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I’m Afraid for You

I’M AFRAID FOR YOU

©2013 Diana Rasmussen

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She lived in the trailer right across the street
not much of a neighbor she kept to herself
When the sun went down the fights would start
noises travel in a trailer park
I went over one day with cookies in hand
saw the fear in her eyes said

I’m afraid for you
I heard what he called you last night
what he’s doing just isn’t right
My door’s always open
anytime day or night
I’m afraid for you

That night he came home
smelled something amiss
he started screaming and yelling
I heard punching fists

Afraid for my friend
I called 911
it was time for
this to be done

I’m afraid for you
I heard what he called you last night
what he’s doing just isn’t right
My door’s always open
anytime day or night
I’m afraid for you

She stood in the driveway
blood on her white gown
cops took him away
when I said

I’m afraid for you
I heard what he called you last night
what he’s doing just isn’t right
My door’s always open
anytime day or night
I’m afraid for you

Picture from: saludify.com
Picture from: saludify.com

No Fear

No Fear

 

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear),
But [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm 
and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7 AMP)
Amplified Bible (AMP)Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation

Snow White Darkness (may trigger – be safe)

SNOW WHITE DARKNESS

© 2013 Diana Rasmussen

from: miasnow.wordpress.com
from: miasnow.wordpress.com

She looks in the mirror
seems vaguely familiar
like steam on the glass
shame covers her past

the fog slithers down
as evil surrounds
His worst fantasy
her reality

he pulls the strings
does unspeakable things
a sadistic entrance
for his acceptance

smothered by control
a tormented soul
trapped in his castle
her tears rolling mist
proof she exists
in snow white darkness

clouds of confusion
rolled into illusion
He veils perversion
forcing coercion

her body he takes
while she flies away
unbelievable
she’s invisible

love is the shadow
that darkens her window
she’s crying for help
to escape her hell

she hides in the fog
drinks hair of the dog
hates her behavior
craves one to save her

smothered by control
a tormented soul
trapped in his castle
her tears rolling mist
proof she exists
in snow white darkness

This is my response to the Daily Prompt: Never Again

Have you ever gone to a new place or tried a new experience and thought to yourself, “I’m never doing that again!” Tell us about it. Photographers, artists, poets: show us NEVER.
From: Pinterest.com
From: Pinterest.com

Father’s Love Letter – Transformation

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Daily Prompt: Everything Changes

Walking down the street, you encounter a folded piece of paper on the sidewalk. You pick it up and read it and immediately, your life has changed. Describe this experience.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us TRANSFORMATION.

Father’s Love Letter

An Intimate Message From God To You.

My Child,

You may not know me,
but I know everything about you. 

Psalm 139:1

I know when you sit down and when you rise up. 
Psalm 139:2

I am familiar with all your ways. 
Psalm 139:3

Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. 
Matthew 10:29-31

For you were made in my image. 
Genesis 1:27

In me you live and move and have your being.
Acts 17:28

For you are my offspring. 
Acts 17:28

I knew you even before you were conceived. 
Jeremiah 1:4-5

I chose you when I planned creation. 
Ephesians 1:11-12

You were not a mistake,
for all your days are written in my book. 

Psalm 139:15-16

I determined the exact time of your birth
and where you would live. 

Acts 17:26

You are fearfully and wonderfully made. 
Psalm 139:14

I knit you together in your mother’s womb. 
Psalm 139:13

And brought you forth on the day you were born. 
Psalm 71:6

I have been misrepresented
by those who don’t know me.

John 8:41-44

I am not distant and angry,
but am the complete expression of love. 

1 John 4:16

And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. 
1 John 3:1

Simply because you are my child
and I am your Father. 

1 John 3:1

I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. 
Matthew 7:11

For I am the perfect father. 
Matthew 5:48

Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand. 
James 1:17

For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. 
Matthew 6:31-33

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. 
Jeremiah 29:11

Because I love you with an everlasting love. 
Jeremiah 31:3

My thoughts toward you are countless
as the sand on the seashore.

Psalms 139:17-18

And I rejoice over you with singing. 
Zephaniah 3:17

I will never stop doing good to you. 
Jeremiah 32:40

For you are my treasured possession. 
Exodus 19:5

I desire to establish you
with all my heart and all my soul. 

Jeremiah 32:41

And I want to show you great and marvelous things. 
Jeremiah 33:3

If you seek me with all your heart,
you will find me. 

Deuteronomy 4:29

Delight in me and I will give you
the desires of your heart. 

Psalm 37:4

For it is I who gave you those desires. 
Philippians 2:13

I am able to do more for you
than you could possibly imagine. 

Ephesians 3:20

For I am your greatest encourager. 
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

I am also the Father who comforts you
in all your troubles. 

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

When you are brokenhearted,
I am close to you. 

Psalm 34:18

As a shepherd carries a lamb,
I have carried you close to my heart. 

Isaiah 40:11

One day I will wipe away
every tear from your eyes. 

Revelation 21:3-4

And I’ll take away all the pain
you have suffered on this earth.

