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Happy Mother’s Day, Mama!

This is my mother’s day from my beloved daughter, Cristie.  How blessed I am!
A few jumbled thoughts for my sweet mom. I love you!
To the little girl filled high with longing,
Always dreaming of a savior coming.
Someone who would complete her, love her and need her
A fairy tale love that would change her, empower her, free her.
To the young woman newly married,
Longing for a child to carry,
Hoping, praying she does okay,
Scared unsure, awaits the day,
When she will be loved and needed evermore,
Wanted, accepted, cherished, adored.
News comes as such a welcomed, blissful surprise,
That a little one is being knit together inside.
Days pass by, her figure changes.
She marvels at each turn of life’s pages.
A baby boy, so perfect, so lovely, so pure,
Now sleeps in her arms, content and she’s sure
She’ll love him, fight for him, protect him and more.
He is hers for always, this sweet baby boy.
He is her greatest accomplishment, her greatest joy.
To the young mother so enthralled with her babe,
Captivated by all he is, this wonder God gave,
That she begins to long for another small being to love
Who might grow to cherish her as her growing babe does.
To the young mother who bursts into tears
Each time someone mentions “her” and “she,” a girl so dear,
Surely you’ve been given your heart’s deepest yearnings and desires,
Straight from God whose love for you blazes hotter than a thousand wild fires.
Your children grow, your husband by your side ages.
How hard and how tiring have been life’s many stages.
To the mother whose children have long since left her nest
That she built for them and always poured out her best,
You must know and know well, precious, most beautiful one,
You are loved to the depths, you are needed, your work is far from done!
Your children bore children, both daughters and sons,
Who love you dearly, a reflection of that mother so young.
That mother who toiled tirelessly at sewing many seeds so real,
Now has far more than just two in her field.
She is building a legacy without even knowing,
She is fierce. She is strong. Her faith keeps us ALL going.
Ten pairs of youthful eyes in addition to her own two,
Learn from her, listen to her, watch her – they do!
The miles that separate can’t stop them from knowing
The depths of her love; the seeds keep growing!
Keep pressing forward into all that you are,
Strengthened by each trial, each tear, each scar.
To the little girl longing for love inside,
To the unsure of herself, yet most beautiful bride,
To the young mother holding tightly to her little ones,
To the seasoned mom, by a certain teen often shunned,
To the mother turned grand one child after another,
To the loving Nana to many children tethered,
Lift up your head and your heart! Steady your gaze
On the One who has been by you both the best and worst of your days.
See how vastly you’re loved, how immensely, unshakably, undeniably, unmistakably dear
To your Creator, your Father, your Healer, your Savior, your Refuge and Keeper of every tear.
Our hearts He has sewn so tightly together.
My “Mama” you’ll be forever and ever.
You’re the one who helped me crawl, broke my falls, taught me to walk, taught me to stand.
And when life got hard, you helped me walk, taught me to crawl, taught me to fall and reach for His hand.
When life seemed to swallow me whole, the outside world never seeing, never knowing,
It was YOU who prayed me through, lifted me and showed me where I should be going.
A reservoir of wisdom and love you’ve always been,
My strongest supporter and forever my truest friend.
This day and always, I just want you to know
I see you, I hear you, I pray for you and I think of you wherever I go.
I could never put into words all that you are and all that you mean to me,
I could go on forever, but these words could never be good enough – they wouldn’t do justly.
So please just know how truly amazing you are!
Please know you’re missed (Oh, how you’re missed!) from afar.
Know you brought me into this world and gave me life.
When I’ve been drowning in all my misery, pain and strife,
It has always been you who has brought me back,
You who has always “gotten” me and never let me fall through the cracks.
I could never thank you enough for decades spent
Loving me, guiding me, holding me, letting me vent.
For all that you’ve done and for all that you are,
I’m so glad you’re my mom and I love you more than the sky does hold the stars…
Always,
Cristie
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Woe To Those Who Call Evil Good and Good Evil

20 Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who change darkness into light
and light into darkness,
who change bitter into sweet
and sweet into bitter!

21 Woe to those seeing themselves as wise,
esteeming themselves as clever.

22 Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine,
men whose power goes to mixing strong drinks,
23 who acquit the guilty for bribes
but deny justice to the righteous!

~ Isaiah 5:20-23 — CJB ~

phil-robertson-getty-gospel-according-to-phil-gq-magazineIt’s all over the news, and since everyone else is weighing in, I’m going to weigh in too. Were Phil Robertson’s statements regarding homosexuality crude? Yes. Is homosexuality — i.e. – sin — crude? Absolutely.

Would I have stated things differently than Phil Robertson? Perhaps, but in the end, when you weigh it all out, we would have both ended up meaning the same thing…

Before addressing this as a woman of God, which is what I am first and foremost, I’m going to address this as an American citizen. An American citizen can go on television and curse and swear, using all sorts of coarse language, and those rights are protected. American citizens go on television, rapping and singing songs with suggestive lyrics that are extremely crude. On both daytime and nighttime tv, you see men and women fornicating and having adulterous affairs, and as if that wasn’t enough, there are shows such as “Glee”, which promotes the homosexual lifestyle.

