It Happened on My Cliff of Fear

Cliffs, Rock Climbing, Courage

Have you ever had a “hanging on the cliff” experience, not literally, but figuratively? If you haven’t, you probably will and will probably face them on more occasions than you care to admit. Sometimes these experiences can be debilitating because we run into problems that seem unsolvable, problems you did not create. It is during those times when we feel like we are dangling by one hand off of a cliff and no one is around to grab you by the arms and hoist you up.

Recently, I had an epiphany I have experienced before. During my cliff-hanging, dark valley days, I survived because I had to up the anty of my faith, the substance of things hoped for. It’s not easy dealing with circumstances you have no control over, yet you panic and keep trying to solve the problem anyway. Gradually, I drove through my fears with conviction because I felt I ran out of options. It is then that I finally realized I was not just hanging off of a cliff, I was actually strengthening my spiritual core because I was more focused on the climb, one step at a time.

It Happened on My Cliff of Fear

My world began spinning in acute chaos

overwhelmed by the fear of falling and failing

I was hanging on, slipping into the arms of death

from a cliff, too afraid to look down in fear

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in my dangling, gripping the jagged edges

cut, bruised, weak but miraculously not broken

I realized in my struggle to poise my footsteps

cliffs can either be intimidating or inviting

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casting my eyes above, reaching upward for support

I cried out to God to help me in my hopelessness

I will not succumb to the rubbish of anxiousness

clenching audacity to defy the valley of suffering

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no longer frantic or paralyzed by the pit of agony

I used a divine strength I didn’t realize I had

at such a time as this, I surrendered to courage

the Solid Rock pulled me upon which I now stand.

© Kym Gordon Moore

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Hope Defeats Gloom, Despair, and Agony

tunnel, discouragement, encouragement, fear, despair, hope

Sometimes we are engulfed in the tempest of despair, discouragement, and darkness. If you live long enough, you will travel through a few dark tunnels of life that are frightening, discouraging and leave you feeling bewildered and anxious. 

Yet, as we look ahead through this darkness, we manage to focus on a pinpoint of light drawing us closer to it. It is in that pinpoint of light that we see hope.

Within this hope, that faint light at the end of the tunnel begins to grow larger, because we are focused on that light, refusing to look back into the darkness from whence we came. We look into the throat of the tunnel’s mouth and see a glimpse of victory, freedom and the pursuit of courage and joy. 

Once you have stepped into that light which reveals a world of clarity, opportunity, love, and possibility, it draws you closer to it and you never want to look back and return to that dark tunnel again.

Be the Light in the Midst of Darkness

Sunlight, Light

I am always in awe of a new day where my surroundings look familiar, yet remarkably they are never the same. The sun in all of its grandeur shines its powerful light as we look around and visibly see things throughout the day that we probably never noticed before. The Light.

Moon, Light, Night

At night around a certain cycle of the month, the phase of a full moon comes out. Amid the darkness in the absence of the sun that full moon pierces and deeply penetrates the night with its lunar luminance. No, vampires and werewolves will not torment you because it is a full moon. LOL Its brilliance mesmerizes us and makes us stop and stare at its heavenly presence. The Night Light.

But what about our atmospheric darkness, that spirit in our world where evil runs rampant leaving people swirling in a constant pit of confusion, aloofness, fear, defeat or a feeling of doom? How can we renew that sense of compassion and shepherd people into a pasture of light, life, and love? How can we be or become those encouragers who can turn gloom into gladness? How can we be that light in the midst of someone else’s darkness? How can we bring hope back and restore our faith once again? How can we project our inner light?

I noticed that more people I know are heavily medicated or diagnosed with some type of disorder I have never heard of, let alone can pronounce. People appear to be less compassionate, more polarized and tribal, at least that is what the current climate of our world seems to reveal. When will the great divide end? How do we stop negativity, deception, and evil from winning? Where is our light?

Light, Candle

During those dark and treacherous times, when it seems like we as a society have fallen into the deepest pit of despair, it is then that we can’t cave into the intimidation of darkness. We must let our light so shine that others may see our good works and glorify our Father which is in Heaven. Be that light to brighten someone’s night!

Find Something To Smile About

Smiling, Laughing, HappyDuring the holiday season, when we would typically up our game in celebrating with food, fun, family, and friends, or get into the mad rush buying Christmas gifts, for many it becomes a time where hearts are heavy from grief, despair, and loneliness. Yet in the midst of melancholy, we must find some reason to smile, to open the doors of happiness and press forward, because we still have life dwelling within.

During those moments when the news is crazy and depressing, I try to search for something quirky or comical to watch on TV, listen to some upbeat and motivationally charged music, or look for an inspirational book to read. Think of something that makes you smile, whether it’s a pleasant memory, a child laughing, the close and loving bond between friends, the companionship of a pet, or the peace and tranquility felt in a single moment, just find something lighthearted to embrace.

Life is meant to be happy, although we will face many life-changing challenges. Turn your gloom into cheer, despair into joy, and your agony into ecstasy. Laughing, Smiling, Happy

Smiling, Friendship

Happy, Laughing, Funny

Do not allow misery to occupy your space. Turn those frowns upside down and SMILE!

Thankful for Generous Hearts

Thanksgiving, Thankful, gratitude

We are grateful for people who give from their hearts and not out of obligation. We are grateful for those who feed a need without expecting anything in return. We are grateful to those who love unconditionally, forgive wholeheartedly and encourage generously. We are thankful for the good we see in humanity and humanitarianism.

As we think about the gifts we’ve been given, the blessings that flow to our tables and our hands, and reflect on those who are suffering, who seek simple things like food, water, and a safe place to stay in order to survive, we pray Oh Lord, let Thy Will be done.

Have an amazing gratitude-filled day!

 

Today’s Thought: Many People Sidestep Opportunity

opportunity, discovery, hard work

When I read this sign, I had to laugh, but there’s an inbred meaning within this sentence. Opportunity comes in a slather of ways and sometimes we often miss them because of the distractions that obscure our vision and our will. Just remember opportunity is often missed because we could dismiss it as trivial and insignificant. Don’t miss your blessings in disguise.

Don’t Start Your Day Off Worrying

Opportunities, Kym Gordon Moore, Positivity, Motivation, Inspiration

Do you ever have those days when you wake up and start thinking about problems that need solving before you get out of bed? You either feel a huge sense of dread or try to remind yourself to steer clear of distractions and negative thoughts before your day gets started. Sometimes I go through this thought process more than I care to admit, which is why I wrote this motivational affirmation as a reminder to look on the bright side of life, to be more than a conqueror, to make time to sit quietly, to be still and try to avoid worrying about the small stuff!

“Don’t start your day off thinking or worrying about unsolved problems from yesterday. Begin your day with a grateful heart by seeking new, undiscovered opportunities lying just ahead.”  -Kym Gordon Moore