assure me that the circumstances were simply smoke screens to try to get my focus off of God and back onto worrisome, depressed thoughts.


Yesterday, I realized what he meant----> "ALL victories are tested!"


My healing and my freedom were tested in those trials. I found out that God was still faithful. I was still free. God was, and continues to be, in control. God was STILL holding my world in the palm of His hands........no matter what the circumstances said!!!


My victories WERE tested...and they stood the test!!!


Thank you Jesus!!!

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