To stomp on your heart, to trample on your soul; to let you lose sight of your dreams. To ultimately grip, your heart with unfounded fears. What the darkness tries to do, to your heart. Show the darkness you have a light; within, around, throughout… it all. Let the darkness be blinded by the light. Shine bright, shimmer fiercely; you are a diamond… noteasilybroken! Even in the rough times, let the darkness know; your heart is grounded. Forever rooted, no longer a slave… to fear. Kick fear to the curb, no trash talk today; my heart is predestined to thrive. Tell the darkness, Not Today!
You see, my friends. I too have faced dark times, but never a dark moment. What I mean by that? We all go through dark valleys, but I never let it define the moment. The darkness definitely has a shadow, but my heart is what will never cast the doubt. Just the light, a reflection of the love shining; from the inside. The darkness knows, I’m Never in the mood. So, when the darkness comes, trying to mess with your faith. When it tries to steal your hope, stamp the telltale sign on your heart; Not Today. I’m not in the mood… for the lies, the trickery; the deception. Let the darkness know, light within is so much greater. Then the darkness will surely give way, to the light… in you. Let the darkness read all about it, let it be front page news; how much your heart is truly free. And you’re truly bold, tell the darkness to pay special attention; to the highlighted area, Hell No… Not Today!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. I would like to share one of my earliest memories, of a “Not Today” moment. I was 13, some friends and I were heading to the mall to hang out. On the way there, my friends decided to take a shortcut; through someone’s backyard. They all jumped the fence, and wanted me to follow; but my heart wasn’t trained for that. I told them I wasn’t comfortable with it. One of them said, take the long way, or go back. It was a true defining moment, but never a hard decision. My heart was content, to just go back home. Never held it against them, it was a moment for my heart to say; devil, Not Today!
To this day I’ve never been one to be bothered, or influenced by what others thought, or said about me. Growing up I had a wonderful godly grandmother, who knew my heart need a firm foundation; why I’ve been in church all my life. Even though it wasn’t until the age 15, when I accepted the true calling on my heart. Looking back now, I can see that from a young age; I knew who I was, and am. When you hear about predestined, and set apart. I can unequivocally say, I truly know what that means. One of my favorite scriptures, which I memorized around the age of ten; Psalms 23. “Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.” Verse 4, NLT
Sometimes we tend to look into the lives of others, and think how the grass seems so much greener. Your grass is growing, and you do get to enjoy it; but it’s a bit patchy. You feel like your season is almost over, so you start to wonder; when will it be your season for change? The grass may look greener, but just remember this; first look for a sign. It just might tell you, Stay… where you are. The grass on the other side, didn’t become green overnight. Just like a well manicured grass, your heart is being meticulously cared for; it’s all in the details!
This tale is not about sweat equity, so don’t sweat it. If you sow the right seeds, and love the season you’re in; your heart will surely flourish. It’s about time, seed, harvest. When love is the fertilizer, your heart will enjoy showers of blessings. Let it rain down, lift your heart to the sky; give thanks. The grass may be greener, but you didn’t see; when weeds overwhelmed. What it took to get it looking so lush; a hope in, and how much faith was applied!
• Stay off the grass, if you can’t appreciate; the place where you’re at!
• Stay off the grass, if you’re unsure; if where you’re at; is not where you need to be?
• Stay off the grass, if you’re still guessing and spelling? If the sign is just for show, not a show; what results from true grit!
So, stay off the grass; if you haven’t yet learned, how to stay the course. Shortcuts are convenient, but it’s not the path. There’s a path, that leads to greener pastures; all that’s required, a choice. To not trample on someone else’s dream, trying to get to a brighter tomorrow. While waiting for your season to change, be not anxious; God sees where you’re at. Take hold of His love, let Him take hold of your heart. Be content, follow the path set before you. It’s the little things in the choices you make, that demonstrates your character. If you’re happy and you know it, do all… of the above. In everything, truly make it a labor of love. And Stay Off the Grass, if the sign; is in plain sight!
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:25-26 NIV
When the rudder seems broken, how does a heart; find its way, out of the darkness? What does a heart do, when the darkness is relentless; endlessly beating against your soul? Which way does a heart turn, when the waves are so fierce? How does a soul, absolutely lost; find its way? Trying navigate the dark, while trying to keep from drifting… off course? What does a heart do, when the rudder is utterly broken? On what can a heart forever hinge its hope, when the faith is under water? Hanging on, to such a thin piece of hope? Where does a heart anchor, the little hope it has? When it seems like the perfect storm; wants to capsize the soul?
