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Made to Love

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This week’s Poetry Tuesday feature is Made to Love by Tobymac. I love the chorus and feel it goes along with my Identity Series that I will posting over the next couple weeks. So here you go friends,  we were made to love and to be loved. Be blessed.

“Made To Love”

The dream is fading, now I’m staring at the door
I know its over cause my feet have hit the cold floor
Check my reflection, I ain’t feelin what I see
It’s no mystery
Whatever happened to a passion I could live for
What became of the flame that made me feel more
And when did I forget that…

I was made to love you
I was made to find you
I was made just for you
Made to adore you
I was made to love
And be loved by you
You were here before me
You were waiting on me
And you said you’d keep me
Never would you leave me I was made to love
and be loved by you

The dream’s alive with my eyes opened wide
Back in the ring you’ve got me swinging for the grand prize
I feel the haters spittin vapors on my dreams
But I still believe
I’m reachin out, reachin up, reachin over
I feel a breeze cover me called Jehovah
And daddy I’m on my way
Cause I was made to love…

I was made to love you
I was made to find you
I was made just for you
Made to adore you
I was made to love
And be loved by you
You were here before me
You were waiting on me
And you said you’d keep me

Never would you leave me I was made to love
and be loved by you

I was made to love you
I was made just for you
Made to adore you
I was made to love
And be loved by you
You were here before me
You were waiting on me
And you said you’d keep me
Never would you leave me I was made to love
and be loved by you

(nah, nah, nah, nah – nah, nah, nah, nah, nah)
(nah, nah, nah, nah – nah, nah, nah, nah, nah)

Anything I would give up for you (nah, nah, nah, nah, nah)
Everything, I’d give it all away (nah, nah, nah, nah, nah)

Anything I would give up for you (nah, nah, nah, nah, nah)
Everything, I’d give it all away (nah, nah, nah, nah, nah)

Anything I would give up for you (nah, nah, nah, nah, nah)
Everything, I’d give it, I’d give it all away, Oh yeah

Cause I was made to love you (I was made to love you)
Yeah I was made to love you (I was made to find you)
Cause I was made to love you (I was made to adore you, made just for you) (nah, nah, nah, nah, nah)
I was made to love you (I was made to adore you, made just for you)
Cause I was made to love you (I was made to adore you, made just for you) (nah, nah, nah, nah, nah)
I was made to love you (I was made to adore you)

Yeah I’m loved by you
Yeah I’m loved by you (nah, nah, nah, nah, nah)
Yeah I’ m loved by you (nah, nah, nah, nah, nah)
(nah, nah, nah, nah, nah)
(nah, nah, nah, nah, nah)

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Freedom Fighters

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This week’s Poetry Tuesday feature is a poem I have wanted to write for a few months. After working on it now for awhile, here it is. Be blessed my friends.

Freedom Fighters

We will no longer be enslaved
The chains must fall
Bound no more
To an unfinished call

Warriors standing anchored
On God’s holy ground
Never giving up
Until the lost are all found

Setting the captives free
Willing to pay the price
Fighting for the Kingdom
An ultimate sacrifice

Laying down our lives
Racing after the King
We pray for the supernatural
We believe in the unseen.

Pulling down every stronghold
With an enemy to defeat
A war to be won
A task to complete.

We wrestle in battle
Beyond what eyes can see
We wear Gods armor
And our enemy must flee

As bond servants of Christ
We will stand strong
Unrelenting, unwavering,
To the Kingdom we belong

Filled with His power
Battles fought and won
We will keep marching
Until the battles are done

United together
Freedom Fighters fight
Shining into the darkness
His undying light.

© Leah Jacobsen

Ephesians 6:11-17 (NKJV)

11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

Play the Game

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Okay. So I am a huge Grey’s Anatomy fan. I know. I know. Not always the most appropriate show, but I do love it just the same. I love how the main character always starts and ends the show with a commentary of life lessons.

I was watching an episode the other day and the life lesson was about life being like a game. It’s not a spectator sport. We can’t just sit on the sidelines and watch. We have to play. But then I was thinking of how often we do look at life as a game, win or lose. Actually life is a journey and really does fit the saying it’s not whether you win or lose but how you play the game.

Most of the time we focus too much on the result, when the result and destination are constantly changing. If the focus is to win and finish, then we are only setting ourselves up for failure. Instead, we need to focus on playing our best and enjoying the journey. We forget that it isn’t always about winning, being finished or a destination. It’s about the journey and the lives we impact along the way. It’s about being the best person that we can be. It’s about letting God set the standard and letting him be the coach. But most importantly, life is not a spectator sport. Win, lose or draw you have to play the game.

So go ahead, play the game. Change the rules as you go, argue with the refs, go long, break the rules, take a break, treat your wounds, but play.

Play hard. Play fast. Play loose. Play free. Play in the moment. Play as if there is no tomorrow.

