THE HEART SHE CRIES

The heart she cries. She screams and aches and tears against my chest. She begs. She pleads. She violently thrashes within me. She cries out for something different. Something real. Something to touch her, ignite her, and set her free. She will not be ignored. She...

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AFRAID TO TRY AGAIN

And what do we do when we are afraid to try again? When the voices and feelings of doubt start to close in around us? We stare at the canvas, the page, the screen. Staring and afraid. Afraid that we might not be able to create as we once did. Afraid that we have...

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THE UNFAMILIAR DOOR

I stand here at this unfamiliar door. I started in one place and have arrived in another. Through twists and turns and decisions made, I now stand here uncertain of things I use to know. As I stare at the worn wood and the faded bronze door knocker only one question...

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A CALL TO THE WILD

There she stood at the edge of the trees. Evening had begun to settle in and to the west, the sun made its daily journey below the horizon. The sky was flooded with the vast colors of red, orange, yellow and purple. It was at this time that the people of the village...

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MAN OF TWO HEARTS: A CONFESSION

Excerpt from “A Man of Two Hearts” Heard a saying to follow your heart, when most follow fear. how do our hearts appear when we talk of love? A man of two hearts must soon decide which one shall live. and which shall die. A rabbi with kind, piercing eyes gently...

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PURGE ME OH FATHER

Purge me Oh Father of all false understandings about myself, about you, and about all things happening around me. Drench me Father in your love, your goodness, and grace. Reveal to me all things that I do not see, renew my perspective, and open my ears to hear the...

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SPOKE TRUE BY TOBIN HUTTON

Her creativity is not always in the work produced But in the word pronounced Spoken with the feelings Not always a writer, but a speaker She could make you feel, make you see That there is a world you have never paid tribute to A world beyond yourself The world was...

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BARBARIAN: PART 8 (UNTIL DEATH)

The barbarian does not fear death. Death has no hold on us. Death has no power. Death has no say. Our Father ransomed us back from this world and brought us into a realm where death is not permitted to enter. Because of this, we know that if we are to fall in battle,...

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BARBARIAN: PART 7 (VIOLENCE)

We must be violent in our pursuit towards God. Violent in our pursuit towards people. And violent in our pursuit towards shifting and changing culture. We must be relentless in doing what we were born to do. They will know us by our love. By our violent, unwavering...

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THE TIME WE’VE WASTED BEING PREJUDICE

To be prejudice is to have an opinion about a person or a group of people without basis. It represents a bias that is rooted in a belief that because someone is different from you, they are less of a person and therefore of lesser value. Prejudice fuels the idea that...

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BARBARIAN: PART 6 (NOT AGAINST FLESH & BLOOD)

We are equipped, we have invaded, and now it’s time to fight. The barbarian fights without pity, without restraint, and without mercy. The barbarian knows their enemy. But the enemy is not people and it will never be people. The enemy we war against is not that of...

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BARBARIAN: PART 5 (INVASION)

After we are returned to our natural state and remade by the grace and love of our King, it's time to invade. We are given a sword, a shield, and armor, equipped and ready to venture forth alongside our brothers and sisters. As one unit, we were meant to return the...

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BARBARIAN: PART 4 (BEYOND HUMAN)

We were formed and molded and changed to no longer fit or live in a human environment. As we took the oath to serve and to love our king, we were taken out of human habitation. We were adopted by our Father and now no longer belong to these earthy tribes. We are...

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BARBARIAN: PART 3 (PRIMITIVE NATURE)

A barbarian is one who operates in his or her natural state. Before civilization took hold of us, before culture influenced our actions, we were untouched. Before they came with their offers of cultivation, we operated in our primitive nature. We took an oath don’t...

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BECKONS ME FORWARD

It was here in this hour that everything changed. Everything became different and everything that once was now had to be left behind. Because I can't be what I have always been nor can I keep doing what I have always done. But there is a pull to become something more,...

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BARBARIAN: PART 2 (UNCULTIVATED)

We were once barbarians. We strived and fought with such violent passion, we lived with a savage fierceness that caused nations and people to take notice. They watched as we restlessly pursued after our God and watched in amazement as the power of the greatest...

