A World Full of Swans also Needs Ducks

God made both so both are important. Be who God made you. Both are beautiful but in different ways. Both serve a purpose but ducks are sure nicer. Don’t have swan envy because they probably have duck envy too and both are dumb and wrong. You are beautiful as God made you. Be just who you are and so be full of peace, joy and contentment.❤

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Encouragement & Growth in Writing

God has grown me up, matured me a lot in the past couple of very hard years. And I went back to my earlier writings. I noticed the same progression of maturity reflected in my writing style and substance. And it fascinates me now reading other people’s work and how, not unlike the eyes, their words are windows into their souls. We glean from life what we put into it and pay attention to, for better or worse. And we capture and describe those acute observations and impart that into words, writing styles, art that tells a story, as all good art does. And it is beautiful. My particular progression matched my spiritual journey through life, starting first somewhat shallow and self-centered then as my world broke it became depressing, searching for joy out of it, wanting freedom from the oppression. Now, my joy is returned and peace as I have found peace and joy in Jesus Christ’s salvation and assurance and love. And my writing reflects my maturity now, in that it is not about me but is in God and how I may be of service to my fellow mankindians. And writing is such a beautiful way to share life with others and really celebrate each other. Keep writing, friends. You are precious and appreciated!❤

Still Learning

I am still on a journey, still humbly teachable

I walk or run as need demands

I am still on this journey with those I love

Those who remain are purposeful.

I still journey on, no matter the weather

It all has a purpose.

On my journey, no matter the hostile environment

Faith reminds me God walks beside.

I am still on a journey of epic proportions

To heaven one day and here now.❤

Greatness of Music

Music, if you are good at it and do it right, tells the listener about you. Without saying a word, music says more than words can. This is why musicians understand musicians better than anyone else and why listeners like some musicians above others, because some are great at their artistry in music and some do not let themselves out. Now not everyone has opportunity to do this or the guts, but those that really tell their story through their music shine like a lighthouse. We just watched a documentary on the life of John Coltrane, and he was very much a master at this expression of music. And when I grow up, I want to push hope and inspiration through my fingers into the keys and produce inspiration. ❤

Then Came the Dawn

The darkest hours in history always preceded the dawn. That is still true. It will be true tomorrow. In many ways, light is gaining ground and yet darkness digs in, refusing to be extinguished without a valiant effort. However, darkness knows full well that it’s time is short. Those benefitting from the darkness will do so for only a short time and then will be imprisoned by it forever. Now is the time to choose light, the winner and champion. For the dawn comes. It always does. It always will. And one day soon it will do so forever. Do not doubt the light of dawn or its power. For darkness runs from it with its tail between its legs. Never doubt it. God is the light and Jesus ushers in the dawn.❤

Remember to Pray

Please remember to pray. Pray for our country, our President and those working for us, for our enemies, our church, our friends, our families, ourselves. This is a long hall we walk to heaven, wrought with obstacles and distractions, but keep focused on Jesus. Pray diligently. Read the Bible to fill up on truth. Keep doing it. We got this! ❤

Past Clarity

Many can relate, I have spoken with many who get it, who feel me when I say I grew up neglected and criticized. My dad was my strongest supporter but he was rarely home. My grandmas loved me but one I did not see anywhere near enough and one was too busy and clean for me as a kid. My Aunt supported me but was married to a control freak and started her own family. I would have given anything for regular encouragement. So I got straight “A’s” for a pat on the back from school and volunteered for everything at church to feel valuable there. I cleaned the entire house, mowed the lawn, played the piano brilliantly, searched and searched for encouragement and attention, both of which I lacked. Instead I received criticism from my mom and abuse and verbal attacks from my lazy sister. And God gave me the grace to move forward. I decided at age 9 to be a doctor and poured into that goal. I wrote songs, played piano and sang. All searching for encouragement and attention. When looking for a husband, I wanted encouragement and attention and ended up with attention man who criticized and ignored me. God kept moving me forward. After divorcing him and remarrying, my current husband was great at first and now is criticizing me. And now my son is being raised with criticism. So now I know I am the problem. I must be unable to be encouraged. I must do everything wrong. I must be weird. But God keeps moving me forward. You see, I realize that God is the Maker of me. He made me strong to get this far. He made me smart to become that doctor. He made me musical to play for Him. Whether or not any other human being appreciates me or encourages me ever, I know Whose I am. I am God’s little girl. I am the girl He has forgiven and loves and has gifted to worship Him. I am God’s and He keeps moving me forward as encouragement. And if He is the only One I have, He is the only One I need and that is enough. I am content. I trust no human but I trust God. And heaven is not far off, for He will come soon for us. Then none of this unfair life will matter, it will all be forgotten, so long as we keep moving forward with God and saved by Jesus. ❤