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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What Happens When…..?

Hi everyone!

Sorry I’ve been away for so long! To be honest, as much as I want to write, my life has been incredibly busy and I find that, at least over the past month, there have been enough work and life-related changes that I find my writing to be sporadic at best and nonexistent at worst. I know I have posted about this before and I have the feeling this may not be the last time I will do so. What’s more, I find I have had trouble organizing my ideas because I have so many about which to write that I don’t know where to start.

As you can imagine, since God made me a creative person who enjoys writing, art, languages, history, music, etc., this is frustrating for me. I imagine I am not alone, so that leads me to the ultimate questions I have here.

Fellow creative people of WordPress, what happens when you find you’re having trouble finding time or inspiration to write, make something (jewelry, food, paintings, poems, name it), or do something else creative for God’s glory, the good of others, and that of yourself as He allows ? Additionally, what helps you to refresh your creative mind and get organized during your slumps? Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks!

God Bless,
Michelle
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

On the Death and Resurrection of our Savior and Lord, God the Son, Jesus Christ/ Des Refléxions sur la Mort et la Résurrection de Notre Sauveur et Seigneur, Dieu le Fils, Jésus-Christ

He did this for you, for me, for all of us. Psalms 22, 40, 110; Isaiah 53, 55:1-2; John 17-19, among many, many other passages of Scripture speak of the sacrificial death of Christ our God.

Hi everyone:

I will get back to normal postings after Sunday, as I have been busy, but will post something today because one cannot and should not stop spreading the Gospel in the midst of academic and personal busyness, God Bless!

(Note: This post is solely in English presently. I will write the French version tomorrow since this is a long post and I have a busy day ahead once again!)

John 2:13-21 says Jesus was angry when the Pharisees made the Temple a shop of sorts for their fellow Jews and those Gentiles who would stop by to buy supplies for the sacrifice for sins. You know the phrase “turn the tables?” This historical happening, as recorded in Scripture, is the origin of that expression for a remarkable change in any life situation. Additionally, the Pharisees had no idea just how else Jesus was about to turn the tables and change lives:

 So the Jews answered and said to Him, “What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?”

19 Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

20 Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?”

21 But He was speaking of the temple of His body. 22 Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them;[c]and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said.” – John 2:18-21, NKJV

I imagine they were thinking, “Huh?? Excuse me? Some Gallilean dude is gonna destroy our temple and raise it up again in three days?? What??” Even many of the Gentiles to whom Jesus preached mocked Him, as we see in John 17-19, one of my favorite passages of Scripture given its detailed and reflective account of the sacrifice on the cross.

No wonder Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, influential Jews themselves, had to come by night and be careful about declaring their love for Jesus before crowds! Nicodemus was a Pharisee, as per John 3, and Joseph of Arimathea was a prominent, pious Jewish man in their day as well. No wonder, again, that both made known their conversions secretly before they spread the Gospel publicly, lest the Pharisses and Roman government might have had them prosecuted and/or killed for blasphemy, treason, etc.!

Thank God, we needn’t be secretive insofar as we are able anymore.

http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/death-of-the-light–a-good-friday-meditation-tom-shepard-sermon-on-easter-good-friday-99845.asp

Finally, take the time to read the meditation above, given the chance. God Bless.

God Bless, as always,

Michelle

Holiday Musings Part 1: Saint Valentine’s Day/Pensées Pour Les Fêtes : Premiere Partie: Le Jour de Saint Valentin

Note: The entry is also in French, as the majority of my entries will be in both English and French. Enjoy (I hope!)!

Note: L’article de blog est en français aussi, comme la plupart de mes articles de blog seraient en anglais et français ensemble.

Hi y’all,

I hope you are having or had a splendind Saint Valentine’s Day! Were you able to spend time with loved ones, be they family, friends, significant others, pets, et cetera? I hope so, because I think that’s what God wants and Saint Valentine would have wanted. After all, God created us for relationships with him and one another. Believers especially are to be in community with one another, as per multiple passages of Scripture on the subject, and we are to love all for Jesus’ sake, as He commanded us to do so.

Yep, Saint Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about romance after all! That said, I hope you have a blessed rest of your day and check this out: John 13:34-35.

God Bless, as always,

Michelle

Bonjour, tout le monde,

J’espère que vous avez ou vous avez eu un beau Jour de Saint Valentin! Est-ce que vous étiez ables ‘a passer la journée avec vos familles, vos amis, vos amants, ou même vos animaux domestiques? J’espère que c’était le cas pour chaque de vous, mes amis, parce que je pense que c’est le souhaite de Dieu et c’était le souhaite de Saint Valentin. Apres tout, Dieu a créé toute de la humanité pour avoir les relations de l’amitié avec Lui et les uns et les autres. Ceux qui croient en Dieu sont spécialement ‘a être alliés pour les uns et les autres, selon aux Écritures., et nous devons aimer les uns et les autres pour la gloire de Jésus-Christ.Tout cela dit, j’espère que vous tous avez un jour rempli des cadeaux de Dieu pour le reste de vos journées de Saint Valentin et lisez ces versos des Écritures: Jean 13:34-35.

Dieu vous bénisse, comme toujours,

Michelle

Reflections on Turning 25 and The Next Phases of My Life/ Un Article de Blog sur Mes 25 Ans de la Vie et Les Ères Prochaines de Ma Vie

Credit/Crédit: Shutterstock.com Life changes quickly and constantly, doesn’t it? La vie change rapidement et constamment, oui?

Hi everyone,

Well, here it is- my last semester at my university as an undergraduate French studies student. That said, much will change and I am looking forward to it! Two or three changes of courses of study, attaining a blessed job, reconnecting with older friends and making new ones, and much more along the way has been more than I ever expected. For all this change, having come out of it 25 years old and closer to God and my family than ever before is a blessing. I couldn’t ask for more right now. Whatever God wills, I look forward to that. I hope only that you will pray for and encourage me and let me know how I can do the same for you. Thanks and God Bless!

As always,

Michelle

PS: Look for some writing and a new video by the end of this week!

Bonjour, tout le monde,

Les jours sont arrivés- les jours finals comme une étudiante de premier cycle  ‘a l’université où j’étudie le français.  Cela dit, j’anticipe avec beaucoup d’enthousiasme que ma vie changera beaucoup! J’ai changé mes programmes des études deux ou trois fois, j’ai trouvé un job que j’aime beaucoup,  j’ai repris contact avec mes amis d’un longtemps et j’ai fait la reconnaissance des nouveaux amis, et plus que j’avais anticipé. Pour tout que s’est passé, que j’avais vécu pour 25 années, les meilleures unités avec Dieu et  ma famille qu’avant maintenant, est une bénédiction de Dieu. Je ne peux pas demander plus de Sa faveur au moment.  J’anticipera la volante de Dieu pour ma vie. J’espère que vous prierez pour et encouragez moi et je les ferrai pour vous aussi. Merci et Dieu vous bénisse!

Comme toujours,

Michelle

PS: Je publierai des nouvelles écritures (des poèmes, paroles pour les chansons, et cetera) et une nouvelle vidéo ‘a la fin de cette semaine!

A Bit of Writing: Part 7: Spoken Word Poetry: Frustration and Reflection

Hi everyone,

As I promised, I am back to writing. This poem will be a bit darker but end on an optimistic note, like usual, as a long day and perhaps getting sick inspired it. After all, an irregular sleep schedule since Thanksgiving and slight dehydration today can be enough to make the average human being, like me, sick. I hope it was just a fluke, which I think it was. That said:

Frustration and Reflection

Sometimes I think I can’t take anymore

That my life’s going nowhere or I’m not sure/

What God has for me, though I know it’s something.

After all, having no purpose would be no reason for living./

Thankfully, I needn’t worry nor despair

For I know my God is everywhere./

And nothing I do or say will ever be in vain

For there is a time and a purpose for everything. /

That said, I am thankful to have this gift of life/

To know my Lord and my God, by the grace of Jesus Christ

My Lord, my master, I will serve You until my dying day/

Then again when I see Thy face in eternity.

There it is. I may add to it later, but I doubt it. Clean, civil, constructive, and other such comments are welcome, of course. God Bless!

As always,

Michelle