Spoken Word Poetry: Part 7 (?): You Matter To Me

Hi everyone!

Once again, I find my writing comes back in the strangest of places….well, okay, church isn’t that strange, but my email inbox is! Oddly, courtesy of Peter Hollens, I found writing flowing like a river, again. I have yet to finish my previous work, which you saw if you read my previous post. If not, the link is below and I think you’ll see why I believe it is unfinished. (Then again, a true artist’s work is never really done, is it?)

https://mademoisellemichelle1990.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/when-inspiration-calls/

That said, finding inspiration in an email  and on Facebook (thanks to Peter and Evynne Hollens and Gary Turk, in fact) were odd occurrences at first, but not so now. Therefore, I’m just going to write and put it out there. All comments are welcome provided they are spam-free and appropriate for all eyes to read. Thanks and God Bless!

You Matter To Me

You matter to me, they tell me, and I tell them the same,

But what happens when I say it and my actions don’t change?/

What happens when someone asks for much-needed space

Or reaches out for connection and I regard each wish with a “nay?”/

What happens when I’ve isolated myself, caring for myself alone

And someday, I find that I truly end up on my own?/

When “You matter to me” becomes “You’re important only as I propose”

Is it any wonder that we soon think ourselves sinless and throw the first stone?

 

Let me, then, be the first to say I am sorry for the ways I’ve been

Thinking myself the victim of most predicaments I’m in./

No one deserves much of what I’ve done and I ask your forgiveness, please;

Yes, though I am human and need grace, I admit irresponsibility./

 

Friend, family member, past partner, coworker, or whomever you may be;

Please know that I mean what I say and I hope you accept my apology.

All I ask is one chance to show that I have changed my ways by God’s saving grace,

And I cannot guarantee that I’ll be perfect, but will do, by His grace, the best I can./

After all, He provided me love and salvation, so who am I to exclude any person?

And now, as I conclude, I feel a change taking place; yes, I’m finally set free!

I understand if you are skeptical, but I ask for you to take a chance on me/

And believe me when I say I will take a chance on you, too.

For I believe God meant it when He said, “Come to Me, all of you

Who are weary, tired, anxious, hopeless, and seeking life anew.”

Friends, perhaps I am alone, but I date to ask: why not start anew?

What would happen if we were honest and lived out the Golden Rule?/

To do so won’t be easy, this I grant for sure,

But to do so is worth more than anything we all dare to hope could provide more./

I say this because God has once again made clear that I matter to Him,

So, reminded of this, I feel there is something to be said of it.

 

Finally, just so you know, before you go, you matter to me

And I pray you found yourself encouraged whether you believe./

Thank you, dear readers, for taking the time to read the words I typed,

And I pray you know you matter as you slumber, or perhaps arise./

May God give you strength and courage to conquer the days to which you wake

And know that you are loved, no matter what happens each day you will face./

I pray that as I conclude this poem tonight that God gives you strength

To live out each day aware that you are worth it all, no matter what living this life takes.
Thanks again and God Bless,

Michelle

 

 

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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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The Spirit of Baltimore, or Reflections on My Native Region (English Version)/ L’Esprit de la Baltimore, ou des Refléxions de Ma Ville Natale (Version Anglaise)

Note: This post is in English only presently, since I am not sure when I will have the presence of mind or time to sit down and write out this full post in French. Saturday evening, perhaps. Thank you!

Note: Cet article de blog est en anglais seulement, au moment, comme je ne suis pas sure quand j’aurai la tranquillité de l’esprit ou le temps ‘a écrire le meme texte en francais. Le soir du samedi, peut-être. Merci!

Hi everyone,

Having lived in the Baltimore-DC area all my life and having had a long familial history here, I find this crisis, frankly, devestating and confusing. Basically, to give you an idea of how long we’ve been here, it’s been since the time of Edgar Allan Poe, truly; his adoptive father is my 4x-great-grandfather since he had his delegitimized son Charles Allen with an unknown mistress. Thereby, Mr. Poe is my 3x-great-uncle via adoption/legal guardianship.) Yes, so we are established here. In fact, my entire maternal family grew up in or around the area and some of us still live within the region.

That said, I can vouch for it 100% that what you are seeing now is not, nor has ever been, what Charm City is; at least, that was never the case for me. Has Baltimore had a violent reputation? Yes. However, from what I understand from others who grew up in the area, Baltimore was a peaceful, diverse, and friendly community until after the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior, in 1968. What my loved one described like Baltimore was as I remembered growing up. The violence I’m seeing today, I can promise, is nothing like what I ever experienced as a child. In fact, I remember frequenting the city with my family and even went to a famed restaurant in Little Italy for Easter dinner with my extended family this year, in keeping with our tradition for many years.

Therefore, I promise what you see here is not what the majority wants. We want peace, reconciliation, healing- not violence. Many have lost loved ones, lost homes,their livelihoods, access to basic needs such as food, water, and clothing….the list goes on. We’re already sick of this crisis and want nothing more than healing and to see the Baltimore many call home, regardless of what living here was like for any one of us,

All things considered, please pray for Baltimore and, if you live in the area, do what you are able to help bring peace and reconciliation to the area. That’s all I believe most of us would ask. I do. Thanks.

God Bless,

Michelle

A Bit of Writing: Part 11: Trusting You (Part 1)

Hi everyone,

As promised, here’s the writing I managed to come up with presently. Sorry if it’s a bit disorganized, as I ocassionally write here when the thought of what to write about just….comes to me. Here it is so far and I hope you like it! Thanks!

God Bless, as always,

Michelle

Bonjour tout le monde,

J’écrirai un nouveau poème maintenant, comme je promis. Je suis désolée si le poème est un peu désorganisé, ‘a cause de l’inspiration soudaine.    C;est en bas et j’espere que vous l’aimez. Merci!

Dieu vous bénisse, comme toujours,

Michelle

Trusting You

God, I’m afraid for the next phase of my life

I find my heart divided and it’s causing me strife/

So I can’t be decided without second guesses

Rather than letting go and surrending to You instead/

So I don’t worry for myself about what comes for me next.

After all, You say “seek first the Kingdom and its righteousness”/

But so often I get caught up in distraction and deception

That I find my attempts to resolve my tensions become ineffective…..

To be continued/Plus bientôt.

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