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My Voice

fall-yellow-trees-230x153 (1)As my desire to blossom arrived, I flourished.
No longer fearing the journey it takes to truly open and unfold.
Deeply I breathe in as my breath is taken away.
I found my voice, yet even as it lay dormant in the quiet.
As I stumbled in the sometimes darkness and fell,
Standing back up brushing off the bruises
I knew I had found my way. ~ Anais Nin

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Start Over

401939_10151345625906736_1985707795_nMarvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” ( John 3:7)

This is Jesus’ response to a question posed by a man named Nicodemus. Historically, we do not know much about Nicodemus other than he was well-educated, wise and curious.
Jesus is contrasting “spiritual rebirth” with “physical” birth. Spiritual rebirth means leaving an old life of “sin” and starting a new life in the Kingdom of God.” It is also, abandoning  an “old” identity for a “new” one.

Nicodemus next question, “How can a man be born when he is old?,”prompted this post. Poet (Ruth Carter Bourdon) offers the perfect answer:

When you’ve trusted God and walked His way
When you’ve felt His hand lead you day by day
But your steps now take you another way . . .
Start Over!
When you’ve made your plans and they’ve gone awry
When you’ve tried your best and there’s no more try
When you’ve failed yourself and you don’t know why . . .
Start Over!
When you’ve told your friends what you plan to do
When you’ve trusted them and they didn’t come through
And you’re all alone and it’s up to you . . .
Start Over!
When you’ve failed your kids and they’re grown and gone
When you’ve done your best but it’s turned out wrong
And now your grandchildren have come along . . .
Start Over!
When you’ve prayed to God so you’ll know His will
When you’ve prayed and prayed and you don’t know still
When you want to stop cause you’ve had your fill . . .
Start Over!
When you think you’re finished and want to quit
When you’ve bottomed out in life’s deepest pit
When you’ve tried and tried to get out of it
Start Over!
When the year has been long and successes few
When December comes and you’re feeling blue
God gives a January just for you . . .
Start Over!
Starting over means “Victories Won”
Starting over means “A Race Well Run”
Starting over means “God’s Will Done”
Don’t just sit there . . .
Start Over!!

Prayer:  Gracious God, Help us to understand that living is seldom easy, comfortable, or trouble-free–it simply “is what it is.” May we see the beauty in all of God’s creation. May we savor the sweet “freshness”  of each new day. But most of all, give us endless hope and the strength (no matter the challenges) to always begin again.  For thy Son’s sake we pray. Amen

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