times of transition

Restoration

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This week’s Poetry Tuesday is a new poem, by yours truly, that came out of the thought that we need our foundation built on Jesus. He is the rock and a firm foundation. He made us with purpose and can fix all things in our lives and restore us to who He intended us to be from the foundations of the earth. Be blessed my friends.

Restoration

Take us back to the beginning
Take us back to the foundation of you
Before the beginning of time
Where we were brand new

Take us back to the beginning
Before we were torn in two
Before things were broken
Take us back to the foundation of you

Take me back to the beginning God
Take me to the place of being new
Take me back to the beginning
Take me back to the foundation of you

c Leah Jacobsen

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Am I Wrong?

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Have you ever felt like nobody gets you? Do you ever ask the question am I wrong for thinking the way that I do? For wanting to see more than what’s in front of you? To go along with my last post, A Leap of Faith, this week’s Poetry Tuesday is about faith and vision. At least that is what this song means to me. It means think out of the box, believe in the impossible and never give up on your dreams. Enjoy and be blessed my friends.

 

Am I wrong
For thinking out the box from where I stay?
Am I wrong
For saying that I choose another way?
I ain’t trying to do what everybody else doin’
Just ’cause everybody doin’ what they all do
If one thing I know, I’ll fall but I’ll grow
I’m walking down this road of mine, this road that I call home

So am I wrong?
For thinking that we could be something for real?
Now am I wrong?
For trying to reach the things that I can’t see?
But that’s just how I feel,
That’s just how I feel
That’s just how I feel
Trying to reach the things that I can’t see (see, see, see)

Am I tripping
For having a vision?
My prediction
I’ma be on the top of the world
Walk your walk and don’t look back,
Always do what you decide
Don’t let them control your life, that’s just how I feel oh whoa
Fight for yours and don’t let go,
Don’t let them compare you, no
Don’t worry, you’re not alone, that’s just how we feel

Am I wrong? (am I wrong?)
For thinking that we could be something for real?
(Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah, oh)
Now am I wrong? (am I wrong?)
For trying to reach the things that I can’t see?
(Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah, yeah)
That’s just how I feel,
But that’s just how I feel
That’s just how I feel
Trying to reach the things that I can’t see (see, see, see)

If you tell me I’m wrong, wrong
I don’t wanna be right, right
If you tell me I’m wrong, wrong
I don’t wanna be right
If you tell me I’m wrong, wrong
I don’t wanna be right, right
If you tell me I’m wrong, wrong
I don’t wanna be right

Am I wrong?
For thinking that we could be something for real?
Now am I wrong?
For trying to reach the things that I can’t see?
But that’s just how I feel,
But that’s just how I feel
That’s just how I feel
Trying to reach the things that I can’t see (see, see, see)

So am I wrong? (am I wrong?)
For thinking that we could be something for real?
(Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah, oh)
Now am I wrong? (am I wrong?)
For trying to reach the things that I can’t see?
(Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah, yeah)
But that’s just how I feel,
That’s just how I feel
But that’s just how I feel
Trying to reach the things that I can’t see (see, see, see)

 

 

 

 

A Leap of Faith

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Sometimes taking a leap of faith can be the hardest thing we can try to do in life. So many questions can clog up our brain. How is this supposed to work? Why am I supposed to take this leap? When is the right time? What if I fail? So many questions can instantly quench our faith and produce fear and insecurity.

If it is directions from God, then it can be even harder. We may ask ourselves. Did I really hear God’s voice? We may ask, God are you sure? What will other people of me and my decisions? Or even ask, what if I am wrong and didn’t really hear God to begin with.

Well, I guess that is why it is a leap of faith. If we knew all of those answers then faith would not be required. Sometimes to get to the next level, our only choice is faith. To pray, ask God, and then jump into the deep end, into the unknown, hoping for the courage to carry on and for the end result. I have been at this point many times in life. When my hubby and I started a family. When we decided to homeschool our children. When we started a business. All of those “leaps” required faith and God has been faithful. So why do I make it so hard?

I think we make it so hard, because we like to be in control. We like to have the answers. We like our warm and fuzzy comfort zone. But if you are like me, all of the best things in my life came with a price. They came with a required leap of faith. But even though that is the case and God has been faithful. It is still really hard to leap, to follow my dreams, and to follow the vision that God has given me for my life. I feel like the obstacles are great and the risk is high. But yet, the reward is beyond measure. So what is a girl to do? What will you do when God asks you to leap?

If I want what God has, then I must leap. Maybe I will count it down 3, 2, 1… But most likely I will pray for courage. I will pray for God to surround me with people of encouragement. I will remember Hebrews 11, verse 1, because I really want the things I cannot see. And most importantly, I will ask God to hold my hand and to catch me when I fall. He is faithful and His word does not return void.