Don’t Bow… to the pressure, forever hold Stern; to unwavering faith? When Port is on the other side, of a raging storm? When you’re scared, just trying to do you. When you’re desperately trying to fix, the holes withn your faith. The fix, don’t bail… on what you believe; let your peace be still. The awkward feelings, is when a heart is set apart; to be more than… ordinary. It’s perfectly okay, to not know the way; you just need to trust… your heart. I know sometimes, no matter what you do; it seems you’re getting nowhere. The devil is a liar, you’re not going to die; you have a destination. Shh, listen; God’s trying to tell you something!
Let God’s love, be the stabilizer. The love that takes control, let His love take the wheel. As far as the east is from the west, His love will never let your heart be… shipwrecked, His love is the lighthouse. Face the rudder, towards the brightest Star… board your confidence. On a new found hope, that your heart is finally heading in the right direction. Pivot your faith, vertical. Let His love steer your heart, into a new horizon. How you choose forever, point the rudder; in the right direction. Apply God’s love, to your hope in; His love will guide your heart. If you put His love in FIRST, your need in SECOND? Smooth sailing, into your forevermore; Sail On…
You don’t know my story, but that’s why I’m here; to tell it. My story, my testimony; my Life, Favor. As I tell the story, as I share my heart. Perhaps you may be starting to understand, why this is called; my love story. For those who still don’t get it, or is still trying to understand the Why? Let me first start with the Who; God. The love that inspires my heart, the love that has asked me to bare my soul; to share the love within. I’m not ashamed… Romans 1:16-17. My story proves, how God can use me; how His love is faithful. What He has given; first Life, then Favor!
This story is told, through the heart; of an only child. No earthly father, to help show me how to be… But I had a Daddy, forever loving on my heart; showing my soul, how to be… still. This story is about Life, Favor; His Love. I was very much an introvert, a silent river; wouldn’t come close, to describing my heart. Verbal expressions, speaking more than a few words at a time; was me. But yet, my heart had so much to say. My story isn’t unique, it isn’t any different than others; but its special… to me. You don’t have to imagine, what I have been through; I will tell it, in each story. I can’t even take credit, it’s His Love, His Favor; that has taught my heart. God, He has brought me up. What’s upon me; Life, and Favor!
I’ve been in church all my life, my heart stayed grounded; because of a praying grandmother. Even when it was kicking and screaming; she held my hand. Until at the age of fifteen, my Daddy’s love; took me by the heart. I didn’t realize it before that moment, but within the quietness; He already knew my name. Throughout the years, He was faithful. The promise; “He Will Never Leave!”I had walls, but His love was the fortress. My anchor, the firm foundation. Unwavering, how my heart will forever be. I walk, but in His victory; I stand. Are you hearing me, are you feeling me? This is not about what I had to endure, but how I thrive; because of what, He has loved me through!
It’s not about feelings, but an understanding; it’s my Life, but His Favor. About how my Daddy’s love, won my heart; blows my mind. Forever, started yesterday; but that same forever, still mine today. You don’t have to imagine, how much the love? I will share the story, along with my heart. Loose lips sink ships, but a loosed heart; conquers giants. Two things I have inherited from my Daddy; Life, Favor. Why, every day I do my best to honor Him; another Daddy’s day. Grace, Mercy, Peace, Love; what surrounds, what abounds. He walks with me, He talks with me, He holds my heart; forever in His love, because He knows my heart. I trust Him, with my soul; and He tells me, I am His own!
Daddy, do they truly get it? You’ve been loving on my soul, when the heart of a child; felt so all alone. The why, I love you so. Thank You, for being only Father; my heart has ever needed, in every sense of the word. This is not about having a love, but being in love. Your love, is all I need; everything else, meaningless. My story, this love; is my testimony. We all have a story, this is just mine. My Life, but His favor!
Life and Favor; is a song by, John P. Kee. Released in: 2012. One of my favorites, hope it was a blessing!
Every so often, I hold my breath; every so often, it’s hard to breathe. Even with a heavy heart, every so often; I take a breath. Even if there’s a weight, is resting on my heart!
Every so often, I close my eyes; but every so often, I know I have to be vigilant. To know when it’s the time; to watch, and pray!
Every so often, I feel like running; but every so often, I have to remember to just stand…. Take a moment to truly remember, that it’s a walk… by faith!
