Simply Stacy Poetry

A Lyrical Journey For the Heart & Soul

Your Choice…

There’s this wonderful thing called “free will,” that I think we grossly misunderstand.  No one person is without mistake, but the thing about making mistakes is whether or not you learn from them.  So, you’re free will… you make a choice, that choice results in a consequence, that consequence results in a process or pathway you travel and some choices leave us wondering, “Did I make the right choice?” or “Why did I make this choice?”  It’s funny, in my own learning, growing, changing, and being corrected, I have indeed found myself not always accepting the consequences of the choices I made.  Some things, I didn’t want to take responsibility for, I didn’t want to acknowledge that there were choices I made, some where that got me to this crazy point I stand at today.  I realize, not taking responsibility for the free will decisions I’ve made and instead wanting to blame God or even another person for the outcome as a result of my choices, prevented me from LEARNING from it.  I used to be that person… victim, the one people wanted to hurt, or my favorite, “Oh I’m a black sheep…”  However, today, I realize that was a coward out, a way for me to avoid have to pull myself up by my boot straps, swallow my pride and say, “Hey, you made a few mistakes, some choice that landed you here, but now, wash your face, look to God and find out the next step He wants you to take to begin the correction and restoration process.”

I am not saying, that everything someone goes through is their fault, because there are God allowed things that happen in our lives, that I just gotta be honest, we aren’t meant to understand them.  I believe that is the pill that is the hardest to swallow for a free will being… especially living in a country where many people actually believe they are entitled.  This message, is simply about taking responsibility for where you are in life.  I can’t put my mouth on any one else, but Stacy, oh boy have I taken the process I was meant to endure and blame someone else for it.  I was foolishly bold enough to even say, “God is selective in whom He loves, because if He really loved me, I wouldn’t be going through: [this].”  In essence, I didn’t believe God’s Word, that “all things work together for good to those who love God…(Romans 8:28)”  What God promised in that scripture couldn’t come true in my life until I believed the second part of it, “to those who are called according to His purpose.”  The second part of that scripture to me means, I had to first believe He called me and secondly, I had to trust what He called me for…including all that I had to face in this life.  I wanted God in my life when it benefited me, I didn’t want to serve Him, I wanted Him to serve me.  Don’t raise your eyebrows at that statement, every time we deviate from God’s plans, purpose for something, every time we make a choice that directly contradicts His will… we say in no uncertain terms, “God I want You to serve me; I’m not interested in serving, obeying and trusting You or Your plans.” I think if we truly heard ourselves saying those words when we ignore the still small voice, the gut feeling, the countless warnings He gives us right before we do something of our own free will, we’d be less likely to do it.

Even in the making of the mistake, the blatant decisions I’ve made which resulted in me enduring a tough process, there’s Hope; God still covers and protects, while He corrects. I love that the choices I’ve made can be used to make me a better me if I first take responsibility for the choice I made, repent and ask God to lead me, decrease me that He might increase within me.  I know that is something tough for people to grasp… God having such a measure of faithfulness, such a Love for a people who turn their backs on Him and blame Him at every turn, but He still blesses, protects, covers, re-directs, shares, cares, and wants them apart of Him.  But again, to see that… guess what it starts with… Your Choice.

July 19, 2015 Posted by | The World Outside Your Window | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lyrically Me

I use my pen to express my

Peace, Pain, Purpose and Passion

Methodically arranging words on paper

Using them to speak to nations

Conveying my thoughts

Regrets that I have

Expressing my imperfections

And sometimes

Having the last laugh

I am lyrically me

Fully engaged

Artistically sound

Gripping my pen

Praying to speak something profound

There’s therapy in being

Lyrically Me

 

June 28, 2014 Posted by | The World Outside Your Window | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why Do I Write

I write for the right to live my life freely in love with Jesus

I write for the right to have peace in my stride

To walk without pride

To be out and about, no longer running to hide

I write to save a life

And sometimes that life is my own

Days of my life be like

A white water rafter stuck in strong current

Being carried away

Unsure if they’re going to make it that day

The crashing against the plastic raft

The rafter wondering, “will my body be apart of the after math?”

To overcome days like that, I write

I write because it’s my gift

I write, not to hold another down but to uplift

That’s WHY I write…

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October 6, 2013 Posted by | The World Outside Your Window | , , | 2 Comments

Change

The dictionary defines change as the act or instance of making or becoming different, take or use another instead of, make or become different. In a society where you’re told never change, stay the same the act of changing proves to be difficult.  It amazes how when an individual changes for the better, that even in that change someone finds a reason to spew negativity or attempt to refute the change that person attempts to make.

Well, I am learning and have learned that you can’t worry about what people will say or think when YOU make the decision to change for the better.  For me, the smallest changes seemed to have made the most impact in my life and those around me.  The simple act of speaking to strangers, holding a door for others as you’re walking through or the best of all (for me at least) changing the way you speak — ha! I am not ashamed to admit, I had a cursing problem.  I never thought I’d see the day where I could get through a frustrating moment without cursing.  Though that change was an EXCELLENT shift in my  character… I am writing this blog to discuss a deeper change, that is occurring as we speak.

