Look How Far

There's something I have to do,
I just want to take a moment to
address something dear to my heart
I could go on and on but I'll just start
with this...
my face glowing like I just experienced a kiss
a smile on my lips
happiness hanging around my hips
and I uber surprised
just realized
that I've come a long way
in my character, integrity, and overall public display.
I've grown from being a chief pretender
to being more real and learning to surrender
to the One that made me
in authentic love I am free
and from my soul joy flows from
look how far I have come
©Simone Holloway, 2015

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Faster Than A Speeding Bullet

Some might say I exaggerate,
That I am prone to stretch the truth;
But this person I’m going to talk about,
I promise I met him in my youth.
He was a middle- aged man,
With the most unique pieces of attire.
Love and compassion were his garments,
Truth surrounded him like fire.
When he walked by my side,
He glowed like a bright light.
His words moved mountains,
He had authority and might.
This is how I came to know him,
It was a dark and dreary day.
I was so lonely,
My heart had nothing to say.
So I decided to end it all.
To make my life disappear.
I needed a way out,
I needed to escape my fear.
So… I let my mind wander,
I let myself hope to die.
That’s when he came into my room,
Took my heart before I could say goodbye.
He sat in front of me,
Like a father sits in front of a child.
He cradled me and caressed my soul,
While binding the demons in me that were unruly and wild.
I sat there in shock,
As his love surrounded me
This man was my hero,
He had set me free
Now I was free
My hero didn’t own a cape,
He didn’t have a secret identity.
My hero was the Son of God,
Born in obscurity.
His superpower was love,
Deeply rooted in truth.
Now that I’ve tasted of his goodness,
I desire his presence like a sweet tooth.
Faster than a speeding bullet,
Brilliant like a flash of light.
My hero is Jesus Christ,
He is filled with grace and might.
©Simone Holloway, 2015
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Love Gives

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.” (John 3:16 MSG) 

Hello Authentic Lovers

Christmas is the most celebrated holiday, aside from Halloween- there is something special about the spirit of the Holidays.  It is as if people are nicer around Christmastime.  I don’t know if its the carols of good cheer, or the emphasis on tasty desserts or if its just the idea that someone is going to do something nice for you for a day; all I know is that Christmas can bring the best and worst out of individuals.  I love Christmas, it is my favorite holiday aside from my birthday.  I love singing the songs, decorating the tree, baking cookies and just the sheer joy that comes around the holidays…but like others I can get caught up in things that don’t matter around the holidays: money and things.  We have all been guilty of being caught up in material things around the holidays, desiring the next big thing and forgetting an attitude of gratitude.

But…does this make giving gifts bad?  I say: absolutely not!  The first demonstration of true love, came in the form of a gift- the gift of the Son of God.  This is why I believe that gift giving is most appropriate for this holiday.  Over 2000 years ago, God gave us something so dear to His heart- He gave us His son (only son).  Can you imagine giving someone your child?  Your only child?  I can imagine the Father’s heart being bittersweet; sad knowing that He would be separated from His child for a season, but after remembering the purpose being filled with joy.  Jesus was given to us so that we can have real life, life that is never ending or limited by the trials of this world.

In the next three days, your hands will be filled with gifts of the newest technology, clothes and accessories, and possibly a pair of socks but the greatest gift you will have the chance to receive is the Jesus Christ, the son of God.  God himself has given you His Son, nothing else compares to that.

I know that some of you aren’t believers or profess any salvation/relationship with God but I just want to let you know that the epitome of love was a gift, the gift of Jesus Christ.  Anyone can have this gift and when you accept Him – you’ll live, truly live.  If you would like to accept Jesus, all you have to do is talk to Him and tell Him that you want Him to live in your heart forever and He will.  Anyone can belong to the family of God.  After you invite Him into your heart, find a group of people you can journey with ( we were never created to live this life alone- we were created for community) and take time to learn more about Him.  Sometimes we can open a Bible and it seems dense, so I encourage you to read in a version that you can understand.  Jesus has a friend that He gives you with Himself called the Holy Spirit, receive Him too because He is going to help you experience this life in a deeper way.  Every year we acknowledge the gift of Jesus, but this year let’s open Him up and experience our lives with Him.  

