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

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After Some Consideration/Apres Un Peu De Considération….

FRPIC.com has some decent clipart for projects like this! FRPIC a l’art décente pour les projets comme ce blog!

Hi everyone,

I hope you are well! As promised, I am writing some again today and will post it. I am also working to learn a popular, somewhat recent song (2003 or so) for a cover video. Look out for a new post with some writing this evening and a video by Saturday! Thanks and God Bless you.

As always,

Michelle

Bonjour tout le monde,

J’espère que vous allez bien! Après un peu de considération, comme j’ai promis, j’écrirai un peu aujourd’hui et je publierai mes écritures. J’apprendrai une chanson pour une vidéo aussi (2003 ou un autre an plus récent), comme un souscripteur sur YouTube (YT) m’a demandé. Anticipez un article de blog avec des nouvelles écritures ce soir et une vidéo avant ou sur samedi! Merci et Dieu vous bénisse.

Comme toujours,

Michelle

A Promised Christmas Carol Cover Version: “O Christmas Tree”

Hi everyone,

After some slight delays in the recording and editing process concerning my promised video, here it is!

Please pardon my mix-up regarding the version I covered, as I do apologize and promise to be more conscientious in the future, enjoy the cover, and feel free to provide feedback and request other ideas! Thanks!

God Bless, As Always,

Michelle

Another Interlude: I Need Ideas!

Hi everyone,

I hope you are well! Additionally, as it is now Advent and commemorating Christ’s first coming is upon us, I need your ideas for songs to cover in what I hope will be an annual series: “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Christmas Carol Covers!” So, if you want to suggest any songs for me to cover, go ahead! I will cover at least one song, or hopefully two songs, a week until Epiphany ends! That said, request away by commenting on this blog entry or submitting your requests in the comments section of my video on YouTube:

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That said, I look forward to taking your requests and being part of a blessed Christmas season for you! God Bless!

As always,

Michelle

A Bit of Writing: Intermission: Brokenness and Love That Heals

I can guarantee in no uncertain terms this is what life is for and meant to be for: God. Healing. Love. Redemption. I am proud to call Mosaic Christian Church my home church and thank my God every moment I realize how blessed I am!!

If you take nothing else from this excerpt of what the sermon at Mosaic was, know this: we are all broken and helpless to save and heal ourselves. Thank God, He is our Lord and Father, ever willing, ready and able to forgive. 2 Peter 3:9

By the way, in case you are interested in the full sermon:

It is 40 minutes long, including the excerpt of the video I just featured. I promise every minute is worth watching. God is working at Mosaic and everywhere else in the world. Don’t let the opportunity to find Him and/or grow closer to Him pass you by, now or ever. Living for Him is worth every moment of your time here on Earth and someday in Heaven if you have found Him. Matthew 11:28-30, John 3, John 17-21….I could go on, but this is it for now, to be concise. That said, I am also praying however you need it. Be blessed!

God Bless,

Michelle

Wow……

Hi everyone,

Even though I literally just started this blog about a week ago, I see I am gaining some notice already! Good. I ike connecting with people.

What is more and what is more important, I am glad that people are responding to the truths that all of us are works in progress, God has plans for all of us, and I am the one God is using to spread this message this way. That’s all I want in the end! Thank you! I appreciate that there are some philosophical types like me out there. It’s been an honor to connect with y’all so far! So, that said, thank you, and I look forward to continuing my interactions with you!

God Bless,

Michelle

PS: I will post some writing tonight, as promised, but it may be late in the night when I post it- around midnight EST or so. God Bless!

Heads Up….

The writer’s mind never sleeps, so heads up!

Hey everyone,

This is Michelle again. I hope y’all had a splendid weekend and you may be seeing many more posts than usual in your feed this week as I plan to publish some writing, past and present, in the week to come. Let me know what you think upon seeing the posts! All commentary is welcome, so long as it is clean, civil, and honest. Thank you and God Bless you!

Michelle