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I ask God for His forgiveness
I ask Him to heal my heart
Each night before I go to bed
I pray each morning for a brand new start

God whispered something
Directly into my ear
“My child, you need not worry,
Dry up your falling tears.”
“Forgiveness was GUARANTEED to you
The day I hung from that cross….
And wasn’t it THEN that I PROMISED
That with ME you’d NEVER be lost….??”

I began weeping heavily
Because my pain goes to my core
Attached to me are memories
Of events that I wish not to remember anymore
I WISH it were easy
For me to just forgive & forget
Forgive those that hurt me….
And forget the images in my head!

“Father, I have a question,” I began
“The men that raped me when I was seven?”
“HOW do I go about forgiving them?
To be HONEST, I don’t want to see them in heaven… ”

“Oh, dear…. when you FORGIVE,
“You are NOT saying everything’s ‘ok’
“But rather you are freeing YOUR SOUL,
“Allowing you to see a new day…. ”
“When you forgive someone who’s hurt you,
“Someone who’s brought to your life solely rain,
“You are standing up proclaiming your STRENGTH
No longer controlled by the pain…”

“So basically,” I concluded,
“Even if I FORGIVE them… it’s  REALLY so I can be set free?!?
“So once I TRULY forgive them,
“My heart will beat solely for ME!!!”

©Poe, 2013

© Poet4Life/Poe
(unless otherwise noted)

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Does God TRULY hear
The cries & prayers we send above?
If the answer’s, YES,
Is He ignoring my pleas for love
Where do my prayers go,
When i get down on bended knee
Do the “unanswered prayers” go on a shelf
For emergency uses only
If God answered all my prayers
Would it bring an and to my cries?
Or is God’s timing TRULY perfect
And is His silence simply a blessing in disguise
If God answered all my prayers
And all of my desires came true
Would I have more sunshine in my life
Or would MORE of my days be dreary & blue?

If God answered all the prayers
That I asked of him while I lay in bed
I know one thing’s for sure
I am sure that today I would be dead
I would never have experienced life
I would have never even become a
       Poet
Oftentimes I prayed I was never born
I would’ve missed so many of life’s
       Little moments
If God answered all my prayers
I would have definitely never been
       Abused
My innocence & purity would’ve been
       Kept whole
And today I’d be as good as new
If God answered all my prayers
If my “mom” or “dad” had shown me LOVE
Life no doubt would’ve been easier
But would an “easier” life still lead me to look above?
If God answered all my prayers
And I never went into foster care
I would’ve never met the few AMAZING souls
The ones in which their love they did share
If God would’ve answered my every request
And went ahead & answered all of my prayers
I wouldn’t know my inner strength
Of my RESILIENCE I would be completely unaware
I would NEVER have made the difference I have
My poems would’ve never impacted another’s life
If God had answered all my prayers
And I hadn’t endured so much strife

I am sincerely & eternally GRATEFUL
That God has paved this path I am walking
Because I  KNOW, without the pain
I wouldn’t be able to help those suffering
I used to curse God for the unanswered prayers
But now I KNOW if it weren’t for the  bumps along the way
I wouldn’t be the young woman with a heart of LOVE
That sits writing this poem today
There is one thing I know is true
And it is BECAUSE God didn’t answer every prayer
I am able to serve Him
By shining His light into corners of despair
Because only select prayers were
       Answered
Strong– I can AND *will* be
For the children and others out there
Who hide their bruises & tears so others can’t see
Because of the years I spent HOPELESS
I can now offer reassurance that all will be
       Okay
And  assure those around me
That tomorrow is indeed another day

God may not answer every prayer
But that is completely fine with me
Because I know His plans are far greater
Than what I ever intended to be
So I come to thank you, Father
For answering only those prayers you see fit
I know my life’s path has been rocky
But if you answered EVERY prayer, it would be harder, I admit

© Poe / Baby Bird

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Dear Heavenly Father
I come to you tonight
Father I know it is not often enough
That I come before You in Your light
Father, please forgive me
For I know that I have sinned
Oh, Lord, I can’t promise to be perfect from now on
But I can sure promise to try and make amends
Lord, I know the sins I have committed
And I know the ones I have not
NEVER have I denied You
It is Your Love and Ways in which I have taught
I know that I’m not perfect
But, Father, I’m Your princess anyway
So tonight I come to You, Lord
With a prayer of high importance–it cannot wait another day

