October: A Quote by Anne Of Green Gables

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ~Anne of Green Gables

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~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

*Originally posted on October 3rd, 2015

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We Will Declare!: Music Interlude

Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol Him, all you peoples, for great is His steadfast love toward us; the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Hallelujah.” ~Psalm 117:1-2

From the rhythm to the words, this song of adoration and celebration of the Glory of the True and Living God, Yeshua Jesus, has blessed my soul since first I heard it. It turns my heart immediately to His joy and celebration, moving my lips to smile, my voice to raise and my hands to lift in worship, reminding me of how SWEET and WORTHY HE truly is! I pray that it will do the same for you!

~Poiema, Poetry In Motion

Hope In The Midst of Trouble: A Word and Song

But I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more. My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness And Your salvation all the day, For I do not know their limits. I will go in the strength of the Lord God; I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only.”

~Psalm 71:14-16 nkjv (PSALM 71)

I had the blessed privilege to read the above verses through a scripture reading plan for Hope, found though my Bible app. When I read the verses, the Light and Love of the Savior immediately flooded my heart and soul.

Instantly, Our Heavenly Father began to show me great revelation concerning these few words of hope. If you take the time to read through all of Psalm 71, you will find that the author is going through a season of tribulation, YET he makes the decision that he is going to:

  1. Continue to keep his Hope in Father God
  2. Continue to sing His praises
  3. Continue to Focus on Him and Him alone
  4. Continue to remember that it is His righteousness that brings him salvation and deliverance

We, like the author of this psalm, experience similar situations in our walk with Yeshua Jesus. There are times when it seems every obstacle has fallen into our pathway and that there is seemingly no hope at all.

But when we pause and remind ourselves that Christ never leaves us nor will He ever forsake us (Deut. 31:6, Heb. 13:5), do we find that His light shines brightly through us even in our darkest hours.

We even become a beacon of light, peace and encouragement for others.

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When we make the decision to continue to Hope in Him and His faithfulness, is when our faith is greatly ignited; for faith is indeed not an instrument of sight. It is in these pivotal moments of decision that greater revelation of Yeshua Jesus and His faithfulness become even clearer and we grow deeper in Him.

When we take the time to focus on His righteousness, forsaking any thought of our own which only leads us to be sin conscious, is when we embrace the fullness not only of His super abounding grace which is a free gift not earned (Ephesians 2:8-9), but His great love for us.

It is then that His Holy Spirit, alive in us, is able to remind us of past victories and triumphs that He has led us through, thus giving us greater hope that He will deliver us again. We will remember there is no limit to His love of us, nor what He will do for His beloved children. (Romans 8:31-39)

But most importantly, when we focus on Him, it is then thought our joy even in the midst of tribulation finds its perfect completeness. We rest ourselves in His love, and wait with fullness of faith that our Heavenly Daddy will protect us from all harm and bless us with His best!

Keep your hope in Him, and let His praises remain as the sweetest song upon your lips.

~Poeima Poetry in Motion

 

Poetry in Motion: How God Sees His Children

I created a blog posting a while back touching on this subject and truth, but I can’t seem to remember what it was titled. Rats!

In short, I argued that God sees us as His masterpieces, His precious works of art. And accepting that truth enables us to see ourselves in 14123466959uqc3such a different light. In John 17:23 Yeshua Jesus prays to the Father that WE, His children would recognize and KNOW that God the Father loves us just as God the Father loves and sees Yeshua Jesus.

God the Father sees His Son as Perfect, Blameless, Beloved, Righteous, Well Pleasing, Delighted In. WELCOME! And this is how He sees those of us who trust in Yeshua Jesus’ Beloved Name, not because of our works or grand efforts, lest any man should boast, (Ephesians 2:8-9) but because of our faith in the finish work of His Son for us on the Cross.

This afternoon I was reminded of that message as I sat listening to a teaching by Pastor Joseph Prince. The scripture says:

Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship (Poiema), created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

The Greek word used for “Workmanship” is actually “Poiema,” from which we get the English word “Poem, Poetry.”

As Pastor Prince asked, so too I ask? What evokes us to write poems, poetry and song? Is it not romance and delight, longing and love, perfected attention upon someone or something near and dear to us?

Poiema: Greek Word from which we get the English word Poem, Poetry. This is what you are to God, Poetry in motion!

God has created us through Christ, with an undeniable love and devotion. We are His Poiema, His poetry in motion. We are created poetry for good works, as in, it is not a good work we have done that has made us the poetry. We are first the work of devotion and love, and this work of us and in us is shared with others to further evoke more devotion and love!

Poem: Something that arouses strong emotions because of its beauty.”

How brilliant is that? How awesome and lovely! You are beautiful to God, fearfully and wonderfully made! (Psalm 139:13-15)

My prayer is that we all begin to see ourselves this way, the way we truly are, the way Jesus Christ sees us. That we will love ourselves and cherish ourselves as sacred in His eyes and care, and treat others with the same awe and respect.

Thank you for allowing me to share this word with you!

Blessings! Poiema

*Definition for Poem, taken from Google dictionary resources.

What’s With All The Romance, Candice?!: My Humble Explanation For My Amorous Expressions

If you have been following my blog for a while, I am sure that you have noticed a slight shift in genre expression. My usual subtle ways of thrilling and suspense, woven in threads of science fiction and fantasy, have taken a sabbatical, yielding the floor to Romance. 1390929787av6ku

For a long while now, I have had the desire to try my hand in genuine, Clean read romantic fiction. I had jotted down a plot line , a word or two in the past, but I had never quite allowed myself to fully submerge in the expression. I never allowed my self to really feel it.

That is until recently and I have two fantastic bloggers to thank for that!

First, I would like to thank Blonde Lucy, the creator of the blog, Blondewritemore, for hinting that I should add “electric fan” moments to one of my manuscripts. (Follow her blog. I assure you your joy levels will double with each post of hers you read.)

Electric Fan Moment: To be immersed into a moment via literature where romantic tension causes you to blush, and or your temperature to rise, requiring the usage of an electric fan; generally a pG 13 moment of pining and longing; Moment where a passionate kiss is shared…

After Blonde Lucy’s recommendation and commendation for my having achieved “said” moment(s), I began to think more pointedly about the genre.

Thoughts took form and became action after having made the happy acquaintance of fellow blogger, Ottohandling, creator of ottohandling.wordpress.com. (You would be better for having followed his blog as well. Excellent writing and poetry, fashioned in raw emotion and expression. Brilliant!)

By conversing with Otto, seeing the bittersweet motions of romance from his evolving points of view, we engaged in a conversation. In one conversation in particular I experienced a spark that set off a fire of creative freedom.

What was said, you ask? What were those wise words that set your romantic freedom soaring?

Admiration doesn’t have to lead to flirtation or a romance. I think we have left this zone of healthy appreciation for beauty…” ~Otto Handling

Now if those words aren’t the catalyst for something magical, I don’t know what is.

He also talked about (the possibility of) being attracted to someone without desiring to be with them romantically. This thought is far deeper than we realize. To me, it means ignoring our base desires for physical sexuality while still acknowledging the splendor of that which is visual.

Romance for me means possibility. That possibility does not have to be married to physical sexuality, as some have taken romance to mean. Sensuality, amorous expressions, are not solely defined by what happens when passions are at their highest. There is so much more to it than that.

Truly, romance, sensuality, things of amorous nature are far more sacred than that.

The beauty of ROMANCE is birthed from the thought of what COULD be!”~ Candice Coates

Otto’s words (from my perspective) mirrored the view I have held when admiring the opposite sex. I have treated those who I have pinned over as fine pieces in a museum. I was free to look and admire, but not touch. Even my thoughts of them remained in an arena of classic admiration.

There need not have been a collision of mutual emotions in order for the light of “romantic” energy, and the delight of appreciation for someone else, to be experienced.

Think of it as walking outside for the first time in a day only to be greeted with a gentle kiss from the sun, the whisper of the first morning’s dewy breeze, and the caress of large, fluffy clouds moving across your face upon a crystal blue sky.

What do  you feel? What happens to your senses in that moment? Isn’t that ROMANTIC? Isn’t that sensual?

I would say so!

Ruminating further on Otto’s words and my own, and pairing them up with Blonde Lucy’s encouragement, I took the ball and ran! I opened the door and let the caged bird soar freely and unhindered and now…here we are, experiencing, if only just a little, the glory of romance and the delight it brings.

