“MY COAT WAS NOT ENOUGH”

Farewell my fair weather friend, our relationship was overcast from the beginning except for the occasional clear skies, you were seasonal and I was yearly. I should of seen the cold front coming, for I was warned:Don’t forget your coat, you never know what the weather is going to be like later,” mom would scream. The signs were all there, but they were unrecognizable in the darkness, for the clouds have been hiding the sunlight for the majority of our relationship. In the beginning I thought my coat was all that I needed for our journey of friendship, for we have seen many rainbows together, Gods blessing for weathering the storms. Mother warned me, but Mother Nature showed me, she showed me that she can become cold hearted overnight without a freeze warning. The day started out a cool sixty-five degrees and somewhat overcast, and there was no freeze warning in the foreseeable future, but by nightfall we had an overnight low where the temperature fell to just about over freezing…….

“I thought my coat was all that I needed, I thought my coat would weather the storm. I thought my coat was all that I needed, but my coat was not enough!”

Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.

Mathew 24:12

DAME

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“I THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER DAY”

It is five o’clock in the morning and I have no worries in the world, the television is off, the mail is not running, no pads and no phones. As I turn to my right my wife sleeps in a state of comfort so I shall only gaze at her beauty, holding back from disturbing her peace that will elude her during the waking hours. As I sit up with elbows on knees and face in hands I thank the Lord for another day. As I slowly rise, although difficult, I realize that there are many who cannot perform this act on their own, so once again I thank you Lord for making this possible, for I remember when. Standing tall now as I head towards the window to peer into the night where the hidden lie in wait I think of when the sun comes home to brighten my path, for soon its light will be needed to send the darkness back from whence it came. As the light that is of this day begins to bully the darkness that is of this night I wait with unbridled anticipation for what blessings may come on this day.

Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Ephesians 5:20

Thank You…..

DAME

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“LOST AT SEA”

Lord I come to You on this night with a pleading heart, for there are many who are drowning in the stormy seas of life as they have not yet chosen You to be their lifeguard who is always on duty. The disbelief that those “lost at sea” carry within is beginning to weigh them down, for they are slowly sinking towards the abyss. As the strong winds from the sea blow across the shoreline I can hear the cries of those lost, for without Your grace and mercy the rising tides and their tears that fall will soon become one. Lord there was a time when I was “lost at sea” and I thought You did not hear my cries, but You saved me from a cold, dark, and watery grave. Lord there are still many “lost at sea” and I pray that You hear their cries, for those sinking now know that they cannot stay afloat without You in their lives. Lord I also pray that You show the lost ones mercy, and I pray that the rising tides and their tears that fall never become one.

“He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.”

Psalm 107:29

DAME

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“GIVE THANKS”

Lord I am trying with all that I have to gain spiritual wisdom through Your scriptures, for I know they are the way to Your heart. Lord You have shown me that my days are numbered, but You have also shown me that salvation awaits. Lord my spirit is hungry, my spirit is restless, my spirit is anxious, but my spirit is also patient, for it knows that there is still work to be done. Lord as I gain wisdom through Your scriptures I am beginning to see things that I could not see prior to my spiritual awakening, for You have opened my eyes to things that the blind of this world cannot see. Lord I now know that I need You, for without You my thoughts roam and wander this unholy world aimlessly, like a lost child without direction. Lord with You now in my life I no longer wander aimlessly in search of, for You have shown me the way. As we walk together I hold Your hand and I squeeze tight, for there are those in this unholy world who have taken notice of the spiritual intimacy that we share through Your scriptures, and they want nothing more in this life than to disturb the peace that we share. Lord I cannot say enough about what You have done for me, how You have preserved me, how You have changed not only my life but those closest to me, for You have opened their eyes to witness all that You have done for me.

“Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon His name, make known His deeds among the peoples!”

Daniel 6:10

Thank You Lord….

DAME

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“I THANK THE LORD DAILY”

I thank the Lord daily for allowing us to love each other as we do, for there are many in this world who have taken notice. We have set the bar high concerning our love for each other and those who choose to follow, for our love has reached even higher heights with the Lord leading the way. Our love exist to remain, for I would not have it any other way, as we are one. As I bare my soul to the world for all to examine a feeling of accomplishment begins to explore my being, for I dreamed of letting the world know that true love does exist, our true love. With the world now on notice we must stay steadfast with our love, not only the love that we have for one another, but the love that we have for the Lord as well, for there will be forces in this world that will try to test our love and faith as we continue to grow together. In this cold world our love is warmth, it is comfort, it is good for the soul! It is 3am as I think of you, I watch your beauty in its stillness, in its warmth, in its comfort. As I gaze at your beauty that is within arms reach my thoughts are of a thief in the night, for I want, but I shall let your beauty rest. As I fight my sleep to watch the sunrise wake your beauty I think of how blessed we are to have found love, I appreciate our love, I give it thanks, for it truly gives us what the world does not……

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians 13:13

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“I FEEL YOUR PAIN”

Nigga- respelling of nigger.

