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Nikki Michelle here, 20 years young, writing, Arizona heat, poetry, photography, journalism, my cat, music, and most of all Jesus is my best friend. I live for my Lord and Savior and hope to one day write for His glory.

Written by David, this Psalm compares and contrasts the righteous and the wicked.

From the beginning, David tells us not to get worked up over those who seek after their own will and get their way. He tells us not to envy them because their efforts and earthly treasures will perish like that of the grass. He goes on to say trusting in the Lord and dwelling in His land will harvest faithfulness.

My utmost personal favorite and life motto is verse four.

"Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart."

Whenever I find myself drifting ever so slightly into pursuing my will, I whisper this scripture to myself. I remember that by giving my life to Christ, all good things come in His timing and His nature. We can chase that which we desire and believe we have found it but the truth is, God only wants us chasing Him.

David continues on and says to commit our plans to the Lord and to wait patiently in the process. Reminding us once again, David says not to pay attention to the earthly success of the wicked. Following this in verse nine he mentions an inheritance of land among the patient.

"But those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land."

Throughout the remainder of the Psalm, David speaks of this inheritance repeatedly. He characterizes the righteous as humble, gracious, generous, wise and fair.

"But the righteous is gracious and gives." (Verse 21)

"The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice." (Verse 30)

"The law of God is in his heart; his steps do not slip." (Verse 31)

Striving to be righteous should be on our top list of priorities and we must do all in our power to get there. It may go against the grain of the world but ultimately it is the direction that leads to eternity.

David’s underlying command for this passage is found in verse 27.

"Depart from evil and do good, so you will abide forever.”

From separating yourself from evil, David says the Lord loves justice and does not forsake His people. “They are preserved forever.” (Verse 28)

Expanding on this in greater depth, David goes on to speak of future generations, or “posterity”. David says, “the man of peace will have a posterity. But transgressors will be altogether destroyed; the posterity of the wicked will be cut off.” (Verse 37-38)

David is telling us that God’s people will be exalted and maintained, while those living for themselves will be extinguished. The Lord looks out for His people and resting in that reassurance we should have a passion and a desire to go after God with all that we are.

Because we take refuge in Him, (Verse 40) He delivers us in times of trouble. He is our strength and our source. Chase Him and only Him. Strive to be righteous and keep your face turned toward heaven. Build up your posterity. Most importantly, flee from evil and cling to the good. That is God’s will for our lives.

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"Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” ~ Hebrews 12:1-3

Take a moment, read this again and really listen to all that it is communicating.

It tells us to lay aside all burdensome, useless things and to turn away from the trap of sin. This first verse transitions from earthly, hopeless motives to a Christ-driven focused life.

To run with endurance means to have the ability or strength to continue or last. Despite hardship, stress or fatigue it is the quality of lasting power.

What is this race that is set before us? Its life. The Christian life. It is filled with trials and hardships because it is a life headed in the opposite direction compared to that of the world. It is guaranteed it will not be an easy race, which is why it takes one of endurance and stamina.

Verse two mentions how we ought to fix our attention upon Christ. If we run the race of life with our own endurance, the reality is we will eventually stumble and fall in exhausted defeat. A life ran with Jesus as the goal, the finish line, is one that cannot be tripped or discouraged. Sure it will come with trials, pain and fatigue but with Jesus as the source, the author, He perfects our faith when it is on the verge of losing. He picks us up, carries us within His comforting arms, and runs the race for us.

He endured the shame and pain of the cross so that our race could end in victory. This verse reminds us to never forget that immeasurable favor and act of perfect love.

To run a race full of purpose and direction our eyes must first be set upon the One who already won it for us. Simply, we must follow in His footsteps and rely upon Him to come to our rescue when our human endurance wears thin. He is our finish line. Our goal, to one day look upon His gentle face and hear those sweet words from His lips, “Well done, my good and faithful servant…” (Matthew 25:21)

 

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In these moments I am free.

   no one to answer to

   no where to rush to

In these moments I am ignited.

   my passions burning bright

   inspired to write

In these moments I am satisfied.

   my heart’s content

   wanting nothing but the present

In these moments I am living.

   connected to creation

   overflowing with expression

In these moments I am real.

   away from judgment

   in my personal element

In these moments I am vulnerable.

   exposed emotionally

   laying here openly

In these moments I am still.

   soaking in the rays

   warmth scattering in my veins

In these moments I am lost.

   roaming thoughts of nothing-ness

   eyes drifting into the cloud-filled abyss

In these moments I am revived.

   perspectives shift

   life’s a gift

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Anxiety.

  Stillness

Heartache.

  Comfort

Loneliness.

  Fellowship

Pain.

  Healing

Regret.

  Forgiveness

Shame.

  Grace

Hatred.

  Love

Depression.

  Joy

Lost.

  The way

Impatience.

  Dedicated

Selfish.

  Humble

Greedy.

  Gracious

Insecure.

  Fearless

Unreliable.

  Faithful

Wavering.

  Constant

The world.

  Jesus Christ

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The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him.” ~ Lamentations 3:25

Impatience. It is one of the greatest faults of human nature. It causes us to act out and pursue the things we believe we desire. Ultimately, leading us down the completely wrong path.

Acting out of impatience is ignoring all that God has promised. It’s like telling God, “Alright You aren’t coming through for me, so I am going to try it on my own.” Then your sad attempt at finding your happiness begins.

Settling for less starts to be your usual. You tell yourself its exactly what your heart desires. The trumpets sound off, beginning the war within your head. There is a part of you that knows this is the path-to-nowhere and the other continues to make excuses for this behavior.

That’s the battle between your spirit and your flesh. With this controversy raging inside you, so does the stress and the guilt. In all honesty, it eats you alive. Breaking you down and wearing you out until you can no longer feel.

It’s human nature to be at balance with oneself. When actions aren’t parallel with beliefs, imbalance occurs. This imbalance is unhealthy. It messes you up and forces you to deny who you really are.

Eventually, your war with yourself comes to an end. You are spiritually and physically worn out. You must decide who the victorious one will be. The spirit or the flesh. Your decision will reflect which is more important to you.

All that turmoil was birthed from the first sign of impatience. It’s deceiving in nature and only reeks havoc. Sometimes we think we know better than God, we do all in our weak power to prove it to Him.

Once we’ve tried, we come back to Him with tear-filled eyes and a sincere heart saying, “Lord, I am so sorry. I had no clue what I was doing.”

Gracefully, He embraces us with His forgiveness and places us back into His all-perfect will. So undeserving are we of this unconditional love. Countless times we fall short, but every time His mercy meets us.

Impatience reaps unfulfilling purpose. Waiting for the Lord reaps earthly and eternal happiness and contentment.

When you have patience with His timing, you are guaranteeing yourself the very best in life. God ONLY gives His greatest blessings. Wait for Him.

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you awaken me.

the existence of your presence livens me.

the reason behind my shivering spine, textured skin is you.

the atmosphere you define impacts me beyond measure.

you control me.

the power of your influence lingers.

the length of your lifetime is limited but predictable

the moment you go away, hearts long after you.

the knowledge of your return gives hope,

until next season, I bid you farewell…

 

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When you look at life from a by-stander perspective you see things differently. You realize that life is so delicate and people are so beautiful. Those we share this earth with are absolutely incredible in their simplicity.

`Those little things that people do that normally irritate you, begin to turn into a recognition of yourself. You begin to see the good in people and the way their smiles bring light into the world. Everyone on this earth is striving for one thing… to live each day to the fullest.

The elderly couple sitting motionless under the safety of the umbrella/ The little girl, hair dripping, pink tutu swaying, running fearlessly through the water/ The group of giggly girls anxiously waiting to surprise their friend for her birthday/ The brothers making a game out of nothing but creativity and boredom

They all have one thing in common. They are alive. They are basking in the blessing of a beating heart.

When you take a step back and truly look at people at their simplest form, they are precious. Human beings are beautiful. The energy that radiates from them is incomparable. The passion in their eyes reflects the way they see their world. Each reflected passion is very different and beautiful in that variance.

Sometimes you need to go outside of yourself to see people for all that they are, to see those simple reactions and emotions. People express so much of themselves unintentionally. Those expressions are true, honest and remarkable.

Look at people in a different perspective. We are all striving for one goal. To live.

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A trial is like a tunnel. When you first enter into it, all you see in front of you is darkness. You linger towards the entrance, hoping the light from behind you will eventually call you back. Your fear is so great that instead of having your back towards the entrance of that tunnel, it’s facing your exit. You are afraid to let it go. You are afraid to move on. You are afraid to turn your back on the entrance.

Then something happens within you and you realize that you have been stagnant. Going absolutely nowhere. You spin around 180 degrees and you don’t look back. You take that first step deeper into the unknown. The tunnel gets darker as you walk further away from the light the entrance gives.

