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Sunday, June 30, 2013

You Are My Wings

Every now and then a person enters your life who touches your very soul,
who comforts you in times of need, who listens to your fears, concerns,
and even lets you vent, unconditionally accepting of the person you are,
and gently guides you to the person you want to be...
this poem is dedicated to such a friend...
You Are My Wings

On the wings of your friendship, as gentle as a butterfly

I lay my sorrows, my fears, and share my joys, hopes and dreams.

Once fallen and defeated your loving kind heart

Spoke to mine and a friendship blossomed rapidly.

How rare a treasure held close to one’s heart revered,

Cherished, and gently nurtured with God’s teachings.

With you, His disciple, at my side, I came to know God

In a different light, no longer with Him did I fight.

A battle won or lost is of no meaning if it is not ordained

And sanctioned by God’s design, this too you brought to mind…

Of all the qualities I love the most, ‘tis that you do not judge.

Nor do you control, rather you strive to guide and nurture…

Albeit you are far more versed than I, and God I know is at your side,

It is of my own accord to discern the path to take, afraid

No longer, I dare to step outside my realm of comfort

As I search for answers, on my lifelong journey with God,

I know in my heart now, that I am never alone, God is with me.

There are few people, who will touch your heart, and soul,

Who leave a positive and loving impact behind, yet you friend, are one.

I take time and pause today for God placing you in my life,

A friend who is there through thick and thin, from the beginning

Accepting me for who I am and one who will be there in the end.

Poems My Way ~  Valrie 06/30/2013
Dedicated to a very special pastoral friend of mine... Tom Norris
Had a very special day yesterday, we went to a music worship concert at George Mason University, the Hylton Performing Arts Center. I met up with a friend from high school who also moved down here in VA, and his lovely wife and 3 of his six daughters, he invited my husband and I to attend the concert. It was called "WORSHIP NOW." Rusell Fragar is the artist along with his music ministry team. It was the most amazing concert I have ever been to.  Get your copy download at
Church at Chapel Springs, Assembly of God also took my breath away today. We just finished a 5 week series on "Run to Win." It is available on live stream video at http://chapelsprings.org  it will change your life.

Church this morning concluded the 5 week series on "Run to Win," awe inspiring and an encouraging path on how to the run the marathon of your life... with God...Chapel Springs, Assembly of God... live stream video broadcasts... I guarantee ...watching it will change your life forever. I cried today when the video came on of the marathon sprinter and 400 meter race in Barcelona, Spain, the runner fell and his dad raced down from the stands and literally held his on on his shoulder and helped him finish the race... he didn't win, but he finished, and that is the parallel to real life.. with God as our Father, we can and will run to win, for He is beside us every step of the way. The final yards he ran on his own, and finished the race... are you running to win in the race in your race with God for eternal life? Will you finish what you started and more importantly... how will you finish? Again the link is: http://www.chapelsprings.org/  TUNE in all July for a marriage series!
Have a wonderful Sunday and thank you for stopping by!
Did you know that a butterfly is a symbol of rebirth?
"For me and my house serve the Lord..."

Go forth and spread your wings in Christian friendship!


Friday, June 28, 2013

Positively Pinked out!

I love visiting all the PINK SATURDAY Bloggers!

 I have found by putting God first in my life that everything about my life has improved.

 Along with turning things  over to  God He has blessed me with Godly friends...

 With Him, through Him and because of Him, I fear not...


 My heart is filled with gladness and is satisfied through all good things the Lord brings my way...

The Key to Life

To God I rest my sorrows and lift up my joys
For He has anointed me, by  His grace, I live.
To God I turn in times of need and in thanksgiving
For He comforts me and soothes my wary soul.

To God I look for wisdom and give my heart
For only He can unlock the doors and tear down walls .
To God I surrender all, knowing He is in control of my life,
For God knows His plan for me, and I no longer question it.