Revelation 21:3-4

I am your Father, and I love you
even as I love my son, Jesus.

John 17:23

For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. 
John 17:26

He is the exact representation of my being. 
Hebrews 1:3

He came to demonstrate that I am for you,
not against you. 

Romans 8:31

And to tell you that I am not counting your sins.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. 
2 Corinthians 5:18-19

His death was the ultimate expression
of my love for you. 

1 John 4:10

I gave up everything I loved
that I might gain your love. 

Romans 8:31-32

If you receive the gift of my son Jesus,
you receive me. 

1 John 2:23

And nothing will ever separate you
from my love again.

Romans 8:38-39

Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party
heaven has ever seen.

Luke 15:7

I have always been Father,
and will always be Father.

Ephesians 3:14-15

My question is…
Will you be my child? 

John 1:12-13

I am waiting for you. 
Luke 15:11-32

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Time to Dance!

 Time to Dance!

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I came across this saying on Twitter this morning and it spoke to me.  (Thank you Green Light Lady aka Wendy!)  See I started my Physical Therapy this week, and let’s just say it did not go well, and I have more work to do in order to walk without limping.  Guess I should have had PT 1 1/2 years ago. Not such a bad thing, but not what I expected.  So, for today, I am listening to good music, reading the Word, and like my husband says, SPEAK THE WORD! This is the WORD he game me this morning to meditate upon:

 And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you. (Romans 8:11 AMP)

I’ve heard it said that we have to exercise our Faith Muscles just like we exercise our bodies. So, I will do my PT ankle exercises and exercise my Faith Muscles too.  When things look impossible from man’s point of view – that’s just the recipe for a miracle – all things are possible with God!

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It was reported to King David that God had prospered Obed-Edom and his entire household because of the Chest of God. So David thought, “I’ll get that blessing for myself,” and went and brought up the Chest of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David, celebrating extravagantly all the way, with frequent sacrifices of choice bulls. David,ceremonially dressed in priest’s linen, danced with great abandon before God. The whole country was with him as he accompanied the Chest of God with shouts and trumpet blasts. But as the Chest of God came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, happened to be looking out a window. When she saw King David leaping and dancing before God, her heart filled with scorn.  (2 Samuel 6:12-16 MSG)

My Prayer For You:

Dear Lord,

Let us focus today on You, Your Word, Your Promises.  Let us listen for the melody of the future and dance to it today! And thank you Lord, that we don’t have to wait for the “Mical’s” approval; we are gonna rejoice in you with reckless abandon, despite what anyone says or thinks, in Jesus Name!

Just Chill

I wanted a song that talked about the darkness, and depression.  There are so many people who suffer from this.  Then the light came, through a tiny opening, and shone into my Darkness.  If there is a shadow, there is a light! The light led me out to freedom.  I pray that Light shines in your darkness today, as only He can, and you take his hand and come out…

This song is a collaboration with a friend in New Mexico.  His name is Nathan, and he runs Protilius Productions.  He wrote and produced this song, I just added my lyrics and vocals.

JUST CHILL
2013 Lyrics by Diana Rasmussen
Music by Protilius

Sounds of depression
remembering rejection
hope turns to despair
black roses everywhere

keep hearing echos
voices in my mind
repeating endless lies
evil in disguise

need a white knight
make the wrong things right, tonight
Just Chill, Be still,
Just Chill, Be still

want a bright light
in the darkest night, tonight
Just Chill, Be still,
Just Chill, Be Still

outta sight, rewrite
Distress, exit stage right
Just Chill, Be still,
Just Chill, Be Still

Feelings up and down
like a burial ground
loneliness surrounds
my empty ghost town

don’t have the answers
nothing matters
too many questions
living in depression

When the demons flee
changes my reality
Now I can see
no more insanity

need a white knight
make the wrong things right, tonight
Just Chill, Be still,
Just Chill, Be still

want a bright light
in the darkest night, tonight
Just Chill, Be still,
Just Chill, Be Still

outta sight, rewrite
Distress, exit stage right
Just Chill, Be still,
Just Chill, Be Still

You collected all my tears
Your presence calms my fears
Just Chill, Be still
Just Chill, Be Still

LINKS:
Protilius at: protilius.com

This Way to the Fun

funI had to give a key back today.  Due to more complications with my leg, I had to quit my position. It was just a part time thing delivering bread to the grocery stores and retail stores in our area. I kinda messed up my ankle about 3 months ago, took a week off, and went back to work.  Went to the Dr. yesterday for xrays. I’ve kinda been limping this last month.  And after results she says I get to go see the Physical Therapist now. Yippee, right? Not really.  I hate when I have to eat my own words.
Guess I get to do some ‘Singing in the Dark’ over here. Uggggh!
What about you?  have you ever had an injury that needed PT?from cedarhillpt.com

GOD’S PROMISE TO YOU

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10 NIV)

MY PRAYER FOR YOU

Lord,
Help us with our weaknesses today.  We surrender them to you. Help us love the process of living, even with a limp. Help us take off the rose colored glasses and give up the perfectionist attitude.  Anoint us anyway, despite our limitations, in Jesus Name.

