The Art of Letting Go & Letting God


“Things that are not at all, are never lost.” -Christopher Marlowe

“Oh, my friend, it’s not what they take away from you that counts. It’s what you do with what you have left.” -Hubert H. Humphrey

Heavy is the head who wears the crown, thank God it is not me.
Why then do my emotions seem to hold me down, and my heart hurt badly?

Only a few people stay, so many people leave.
It has become just another game to play, another lie I will believe.

God this is Your plan, this life I try to love.
Help me to stop thinking some man can provide what comes from above.
When I forget this truth, Lord when I fall,
The pain itself reminds me why I
give You my all.

He was despised and rejected –
a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on him and looked the other way
He was despised, and we did not care.
Yet it was our weaknesses he carried it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
a punishment for his own sins!
(Isaiah 53:3-4)

When the pressure is too much, when the world is bitter and cold,
When the others turn their backs,
Lord give me Your hand to hold.

Time means nothing to You, yet we are always staring at the clock.
You are waiting on our prayers when in trouble, but we call something else our rock.

Every day is a challenge, but to live is an art.
We need to remember that we do not run the show, we only play our part.

To let go of the things that hurt and to let God take control,
That is when we will be able to climb our way out of this hole.

We can’t carry all the heartbreaks, we can’t hold all of our tears.
God however is teaching us through these things, He has been teaching me for years.

But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.
He made heaven and earth the sea, and everything in them.
He keeps every promise forever.
He gives justice to the oppressed
and food to the hungry
The Lord frees the prisoners
(Psalm 146:5-146:7)

Do not drown in your circumstances of get buried in the bitter.
It is every time that we let go and let God that we get a little better.

You are strong enough, He is there when you can’t take it.
By believing in yourself and by resting in Him, my friends that’s how you will make it!
Don’t let the pain of now define who you are later.
Don’t let lies consume your heart,
The devil is a hater.

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The Serpent And The Sparrow


“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength.” -August Wilson

There is something in the way we move, there is something that keeps us moving.
Shadows are cast where we block the light, shadows are the reason the doers are no longer doing.
Darkness makes it’s way through towns of amber, darkness floods our streets.
Nightmares are finding their way into daylight, nightmares have escaped the sheets.
Some people remain sleeping, some people will not wake.
God looks on in disappointment, God wonders just what it will take.
Saints are marching boldly, the saints go marching in.
The angels also take their stance, the angels play to win.

“A cure for War? Furiously spending the same daily amount of money toward making friends. Being an indispensable source of food, shelter, peace, and cultural support dedicatedly spending 9 billion dollars a month on helping people would be a formidable enemy of evil.” -Vanna Bonta

A sparrow sits unaware of the danger, a sparrow is in the way.
The serpent slides up right behind behind it, the serpent eyes it’s prey.
So tragic the scenario, so tragic and yet so true.
The serpent slides up right behind us, the sparrow is me and you.
Up on our fences we are so content, on our fences everything is fine.
The war wages violently from below all the while, the war has been happening the entire time.
It seems so hopeless this battle, it seems it will never end.
The truth clears the way of the wreckage, the truth is our only friend.

Our Savior is our armor, our Savior is our shield.
The demons stand no chance in His presence, by the sound of His name they must yield.

It takes wisdom to learn the narrow way, it takes wisdom to be led in.
The world had fooled so many by books and paper, the world we are dying in.

It’s a terrible road and I’m walking with spiders, it’s a terrible road and I’m walking in.
It takes an ocean not to break, it takes an ocean to doust the fire we burn in.
So arrogant are the ones who look on from a far, so arrogant is man.
Meanwhile God is patiently hoping we will trust in Him and His plan.

The Word of God fills the battlefield, the Word of God shakes the sleeping ones wide awake.
Salvation is at hand, salvation is near for those who partake.
Rise up against the enemy, rise up when God calls your name.
For the victory will be His regardless, with or without you He will win.
Choose your battles wisely, choose your battles well.
As for me I choose team Jesus, as for me I choose humility over hell.

