Message In Stanza

Poetry and Musings

Check out: Kaylann‘s awesome poetry contest with the theme of summer. Be sure to follow her as well! 🙂

 

Summer dresses weave their way through summer

Iced teas are dripping on the sides from heat

Many people take trips to the sandy beaches

 

Excited kids out are of school

Pestering their parents

Many parents wish school started back in July

 

These summers breeze through fast

As fast as trees lose their leaves in autumn

Nothing compares to the warmth of summer family days

Or carefree summer days with friends

Oh, how the sun shines on these radiant days

 

Wishing every day was summer is silly

It’s like hoping the earth never tilts

My hemisphere always faces towards the sun

As soon as autumn comes, I put my sandals away

And get ready for hibernation; waiting another year

 

© Carly Wiggins 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you do when you experience doubt? I believe it’s human to have feelings about doubt and insecurity. Some say you shouldn’t express too much doubt to God because it shows a lack of faith. I disagree. We all asked questions in the beginning of our faith, so why not continue to ask questions as we deepen our walk with our Father?

If your parents taught you how to ride a bike you had to start with no previous knowledge. It was only human to ask them basic questions, “How do I go faster?” “How do I brake?” “Am I am doing this right?” It’s not insecurity to ask a wiser person questions to gain information on a task or activity. Luke 18:6 says, “But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (NIV).

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This Scripture makes it clear that God genuinely values children and with that of course, comes with asking multiple questions. What child doesn’t tug on the shirt of their mother and ask, “Why is the sun yellow?” Or, “Why is the grass green?” These are just examples of the curiosity of a child’s mind which, I believe, God deeply values.

So, as adults, why do you believe we may have trouble with our questions and misinterpret some as doubts when they are merely a vehicle for understanding? I remember as kid I suffered a lot of anxiety and, especially dreaded homework. I was the nerdy kid in school who asked basic questions that the other kids in the class seemed to already know the answer to. Math was a struggle for me. The fundamental concept of cross multiplication was tough for me, because, as an example, some problems required further reducing and sometimes I forgot that extra step. If I didn’t ask the teacher, “Do I further reduce this problem?” I may end behind in the class and not advance as well, because, as you know, math concepts build on each other. But, as adults, I believe, our problems to solve in the game of life become more complex than a cross multiplication problem.

I love to ask God questions that may seem frivolous or pointless to some. But God is my Father and I love to sit in His lap and know what is on His mind. And He already knows what I will ask before I ask (Romans 8:2-27, Psalm 139:2, Psalm 139:4). Isn’t that amazing? I take pleasure out of asking God, “How are You doing today?” “Why is there evil in the world?” He can more than take your questions. Jesus was the epitome of asking questions. Many times when people asked Him a question He followed up with another question to test motives, to bring new things to light, etc. Our God is incredible! Don’t buy into the lie that questions are a form of weakness.

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But what about asking questions asked out of feeling inadequate? God can handle those too. But are all questions of doubt productive and self-satisfying? Author Mary E. DeMuth who wrote Wall Around Your Heart once said, “We enslave in the manner we talk to ourselves. But the truth is, God already set us free. He secured our release. To constantly hurt ourselves, resting in our inadequacy, is to call Him a LIAR.” The more we complain and give ourselves permission to do things we know we shouldn’t do, the more we are led into captivity. For example, we could complain about our weight but decide to eat chocolate every day and cakes and get mad at God and say He didn’t give you enough willpower to stop those cravings. But to speak quite candidly, you are making Him out to be a LIAR. What He did on the cross for you enables you to put addictions to death! The desire may be there but take ownership and trust in God. Times get tough. I know firsthand. Sometimes I eat too much and especially crave carbohydrates and sugars when I am stressed. But I am learning stress-busting techniques like mediation, things to distract my mind like TV to keep me from eating badly. What may work for one person may not work for another. But everyone has their own stress management techniques. It’s time we trust God, give Him our concerns and put that identity of Christ in us. The more we put our focus on being a cherished daughter or son of the Most High God, the more we will walk with dignity, faith and royalty, instead of condemnation, shame, and doubt.

My biggest struggle is accept things will get tough. Sometimes I fool myself during my high moments that pain won’t touch me again. It’s a defense mechanism. Let God take control. Put your crown on and put up your sword to defeat the evil one of despair, in Jesus’s Name! We are ROYALTY! 🙂

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Q: What did the friend say to Lance Armstrong before the race?

…Drum roll please…

A: I hope you are pumped up for the race!

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…And for goodness sake, not pumped up that way. Please stop taking steroids! lol. 🙂

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Ok, maybe it wasn’t THAT funny! But I hope you smiled.

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Aren’t these monkeys adorable??

