Wounded, Not Broken 

A beginning is having faith

Despite the circumstances,

Trusting that God’s allowing

This storm for a reason;

Although it’s unknown to me

It’s ok because God’s still

On the throne, unshaken;

This war might bleed

Memories unwanted,

But all God wants from me

Is to allow His light

To absorb this darkness;

I’ll still be scarred

From this battle, but not dead

Wounded, but not broken;

This night can’t clothe me

Because I am a daughter of the King

He covers me with His light, always;

His love is perfect

Although mine is broken,

These damaged wings try to fly,

But they can’t until they’re mended

By the Creator who breathed

This body into existence;

As this pain continues,

So does the hope He gives

Because I know everything has an end,

But God, for He is eternal;

Although this pain and darkness is great,

I will get through it,

For He has birthed a fire in me

That only consumes His truth

Causing a light to illuminate this body,

So that when I’m in darkness,

I can’t be swallowed by it;

This ocean breathes His love,

It reflects His light off the surface,

To those surrounding it;

May this ocean always be strong

Enough to fight off the enemy,

Never losing its depth

Always keeping its rhythm

In sync with the Creator’s song


~ Bethany Anne 

Start Moving 

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you still crying to me? Tell the Israelites to start moving.  Exodus.14.15.ERV

I have to admit, over the last couple of months, I have felt like one of the Israelites. A purposeful call and new employment situation has led me into a system that doesn’t view God’s plan as I know it to be.

The change has been challenging. I have found myself stirred up by the noise of the battle, the energy of the disgruntled, and the compromise in my own confidence.

Isn’t it easy to question oneself in the midst of a storm?

In the uncertain?

On the daunting journey ahead?

It’s been tough and I have wondered whether or not I shouldn’t have stayed where it was safer, where I didn’t have to extend myself out of “my comfort zone.”

Today, I find myself being reminded about the Israelites. What I love about God is that he doesn’t tell us to stay where it is easy. He wants us to grow.

God told the Israelites to start moving.

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.  Exodus 14.13.NIV

Moses told them to stand firm because he trusted God’s plan. Not only was the Lord preparing a way to cross the sea, he also wanted the Israelites to find the strength that was in them to persevere and to be delivered.

So often, we look at difficult situations with an impossible lens. We tend to forget about the power within us, through Christ, and the purpose of his plan.

We take on the need to fight God’s battles, instead of remembering to stand firm, while he does the fighting. He already knows how it all turns out. Everything we complete in faith is for His glory. Today, let us be reminded to be rooted in Jesus.

Lord, we just come to you today with a thankful heart, knowing that no matter what we are facing, or what lies ahead, you are with us. You are for us. Without you, there is no reason to keep moving. We praise you for what you have established in this day and in all things to come.

In Jesus name, Amen 

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas 

Choosing Our Battles 

We might mistakenly believe, at times, that Our Father is distant and aloof and leaves us alone to fight fierce battles without help. 

Maybe that is because sometimes we want it that way; that way we get to choose the fight, the weapons, and the outcome. 

God is waiting for us to let him choose our battles, our weapons, and our outcomes, to learn to do his will, his way, in his time – for his glory and purposes.

Peace be with the saints and faith with love from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all those who love the Lord with an undying love.

Your friend and brother in the good fight,

                 Brad Heilhecker