Friday, July 14, 2017

Picking Up My Cross

Posting on this site has been on hiatus for a good while, due to a personal crises during the last two years or so. (Though sharing various things on the Facebook page has continued.)

This is a poem I wrote after a time of prayer today about a cross I found and purchased, which I soon understood reflected my calling. In the coming days posting here will begin again, as the Spirit (Adanvdo) moves. There may be a bit of tweaking the site (which I would welcome). We will see.


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I browsed through a store
of souvenirs from a homeland
which I have never set foot on
but long to know and connect with

There I saw and bought
a second cross for my home
beautiful and ornate
ancient and...

And I wondered at it
if something drew me
beyond my desire to connect
with that heritage and homeland

Its was of the classic faith
so direct and solid
a place I have felt distant from
since my life fell apart

I wondered if I bought it
to hold onto that part
what I felt I once had
but was now grown faint

I researched it and learned
that Unetlanvhi once used it
to call a servant to rebuild
His church which was in ruins

And suddenly it connected
with the calling I had heard
which I also felt has been shelved
since my life fell apart

Accordingly I laid the cross down
choosing not to hang it up
until I had time to ask about it
to confirm and to understand it

Now I have come to that time
and understand what I hold
what I am called to
and I will hang the cross now

The place I made to share
the weepings and groaning
Adanvdo gave me to share
will have new direction

What that will be
and what will be painted
I don't know yet
but it will come

To testify against
the great rebellion
and to speak comfort
to the empire's exiles

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Devotion of the Queen



"In her heart she boasts,
'I sit enthroned as queen...
I will never mourn.'
Therefore in one day...
she will be consumed...
for mighty is the Lord
God who judges her."

(Revelation 18:7-8)


"Many of My children who profess My name
have prostituted themselves to gain authority.
They have chosen power, violence, and domination.
They trust in their object of devotion,
believing they will receive authority
from their new husband and king.

They have trusted in their idols,
but their idols will not save them.
What they have sold themselves for
will turn against them.
In one day destruction will overtake them,
and they will be consumed.

Cry out, My people!
Cry out, My servants!
Cry out, My prophets!

All you who hold to faith in My son
and keep My commands, cry out!
Testify against their adultery!

Call My beloved
but drunken children
to repent!"

*****

Art: "Coming Forth"

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A Call to Stand and Prophesy



"My people who can hear My heart,
I am calling you to prophesy:
I am calling you to speak My words,
to cry aloud My truth,
to rebuke and call to repentance
those who call Me 'Lord, Lord'
but have forsaken My commands of love.

I am calling you to testify;
I am calling you to witness to who I am,
for many who call Me 'Lord'
do not know My ways or My heart.
I am calling you to proclaim
My teachings and My mercy,
and that judgment is coming:

I will raise up high those
who have been oppressed;
I will bring low those
who have been unmerciful;
I will uncover what has been hidden,
revealing the hearts of many
and judging those who love lawlessness.

Stand and prophesy, My people;
call your brothers and sisters
back to obeying My law
to love one another as I loved you
even while you were My enemies.
Stand and weep for the nations
their cold love has wounded in My name.

I am calling you to prophesy
because many speaking in My name
are prophesy falsely, as they serve
the gods of pride, nationalism, greed,
the image of Me they have made,
and the ungrace and violence
they believe earns My favor.

Do not be afraid, My people;
many will hate you in My name,
but many will also hear My heart,
and their hearts will turn to Me,
to their neighbors, to their enemies,
to the wounded and the least of these,
and I will save and comfort many."

*****

Art: "A Prophet's Reward"

Thursday, October 06, 2016

"Come Out of Your Trenches!"



"Can you hear My heart, My people?
I am calling you to come
out of your trenches;
I am calling you to lay down
your weapons of war;
I am calling you to reach out
and love your enemies!

Come out of your violence!
Come out of your righteousness!
Come out and see their humanity!
Come out and see they are just like you!
Come out and see Me in them!
Cross over the barricades and walls
you have erected in your hearts!"

*****

Art: "Unentrenched"

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

The Days of Anti-Christ



"Many who call themselves
by My name are speaking words
of fear, suspicion and anger,
accusing people who are different
and blaming the least of these
for the ills of society.

Leaders have arisen who fan
the flames of hatred and nationalism,
and many who call themselves
by My name have turned away
from My love and My commands
to follow these leaders.

These are the days My apostles
told you would come in the end—
the days of apostasy and rebellion
when the love of most grows cold
and lawlessness is erected
in the temple that bears My name.

My people, who hold to My ways,
do not let anyone persuade you
to turn away from faithfully obeying
My command to love your enemies
and standing in My love to the end."

*****

Art: "Anti-Jesus"

Sunday, January 03, 2016

"Called to Witness"



"Hear
My Spirit
My heart
In this time

Look
In your hands
What I have given you
What I have made you

Speak
My heart
My word
Witness

In the darkness
Speak
What I give you
Testify

I am with you
In the darkness
In this time
In this hour

You can hear
My grief
You can feel
My tears

Do not be afraid
I am here
You know My heart
I am love

You know who I am
You can hear My Spirit
You can hear when I call
I am calling you

To witness
To speak
To testify
So be strong"

*****

Art: "Witness"

Monday, December 21, 2015

"Choose Life"



"My children,

I am calling you
to be peacemakers
as wickedness increases
in the world.

I am calling you
to choose the cross
instead of the sword
in these last days.

I am calling you
to love your enemies
instead of seeking
to destroy them.

I am calling you
to lay down your lives
as I laid down Mine
for My enemies.

I died for you
on the Cross
and for your enemies
just the same.

Do not destroy
what I have died
to purchase
with My blood.

When you choose violence
against your enemies
you choose against My sacrifice
and become an enemy of the Cross.

I am He who stands
in the way so that
in order to take vengeance
you must kill Me first.

I stand in between
you and your enemies
so that to slay them
you must first slay Me.

Do not seek to live
by the sword;
do not seek to save your lives
and lose your soul.

My commands are your life;
do not turn away from life
in order to avoid your cross
and escape from death.

I am with you always
as you trust in My ways
and carry your cross;
do not be afraid."

*****

Art: "A Different Way"