On Good Friday and The Word As A Fire in One’s Bones

But if I say I’ll never mention the Lord
    or speak in his name,
his word burns in my heart like a fire.
    It’s like a fire in my bones!
I am worn out trying to hold it in!
    I can’t do it!” – Jeremiah 20:9, NLT

Hi everyone:

Yup. That’s exactly what’s happening to me right now. I didn’t want to do anything much on Good Friday but to rest in God’s Truth and His Passion for us all. What a wonderful act of sacrifice and yet a heartbreaking one. That a Man Who was innocent of all wrongfoing- God Himself- should live among us and die as a common criminal of His day and, worse, a blaspehemous one at that in the eyes of Jewish and Roman religious and civic leaders, is surprising at best and downright shocking and earth-shaking at worst. Good! Maybe the worst is the best thing that could happen to many. After all, Jesus said that He would die to take away our sins and rise again. He did!

No wonder Jeremiah, also known as “The Weeping Prophet” since he transcribed both Jeremiah and Lamentations under the direct calling of God, couln’t keep the Word down in His heart! I, for one, am thankful because I am writing this entry. Thinking further on the situation, what better way to live than to know God? Jeremiah may not have thought so at times, but God sure loved and used him to reach many. I pray you will reflect on the same today, as have I, and am once again floored by God’s immeasurable grace and love when He could have wrought justice on those who deserved it- all humankind. Instead, He took our sin on Him. See Isaiah 53, among other passages, on this history. 🙂

Finally, I encourage you to do some reading. Be it the Bible, a book, a magazine article, a web page you might like, what’s stopping any of us?

God Bless and Happy Good Friday,

Michelle

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Another Poem: “I Am Free”

Hi everyone!

I forgot I had a few poems I published a while ago on my Facebook when I first delved into writing spoken word poetry, so here’s one of my more (surprisingly) successful ones. Hmmm….maybe it’s just me, but I notice a theme. Yes, our God is a God of peace Who has set us free from all we are but were never meant to be!

I Am Free

I wake up in chains, surrounded again

But then I remember they have been broken

And I can get up and walk away free

Like the chains of my pain and shame never hurt me

No, like they never ever even bound me.

I can walk into the light and live my life freely

Safe from the bondage and pain of spiritual slavery

To sin and death that once preoccupied and consumed me.

I no longer have to live my life for myself

For I found the Way, the Truth and the Life.

All else leads to the darkened, sinister gates of Hell

Where nothing will ever be able to live to tell

Of the testimony of our God, nor that all is well

For He made a way that many did not take

And still do not choose until it is too late.

God help us all, then, since we do it every day

Thank God, there is salvation with which we can come face to face

And we can get off the path to Hell once our lives are forever changed.

By the fortuitous grace of God, then, have we all been blessed

With the grace and mercy of His holy, merciful, Wonderful Presence.

Indeed, nothing is required that we be saved except that we accept

The free gift that is salvation in the merciful death and resurrection

Of our Lord Jesus Christ, God the Son, who saved us from sin in His love

When death was our debt to pay, to be expected for the reason

That we sin every day, God turns His face, and we ought to receive punishment

But the Father made a way through His Son indeed that all we need is to repent

For He came to forgive and give life to the full, yea, indeed, it is to the fullest.

So also go your way in Him, don’t look back, don’t hold on to your past

Because there is so much more that you have to live for than that.

You are loved, are worth more than you know, and have more to show

Than you may ever realize, but be assured that God surely knows

And He will never, ever fail to show you His love or let you go!

Indeed, you are forever His, as you always have been, just so you know

For you are His beloved creation, His treasured possession, His prize,

So find the love and worth you always sought for your life in His eyes

Then accept His free gift salvation and go life a free, forgiven life!!

Spoken Word Poetry: Within These Setbacks

Hi everyone!

As promised, here’s one of the poems I’ve been working on and am excited to share what I have here! At least now I have something, I feel, so I’m excited to get back to writing since I’m feeling inspired again! Without further ado, here is the first of two! This one concerns major life changes,

Within These Setbacks

What’s going on with me lately is something of a mystery-

That is, all manners of past and forgiven sins are hounding me.

They seem to be possessing my being- yes, they’re consuming me lately!

“God,  I thought I made peace with my past, so what happened,” I ask?

But I find I have hope and His presence in all things, even in life’s setbacks.

Yes, Lord, within these setbacks I’m finding Your peace

And within these setbacks I’ve found You’ll never leave me

In spite of what the evil one has told me I’m to believe.

Within these setbacks and the questions that follow unceasingly

You haven’t condemned me for asking them; rather, You hear me speak!

Lord, I’m ready, then, to break the chains of my selfish miseries

And ready to push back against the setbacks, then to be redeemed!

Remind me of Your life, death, and rising again and carry me

That I may see naught more  as I live than Your purpose for me.

Setbacks be gone! I’m ready!

Take my life, Lord, and use all I’ve been, am, and will be

To Your glory alone, For Your Name Only.

Let it be. I’m ready!

Settling Into Routines and Strange Inspiration

Hi y’all!

Finally my inspiration comes back to me. At least, that’s what happened on my hiatus, as work is quite busy once again, the other major life changes have fallen into place, and I am content in my current routines. Just a few tweaks need doing and that’s all there is to that!

That said, I will be writing again, starting with some spoken word poetry I will publish later this week. It’s funny: I guess in all the busyness, I haven’t had time to think, so creativity comes in spurts of late. Thankfully, God didn’t stop me from finding inspiration to write. Instead, He’s given it to me once again in church and in time spent with loved ones whenever I have had a moment to think. Thanks also to those who have stuck by me as I write sporadically of late and I appreciate your patience with me!

God Bless, as always,

Michelle