Archive | September 2013

I “Wanna-be”

I came across this poem I saved while I was sorting through some things in my desk yesterday.  I had forgotten I even had it!  I got it when I purchased a piece of fabric that it was printed on.  I used the fabric in a wall hanging I made for my son when he earned his Master’s degree at Bible  college.

We all are “wanna-be’s” in some way or another–I wanna be rich, famous, beautiful, loved by everyone and on and on. You fill in the blank.  This poem is filled with different things to “wanna be”; wonderful things to be. These are the things that I wanna-be.  I know most of us wanna-be this person.   Nobody will ever remember if we attained wealth, beauty (in the world’s definition) or fame. They will remember what kind of person we were and the things we did to help others.  That is the legacy I wish to leave behind when the Lord calls me home one day.

I “Wanna-be”

by Raine Hunt

In the world a Wanna-be

is a materialistic person-

wanting fame, riches or beauty.

I want to be a “Wanna-be”,

but not of this world.

Of His world.

I “Wanna-be”

clay in his hands when He needs a new vessel

chaff in the wind when he needs me there

calm in the midst of someone’s storm.

I “Wanna-be”

A whisper when someone needs a gentle word

A fragrant flower when someone needs

repose in His garden

A tissue that dries a tear,

I “Wanna-be” strong arms gently around

someone’s loneliness

A soothing lullaby for a hurting soul.

I “Wanna-be”

a light that shows the way.

I “Wanna-be”


Reflections From a Broken Mirror

reblogging this from Chris Martin Writes. I encourage everyone to read this post and to follow his blog as well. It is such a blessing! I enjoy his writing on his blog as well as his books that I have begun reading.

Chris Martin Writes

At some point in our life, I believe we have all been there. Unsatisfied with how we look, act, or fit in. It’s human nature to never be happy with how we are. In some cases, that can actually be a good thing, but for now, I’m talking mainly about our appearance and how we feel about life in general. In a world where we are bombarded with millions of different looks, fads, opinions, and opportunities, it’s a miracle we even know who we are as individuals.

It’s everywhere. TV. Movies. Books. Magazines. Billboards. Newspapers. Daily, we are subjected to what the world, society, thinks we should be. What we should wear. What we should eat. What we should not eat. What is healthy. What is not healthy. The list stretches beyond eternity where no one can see an end to the madness. People are looked down upon if they…

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God is My Strength – Helping a Friend

I came across this verse tonight while reading another person’s blog post  which listed multiple encouraging Bible verses, every one a real blessing as always.   This verse, however, particularly got my attention because of a conversation with a friend who came knocking on my door earlier this evening asking me to pray with her.  My friend was visibly distressed, in tears and just looked so forlorn. My heart was breaking for her.

She and i spent a little time talking about what was troubling her.  I won’t get into that out of respect for her privacy, but needless to say, it was not good at all.  She is just totally distraught, unhappy and wondering why she is even alive and has had thoughts of changing that status.  Wow!  What do I say?  How do I respond to her besides the obvious–telling her NO she cannot do that!  I reminded her of my experience with losing my son to suicide and how it feels for those of us left behind.  i told her she cannot do that to her family and those of us who love her.

As we talked I reminded her several times to lean on the Lord, to trust him; bring her trials to him; that he is her strength if she allows him to be.   He is our salvation and we need not be afraid.  He will not turn us away and in fact, will welcome us with open arms when we come to him. She assured me that she has done that; however, I also hear in her words that like the rest of us, she gives her problems to God and then takes them back again thinking she can do better.     She said she is a believer and that she is trying to live God’s plan for her but fails all the time and then punishes herself.   She is her own worse enemy (her words).

We prayed together and made sure to thank God for the blessings he has given to each of us as well as asking Him to put a hedge of protection around her, to show her the way back out of the darkness and into the light. to let her know she IS loved not just by her family and friends but more importantly, the Lord.

I know he heard the prayer and is ready and willing to take on her burdens if she will let him.   I pray that she does give it to him and lets him in.   I have been in her shoes, (not suicidal) and I know that when I turn to God and give Him  my  burdens that he has given me rest.  He has sent people into my life to be an encouragement; he has helped me to get back on the right track and He will do the same for her.

So friends I am asking tonight that you pray for my friend.  I wont give her name, again to protect her privacy but God knows who she is and what is troubling her.    l also  request, if I may, prayer for me that I can be a good friend and a good witness to her and not say or do the wrong things.   I am trying to encourage her to go to  church with me and I hope one day she will do that.  I would love for her to meet the wonderful people at my church and to know that despite any issues that she thinks  would not make her welcome , she would be very much welcomed!   My church family is full of love and kindness and loves to share it!

Edited.  note to self–Do not stay up so late writing a post!  lol   Forgot to give it a title and my proofreading was terrible!

He’s Still Faithful

lovely poem! Reblogging this on Elaine’s Random Thoughts and also shared it with some friends.

Karina's Thought

Christ – the solid Rock, the Tower of refuge,
The Haven of restful calm,
Still reaches out in the worst of times
With a soothing, healing balm.

He’s the peace that passes understanding
That this world cannot give;
The joy unspeakable and full of glory…
The abundant life we live.

He’s the undergirding Strength in fiery trials,
Giving grace to endure;
The Anchor planted deep within our souls,
Holding safe and secure.

He is still our loving Shepherd and Friend
When our dreams fall apart;
And He’s Still Faithful to all who heed His call…
Surrendering their heart.

“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous
forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”( Psalm 37:25)
“…the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.” (II Thessalonians 3:3)

© Connie C. Bratcher

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We Must Never Forget! 9/11/2001


In Memory of all who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and to their loved ones left behind who will always miss them and grieve for them.   God be with you,  God Bless America

Psalm 25:2-3

2 O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed , let not mine enemies triumph over me. 3 Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed : let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.



Awareness (world suicide prevention day)

Reblogging this because I lost a son to suicide 11 years ago. Please reach out to those who are in trouble emotionally. Let them know they are not alone, that they are loved, God loves them, Pray with them, –Let them see there is light in the darkness, As this post states, not talking about it does not prevent it.

Prioritizing Our Hopes

Wonderful post as are all that Bill writes. I encourage everyone to visit his blog! I find it very encouraging.

Unshakable Hope

When you go through a trial, especially an extended trial that disrupts or even destroys your earthly hopes and dreams, you either learn to focus and depend more on your eternal hope or slide further into despair.

I imagine that every Christian that has gone through an extended trial will remember coming to this difficult crossroad and facing this choice. In truth, seek firstit’s a decision we should have made when we committed to follow Christ – whether or not we were going through a trial at the time. By definition, a Christian is someone whose primary hope is an eternal hope in Christ.

“…we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast…” (Hebrews 6:18-20)

I know that God wants us to have hopes in and…

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