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 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

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)

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

Relate: One of the most difficult parts of my move to Turkey was surrendering my library. I was only allowed a limited amount of weight on my first flight over and there was no way even a token percentage of my thousand-plus book library was going…

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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!

ABIDE WITH ME

  1. Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
    The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide;
    When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
    Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.
  2. Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
    Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
    Change and decay in all around I see—
    O Thou who changest not, abide with me.
  3. I need Thy presence every passing hour;
    What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r?
    Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
    Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.
  4. I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
    Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness;
    Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
    I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.
  5. Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
    Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies;
    Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
    In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

Is God Good All the Time? (Confessions of a former widow)

At times, it is difficult to acknowledge this timeless truth – GOD IS GOOD, ALL THE TIME – but thank God that He never gives up on us and His faithfulness, indeed, endures to a thousand generations.

Dancing On My Ashes

by Heather Spring {Gilion}
(Blog post originally appeared on JCaro.com.)

I cried through most of my twenties.

Who am I kidding? I’m still crying in my thirties, but for very different reasons.
Thirteen years ago, dreams were coming true. I had my college diploma in hand, the handsomest fellow by my side, and a wedding ring on my finger!
“God is good!” said the preacher. “All the time!” said the congregation.

I grew up in a church that said it a lot. We were taught when anyone from the pulpit said, “God is good…” in response, the congregation should echo back with exuberance “All the time!” 

As my life of ease and dreams was on its way to “happily ever after”, I easily joined the echo: Yep, God is good… all the time! (Even if I didn’t chant it out loud, I gave the pastor a good head nod.)

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