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12.24.2018

Repeat the Sounding Joy


Joy to the world, the Lord has come
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing

Joy to the world, the Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy

No more let sins and sorrows grow
Nor thorns infest the ground
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found, far as the curse is found
Far as, far as the curse is found

He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love, and wonders of His love
And wonders, wonders of His love


Joy to the World is a classic Christmas song, but I love the lyrics so much. It pretty much sums up the gospel in four short stanzas, while proclaiming how joyous this gospel is. That's what I think a lot of Christians miss- the joy. It's easy to let our joy be snuffed out by other things, but how can we not be filled with joy as we remember what our King has done for us? 

It's Christmas Eve, but it's not too late. Let's rejoice that our God has done wondrous things for us, and let's spread that joy to others. Not just at Christmastime, but all the time. To repeat the sounding joy is the message we are called to spread. Let's do it with a joyful heart. Joy to the world, the Lord has come!

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Hey, friends. I know it's been a while. Stay tuned for an updates post in the next few weeks, and thank all of you who continue to read, comment, follow, and encourage.

Have a wonderful Christmas, and may we all be filled with His joy to spread to many! Merry Christmas! xx

11.07.2018

this is good




romans 8:28
i stare at the words,
trying to understand.
they swirl around
in a jumble of complexity
like a painting
with so many splattered colors,
you can't even pick one out.
this is my life right now.
i can't even talk
when I'm just trying to breathe
so why would I understand?
all things work together
for good 
but this isn't good



romans 8:28 
my bleary eyes can't focus,
and the dark stains on my fists
feel like the bruises
of a too heavy weight
rather than yesterday's mascara.
i know He keeps His words,
but why can't i see?
why can't i feel?
what is this?
my head drops,
my face pressed against the words.
all things work together 
for good
but what is good?


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romans 8:28
my fingers trace the words
inked onto the tattered page
but i don't need to read again-
they're a part of me now.
ever since His finger traced the words
onto my wrung-out soul,
and i felt the whisper
that flooded my being
with the meaning of good
all things work together
for good
and this is good



romans 8:28
i stare at the words,
trying to see them
as i once did before.
but i can only drop my head
and thank Him
that He is good. it is good.
others wouldn't say that
that things are good right now
because not much has changed
except my heart
and i hear the whisper again
"child, you want to know good?
good is when I'm most glorified
and all things work together
for good"

so this is good.

10.12.2018

let there be light



let there be light
the words burst forth into the nothingness,
igniting everything and dividing the dark.


let there be light
the words cut through the slab of heart,
removing the stone and replacing it with flesh.

let there be light
the light floods in, creating the colors,
creating the prisms and rainbows yet to come.



let there be light
the light pushed in, pure and bright and white,
clearing out the darkness with its radiance.

let there be light
the flood of warmth pulses through the waters,
stirring its depths into a habitat yet to be inhabited.



let there be light
the windows of the soul are thrown open wide,
 for the Light of the world has taken up residence.




let there be light
and it was so

9.12.2018

the colors of His faithfulness


faithfulness
she watched the word seemingly etch itself out onto the smooth sand
by the relentless waves that foamed and swelled, rose and fell
it all seemed so beautiful now, so perfectly fitting and lined up
now that everything could be seen, but it wasn't always that way
on the other side of the sand, the green-blue crests animating the sea
were a reminder of the murky uncertain depths that some must come through
but also a reminder of the beauty that eventually arrives
when one finally surfaces and looks around
the colors of faithfulness are alive and pulsing




faithfulness
he stared at the word scratched into the dirty metal bars
by hands which once inflicted deeper wounds into souls
it all seemed so cliche now, a testament to a change of heart
now that everything was changed, but it wasn't always that way
on the other side of the gray sheet, the letters crudely carved
were a reminder of the heavy burdens some must come through
but also a reminder of the beauty that eventually arives
when one is finally freed and looks back
the colors of faithfulness are unyielding and relentless




faithfulness
she traced the word out onto the foggy windowpane 
by fingers which once couldn't follow even the simplest of lines
it all seemed so easy now, so attainable and in reach
now that everything was good, but it wasn't always that way
on the other side of the glass, the fiery colors painting the fading sky
were a reminder of the fiery trials some must come through
but also a reminder of the beauty that eventually arrives
when one finally finds strength and stand up
the colors of faithfulness are fiery and strong 




faithfulness
he followed the word with his eyes, scrawled in huge letters
on the side of the street by someone who once read words much worse 
it all seemed so bright now, and like a dream where everything is clear
now that everything looked different, but it wasn't always that way
on the other side of the wall, the colors so boldly splashed
were a reminder of the confusion that some must come through
but also a reminder of the beauty that eventually arrives 
when one finally sees the light and steps out
the colors of faithfulness are bold and clear 

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the colors of faithfulness
are too many to count,
but they're any colors He uses