I attended a conference this past weekend; spiritual — not religious.  It instituted a change process in me that I didn’t believe I needed.  Ever made the mistake of thinking “you’re there?”  You know, you’ve conquered some mole hills and don’t think you need to “Face the Mountain?” That was me, just four days ago.  I boarded a charter bus from Lilburn, GA to Orlando, Florida at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 22nd, thinking, “Oh yay, I’m going to a women’s conference to go to church, fellowship, gonna shop, sleep good and eat good.”  Little did I know, where I was headed that day was the first step to a MAJOR transformation.

I did all the things I mentioned in the previous paragraph except go to church.  Hilariously enough, I believed that was what I was going for, but God had a different plan in mind.  I didn’t go to church, I went to Jesus, I had an experience with Him.  You see, I’ve been saved for over 10 years, attended church longer than that, but this weekend, He showed me Who He REALLY is.  I’d played around, got serious when “I” wanted too and well, this weekend He wanted to make sure I KNEW for real!  No there wasn’t any thundering, lightening, massive voice blaring from the sky… it was actually the opposite, sunshine, clouds, cool breeze and calm.  He strategically used EVERY experience I had to minister directly to the MESS in me.  I went to FL thinking, I “got it together” in this area, need a “little work” in that area, boy, did He show me.

I went shopping on Friday afternoon, encountered a woman who continued to take shots at me, but she did it in a way that she was trying to be “funny” pun intended.  Well, little did I know God was preparing me for the message I would be hearing later that evening.  As the woman continued to tease, I found myself responding a lot differently than had I experienced this same scenario a few months ago.  I didn’t take low blows, but instead was very direct with her, ultimately letting her know that she didn’t know me and because she didn’t know me she should be careful how she judges me.

I arrived to service that evening to hear the teacher say, “Be careful how you respond to situations; you can’t go around cussing everybody out.” Ha! In my business for sure!  From that experience to the worship breakthrough I had on Saturday evening at the worship service, my God, it WAS NOT church as usual.  I was freed! Freed from a religious way of thinking that had me under the ignorant impression that I was “there” in certain areas of my life — thank God for His keen Eye to see far beyond me.  I have a whole new way of thinking and I know that I could easily fall back into my old ways, old way of thinking, old processes if I don’t make the choice daily to accept the change.

A change has happened in me; I desire to grow closer to God as a result of this weekend.  Closer than I’ve professed in the past; I desire to study Him, His ways, His character, His promises, Him. I want a real relationship with God, one that I pursue for real.  I realize it takes WORK, real work; lip service gets you no where, but reading, praying, studying, believing, trusting Him, walking out the things that kept me from Him, drawing closer to Him to hear His voice FOR REAL.

Yea, I’ve been changed; I plan to hold on to it!Image

August 27, 2013 Posted by | The World Outside Your Window | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Do You Really Trust Him?

Do you trust God for real? When life hits….HARD do you trust God to see you through?  I had an experience very recently that tested this question in my life directly.  What do you do when LIFE throws a stone at you and it lands; do you lay there and cry or get up and try?

Question of the day: When life really tries you do you TRUST God?

August 21, 2013 Posted by | The World Outside Your Window | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What It’s Worth To Know Your Worth

We all live life, go through certain experiences, encounter people, situations, accumulate things that leave us with either a lesson learned or another lesson to go through; however at the end of the day, after all you’ve done, do you truly know your worth? Do you know what God requires of you? Do you love yourself enough to know that you need to do what He’s calling you too? Do you value yourself to tell people No they can’t have access to you? Do you know your worth?

See, we were all created for a specific purpose that works into a common goal and if we all do our part it’s apart of a larger collective.  However, what’s stunted the growth in that process is people not knowing their true value.  You see when you were born, you learned behaviors, developed patterns based on what you saw and what you were taught.  That’s why it’s important to be mindful of what’s spoken into the life of a growing child, what’s done around them, what’s done to them because it becomes them.  The product of who you grew into came from what was sown into you.  If you didn’t have enough positive affirmation spoken into you, you probably grew up feeling insecure, if you weren’t told you were beautiful you’re probably seeking that validation of yourself from someone else.  But this blog is for you to help YOU know your worth, without the validation or affirmation of anyone else. 

We have years of behaviors and patterns to be broken off our lives that will help us arrive to the place of security, confidence and belief that we are as beautiful as God says we are.  When you get to the place of believing in what God says about you, it is ever learning.  You will have to fight to keep your security because so many distractions will come to drag you back to the bless of unbelief in who you are, who God created you to be!

You’re worth more than material possessions, worth more than fruitless relationships, worth more than someone telling you what you need to hear so they can get what they want out of you.  It’s worth the quality of your life to know your worth!

