Cake From Heaven

When I was a little girl I loved to eat, but I was always skinny. No matter how much I ate, I could not gain weight. Now some of you would say, “What a problem to have, I can’t lose weight.” But it bothered me a lot. Someone, I won’t say who, would call me, “Skinny Lizard.” So one summer I was determined to gain weight. I ate a baked potato every night loaded with pepper and butter. Low and behold I did gain weight and my cheek bones proved it. LOL! But soon, I lost the weight, I had gained. Well, I couldn’t keep eating baked potatoes forever. I had no idea that food, that I had always loved, and thought of as a friend, would become an enemy later in my life.
When I was forty-two years old, I was diagnosed with, Type-One-Diabetes. The doctor said I had gotten a virus and it had destroyed all my beta cells in my pancreas and I would need to take insulin shots to live. What a shock that was. I could no longer eat just anything I wanted and the battle began. Counting carbs and pricking my fingers would become a way of life for me. It’s been an interesting journey and while I’m grateful it wasn’t something worse than Diabetes it is still an ongoing battle and where it will lead is not going to be fun. Don’t pity me though, because I have strong faith. And if this is to be the thorn in my flesh, then I know His grace is sufficient for me. I count it all joy…because this flesh isn’t going to live forever…but my spirit will. While I’m here I will serve the Lord with a grateful heart with the gifts he’s given me to serve him. And I will pray over my food and bless it. I will go until I can’t go anymore. And then I will go to heaven.
My story isn’t about the diabetes it’s about something Jesus said about food. This morning as I was praying the Holy Spirit brought to my mind what Jesus said when his disciples asked him to eat. Jesus said, “I have meat to eat that you know not of.” I thought about that what that meant and this message started coming to my mind.
Jesus was flesh and blood. He lived among us. He taught and served us. And He loved us with all of His heart.
Here goes…
Meat to eat that you know not of 
Bread of heaven, no, cake of heaven baked in love
The sweetest ingredients poured from above
Flour made from heaven’s grain
Milk poured straight from God’s on veins
The gift of angels gave chocolate its name…
Baked from the heart of the one we proclaim
The food from heaven to fill our frame
Eat of this cake and you’ll forever remain
It’s full of grace, and hope, through Jesus name…
Tell us, where do we buy this food which you speak?
It cannot be bought or sold, but all who seek
Can come and dine with me and eat…
Meat you know not of
The cake of heaven is free
All it takes is a heart for me
I AM, Holy God, Holy Spirit, Holy Son
Meat from heaven that you know not of
This holy cake, from God above
It satisfies the hungry soul
Angels come and fill the empty bowl…
Dining with, the heavenly host…
Father, Son and Holy Ghost…
No longer hungry for this world’s grain
From my table you will gain…
Meat you know not of…
~Marla Shaw O’Neill January 18, 2018
The Soul Takes Flight Poetry, by: MS O’Neill
John 4:31-33 King James Version (KJV)
In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.
But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?

Take Every Thought Captive

Lord, my mind will not cease its rummaging
Through the wasteland of my life
Accountability reached but all I see
Are mistakes that cut like a knife…
You have never let me down
Not one single time…
But life isn’t poetry spun into a rhyme
It’s twists and turns, and spurns and yearns
Causing the soul, to search to learn
To become wise, not blind…

 

Child you must remember, life is not always kind…
When the enemy of your soul lurks behind every vine…
I have given you the way
When you walk in this path with me and obey…
Truth is right in front of you
Giving hope and faith and light to guide you today…
Don’t think about yesterday with its gripping, death and decay
Tomorrow isn’t given yet, look to me and pray…
It’s in this moment you’re living
You must stand up strong and be brave…
The life that I am giving, will be for always…
In one moment at a time…my Spirit there resides…
Let go of  what binds you in life’s twisted bitter twine…
Open your eyes and see me now, I’m here and I am thine!
Taking every thought captive, walk in my light…
You are no longer in darkness; for I have given you new sight…
Open your spirit, to My Spirit, let your soul take flight
Into my very presence; here you want to abide…
You in me, and me, in thee…that’s where heaven collides…
In this moment, we reside!
Lord, I find my rest in you alone. My life I give, my heart your throne…in this moment I belong, you are my fountain of peace, my sacred song.
 ~Marla Shaw O’Neill January 17, 2017
The Soul Takes Flight Poetry by: MS O’Neill
2 Corinthians 10:51599 Geneva Bible (GNV) Casting down the imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ,
Matthew 11:28-301599 Geneva Bible (GNV) Come unto me, all ye that are weary and laden, and I will ease you.
Take my yoke on you, and learn of me that I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.
 

