Reflections: Change Can Be a Good Thing

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In the United States where I live, autumn begins on Wednesday. This season reminds me that change can be a good thing sometimes. Yes some things are lost or stripped away but so much beauty is there at the same time.

This is a time to leave the past behind and to embrace the beauty that is ahead.

I wrote this poem years ago on this thought.

Autumn (Original Poem)

Leaves fall, autumn arrives.
Change is coming time flies by.
Colors move from shade to shade
Change is coming though its time it takes.

The autumn feel, the wind so crisp.
A new beginning as the past falls away.
Change is coming soon
Watch the colors as they change.The song that autumn plays
A song announcing change
See the beauty in the leaves
The beauty in the shades.

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I hope this poem will encourage you. You can read more of my poetry here.

Reflections: God Fights for You

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I have been wanting to share a song with you all that has been a big encouragement to me. This song reminds me that I must be still and let God fight my battles and that I have to worship God instead of taking out my sword.

The first time I heard this song it reminded me of the story in 2 Chronicles 20:1-30.

The people of Israel were about to be attacked by a large army. God spoke through one of the believers while they were all gathered and told them they would not have to fight at all in that battle.

2 Chronicles 20:15-17 KJV — And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.

Your battles belong to God!

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I will carry these words with me and let them remind me of the truth that God is before me and is fighting for me. I must trust God and praise him even as I face the challenge.

2 Chronicles 20:20-25 KJV — And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever. And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another. And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped. And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.

To my fellow believers, next time you face a challenge in life remember this story and the truth that God is fighting for you. To those who do not believe, remember God fought for you on the cross. Jesus Christ, God in flesh fought death and sin on the cross and his blood defeated sin.

He rose to life on the third day defeating death and sin. Those who die trusting in him awake in heaven to everlasting life.

I hope these words will encourage you to trust your life to the best captain in this battle through life.

July is Disability Pride Month | Be Happy in your own Skin

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July is disability pride month 

Disability pride is sharing your life and gifts with society even when you are told you don't belong.

I do not usually consider pride to be a good thing to have, but in this case the word “pride” is necessary.

July is Disability Pride Month and it is time that people with disabilities be proud of who they are.

People with disabilities are constantly seen as less of a person just because they are different. Society sees a disability as something to be ashamed of.

I have a disability myself as I am visually impaired.

When I think of being proud of being disabled I do not mean have an arrogant or conceited attitude, because that solves nothing. When I think of pride, i think of coming to a place where you are happy in your own skin.

I think it means stepping out into the world confidently using your white cane.

I think it means going out into the world confidently in your wheelchair or crutches or hearing aids or any other assistive device.

Disability pride is sharing your life and gifts with society even when you are told you don’t belong.

So to everyone with a disability: do not let other people’s comments keep you down. We are here with a purpose and we have unique gifts to contribute to society.

Take pride in your unique life and shine!

I wrote this poem to encourage myself and others not to be ashamed of using a white cane.

I hope that this post will encourage any one that has a disability. Remember you are valuable and wonderfully created by God.

Psalm 139:14 KJV — I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Reflections: From Uncertainty to Eternity

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Today we live in an uncertain world. It seems that we are walking on a tightrope with danger on both sides. The truth is that tomorrow is not guaranteed to anyone.

There is one solid foundation that we can stand on and this is faith in Jesus Christ. He is your way into heaven.

I wrote a poem reflecting on the fact that Christians do have a hope of eternity in heaven with God. The questions, the sorrow and pain will end. I was specifically thinking of the time the rapture occurs and believers are caught up in the air to meet Jesus Christ. You can listen to the poem below.

I hope that this poem will encourage believers to look ahead to the hope of heaven. I hope that those who do not believe can take hold of the truth and reserve their place in heaven while there is still time.

Reflections: Take Life one step at a Time

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Planning is a wise thing but sometimes we can take planning too far. We want to have everything set for the next 10 or 20 years. The thing about life is that it has its curve balls. When we think too far ahead it can make us begin to worry about what can go wrong.

It is good to think ahead and have an over all plan but it is also important to be flexible.

I have learned that it is easier to trust God and take life one step at a time. It is good to have a safety net whether that is food or money but God should be the main safety net.

Matthew 6:25-33 KJV — Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

So take life one step at a time and trust God to help you along the way.