Exclusive Trust

Many of us say that we place our trust in God but when push comes to shove, and suddenly things are not going how we expect them to go, that trust is quickly shifted to other things.

Like our own efforts and striving, the doctors diagnosis, popular opinions, a counselor or friends advice, our finances and resources or more countless alternatives that seem a bit more sure than an unseen God not moving as fast as we think He should.

Relying on false assurances is dangerous.

We must forsake all pride and confidence in other things and our own flesh and trust in God alone.

This type of trust takes great courage but it’s what is required of us.

God promises that when we make Him our exclusive trust we can expect to be Blessed.

Blessed is the one who makes the Lord his trust. ~ Psalm 40:4

~ XXOO Michelle

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Shadows

She lived in the shadows 

Away from all eyes

Too scared to step into the light

It suits her just fine

Living away from all eyes

Nobody told her that she 

was here for a purpose 

Born to have the Father’s 

heart beating through her

To carry His presence 

wherever she tread

Born to lead wounded daughters back to the 

Fathers heart

Voices kept her in chains

Fear wrote her life story

There was no one she 

could turn to

No one to rescue her

Just the sound of people

judging her

Years went by

Religion her lifeline…yet she 

stayed bound

A yearning to taste freedom 

awaken in her

She was born for relationship

Born to encounter her God

Yet dreadfulness clinged to her

Generational tombs held 

her hostage

She couldn’t fathom the love 

of her Creator

She could not believe that 

Love was always here

Begging her to step out of 

the shadows

Would He love her enough 

to linger for a moment?

Gather her tears in a bottle?

Would He really waste His 

time to sing over her?

He found her in the shadows

Not a trace of the woman

He knew she could be

The glory of His presence enveloped her whole being

His presence shattered the tombs she was chained to

She stood there… alone

Yet free for the first time

While He sang His identity 

over her!

She became desperate for 

His presence

Every moment she could 

she spent with Him

And every time she left 

His presence

She carried a part of Papa’s 

heart with her 

It took a journey of pain 

and betrayal

To discover her worth

A journey of uncommon faith 

To know the depths of the Father’s heart for her

He washed her with His 

costly blood

Anointed her with 

fragrant oils

Entered into a covenant 

with her

She no longer visits the shadows

Unless she must help a wounded daughter into His marvellous Light!

~ Ebigale Wilson

Shadows

The Journey

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We Will Rise

the year of change is here

it is now

and it is for us;

may this be the year

our beauty rises

from the ashes,

unfolds us

one petal at a time,

so the roots defining us

can help us write out

upon our lives

who we are meant to be;

we are more than our past

cause we’re not weak

as those who say we are,

we’re not trapped in pain

as our minds try to convince

us that we are,

we’re not backing down…

no, we are rising

and in doing so,

we’re cutting off anything

that’s hindering us

from our freedom

to be at peace

and we’ll uproot

anything toxic from our lives

cause nothing will stand

in our way…

we’re unstoppable

and we will crush darkness

without a thought of it

devouring our light

in our soul;

to wounds engraved

upon our hearts

causing us to bleed internally,

you will not last forever

as we will soon be healed

from the pain that puts you there;

we are ready for the battles

it’ll take us to fight and

win our war against our past

cause we won’t be taken down,

we will take it down and

bleed our wounds

healed forever,

so watch us do that very thing;

we won’t stay in the darkness,

we will rise to tune

to His freedom.

~Bethany Anne

We Will Rise

I Am

Remember: I Am is present tense

God’s Promises Have Not Expired

Eternal One: I AM WHO I AM. This is what you should tell the people of Israel: “I AM has sent me to rescue you.” This is what you are to tell Israel’s people: “The Eternal, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob is the One who has sent me to you.” This is My name forevermore, and this is the name by which all future generations shall remember Me.~Exodus 3:14-15 VOICE

Jesus, the Anointed One, is always the same—yesterday, today, and forever. ~Hebrews 13:8 TPT

Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and He is the one whom Timothy, Silas, and I have preached to you—and He has never been both a “yes” and a “no.” He has always been and always will be for us a resounding “YES!” For all of God’s promises find their “yes” of fulfillment in Him. And as His “yes” and our “amen” ascend to God, we bring Him glory! ~2 Corinthians 1:19-20 TPT

~ XXOO Michelle

Fixed And Set

Whatever we focus on becomes magnified.

So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising Him always. Follow the example of all that we have imparted to you and the God of peace will be with you in all things. ~ Philippians 4:8-9 TPT

People with their minds set on You, You keep completely whole. Steady on their feet, because they keep at it and don’t quit. ~ Isaiah 26:3 MSG

Keep your mind fixed and set!

