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In My Daughter’s Eyes

Inspired by: My daughter Kyla

In My Daughter’s Eyes

In my daughter’s eyes there are goals to achieve

There’s a future to create and a legacy to leave

In my daughter’s eyes her life is like a song

and she’s swaying to the beat of a song she made her own

In my daughter’s eyes the finish line is close

she excels at what she does and she achieves more than most

In my daughter’s eyes education is the way

that she will finance her dreams and see a brighter day

In my daughter’s eyes I empower her to be

A woman full of confidence, grace and mercy

In my daughter’s eyes love makes her feel safe

I raised her with my love and I poured out my faith

Into a little girl so sweet, My Heavenly Father allowed me to meet

Thank you God that I see love in my daughter’s eyes!

© 2011 all rights reserved, Melissa A. Rivers-Misenheimer

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What is SUGA?

SUGA pronounced (sugar without the r) is a mindset. Suga has become the way that I govern my life and everything that I tackle. Every speech, short story, narrative, newsletter, program, flyer or original poem that I create is empowered by SUGA!

Years ago when I submitted to God’s calling in my life, he began coaching me by saying; “I am able!” I would say Lord, but I don’t have any money and he would say; “I am able!” I would say Lord; but I am a single mother and I’ve made some bad choices and he would say; “I am able!” For every excuse that I made for not finishing college or not accepting an opportunity or not completing a task he would say; “I am able!’ One day I replied back by saying, “Simply Understand God is Able?” And He said “exactly!”

From that moment forward, I made a personal decision to put a little SUGA in my life. Messed up finances…put a little SUGA on it! Bad Choices..put a little SUGA on it! Temptation and sin…put a little SUGA on it! If you make a decision to put a little SUGA in your life…it will go a long way!

SUGA is “Simply Understand God is Able!” Whatever obstacles you may face or any issue that may try to hinder the word of God in your life, simply understand God is able to fix it!

SUGA reminds me that I once was the women at the well, listening to the Lord tell me about myself and my misdeeds (John 4). SUGA reminds me that I once was that women caught in sin with nowhere left to turn but to Him (John 8) and SUGA reminds me that just like the lame man by the pool (John 5) I once was weak and felt that I had no way of getting help!

After SUGA, I once was blind but now I see! If you hold on to HIS promises just as I have, He will get you through it! He turned my single status to married, my dropout status to degreed and my messed up finances to doing just fine! Thank you Lord!

Enjoy your weekend and remember to put a little SUGA on it!

Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer

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Choices

Psalm 51:10-12 (NIV)10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Today’s scripture illustrates David’s beautiful plea to God for help.  At this point in David’s life, he has found out that it is better to be in the presence of God than to be outside of His will. David is desperately asking God to intercede on his behalf, to make him distinct, extraordinary and set apart for His purpose. David has found out that having a spirit that is willing to submit to the will of the Lord is better than submitting to fleshly desires.

In our personal lives, we all have choices to make. Life or death, Faith or flesh…what will you choose? Will you choose a pure heart, a steadfast spirit and the joy of the Lord’s salvation or will you choose to meditate on what is impure and unholy to the Lord?

As we go about our day, we will incur obstacles. The objective is to sustain and the way to do is to meditate on God’s word and have an open line of communication with him (prayer). Keeping fighting and standing for Him!

Much Love,

~Mrs. Misenheimer~

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A Blessed Life

How to live a Blessed life

Psalm 1:1-2 (NIV) 1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the
counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of
mockers.2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he mediates
day and night.

Today’s scripture provides for us a blueprint
on how to live a life that is blessed by the Lord. What keeps us focused on the
goodness of God is an intimate relationship with Him. We have a duty to the
body of Christ to be relevant and useful for the building of God’s kingdom. In
order to fulfill His purpose for our life, we must spending time in His word
and meditate on what it actually says. When we meditate on God’s plan for us
and walk it out in our daily lives,
we lead others to Christ by our example. Remember, you are a living epistle for the Lord!

Prayer: Dear Lord, we come to you on this day, seeking divine revelation from your word. We thank you for the many
lessons that we learn when communicating with you. You are our source and the reason that we strive to fulfill your purpose for us. Lord, we know that we
fall short every day, so we thank you for new mercies each morning. We love you! In Jesus name…Amen!

Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer

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My Foundation

Proverbs 24: 3-4 (NIV) 3 By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.

The Webster’s dictionary definition of the word house as a verb is: to provide with or take shelter.

As children of God, individually we are temples that hold God’s Holy Spirit. Out of His undying love, God pursued us in an attempt to have communication and fellowship with us. This was not done because he was lonely; it was done because He is love!

By yielding to God’s advances, we gain unlimited benefits such as: being filled with His Holy Spirit that provides comfort in our times of need, we are covered by the blood of Christ that promises we are healed in our times of sickness and we are guaranteed eternal life in Heaven in the Presence of an almighty God, which says there will be no more sorrow and no more tears!

From where I stand, these benefits sound like rare and beautiful treasures.

God, I say thank you! Thank you for never leaving me to my own understanding of you. In Jesus Name, Amen!

Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer

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A Prayer of Honesty

A Prayer of Honesty

Inspired by: Inspired by: Matthew 26:36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”

 

“A Prayer of Honesty”

My dearest Heavenly Father

I hope I am not a bother

From you I need to hear

To know that you are near

I need to feel your love

And strengthened from above

My issues have me weary

I need to see more clearly

Your word to me revealed

In your Presence I am healed

I am in my sacred place

Lying prostrate on my face

I am putting aside the weight

that you promised you would take

I am casting my cares on you

because your instruction tells me to

Lean not to my own understanding

Although my life can be demanding

I will have faith and just believe

That your Promises will be achieved!

 Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer

© 2011 all rights reserved, Melissa A. Rivers-Misenheimer

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Eden Revisited

In search of Acceptance…

O Desperate Woman, Inspired by: Genesis 3:6-7 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

“O Desperate Woman”

O
Desperate woman to become so wise

You
gave up eternity because of your eyes

A pleasant sight you thought you perceived

But
foolish you how easily deceived

The
serpent came and sold you his plan

To
shame humanity and curse the land

A
close walk with God is what you lost

Before
that bite did you estimate the cost

Your
sorrow was multiplied and your husband shall rule

To work the ground and tend to it became his daily duel

But
in the midst of your rebellion God put His plan to work

A
Savior set on redemption would be earth’s biggest perk.

To
save mankind from sin and shame was His mission

To
educate a chosen people and bring in the addition

Jews
and Gentiles all are welcome, God wants us all

To
reap the benefits of redemption after mankind’s fall

Grace
and Mercy cover God’s people from head to toe

Jesus
is the only Saving Grace and soon all the world will know.

…Praise God! This poem gets better with each revision…2011(c) copyright, Melissa A. Rivers-Misenheimer

Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer

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“The Big Day”

For the past several weeks I have been working with a group of young ladies that are contestants in the 2011 North Carolina Talented Teens Competition.  My role has been that of Speech Coordinator/Program Designer and Contributing Poet.  It is the day of the show and I am not feeling well at all….well as they say in show business….

The Show Must Go On!”

Here is my original poem..written for the girls…inspired by Genesis 29:17 “Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful.”

This poem is written for Leah and is entitled Recognizeenjoy your weekend!

 

Recognize

Do
you not know? Have you not heard?

God
is the final word.

His
lasting decree spoken over me

A
young woman of radiance, love and beauty

Established
by the power released from His right hand

Unlocked
potential to achieve more than most can

For
my reach is far greater than any have seen

Secure
in myself with high self-esteem

My
worth holds more value than rubies or gems

Talented
and confident, liberated from within

Community
is important, I encourage those in need

To
live a better life and my advice I pray they heed

Live
up to your potential and never settle for less than best

Show
up for every challenge and deliver nothing less

Offer
all you have to give and your dreams will be fulfilled

Build
your life on God’s foundation and your future will be sealed

Accept the blessing of His promise and make an oath to live His way

Grasp
the beauty in each moment and always seize the day!

2011 Copyright, all rights reserved Melissa A. Rivers-Misenheimer

Empowered by SUGA <Simply Understand God is Able>

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A Place for Miracles

Psalm 32:5 I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You forgave me the iniquity of my sin.      (KJV)

In the freedom of truth God’s miracles are released. Those sins and transgressions that once held us captive, no longer have the same influence. When we acknowledge our sin to God and no longer attempt to hide it from Him, we set His good work into motion. All he needs is a willing heart and a committed spirit.

We may think that we are waiting on God to work in us, so that we can begin working for Him, truth be told, he gave you everything that you need to succeed when he first created you. He knew you before you were formed, He knew you before the foundation of the earth was set.

In knowing you, he formed the weapons that would be used to perfect you for His glory and he promised that the weapon would not prosper against you. Tell Him what he already knows. In doing this, you acknowledge His presence in your life and you trust the work that he is performing within you.  

God be in my head, and in my understanding; God be in my eyes, and in my looking, God be in my mouth, and in my speaking; God be in my, heart and in my thinking….Susan Primer

As God leads you in this place for Miracles, I pray you experience a peace that surpasses all that you’ve ever known or attempted to understand. I pray that you find comfort in His unfailing love and I pray that you believe His forgiveness and accept it!

Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer  

 

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Manna

Exodus 16:4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions.

In the 16th chapter of Exodus, God again shows HIS mercy on the complaining Israelites by providing “bread from heaven” for them. This bread is described as being white like coriander seed and tasting like wafers made with honey. The Hebrew definition of  Manna is “whatness”, so in essence, God rained down a sweet “whatness” for the people each day and their only requirement was to gather as much as they needed.

Just as it was hard for the Israelites to categorize manna, we often have trouble finding words for God’s Grace and Mercy. I am not for certain of its exact definition but I know that it is new every morning and it is sufficient for all of my needs. Just like manna, my only requirement is to take as much of His Grace and Mercy as I need on a given day. Somedays I need a lot and other days, not so much.

Recently a co-worker asked me why I come to work so happy each day. I responded by saying what choice do I have. In Exodus 16, God commanded the people to “gather” enough manna, nine times throughout the text! If God said it, I am going to do it and since he said it nine times, I am really going to do it! I choose to gather HIS manna daily because I need it to survive. Without it, there’s no hope and no future.

I pray that you wake up each day, with a set intention on gathering God’s manna!

Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer