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Longing for Eden


Once upon a time a garden grew
Where darkness had covered and Spirit flew
Planting the seed of something new:
The conception of Eden.

Beauty and order, life and light
Sprang from the earth and ended the night
God in His garden declared it all “right”:
The birth of Eden.

Not yet finished, good but not best
God stepped back and man failed the test.
Fruit prematurely plucked, cursing the rest:
The loss of Eden.

Again God came near and His Spirit hovered,
Planting the Seed in the womb of another
Angels sang with hope recovered:
The promise of Eden.

Withered vines healed, fruit restored
Mustard seed grew, moving toward
A garden more sweet and full than before:
The glory of Eden.

Still unfinished, the garden felt its lack
As thorns pierced His brow and He took its flack.
Sun hid its face as earth received Him back:
The Seed of Eden.

Garden grows on, new fruit arrives.
Pink cheeks fill our hearts, rosy dreams fill our eyes.
We celebrate the gift of life:
The joy of Eden.

Dark shadows steal over fresh rosy cheeks.
Mother heart pierced, father heart weeps.
Fruit prematurely plucked, hope and curse meet:
The death of Eden.

Sun still comes up but limp limbs hang down.
What comfort, what purpose in going on?
Empty arms, barren trees, sweet fruit now gone:
The loss of Eden.

But sure as the dawn we for look for the morn
When seed will again sprout, life be reborn
Empty tomb greet those who show up to mourn:
The resurrection of Eden.

Until then we tarry, inspired to nurture
The garden around us, our friends, family, culture.
Preparing the earth for its bright promised future:
The coming of Eden.

In Memory of
Eden Wang-Hua Clark
July 2, 2014–October 20, 2014

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Originally posted in messytheology by Tiffany Clark

Taking Courage in Trials


As I continue to make my way through the book of Acts, an underlying theme that continues to come forth from the pages, is the ongoing assurance that Christ is present with us, no matter what comes our way. As Paul faced angry crowds, accusations, assault and murderous plots, the Lord provided protection and His very presence. God did not take away the difficult road ahead of him, but He assured Paul that He would be with him, always. The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about Me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.” – (Acts 23:11) Though Paul seemed to have an insatiable faith, imagine how empowered he must have felt after the Lord actually came and stood near?

 

The very same God that stood beside Paul, resides in the hearts of all who believe. When we are in the midst of difficulty, or are called to go into the face of adversity, He will go before us, be with us, and grant us what is needed to make an impact for Him. As an educator, I cannot help but think of the monumental task that is before the community only ninety miles north of my home. Yet another school, shattered by the brokenness of one child’s permanent solution to a temporary problem. May His courage and grace be poured out upon all whom He sends to bring healing, where devastation has been dealt.

 

When facing giants,Taking Courage in Trials

mountains we must climb;

His nearness constant,

for now and all times.

Our courage is found,

in Christ, the true King;

He supplies power,

and all needed things.

In trial, in loss,

in wholeness, in grace;

circumstances don’t,

determine His place.

For God is on high,

He’s still on His throne;

no matter what comes,

Love will be made known.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are with us, no matter what comes. Thank You that You go before us, remain with us, and that You supply what we need to see us through, even in the darkest of situations. Forgive us for losing sight of Your Light within us, and help us to shine brightly before others, even on the darkest of days. May we offer Your hope to the hurting and Your love to the lost, just as You have so generously done unto us. Father, please be present in the Marysville-Pilchuck community. Help every person impacted by the tragedy to find comfort in You. Equip and empower those You are sending to be Your hands and heart to the hurting in that community. Let beauty come from these ashes, we pray. Be glorified, O God, as we seek to stand firm in the gift of Your presence. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. – Proverbs 11:25

Song for Victims– Tears! So many tears… (Romans 12:15)


My heart has been heavy for victims in this country as well as victims around the world. Many people around this country who have never been abused, victimized, or  impoverished do not understand. I ask everyone to have compassion for victims around the world for the abuses that they suffer. Compassion is defined as “sympathy and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others”   Therefore, compassion can  change the world… Now, I wish that I could sing and write music because this song plays in my head…

Tears! So many tears…
for the violence and the fears.
My heart aches…
My heart breaks…
for the victims over years.

Tears! So many tears…
for the heartbreak over years.
How I’ve cried…
How I’ve sighed…
for these victims and their fears.

Pain! So much pain…
But I don’t even know their name.
Many don’t know…
Many don’t show…
hiding the horror and the shame.

Fear! So much fear..
Only hidden by the tears.
the fear’s inside…
where it can hide…
Where others think it’s all clear.

Why? I don’t know why!
My heart aches and I cry.
Victims nameless…
victims faceless…
and violence on the rise.