Always remember: love gives….

Until next time and Happy Holidays,

❤ Mo

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Free to Love

Hey Authentic Lovers!

Happy #FreedomFriday, I hope that all of you have a great day!  I am overjoyed to talk to each of you guys today, I haven’t felt this way in a long time.  You know… that feeling of pure excitement because you are about to tell your best friend the best news in your life.  That feeling.  That is how I feel right now, like I am about to spill the best secret ever.  Well dear friends…I am pleased to announce that I am free to love again.  Yep, that’s right!  I said it!  I AM FREE TO LOVE.  This is some major news for me being that I just went through heartache and really had this negative perspective of love in general.  My mom told me that when I could no longer remember the pain, I was ready to love again and that is what I experienced today.  I was sitting in my room when I felt such contentment and a warm feeling in my heart. I began to think about the last few months and I could (honest to God) not remember the disappointment or hurt any longer, it’s like my mind erased all of those memories.  I was amazed and just sat on my bed in astonishment.  Less than two months ago, my heart was completely broken.  I thought was never going to heal….never, but as I got up and kept living life- my heart healed.

God is so good because His love has the power to heal us.  He heals our past wounds with His love.  I am so content in Him and I know that one day I am going to be united with the love of my life.  God has created someone just for me.  The God I call friend and love only gives me great gifts and I know that the guy He’s giving me is the best for me.  I realized that if God had sent someone to love me, I wouldn’t be able to receive them because I was still broken.  I am no longer broken.  I am no longer bound to past hurts and regrets…I’m free.  Free to love. Free to enjoy my life with another.  Free to fall in love again.  I no longer have any type of hesitation  or doubt, I no longer question my judgement or live in fear- I am free.  Perfect love casts out all fear, I am free to love fearlessly!  

So today, I hope that you join me.  I hope that you come to the place where you are no longer broken, where you are no longer looking over your shoulder looking for pain and disappointment.  I hope you come to place where you no longer blame yourself for a broken heart.  I hope you come to the place where you can be healed, a place where God extends His love to you: making you new.  He loves you and I know that through Him, you can be healed and free to love.  I am free, how about you?

Until next time,

❤ Mo

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I Wanna Be…

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers –

I haven’t spoken to you all in a little while.  Life has been super crazy hectic and when we think things die down, they began to pick up even more.  I’m sitting in my living room, worship music is lulling me into a state of peace and I decide that tonight I would like to share my heart with each and every one of you.  There is a few things that we aspire to be: successful, beautiful, wise; just to name a few but I aspire to be blameless.  I don’t want to be the one that is constantly struggling with secret sins  and addictions, but  I want to be free so that I can free others.  We free those around us with the testimony of our overcoming, but if we never overcome – we stay stuck and are useful to no one.  We are not useful when we are stuck.  

I don’t want to sound harsh, I understand that people go through things…trust me I get it.

I’ve dealt with anything you could ever imagine and then some, but I don’t want to be in the same place I was three years ago.  I don’t want to be in the same place I was two weeks ago, not even the same place I was yesterday.  I want to be constantly changing, no longer a slave to sin but a servant of God- living a life above sin and reproach.

Today, all I hear about is “the struggle”.  The struggle with the lusts of our flesh, greed and avarice, pride and arrogance, even the struggle with identity and truth; but what happens when the struggle is over?  Do we ever overcome these things we have been battling for so long? Can we ever be blameless?  I’m reminded of the scripture that says that Christ is coming back for a bride without spot or blemish, a blameless bride- one without sin, yet I look at the bride and we are full of sin.  The sins of evil thoughts, talking about our brothers and sisters, quenching the Holy Ghost and etc.  The bride of Christ at this very moment is full of sin…

I know that I will not reach perfection until my Lover comes to present me to the Father, but does that mean that I stop striving toward perfection?  Does that mean that stop striving for freedom?  Freedom from lust, perversion, guilt, shame, malice and hatred?  Freedom from the “big” sins and the “small” sins?  Since the Lover of my soul has not returned yet, does that mean I stay bound to sin?  Bound to something that is tormenting me on a daily basis?  Do I stay stuck?

