Simply Grace

A Simple blog that will give you hope, inspiration, peace, and comfort when days are long, and life has hit you hard. A place to go to be energized and renewed---to be lifted up when you feel like you can no longer go on---a place to cry and be loved when it feels like no one cares. A place to remind you of God's Love, Grace and Mercy.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Rise


I will Rise up from the pain. I will Rise up from grief. I will Rise up from fear. I will Rise up from the ashes of anger and resentment.

I will Rise.

I will Rise from abuse.
I will Rise from making the excuse of living in mediocrity.
I will Rise from the ashes of my predecessor like a Phoenix and know that I have overcome.
I will Rise from the thoughts of depression.

I will Rise.

During my resurrection I will sing the song of Hope.
I will sing the song of Victory.
I will sing the song of a Battle Won.

Although I know I will fall, I will still Rise.
Although I know I will faint, I will still Rise.
Although I know I will stumble, I will still Rise.

Just as Jesus Rose up Lazarus, He too command that I Rise. (John 11:1-44)
Just as Jesus commanded the lame man to walk, He too command me to take up thy bed and walk. (John 5:1-8)
Just as Jesus fed the mighty multitude, he too tell me that He will feed my soul. (Matt 14:13-21)

No matter how many times I fall.........

I will Rise.



Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter is Everyday

We go through hard times and struggles, loss of love ones and friends and we ask ourselves: "Why did this have to happen to me now at this time in my life?" and the answer is this: God have us to go through it not to punish us but for HIS children to learn and grow. We can not see the divine path at that time, but He does. Trust in Him to guide us and Keep the faith because this too shall pass.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Truth Brings Forth Wisdom (Topic: Abortion)

Abortion is a difficult and very controversial topic. Most try to stay as far away from this subject as possible. Of course, I take the challenge head on!
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I struggled with “Pro-Life”/ “Pro-Choice” in my sprit. I am a person that usually hears two sides of any story before making a conclusion. But truthfully, this issue had my heart very heavy. It was a topic that was brought up during the Presidential Election last November. It questioned some of our faiths, beliefs and morals. There is... As we know, Roe vs. Wade Law that protects a woman choice to have an abortion. Both President Candidates (to my understanding) would change the Roe vs. Wade Law. McCain stated he would like to veto the Law altogether. He would make it illegal to have an abortion in any state in the US. McCain considers it as murder. Obama stated he would keep it Pro-Choice but with “exceptions to the rule.”

And so, the argument begins. I was overwhelmed with the questions people came to me with looking for some kind of reassurance and guidance. All questions listed were asked by everyday Christians. Most Christians would say, the answer is obvious – Abortion is murdering an innocent life. . We are to protect and conserve life. But these questions, asked by so many, made me think – and research.

The questions asked are as follows:

Does anyone have the right to make choices for the American People about their life and their body? It is my body and my life. Who are you to tell me what to do with my own body?

Is killing an innocent unborn child under any circumstances right? Wouldn’t that still be considered murder even with exceptions?

What if you only abort in the early stages of the pregnancy (2weeks or before 2 months gestation)

Is the “Morning After Pill” considered abortion?

What if the child was conceived by rape or incest?

What if the mother’s life depended on it?

Does making exceptions to the rule make abortion better/more tolerable to anti-pro life protesters?


I answered these questions as follows:

ü Christian values teach us that a child is a gift to God. It is innocent and pure. A newborn child is closer to God then we could ever imagine.

ü A seed is a Life. No one has the right to take a life. No one but God Himself.

ü Definition of Life (according to Webster dictionary published date 2007):
Life is a living being---especially a person. Anything that functions and includes the ability to take in food, adapt to the environment, grow, and reproduce.

**The key word(s) here are GROW and REPRODUCE. **

Conclusion: From the time the sperm enters into the womb, it is called l-i-f-e. It is actually a living, breathing, growing person that was reproduced.

ü This concludes the argument regarding, if aborting a child before gestation 2 should be considered a crime/murder. Yes, it should be a crime. You are actually committing murder.

ü Definition of Murder (same source):

Murder is the crime of killing another person deliberately or with any other extenuating circumstance.

**Key word(s): with ANY other extenuating circumstance.

Conclusion: UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE (even in self-defense) it would be considered murder. Even if you was raped, a victim of incest, even if your own life depended on survival, or you’re only 12 years of age and your father, brother, or stranger, raped you…. Even under these hatful, brutal crimes, it would still be considered murder.


****Another question was also asked by a husband in personal pain and spiritual agony: *****

“I know God does not condone murder nor does he condone incest and rape. If He does not condone rape and violence, why would it be ok to bring a child into this world knowing it was conceived out of hate? How do you accept a child like that into this world?”

