Love,

Written by: Stephanie Ann
June 29, 2020

There is nothing wrong with who you are. Words have stung and actions have left wounds on your soul, but still you rise. Actions against you have hurt, yet they have not defined who you are or what has already been set over you. This is a promise.

So shake yourself off, take a look at yourself in the mirror, straighten the crown and smile. You’re wonderful, darling.

Love who you’re becoming.

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Insecurity

Written by: Stephanie Ann
June 11, 2020

Insecurity; why do I always let you in? Because of you I lose sight of what matters and I begin to compare myself to others. “Oh, she’s prettier than you!”, you whisper in my ear and yes, I believe. You ruin relationships and you tear down the soul. No one wants you, yet you’re still around.

In a funk I was, but I quickly snapped out of it. I am no longer an easy target; though you catch me at times. I’ve learned to get back up and remind myself of what He says about me. Right hook, left hook… His word fights for me. 

“I am strong. I am beautiful. I am good enough.” I am His.

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Freedom

Written by Stephanie Ann
July 14, 2020

If I begin to dream again will my reality fade away? If I were to wonder far behind what I can see, would my reality fade away? Day after day, like a deer in the headlights, am I. I am paralyzed by insecurity and chained down my fears. My head remains downcast; a heavy slam to my soul. If I begin to dream again will my reality fade away? If I were to wonder far behind what I can see, would my reality fade away?

Who have I become, bedsides courage less. Who have I become, besides one who crumbles under pressure? I have become a warrior who has seen and felt many things and still rises to fight. I have been made strong through the countless moments of weakness & despair. And after enduring the sting of my foolish acts, I have become more wise.

If I begin to dream again will my reality fade away? If I were to wonder far behind what I can see, would my reality fade away? Yes, now my eyes can see. For it’s always been You with me. The world ahead is ready for me to grasp the wonders of His plan for me. Though I walk through valleys of shadows, and though the reality stays the same, it is no longer my mine to own.

I look onward; no longer a slave.

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My Defender

Written by Stephanie Ann
April 27, 2019
Inspired by an encounter that I had with God. This is how I see myself with Him, facing the problems, difficulties, etc.

My father is the Lion, the Lion of Judah. He walks beside me; His beloved daughter. By the mane I hold, together walking along this fear filled road. I am not afraid. He protects me. He guards me from all things that mean to cause me harm. I walk with confidence for nothing can get close to me without His powerful roar being heard. He makes Himself known, He is there by my side. My enemies flee. I am free.

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You Alone

Written by Stephanie Ann
January 22, 2018
Inspired by Jeremiah 17: 7

You alone are my hope; the one I trust and have confidence in. On days of dread and anxiety, I turn to you & find rest. I am planted deep in You. Coming my way are all things trying to knock me down, but You keep me steady and secure. Still standing, I am.

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You Know

Written by Stephanie Ann
October 21, 2018

You know the plans you have for me; plans to prosper me and not to harm me. Plans to give me hope and a future. I cried out to you. I heard you tell me You love me.  I inclined my heart to You and showers of your love came over me.  I know You love me; tears running down my face. Before I speak, You already know what aches my heart.  As I draw closer, You are there drawing closer to me. You meet me here. Already knowing what I need, You swing Your arms wide open. I run into them. How I need you so much. I need You so much, for You know the plans You have for me; plans to prosper me and not to harm me. Plans to give me hope and a future. I believe You. I really believe you.  You reminded me of this, for You knew what I carried in my heart. Every tear You see, not one goes unnoticed.  You have a plan for every tear. You save them for the proper time. To spring forth something great; watered with the tears I’ve shed.  The pain; the hurt, the soil for Your promises in my life. For You know the plans You have for me; plans to prosper and not to harm me. Plans to give me hope and a future.

-Jeremiah 29:11

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Breaking Through

Written by Stephanie Ann

I cannot explain the feeling I carry within. There are changes being made, I haven’t yet understood whether they are good or bad. The flesh says yes, but my conscience within says something different. The attitude being set forth isn’t like it was before. There’s a good inside that is breaking free, fighting forward, leaving it all behind.

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Brave

Written by: Stephanie Ann

Staring evil in the face brought the want to hide away. The still small voice within lifted me up and said, “that’s not who you are.” Things happen that I don’t understand. My eyes were taken off of you, and fear crept in. By my side you never left. I’m grateful, I’m secure. 

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A Closed Heart

Written by: Stephanie Ann

A closed heart, self-defense; a lonely road it can be. In constant watch; on constant guard; tiring it can be. We take up a burden of being our own defender; that great task, we cannot handle. Our minds wonder, suspicious of everyone we are. Driving one crazy is all it does. A closed heart, self-defense; a lonely road it can be. In constant watch; on constant guard; tiring it can be. Isolation, alone all the time is where our enemy wants us to be. Burned out, being your own defender; trusting no one. A closed heart, self-defense; a lonely road it can be. In constant guard; tiring it can be.

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