Wednesday, June 12, 2013

It's Not About You

Under fire,
Under fire,
From many mouths I'm called a liar.
Their constant volley does not tire.
Who will call the cease?

Love in excess,
Love in excess,
That is what I'm called to access,
It is a constant struggle unless,
Love is absolute.

So where's the repose?
Where's the repose?
When can I just let my eyes close?
How can I choose to not oppose,
When my heart and soul cry out to?

Turn the cheek,
Oh turn your cheek,
I'm told again on His repeat.
There is a wound there much too deep,
For you to heal, oh mortal.

Love each other,
Love each other!
That is how they'll know you're brothers,
Sacrifice to love another!
And find My Heart therein.

Learn to love,
Oh learn to love,
You have not reached the heights of love,
True love rises miles above,
Your desire to be "right".

And let them see Me,
Let them see Me.
Remove yourself and let them see ME!
It's My sweet peace this world is lacking,
So let ME do the freeing!

Receive my grace,
Receive my grace,
My child I'll dry your tearstained face,
I know what pain is in that place,
And I know how to heal it...

Nobody knows what we're for, only what we're against, when we judge the wounded (as if we aren't just as wounded and sinful as anyone else!).  What if we put down our signs, crossed over the lines, and loved like He did?  Let our hearts be led by Mercy.  Because You died for sinners just like me, I'm a grateful leper at your feet...

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Crescent Moon

Ok, so this post is WAY late, but I still want to post some pictures.  This is one of the coolest places I've visited here in Dominica.  These people (who are originally from the US!) have cultivated an organic farm where they make their own chocolate, roast and grind their own coffee, make their own essential oils and perfumes, and so much more.  Not to mention, one of the ladies is Montessori certified and has set up this little rainforest Montessori classroom!  So enjoy my little trip with the girls in pictures...

A gorgeous organic farm in the middle of the jungle in the mountains of Dominica

Walking down through the gardens to check out the greenhouse and farm animals.

Amazing landscape and a cool view of the sweet little cabins for rent on the grounds.

Amazing fully organic greenhouse


Eggplant (which was a part of our delicious lunch!)

All sorts of peppers (Dominican seasoning peppers, bell peppers, bird peppers, jalapenos, etc.)
My favorite flower here in Dominica...the Heliconia! (they were spectacular here at Crescent Moon)

My little Lincoln jammin' out on the djembe...our prelunch concert...

The lady goats!

The lovely Jennifer Noorlander with Alice the Goat

Alice the beauty queen

Alice's lady friend...let's call her Gertrude

Gertrude getting up close and personal with Baby Hedda (who looks like she's about to lay the goat smack down...)

The chick, chick, chickens!
The coffee and cacao roaster made from a converted popcorn popper and an electric drill.  The bowls from left to right are roasted Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, cacao beans before they're roasted and "popped", green coffee beans before they're roasted, and roasted "popped" cacao beans.

Wild lemon grass being made into lemon grass oil (good for cooking and bug bites)

Beautiful tranquil pool overlooking the ocean and the mountains

Some of the crew (including me!) enjoying lunch

Made from scratch eggplant lasagna and an amazing salad with all sorts of veggies and herbs with a beautiful vinaigrette.  Yum!!

Homemade herb pesto and herbed butter.  O. M. G. Amazing!

Lincoln enjoying the scenery!

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