I know what you’re thinking…I’m a bit behind the curve
I’ve never been great at sharing what’s heard
To be “hot or not”
To be “smart VS stylish”
…growing up, I prefered the witty and wily-ish
Though not a coyote, I cried wolf a lot
Using my thoughts to compute and to bot
-tle up my emotions into a battered thermos
Seeking not only to hide my scars, but the heart that burns most obviously when I drop my guard
And let you see…this world won’t revolve around you and me
So let’s wake up, sweet sleepers…for now is the time
It’s time to abandon old rhythms and seek out new rhymes
It’s time for the old to take it’s time passing
It’s time for the new to bless in amassing
The glory of God that’s here in creation
To sing…to shout…to praise God
The love that He’s shown
In each merciful animation
Animation of sights, of sounds, of lips…
Every dripped droplet of water caressing cracked lips…
In a dry and weary land that’s misplaced its water
I find I’m a pioneer’s great-x-grand-daughter
Thirsting for truth, for family, for trust
For community (and conversation) is a life-or-death must
So here I am, friends — it’s heaven or bust
And I’m grateful to breathe this message online…for God gave such to this dust
A breath filled with LIFE.
#blessed2breathe #imatinyhousefortheHolySpirit #tinytemple #romans12:1-2
7 Then the Lord God took some soil from the ground and formed a man[c]out of it; he breathed life-giving breath into his nostrils and the man began to live.
8 Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the East, and there he put the man he had formed. 9 He made all kinds of beautiful trees grow there and produce good fruit. In the middle of the garden stood the tree that gives life and the tree that gives knowledge of what is good and what is bad.[d]
10 A stream flowed in Eden and watered the garden; beyond Eden it divided into four rivers. 11 The first river is the Pishon; it flows around the country of Havilah. (12 Pure gold is found there and also rare perfume and precious stones.) 13 The second river is the Gihon; it flows around the country of Cush.[e] 14 The third river is the Tigris, which flows east of Assyria, and the fourth river is the Euphrates.
15 Then the Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and guard it. 16 He told him, “You may eat the fruit of any tree in the garden, 17 except the tree that gives knowledge of what is good and what is bad.[f] You must not eat the fruit of that tree; if you do, you will die the same day.”
18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to live alone. I will make a suitable companion to help him.” 19 So he took some soil from the ground and formed all the animals and all the birds. Then he brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and that is how they all got their names. 20 So the man named all the birds and all the animals; but not one of them was a suitable companion to help him.
21 Then the Lord God made the man fall into a deep sleep, and while he was sleeping, he took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the flesh. 22 He formed a woman out of the rib and brought her to him. 23 Then the man said,
“At last, here is one of my own kind—
Bone taken from my bone, and flesh from my flesh.
‘Woman’ is her name because she was taken out of man.”[g]
~ Genesis 2:7-23 ~
WHAT POETRY!!! No wily intents detected…Adam truly loved this woman. He was aware that she was a part of his flesh. He wanted her. He needed her, emotionally and physically. And God gave her to him. And she chose to be his. And they chose to cherish each other and care for the earth God had given to them. He placed Adam and Eve in a garden, to enjoy it…take and eat of its fruit…and to experience a perfect and wholesome relationship with Him, their Maker. Now when they chose to disobey the one rule God gave, it all fell apart. They both chose to eat of the tree that gives knowledge of evil in addition to good. (Forgive me if that’s a loose translation of the verse. I’m still learning too.” Eve disregarded God’s rule and fell for the serpent’s deception. She tried the fruit. It tasted sinful. She shared it with Adam. He tasted and saw as well what his partner had experienced in eating the fruit and disobeying God. God greeted A&E…they realized they were naked (and were now ashamed of being naked). God asked them what they had done in the garden that day. And Adam confessed, but quickly blamed Eve for deceiving him. Eve then confessed and quickly blamed the serpent for deceiving her. And the serpent knew his punishment was in order…so God prophesied that the serpent would be forced to wriggle in dust for eternity, and the Descendant (the “Seed”) of woman (of humankind) would crush the serpent’s head (the devil’s symbol).
God loves us so much…He banished and cursed the serpent who tricked His beloved creatures (US) into thinking He would ever betray or mistreat us. That serpent is going to burn for eternity. He’s chosen to reject God. And God is upset about that, and rightfully so. But the serpent will receive his punishment, and he knows he’s doomed. So that serpent is doing LITERALLY EVERYTHING IN HIS POWER to take you down with him — alongside the third of the angels of heaven he dragged with him that fateful day in heaven when satan chose his own selfish pride over praising God for the good Maker that He is.
I pray you’ll choose freedom from punishment. I pray you’ll choose to accept God’s mercy. I pray you’ll choose to have a relationship with Him so that you never have to experience an eternity where you can’t feel the warmth of God’s love radiating from the sun in rays of light, the cool breeze of God’s peace carried in a summer wind. Because here, on earth, we have time to decide. Decide to love God or to leave Him. And God is a gentleman. He WILL NOT force you to love Him. He will always love you. But if you reject Him, He will not make you stay. He will let you freely choose to cut yourself off from HIm forever. And it hurts my heart to say, I almost made that choice. But praise Jesus, that my merciful God did not let me forget all the kept promises He’s made, all the love He’s shown, all the tools He’s provided, all the purposes for my life He has confirmed, all the communities He’s united before my own eyes, and so many emotional wounds and battle scars He’s daily revealing and acitvely healing in my heart. I still carry some of those scars…but now rather than a feeling of pain, all I know is that when I see my own marred flesh and wounded heart, I can thing of nothing else but the crown of thorns on Jesus’ head when He was given nail-prints through the wrists and ankles of His own flesh-and-blood body. I can’t believe Jesus, the Son of God Himself, would choose to come into this reality, to experience so much suffering and pain, just so I could rest in His loving arms at the end of this life…and even right now. And yet, I can believe it. Yes, I know His words are true.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
selah ~ “breathe”
Be Patient, Christian girl <+3
(I’m still growing too.)