Last month, marked the one anniversary, of our daughter’s passing. In college, she took graphic design, but never got to fully pursue it. The above picture, was one of her first designs, and that’s her in the picture. For the last few years, I’ve been posting a inspirational Friday post, a picture with words. As of this month, I’m going to create a picture, or two, and add with it inspirational words. Since, she’s not able to pursue her heart. My heart, will be her graphical expression. I will use her love, to help create, share, and dedicate my designed portrayals. Live out her dreams, for her. I hope, you all enjoyed the first instalment!
WCR, Justinea A Richards (March 9, 1990 to March 2, 2021)
Why we do the things we do, why do we forge a new alliance; fortify, what do don’t want to crumble? Why, are we willing to take the heat; even go through the fire? Why are we so eager, to hammer out problems? Iron, sharpens iron; but, it’s so much more than that. Why do we create, why are we so creative? A relationship is formed, when we tap into what we see… already created. Why do we work so hard, trying to be our best; inspire, want to be inspired? Why is a random act, kindness seen as something worthwhile pursuing? Why do we build up, believe we can construct a brighter tomorrow; through every season, still see a new horizon? A labor of love, not just something you put together. It’s something established, through the willingness to do; and the enjoyment revealed, from what has been created. Why do we feel the need, to help the less fortunate? It’s not about being lucky, but being truly intentional. Why do we tend, to cast caution to the wind? Why do we continuously cast off, to make every new day an adventure; A Labor of Love!
Why does a mother give birth, again and again; even when what’s birthed, a life with so much pain? Why does a woman sacrifice, so much for the family; when what has been created, becomes a life falling apart? Why does a heart pursue, a passion and dreams; even when the road is so winding? Why does a man in the pursuit of happiness, stumble and fall; but yet still determined, to be the best husband and father possible? Why does someone show up every day, to accomplish the task at hand; when it can all turn into another hard day, feeling unaccomplished? A bond, not because the glue is crazy; but because the labor put in, love being the result. True love, means the participation. Why do we mold our hearts, fashion our resolve to fit; into a complexity? Love, it’s all starts with the want to create. To behold what has been created, through truly loving the creation. The form every heart wants model, shaped by desperately needing to know; the love of the creator. Making something, out of nothing; will never be evident, through a state of being… anecdotal. To produce an outcome, to truly have something turn out to be, the evidence of what’s not yet seen; therein has to be the undisputed, A Labor of Love!
Pull it down, pull every single one down. Every weapon, every stronghold; pull them all down. Lay your burdens down, not your soul to be trampled on. Don’t give in to the culture, what is normalized. It’s time to realize, behind every scheme; there’s a plot, meant to become your grave. The thief has plans, but God has His plan; to Not let you be destroyed. You were made, to bind; not be bound. Weapons are formed, but You are Made; in the image of God. Weird the sword, in the name of Jesus. That’s how, Generational chains are broken. Tear it down, the veil; pull it all down. Don’t let anything blind your heart, from seeing the truth. The fight, is for the soul; the next generation. No one, has the power to nullify; void your worth. Even if, you gave it away; Take It Back. All power is given, not taken. Whatever you continually wrestle with, whatever roots you need to pull up? Don’t hesitate, the time is now. Anyone, or anything that has a hold over you? Jesus’ name, it Will be Cancelled!
Though the struggle is real, and the battles are fierce. Speak life, over every circumstance. Your health might be failing, but don’t let your resolve; ever be a heart knowing defeated. Cracks in your armor, doesn’t mean your soul is losing. When you can see in the spirit, that every opposition has already been cancelled. Your soul shall surely live, in the peace. The cracks, the attacks; just distractions, to get you off track. Just remember this simple fact, that when you boldly act; a conquering spirit, becomes the knack. Don’t ever throw a quiver, pull an arrow out of your emboldened quiver; and aim your arrow high. In the natural, the blood is under the flesh. But in the spirit, the flesh forever thrives; under the blood… Whatever comes, trying to steal your destiny? God wants me to tell you, it’s Cancelled. Declare, Proclaim; Receive, your victory. Pull it down, and every day; keep Pulling it Down!
Receding, the fear, the water; receding. Hearts no longer overwhelmed, tears no longer drowning out the day. Waves of emotion, clashing with the sure. The message, not in a bottle… up emotions. In the step back, the push back against the fear; how you take back your faith. Even in a dark moment, even in the darkness; hope can still be found. When it finally dawns, the truth is revealed. Shadows will cast doubts, but you control what you fear. An enlightened soul is not a afraid, even in the darkest times. Within it is a calming feeling, peace within the moment. A whisper heard in the dark, a song resounding in the night. The wind will blow, the rain will fall. Every momentary thing, even unprecedented; will surely pass away. Grow your faith, with a seed, time, and harvest!
