VANITY

He stands there, saying nothing while his eyes betray the fear in him

It must be killing him, she thinks.  Her heart longing to share in his agony

But she knows that as in countless times before, he will not let her get close

And even as she takes a step forward, she can already see the walls closing in…

Which makes her hesitate mid-stride as she realizes the futility of it all

Maybe another day and time when he will finally learns to see a friend not a foe

The tree will bear fruit and she will no longer contend with the barrenness.

Lord God Please help me…

to find the strength to get up when I just want to give up.

to hold on even though I have fears about my (e. g. home, job, family, health, car)

to trust You Lord even though my stress, drama and fears are so overwhelming

to not give up even though life seems so shaky and uncertain

to speak up the next time he/she disrespects or abuses me.

to guard my heart from depression, shame, guilt and toxic people

to guard myself from family/friends who challenge my trust, faith, time and money.

to be grateful and show up for my job even though I may not enjoy it.

to be a good provider for myself and my family with less stress and struggle.

to resist my addictions (e.g.. shoes, food, alcohol, drugs, shopping,

gambling, bad relationships, porn, etc.)

to say “no” to things that can destroy my life, health and relationships

to discover and develop my special anointed gifts, talents and purpose.

to be successful in my business and leadership roles.

to meet the right people who can enrich and better my life.

to fill my lonely hours with productivity, peace and wholeness.

to forgive and let go of my pain, bitterness and anger.

to heal my grieving heart for the ones I have lost and miss so much.

to stop worrying about my loved ones in trouble, the war, hospital or prison.

to endure and keep my faith as I wait for my miracle.

to remember, that spite of it all, I am, too blessed to be stressed.

to remember that You are the source of supply.

to be blessed and to be a blessing to others.

to keep pressing toward my mark of a higher calling.

to stay in the light to see You more clearly, follow You nearly and love You more dearly.

           by Jewel Diamond Taylor, Minister, Conference Keynotes Speaker, author and

              Founder of Women on the Grow

When Our Tears Are Dry

Today, I am posting this beautiful poem written by Ghanaian Poet, Kofi Awoonor, who was one of the casualties of the terror attack on Westgate Mall in Nairobi.

When our tears are dry on the shore

And the fishermen carry their nets home

And the sea gulls return to Bird Island…

And the laughter of the children recedes at night

There shall still linger here the communion we forged

The feast of oneness which we partook of

 

There shall still be the eternal gate men

Who will close the cemetery door

And send the late mourners away

It cannot be music we heard that night

That still lingers in the chambers of memory

It is the new chorus of our forgotten comrades

And the hallelujahs of our second selves.

 

By Kofi Awoonor (March 13, 1935 – September 21, 2013)

Jesus Alone (9/25/13)

He alone is worthy
To worship and adore
The Lamb of God victorious
Our risen Lord.

THE RIVER WALK

Read: Isaiah 45:11-48:11, Ephesians 4:1-16, Psalm 68:19-35, Proverbs 24:3-4

Let all the world look to me for salvation! For I am God; there is no other. I have sworn by my own name; I have spoken the truth, and I will never go back on my word: Every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess allegiance to me. (Isaiah 45:22-23)

For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all. (Ephesians 4:4-5)

God alone

Relate: I have a book on my shelf called Living Buddha Living Christ by a guy named Thich Nhat Hanh. Now don’t get me wrong, I have huge respect for the author. He has been an active and engaged pacifist who has lived in exile from…

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Soar

by Kelly Athena

You are the universe
No need to rehearse
Jump out of your chair
Tuck flowers in your hair
Leap high in the air
with dazzle and flair
Soar like a bird
that has never heard
the word “no”
Just let go!