Tears! So many tears…
And God calls you “My Dear”.
He knows all…
since man’s fall…
and asking you to “Come here.”

~~~

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15

Lord, I ask you to turn the hearts of Your children to You and fill them with Love and compassion for others…that we will each reach out to help others less fortunate than ourselves. That we will feel a tremendous empathy and compassion for all human beings that will fuel a drive to change the world as we share the Love of Christ in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

by Secret Angel of Secret Angel Ministry and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel

http://www.secretangelministry.org and http://www.secretangelps911.wordpress.com

Psalm 55 for all Victims…Cast Your Cares to the Lord


This scripture tells a story… my story. It has been heavy on my heart as some dear to me experience the same brokenness that I have walked through. I can tell you that I have cried out to God when I was so broken that it hurt to breathe. Every cry was like an uncontrollable wail from the depths of my spirit and soul. When I first read this scripture, it touched my heart as it spoke about the things that I was going through… I was distraught by what was being said and the threats of the wicked assaulting me in anger. My heart was in anguish as I was experiencing threats of death. Fear and trembling overwhelmed me. Abuse. Destruction. Lies. Threats… This scripture said it all… including that I could have accepted it better if it were an enemy, a foe… but it was one that I loved… my companion…my spouse! The one that I made covenant with before God and vowed “till death do us part”… never expecting him to be the one wanting me dead. So in my brokenness, I had nothing left. I cried out to God, knowing that He would never abuse me or deceive me. He rescued me and protected me. He exposed the anger hidden in the heart of my abuser.  I trusted Him alone… and He walked me through this path from brokenness to wholeness. I can tell all who are going through some kind of brokenness that God is the Key to overcoming it all. Trust Him. Cast your cares to Him! He wants to help…

Psalm 55…

”Listen to my prayer, O God,
    do not ignore my plea;
    hear me and answer me.
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught
  because of what my enemy is saying,
    because of the threats of the wicked;
for they bring down suffering on me
    and assail me in their anger.

 My heart is in anguish within me;
    the terrors of death have fallen on me.
Fear and trembling have beset me;
    horror has overwhelmed me.
 I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!
    I would fly away and be at rest.
 I would flee far away
    and stay in the desert;
 I would hurry to my place of shelter,
    far from the tempest and storm.”

 Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words,
    for I see violence and strife in the city.
 Day and night they prowl about on its walls;
    malice and abuse are within it.
 Destructive forces are at work in the city;
    threats and lies never leave its streets.

 If an enemy were insulting me,
    I could endure it;
if a foe were rising against me,
    I could hide.
 But it is you, a man like myself,
    my companion, my close friend,
 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship
    at the house of God,
as we walked about
    among the worshipers.

 Let death take my enemies by surprise;
    let them go down alive to the realm of the dead,
    for evil finds lodging among them.

 As for me, I call to God,
    and the Lord saves me.
 Evening, morning and noon
    I cry out in distress,
    and he hears my voice.
 He rescues me unharmed
    from the battle waged against me,
    even though many oppose me.
 God, who is enthroned from of old,
    who does not change—
he will hear them and humble them,
    because they have no fear of God.

 My companion attacks his friends;
    he violates his covenant.
 His talk is smooth as butter,
    yet war is in his heart;
his words are more soothing than oil,
    yet they are drawn swords.

 Cast your cares on the Lord
    and he will sustain you;
he will never let
    the righteous be shaken.
 But you, God, will bring down the wicked
    into the pit of decay;
the bloodthirsty and deceitful
    will not live out half their days.

But as for me, I trust in You.

Dear Lord, touch the hearts of the broken. Draw them near to you so that they will feel Your Loving Presence and Comfort that surpasses all understanding in the midst of all of their pain and brokenness. Open their eyes to see and ears to hear You through all the voices in their heads. Let them know Your Small Still Voice in the midst of their storm and raise them above all the brokenness to overcome with You in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

by Secret Angel of Secret Angel Ministry and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel

http://www.secretangelministry.org and http://www.secretangelps911.wordpress.com

God is our “Only Hope”


So many are broken and hurting, but I can tell you that for each of us, God is our “Only Hope”. He is the Key to overcoming all of life’s struggles…

“Only Hope”

[Written by Switchfoot]
There’s a song that’s inside of my soul
It’s the one that I’ve tried to write over and over again
I’m awake in the infinite cold
But You sing to me over and over and over againSo I lay my head back down
And I lift my hands
and pray to be only Yours
I pray to be only Yours
I know now You’re my only hope

Sing to me the song of the stars
Of Your galaxy dancing and laughing
and laughing again
When it feels like my dreams are so far
Sing to me of the plans that You have for me over again

So I lay my head back down
And I lift my hands and pray
To be only Yours
I pray to be only Yours
I know now You’re my only hope

I give You my destiny
I’m giving You all of me
I want Your symphony
Singing in all that I am
At the top of my lungs I’m giving it back

So I lay my head back down
And I lift my hands and pray
To be only Yours
I pray to be only Yours
I pray to be only Yours
I know now You’re my only hope

“Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for…” Job 6:8

“the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” Psalm 147:11

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

Lord, You are our Only Hope. We thank You that no matter what goes on around us, we can maintain our hope in You. We praise You that You are always near and You have all of our steps laid out before us as we walk Hand in hand with You… in Jesus Name. Amen.

Exaltation in Everything


Acts 16 unearths yet another story of perseverance in the face of adversity. Paul and Silas had just had an encounter with a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. Through their time with her, Paul commanded the spirit leave her, and thus ended her ability to make money for her owner. The slave owner was so enraged at the two disciples, that he had them dragged to the marketplace to face authorities, then brought them before the magistrates, which resulted in the public stripping and beating of the faithful followers of Christ. After they had been flogged, Paul and Silas were thrown in maximum security prison, despite being peaceful men. Considering the agony they had likely endured, most would have been whimpering in a corner of the cell. However, not the case with these two. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. – (Acts 16:25) Their choice to persevere, even in the face of difficulty, opposition and discouragement, ultimately led to the salvation of the jailer and his entire household.

 

As we act in obedience to the Lord, people take notice. Some may take offense. Others may even oppose us, creating difficulty and becoming a discouragement. However, there are others still, who observe what we do in spite of difficulty. They are acutely aware of our faithfulness in the face of adversity, and begin to ask questions. Those very questions are the same sort that lead the jailer and his household into the eternal Kingdom of Christ. Regardless of what obstacles or challenges come our way, may we maintain an attitude as Paul and Silas did – hearts that pray and sing praise, in spite of what we face.

 

May we choose to pray,Exaltation in Everything

and sing songs of praise;

no matter what comes,

for all of our days.

The choice that we choose,

is noticed and seen;

we are a witness,

to our God unseen.

In opposition,

challenge and trial;

let us still seek Him,

His peace is worthwhile.

May our place of hope,

be clearly displayed;

for in Christ alone,

there shall be a way.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the countless examples of the faithful who have gone before us. Thank You that You have so clearly demonstrated time and time again, how You love and encourage and remain present, even in the face of difficulties. Thank You that though You do not remove all trials and obstacles, You remain present, and You use our experiences to strengthen us and to demonstrate Your faithfulness to those around us. Forgive us for our shortsightedness, and help us to recognize that You will use all things for Your ultimate good, in due time, if only we trust in You. Teach us to trust You more, especially in the throes of adversity. Grant us strength to persevere, so that we may praise You in spite of what we are going through. May many come to know the glorious gift that You are, as we trust You in the trials. Help us to love as You so lavishly love each of us. Be glorified, O God, as we persevere with praise. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

May God Almighty grant you mercy. – Genesis 43:14

There is no doubt …….


Originally posted on Look unto me and be ye saved all the ends of the earth:

There is no doubt
That suffering
That tears
Brokenness

There is no doubt
Disappointment
Heart-break
Rejection

There is no doubt
Insecurity
Fear
Loneliness

There is no doubt
When confusion
When shame
When abuse

There is no doubt
Jesus stands
With You
Behind You
Beside You

There is no doubt
Jesus kneels
To wash away
All our sins

There is no doubt
His love is real
He carries you
When you cannot go on

There is no doubt
He will be your Peace
He will cry with you
He will watch over you

There is no doubt
He Died
He carried our sins
For you and me

There is no doubt
He rose from the dead
He walks Today
He is alive!

There is no doubt
He is the Way
The Truth
The Life!

Come to the Rivers of Life!
There is no doubt
In Jesus
Abundance Flows!

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Green Carpet Players: Endurance Songs


sevennotesofgrace:

A new album to help you endure!

Originally posted on sevennotesofgrace:

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It’s always fun to discover a new group of musicians whose sound you enjoy. I discovered this one by following a trail from another blog. They are the musicians from Redeemer Church of Knoxville. Their site describes the songs as “endurance songs, a companion to help you journey by faith every day from Morning to Evening.”
I like the sound of that! The music of our faith is indeed an encouragement.
The album was released 09 October 2014, and can be bought by donation.

http://redeemerknoxville.bandcamp.com

tags: americana christian folk redeemer acoustic rock folk rock hymns liturgy retuned hymns Knoxville

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A Song of Deception… A Stranger in My House


These words about deception ring in my spirit today as I was asked, “How do you know if someone really wants to change and save a marriage.” My response was, only God knows the truth. Seek Him and He will let you know as you draw near to Him…

