Saturday, June 30, 2012

Autobiography of Me

Chapter 1

I was walking down the street - there was a big hole in the sidewalk - I fell in.  It wasn't my fault, and it took me a long time to get out of it.

Chapter 2

I was walking down the street - there was a big hole in the sidewalk - I tried to avoid it but I fell in.  It wasn't my fault.  It took me a long time to get out of it.

Chapter 3

I was walking down the street - I saw the big hole in the sidewalk, but I fell in it anyway.  It was my fault, but by now I knew how to get out of it quickly.

Chapter 4

I was walking down the street.  I saw the big hole in the sidewalk.  I carefully walked around it.

Chapter 5

I chose a different street.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Buttprints in the Sand

One night I had a wondrous dream.
One set of footprints there was seen.
The footprints of my Precious Lord,
But mine were not along the shore.

But then some stranger prints appeared,
And I asked the Lord, “What have we here?”
Those prints are large and round and neat,
“But Lord, they are too big for feet.”

“My Child”, He said in somber tones
“For miles I carried you alone.
I challenged you to walk in faith,
But you refused and made me wait.”

“You disobeyed, you would not grow,
The walk of faith, you would not know.
So I got tired, I got fed up,
And there I dropped you on your butt.”

“Because in life, there comes a time,
When one must fight, and one must climb.
When one must rise and take a stand,
Or leave their butt prints in the sand”.

~Author Unknown

Discerning the Spirit

When you have the Spirit

  1. You feel happy, calm
  2. You feel full of light
  3. Your mind is clear
  4. Your bosom burns with love for the Lord and others
  5. You feel generous
  6. No one can offend you
  7. You are forgiving and kind
  8. You feel confidant in what you do
  9. You don’t mind anyone seeing what you are doing
  10. You feel outgoing, anxious to be with others, especially family
  11. You are glad when others succeed
  12. You want to make others happy, even those who oppose you
  13. You bring out the best and say the best about others
  14. You gladly, willingly perform Church work
  15. You feel like praying and reading the scriptures
  16. You wish you could keep all the Lord’s commandments
  17. You feel you have control of your appetites and emotions; food and sleep in moderation, sexual restraint, recreation that is wholesome and moderate; you are calm and control your speech; you feel no anger.
  18. You feel a deep desire to help others – usually in a way no one else will know about.
  19. You feel only good about others; feel sorrow when they have problems and sincerely desire to help them.
  20. You realize that your thoughts and actions are open to God.

When you do not have the Spirit or when Satan is prompting you

  1. You feel unhappy, depressed, confused, frustrated
  2. You feel heavy, full of darkness
  3. Your mind is muddled
  4. You feel empty, hollow, cold inside
  5. You feel selfish, possessive, self-centered
  6. Everything anyone does bothers you
  7. You are always on the defensive
  8. You become easily discouraged
  9. You become secretive, evasive
  10. You want to be along and avoid others; especially family members
  11. You are envious of what others do and what they have
  12. You want to get even and show others up
  13. You are critical of others, especially family members and those in authority
  14. You feel hesitant, unworthy, unwilling to perform Church ordinances
  15. You don’t want to pray or read the scriptures
  16. You find the commandments of God and rules of the family bothersome, restricting or senseless
  17. You become a slave to your appetites; your emotions become passionate; over-indulgence in food, sleep, sex, stimulating entertainment, loud music, strong anger, outspokenness all become part of your character
  18. You want to make sure all the help you give others is duly noted by them and the world
  19. You look for and find evil in others and broadcast it; question their motives and secretly delight in their problems and say “I’m glad I’m not that way”
  20. You feel that what you do and think is only your business and no one else knows or cares

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Rescue

Once was lost, a daughter of God
Wandering down a long path
To a dark, scary and lonely place
Where she didn’t know how to get back

The darkness beckoned and called to her
Promising comfort and fun
But once she partook of the forbidden fruit
She was left feeling empty and numb

Help she knew she needed
But too ashamed to pray
She stumbled around on broken limbs
Wandering aimless day by day

Bound by shadows in the dark one’s lair
Where tempests unceasingly tossed
She’d given up hope of freedom
And felt eternally lost

Then at the point of utter abandon
To the grasp of the dark one’s grip
She saw a small glimmer of light in the distance
And the glow of hope was lit

But the dark one would not have this light in his lair
That threatened to release his grasp
For he’d worked with fury to ensnare her soul
And would not let her go so fast

He knew, however, that the light was Grace
And he had aught fortune to test
So rather than battle Grace head on
He did what he’d mastered best

“Let the seduction begin” he thought
As he moved in close to his prey
And in her ear he began to whisper
“Grace cannot save you today”

It was at this very moment 
She became keenly aware 
Of every sinful stain upon her
Her every disgrace did glare

She looked again in the distance
As fearful curiosity consumed her
She observed the distant beautiful radiance
Filling the dark and inky sphere

“What is this?” she thought as the light grew closer
“Is it really who I think it might be?”
“My Savior clothed in all His Glory,
Come down here to rescue me?”

She looked to the dark one she’d known so long
For an answer to her query
But instead of finding refuge there
She discerned hate and fury

She quickly realized how bound she was
By the dark ones sticky grip
She felt suffocated and smothered,
Emotionally and spiritually stripped

She longed for the touch of Grace’s light
To be welcomed into His presence
So she looked toward Him and took one step
Regardless of the consequences

She faced the fear within her soul
That she would be rejected
But when His glow of light touched her
She instead felt protected

She approached Him with timid steps
Expecting to beg and plead
For acceptance back in to His fold
Submissive, on bended knee

As she began to kneel before Him
And petition for her place
She felt His arms wrap ‘round her
Enveloped in His embrace

And as He gently spoke her name 
Her despair began to melt
Her Spirit soared with recognition
His love for her she felt
“My dear Sister, I have missed you
From the moment you went away
I have been searching everywhere
Every mountain, canyon and pathway”

So tender were His words to her
So tender was His care
No hint of accusatory reprimand
Only deep concern for her welfare

He knelt before her and looked in her eyes
Asking “May I tend to your pain?”
Embarrassed she shied away from Him
Afraid to show her stains

“I am the great physician” He said
“Please do not be afraid”
“I want to heal you whole again”
“I can, with the price I have paid”

As she listened to His promise
She believed every word He said
And surrendered to His graciousness
And allowed His healing to spread

The dark one stood idly by
As he watched her Savior heal
She who he’d worked so hard to enslave
She who he’d worked to steal

But he knew he had no power
Over the Lord the Almighty Omniscient
So he stood in his own shadows
Impotent... and silent

With the dark one’s whispers choked
And her wounds tended and wrapped
She was free to rise up again
She was no longer trapped

She looked to her Savior inquisitively
And asked Him “which way do I go?”
He gently reached for her hand
And guided her to and fro
Her journey was wrought with hardship
Roadblocks appeared with ease
But with her Savior at her side
Impossibilities began to cease

She was not perfect in her trials
At times she would stumble and trip
But always He was there with her
And never would she quit

She is eternally grateful to 
Her Brother, her Lord, her King
For His perfect love for her
For the rescue He did bring

The price He paid for her was high
To save her helpless soul
But one thing only He asks in return
To love Him, pure, and whole

This she does wholeheartedly
With bravery, heart and vigor
To keep sight of Him and always follow
And return with Him to Father

Written By: Sidreis Agla 

Ezekiel 34:11-12,16

"For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick"