Thursday, January 28, 2016

Tears On My Pillow

by: LadyJo

Tears on my pillow
Falling like waterfalls
At the end of a babbling brook
As I’m compelled to walk boldly into my security
Unveiled from the obscurity
In believing that you were my hope

But I feel a presence reaching out to comfort me
Catching each tear that falls
Calling each one by name
Caused by this emotional affliction that aches my heart
Feeling immersed by this moments in time
As I lay here grieving the demise of a lost hope

Internally I scream, I shout for hope’s return
For a future to be rewritten
For our existing path to be unknown  
When red roses bloomed not only in spring
But all year round
As love through hope was have
When a future never became a past

But in this very moments
Laid open to the characteristics of ail
Seeing a loss hope in the basin of my tears
Even though I’m consoled
By one who’s able to catch each tear and call them by name
Reminding me lonely is not the equivalent to alone, so no fear to behold
For love that is now loss, eclipses love that was never found
Anticipating love deferred will be right punctual
But this night I cry tears on my pillow

*Picture courtesy of: National Self Reliance Association

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Righteous Child

by: LadyJo
Take a moment and watch my video, prayerful it will encourage you today!

Hey Family, 
Since my video quality came through poorly, here are the actual words of the poem.  ~ Enjoy & be Inspired today!!!

How many times have I found myself right here
Faced with the verdict of Trust or Fear
Having to make a decision that will determine the rest of my life
Jump into the Faith of my Lord, or continue living in strife
Unable to see the safety net that will catch me if I choose to fall
If I give into Faith, don’t look back, if I risk it all
Doubtfully, I stand on the edge of this cliff and I wait
Taking time to contemplate
Analyze the true risk of my fate
Realizing whatever I do now will be evident of the life I proclaim
Evident of the doctrine I have confidence in, as I have claimed
Evident that law and physics are not my Lords
Since I have chosen to live by faith, not by sight in Jesus name
Leaving me an example to follow his lead
When He chose his fate and did not recede
With prayer and petition the Father’s plan he fully embodied
When He took the chance and He risked it all
When His verdict was Trust, He made the call
Forgetting what’s behind, looking toward what’s ahead and simply fall
Imitating the walk of this perfect man, I too take a stand
Refusing to be known by anything other than
Righteous child of God!

Friday, January 22, 2016

On an iced-in day in the Queen City

The Lord said, “My precious, I will never leave you,
during your time of trials,when you saw only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you.”

He Was Born To Die

by: Ladyjo

I wonder what you were thinking, while being hung upon that tree
In anguish and pain after being beaten all night, so endlessly

Were you anticipating a quick end, so from this world you would flee
Or were you constantly thinking, and remembering me

Were you thinking of the day, when I would join you in glory
After committing my life to you, after hearing about your life story

How you gave up your crown, and to this world became a slave
Hoping that because of your sacrifice my life would be saved

Flogged, beaten, spat on, and disgraced
All this you endured just so one day I may see you face to face

What greater love is there, than a heavenly king who became a man
Since the beginning of time, this was the Father’s master plan

What greater love is there, than a king who would wash my feet
To show an extent of his love so that my faith may be complete

What greater love is there, that of one who was born to die
To save a wretch like me, a sinner such as I

Born in a manger and died on a tree,
All the way to calvary You went for me

So what was He thinking while being hung upon that tree
He was thinking of the Love he had and still have for you and for me

Thursday, January 21, 2016

What If My Dream Came Through

by: LadyJo 

I had a dream last night
Of a lost love, we stayed up talking on the phone till the dark sky became light
Romancing the stones of days of old
Remembering a Love that time seem to have stole
The story of us that quickly began
But ended when life’s journey laid out our separate plans
For us to walk two different paths
Only hoping to find ourselves later, together at last
But was it really just a dream
For I must admit hearing the sound of your voice made it seem so real
And the desire to embrace you once again, I’m struggling to conceal
Trying not to give birth to premature emotions
Or permit myself to entertain pointless illusions
That may never come to pass
Leaving an infinite void in my heart when I awake from this dream at last
But what if my dream did come through
What if it really was you that I was talking to
And now I’m finally able to be present with you
To rekindle a love that was cut short, now long over due
I wonder if your dreams would be for the same things too
And allow me to be the only one that from this day forward you’ll awake next to
The one you’ll freely open your heart and soul to be true to
Even though so much time has passed
Even though life may have beaten us up, left us heart broken and harassed
With stolen dreams, leaving us with so much loss
Then at this perfect time threw us back together, once again our paths could cross
Giving us a chance to breathe life into a tale dreamt repeatedly, every once in awhile
Now reignited by three simple likes on a view of a profile
Initiating a dream to step out of the mind into a reality come through
Allowing from this moment to bid adieu to a future alone or without you
So with open arms I gladly welcome the wake of a new day
Prepared to embark on a journey anew continued from yesterday

