Just Maybe

“The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with my loving-kindness” -Jeremiah 31:3
We’ve all created something in life-whether it’s a piece of art, a meal, a baby- and when we create it, we’re creating it in our image. We’re shaping it how we want it to be. Now what if every time we created something, making it the best that we can make it, perfect in our eyes, it ended up bad. The art work turned ugly. The meal turned moldy. We’d be pretty disappointed; probably upset. Yet somehow after God created us, and we mess up, He loves us the same as He did when we were new and perfect. He thinks we deserve unconditional love- something we rarely give us always receive. So maybe we should try a lot harder to be what He created us to be- Good. Kind. Loving. Forgiving. Beautiful. And just maybe that would be enough to make this world a more beautiful place. __a.c.

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Nobody

There are gonna be some shitty days. There’s gonna be bad things that happen to good people and good things that happen to bad people. There’s going to be extreme emotions. Sadness. Anger. Guilt. You’re going to face some brick walls without an ounce of knowledge of how to get over it. Life isn’t all sunshines and rainbows every second of the day. But life is still worth something!! You’ll still get over those brick walls even if it takes you removing each brick by yourself. There’s first smiles. First steps. The sound of heartbeats. Slow dances in the kitchen. Cinnamon rolls. Hikes. Late night convos. Early morning runs. Promotions. Dream jobs. Puppies. Dessert. There’s sunshine and rainbows and the most beautiful sunsets. Puddles to jump in and get messy. There’s laughter and hope. And love. So much love! And that’s so important. Life is so beautiful. It’s something worth living for. There’s SO MUCH to live for. And nobody will ever convince me otherwise. __a.c. 

Let Love Exist

Too often we throw away love because we realize we can’t control it. And if we can’t control it we don’t think it can be managed. And that scares us. So we toss it to the side time after time. But love predates us! It’s existed forever. So love doesn’t need to be controlled. It just needs to exist. So let love exist! __a.c.

Window View

I looked out my new window To an unfamiliar view.

The changes all at once were 

All together coming through.

The trees were different, the sun shine too, 

The atmosphere had even changed

And how my life had been before 

Now started to replay.

The changes I had planned myself- The life I thought would last

Never even came to be-

No, I was going down a different path.

“But why?” the question wouldn’t leave 

Until the answer had appeared.

Why hasn’t anything turned out the way I’d been planning all these years?

As I sat there in silence 

and search deep in my soul 

I realized where I walked I chose, but what I confronted, wasn’t my control.

God had all control of that- 

my God that loves so much.

My God that only wants the best, 

my God Whom I fully trust.

And then the new window view seemed not to bother me thereof.

Because no matter where I’d look, I’d still see my faith, hope, trust and love.

So in times of unfamiliarity, of change, confusion, doubt-

Just know that as God’s guiding you,

You can trust your every route. __a.c. 

Success 

The most unsuccessful thing we did to ourselves Was make money a requirement for success,

Because it has people chasing fake dreams 

While their real ones they suppress.

Which causes a lot of unhappy people 

And a world full of stress.

Why? All so that we can step out in that twelve thousand dollar dress

To socialize with people we have to put a mask on to impress?

Rappers, ballers or a million dollar artist 

Leave the only scapegoat for those classroom kids who aren’t the smartest.

So instead of being here to express our God given purpose,

We chase a man made dream that we know is gonna hurt us.

Money money won’t get you too far, get you too far-

Unless you’re flying in a jet or driving in your new Rolls Royce car.

But, see, that’s physically speaking and physical strength 

Will never be enough to carry you the length. 

So chase your TRUE passions, whatever they may be.

Because the real definition of success 

Is when your HEART is happy. __a.c.

Life.

Life. It’s a small word. Easy to say. Quick to write. And yet it’s going to hit you harder than anything else. It won’t always be easy. In fact, it’s important you realize that life as we designed it is actually hard. You see, life was designed to be perfect in the beginning. But what do we know about perfection? Nothing. What we do know about is forgiveness. We bite the apple day after day and then we are forgiven. And that’s the perfection we attain-unconditional love, unconditional support, unconditional presence. And that’s still a beautiful kind of perfection. More beautiful than we often allow ourselves to realize. And although forgiveness is a such beautiful thing, the reality is it’s preceded by things not so beautiful. Lies. Hurt. Sin. Sadness. Anger. Failure. And that’s why life is hard. But even on those days, we still have something so beautiful. Because there’s always a light waiting for you in the darkness. And that’s something I never want you to forget. That no matter how hard life gets, the beauty of it will never be taken away from you. __a.c.

Life Is Hard

It’s hard. Life is hard. You will have days where you can’t even imagine getting out of bed. You will have moments where all you can do is cry. You will reach a point where you question everything you’ve ever done up until this point, because you’re sure that at this point in your life you should have it all figured out. You will occasionally wonder why you ever believed in fairy tales and happy endings. You will feel lost. Life. is hard. At times. But it’s not bad. And that’s an important difference to understand. It’s true, there will be hard days. Seemingly impossible days…to your mind. But to God, it’s all part of the plan. Of your plan. A plan that’s already been figured out for you! A plan that you don’t need to stress over, because it’s a beautiful, wonderful plan! And on those days where you don’t want to get out of bed, God already gave you the strength to do it! And it started with the first breath you took on those hard days. On the days where you feel like all you can do is cry, it’s okay because God is teaching you patience. Perseverance. Strength. Things we can only truly understand through the hard days. And it’s through this that we become the fullest version of ourselves. It’s through the hard days that we learn how important love is. How important being kind is. How important the hard days really are. And the thing is, we get through the hard days. Not without a struggle, but also not without God’s help, love and direction. You see, there will be hard days. I want you to know that. But I also want you to know that life is beautiful and full of smiles, laughter, love, hope, happiness. And it’s so worth all the hard days. __a.c.