My Soul Cries… S-t-r-e-t-c-h

Let me ask you; “Have you ever felt an inner unease or restlessness in your spirit where you can’t quite pinpoint the source of the feeling?” I’m sure this sounds eerie to some, but I’ve learned to pay attention to this feeling because my past has proven that it is seldom without merit.

I don’t watch the news or keep up with current events, politics or the such so I can’t pin it on those outside factors. Yet, I know something is in the wind, heading my way, and experience has shown it will become an exercise in spiritual and mental stretching. This I know: I must prepare myself for whatever is coming by praying in earnest.

Needing encouragement, I grab my first book, and find these words:

Philippians 3:13-15 – Page 37

In order to press forward to do that which we are called to do, we must make peace with the past! God has brought us this far for a reason and the past has already played its part in developing a part of our character.

Aim to do better, and be better for Christ with each new day. Do you want what God has for you? Then, press for excellence in the call God has placed upon your life. If anyone deserves the efforts of our very best it is Christ who gave His very best unto death!  Maybe you are facing something that is trying your patience or endurance.  Like me, you can probably use a little encouragement, so for all who may need a dose of uplifting, here’s a few words of comforting encouragement to help you along the way.

Matthew 7:12-20 Page 62

“The fruit of Love is an action word best confirmed by attitude and deed. The real thing shouldn’t be hard to see or feel. It will be sacrificial and compassionate in spirit, just as Jesus was. However, rotten fruit may still appear to be usable until you draw near and are met with a horrible smell that repels. For that reason, it is better to cut off anything that corrupts to keep from ruining the testimony of the Christian faith.

Psalm 22:22, 25 – Page 63

When we are knowledgeable about both our enemy and our Savior, there is little that should surprise us or catch us off guard. When you know that you are the prize in a spiritual tug-of-war, wisdom dictates that you prepare for the battle, that you stay alert, and that you map out your strategy for a sure victory.

Zephaniah 3:12 – Page 46

When there are no problems in our lives we tend to get lazy in our daily communion with God. We kind of get a faulty way of thinking toward God that says, “out of trouble, out of mind.” We mistakenly forget that troubles don’t last always, but neither will the calm days. Satan never, ever rests; he just changes tactics and disguises.

When my soul cries, “Prepare Arms,” my spirit says, “STRETCH”

to meet the unknown encounters that are ahead.

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All Talk …

Every word matters & leaves a mark.

I may have said it before, but I love words!  Words hold so much power.  We’ve probably all heard the saying, “all talk and no action!”  Sad to say, but I’ve been on both sides of that saying more times than I care to admit.  Words leave impressions, like footprints in the sand.  People struggle to overcome words spoken to them as children.  Relationships are broken or destroyed by unfulfilled spoken promises (Christopher Williams‘ hit comes to mind).  Words can strike blows to the spirit like gunfire, or be as medicinal as an antibiotic. Words set the stage for communication, depending on the tone used, and determine whether the message will be received or rejected.

But … what if we said what we meant, and meant what we said?  What kind of life could we build not just speaking words, but living by the words we speak?  What if misuse and disregard for the potency of words plays a part in how we regard the Word of God?  I mean, if Psalm 119:160 says that God’s word is true from the beginning then surely we must realize that the prophecies, judgments and promises given from Genesis to Revelation are true as well, right?  When God said, “thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:17), was he lying?  Did he go back on his word?

As these thoughts came to mind on my ride in to work today, I recalled a poem from my book titled, “What If.”  Being privy to hidden words can stain the soul.  That in itself is food for thought, and definitely worth pondering in the heart!  We all talk … but, the question becomes how have my words affected my life?

PS:  Enjoy the Poem!  And, I always love hearing from you so comments definitely WELCOME!

What-If

They Don’t Know You!

The Issue: When someone has been in your life for a long time and, yet, has no clue about your character or value as a person, either you’ve pretended to be someone you are not for too long, or they totally ignored the real you that was always present.

 

From my new book: Emotionally Charged: A Poetic Journey in the Issues of Life

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Today, I want to applaud the mothers who train up their daughters, and the daughters who listen and take heed, to know that their value as a person is reflected, not in the words they speak, but as a reality… 

  • In the character they exhibit
  • In the principles they stand on, and
  • In demonstration of their walk (biblically speaking)…

 These are they who will shine as the brightest DIAMONDS, even as they are ridiculed for holding firm to their virtue.

 VIRTUE is nothing but voluntary obedience to truth.

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It Is Written: My Soul Cries “A Tribute”

I have some friends who are dealing with deaths in their family—some of them, multiple.  Death hit close to home this year. I lost an uncle who was the pillar of our “Pender” family based in Kansas City.  In the past, I greatly feared death. In 2006, the loss of a young man I knew in passing tore through my fears like a hurricane. I mourned the death of this child as if he were my very own.  Baffled by the depth of my tears and depression for weeks on end, I cried myself to sleep each night asking, “Lord, why—why him—why this son?”

