Saturday, February 18, 2017

Wonderfully Made

God really does want the best for His children but the world we live in can be so cruel. When my daughter was in elementary school she was the only blond in her class for several years. She would come home crying because she wanted dark hair so the kids would stop making fun of her. It happens to everyone.

We all go through trials that make us doubt our worth, but the good news is that God loves everyone just how He made them.

Psalm 139:13
"For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother's womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works
And that my soul knows very well." NKJV


I Am Wonderfully Made


Her blond hair stuck out in a sea of black
The school kids made fun with hateful cracks
She just took it all in with no comeback
She wanted to fit in and not be attacked
She didn't realize God made her wonderful.

God has all the riches of heaven
but His children are His treasure
If you don't believe me then look at the cross
an expression of love without measure
He perfectly formed me in my mother's womb
an act that gave Him great pleasure
I am wonderfully made.

She loved choir and wanted to sing
The teacher belittled her and she felt the sting
She put singing aside thinking she had nothing to bring
Someone else caused her to give up her dream
She didn't realize God made her wonderful.

Then God lifted her up, showing her worth.
The first will be last, and the last will be first.

God has all the riches of heaven
but His children are His treasure
If you don't believe me then look at the cross
an expression of love without measure
He perfectly formed me in my mother's womb
an act that gave Him great pleasure
I am wonderfully made.

Today she stands tall with a smile on her face
Blond hair shining bright and a demeanor of grace
A sweet voice sings with talent showcased
Her dream resurfaced and put back in place
She knows that God made her wonderful.

God has all the riches of heaven
but His children are His treasure
If you don't believe me then look at the cross
an expression of love without measure
He perfectly formed me in my mother's womb
an act that gave Him great pleasure
I am wonderfully made.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Grandma's Legacy

I had the best grandma ever. I didn't get to see her a lot, but when I did I took it all in. A few years ago someone sent me a box full of my grandma's writing.  She passed away when I was a teenager but through her writing I feel like I know her better than ever. This year I'm probably being the most selfish I've been as an adult as I take a lot of time to work on the things that my grandma inspired me to do - poetry, writing in general (she wrote some great journals), a love for piano, and being really tight with God. Thanks Grandma Carr!

Jesus Whispers Peace To Me

by Violet Carr

In my heart Jesus whispers peace,
For my mind on Him is stayed;
And my heart shall not be troubled,
Neither shall it be afraid.

Chorus:
Jesus whispers peace to me,
This peace freely He has given,
This was the message to His own,
Before ascending into heaven.

I know I'll never be forsaken,
For my peace with God He made,
And my heart shall not be troubled,
Neither shall it be afraid.

In my heart His words I've hidden,
He shall be my constant aid;
And my heart shall not be troubled,
Neither shall it be afraid.

Philippians 4:6,7
John 16:33
John 14:27  

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Divine Illumination

Several years ago I ran a small craft business with my daughter to teach her some business skills. One day we were set up at a craft show selling cross jewelry we had made when a new age enthusiast came up to me and told me that she had been watching me for hours from across the room and she just had to tell me something. She said the aura around me was so colorful and bright and she had never seen anything like it before. She didn't completely understand what it means but she knew that it was good and something really special.

I was thrown off guard by her comment and I just thanked her. She glanced at the jewelry on the table and then left.

I hope that she really did see a colorful aura around me, and that the aura was the Spirit of God radiating from me and surrounding me.


Divine Illumination


A shining radiance 
When God steps in
Angels with swords
Poised to fight again
Putting everything in place
With a rushing wind.

A colorful array so bright
Surrounds me day and night
Giving so much delight
Divine illumination.

Dripping with goodness
Making sense of my mess
Righting my wrongs
And guiding my steps
Truth like a tide
Bringing success.

A colorful array so bright
Surrounds me day and night
Giving so much delight
Divine illumination.
Divine illumination.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Women's Rights

I very rarely state my opinion on anything controversial or political but I don't like it when others act like they speak for me.  These past weeks have been so filled with anger and hatred and I would never want to be associated with that. I can probably count on one hand the number of times I've been angry and there is absolutely no room for hatred in me. 

I'm all for equal rights for women but I feel like I already have equal rights. However, I realize there are some groups of women who may be disadvantaged. And let me clarify one thing first. I will always be for the right of an unborn baby to live and I will never be for the right of a mom to kill.

 With that out of the way, with rights comes responsibility. Are the women who are marching for rights taking the time to teach their daughters how to be successful and confident? How to treat others in a way that will foster success? How to stand up for themselves with dignity on their side? If they don't have daughters, are they investing their time to teach these habits to other girls who may not have the advantage of good parents? I can't answer that, but it doesn't look like it. 

What good did it do to walk down a street wearing a silly hat and spewing hatred to everyone who disagrees with you? None. We should act like we are responsible enough to have rights, take our responsibility seriously enough to take meaningful action, and stop making American women look like complete idiots to the rest of the world.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

All About Those College Years

College


Old eyes look back
From where I'm at
Those college years so far away.
Triumph and happiness
Pain and sadness
Memories of hope and pain to this day.

Late night talks
And evening walks
Ice cream from the dairy at midnight.
Laughter through the hallway
Silence while we study
Hope for our future shining bright.

A heart ripped to shreds
Softly it treads
It seems like the world is ending.
Crying at night
Alone with the slight
Trying, but just not mending.

The good and the bad
It's all we had
Carefree and yet so intense.
Life hangs in the balance
Looking for acceptance
Too young to notice how blessed.