These hands have held, been held, worked, wiped tears, patted backs, rubbed headaches away… these hands have been folded in prayer, they’ve reached out to another, twiddled, anxiously moved, covered a mouth filled with laughter, rubbed a back to console.
These hands have written down feelings, held the hand of a dying loved one, held a newborn child straight from the womb. These hands have raised to God in worship, stretched wide in desperation, lifted heavy loads, disciplined out of love, made mistakes, and begged for forgiveness. These hands have loved and lost and hurt and been hurt.
These hands will continue to make a difference here and now and forever. These are hands of mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, wives, cousins, aunts, nieces, a grandmother, a widow, sinners, redeemed women, saved by grace through faith daughters of The King. These are mine and Momma’s hands.
Life will give you many twists and turns. The ride will sometimes be smooth and other times will be bumpy. You will face things that you never expected. You’ll learn that not everyone is who they appear. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll scream. You’ll stand up and stand firm. You will make mistakes. Lots of them. You’ll be shown mercy. Lots of it. God will be the one constant. He will be the only ONE who will never let you down. He’s the only ONE capable of that for anyone. You will face fears and you’ll face things that some will never know about. You’ll love big. You will be blessed so much. God will give you so many gifts. Life will reveal things that you never imagined. You will realize again and again that you are never the ONE that is in control. You will have moments of frustration. You will experience depression and anxiety. You will think it’s a secret to keep. You will speak up and be transparent. You will realize that life throws the twists and turns and that sometimes you will struggle. You’ll speak up and be bold. You will share pieces of your testimony at the right times. The times that God leads you to do so. You’ll share your struggles because you know the things you experience can help someone else. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll soar. You’ll fly. You will struggle with the deep thoughts and you’ll keep sharing. This is why you are here. Little girl. You keep going. Keep striving. Keep leaning. Keep standing. Your FATHER is always by your side.
I have started several posts and even have 11 in the “draft” or unpublished phase. It’s just not their time to be posted yet. As I was sitting with my family..I felt the urge to write the poem below. I used to write poetry a lot, but it has been a long time.
My hope is that the poem below will make you really think. Really seek HIM. Really look within and ask yourself…
“I am living for HIM or for me?”
“Do my actions match up with my words?”
“Do I need to BE STILL and SEEK HIS FACE more?”
“Am I giving HIM my all?”
What if…we smiled at a passing stranger and that one small act changed the course of their day?
What if…we took the time to just listen more?
Would we hear something more than before?
What if…we took more time to spend with God and pray?
Would we make more of a difference with our day?
What if…we gave more of ourselves..to the sick and the poor?
What if…we heeded HIS call to help and to serve, when HE called…not after we went the wrong way?
Would we be able to pass them by anymore?
Would we realize the blessings we had missed along the way?
What if we trusted HIM like never before?
Would we step out into the unknown and feel safe?
What if we gave all we had…like HE gave for us?
Would we be able to show more grace?
What if… we loved like HE loves…with a merciful heart?
Would we be making our world be a better place?
What if…we forgave those who once held a place in our hearts?
Would we feel joy and peace in its place?
What if we learned to BE STILL and SEEK HIS FACE first?
Would we keep living our lives “our way” ?
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV) ~ if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Psalm 105:4 ~ Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.