Poetry

“Breathe”

English: Sunrise at North Point Park, Milwauke...
English: Sunrise at North Point Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Français : Lever de soleil à North Point Park, Milwaukee. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Breathe, when darkness settles in,

and you’ve heard the rhetoric and spin.

Breathe when war hits home

and you can’t watch the news or pick up a telephone.

Breathe when your mind wants to focus on the dark,

and everything you know seems to look empty and stark.

Life is there or you wouldn’t have breath,

Light is still there to replace the darkness in death.

It’s always darkest just before the dawn,

And when the Son comes up just breath and move on!

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“What Is Tattooed on Your Mind?”

I’ve been thinking about how easy it is to just accept bad news without stopping to see what God says about it.  I heard a great message this past weekend about how the enemy permanently tattoos our mind with lies when we allow him to.  It was so interesting to hear that in order to get a tattoo removed it requires light from the outside and blood from the inside working together.  In order to remove the lies that have been imprinted on our minds we must flood ourselves with the light of the Gospel (2 Cor. 4:4) from the outside and allow the blood of Jesus to change us from the inside.  When the light and the blood come to together the lies are removed and we can walk as God intended us to walk.  Wow, that is amazing news!  

That message reminded me of when my son Benjamin was two years old and we went to the Dr. to have his two year check up.  The Dr. told us that because Ben had an excessive concave chest, he was small for his age, and he also had gotten Kawasaki Syndrome (that they caught quickly, thank the Lord) that he would probably never be able to play football as a teenager or participate in any intensive sports.  He also told us that most likely Ben would have to have corrective surgery on his concave chest when he got older.  I remember my husband and I just would not believe that, we didn’t even entertain that thought.  We have always prayed for our kids and today Benjamin has squatted over 800 lbs, he plays Varsity football for a huge high school in the state of TX and just made the regional track meet throwing shot put.  He is having an amazing high school experience. And, by the way, his chest corrected itself.  I am so glad that we did not take the prediction of our Doctor over the word of our Heavenly Father!

Don’t just except a bad report, don’t even except things that are below what God paid for at the Cross.  His person and work gave us everything we need for life and Godliness according to 1 Peter 1:3-5.  That doesn’t mean we will alway get everything we want and that life will be perfect, no, God said, that it rains on the just and the unjust alike Matt. 5:45.  But faith is trusting God, NO MATTER WHAT.   Don’t allow you mind to be permanently tattooed with lies instead tattoo your mind with the Gospel!

 

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Commentary

Perspective

Each of us has our own world view, our own perspective.  This perspective is a result of the way that we were raised, the world view of our parents, events that have happened in our lives, and even pop culture.  It is this perspective that largely filters the way that we hear and see ourselves and our circumstances.  I think this is why you can have two hundred people sitting in a service with one speaker saying one thing and you will end up with at least a dozen different interpretations of what that speaker said.  Now, that isn’t always a bad thing.  I think God can use each different perspective to provide a fresh window in which to see the world, if we will listen to each other.  So our own perspective or world view isn’t necessarily a bad thing unless it is contrary to the “truth”.

For example, when I was married I was a size 8.  It didn’t take me long to kiss that size 8 goodbye and I remember the complete agony and embarrassment that I felt by growing to a size 12.  I felt so ugly and fat.  Years later after having two kids and getting up all the way to a size 16 I began the process of losing weight and when I reached a size 12 again I felt absolutely gorgeous, I mean I loved shopping and walked with my head up because I knew I was a knock out.  Now, what was different between the earlier size 12 and the later size 12?  The only difference was my “perspective”.   I am happy to say that I am now back into a size 8 at age 42 but the point is that, depending on what angle you are looking from, you will decide if something is a good or a bad thing.

A lot of conflict happens in relationships because we don’t recognize each others different perspectives.  A lot of the arguments that we have aren’t based on right and wrong they are simply based on each individuals perspective.  The Bible gives us a great tool to use so that we can operate and function in this world with a better grasp on each other and what is going on by taking a Heavenly perspective.

Colossians 3:2 tells us to set our mind on things above, not on the things that are on the earth.  In other words we can see things from a higher place.  Do you remember going to the playground as a child and looking up at the slide?  When I was little that slide looked huge and scary.  But when I grew up and returned to that playground that same slide didn’t look near as scary, in fact it looked fun.  That is what happens as you mature and begin to see things from a higher place.

I encourage each of us to recognize that we all have different perspectives, that we all come from a different world view but always strive toward a Heavenly view.  Philippians chapter 2 even goes so far as to tell us to let the same mind be in us that was in Christ Jesus.  What kind of perspective did he have?  He actually set aside his Heavenly perspective in order to be fully engulfed in ours and in doing that he brought us the opportunity to take on His mind and His way of seeing the world and people and circumstances.

