Angel Dove

Sweet dreams, my beloved

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In the twilight hours of life’s long Day,

as you prepare for Sleep,

pondering the days’ regrets

the thoughts you’d like to keep

The hours, they pass so quickly

And the mind, it soon forgets

Decisions past and present

Sing a haunting, sweet duet

Sweet dreams, my beloved,

From the Angel Dove

As you pass from this world to the next

Into His arms of Love

The sunrise, so beautiful,

gives way to one more day

On borrowed time the clouds give rise

To storms that come our way

The melancholy descant

Serenades a weeping soul

A philharmonic tribute

like classic rock and roll

Sweet dreams, my beloved,

From the Angel Dove

As you pass from this world to the next

Into His arms of Love

And aft the storm subsides

a breath sent down from Heaven

the rainbow to remind us

His love, forgiveness given

a love yet unrequited

Birthed in innocence above

Leaves its farewell cloaked in insolence

Brought by the Angel Dove

Sweet dreams, my beloved,

From the Angel Dove

As you pass from this world to the next

Into His arms of Love

The evening shows no mercy

As we bid our last adieu

The music starts the coda

As you listen for your cue

You wonder what could have been

In fate mates deepest soul

Sweet dreams, my beloved,

From the Angel Dove

Sweet dreams, my beloved,

From your Angel Dove

As you pass from this world to the next

Into His arms of Love

Blessings,

SB

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How do you know God is real?

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I have the awesome privilege of being a youth leader at my church – and as such, I have an awesome opportunity to “stay relevant” and connect with junior high and high school kids. For the past few weeks, we’ve been doing a study on how to KNOW GOD. Last week, we found that some of them struggled to put into words how they knew God was real in their lives. As a leader, I believe it is always important to be willing to do what you ask those you lead to do  (incidentally, this is true in ANY leadership position), so I challenged myself along with challenging them to think about how they would answer someone if asked how they knew God was real in their lives.

In my own life, I KNOW God is real because I have seen Him answer prayers – time and time again, over a life time of requests, He has been faithful.  I’ve shared some of those answered prayers and plan to share more over time, however, I’d really like to hear from my readers – How do YOU know God is real?   or..  how do you not know God is real?

Be straight up – I encourage you to think about this on your journey…

When you’re account is overdrawn by $10,000.00

Have you ever had that “What the ? “ moment like you’ve been kicked in the stomach… like when you realize you missed an appointment that you waited 3 months to get, or when you receive  bill for something you didn’t know was coming… or when your bank account is suddenly overdrawn by $10,000.00.

Yes, you read I right…   $10,000.00

How many of us actually make $10,000.00 transactions?

When my mom told me her account was overdrawn by over $10,000.00, I had to read her message a second time to make sure I read it right.   Surely there was some mistake.  Ha.  NOPE.  overdrawn by $10,000.00

We were away for the weekend, and the last thing I said to her (literally) was, “Do not throw any wild parties, Nana!”

What the heck kind of wild party did she throw for $10,000 while we were gone for the weekend?? Goodness!

Luckily, it was simply a bank error (really) so she’s back in black. (:-))

Be a blessing to someone today!

SB

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Did we fail them?

Got some sad news today. Left me wondering if we sometimes don’t do enough to help those who need help. It’s the feeling I described in my book, Masquerade, when Charissa tries to help a struggling teen who coincidentally knows a woman Charissa had tried to help years before, whose life turned out to be a mess. Charissa second guesses her impact, and wonders why she bothers trying to mentor anyone because she must not be effectively enough.

This is a lie straight out of the pit of hell. Satan would like nothing more than for us to feel useless. Don’t give in to the lie.

Charissa describes how helpless she felt when her neighbor committed suicide – the thoughts  of, “I should have said…   I should have done”

We beat ourselves up because we somehow feel responsible for someone else’s poor choice.  In Charissa’s case, the feeling was so strong, she wondered why she’d ever tried to help anyone.

The reality is, however, that other people’s choices are not ours to make.  There are times I would love to make better life choices on behalf of other people who are making poor ones. Unfortunately, we can’t.

There are some things we can do to help the downtrodden.

1. Love them. Unconditionally. Even when they make poor choices. We can and should continue to build good relationships with them. This involves genuine, heartfelt conversations that never break trust. Never, and I mean never, share what they’ve told you in confidence (only exception is if they share imminent plans to harm themselves or others).

2. Pray. Pray that God will give to opportunities to share His love. Pray that God will place other people in their lives to share His Hope as well Pray that God will intervene in their lives.

Be a blessing to someone today!

Blessings!

SB

To read more about how Charissa fought this battle, pick up your copy of Masquerade today!

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Two kinds of people…

When you live your life expecting miracles, you see them unfold right before your eyes. It’s like opening a Christmas gift!

With the highs and lows in life, sometimes simultaneously, we can get caught up in distractions that keep us from blessings that unfold before us.

I have discovered, though, that there are people who cannot see the miracles even though they happen right in front of them. I think to myself, “are they blind?” Yes, truly I think they are. Blind to the Spirit, I suppose.

Perhaps there was a time in my life, too, where I missed the miracles and wonderful things God was doing in my life. If so, I don’t ever want to return to that state. My desire is to continue being the person that sees miracles everywhere I look.

I pray that you see miracles today, my friend. Today and every day.

Blessings,

SB

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