To God I relieve my wounded heart and bequeath all I own
For to His service I freely give my all, my talents and riches...
To God be the Glory, the thanks for breaths I take, clothes I wear,
For God provides all that I will ever need, and in Him I lay my trust.

To God I unlock my soul, my heart, my mind, my woes...
For with His hand the key is held to the Holy Kingdom,
To God I consecrate my life, I give it all Him in Faith
For God's Love and Hopes for me include eternity.

To God I bring my friends in Christian fellowship
For through Him and witnessing our hearts will overflow
To God I pick up my cross and gladly bear it through
For God's love conquers all - the keys are His.

Poems My Way ~ Valrie 06/27/2013

 And so my friends, I'll close today and thank God for all He gives to me...

May you have a...

Be sure to LINK UP with Bev 
at How Sweet the Sound How Sweet The Sound
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 Sending out my own beary special PINK HUGS!
 Time to get a refill and surf on over to you!
 Thanks for stopping by....

Delight in Life! Delight in the Lord!

Our God is an awesome God! I have been on quite a journey since last February when I had shoulder surgery and fell rather ill and convalesced for more than 4 months.  I was barely able to come down the stairs and laid on the couch all day. Slowly after the bacterial infection cleared I began getting my strength back. Then the physical therapy to retrain the rotator cuff and shoulder arm... right side and I am right handed so you can imagine doing anything with the right arm was painful. Each week I got stronger, and by the holidays I was back in the groove, barely. I always put forth a smile so no one really knew how poorly I felt. I owe it all to my Faith in God and the trust I have in Him. I truly delight in the Lord! Here's today's poem...

Delight in the Lord

I will bask in the light of the Lord.
I will dance in the streets with joy!
I will praise the Lord all of my days -
I will fall on my knees in prayer at night.

I will honor You Lord, in all that I do.
I will sing Psalms of your Love and Light.
I will spread the word with all my might!
I will grow each day in my faith.

I will surrender all, to You oh Lord!
I will forgive those whom I can -
I will pray for understanding and guidance -
I will begin and hem each day in prayers Lord!

I will desire my heart to be filled with Love!
I will make a joyful noise unto the Lord!
I will share my life with One man, One God!
I will inherit that which I most desire, You Lord.

Poems My Way - Valrie 10/4/2011

Very excited about tomorrow, as we are going to a music worship concert at The Hyltan Performing Arts Center here in Manassas, VA. A friend from back in my hometown actually leaves locally and near to us in Haymarket and he and his wife invited us to come and share in t he music worship. It shall be a lot of fun catching up on the last 42 years...that's in the evening and early afternoon we are going to a wine tasting from 12-2PM. Hope you all have some fun plans too! May God Bless You!
Thanks for stopping by my blog, please leave a comment and I would love to visit yours!
Think I'll make a fresh latte!


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Poetry inspired by Love and the Sea

Adrift at Sea
Like the ship that chips away the ice in the northern seas
Your smile alone has chipped away at me and if you please
Call upon me once every now and a then a friendship begins...
Where it doth take us we yet not know, perhaps forever friends?

We shall not know unless we pluck at the strings held close to our hearts
And abandon fears left behind from those who sadly parted
And yet if ye be true to thine own words and dare to breathe
A sigh of relief for alas the damsel returns the call, stress  relieves...

But not unto deaf ears I hope that this poetic rhyme doth fall
Moreover unto one who knows how to listen great or small -
It matters not to me but that in a new beginning yesterday is gone
And forever hear the notes of the dove's early morn' song...

A rhyme unto no season, put forth but for merely one reason
To beckon not like the sirens of the sea nor treason,
For truth be known not what lies ahead or where to steer the ship
Lest we fear the words left unsaid go unheard, hearts ill equipped -

Like the island in the middle of the sea, drifting ere so slightly
Waiting on a call from nature to rise above the ocean's floor, rightly
Claim the shores of an unsung loved one, and cradle life with love
If for nothing more than love of life itself, a message sent above,

Fear not the future, waste not the present, and the past lies behind,
Not forgotten but a place in time, left to be honored not unkind,
Moving forward ashore as the drifting collects the sands of time
Perhaps with Hope there is Faith, that in time true love shall be mine.