Jesus, hear my heart
Please help dry the tears
Please send Your healing Love
To ease my friend’s fears
My friend, You know her well
“Unjustified”, she calls You ‘Daddy’, too
Her heart right now, Father, is broken
Lord she DESPERATELY needs You
I ask that You be with her
Please watch over her family
Father God, I’m asking Thy will be done
But can’t it be done less painfully?
Please show my friend that her father-in-law
Is in the Healer’s hands
I pray that if these are his last days he live in peace
And I pray that his loved ones know that this is Your plan
I pray that You be with his wife
As she sits watching the man she loves in pain
Because I know he isn’t suffering alone
For their love binds them hand in hand through the rain
Lord Jesus, please speak to her heart
Blanket HER with your presence, allow Your love to surround
I pray that You give her the strength and will
To carry the umbrella until You ask her to set it down
Father, I pray for “unjustified’s” husband
I know that he and I have yet to meet
But Father, from what I know about him
He is a Godly man… worthy of kneeling at Your feet
Jesus, it’s HIS daddy that lay there sick in front of him
I know how helpless he must feel
But please, Lord God, place Your hand on his heart
Please, Father, remind him that Your love and strength are REAL
And Lord, I do not want to forget
About “unjustified’s” kids, the little ones
Oh Jesus please hold them close
For I know they are little, but their fear and worries weigh a ton
I know it will be difficult
For them to understand
That You are taking care of this
That all of this is in Your plans
So I ask that you give “unjustified” and her husband
The wisdom and the right words to say
So they may honor You, Father God
When putting the sadness of their children at bay
Lord I am praying with my all tonight
I pray for STRENGTH that they may keep their eyes on You
Father, a pain such as this can DIVIDE loved ones
But, Lord, PLEASE remind THIS family it can bring them closer, too

Father God, I want to say THANK YOU
I KNOW you put “unjustified” in my life
For it is like we were destined to meet
Having endured similar strife
I thank You for her, Jesus,
For she has definitely saved me
Now I pray that she knows I WILL ALWAYS BE HERE FOR HER
I ask You, Lord, my loyalty, please make it clear for her to see
Father, tonight I kneel before You
I am not asking for a single prayer for myself
I would much rather You be with my friend and her family
For now, I’ll place my selfish prayers high on a shelf
Jesus, I pray that my friend finds some solace
In knowing that You are by her side
Please catch her tears and protect her heart
God…show Your love to be her guide

I trust that this is a prayer, Lord,
In which You will be sure gets answered
So I thank you for watching over my friend
And ensuring this prayer request isn’t deferred
Lord Jesus, King of kings
I thank You for watching over all of us on Earth
There are NO WORDS to describe my gratitude
No amount of money or gold can measure Your worth

In Jesus’ Name I Pray,
Amen

*****
My dearest friend, Unjustified,
I hope my prayer has helped you, even in the smallest way
It is my hope you KNOW & remember
That I’m here for you–through the smiles & tears, night OR day
I know all too well the pain of losing a loved one
And I would be lying if I said ‘it gets easier with time’
So when your heart can’t take anymore,  reach UP to God
And pour out your soul into your very rhymes
When it is his time to go home, sweetie,
Rest easy knowing he’s in a better place
For he will be with our Lord Jesus
He will feel no more pain, just the Good Lord’s embrace
Unjustified, please always know I am here for you
Although we are MILES apart
I am ALWAYS just a phone call, text, or email away
And honey…..please know you are NEVER far from my heart…..

© Poe, 2012

~ Unjustified…… I am  really sorry to hear of your father-in-law’s illness and prognosis.  After chatting with you for a second yesterday, I  sat down to pray and FELT spiritually MOVED to write my prayer for you out……. So, that’s what this is.  If it’s a little rough, it’s because I did not edit…… But I felt like I HAD to share this with you ASAP…..in hopes that maybe it’ll bring you and your family some solace in knowing that you have extra prayers coming & that GOD IS LISTENING.  I chose to share this piece on Poet’s Corner AND my blog (I hope you don’t mind), but to ask OTHERS for their prayers, healing energy…..whatever they may send up or out.  You can NEVER haveTOOOO MANY prayers or positive thoughts sent your way……. And my wish is that your family receives an ABUNDANCE of STRENGTH, LOVE & COMFORT from God and the Universe as a whole!!!

I love ya, girl, and I’m here for you ALWAYS!!!  I feel a bond….a “connection” with you that I don’t share with ANYONE else…… And I LOVE that about our friendship….. We TOTALLY get each other on levels no one else does!!!!  Anyway, yea, lol….. Just always know you can come to me!!!! 

I got yo back, guuuurl!!!!!! 
{that’s WHITE GANGSTA POE talkin’, lol}

Love Always,
Poe

© Poe / Baby Bird

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*~*ONLY GOD CAN*~*

*ONLY GOD can turn…*
a MESS into a MESSage

a TEST into a TESTimony

a TRIAL into a TRIumph

~AND~

a VICTIM into a VICTory!!!

