Friday, April 07, 2017

The Lost Girl

Staring in the mirror, she didn't know herself. The spunk that set her apart from everyone else was replaced by a girl void of life. She was living and breathing, but she just existed. She wasn't experiencing life. 

She often closed the door to her room, drowning out the sounds of laughter and fun. "I just want quiet. I wish I was somewhere else. Anywhere but here, but where? Where can I go to escape myself?" she said.

Thoughts ran on a continuous loop in her head. She didn't want to think bad thoughts. She couldn't help it. Negativity swirled around her and threatened every relationship, like a venomous snake after its prey. 

Sleep was a distant memory. Hours lingered. The days seemed unbearable. How long must I be tormented? There has got to be more to life than this!

What happened to the positive, happy girl? She is in there somewhere! 

"I don't like this. I am hurting. I don't feel like doing ANYTHING!" she shouted. Then, she cried herself to sleep.

She was tired. Tired of things the way they were, but she didn't have the energy to change it, not right away. "Fight," others said. "I don't think you'll give up."

Sometimes she wanted to give up. That would be easy. That strength inside her was still there. She just had to make up her mind to do something. 

She realized she had spent too much time focusing on little things. She lost sight of the bigger picture. 

I want to encourage you. There is a greater plan unfolding. Just keep moving forward. Whatever you do, DON'T QUIT!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Father's Heart

The Father's heart beckons
The Father's heart reaches
The Father's heart gives

The Father's heart loves without limits, without conditions
The Father's heart sees past flesh and bones
The Father's heart sees within

When will we grasp
When will see
The needs all around us?

When will we love without measure
Not capping off our quota of good deeds

When will we give all?
Will we ever?

Will you stop putting love in a box?

Can't you see love can't be contained
It's too big
It's meant to seep into the cracks

Love is meant to heal
Not seek its own right or its own way

We don't have the Father's heart because we don't know what love really is

It's not flowery words or grand gestures
Love is found in the quiet whispers, in unassuming places and people

Love was found in a manager
Love hung on the Cross
Love counted everything lost

Oh, that we would seek to be uncomfortable!
Oh, that we would stop doing the same things day after day

Open your eyes to the "little things"
The things you wouldn't normally give a second glance

Love is there.
We've just stopped looking for it.

In our quest for happiness, we have stopped celebrating love.

The Father's heart desires that His children will answer the call. 

"...Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. " (John 13:34)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

An Infusion of Hope

You've heard people say they need an infusion of strength, but I know some of you need an infusion of hope. You are weighed down by the cares of this life. So many thoughts and voices are swirling around your head, trying to take root in your heart.

Stop for just a minute. Things are not as bad as they seem. Grab ahold of hope today and don't let go.

Hope is a lifeline that pulls you out of the deepest waters.

Hope is the ray of sunshine after the rain.

Hope is embracing the future with open arms.

Hope is an expectation.

Expect things to turn around. Dare to believe again. Stir up the hope within yourself. It's there, I promise. Hope never dies. It may seem like it at times, but it is there, nudging you to greatness. It is there urging you to see the light within. It is there with a glimpse of beauty in spite of the scars. 

Hope is found at the Cross.

Hope is in the here and now. 

Hope means there is something to look forward to, even if you can't see what it is yet.

Hope means there is something to prepare for. Get ready! Greater things are YET to come!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Of Stillness and Storm Book Giveaway!

You have a chance to win Of Stillness and Storm by Michèle Phoenix, the book I just reviewed!

A tale of troubled love and honorable intentions gone awry—don't miss Michèle Phoenix's new intimate and bold release, Of Stillness and Storm. It took Lauren and her husband ten years to achieve their dream—reaching primitive tribes in remote regions of Nepal. When a friend from Lauren’s past enters her life again, the tension of coping with the present while reengaging with the past might be too much. Will it be the family's undoing?

Take Michèle's new book with you on your winter vacation and enter to win her Bookworm On-the-Go Prize Pack (because you can't take a stack of books with you when you travel).


One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on December 31. The winner will be announced January 3 on Michèle's blog.


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