Beautiful Slave


Take No Glory has written a song that captures the horrors of trafficking. Please take 5 minutes to listen to this song.

Beautiful Slave by Take No Glory

I don’t know where I am
They’ve taken all that I had
Smuggled in for a lucrative trade
Beaten, bartered
Broken in, until I obey.
I used to be childlike,
Innocent and safe;
Now I’m someone else’s treasure
A strangers pleasure
Smothered in shame.
Succumbed with drugs.

But Im not numb

All I feel is pain
Is this all a dream?
Will I ever be the same?

Can anyone hear me?
Will anyone break these chains?
Who will free me?
From this dark place?
Does God see me?
What is His name?
Will He help me?
I’m just a beautiful slave.

My worst fear is my fate
I’m getting older each day
Every girl too old in years
Mysteriously just disappears
They never mention her name.

They take away piece by piece
I don’t think I have any left
I’ve slowly given up all hope
Given into this sleepless bed

Inside these bars
I feel so seared
By each new face
How could this ever be
Every memory be erased?

He can hear you
He’s seeking you,
He wants to heal you
Jesus knows the real you

Jesus Loves The Little Children
All The Children Of World
Red & Yellow, Black & White
Theyre Precious In His Sight
Jesus Loves The Little Children Of The World
Hes Got The Whole World In His Hands

Send up a prayer for those enslaved tonight.

#31 Days of Freedom

Success is…


This is a response inspired by Mary DeMuth’s post on measuring success. Mary’s post made me think about what my definition of success is. This is what I came up with:

SuccessDefinition

Success is: knowing that at the end of the day, what you exchanged a day of your life for made a difference in the Kingdom.

That picture is from my first missions trip a few years back to New York City. I went expecting to change and to bless lives; I came back changed and blessed. Something that really hit me while in New York was the stark contrast between the rich city life and just a few blocks away the poor neighborhoods. There is basically no middle class. You either have or you don’t.

The girl in the picture touched my heart in such a way I can’t express. Our first day on the streets we got to spend with a group of kids in an extremely run-down neighborhood.  The kids were so excited when our group came. We spent the whole day with them. I wish it could have been the whole week. It took just moments to fall in love with these kids! Many of them cried when we had to leave.

This is where I learned just how love makes all the difference in the world. This girl, Breanna, she touched my heart – even now, I still pray for her. I know that my day with her made a difference in her life – it made a difference in the Kingdom.

How do you define success? Can you tell of a time when you  have you been successful?

 

Re-Defining Dreams


We dream out of a relative state. Generally our dreams focus on:

 

1) a change of circumstance or

2) a personal accomplishment.

 

We have lost the art of dreaming well.

As a child we have this ability to create and embrace imaginary places. We have the ability to dream of things that today we would say is crazy, impossible, childish. (since when is it childish to want to be everything you possibly could push to be or do everything you could push to possibly do?)

 

When a child dreams, the whole world changes. When we dream, we put on logical, personal and time limitations.

This is not dreaming, but goal-oriented living.

 

In the loss if our ability to dream well, we also lose passion to drive us. In our goal-oriented lives we do not live to our fullest potential.

 

Our dreams have turned to lowly goals.

Our passion has turned to practicing poor purpose.

Our potential is suffering in our relative state of mind.

 

We will never achieve more than what was possible for us to do when we last knew how to dream well. Instead of our dreams growing, they diminish in a world of realistic possibilities where you are not expected to flourish any more than your born circumstances, culture and pattern of life.

 

There is more to life than the limitations humanity has set.

Our world today says that if it is hard, it is impossible.

If it hurts, don’t do it.

If you fail, it wasn’t meant to be.

And if it costs you, make sure you first know the price.

 

But a dream state of mind says if it is hard, press harder.

If it hurts, keep going.

If you fail, find another way. You have successfully found a way that won’t work. Try another path and recognize that sometimes you need to create your own.

If it costs you, you give everything.

 

In a dream, there are no limitations — only obstacles.

 

Are you dreaming in the realm of the untapped potential in you? Or are you living in the “realistic” limitations that allow you nothing more than the accomplishment of lowly goals of little value or worth to them?

 

Can you be more than you have been?

 

Are your dreams just goals? (do they aim to only change a circumstance or personal accomplishment?)

 

Aim higher and remember: To dream is to go beyond yourself.

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