My Deliverer (poem by me)

I hated the smell and despised the cost,
Abhorred each drag and the years it stole,
It announced to the world that I was lost
Every toke took a little piece of my soul.

One stupid choice I made years ago,
Made me a slave to my foolishness,
As a teen, how little did I know,
About addiction’s pure ruthlessness.

Then one day, the Lord set me free
My habit was no match for His power
He broke the chains that bound me
He is my fortress, and my strong tower.

If you are chained by some certain sin,
Make today the day you call out to Him.

“Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he saved them from their distress.” —Psalm 107:13

Down the Rabbit Hole (poem by me)

I wish I had just said no
the first time I tasted sin
It's like going down a rabbit hole.

I thought it would help me reach my goal
like a genie from Aladdin
I wish I had just said no.

Sins to make life less dull
Sins to make a friend
I wish I had just said no.

Can't stop, can only go
I'm worse than I've ever been
It's like going down a rabbit hole.

God, please take control
Make me a saint again
I wish I had just said no
It's like going down a rabbit hole.

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is 
eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." —Romans 6:23

A Bitter Beau (poem by me)

You're the only one I want
In the morning when I wake up 
I need you, I want you,
Stars buck when our lips touch.

Just a little pick me up,
Again at 10 and at 2, 
Then I am up all night,
Cursing the day I met you.

When is it ever enough?
I am finally giving you up,
Honestly, I'm so through,
Goodbye forever, coffee cup!

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Cleansing Stream

Many of my poems are about my addictions, anxiety, and other manifestations of emotional pain in my life. I recently finished going through the Cleansing Stream program, and it has helped me a lot. Cleansing Stream is a series of classes accompanied by prayer that helps people overcome emotional pain. I really recommend it. If interested, click this link to learn more: https://www.cleansingstream.org/

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Beseech His Grace (poem by me)

The nations who pine after riches
are stricken with destitution;
Countries who lost their hope
have children in prostitution;
Nations with proud heritages
are taunted by afflictions;
Those who proclaim they are free
are tethered by addictions.

Who among men will plead their case?
Let those who call on God beseech His grace.

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The Worker (poem by me)

I’m a worker,
It’s what I do,
Brain goes on,
Heart goes off,
Hands get busy,
Emotions stay contained.
All the fluff,
All the pain,
Hidden in my ambition,
Driven to succeed.

Except I don’t,
I work till it hurts,
Then I find no comfort in it,
Take no refuge in my pay.
Because there’s always more,
More work to do,
More funds to save.
I can never relax,
I’m a worker,
It’s what I do.

When will I rest?
When will I trust God
To make my wings take flight
And soar above my busy-ness?
When will I give up the fight
And claim my right to Sabbath?

And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. —Mark 2:27

© 2016 Kim Bond

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Just One More (poem by me)

Let’s have a drink or maybe two,
I notice this habit sticks to me
But not to you
I shake it off
Now it’s stuck like glue.

What will my family say?
I’ve disappointed them again,
How can I face God and pray?
I used to speak with Him so open.

Savior, save me from this spinning circle,
Relief, regret, repent, repeat,
Help, I’m merely mortal,
Today I’ll rise up, overcome, and defeat.

Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death. —Psalm 68:20

*This poem is not actually about my own struggle. Yet, it is easy for us (as Christians) to relate to this vicious cycle since we all must wrestle with our flesh against sin.  May we all press onward to the goal of Jesus Christ together. I pray the Lord helps you to overcome whatever you are battling today! (If you were interested in my own testimony of deliverance, you read it in a blog HERE.)

© 2016 Kim Bond

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