"..His Song is with me.."

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My Superhero can beat yours!

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photo credits: clker.com

I know without a doubt that I have countless blessings.  However, I have terrible misfortune when it comes to cops, tickets and car mishaps.  It was Friday afternoon, I was driving up to size the kids for their new school uniforms, then take them to their friends’ houses.  We grabbed lunch and as we’re eating in the car talking and laughing, the car blew a tire (on the highway) and started to swerve out of control.  In an instant, I remembered learning that you are supposed to let go of the accelerator, then tightly grab the steering wheel and brake.  Well, I did this and the car did a 180 to the side of the highway and almost flipped!  So scary…..!  That’s never happened to me before.

All of the possible “what could’ve happen” scenarios start having their way with my mind and emotions.

Not too many people can say “I had a near-death experience…”  But really, we can all say it.  Anything can happen at any moment.  Everyday is a near death experience….we live in a world filled with illness, accidents, negligence and lost people who take lives without a second thought.

It can be depressing, except that I  know who holds this world.  Except, that I  have a superhero that conquers all…..why do I forget so quickly?

So, the next day, I was still replaying the events in my head when I heard “I AM” by Mercy Me and God said quite a few things to me through these lyrics:  “Denise, I AM everything; I AM time encompassing all of your day; I AM in control; I AM present and care about every detail of your life; I AM sovereign and hold life and death in My hands; I AM the one who writes your testimony.  Pheww!

One of the reasons I love this song is because it’s ultrapowerful!   He promises that I have this power because He lives in me.  That blows my mind too often, so I tend to evade this truth.  Maybe because I grew up in a “Christian” environment that didn’t teach us about the Holy Spirit.  But, I can attest to a handful of times that I fully embraced that truth and was in touch with the Spirit in me, not just beside me.  There are no words in the spoken or written language that can justify a description.

I will try: “no fear, purity, strength, confidence, clean, and one-with-Him.” (but a few….)

Why don’t I embrace this truth everyday, every moment in order to BE that new creation; the best version of me….. instead of just DOING the right things? I don’t know.  I need to discover the answer to that question……

“..surrounded by songs of deliverance…”


P.S. My superhero made this: Majestic & Powerful alongside Pure & Gentle: His creation reflects who He is:  The Great I AM

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No Fear



I’m still at the bottom of this impossible mountain deciding if I’m going to start moving forward at all.  The typical cliches run through my mind: “One day at a time…..One step at a time….”  Tell me what that looks like, and maybe I’ll listen.  How does that translate to my day-to-day struggle.

Then, this morning, I read my “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young:

          Keep walking with Me along the path I have chosen for you.  Your desire to live close to Me is a delight to My heart.  I could instantly grant you the spiritual riches you desire, but that is not My way for you.  Together we will forge a pathway up the high mountain.  The journey is arduous at times, and you are weak.  Someday you will dance lightfooted on the high peaks; but for now, your walk is often plodding and heavy.  All I require of you is to take the next step, clinging to My hand for strength and direction.  Though the path is difficult and the scenery dull at the moment, there are sparkling surprises just around the bend.  Stay on the path I have selected for you.  It is truly the path of life.  (derived from: Psalm 37:23-24; Psalm 16:11)

Can you believe that?!  It reminds me that our God is not distant; He desires an intimate relationship with His creation; His children.  It was more than cool.  It humbles me….I thought,  “I gotta write this down!”  Then, I went into my Spotify playlists and clicked on the one titled “No Fear.”  The song that God gave me along with His personal words of life is perfect.  All He requires of me, for this first step is that I “Lift My Eyes To Him.”

“I lift my eyes to mountains, where does my help come from?” Psalm 121:1

“…surrounded by songs of deliverance…”


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So, I’m ready to start….



How do I know that I’m ready?  I’m at the starting line!   I’ve been walking towards this starting line for quite some time, not always on a straight path, but I could always see it from a distance. I’m finally here. What words come to my mind? “Hello Beastie.” Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean II. He comes face to face with the Kraken. He then draws his sword and leaps towards the beast, head on.  I love it!  He knows he’s going to the “land of the dead,” but not without a fight.  He ends up destroying the great monster of the sea, but starts going mad from the solitary confinement of Davy Jones’ locker. His friends don’t leave him there, though.  He is rescued, brought back to life.

I am an English teacher.  A closet writer.  I make word pictures in my mind as I attempt to explain the musings of my heart and spirit.  I love stories, metaphors, analogies….anything that goes deep into what truly defines the soul of a matter. Therefore, bear with me as I equate my spiritual life to the terrifyingly awesome adventures of Jack Sparrow:

“Beastie”: the giant that must be destroyed in your life; the one that keeps you from truly living,

“Davy Jones’ locker”:  the place where you must die to yourself, be confronted with yourself and sometimes feel all alone,

“Friend that doesn’t leave you there, rescues you and brings you back to life”:  Jesus

My “Beastie”, however,  is more like this mountain of monumental proportions. I’m at the foot of this mountain. It almost looks like an actually foot, ready to squash me. But, I have every piece of equipment needed to climb this “behemoth.” I have my nourishment (God’s word), I have knowledge (a couple bookshelves-worth), and the “need” (a couple decades-worth.)

Guess what my mountain’s name is: Mount Forgiveness. My apologies for sounding all “Pilgrim’s Progress,” but it’s what I see when I close my eyes and realize that forgiving=true freedom. I saw it from far away, but I didn’t believe it was in my path, I’ve never had a problem with forgiving.  But now, I can’t see the top or where it ends on either side.  Pretty scary.  I know that I will die, but I have the promise of a new life on the other side.

Here’s the thing though…I’ve been traveling some pretty strenuous terrain thus far, so I am in no mood to climb this mountain. I’m plumb tired. (Where does that expression come from I’ve always wanted to know…..) Did I even spell it right?
Obviously, I can get pretty side-tracked. This will be a problem as I attempt to reach the other side of Mount “I don’t want to do this.”

So, I’m starting this blog as my journey up this mountain.  Not solely a blog, but a devotional; a testament to my God and myself that, for Him, I will climb. If I don’t do this, I will cease to truly live.  I think that an actual, physical mountain might even be less difficult in comparison to the thick bosque of a hurting heart.  So one of my weapons of choice is the “pen.”  In this case, the keyboard, but I’m old-school, so it will always be the “pen” to me.

Now, because I think in “music,”  I experience God through music; I sing to Him, and He sings to me, my devotions have to be musical.  I don’t know what comes first the song or the thought, but I when I choose the songs that I link the devotions to, I know that He predestines them for me, for you.

“By day the LORD directs his love, at night His song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life.”  Psalm 42:8

Surrounded by songs of deliverance, (Psalm 38)


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