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Merry Christmas from Richard

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Merry Christmas to each of you who take the time to read my blog posts. It means a lot for me to be able to express myself through blogging/writing. You are the ones who see me when I am soaring through the clouds, as well as the ones who see me fall hard.

This holiday season has been quite a difficult challenge for me. I had been in the hospital on the week of Thanksgiving from not taking my meds correctly, that threw my whole life in disarray...so I am thankful for my psychiatrist of 8 years who has patiently seen me through my lowest and highest. I am thankful for my dad who no matter what who has encouraged me when I run to him. He is a tender and patient man who I love as my father.  It is very difficult and humbling at these low points in my life to pick up and carry on with the responsibilities that God has given me right now in my life. There are good days and there are bad days, but I must carry on,  and release those heavy burdens to the LORD JESUS, taking baby steps daily.

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Breaking Out...

     A shell is a tough outer exterior that is very difficult to penetrate. People can erect shells around their inner self as a result of some type of hurt in their childhood and carry that protective shield into adulthood. But who and what is it really protecting us from?

     It can appear that we have "tough skin" to other people but not to GOD...for HE sees all and knows all hearts.  It is clearly close to impossible and very tough to minister and get close to a person who is "All shelled up."   

     Another way we could barricade ourselves is by building up "walls" around a hurting heart. It's all about the same thing.  We build up a defense mechanism over the years because we can not bare a hurt that deeply impacted our lives.  Also for some reason those who experience trauma as a child put up certain outer characteristics.

     "The walls I have put up in my life had withdrawn me from the life to be who God has really made me. I have learne…

The Best Gift I can ever have...

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 I have written about a lot of things in my blog, but there is one treasured blessing that I must say I have failed to acknowledge is the greatest gift God has given to me, and that is my marriage.  I have taken it for granted many times over the last six years.

     For someone who deals daily with a mental illness it makes my marriage a much harder toil than it really is.  God has given my wife and I, a great and precious love that can be shattered if not nourished and preserved in prayer...

     Many times I have fallen into the trap that the enemy sets up to tear this precious gift of love out of God's hands.

     I have to be vigilant in the devil's schemes, because he hates marriage as much as God hates divorce.  Satan is the culprit of many failed marriages. I pray for the peace and protection of my own marriage and my precious bride...

     I thank God for my dear wife, who relentlessly loves me "beyond" this malady that I fight daily. This blog post I dedicate t…

Merry Christmas

This season can be a time of giving. Giving of yourself, your time , your talents...

I am constantly reminded of my many blessings around me this year...My beautiful wife, and my healthy kids, my home and all that I have. I pray that I do not take them for granted for they could be here one season and gone the next. The treasures we store here on earth are fading fast but the true treasure is within us.  The treasures we have in our heart lasts for eternity...

I have put writing on the backburner for several months. I pray that the Holy Spirit will once again prompt me, use me, inspire me and teach me to write what God would have for me to say.

My prayer is for you to see the light of his glory in this Holiday Season.

Count your blessings and let the love of Christ's birth shine down on you....

Richard

I will never Forget....

when you were born held by your mother's hands.
I placed you there and watched you over the years,
tenderly wiped and dried each tear.
I remember then full well.


I watched you grow into your teens,
as your curved around the corner a little too fast...
and as you finally left home.


Years have come and gone
days and nights have passed
seconds to minutes
minutes to hours
weeks to years
I have always been by your side...
in your heart.


I have always loved you
I always stretched my grace out
when you went too far...
no matter what or when or where
my mercy has never left...


As you have grown closer to me
during those tough times
I have allowed you to feel My Presence even more...


Like the breeze on the river
blowing past the trees into eternity...
into those green pastures
or the smell of a rose as you pass by...


So great the love I have for you
even in the dry times...
always remember these words


I LOVE YOU...

You will find JOY...

You will find LOVE!
You will find HOPE!
You will find GRACE!
resting in the arms of God our Father...


He will bring that healing,
that you need on the inside...
He sees where you once were,
on the front-line of Heaven's army...


He sees where you were hurt,
He sees the area where you were struck...
He knows the pain you feel fully well.


