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Sweetie, It’s Not You, Your Dad is a Narcissist

This blog is a letter to my children. I have been married to 2 Narcissists in my life. The Church calls them Jezebel Spirits. Here is my life lesson. In my opinion a Narcissist does not know what love is. It is always all about them. We are not people – we are possessions. And in his eyes, we are here to bow down and worship him.  (sorry to be so blunt, but it’s true.)

NARCISSIST

1. a person who is overly self-involved, and often vain and selfish.
2. Psychoanalysis. a person who suffers from narcissism, deriving erotic gratification from admiration of his or her own physical or mental
attributes.

To all the children with a Narcissistic Parent:

You are old enough where we can have this conversation. I am so tired of the way he breaks your heart time and time again. Your tears break my heart. Every empty promise that brings you pain gives me pain too.

Can I share something with you? It’s not you. It’s not about anything you did or didn’t do. Sweetie, your father is a Narcissist.

According to Mythology:

Source:Wikpedia
Source:Wikpedia

In Greek mythology, Narcissus (/nɑrˈsɪsəs/; Greek: Νάρκισσος, Narkissos) was a hunter from the territory of Thespiae in Boeotia who was renowned for his beauty. He was the son of a river god named Cephissus and a nymph named Liriope.

He was exceptionally proud, in that he disdained those who loved him. Nemesis noticed this behavior and attracted Narcissus to a pool, where he saw his own reflection in the water and fell in love with it, not realizing it was merely an image. Unable to leave the beauty of his reflection, Narcissus drowned. Narcissus is the origin of the term narcissism, a fixation with oneself.
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I am here to let you know that I love you. And I support you. I give you freedom to make your own choices and learn from your mistakes. I will be here to pick up the pieces when he degrades you and belittles you. I know what it feels like because he did it to me first.

 

I love you, and I will shelter you under the shadow of my wings just like God does for all of us. Put up the mirror around your heart and let his harsh words bounce off you as they are not true.  You are beautiful. You matter. You are smart. And I love you,

Mom

 

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(All images from breakingupwithyournarcissist.com, Pinterest, brainwashingchildren.com, lattuera.com, Wikpedia, quotepixel.com, LaHuera.com)

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Pine Cones, Rusty Bells, Broken Snowmen, and One Antler Reindeer

Pine cones, Rusty bells, broken snowmen, and one antler reindeer – what? Oh, the lessons we learn along the way. Let me share a story with you.  This year was the first time in the past 3 years we got a real Christmas tree.  Last year I thought I would be ‘special’ and bought a Holly Bush. It died, and man those thorns are sharp, lol! And the years before I think we used my daughters fiber optic mini tree. At that time we had cats and didn’t want to fight the battle with climbing kitties. So for the last three years we have been using some of the shatterproof plastic ornaments.  This year was different.

We moved and had to get rid of the cats. Sad, but true. Anyway, we got a real tree. So Ms. D took out the real ornaments – the glass ones that had been packed away for 4 years. I can’t believe I found the box!  The other night the kids and I were decorating the tree while Bob made his famous Spaghetti sauce.  I did the lights and pearls – and let the kids put the ornaments on.  We still have 2 High School children at home. As they took out and hung the ornaments I took one of those ‘Mom Moments’ to sit back and watch and listen.  I realize I only have 3 more years until they are out of the house and on their own. So we moms hold onto these times and cherish them in our hearts.

I thought it would be the ‘pretty’ ornaments that they would remember. But no – it was the ones that were ‘less than perfect’ that they remembered and talked about.

The Rusty Bell – from Elementary School when all the kids got to watch “Polar Express” at school. I was working at the kids school that year as we started our family over again that year. Me and the kids out on our own.

The One Legged Snowman and One Antlered Reindeer – That was bought from a gas station for $1.  I couldn’t afford a pricey ornament that year. It was a last minute thing on Dec 24th and I gave it to them at the gas pump – no wrapping required.

 

The Pine Cone – “Ornaments on a budget” as my son said. But they remember these ones. Through the trials, through the tribulations, lives the memory of love – no matter what the cost.