~ Carly (Message In Stanza)

“Earth can be beautiful. Heaven is beautiful. But Heaven on Earth… that’s an entirely different story. That’s why we were created.” – Carly Wiggins

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Did you know that our final resting place with God will be Heaven on Earth? According to Scripture, Heaven will down to Earth after Jesus comes back and creates a new Heaven and Earth.  😇 🌏

God, You are so amazing

You make my heart sing

You brighten up the darkness

With your ever-consuming love

 

God, You are merciful

You raise my soul

You flicker like the stars

Of the never-ending cosmos

 

God, You are love

You love me from above

You dance like serenity

In the morning of awakening

 

God, I need You

God, I want You too

God, I accept Your nature

God, I honor Your splendor with extol

(C) Carly Wiggins 2018

 

 

I am afraid to live

I am afraid to love

I am afraid to die

I’m most afraid of dying and loving

What if I am not strong enough?

God, please give me your perspective

 

Maybe I am afraid of always learning

Because this means I will always be growing

And constantly evolving

Why does it feel so good and bad to change?

Please help me, Lord

This heart can’t keep up with the Earth turning

 

You will be there when no one else will

You will see me through my whole existence

Put praise on my lips, God

No more fear

I am a child of the King

Teach me to to kneel

And teach my heart to be still

(C) Carly Wiggins 2018

 

Innate desire to be happy
Now you can’t stop thinking
You read every single self-help book
Happiness left you with nowhere to look

Innate desire to be known
Now you can’t face yourself in the mirror
You are lonely but you don’t want to see anyone
Fame has come at a a richly cost

Innate desire to be loved
Now you can’t hold your own heart
You think Cupid is always playing tricks
Love has left you begging for everything

You have to push the baby out
You have to pull that cavity out
So much push and shove
No wonder we have lost sight of love

Take off that plastic smile
I see your arms crossed in your mind
Surrender to your own pretenses
And stop chasing those white picket fences

Stop rubbing those tired eyes
And see for real with me
Destiny is what you make of it
It’s no one’s destiny but yours

The paint will peel
The brook will dry
But look inside
This will be your guide

(C) Carly Wiggins 2018

Thoughts? Does it make you think? Encourage you in the end?

The woman by the tree mourns

She mourns the way her husband treated her

She has been in this marriage way too long

Her skin burns and aches, almost as her heart

The draping leaves camouflage her sorrow

People don’t know she’s hurting

Because all they see is the Weeping Willow

Crying for her

(C) Carly Wiggins 2018

Classical music has a musical structure and rhythm to it that provides peace and security. Not everyone feels this connection to classical music as I do, but I know some will agree. Science has found many correlations between the type of music you listen to and its impact on our emotional well-being. You may be saying to yourself, Wait, I have heard this before. Does that mean if I listen to Metallica, it’s the devil’s music? I am not saying that at all. If anything, I am saying that the music we listen to serves a purpose. I know when I listen to a little punk music like The Clash or Green Day, it’s about “sticking it to man” or the corruption of society. One of my favorite Clash songs is “Lost in the Supermarket.”

 

I’m all lost in the supermarket
I can no longer shop happily
I came in here for that special offer
A guaranteed personality

I’m all tuned in, I see all the programs
I save coupons from packets of tea
I’ve got my giant hit discotheque album
I empty a bottle and I feel a bit free.”

 

How many times do we realize it or not, but we are completely influenced by advertisements, special offers, discounts, etc.? But do they always supply the needs we are after time and time again? Statistically, women tend to shop unconsciously to fill their maternal instincts of providing comfort and stability. Sometimes that motherly intuition, without awareness, seeps into their personal lives and is not just a means for providing for their children. We are creatures of habit and evolution. Society is changing so fast, I believe, we sometimes mistake our needs for wants. Back in time, food, shelter, and fire were all imperative to survive. But over time, a fire to keep yourself warm and cook food slowly over time became a bonfire to a nice fireplace. Nothing is wrong with fireplaces, luxury, or comfort. But just don’t forsake or replace your needs with your wants.

We are all vain at times because we are human beings. But for a change of pace, let’s be vain about our basic needs. And once again, let’s allow music to be a vehicle to usher in an illustration of taking care of our necessities. Here is a beautiful lyric from Collective Soul’s December:

 

“Why follow me to higher ground?
Lost as you swear I am
Don’t throw away your basic needs
Ambiance and vanity.”

 

Music has always allowed me to feel how I am feeling. From joyous sunny days listening to Beatles, “Here Comes the Sun,” to missing a friend with Incubus’, “Wish You Were Here,” to days of relieving confusion jamming to Jimi Hendrix’s, “Purple Haze.” Music is the soundtrack of life. And rightfully so. I wouldn’t have it any other way. 🙂

 

Do you find that music gives you solace and joy in your time of need? If so, what do you listen to and what feelings possibly brought you to those tunes? Do you listen to the lyrics? If you do, do you listen to lyrics about how society can be feeble at times?

 

 

~ Jam On ~

 

~ Sincerely, Carly (Message In Stanza) ~