For He will send forth His mighty angels
to surround you around about...
He will send His Holy anointing oil,
pouring down upon your soul and spirit...
Just receive that healing touch,
right now wherever you may be...
be made clean and whole.

Prayer for God's direction

You would think that I had no problem talking when you read my blog posts.   But I am all around a very quiet guy. I don't know why I have a tough time contributing to a conversation because its not that I do not wish to be a part.  My wife and I don't even have many deep conversations, she can be pretty quiet too.  A lot of times though it is more about being in each others presence...than how many words we contribute...

     When I have something to say I say it and that is just about it...I do talk to God, we have many conversations...I do believe we communicate on a divine Spirit to Spirit level.  To the human eye I guess you might say you probably could not tell, I am just very reserved and quiet. That doesn't mean I do not like to be around people.   

     Back in my twenties and early thirties believe it or not I did sing a lot of solo's in church and even had chances to bring a sermon a time or two. These days they are far and few between. At times you might say …

The Deep-end of Faith---3rd Place level one FW Competition

Peter stepped out of the boat into ‘God’s Zone’ when He met Jesus in the deep that day. His faith in God moved him to go beyond the natural elements of his surroundings. Can you imagine what the other disciples must have thought or felt as they witnessed this miracle? God is also calling us to step out of our flesh and walk in His Spirit by faith. We will most likely feel like fish out of water at first. But when we are obedient, we begin to feel the electricity of our faith compelling us to do certain things that don’t feel comfortable to our flesh.

Over the years I have learned to face my fears in many ways and once I got past the fearful stage I experienced the exuberance of water-waking-victory! Getting remarried was a big step for me. Moving from my home state was another giant step. Then there was the hassle of finding a new doctor and mental-health support group, but I slowly began coming out of my comfort zone. I opened up about my past, my paranoia, and depression, sharing how…

A Little Witchy--2nd Place level 1 FW competition

The house next door looked distinguished and eerie. It was the only house on the block that was two-story. It was Victorian style, seeming as if it were transported from somewhere back in time. The yard was unkempt with ivy vines that climbed the outside of the house. Bobby's spine tingled; continuing to stare, he knew that this house was haunted. His family was new to this neighborhood. He was seven; his little sister Lucy had just turned four.

Before sunset, Bobby decided to get Lucy from the toy room to show her the ‘evidence.’ “Come and look, Lucy.” She proceeded to follow Bobby to the large window in the dining room. In amazement and fear, walking across the front lawn of the old house, they saw a witch. She wore a tall black hat, a black coat; slightly bent-over as she walked with her cane. She even had two black cats following her.

“What more proof do you need Lucy? My friend Billy from across the street told me that she was a mean old witch who screamed at his friends when t…

Catting Around...

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Birthday:
April 2nd 2008

Coloration:
Black

Likes:
wrestling and playing tag

Pet-Peeves:
being picked up by any human more than 10 seconds

Favorite Toy:
Papercat tunnel, toy triangle, small cat toys with catnip inside

Favorite Nap Spot:
On any ledge in the house, or unless their owner is in the computer room.

Favorite Food:
Purina's dry cat food

Skills:
Rocky is definitely the leader of the Pack, if it wasnt for his friendliness at a very early age, the other brothers would not be as tame they are.

Dwells:
indoors

Bio:
I believe that Rocky was the very first kitten that made contact with his human owner. I believe he was Miss Momacat's first son to be born. He was the only kitten that would come up to my feet and lick and bite my toes. OUCH! Rocky and his brother's like to cuddle to my feet and nap and sleep when I am on the computer. Rocky has a distinguised blue collar that sets him apart from the rest. He is the leader of the pack,and Smoky follows close behind his brother. They are a litt…

Kitcat

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Quick Bio:
-mixed breed

Birthday:
December 25th 2002

Coloration:
Black and White

Likes:
running on wood floors

Pet-Peeves:
moving vehicles

Favorite Toy:
a old tied up sock with catnip in it

Favorite Nap Spot:
window ledges

Skills:
knocking on front porch screen door

Dwells:
indoors and outdoors

Arrival Story:
One winter morning around Christmas of 2002, I opened my front door to a small kitten sitting on my front porch looking up at me. I was surprised that the kitten didn't move when he saw me. I was able to pick him up and bring him into the house. I'm not really sure how or why he was on my front porch. Maybe God knew Kitcat needed a owner and I needed a pet.

