Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Rise Up!


'Walking in the Rain' photo (c) 2011, Hartwig HKD - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

It’s when joy dissolves into frustration and simple happiness into worry. When the fears of this world seem larger than the hands that created it and words of love and truth give way to bickering ….
When my mind clouds over and I shake to find my breath. When the knotting starts and it’s a fight for air…
It’s me in a crowded room yet alone and unheard, standing invisible on weak legs. It’s the enemy who invades my sleep and sends me falling, reaching for a light in the darkness…
And when I shake my head and shout ENOUGH, my soul cries,
Rise Up!
In the name of Jesus, rise up to the enemy who taunts and whose only mission is to hurt and cast guilt and shame.
'Praise belongs to the King' photo (c) 2011, kelsey_lovefusionphoto - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Rise Up!
By the blood of the lamb, rise up in His strength and remember who you are! Your validation does not lie in the hands of man, but in the heart of your Creator! He has prepared a place for you.
Rise Up!
Hallelujah to the Savior! When you’ve given enough days over to the things that are not of Him, rise up and speak His name. Rise up and give glory and praise to the One who continues to hold you through it all.
Rise Up!
Yes, today, even now, especially now rise up against it all because you’re worth fighting for. You will never embarrass or disappoint the Father when you seek Him with all your heart…so, rise up in His name!
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
    let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!” 
(1 Chron. 16:31) NIV

Rise up and be joyful!
Debbie
'Rose' photo (c) 2009, tiegeltuf - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Friday, October 12, 2012

You Can’t Do it Alone! (Revisited)


'Lioness at Tsavo East' photo (c) 2008, steven withers - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

My little voice of negativity is a roaring lioness these days. She wakes me somewhere around 4am growling as I fight for sleep, snarling me awake with fears and doubts until I rise to begin the day already beaten and deep into worry.
Somewhere in the dark, I find my praise; mutter my faith in the One who casts light on my dark morning. But my whisper is no match for the strength of the beast when she’s determined to claim my joy and win over my dreams.
She breathes hot across my neck words of failure, disappointment… discouragement. I deflect her negative jabs and rub my eyes as I walk the cold tile floor to the coffee pot. She’s relentless in her pursuit, stalking, stirring up emotions and old memories, all the reasons to stop and retreat, to take cover and hide beneath the shelter of my insecurities.

'a time for a cup of coffee' photo (c) 2008, OiMax - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
My cup clangs to the counter and I give in to the hunt.
“I can’t do this!” I cry out. “This is too much for me – the task is too big…too great. Who in the world do I think I am, anyway? I just can’t…”
But the lioness is a coward and I am humbled as we’re both silenced there…in the very presence of Him.
And I hear, “You’re right – YOU alone can’t do it.”
So, it’s time to live out what I profess. It turns out the challenge is mine, as suddenly “The Courage to Fly” is a pretty steep mountain to conquer.
But if my God can tame the lioness and send her running, He surely has the power that equips and strengthens – the power that guides me forward and fills me with the joy of knowing Him.

'love poeme' photo (c) 2009, sophie - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
I’m praising God today for opportunities that grow us. I’m thanking Him for moments such as these where our faith rises up larger than we are and sends our lioness running back to her dark cave. His strength in my weakness. More of Him – less of me.The Way, the Truth and the Life that fuels our courage to fly!

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8) NIV
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10) NIV

Many Blessings to you, sweet sister,
Debbie
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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Like the Evergreen


'Autumn from the Big House's stoep' photo (c) 2008, Jack Holloway - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
I make the drive several times a week.
Through horse country.
Through farmland and workers with hats dipped low and the sun sinking in my rear-view mirror.
Past barns and rolling hills, large estates proud and secure behind iron gates.
Up and over the ridge I drive past trees blushing autumn color, some with leaves spent and falling in amber pools.

'New Spring Growth on a Evergreen Tree' photo (c) 2011, mikeyskatie - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
But I marvel at those who refuse to give in to the rest; the stoic evergreens maintaining life, color, presence. They sway and glisten in afternoon sun and hold their place firm among the others.
They don’t give in or change their purpose depending on the seasons….don’t toss away spent leaves like one would toss away used up faith and prayers that seem lost in the wind. 
I want to be like the evergreen.
Standing firm in my faith, my beliefs and my God.
With true joy and trust unshaken.
To grow where I’m planted, tall with life and strength, determination and love for the One who makes all things possible – the One who made me.
I want to be like the evergreen.

You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. (Matthew 5:14-15) NIV


Many Blessings,
Debbie

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