The War of Winter


“Maturity is: The ability to stick with a job until it’s finished; The ability to do a job without being supervised; The ability to carry money without spending it; and The ability to bear an injustice without wanting to get even.” -Abigail Van Buren

When the path grows dark and the wind blows cold,
when our bodies ache and we feel so old.
When our way is lost and we begin to fear,
when we want to just give up and run right out of here.
When we can’t find the strength to keep walking,
when the tears burn our eyes.
When we pray for a way out of our trials,
when Jesus hears our cries.

O God, You have taught me from my youth;
And to this day I declare Your wondrous works. Now also when I am old and grayheaded,
O God, do not forsake me,
Until I declare Your strength to this generation,
Your power to everyone who is to come. Also Your righteousness, O God, is  very high,
You who have done great things;
O God, who is like You?  You, who have shown me great and severe troubles,
Shall revive me again,
And bring me up again from the depths of the earth. You shall increase my greatness,
And comfort me on every sides (Psalms 71:17-21)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith – the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:3-6)

 

“They who sing through the summer must dance in the winter.” -Unknown

 

When winter surrounds you,

when you  are longing for spring.

When you feel like it is hopeless,

when you’ve lost everything.

God sees you in this season,

 He knows what you need to grow.

God loves you for this reason,

He is teaching you things you did not know.

 

We have to trust the Lord at all times, even during the war of winter in our lives.

We will be victorious in all battles and in all seasons.

Keep walking, you will get there. In God’s timing.

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” -Hal Borland

The Shape Of My Heart


 

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Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, but the rich in his humiliation, because j as a flower of the field he will pass away. For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits.

James 1:9-11 NKJV

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After I read the quote above , by Tina Turner, I had the very strong desire to actually take an inventory of the things/people in my life., (just to be certain that they were good for me and not in some way hindering my progression.

I thought about it awhile and could not come up with anything or anyone, literally, that made me unhappy. I figured surely there has to be something wrong some where, but thanks be to God, no. There wasn’t anything. I considered myself blessed and went about my day.

Later on in the afternoon, that quote popped back into my head like one of those very annoying song lyrics you have stuck on repeat in your head even though you don’t know the words. I sat down and took another look at the blank list I had attempted to create and realized there was someone I had failed to inventory. I could not believe I did not think of her right off the bat! The only person who gets the best of me when I am down and the only person who has the ability to trip me when I am up… ME!

 

The reality of all this quickly struck a nostalgic chord on my heart. Immediately I was taken back to my childhood. I recalled when I was truly care-free, unashamed, and free. These feelings reminded me of the child-like way in which the Lord stresses we behave, even in adulthood. The way we relied on our parents with complete abandonment of fear as children should be no different than how we rely on Jesus when we are all grown up.

The birds, the insects, the helpless and even the trees, all are perfect examples of what the peace of having Jesus looks like. As adults we no longer require our parents to make our decisions for us and with this freedom to decide comes our freedom to deny.
We now are able to put aside the advice, the care and the power our parents so we can make a way on our own. Just because we can, does not mean we should abandon the instruction of our parents. Same concept applies to our relationship with God. We want the freedom so badly, but what do we actually need freedom from? Now that I am older, I can say the only things my parents gave me were chances and moments to enjoy the time I had, free of all the responsibilities they knew one day I would ultimately also carry myself.

 

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The whole idea the Lord put on my heart to share is this : We are the only ones responsible for making the correct choices in manifesting a great life for ourselves. He is very much there to guide and help us to be the best we can be, just like our parents, regardless if we are 10 or 100.

Do not allow others or even your ideas of being happy lead to unnecessary places simply because we are able to decide . We have the ability, and the right to be happy, successful and very much free of worry on our own, but really all we are fighting to be is on our own. It is not necessary to desire freedom when it is already ours. Like the flowers wither without the nourishment of the soil, we too get weak without the spiritual nourishment God provides.

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God wants us to be happy, to be healthy, to be free. We all need little reminders sometimes that while we feel we are doing so much on our own, looking back on it as we grow up, we realize we very much are not alone and we can feel, for even just a minute, that peace we did as kids if we allow ourselves to trust Him. Be blessed kids!

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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
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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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Where Does My Help Come From?


My help comes from the Lord. The Maker of Heaven and Earth. Such a powerful sentence.
We all need to remember Who we are calling upon to deal with our troubles and deliver us in trials. We forget, I assume, that the Creator of the Universe is our team! Are we on His? That is most likely what keeps us from the abundant life He has already declared we will have. When will we be humble enough to receive it? When will our faith be strong enough to believe it? Only when you trust with all your heart will you ever get to see it!


Brightstar 2911 was derived from the very passage in the Bible where God declares His eternal and faithful love and promise of prosperity. Jeremiah 29:11 is beautiful, personal, and unbreakable! God has no need to lie, He cannot lie. He is the truth, and by standing firmly in His Word, we will manifest our own truth and unique plan for prosperity.


When life chips away at you, simply rely on He who provided it for you to begin with. He will clear the web the enemy weaves to keep you from your dreams.

Where does YOUR help come from? OUR help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth! Be blessed, be loved, be who He made you to be!

But God made the earth by his power,

and he preserves it by his wisdom.

With his own understanding

he stretched out the heavens. When he speaks in the thunder,

the heavens roar with rain.

He causes the clouds to rise over the earth.

He sends the lightning with the rain

and releases the wind from his storehouses. The whole human race is foolish and has no knowledge!

The craftsmen are disgraced by the idols they make,

for their carefully shaped works are a fraud.

