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My Life   Leave a comment

My Eyes – A window to the soul
Sometimes reveal things you shouldn’t know
My Lips – Utter “I’m just fine”
But I’d tell you more if you’d take the time.
My Face – so flat, no life within
Just can’t feel this pain again.
My Smile – It shines so bright,
Behind it’s where I try to hide.
My Arms – Deformed with scars and lines,
All the words I could not find.
My Heart – How many times can it break?
How much more can I take?
My Ears – Hear a kind word;
Start to believe I‘m still loved.
My Soul – Revived finds a speck of hope;
Pressing forward, believe I can cope.
My Life – Once lost and broken, no hope within
Getting stronger; this fight I can win!


Posted February 28, 2014 by Hope in Recovery in Mental Illness, Recovery, Trials

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Scars   3 comments

First things first, this post is not what you are accustomed to seeing from me.

No it is not about me. However, it is exactly what I hope I would be able to say if I was is in this situation.

However, we all have scars of one kind or another, they just may not be visible on the outside.



My scars are not a stain of shame,

They are a badge of courage,

An emblem of victory.

Though I may have been knocked down,

battered and bloodied,

I fought my way out of the pit of darkness and despair.

My scars are not a reminder of my weakness,

But of my strength.

My scars declare “Survivor”;

They shout “Overcomer”

I will not be ashamed!

Intelligent Creator? I Think so!   Leave a comment

Over the Thanksgiving weekend I had the blessing of seeing some of the most beautiful country that I can ever remember. My family went to the mountains of South East New Mexico. Between the beauty and the uniqueness of the area,for me there is absolutely no doubt that this is absolute proof of the existence and majesty of The Creator.

I hope you will enjoy this sampling of shots of His handiwork.

Beyond recognizing the beauty of his handiwork, I realized that if he is so great as to delicately place each boulder and carve out each mountain, then how small the issues and problems that I can act like are insurmountable mountains. So whether it is in viewing these pictures or observing the beauty of His hands at work in His creation around you everyday, I encourage you to recognize how amazing He is and that your “stuff” is not that big a deal to Him. We must let go and let Him intervene on our behalf rather than trying to handle our struggles alone. Because of His love He WANTS to take action on our behalf, but we too often are to busy doing it on our own rather than asking for help.

You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives. James 4:2-3

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8

Posted November 29, 2011 by Hope in Recovery in Faith, Trials, Uncategorized

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Arise from Broken   2 comments

There are only two ways to truly fail: Fail to try and fail to try again.

To fail and try again shows even more strength and courage

than to have never failed at all.

What is a Shoulder to Cry on Worth?   2 comments

This is actually a “remake” of an image and quote, I previous;y used together. I just wanted to do something a little differently. Sometimes we are the shoulder, other times we are the ones crying. In either case we are blessed to have loving and caring friends. Please let me know what you think! Graciously, Gary / Rd2recovery

Courage Doesn’t Roar   5 comments

Posted October 2, 2011 by Hope in Recovery in Courage, Trials, Uncategorized

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Out of the Rubble – Hope and Strength from Trials   4 comments

…Tribulation works endurance; and endurance, experience; and experience, hope; and hope does not make ashamed Romans 5:3-5 

We are sure of one thing in this life we WILL face struggles and difficulties. We WILL have trials and feel pain, but rather than crying out to God, complaining, “Why me Lord?”, we should instead recognize it as an opportunity for growth. For Through trials we learn perseverance and courage. As we go through these trials we gain in wisdom and learn that our hope is in the Lord and not in our own understanding and strength. When we place our confidence and faith in the Lord we will NOT be disappointed or ashamed.

Posted September 26, 2011 by Hope in Recovery in Faith, Hope, Trials, Uncategorized

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