Arise, Little One.


Rise up O woman of God
In what He has given you
The things God has laid on your heart
Rise up, go forth, and do

Unlock what God has placed within
The potential you have inside
The world is waiting for your release
To expand your wings and fly

Arise in your God-given gifts
For this is your finest hour
Arise in the Lord’s holy might
Ignited and empowered

For God is calling you to come forth
To impact this world for Him
Don’t hold back or limit yourself
Let His power arise within

And take His message to the world
To those that have lost their way
For you can surely make a difference
If you’d hear His voice and obey

You shall be strengthened in the Lord
As you begin to arise
Conquering those doubts that pull you down
And believe who you are in Christ

For you shall surely be transformed
As, in you, God increases more
And become a woman of true excellence
Bringing honour to her Lord

…because love wins.

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Let Love Hold You.


This love that we think we know is so much bigger than you or me.
This love that we think we know is so much richer than anything we’ve ever seen.
This love that we think we know is so much more alive than we’ve ever been.
This love that we think we know is so much more given than we accept.
This love that we think we know is nothing compared to the real love that is.

Let it go. Let it hold. Let it be.

…because love wins.

Just Let Me Be Here.


Why are you downcast little soul? Have you forgotten? You haven’t. You hold onto so much more. And, you are so special to Him. There’s a Kingdom greater than all things, and there’s a heart that’s bigger than all those that broke yours before. The answers are taken care of, and the places you’ll go are more than laid before you. Just hold on. Don’t give up. Smile even when you don’t want to. You’re so already more mended than you know. And there will never be anything that He won’t do for you. He knows. The past, the present, and most specifically, the now. Trust Him at that. This too, shall pass.

Promise.

…because love wins.

Do You Know What It Is?


Love is:

Patient.
Kind.
Without envy.
Not proud.
Not rude.
Not self-seeking.
Not easily angered.
Unable to keep record of wrongs.
Unable to delight in evil.
Full of rejoicing with Truth.

Love:

Always protects.
Always trusts.
Always hopes.
Always perseveres.

Never fails.

…because love wins.

Just Sit Here.


The fire’s crackling. We’re 64 and 62 respectively. The snow is soft, and we’re just here. All walls down. All hands resting. All hearts at peace.

The silence that we’ve known for nearly 40 years now is welcome here. It’s a language we speak well. My mind shoots back to a night in the solarium. You with those dumb headphones on, and adding comments to my tired self trying to speak. I’ve always been the youngest one, and never had anyone who looked up to me to grow up with. But, we grew up there. Our eyes always said the most when it came down to what we needed to say to each other. It’s no different now. When we needed someone to just sit and whisper something with their existence, and when we wanted to be alone, and when we needed someone to say the thing that wasn’t what we wanted to hear, but always what we wanted to hear, that’s what we were for. It’s the same. But some things are so different. You’re more alive than you were then. You’ve shared words and been ripped apart. You’ve watched people die and people live not in the earthly sense, but that too. You carry yourself confidently, and you are so captivated by a Jesus that the world hasn’t even heard the voice of, to a point that you cannot even bear the idea of saying “no” to Him.

I laugh. I mean it. You laugh. You mean it.

A sparkle almost flows from all the things that move out in understanding around us. Wherever two or more of you are gathered, Jesus is. Yeah, that’s this.

The night passes, with the conversation moving from adventures to lines of people that we don’t even need to finish the names of to understand what is being spoken about. And, I realize why you changed my life again. Over and over again, people told me that they wanted to be with me and I didn’t understand why. But the day I shook your hand, I realized that I wasn’t alone. You understand so much more than you’ll let yourself. You’re so much bolder than you know.

And, my eyes, teary at this point sparkle in the firelight as you say to me: “Just say it,” not even looking at me.

“Thank you, for letting me watch you become.”

That’s what I see every day. You becoming all that you should be. You realizing the hope that’s alive in you.

That real love isn’t even ours. That real love drips blood of white, and keeps us together forever.

I love you.

…because love wins.