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Cold Bathroom Floor (may trigger)

Cold Bathroom Floor

©2013 Diana Rasmussen

black tile

When his shouting starts
she just runs away
locks the door
curls up on the
cold bathroom floor
He pounds on the door
with his angry fist
quoting his Bible
and screaming
“You have to obey!”
A tear falls from her face
as she begins to sway
She counts the tiles on
the cold bathroom floor
rocks her numbness away
hopeless and afraid
love shouldn’t hurt this way
she carries her secrets like stones
laying them out on the floor
square by square, tile by tile
she rocks not to feel anymore
She looks at the razor
on the side of the tub
will it make the
pain go away?
she doesn’t want
to go one more day
the darkness is
calling her name
she carries her secrets like stones
laying them out on the floor
square by square, tile by tile
she rocks not to feel anymore
Such trauma and abuse
so many bruises
why don’t they see?
what he’s doing to me?
she carries her secrets like stones
laying them out on the floor
square by square, tile by tile
she rocks not to feel anymore

dv

Do You Hear the Children Crying? ESCAPE

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

IN A NEW POST CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PICTURE THAT MEANS ESCAPE TO YOU.

My post is not all happy and cheerful today.  The word “ESCAPE” has a different meaning if you have ever lived in an abusive home. These pictures were drawn by my young children at our last stay at the Women’s Shelter.  They tell the whole story.  It was what finally gave me the courage to leave – I saw what they saw…

Do You Hear the Children Crying?

© 2013 Diana Rasmussen

Do you hear the children crying
As they scream up and down the halls?
They know daddy hits their mommy
and they watch her as she falls
*
They run to her side daily
till Daddy comes in the room
Then it’s time to run and hide
the next one’s coming soon
*
They say, “God please help my mommy
she needs you Lord today
cuz Daddy’s mad and I’m so sad
he says ‘she’s gonna pay’
*
Why God don’t you kill him?
just stop him in his tracks?
Protect us Lord, we need you now
before he starts to smack”
*
Finally Mommy dials 9-1-1
she made it to the phone
They take Daddy off to jail
and tell us now to run.
If you need help, please call the Hotline.  Save the children…
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence

Peace

Peace

Here is a Song Collaboration that Theresa Vesnesky, her friend Marc Frigo, and I did.  I have a lot of instrumentals and Theresa graciously volunteered to add vocals to the song PEACE.  What she did was amazing and it adds so much, thank you T!  We think it’s kind of a Jazz Fusion category…see what you think!

And thank you to Marc, he does very, very good work – check out his studio: http://www.frigorecording.com/

PEACE

© 2013

Lyrics by Theresa Vesnesky

Music by Diana Rasmussen

Produced by Marc Frigo 

GOD’S PROMISE TO YOU:

The Gift of His Peace
 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you.  But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.  Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.” (John 14: 25-28 NKJV)

My Prayer for You:

Dear Lord,
I ask you to give your kids peace today.  So many,many terrible things are happening in our world today, and God, sometimes we are afraid.  You told us that at the end there would be wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, floods, and stuff.  You were right, men are doing evil and calling it good.  We trust You Lord, we need You and Your peace, peace that surpasses all understanding, in Jesus Name.

Perspective

Perspective

Perspective: a way of regarding situations, facts, etc, and judging their relative importance.

Have you ever got bad news?

How did you handle it?

I have to admit, not the best day for Ms. Diana.  I don’t want to go into to many details, but lets just say for the moment I’m unsettled.  Things are changing – again. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, and life was calm and comfy.  I know I’m supposed to be so excited for new opportunities, new adventures, new things.  But today, I just don’t get it. I want to park my butt on my favorite chair and zone out.  I want to be a couch potato today.  Hey, where is the switch to turn my brain off? Has anyone found it yet?

The word that I kept hearing today was PERSPECTIVE.  I know, trust God, move forward, one step at a time. God will lead you through it.  Ugggh, I hate when I have to eat my own words!

GOD’S PROMISE TO YOU:

He Is Your Life

So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from is perspective. (Colossians 3:1-2 MSG)

This is what the Lord says—
    your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“I am the Lord your God,
    who teaches you what is best for you,
    who directs you in the way you should go. (Isaiah 48:17 NIV)

 

Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them.  Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” (Isaiah 30:20-22 NIV)

MY PRAYER FOR YOU (and me):

Dear Lord,

Help us with change today.  Help us see the big picture in things, not just the details that drive us crazy.  We know You are with us, You promised to never leave us or forsake us.  But can You send that cloud and fire thing to lead us to the next place?  And maybe part the Red Sea in front of us like You did with Moses? We are kinda stuck here. Help us change our perspective today Lord as we lean on You and Your Word, in Jesus Name.

MORE HELPFUL POSTS:
Having the Right Perspective – Unshakable Hope
Worldly Things – Deborah Ann
Perspective – Getting the Bigger Picture – The Devotion Cafe