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!