ü Why would you think a child that was conceived from such evil, automatically confirms that the child would be evil? Is it also fair to say that all criminals, thieves, and murders come from rape victims and evil parents? Is it also fair to say, that all Ministers were conceived out of love from a Christian home? Is it fair to say, that a child born in the projects will never become a multi-millionaire?
ü Just because a child was created out of love and raised in a Christian home, does not mean the child will never go astray. As it is the same for any child conceived in any type of situation.
ü God has a plan for all of our lives. It is up to each individual to come to Him and ask Him for direction and truth.

Isaiah 44:24
Thus said the Lord, thy redeemer, and he that formed me from the womb, I am the Lord that makes all things that stretch from the heavens alone; that spread abroad the earth by me.

Ezekiel 18:20
The soul that sins shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father; neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteous of the righteousness shall be upon him and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.



Mark 10:13-16

And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not--- for verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. Of such is the Kingdom of God. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them and blessed them.


I thank God for my family and friends that challenge my Beliefs and help me grow stronger in Christ.
At any time you are not with peace, ask God to order your steps. He will always guide you in the right direction and show you the path that leads to righteousness.

Blessed be the name of the Lord.


My Prayer for today:
God continue to teach me and mold me into the woman you have foreseen me to be. Please forgive me of my sins and iniquities. Continue to correct my thoughts and my heart. I pray for my family and friends to continue to walk with you, and for you to continue to guide them so we may learn from each other and grow in faith.
Amen.

Monday, January 12, 2009

I hesitated before I posted this- You know somethings people can read too much into- and the poem below is just a poem that kind-of popped in my head. I'm in a creative mood today- poetry is stuck in my head.
I had a motive when I wrote this - but was not going to publish it but as usaual I can't let my writings go unread! (laugh)
When I wrote this my mind was actually on a friend of mind.... but.......... well............ Inspiration kicked in.
Let's just leave it as that.





Incomplete Love

Your touch gives me butterflies in my stomach-
Your kiss makes me weak to my knees-
Your voice –
When I hear you speak,
Is like the fall wind blowing the leaves.
We drifted apart by the season of change-
Then raked backed together again by an unseen force-
Some how we keep meeting –
Either by hurt or pain-
Or life mistakes that were made-
But like the leaves,
We changed.
You are red-
I am brown-
You’re an oak-
I’m a maple-
Our differences-
We can not see them as other may-
We continue to love hard-
We continue to love for today.
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I beg and plead for your love.
As I am
Addicted to your touch,
Your kiss,
Your embrace-
Is all so intoxicating.
You are constantly in my thoughts.
It scares me to know that you are always on my mind-
How do I get you out of my head?
How do I tell my heart to stop?
We are more than lovers –
We are more then friends-
We met in another life time
Loving each other until the bitter end.
Now that I have you in this lifetime,
I don’t want let you go.
We may fight,
We may bicker,
We may detest each other motives,
But the bond we share as
You tug at my heart,
The bond is stronger each day we are apart-
The only problem is –
I belong to another.

Broken


I wrote this poem sometime ago in 2007. Nothing at that time in my life was provoking me to write such a poem. Today I publish this in my blog journal, because I know there is someone out there grieving so much that it feels like the pain will never end. Grief can come from life’s obstacles, death, and emotional turmoil. Greif can test our faith and belief. Pain, heartache, and struggle is suppose to make us stronger- yet we know this- we are still in pain. The Broken Parent is not only about a parent who may have lost a child, or who may have a child struggling- but the word parent in this poem refers more to a Caretaker. As you know, we can be caretakers of our spouses, family members and friends. What do you do when you feel like all hope is lost? What do you do when you have no one to turn too? What do you do when you are in pain and anguish but everyone looks toward you for insight and hope?

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The Broken Parent
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Remember the story about Job in the Bible?
How he received bad news after bad news?
Servants after servants came to him with bad news---
Well, today I feel like Job --
I have no rest-no peace-just a broken spirit-
My mind wonders back and forth-
The walls feel like they are caving in-
Through my grief and my pain, I don't know where to begin-
My God, will it ever end?
I’ve been through hell and back….
I have had more bad days than good.
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To you reading this; you may think-
'It’s life--- you have your ups and downs.'
But I tell you this;
Until you
Go through the pain and the grief and the obsticals of life-
I do not want your voice of solitude or sound-
Don't speak for me.
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Remebering Job- he questioned why he was born----
And today I question the same as I morn.
Job was grieving….
And I am grieving too-
My heart has been torn and shattered so much -
I don’t know if it will be able to mend .
So today I cry out to you Lord.
I cry out to you from the highest hill top-
I cry out to you from Mt. Everest-
I cry out to you oh God!
I cry out to you-
Please give me rest!
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Job -
He never cursed God….
Nor shall I….
Job was faithful through and through….
Even though I am broken, I can still feel you.
I am here Lord on Bended Knee-
Can you see me?
I am trying to pray-
But No words are coming out-
Where do I begin?
Instead of praying,
I decide to rest my head on your lap, and let you comfort me.
I whimper to you in pain –
Lord, just help me.
Give me Peace.
I let Go- and I Cry.
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The happy ending with Job is he was Bless times 10.
But Lord, When is my end?


