Archive for the ‘Inspirational Writings’ Category

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A NEW LIGHT      by Ariana R Cherry

In the beginning,
There was darkness…
And then he said, “Let there be light…”
And a light shone into the new world.

Several generations later,
well after the creation of Adam and Eve,

A disrupted world was found in despair…
… its people broken and hurting, in turmoil and unrest…
They needed peace… and guidance.
And so…he delivered us a son.
An angel sent forth a message,

Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.”

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”

And so…a new light would shine into the darkness of this world…

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’

Hope cried out into the hurting world…

Yet, hope was born in a manger, with nowhere else to go…

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.”

This new child would counsel us… leading us back to love…

Love paving a way through the darkness, radiating warmth to the broken-hearted…

All the shepherds came forth, to see the truth for themselves and to spread the word…

To be a witness to the birth of our king and father whom we would come to love,

And there, the shepherds saw…the light within the darkness,

shining bright, bringing hope for all,

They glorified and praised God, singing Halleluiahs

for all the world to hear….

From this new light, this incredible birth filled with everlasting love,

we would come to learn,

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

 

 

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Along with writing poetry, I have begun learning to write my own music. A couple years ago, I started taking piano lessons, and once I began learning the notes and how to play some chords, I really wanted to write my own music…

“You Are Near,” is the first song that I have written the lyrics to and composed the music. I’ve always wanted to write my own songs. Below is a link to my inspirational song, “You Are Near.” I also created the video to go with it… I’d be interested in hearing your comments.

 

girl-3421489_960_720….The poem below was inspired by a recent Bible study we are doing in church… It was talking about consequences, discipline and if we were ever given second chances or if you received the consequences of your actions…

….While I am not sure about receiving discipline …. I do remember a time or two, of feeling alone… because of hard times that I had experienced. I am not sure if that feeling of being alone is similar to discipline (?)… Perhaps, me learning to listen was a lesson(?) … So in answer to such questions, this poem was formed… I thought I would share it here as well…

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I SAW YOU
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In my darkest hours,
in those most silent of nights,
during all my heartache,
I had thought I was alone.

I cried out your name…
…And then I prayed…
I waited for your breath to
breathe upon my heart-
to give my life a fresh start…

With faith,
and a hope to learn,
I had to find out
that while you might have been silent,
You still were there…

Watching…
Waiting…

You see…in the midst of my grief,
I just could not feel you wiping away my tear…

But once the river flowed in,
that one tear became two…three…and more,
opening the floodgates of my heart.

And that’s when…

I saw YOU.

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-Ariana R Cherry 2018

 

young-woman-2239269_1920…”Learning to Adjust to Life’s “adjustments”
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Over the last two months and my recent “diagnosis” of Fibromyalgia from my doctor, I’ve had to learn to “adjust.”…

..My mind is always going… I have idea after idea – and I want to do all of these ideas. I am always in “create mode.” The problem is – I think my mind is too fast for this physical body that my soul resides in. And since this diagnosis… I have had to relearn balance – relearn how to relax…

… While there is no magic pill to help deal with yet another ailment to add to my list – there is a way I can alter the way I’ve been going about my day…and perhaps – by doing so – maybe I can improve other things that I suffer from as well…

For anyone who suffers from chronic pain and exhaustion, here are some things I’ve learned in the past couple of months – that actually have been difficult for me (while to some – it may come quite easy)…

1. REST … I’ve had to learn – that it is okay to rest (this has been difficult for me). It doesn’t mean that I am lazy. I am trying to get into the habit of resting in between each activity throughout my day. Thankfully, I work where I can go home at lunch, and rest for a bit and then go back to work to get through the afternoon. Before covering a council meeting for the paper – I rest. If I need to rest after work for a bit before doing anything in the evening… I do it.

2. Peppermint is awesome. I’ve used peppermint essential oils a lot lately. I use it in my diffuser and topically. It is great for pain – and for headaches.

3. Menthol is refreshing. This is used in a few other pain relievers that I use… It is cool, smells a bit “mediciney” but..it is wonders for pain.

4. Journaling. Writing down how you feel is a great way to relieve stress and tension.

5. It’s okay to say no...and it’s okay to need quiet time to yourself. (I have had trouble with this too)…..

6. Learning balance in your life… Whether that means adjusting your schedule or even your diet (which I am going to try starting next month). I think sometimes in our lives – we just need to learn balance to help us deal with change.

My goal is to not need a prescription to deal with this new “adjustment” in my life…. I’d rather not call it a “disease” or a “problem,” yet – an adjustment… Because then it gives me a reason to fight… and a motivation to make things better….

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Thank you for reading…. I hope perhaps that this post might have inspired you.

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Today’s world is getting so confusing, tougher to live in and understand. Of course, I am sure we have heard similar words spoken from our parents and grandparents – and other family as well.

But what I am finding even harder… is trying to be a loving Christian living in this world… The church has begun to get a bad reputation with all of the bad media coverage showcasing radical Christians who are being judgmental, racist …and quite frankly – scary.  Then there’s the deal with sexual abuse rising from churches – making the church seem like a dangerous place to be…

On social media, there are memes and videos, displaying “Christian people” pointing out others faults publicly, hating on blacks (or other cultures and races), and telling people they are going to go to Hell for the things they are doing. Then – there are those twisting scriptures from the Bible to fit their needs and desires to scare people into believing certain ways… So many people are taking it all apart – and making it so that it fits to their life accordingly – while damning others for their actions.

