Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Pleasure of Light


This evening
Tempted to retreat to the quiet of the bedroom
To escape the noise
The clutter
The to-do lists that ramble on and on in my brain.
But really
To block out the light that tries to enter my soul
So that I can indulge in my anger,
My unforgiving spirit,
Pity just for me.

But, I am lured to stay
A part of this family of mine
By the dancing flames that show off
Constant flickers of light.
Darkness cannot reside here.
Bathed in the light of the One whose blaze
Destroys anger.
Burns self-pity.
Sears the unforgiving heart with
Beautiful rays of overwhelming
Burning 
Love
And
Passion.



I'm linking up with Dayle at Simple Pleasures.
Project Simple Pleasures2
Linking up with Emily at if eden murmurs.


29 comments :

  1. escape...I know it well. Light..hard but healing
    love the word seared
    xo

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  2. Darkness cannot reside here.
    Bathed in the light of the One whose blaze
    Destroys anger.
    Burns self-pity.


    I wrote about self pity and the Light this week, too. I'm glad I'm not alone. : )

    Oh, the things we see under that Light, huh? Hard but good.

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  3. so awesome to hang out where darkness cannot reside....

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  4. I love the honesty here and the idea of how God's light "destroys anger" and "burns self-pity". Blessings!

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  5. I am feeling the urge to move away from the light tonight. This is so beautifully written and so draws me back.

    On a lighter note, check out my blog today . . . you are a winner (you always were.)

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  6. the whole "To block out the light that tries to enter my soul
    So that I can indulge in my anger,
    My unforgiving spirit,
    Pity just for me." girl i'm so there! somedays I don't even know that I'm doing it. I find myself in my bedroom as soon as dinner is done and daddy has the girls.

    praying with you! :) thanks for being :)

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  7. you write beautiful poetry! i love it...it's so freeing to write like this...i just let go of qualifications...and am free...so are you:)

    well, love you! and so glad that you loved the azaleas:)

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  8. I love your witness girl! Your vulnarability makes you brave. Thank you for your encouragement to me and others as it takes a stronger person to build up then to tear others down. Blessings.

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  9. Jen - this is breathtaking!
    The power of your words strike a chord in my soul. I know those moments and my need for that all-consuming cleansing Fire to fall on me too.
    Bless you..Trish

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  10. Hi Jen, What you have written speaks to me. I feel like escaping and indulging in anger sometimes.I will look to the LIGHT and feel LOVE. Thank You
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

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  11. Escaping to indulge in anger, so been there many times. Good for you for resisting, for staying and letting Him work in you.

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  12. Nothing like looking into the Light!

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  13. Jen:

    This is beautiful! It's so easy to become consumed with anger and not let The Light penetrate our darkness.

    Love your writing!

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  14. Love. This. I have run from the light many times but it always (always) penetrates my soul.

    Now following.

    Blessings,

    Alison
    Stuff and Nonsense

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  15. Once again, you have such a wonderful way with words! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  16. wow...this is beautifully written

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  17. This is simply beautiful. I love poetry, whether rhyming or free verse. What a gift to be able to write it. I can't.

    And I love this line best:
    Darkness cannot reside here


    I think I'd like to write that on the threshold of my home!

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  18. Jen,
    I have taken creative writing courses and have always been told to look for my first reaction to any writing. My heart sang when I read your words - they are just so beautifully written.

    ~Jean

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  19. Jen,
    I have taken creative writing courses and have always been told to look for my first reaction to any writing. My heart sang when I read your words - they are just so beautifully written.

    ~Jean

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  20. Nice post, Jen. Thanks for visiting my blog today and commenting, too. Susan

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  21. yes, friend, yes... light is illuminated by the ones we love... my favorite part of the day is in the evening, after aiden's bathtime, when we all meet downstairs and just watch him play... it's aiden's favorite time of the day too, i think :) because we're finally being a family. beautiful post.

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  22. Wow. This spoke right to my heart. I was so upset this afternoon, I ran to my bedroom and shut myself in there. I laid on my bed and for a little bit was wanting to wallow in my anger. However, I did start to pray for God's guidance in the area I was upset in. He quickly started to speak. But I too wanted to just stay in anger and not let the light overflow me.

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  23. Jen, this is lovely. So lovely.

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  24. i like this very much Jen....
    I understand it so well.

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  25. i need to get me one of those candles. :)

    honestly, i can relate. this morning i was in a funk, just wanting to be angry and bitter. but i needed to get up and take care of my boys. because i'm behind, i started working on memory verses only to have the scripture take a hold of me and change my angry heart into one full of praise. the amazing part: this heart-change stuck even after my youngest threw up just as we pulled into the church parking lot.

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