He Found Me

He hears me, in desperate cries. 
Even at the lowest lows
when I wanted Him to take me from existence. 

He saw every struggle with sin,
all the spiritual warfare. 
Remained with me through it all
Never ceasing to remind me,
he would never leave. 

He says “Be strong and courageous. 
Do not be afraid or terrified because of them,
for the Lord your God goes with you; 
he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV 

He helps me find him as he says
“For everyone who asks receives;
the one who seeks finds;
and to the one who knocks,
the door will be opened.
Luke 11:10 NIV

He forgave me, not reading into my words too much,
but more into what was best for me & my brothers/sisters. 
Yes amen, He interceded for me.  

O thank God, praise the Lord Almighty,
all-knowing, & His ever-present presence. 
In lonely moments when I felt ugly
or unloveable he gave me little reminders of his love & beauty.  

In little rays of sunshine on a bunch of purply blue flowers after the rain. 
Through a little injured bird who looked up,
reminding me to look up in midst of difficulty.

He knew it all and He still knows it all.  
He knows it all even of you too,
I hope you know
truly how great His love is. 

He gives me hope by showing me that one sinner (see Luke 23:32-43)
on the cross next to him who asks Jesus to remember him. 
He softens the blows of others who tell me I’m the other. 

He tells me I’m enough.
Blots out my filth, remembering it no more. 
He tells me just like that one that went astray,
so did He care for me also.

It says “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.” Matthew 18:12-14 NIV 

Please God, please help me be strong
enough to reflect even just a fraction of your love.  
Please God help me to walk away
from that sin that constantly creeps up on me,
calling me, enticing me to indulge in it. 

Please never cease to move
the cloud that brings misunderstanding, fears & dread.

I’m yours Lord. 
And only by you, Jesus, can I walk rightly.  
Please help me do this by you Lord.  Thank you.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

As is said
“Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit.
Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord” Ephesians 5:19 NIV

THANK GOD! 

Oh how I can barely wait to. 

Three – In – One

In these three pieces of artwork I explain the meaning here. They are based on some of the verses of the bible that I find most encouraging, ones that I can’t help but find speaking out every time I read them.

Two mustard trees represent the verse about having faith the size of a mustard seed.  
Matthew 17:20 NIV
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” 

Water at the root of the tree represents the tree planted by living water.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him. 
They will be like a tree planted by the water
    that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
    its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
    and never fails to bear fruit.”

The roses represent Paul’s thorn in 2 Corinthians 12.  Verse 9-10 NIV says “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  

The clover which the three hearts create represent the Holy Trinity and the deers represent us living in Christ.   

Ephesians 4:4-6 NIV There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Psalm 42:1-2 NIV
“As the deer pants for streams of water, 
so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?” 

And lastly although I don’t do justice to His beauty and glory, the Holy Spirit was supposed to be represented by a dove. 

Luke 3:21-22 NIV When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

John 14:26 AMP But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.

After & In Advance

Lord, you are the perfect peacemaker.  

Unconditional in giving love. 

Forgiving. To the extent of death.  

Giving hope in situations with no hope.  

Deep rest and strength to all ages.  

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All-powerful, almighty, strong enough to overcome

any stronghold, prejudice or hatred.  

You’re truth, life and love.  

You can take away and you can restore.  

You test us through it all.  

In each battle you promise us with your presence. 

You tell us to have no fear of what mere man can do.  

You draw us closer to you.  

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Hating the mistrust and sin separating us. 

Making us new in Your Son.  

When fears crowd my mind you enter in with truth.  

Then you listen to me speak.  

You let me thank you for things even not yet come.  

How great you are, my King. 

My counsellor, my comforter. 

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Now my heart may rest.  

What great love you gave.    

And when I wake each day let me remember your great love. 

Let me remember to forgive.

Let me remember to be slower to speak. 

Patient and persevering in love.  

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Thank you my Lord, 

Thank you my love.

In Jesus name I pray,

Amen. 

Freedom Embraced

Walking, I see the sun shining brightly

as if it can’t hide its smile.  

It radiates its heat through my hair,

illuminating it.  

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It taps me on the shoulders,

reminding me that I am loved. 

Hugs me, but freeingly so that I can surrender

in return with arms open wide,

fingers spread like stars flying freely in his presence.  

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Just like that unforgotten hand held out,

waiting to be recieved

and squeezed to share an embrace.

To be appreciated, for just being.  

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It touches my teeth that can’t help but reflect it.  

My softly but strongly upturned lips stay,

waiting, waiting, staying.  

How’s it gonna be in perfect intimacy with Him?

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Inside me energy stirs and burns up.

Then I run and leap.  

O’ the little ones. 

Did you see them too?  

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They followed, they leapt too.  

O’ did you see when they forgot all insecurity,

forgot any mistakes or hindrances. 

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Nothing holding them back

they just leapt.

How my soul danced with joy,

seeing living miracles in front of me.  

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What a blessing, a true blessing

it was to influence a leap of faith.  

To see it outlived.

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Who am I to receive it?   

Thank you God, thank you Lord.

Thank you Jesus, my best friend.