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August 20, 2012 / Michael E. Grasso

Mindless Poetry

I have always been a fan of poetry that really ignites feelings and emotions.  I often will read it and wonder what the author was really thinking at the time of writing it.  Often what seems too many as mindless poetry holds deep emotional meaning to the author.   With that said I have taken some time off and will try to post what is really on my mind from time to time.  The truth is that I have been experiencing some very strong spiritual warfare as I try to fight it and keep my faith strong I wrote this poem.  I hope it will help you understand my mindset and give you a better look into my personal struggles.  Let’s be real.

Growing growing more unsure

Standing staring at the door

Do I stay, or simply walk away

Either way I’m forced to choose

Either way it’s win or lose

Though I know I have freewill

I feel as though my heart is still

Could it be this calm is real

Is this true love I feel

Yet I stand here more unsure

Feeling emotions I never felt before

Am I just lost, I ask myself

Looking back at your picture on my shelf

Is what has passed truly gone

I thought I was fine I thought I was strong

Why do I hold on to hope

When I feel that hope is lost

It is not worth this emotional cost

The door before me opens wide

The walls around me fall and there is no place to hide

Still feeling very unsure

Growing more insecure

Nothing but an open door

What do I choose

August 6, 2012 / Michael E. Grasso

Extended Vacation

As I posted two weeks ago I would be on vacation and return to the blog today.  As I return I feel that I need to take more time off of blogging.  As for a return date I can’t really give one.  While my vacation was much needed, it also brought about many questions as to what is a priority in my life right now, and well my blog is not high on the list.

July 23, 2012 / Michael E. Grasso

Taking Time Off

As of today I will be on vacation for the next two weeks. I will return to the blog on Aug, 6th.  I would still love to hear from you, please respond to the What Do You Want From Me blog, so I can follow-up when I return. 

God Bless,

Michael E Grasso

July 20, 2012 / Michael E. Grasso

TOP POST OF THE WEEK

July 19, 2012 / Michael E. Grasso

What Do You Want From Me?

I must admit I am very pleased with the growth of my blog over the past few months.  I want to thank all of my followers and those who have commented on my post.  I really enjoy sharing my thoughts and feelings with all of you.  If you would like more information about me and why I blog please check out the About Michael page.  In an effort to maintain daily postings, I am asking for more feedback from you.  So I would like you so respond to this post so that I may have the opportunity over the next few months to really speak to you my followers.  Please note I will be on vacation the week of July 30th and will not be posting that week.

What topics would you like me to blog about?

What questions do you have about me, God, faith, Jesus, any general questions?

What are your greatest struggles? 

How can we (me and other followers) be praying for you?

Please take a few moments to respond, I would love to connect with you all on a more personal level.  Living a life like Christ is not easy to do on your own.  It takes a great community to live it out daily.  I would really love to create that kind of community here on my site.  So please share your thoughts, feelings, questions, and concerns.

Thank you again, and please pass this blog on to your friends, I would love to see even more growth over the next few months.

God Bless,

Michael E. Grasso

July 18, 2012 / Michael E. Grasso

Thank God!

How many times a day do we thank God and mean it?  When I say mean it, think about how many times a day we just throw around the words thank God.  Thank God I did not hit any red lights on the way to work.  Thank God it’s not 100 degrees out today.  Now I know 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says give thanks in all circumstances, but is meaningless thanks real praise to God?

1 Chronicles 16:34 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

I guess what I am getting at is encouraging people to be more intentional with giving thanks to God.  In my daily morning prayers, I first give thanks to God for another day.  I do this with pure gratitude knowing that I do not know the time or day of my last breath.  In my walk with Christ I have become more aware of giving intentional thanks to God.  I would encourage you to try to catch yourself, the next time the words thank God are on the cusp of your lips, stop and ask yourself are you truly thankful to God?

How intentional are you?

July 17, 2012 / Michael E. Grasso

The Battle To Win | Carl Hanson

The Battle To Win | Guest Post by Carl Hanson

A water droplet hits a calm pool and causes a ripple affect that goes outward from where it landed. A movement takes place deep within the earth and the wave of tremors makes its way to the surface. Starting from some point within the effect can be far reaching.

James asked…
“What causes QUARRELS and what causes FIGHTS among you? Is it not this, that your passions are AT WAR WITHIN YOU?” ( James 4:1 ESV)

What goes on WITHIN US can dynamically impact our interpersonal relationships with others. James went on to note the impact of selfishness both on self and others. It is the BATTLE WITHIN that needs to be conquered if we want to find peace in our relationships. How can one who is not at peace within themselves be at peace with others? When our inner selfish desires are allowed to reign on the throne of our heart, we will inevitably find ourselves in conflict not only with others, but with the Will of God as well. Though some seem to look for external causes of conflict — perhaps seeking other people or circumstances they can blame — it may be closer to home than is realized; WITHIN THEMSELVES.

When facing conflict, it is good to maintain a sense of humility. Remember, we are all imperfect beings. A good place to begin is to look to see what our part in a conflict might have been. Approaching situations from that standpoint often encourages others to be willing to admit their part as well. Even Jesus urged the dealing with self first in order to make it easier to help others. ( Matthew 7:5) When this takes place we are well on our way to victory in the relationship.

Remember James had just stated. . .
“And a harvest of righteousness is SOWN IN PEACE BY THOSE WHO MAKE PEACE.” ( James 3:18 ESV)

If we do not keep our passions under control we will find ourselves in conflict with those around us, as well as with God. Let us keep such in check by humbly dying to self and submitting more fully to the Will of God. His help in gaining VICTORY WITHIN ourselves will work wonders in bringing victory in other areas of our life as well. The BATTLE WITHIN is the battle to win! May we humbly accept God’s help in doing so!

Have a great day EXPERIENCING GOD’S PEACE WITHIN THE WALLS OF OUR OWN LIFE!