Fixed: fastened securely in position

Set: adjust, decide on, establish

~ XXOO Michelle

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This Is Brave

oh, how the earth

swallows the blood

running from wounds of past

as you continue to fight…

how brave is the soul

dancing in the rain

that awakes the day

wrapped in the night sky…

oh, it is a sight to be seen;

we thrive in pain

that tries to bury

the cosmos inside us,

but we crush it beneath

our fierce bite…

we open the door,

walking out into the unknown

with an open mind,

a soul on fire

circling ’round the enemy

as we get in position

to pounce upon bones

attempting to wreck us

in the vast sea of death;

we are a force to be

reckoned with

cause we speak truth,

soak up the sunlight,

so we can shed it

in the depths

where others cringe

cause fear is real,

but since we’ve lived

in it for years,

we understand it and

aren’t turned by it…

no, we run towards it

chasing it out of the land

cause we’re not afraid;

we speak freedom…

a language not needing

translation to understand

the meaning behind this

fierce force driving

death out of us,

so we can all experience

this amazing life we are

to live;

let us not allow the pain

to silence us,

the fear to bury us…

stand your ground

and beat this heart of yours

in the present,

so the past can leave

and the future can await us;

be brave,

fierce soul…

don’t give up…

be a flickering flame

that becomes

an unstoppable fire

burning out the night,

so we can all birth

beauty from these ashes.

~Bethany Anne

This is Brave

Fighting The Darkness

I feel it

My chest is collapsing

And I can’t breathe

Yes…I pray

I read the Word

But don’t tell me I need to do it more

Cause I swear you don’t know me

And if you do

You understand what I’m going thru

This is me daily

I fight to stay alive

As I’m at war with my own mind

Constantly it hurts

It never stops bleeding

This wound is beyond infected

I need a medic

Someone better get help quick

Cause I’m about to need it

Some say it’s all in my head

Most say nothing

Cause they don’t know

My fear is everyone thinks alike

Nobody really cares

As I fall repeatedly off the cliff

I’m bruised not broken

My heart is shattered

I’m not about to quit tho

I’ll pick up these pieces

Mend myself best I can

I know He’ll have to do the rest

Mental illness doesn’t limit

My ability as a person

I’m stronger than you think

I’ll get there eventually

So don’t be nice to my face

Then curse me out the door

Cause He knows and sees

More than you think He doesn’t,

You’ll get no apology from me

I’ve done nothing wrong

Unless being honest is a sin

In the Bible, please show me

~ Bethany Anne

I Believe I Am Worthy

this fierce blood pumping

through these twisted veins,

defining mere beginnings

at war with the mind

tells it to stop being

afraid of its own mess

as it dresses the wounds

from infected to healed

cause these scars are surfacing,

breaking the skin apart;

people just sit and watch

cause they think

it’s entertainment

seeing houses destroyed,

burned to the ground

with people still inside…

they don’t care to dial for help,

to help,

no…they’d rather do nothing,

but you’ll hear them say

how much of a tragedy

it was that the victims died

after the fact that it happened

yet they did absolutely nothing

to stop the wound from bleeding;

ignorance is a bomb going off

in the mind gravitating to depths,

people on the outside

could no way in hell understand;

i look up when I feel down,

i breathe when i’m below the surface,

i run when i can’t move,

i fight into the night,

never ever giving up,

so don’t you dare give me excuses

why you can’t help…

it’s not that you can’t,

it’s that you won’t

cause you don’t care

and i don’t care either,

not if you can only define

your love for me by being absent,

being silent,

ignoring my pain completely

cause you’re so delusional

that i’m okay

although you know i’m not,

then get out of my life;

if you can’t love me,

support me,

be here for me

then fine

my blood won’t end up

on your hands cause i couldn’t take it,

no…i won’t give up cause of you,

i will fight in spite of you,

so don’t hold your breath;

i’m not going anywhere,

keep telling me i’m nothing

and i’ll prove you wrong,

i will never give up,

not ever,

so don’t count on it;

God is with me,

helping me fight these battles

cause together we will defeat

the enemy who is using

whoever he can to take me out,

but he’s going to fail miserably,

so if you want to get on that side,

fine,

but you will also fail miserably,

just wait and see;

your power is a grain of dirt

compared to Him;

i’m not sorry

cause this mental illness

isn’t my fault…

i’m doing what i can to heal,

so i can help others

to the best of my ability

cause i believe i’m worthy

to live this life i’ve been given freely;

don’t stand in my way

cause i will fight

with every ounce of strength

i have and win!

~ Bethany Anne