Even when the sun goes down, don’t let your hope fade away… into the darkness. Let whatever looms, roll of your prevailing faith. When overwhelmed comes, to capsize your hope. Shipwreck your heart, flood your soul… with doubts. Don’t let it break your faith, break up your confidence. Just let it break through the fear, and watch the waters recede. A heart finding the calm, even if the place… is called a frightening moment. Swept away, is not trying to cling; to whatever you can hold on to. But knowing, what has a hold on your heart. Every day, stand your ground. Don’t ever let your faith retreat, or your hope diminish. When you position your heart for victory, fear surrenders… to your resolve. Advance your faith, and watch the darkness dwindle; at the dawn of the approaching hope. When fear the tapers off, the sun shines again. It’s not about chasing after the dawn, but how to truly thrive; living in the light… of hope. Receding, the fear, the water; will Recede! May 27, 2020
Hold on to me, when you’re scared; when your heart is afraid, of the dark. Rest your heart, on my love. I AM… the comforter, let my love be the blanket. Forever in, and underneath my grace; your heart will be covered. Whenever it feels, like the walls are closing in; and all the uncertainties, have such a stronghold. I AM… the door, the way. My love, will help break every chain. If in the middle of the darkness, you can’t find hope. Look through my heart, I AM… the light; hold on to Me. Break-through, found through my love. Whenever you feel, the weight is just too much for you to carry. Let my love show, you can do all things. In me, your love is forever held; so very close to my heart. I love you, believe me when I say. Even if your soul is in doubt, and your mind ten thousand miles away. You’re never alone, your heart will be; forever near my love. Let it be, your every breath. Why you want to live, and breathe. Let your heart know the breadth, Hold On to Me!
You can always count on my love. I AM… your protector, my love your defender; forever portion. My love, will make your heart stronger. Don’t ever give up, but I need you to let go. And, just hold on to the promise; my love, will never let go… of your heart. I got you, whenever your faith feels like it’s slipping. Let my love be the anchor, that keeps your heart grounded. Don’t ever believe the lies, that my love won’t be able; turn over every stone. Beloved, I AM… the rock; that makes a stone, seem like a pebble. Stand on my love, let it forever be your strength. My love, is the mountain. Come up a little higher, my heart will always be waiting. Just remember, half way up; is still half way down. Climb up on my shoulder, let my love carry your heart. When your heart, is going through a valley; Hold on to Me!
Reach out your heart, my love is forever by your side. Beside you, besides me; don’t let another love, capture your gaze. Whenever you’re feeling lost, my love will come find you. Don’t ever be persuaded, that my love won’t relentlessly pursue. My love is the answer, to whatever is the question. Never stop believing, your heart will never be; worth my love. There’s absolutely no chance, that whenever you seek after my love. That your love won’t already find my heart, waiting… for you. Whenever your heart, feels like it’s drowning. Let my love instead show you, what it is to be breathless. S.O.S, might be the code, the signal for a soul in distress. Just remember, I AM… the ocean, that surrounds your heart. Before your soul, even knows to cry out. My love, will be there to rescue you. My love, what saves; let it forever be, your lifeline. The love revived, through another; heart to heart encounter. When the love moves you, take a deep breath; and Hold On, to Me!
Desperate, to want, to have; what a heart needs to be. Desperately, to find, to know; how a soul needs to be. The days are uncertain, but that will never stop my heart, from being desperate. A heart can know breath, but how can a soul breathe; if a heart not desperately willing, to know breathless? Your love is the sun, the moon, the stars; forever. You are the winds, inside my sails. A soul sailing into forever, but You are the anchor… in the waves. When the water is calm, Your love is a river. But when my soul needed swept away, Your love became my ocean. In deeply, is not a heart hopeless; but a soul desperate, to go even deeper. Your heart, is the mountain I run into. To become a heart hidden, deep within the crevices of Your love. The fountain that will forever quench my soul, the love will never run dry. The song resounding within my heart, the melody that echoes throughout my soul. How can I ever be beside myself, when Your love will ever be. Ever before me, forever beside me, forever by my side. A heart desperately needy, is a soul dependent on Your presence. What good is it to have a soul, wanting to know breadth? Without being a heart, Desperately needing to explain; the length, the height, and the depth… therein?
