OASIS ~♥~ Isaiah 35:1-2

Isaiah 35 Desert Rejoice

The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them;

and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.

It shall blossom abundantly,

and rejoice even with joy and singing:

the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it,

the excellency of Carmel and Sharon,

they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God.

~Isaiah 35:1-2~

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A few weeks ago as I drove to work I popped a CD into the slot so as to spruce up my morning drive. I hadn’t listened to this particular artist for years–1994’ish to be “exact”. What CD, you ask? It was Helen Baylor’s “The Ultimate Collection”. As I drove, the joy rose up in me, as this brought back great memories for me, and how can her music NOT stir the JOY of the Lord in our spirit, mind, body and soul?

The CD played and played . . . and I LOVED JAMMING TO IT! ~ I sang along as the words came to me by rote, even after all the years that had passed since I’d heard any of her music.

I played the CD that morning and that afternoon.  I found myself unable to remove the CD, or ever shut it off. My heart’s joy was evident by the plastered smile on my face, and the vocals I belted out as I sang aloud.

One day, much to my surprise the words to the song, “Oasis” kept repeating in my mind, and it was then that I realized that these words were from my newest favorite Bible scripture–Isaiah 35:1-2!

Why, that was my last blog . . . the picture I posted of the desert rejoicing and blossoming as the rose . . . WOW . . . I set the stereo to repeat my now favorite song. Over and over and over it plays.

In my life, peaks and valleys ~ valleys ~ and MORE valleys.  They seemed to be the place I’d spent most of my life. The peaks were few and far between. I’d been in the wilderness, alone, lonely, sad, hurt, broken, messed up, abused–you name it, I’d experienced it.

I once compared my life to that of Humpty Dumpty . . . ALLLLLL the king’s horses and ALLLLL the king’s men, couldn’t put Gracie Girl together again.

Who is this king? ~ Well, the king in the story of Humpty Dumpty had no power to put me together again, but it was My King, and our King of Kings . . . with a capital ‘K’ . . . who came alongside me one day two years ago and comforted me with the story of El Roi–the God Who Sees Me.

What a revelation He had given me on that day. No matter what I had gone through prior to that “Ah-ha” moment, or anytime thereafter would I ever be left to circle ’round that mountain in my wilderness of unhealed pain. In my deepest darkest hoursssss, He confirmed to me that He was always with me, and He SAW me in every single instance of my pain-filled happenstance.

Today, I can REJOICE knowing that my El Roi never left my side. In dangerous situations, He had my back. He sent warring angels to counter attack the demons sent and assigned to destroy me. He sent guardian angels to surround and protect me. Why? Because He loves me so! He is enthralled by my beauty. He rejoices over me with singing.

Yes! ~ He is my Joel 2:25, Ephesians 3:20, and Isaiah 35:1-2 God.

I am abundantly blessed to know Him, and to accept the LOVE He pours into me, consistently and faithfully.

He made an OASIS, right in the middle of the desert . . .

~God’s Gracie Girl~ 

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The Tree of Life . . . Part 3 ~ and More Inspirational Bible Verses

’twas satan’s plan to watch us rot and laughed as we decayed

It was not something I could foresee or even knew could be for me

I thought all Christians were somehow . . . a slice of nature’s freaks

All so very prim and proper ~ not what I was used to having seen

Their lives all squeaky clean

oh, no!

That is so, so not for me!

. . . Or so I thought ~

I wanted life to be full of love and fun!

To be just like the world who drank, and smoked and lived to party on

That’s what I longed to be

thinking that life of fun would somehow set me free

Oh, how wrong was I . . .

That I now so clearly see

It was a painful path for me to take

as I was led astray

believing lies the devil spake

who joyed to see me flee

a life of comfort, and protective covering

from this he wanted me

to be his little toy in paw

to smack, and shake and beat

Oh, and how he did!

he beat me down into a pulp

taking my mind and soul

off to hell, well on my way

~ until that very special day!