Bio:
As kit grew so did his personality. He loved to run on the wood floor from window to window looking outside. He was a content and well behaved most of the time. Well one time he did get a hold of the toilet paper when I was gone one day. I came back to torn toilet paper all over my house. Also, as Kit grew his interest and longing to …

Lessons From Miss Kitty--Highly Commended award

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A pet is one of God’s creations, impacting us as well as teaching us important truths like unconditional love and trust. They are a godsend bringing healing to soothe our hearts. Sometimes though, we have to learn to expect the unexpected when it comes to having animals around us.

In particular I have always had a love for cats. In fact, I can’t ever remember a time when I didn’t have a cat as a pet. Many cats have come and gone throughout my adult life. But the one that stands out most is Miss Kitty. I call her a ‘Sylvester cat,’ like the cartoon; all black and with a ribbon of white on her belly.




I adopted her from the animal shelter back in 2005. The volunteers were hesitant because she was feral. I was unaware of what that meant, and didn’t think to ask. They told me to have her spayed in about a month. 

When I first brought her home in a box, she jumped out, ran and hid. Miss Kitty was so unfamiliar with being domesticated that she was in hiding practically 24/7. I left her food and…

"Erma's Chili"--placed 3rd in FW Competition

During fourth-grade recess, you could find me by myself swinging on the monkey bars. A certain girl would always migrate in my direction to sit along beside me, or to watch the other kids play on the playground.

She was a pretty black girl. Her name was Erma Johnson. 

My heart skipped a beat when I first saw her on the playground. She had sparking brown eyes, smooth dark-skin, and her smile could light a dark sky. She was tall for her young age, and when she spoke my name, my heart would melt like snow. I couldn’t believe she actually wanted to sit with me.

Erma followed me everywhere I went and we shared several classes together. I liked all the attention I got from her. She would also sit with me at the lunch table in the cafeteria.

One particular day, Erma sat down at the table. She batted her big brown eyes at me. “Hi.”

What she did next proved to change my life forever. We had chili that day for lunch. Erma took her little bag of saltine crackers and crushed them with her hands. After…

The Wonderful Sighs of Life

I used to love to go to Mawmaw and Pawey’s house in Smackover Arkansas.They were my mom’s parents; they got ‘pinned’ with those names early on because as toddlers, my siblings and I had trouble pronouncing ‘Mamaw’ and ‘Papaw.’

     Smackover sounds like a hillbilly town, but it was far from it.It was a quaint, nice-sized country town that they lived in, off of the highway.

     We lived twenty-five miles away from Mawmaw and Pawey in a town called Camden Arkansas. This allowed us to be able to visit every Saturday, as well as every Thanksgiving and Christmas during my growing up years. Their house was an older home with three bedrooms, a living room, den, and a double carport; my cousins and I used to play under that carport on real live cast-iron cars that rode around like bicycles.  

     I especially loved to go to Smackover in the spring time; it was like stepping into another world.When I would get out of the car, I would immediately smell the giant Magnolia tree’s lemon-scented blo…

Faithwriters Writing Competition Stories

Hey dear readers,

I have been in the progress of transferring my writings from my old blog to this new one. It is really unbelievable that I have been writing consecutively since 2012. Folks that was 4 years ago. I want you to know that if you desire to write then God can fulfill that passion of your heart.  A big majority of the blog post here at Sacred Grace, are rewrites and re-edits from my old blog postings.

For a good year I was in the writing competitions at Faithwriters. I hope to get back to that someday, but for the next week I will be posting some of my old entries to this blog. I hope to close down that blog someday. I have already shared two of the stories in this blog. You may get up to two stories a day, until I get them posted. I pray this will not be a inconvenience to you. Just bear with me, for about a week.

