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?
Some times in our lives we have things coming at us from all directions. It’s like the things are on a timer and no sooner we get one thing cleared up another issue is up in our face. Welcome to:
When things in your past
Seem so far away
Then up in your face
There they are one day
What do you have?
When moving along and
All things seem right
Then everything turns
From day to-night
What do you have?
When dreams were shattered
A long time ago
And you forgave the ones you know
Hurt you deeply
Broke your heart
Ripped and tore
Your insides apart
Life’s going great and on the mend
The healing process is over
The horrible treatment end
Years have passed;
Time gone by
All of a sudden
Much to your surprise
The ugly head of your past did arise
What do you have?
If you are on the road of possibilities and things get a little hard. Don’t Quit.
If you can’t see your destination and it seems very far. Don’t Quit.
If you lost all you had and see no way to recoup. Don’t Quit.
If you don’t know what is going to happen today or tomorrow. Don’t Quit.
Quitting isn’t an option.
There is not satisfaction in it.
Keep your eyes on the prize, whatever you see it to be.
Accept the motivation that will keep you going strong.
Till you can jump and shout
And sing a happy song.
JUST DON’T QUIT!
Today I feel like I have a life and I matter. Most days I just exist, nothing about me counts. Some days I feel I’m an asset but there are times I’m just bumbling through. At the end of the day I’m alone.
I’m in a dark and dreary place where the shroud of darkness covers everything round about. Where is the penetrating light that dispels the deep black darkness? Where are the Angels that grab the edges of the dark covering and snap it to attention and command it to leave? Why is my mouth shut up and the words locked away that will burst me forth from the captivity of this dark and dreary place—the place where I’m taunted by the recorder of my life. All you know how to do is make a mess of things. You can’t do anything right. You’re fat and ugly. You’ll never amount to anything. On and on and on then the big one that stabs me in the heart and takes my breath away—I wish you were never born—I wish you were dead. I wish I was dead! How can I have a present and a future with those nagging, mocking voices I hear? Where can I go; what can I do to be rid of them?
A still small voice is whispering loudly at me. It’s softly but boldly beckoning “come hither and see”. I have a way to set you free. As I fight to make my way back from the deep, dark hole there is light at the end that is a blinding flash of light. The darkness is running with no place to hide. The light has defeated it; a new day’s arrived. The small voice breaks through with declarations and decrees. The negative word curses no longer torment me.
I now hear a symphony of cheers. You’re fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13). I know the plan I have for you (Jeremiah 29:11). There’s Angel assistants sent to dispel the darkness so I can see the new day. The glory of the Lord has come to say I love you with an everlasting love.
Have you ever felt you were held captive and alone in a dark dreary place?