Only fools say in their hearts,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and their actions are evil;
not one of them does good!

God looks down from God looks down from
heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise,
if anyone seeks God.

(Psalm 53:1 – 53:2 NLT)

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Faithfully Flawed


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“Adaptability is not imitation. It means power of resistance and assimilation.” -Mahatma Gandhi

Dear God,

The pain of the world is causing my pain.
The attacks of the enemy are making people act insane.
I do not regret the cause of my scars.
For the ways that you have trained me.
They are such a small price to pay considering You actually spared me.
Your hands are a reminder and your feet once tired like mine.
A body can easily be broken, but the spirit does not fear time.
We are beat up,we are fed up, we are caught up, we’re flawed.
Yet you stay right beside us, You guide us, You even beg to be our God.

The Sovereign Lord is my strength!
He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
able to tread upon the heights
(Habakkuk 3:19)

When I was caged in the darkness, when hope was far away and when the light seemed uninterested.
You reached for me, took hold of me and then Your plan manifested.

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“The absence of flaw in beauty is itself a flaw.” -Havelock Ellis

We act like children on a ferris wheel, around and around we go.
We like to lose ourselves to the world so quickly, but when it comes to walking with You we’ve never been so slow! !
Addicted, conflicted, almost admitted, I have always been flawed.
Yet You pick up my heart everytime I seem to drop it to show me You’re still my God.

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You are so much more than we can know and most of us are afraid.
That despite the sacrifice You made for our sake, the promise never was made.

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Father forgive us, some of us know just what we do.
Some of us would rather die slowly instead of live for You.
The enemy waits in the shadows and preys on the unarmed.
He drowns the naive in his rivers of nonsense and most do not even realize they are being harmed.
Jesus, I am selfish, self absorbed, and can never find my phone.
I may be jaded, but with You I am never alone.

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You say I am a beautiful disaster, that we all are, and we were born to be flawed.
Why can’t we humble ourselves and realize You alone are God?

The enemy is a faker, but if he keeps fooling Your people, the joke is our eternity.
Please give me the strength to be the woman You need me to be.
To be a lamp,a hope, and the proof that although we are flawed,
That You will forever love us, eternally fight for us, and that there is a reason why You alone are our God.

Faithfully Flawed,
Erica D.

“Adaptability: A wise man adapts himself to circumstances as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it.” -Unknown

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House Of Cards


“It’s like gambling somehow. You go out for a night of drinking and you don’t know where your going to end up the next day. It could work out good or it could be disastrous. It’s like the throw of the dice.” -Jim Morrison

I remember bright lights and the smell of stale smoke,
I remember the noise of the casino and thinking life was a joke.
Drugs in my veins and the taste of vodka on my lips,
The devil had me right at his fingertips.

Always was with a man and had cards in my hand,
I was terribly naive then.
I was gambling with my very own life and losing big time to sin.
One more drink, one more hit, one more time the enemy pleaded,
Dangling my sanity right in front of me and saying this is what I needed.

“In all things there are three choices: Yes, No and no choice, except in this — I either choose the truth or I am deceit.” -Unknown

“As in the rankest soil the most beautiful flowers are grown, so in the dark soil of poverty the choicest flowers of humanity have developed and bloomed.” -James Allen

I wanted so badly just to hear God’s voice,
Instead drugs had silenced Him and it was me who made that choice.

“Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. (Deuteronomy 30:15 NLT)

God, He never left me…
Not even once did He let me go.
Even when I made it clear that away from Him is where I’d rather go.

It was 8 years ago when I chose to surrender my life to Lord completely,
Stories like these are only part of my testimony.
I have never left Him again,
Not even once have I let Him go.
I have made it my life’s work to make sure others know.
There is a way through the muck and the miles,
A relief from the suffering that robs our smiles.
Choose wisely and you will avoid these scars,
Collapse is inevitable when building your house of cards.

