O heart of sorrow

Bleed out your lungs
O heart of sorrow,
May all your content
Pour itself out;
I want you free
Of sorrow, O heart;
That with joy
You may be refilled.
Since joy and sorrow
Make such poor bedfellows,
Never can they together
Sojourn;
When one is in,
The other must be out;
I see joy beaming
A smile
At a waiting corner
As sorrow flies away
By leaps and bounds;
Calm is a must
When the storm
Wears itself out;
No winter goes all year,
Spring is waiting
As is summer;
And Autumn to take its turn; Each knocking the one before;
And on the circle goes.
Thus worry not about
The sorrows,
Gone, they’ll be before
You know.

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Spiritual Happiness

Much is written about joy in the Bible. Jesus spoke of being joyful unto His Father, later transcribed to, “Be joyful unto the Lord.” As we face disillusions and fears, of either, we endure many hardships. I, too, have these familiar symptoms, but God always remains constant in my mind. These words resonate in my mind, “Bring Me your woes and do not worry for I will help you with your inspirational battles.”

Unforeseen problems arise in the worldly pressures and obligations that meet us, not greet us, at every doorstep. Life, sometimes, can appear to be short-lived… unless your faith asks God for a special blessing and miracle. Some have experienced God at His best as unfortunate events end with a silver lining.

I often write of my sordid past life, but I glance back at those times and realize God intervened in my life. Today’s blog, however, is not about me, but the one I’m closest to, my wife. This young, vibrant, and outgoing woman, plagued with a virtue of grief and sadness in the past few months, almost lost her life in a car accident twenty-five years ago. The doctors just diagnosed her with heart failure as a repercussion of the injuries.

In disbelief, we took part in many tests and things seemed questionable, but nevertheless, okay… until the last test screening. It confirmed her life might be terminal. I can’t say how one prepares to die, except to “live life like there’s no tomorrow”… and so we did, in apprehension. With no other choice, I fought for the spiritual happiness of both of us. I walked on pins and needles, often hearing the crunch of eggshells. I was too frightened to speak much, so I stayed in constant prayer. Following my blog called Faith for Two, I knew only God would see us through this dilemma.

Matthew 6:25-27

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

The day arrived for her medical procedure, and hopefully, it would not become an open-heart decision. I watched the love of my life that morning, and I observed her quietly whispering, “Goodbye, mommy loves you” to her favorite parrot of twenty-seven years. I read her last words, “No food or drink after midnight,” as she prepared herself for a procedure which could end her life. It would have been easier to move a mountain than to keep her spirits positive. I maintained my strong convictions and stayed where I knew God wanted me to be – in prayer. Only my Lord Jesus could restore that which would destroy her many years ago.

In the lobby, in front of the doors to the operating room, I kissed her goodbye. Keeping up our spiritual happiness, I told her,” I’ll see you for lunch.” With tears in her eyes, we prayed it was not our last forever kiss. I needed to go to God! Father bless her and keep her in your arms, my dear Lord.

The wait seemed like an eternity. I took a seat beside a minister, and we shared our own hearts. The door at last opened, and a doctor in scrubs called out my name, “BICKS.” He took me into a quiet room and invited me to sit beside him on the couch. I had my faith until the moment he elected to move closer to me.

“She’s all clear, Mr. Bicks,” he said. “We found no blockages, and she’s as good as new.” My sweet love, who worried for five months of dying, was born again to the likeness of the sweet, little girl I remembered thirty-two years ago. She will live! Thank You, Jesus!

A curious thought crossed my mind. Two weeks ago, the cardiologist saw the blockage in a scan, and now it doesn’t exist!? Was this one of God’s miracles? You decide…

It has been six days now, and I see a glow where worry over-shadowed her face. A renewed life called spiritual happiness far exceeds a biblical joy. Saved by grace, quite literally, His miracle child is born again. There is no greater gift than the gift of life; and when death comes calling, defying Satan’s force is a miracle!

Living in a spiritual realm of happiness, where no pressure or problems exist, can be conquered when we reach out in faith. A great example of this in the bible was the story of Jesus feeding 5,000 people on five loaves of bread and two fish (Matthew 14:15-21 and Luke 9:12-17). It is called the marvel of God’s healing hands, just as He did to my wife.