Thanks,
Richard

Stand Up and Fight

It is so easy to get in the flesh, living out our fleshly nature.  But that is not the way for a true born again spirit-filled Christian to live...By the Spirit of God inside of us, we put to death the deeds of the flesh...it is that simple.  We cannot fight the fleshly desires by staying in it but by allowing the Spirit of God that resides within us to overcome by the blood of the spotless lamb. We are the temples of the Holy Spirit.  We should not be full of carnality.           
     We have to push through the crud by the Spirit of God. We have a real live threat and that is Satan and his forces of darkness. If you doubt the spirit-realm and it's reality you will always fight a losing battle, You have to identify who your real enemy is, and that is not a human being.  You also have to recognize your victor and that is Jesus Christ. He is the Lion of Judah that resides in our hearts that gives us bold victories!  I pray He can reveal these truths to you.
     I wish I had known t…

Intimate Friendship

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Have you ever met a person that has many friends?   There is no stranger in their eyes. He  is a true friend of friends of friends, and is there for them through thick and thin.  He is the "give you the shirt off their back" kind of friend.
A true bond or spiritual kinship does not just leave you high and dry or drift away in the night.  They are steadfast to stay the duration. Personally, I do not believe in seasonal friendships. That is a sure sign of a weak friendship. I am talking about the type of friendship that distance doesn't hamper or hinder the bond that you share in Jesus.
Recently, I was thinking about intimate friendships, and the Holy Spirit reminded me of Jesus and His twelve disciples. What a intimate relationship they must have had with the master of the universe who commanded the storms to cease.  He truly is our best friend and as close to us as He was with His disciples, but as a person with flesh and blood as myself, who has been a introvert for so ma…

Silent Prophets, "Come Forth!!"

     There have been so many times over the years that I have held back in giving a prophetic word to the body of Christ, thinking I was not good enough to give a word to the church...

     I ask God to forgive me right now for not standing up and giving that Word, even If I have to give it from where I am standing... 

    I have held back so many words that should have been spoken and have been disobedient in giving words to the church.....God does not honor or bless disobedience. He blesses His messengers with hope and courage and boldness to be ready to speak His Mighty Word!!  He desires us to follow hard after Him...declaring the Father's very own words!!!

     After a while of being hesitant the enemy comes to you telling you you have blown it and messed up so much chances that God will never use you again. That is wrong and a lie.

     God wants you to rise back up on a even greater passion to give the words of God to the body of Christ, so many need to hear what you have to sa…

Keep It Out!!

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     Worry seems so far from trusting God at times. That is because that are extreme opposites.  When we worry, we take on situations that only God is meant to handle.  They become unnecessary yokes upon our shoulders that we cannot easily get rid of.  We need to learn to release those things and trust in the Lord's divine timing. I know by experience that is easier said but it can be done in the Lord's great grace. More than likely we are fretting over things in the near or distant future...and can daily attack us and learn us distraught...tossing and turning endlessly in the night.

     Our great God and Father created us with a greater destiny than we can't even imagine!!  Jesus Christ is more than capable to handle all of our past, present and future, as we hand all our worries completely over to Him.  

     In fact all the doubt and anxiety was all nailed to the cross of Calvary. We need not to carry our worries all alone, because they weigh us down and give us heavy he…

Word of God for Today....

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God has called us to a vision that is higher and bigger and wider than ourselves!! 

Maybe you are afraid or timid to step out. Step on out in the divine timing in the anointing of the Holy Spirit, surrendering to the high call of King Jesus!! 

He will lead and guide your steps. He will open the door and He will give you a firm vision of the path that is before you. 

Walk into the door of your greater calling, man cannot hinder you unless you allow it. I break off the spirit of discouragement and disappointment in the name of Jesus!! 

The Holy Spirit has prepared you and restored and anointed you for His greater vision!!

Are you a Offender?

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     I don't think a Christian should make it their mission to offend others, and then be proud of it.  Our speech should always be with grace, seasoned with salt. Our conversation should be Christ centered and pointing to the resurrected life of the empty tomb.