As these days progress, more and more deception is coming our way. “Be not deceived” was a warning from God. The only way to not be deceived, is the Spirit of Truth within you…so reach for the Lord for He sent His Holy Spirit to be our Guide… I pray that hearts will be opened to receive His warning….

When we were young, so innocent and pure,
I thought our love would forever endure.
I totally trusted and in him believed.
Never expecting to be totally deceived.

Then I was broken, and tossed away.
A victim of lies, and deceit his way.
He said the loved me, but lied for years.
Holding me close and calling me dear.

So wounded….   and broken indeed.
My heart…    ripped out, it seemed.
Destroyed…    by deceptive deeds.
A stranger…    in my house to me.

When I was happy, or so it seemed,
I looked to him, to my man to please.
Totally ignoring, the Lord and His deeds.
And living this life by its meager means.

But I was abused and emotionally beat.
Trying to please him was a useless feat.
Never expecting that he was living a lie.
Using me up and wanting me to die.

So wounded…   and broken indeed.
My heart…    ripped out, it seems.
Destroyed…    by deceptive deeds.
A stranger…    in my house to me.

He lived a lie, pretending to care.
And used me up, like a working mare.
Always wanting, but never pleased.
Biding his time for his planned release.

He said he waited for that certain day,
When he was ready, to be on his way.
Never suspecting that he didn’t love me,
totally fooled by his deceptive deeds.

So wounded…   and broken indeed.
My heart…    ripped out, it seems.
Destroyed…    by deceptive deeds.
A stranger…    in my house to me.

But when I was broken, and tossed away,
I cried to God,”Help Me”, I pray.
I need You now, more than before!
Please help me now, I need you more!

Forgive me Lord, for looking towards man
When you were there and reaching a Hand.
For I would never have been so deceived,
with Your Spirit in me, this I believe.

So wounded…   and broken indeed.
My heart…    ripped out, it seems.
Destroyed…    by deceptive deeds.
A stranger…    in my house to me.

GALATIANS 6:7… “BE NOT DECEIVED”

 

Dear Lord, I ask that You open eyes to see and ears to hear as You touch a multitude of hearts of Your children, turning them to You. Bless each with wisdom and discernment to guard against deception. Teach them to seek You everyday, not just when hurt and wounded, so that they will no longer be deceived and hurt by the world. Guide their paths and orchestrate their lives. Bring healing and restoration to the wounded and to entire families with a mighty move of Your Holy Spirit in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

by Secret Angel of Secret Angel Ministry and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel

http://www.secretangelministry.org and http://www.secretangelps911.wordpress.com

ADULTERY…are you the weakest link?


The problem of adultery has been on my heart lately, and I want to share a few words. Too many people think that it is no “big deal” and make a joke out of it. However,  it is destructive to it’s victims, marriages, families, and even the one falling into the sin. It is a serious concern that has been written about in the Bible as a warning for all. Satan will use any tactic to kill, steal, and destroy… and he will use the “weakness link” to achieve his goals. So think about it… are you the weakest link in your relationship? Are you letting in lustful desires by looking at pornography? Are you flirting with disaster by flirting with someone out of your marriage vows? Are you truly committed to your marriage or just yourself? These are all choices that we have to make. Are we choosing sin or are we choosing righteousness? In other words, are you choosing Satan or are you choosing God? Christ is the Key to overcoming all that Satan and this world will use to destroy you. Are you strong enough to grab hold of the Key that has been given to us or will you crumble under the weight of the world and all of it’s lustful desires? Just something for all to think about… are you the weakest link?

“Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.” 1 Corinthians 6:18

““If a man is found lying with the wife of another man, both of them shall die, the man who lay with the woman, and the woman. So you shall purge the evil from Israel.” Deuteronomy 22:22

“He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself.” Proverbs 6:32

“But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:28

“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.” Hebrews 13:4

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God.” 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 

“Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” Colossians 3:5

“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21

“For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” Galatians 6:8

Dear Lord, I lift up all the brokenhearted from the wounds of adultery and ask for total healing and restoration to their hearts and lives. I pray that Your children will stand strong against the evil tactics of the enemy to bring division in marriages and destroy the unity that You have created in these marriages and amongst your people.  I pray that You turn hearts to You, that they will know that You are the Foundation… Lord Jesus, You are the Rock from which all relationships should be built so that they will be strong and withstand all attempts at destruction as they hold onto You in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

by Secret Angel of Secret Angel Ministry and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel

http://www.secretangelministry.org and http://wwwsecretangelps911.wordpress.com

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