Nigger- regarded as slow, ignorant, or inferior.

When I hear the word nigga being used I feel pain. I feel the pain of those who were beaten and whipped when they were caught trying to learn how to read and write. I feel the pain of those who had a voice, but could not speak, for their tongues would be cut out. I feel the pain of those who had a name, but they had to answer to nigger. I also feel the pain of those who sacrificed their lives for us to call each other nigga.

I feel your pain….

DAME

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“NEXT IN LINE”

I have been having this feeling as if someone or something is trying to set me up as of late, the signs are everywhere, some big, some small, but signs nonetheless. I was standing in line waiting patiently at the grocery store and out of nowhere a man accompanied by his wife cut the line in front of me, so I decided to speak my mind…..

Me:

“Excuse me sir, but I have been standing in this line for over fifteen minutes.”

Man:

“And? I have been living in Tracy for over thirty years.”

Me:

“Thirty years in Tracy, but you have only been living in this line for thirty seconds.”

Man:

YOU GUYSare all comedians, lol…

At this point of our conversation I am at a crossroads, a place in life when one has a brief opportunity to stop and reflect on his or her current situation. As I reflect on my current situation, I have found that I have a decision to make. I can act out my anger as expected, or I can use my mind as a weapon to defend myself against this unwarranted ungodly verbal attack. My decision is an easy one, for I now have a family to care for, and I’ll be damned if my wife receives a wake up call from these four words, “COLLECT CALL FROM DAMON.”

me:

“Excuse me sir, but I have been standing in this line for over fifteen minutes.”

Man:

“And? I have been living in Tracy for over thirty years.”

Me:

“Thirty years in Tracy, but you have only been living in this line for thirty seconds.”

Man:

YOU GUYSare all comedians, lol.”

Me:

“What a coincidence, my wife and I were just talking about how funny the world is, have a safe and blessed day.”

Man: (now laughing) You have a blessed day as well, and by the way, you are next in line, my apologies.”

Me:

“Apology accepted, and thank you.”

Man’s wife:

“No, thank you.”

Cashier:

NEXT IN LINE

“Therefore I want men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.”

Timothy 2:8

DAME

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“I SURRENDER”

Lord I surrender to You on bended knees, I no longer fight behind enemy lines, I now submit to Your words of truth, I cease resistance. As I surrender myself to You Lord I ask for Your forgiveness of my past transgressions, for I was lost in the world behind enemy lines. I now call to You Lord on bended knees, for “You Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to You.” (Psalm 86:5) Lord I was recruited into this spiritual battle by the unholy of this world when I was lost, alone, and vulnerable, but I have learned since, for the scars that I have attained while behind enemy lines has taught me. Lord as the enemy draws near I shall show no fear, for your scripture says, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous hand.” (Isaiah 41:10) Lord I will serve under You for the remainder of my duty here on earth, I will strengthen myself by adhering to your scriptures, I will then stand firm in faith, and I will “Put on the whole armor of God, that I may be able to stand the schemes of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11)

I surrender….

DAME

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“IN SEARCH OF”

There are times when it is hard to smile, for when I do the the pain shows through, but if not for this pain, would I know to fight? My pain is more than a physical sensation that is signaled from the body to the brain, it is a mental labyrinth of exhausting corridors of twist and turns in search of relief. As my pain begins to wake I frantically search for substances to fight off this invading force, and as I search, I search with reckless abandon, for the time grows near as my pain begins to yawn and spread his outstretched arms, both signs of his impending rise. As I continue my fruitless search for a substance to kill my pain my pain finds me instead. Now standing tall and towering over me I drop to my knees and I begin to pray…..

Lord as my pain continues to take advantage of me I pray to You for relief, for the pain that I feel rises daily. Lord I pray that You take this pain that has invaded my body and send it back from whence it came. Lord I am truly in need of Your saving grace.”

Amen!

He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.

Psalm 147:3

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“RESTLESS FOR YOUR LOVE”

It is truly a blessing watching you wake, I fight my sleep through the night so I won’t miss your rising with the sun. As I guard my sleeping beauty I gaze in appreciation, for I know that I am truly blessed to have you on this day. My anticipation grows with every sudden move that you make in route to your beautiful awakening. It can be your rollover move followed by the pulling of the sheets, or your outstretched arms followed by a yawn, both signs of your rising with the sun. Waiting for your wake up call can be maddening at times, for the anticipation of your arrival would not let me sleep through the night. As you rise with the sun I can feel your warmth, for the coldness and the loneliness that was of the night, is now gone. We are blessed once again to share this day together, for this night will soon be upon us. As this day grows tired and this night begins to wake, I prepare myself for this evenings changing of the guard.

“ I will love you through the day, and I will watch over you through the night.”

I love you….

DAME

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