My eyes are preparing to see a new year, but as for me and my heart; it’s another opportunity, to celebrate My God. Through the years, His love has brought my heart through many ups and downs. My soul has journeyed, finding His love; has been the journey. 2018 marks my fiftieth year, but it truly feels; the journey has just begun. For me, the strength of God’s love began; not when I was at my weakest. But when my heart forever knew, how to celebrate His greatness. The Savior of the world, the giver of salvation; My God. His love is the place my heart goes, when I need to hide from the rain. The place my soul resides, when the rain becomes a storm. My heart is kept within the valley; a love that is my provider, protector. A love that has become, my favorite hiding place; My God is!
My God is a way maker, a miracle worker, a promise keeper; the light in the darkness, that’s who My God is. My God wipes away every tear, mends broken hearts; a love that meets your every need. His love touches every life, a love that turns lives around; My God is the answer to it all. His love touches my heart, forever nestled up against my soul. A love working within my life, that’s My God. The world can shout down my beliefs; but they can never silence my heart, or disparage my soul. Because My God is awesome, His love forever reigns. He is great, and He should be greatly praised. He deserves my Hallelujah; My God!
“You are my God, and I will praise you! You are my God, and I will exalt you! Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.” Psalms 118:28-29 NLT
I’m a man who thinks, not a man who drinks. I’m not a drunken monkey, Jackie Chan’s not the only one with cool moves. Everybody loves Kong Fu fighting, moves fast as lightning; oh-hoh-hoh-hoah. Shorty, your love; always seems to swing my way. My heart is no ancient Chinese secret, but my heart can’t help; to soak up every bit of your love. I’m not scared to go out on a limb and say; your love is a touch, felt deep within my soul. Monkey see, monkey do. My heart is loving on you, because my heart seems to always catch you; loving on me!
Girl, you know my heart is not into monkey business, and I promised to never monkey around with your heart; when it comes to your love, and my heart. You will never see no evil, you will never hear no evil; no evil word, will ever past by these lips. Twist my arm, if you still need to question my love. The truth is, your love is twisted; wrapped completely around my heart. A love that helps my heart breathe, no need to even go on a limb; it’s felt with every breath I take!
Catch me I’m falling, too late; I already fell for you, and it wasn’t because I slipped on a banana peel. Let me take hold of your hand, you can take a forever hold of my heart. Girl, every time I fall; it‘s always because of you. I can’t help falling, it’s forever in love; and it’s with you, again and again. 2018 has seen us together for thirty years. 2019 will be the start of another thirty years, that my heart wants to go with you; out on a limb!
Are you expecting, is your heart truly expecting; a gift? Are you fast asleep, or are your souls absolutely wide awake; is your heart overwhelmed with such a feeling? Do you feel joyous, is joy rocking around within your heart tonight. This is the time of year, when your heart keeps tossing; just can’t stop turning. Your heart is in a state of anticipation, maybe because of the sheer expectation? Your heart is expecting a gift; are you finding it hard to sleep, at night? It’s the twelfth day of Christmas, can you truly not wait; to see true love. May your heart truly receive the gift, tonight!
So therefore Harken, stop for a moment and let just your soul, listen; there’s an angel singing. Listen to the pitter patter, listen to the noticeable prancing. Upon the rooftop of your heart, within the depth of your soul. The true and lasting pitter patter, can forever be felt; within the center of your beating heart, tonight. Love is the anticipation, within your heart it shall be revealed. So come one, please come all; come all ye faithful, receive this heart felt gift. On the night before, on the night called the eve; the night before Christmas!
Let your heart be joyful, let your soul be forever giddy; let the joy within your hearts, burst forth with singing. Let love be the gift, the gift that forever keeps your heart giving. Open up your hearts, receive the gift of love; may it truly make your heart, forever full. Drink until the noggin makes your soul MERRY; CHRISTMAS, is truly the most wonderful time of the year. So don’t hesitate to unwrap, this is truly a very precious gift. Love, love is the true gift, and I want to share that with you, tonight. Merry Christmas to all, and to all. May your hearts forever know, that this truly is; A Good Night!
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 NIV
• A special thanks to my wife, other than the figurines; she designed, built, and handcrafted every part of this stable with such wonderful details. That I was fortunate to take a picture of, and use for today’s post!
