Message In Stanza

Poetry and Musings

Thank you:

I was nominated by Didi for the Blogger Recognition Award. I feel privileged and thankful. Thank you, Didi. 🙂

Recommendation:

I really enjoy Didi’s thought-provoking posts about society, love, and spirituality. Please check out his blog. It will open your eyes to the importance of human connection and love written through wonderful poetry and innovative videos.

The Rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select 15 other bloggers for this award.
6. Comment on each blog to let them know you’ve nominated them and a link to the post you created.

A brief story of how my blog started:

My WordPress blog started two years ago. I remember the days of having a blog back in the early 2000’s. It was perfect to get my feet wet into blogging. I would include some poetry on it as a hobby. Then I took a break from blogging. Then I met some people along the way that suggested trying to blog again. Then I got excited. Maybe I could share my poetry and really make a difference in people’s lives again.

I was so happy that I could find some many like-minded spiritual bloggers in the blogging world. Ones who shared in my writing endeavor and helped make me become a better writer. Thank you WordPress community.

My advice for beginners:

1.) It may take a little bit of time to gather a following and community but be patient with yourself. The more open you are with others, the more open they will be with you.

2.) Write from the heart but also try to write a piece where will want to join you on your journey.

My nominees:

Following Him

Loved by the King of Kings

Timbushi

Medha Chugh

Steve Still Standing

Poetry from the Ink Well

yassy

inaloveworld

Boundless blessings blog

Through Ink and Image

Quiet Moments with God

Margaret

songpoetry

Alan

Lizardin Bain

Thank you guys, again!! 🙂 😉

You got a deep cut
The doc said
Just put a band aid on it
And go on your way

You had a stressful week
The yogi said
Take one deep breath
And move forward

You need to lose weight
The nutritionist said
Eat once a day
And walk ahead

Our speed is excessive
It’s for advancement
But are we moving forward?
Or just moving in man’s ways?

You can have peace
God said
He will restore your soul
And rest in green pastures

You can have joy
God said
By the Holy Spirit
And His word will always stand

You can have patience
So many things distract
From the very source of life
Abba, our Provider

(C) Carly Wiggins 2017

Don’t take life too seriously

You want power over fun

You make my head spin deliriously

 

Don’t over think

Because the second you did

The moment is gone in a blink

 

You only live one time

Pull your panties up

Scrap off your shoe grime

 

You say want affection

Love others deeply

Then love yourself with no objection

(C) Carly Wiggins 2019

 

 

 

 

Here is June’s Faith Chapter 14. The final chapter! Thanks for coming on this journey with me. Feel to comment on this chapter and how you felt about June’s Faith as a whole. I hope you enjoy! 🙂 Here is a link to the previous chapters: https://messageinstanza.com/category/stories/

Chapter 14: Fulfillment

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Life flashed before June’s eyes. She got married, had a beautiful baby girl named Meredith, and was preparing to leave for Argentina as a missionary when Meredith was only five months old. Jimmy was in good spirits, taking on the role of being a husband and father very beautifully. Her life was everything she imagined it and more.

But on the other hand, God seemed to take a backseat in her life. She was so focused on Meredith, Jimmy, and moving to Argentina that she forgot to ask God His thoughts on matters.

She just assumed, of course, God would want her to focus on being a mother and wife, and prayer should be more associated with more “spiritual matters” like being a missionary.

But God struck her heart with conviction in a moment when she realized that she needed to pray more. Her busy schedule consumed her.

He asked her a simple question, “Why don’t you come to Me with everything?”
June laid still on her bed a second and reflected. Why couldn’t she give God everything? Her role as a mother and wife? They weren’t “spiritual” in the sense that it directly brought glory to God through acts of service through a church building. But her heart was a church building, and her acts of service were her daughter and husband. Then it dawned on her. Each time she folded her clothes, paid the bills, changed Meredith’s diaper, or kissed her husband, she was doing acts of love unto God. She just needed to bring the Lord into the picture each time she did those actions. She could sing praises of worship in her heart during any of those moments.

