Upward Not Inward

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Ps. 42:7

If deep calls out to deep, then would it not be true that shallow call out to shallow?

I am reminded of shallow and surface friendships, shallow and surface image - whether digital or professional, shallow and surface faith and dare I say shallow and surface christianity.

Maybe being no longer satisfied, content with, entertained by, or comfortable with surface is evidentiary of depth. Maybe the depth is a secondary consequence of a singular superior focus.

Damon Thompson's voice echoes in my heart "an inch wide and a mile deep."

A place where shallow no longer fits or can survive. A place where trust brings admittance and uninhibited vulnerability is essential.

There is an immersion that takes place at certain depths that can never be experienced in the shallow.

I am all in.

There is no fear here.
There is no worry here.
There is no bitterness or resentment here.
There is no hatred or sarcasm here.
There is no pain here.
There is no addiction here.
There is no manipulation here.
There is no scheming here.
There is no loneliness here.
There is no betrayal here.
There is no disappointment here.

The waves and the breakers won't allow it. Rolling over me, only one thing matters. The singular and superior focus. His name is Yahweh.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Phil 3:14

I press on
I keep going
I won't stop
I persevere
I refuse to give up
I keep fighting for and

Toward the goal for the prize
For there is reward
A grand and beautiful one
An accomplishment to be proud of
A reason to celebrate

of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus
Such a call as this
An upward one

Come hell or high water
No matter the circumstance
The atmosphere
The attitude
The struggle
The difficulty
The draining
The frustration

I won't stop heading toward and through and to the prize of that which is higher
An upward call of God
A higher purpose
Seeing the view from an elevated perspective
Knowing that there is purpose and goodness ahead
To persevere because there is more going on than simply what we can see when we are in the thick of it

That upward call is the goal
Upward Not Inward
Such an anthem
Higher are your thoughts
Higher are your ways

Let It Be

Let your words forever be my default.

Let your truth ever reign within me. 

Let your peace always resonate.

Let my vision remain upward.

Let inhales be your presence and exhales be your glory.

Let all my opinions carry authorship from Heaven.

Let my perspective always be enthroned with yours.

Let every desire within me flow from every desire of yours.

Let my every motive be earmarked for your glory.

Let all my utterances echo the sound of Your kingdom.

Let every selfish intention die.

Let every emotion not from you bow its knee to the supremacy of Your character.

Let the anthem of my days share the melody of your throne.

Let Your purpose ever be my priority.

Let Your undeniable goodness be more than evident.

Let it be.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Please know...

I wake up so angry.  I am mad.  I am infuriated.  I am heartbroken.

I want to hold your face in my hands, look you into the eyes, and tell you something you need to know.  I don't want to tell you something sweet and encouraging, because "that's how she is" or "that's just what she does." No.

I want you to open your yes.  
The veil to be lifted. 
The lies to be exposed.  
The fog to fade.  
The truth to be known.  
By you.

I want you to know that what I am about to say is true, attainable, nonfiction, not only a possibility--but a reality to be had.  I want you to know this message is for you.

I want you to know this deep within your soul. Imprint it on your heart. Never forget it. 

Don't let the negative thoughts,
words of others,
mistakes of your past,
the situation you are in,
the trials you face,
or the lies of the enemy
to rob you of this truth.

You ready for it?

You are loved.
Yes, you!

You do not need a man to love you to feel and be loved.
The best behaved children to determine your worth and value.
The perfect marriage to feel constant adoration.
The validation of those around you to feel valued and affirmed.
To constantly act a certain way to get people to like you.
A certain number of followers on Twitter to feel heard.

Please understand the sincere and passionate truth in these statements:

You are treasured.
You are loved.
You are pursued.
You are worth more than you will ever know.

Please stop accepting defeat, pain, and a life without hope and peace as the norm.

Please stop letting the mistakes and failures of your past keep you from the truth that you are a princess to the King of Kings.

Please stop settling for less than when there is so much greatness ahead of you.

Please stop wallowing in the victim of life's circumstances puddle and rise up to the royal position you are called.

There is so much more for you, baby girl.
You are destined for greatness.
Step into it.

You are more than you think you are.
God is closer than you think He is.

I love you.