In the Meadow

In the early hours of morning, just before the dawn
A symphony erupts from the lily pond…
Standing tall is the cat-tails awaiting the song…
Apalone-spinifera curious to hear
Baritone bull-frogs croaking near…
Woodwinds of crickets…a clicking, chorus, cheer…
Sassy Mallards waddle and the meadowlark sweetly tweet…
Monarchs dancing, making daybreak complete…
Songs of the morning, arousing from their nests…
Listen to the orchestra as the climax brings its best…
Trumpets and lily pads…they all draw near
Father Sun opens the sky, on the horizon, rising throughout the years…
As beams of light burst forth in glorious delight…
All peonies and water lilies and critters, arise…
For the grand finale as it lights up the skies…
Awaken earth, awaken sky…stretch forth from your sleep, day is nigh…
Bunnies and little foxes…field mice and turtle doves…
Newness of day fills the morning with His love…
Sing morning Glories, Pine Trees clap your hands…Praise for the morning…
Daybreak commands…greeting the Master and all who draw near…
Open your hearts open your ears…
For in the meadow just before the dawn…
A symphony erupts from the lily pond…

~Marla Shaw O’Neill January 15, 2018
The Soul Takes Flight Poetry by: MS O’Neill
Isaiah 55:12-13 The Message (MSG)
“So you’ll go out in joy, you’ll be led into a whole and complete life. The mountains and hills will lead the parade, bursting with song. All the trees of the forest will join the procession, exuberant with applause. No more thistles, but giant sequoia, no more thorn bushes, but stately pines— Monuments to me, to God, living and lasting evidence of God.”

Time is a Gift

 Art work by Abram Liverio 
Lord I just want to thank you for the time you’ve given me.
I don’t want to waste it, or take it for granted.
We are not promised tomorrow…but we have faith that we will see another sun, rise
And watch another sun, set.
You gave us time Lord. A beginning and an end…A sun to rule the day and a moon to rule the night…
Seasons of a cycle…
Like the tide coming in and going out…
The grass here today and gone tomorrow
Nine months to carry a baby
Time…is a circle, actually it never ends…
Where time begins it revolves over and over again…
The earth turning on its axis and day spins, to-night
Slowly the body changes…ages, returns to dust and light…
Thank you for the gift of time…
It’s a blessing to go on…
Time relative here, we spend it like it’s free…
It reaches out to somewhere, there beyond eternity…
Life is light, time a gift, given to us by thee, Abba!!!
~Marla Shaw O’Neill January 12, 2018
The Soul Takes Flight Poetry by: MS O’Neill
Daniel 2:21 Good News Translation (GNT) He controls the times and the seasons; he makes and unmakes kings; it is he who gives wisdom and understanding.
Isaiah 55:10-11 Good News Translation (GNT) “My word is like the snow and the rain that come down from the sky to water the earth. They make the crops grow and provide seed for planting and food to eat. So also will be the word that I speak— it will not fail to do what I plan for it; it will do everything I send it to do.
Acts 1:7 Good News Translation (GNT) Jesus said to them, “The times and occasions are set by my Father’s own authority, and it is not for you to know when they will be.

The Pebble a Remembrance

Like pebbles left on a headstone
Where I’ve visited a beloved friend,
Souls set free, to sites unknown, in the presence of
Pure love, God’s Promised Land…
Knowing they existed, but I can no longer hold their hand
Or see their eyes searching mine…
I lay upon the dirt, and I cry….
Time is not relevant in the city where they abide…
So I will not cower in the night, nor seek a place to hide…
For when I leave this body of clay…my spirit will soar high…
A pebble’s such a little thing…but a remembrance for all passersby…
When they see the tiny rock on my headstone…
They will all know why
And they will lie upon the dirt, and there they will cry!
Missing the essence of me…
But do not weep for me, but let Joy be your strength;
To give and love and live your life, like pebbles skipping over a lake…
Ripples in a circle, each one touching the other, like a tsunami flowing into the world, a path we all must take…
You see…
Life passes quickly here, gone in the blink of an eye…
Transformed then transported…We must…
Take hold of the Angel’s hand, and soar side by side…
Life doesn’t end with a headstone…
With pebbles left behind…
There’s no good-bye’s and no one dies…when you’ve accepted Him
Now, when you leave that pebble on a headstone for someone
You’ll know that for a child of God, their journey’s just begun
The battle is finished, and with Jesus, we won!!
~Marla Shaw O’Neill January 11, 2018
The Soul Takes Flight Poetry by: MS O’Neill
Philippians 1:3 King James Version (KJV) I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
1 Corinthians 2:9 New King James Version (NKJV) But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

