To Know That You’re Alive!

Alive!These words ring so true for me lately. Adrift in a sea of wandering and wondering what is real. So many questions haunt my mind and it is often the pain that reminds me I am still alive and it is not over yet. 
The pain has a purpose and grief is the happiness you experienced before. Depression is just a passing feeling and wounds heal turning to scars that serve to remind you where you’ve been and how far you’ve come. For you were meant for so much more than just ordinary!

To Know That You’re AliveKutless (a classic song from 2009)

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Life is… Climbing Out of the Abyss

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the abyss
anxiety and depression
an endless deep cavern of dark
indecision and self-loathing
that many
will journey through

the black
surrounds and confounds
terrified voices screaming in your head
searching and hoping
not one
hears the sounds 

the angst
heavy and thick
a velvet fog covering everything
dank and suffocating
gray colors
shadow our lives

the abyss beckons
whispering
continuously
promising
false comfort there

Life is…, not what you hoped and planned for

Life is…, living, learning, loving and letting go

for fate conspires
to break our hearts
and healing only comes
once we are broken 

a thousand steps
only to find
yourself sliding slowly
backwards drawn
invisible forces scheme

piercing the dark
reaching and grasping
clawing to the edge of the abyss
looking up and out
to the light
away from the dark

beginning anew here
believing and hoping
one small step right where you are
faith and belief
to begin again
the journey out of the abyss.     

 ~Mark Schutter ©2016

Free-Falling

Free FallingThe fog surrounds,
as the mist clings to my skin.
Dampening the fuses,
I struggle to see again.
I’m free-falling…
Sitting in ruins,
my mind a closed-door.
Out of darkness,
muted condemning voices roar.
I’m free-falling…
Chaos is masked,
behind the forced smiles.
Indecision and tears,
my breaking heart, meanwhile.
I’m free-falling…
Facing an abyss,
pulled into the absurd.
My faith wavers,
doubts crushed by His word.
I’m free-falling…
Days drift on,
rhythms of a soft breeze.
Oh, my God,
won’t you catch me, please.
I’m free-falling…

~Mark Schutter ©2015

Free Falling

Life … is an Adventure!

Life is ...A wonderful quote taken from the book ‘Battles Men Face‘ by Gregory L. Jantz, PhD and so true!

Dr. Jantz is a Christian author, Founder of A Place of Hope which is ranked #1 for depression treatment and host of the weekly radio show Overcoming on Mondays at 1 pm PT.

Life is meant to be lived fully and if you are not engaged you are settling for less.  As we are in the season where miracles are more easily believed, purpose to live the rest of your days with no regrets! Merry Christmas! ~M