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August 18, 2013 Posted by | The World Outside Your Window | , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Do You Know About That Book

The small rumblings of pebbles on the concrete
Served as her alarm clock awakening her from her sleep
She climbed out of the inner tracks
Saying good bye to the heat
She gathered her things
And made her way to the streets
With her belongings in tow
She headed to the local laundry
She’d made enough money collecting cans to wash that day
That was something to smile about
Clothes all cleaned, folded and bagged
Off to the YMCA to change into the one business outfit she had
They even made copies of her folded up resume
She thinks to herself, “Yes, today will be a good day.”
Office after office, no after no
However, she doesn’t give up
She continues to go
There’s something about persistence
God heard her cry
They offered her a job that day
The day, God changed her life
The HR lady told her, “Expect a telephone call”
She’s homeless though, that’s not going to be easy at all
Letting nothing stop her, she persevered
Sleeping by that telephone booth
Believing that call would come through
And HALLELUJAH it did…
Today where she was
Means more to her than where she is
Never judge a book by its cover
Unless that person’s life, you’ve lived
Encouragement and hope is what she desires to give
She believes her short stint on the streets wasn’t in vain
With toughness in her stride
Tears she’ll never apologize for crying
That girl stands today
GRATEFUL
Never Judge A Book By It’s Cover

Simply Stacy Poetry

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August 2, 2013 Posted by | The World Outside Your Window | , , , , | Leave a comment

Just A Little Bit About Me

Just A Little Bit About Me

Hi WordPress Family!  I want to thank all of you that take time to read my posts, share your thoughts and for being such a great group of supporters!!

I wanted to share some links to other sites I manage and other ways to connect with me:

I am working on standing up a mentoring program, I Am Valuable Mentoring Program™; the website where you get more information about the program is http://www.iamvaluablementoring.org/ and if you’re on Facebook stop by & LIKE us at https://www.facebook.com/IAmValuableMentoringProgram

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August 2, 2013 Posted by | The World Outside Your Window | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Selfish? or Selfless??

There’s a lot to be said about the words selfish and selfless

Dictionary definitions: selfish – Lacking consideration for others; concerned chiefly with one’s own personal profit or pleasure; selfless – Concerned more with the needs and wishes of others than with one’s own.

I realize to arrive to the place of selflessness you will go through a process, there’s A LOT of stuff God has to work out of you in order to get to the place of putting someone else’s needs before your own. I mean, let’s be real, we were born selfish, it was in our nature from birth. When you were a baby, you cried because you needed to eat, be changed, be held, go to sleep.  As a small child  you were only worried about yourself, your needs, what you wanted. Teenage years, you cared about things that benefited you, what you needed, desired, had to have and then you arrive to adulthood…

Now, the layers of selfishness stacked upon you over time, so it takes just as much time to delayer you; so then, God steps in… you allow Christ full access to you life and He begins to take you on the journey of placing others needs before your own.  You go through a series of situations, each one working out a selfish characteristic that your heart once held; arriving to today!  I find myself desiring to be more selfless and less selfish and when God grants me that request, life seems to be so much more rewarding…

Questions To Consider: Are you giving more than you’re getting? When you give, are you giving because it’s something you really want to do? Or do you give because that’s what “everyone” expects you to do?  When you give; does it benefit you? Or do you sincerely have the best interest of the one you’re helping in mind??

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April 5, 2013 Posted by | The World Outside Your Window | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Growing…Now I Know Where I’m Going

I’m transitioning; has all transitions been painless? Certainly not! However, each transition has grown something new in me or something old out of me.  I started a journey of sharing my poetry publicly; I’ve gone through the insecurity phase associated with that portion of my journey.  I’ve often wondered why I’m not as “good” as some of the artists I’ve shared stages with or seen perform.  Thinking on that, I had to be snatched back, “According to who’s standards are you measuring if you’re good enough?” that’s what the still small Voice spoke to my heart (convicting).

The next phase of my transition is complete; I’m secure, truly secure being me. No, I may not have the the most theatrical presentation of poetry, I may not be able to send the audience on a metaphorical journey to understanding; but I can speak life eloquently in the way that God intends for me to do.  I’m growing, learning with each step where I’m going and it feels good.  It feels good to get past my PAST; you overcome things daily, through self examination, acceptance and release. You examine yourself, ensure that you’re standing on solid ground, not worrying about what others are doing (I mean, when do you have time, you can barely keep up with you).  You accept that there are somethings that will happen in life that you simply can’t control, there are somethings you just won’t know till you get there, there are some things you just have to accept!  Then there’s release, release yourself from your past, release yourself from what’s offended you, release yourself from thoughts that aren’t beneficial to you… RELEASE

I stand today, RIDICULOUSLY thankful for where I am.  I have a LONG way to go, but I have to remember I had a long way to go to get here and I made it, I’ll make it there too!  The key is, I’ll never give up Hope, I’ll hold on tight to my Faith, and remember that every fall isn’t in vain God has a purpose for that too!Image

March 26, 2013 Posted by | The World Outside Your Window | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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