 

My life lessons learned that night:

 

  1. Remember the simple things – they last.

  2. Just because it’s broken doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter.

  3. Cherish the moments. Hold these things in your heart.

“Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself.” (Luke 2:19 MSG)

 

 

It’s Broken

be yourself

Life lessons at the copy store. I had a UPS part to drop off the other day and a local office store lets us drop off packages there instead of driving to the south side of town.  So I walked in with my package. There was one girl behind the big counter. She was towards the back of the counter pulling paper out of a copy machine. Whatever project she was working on looked broken.  Something wasn’t right. She looked at me and turned back to her task at hand.  She seemed very frustrated. It was like the paper ripped in the copy machine and she was pulling it out piece by piece.

As time slipped by I started getting more and more frustrated.  I am thinking in my head, “Hello, do you see me here? Are you trying to ignore me? I am the customer here – come on chickey.” But the longer I stood there, the more she buried her head in the copy machine to fix it.  Finally I resigned and just waited thinking, ” I guess I’ll just have to wait until she is done.”

Immediately God spoke to my spirit.

 

IT IS BROKEN

I AM FIXING IT

GIVE ME A MINUTE HERE…

 

Yeah, really.  In my impatience I was only worried about what I wanted and what I needed.  And I want it now! This is true for so many areas of my life right now.  I don’t see the big picture. I am getting lost and worried in the details. I have so many unanswered questions. But God, in His goodness, showed me He has it. He is fixing it. And I just need to give Him a minute…

God bless you as we go into a new season and all the kids go back to school.

Trust God

 

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Jezebels Are Androgynous Narcissists

Jezebels are Androgynous Narcissits – being both male or female – hermaphroditic.  This same spirit could live in a man just as much as it could live in a woman. It is not about being male or female.   So ignore the “he” or “she”  gender in the images below.

The Psychological Community calls them Narcissists.  

The Church Community calls them a Jezebel.

But I believe they are one and the same.  

Call them what you will.

It’s all about power and control.

 

According to Psychology Today here is the definition of a Narcissist:

 

Narcissistic Personality Disorder involves arrogant behavior, a lack of empathy for other people, and a need for admiration-all of which must be consistently evident at work and in relationships. People who are narcissistic are frequently described as cocky, self-centered, manipulative, and demanding. Narcissists may concentrate on unlikely personal outcomes (e.g., fame) and may be convinced that they deserve special treatment. Related Personality Disorders: Antisocial, Borderline, Histrionic. Narcissism is a less extreme version of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Narcissism involves cockiness, manipulativeness, selfishness, power motives, and vanity-a love of mirrors. Related personality traits include: Psychopathy, Machiavellianism.

 

 

And here is a Definition of the Jezebel Spirit from an Article by Discerning the Truth:

 

  • They gain power by diminishing others. It is causes them a rush “win” over someone. They manage to get in positions of authority, and are difficult to displace, once there.
  • They are controlling, manipulative, bossy.
  • They can either be war-like in their personalities, so that they are intimidating, or so sweet, timid, charming and charismatic, they are able to fool and recruit others to join them.
  • The spirit is critical of others, vicious to the point of blood thirsty as to reveal weaknesses.
  • They are never wrong in their own eyes; they are unable to apologize.
  • They recruit others to rally behind their charges against their victims. They act to persuade recruits, and do not give up this activity until the recruits are won over. If the potential recruits do not cooperate and accept their position they will grow angry.
  • They are by nature narcissistic. While they tend to be oversensitive, they have no concern for the feelings of others. They are not sympathetic about their victims, and tend to play the role of victim themselves, in order to gain sympathy. This way the real victim is left stranded, and opposed by others if they ask for help. Being the center of attention really pleases them.
  • They lie, and they believe their own lie. Avoiding the truth, or intentionally acting to withhold truth is part of a false picture presented to others.
  • Impulsive, disorganized, failure to plan ahead. Life is often chaotic and family in their care is in disarray.
  • The have a lack of remorse after hurting someone. They can justify the harm and remain smug about their victory.
  • They prove to be consistent irresponsibility, unpunctual, undependable. Will make rash promises, but cannot be trusted to fulfill.
  • They often express irritability, aggressiveness (open or subtle), and can be quick tempered.
  • This person is an “outlier” or non-conformist, they have their own ways.
  • Psychological counseling will not help, since they deny their condition.
  • They may claim religious sentiments, but are found very superficial in spiritual disciplines. Places emphasis on emotions over depth of condition.
  • These women tend to control their men with sex. And they pick passive men (Ahab’s) so they can dominate them.
  • They are usually married but often end up divorced. They may entertain affairs. If single, can be bisexual or promiscuous.