When Meredith was 8 months old June and Jimmy were in Argentina with a mission group. June was going to take care of Meredith until she was old enough for preschool. Then when Meredith was old enough, June would join Jimmy on mission group opportunities. Until then, she would spend a few moments of free time and interview the poor on the street as a journalist. Jimmy would take care of Meredith while this was going on.

Jimmy’s missional opportunities were building houses for the homeless and running homeless centers that aided in food supply and shelter. He found this work so gratifying and grounding.

While on this mission trip in Argentina June and her little family lived in a small, 650 square feet apartment. It was small than what they were used to, but they were grateful that they had four walls and covering. And living in a less-luxurious environment helped June have a more well-rounded perspective on poverty. She was not living in poverty by any means, but the two-car garage and 1,000 square foot home back in the states did not help relate to the homeless better. This setting encouraged a broader view.

June loved interviewing the poor even though it was tough seeing them in difficult and sorrowful conditions. The cities’ homeless were in street after street, some crippled, some with the company a sadly loyal dog. But one thing was for sure they have seen a lot in their day.

However, June found it was always fulfilling to share the Word of the Lord with them and found out more about their circumstances by talking with them. She then took these experiences to share with others the importance of loving and sowing seeds into poverty-stricken lives. She wrote how many homeless knew of God but doubted His love for them because of how others have neglected them. They would tell her, “How could a loving God and others abandon my family and me like this?” But on the other hand, others would say to her quite the opposite. “I forgive those who pass me up on the street because doesn’t the Bible say, “Love your enemies?” (Matthew 5:44. NIV).

Another homelessness person named Nick, who knew the Word well, quoted what Jesus said before He was crucified, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34. NIV). “See, I forgive as Christ forgave us as He was about to take on that painful death for us. Many of those born in different circumstances can’t fathom or relate to my circumstances, and if I can feed my belly once every two days, that’s a blessing to me. I don’t take anything for granted,” Nick directly but gently spoke.

Talking to Nick really opened June’s eyes to everyday blessings amidst real-life struggles like food and shelter. And Nick and others had such a quick temperament for forgiveness, grace, and faith. And even love. Nick said, “I pray for many people who pass me up. I see they have a look of compassion in their eyes, and they are swayed to give food or money but end up changing their minds, influenced by others around them or simply their own fears of interacting with the poor. And not to mention their uncertainties of how I ended up in such a position. They think it must be my fault. And June, by the grace of God, I can tell you there are many imposters out there, but there are imposters in the rich too. But I am sure not one of them.”

June was all shook up for a moment. Nick spoke with such honesty and frankness. She knew his words challenged the everyday mindset of the cause of homelessness, as well as bringing in buried truths too.

Meanwhile, June began to journal everything she heard and saw. But she also spent so many waking hours rocking, burping, and loving her little Meredith. Meredith was adorable. From everything to her freckles, tiny fingers to her warm yet cautious smile. Meredith meant everything to June and Jimmy. And Jimmy and her love were blossoming like never before. He was enjoying the missional opportunities, while they were challenging, they were also very rewarding. And he had a supportive and faith-building mission group. June was excited when the time would come for her to join him. But these precious moments with her Meredith were priceless.

June also felt like she is a different person from the time she prayed to God in the orchard. She has finally been able to let go of Helen and Stacy. She has completely placed them into God’s loving hands.

And what about June’s and God’s connection? What can be said? June was full of faith and had a new zeal for life again.

I hope you enjoyed June’s Faith as much I enjoyed sharing with everyone. 🙂 I hope to make this a paperback and e-book. Do you think this story is captivating enough to draw attention to a wider audience? 🙂

You spoke into hearts
To unlock the truth inside
Many closed doors before you
The keys just disappeared
Left you confused and scared

You thought if you could unseal hearts
Freedom like the wind would call you
But the wind releases the dispensal parts

Are you hiding from your destiny now?
The door is blown wide open
Others have unbolted your heart
Dream with yourself once again
Don’t awake expecting no pain

Your heart muscles are strengthening mightily
Position yourself for power and purpose
It’s been pumping blood of vitality

(C) Carly Wiggins 2019

Peace, peace, peace

It is hard feeling to grasp?

