Life For The First Time: Flash Fiction Results For Monday’s Muse Nov. 9th 2015

Hello Thursday! And Hello fellow readers and writers! Today is results day for Monday's Muse. To read the original posting and challenge, and to even take try at the challenge yourself, click HERE.

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Life For The First Time

 

He had depleted just about all his resources just to get here. His saving was now as dry as a dog dish left out in the sun, but standing there, in the darkness alone with just the pin-pricks of starlight shining against the night’s black sky, it was as if he was seeing clearly for the very first time. 

Life, should he be so bold as to call it that, had thrown him more then his fair share of curve balls. He’d been hit with one massive blow after another and yet he was still standing. Often through the drudgery of struggle did he wonder about his existence before, when his priorities were limited to the usual cliche of college “musts;” fraternity, ladies, parties, ladies, man-scaping for the ladies and eventually class.

Since he was paying out of his step-father’s deep pockets he’d never quite considered an ivy league education the true luxury that it was. Hell, it wasn’t until he’d lost his job, one he had only acquired because of that ivy league stamp of approval, did he realize what he’d truly had, what he had squandered.

But it was more than that, it was more than loses. Truth be told, it was the loses that made him wake up, made him live for the first time. Something as simple and easy as breathing had transformed into a daily grace for him, one he looked up to heaven with absolute gratitude for.

The smiles earned by the everyday passerby had become treasured beyond measure. Just the simple eye contact, the drawing back of the curtains for a brief exposure of one’s soul had become far more coveted for him than sunlight. It meant someone was watching, someone cared enough to see him.

It didn’t matter about his loses or the hatefully naked skin of his left ring finger.

He wasn’t divorced. He hadn’t even been married, yet the absence of the hoped-for band was another reminder of what he could of had…with her. But now he realized he could have that with anyone.

The sky full of stars twinkled at him like winks and smiles from faces of strangers and his heart swelled. Life was about those moments, those faces, those souls, all of which he had the opportunity to touch should he only reach outward and cease to focus on his dwindling inward.

He had spent the first fifteen years of his adult life, in mundane death, taking and ever taking, whilst giving nothing in return.

Now in the dark, penniless by means of circumstance and a decided choice, with the sky of bright strangers smiling down on him, he realized he was seeing life for the first time.

THE END

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His Mercies New, His Grace Abundant: Basking In the Faithfulness of God

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Have you seen the sky today? I don’t know where in the world you might call home, but here, in my neck of the woods the sky is breathtaking.

Just typing these words, peering out the window at the glorious display that Yeshua Jesus has put on outside puts such joy in my heart and a smile on my face. The Word says that “The heaven’s declare the glory of God,” and I have to agree. Seeing this evidence enables me to say it is truly well within my soul.

Clouds. They are such marvelous things. The sky is a gorgeous aquamarine blue and is perfectly dotted with fluffy white clouds, framed with even whiter halos of light!

Some of you may be thinking, “So what. They are clouds.” But do you know what the Word of God says about clouds?

Nahum 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger but great in power; the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of His feet.”

The clouds are the very dust of His feet. Let that sink in for a moment…I smile on days like this because on these days it is impossible for me to doubt His love for me and that HE is doing something awesome on my behalf.

Yeshua Jesus is busy, busy, busy with fulfilling His word and promises.

I have probably said this before on this very blog, but it warrants being told again and again. First, the purity of Christ Jesus is so amazing that even the DUST/CLOUDS from HIS FEET is white. There is no stain, no blot, no imperfection to be found in Him.

Secondly, clouds are the sustaining factor of life on this earth. Without clouds, we have no rain, without rain, fresh water runs dry. Without fresh water…you get the picture.Clouds 1

God is so mighty, and so big and so awesome, that HE sustains His creation with the DUST that falls from His feet. The dust. The Word of God says in regard to God and His goodness:

Matthew 5:43-45 You have heard it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I(Yeshua Jesus) say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you , and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in Heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and SENDS HIS RAIN ON THE JUST AND THE UNJUST.”

When it comes to God and His loving kindness, He extends it to all, equally. The just and the unjust, the good and evil, all partake of His kindnesses daily, whether we knowledge them or not, whether we acknowledge Him or not.

But these collective mercies, are coming solely from what is shed from His person and not from the fullness of what HE desires to give unto us. These blessings, that which is more than dust, are reserved for His children, those who are called according to the Name of Yeshua Jesus, who have accepted Him and His adoption of them.

There are bounties of grace, favor and goodness, that we as the children of God take part in just because we have said “yes” to Him and His abundant love found in the redemptive work of Christ upon the cross. All of us have the choice to say yes and invite Yeshua Jesus into our hearts as our Lord and Savior.

Clouds…not even a taste of what He has to offer, but the promise of some incredibly, indescribably, magnificent goodness and blessings to come. Clouds…testaments of how MIGHTY and AWESOME and OMNISCIENT GOD TRULY IS!

God is moving, always moving. Today was just a reminder of that truth.

~Poiema, Poetry in Motion

Sleeping Earth: A Vector Drawing

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“Sleeping Earth” by Candice Coates

When I began this blog in December of last year, I spent most of my time focusing on my drawing (as visual art goes.) I touched on some painting and even a bit of calligraphy, but I never really showed any of my digital art. Did I ever tell you that I have a degree in Graphic Design? Well, I do.

I will say that for the most part, I have not spent very much time exploring vector art for vector art’s sake…until today. Otherwise, I am making images of invitations and what not.

“Sleeping Earth” was/is a random design, headed in one direction and ended up here.  I think I shall continue to flex my digital muscles and see what else pops up. I also think I will be making copies of this image and any others that are created in the future for sale on my Etsy store.

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!