And don’t forget to enjoy the journey along the way.

Trust Me to Deliver You to Your Promised Destination

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I just wanted to share this awesome word from Garris Elkins and the Elijah List. Be blessed my friends.

 
Garris Elkins: “Trust Me to Deliver You to Your Promised Destination”

Tracks in the Desert
Recently, some of you have felt like a fully loaded locomotive moving at top speed with train cars lined up behind you as far as the eye can see. There has been tremendous momentum developed in your life in this past season.
Through unforeseen events, all of a sudden, you are now seeing the end of the train tracks ahead of you. You might be seeing the end of a season of life, but have no idea what is coming next. You might be seeing the end of a ministry or the end of a cherished relationship fast approaching. The end of what is known can have a paralyzing effect.
The visible rails of this current season are coming to an end and there appears to be nothing ahead but unknown and untested desert sand. It is too late to put on the natural brakes. There is not enough time. You are thinking that in just a few moments your life, as you know it, will derail and crash into the soft sand of an undefined future. The speed of this perceived crash is taking your breath away.

“I Will Make A Way…”
As I processed these words the Lord spoke a word of hope and promise:
“I will make a way in this fast, approaching desert where no way seems possible. I will not allow what I have set in motion in your life to end in disaster. I have laid tracks under the sand of your developing future that are not yet visible to the natural eye. These tracks will rise up and catch the wheels of your life and deliver you across this undefined desert place. (Photo by Robert Bartow The Sword and Stone via elijahshopper.com)
“I have been this way before with many others just like you. I know what I am doing. Trust Me to deliver you to your promised destination. Instead of crying out in fear at the end of these tracks, you will cry out in joy for what I have done.
“Between now and the end of these known tracks let the remaining moments reveal the true colors of your faith, developing you and maturing you so that you are not deficient in any way for the coming new season. Your act of faith is to believe in the substance of tracks not yet seen.”
“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness.” Isaiah 43:19

Strength

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Was going through some of my posts from an old blog and came across this one. I felt it was good for almost any season in life and wanted to share it. Be blessed my friends.

 

Through our own energies sometimes we expect far too much of ourselves. Sometimes, strength is knowing we need others, knowing that we will be alright even after we fall, and knowing that that tomorrow is a brand new day. Sometimes, strength is letting go of what no longer matters, realizing that we are not alone, and that our God in heaven loves us. It is reaching up to our maker and reaching out to those around us. Sometimes strength is admitting we are wrong, that we are weak, small, and afraid. For the Lord shows his strength in our weakest hour.

In many cases strength is standing strong for another day, getting up after we fall, reaching out to others and pulling them close, loving when we don’t want to, apologizing when it’s hard, crying for those who are hurting, praying for those who are lost, rejoicing at God’s glory, and remembering that we are created with a purpose. And most of all, never losing hope and never giving up.

So, rejoice, love, pray, laugh, and stand stronger, knowing that you are not alone. Your God loves you and so do many others around you. Look at the beautiful person you are and love yourself, and let your strength shine though.

Hope for Haiti

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This week I have had Haiti on my mind. More appropriately, the people of Haiti. See the thing is, when I decided to go to Haiti on a mission trip, I had no idea what to expect. When I got there nothing could have prepared me for what I would see. Flying into Haiti, you could see all the small temporary housing. To be honest, I cried right there on the plane. Then when we got off the plane and made our way out of the airport I was struck by the need here in this country. By the dusty desolation.

But then, driving along the dusty road, I saw a thriving green vine growing in an old building. It had beautiful crimson flowers. The mountains rose in the background and the beautiful Caribbean waters were just by the road. Beauty among desolation is what I felt. The people had their market stands set up all along the road. They were beautiful too. I felt thankful for all that I had back at home but I was also thankful to be here in this place. A little boy waved at me as we drove by and my heart was full of hope. Full of hope for Haiti.

As the week went by, I met many Haitians of all ages. I fell in love. The people of Haiti are strong, beautiful and welcomed me with open arms and hearts abandoned. I walked hand and hand with children almost everywhere I went. I spoke very little Creole and most of the people spoke little English but we communicated far beyond what words could say. We laughed, talked as much as we could, played games, and learned from each other. By the end of the week, I felt I had made many new friends. Several Haiti women had told me they loved me and I said I loved them too. The last day in the village I walked with a little girl and boy along the way. I had seen them several times during the week. The little boy was probably about 6, just a few years younger than my youngest child. When it was time to get on the bus, I told the children goodbye. As I looked out the window, there was the little boy looking back at me. I realized I would probably never see him again. Once again I cried. It was hard. It was wonderful. Going to Haiti changed me forever. Today I am thinking of all my friends in Haiti. I pray for them. I hope to see them again someday. And I have a great amount of hope for Haiti. Hope for Haiti, today and forevermore.

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