The God Pause: A Memoir


Riches and Glory: A Parallel of Job and Jesus
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“A good sacrifice is one that is not necessarily sound but leaves your opponent dazed and confused.” –Nigel Short

Imagine the worst day you have ever had, now recall one of your best.
Reflect on when you were the smartest in your class, now relive the way your stomach sank when told you didn’t pass.
Stop.
Take a deep breath of the air you need to survive , pause and exhale.
In that moment you experience the feeling of greatness become your worst nightmare.
Chances are we don’t record our actions daily, but wouldn’t anyway because we are all a bit lazy.

God, however, already has all our records even the ones we think we have hidden.
He has seen all our sunrises and every dark night we’ve sat up in.
He has done it all first, right here in the flesh.
He freely gave away the things that make us so selfish.
In the flesh means just as we are,
The emotions, the temptations, the wanting to give up and just run somewhere fast somewhere far.
The ugly people we choose to be left Him without a choice. Not one.
He was laughed at by such people while He willingly hung.
God went through it so we can get to it.
Our lives are tough because we were the ones who blew it.
By grace He mirrored our struggle so we weren’t alone in our pain.
He left a journal so we could read about the sunshine that follows the rain.
All we are is what He knew we would be,
The author became a character in His
Book so we could too could be in the story.
Next time you sip on fine wine or are dying of thirst,
Pause and remember that God Himself experienced both first.

Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.


1 Timothy 3:16

Inspired by the lyrics of In The Flesh by Christian Artist Charismatik. For more inspiration and information about the band click HERE

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If You Can’t Stop At Least Smile As You Go By


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And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. – 1 Cor. 13:13

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It is getting harder and harder to feel anything anymore unless it is irritation or defeat. It is bad enough I have to try to fake a smile at a loved one, let alone someone I just meet.

What has become of love and where has it hidden? What has happened to my prince charming or the friends I used to confide in? I know that with time I will trust and with hope I will believe, but recent disappoinments have left my heart here to bleed.

How did You do it? God how did You dare? To continually open Your House to all of us when we leave You sitting alone up there? We complain about a break up or cry over a lost possesion You day after day get the slip from one of us, your most prized obsessions.

There are so many things that have hardened our hearts, Yet our daily activities are ripping Yours apart. If we could just try to be a little more like You, maybe love would not have the sour taste people are accustomed to. If we could think of who provides what we lack and answers our calls, Who gives us the shelter from the hurricane as the heavy rain falls.

We can have faith in You or hope we find our way, but it is clear that love is most vital to survive in this world today. You are the One who gives water to those who thirst, the One who feeds the birds, the ones who came first. Why is it so hard to offer the same on our own? Why do we refuse to be good company and still become bitter all alone?

For us, for love you let Jesus take the heat. For the sake of our salvation you gave us the victory of a battle we chose to end in our defeat. I pray for an understanding God and a courage to walk the miles. I pray for the ability to mimic such a love for the ones who suffer in never ending trials.

How do You do it? God how do You dare? To continually open Your House to all of us when we leave You sitting alone up there?

-Erica D
CHARISMATIK-Official Website

Poem inspired by Christian artist Charismatik and their lyrics to the song “Tne Greatest Of These”

“The Greatest of These”

If I can fathom the deepest mysteries
And have a knowledge of ancient histories
But I have not love
I am nothing
If I have faith that can move mountains
And gifts that are abounding
But I have not love
I am nothing
And if I give everything I have
Away to the poor
If I give it all away so that I have no more
If I do all that and I have not love
I am nothing
Knowledge just won’t last
It will become part of the past
Some day the gifts will cease
And they will rest in peace
But love, love will never fail
It will always prevail
More than any you can think of
The greatest of these… is love
And now I’m something
The greatest of these is love (repeat)

“Just as in earthly life lovers long for the moment when they are able to breathe forth their love for each other, to let their souls blend in a soft whisper, so the mystic longs for the moment when in prayer he can, as it were, creep into God.” -Soren Kierkegaard

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I Want To Be One Of Them


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“I look back on my life like a good day’s work; it was done and I am satisfied with it.” –Anna Mary Robertson Moses

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