God does…

Don’t complain about that opposition,
that person that’s trying to hold you down,
trying to make you look bad.

They don’t control your destiny,

God does.

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“Sometimes the silence is the loudest thing in the room.”

~ Cory Basil, Skinny Dipping in Daylight

I know that I have written on this topic before, but I have been faced with an unexpected road block along my journey, and just maybe I will feel a little bit better about it if I get it all out and do my best to move onward.

The road block you see, is the unforeseen fact that it does not matter how old we grow or how mature we may think that age will bring – we will find ourselves standing in the presence of a bully. Such a harsh word – but isn’t the transgression itself even more offensive? As a mom, I do my best to instill in my children to be kind, to understand how powerful our actions are and how everlasting they can remain with someone.

I don’t think I will ever understand the lack of compassion. We all have feelings, we all have a history, and not a single one of us are perfect. Why would anyone think that they have the authority to treat another with such disregard? Just as a child, stumbling into the wrath of a bully as an adult, is brutal. It’s unexpected and leaves you stunned. As your heart races, and your breath shortens, your brain is paralyzed and unable to respond. You feel defeated because you failed to bark back.  They found victory in the silence. And in that moment, the fear begins, terrorized with the unknown…waiting for them to strike again.

But, in my silence, I acknowledge that their fear is greater than mine, that what drives them to act with such venom is just as powerful as what drives my composure. In my silence, I acknowledge that it takes just as much strength to have grace towards them as it does for them to antagonize me. In my silence, I acknowledge that I might not be the one to change their heart, but I can be the one who prays for the one that does. My silence is thunderous and it resounds throughout my soul.  My purpose is greater than the circumstance – my resolve is resolute.

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Conquering Challenges — Waas Blog

“My ability to conquer my challenges are limitless. My potential to succeed is infinite.” ~ Affirmations

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When God Made You

HIS most amazing light shined
From the farthest star you could see
HIS magnificence working so carefully to find
Elements to create your spirit so exquisitely

The celebration the angels must have had
Welcoming their new sister in Christ
To walk her life among the land
To share and inspire from the love Most High

Her purpose destined for greatness
For the lives that will be saved
Because her love for the Lord is contagious
And the journey only HE could have paved.

The doubts and worry the enemy may cause
Will never compare to the Father’s grace and love
HIS power and blessings upon her are limitless
There is nothing HE can’t do or take care of

HE walks beside her every single day
Smiling upon HIS pride and joy
Assuring her HIS presence is there to stay
Strengthening her with HIS light and HIS glory

Each step she takes in faith
Praying for HIS will to be done
Victory is hers to proclaim
Born of Christ, she has already won

Walk in HIS light
Breathe in HIS grace
Love as HE loves
Feel HIS embrace

~ Kristie Bueno

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The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.

Matthew 4:16


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never to be trusted,
this most unreliable source
be warned if you leave it unattended
as it will always be led off-course

it’s influence guided by others
so fragile and so weak
fleeting from lover to lover
true love it continues to seek

betraying you at first chance
abandoning all rationale
drawn to the slightest glance
pathetically fruitless and futile

failing you time and time again
you question it’s every move
disappointing you so often
loyalty it could never prove

settling into the vacancy
it becomes isolated and detached
drowning in the complacency
it’s passion diminished and blanched

the victory it once sought
now defeated, no longer brave
its valor faded to rot
isolated, the darkness it craves

concealed, abandoned and deprived
silencing the secrets it hides
forgetting the pulse of being alive
lost in time, it submissively abides

accustomed to it’s absence
restoration will never start
eternally sentenced for its sins
confined to life without this heart

~ Kristie Bueno

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“I don’t think there’s anything on this planet that more trumpets life than the sunflower. For me that’s because of the reason behind its name. Not because it looks like the sun but because it follows the sun. During the course of the day, the head tracks the journey of the sun across the sky. A satellite dish for sunshine. Wherever light is, no matter how weak, these flowers will find it. And that’s such an admirable thing. And such a lesson in life.”

~ Helen Mirren

My oldest daughter found this gem hidden beside our parking spot as we prepared for our weekly journey into the grocery store.  She stopped in her tracks, proclaiming its beauty and how sad it was to be hidden inside a grocery store parking lot.

I offered that it might not be so sad; that maybe she didn’t actually find the sunflower, but just maybe the sunflower found her.  This flower has the ability to cause pause in someone’s day, allowing them a moment to reflect on its beautiful isolation and bewildering placement.  For a moment, the busyness of life subsided, all to spend this moment with a flower who rose above its circumstances to make a difference to all who pass it by.

I mentioned for her to take a photo of it so that she could remember this unique opportunity.  Inspiration is everywhere, you just have to open yourself up enough to let it find you.

Evanescent: A moment in time…

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