I wanna be blameless…I want God to be able to look at me and say “her heart is pure before Me”.  I want to be clothed in His Righteousness and Holiness.  I want to look like the Son, I want to reflect Jesus.  I wanna be blameless….

Many are asking that they be successful.  Many are asking that they be rich.  Many are asking that they be famous.  Many are asking that their name be in lights and known to all the world.  All I want in this life is to live a life that is pleasing to God- holy and acceptable. I want to live life free from the bondage of my past and past mistakes.  I want God to see me in the image of His Son, blameless..

I refuse to work in ministry and battle depression/suicidal thoughts.  I refuse to preach to others and engage in perverse behaviors such as pornography/ extramarital affairs and etc.  I refuse to be over the children’s church and don’t believe a word that I’m teaching.  I refuse to be over Sunday School and be addicted to prescription pills, drugs and alcohol.  I refuse to minister “Jesus Saves” and pray for the whole nation and be entangled in secret sins and addictions because the same God that can save my family members  and friends should be able to save me.  We cannot free others unless we are free ourselves…We have to be blameless.

I know that this piece is not going to be the most popular article written but it’s the sharing of my heart with you.  I share my heart because I have placed trust in you all – you guys are my blog family.  This is my wish for myself and therefore I do not impose my standard upon you but as for me – I want to be reunited with the Lover of my Soul and He’s only going to receive me if I’m blameless.  I love you all and have a blessed night!

Until next time,

Mo 🙂

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A Time To Let Go

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers-

There comes a time in our lives where we have to make tough decisions so that we can move forward.  Yesterday, we spoke of fall cleaning- of the clearing of our hearts to make room for what’s to come.  In order to embrace what’s to come, sometimes we have to let go of the thing we love the most.  I should know.  There is this guy that I have loved since I was 17 years old, I still love him; but today, I choose to let him go so that I can move forward.  I choose to move forward.  Sometimes we have to cut ties with what we have known for so long, we have to get rid of the memories, we have to say goodbye.  So today, I choose to say goodbye to him.  I choose to say goodbye to the memory of him.  I choose to say goodbye to what we had and I look forward to beginning again with someone new.  I choose to say goodbye,  I choose to let go.  There’s a quote by Sherrilyn Kenyon that says ” If you love something, set it free  If it comes back, it was and always will be yours.  If it never returns, it was never yours to begin with.” If the love of my life and I are meant to be, we will be -but for now I choose not to be.  I choose to let go.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame,and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Until next time,

❤ Mo

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Here’s to You

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers-

I would like to propose a toast to your new season in life.  A time of  victory, a time of overcoming, and a time of living life to the fullest.  Here’s to you- a man/woman who has the ability to succeed, and will change the world for the better someday.  Here’s to you- a confident individual, one who is no longer bound by your past but is actively progressing forward.  Here’s to you- the fierce individual with so much love in your heart.  You are strong, you are compassionate, you are generous and you are great.  Greatness is all over you and I’m so happy I get to see you blossom into your greatness.  So this afternoon, I celebrate you.  I celebrate your accomplishments, I celebrate your strength.  I celebrate the man/woman you have become  and I am so proud of you.  So, I raise my glass of sparkling apple cider to you!  Here’s to you- you deserve every ounce of love given to you this afternoon.  The best is yet to come!  

Cheers,

❤ Mo

P.S. Don’t forget to Live. Laugh. Love 🙂

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A Gift Is Just That…A Gift.

