Joy went down! She can’t be found! Dead and drowned, She’s lying on the bottom, The very bottom, Of the Sea of Me! Beneath the deep, the very deep Dark-deep stormy waters of I, That’s where Joy died; Swept away by selfish waves, Caught in the undertow of I: I want, I need, I … More Joy in the Sea of Me!
Evil crawls and creeps, (Undercover of Denial) It never sleeps; And Into damaged hearts, Sin seeps; Then Malice begins its prowl; Fierce Predator, Mighty beast! Innocent prey, now deceived, Falls! As still Evil crawls and creeps, With prey locked in talon claws, Toward death’s long sleep, (Undercover of Denial) Truth shines and Joy rises! … More Joy Rises!
Holy Ancient Words, Reflect Everything I am not; Mirrored In the perfection of The Great I am. Sin-Sorrow-Death, This is who and what I truly am. Utter Hopelessness! Jesus is revealed! Eyes are opened, And Healed; Now perceive by Holy-Spirit-Light, Righteousness, Offered freely, In Jesus! Sin-Hard- Heart, Opens wide, Holy Spirit rushes … More Righteous Jesus and the Anointing of Joy!
I step outside to greet the birds living in my Cottonwoods and allow the quiet of Sunday morning to settle in. I look up into the clouds, looking for Jesus; but all I see are the clouds. “It’s getting harder for me to stay here Lord! Some days there seems to be no place for … More Joy along the River of Lost Souls
China-doll paint sultrifies the little-girl-face beneath layers of makeup no child should wear. Neither mask is a right representation of the shattered child that lives within. With one last look in the mirror to make sure her night work costume is right, Mary reaches for the most important part of her pre-work routine; knowing that … More Joy for Today’s Mary Magdalene’s
Joy sings in recognition of truth, love, grace, mercy, and peace. All the spiritual fruits that are of God, by God, and pleasing to God, cause joy to sing praise, even in the midst of sickness and sorrow. Joy is the proper attitude for enduring hardships common in life but joy is not a manic … More Do You Hear Joy Crying?
All society has to offer greets me every morning when I open my Yahoo-page. Everything that people commonly dedicate their lives to and the results of the chase neatly, contained in one computer-screened-window. The glitter and sweet talk of fame, fortune, and non-consequential free-sex call out to lure floundering people in. This dangling of admiration, … More The Joy of Living to Please God
I take my husband’s strong, work-worn hand in mine and I am overwhelmed by love, joy, peace, and gratitude. With these dear rough hands, my husband loves me and gives himself for me, like no other person. By these hands, he provides for me, as he provided for the family we created together. He comforts … More The Joy of Love, Honor, and Obey
Sorrow lit upon the rail of my balcony in the form of a strange dark bird and suddenly, my average day took a downward turn. Grey clouds, the same deep-grey, blue-to-black hue and texture of the unwanted bird, rolled in to gorge the once crystal sky. Great, swelling clouds of foreboding impregnated my mind as … More Joy’s Sister Sorrow
Troubled children grow up to become broken adults. Rebellion is the choice that seems right to a tortured/tormented child but rebellion is destruction invited within. Broken adults carry the trouble from childhood into the present and make decisions based on the faulty preparation for life they received. Some abuse others, while those others abuse themselves … More Joy for Those with a Troubled Past