 

Jezebel Spirit

 

 

Kinda creepy huh? I found these images on Pinterest and I was struck with how it is the same. In my opinion – it’s all about power and control here.  Same as with Domestic Violence.  One person trying to use and abuse another.

Let us recognize the warning signs in all our relationships.

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We are not stupid.

We are not crazy.

That is just him/her trying to shift the blame and attention away from their bad behavior.

I had to ask myself, “Is this relationship healthy?”

I had to have someone I could trust to bounce my ideas off of. I saw a qualified Christian Counselor. It helped me make some life changing choices.  And today, I am grateful.

What about you? Do you need help?

Reach out today – you are not alone.

 

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Healing Your Soul – Part 1

Every once in a while The Lord leads you to a message, a Word that you needed to make it that day. My husband Bob has been listening to healing sermons by Evelyn Gipson out of  Life Church in Roscoe, IL. Bob and I went to her Healing School about a year ago. We were so blessed. And we are hungry. We want to be well. We want to be whole. Evelyn has so much Word in her you can’t help but be refreshed when you listen to her. Bob has been on fire these past few weeks just listening to the Word that God gives her! I’m so loving it here!

Here is a link to some of Evelyn’s Discipleship Training:

http://www.lifechurchag.com/page/1/?s=Evelyn

So today I thought I would listen again for myself. His enthusiasm is contagious and I just had to see for myself. I sat and listened to Evelyn’s first message. And WOW! What a blessed Minister of the Word! And then, I went online to find more. Yep, I’m hungry!

So I go the the website and start searching the titles. And God leads me to  this video is by Bev Tucker from the same church. She too is a powerhouse and teaches about Deliverance.  I about fell out of my chair when she did the thing with the rose. It was like 50 years of my life finally made sense.  And so did all those other things she talks about – like broken hearts, trauma, abuse, mental illness, and things like Dissociative Personality Disorder. Seriously, I have never heard a Pastor talk about these things. Yet many of us suffer. And we are starving looking for answers.  That’s why we come looking, seeking for a way to be whole. We know were broken, you don’t have to tell us that…that’s why we came.

Bev’s example made so much sense to me. Think about it. When we get in an accident and go to the hospital the Nurses and Doctors clean the wounds, and attempt to put us back together again.  They are smart, and are using the gift that God gave them to repair and rebuild.

But what about the soul injury? Our thoughts,  feelings, emotions, our personality – how do they get healed? As Bev says, the world and the psychologists and psychiatrists acknowledge the problem. They know what is happening, even down to the chemistry and brain function. They can medicate it, but they can’t fix it.  I speak from my experience. I went to them for years upon years. Yes, I acknowledged how and why I was broken. But can you fix it? I don’t know about you, but all they gave me was more talk about what I couldn’t change (my past) and more pills.

So then I went to church. Still broken, still looking for answers and healing. However most of the time the Church doesn’t even acknowledge or address the brokenness in a person. And we have the answer. The only way a person can be made whole again – Jesus Christ and the healing work of the Holy Spirit. But we don’t talk about that part cuz we are so busy “looking good”. Again, my opinion.

The Church is supposed to the the Hospital!

Injury, hurt, trauma, abuse, divorce, witchcraft, drugs, alcohol, whatever – they all leave their mark on our mind, will, and emotions. Even Lazarus needed someone to remove the bandages after Jesus raised him from the dead! Want to be healed? Want that abundant life God promised?

Watch this video – especially the rose part – and decide for yourself.

Peace of Mind at Last

You are always free to make a new choice. Just because you are in a bad situation does not mean it will not change. It will get better – but somethings just have to change.  I have been in bad relationships.  I have been lied to, hurt, cheated on – again and again.  Can I tell you something? IT’S NOT YOU – IT’S HIM.  I was faithful, he was not.  So once I found out – I had to decide. What do I do with this information?

