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Inspired 3:33 am 12/11/18 by Psalm 23 NKJV. Poetic Mustard Seeds. All work posted is protected by copyright.

The Lord is my shepherd, because You said You would never leave me nor forsake me

I shall not want, because You said if I would just trust You, You would take care of every detail in my life

He makes me to lie down in green pastures, because there is no sun-burn grass in Your valley

He leads me beside the still waters, because only You know when I need total refreshing

He restores my soul, because You know how hard this life can be at times

He leads me in the paths of righteousness, because You know that righteousness is the only path that will lead me to a full life

For His name’s sake, because it was never about me and always about You

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, because these are perilous times we live in

I will fear no evil, because again, You said you would never leave me nor forsake me

For You are with me, ALL OF THE TIME

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me, because, You know what is best for me and You alone are my biggest cheerleader 

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies, because my character means more to You than any of the conditions You allow me to go through

You anoint my head with oil, because You know what lies ahead in my valleys

My cup runs over, because You have every solid thing I need

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me because again I say, You said wherever i am, there You are

All the days of my life, because You know the number of each one

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord because there IS NO other place for me or that I would rather be

Forever. Yes, forever because You are the ultimate ride or die. 

Inspired by God and written by Poetic Mustard Seeds on 10.17.17. All work posted is protected by copyright.

I wasn’t always saved

but some one was watching and Some One was keeping me

I’ve always had a big heart, yet I was selfish too

Even though I had a varied vocabulary, I cursed like Peter

My focus was on creating my kingdom and not living for God’s Kingdom

I was short tempered and got angry easily

because I wasn’t always saved

but some one was watching and Some One was keeping me

I was nice yet I could be cruel at the snap of a finger too because I had that gear

When I could not have my way, I metaphorically and literally at times

stumped my feet and made my own way

not even the least bit concerned about God’s way

I wasn’t always saved

but some one was watching and Some One was keeping me

I always loved helping people, but I never saw it as ministry and God’s practicum for purpose

Sadie said “don’t’ live a life of regrets”

so now I am grateful for the life I lived before God saved me

because He was keeping me all along the way

He knew those watching me would see my transformation and His Glory simultaneously

He knew my heart would expand, growing big enough for His Kingdom assignments

because some one is always watching

Like Paul, He knew He would give me some blinding time so my selfishness would turn into self-less-ness and

He knew Pastor James Marshall would be along my journey to teach me about managing my emotions so I and my tongue would leave less and less dead bodies along my way

He knew that one day my way would be less of a concern and His way would be more of my deepest desire

He knew that to be in authentic relationship with Him, for me to know Him from the mountaintop

I had to grow in the valley of life

so that I could live a life worth honoring

I am still in the valley growing

with honor and sold out, Jesus freak, not turning back

service to and reverence for God, the One Who keeps me

Psalm 23:3 states “He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.”

some one is always watching

Is your life a life worth honoring

but more importantly

do you bring honor to His name?

“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” Psalm 46:10

You see I —— am every day people

Yeah yeah yeah

just like the song says

but like the name of the group

“Arrested Development”

that was my current situation

for 5 straight weeks

home recovering from knee surgery

and … while it healed

the Master Healer did surgery

on my mind, the rest of my body and my spirit

because He knew my knee

wasn’t the only part

needing reconstruction

You see I —— am every day people 

Yeah yeah yeah

He took me, His child

less mobile

what some might call broken

in pain a lot of the time

under the comfort of medicine

He allowed to be made

with little company

everybody else at work …   and He arrested me

in a good way for His development

He revealed parts of my future

He re-ignited my passion for poetry

He brought me lots of challenges

and He showed me how to remain calm

no matter the circumstance

You see I —— am every day people 

Yeah yeah yeah

in those first 5 weeks of recovering

I saw my neighbors in a new light

I saw the stress of the job — lessen

my confidence went to a new level

and my laughter began to come from unfamiliar bellies

Yeah, I Amazon shopped

but I was cautious about what I bought

because He was doing a new thing in me

my family became more precious as I became aware

that I am one of His princesses

You see I —— am every day people 

Yeah yeah yeah

while my nurses nursed me back to good health

God arrested me

He said and I quote

“I’m giving you new knees for the new work I’m sending your way!”

Arrested Development!

that is what took place

You see I —— am every day people 

Yeah yeah yeah

and so are you

look up the song “Everyday People”

by Arrested Development

check out the original video

and get quiet

cause’ He is waiting on you

He has things He wants to whisper

in only “your” ear

because He uses … everyday people

so allow Him to arrest and develop you

for the time is near!

