“Untitled” for my brother

“Untitled” for my brother

“Untitled” By Arman Sheffey
 
Trapped behind a shroud of fading smiles.
One false move from cracking and shattering to pieces.
Fumbling for the darkness in a world of light…
dying to feel something…
Something true.
Something real.
Something of you.
Something that’s got your fingerprints and mine intertwined and smudging the pages of our short story.
 
Dull lead scrapes sharp white as the college ruled lines keep the pain from spilling into the next chapter.
Yet the ribbon stays rested along the binding holding the memory on this side of the margin like the banks of a river holding water at bay for a season.
As time treads along the thread its all bound to come unbound.
But what then.
Will past give way to future?
Or will old charcoal brush against and stain the pages yet written?
How can I stay within these lines when yesterday pushes me to freedom?
My emotions ooze across the inches of boundary until My son’s jumping joy calls me to remember tomorrow.
So I accept an invitation to LIVE. AGAIN.
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How to Deal with Disappointment

This message was part of a series of messages on how the gospel goes viral in and through God’s people.

In this message be encouraged that God is still on the throne in your dark times and be challenged to fight through them with a two-step approach to dealing with disappointment.

Jesus Knows CPR

Jesus Knows CPR

CPR                                                          

Have you ever been up against something that seems to have you pinned down? Have you felt near the end of your strength? I mean YOUR WORLD seems to be on the brink of destruction and hope is seeming just out of reach. Understand me…I KNOW that Jesus is my hope, but there are times when your pain feels so deep that it seems to take you down into the abyss with it. If you too consider yourself a minister of the Gospel, it is especially important that you and I both remember some truths of God’s faithfulness and His ever constant love.

In this message, shared at the Resurgence Conference 2013, Dr. Crawford Loritts spoke to that and many soul care issues of ministry leaders. I think this message is a must view for all in ministry or considering ministry and would still do a work in the lives of those who are simply trying to follow Christ, but encountering the inevitable difficulties of life.

Personally the final 15 minutes of the message broke into my day like a shot of adrenalin or as if the Lord reached down and administered CPR on my heart ache. It is not as though my present trial is over but another pill of encouragement ingested.

Praise God that he doesn’t simply heal me and send me on my way but calls me back to His well night and day, as I know my heart and mind are prone to wander.

Praising Him amidst my storm, knowing that “He’s got this!!!”