Monday, October 15, 2018

Bull in a china shop




Bull in a china shop
Careening in uninvited
Fragile items on display
Oh to touch and share in these dainty’s
One step further, too late
Soon the crashing sounds
Banging, stumbling, crunching
Broken pieces spewed about
Thrashing to escape
Damage done
No more bulls in the china shop


 Like Oxen to be  yoked 
restraints welcomed
led and guided on straight paths
stepping in tandem with eternal purpose


James 3:17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.
Proverbs 15:1 a soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,
Colossians 3:12-15 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.






Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Quilting us together


Quilting us together
His church


Solids, Prints and patterns,
How can they ever go together?
The quilter stitching one next to the other
Two maybe three that might match
Or maybe opposites attract
So many differences
  And too many preferences
Old leather butted up against delicate chiffon
Wild calico positioned near practical flannel
Sensible corduroy sliding in next to stained taffeta
Sophisticated Velvet nestled with Practical polyester
 How quixotic and unrealistic for all to find a space
And yet the stitches keep coming adding another in place
Together forming comfort for wrapping others up
A covering for shade and to protect
A hammock to carry the broken
A banner to declare they are chosen
The church in all its colors
Must embrace sister and brothers
And know they are a perfect fit
Accepting the maker of the blanket


1 Corinthians 12:12-27  (ESV) For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves[a] or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts,[b] yet one body.


Matthew 18:20 (ESV) For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

Ephesians 4:16  (ESV) from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love

Leather, rugged, stretched, durable
Velvet soft, luxurious, impractical
Chiffon light plain sheer
Taffeta crisp, soft shiny
Organdy sheer stiff crisp
Calico plain, colorful simple 
 Corduroy Linear, textured soft
Flannel twill soft cozy


Polyester stretchy wrinkle resistant, wash-and-wear


Friday, September 7, 2018

The knowledge of good and evil


The knowledge of good and evil

 
The apple bitten
Now starts mankind’s upheaval
 The knowing of good and evil
The judging right from wrong

Separating weak from strong
Who are we to measure,
Refuse verses treasure
Valued verses worthless
Deserving of freedom or to be oppressed.

To be cast aside or thrown a life vest
Smaller or bigger transgress

This knowledge of good and evil

To see with eyes before the fall
To see with eyes that know it all
To look and not judge
To extend grace and not begrudge

Oh to love like Christ,
All worth the sacrifice.
The purpose to call out sin
Only so we can begin again
Not to set the scales against
But to allow grace to be dispensed

Lord forgive us our violations
Comparing of others and self-categorizations

Losing sight of God’s declarations
Utilizing human evaluations
 Limiting Jesus’s blood rectification

Holy Spirit teach us your interpretations
How to have true discernment without discrimination.





James 4:12 (ESV) There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

James 4:11-12 (ESV) Do not speak evil against one another, brothers.[a] The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 

2 Corinthians 5:10  (ESV) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.










Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Worth/ F.R.E.E. BLOG


http://www.freefromht.org/worth/


This months Blog On Freedom and restoration for everyone enslaved


Worth


Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. .( Matthew 10:29-31) 


“Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you” (Isaiah 49:15). 

Unwanted, a burden, another mouth to feed
Left out, fed up, searching for more,
Lies in your head, you’ll never succeed.

Hollywood glamor, MTV hype
Grasping for smoke and mirrors,
Or something telling you you’re worth the fight.

Promises whispered in sultry tone,
New shoes, new identity, his sugar girl.
Trading all that is precious for rhinestone.

Bate, hook and line,
The lure lowered down,
Offered by a sheep covered swine.

Sight can only see right now
To be desired and offered love
Unaware of plans to become his cash cow

The treachery so slow and slick
Showered with attention,
But tomorrow asked to turn trick.

The slippery slope getting slicker still
The rapes and beatings the start
Climbing out like going backwards uphill.

Free will to do only as he pleases
No money, no escape, plenty of fear
Life stolen, tattered to pieces

If only someone were to care
If only, the whisper of hearts
If only there was help from this nightmare.


We all have been designed with eternity set in our hearts, to be part of a larger picture, to be swept up in strong arms, known and loved. And yet somewhere along the way the story gets, fuzzy, cloudy or sometimes ripped away. So many young ladies (and boys too) have become prey to “wolves in sheep’s clothing.” Not all sex trafficking victims stories are as pictured in the poem above but many times it is the most vulnerable that are lured in. We as the body of Christ can be the “someone’s to care”. We are commanded as believers to love the least of these, to set the captives free. And those who are being Sex trafficked are the captives.  So what are we to do, how do we stop a multibillion dollar industry?  We become more aware and stop seeing child Prostitutes and begin to see victims, we begin to use our influence and educate our communities, we reach out to the marginalized, speaking life and hope into the least of these, building relationships that can speak true identity.  Those who foster and adopt with the love of Christ can become a new landing place for many. Working with youth and offering honest hope and relationship can become another landing pad to stopping the vulnerable from sliding into treachery. We the body can become advocates against pornography, an insidious way of life, that has taught our boys to become detached and void of empathy for our girls, we can mentor and come along side our young men and talk about true manhood. But what about the ones it’s “too late “for, the ones who have been lured in and sold a false narrative only to wake up to the realities of being told they are worth less than nothing? We can support local organizations that are currently advocating for victims, we can raise money for safe houses where those that are rescued could go and find help and safety.  We can be on our knee’s praying that sex trafficking is stopped and that our vulnerable youth will know their true worth. We cannot just sit by but must rise up as the church in action.
“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us” (2 Corinthians 5:20)

Below are some statistics and interesting reads as well as links to places to lend your support for funds for a home here in Berks County PA

https://www.gofundme.com/dashboard-restoration-home


  “Studies estimate that at least 60 percent of victims of child sex trafficking come from the child welfare system, and the majority of them have extensive histories of sexual and physical abuse prior to ever being trafficked. Seventy-eight percent of all prostitution arrests are girls, and 52 percent of all juvenile arrests for prostitution are African-American girls. Instead of being recognized as victims of crime and given the services and support necessary to heal from their trauma, these children are neglected, dismissed, ignored, and—in the worst cases—criminalized.”


Monday, August 27, 2018

What is light?



What is light?

Photon, Wave or Particle?

 Energy all around

Only a fraction observable

Where it shines, life abounds

If contained a mighty force

 The power to annihilate

Zero time to earth from heavens courts

Millions of years for man to propagate

Ever present

Eternal in existence

Even darkness cannot circumvent

To Objects, Bending in refraction

Always moving never still

 Impacting our world in micro transactions

Light through all and in everything

To absorb the light and pour it out

 our act of worshipping


1.     John 1:5 NLT The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

Genesis 1:3-5 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
Job 38:24 (ESV)
24 What is the way to the place where the light is distributed,
    or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth?
Psalm 36:9 (ESV)
For with you is the fountain of life;
    in your
light do we see light.
Psalm 74:16  (ESV)
16 Yours is the day, yours also the night;
    you have established the heavenly
lights and the sun.
Psalm 139:12  (ESV)
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
    the night is bright as the day,
    for darkness is as
light with you.
Isaiah 45:7  (ESV)
I form light and create darkness;
    I make well-being and create calamity;
    I am the Lord, who does all these things.
John 8:12  (ESV)
I Am the Light of the World, Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Ephesians 5:13  (ESV)
13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible
Revelation 21:23-24The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. - 




Sunday, July 22, 2018

Entering Rest



Entering Rest



Go past the outer courts
The lambs blood now your passport
Spirit washing all stains away
Escaping hell to pay

To the light and bread
Here your soul fed
Prayer and praise 
Open pathways 

No longer a dividing wall
Hear the sound of his call
Enter into the most holy place
Here meet face to face

To sit with the one enthroned above
To bathe in his grace and love
To find reprieve from the worlds demands
Believing he Is, the only command

Sitting in repose
Confident in approach
Aaron's staff in your hand
Manna and provision to command
Mysteries and all his ways engraved
No longer to laws enslaved

Forever seated to his right
Even after heavenly insight
The walk eternally directed
      The earth to heavenly kingdom subjected

        And in the secret place of the most high
            Given Power and authority to sound the battle cry
To stand the ground by Christ’s blood
    On the serpent we now dare tread

        
     As we rest in all His eternal deeds
 He before the father pleads
We the children of God enter in fullness
And are not kept from his goodness
With assurance the work is done
We can trust all to the son
And enter into rest





Monday, July 16, 2018

Turn Right


Turn Right

Let us learn we don’t need to turn far, in order to turn right.
His righteousness is right in front of us.
Ours to have and to hold into eternity,
Jesus’ righteousness, leaving no spots unturned.
Though we often leave, making left turn after left,
Simply turn right and see he has never left.
When we fail and falter,
We never fall far enough for the father to forget,
His right hand reaching down in compassion.
No need for stacking our stuff to raise ourselves up,
The one seated at his right hand placing us in right standing.
For we stand in the presence of the righteous one
And with The helper we can turn and do what is right.
The spirit within directing right and left, discerning good and evil.
Today let us hold firmly, today we can leave behind the past
Today we are made right again,
As long as it’s today, His mercies made new in our turning.
Let us Seek a righteousness not our own
And let us not turn away
 for the leftover crumbs of this world,
But enter his courts with confidence, believing in the one, who left his heavenly kingdom to make us right.


Romans 10:10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
Philippians 3:9 and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,
Isaiah 32:37 “And the work of righteousness will be peace, And the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever.”
Hebrews 8:8 Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.



  

Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.