I lied to myself for years.  Pretended it didn’t happen. Until it kept happening again and again.  They call it denial.  As long as I was denying things – nothing changed.  And my silence did not motivate my ex to change.  He just kept doing it.

So I tried the ‘fight’ thing.  But just be ready – especially if you are living in Domestic Violence.  Confronting the Abuser with anything is like lighting the wick on a bomb.  It gets worse.  And it did.

I finally got the courage to leave – and say NO – YOU ARE NOT DOING THIS TO ME ANYMORE! I don’t care what you do with your life – but I am not going to be part of your sick cheating self anymore!   No, I couldn’t change him. But I could change me.  And an unfaithful husband is no husband at all.  I thought I had a marriage – but he didn’t.  I though he was faithful – but he wasn’t.  I thought he wanted a great family life – but he didn’t.  I though he wanted to grow old together – but he didn’t.

My silence was like saying I was ‘ok’ with it – and I was not.

I had to quit lying to myself and make a new choice.

Even if it meant leaving everything.

I wrote a blog post a while back about how a woman finally has enough and leaves the abuser. Enough is enough sometimes. And even though when I and the kids left we lost everything – our house – our stuff – the kids toys – our clothes – our books – our music – etc., it was worth it. That was over 10 years ago. And I can say, God has restored us – in more ways than one!

My friend tmv took my original poem, HYPNOTIZED and made it into a song.  (I also spoke about the insanity of living in abuse with my poem A HANDFUL OF SAND).  I wrote about t here – she has an amazing story of God’s redemption as well. TMV is a 911 survivor who uses her gift to give God praise!  You can read more about here here – WHEN GOD IS EVERYTHING. This is her latest song.

 

 

Peace of Mind

©2014 Words and Music by tmv and Diana Rasmussen
Engineered/Mixed/Mastered by Scott Smith of SAS Recording and Marc Frigo of Frigo Recording

How she’d look up to him
With stars in her eyes
She was so mesmerized
His blue eyes just hypnotized her
She chose to ignore the signs
preferring to adore him

Each time when they’d go out
She’d dress up to look just right
Always dressing to appease
Her job was to keep the peace
But it all began to feel wrong
As he strung her along

She lives with Insanity
Prisoner of depravity
But to end her abuse
Only she can choose

Willpower looks so bright
Away from all of his fright
She could be free and have
Her peace of mind at last
He always criticized her
Found ways to minimize her
No matter what her move
Hed find ways to disapprove
No matter how hard she tried
He always justified it

She lives with Insanity
Prisoner of depravity
But to end her abuse
Only she can choose

Willpower looks so bright
Away from all of his fright
She could be free and have
Her peace of mind at last
Friends kept trying to help her to escape from his hell
That last blackend eye, Became her rebel yell

She Stopped his insanity
No more depravity
Only she could choose
To end her abuse

Her future looks so bright
Away from all of his fright
Now she’ll be free…
She can finally breathe…
She has…
Her peace of mind, at last
Her peace of mind at last

 

 

Dandelion Roots

I am writing this as I was looking at the grass today, and how quickly the Dandelions grow back.  You know you can cut the grass one day and the very next day they are back.  Springing up despite all your effort.  Kind of reminds me of addiction.  You can try on your own. And people will judge you and tell you you are not ‘good enough’ for God, you are not doing it right, you need to…blah, blah, blah.

OR you can go to meetings for years upon years and buy into the learned helplessness motto.  “I am this way and I will always be this way.”  What a crock!  No, God says I can be healed.  God says I can be made whole.  I don’t go to those meetings anymore – I think it hurt me more than it helped me.  Hey, lets get a bunch of “sick” people together and let them sit around talking about how ‘sick’ they are and how they will always be that way.  Didn’t work for me.  In face I’ve heard that the relapse rate is like 80 –  90%.  Kind of reminds me of dandelions.  You can cut off the top, but if you don’t kill the roots – it comes back.

How do you kill the roots?  In my experience, only Jesus can heal that broken place.  He saw how we got that way, He will take care of the offender/abuser, and He can heal it – if we let him.  He can get the roots out so the dandelions don’t grow back.  And the Holy Spirit can heal it.

