There comes a time in our lives that we are tempted by something that can change our lives in a way we can never imagine. In some circumstances we can have what I’m going to call a flesh attack. In case you don’t know that is when your flesh demands satisfaction. In that state we forget about the consequences or we just don’t care. A free for all is not necessarily free at all. Someone is going to pay be it one or both involved.
Her future had taken a sudden turn
The flesh got in the way
Never again would she be
The carefree teen she was yesterday
A decision that never crossed her mind
Had been made for her
The secret fun she enjoyed
Had gone a bit too far
She wondered as tears
Streamed down her face
How could this happen to me
No more will life be carefree
When she shared the news with him
He turned and walked away
Hadn’t seen or heard from him
Since that dreaded day
The unexpected bundle of joy
Had made his way
The pain and push
Is here to stay
Where is the joy that abounds
Blank face and stony heart
Cold eyes starring into space
No connection to be found
Detached from the start
In the world today there are a lot of people who are down and out. When I say down and out I’m not just talking about financially but emotional.
Being emotionally down and out can be a detriment to financial stability. It’s hard to think about anything but the heartbreak, disappointment or mistreatment—to name a few.
Encouragement can be a way of helping the person through their hard time. Sometimes there is a chance meeting and you get only one conversation but that may be all they need. Other situations may require more encouragement.
Encouragement is the answer sometimes
For problems you may never know
Step out in faith
Without a clue
Trusting in the One who has the answer
And can guide you to bring a person through
Do you give encouragement? Have you ever needed encouragement?
You loved me through my pain
When you had nothing to gain
My tears were flowing
You dried my eyes
And never asked me the reason why.
Just stayed by my side
Let me bare my soul
When I wasn’t standing
You were the rock I could lean on
You stood me on my feet
And steadied me to move on.
There comes a time when various aspects of our lives need a little regrouping. These range from jobs to friends and everything in between.
Friendships need to be looked at on occasion. Some go and new ones come. If the friendship goes bad you have to regroup before moving forward.
Changes need to take place with employment. Asking for a raise or getting a new job causes an aspect of regrouping.
A marriage, new baby or divorce all encompasses changes-for the good and bad. You have to regroup from the old to the new.
Changes are an everyday occurrences in our lives. After the shock of many changes we have to regroup. It’s a part of life we can’t get around.
How do you deal with regrouping in your life?
I’m not the same person I was four years ago when I made my exodus from Ohio to Texas. When I arrived in Texas I was a hot mess and I didn’t realize it. The fact is I was a hot mess in Ohio before I left but it wasn’t easy to detect.
I’m thankful that today, 3 years 11 months later I’m a new person from the inside out. I’ve been delivered from many issues that have haunted me for a long time. Not only did I overcome the issues but also lost weight. Those issues would have hindered me from moving into my purpose and destiny. I’m liking who I have become. All this has happened by the gentle hand of God.
Can you look at your life and see anything you’ve been delivered from? Has your life changed as a result of the deliverance?
Monday was the October meeting of Glory Writers. It is a part of the North Texas Christian Writers Group that meets monthly at the Global Spheres Center.
At the meeting a member of the group read the story she wrote about how her life was terrorized for years by a stalker until his death. Her story took us on a journey with her through the twists and turns as God delivered her from his treacherous grip.
Experiencing the journey gave me a flashback when a tragic event almost took my life. The next day I put on paper what happened to me many years ago. Though it was a long time ago it was a hard thing to do. To get the facts on paper I had to step aside from the emotions that were entangled with the facts. I will go back at a later date and let the emotions flow to complete the story. Maybe then I will release the story that may help bring healing to someone going through something similar.
My prayer is they will see how The Lord can bring you out of a death sentence of the enemy with a mighty hand of victory when you think there is no way out.
Have you been in a life threatening situation? How did deliverance come for you?
Joy, Fulfillment, Satisfaction.
These words describes how I feel about my back yard, especially my little flower garden area God told me to work on this year.
I haven’t always felt that way. I use to look at it and the negatives were larger than life.
This year I decided to look again differently. I’d stand in the middle of the yard and look at it from all angles. Most times I didn’t get any revelation of what I was to do.
One day the Lord told me to work in the area I bricked off last year. There were a few flowers that were transplanted last year from other areas. Weeds that were trying to claim that piece of property had to be dealt with first.
Flower shopping was the next task. Along with getting flowers soil amending products were needed.
Get the weeds out! They got to go! I’m making progress! This is becoming beautiful! I love it!
I kept saying those things to myself to encourage me to keep going. I fought long and hard to disengage the weeds that didn’t want to let go.
After the weeds were removed the planting began. Some plants were moved several times until I knew they were in the right place. Finally the flower garden was complete. It is beautiful. The plants are growing, growing, growing. A smile comes on my face when I think about the garden.
Working where the Lord told me has now spilled into other areas of the yard. I’m slowly and thoughtfully adding to the yard. There is a lot to do but I’m up for the challenge. My expectation is a beautiful, peaceful garden where I can sit and meditate on Gods goodness.
Looking back at the beginning of this journey I realize I had no plan that could withstand being overwhelmed by what I saw. Listening to the Lord and following His instructions step by step got me through the discouragement of what I was seeing. I now see through His eyes. If He can fix the earth that was void without form, He can work wonders in my little yard.
What are you looking at through your eyes instead of His eyes?