HOPE – REFUGE – FREE

HOPE:
hope trusts
in the governing
force of LOVE,
not necessarily being
able to predict or define
the outcome of our
hope, but “knowing”
that it will be what it
should be within the
scope of Love’s highest
good for us because
“knowing” Love changes us

REFUGE:
a place we run to because of trust,
a place where
we feel encapsulated in light and love,
hidden within the depths of the
shadow . . .
because here Love is unconditional—
no hypocrisy is needed,
Love transends, even knowing
our innermost beings,
our refuge
when we need the breath of Life
reinserted into our beings —
we can run to Love
knowing it is drawing us with open arms

So now the equation reads:
HOPE + REFUGE = FREE
The sum of these two parts equals “free” . . .
wholeness in a way
we have never been able to comprehend
because
it frees us from more than the chains
we perceive,
it frees us to experience the Truth
of who we are as a part of the Whole . . .
it frees us to rest in the Trust that
comes from knowing Love . . .
it frees us to live within the relationship
we were created for . . .
it frees us to BE . . .

thoughts: Jeanne Hicks Barnett – 2007

About Jeanne

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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