Every so often, I feel like crying; but every so often, I don’t have time to shed tears. Some days the rain must fall, but most days I see the sun; and how it shines bright… in me!
Every so often, I know I have to fight; but every so often, I have to know how to be still. It surely is a fight, but the fight is not my own; I have a defender!
Over the years, I’ve learned that it’s in the stillness; how I’ve learned to breathe. To rest, in peace; every time, I close my eyes, and open my heart. How I learned to stop running, and just walk; with confidence. Knowing my Daddy is at work, fighting on my behalf; providing for my soul. How I learned to trust, that my heart is well secure; within my Daddy’s love. From time to time I cry, most of the time; tears of joy. Daddy’s love shines bright, and just warms my heart. Occasionally, I ask myself why; do You love me so? Yesterday, I had to wonder why; why are some days a struggle? But today, yes today; I focus on the LOVE, and FAVOR. Every So Often, I question my heart; but Never His Love… for me!
In the beginning, there was a sound. A voice like a trumpet, resounding from the heavens. Let there be, and it was; The Light, casting away the darkness. Let there be, and there was; a vault. A sound hovering, over the surface of the deep. Let there be, and it was. A harmonious sound within the air, love moving within every breath. To let every imagination soar, a heart singing the sweet sound; the song of heaven. Sound off, one, two. Sound off, three, four. Sound off, five, six. Seven, the voice rested; everything sounded perfect. Love was resting, within the stillness!
We all have a sound, in each of us there is a song. A voice within, a love that should be heard. It’s not about a shout down, but how you rise up; every morning. To let the love within the new day rise. To let your heart take flight, upon the wings of a prayer. God it’s your breath, within our lungs; may we pour out the praise. With One voice, in harmony, in unison; forever. Peace, be still; to all the raging hearts. It’s the power of sound, but tune your hearts; until the pitch is perfect; good vibrations. When hearts are truly in tune, even the slightest whisper; emits a peaceful sound. This is a sound off, not a going off; without stopping to imagine the toll, from a hurtful tone!
Don’t blow a mind, help change a heart; with the rich sound of love. May love forever be, what truly resonates within. You can speak like an angel, but if it’s not grounded within a loving tone. It’s just a resounding gong, a clanging cymbal. Set it off, not with useless verbiage. But the sound of a heart forever changed, with a resounding vibrato. A strong, enriching tone. You’re truly richer, than you may even think. May we learn how to gently pull on a stringed instrument; the heart. A moment to prove, that you can distinguish the light; from the darkness? Within every moment, it’s another opportunity; to Sound Off… with love!
“Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.” Genesis 1:2-4 NIV
What? From about the time my wife and I, reached our twenty fifth anniversary. People have asked me this question; what is “The Secret,” to a lasting marriage? Even this week, I was asked this question. A few years ago, I decided to write; what I believe to be a simplistic thought. Whenever I get asked the question, my answer is always the same; “LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH!” That’s my take, love will never be perfect; there’s no right method, no secrets. To me, it’s not about finding the right person; “but you become the right Love, for them.” There’s no secret love, just simply love the one you’re with. Too many people, rely on their feelings to guide them; when it’s the heart, that truly knows best!
You can never make someone love you, but you can make yourself truly love them; for better or worse. I also look at it like this; “even if you don’t always Feel the Love, still continue to Give Love!” You can help change a heart, when you truly know how to first change a mind; Yours! That’s probably, “the secret;” that seems to elude so many hearts. One important key for me, a love bound within a three strand cord; not easily broken, the spiritual element. You need to make up within your own heart, that you will love them forever. Never to question, if they in turn; will also love you the same? Sometimes, it can seem like the relationship is oil and water. But even water can turn into wine, and the oil can anoint. Give the union time, to turn into a true blessing!
For me, the question was never about her heart; but mine. The only heart, I have true influence over; change starts within. So, the question you need to ask yourself is this; are you truly willing to love them; until death… do you part? Search within, truthfully ask yourself a simple question. Is Valentines Day, the only day you remember; to celebrate the one you love? Or do you love that 365 days, you get the opportunity to appreciate; the one you get to celebrate? When you have truly discovered how to love completely. You might just find, that love is not really a secret; but a choice, a matter of the heart. So come closer, let me whisper into your heart. If you truly need to know “The Secret”… to a long lasting love; the What, is you!
Hope everyone had a fantastic May, hope this was a blessing? You may have noticed a slight shift, in the tone of this months post? May is my love month. Seems like just yesterday, 31 years; when the three strands were tethered. God, Husband, Wife!
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