Monday, January 5, 2009

He Waits

Today, these words where spoken to me. As I pulled out of my driveway this morning and closed the garage, the sun was coming up above my home. I was listening to “Chopped and Skewed” by T-Pain, thinking about the mounds of work I have waiting for me at work. And laughing how I am getting chopped and skewed on my pay check…. I came into work, sat at my desk and plugged my heard phones in my ears, trying to drown out the world and just people in general. I wanted to focus on the task at hand. But yet, my mind wondered to the Lord. And I turned my headphones off- and this is what I heard.

I remember when you would talk to me day and night. I remember when you only thought of me day and night. I was constantly on your mind. You would sing praises to me. You would love me and I would love you back. I have always loved you and I will continue to love you no matter what you do. You are my joy, you are my tomorrow. You are my child.
When will you truly come back home? When will I have you back? Is it when your mother passes away? Is it when your spouse leaves you? Is it when you have lost all hope? Is it when your father passes away? Is it when you look around and your whole family is gone? I need you back, I want you back. I beg for you to come back to me. Come back to your first love- Come and let me show you what true love is- what true love can and shall be. Let me take control of your life- please put your trust in me.
I am your only soul mate. You hear me calling your name, you answer for a little while then you wonder off again – you let the pleasure and sin of the world control you – but still wanting to be with me. Why can’t you just give it up? Why can’t you just live free? Why can’t you just love me? You go back and forth to the world- then back to me. Not only am I growing impatient but so are the others around you. Who are you? What do you stand for? What do you want? You know you have great talent and understanding of my word- but yet you live a sinful life. I ask you this- if you was to die right now, would you go to heaven or hell? What you believe, is in your heart- that is the answer.
You don’t have much time – you know the days on this earth are short and you know more than anyone how life can be hard, cruel, mean, and hopeless without me. I will be here when you suffer yourself to me. I will hear you and not turn a death ear because I know you will be calling upon me again. Only this time, it will be for eternity. I know the plans I have set out for you and I know you will be coming back to me. But this time, it will be different. This time everyone that knows you will know you have become a true child of mine. When you come to me- you will be suffering, in pain, heart broken, heart crushed, and everyone in your household will worship the one and only Christ the Lord. You will come back to me- but I wish you would come to me now while you are happy. But, it is your choice- and I shall wait. Like all of the others that have lived in sin – You have to go through this in order to really know me and commit yourself to me. Only then will I send you out to the world to practice my word, to teach, and inspire. You may not know it, but I will continue to use you for others- continue your mission- continue to gently guide you toward the path I have laid out.
No, your time is not now. Do what you have to do, but do it quickly because the time is at hand.

Love your Groom in Heaven,
Jesus Christ
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Friday, January 2, 2009

Declare it, Receive it, Claim it to be all Yours!




It seems like everyone is making New Year resolutions-Setting new goals for 2009
I no longer make resolutions because I have nothing to resolve- my decisions for the future have already been laid out. .
No- I don’t make resolutions, I make declarations. I declare over my life- a statement of truth- a statement of action. Resolutions are to be for resolving something in your life that is disruptive and/or making your life difficult in someway. I choose to declare what I want my life to be. Because when we declare something we are not making plans or hopes or dreams, when we declare- it is said as if we have already done what we have set out to do.

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Let me share my declaration for 2009 with you:
~I no longer understand the word failure- failure is not in my vocabulary, not in my future, nor in my thoughts.
~Hope is inevitable. Dreams are coming true. Promises will be fulfilled.
~I make my own goals, I set my own pace- I always have a choice. I live in a controlled environment that is controlled by God. Everything happens for a reason- even if it is unseen to our eyes; it is happening behind closed doors.
~I will love me-Promote Me- and make way for my destiny.
~I will make valid wise decisions regarding finances, health, and the well being of my family.
~I will succeed in what ever I do.
~No matter what people may say- I will continue to stay on the path of declaring my life of hope, wealth, happiness, love, and fulfillment. People may laugh, taunt, snicker, and envy- and when that happens, I will be proof that I am making the right choice for my life! I will not look at it as discouragement but as an accomplishment.
~When my spouse tells me “You can take the Leopard out of the wild- but he will still have his spots.” I know that I will be getting closer and closer to my destiny- Closer to breaking the chain of struggle and mediocrity. And in return, I will tell him “Yes, You can take the Leopard out of the wild, and the Leopard will still have his spots. The leopard may seem tamed, but soon it will escape from the cage you chosen for him, it will escape to the wild again and be the leopard God set out for him to be.”
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Resolution: the process of resolving something such as a problem or dispute; the resolution of difficulty; a firm decision to do something
Declaration: an emphatic formal public statement, especially by a government or public body

Source: Encarta dictionary

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