Thank you for visiting “Beloved”!
I am touched by the chance to share more than six years of my heart’s sojourn poured into more than 400 poems, writings, and offerings on this site. This was originally a ‘secret’ place to write when I felt stirred by words that seemed to unravel themselves. I was speaking to God, the Presence that comforted and granted all that my inner soul ever longed for. I did not expect to be found or read. I had 20 followers and we read each other’s poetry and encouraged one another.
In 2011, I wrote “Heart Motions” which expressed my heart’s experience of drawing near to God, feeling summoned and the need to surrender the false possessions of the heart.
My Joy comes from the gift of Grace from The Lord Jesus Christ. I wake each day with anticipation. My first thought is gratitude and a salutation to The Lord. In my heart is love that deepens like a river that swells with fresh water from an unlimited source. The peace that I longed for lives now in me, by His Presence. My story is just like everyone’s. Life had challenges and I was a great distance from perfect! The most miraculous thing about salvation is Forgiveness.
Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
That is a journey for us all.
John 1:16 From the fullness of his grace, we have all received one blessing from another.
I can still be stunned and challenged by life’s surprises but there is a permanent core that is ‘unshakable’. There can be acute pain and suffering that we encounter in our mortal lives. Knowing God as the source of unceasing love, security, protection gives strength and courage.
This new way of living, seeing and receiving His Love that has altered my heart and my perspective. I am sixty five years old and these are the years of the most joy and contentment. My heart soars.
Isaiah 40:31 …but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Many parts of my heart’s story are candidly revealed in the poems that are archived on this site. It is vital to note, though that the “story’s” that are woven into our lives have a purpose with meaning to distill, yet they are not our identity. We cannot get lost in what happened in the past nor in something that might be attempting to absorb you and draw you away from the truth in this day.
Philippians 3:13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,
There is a part of ourselves at the core of our hearts that is of spirit. It is like a seed implanted that is waiting to grow and to receive it’s nourishment by being awakened by receiving God’s love and the anointing of His Spirit.
One of my earliest entries was this poem called “More Love”. I was calling deeply to God for a healing and filling of my heart with His Love.
I loved God since I can remember thinking and feeling but I was a broken one early in life, then again and again. The life that The Lord designed for me was long and wide with many unexpected turns and mountain ranges to navigate. My life has been blessed with many treasures, miracles and amazing journey’s that I am very grateful for. From the people that I have met, I have learned that the greater the obstacles faced and overcome, or suffering known; the deeper and richer will be the experience of God’s Love and Grace when it pours in.
John 15:16 – 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
In my life and work, I had the opportunity to travel all over the world and back again. Originally I was a classical ballet dancer and traveled extensively. I lived overseas twice.
I have written many poems about dancing. One of my favorites is called “Would that I had danced for you”.
Ephesians 4-22 “that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.”
There comes a moment that we lean on God’s door and ask for help, finally understanding that we cannot fix life or walk further alone. The “way” that we have been praying has not worked; our approach seems fruitless. God’s Love becomes the most important thirst of your heart. Everything else can fall away.
1 Peter 1:23
“for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.”
In my life I have witnessed the face of love in the hearts of people in many different and far places, some in the midst of challenging circumstances that called for a supreme courage and personal strength. I was humbled by the contrast of what I formerly called “challenges” in my own life. My heart has been altered by each person that I have met on my journeys. I have experienced their courage and their strength in times of dire need to survive,in conflict, war and circumstances that would invoke terror in most.
For all though, in facing what we fear the most, we face the distance between our shadows and God, who desires to embrace us in His Light and Merciful comfort. As we come Near to God, we find our hearts altered by the Miracle of His Love and Grace. First dawns of joy and awe stir us to a boldness that offers encouragement and new strength.
We begin to realize that our outer experiences, in this temporal world are bridges to finding God’s Presence which is eternal. We are called by His Love for us which is Unceasing and Relentless. He is our true Teacher and He calls us by our name.
It is said that we are called “His Beloved”.
Isaiah 43:13 1-3 “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…. From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can oppose what I do. No one can reverse my actions.