Poems My Way - Valrie 06/27/2013

Many times as I find myself struggling with big decisions, I wander to the nearest beach or reminisce about one I have been to; it is here where I write my best poetry. I love the ocean and tropical islands.
I absolutely am fascinated with the mystical mermaid and her siren like beckoning. This was the perfect muse for my love poem... What  do you think

One Among the Sea...
Like a mermaid, I swim through life
Trapped upon the land or shores,
Yet, freely glide among the ocean floors
In search of the great gift of all, no strife...

I adorn myself with faux jewels and gems
My spirited temper often beguiles me ~
And I lose myself within the quest for equality…
And who shall ever rise to the challenge then?

Not unlike the tame less shrew at times
For hard is learned the lesson, dost I know,
The true riches of the earth for all to show
Lay not at one's victors misplaced kinds -

But among the castles built within the sand
Or in the eye-scape of the golden sunset
In places unknown and people not yet met,
An endless walk along the beaches hand in hand -

Shall my prince appear soon without his ship?
Will I a mere mermaid find my merman?
Am I doing the very best I can?
Have I been rightfully equipped?


Into the diamonds on the shores I cast
My glance, purvey the granules of time,
Pursuit is half the fun or game in mind,
Yet will one cherish that which he holds at last?

So many tests of love there have been for me
And still I broach the subject with tender gloves,
Surely I am not meant to drift into the coves
For all eternity and lose my sense of reality?

Mirroring the thoughts of maiden's ancient lore
Adorn myself with man -made gaudy gauche riches…
Not do I - but with the simple things of life which
For me are gifts of Love, Faith, and Hope to see what's more -

Into the rippling gentle waves I cast my line
In Hope of future riches such above be hooked!
Upon my lure, come forth I beckon you to look
Beyond the surface of the smile although 'tis kind

Acquaint thyself with verses sad or pleasing rhymes,
And gain the fruit or knowledge of the story,
One's intimate awareness of the other's journey
To truly connect as one in all due time.

Without the foundation of the ocean floor
The water quakes and causes harm to all lands…
So, as this is the framing of one's heart as it commands
Solidity, monogamy, and forever one another to adore.

Castaway the burdens of the heart and leave them behind...
Safeguard the future with caution as unto the sea I reach -
For many an island I have traveled and weathered each;
Abandoned, forgotten, misused, and treated unkind -

But alas it does not affect the final quest I seek!
For I know, one day, true love will be more than a phrase…
For now, I raise my eyes to the canopy of stars, and gaze
Among the Heavens, a little tamed by life, spirited yet meek -
For among one of those many fish at sea lays the one
Merman whom is worthy of my love, who Values love
And unto me the focus turns... innocent like a dove,
In flight to freedom to be me and my troubles undone.

For happiness to shine through sun and starlight
First we must love ourselves and then in turn another ~
A different love for each, sister, brother, father mother -
Daughter, son and friends, and to the one true love unite...

Ah, but to take in all that life and love shall bring -
Greater than any diamond or sparkling glittering stone
Endless and uncountable as the baubles on a throne,
Fare not well to me, for all I desire is for my heart to sing.

Sing with the thrills of knowing all is well -
The music of the soul comes from one's heart,
With trust and loyalty one cannot help but start...
And where the tale shall end, no one truly tells -

Concrete feelings break easily, shared ones sprout
Like buds on an endless climbing rose vine…
Sharing your life along with the memories of mine ~
Feeling safe, loved, not helpless or no way out.

Confident in all that I believe, my life is mine alone
You see? Shared with others, children too, but only
I control what, when and how I do...’tis not enough, lonely
Yes at times, but not burdened or a heart turned stone...