Not in my breath, but through every breadth of Your love. My soul pours out, because the love is pouring… so intimately. Your love reigns down, into me… be my every breath. Still my heart, to be a soul moved… by every deep breadth. Blow through my soul, like a fire that can’t be contained. Let Your love forever be, the flame upon my heart. Let every breath, be another drowning; then the revival. Let my lungs not breathe, unless it’s a heart, gasping to know. Your love is still moving, underneath my every breath. Take every breath, if Your love is not the one thing; to make my soul, truly feel alive. Make every breath, be like water pouring down. Refreshing to a thirsty soul, soothing to every dry bone. I don’t mind, pouring out my heart. For I know, Your love will never waste; the love therein. Coming from a deeper place, within my soul.
I have a heartbeat, but yet that’s not living. If Your love doesn’t give it, the recognizable rhythmic flow. Every day, let Your love pour out; the love rain down. Let my heart know, Your love is forever; the endless reign. On me, in me, through me; around me, the glorious reign. Let nothing else, get my attention. Be jealous, to have undistracted devotion. Don’t let my heart focus on nothing else, but giving You… my every breath. Overwhelm my heart, with not just the emotional. Let my soul forever be, in awe and wonder. Let the true breadth of Your love, forever be the story. The love told, but profoundly moving; through every breath of my heart. In You, living is found; and how to breathe therein. The move in, having my being; made enlightened forever!
I breathe, but let Your love be… every breath. So whenever I exhale, my soul will feel the reign. Let every tear, be a heart truly overwhelmed; by the joy felt, deep inside. When the world comes, trying to capsize my faith. Your love is, the wind beneath my sail… into a deeper understanding. The fall in, will forever be the ocean; where Your love resides. You, and Your love alone. What saves me, anchors my soul. I don’t have to hold my breath, Your love showed my heart breathless. I’m not intimidated, by what I face today. Not scared, what lurks around a tomorrow. I don’t fear, my next breath; Your love is my forever. Everything I need, just Your breath in me. In You, I have my peace, find my strength. In You, my hopes, and every dream. Your love for me, Amazing. Every breath, of Your love; life, breathing deeply… within!
Having breath, not what my soul relies on… to breathe. But knowing how to breathe, not what keeps my heart… beating. I know how to rise, but had to know; on what I stand? Vertical, how my heart learned; to lift up my faith. Hope found, through this one tree… leaves, the path; the follow. The cost, the price… paid. To get my soul to the place, called Grace. Whenever my heart felt trapped, drowning beneath the coldness. A world full of so much, but not enough warmth. To protect my soul, the walls up… around my heart. Not let the doubts in, the unbelief of others; capsize my faith. Through it all, a heart, breathing. But at times, the gasping… through the last straw. A heart in distress, a soul trying to find rest, but first the test; to bring forth the best. Through the understanding of true breadth, to what saves; gave my every breath!
The love, saved my soul; to become a heart drowning, breathless. A heart forever moved, by an ocean of love. To fathom true depth, the move was continuous; the destination, deeper. Even though darkness fills the skies, thy love hovers. Evening came, morning came; the next day, a calm… over my soul. A love that has me by the heart, but every day still the need; to offer up every breath. Even if, the love is received not by all. Through the amazingly, the glory will still shine. The love will never die, when the true breadth is known. Thy love, the song upon my heart; the melody within my soul. Every day, underneath my every breath. When my soul cries, let Your love forever be; What Saves!
What if, my heart didn’t want to drown, in the forever? Would my soul even know, how to breathe?
What if, my soul didn’t want to feel overwhelmed, by a tidal wave of eMotion? Would the air within my lungs, be enough to sustain; the breadth within my heart?
What if, my soul didn’t want to gaze forever, into Your heart. Could this heart of mine, truly know endless? A love that shimmers so bright, beyond amazing?
What if, the rhythm of my heart was not so erratic? Would anyone be able to tell, what it truly means to be; a soul profoundly moved, by every facet of thy love?
What if, what if? What if I would just stop holding my breath, please tell my heart this. Would my soul truly know how to breathe, if every day my heart, and soul didn’t know; Your love, What Saves?
It’s in the crushing, in the pressing… on. The getting through, what’s in the making. The heart, the seeing; new wine. A soul listening, what’s said in the stillness. There’s the hurting; people, the world; hearts broken. Yet, in the crushing; love, still the answer. In faith, not fear; in the believing, where hope is found. This is a season, a season when; old is made new. In the soiled, in the breaking… of the folly. In the yielding, in the surrender; comes new ground. Through the imperfections, true beauty can still be seen. It’s not about having the perfect heart, but the authenticity; representing beautiful. How can a heart savor the new, without appreciating what is. A soul not completely crushed, by what is… but for a moment!