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YOU MAY FIND YOURSELF MOVING

You may find yourself moving somewhere different. You may find yourself surrounded by different people. And you may find yourself leaving some things behind. Because we are progressive people. We move and change and grow and step out of things in order to step into...

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BARBARIAN: PART 1

A brute. A savage. A barbarian. Described as inhuman, unrestrained, and relentless. A breed that is feared by many because of their refusal to conform. A tribe believed not to be human and to carry such an intensity that giants and demons quake when they hear them on...

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THE DARK TOWER

Excerpt from The Black Fox Chronicles  Astrid's ear caught a sound on the wind. He glanced at the sky. His eye could see clearly through the darkness, invisible colors that could only be seen by a trained man. Secret colors that belong to the night and to Astrid...

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COURAGE ONCE AGAIN

Courage. The ability to do something that frightens us. The strength to face the pain. The pain of what? Of failure, of rejection, of losing everything. There are times when I move towards things with great courage. I stare down the mountain, the giant, and the lion...

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THE BLACK FOX

Excerpt from The Black Fox Chronicles  Astrid the Black Fox stood alone, wearing a dark tunic of cotton with black fur tossed over his broad shoulders. His cloak was wrapped tightly around him with its dark design woven along the hem and center of the shroud. His worn...

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WHEN DEATH COMES

Are we looking to be perfectly intact at the end of our days without a mark or scratch to show? When we wake up and walk out our doors, are we trying to preserve ourselves until old age? When death comes knocking at our door and comes to take us away, will even death...

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AFTER EVERYTHING IS STRIPPED

In the end of all things, after everything is stripped away and you stand before the greatness of all that is and all that will ever be, what shall be left? What shall be said of you in the great halls of memories, within the pages of the books and scrolls that have...

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REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE

There are days when we forget who we are. We forget why we started, why we fought, and why we are here. It can happen so fast. We stand there and look around not sure what we are supposed to do. We find ourselves lost or confused or even alone. We forget who we are...

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I WAS MARRIED ONCE

I was married once, did you know that? I was. I met a girl. I fell in love. And I watched as she walked down the aisle in a dress of white and pearl. She came towards me and I took her hand. I spoke my vows, I declared my love, and I placed a silver ring upon her...

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THE TIRED LIONS

To all the old lions. To all the tired lions. To all those who have walked this earth a long time. You are not done. I know you have fought. I know you have a sacrificed. I know that you have waited. But I say to you, the waiting is almost over. We need you. We need...

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EVERYTHING WE DO

Everything we do, everything we say, and everything we build should be for the advancement of other people. We were not created to just create for ourselves or to prosper for our own pleasure. But in everything we do, we should do to pick up those alongside us and...

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THE LOW PLACE

It happens. We wake up, stare in the mirror, and find ourselves hating what we see. Dried out skin, bloodshot eyes, and that sinking feeling within ourselves. Our steps feel heavy and our words slur in conversation. We feel defeat. We feel sad. We feel low. They will...

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HOLD ON CHILDREN

Hold on children. Hold on to that dream, that vision, and that life you wish to build for yourself. For the time is now. The time to shake, to move, to dance, to sing, to create, and to shift the constructs of culture in such a way that has never been seen before. You...

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STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL

The world is a strange and beautiful place. Filled with faces and voices and songs passed down by kings and poets. This is your world, your time and your life. This is your chance to take your place among the ones who have gone before you. For their songs are...

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BEFORE WE MOVE FORWARD

Before we move forward. Before we leave this year behind. Before we make our list of changes that need to happen, let us remember all the changes we have already made. We often forget how much we’ve changed. How much we’ve grown. How far we really have come. We can be...

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NO REASON TO BE AFRAID

There’s no reason to be afraid. There’s no reason to be afraid of anyone or anything. Fear is an interesting thing. It is always there. It always with us. It is always speaking. But at the end of the day, what is fear? Fear is a great story teller. It loves to tell us...

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LOOK HOW WE’VE ALL CHANGED

Look how we’ve all changed. Not just our faces, not just our hair, not just our outward appearance, but we as people have changed. It is interesting to look back on your life and see all the changes that have happened. The good ones, the bad ones, the ones we were...