Security is hard to clasp

My doubt is astounding

So many times I doubted

I stopped counting

 

I look towards the heavens

Even though my heart was harden

I sit by a church garden

This feeling of hope comes

The church is a safe haven

A place where hymns are hummed

(C) Carly Wiggins 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s crazy thinking about living forever! Isn’t it? Sometimes we reflect on existing forever. Spending forever with our Maker! And drinking in His love and worship Him forever! But you may think 10 years in Heaven will be a blast. 100 years will be fun, but what about 10,000 years in Heaven? What could we possibly do in Heaven for THAT many years?

Well, I never did extensive research on eternity, I can only speak from a personal relationship with God. But God never ceases to amaze me in this lifetime. There are always new facets of His nature and personality that surprise and astonish me. I feel like I have only scratched the surface.

So will we be bored or endlessly surprised in Heaven? I have read from people that have had Near Death Experiences (NDE’s) that beautiful colors that don’t exist on Earth exist in Heaven. Even the music is more vibrant! And the love they feel is incredible! 10 times better than on Earth!

Also I believe there will always be new adventures, fun, projects, jobs to do in Heaven. We will continue to work in Heaven but the joy will increase because of the Fall of Man, which brought toil, will be lifted! God is a creative God, He can always create more things for you to do in Heaven!

So we will be bored living forever and ever?

A.W. Tozer once said, “But there is more. God’s gifts in nature have their limitations. They are finite because they have been created, but the gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus is as limitless as God. The Christian man possesses God’s own life and shares His infinitude with Him. In God there is life enough for all and time enough to enjoy it.”

C.S. Lewis simplified it, “Once a man is united to God, how could he not live forever?”

But let’s enjoy our life to the fullest here on Earth! While we have much to look forward to, God calls us to be Earthly-minded. Prayer and worship can give us a taste of Heaven but let’s invite God to our Earthly space now!

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Dark corridors of the mind

Derbis in every corner

A maze of confusion

Where’s the way out?

 

I am afraid there is no way out

My mind is like locked up inside

Where are the keys?

 

There is no way to find

A way to warn her

Of this illusion

And fragile doubt

 

Another punch, another clout

I try to stand up to the fight and not hide

Will the door of my heart open with ease?

(C) Carly Wiggins 2019

 

Here is June’s Faith Chapter 13. I hope you enjoy! Here is a link to the previous chapters: https://messageinstanza.com/category/stories/

Chapter 13: Fruitfulness

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June closed her eyes and drifted off to sleep. She was in a lush green field again. The trees seemed to sing her songs of appreciation. Telling her, she was on the right path and reminding her to be grateful for the steps she has made so far.

June looked lovingly on the purple daffodils and pink sunflowers; plus, others she didn’t recognize from Earth. The array of flowers and the variety of colors they came in were unprecedented. She acknowledged that God must love her and all of creation to make such beauty.

In the distance came Helen, her sister, skipping in the distance. Helen communicated with her thoughts, “You should skip with me June! Loosen up a bit!”

June communicated back, “I am happy to see you again, dear sister, but I don’t feel like skipping. I am just not in the mood.”

“Come on, join me; it’ll help us sort some things out better. We have some of our Father’s business to sort out. You are never too old to skip.”

So, June stared skip with her sister, which turned into laughing and skipping. They just leisurely skipped and talked and weren’t out of breath like they would have been on Earth.

“How is Heaven treating you?”

“You are never bored around here, dear June. The Father always keeps us busy, whether its spending time with family, resting, or working. We get to do the very things we loved on Earth without the worries of finances coming through or being unfulfilled in some way. And you always love the people who work with you. I operate a bicycle shop and make the most sturdy and comfortable bikes anyone on Earth could ever dream up. It feels like riding a cloud!”

“I hear you and Jimmy are engaged, that’s wonderful, isn’t it?”

“Yes, it’s truly a blessing in disguise. I never thought I would fall in love with a guy at the seafood market, but he was one of the most endearing and smartest people I know!”

“That’s great. You, too, will have a beautiful future together. But I come to you to remind you of one of the things we talked about before: forgiveness. Not a pretty word. But have you completely forgiven God for taking Stacy and me so early?”

June looked at her feet. “I have been so busy to be too mad at anyone.”

