We all have
A Real Life ~ Once Upon A Time
A Real Story ~ The Chapter you have lived & the one you are living today
A Real God ~ Who has given us the perfect ending to every story
. . .And She Lived Happily Ever After in Him.
So how does one daily walk out the amazing truths that
Living the Abundant Life that Jesus has come to bring
No matter when she feels rejected
No matter when she feels insignificant
No matter when she feels insecure?
Presses Forward in the Middle of Waiting for her
Happily Ever After Ending
Fixing her eyes on
will fill her with
*Rags for His Riches*
"Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me ~ put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you"
My Waitless Story
Children should be seen and not heard,
and that is who I was.
Moms should be seen and not heard,
and that is who I was.
Joni should be seen and not heard
and that is who I was
as I believed that I was
being a good Christian girl
and just turned the other cheek
and blamed myself for everything.
I believed that if I could
for anyone who asked
then I would be SEEN and HEARD.
I have a new story
for all of those who are in hiding
thinking that they should not be SEEN and HEARD.
There is SOMEONE who SEES you and HEARS you
and LOVES you
and wants you to stop hiding
WAITING to be SEEN and HEARD.
I was called the "Girl With The Curl" (Longfellow),
that when I was good, I was really good,
but when I was bad, I was really bad,
so I grew up with a black and white mentality.
There was no grey.
So if I was called bad, then I had to be good,
I would do everything to be a better good,
yet good was never good enough
because I could always be better.
I carried this into my motherhood
trying to be the perfect mother,
but never good enough.
I carried this into all I did,
just following all the rules
yet never following them good enough.
When I would speak
I was told to be SEEN and not HEARD.
When I speak TRUTH,
I am still told to be SEEN and not HEARD.
As I am a heart person,
I took and I do take everyone's words to heart,
so I believed I was not good enough
unless Joni does the dance of perfection and performance,
she better be unseen and unheard.
Today I look back over my life
because I have tried to be the good girl
I have protected so many
who have abused me emotionally & verbally.
I have turned the other cheek,
to a point where I wanted to protect those who hurt me~
because isn't that what a good Christian girl does?
There is new girl in town
GOD'S beloved DAUGHTER
ABBA FATHER doesn't like when HIS DAUGHTER
or any of HIS DAUGHTERS & SONS
are treated unjust.
GOD is just.
It is HIS responsibility to bring TRUTH and settle all wrongdoings.
So what do we do?
We continue to give GRACE.
Yet we don't become a doormat,
when instead we are to be a
who points all to JESUS CHRIST who
stands at the door
and welcomes ALL who come,
even the abusers.
I sit here at the age of 60
and the scales are finally removed from my eyes
as I have lost much
because I have remained silent,
yet I have gained so much
because my GOD SEES me and HEARS me
and has sent HIS SON to make me
HE will welcome into eternity with a smile on HIS face
with no questions asked
because HE knows
that I am covered by the blood of the ONE who bled for me
and for everyone else,
making all of us
than good and good enough
because IN HIM we are
I am sorry to all of those in my life who have chosen not to be in life
because I stand for JESUS.
I will continue to turn the other cheek.
I will continue to FORGIVE,
and I will also continue to speak HIS TRUTH
and treat you with GRACE.
So to all who are being abused.
So to all who are being slandered.
So to all who are being falsely accused,
yet are remaining silent
just because you think you are doing the right thing
by thinking that you are to be SEEN and not HEARD~
that is a lie.
Speak up & BE SEEN
by THE ONE who SEES you and HEARS you
and continue to stand for TRUTH,
and do not allow anyone
to put you in a box
because you are standing for
HIS AMAZING GRACE
that we can't contain inside
because it is HIS to be shared.
will you join with me and
WALKING IN TRUTH~
"Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me,
or seen in me—put it into practice. And the GOD of peace will be with you" (Philippians 4:9)
so that we are
through our LIFE JOURNEY
proclaiming the saving
GRACE of JESUS
that is to be HEARD
you can't contain it
you can't keep quiet
HE makes you & me want to
"SING WHEREVER WE GO"
(listen to the song below)