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ONWARD

It had over taken him, like a sweet summer rain softly pouring from the sky. The hour had come to walk through the trees and step into the moss covered hollow that had once been the home of his dear little friend. He heard the sound of the wind blowing through the...

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MOUNTAIN UPROOTED

And there stood a great mountain, a mountain that no man thought could be moved. But then the mountain was uprooted, set ablaze and tossed into the sea. And in the place of the mountain was a vast army, with banners of many colors and many people and many races...

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FREEDOM

The sweet scent of emerald trees came swooshing down and filled my nostrils.I felt the cool, green grass brush against the soles of my tired feet. I knelt down and began to wash my hands, the blood dried and caught within the cracks and creases of my fingers and...

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WHEN WE WANT TO GO BACK

What happens when we want to go back? Back to the memories. Back to the places that seem so far away. Back to the ones we lost along the way. We find ourselves sitting there alone in the evening. The sound of wind howling outside our walls and the silver rays of...

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GOOD EVENING DOUBT

Good evening doubt. I didn’t know you were coming by tonight. I see you are making yourself at home. Making yourself comfortable as you always do. You’ve been away for a long time doubt and to be honest I had almost forgotten about you. But here you are again, sitting...

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THE FOREST OF MORNING BY DAVID MOUM: GUEST POST

The grey morning light breaks the mold, that a darkened night tends to hold, A cool mist lays upon the hearth, spreading a blanket sheen in the sun's berth. Under a bed of fallen needle and leaf, sleeps a spent and drowsy coon thief. Worn and sullen from a night’s...

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ALL THINGS DEAD

Can you hear the thunder? Do you see the lighting? Can you feel the rain beating down upon the dry ground that screams for life? Hear it now. See it now. Feel it now. For the time has come for all things dead to live again. For bones shall shake and snap and come...

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TO BECOME STRONGER

What is it to become stronger? To become better. To become unshakable. To become unmoved. We all want to be stronger. Better. Tougher. The world would be easier if we were stronger. Tougher. Unshakable. We would not be knocked down so easily. We would not fall at a...

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I QUIT LEARNING BY SAM HUNT: GUEST POST

I quit learning. I have to. Because as long as I choose to learn, I will never choose to do. Maybe you’re not like me, maybe you harness the spectrum of the universe into some concentrated energy, pointing you like a laser at your target of choice. Maybe you see the...

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THE ALMOST KID

Almost kid. You almost did it. You almost finished. You almost made it. You almost made it happen. You almost climbed that mountain. You almost made it to the top. You almost finished the book. You almost made it work. You almost got there. But you didn’t. You played...

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WHEN WE COME BACK

When we go away we don’t always come back the same do we? No something always changes when we come back. Something shifts. A mindset. A viewpoint. The world around us. Something is different because of where we've been. What we've seen. The world we've encountered....

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OF WINDS & SHADOWS

Dark winds and black shadows passed over the city as it slept. Soft whispers and the nasty spells spoke of destruction and peril. The days of darkness had taken its toll upon the city near the sea. Grown men shuttered and children whimpered at the sound of the witches...

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WITHOUT LOVE

I am convinced of this. That anything I do, anything I say, anything I accomplish, that without love, it means nothing. If I feed the hungry. If I change the world. If I give away everything I have and everything I am but it does not come from love, it is nothing. I...

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LONELY CHILD

I see you, lonely child. I hear you. I know you. I am right beside you. “But I cannot see you,” the lonely child says. “I cannot feel you. I cannot hear you.” I know. But I am here. Keep going. Keep striving. Keep pressing forward. Keep pressing on. I have given you...

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CHILDREN OF THE DAY

The screams of the innocent fill the skies and the streets run red with their blood. Cries of hate and rage emerge from the shadows. Those of the night speak their curses and plunge their jagged pieces of steel into our brothers and sisters. Darkness surrounds our...

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I SEE FIRE

I see fire. A great consuming fire, burning across the lands and overtaking the fields of the earth. It engulfs everything in its path. It devours all who stand in its way. It burns, and grows, and rages with its terrible teeth of red and orange. It is unstoppable. It...