Broken Beginnings

 

What picture will you paint? What story will you tell?
Life can be sweet, or, life can be hell…
Walking the road in torment from wounds that will not heal
Mowing down every person you meet by pushing them down the hill…
Living with bitterness is such a bitter pill.
Lies and deceit will keep you tangled and trapped until truth is but a fairytale
There is only one who can set you free…from sailing on this sea, of broken shattered dreams…
The unforgiving words you weave upon your tapestry…will keep you in darkness; they will never let you leave.
You will be lost and all alone…in a world where you don’t belong…
Open your heart and you will hear, the Redeemer sing, you a love song,
O my beloved, I’ve called to you for so long…no more tears, no more fears, I’ve come to show you the way home…my love will guide you in the darkest night…my light will lead you when you have no sight…my grace will sustain you when you fall down…come my treasure you are no longer bound…peace will be your fortress and joy will be your crown…
The wounds will heal, leaving only a scar, a remembrance of how, He brought you so far…
He is truth, and for the first time in your life…there are no lies, no deception, no strife…
The Holy Scrolls, unfold, before your hopeful eyes…bringing light to the darkness that will answer your whys…
Broken beginnings are no more…
Old things are passed away,
Behold, you are now adored,
A new beginning is given, because, you decided to follow the Lord!
Broken beginnings have been restored!
~Marla Shaw O’Neill January 11, 2018
The Soul Takes Flight Poetry by: MS O’Neill
2 Corinthians 5:16-20 The Message (MSG)
Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.

JOY

One of the words I received for this year is the word JOY.
I wanted to know what the Hebrew word for Joy is so I of course Goggled it and this is what I found.
Hebrew has several words for joy, each with different shades of meaning.

‘Simcha’ (ch is a soft gutteral, between h and the ch of ‘Bach’) means happiness in the most full sense.
‘Gila’ is a stronger sensation of joy but more transient and worldly (related to ‘gal’ = wave.)
‘rina’ is a joy related to singing and shouting.
‘ditza’ is joy related to dancing.
‘hanaah’ enjoyment (of something specific.)

http://www.theopedia.com/joy

When I saw the word Simcha, I was reminded that in 1983, we had decided to name our baby Simcha (Joy) if He, had been a, She. At the time, we had decided to have our baby at home. God was with us and to our delight, we had another son. That made number three. We named him Abram. God had spoken to our hearts; he was sending us a bundle of JOY! We thought for sure we would have a girl. God knew best, and to our delight, Abram was born and what a joy he has been. He is extremely intelligent and bright with a wonderful sense of humor. We love him dearly.
God wants His children to be happy and to be full of His JOY! That has been a challenge for me. I mean I can be funny and witty…but Joy has been difficult for me because I miss being around my family on a daily basis. I had to change my focus from what I want, to what God wants.
His happiness is not in things. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with “stuff” but it doesn’t give lasting happiness or joy.
Our Joy must come from the Lord! The Lord’s Joy is our strength. He wants our Joy to be full. And we can only have full Joy when we keep our eyes and focused on Him. Then when we go through trials, our trust will be in Him and we will still be full of His Joy. Joy is strength under pressure. It is His Joy that is holding us up like steel.
I will be focusing on His Joy this year. He knows what we need and He gives us what we need. Not necessarily what we want.
When our desires, become God’s desires, we will be full of His Joy!
God is a loving parent and He knows exactly what is good for us and what is not, good, for us. We can walk away from Him, and do what we want, but I can promise you, we will fall straight on our faces. We will scrape our knees, bloody our noses, get two black eyes and scream, “Why God? Why?” We are, so, very foolish as humans. If we are His child, than obedience to Him is the best way to go, every time. Stop and think about it for a moment…what are you dreaming about? What are you wishing for? What is it that’s in your life right now that makes you stressed, unhappy, burdened, what is keeping you from having JOY?
If you focus on that…you will never have what it is you are longing for.
But if you will focus on Jesus…and ask Him what it is He wants for your life…then, do, what he shows you to do. You will see everything turn around for you and before you know it you will be full of Joy!!
~Marla Shaw O’Neill January 10, 2018
John 15:11-15 The Message (MSG)
“I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.
Proverbs 12:20 “Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy.”
Proverbs 21:15 “It is a joy for the just to do justice, But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.”
Ecclesiastes 2:26 “For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting, that he may give to him who is good before God. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind.”