The weight of my grief drove me into depression. I asked others to pray for me.  My breakthrough came as I lay silently crying one night:  Death is a Given—Accept it & Make Peace with it. God is the only one with power over it!  And, BOOM, there it was! Yet, to totally break the yoke of the fear these words followed:  God gave you children for a time and a purpose, just as He gave HIS SON for a time and a purpose?

My peace with death doesn’t mean I don’t sorrow for the lost. It means I take comfort in God’s arms and acknowledge this truth:  “For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.” (Romans 14:8); and it will play out to the very end.

Today, I am sharing an excerpt from my first book, My Soul Cries… Holy, Holy, Holy, that I hope will give a new perspective on dealing with death.

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The Question Is?

It’s better to be chosen, than an option that is set aside…



From my new book: Emotionally Charged: A Poetic Journey in the Issues of Life

The Issue: There is nothing as sweet as someone telling you what you want to hear, or  as sobering as realizing you were willing to swallow the lie.

You’ve asked a question; this answer I give:
My life is not my own; this is how I live.
Blessed with an inner beauty, a heart so full of love.
With you I’d share a part, leaving plenty for Him above.

My beauty comes not from the fullness of my lips,
Nor does my sensuality rest in the swaying of my hips.
My heart is not my own, for I seek to do His will.
My mind is for someone, who can share what I feel.

To be a virtuous woman, you see, that is a goal of mine.
A blessing it would be to find my soul mate in this life time.
Will you reach me, inwardly touch me, giving hearts a try.
But it must be in His will, else it’ll end in us living the lie.

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While sad, but true…many believers are deceived because we are willing to compromise on the standards of Christian living. The enemy loves to wrap his traps in attractive packages. What if we chose, instead, to follow the advice given in Ephesians 5 which starts out saying…Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;”

Now the Question Becomes:  Will you turn and take heed to the warnings?

It Is Written: The Best Route

“My Soul Cries… Holy, Holy, Holy”-AuthorHouse 2011

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

Obedience is the fountain from which blessings flow, and Faith is the springboard of success.

No amount of education can give you the kind of wisdom and knowledge God possesses. Though beneficial, knowledge void of God’s illumination does not guarantee you will get the results you desire.

To acknowledge God, however, in all your decisions means your future rests in the hand of Him who knows the future, the pitfalls and how to avoid them.

Obedience and Faith are a combination that decreases your failure rate.

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Good parents discipline their children for disobedience. God’s children complain, cry unfair or pull back when God disciplines their disobedience. The question is Why do we, as Believers in Christ, shun discipline?  Does doing so show a lack of faith or too much pride?

Emotionally Charged…

Ever been held captive? Can You identify or Do You Judge?

Today I am sharing from my latest book, Emotionally Charged: A Poetic Journey in the Issues of Life.  It’s easy to be lured into a false sense of “self-righteousness” when comparing your struggles with that of others. Experiences that are detrimental [defined as: injurious; hurtful; causing loss or damage] can take you to very dark places not easily broken. 

Jeremiah’s depression was a dark place; yet, in the midst we find words of faith-based comfort:

It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

Jeremiah 3:22 

Maybe you can identify, maybe not. Yet the struggles are real in … Cursed Cravings?

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It Is Written

O.M.G. – We Did It Again!

As I mentioned on my “About Me” tab, I am an inspirational Author with two books on the market (seen above). This has been a “dream” in the making since my youth so let me tell you a little bit about how I got here!  

I used to be an avid reader.  I say “used to” because most of the authors were gradually replaced by a compilation of 40 writers who are tied up in a book called The Holy Bible. Though I attempt to incorporate other authors (Tony Evans, Charles Stanley, Michelle McKinney Hammond, Allison Bottke…) I don’t get to as often as I would like.  I’m hoping to change that in 2017.

Anyway…I was a reading machine growing up.  I enjoyed a variety of authors:

  • Terri McMillan (Disappearing Acts, Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back)
  • Robert Ludlum (The Bourne Identity series)
  • Stephen King (Firestarter, Pet Cemetery)
  • Walter Mosley (Devil in a Blue Dress)
  • Danielle Steel (Changes, Full Circle)
  • Jackie Collins (Lucky, Hollywood Husbands)
  • Tom Clancy (Patriot Games, The Hunt for Red October)
  • Alex Haley, Nora Roberts, Reader’s Digest, Mary Higgins Clark, etc.

As you can see I was all over the place, but I loved every last word.  Each book left a mark on my heart that presented a panoramic future where anything was possible, if you believed!  And, I did and still do believe: in faith, in overcoming, in being happy, in moving mountains, in love, in healing, in happily ever-afters, and more.  Through reading, life became what you embraced in your own little heaven on earth.

In 2007, I began texting inspirational quotes generated from my morning bible readings. The response was really shocking, to be honest.  I’d get responses back from people I didn’t know.  When they’d say, “Thank you!“, “I needed that today!“, “How did you know I was going through that?!“, I was quick to confess:  “I didn’t, but God did!”  And, that remains true even today!

All I can say is:  WOW, Lord … WOW! and invite YOU to stay tuned for the road trip!