Walk with Me Again
By: Nicole Renee Kent
God asked me to take a walk with Him
And as I took a step forward–He led my gaze within
He removed the blinders and opened my eyes to see
Of who I am–compared to who I was meant to be
Stripping the walls I’ve built around my heart
From past wounds–where I pushed others from me–far apart
God revealed errors of my past without condemnation
To help me better understand the meaning of salvation
As I looked at my heart, bare before my God, my friend
I asked Him what areas He desired to be–to touch and mend
He responded, “I want it all and every bit
And for you to use My Word–My heavenly first aid kit
For all has been given to you to walk in this world of woes
To see beyond the false pretention and to truly know
Grasp my hand, dear one, and continue to walk with Me
For I will always be with you and help you to see”
Poem by: Nicole Kent (@onthecliffoflife )
Do not fear
For God is near
Do not be shook
By man’s deprivational look
Pick up the truth, the Word
The hope, the healing, where burdens are deferred
The desires of your heart He will provide
Under his love you will abide
Don’t be afraid my neighbors, my friends
For we know the truth and the forgiving end
Open up your Bible and your heart
Knowing it’s not to late to start
A “douse” of encouragement for today…
“Have you lost your joy? Paul sensed that the Galations had lost the joy of their salvation because of legalism. Legalism can take away joy because (1) it makes people feel guilty rather than loved; (2) it produces self-hatred rather than humility; (3) it stresses performance over relationship; (4) it points out how far short we fall rather than how far we’ve come because of what Christ did for us. If you feel guilty and inadequate, check your focus. Are you living by faith in Christ or by trying to live up to the demands and expectations of others?” -Endnote for Galatians 4 (Life Application Study Bible, NASB)
Legalism: strict adherence, or the principle of strict adherence, to law or prescription, especially to the letter rather than the spirit. (Source)
Faith: strong or unshakeable belief in something, esp. without proof or evidence (Source)
The soft tendrils of the meadow flowers glided through her fingers as she made her way through thought-provoking valleys.
Which way to turn?
Which way to go?
She had lost her way in such beauty. The breeze caressed her hair with care…a voice on the wind’s tongue called her. She could not stop; could not wait for those calling behind her…for they did not see what she saw…for where her vision grasped the beauty…others only saw weeds…where she saw hope…others envisioned a desert of darkness.
Not to fear (for the unseeing ones) for she once did not see what she grasps in her vision now…not too long ago she saw darkness and despair. It wasn’t until she called out for help…that a wind with a whisper came a response and a call to take action. As a pounding tremor in her chest grew, she made her way through thick forests of doubt. Trees grasped at her; trying to plant their seeds of fear and death in her mind.
The path grew more precarious and the dread covered her like an old, ratty cloak.
“Help, I cannot do this alone!”
“I am here dear one, listen to My voice. Shed your doubtful cloak and do not water the seeds anymore. Let us destroy the lies with truth. Get up and follow me.”
As she followed the wind, the voice became clearer and began to permeate a shield throughout her. She continues walking and following the voice to this day.
God gave me an image of the girl in the meadow. This girl resembled me but was much stronger on leaning on the “whispering wind” that guided her, than I was with following God.
After I saw this picture, God told me these simple but powerful words: “Keep Running.” I did not name this girl because “she” can be any of us.
“Let us run the race set before us…”
In Valleys, In Hills, In Glorious Mountains
By: Nicole K.
The battles you are fighting are never small
For you must practice climbing hills before mountains so tall
From far away the high cliffs look scary and steep
But as you take the first step, you realize you are no longer weak
Now, it seems more possible to accomplish what you once desired
Facing your fear; walking away from the eternal fire
Strengthen your legs as you follow Him
By starting in the valley and hills that lead to the mountain
Do not feel the failure when you trip and fall
For the One who is with you can and will heal all
The high cliffs are just the beginning of earth’s end
There is yet a greater journey just around the bend
Where sorrow and tears will flow no more
As we stand in front of heaven’s open doors
So, let us start this adventure that is ahead
And follow the One who died for us and freely bled
Are you struggling under the circumstances in life? God has a purpose and plan where ever you’re at…our weaknesses are a perfect place for God’s strength to shine.
Some days are difficult especially when I look through the transparent film that separates me from the rest of the world, and see people who have already broken forth and are flying about.
I must remember when God sees that I am ready, I will break forth, spread my wings, and fly. He is just taking His time in the moulding and shaping of me in the cocoon.
“Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.” Psalm 51:6