This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth (1 John 1:5 – 1:6 NLT)

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Jackpot


I woke up this morning to a text message from Chase. We all know that any alert from the bank is not likely a courtesy call to say you have too much money, so then you can guess what this one was telling me…Again.
It is a never ending battle between the mind and the spirit. It is a never ending rat race when it comes to money. Luckily for me, after having experienced this very attack of the enemy on my trust in God a few hundred times before, I managed to dodge the punch before it was delivered this time.

When these little thorns present themselves in our lives we can sometimes be so blindsided from the pain that we forget the beauty of the rose all together. On the contrary, If we get pricked enough, eventually the sting is not such a surprise nor is it as painful.

These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold – though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. (1Pet 1:7)

Do not think that in times of worldly trial that you are any less loved or protected by God. In fact, i can tell you that it is actually quite the opposite! When a test is presented to you, especially when involving old patterns of thinking or behavior, that is a sure fire way of preparing you for a blessing. God is so patient with us in our refinement that He will work things in us and in our lives which take several years, but He will not keep us in the circumstance for years while we learn.

You have hit the jackpot already by choosing to follow the Lord and God’s plan for you. Don’t get played like a fruit machine when the enemy makes you think you are broke.
These visitations from the ghosts of being broke past do not define my present, but are reminders of the work I have done with God in my reacting to them. He has provided a way for me then, again, again, and if I have learned anything, I know He will provide a way again.

What we cling to is what we need. Make sure when someone leaves you, when the money deceives you, or others do not believe you, that you remember God is simply reminding you He is there to give you what you seek. Simple. Life is for living and when we live the lives God has called us to, then these distractions don’t get reactions and you get better at being happy and being free from the bondage of worry.

The video is Natalie Grant’s Alive and I listen to it whenever I find the claws of the world ripping at me. It puts my mind back in the proper place which is behind the spirit. Enjoy!

How to Love Like Jesus (Part 1 of 3 )


By far my the best thing I have read this week! I discussed the very same thing on my online radio show and it is so very clear that those who are listening to what God is showing them and letting the spirit lead are collectively speaking the same message of Christ. I am blessed by this post and I know others are also! God bless you

Missy Baroff Ministries

If you have spent any time reading the news or on social media lately you have probably noticed the increased discussion on gay marriage, intolerance, Christian hypocrisy, and so forth. Some of you just stopped reading because, like me, you are sick of hearing about it. The sermons on judgment, grace, love, etc. have all picked up as well and I have heard some passionate messages on these topics within the last few weeks. I put a strong emphasis on “passion” because often times we think a passionate delivery makes a good message; however, in reality, if we were to take the passion part out of the message we would notice that the speaker really didn’t say anything at all.

I have heard messages lately from all sides: the anti-Christian tirades that call us intolerant and hypocrites; messages on grace, love forgiveness, judgment, condemnation; and sermons calling us back to…

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Stranded: Survival of the Fittest


God is waiting eagerly to respond with new strength to each little act of self-control, small disciplines of prayer, feeble searching after him. And his children shall be filled if they will only hunger and thirst after what he offers.” –Richard Holloway

 

 

The Lord has taught me a few different things this week, but I have noticed that fear has been the common denominator of each lesson. This post is what I took away from the subject and hope it reaches some of your hearts who may be going through a season of fear or insecurity.

 

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I have talked a lot about fear both here at My Message and on my on line radio show Turning Your Mess Into Your Message, but when the opportunity of addressing the issue presents itself I take it.

We are very much loved by a powerful and protective God. He asks very little of us yet paid a very big price for us and our salvation. We should acknowledge Him first in all things, be obedient when hearing His instruction and constant in our application of the wisdom He provides so that we may share it with those who need and deserve to know the power of His love is for them and everyone. The Lord showed me of course, the desert to illustrate the point. We get caught up in and with things that seduce us and cause us to start seeing things which do not really exist. Such mirages are used by the enemy to take us deeper into the desert of our lives only to leave us lost there stranded and scared to death we can’t get back. You all remember 40 days and 40 nights as well as the enemy trying to run the same game on Jesus in the wilderness!