We read the miraculous stories of defying doctors’ diagnoses, but until it happens to you, we shun it with some other explanation. The Lord’s greatest feat was saving my wife’s life, and not once but twice; she put her heart and soul close enough for Him to heal her with His touch.

May I suggest we armor ourselves in prayer each morning to maintain spiritual happiness? Don’t identify with suffering, loss, or sickness. Remain steadfast in our Lord’s word, and He will calm every facet of your life. Today, my wife and I wake with a smile and a good-morning kiss, for God came to bless us with another anointed day. Our spiritual happiness is more than we ever asked for, and it is all because we serve our Almighty Savior.


NOTE FROM ANNE BICKS:

I would like to sincerely thank everyone for your cards, love, and support through this difficult time. Your kindness means the world to me! God bless you all!


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Should men cry when mourning?

I once visited the topic:
Should men cry
When in sorrow?
I am revisiting it;
Because the question
Continues to boggle my mind;
I still do not know
Whether real men do cry;
Is it manly to shed tears?
What do you say to those
Who say tears are for women?
This brings me to
Another issue;
Should men sing and dance
In Church
To praise God?
A lot of times in Church
You find women singing
And dancing;
But the men are standing
Like pillars;
Many men say singing
And dancing in Church
Is for women.
What do you say?

Give us peace

Give us peace, O Lord,
See how we are suffering,
Many running up and down;
Some displaced from
Their homes,
Many no shelter,
No food,
No clothes to wear.
Many have lost their lives;
Peace, we badly need;
Heed our cry O Lord,
And grant us peace.
We, your children are crying;
We are in agony;
We are in tears;
Our hearts are bleeding;
We are in sorrow.
Soon to have
No more tears to cry,
We are getting empty of tears.

Be a source of joy

Are you a blessing
Or a curse to others?
Are you a source of sorrow
Or a source of joy?
Do you lift up
People
Or you put them down?
Are people better
Or worse
Because of you?
Are people happy
Or sad
Because of you?
Are you a delight
Or a sorrow
To others?
Do you help people
Succeed,
Or you make them fail?
Do you open
The way for people
To progress
Or you block
The way for them?
It is good to make others
Happy not sad;
To help people succeed
Not to stand on their way
And block them
From succeeding;
It is good to be
A source of joy
For others,
Not a source of sorrow;
You must be a blessing
Not a curse to others.
People should be happy
Not sad
Because you are there.
Don’t make people frown,
Make them smile;
Don’t make people cry;
Make them laugh.
Don’t be a source of sorrow;
Be a source of joy.

Be a source of joy

Are you a blessing
Or a curse to others?
Are you a source of sorrow
Or a source of joy?
Do you lift up
People
Or you put them down?
Are people better
Or worse
Because of you?
Are people happy
Or sad
Because of you?
Are you a delight
Or a sorrow
To others?
Do you help people
Succeed,
Or you make them fail?
Do you open
The way for people
To progress
Or you block
The way for them?
It is good to make others
Happy not sad;
To help people succeed
Not to stand on their way
And block them
From succeeding;
It is good to be
A source of joy
For others,
Not a source of sorrow;
You must be a blessing
Not a curse to others.
People should be happy
Not sad
Because you are there.
Don’t make people frown,
Make them smile;
Don’t make people cry;
Make them laugh.
Don’t be a source of sorrow;
Be a source of joy.

There’s joy in my heart this day

There’s joy in my heart, this day;
I am high in spirit because of you;
You are my source of happiness;
You are my source of joy;
You lift up me up so high;
Your presence is my delight;
My heart is dancing with joy;
A heart so full of joy;
What a lucky one I am!
You’ve blessed me sweetly, Lord.
There’s joy in my heart;
This very day, my heart knows
So much joy.

Are we aware?

Are we aware
Of what we are doing
To each other?
Are we aware
That we are gradually
Wiping out
The human race?
Are we aware
Of the killings going on?
Are we aware
Of how much our people
Are suffering?
Are we aware
That parents are being
Killed and their children
Abandoned to themselves
As orphans?
Are we aware
Of the way we are tearing
Hearts apart?
Are we aware?
Are we really aware?
That we are slowly
Destroying our own world?
I don’t think we are aware;
We are not aware;
We are blind;
We have eyes
But we don’t see;
We have eyes,
But we are blind;
We better see;
We better be aware.
We better examine ourselves;
Examine our conscious;
We seem blank;
We definitely are blind;
We are not aware.