And now' tis time to turn my head not to lofty thoughts -
Remembering from whence I came and where or 'ere I got -
Do not step gently into my life, for in many ways the lot
Of it, to speak has gotten me with that which I have sought -

A siren beckoning in the sea somewhat displeases me -
For they have ill intent, I like Athena, love for love!
I give unto the one my commitment, nor do I rove
Among the oceans, for that in truth saddens me.

I will know when the love or soul mate finds me,
Or I him, and with the gusts of galeful winds -
Shall  I befriend him first, and know all before I begin
To release the wall around my heart blissfully.

Patience all, beware this mermaid's call, and trust
In her that she will pursue the one that's meant
For me, not a menu to consume, nor defiant
Spoils of the sea, not in wrongful soiled lust...

For this time, I first consider me and where
I shall rest my fins this time not lightly taken be -
Although many exist for choice 'tis only one meant for me,
A smile upon my face when found, I shall wear.
 Poems My Way - Valrie 06/26/2013

Created with love for the love of my life

Mark Duane  Hefty
Special dedication to S. Regina Moore,Southern OOAKS
Regina is a very specials friend and an amazing artist.
 be sure to stop by her blog to experience her whimsical creations. 
Well, that's the muse so far today... be back soon with more...
 Time to refill the coffee mug, read a bit and off to physical therapy!
Have a beary nice day!










Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Poetry to Inspire!


God’s Heavenly Stairs
Here I am Lord; I am climbing your stairs
Do you see me striving to be like You?
I pledge to You my life, my soul
Will you take it and consecrated let it be?
Here I am Lord; I am stumbling down Your stairs,
Will You save me Lord, catch my hand please?
I am walking among the cloudy paths of humankind ~
Weakened by the stress of time, and falling from Grace…
Will You cleanse my soul, renew my Faith in Thee?
Here I am Lord; praying ever so humbly…
I am kneeling before You, disgraced, what has become of me?
What hast Thou in store for me…what purpose shall I serve?
Here I am Lord; I am listening desperately to Your Word.
Will You guide me Lord, however small the steps might be?
Take my hand and steadfast lead me through my troubled waters ~
I’m climbing Your stairway to Heaven, thank You Lord for saving me!
Poems My Way ~ Valrie06/26/2013
A friend of mine from high school challenged me to write a poem which serves this picture, and so this poem came to fruition. Thank you Rick!
As I look back on my life I see reflections of my past
In the mirrored image of glimmer-glass a s­­­­­­­erene lake.
Lofty thoughts of yesteryears gone by flow freely
In my mind, yet they are mere moments in time.
Shattered broken, a life in ruins, once brightly colored but
Now stained with the scars of my youth and wisdom of age…
A murky feeling engulfs me in the depths of a slumbering pool…
As I sink into depression the waters drown my spirit and faith
And I cease to breathe, drowning in a self-made sea of salty tears.
Falling deeper into the abyss, a harkened angel grasps my limp
And faltering hand and I rise to the surface breaking free
From the fears of self-defeats … strongholds of satanic demise.
Before my eyes the sunrays shine and light the sky amidst the clouds
And I am renewed, both in spirit and physical domains, again, I rise
To the occasion and refreshed begin anew my journey back to God.
Remembering just before the storm comes the calm and glimmering
Sea, what once was, no longer has to be, for God has saved me.
Poems My Way ~ Valrie 06/26/2013
This was another picture related inspirational creation. The image of the boat floating among the clouds is ...I believe really a reflection in  a body of water, being the creative muse that I am, my mind quickly wandered to memories of yesteryears and this poem literally flowed from my fingers...
Hope you enjoy my poetry and if you want to share it, please email me the link and where you  will post or share, once approved, I will email you authorization for its use... all poems are copyrighted.
The muse feels further inspired  so look for more new poems tomorrow!
Have a blessed day!
Thanks for stopping by!

Coffee break is over so its now back to my research and online training...