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“P” is for Press On, Power to Redeem and Perfect Love

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter P

#AtoZChallenge – “P”

Yesterday the extraction of my remaining nine teeth went well for the most part. It took a bit longer because five of the nine did what my teeth have always done when being extracted, they broke. Yesterday and today I have been resting and taking plenty of ibuprofen and Tylenol #3 as directed.

The letter “P” is a perfect letter for today as I am reminded of three important things!

1)  No matter what has gone on in my life or even what may happen on a daily basis, it is so important to Press On as Building 429 sings!!!

2) My God and his Son Jesus Christ has that all perfect Power to Redeem as Lauren Daigle tells us!!!

3) The last and most important thing to remember during this Holy Week is that God had a Perfect Love for every single one of us regardless of your faith, as Jeremy Camp sings about.

That’s what’s in “My Rattled Cage”, thanks for stopping by!!!

A to Z 2019

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#AtoZChallenge & #1LinerWeds – 4/17/19

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#AtoZChallenge & #1LinerWeds 4/17/19

I am so excited that today my journey begins to a mouth full of new pearly whites by having my remaining teeth removed, but enough about me!!

“O” is for OVERCOMER!!! Thriving, not just surviving with HIV/AIDS for over 22 years, being bipolar and dealing with off and on bouts of depression and of course my issues with chronic relapses and return to recovery – I know that YES I AM AN OVERCOMER!!!!

 

That’s what’s in “My Rattled Cage”, thanks for stopping by!!!

A to Z 2019

“M” is for Mercy, My Father’s Arms and My Shelter

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter M                    Midway #AtoZchallenge image

#AtoZChallenge – “M”

I am behind this week and that is okay because I am okay with playing catch up on my posts for a challenge. This week is Holy Week and I will have to miss Mass for the majority  of it because on today 4/17 I am having the remainder of my teeth removed to make room for some brand new pearly whites in the form of full dentures. I am okay with missing the most important Masses this week because I know my God has MERCY!!!! I recently discovered a new artist for my catalog of music, Anthony Evans. Please enjoy the video for his song Mercy Tree.

 

I am so blessed during this Holy Week that in every time of trouble, I just need to run to My Father’s Arms!!!  Jeremy Camp – My Father’s Arms

 

Another one of my favorite new artists is Jordan Feliz and continuing with my theme for today,- I know that I will always be able to seek shelter in My Shelter by Jordan Feliz!!!

That’s what’s in “My Rattled Cage”, thanks for stopping by!!!

A to Z 2019

“L” is for – Living, Laying, Letting and Love!!

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter

#AtoZChallenge “L”

I am proud of the fact that as a Catholic Christian, everyday I am a testament to God’s grace and love. I am also proud that everyday I am striving to live and hold on to the Living Word of God as evidenced in the song of the same name by Jeremy Camp.

Everyday I must remember that I need to be  “Laying down my pride” when dealing with anything that I think is unfair because I know that my Higher Power whom I chose to call God has my back!!!! Lay Down My Pride – Jeremy Camp

 

As a recovering alcoholic and addict that is also thriving not just surviving with HIV/AIDS, being bipolar and bouts with deep depression, it is so important that I do remember that sometimes it is okay to be Letting go!!  Jeremy Camp’s Letting Go!!!

 

It amazes me every day that even when I am not my best self and when I feel like all is for naught, I am always reminded that 1) my God does love me and has a purpose for me although I do not know what it is; 2) I am truly blessed with a man who has loved me from day one even with all of my blemishes and faults; 3) I have the most loving and supportive family and friends without whose support and love, who knows where I would be!!!! So yes, “What Have I Done to Deserve Love Like This???” – Lauren Daigle

 

That’s what’s in”My Rattled Cage”, thanks for stopping by!!

A to Z 2019

“K” is for -Kingdom

#AtoZChallenge “K”

Every day that God gives me the breath of life is a reminder that I am blessed and when that day comes that He decides it is time for me to leave this earth, I know I will be residing in the Kingdom of Heaven. To go even further, everyday is a my faith and my actions towards others is a reminder that I already a member of the Kingdom of God!!!

For your pleasure We Are the Kingdom by Francesca Battistelli with lyrics.

That’s what’s in “My Rattled Cage”, thanks for stopping by!!!

A to Z 2019

“I” is for – “I Can Only Imagine”

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#AtoZChallenge “I”

I am very open about my Catholic faith and how I know that while I am a gay man with multiple problems from addictions to mental health issues, My God and His Son Jesus Christ love me anyways. I also am aware that God does not make any mistakes – we are all here for a reason that only he knows.

I first heard I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me in the spring of 1999 almost a year after my mother had passed on May 10th, 1998 which happened to be Mother’s Day here in the US. I started balling my eyes out because, while I knew the song was about meeting God and Jesus at death, I immediately began imagining what it would be like to see my mother again, my grandfathers, my brother that passed when I was six months old and even friends who I had lost to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. To this day 20 years later, this song can still bring me to tears and when I sing it, all of my dogs come running to me.

Mercy Me’s I Can Only Imagine was written and composed by lead vocalist Bart Millard, the song, based around a main piano track, was inspired by the death of Millard’s father and considers what it would be like in Heaven and to be standing before God. For your enjoyment here is Bart Millard telling the story behind the song along with the video.

 

That’s what’s in “My Rattled Cage”, thanks for stopping by!!!

A to Z 2019