Nothing but the Blood

No power in, or beneath earth or heaven, can penetrate
The blood of Jesus Christ, the anointed son…
His blood is, holy
His blood is, supernatural
His blood is, eternal
His blood is, healing
His blood is, salvation
His blood is poured on the souls of those He redeemed
No demon nor man, nor anything, can destroy the blood of Christ…
His blood is our protection; it is a force-field for his beloved…
His blood is mixed with love, from the very veins of God.
When the enemy pierced the body, of Jesus Christ, God’s son…
He did not realize, he’d opened up a flood gate…of love and graces, God’s super-power, won.
The souls of earthbound sinners…new life had begun
Because of the blood of Jesus, no longer will we be shunned.
Evil has been conquered, death is overcome…the grave has lost its power as the blood of Jesus runs…
In the veins of every man, woman, boy and girl, who say, “Yes.”
We are no longer captives, to this forsaken, perverted world
The blood has made us free…
No fire, no wind, no rain, no sword, no peril, no powerful word…nothing ever heard
Neither race nor creed, no evil deed, can take our birthright, when we accept His blood
It establishes us in the kingdom of God…
Stand up tall and stand up brave…His blood stained banner, raise and wave…
When Jesus sees His blood poured over his seed…
He’ll scream with all his might, “This one belongs to me!
Washed in my blood, forever loved…sealed, set apart, these are mine…and I am their beloved.”
What can wash away my sin…nothing but the blood, of Jesus!!
~Marla Shaw O’Neill January 10, 2018
The Soul Takes Flight Poetry by: MS O’Neill
1 John 1:7 King James Version (KJV) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Romans 3:25-26 Good News Translation (GNT) God offered him, so that by his blood he should become the means by which people’s sins are forgiven through their faith in him. God did this in order to demonstrate that he is righteous. In the past he was patient and overlooked people’s sins; but in the present time he deals with their sins, in order to demonstrate his righteousness. In this way God shows that he himself is righteous and that he puts right everyone who believes in Jesus.

The Bread of Life Is Never Stale

Lord, give us today, our daily bread
Nutrients of love, grace, and faith in what you have said…
It sustains the body, soul and spirit…
When we read it and when we hear it…
Fresh from your bakery, like a sweet, fragrant pastry…
Filled with apples and cheese and jellies of goodness…
Words from God’s own mouth…
His truth is what it’s all about…
Giving hearts, peace and contentment, that refreshes the soul
Words of life, to fill my bowl…
Hot, buttered bread, to help us grow…
Whole grains, may your words flow…
Building us up in spirit and truth,
Giving us strength, on this road as we go…
Give us this day our daily bread…
Let us eat your word; devouring all that you’ve said…
From your humble table let us be fed…
Wheat fields and grains of this fertile land…
Harvested by Jesus’ own nail scared hands…
Fill us completely with your word each day…
Daily bread; living by what you say…
Teach us to live, laugh, love and pray
It’s your word that sustains us throughout the day!
When life gets difficult and we may lose our way…
Let us eat of your bread, believe and obey…
For your bread is the manna found on the wilderness trail…
And it will keep us abiding in you so we will never fail…
Daily bread is what I seek…
Resting in Jesus, as he wipes away, the tears on each cheek
We’ll eat together this bread that is sweet…
The bread of life, He makes us complete.
~Marla Shaw O’Neill January 9, 2018
The Soul Takes Flight Poetry, ~ M. S. O’Neill
Give us this day our daily bread. Matthew 6:11 New King James Version (NKJV)
But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4 English Standard Version (ESV)

Grace Land

When we come to the end of this life
And we are standing in the presence of God
His face, the face of a friend, because we’ve walked with Him…
Nothing to be afraid of, no need to feel ashamed
He has loved us from the beginning; He knows each of us by name…
When you close your eyes and go to sleep…loved ones, yes, they will weep
But the joy we will receive, as we walk the golden street…
I’ve heard that its fullness, will be, Oh, so very sweet…
The land of Grace is waiting, precious Lord take my hand…
Lead me all the way home Lord, to that place called, Grace, Land!
~Marla Shaw O’Neill January 8, 2018
John 15:15New International Version (NIV)
15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

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