The gift my heart has so freely been given, is the gift I want to share with you. It won’t be wrapped up within a nice pretty bow, it’s not about sharing pretty words; but a pretty awesome gift, the love wrapped up within the first Christmas. I could keep this gift to myself, I don’t want this to be about; how a Grinch stole Christmas. Sharing, is caring; a gift I’m regifting to you. Don’t think of this regift as a grand gesture, measure it as a heart tester. The first gift was free, the grandest gesture of love; a heart can ever behold. A gift more meaningful, than a bouquet of flowers; cherished, more than even silver and gold. A truly precious gift, given to us; swaddled as a newborn babe!
The true gift, of Christmas, shimmers with such brilliance. From a heart filled with true artistry; an amazing gift, for all to receive by design. Wise men from the east, followed the star that shimmered in the night. Gifts they brought, to reflect the overwhelming light; shimmering within their hearts. So much love, does the gift of Christmas bestows. So won’t you grant me the true privilege, to regift a love; meant to be forever regifted by design. While bustling along all the busy sidewalks, as you admire all the bright pretty street lights. May your hearts truly be filled, with all the joyous feelings of Christmas. May you feel love is in the air, from hearts regifted in love. Wrapped up forever, within the true meaning of Christmas!
The bright morning star, brightest star in the heavens; babe in a manger, Jesus. Your love, the song the angels sang. The song my heart now sings, Your love; forever my song. You are so beautiful, Your love has truly been my everything; to me You are, so beautiful. So how, how can my heart say this, how can my soul ever explain this; how do I truly explain, Beautiful?
Your name, lets start there; beautiful. Your love, stunning, breathtaking; yes, beautiful. Your heart, to fathom would surely be beyond beautiful. Your presence, just a mere glimpse into Your love; so absolutely beautiful. The love that truly warms my heart, when a wintery frost; seems to be the coldness within my soul. The pep within my springtime, Your love my bright sunshine. The purest love, that my soul has forever come to know. More than a gorgeous summers day, more satisfying than a wonderful autumn breeze. Season after season, beautiful; is still just the start!
So how, how could my heart explain; how do I justify how beautiful? For a love so dear to my heart, the dearest to ever touch my soul; dearer to me, than everything. So how, how can my heart not help but to feel; it was the fall, in love. With a love so so beautiful; the absolute greatest love, my heart will ever know. Jesus, Your love moves within my heart; And It’s So Beautiful!
Now, now is the day; today is the new. We are approaching a new year, but let’s not forget; today is also a new day. Celebrate, that you got to see a new; celebrate each and every, celebrate the new. Today is the day, to see the new; to see a new thing. Let your heart see, let your heart, behold; God is doing a new thing. Embrace today as a new, no need to wait; for a new year!
Make a resolution within your heart, that you will allow your soul to forever embrace; the new. God is ready to do, something new. See the new day in a different light, open up your heart each day; the new has already begun. You may not always see, you may not always want. But in order to move mountains, you always need to believe!
There’s a path through the chaos, can your faith truly see? That there‘s a river, within the desert; of every parched soul. Now, now is the day; today is the new. Awaken your heart, stretch, work out, exercise; your faith, and beliefs. Clothe yourself within the new, walk on faith; God’s love will be the path, to show you the way!
“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19 NLT
It goes without saying; this is truly the best time of the year. For most of us, that’s how it feels; but how about the ones left hurting? So many people are looking, for just a glimpse of hope, but what they feel is the coldness; coming from within so many hearts. We have it within us to be a light, a light shining within the darkness; showing the true meaning of Christmas. A chance for you to show you truly care, a moment for you to be inspired; to be a heart forever changed. We all need love, we all need hope; not only at Christmas. We’re all very much able, to be that light!
So, take the time, not tomorrow; make it today. The day we get to see, is the only day truly promised. To show love, give a little hope; to spread some joy. Even if it’s RANDOM, at least you were willing to ACT. When it becomes Intentional, hearts are truly changed; just by the KINDNESS, be that shining light. The true gift, of Christmas; will never be about getting, but giving. If every day could be Christmas, what a wonderful world it would be; to be Somebody’s angel. Don’t fill your schedule with so much busyness, until getting stuff; becomes the rush!
I have a wish this Christmas, don’t just say; we wish you a Merry Christmas. In between the sleigh rides, baking Christmas cookies; rocking around the Christmas tree, be a bit more conscious. The season is about giving, sharing; make it be one of your favorite things, my One Wish. Show somebody the true meaning, show them the heart of Christmas; we’re all able. Don’t miss it, don’t miss the chance to show; the true meaning of Christmas. This Christmas, change a life, move a heart; bless a forgotten soul. Be a shining light, You just might be; Somebody’s Christmas Angel.
