EVERYTHING I Need

I was invited to a pity party. I packed my purse and was about to go.

Yet something didn’t sit well within me, so I told the sinister sender, “Sorry, not sorry…no!”

The invite was sent through snake mail; it slithered in before my eyes.

It read “Marissa, you’re invited to your own pity party!”

On it was plastered factual pictures….captioned with lies.

— “The cards were stacked against you. You never had in your youth what you should.”

— “Your future will hit an eventual snag. Besides, the bootstraps you pulled up on as a pre-teen are no good.”

— “Look at them! They had life better. Leave success to life’s ‘picture-perfect’ pros.”

–“Why desire to keep your heart pure. Be care free with the high egos.”

–“Your life was so unlucky, you’ll never truly rise.”

That was until I saw those fact pictures captioned from Heaven’s tear-filled eyes.

No, they weren’t tears of pity that from my youth I so disdained. “Oh, where’s your mother? You’re growing into a woman. Who is home to help you train?”

They were tears of empathy mixed with the joy that I would arise. One day Father knew I would see my story through Heaven’s redemptive eyes.

Sure, I didn’t get any help with schoolwork, but (Heavenly) Father saw to it my grades never went below a B.

But was that all there is to His care? High GPA’s, applause, and several dusty degrees.

The truth is much deeper. It worked up down from my brain to a weightier part.

Sure, my life was filled with lack and sorrow, but through life’s “contrary winds” Father’s captured my heart.

I see that from my youth He’s loved me with an everlasting love. Blessed are the poor in Spirit, because they find their Joy’s strength from above.

Yes, the “cards were stacked up against me,” but I was blessed with brokenness to hear Heaven’s sound:

That day at 12 when I walked into that church, with heart held low and head held down:

🎶Life is a dream and Heaven is reality, and I’m caught in between. And though it seems this world has everything…it’s nothing more than a dream. 🎶 song title Life is a Dream by Anointed

Later…the freedom on May 31, 1998 would begin to come.

Heaven read my ashtray story and beckoned me to exchange it for a beautiful one:

🎶 Into the sea of forgetfulness, You’ve placed all of my sin. I’m the one who keeps reminding you…over and over again. Into the sea, of forgetfulness–as far as the east from the west. Seventy times seven, you’ve forgiven me, and you keep cleansing me…by placing my sins into the sea of forgetfulness.🎶 ~ song title The Sea of Forgetfulness

THESE are the songs that went up past my brain. These are the Truths that disrobe my life of Satan’s desire for my pity-partied shame.

Living life in light of eternity is where true joy is found.

Jesus came to help me rise above life’s darkness, so joy doesn’t come when one’s soul is earthbound.

The Lord is my Shepherd; I lack nothing! Psalm 23:1

Satan can slither his pity party invite somewhere else…because Father’s joy gives me strength to sing… 🎶 You give me everything I need🎶 in Yourself!

🌈 Yay! 🕊

Pity-partied out! Invitation stamped: RETURNED to SENDER REJECTED.

Replaced with the invitation from Jesus for 21 years I’ve accepted:

Matthew 12:11
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 6:33

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.

🎶EVERYTHING🎶:

Even the sparrow has a place to lay its head
So why would I let worries steal my breath?
Even the roses, You have clothed in brilliant red
Still I’m the one You love more than this
You give me everything
You give me everything
You give me everything I need
Even the oceans push and pull at Your command
So You can still my heart with Your hand
You tell the seasons when it’s time for them to turn
So I will trust You even when it hurts
You give me everything
You give me everything
You give me everything I need
You give me everything
You give me everything
You give me everything I need
When I can’t see, You lead me
When I can’t hear, You show me
When I can’t stand, You carry me
When I’m lost, You will find me
When I’m weak, You are mighty
You are everything I need
You give me everything
You give me everything
You give me everything I need
You give me everything
You give me everything
You give me everything I need
You give me everything
You give me everything
You give me everything I need
You give me everything
You give me everything
You give me everything I need

We Were Made to Thrive —> JoyfullyAlive in Him and through Him we have everything we need.

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I am a passionate Jesus disciple, wife, mother, teacher, friend who's life mission is to "Reveal Christ to the lost, spur on the saints, and serve as a beckon of freedom through the edifying images I paint." My pen is my paintbrush, and words are my artistry. I plan to use them both to inspire us to live JoyfullyAlive, because WE WERE MADE TO THRIVE! "These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full." ~ Jesus (John 15:11)

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