The fact is – a true loving Christian – does not act with that type of behavior. In fact, a true Christian is loving, non-judgmental and is there to help his neighbor in need. We in fact  – have no say whether a person goes to Hell. We have no business judging others. As Christians – we are to be accepting of other people’s differences…. As Christians, it is important to spread and show the love that Jesus has for us…. It is not our right for us to steer the direction of someone’s soul by using fear…

I wish – the media would show churches and Christians doing positive things – such as outreaching to their communities and being loving towards others…. But for those who don’t attend church – all they see on the media is people acting righteous and holier than thou – judging people for their skin color, choice of religion, and whether they have tattoos or piercings – or wear a certain type of clothing…. Even – financial status…   No wonder people are afraid to walk into a church – they are probably afraid of being judged the moment their hand touches that door to open….

And then there’s fear….shootings happening all around … in school…..churches… It is hard to feel safe anywhere anymore… So some – sit in their home on Sundays… for fear of their own safety….

It is so hard to be a loving Christian in today’s world when the media is showing something completely different… The numbers in attendance in some churches are dwindling… Church has become a place of fear and conformity those who do not attend regularly…

What the media does not portray – is that the church is family – a family unit made up of several extended family units and caring individuals – all trying to find their own ways to tell and share of God’s love…  A church is an extended part of your own family – another group of people who care about you… who want to help guide you… to be there at your side during rough times…. A church is not their to judge you.

…. A church should be a place of sanctuary – hope…. and love…. and the people of a church family – are anchors – to help lift you up in those times of need…They are not there to tear you down…ever…

There still are true Christians in this world… It is just getting increasingly difficult to shine in a world so full of uncertainty…

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Please forgive me for this post..but I need to vent and release some emotions… You may continue to read if you wish… But it isn’t necessarily a happy post….. And if you do stick around to read…thank you for “listening…”

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I know when we were young, our grandparents often told us how different the world was growing up….And how much everything has changed…. I’m not even a grandparent and I can see those changes already….

As I get older, it is so hard to live in a world that is becoming increasingly… insensitive….Or it could just be, that I may just be… a sensitive person with too much compassion and emotion…. It hurts to care so much sometimes.

….When I begin to form and build relationships, I put everything I have into them and become emotionally invested… And perhaps – that is my own mistake…. But sometimes I care so much for people, that my heart hurts….And that is what makes it hard to live in a world that can be insensitive. I am not saying that everybody is careless or selfish, but a large portion of society has become selfish – only looking out for their own personal needs and how to get ahead…

Also as I get older, I learn that I need to be more careful to who I trust…. I need to be more careful to who I open up too…. Because – if I no longer meet that person’s needs or requirements – They easily throw me off to the side like yesterday’s garbage… And then – I am left with a heart that feels like its been stomped on a million times…. Kind of like how I feel right now…  For almost a week now, I have been unable to lift this huge brick off of my heart….

I invested a year of my personal time to an individual whom I thought was my friend…and basically, I am just finding out that none of it mattered…. I was only used for their own personal gain … Just a number in their business…. Yet- they pretended to care about me, share stories with me and act as if they were a mentor…. I shared personal things that I don’t share with everyone…and now, I am sitting here, feeling used and a like a really huge idiot…. “Stupid me for caring so much...’

Sometimes, people forget -we are humans…and people with emotions…. and the things that are said and done to us – can effect us deeply… But those who are insensitive – seem to be numb….

It is a hard lesson to learn – you can’t trust everybody and you must guard your heart and soul with the most utmost protection…..

I really don’t want to become a cynical person…. But.. it is becoming so increasingly hard not to be…. It is becoming so difficult to live in world that is insensitive…

I guess…the only thing I can do …is pray for those – who seem to have lost their hearts.

 

 

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I am participating in the “Fast Track Bible Study” at the United Methodist Church…

One of the questions asked “to know more” to write a short autobiography of Adam and Eve… or the Tower of Babel…. I had some fun with Eve – and thought I’d share here what I wrote. I had fun writing this….Enjoy!
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Eve’s Story- 
An Autobiography

I find myself sitting in this vast fruitful garden, contemplating exactly what just happened. It seems like such a whirlwind. One moment, I am in bliss, unaware of what could be in my world. And the next – I learn that there is such a thing called evil- and that I also need to cover my body…

Looking back… I blame the serpent. All was fine until I talked to him.

While my father had told me to stay away from that tree with its fruit…that nasty serpent told me it would be fine! But, my own wonder and the words of the serpent lead me to pick that forbidden fruit. And it tasted like no other! At once, I realized that I wanted to share the moment with Adam…. It only seemed right! And…he accepted.

Nothing felt wrong about it…Well….wait… Maybe a part of me wondered what God might think. But then once we realized what we had done… we were ashamed. So, Adam and I hid, hoping that God wouldn’t find us…

Guess I was wrong…and now my world has changed forever…. Advice – Never listen to a talking serpent.