“Well, it doesn’t mean you aren’t harboring resentment, to be quite honest. The Father wanted me to give you this warning again. You can’t live your life to its fullest potential if you have any unforgiveness in your heart.”

“Ok, maybe I do, but what do I do? I want to fulfill everything God has for me.”

“Then would you walk through this forgiveness prayer with me?” They stopped skipping, and Helen reached for June’s hand.

“Sure,” June confidently said, eager to put the past behind her.”

“Ok, repeat after me. I forgive You God for taking Stacy and Helen out of life so early.”

June repeated those words.

“I forgive You for not allowing me to have more time with them on Earth.”

June repeated with solemn honesty.

“I acknowledge that they came home early to Heaven for a reason.”

June repeated with earnestness.

“Thank you for giving me the beautiful opportunity of seeing them in Heaven.

Help me to forgive. Amen.

June repeated with confidence.

“Thanks, June. You are on the right path!”

June then woke up, naturally, without an alarm because it was Saturday. She slowly woke up, yawned, and eventually, she gave promises unto God, thanking Him for this timely prophetic warning.

Love and conflict were in the air. June and Jimmy moved passed the infatuation stage, and each other weaknesses were coming more apparent. But they accepted each other with grace. They knew of the value of God’s grace, so they gave it to each other. Jimmy was unorganized and forgetful at times. He would leave opened bills on the kitchen table, hoping to write the checks the next day. However, to June, the bills should be paid as soon as they get open.

“I was planning on doing it tomorrow. The Eagles were on the TV and that honestly, I got distracted and it important to watch this playoff game.”

June couldn’t stand clutter and inefficiency. Her uncle was a hoarder, and it made her so sad to see him live that way. Piles and piles of things where it made it hard to even get to the kitchen table. So, June was extra cautious. Plus, time and time again, she was worried about how distracted Jimmy got. Tenacious June didn’t hold her tongue back. She said in a frustrated tone, “Has it maybe ever occurred to you that you suffer from ADD?”

“Well, geez, June, that is quite an assumption on your part. I just forgot, ok.
Leave it alone.”

“Why are you getting mad at me, Jimmy?”

Jimmy answered back, “It’s not what you say but how you say. You could have mentioned “ADD” in a less criticizing way.”

“You are right. But it’s better to start now than later.”

“Hey, I get it but would you get off my back about it?”

“You aren’t as bad as Henry, but I am worried about you.”

“Hey, I’ll never turn into your uncle! That’s absurd!” Jimmy defended himself.

“Ok, you are right but maybe, sweetie, you should see a specialist, you can be forgettable at times,” June gently spoke as she put her hand on Jimmy’s shoulder. “I think I am just worried about you, that’s all.”

“Thanks, June.” Jimmy took June’s hand and kissed it.

June and Jimmy knew how to push each other’s buttons, but they also knew how to resolve conflicts more quickly as they discovered each other’s weaknesses.

“Hey, June, you have been especially cranky lately? Why do you think that is?”

June honestly replied, “I don’t know.”

The more she thought about how she reacted to Jimmy, the more upset she got. It wasn’t like her. She discovered maybe why. So, she went to the drug store to get a pregnancy test. It returned positive! This surprise was amazing but unexpected news. Their wedding was two months and a half away. Not only did they have a lot of wedding planning to do, but now this, June thought to herself. And how could this happen? And they were Christians and not even married yet.

Let me know what you think and stay tuned for Chapter 14. 🙂

Our bodily shadow gets torned off

To reveal the light inside

Are you afraid of following the light?

Many who had close encounters with death

Say letting go is as easy as their last breath

 

Why I am afraid?

What am I trying to hide?

What do I I have to lose?

God is the light I will follow

We’ll entwine like there’s no tomorrow

 

Let go if your past regret

Let go of your present troubles

Let go of your future worries

I know, when death strikes

It not something anyone likes

 

You could be hit by car

You could be struck by lightning

You get die from a sickness

But God knows when we will die

Your expiration date is written in the sky

 

Live your life the best that you can

You only live once

There no do-overs

Your movie has already started

And the credits are rolling for the dearly departed

(C) Carly Wiggins 2019