Thursday, August 1, 2013

What if ... What if We Were Real ?

I  w a n t  y o u  b a c k  L O R D.
I  n e e d  y o u r  g r a c e.
I  n e e d  y o u r  g r a c e.

It’s the calling of the tide – ripping up against the shore line and carrying it all back out again...back and forth, back and forth, like a seesaw.  It whips here and there and swallows everything under.  There is no chance to survive, slight opportunity to stay afloat, and every opportunity to sink ... that is, when you go at it alone.

--And think of it this way : sometimes, people write the things they can’t say--

It’s all just a dream, you say.  It’s all in your head, you say.  Well, what if we were real?  What if.

And even if it will end up breaking your heart, be real because the Lord says to open up your soul – meaning to fully live by grace.  And it’s in the moment of fear when we admit to knowing a savior, but life means more than that.  We owe Him more than that, yet he charges us nothing.  Even more than this, he gives us everything.  He puts a delicacy of magic inside of us that we come to embrace.  He gives everyone this magic within them, but only few know how to discover it.  And how would that be done, you wonder?
[ yes, only through Christ ]

It is not long into our lives that we learn how really broken we actually are, yet for some of us, it is the day before we fall that we know how to start living; for within the wonder of living comes a truth --- to be human is to be beautifully flawed, and while it’s custom to hate the sin, we shall not hate the sinner…because in this life, we've all been on the sinner’s side.  We've all tried to convince others that we've made the right decision, but we are merely attempting to convince ourselves.

And then again, what if we were real?

If we were real; we wouldn't give it all away, we wouldn't run away with someone’s heart, we wouldn't complain about all of these graces –

- that the choices we make and the chances we take determine our destiny -
- that being loved by God gives us the security to risk loving, too, even loving ourselves -
- that forgiving the person you were is accepting the person you are and believing in the person you can become -
- that as weak people, we wouldn't change this world if not resting in the hands of a great God -

See, it is not we who should learn to trust others but we who should learn to trust God.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Retrieve the Dream

Trembling fingers graze the lock to your hiding place; dare you ask for the key.
  Once upon a time, it was yours alone to curl up in and ponder.
Now, it's been taken from you, and it has been confirmed that you will never get it back.

Along with its hidden seclusion, your comfort was taken, too;
the comfort to bask in who you wanted to be without the world refusing your greatness.
You used to keep it right there inside you...hidden yet so alive - the greatness of your heart that whispered unspoken melodies to you while you were dreaming.

Your hiding spot was your dream coming to life.
You kept stories there that no one will ever be able to unlock, decode, or understand.
The stories were yours, and they still are; however, they have been taken.
How can something that's been taken still be yours?

The answer is simple.
Tangible is easy.  Imaginative is hard.
It is assured that you have grown with spirit, mentality, and heart once you discover that the tangibility of your dreams must carry on through imagination.
Someday, it could be taken, and soon you'll be remembering the time when it was all right in your lap.
Today is someday, and you are replaying the vision over and over - your dreams have transcended into the wind, and you are powerless to retrieve them.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Fearful?

"It's okay to be fearful.  Some of God's strongest warriors were frightened.  The difference between a believer and the rest of the world is that we press on.  We can be shaking in our boots, but we don't turn back.  The hopeless-that's what they do.  They give up on their mortgage.  They give up on the unemployment line.  But I can sit here and know that my God saves.  And no matter what I go through, if I keep pushing through, he's there in the end.  So, honey, having fear doesn't mean you're on the wrong path.  It just means you put on your helmet and your jersey and you plow right on through."
-Jenny B. Jones, Just Between You and Me


Just one question today... 
  What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Break My Heart

        God wants our hearts to be broken so that we will understand the great love he has in us, even during our brokenness.  He doesn't always do things the way we expect, and we can’t control his plan; however, we do know that, “in all things, God works for the good of those who love him,” (Romans 8:28).  As you go through difficult times, look for ways that God is working for your good.  You may not be able to see it at first, so that’s when you have to trust him.  You eventually learn to thank God for the bad he puts in your life because you finally can see his purpose.  He is only building you and crafting you so that you learn to live a life that he is proud of. 
        
        As we go through this journey of becoming a representative of Christ, he will equip us with what we need to carry out his will.  Because he loves us and gives us what we need to succeed, we welcome others, even strangers, into the plentiful love that he wants us to share.  He is our warrior, and he is willing to fight for us; therefore, rejoice in the splendor of his holiness, even when enemies attack.  When we forget to worship him for all he has provided us with, God seems to feel so far away.  We don’t have to pretend with God, but we sure do it anyway.  We feel the need to build up this perfect image when we come to our perfect creator in prayer.  You don’t have to pretend to him that things are okay when they aren't.  A lot of people suffer when they don’t deserve to; however, when you pray to God and tell him that you need help, he hears you.  Sometimes, things happen to us that we can’t immediately find a way out of, but we learn to not be afraid, for he is with us, willing to be our warrior.  He sees and feels the things we suffer, so it is not time to give up hope.  Keep looking for ways that God is with you and loving you.