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Beyond Belief

by: LadyJo

With the rise of the sun, I open my eyes
Another day met with your love, why am I surprise
For you’ve never made a promise you don’t intend to keep
You said you’ll never leave me, so you’ve kept watch even while I sleep
Here this morn, with a whisper, you gently called my name
Gratefully, I awake with the earth to bid you acclaim
It is you oh God who arms me with strength
Who directs my path and keeps me content
See, in God’s love there is no defect
Which is why the path before me has been laid out and made perfect

This day… Yes! You Oh Lord have made
For it has already been written so I walk boldly into it faithful and unafraid
With each hurdle I jump, You give strength to my feet
You broaden the path beneath me so my ankles don’t turn so I won’t get off-beat
When I cross life’s rivers, You are there
To take my hand, help me cross above the water’s clear
Through valleys low and mountains peak
You’ve been at my side but carried me when I’ve been weak
I will feast on your words as you speak to my heart
Reply in prayer, we commune, as my morning starts
Reminding me that your compassion never fails
They are renewed every morning, because Your Love Always prevails
Giving me confidence to trust and resist evil
Helps in bringing my faith to a new level

So as the night say goodbye and you usher in the day
Help me walk in your spirit so from your presence I will not stray
And as I embark this day, on what is My life’s journey
Confident! I was created for this very moment, although I’m not worthy
It’s only because of Your grace and Your mercy, I exhale in relief

So whatever comes today… Will be… Beyond Belief!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Still Stuck In Love

I hear my heart beating
Through the nervousness of being close to you
My voice, lost in silence of this momentarily encounter
Unable to verbalize the overwhelming thoughts I desire to speak
Hoping you could read my mind
Hoping you will notice the wishful look in my eyes
Knowing how much I’m still stuck on you
Still stuck in love
I’m afraid to ruin this moment with words
Afraid to move, although I desire to embrace you
How long will this moment last
How much time do I have before this moment
Becomes a memory in my distant past
I hear my heart, rhythmically
Being tempted to join a waltz in timing with yours
Finding myself still stuck in love
How can I bid this moment last forever
Standing here in front you
Gazing into your eyes
Remembering love, our love
Remembering hope, of our future
You smile…. So I smile…
And my heart melts
For I’m still stuck in love
In love with only the idea of you

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Inspired Ink by LadyJo: I’m Worth It

Inspired Ink by LadyJo: I’m Worth It: By: Ladyjo I’m worth it I’m worth the best you have to give Worth the best life there is to live Cause I’m a daughter of The King...

I’m Worth It

By: Ladyjo

I’m worth it
I’m worth the best you have to give
Worth the best life there is to live
Cause I’m a daughter of The King
That alone means I was born to win

When I look at myself in the mirror
It’s hard to define what I see
But when I look at me through your eyes
You define the true beauty in me

I may not have all the looks and curves this world desire
May not be dressed in the latest fashion attire
But I will have an eternal life with you forever
Cause I know you will leave me never

So take a good look at me
Go ahead tell me what you see
For when I’m looking at you looking back at me
I see the true queen I was created to be

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Wish I Was The One

                                                              by: LadyJo

Wish I was the one to put a smile on your face
To comfort you with the simplicity of my embrace
While attentively listening to the worries of your mind
As the aches of your heart you so openly define
Choosing to unlock your door and invite me in
To a place within the depths of your heart only a privileged few have been
An open welcome reserved just for me into your joys and pains
As you teach me how to love you through your emotional terrains
With a tender touch, I would hold your hand
With an open heart and mind, desiring to understand
While laboring to ease discouragement from your thoughts and memory
Succeeding to soothe your worries as I gently console you
Reminding you that through it all God will see you through
I’m not the one to put a smile on your face
Or comfort you with the simplicity of my embrace
So I’ll have to abandon any thought that may leave a trace
To think that just my presence may replace
Any sadness caused by discouragement or disgrace
So I hope you’ll uncover what you seek
And to your heart your one true love will speak
Words of encouragement to give you hope
Lift you up and make you feel complete
So that your faith, nothing or no one may seize or defeat

Saturday, January 2, 2016

With Confidence

by: LadyJo

Confidence in who I am
Since the day I became the child of the Lamb
Imitating the faith of Father Abraham
Following the path laid out for me
Written in the precepts of His decree
Walking with my head held high
Because the chains that held me, He untied
A new life He gave me the day I was baptized the day I was saved
Although to the world He became its slave
Shedding his blood, He died on a tree
Sacrificing His body showed how much He care for me
Lord, Messiah, Savior all names He bears
So thankful He never misses not even my silent prayers
 He gave me His Grace, He gave me His Mercy
He gave me spiritual sight, so that I may see
 He gave me friends, He gave me family
Ever so treasured He gave me His Love for eternity
So, with confidence I sleep, with confidence I rise
With confidence I persevere in step with the Spirits’ stride
Knowing one day this race I would have won
When my eyes finally close, when it is finish, when it is all done!