My brother, Gerardo,

who is known as my HERO!

came to rescue me

from the pit of hell

of which I went off to so willingly

it was satan’s darkest plans I followed ignorantly

Sadly, there are so many others just like me

as if their boat had sunk to leave them lost at sea

He stretched forth his hand in love for me

and I took it ~ but not so freely

I’d slam the phone down in his ear

Smugly

Angrily

For I thought I knew the light from dark

And as I slammed that phone down in his ear

It was pride ~ eating away, and guiding me

I am so glad that he never chose to give up on me

On with his calls he went

Always so lovingly inviting me

To come with him to his new church . . .

For him and for his gift

of showing me the way

I am so forever grateful!

For if he hadn’t left the path of destruction
and turned his life around

I would not find my feet to touch the solid ground

the ground is firm

here to support

all of our miseries

to lift us on up to higher planes

of joy, and life abundantly!

For now it is my joy to see

what it is the Lord has so willingly

Lovingly and freely offered me!

It is a life that sometimes hurts

but in the end is glee

It’s with much hope I long to see

those who hurt to join with me

to get to know this Lord of mine

that took my hand and heart for all time

His name is Jesus Christ, you see

from birth He came to love you

just as He does me

There is not one that He can’t save

out from the snare of the demon king

He was with you yesterday

here with you today,

and His promises are forevermore

to be with you always

Oh, lost one, what is it that

sets you back from holding fast

to that which is so very rich in Truth?

Do not be one to go the way on that dark path

to end up satan’s ruse

For once you leave this world behind

there is no more to do . . . 

once you’re gone far from this place

who will it be you stare in the face?

will it be the one of fiery coals

or will you make Heaven your heart’s goal?

Oh, sweet one, with Love I seek

to see you long for Jesus~ to be His freak!

So, come with me and take my hand

join with me in this fine land

where neither moth nor rust corrupt

and spend eternity!

Let the leaves of your tree fall . . .

On to the land with ease

With the Love of our Lord and Saviour’s

Gentle Loving Breeze

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~God’s Gracie Girl~ ✿

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Genesis 3:22 ~ And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever . . .

Proverbs 3:18 ~ She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

Proverbs 11:30 ~ The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

Proverbs 13:12 ~ Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. 

Job 14:7 ~ For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.

Revelation 2:7 ~ He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Revelation 22:2 ~ In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Revelation 22:14 ~ Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

The Tree of Life . . . Part 2 ~ and a Few Inspirational Bible Verses

<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Photograph:  "HER LOVE" ~ by Julie de Waroquier</span>

 The sadness sorrow pain and strife

you displayed and wore so well

For those who did or could not see

the pain you buried deep within

can now arise with you and shine

to celebrate the newest you inside

To live your life you will find

you’ll cycle round and round

forever left to linger on

to watch, observe, and learn and grow

into whom you’re meant to be

The Lord has brought you forth to shine

to be his salt and light

for you to bring His message forth

to steer and give new life, new birth

to those who are perishing

right before our very eyes, a little at a time

their lives, they slowly spiral down

into a life of slime 

We watch afar standing on the distant shore

As they drown in muck and miry clay

hoping they will take

the ring we throw to save their life

 our hand in theirs to take

to walk ashore with us to grow

for Heaven’s sake

For without our light so bright

they can only grow more dim

So let your leaves fall to the land

 with ever so a gentle breeze, and mellow whim

 Do not judge or ridicule

those whom the Bible refers to as a fool

They are lost and so were we

at a time when we refused to see

our Jesus was always there

longing to gently set us free

Free from our bondage, aches, and pains

that scar us to this very day

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~God’s Gracie Girl~ ✿

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Psalm 1 ~ Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly [are] not so: but [are] like the chaff which the wind driveth away.  Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Luke 4:18 ~ The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.

Jeremiah 17:5-8 ~ Thus saith the LORD; Cursed [be] the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.  For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, [in] a salt land and not inhabited.  Blessed [is] the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.  For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and [that] spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.