I and many others find these things terribly offensive — much more offensive than what Phil Robertson said, and yet these things continue to air on television day in and day out, and I see no network executives stepping in to suspend those involved in such poor behavior. Indeed, the writers, producers and actors of such smut receive ridiculously large paychecks to reward their behavior. Could it be that there is a double standard here? Could it be that those who cry out so loudly for tolerance are indeed the least tolerant of all people? That’s my take on things as an American citizen…

Now, for my take on things as a woman of God, I applaud Phil, no matter how crude his remarks were, because as I said before, the sin of homosexuality is crude, and often, in times past, remarks that have been perceived by one side or the other as crude or harsh have been made against sin…

If a man goes to bed with a man as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they must be put to death; their blood is on them.

~ Leviticus 20:13 — CJB ~

18 What is revealed is God’s anger from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people who in their wickedness keep suppressing the truth; 19 because what is known about God is plain to them, since God has made it plain to them.20 For ever since the creation of the universe his invisible qualities — both his eternal power and his divine nature — have been clearly seen, because they can be understood from what he has made. Therefore, they have no excuse;21 because, although they know who God is, they do not glorify him as God or thank him. On the contrary, they have become futile in their thinking; and their undiscerning hearts have become darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they have become fools! 23 In fact, they have exchanged the glory of the immortal God for mere images, like a mortal human being, or like birds, animals or reptiles!

24 This is why God has given them up to the vileness of their hearts’ lusts, to the shameful misuse of each other’s bodies.25 They have exchanged the truth of God for falsehood, by worshipping and serving created things, rather than the Creator — praised be he for ever. Amen. 26 This is why God has given them up to degrading passions; so that their women exchange natural sexual relations for unnatural; 27 and likewise the men, giving up natural relations with the opposite sex, burn with passion for one another, men committing shameful acts with other men and receiving in their own persons the penalty appropriate to their perversion. 28 In other words, since they have not considered God worth knowing, God has given them up to worthless ways of thinking; so that they do improper things. 29 They are filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and vice; stuffed with jealousy, murder, quarrelling, dishonesty and ill-will; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God; they are insolent, arrogant and boastful; they plan evil schemes; they disobey their parents; 31 they are brainless, faithless, heartless and ruthless. 32 They know well enough God’s righteous decree that people who do such things deserve to die; yet not only do they keep doing them, but they applaud others who do the same.

~ Romans 1:18-32 — CJB ~

Let’s be honest, these scripture passages have offended the homosexual community for quite some time, and many claim that because Jesus Himself did not speak these words, nor did He specifically say anything containing the words “homosexuality,” then He must not have been against it, and was therefore for it. There are even different factions, who call themselves a part of the church, who openly practice homosexuality, and claim to be Christians, but brothers and sisters, whether these words offend you or not, I must speak the truth, because some things ought not be, and I would rather that you live and know the truth, than die, believing a lie from the pit of hell.

Firstly, although Jesus never specifically addressed the issue of homosexuality, He did address marriage…

5 But Yeshua said to them, “He wrote this commandment for you because of your hardheartedness. 6 However, at the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. 7 For this reason, a man should leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, 8 and the two are to become one flesh. Thus they are no longer two, but one. 9 So then, no one should break apart what God has joined together.”

~ Mark 10:5-9 — CJB ~

As you can clearly see here, the only marriage acknowledged by Jesus, who was co-Creator of the universe, was the marriage between a man and a woman – period. His very ommission of homosexuality in this instance made it clear that it was never a part of His equation. Further, Jesus also made this statement while He walked the earth in the flesh…

17 “Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete. 18 Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah — not until everything that must happen has happened. 19 So whoever disobeys the least of these mitzvot and teaches others to do so will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys them and so teaches will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness is far greater than that of the Torah-teachers and P’rushim, you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven!

~ Matthew 5:17-20 — CJB ~

Jesus did not come to abolish the Law. He came to complete the Law. Part of the Law was that homosexuality is an abomination. That did not change when Jesus came. Indeed, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. What has always been sin in times past, continues to remain sin. The difference is that now, He has given us a way of escape from those sins that once bound us.

You see, the sins that once bound me, no longer have the same power over me, not because I have become a better person, but because Christ has redeemed my life from the pit. When He revealed my sinful nature to me, I had a choice… I could either rebel from Him and this revelation and continue living in sin according to my will… or I could repent and cry out for His mercy and forgiveness, asking Him to change what I was powerless to do on my own. I chose the latter, and if there is any good in me, it is only through His mercy and grace.

Each and every person who was confronted with the words from Phil Robertson’s mouth a few days ago, were also given a choice, just as those who choose to read this post also have the same choice. You can choose to rebel against the truth of God’s word and continue in sin, or you can repent and cry out to God for mercy, in Jesus’ name.