Don’ look at the dandelions – LOOK AT THE GARDENER!

Ask, seek, knock of Him.

Sit at His feet.

Trust Him.

Worship Him.

Adore Him.

LET HIM LOVE ON YOU.

Accept His love.

Let down the walls.

Open the door.

And before you know it those darn dandelions are gone!

 

Some dandelions found in my backyard.
Some dandelions found in my backyard. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DANDELION ROOTS

Copyright 2014 Diana Rasmussen

Yellow flowers

springing up

in the grass

The weeds keep

coming back

Cut and spray them

hoping they won’t

come back again

Only to find

them taller

and stronger

the next day

Why not pull

them out by the

roots?

The flower is only

the symptom

It comes back

again and again

because of

the roots

the pain and suffering

the fighting and the strife

the alcohol and the drugs

the razors and the knives

They are all DANDELIONS

 

We can keep cutting the grass – with meetings, self -control, treatment centers, counseling…but if we don’t kill it at the roots – you know what happens…Let the Master Gardener help today – He knows what He is doing…

 

Matthew 11

 

 

The Vine and the Branches

 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. (JOHN 15:1-9 NIV)

 

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Finding Hope on a Dead End Road

DAILY PROMPT – REASON TO BELIEVE

In Reason to Believe,, Bruce Springsteen sings, At the end of every hard-earned day / people find some reason to believe. What’s your reason to believe?

 

What a great prompt.  Why do you believe? Well, let’s see.  I lived 40+ years NOT believing in a God who cared about me – that ended in divorce, depression, suicide attempts, and hopelessness.  And a husband who loved power and control and drinking and drugging. I had come to the end of myself.  I didn’t have any more answers.  Everything I thought I knew had lead me to a Dead End Road. I hated myself, I hated my life, and I didn’t want to go on one more day.

It was there that I had to admit I didn’t know it all.  I didn’t know how to live.  I didn’t know what love was. I didn’t know who God was. And that was my open door.  For God to reveal to me who He really was, and show me how I could live in my own skin.  And it was there, with Him, that I learned what love was – a person, Jesus Christ.

Hope was born for me on a Dead End Road.

 

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DEAD END ROAD

© 2013 Diana Rasmussen
Mixed/Mastered by Chameleon

What do you do
when he just walks out?
And goes back to the hell
where you pulled him out?

What do you do
when he just walks out?
And goes back to the hell
where you pulled him out?
Booze and drugs have called to him
and He’s followed them again
And He’s flirting with death
walking on a dead end road

Yes He’s flirting with death
as he’s walking on a dead end road

He takes all the money
and turns off his phone
Disappears for days
will he make it home?

Yes he’s dancing with the Devil on a dead end road
Yes he’s dancing with the Devil on a dead end road

 

 

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU:

Reach Out to God

“Still, if you set your heart on God
    and reach out to him,
If you scrub your hands of sin
    and refuse to entertain evil in your home,
You’ll be able to face the world unashamed
    and keep a firm grip on life, guiltless and fearless.
You’ll forget your troubles;
    they’ll be like old, faded photographs.
Your world will be washed in sunshine,
    every shadow dispersed by dayspring.
Full of hope, you’ll relax, confident again;
    you’ll look around, sit back, and take it easy.
Expansive, without a care in the world,
    you’ll be hunted out by many for your blessing.
But the wicked will see none of this.
    They’re headed down a dead-end road
    with nothing to look forward to—nothing.” (Job 11:13-20 MSG)

 

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord,

I thank you that even when we end up on a Dead End Road you will meet us there.  You knew we would end up here and You came anyway.  Thank you for the hug and the promise that with Your help things will not stay this way.  Thank you for the deliverance you provide for us and for those we love. Thank you for giving us fresh hope and fresh strength to turn around and walk with you to new lands and new opportunities, in Jesus Name.

