Scars and Bruises

If scars signify strength
Then why do bruises make me feel so weak?

If thick skin is what I need to be strong
Then why do I easily bleed?

They say you’re a survivor
When you make it through another day
But why do I feel weaker every morning
When I awake

Do scars really prove that you’re strong?
Does the duration of your tolerance for life
Really depend on how long
You’ve been hanging on?

There’s something
Vaguely mundane
By the words of flattery
In the attempts for sanity

Who can define a survivor?
Who’s to say who’s the weak and the stronger?
The voices inside and out of my head
All have different opinions

I’ll take a step back for once
And try to listen to the silence

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Pride

Pride
I’m trying to let go of pride
Release the disgust and judgment
That prevails inside
My clouded mind
Filthy eyes
Filled with sawdust
Scattered from plywood
That I tried to deny
Red eyes
Blink once and twice
Now it’s an infection
With a nasty stye
Who am I to pry?
Who am I to judge
Who will live and die?
Pride
I’ve got to let it go
I’ve got to know
What it’s like to be humble
So all it takes is a single stumble
To remember who I once was
And it’s not because of pride
That I got this far
Was it not hardship, trials, and scars
That took me beyond the stars?
Pride is the pitfall that makes a person plunge
To the lowest ends of the earth
But it is humility that crowns the humble
And measures what a heart is worth

Give Me Faith

I dream and close my eyes

I wake up to the sunrise

I clutch to dreams before they die

I hold onto hope before my strength runs dry

Give me reason to believe in tomorrow

Give me faith to rise above this sorrow

If there is an anchor of faith and hope

Let me know that I’m not alone

Who Do You Know?

In the silence in the noise
In the shadows in the light

There’s a voice that gently speaks
There’s a truth that cannot hide

There’s a prayer being said
There’s a chorus being sung

There’s a voice that is heard
Every breath and every word

All the tears all the pauses
All the sighs the wins and losses

Did you think that you were forgotten?
Your voice is heard
Every breath and every word

Prayers answered
Today or not
Don’t stop hold onto faith

The wait is never easy
The drought is never painless
But the battles that we fight
Are not battles in isolation

Hold fast and believe

Through the calm or storm
Untarnished or torn
Whether full or empty
In abundance or in nothingness

Hold fast to hope
Know peace as if no one else
Has ever known

No peace
So your sorrow overflows
Know peace
And no one and nothing can ever take away
Who you really know

I’m not taking lies for an answer

When you’re a nerd 🤓

My Bible handbooks and guide to the Bible came! I had forgotten what a treasure it is to know God. It’s even more of a privilege to study His word more intently. Sometimes, we forget how many false prophets and teachers are out there, twisting God’s word. As Christians, we need to know the truth and can’t allow false teachers to lie to us. Someday, even the elect may be deceived (Matthew 24:24). We need to be ready. I’m going to be zealous for the Lord. Will you join me?

More faith and courage

She turned her head as she paused, deep in thought in the middle of the room. At first, she shook her head in resistance. “No Lord, not me. You got it all wrong. I’m not the one you’re looking for. I can’t possibly do that.” She couldn’t comprehend and process the challenge that was placed before her.

“But you are the one. For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you (Isa. 41:13). I knew and loved you before the beginning of time. I go before you (Deut. 31:8) and I have ordained the days of your life (Psa. 139:16).”

She sighed a deep breath. “But how will I know what to do?”

You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand (Jhn. 13:7). Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding (Prov. 3:5).”

“Lord, I trust You. Please give me more faith and courage,” she said.

Nothing will be impossible with God (Luk. 1:37). Do not let your [heart] be troubled and do not be afraid” (Jhn. 14:27).