What does that mean to you?

How are we to do that?

What will be the result if we do?

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Poetry

Authenticity

What is real,

Would you take

What you know,

If it was fake?

Would you take it

In a sack

And bring it home

Or take it back?

Can you stand

In those shoes,

If they are different

Than what you choose.

Open wide your arms

to real,

No matter what

it is you feel!

It is your gift

To be authentic,

So be proudly

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Short Story

“Outside the Stained Glass and Nylons”

English: Stained glass windows of Berne cathed...
English: Stained glass windows of Berne cathedral, Switzerland. Français : Vitraux de la cathédrale de Berne, Suisse. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It all started one ordinary Sunday afternoon. Everyone coming proudly out of church dressed in layers of pastels and nylons. I couldn’t help but laugh to myself at all the effort put into this uncomfortable image of piety.  And there he was this man that I adore and fear, this man I praise and doubt. It’s very hard to hear high and lofty words from the pulpit only to go home to see the humanity. I was always daddy’s little girl, and wanted desperately to please him but I came to the conclusion that as much as I would like to be perfect it simply could never happen. And I was ok with that, although he was convinced that I was settling, when I was only choosing to live and love. It was hard enough being a young woman without the added pressure of religion and unreasonable expectations breathing down my neck. I saw things so differently and in my heart I believed God gave me these eyes.

Do I dare to shake it up?  Do I dare break the mold and see if what I have been told can stand the ugliness or the beauty of the world?  I just can’t believe that God would be in nylons, I mean I choose to believe he would be on a Harley Davidson riding through the streets of New Orleans.

One day many years ago I chose to open my eyes and look outside of the clean white sheets of religion.  I decided that if the cross was the real deal then it would work in the real world.  I decided that I would raise my kids in freedom and love and with their eyes wide open to the real world.  As a result, today I have a 15 year old daughter who sports piercings and enjoys various other avenues of self expression and yet she is the one who classmates can trust with their deepest darkest secrets.  She is the one they go to when they are in trouble and yet she holds fast to her faith.  She loves them and isn’t afraid of them and I am so glad she tells me their stories.  I was raised to be protected from the world by going to church but she is being raised to know that she is the church going into the world and I am so proud of her!  Freedom is a beautiful thing!

I see things different because I have gone outside of the stained glass windows.  I have conversed with the drug addicts and held hands with the sons and daughters of poverty.  I have learned that if you close your borders to the outside you will never have the necessary compassion that is required to change what needs to be changed.  How can I have an opinion if I don’t have a relationship with those of other points of view, lifestyles, cultures and ideas.  But if fear is what motivates me then I will remain in nylons, pastels and behind those walls and God will still love me but others who need Him will not know His love!

All of us live, to some degree, as Preacher’s kids.  Maybe your’s isn’t of religion but perhaps of an ideology that you grew up with.  Don’t allow fear to stop you from seeing the world with fresh eyes.  God created us with minds so that we can think and He isn’t afraid of us using the tools He gave us.

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“If I Was 21 Again”

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Flower fun (Photo credit: @Doug888888

“It I Was 21 Again”

If I was 21 again I’d tell myself to laugh/

I’d stop and smell the roses and even tip a glass/

If I was 21 again I’d give myself time to grow/

I’d love without the guilt and those I love would surely know/

If I was 21 again and all I had was time/

I’d go to Napa Valley and learn to love fine wine/

But I’m not 21 again the truth is I’m 42/

And I wouldn’t change a thing because I’ve spent my life with you!

Wynema Clark 4/10/2013

 

Poetry

“Just To Think”

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Flower photo (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Do you ever do anything, “Just to think”?

Shut out the world and let your mind and spirit sync.

Do you ever take a walk in the cool of the day,

And stop to smell the aroma of a wild bouquet.

If you treasured the moment that’s “here and now”,

If you opened your mind to what your heart would allow.

You would see beauty in ordinary things,

Realize a peace that only God brings.

The anxiety, the rush and the stresses of existence,

Would be but a memory way off in the distance.

Wynema Clark 4/6/2013

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“The State Of Mind You’re In”

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Flowers 2 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The State Of Mind You’re In”

Walking among the lowly, dragging your lovely feet

there is no excuse for your appearance of defeat.

You wake-up every morning to the dream of those without

Yet you complain it’s not enough and you’re condemned to simply doubt.

What if where you are is the place to find your peace?

What if what you have is the shelf on which they reach?

What does that say about the state of mind you’re in?

What if you reached the mountain and you were just back here again?

Wynema Clark  4/4/2013