Friday, October 25, 2013

25 Twenty Five Years with God

This is a very special October for me. I am celebrating two anniversaries. My second anniversary here in the state of Rhode Island and my 25th Anniversary with the Lord.

It's amazing that I stayed this long in a place where I was just stopping by for two weeks. It goes to show how our plans are not always God's purposes. But I am grateful to God for guiding my every step, especially during a time when I was blinded by sorrow. The Lord has been very good to me. He surely loves the way I love to love; passionately, unconditionally and intensely. It must be why we are called his children.
"Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails."         Proverbs 19:21

I can still remember the day I accepted the Son of God as my Savior. I was barely sixteen, sweet, innocent and very naïve mind you. Fortunately, the Lord took my hand all the way and my heart was inclined to His Word and not man's.

The baby steps were difficult, but very important. I stumbled many times in the beginning because I wanted to run when I still crawled. I held religion close to heart, obeying His Word at each letter. Now that I've grown more in the Lord, I've come to understand it is not about religion, but about a wonderful relationship with our heavenly father. For you must know, we no longer live under the law but under the grace of God.

As the years passed, I'm very pleased to say I was 'convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, would be able to separate me from the love of God that is in Jesus our Lord'. (Romans 8:38-39)

Yet, I learned there are times when the weak say we are strong, but don't necessarily feel it. We lose hope and our faith diminishes. The struggles and scars in the battles of life leave us breathless. And sometimes we walk away from God, not realizing leaving Him behind is the worst mistake we could possibly make. We try it our way for a while and when we notice it doesn't work without the Lord in the equation, we come back to Him. If you've been here at any point in your life, then you know that it only takes one prayer to get back into God's good graces. The good thing is He doesn't hold a grudge. He will love you even when it looks like He doesn't. He will love you even when you've left him a dozen times or betrayed him a hundred more.

If you don't remember anything else in life, remember this: The Lord is a very loving Father. There will always be room at his house for you. He will always gather you with loving kindness and tender mercies. Don't give up or disappear on Him cause He hasn't given up on you.

To read the words to this poetry/spoken word piece, go directly to my YouTube channel. © 2013 Ellie Kings

Monday, September 16, 2013

Bring on the Champion

It appears, the world loves to fight! It's in human nature to stand for what we believe in; to defend our point of view and the things we value most! We fight to obtain that which we want out of life; whether it be a championship belt, a winning goal, a clean bill of Health, or a mind at Peace.
Our arms & legs in a defense position, sword thrusting, blood gushing, body sweating- Ah... the anticipation of a good battle! Like the strong gladiators in Rome, the disciplined Samurai in Japan, or the Sambo of Russia, the Muay Thai of Thailand, the MCMAP of the United States, the Silat of Malaysia, the Eskrima of the Philippines, and the Krav Maga of Israel. When fighting against the Enemy, we should all imitate a hungry lion letting out his roar just before his fatal kill.

It really doesn't matter what we're fighting for, as long as we stay in the fight. Make sure you stay in it to win it. Use every single drop of energy you have. Strategize your opponent's style of fighting. Study your Enemy's moves, his weaknesses, and his strengths just as he studies yours.

"For our struggle is not against human opponents, but against rulers, authorities, cosmic powers in the darkness around us, and evil spiritual forces in the heavenly realm."    Eph. 6:12

Take a UFC fighter for example. In each of the five rounds for a title bout, his mission is to knock his opponent out or to hold him in a submission position until he taps out. Fighting mixed martial arts, (using different techniques & strategies) he tries his best to win the round (battle). But if he doesn't, he'll try again in the next one. Going in a little more tired but he continues the fight until he brings on the champion in him and finally wins the Championship title belt.
"Más sabe el Diablo por viejo que por diablo." (The devil knows more because he's old, not because he's the devil.)  Spanish Proverb

We should be more like UFC fighters when it comes to fighting for God and against the Enemy. Let us use a full range of mixed martial arts. Studying the Enemy's moves, strategize the best techniques (prayers, obedience and acts of love) to hold our Enemy under submission or knocking him out all together. Remembering that each day is a daily battle for a bigger war. Yes, we could easily throw in the towel before actually fighting a good fight or we can give the Devil hell! What would you rather do to gain that Championship crown? Submit or knock him out?! Me? I'd rather go in with courage, knock him out, get my belt(crown) and walk out with my greatest reward, Eternal Life!
"Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses." 1 Tim 6:12
© Sep 2013 Ellie Kings
Digital Art: Juniper Jones
References:  Six Great Martial Arts & wiki: Ultimate Fighting Championship

Monday, August 26, 2013

A World without Fear

There are some things that keep your mind occupied for years. Unfortunately for me, Binding Fear,  has been one of them. To remind me that it no longer has control over my life, I've decided to write of it again. One of my goals currently, is to work on that fear, take up my cross and be a Brave soldier for the kingdom of God.

~Take Courage~

Have you ever thought, what would you do if you lived without fear? The kind of fear that paralyzes you to the point of doing absolutely nothing with your life. Afraid of becoming a failure or a success stumps every idea, dream, plan or project from being fulfilled.

Something is holding us back. The question is what.  Procrastination? Lethargy? or the fear of...?