     I would hate to think that I said something to make someone so offended that they stumble and fall away from the grace and glory of God. No where in the bible does it say that we are to offend our brother or sister in Christ but to wash their feet.  The greatest among you will be their servant.

     I myself have been so offended by people in the body of Christ that it made me turn away from serving God. While it is true that we should not have our eyes on people in the first place, we should lead them back through our own repentance, leading by example of bowing before the presence of the Father in heaven.

     Some people twist the truth of offending others and then make great boasts that their group or church is bette…

Moving on Up...

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     How can I help others to move forward in their walk in Jesus Christ?  That seems to be the theme of this blog as stated above.  It is my desire to help others through my writing. I pray that God leads those people to read my blog who are ready to get up off the ground level and move on up in their relationship with God.  If one person is moved and encouraged to get back up with the help of God, then His will has been done.

     All of us have our seasons of successes and failures. That doesn't mean that we are failures.  Many of us are troubled with complications and addictions. Some of us struggle with severe illness. What ever has come against you or got you down. I want you to know that you can pull forward with God's help. Nothing in this world and flesh can stop you from going forward.

Hebrews 12:1-3 Since we are surrounded by so many examples of faith, we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially sin that distracts us. We must run the race that lies ah…

In Memory of Jason Hubal

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     This is a time of honoring his life and to rejoice for Jason Hubal who has been set free from the shackles of this life...

"Jason was a friend to many, and this is the way I want to honor our friendship.."


     We spent many hours chatting about everything under the sun...our chat windows were always open. I cannot wait for the day that we meet in Heaven. He is gonna get the biggest "Bubba Hug!!"


"There is nothing I can say or do, but give the spotlight to you Jesus."

For it was you, Jesus who gave Jason and I this precious time of friendship...  

If it were not for you Jesus we would have never crossed paths... 

     We would have never known the presence of each others company either when we were chatting or when we were quiet, Jesus was always there in our chats...

     These songs are dedicated to you my brother and my friend. 

Nothing or no one can take away or diminish our friendship...ever. 

You are in a much better place. I will miss you a lot, but I …

Do you trust in the Blood?

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      The life flow that ran through the body of Jesus Christ, who was sacrificed at the cross of Calvary did not dry up in a grave and is no more.  The most powerful force that can ultimately free us from the chains of sin and death did not die forever. It is alive forevermore and through it we obtain our deliverance and salvation. It is the blood of the Jesus that washes us and gives us victory over sins.  

     As the song goes,"Oh the blood of Jesus, that washes us white as snow!"   The blood is like soap to our souls.  It is a deep cleaning agent of all our sins and impurities. Its cleanness is compared to the whiteness of snow.  When we accept Jesus into our hearts, His blood goes to work. We can rest in faith in the finished work of the cross of Christ in our heart.

God showed us that Christ is the throne of mercy where God's approval is given through faith in the blood...In his patience God waited to deal with sins committed in the past. Romans 3:25

Our past life ha…

Into The Presence of God...

Into The Presence of God
I want to see His Smile like the sunshine on my face...
I want to feel His tears as raining flowing down my cheek...
Oh the joy of seeking the face of Jesus and being united with Him...
of hearing His voice singing as sweet as the birds...
feeling his warmth as he shelters us with the presence of His love...
in the shadow of the Almighty I will take my refuge in Him...
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written by Richard Hicks



To My Christian brother and my best bud, Jason Hub, who went to be with the Lord on Sunday 
May 8th, 2016.

Your Love...

Your Love... is like the sweet smell of a rose in springtime
or like the blue sky above
the lightning bolts crashing through the sky
or like the tallest evergreen
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Your love is like being on the highest mountain
in the crisp clear air
or like the flowing of river steams
the sweet sounds of the rushing water
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Your love is like a gentle baby's laugh
or running with You through the meadows green
Your love is captivating, breathtaking
like the highest fastest roller-coaster ride
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You take us on the heights
soaring like the eagles
to greater places of grace
or the tenderness of Your mercy.
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Come forth, lover of our soul
Come forth, lion of Judah
Come forth, everlasting Father
Drown us in the grace of Your love.
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