Friday, January 1, 2016

So it's January 1st 2016...

So I sat down a few weeks ago (because we don’t really wait till December to reflect do we? I typically start mid-November right before Thanksgiving) and realized that the end of another year is drawing close. And as we all do around this time, I thought what I have to show for this 2015? What can I say I accomplished this year? What battles were won? Friendships were bond? Character was built? Or bad habits were killed? And I must admit although 2015, as was all the forty years before it, for me at least, had its good and bad, ups and downs, laughters and tears, struggles and preserves (Ha! look at me trying to rhyme my all my words) I can say another layer of life and love was uncovered.

Now unfortunately, 2015 was the year for “true loves first kiss” but I did learn to love ME a bit deeper and Love God a bit stronger. So, that, I believe holds more merit. Ok… that sounded like I wasn’t positive. Let’s say that again… Yes! That holds much more merit! (Better, more believable). So yes, 2015 had its challenges as do every year, month, day, hour, minute of everyone’s life actually. Yet, although it has its own challenges, 2015 that is, I must admit it wasn’t all bad. It’s not like I’m gonna miss 2015, I’m a eyes forward kinda gal. But, it taught me to see what the 2016 character growth should be. So for 2016 it’s all about “CONFIDENCE”!

And what exactly is confidence?!?!

= A feeling of trust (in someone or something)
= Freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities

Aaaha! So, based on “Webster” if I’m trusting someone or something, in this analogy let’s just say God, and I “accept” the freedom from doubt and believe in myself and my given talents, what wouldn’t I be able to do or accomplish… (things that make you go hmmm!?!?!)

So as I took one more bite into the turkey wing my dad had prepared so deliciously for Thanksgiving, thoughts of confidence started flooding my mind. Area in life and love that I lacked said “confidence”.  Opportunities I allowed to pass by due to a lacking of “confidence”… Hmm, this is getting a bit depressing. Well, it’s not like “confidence” was loitering on the side lines all along, I just wasn’t really aware how closely it lingered. It was there for the grabbing all along. I simply needed to reach out and take hold of it, learn how to embrace it and take it with me where ever I go, just not on the sideline or in the backseat any more. And it’s not like I’m not familiar with “confidence”. Like, I totally would recognize confidence when I see it. In my early 20’s mehhn… confidence and I were attached at the hip. No one could have convinced me that I couldn’t rule the world. But somehow along the way we go separated. Confidence started falling behind. When I took two steps it took one, when I took five steps it took two… and before long confidence was in the distance, and honestly I didn’t really notice how far behind she started falling. Sometimes between the fog and the rain I couldn’t even see her anymore. You know, those were the times when doubt and fear started hang around, when we all started hitting up the reality night club and staying up all kinds of late hours talking and socializing then they started spending the night and before long doubt and fear become my roommates. Meahn… They were always late on rent too. Never cleaned up their mess, and always leaving dishes in the sink, ugh!

So I guess confidence just stop showing up all together. She got lost somewhere in the shuffle between life, doubt, and fear. I have no clue what road side she’s stuck on but I intend to find her again, and maybe by now she’s had enough rest and this time around she’ll be the new 2.0version of said self. The journey begins! Along with a new year, month, and day! Leh Go!

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6 

What is my deepest FEAR?

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. ~~ Marianne Williamson


by: LadyJo

The countdown begins as voices starts to sing
Ten! Nine! Eight!
With anticipation they eagerly awaits
The draw of a new beginning
Leaving what’s behind
A year that had been somewhat unkind
Seven! Six! Five!
Half way there with an increasing roar the crowd bellows and blares
Excited with hope with the possibilities of what lies ahead
Deciding what part of yester-year they’ve chosen to shed
Four! Three! Two
Goals and resolution starts a new
Ready to make good on promises that are a year past due
The countdown is done
The New Year has begun
The old has past and the new is finally here
So what plans will be kept in this New Year
That will hold throughout

Making it past January fifteen before it all dies out