After continuing on for what seems like a lifetime in the darkness, you catch a glimpse of sunlight. Although its faint, its not hard to make out. That knowledge that the light is within sight, brings you hope. It resembles a blessing and a sense of peace. Knowing there is a way out brings you an ounce of positivity.

This spec of light is what drives you and motivates you to press on. As you keep moving forward, the strength and brilliance of the light gets much more definite. Compared to when you first laid eyes on it, the end feels much closer. Your focus on the goodness of the light, fades out what is in the past. The entrance.

What was light before has now turned to darkness and what was dark to begin with is now illuminated. The past is hidden within the blackness and the future is in the spotlight. You then stop. You look back. You see only emptiness. You don’t feel regret for moving towards the light. You realize that what is at the end of the tunnel is more promising that what remains at the beginning. You turn your head back. You step forward. You smile. Your heart knows that this light your chasing is the will of God.

You continue your journey through the tunnel as the end draws nearer. Things become clearer as your vision readjusts to the light the exit provides. You become more hopeful. Not only that, but you are overwhelmed with excitement. Excitement for what’s waiting on the other end. You feel content because of the trust you have placed in God. The thought that’s what’s at the end is God’s destiny brings you joy. This joy is inextinguishable. The fact that God has something far better than what you left behind inspires you.

Although you haven’t quite made it to the end of the tunnel just yet, the more light, the more vision gained. It all starts to make sense. This tunnel was built by the hands of God. To keep you on the right path, to direct you to Him, and to show you that He knows what’s best.

God is a tunnel builder. Fortunately, He is also the guide through the tunnel. He directs your steps when you cannot see in the darkness and fills you with hope to make it to the end.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel. It is the light of God’s blessings and promises. It is your destiny.

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"The One who began a good work in you will carry it on until it is completed.” Philippians 1:6

  When you first accepted God into your life and turned your eyes towards Him, He began something in you. Something good, something that sparked your interest in Him. A spark that turned into a flame, which progressed into a fire. When that spark was ignited, you were curious and dedicated to knowing Him. You nurtured that spark through scripture and intimate time with the One. Slowly, that spark grew into a flame. Your curiosity transformed into knowledge of who He is and your dedication to knowing Him greatened. You fueled that flame through sharing your faith with others and continuous conversation with the One you now call Father. Then suddenly, that flame burst into a full-fledged fire within you. It could not be extinguished, you were on fire for your Savior and your Guide.

  This was all possible because He started this goodness inside you through that small spark. When you look back at it now, He kept this promise. You feel the fire deep in your soul, realizing that God carried on that good work. Not only will God continue to kindle your fire through revealing Himself, He will challenge you to grow. He desires a long-lasting relationship with you. He wants you to rely on Him in all circumstances. His determination will encourage you to keep your fire burning passionately. This good work He began within you was not meant to be temporary. The spark that developed into a fire is your heart for God. He will continue to reveal Himself to you as long as you tend to your fire. This good work ignited in you will continue to be perfected until that day comes when you enter into eternity. That is His promise to you. Keep yours to Him. Keep your fire burning.

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"God doesn’t give us what we can handle, God helps us handle what we are given." -Anonymous

  I personally believe fully in this quote. Some people say that God will never give us more than we can handle, but in a way that is incorrect. When we place our trust in God He gives us exactly what we need. Strength. When life rages around us and we have reached our breaking point, faithful to show up on time our God is there. Sure we may have a lot on our plate and we feel like we can’t handle it, but with God we can. There is nothing too big for God. Without a doubt, there are things though that are too big for man to handle within his own will. There will always be that struggle but with God those things we thought were impossible before now become possible because of Him!

  Through trials and unclear events in our lives we question God’s will and maybe even His existence. We ask Him things such as: “Are You even here?” “Do You see me?” “Did You forget about me?” “Why did You let this happen?” “Why God?” “Is this really Your will for my life?”

  To answer all those questions simply, God knows what He is doing. God has written your life story before you were even a twinkle in your mother’s eyes. That life story can only be acted out if you allow God to play His role. His role as the ultimate leader of your life. When you let Him take control, you will see that He ALWAYS follows through! 

  God is not one to lie or to hurt. We may go through seasons in our lives that we don’t understand, but God does and there is a reason for it. God may use that trial to bring you closer to Him, to open your eyes, to teach you something, or to show you His plan. Behind every tribulation is a promise and behind every closed door is one waiting for it’s proper time to open.

