Message In Stanza

Poetry and Musings

Sorrow comes and goes
As the wind blows
Why must it continue?
When I feel so blue?
When I thought hope rose

God, teach me peace
As perspective will increase
I am in a static place
Missing out on grace
In a lonely feast

I want my room
To brilliantly bloom
With every color
Like no other
But shades get lost in the broom

Time will tell meaning of the past
As the time continuously moves fast
Every valuable debris gets swept away
But as I eagerly sit and pray
God delivers on what was asked

(C) Carly Wiggins 2019

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A battle between love and pride
My soul remains restless inside
I thought my heart grew wider
But it only worked as a divider

A meadow only grows annuals in spring
But is growth everything?
Death and decay is a graveyard site
Does six feet under make things alright?

But dirt is decay and growth
But you don’t want both
Your ego is on the line
But remember perennials need sunshine

(C) Carly Wiggins 2019

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“We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5 NLT).

Sometimes in this life it’s hard to hold every thought captive that doesn’t line up with Scripture. I know firsthand. I believe we all do. Have you ever felt like a negative thought escaped your mind that wasn’t a thought you typically don’t think?

Let me give you an example. You look at yourself in the mirror and noticed a small blemish and think to yourself, I wish this wasn’t there, I am ugly.” There is nothing wrong with noticing that wish you had a better outcome with your skin but when you go from observing to judging, that’s where more issues start to rise, because you are enough, just the way you are, blemishes or not. God didn’t say in His word, “Beauty is based on your physical looks.” But it says in 1 Samuel 16:7,

“People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (NIV).

I am not about blaming the devil for all of our woes. We still have free will. And some of our pain comes from our free will, and as you probably know, God can’t interfere with our free will, so if we make a wrong choice there will be consequences.

But sometimes like the example I gave above with the person noticing the blemish in the mirror and calling themselves ugly, do you really believe deep down, does that person finds themselves ugly or does that thought come as a spiritual attack to distract them from the path God has them on?

I personally, believe it can come sometimes as a demonic attack. So what do we do about it?

  1. Be patient with yourself. Being patient with yourself and circumstances will allow the self-critical thoughts to lessen.
  2. Be patient with others. If others tell you that you are beautiful, accept it, embrace it and love it. God has probably sent loving people into your life to reveal the truth to you. Everything in you wants to resist the truth (that’s a part of the attack) but resist it and tell the person graciously thank you.
  3. Look at yourself in the mirror and verbally repeat outload, “I am beautiful.” This doesn’t have to be related to physical beauty, it can be internal beauty as well.
  4. Help someone else today. Tell them they are beautiful. Sometimes spreading the love allows you to feel the love back.
  5. Pray to God about your internal struggles. It could go something like this, “God sometimes I can be pretty self-critical. Help me to love myself today and know how beautiful I really am, inside and out.” Prayer and praise is the best way to lift off spiritual attack.

I hope these tips help. Please just remember, spiritual attack is nothing to worry about. We have power over the enemy. It says in Luke 10:19,

“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you” (NIV).

But we live in a time where I believe good and evil will increase, so it’s important to know these thoughts are not always yours. Don’t give in to worry. Don’t knock on doubt’s door. Don’t ask fear to come in. Don’t sit down with shame. Remember, my friend, God is good and He loves you.

Prayer:

Dear Lord,

May we all know how vast Your love is and trust You every step of the way. We are beautiful people before You, God. The more we know who we truly are, the more the dark forces will attack us. But we need to not be afraid but trust, pray, and praise You. Also be more patient with ourselves and others, as well as loving ourselves and others more. May we look at ourselves in the mirror today and say, “You are beautiful.” May we honor You today, Lord.

Amen.

~Carly (Message In Stanza)~

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The rupture of love
Oozing out love
And more pain
What will we gain?
Hopefully, perspective

The rupture of love
A break in clarity
But still filled with charity
What have we learned?
Hopefully, patience

The rupture of love
Beckoning for healings
And no more bad feelings
What have we received?
I can honestly say, more love

(C) Carly Wiggins 2019

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You think you are sick

With your skateboarding trick

You pull up real quick

And do a kick

And spin so slick

You are a king

As you swing

Your way down

Back to the ground

It just takes grace

To be able to embrace

Every challenge you face

As you the passion you showcase

Is felt in this place

(C) Carly Wiggins 2019

 

 

We all live busy lives
Trying to maintain our jobs and houses
And stay connected to friends, family, and spouses
I peer into this night sky in this lit plaza
I can’t even see the stars with all this light pollution
Is progress really the solution?

It is a man-made idealism
But we hold it true as realism
I am riding a train going somewhere
Reading Scripture
It says, “Wait on the Lord”
I choose movement over patience
It’s like leaving my suitcase at home while on board
We’ve got a destination but no tools to help us

How do I rely on an invisible being of light?
How do I give my problems to the  One who has it all?
I know He understands but I am embarrassed each time I fall
How do I give my relationships to Him?
When God-fearing men bring light to a world turning dim
They’re a physical embodiment of the Person who created everything
But still, I can’t get on my knees or sing


Lord, take my mess
And help me feel blessed
Blessed beyond measure
In You, I want to surrender

I am riding that train again
But this time I don’t block out the Holy Spirit from within
I take Him into this broken planet
And say, “Lord, here’s my soul, “You can have it!”

© Carly Wiggins 2016