Sunday, April 16, 2017

He Is Risen

The gift of a lifetime
Undeserved grace
A debt I could never repay
The Savior of my faith

He is risen
From the grave
The tomb is empty
He has overcome

And just like the heart
He renewed in me
New life has come
All old has been swept away

He is risen
My Savior, my King
The tomb is empty
He has overcome

Love and mercy
Fill the kingdom
Heaven rejoices
For the King’s majesty is abundant

He is risen
Jesus Christ, Son of God
The tomb is empty
He has overcome


"He is not here: for HE IS RISEN, AS HE SAID. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
-Matthew 28:6

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Pray For Someone


If there’s anyone you’ve been thinking of all day… If you’re focused on a certain someone that you can’t seem to forget.

If you want to reach out and touch a hand that you’re too far away to hold…

Pray.

Pray for someone.

Pray.

Prayer changes things even when that someone you’re praying for has no idea you’re even thinking about them.


“For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”
- 1 Peter 3:12

Because you have been made righteous through faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 3:22), God will hear your prayers and requests.

Never accept that someone is too far gone to receive grace.

There is always hope.

All it takes is one word lifted up to heaven for the sake of someone who needs it.

That someone on your mind could be one powerful prayer away from a breakthrough.

So pray. 


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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Waiting


Patience is an interesting concept.

Most people would probably maintain that they’re pretty patient until being patient gets too hard.

It’s easy to get excited about your goals, dreams and aspirations. But it can be incredibly difficult to keep that enthusiastic outlook once you realize that it’s going to take longer than you thought it would to reach your destination.

The struggle can be so real and so grueling. Especially when you know how life changing an event could be if it would just occur.

But athletes don’t become physically fit overnight. It takes hard work, training and determination to build your body so that it can work at its best ability.

The work can get difficult and, at times, even overwhelming.

But once that goal is reached, all the work that led up to it starts to make more sense.

There’s a sense of gratefulness that comes to us when we discover that all the hardship, waiting and contending served a greater purpose in our life.


“But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” 
- 1 Corinthians 2:9 (KJV)

God has many wonderful things prepared for those that love Him.

Many of these prepared things require that we, ourselves, be prepared before we can receive them.

If we don’t allow God to prepare us then we may not know how to handle our blessings when they finally come.

All the hard work we encounter in life isn’t meant to deter us from our destiny. It’s meant to push us forward and encourage us to work toward the height of our God given potential.

The waiting can be riddled with frustration, pain, impatience, tears and hopelessness.

But if we keep our eyes fixed on God, the waiting can transform us, make us spiritually and mentally stronger, empower us and enhance our faith in God’s ability to fulfill all of His promises to us.

Sometimes we give up too close to the time of our redemption.

If we can just hold on a little while longer, we’ll successfully reach our destination.

And little by little as we enjoy the rewards of our promise, we’ll understand just why things happened the way they did.

We’ll be grateful for the struggles and even the waiting.

Because without the waiting, we wouldn’t be so aware of how satisfying it feels to have a promise fulfilled.


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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Forgiven


I fail God daily.

Though I desire to please Him in every aspect of my life, I am still a fallible human being.

I often find myself going over my mistakes in my head. I sit and agonize over how imperfect I am.

I easily forget that it is not my job to be perfect.

It is my job to stay focused on the cross. It is my job to accept God’s perfect and pleasing will in my life.

It’s my job to love and be loved. It’s my job to drown myself in the magnificence of God’s Holy Word.

It’s my job to sing God’s praises morning, noon and night. It’s my job to spread the Gospel. It’s my job to spread the love of Jesus.

It has never been my job to be perfect. God knew when He formed me into existence just how imperfect I would be.

And yet He still loved me. He still sent His Son to die on the cross for my sins.

So that I would have the ability to be perfect – and yet – forgiven. 


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Worship (Poem)



I wrote this in honor of today being World Poetry Day... ♥

The storms are raging
The wind is beating in my ears
The waves are roaring
I am surrounded by my worst fears

I’m calling for you
But where are you?
Come save me
Before I am overcome

I call, I call out to you
Lord, only Your amazing grace is enough
To rescue me
So I call out to You alone

And then like the sun breaking through
It’s over
And I am back before Your glory
All because I waited on the Lord

So I will worship You
Where ever the clouds may sail
I will lift my hands up to the Lord

For He has heard my cry

Amen.


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Friday, March 3, 2017

Dear Younger Me


Dear younger me,

First of all – you are not ugly. People are not lying to you when they tell you that you are beautiful. Every single day you wake up with an invisible weight on your shoulders because you have allowed yourself to believe lies that have been spoken over you. You don’t know this yet but you are not defined by what man says you are. Your worth is not defined by the boy that doesn’t like you back. Your worth is not defined by the friends that talk about you behind your back or the people that use you.

You are defined by God’s unfailing faithful love for you and your status as the child of a King.

You will have awkward moments and you will end up with so many embarrassing stories that you won’t be able to remember them all. But contrary to what you believe, God is not out to get you. Really He loves you more than you will ever understand.

He doesn’t say no to you to punish you. Someday you will thank Him for every single time He told you no and redirected you to something else. Because in saying no to you, He was really keeping you on the right path toward your destiny.

I know you’re in pain right now. You don’t understand why certain events in your life have taken place. But years from now, down the road, you will look in the mirror and be incredibly proud of the kind, mature, self-assured and brave young woman those experiences have caused you to become.

You may have flaws and a tendency to be immature at times. But don’t let the voice of Satan trick you into thinking that you are nothing but your flaws.

You are human and you are young. You are not called or expected to be perfect. Life is about growth not stagnant perfection. Stop torturing yourself.

Be proud that you are black. Be proud that a part of your DNA is linked to a country that is historically known as the first independent nation in the Caribbean AND Latin America.

No your hair is not naturally straight. Your hair is kinky and coily and someday you will love it tremendously for exactly what it is. You are not obligated to conform to what society says is beautiful. Please ignore anyone that tells you otherwise.

You will do things you never thought you could. You will walk boldly in the direction of your dreams. You will watch God open doors for you. You will be faced with opportunities that are intimidatingly big.

One day you will put down the hateful words that you use to describe yourself. You will throw away the self-inflicting mental weapons that the enemy has caused you to embrace. 

One day you will love yourself enough to be perfectly content with your own presence. You will know how to reject hatred that is disguised as love. You will understand that you have every right to functional, stable love.

You will be protective and proud of yourself.

One day you will love yourself enough to decide that it’s time to tell the little girl inside of you how much she matters. You will love yourself enough to speak peace into the scars that the world wants you to feel ashamed of.


One day you will love yourself enough to know that you are worth loving. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Write To Live (Poem)


As birds use their wings
And push against the wind
Involuntarily flying
To fulfill some need within

As a lion must roar
To express its inner musings
Like the ocean waves bellow
Trodding back and forth in amusement

Do I write for recognition?
So that the world will know my name?
No, I write for the wind
Who knows know meaning of the word fame

When I was a girl
Before I could dream
The love of the pen was etched
Into my heart seams

In the world I flow
Through each of my hand picked roles
But alone I am an artist
Through my pen I inspire, excite and provoke

I write to breathe
I write to give
But above all
I write because I have to live  


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