For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

~ Romans 10:13 — NLT ~

So, what do you think? Was Phil Robertson right or wrong? The fact is that the Lord uses all kinds of strange people to spread His gospel… He once spoke to a rebellious prophet through the mouth of an ass. He spoke to a rebellious people through a wailing prophet named Jeremiah, and let’s not forget that the Lord commanded the prophet Isaiah to prophesy nude for three years… John the Baptist was a wild man clothed in camel’s hair with unkempt hair and unshaven face (sounds kind of like the Robertson’s, huh?), who ate locusts and honey…

27 But God chose what the world considers nonsense in order to shame the wise; God chose what the world considers weak in order to shame the strong; 28 and God chose what the world looks down on as common or regards as nothing in order to bring to nothing what the world considers important; 29 so that no one should boast before God.

~ 1 Corinthians 1:27-29 — CJB ~

The fact is that He’s chosen this foolish woman to share these words with you today. We are liivng in a time when people are calling good evil, and evil good, and if those who know the truth refuse to speak the truth in love, for fear of being labeled bigots or intolerant, then we become just as guilty as those who try to silence us. Therefore, I will not be silent. Those who know me and love me know that I am not bigoted.

However, I will gladly state that I am indeed intolerant. I am intolerant of sin. I am intolerant of a world that calls good evil and evil good. I am intolerant of those who would try to silence righteousness by any means of bullying, and I will not be silent. Homosexuality is sin. This is NOT hate speech. This is TRUTH speech. Sin kills. I speak the truth to you in LOVE, because it is not God’s will that any should perish, and how will anyone know the truth, if everyone is afraid to speak it, for fear of losing their jobs, or being labeled as an intolerant bigot. I say it again. I AM INTOLERANT of sin, because it destroys lives, and relationships. I AM INTOLERANT of homosexuality, (SIN), because it leads to death, and no matter how anyone labels it or entitles it, the wages of sin is death.

Beloved, this is not God’s will for anyone. It is the thief’s desire to steal, kill and destroy you, but Christ came to give you life, more abundantly. Won’t you repent of your sin and call upon His name and be saved?

© 2013
Cheryl A. Showers

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Stories for the Heart

Master key

Poised graciously in the Master’s hands,
Is the Key to open and close every door.
Christ has the Keys to life and to death.
Trust in the Lord, turn away from your sins, and
Unlock the door to the Kingdom of God!
Redemption is offered in His outstretched hand.
Eternal life is His gift for you.

Will you reach out for the key in His outstretched hands?
Intimacy is required to handle this gift.
Tenderly, He beckons, “I want your whole
Heart; I won’t settle for less. I love you with

Alove that won’t let you go. You are Mine, a

Vision, like a lily among thorns!
Ocome, My beloved, are you willing to die?
If you won’t die for Me, you won’t ever live!”
Christ Jesus, my King, for You I am…

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Castro Commits Suicide – Does This Mean Victims Receive No Justice?

This is a post that I wrote for my other blog, and it is something that I am so passionate about that I am also posting it here. Many blessings to all who read it!

Love,
Cheryl

Stories for the Heart

I read an article this afternoon that filled me with an overwhelming urge to respond to it, because what the article stated simply was not true. The title of this article, Ariel Castro’s death is ‘last slap’ to victims’ faces, psychologist saysgrabbed me immediately, and made me angry for the victims of the crimes committed against them by Ariel Castro. As a former victim of sexual abuse, I agree that it is true that most victims long for justice, but whether or not the perpetrator of the crimes against a victim receives justice in this lifetime or not, healing is still very much possible for those who have suffered because of the sins committed against them. As a matter of fact, I want to go on record as saying that healing is entirely possible regardless of whether the perpetrator ever faces justice in our lifetime…

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The Lord Is…

I wrote this poem on my other blog, Stories for the Heart. Since Burning Fire Shut Up In My Bones is dedicated to sharing the Word of the Lord, I started another blog where I would write poetry and prose dedicated to the Lord. Please be sure to visit my new blog and let me know what you think.

Much love and many blessings,
Cheryl

Stories for the Heart

The Lord is a tower,
Full  of glory and power.
The Lord is a rock,
On whom the faithful will flock.
The Lord is a lion,
Roaring from Mount Zion!
He is a mighty warrior
And His enemies will be sorrier,
When from the mountain He descends
And His children He defends!

The Lord is meek and lowly,
And His anger comes forth slowly.
My God is slow to anger —
Showing kindness to lost strangers.
My Lord is like a dove,
Always faithful to those He loves.
My God is as a spotless lamb —
A sacrifice for the damned.
Always willing to forgive,
Christ died so we may live!

© 2013
Cheryl A. Showers

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God’s Glory

Here is a poem I posted on my new blog site.

Stories for the Heart

God’s grace and mercy abound
O
ne and only God worthy of worship
D
eath trembles in His presence
S
in, darkness and evil must flee

Goodness and glory emanate as His
Light and His love 
O
vershadow all

Realms, while all of the earth
Yearns to see God’s Glory!

© 2013
Cheryl A. Showers

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