Written by Angela Riddick. Poetic Mustard Seeds. All work posted is protected by copyright.

just a moment to cup my face

between my giving hands and

feel the warmth of my soul

as it breathes deeply

at the relaxed state

of knowing the

hamster wheel has stopped

NoHustleNoBustle

just a moment to reflect on

the sheer joy

of nothingness

of strangers in the background

of succulent delicious food

served in dimmed lights

with music from speakers high above

NoHustleNoBustle

just the memory of the winding roads

taken to get to the place

where the hamster wheel is un-welcomed

where the hamster wheel had to stop

where hustle and bustle took a back seat

to lighthouse calmness

Sedona serenity

Caribbean clouds and

free expression to be took over

ah

no hustle

no bustle

“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” Psalm 46:10 NLT

Dedicated to Helen Ford who opened her home and her heart and allowed me to write.

Written by Angela M. Riddick. Poetic Mustard Seeds.  All material posted by Poetic Mustard Seeds is protected by copyright.

take a right turn on faith

then make a left turn from doubt

make a u-turn from self centeredness

and take the full circle up-ahead towards righteousness

then make another right turn on Study Your Word Daily Lane

and a left turn from many of life’s daily distractions

travel miles and miles toward love and

stop as often as needed to forgive

at the end of this destination, you will find

a dwelling filled with unspeakable joy and peace

a place

full of rich fruits

and down home spiritual nourishment

and a never ending well of fresh living water

to renew, refresh and revive your soul

just follow these directions

and you won’t go wrong

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.” – Psalm 32:8 NKJV

 

Written by Angela Riddick, Poetic Mustard Seeds. All material posted by Poetic Mustard Seeds is protected by copyright.

that, that, white ceramic hole that you have grown accustomed to squatting over

in quarterback formation

just to prevent illegally lingering germs from going home with you

yes, that big ole’ circle whose size … has and never will change

let me tell you, lil mama

one day your pee, despite your firm footing and your best efforts

will land all over the sidelines

yep

on top of the rim, on the floor, on your clothes, on your shoes perhaps,

but definitely down your leg

at some point … in your life

what was once straight on

will flow slanted and definitely crooked

your stance won’t change

your behind, maybe a little bigger

won’t affect the stream of liquid

that once dispensed in straw-like formation

yep

no efforts to lean left or right will alter the places

your pee will decide to land

so remember the 3P’s

peel the liner off

place it on the ceramic hole and

pee only in a seated position

and know this …

if you live long enough for your mind, your body and your spirit

to journey through peri-menopause and menopause

yes, I said it – the “M-word”

cause’ it definitely ain’t too early

to talk about

first things first …

“one day, your pee, will be crooked!”

Dedicated to all the lil’ mama’s who will be big mama’s one day.

“They will perish, but You will endure; Yes, they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will change them, And they will be changed.” 

Psalm 102: 26 NKJV

 

Written and recited by Angela Riddick, Poetic Mustard Seeds. All material posted by Poetic Mustard Seeds is protected by copyright.

the first time around

I reluctantly let you into my life I had imagined you for many many years
but never had the bravery to welcome you in
I was plagued with straight, never kinky
wondering
would you go with my navy blue suit
or what will they say about you

but when I met you for the very first time
after plugging in
… head first

I found … that
you are soft
and thick
and supple
and had been waiting to really be touched
and paid soul attention to
for a very long time

I mean
the first time around
I found you to be wire-y
and surprisingly soft
and waiting to be softened some more
and adorned
and twirled
and touched
and rained on

but I lost patience
I mis treated you like a lot of us do

I cut you off
out of frustration
I didn’t even give you a proper burial
I let you go before …
really getting to know you

just like others have done

before meeting you for the very first time

I admit
I wigged you
and waved you
and stretched you
and pressed you
and sewed you up at times

just like others

I fried you
and permed you
and dyed you
some kind of bad

the fact is
some of us
have been so busy
tryin’ to be wella balsam beautiful and
weave crazy
that I think we forgot
that our locks and our strands
are naturally sweet
and soft
and curly
all on their own

so this second time around
I will do better
because
I thought I knew you

really!

I thought I knew you

my beautiful
natural
curly
got a personality
all of its own
natural
hair

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.”

Psalms 139:13 NLT

 

this world is big enough for the both of us!

what it isn’t big enough for
is the misunderstanding that it isn’t
that kind of thinking makes it small!

“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.” Psalm 24:1 NLT