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WHEN EVERYTHING FALLS APART

What do we do when our world falls apart? When everything we thought we knew turns out to be wrong or misguided? We look out at a world we no longer recognize. A world we no longer know. I look around at the structures built by human hands. I gaze upon the towers and...

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OF A DIFFERENT WORLD

You are of a different world. Untouched by culture. Unmoved by this world. Wild. Free. Untamed. Step past the human element. Step beyond the capacity of the flesh. Move beyond the limitations of this planet and go forth into something greater. Step into what is...

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THE SLEEPING LION

Behold I see a great lion. A mighty beast who has been in deep slumber for many years. Unmoved. Unchanging. It’s golden body rising and falling with each heavy breath. But the time for sleep is over. The lion awakens. It rises up, stretching its strong legs and...

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HERE’S YOUR CHANGE

Change is hard. Even good change is hard. Why? Because change requires something from us. It requires us to grow. To adapt. To look at things differently. It causes us to stare at ourselves in the mirror and ask the questions. The questions that sometimes we’re afraid...

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I CANNOT LOVE YOU

I cannot love you. I want to love you but I can’t. Not with the love you deserve. Not with the love you need. The love that you truly seek. Why? Because my love is fickle. My love is wavering. My love has limits. My love is weak. Even though I wish I could love you...

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FORERUNNER.

Forerunner. Champion. I see you. You pace back and forth. You lie in your bed at night dreaming the dream that you’ve kept inside for so long. Forerunner. Champion. I hear you. You speak out to the world, wishing and hoping for change. Your ready to set the world...

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I CAME UP SHORT

For those who came up short. For those lacking. For those with regrets. With a past. A past filled with things you didn’t understand, things you wished you understood. A past that haunts you. A past that reminds you of your failures, of where you came up short. There...

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I AM NOT DONE

Oh, weary is my soul. Heavy is my spirit. The traps of the world lay before me. Where can I run? Where can I go? How can I fight? I am only mortal. I am only one man. My enemies have me in their sights. They see me moving. They have seen me looking towards my mountain...

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THE ONLY THING TO FEAR

Fear. Fear never goes away. It is always there. Lurking in the shadows. Following closely behind with its pale, yellow eyes always watching, always waiting. Waiting for the opportunity to sit beside us and tell us why our dreams will never work. We fear too much as a...

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HERE BE DRAGONS

“Here be dragons.” The seamen whispered as he traced his finger along the wrinkles of old map, showing his crew the uncharted territory yet to be explored at the far reaches of the world. “And this is where we must go.” Here be dragons was a phrase used by the...

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EASILY BROKEN

Days go by when I am strong, powerful, and filled with courage. When I see the peaks of the mountains and have no fear of reaching them. Days when I do not fear the path before me no matter the uncertainty. Days when I lock my gaze with the dragons, goblins, and...

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A VOICE IN THE DARKNESS

There are times when the man you see before you reverts back into a small boy, a child who still fears the darkness and the creatures that lurk in the shadows. When midnight black blots out the sun and the air turns to a brutal cold that pierces into my fresh and...

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WITHOUT VISION

Where are you going? What are you working towards? What is your vision? If you were to ask people what the key to success is, the answers would vary. Mentorship. Learning. Commitment. Skills. Passion. Self-Discipline. Self-Motivation. While all these are true and...

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RESTORING THE SOUL

We all have a soul. It is the essence of who we are, the essence of our emotional strength, of our capacity to live, grow, and develop spiritually. It is the immaterial part of every human being and an essential part of who we are. It is important. But where do we run...

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SHAME, SHAME

I hate to fail. I do. I can’t think of one person who enjoys failing. But failure is a part of life. With every failure comes insight, learning, and an experience that prepares you for the second attempt. Failure is a tool. A tool used to learn from your mishap,...

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BEING NAKED

I hate being vulnerable. Hate it. I hate being naked. Both in the physical and the emotional sense. To be vulnerable, or to be naked, means to be open to injury and attack. That is madness. Complete madness. Why would anyone do that? Why would you lower your defenses,...

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