Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Me saying my "Ginger Me" poem

This is from my post Defying Gravity Oh and BTW what my cousin actually said was, "My red hair gives me super powers!" I replied, "With great power comes great responsibility" lol And after I said this poem at "Poetic Peace" I got a free drink ;-) Non-alcoholic, of course!

Ginger Me
Blonds have all the fun
They're the 'lucky ones'
Gentlemen prefer them
It seems bad boys prefer me.
Perhaps a different shade of dye is worth a try?
But my cuz says her red hair makes her fly
They look at her, they look at me
If he's a male-
We'll get it for free.
She's got sass
She's got spunk
She knows God don't make junk.
They call me "Red"
A "firecracker" they said
I no longer care what "they" say
What's in my heart can't be taken away
Some day my hair will fade
And I'll let it stay gray
Or go white as gingers do
Beauty is vain
But the fire in my heart will burn on and on
To my King I'll sing this song:
His love is deeper than the ocean
He washes away my brokenness
He whispers to my heart
His love for me will never part!

I'm so excited! Click here to buy my first book! "The Seven Story Tree; A book of Poetry"  It has this poem and 91 more!

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Storm by Redheaded Writing Hood

I was inspired by what seemed to be the tears of God falling here in Georgia after the Manchester attack on May 22, 2017
This poem came out of a storm in my life and those posts are here: Storms Part 1  and the time I wrote the poem Storms Part 2

You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book? Psalm 56: 8

The Storm
You say no one cares for you
Well that's not true 'cause I do
And God does too!
Oh that I could fix your problem
I'd mend you up,
You'd no longer be stuck
In that addiction or depression,
The trials that come in rapid succession,
But what can I do?
I cannot fix you!
I can't make you believe.
I can't even relieve
That deep ache in your heart
Just where do I start?
Don't do nothing! She yelled at me,
So what shall I do?
Scream and shout? And run about?
Perhaps sit and pout?
I'll fight a war upon my knees
In quietness and confidence shall be my strength,
He keeps my prayers and my tears
Perhaps the overflow makes the rain?
To water all the pain upon the earth,
I'll thank Him for this thorn,
I'll Praise Him even when I'm worn,
Because He carries me through the storm.
Yes He walks to me on the tempest sea,
The rain brings life back to my dying tree,
And one day through the clouds I'll see...
The rainbow

From my book, The Seven Story Tree

Here is a beautiful new song by Rend Collective called, Weep with me 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Seven Ways To Keep A Good Attitude When You're Going Through Hell

 Speaking the truth in love, may (we) grow up into Him in all things, who is the Head, even Christ... Ephesians 4:15
Let me tell you what's helped me keep my joy despite my somewhat Hellish circumstances.  

This is a new installation in my Seven Ways series, similar to Seven Ways to Improve Your Life For Eternity but this is for when you're going through tough stuff. Some stuff is similar (*Gotta have Jesus!) and some is different.

#1 Stay close to God get in His Word and Pray and Praise DAILY 
 This Book of the Law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein. For then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Joshua 1:8

#2 Work out regularly; this is just second nature to me now, anyone who knows me knows this. I was even jogging for a little while until I started having feet problems. 

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. I Corinthians 9: 24-27

#3 No drugs or alcohol!!!!!! This should be a no-brainer to anyone with alcoholism or addictions in their family but too many have a problem with it and it becomes more tempting with stress, so know your triggers and get help if you think you may have an addiction. Rehab IS NOT for the faint- hearted!!! It's for the BRAVE SOULS who CHOOSE LIFE!!!!
 Woe to men mighty at drinking wine, Woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink...Isaiah 5:20

TBH And I have been very open here about this- I'm more tempted by the man offering to buy me a drink than the actual drink itself! (I order Coke usually) This is one reason why I stopped regularly saying poems in bars.

#4 Cut out the negativity! Don't hang around negative people who pull you down! No negative self talk either! 
Listening to Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen and music helps me with this so much!  And I even find secular music encouraging too.
Like You'll be Okay by A Great Big World, I found while searching for the awesome Christian song You're Gona Be Okay by Brian and Jenn Johnson 
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.   Philippians 4:8

#5 Eat healthier! They say the diet is mostly what contributes to weight loss, so this is what I need to concentrate on right now but I feel I'm improving all the time and I no longer have the excuse that I'm buying junk food for the kids cause they don't live with me. And besides no one NEEDS that junk!!! 

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank...Daniel 1:8

#6 See your doctor and/or therapist if needed. If you are too proud to admit you have a problem you could use help with? You'll spend all your life stuck in that misery! Why not let the truth set you free? 
But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”  James 4:6

 #7 Seek God and love Him! Put Him first in your life and everything else will fall into place. 

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ Matthew 22:37

Found a quote that goes well here:
Patience is more than endurance. A saint’s life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, and He stretches and strains, and every now and again the saint says — “I cannot stand any more.” God does not heed, He goes on stretching till His purpose is in sight, then He lets fly. Trust yourself in God’s hands. For what have you need of patience just now? Maintain your relationship to Jesus Christ by the patience of faith. “Though He slay me, yet will I wait for Him” (rv). Wow! Thanks Oswald Chambers! 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Surfing Lessons

When your fear is currency
And you feel that urgency
You want peace but there's war in your head
Maybe that's where life is born
When our fa├žades are torn
Pain gives birth to the promise ahead

Switchfoot, "I Won't Let You Go"

My poems and my blog are to encourage and for reminders to people, life lessons if you will and sometimes I need to read it again! Also my posts sometimes tend to be long winded, so here's an excerpt that was helpful to ME: From  "Cowards, Codependency and UnConditional Love" about SURFING LESSONS: 

I've been loving the band Switchfoot for awhile now but only just last year (2013)? I think, that I learned that they are from California like me AND that "Switchfoot" is a surfing term! Duh! I always said, "What an unusual name. What does it mean?"
In December 2013 I wrote a post about depression, suicide and cutting and in it I talked about our adventures in Boca Raton and trying to surf.  (Sea Monsters)

Well I took those pictures to Sparks (K-2nd graders- Awanas) last Sunday and also some pics from my last post.  In that post I tell the story of Peter walking on the water to Jesus. First I asked "Who likes to go to the beach?" Then I asked, "Who remembers which Disney Princess I am?" Because another time I told them how Disney's "The Little Mermaid" parallels the story of Jesus and redemption (and that my nickname was "Mermaid" in high school.) They yelled out, "Ariel!" Then I told them the story about the disciples in the boat- Alone! Then I said how when the weather was great (stormy) we DID NOT have Uncle Dave's surf board and on the next day we did and it was CALM AS A LAKE! LOL THEN I SAID JESUS ALLOWS "STORMS" IN OUR LIVES SO WE CAN LEARN HOW TO SURF. 

On the day we borrowed the surf board the ocean was calm as a lake! I guess I'll have to visit my fam in Cally and learn to surf there!

Here's a new poem for my next book of poetry, RED: Redeemed- Equipped- Delivered

He's my Keeper
He keeps me,
I look back and see,
Wow, he wanted me?
How'd I get outta that one?
There's a washin' in the rain,
There's a purpose in the pain,
If the waves never came,
How could I learn to surf,
Or swim?
I'd sink!
These trials produce patience
You'll be tenacious,
I'm making gold,
Something Beautiful
Full of Power, Peace, Patience
Joy, Jesus,
Justice will prevail
After all of your travail,
The joy of giving birth
You are the salt of the earth!

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