Advocate

You can’t get out of your skin

So be kind to your body

And be gentle with your mind

Cry for yourself as crying over a loved one

Shed tears for you because no one else will

So much to feel but so little time

Be patient with your very full heart

It will get better inside

You’ll find a way forward

I’m convinced you are a superhero

I’m sure you’re a winning fighter

In some small way, you win everyday

In every step you take I see bravery

You’re inspiring me, one breath at a time

Your impact is mighty and big

You may not see yourself, you can’t

But trust yourself, believe your faith

Power moves the mountains in you

You’re not going to stop surviving

You’re going to still be thriving

You’re being a difference by staying true

Yourself is a treasure to the earth

Stop the breaking and start the mending

Stop the shutting up and start loving

Be nice

You’ll be better for it

And your life will ring out the song

Your song

It’s the melody that we’ve been waiting for

We want to hear you

Please sing your voice

Your beautiful heart is

Our friend

Not your foe

Welcome home

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Burning Blue

Heart with a fire

You warm those who are alone and scared

You burn those who criticize and judge

You welcome to the hearth those who are hungry

You question those who are self-righteous and ignorant

Your flames are light to the ones in shadow and fear

Your sparks surprise those in lukewarm complacency

The fire is a gift, a treasure, your calling

But carrying a fire in your heart comes with a cost

I see your scars and they are beautiful

Because whatever fought you didn’t take you

I see your loneliness and it’s not your fault

You are not empty, weak or helpless

I see the burdens you carry alone and I want rest for you

You can’t live with a fire inside and not feel it

Your fire grows weary and burns itself out

But even coals have life in them, they just need stirring

Open up to receive well, in order to give well

No fire lasts forever without flaming

Learn to receive the gifts of oxygen and wood for warmth

You will find a way to live

Your heart will stay here

Even with a blue flame fire

Rise

Pure love, let me see you, let me feel you here with me.

Extravagant love, fill the caverns inside me, soothe my often chased, often chasing mind.

Expansive love, show up in my world like a warm light, surround my heart like a soft blanket.

Beautiful love, keep my soul in peaceful rest and be a lullaby for my tired and restless body.

Bright and effervescent love, here I am, wanting to be safe in you. Keep me still so I may learn to live completely and totally loved.

Inclusive, gracious love, embrace me in your fullness so I may know I am wholly accepted.

Deep and intense love, fill me with assurance of my belovedness and instill me with confidence of my never-changing deliverance.

Caring and gentle love, keep me within your wings so that I know I am continually being healed and always have your healing.

Strong, powerful love, stay with me in the dark places of fear and loss and the shadows of confusion. Be my compass out of dark valleys.

Comforting and calming love, be even closer when my heart oozes pain and I’m scattered by hurt and overwhelm.

Compassionate, empathetic love, be my breath when my lungs are battered and broken with exhausting suffering.

Live-giving Love, be the blood in my heart and veins to enliven me here as a beacon of Yourself.

Spent

You made me to dance, to fly, to sing

You made me to laugh and cry and scream

You made me to sigh, sleep, work

You made me to play, grow and search

Why do I spend my time trying to lift the weight I was never meant to carry?

Why do I use my energy trying to fix all the “problems” You never told me?

Why do I try to understand that which takes me from Your present peace?

Why do I keep shrinking smaller so as to not exist in my proper space?

My life is meant to be at rest in Someone in love with me

Where I am home

Don’t Abandon

Burning blue eyes

You see through to people’s hearts

You perceive souls with your own

You feel deeply while you see

Their pain, fear and ignorance

You sense the arrogance, confusion and rejection

And you still fall under the weight of the world

On your shoulders as if it’s yours to carry and heal

When your own feelings are too much to bear alone

 

You are powerful and strong

You have so much courage and bravery

But you have spent so much of it

Living and surviving, keeping your life full

And your heart beating, lungs heaving

You are running yourself ragged

When there are none to boost you up

None to fill your wings with air

When you suffocate from burdens

 

Your power is shining through

When you are empty and yet still breathing

You have such strength to carry on

When you feel small and weak

You have such courage to walk

When you feel you have none to walk with

You are brave, so brave

When you stand again after being beaten down

And while you feel alone overwhelming you

I am here

I see you

You cannot be forgotten

Broken

You are convinced I am broken. I’m not. I know it in my heart. I’m not broken because God calls me His child. You calling me broken does not make me any more broken than we all are. We’re actually all already broken because we’re human. You declaring I’m broken is just covering up the fact that you’re broken and you know it.  You’re just trying to hide it and ignore it. It’s not something you can change. You’re just running from it. I’m not anymore. We can acknowledge it. And accept it. We don’t have to be afraid.

I am not broken in desperate need of rebuilding. I’m already whole. I’m not a problem to be solved. I don’t need to be fixed. I’m a soul that wants to be known and loved. Don’t treat me like an issue that needs a solution. I see right through you. I know exactly what you’re trying to do. Don’t treat me like a mistake that needs correction.

Why do you break me so that I have to put myself back together again? Why am I guilty until proven innocent to you? Why am I dirty in your eyes? Explaining to you why I’m not these things is always an uphill battle I just don’t have the strength for. I can’t bear the burdens I put on myself, let alone the ones you put on me that you are never willing to carry. The burdens swamp around me and begin to get inside of me. They wrap around my heart and start to constrict its beating. Then they reach around my lungs and keep me from breathing. But when I get exhausted from carrying them, I cut it all off and burn it with the small strength I have left. I don’t deserve to carry it all.  I was meant to be free. I was made to fly.

Worth

I think I’m a giver. But when do I ever let myself receive?

It should never be that a person only gives and never receives.

I think I have a big heart. But how do I protect it while still using it?

My heart is for connecting, not isolating.

I think I’m pretty courageous. But how can I stand alone?

There’s always going to be something to be brave for. It’s not my fault to feel so scared.

I think I have a lot to say. But how can I explain myself and communicate?

I feel so much more than I can put into words but that doesn’t make me wrong.

Who I am is made in the image of God, Who is infinite love.

How can this expanse live inside a human body?

No wonder I feel a valuable gift in myself.

My spirit and soul are made of eternity.

I am not of this world.