© Anonymous
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I *DID NOT* write the above inspirational message, HOWEVER, I DID allow it to inspire the following poem! So…. here u go….
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

“ONLY *God* Can”

I spent some time in solitude
With my Heavenly Father today
So much I had to learn
So much there was to say
First off, I HAD to ask
There are things I had to know
“Why, Father, why so much strife?
Why did I always feel alone?”
“My Child,” as my Father hugged me
“On this path, u r NEVER by urself
Listen closely, hand me ur worries
I will tend to them myself”
Jesus looked me straight in my eyes
As if He knew the pain inside I kept
He reassured me I would be OK
We sat as Jesus silently wept
“Oh, my sweet Child of Mine!
I know u haven’t had an easy life
Please, u MUST understand…
There IS a reason for ur strife!”
I look up at Jesus, I dont understand
There is a REASON I was abused?
Does any of this make sense?
Should I feel hurt or confused?
“I never wanted the rapes & abuse
To happen to u when u were a kid
I could NEVER cause SO much harm
This is something the devil did!”
The devil tempted ur parents
W/ drugs b4 I could interfere
But look at u NOW– ALL GROWN–
Wise, resilient, strong w/ lil fear”
“So, Father, may I ask u something?”
I waited till He nodded, “yes”
“So, for U to show me a message
With my inner strengths…
U kinda “clean up” the devils mess?”
“Yes, my Child! Very good!
Now…. question #2 is next…”
“OK, when my Earthly Father threw
Me aside– was THAT a TEST?!?
“Again, my Princess, it wasn’t u!
The devil turned ur Father cold
But again, another mess I cleaned
This I turned into a TESTIMONY of
Your Heavenly Father’s LUV
Time after time, after every hurdle
You’ve always returned to me
Despite all the ‘stops’ the devil set
I commend u, 4 it’s My luv u seek
Just last year, in 2010,
You suffered many trials & faced
Everyone’s biggest fears
When u fell ill, I had my best angels
At ur side
I was afraid you were gone but I
KNEW that ahead of u lie many
More years
The devil took u “downstairs” w/him
He was misjudged, thot u were weak
Ha! You fooled him when u woke up
TRIUMPH!! It was MY name u called
  Out when u 1st relearned 2 speak
Proclaiming My name,
Escaping the devil’s hold
You are one STRONG-WILLED girl
Allow the TRUTH to be TOLD!!
Now what’s this I see & hear
About u falling victim to the drug
They call METH?!?!?
My Child, u know better than this
You literally JUST ESCAPED DEATH”
“I know, Father, I’m sorry!
I don’t like who I’ve become
I look @ myself, look @ the pipe
And KNOW this decision was dumb”
Prior to this “lesson from God”
I thot I didn’t have a reason to live
I felt so used, abused & mistreated
When all I do is give, give, GIVE!!!
“Oh, Precious Daughter of mine
I will always luv u NO MATTER WHAT
Whether ur eyes are focused above
Or, STUCK below in a deep rut!!
Look at the pipe, examine it close
ALWAYS remember it’s the devils
Temptation
Know if u keep on this path
U will allow the devil to win!
You did not travel along this path
To end up on the wrong side
I promise you, Child, I will be here
That very moment you decide
Trials, tribulations, and roadblocks
We have come this far on ur journey
Not ONCE have I left ur side
Sunny or stormy weather!
Slowly, u r giving up on life
But I have FAITH that soon u’ll see
The day u set the pipe down 4 good
— And u WILL!
THIS IS THE DAY we shall celebrate
Our VICTORY!!!”
“I get it now!” I said w/ a smirk!
“The devil tried to steal me early
And left my life a *MESS*
Yet each time u cleaned it up
Leaving me a *MESSAGE*
Unhappy with my LOVE for YOU
Again he tried to destroy my life
Turned my dad’s heart ice cold
But the devil didn’t know I’d c u in
The strife
The devil tried to take me from You
He *killed me* 3 times to prove it
True
Devil fails once again
I survived his attack & still chased U
The devil has stooped to his
Ultimate LOW
Using my biggest weakness, Meth…
Watch my steps I must!
One step in the wrong direction
Will do more damage than violate
Trust
So ALL these years
I have remained at You upset & sad
Thinking I’d been SABOTAGED
By even YOU – My HEAVENLY DAD
Tears begin to freely flow
And a feeling of relief fills me
Rather than ANGER from God
Its understanding & LUV that I see”

“Know I love u UNCONDITIONALLY!
NOTHING will EVER change that
Feeling!!!
I will b here when u r READY to set
Down the pipe!!!
When that time comes, reach up to
ME and we shall **SING**!”
Said God in all His Glory!!!

~~ A Baby Bird Original
©2011

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**It’s not my best, i know… but I was really feeling God when I “spit this out”…. soooo… I don’t feel particular comfortable “editing” this.piece!!!

