Coming Back to the (Pleasant) Work of Writing……

Hi y’all!

I hope you are doing well and realize some of y’all might be surprised to see I’m back after an incredibly long hiatus. Suffice to say that life has been something of a roller coaster ride, for lack of a better metaphor, presently. Most significantly, losing my maternal grandmother on Christmas Eve, to whom I was very close, becoming more active in church and at my current job, and related events, perhaps, drove me away from writing in general for a while, however unconciously. Thankfully, I think the dry spell is over and I am now able to ponder the blessings that would come from the grief and other life events I mentioned. As such, I feel like I am finally in a good place to write again.

Another theory came to mind as I was writing this as well. To be even more frank, I think that perhaps the dry period I had this time was a call to step back and think about my life as it is now, especially since I turned twenty-nine years old in January. I figure I am not getting any younger, so, while I am looking forward to my thirties, I am somewhat apprehensive about living those years and pray I live them well. I mean that, as always, I pray God and His glory will come first, or, to quote Charles Spurgeon, perhaps the greatest Christian preacher and reformer of his day, “I wonder how many Christian people could have their biographies condensed into this line: ‘He lived to make Christ known?'” In any case, I’m back again and for good this time, barring unexpected happenings, etc.

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Spoken Word Poetry: Fearless Faith (Taking A Page from Freddie Mercury) (Part 1: Introduction)

Hi everyone!

Maybe I have turned a corner after all since a counseling session brought some clarity to my current situation and I also understand my sister, Nicole’s current obsession with the music of the Britsh rock/pop band, Queen. By the way, I will call her by her nickname, Nicki, hereafter. Additionally, please bear with me since I know this introduction will be….long, but there is a lot of ground to cover. Thanks for reading this, especially if you have the kindness and patience to read it in its entirety.

For those who haven’t heard of Queen, check them out! For those who have, well, you are already acquainted with much, if not all, of their music, the personalities of the band members (especially that of the late Freddie Mercury, whose character did much to inspire this work, surprisingly!), and the Bohemian Rhapsody biopic coming out later this year.

In the session, to be clear, I talked about some family concerns, work struggles, etc., the feelings of fear and doubt I’d experienced in those and many areas of my life besides lately. In that time, and  and told my counselor, “I think I understand Nicki’s obsession with Queen now.”  For context, Nicki became obsessed with Queen around the time she first heard of the biopic, reconnecting us with our roots in classical music, country, pop, and classic rock in a new way. My initial reaction was to grumble concerning the realization that either I would become obsessed myself or I would hate Queen in response to Nicki’s obsession. (In fact, as I wrote this section of the blog, she modified “We are the Champions” and sang the modified version to her pup. Part of me wants to tell her to shush, the other is smiling and thankful for her love for Reilly since Reilly just came back from the vet and got a combination vaccine!)

That in mind, I became interested in the characters and psychology of Queen myself. After almost a year’s worth of mulling over what could be the reason behind my obsession with the character of Freddie Mercury, I hit on what most resonated with me this past week. . Nicki and I were watching the following video: Freddie Mercury – The Official Birthday Video, and I finally realized why I admired him so much and why he had a magnetic draw for many people during and after his career and death. Even with the strong language, smoking, foolishness (like calling himself a “musical prostitute- to me, there is nothing funny about human trafficking, though the jest was in sarcasm), and so on…..he was, well, authentic and transparent to a degree I don’t see in very many people nowadays. His raw candor and authenticity just…..resonated with me in a way that I finally realized that’s what I, personally, love most about him as a musician and I am sure I would have been very good friends with him if I had been born in the 1940’s or 1950’s myself.

He missed the point of living if he was not a Christian, yes, but his authenticity and transparency, with little to no fear of the days to come, were and remain inspiring. That, to me, is a hallmark of mature Christianity and what Jesus wanted for His people, after all! Proverbs 31:25, for example, says of the “wife of noble character,” “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” (NIV 2011) Additionally, the Message translation states that Jesus wants for us as follows:

Jesus resumed talking to the people, but now tenderly. “The Father has given me all these things to do and say. This is a unique Father-Son operation, coming out of Father and Son intimacies and knowledge. No one knows the Son the way the Father does, nor the Father the way the Son does. But I’m not keeping it to myself; I’m ready to go over it line by line with anyone willing to listen.

28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

“Living freely and lightly” sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Part of Mr. Mercury’s draw was, I think, that he did so as well as a non-believer could do and gives many, I imagine, pause to consider what doing so as a Christian does or would mean, whether they are living like that.

How I wish Mr. Mercury had known that, if he didn’t. I pray he did and, frankly, his example has inspired me to write about that realization on Thursday and the counseling session today. Thanks be to God that He reminds us that “nothing is too hard [or difficult] for [Him],” according to Jeremiah 32:17, no matter what legitimate translation of Scripture you read! That certainly applies to living authentically and transparently, thus using the time we have on this Earth to seek out the Lord, grow close to Him, and impact the world for His glory and our good during our lives and after we are either in Heaven or Hell.

In conclusion, with that in mind, I will publish Part Two of this series of posts- the poem itself- tomorrow, as I am still writing it mentally and working out the best way to communicate what I mean clearly. Please pray about that for me and I will pray for y’all as well! Thanks, as always, and may God Bless you now and always!

Michelle

Happy New Year! Well, Almost….

Hi friends!

As we go into this New Year, how do you think your year went and why? What was the best part? What was the worst? (Yes, more than one of both is acceptable to write here, for those wondering.) Also, what are your resolutions for 2017? Mine are as follows, as I have the feeling some may ask:

1) Get closer to God by reading Scripture, journaling, and sharing in community with fellow believers every day.

