The heaviness in my heart comes from knowing TOO much . . . there are those I counted among my friends that I find out I did not really know . . . there are feelings within me that I did not know were there that needed much more review . . . deep disappointment in myself and others . . . that is the darkness that is hard to overcome . . .
I sit in the midst of viewing fractured and broken relationships and friends and families that can never be the same again because of the verbal acid thrown in the heat of what was perceived as “a battle” but which should have been a call for each of us to examine ourselves . . .
I weep over the vicious attacks, the “exposes” shared without bothering to validate, the seemingly joyous feasting on the garbage and the sharing of the garbage with others . . . and the heaviness becomes a break in my heart as I allow it to pour out before my only hope for healing, holding out ALL of the wounds as I fall into the arms of my Father and wait for HIS LOVE to wash over my entire being . . .
May God comfort us who mourn
Giving us a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.
So we will be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord,
that He may be glorified. (Isaiah 61)
Tuesday—November 8, 2016
a work in progress . . . God's grace has brought me through many traumas of varying intensities and I am alive today (both physically & spiritually) because of Him and His work: "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus"-Philippians 1:6.
My childhood was spent living in many places in the United States due to my family's music or ministry—The Hicks Family, made up of Olan & Barbara Hicks, my younger brothers, Clint & Chuck & me, sang in different combos (put out an album), does so no longer professionally . . . but, visit a family gathering in Searcy & you're bound to hear some foot-tapping sounds (or catch my dad & mom on the road)!
I believe that every moment of each life path (the good & what I perceive as the bad) God works together for my good as His child whether I understand it or not. MUSIC and MINISTRY are still primary aspects of the path God has me walking—so exciting!
Words that have encouraged me since 1980: ". . . giving them a garland instead of ashes,The oil of gladness instead of mourning,The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting So they will be called oaks of righteousness,The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified." Isaiah 61:3
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