God in me has made me bold… so God, I trust you. I will follow you to the ends of the world.

So friends, this is my heart. If you are in a place where you need to take a leap, know you are not alone. Be Blessed my friends

 

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Giving it your all

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This week’s Poetry Tuesday feature is “The Rose”.  Originally sang by Bette Midler, but I love the version sang by Christopher Malon below. I love this song. It inspires in me that we never know what is preparing to bloom, hidden beneath the snow.

I also love this video. For 34 years he kept that beautiful voice inside. I cried the first time I watched the video. The beauty inside someone needs to be released. My prayer and wish is that in my life I give it all, and when I see Jesus in heaven he says “Well done my good and faithful servant. You poured out everything I gave you.” I want to be completely empty when I leave this world. Be blessed my friends.

“The Rose”

Some say love, it is a river
That drowns the tender reed.
Some say love, it is a razor
That leaves your soul to bleed.
Some say love, it is a hunger,
An endless aching need.
I say love, it is a flower,
And you its only seed.

It’s the heart afraid of breaking
That never learns to dance.
It’s the dream afraid of waking
That never takes the chance.
It’s the one who won’t be taken,
Who cannot seem to give,
And the soul afraid of dyin’
That never learns to live.

When the night has been too lonely
And the road has been too long,
And you think that love is only
For the lucky and the strong,
Just remember in the winter
Far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed that with the sun’s love
In the spring becomes the rose.


Landslide

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This week’s feature for Poetry Tuesday is Landslide by Stevie Nicks. I thought I would post the whole song and video to go with yesterdays post. As always, be blessed my friends.


I took my love and took it down
I climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow-covered hills
Till the landslide brought me down

Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?

Well, I’ve been afraid of changing
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m getting older too

Well, I’ve been afraid of changing
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m getting older too
Oh, I’m getting older too

I take my love, take it down
I climb a mountain and turn around
And if you see my reflection in the snow-covered hills
Will the landslide bring you down
And if you see my reflection in the snow-covered hills
Will the landslide bring you down, oh, oh
The landslide bring you down

 

The Path

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Since the beginning of the year, God has showed me how he has always had my steps laid out. All I have to do is follow that path.

Today’s featured poem for Poetry Tuesday is about that walk.

The Path

Where is my life going?
I wonder from time to time.
Where is my life going?
I look to Jesus, and to the path that is mine.
Life with purpose, that is the goal.
Peace that passes understanding,
Peace for my soul.
Run the race with patience.
Run the race to win.
He set the course,
I just have to begin.
Step by step, day by day,
Seeking after Him,
Walking in His way.
Waiting for him to speak,
For by the spirit, I am lead
Waiting on Him
And by His word fed,
His time I borrow
For he redeems the time
And I continue on
Walking this path of mine.

© Leah Jacobsen

Psalms 16:1-11 NKJV
“Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust. O my soul, you have said to the Lord, “You are my Lord, My goodness is nothing apart from You.” As for the saints who are on the earth, “They are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.” Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god; Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer, Nor take up their names on my lips. O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance. I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night seasons. I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Don’t Stop Pushing

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At the beginning of the year I had a dream of being in labor. I was in a delivery room and I said “I can’t do it any longer. I need to stop.” I immediately woke up. I heard God say to me. “Don’t stop pushing. You are almost there.”

There comes a time when you are birthing something that you will want to stop. But most likely that’s when you are close and must not/can not stop pushing. You’re almost there.

I have four children and let me tell you birthing isn’t a lot of fun in my opinion. It’s hard, it’s painful, it’s exhausting. Yet when that baby is put into your arms, you don’t even remember the pain and exhaustion.

Life can be a lot like child birth especially when we are going through trials and waiting on God to move. It can be hard, painful and exhausting. When we are in that kind of season how many times have we given up or felt like giving up?

Well, let me share something else I have learned through giving birth. When you are the closest to delivery, is when it becomes the hardest. It’s called transition. It’s no surprise that it’s called transition. Transition by definition is:

-the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.
-to undergo or cause to undergo a process or period of transition.

Transition by definition is movement and change. It’s a process. It can be a hard and painful one but with a great reward on the other side. Even if you can’t see what is going, something is moving. You must trust that things are changing whether you can see them or not. I know it can feel like a long, dark, scary tunnel. Like a long, dark night without a dawn. But you have to come out the other side. You will come out on the other side. Because what’s been waiting there will be glorious.

I know you are tired. I know you’ve been waiting. But wait a little longer. Keep the faith. Pray a little harder. God knows his plans for you. And right now is your transition. So take a deep breath, focus on the other side and don’t stop pushing. You’re almost there.