God didn't give us the spirit of fear, yet many of us carry it with us wherever we go. It's as if fear is part of our wardrobe. A cloak we put on as soon as we wake in the morning. Standing in front of the mirror of truth, we see nothing more than someone lacking the courage to pursue dreams, finish projects, and slay dragons (well, maybe the Prince can slay the dragons). We reach for the mark, but the mark is almost unattainable and far out of reach.  Mostly, preferring the quiet of our comfort zone, we quit at the beginning of the race.

For one moment, close your eyes, and imagine with me a world without Fear? If everyone, I mean, literally, every single person on Earth had NO FEAR- How would our World be then? I believe there would be peace on Earth. No wars, no violence, no crime, no poverty, no hunger. Our world would be prosperous, productive, and fruitful. Success would ring, like chimes, out in the streets. Joy would be our daily manna. All would be wise and wealthy. If only...

If we are to fear anything in life, let us fear God. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!"  Psalm 111:10  Let us prove to our Lord that we honor and respect him. Should we fear Him, we will have the knowledge to overcome the fears that hold us back from finishing the good work of the Lord.

"Therefore, do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be shown." Matthew 10:26

Today, I am given another perspective of the above Word. I think of the many gifts God has given us which we have hidden and covered. We've buried them because of the spirit of fear. But when the Lord returns, we know He will ask for interest on that gift.

So Let us put aside fear, and uncover the gifts to change our world, within the World. Reveal and share the talents He's given you to family, friends and others!  Use your courage & wisdom to uncover all the good things (ideas, plans, projects, gifts) that are in you. Take a risk! Write down the vision and make it plain on tablets... For it awaits an appointed time... though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. Habakkuk 2:2-3

Take time to lift your head with courage and knowledge to defeat the tactics of your Enemy. It can take thousands of failures before coming into success. Let me remind you, success is the product of trial & error. So try and try again until you finally face the fear that holds you back from accomplishing yours dreams and seeing the vision come alive.

Join me in conquering FEAR again & again; As many fights as it takes- to create a beautiful, fruitful world where all who have golden ideas and promising dreams will see them fulfilled sooner than later. Let us be brave, build towards a better tomorrow and live in a World without Fear!

© August 2013 Ellie Kings
Art: A Questionable Risk by Joey Remmers

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Written for me, by a dear friend, during a trying time. It honors me to know that I can impact someone in a special way. Thank you Hector.

She is like the sky, the moon, and the stars
her daylight brings calm, joy,

and peace in ones soul
her words are as the guiding moonlight
that does not leave one in the dark
her presence is like the stars
that bring a warm glow to ones heart

She is the fresh scent of a flower

She is the voice of reason

She is the angel of God's word
She is the lifter of ones heart

As she lives, and walks throughout her day
Never noticing... 
She brings meaning to the day
She is all these things and more
 As I stop to think of all of the things
that God has given me
whether it be the warmth of the sun
the cool breeze in the summer
or the smell of millions of flowers in the meadow
I thank God for her,
for it was He who decided
to combine all of these things
into one person
I call her my lifter, my voice in the dark,
but most importantly, I call her my friend.
© 2002 Hector Agosto
For Ellie Kings  
Art: Constellation by Karen Koski     

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Forgetting Love

love said to forget
    how could I forget him
his heart stitched to mine
    and when he died so did I

love wished me to forget
     I refused to...
still holding onto him
     willing him to breathe

he never did...   so I dreamed
and without me noticing
                        I, too, danced a waltz with Death
while Death breathed in my life
     And I was...
dancing slowly
       breathing softly
exhaling calmly  
        screaming quietly
the years passed
    I tried and tried
but I couldn't hold onto Forever
  I had to forget

I had to forget love 
kill Death
and invite Life again

© August 2013 Ellie Kings
Digital Art: Kiss of Death & Dancing with Death
by Michelle Monique

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A Colorful World

My world is filling with color all the shades of gray that engulfed my heart. Strength and Courage along with Peace & Joy are becoming my best allies now. I'm coming out of the dark cave to see the sunlight shine on me once more.

I've decided... to Live; to breathe. I really had no choice in the matter. God had other plans for me, just as He has for you. I thank the Lord for the courage to face the unknown future again. Come let us face it together.

Walking out of the dark has taught me to focus my sight on the brighter things of life & let go of things I cannot change. After three and a half years, I've come to the realization it's not my time to die. God hasn't stopped my clock yet. Nor has He stopped yours.

For a long time, I couldn't see in the dark. My heart hardened, grew confused, and couldn't rest. If not for the Lord, I surely would have fainted forever. But GOD! ...

Our Daddy... All powerful, all merciful, encouraging & loving. He never lets us down even when we feel all hope is lost. I am so grateful to Him for breathing life back in me and renewing my mind.

Death is so final, but Life is a gift we should always treasure. Don't allow the death of a loved one drain the life out of your life. It's the last thing our loved ones would've wanted. Be encouraged in knowing we will see them again in the Kingdom of  Heaven.

Thanks again, family and friends for encouraging me & being patient to see Me get back to Me at last.

Come join me, in adding color back in our world. Let us live for God, for ourselves and our families.
© August 2013 Ellie Kings