Resurrect My Broken Life – NaPoWriMo Day 23

I heard a voice thunder from the Throne: “Look! Look! God has moved into the neighborhood, making his home with men and women! They’re his people, he’s their God. He’ll wipe every tear from their eyes. Death is gone for good—tears gone, crying gone, pain gone—all the first order of things gone.” The Enthroned continued, “Look! I’m making everything new. Write it all down—each word dependable and accurate.”  Revelation 21:3-5  The Message (MSG)

 

Resurrect My Broken Life

© 2013 Diana Rasmussen

A road through an ocean
Water gushes from a rock
Victory is in a shout
Remove all my doubts

Crucify my stubbornness
Roll away my stone of fear
You collect all of my tears
Resurrect my broken life

Angel food falls from the sky
Even darkness turns to light
All dead, dry bones come alive
Your death brings me life

Crucify my stubbornness
Roll away my stone of fear
You collect all of my tears
Resurrect my broken life

Supernatural, is natural
Impossible, is possible

Crucify my stubbornness
Roll away my stone of fear
You collect all of my tears
Resurrect my broken life

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Second Fiddle – NaPoWriMo Day 14

But those who hope in the Lord

will renew their strength

They will soar on wings like eagles;

they will run and not grow weary,

 they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31 NIV)

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fiddling (Photo credit: Barbara.K)

Second Fiddle

©2014 Diana Rasmussen

Like a rope pulled back and forth in a tug of war
Like a soccer ball bounced from head to toe
Like a flyaway foul ball in a baseball game
His perfect family’s up in flames

He’s caught in the middle
playing second fiddle

Like a chess pawn sacrificed for the King and Queen
Like a hail mary pass thrown to the end zone
Like a basketball player in a zone defense
He’s double teamed, tackled, or  he’s benched

He’s caught in the middle
playing second fiddle

His folks are sitting on
opposite sides of the fence
all while he tries not to take sides

He’s caught in the middle
playing second fiddle

Life is messy
Just don’t quit
God is greater

Our Mistakes Serve a Purpose – There’s No Such Thing as Perfect People

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Our Mistakes Serve a Purpose. Really. You mean you can use that? Seriously? God promises to restore all things and to turn things around. If we really were those perfect people we thought about would Jesus have had anything to save us from? Would He even have had to come to Earth for our salvation?  Let us look up, let grace be enough, and be changed – by a Perfect God!

“Perfect People” by Natalie Grant

 

Never let ’em see you when you’re breaking
And never let ’em see you when you fall
That’s how we live
And that’s how we try

Tell the world you’ve got it all together
And never let ’em see what’s underneath
We cover it up with a crooked smile
But it only lasts for a little while

There’s no such thing as perfect people
There’s no such thing as a perfect life
So come as you are, broken and scarred
Lift up your heart and be amazed
And be changed by a perfect God, yeah

Suddenly it’s like a weight is lifted
When you hear the words that you are loved
He knows where you are and where you’ve been
And you never have to go there again, no

There’s no such thing as perfect people
And there’s no such thing as a perfect life
So come as you are, broken and scarred
Lift up your heart and be amazed
And be changed by a perfect God

Who lived and died to give new life
To heal our imperfections
So look up and see love
And let grace be enough, oh

There’s no such thing as perfect people, yeah
There’s no such thing as a perfect life
So come as you are, broken and scarred
Lift up your heart and be amazed
And be changed by a perfect God

By a perfect God, yeah
By a perfect God, yeah
By a perfect God
By a perfect God

Be changed by a perfect God
Be changed

Songwriters
WEST, MATTHEW JOSEPH/MIZELLE, CINDY/BARTON, JASON

Published by
Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Read more: Natalie Grant – Perfect People Lyrics | MetroLyrics

 

“But you shall be named the priests of the Lord,
They shall call you the servants of our God.
You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles,
And in their glory you shall boast.

Instead of your shame you shall have double honor,
And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion.
Therefore in their land they shall possess double;
Everlasting joy shall be theirs.”  (Isaiah 61:6-7 NKJV)

Merry Go Round

Merry Go Round

Copyright 2013 Diana Rasmussen

Plastic horses
With painted smiles
Stuck on a pole
Going up and down
Repeatedly
Traveling around
In a circle
Going nowhere
Forever chasing
Each other
Without ever
Reaching a
Destination
What’s so
Merry about
This go round?

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