Does God TRULY hear
The cries & prayers we send above?
If the answer’s, YES,
Is He ignoring my pleas for love
Where do my prayers go,
When i get down on bended knee
Do the “unanswered prayers” go on
A shelf
For emergency uses only
If God answered all my prayers
Would it bring an and to my cries?
Or is God’s timing TRULY perfect
And is His silence
Simply a blessing in disguise
If God answered all my prayers
And all of my desires came true
Would I have more sunshine in my life
Or… would even MORE of my days
       Be dreary and blue?
If God answered all my prayers
And did everything that I said
I dunno about everyone else
But I would most likely be dead
I would never have learned to spell
       My name, swim or ride a bike
I would have never even become a
       Poet
Oftentimes I prayed I was never born
I would’ve missed so many of life’s
       Little moments
If God answered all my prayers
I would have definitely never been
       Abused
My innocence & purity would’ve been
       Kept whole
And I’d be as good as new
If God answered all my prayers
If my “mom” or “dad” had shown me
       The right & proper way to LOVE
Life no doubt would’ve been easier
But would an “easier” life still lead me
     Down the path, guided from above
If God answered all my prayers
And I never went into Foster care
I would’ve never met ALL the
       Amazing people—
The ones that loved me & showed me
       That they cared!
If God would’ve answered my prayers
I would have my own place to stay
Instead of sleeping on the patio couch
At my “mother’s”, being degraded &
       Put down every single day
If God didnt follow HIS Plans for me
And went ahead & answered all of
       My prayers
I wouldn’t know my inner strength
Would be completely unaware
Uncertain of my Resilience
I might get more “riled up” at events
That I allow myself to laugh at today
I would NEVER have made the
       Impact
I’ve already made upon the lives of
Loved ones & strangers,
          Both young and old alike
I am sincerely & eternally THANKFUL,
       Grateful
That God guides me down this path
That He has laid before me
If it weren’t for the BUMPS along
       The way
I would NOT be the 25-yr-old woman
With the LUV-FILLED HEART,
       Enough compassion for everyone
That stands before each of you today

BECAUSE God did NOT answer EVERY
       PRAYER that I sent His Way
I have learned to depend on Him
To REACH OUT and offer my heart,
        My love
To those in despair

Because only select prayers were
       Answered
Strong– I can AND *will*be–
For the children and others out there
Who try to hide their bruises & tears
And need reassurance that all will be
       Okay
Because tomorrow is indeed another
        Day
This is why–if you ASK *ME*–
I PREFER
And am content with the fact
That God does NOT answer all my
       Prayers!!!!

~~A Baby Bird Original

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God Time 1

God shows His love in many different ways.  For example, He puts people in our lives who ALLOW for God’s Love to take up residence in their hearts and He shines through them!!  These people don’t necessarily need to be “Jesus Freaks” or fanatical “Bible Thumpers”–they just need to have that everlasting, unconditional, peaceful, joyous LOVE running through their veins and seeping through their very pores.  These “LOVE BEINGS” are especially chosen by God Himself to show *US* (humans): EARTHLY, MERCIFUL, HONEST, TRUE, UNCONDITIONAL & NEVER ENDING examples of His LOVE for us all!!

**These examples/earthly angels will most certainly be SIMPLIFIED because of the simple reason that WE, as human beings, can in NO WAY, SHAPE OR FORM {COULD. *EVER*  ~TRULY~ COMPREHEND NOR GRASP THE DEPTH AND MAGNITUDE OF GOD’S LOVE FOR US ALL!!!!!!! }

Thought frm God’s Lesson:

Imagine a love so pure, true, forgiving,  and unconditional … sounds ‘too’ perfect’… right?!?  Nonexistent?!?   Well… this love *IS* PERFECT and it DOES EXIST!!!! This describes OUR GOD– OUR FATHER WHO LOVES ALL OF HIS CHILDREN EQUALLY!!!

PRAYER FOR ‘GOD TIME 1’:

Father, God, I come before You and THANK YOU for placing the above words on my heart and enabling me to spread Your Love!!!!  THANK YOU, LORD. for providing me with a platform and audience to share Your Word!!
Father God, I come humbly before You,  and ask that you provide Your  Blanket of Holy Protection to those reading this prayer.  Bless these people, Father, and their loved ones.  May You show Your followers, Holy Spirit, that their past, current and future trials and tribulations will flourish into something BEAUTIFUL that will ultimately prove Your Glory!   Shine Your LOVE upon them and make them aware of the Love Beings that surround them.  May we ALL be VESSELS FOR YOU AND DO YOUR HOLU WORKS!

In Your Mighty Name,
AMEN

–Original Baby Bird words
~This is my “transcript” of my prayer /quite time with God!

Date of transcript: About 2 weeks prior to posting date!!!

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