This Christmas song, is performed by Mandisa. She is an American gospel and contemporary Christian recording artist. Her career began in 2006, as a contestant in the fifth season of American Idol; in which she finished in ninth place, I watched the entire season. Check out her music, I personally have twelve of her songs in my music library!
Does your heart keep careful watch, does your soul have a hiding place? Within this life, we will face trouble; there‘s danger all around. As difficult as they may be, there’s an adversary. He seeks to forever capture your soul, lurking; but unseen. A thief, so desperate; with just one intention. To infiltrate your heart, to get you to give up your destiny; without a fight. Be Vigilant, don’t let the thief steal your joy, your faith, your blessed assurance. Don’t let him burglarize your heart, but also don’t be alarmed; don’t hit the panic button. God’s love fights for you, His love defends you; let His love fortify your hope!
Be observant, be watchful, be very attentive; please be on the lookout. Keep your heart on high alert, be mindful; of all the underhanded schemes. Pay special attention, to all the backdoor intrusions; forever guard your heart, be Vigilant! For if the thief tried to rob our hearts of the Christmas love story. Why wouldn’t you truly think, that he would absolutely love; to forever kill your joy? Never surrender, but if your heart gets weary from the battles? Strategically retreat, into the hiding place; within the heart of the Savior!
Within this season of love, of giving; His love came, to bring Joy to the World. His love is forever Vigilant, to help fight your battles; to help give you the victory. His love has already crushed the head, of that lurking thief; put your trust and faith, in Him. What He has started in you, His love will surely complete. Let His love take your heart, from Glory to Glory; from Strength to Strength!
The real thing, nothing less than absolutely everything; the air I get to breathe. A love full of so much compassion, a heart full with so much love; the real thing. My soul is wrapped up within the tenderness, held forever; within Your embrace. Your love comes with No conditions, but my soul still drafted up one petition; to forever etch Your love, upon the door-post of my heart. You signed it, You sealed it; Your love has never failed to deliver. Every letter of Your love, the story being written; forever within my soul.
Your position is perfect, the positioning of Your love is absolutely picture perfect; positioned perfectly, right up against my soul. Your love, it’s got a hold; such a serious hold. Don’t ever stop holding, hold me forever. It’s a love You gave without strings, with no promise of love in return. So freely I give, I forever promise You my heart. Your love can forever have, my every heartstring. Wrap my every string, completely around Your love. If You truly believe, the love within my heart; to be the real thing?
My heart is not one to hide behind fear, within the silence of my own shadows; where my heart always felt at home. But now my heart has found rest, within the quietness; within the stillness, Your love is my new hiding place. Your love breaks every chain, but my heart prefers to be locked away; locked forever within Your loving embrace. Even when my soul got complacent, returned by to the silence; Your love never once complained. Within the silent night, Your love is brightly shining!
Even when my heart ran, Your love relentlessly gave chase. My heart has surely tried, but it could never outrun my destiny. From a love deep seeded, a soul forever rooted; I sure do hope, that the growth clearly shows; Your love has a firm hold on my heart? Your love is the real thing, my everything. I can clearly see, that Your love that Your love surrounds; Forever Holding Me!
My heart was dirty, my soul was in tatters. But Your heart, Jesus Your heart saw clean; Your love fixed what needed mending, a dirty rag. My glass half empty thinking, shattered; my theology, broken. God’s love restores my broken faith, piece by piece; a soul once dead, in Christ lives again. The beating heart within my chest, alive with a destination; deeper!
When all we see is imperfections, through Christ; God sees them as beautiful. When we feel we’re not worthy, Jesus shows us; that it was never about being worthy, but about being loved. When we stumble, and even when we fall; we may think that we’ve once again become too dirty. But Jesus’ love will help us believe, that the dirt is still washed away; we’re still clean!
Our dirty rags; washed, scrubbed, cleaned, purified. God’s love is forever washing; our hearts, forever washed within His sacrifice. Cleansed by His Amazing Grace; Mercy, is what forever makes us clean. Jesus, there’s nothing too dirty; no sin, that Your love can’t make clean. We may not be worthy, Thank You, Jesus! Our heart has been washed; um, forever made clean!
“Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1 NLT