It is so important to know that no one is perfect and God knows when you’re going to get a bit lost sometimes. God does not expect us to be perfect, but He has given us the tools needed to better our lives. He teaches us daily through His Word, has blessed us with the ability to pray and communicate with Him and has promised that no matter how deep the waters or big the desert, we are with Him. Do not get stuck on stupid when the enemy baits you with false fear.

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“Any existence deprived of freedom is a kind of death.” -Gen Michel Aoun

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A particular song has really resonated with my spirit this week and while I was writing this post. Oceans, by Hillsong United, is featured below for you to hear. The lyrics are also provided because they beautifully express to you the main idea behind this message and the concept of living boldly in your faith. We need to put serious thought into the roles each of us play during our time here and be confident that God is with us at ALL times. He is preparing us for any and every thing the enemy may try to use to keep us from peace and keep us in pieces.

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You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

I will call upon Your Name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine

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Please Be A Guest On My Message Radio!


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Hi and God bless to all of you reading and supporting My Message!

Many of you are aware that I have extended My Message to online radio due to it’s reach to over 100 countries in sharing God’s love by the sharing my testimony.  I am so humbled to be able to simply share the ways God  has turned my mess into my message and take His love to the world.

We all have a story which is intended to be told. We all have struggles, trials, and obstacles which God uses to teach us, shape our character, and give us opportunities to grow. He is so needed in these days and I am hoping those of you who are a part of my journey thus far will step out and give others an account of how great our God is and how much He loves each and everyone by being a guest on My Message Radio!

I am all about love, respect, truth, and faith! As men and women of God we are to be applying our learning experiences and walk with the Lord in our daily lives by witnessing to others! I am not the only one who has a past which is being used by God to give others a future or a hope. I know as a unit of positivity, passion, and peace we can together keep taking God to those who may have lost their way.

If you have a testimony you would like to share along the lines of how you have experienced the love and safety of God firsthand, are affiliated with a cause/business which brings faith/hope/healing to others, or have simply been blessed my My Message/My Message Radio and would be willing to share how God is working in your life, *please fill out the form below to be scheduled as a guest on my radio show* :  Turning Your Mess Into Your Message

I am excited to hear from you all and pray this is an opportunity you can use to let the world know who you are, about your causes, projects, or passions, and most importantly, give God’s goodness a voice and the chance to be embraced by others.

The show airs live every Thursday from 3:30 – 4pm PT  and I will be using the form below to schedule those interested and get in touch with them further. Each week I read a blog post from right here at My Message and discuss the key topic with listeners. I have a musical interlude half way through  and when I have a guest on air, I interview them the last half of the show. Such a fun, easy-going and effective way to get to know one another in faith and friendship!

You can visit the show’s homepage by clicking on the link My Message Radio above to hear past episodes, support my efforts by following the show, and see if you would want to take advantage of the opportunity to show others the love of God as well as what you are doing to make a positive difference in the world professionally/personally.

BE BLESSED, BE THE BEST, BE YOU.

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Mirrors


“Compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil proceeding within us.” -Eric Hoffer

Lately I have been learning a lot of lessons in matters of the heart. When I say heart, I mean in using it, not in a romanticized sense. The hardest part of love is loving. The hardest part of loving is learning. The hardest part of learning is listening. Finally, the hardest part of listening is silence.

I realized that in its own weird way, love is many things, but in it’s most genuine state, it is peace. Like I mentioned before, love is all about demonstration, willingness, and stillness of ego. The love of God is the only example of what real love looks like, but our job here in this life is to love Him back. In doing so we become a reflection of how we are to love each other and how to be loved.

When you see someone, you see what your mind sees and the majority of us see incorrectly. The key to love is allowing your heart to lead instead of your mind or your eyes. To know God is to know loving Him blindly. We cannot see Him with our eyes and our minds cannot fathom His greatness, yet we know He is worthy to be praised and feel His love in our lives daily. That love He pours out is the love we should in turn, pour out on others.