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers- 

Hey ya’ll!  I just found some time to write, so I’m sitting with Lecrae rhyming in my ears and trying to decide how I am going to articulate what I want to say to ya’ll this evening.  I think that in Christianity, we make things so complicated.  For real, we complicate things!  The gospel of Jesus Christ is a gift, just simply a gift.  Gifts are things that we do not work for but are freely given to us out of love.  I never paid for a gift, have you?  The deal with gifts are that they can be given to us but we must receive them to see their benefits in our lives.  For example. my mom can give me a car but if I never receive that car as my own- I won’t be able to drive it ( put it to use).  So the art of gift giving is two-fold:  it’s giving and receiving.  If I give you something but you refuse to receive what I am trying to give you, my giving means nothing.  

So…God gives us the gift of His son, but if we refuse to receive Him that gift means nothing in our lives.  God gives us the gift of peace but if we don’t receive our gift, we can’t expect to see perfect peace in our lives.  God gives us joy but if we refuse to accept our free gift of joy and stay in our sadness, that’s on us.

God gives us the desires of our hearts if we delight ourselves in Him, but if we don’t accept what He is giving us- we won’t see the change we desire for our lives.  It’s not that hard- it really isn’t.  All we have to do is receive these gifts, nothing more.  We don’t have to earn the gifts we are given, we don’t have to pay for them, all we have to is receive these gifts and use them.  

A gift is just that…a gift 

Until next time, 

Mo 🙂 

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers –

I just had one of the most amazing memories.  I love the idea of memories, they are like pages to the scrapbook of our lives.  So I was listening to Aaron Shust’s song “Take Over”.  I love that song.  As I began to listen to the song, my mind went down memory lane.  I remember hearing that song probably 3 years ago and I fell in love with this simple prayer written to music.  I remember being at work, I worked at a bakery then, and this song came on.  I began to sing at the bakery.  I bet the customers thought there was something wrong with me.  My hips swayed to the music and I poured my heart into the song.  I was working with my best friend “G” that day and I bet I freaked him out with my karaoke performance of that song.  In that moment, I felt free!  I felt free from the pressures of life, from my current circumstances and from the pressures of being perfect- in that moment I released my cares to God and asked Him to take over me.  So today, I pray the same prayer- that God will continually take over me.  I pray that His Spirit will breathe, move and speak through me, that I will be a vehicle of life for someone else.  Lord, take over me!

Until next time,

Mo 🙂

I AM FREE

Today was a great day!  This has been the result of many days lately and I think it’s because I am choosing to trust God and rely on Him.  Anyways, today was the day I made the declaration that I have been wishing to be true for so long.  Today was the day that I embraced my freedom:  I am free.  I have been talking about the power of transparency and it’s path to freedom, but like many of you I was on the journey to freedom.  The journey to freedom from low self-esteem,  freedom from loneliness and rejection, freedom from insecurities and destructive habits and addictions.  I was on my journey to freedom but did not fully embrace freedom or believe that I could be free.  Today, however, I embraced my freedom.  I embraced being completely free; mentally, emotionally, physically and finally spiritually.  FREE.  

There is a Kierra Sheard song that I love, it’s called Free. The lyrics are:

My redeemer has saved me from sin.

My soul is awakened,  I live 

Free from what held me 

Free from what fought me

 

Mentally, You captured me

In my mind I am free

In my heart, If I am yours

I am free

After spending some time with God, I began to hum the lyrics to this song and cry realizing that I had reached my freedom.  I was completely free.  I was healed from past hurts and pains, I was free from the memories of disappointment, I was free from negative spoken words, I was free.  I am free.  Once I embraced my freedom, everything connected to me became free.  I am free.  

Maybe many of you were like me on a journey for a long time, searching for this freedom.  Maybe you like me, have tried to find this freedom in many things such as people,activities,communities and family and was still dissatisfied.  If you are looking for freedom, true freedom only comes through God. He makes you free.  His love sets you free and His word keeps you free.  I’ve experienced the power of His love and word combined to produce my freedom.  God made me free and no devil in hell will ever take this freedom from me, it’s too precious to let go.  I AM FREE!  

Mo

Kierra Sheard’s Song “Free” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOlQ4iz6jr8

 

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