Now that the gears of my romantic heart are well oiled, I am allowing the machine to run. This does not mean I will forsake my first love of Science Fiction, (never that!) but it does me I will allow myself to experience, even if only in my imagination, the beauty that is romance and the love for another.

That is the glory of being a writer, we get to experience so much of the world without ever moving a muscle.

Til later, lovelies. I am off to pine on with a smile, and imagine the possibilities!

Cheers!

I Dream Of You, Part 2: A Poem

I dreamed in whispers

And mostly they looked of snowflakes gracefully gliding down into the depths of my navel

They cooled the loveliest burn with the kiss of winter

And the thought of you…

I tasted sweetness

And it slid across my tongue like the tide against the smoothest sands

The foamy gathering of water’s life tickling the edges of my senses

With the longing for you…

I swam in daylight

And the collision of skin and naked stardust shone like the finest glitter

It ignited my passion like the fruits of springtime, ripe for the taking

And I dreamed of you…

Til kiss

Til winter

Til water’s foamy edges in sunlight, blushing fruits

I dream of you…

My love

My darling

I dream of you…

To read part one, click HERE.

*This part of the poem was more so inspired by imagery formed and found in the Song of Solomon, as well as my own imaginative expression. Romance is a timeless and sacred art and beauty.

The Power of Songs of Praise

Hello all!

I just wanted to take this moment to encourage you all with not just a song of worship,
but with the powerful weapon that we have in worship through song, coming from our
very lips and hearts, no matter if they are out of tune or not appreciated by those sitting next to us.
Often times we allow men (to the delight of the enemy) to deter us from opening our mouths in song.
What is the big deal with singing to our Heavenly Father? Well there is power in it that shifts the
atmosphere. It is through song that our hearts are encouraged, that we remember what our God
has done for us in the past, is presently doing and will do.
It is through song that we find strength, and that the enemy is evicted from our atmosphere, for our God inhabits our praise.
Ephesians 5:18-21 says, “…18And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, 19speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;20always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;…
Our song does not just encourage our own hearts but the hearts of those around us. Songs unto the Lord set the atmosphere, and our
hearts to Hear HIM:  11 Kings 3:15 (vs 13-19) here the prophet Elisha instructed the people to bring him a minstrel to play unto the Lord 
so that he would be able to hear a word from Him.
 
II Chronicles 20:1-30(20-23)) King Jehoshaphat defeats the armies of his enemies, not with power or might, but by singing:
“For the Lord is Good and His Mercy endureth forever.” They host of them stood and sang that before the Lord and their 
enemy and the enemies camp was thrown into confusion and they destroyed one another. 
 
How many of us have enemies? How many of us need them out of our path and way? Open your mouth and praise with 
a glad heart with song, not just to remove the enemy, but because you LOVE your FATHER.
 
Consider Paul and Silas. They had been jailed and placed in a situation that seemed impossible to be delivered from,
but they SANG SONGS OF PRAISE, and we all know what happened! Heaven moved and they were released from their shackles. (Acts 16:23-28)
 
The entire book of Psalms, the book that I believe encourages us most, is a Song book. David and the other authors sang these
words unto God and found peace and deliverance. 
 
Worship in our song is our warfare as well.  It gives us confidence, again through reminding us that we are greatly loved, that Yeshua Jesus is for us and good to us, that we already are victories through Him, and it also stands as a witness to unbelievers.
Ultimately, and this is my favorite part which makes my heart smile, it delights Him!
The same way when a child draws pictures of their parents when in kindergarten, and the images are interesting to say the least, the Mother and Father delight in the gift of love via the picture and put it on display because of the love that was put into those drawings just for them. Even if the parents are missing a neck and arms in the image, and may look like a big red blob, there is pride and love in receiving them.
That is our praise and song to our Heavenly Father; out of key, words misplaced, but the spirit behind the melody is love and thanksgiving and that is what He delights in!
 
He has given us a new song, We need to sing it! Psalm 40:2-4 “2He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. 3He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear And will trust in the LORD. 4How blessed is the man who has made the LORD his trust, And has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood.…”
Below is a song on Youtube with the lyrics. The song is 4:35 min long with about 2min of verses afterward, but it is so lovely! Please listen and be blessed. It is called
“Favorite song of All” by Philips Craig and Dean.
 
 
God bless you all!
 
Cheers!
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