Fullness, not about what you have in the Nest. But what truly makes your heart, forever Full. You can’t put new wine, into the old… way of thinking. The appreciating, is the savoring, and the cherishing. Don’t let the treasuring, be possessions. There’s a whisper in the dark, a song in the night; heard through the soul. God is speaking, are we truly listening? Be careful little feet where you go, be careful eyes what you see. Have a big heart, but be not deceived; to what you think you know. Darkness, will never produce light. If you yield yourself, God’s greatness will shine through. Bring out new wine, in you today. Forget about giving the heart tomorrow, a day that might be too late. This is a moment, to let go of a sour path, and take hold of the new… perspective!
Father, Your love is the only remedy. Let hearts, not to drink up the lies; the nicely flavored kool-aide. But taste and see, Your love is filled; with the only everlasting truth. Real love, full of so much substance. Crush our reality, if that’s what it takes; to see the best of hearts. Shatter the glassed ceiling, for even though Your love is so clear. Your love, the truth in plain sight; still so hard, for all to see. We came into this world with nothing, all we have… from You. For new wine to become, there has to be the crushing, and the pressing. The breaking down, what strongly holds; for the making into. The time is here for new power. Help us, to give up the old flame. Set ablaze the soul, a new blazing fire; forever seen upon our hearts. Make us a vessel, our hearts to You… the offering. When we truly trust in You, nothing else; will our hearts need to understand. Even if we don’t see it, don’t truly understand it. Even if we don’t feel it, You’re working. Under the quiet, in the stillness. Underneath every breath, Your love… moving. Through You, new wine. Fear has no choice, it bows. Chains can’t help, but to fall. Shame has to leave, when a heart is unashamed; Your love, the presence. This is a move, work on the inside… of us! In Jesus’ name, Amen!
This song inspired, is a song released in: 2018; by Hillsong, an Australian Christian music praise & worship group from Sydney, Australia. Happy Ester, may this be a time of refreshing, and blessings!
Because of You, the unknown is eclipsed by what I know. Your love is the feeling that hovers, over the deeper surface of my soul. The peace within, my contentment within the presence. Because of You, my heart was a silent river; but now, Your love, the ocean. Because of You, I thought; true love for my heart, not worthy. But under the quiet, blown away was the silence. In the stillness, no more thinking; but the listening. A whisper into my heart, a song echoing in my soul. “Your love, to be forever my heart; worth it.” The world has an “F” word, but embedded within my soul; the true “F” word, Forever. That, I swear with all my heart. You are the reason, why my heart knows; what love is. The Cross my heart, within Your love, my hope; never die, without forever becoming truly breathless. A heart safe, within the love to know. Submerged, means deeply; in the deep places, of the love!
Because of You, heart and soul; will never be the same. Why, I can give freely back to You; the love, and my heart. Height, and depth; not just a place, but a destination. Your love, the gentler side of my soul. Overwhelmed, would be the heart… emotion. If truly touched by the love, wasn’t always what my soul is feeling. Because of You, I don’t want anything; without Your love, and my heart in it. Relentless, the chase after Your heart. Forever wanting my heart, what Your love… profoundly promised. Because of You, I know what true love is. Because of You, I know how to trust.. in love. No other love, will ever get me, get what, get that, get my heart; get my soul, into any other confession. My heart knows, there’s no losing Your love. I don’t have You, Your love has me; within the center of Your heart. Drowning, but knowing the true breadth; not in heart, but soul.
Because of You, dying; means a soul truly free, living in… Your love forever. A heart knowing absolutely, no living without; true freedom. A soul never having to worry, about be hurt. But, a heart being broken; for what breaks Yours. Your love, why I live. Life is lived, but living is the life; I have found in You. Having nothing else, but You; having all a heart can desire. In You, weakness is strength. I’m not intimidated, by what I face today. Not scared, of what lurks around a tomorrow. Your love, holds my forever. The night, but for a moment. The darkness, hides when the light shines; because of You. I was once young, now much older… to know. My heart, yet to see Your love; disappoint my soul. I’m not ashamed of my heart, my soul will defend the truth. Your love, the defender of my heart. The love I have, I will carry it boldly. Though the dark falls, I know my soul will rise again; Because, of You!