  So when you feel as if you have far too many ’things’ to deal with, remember God helps you through it. He knows what helps YOU and what will get you to relax in trusting Him. His promises are never broken. He is a man you can depend on. He is a man who will always have your feelings and desires in mind. He is a man that will never walk away. He is always always ALWAYS by your side through the good times and the otherwise not so good.

  He loves you unconditionally and unfailing is His commitment to chase you. Lean on Him and His promises.

"God is not a human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?" Numbers 23:19

  Even though doors close in your life, there is always another one waiting for you to walk through. You just have to believe God and be patient.

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Soft blue skies, round hovering clouds,

Dirt roads curving this way and that,

Rolling hills of grass painting the horizon,

The warm bright sun watching from high above.

Old pick-up trucks sputtering,

Men in hats, girls in boots,

Freely roaming dogs on the corner,

Country beats spewing from open doors.

Short, brown, pole fences enclosing the perimeter,

Sounds of horses’ hooves galloping gallantly,

Tractors in open fields,

Farmers harvesting for their living.

Small bodies of water,

Fishing lines swaying in the breeze,

Open coolers, collapsible chairs,

Bonding between man and nature.

Endless nights under summer skies,

Nothing but the stars for light,

Pulled down tailgate, blankets for a bed,

Only the sound of voices sharing memories.

The sun takes over the night, flooding the country side with it’s brilliance,

The faithful rooster crows, life awakens,

The farmers rub their eyes, slide their boots on,

It’s the beginning of another day.

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The light.

   It’s promising security brings comfort. The presence of light gives hope and it’s beacon is strong enough for miles. Light is attractive. It has a luring spirit, one that cannot be refused or ignored. Light is revealing. Once it touches something, the truth is uncovered. Surroundings are brought to attention, whether that be positive or negative, perfect or imperfect. Through the light, truth is always viewable but not all recognize it. Clarity is obtainable and meaning is presented. Although light is very special, it can often times be taken for granted. It is only when the darkness prevails, that the light is mourned for.

The darkness.

   Deceitful. The darkness always covers what it does not want to be seen. It is a troublemaker, those who seek it fall deep into it’s shadows. It skews the truth and plays tricks on the eyes. It is a sanctuary for evil and a familiar place for those who lurk in it. It’s intentions are to only conceal and distort. No peace can be found here and no good can come from the gloom. It envelops all things visible and hides them away. It’s intimidating and easily feared. It instills an unsettling spirit in those that come in contact with it. It can only be destroyed by light and forced out by the truth. When darkness flees, the holiness of the light dominates in that moment. Those who were held in bondage through the darkness, now are free when the light reaches them. In the end light will always have victory over darkness. For light cannot be extinguished.

 This is our world. Even though there is so much darkness, the light always shines through. We as Christians are called to be the light of Jesus Christ. To show others the greatness of our King and to be a beacon of hope to the hopeless. We are called to reveal the truth and to have the attractive personality of Christ. This world is full of imperfections but with a Christ-like mind we can see past those, accepting them for what they are. When our lives reflect that of a light, we contribute nothing but positive to the world. We have an eternal life as a light rather than the weak, perishable darkness. For we take after God’s own heart for good, with that we can never be hidden or extinguished.

"You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden." Matthew 5:14

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I have always loved this saying. It’s so true.

I have always loved this saying. It’s so true.

  It washes up the beach, kisses your toes, gives you the chills, yet you want more. You run full-heartedly into the water, splashing those around you. Your exuberant spirit is contagious, luring the by-standers to test out the waters. You feel accomplished, you influenced others to take the dive along side you. Although, something distracts you. You step on a sharp object lurking on the bottom. You feel pain and discomfort. You wonder if this feeling will subside. Then your body reminds you of the icy water. You can’t ignore it. Slowly you feel the pain of your foot fading away. You don’t even remember it now. The chilliness of the water distracted you from your discomfort.

  That’s how the love of God is. Massive. Unforgettable. Cleansing. Healing. Although life takes you by surprise, and the under-toe may try to pull you down, His love reminds us of His power. It reminds us of who we are, how we are His children, and He will never let us be pulled under.

  When your world seems as if it is falling apart, remember the ocean. Remind yourself of the fear you felt at first, but once you ran relentlessly into the water there was no turning back. Remind yourself of the chill and how even if you stepped on a rock, it wasn’t enough to make you forget the temperature of the water.

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