Poetry On Odyssey: Healing Through Religion

Poetry On Odyssey: Healing Through Religion

By the Grace of God... I stopped to reflect

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Why i didn't have any words to write about this past month, and how I recover from my rut through religion


Inspiration fell to hell.

I had no words to say, everything was just felt.

Fire, fury, aging worry,

I have not written because the things that were carried

We so very, very, scary.

Confusion was a big part of why I had no things to write.

I didn't want to paint words that would bite.

It's been a while, but now I'm back

By the Grace of God who has my back.

I stopped for a while in desperation to reflect,

On the years, the tears, and piles of regret

I felt too much pain, too many burdens bringing me down

I felt so strangled, I choked to make sound.

God was there for me within this time of confusion

He was waiting patiently, defogging the illusion

That what I need to be can be found just within me!

That can never be true you see…

No, stop your judging,

I am not speaking from the bulging

Emotional side of my brain,

The same side that takes thrill the world's ugliest games.

This is logic speaking, for it has finally met God.

After years of putting it off, praising Darwin's plain laws.

The irony is clear,

"Save me, save me, oh dear!"

I said was I wrapped the noose around my neck, tightened it and kicked down the step.

I did not think that anyone else could save me.

So I worked and I worked and I still felt empty.

Some say that my God is no different from yours,

But if yours can't save, than the only important difference is clearly made

My God comes out to find me,

When I am hanging on a thread and dying.

My God comes out to save me,

When I'm broken and there's no glue to fix me.

I have a purpose now.

I thought I was born knowing my place

But living in confusion has shown me God's grace!

How through our faith in Him we find meaning and purpose

Power so strong that we can not be swayed by false emotions

The person that God sent to me,

Was for reasons deeper than at first I could see.

The Columbia graduate, thought intelligent and keen,

Carries an arrogance, separating him from seeing,

How he can massively impact more than just one kid,

Thought I appreciate that he took the time and did

But I notice how strong and sure this man was in his beliefs, though only in literature, I'm sure more runs deep. Imagine a class at Stanford, Harvard, Yale, God my be delaying this because he knows I am not yet prepared. For the top schools of our country have an agenda to create students, who are passionately aware and adamantly sure.

But if I am not sure, at no top school will I last, I will be swept away and left out of the cast

System that exists to corrupt while pretending to give, well why then is there so much more suffering and dead

Than good in this world, not every ivy league because a world winning savior

So many are happy enough with their intellectual endeavor, but I need to leave something behind in the world that God gave me, something as big, as great, as the gifts he has given me.

I am going to be okay, I know that now.

But through deep sacrificial prayer and my need to make God apart of my character and mind, which includes reading and taking the time.

I know that I only thought this… I'll be fine.

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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One love, one heart

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This past summer, I traveled to Kingston, Jamaica with 20 of the graduating seniors from my high school class, where we worked with the Mustard Seed Communities and visited different locations where they housed children and adults with special needs. This was truly a life-changing experience and I am so thankful I was able to go because I learned lots of different things about myself, as well as the world.

1.  I don't have it bad at all

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It's true that everyone goes through struggles in their everyday life. I found myself struggling a lot last year, but when I went to Jamaica, I learned that I do not have it bad at all. I have so many blessings in my life that I take for granted, and the kids in Jamaica really made that clear to me. Now, I see my life through a more positive lens and remember that anything bad happening to me really isn't as bad as it seems.

2.  It's so easy to love others, despite their flaws

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Lots of people in the world judge others based on their appearance or reputation. But in Jamaica, the caretakers and children loved each other despite their flaws. It was truly beautiful to see so much love in one place where there was no judgment or hatred at all.

3.  Singing makes everything better

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It's true! Whenever my friends and I would sing songs with the residents, no matter how their days were going, it would put the biggest smile on everyone's faces. There was not a frown in the room, which was amazing to see. Honestly, I still get these songs stuck in my head sometimes.

4.  A smile can change someone's day

This is Moses, he had such a big heart and we would always dance together

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Some of the residents we worked with were scared of us when we first saw them, but when we smiled at them, their wall immediately came down and they were suddenly so happy to see us and spend time with us. This is true back at home too—if you smile at anyone, it instantly changes their mood and makes them so much happier.

5.  Giving to others is more rewarding than giving to yourself

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When I was in Jamaica, I wore these bracelets and hair ties around my wrist when we visited one of the elementary schools at the Mustard seed. When we were playing with the little kids, they begged me to give them a bracelet or a hair tie. This was interesting to me, because I thought to myself, "What's so special about a string bracelet?" But when I gave it to the little girl, she was so happy and thankful for it that it made me feel wonderful to give it to her. This trip was truly life-changing and I would go back to Kingston, Jamaica to be with these little kiddos a million times over again.

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