When you’re kind to others, you help yourself;
when you’re cruel to others, you hurt yourself. (Proverbs 11:17 MSG)

It is so important to know that regardless of hardships in love and life, love is what mends the broken spirit and heals the broken heart. It is easy to break others down when you are on the floor, but it is quite another to love regardless of your stance in the world.

“Christian soldiers armed with virtue- hearts afire with blind obsession, cannot see the difference ‘twixt compassion and oppression.” -Unknown

Whether you have been hurt, hated, homeless, hopeless, or are simply happy, love is what takes you through it all. If we reflect the love God has for us on everyone we come into contact with, one way or another all that is lost is restored. We are made to be in His image. The imitation of love in its purest form. Do not judge others for their reflections. Instead, know that if it is not God you see in them, perhaps they need to see Him through you.

We are all but mirrors. Unity is the irrefutable reflection of love. Be to others what you see in you. The love of the creator of the universe and all those in it.

Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults – unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back – given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity (Luke 6:37 MSG)

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Spiritual Eclipse: One Foot In The World


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There is a light that lives peacefully in a town of darkness. A candle that burns happily in it’s own company while surrounded by show stoppers and candle wax wickedness. The flame of our spirit continues to fiercely flicker, not a bit intimidated by the uncertainty the darkness brings.

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Each of us has a very rich nature and can look at things objectively, from a distance, and at the same time can have something more personal to say about them. I am trying to look at the world, and at myself, from many different points of view. I think many poets have this duality.
Wislawa Szymborska

While love kindles the fire of our spirit, God tirelessly protects it from burning itself out and from the winds of change always trying to catch it off guard. The light respects the need for it’s drab counter part, but the dark grows increasingly irritated by the sparkle constantly in it’s eye. Eventually it devises a plan to smother the spirit resulting in what I call a spiritual eclipse.
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Jesus continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You belong to this world; I do not. That is why I said that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I AM who I claim to be, you will die in your sins.” “Who are you?” they demanded.
Jesus replied, “The one I have always claimed to be.” -John 8:23-25(NLT)

Duality. I think of it more as complexity. Some say it is a dilemma, but in reality it is war. For everything that is there must also be that which is not. Light and dark, good and evil, faith and fear, God and the enemy. It is impossible to have one without the other and as children of God living in the world, we are prime hosts to internally feed conflict and confusion.

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For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. – 2 Cor. 4:6(NLT)

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We must realize the light burning inside each of us is that of the spirit of God! There is nothing which can separate us from His protection or warmth of His love. We are all created to face the same challenge which is duality of self and spirit. We all have to try our hardest to burn brightly and confidently in spirit during constant worldly blackouts masked as trial. I can personally tell you the struggle to see in the pitch black of being unemployed is exhausting. If I simply allow God to work instead of always trying to figure things out, I would be led by His light instead of fumbling in necessarily over every obstacle the enemy places in my path to prosperity. The blockages to my blessings are my own reactions to trial and fear. To believe is to receive and it is not possible to believe God and live in fear of the enemy at the same time. We usually sabatoge our prosperity simply because we waste time trying to understands with our finite minds what God only could manifest.

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.
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So many of us want to progress, but refuse to change moving forward. That is not how it works. We must be looking confidently ahead and be willing to surrender all fear and whatever else we are asked to by God to leave behind in order to walk into His will for us.

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God is the same today, tomorrow, and always despite our constant changing. He will always light our way as long as we do not block His plans out with our own. We remain in the shadow of a self created spiritual eclipse.

The enemy will use every trouble you can imagine to make you forget the peace that God has already given to you with Jesus. Get behind the light and in front of your destiny which God has promised. Embrace what you go through and who you are for the Kingdom. Believe Him when He tells you He loves you in life and In death. You are forever protects and do not have a need to fear.

Allow the shadows to shade you , but never allow them to fade you. Be brave, be blessed, burn bright!

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