These idols have no breath or power. Idols are worthless; they are ridiculous lies!

On the day of reckoning they will all be destroyed. But the God of Israel is no idol!

He is the Creator of everything that exists,

including Israel, his own special possession.

The LORD of Heaven’s Armies is his name! (Jeremiah 10:12-16 NLT)

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Where Does My Help Come From?


My help comes from the Lord. The Maker of Heaven and Earth. Such a powerful sentence.
We all need to remember Who we are calling upon to deal with our troubles and deliver us in trials. We forget, I assume, that the Creator of the Universe is our team! Are we on His? That is most likely what keeps us from the abundant life He has already declared we will have. When will we be humble enough to receive it? When will our faith be strong enough to believe it? Only when you trust with all your heart will you ever get to see it!


Brightstar 2911 was derived from the very passage in the Bible where God declares His eternal and faithful love and promise of prosperity. Jeremiah 29:11 is beautiful, personal, and unbreakable! God has no need to lie, He cannot lie. He is the truth, and by standing firmly in His Word, we will manifest our own truth and unique plan for prosperity.


When life chips away at you, simply rely on He who provided it for you to begin with. He will clear the web the enemy weaves to keep you from your dreams.

Where does YOUR help come from? OUR help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth! Be blessed, be loved, be who He made you to be!

But God made the earth by his power,

and he preserves it by his wisdom.

With his own understanding

he stretched out the heavens. When he speaks in the thunder,

the heavens roar with rain.

He causes the clouds to rise over the earth.

He sends the lightning with the rain

and releases the wind from his storehouses. The whole human race is foolish and has no knowledge!

The craftsmen are disgraced by the idols they make,

for their carefully shaped works are a fraud.

These idols have no breath or power. Idols are worthless; they are ridiculous lies!

On the day of reckoning they will all be destroyed. But the God of Israel is no idol!

He is the Creator of everything that exists,

including Israel, his own special possession.

The LORD of Heaven’s Armies is his name! (Jeremiah 10:12-16 NLT)

Posted using Tinydesk Writer iPhone app

Where Does My Help Come From?


My help comes from the Lord. The Maker of Heaven and Earth. Such a powerful sentence.
We all need to remember Who we are calling upon to deal with our troubles and deliver us in trials. We forget, I assume, that the Creator of the Universe is our team! Are we on His? That is most likely what keeps us from the abundant life He has already declared we will have. When will we be humble enough to receive it? When will our faith be strong enough to believe it? Only when you trust with all your heart will you ever get to see it!


Brightstar 2911 was derived from the very passage in the Bible where God declares His eternal and faithful love and promise of prosperity. Jeremiah 29:11 is beautiful, personal, and unbreakable! God has no need to lie, He cannot lie. He is the truth, and by standing firmly in His Word, we will manifest our own truth and unique plan for prosperity.


When life chips away at you, simply rely on He who provided it for you to begin with. He will clear the web the enemy weaves to keep you from your dreams.

Where does YOUR help come from? OUR help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth! Be blessed, be loved, be who He made you to be!

But God made the earth by his power,

and he preserves it by his wisdom.

With his own understanding

he stretched out the heavens. When he speaks in the thunder,

the heavens roar with rain.

He causes the clouds to rise over the earth.

He sends the lightning with the rain

and releases the wind from his storehouses. The whole human race is foolish and has no knowledge!

The craftsmen are disgraced by the idols they make,

for their carefully shaped works are a fraud.

These idols have no breath or power. Idols are worthless; they are ridiculous lies!

On the day of reckoning they will all be destroyed. But the God of Israel is no idol!

He is the Creator of everything that exists,

including Israel, his own special possession.

The LORD of Heaven’s Armies is his name! (Jeremiah 10:12-16 NLT)

Posted using Tinydesk Writer iPhone app

Where Does My Help Come From?


My help comes from the Lord. The Maker of Heaven and Earth. Such a powerful sentence.
We all need to remember Who we are calling upon to deal with our troubles and deliver us in trials. We forget, I assume, that the Creator of the Universe is our team! Are we on His? That is most likely what keeps us from the abundant life He has already declared we will have. When will we be humble enough to receive it? When will our faith be strong enough to believe it? Only when you trust with all your heart will you ever get to see it!


Brightstar 2911 was derived from the very passage in the Bible where God declares His eternal and faithful love and promise of prosperity. Jeremiah 29:11 is beautiful, personal, and unbreakable! God has no need to lie, He cannot lie. He is the truth, and by standing firmly in His Word, we will manifest our own truth and unique plan for prosperity.


When life chips away at you, simply rely on He who provided it for you to begin with. He will clear the web the enemy weaves to keep you from your dreams.

Where does YOUR help come from? OUR help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth! Be blessed, be loved, be who He made you to be!

But God made the earth by his power,

and he preserves it by his wisdom.

With his own understanding

he stretched out the heavens. When he speaks in the thunder,

the heavens roar with rain.

He causes the clouds to rise over the earth.

He sends the lightning with the rain

and releases the wind from his storehouses. The whole human race is foolish and has no knowledge!

The craftsmen are disgraced by the idols they make,

for their carefully shaped works are a fraud.

These idols have no breath or power. Idols are worthless; they are ridiculous lies!

On the day of reckoning they will all be destroyed. But the God of Israel is no idol!

He is the Creator of everything that exists,

including Israel, his own special possession.

The LORD of Heaven’s Armies is his name! (Jeremiah 10:12-16 NLT)

Posted using Tinydesk Writer iPhone app