2) Make more time for family and friends however that may be, including my furbabies.

3) Save more of my money. I have a set amount going into my savings account with every paycheck and resolve not to touch it save for emergencies or other unexpected expenses.

4) Exercise daily, even if that is just some light stretching or a one-hour walk with my mom, my sister, the pups, or some combination of the specified groupings.

5) Be more efficient at work and have no fear about seeking feedback especially.

6) If I can, do a random act of kindness for someone daily. If not, do so as much as possible this coming year.

7) Write more poetry and songs, also taking the time to repair my guitar and violin in between all of the writing!

Finally, above all, how may I pray for you and yours as we enter the New Year? God Bless!

God Bless,

Michelle

It’s Been A While

Hi everyone,

 

It’s been a while and I am sorry I have not been blogging at all recently. Work has been really busy, among other things, but getting all of said tasks within and without the context of work for now helps! I resolve, thus, to blog more regularly and hope everyone is having a Merry Christmas! So long as we don’t forget the Reason for the Season, all should be well. Truthfully, the month or so that I ended up taking off from blogging and such has changed much, but I am back now and a more mature person for it, I think.

That said, how were your Christmas Days and how will you celebrate the remaining eleven days of the season? Let me know! Thanks!

God Bless, like always, everyone,

Michelle

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End of the Interlude (For Now)/ La Fin de l’Interlude (Pour le Moment)

Hi everyone,

I’m back! Life has gotten busy of late and I am glad for a break! I hope you are well, too. Thanks!

God Bless, like always,

Michelle

Bonjour, tout le monde,

J’ai retourné pour le moment. La vie est frenetique ‘a present et je suis contente que je peux prendre une pause! J’espere que vous allez bien aussi. Merci!

Dieu vous bénisse, comme toujours,

Michelle

A Week of Adjustment and Delays/ Une Semaine de l’Adaptation et des Pauses

Here is a recent picture of Camille with her Auntie Nicole, my twin sister! Je vous monterai une photo récente de Camille avec sa Tante Nicole, ma sœur jumelle!
Here is a recent picture of Camille with her Auntie Nicole, my twin sister!
Je vous monterai une photo récente de Camille avec sa Tante Nicole, ma sœur jumelle!

Hi everyone,

Oy vey. I know I should have been writing but, nope, I was busy as usual. Busyness with another pup is worth the lost sleep, racing mind, and such for the companionship and personal growth I have gained, though. Praise be to God!

I promise to write some tonight and on Friday. God Bless you all and I hope y’all are well!

God Bless, like always,

Michelle

Bonjour, tout le monde,

Oy vey. Je sais que j’ai promis que j’écrirais, mais, non, j’étais occupée comme d’habitude. L’occupation avec l’introduction d’une autre chiotte ‘a la maison est une bonne chose. Le sommeil perdu, les pensées anxieuses, et tout du reste de mes activités récemment. L’amitié et le développement personnel que j’avais gagne…gloire ‘a Dieu!

Je promis que j’écrirai ce soir et sur vendredi aussi. Dieu vous benisse et j’espere que vous allez bien!

Dieu vous bénisse, comme toujours,

Michelle

Life: Exhausting, Busy, Ever-Changing, and Beautiful/La Vie: Épuisante, Active, Moirée, et Belle

I have felt like her some days! Thank God, He sustains me! J’avais eu comme elle a eu des jours! Grace ‘a Dieu, Il me soutient!

Hi everyone,

Some days, like yesterday and today as a result of Spring Break’s ending, have been busy and tiring. But, that doesn’t mean God isn’t good and He doesn’t have a plan for those days and the more restful ones alike! Actually, the days on which I find myself rushing to go everywhere I need to go, get all of my current academic, business, and personal projects done are the days I find myself most dependent on God. Thank God, He reminds His chosen: “And He said to me,“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 6:8-9, NKJV)

Thus, I am reminded to rely on God more with every day and surrender all to Him. I think my life is looking up, then, as it always will with Him, even in the midst of stress! How are y’all doing this week?

God Bless all of you, as always,

Michelle

Bonjour tout le monde,

Des jours, comme hier et aujourd’hui ‘a cause de la fin des Vacances de Printemps, avaient occupés et épuisants.  Mais, ça ne suggère pas que Dieu n’est pas bon et qu’Il n’a pas un plan pour ces jours et les jours qui sont plus paisibles que les autres. En fait, je trouve que les jours les plus occupés avec mes projets académiques, lesquels de mes affaires, et lesquels qui sont personnels, sont les jours quand je me fiers sur Dieu. Grace ‘a Dieu, Il dit ‘a ses enfants: ” Au sujet de cette épreuve, j’ai prié par trois fois le Seigneur de l’éloigner de moi,mais il m’a répondu: «Ma grâce te suffit, c’est dans la faiblesse que ma puissance se manifeste pleinement.» C’est pourquoi je me vanterai plutôt de mes faiblesses, afin que la puissance du Christ repose sur moi.” (2 Corinthiens 12:6-9, BDS)

Cela dit, je suis rappelée ‘a faire ma confiance en Dieu plus et plus avec chaque jour qui passe et donnera toute de ma vie ‘a Lui: mon cœur, mes rêves, mon âme, et cetera. Donc, je pense que ma vie s’améliorera, comme c’est le cas toujours sous la sagesse et la direction de Dieu, même quand je suis stressée! Comment allez-vous cette semaine, mes amis?

Dieu vous bénisse, comme toujours,

Michelle