Monday, 20 November 2017

music monday// beloved

 hi! :)

dropping in to remind you that you are loved!
i hope you soak the truth of this song into your lovely soul
 


Head full of questions, how can you measure up?
To deserve affection, to ever be enough
For this existence
When did it get so hard?
Your heart is beating, alive and breathing
And there's a reason why
You are essential, not accidental
And you should realize

You are beloved
I wanted you to know
You are beloved
Let it soak into your soul
Oh, forget the lies you heard
Rise above the hurt
And listen to these words
You are beloved
I want you to know
You are beloved
You-ou-ou, you-ou-ou, you, you are beloved

Sometimes a heart can feel like a heavy weight
It pulls you under and you just fall away
Is anybody gonna hear you call? (Oh oh)
But there's a purpose
Under the surface
And you don't have to drown
Let me remind you
That love will find you
Let it lift you out
 Don't be afraid
Don't let hope fade
Keep your eyes fixed on the light above
In the heartbreak, in your mistakes
Nothing can separate you from love


Don't be afraid
Don't let hope fade
Keep you eyes fixed on the light above
In the heartbreak, in your mistakes
Nothing can separate you from love
 Don't be afraid
Don't let hope fade
Keep your eyes fixed on the light above (you are beloved)
In the heartbreak, in your mistakes
Nothing can separate you from love
You are beloved
 But now, this is what the Lord says—
    he who created you, Jacob,
    he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 
 When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze. 
 For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,
    Cush and Seba in your stead. 
 Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
    and because I love you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
    nations in exchange for your life. 
 Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
    I will bring your children from the east
    and gather you from the west. 
 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
    and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring my sons from afar
    and my daughters from the ends of the earth— 
 everyone who is called by my name,
    whom I created for my glory,
    whom I formed and made.” //isaiah 43
no matter what negative words someone has spoken that has slayed your heart and 
no matter who has made you feel rejected and unwanted, the truth is you are so loved, beloved. 

focus on the love of Jesus and find your worth and identity in His precious word.
you're going to be so OK, buddy. :)

xoxo, delali.
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Monday, 13 November 2017

music monday// you are loved


hi lovelies!
dropping in to remind you that you are absolutely loved despite your flaws and what you think is imperfection about you. :)

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you are loved ~ stars go dim

We hide pain in the weirdest places
Broken souls with smiling faces
Fighting for surrender
For now and the after, yeah
Just look around and you'll see that people
Are scared to say how they really feel
Oh, we all need a little honesty
You are loved
If your heart's in a thousand pieces
If you're lost and you're far from reason
Just look up; know you are loved
Just look up; and know you are loved
When it feels like something's missing
If it hurts but you can't find healing
Just look up, know you are loved
Just look up, know you are loved
We're not made to be superheroes
Photoshopped, all size zeroes
A light not expected
But not quite perfected yet
Look up; see the sun is shining
There's hope on a new horizon
Calling you, it's calling

You, don't have to prove yourself, don't try to be someone else
You don't have to prove yourself
Don't try to be someone else
You are loved

Just look up; you are loved
Just look up; you are loved
Just look up; you are loved, just look up

"So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:
They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us."// romans 8:31-38
 xoxo, delali

Monday, 6 November 2017

music monday// God is on the move

hiiii! so it's november already!!!
i remember when january peered its head into view and now here we are, already in the first week of the penultimate month of the year! woohooo!!!

so i'd like to share this song to encourage you. you may be feeling like you're a bit behind in the things the Lord has laid on your heart to do or you may be going through some things wondering where He is.

relax. God is around. He is on the move in your life.


Anytime a heart turns from darkness to light
Anytime temptation comes and someone stands to fight
Anytime somebody lives to serve and not be served
I know, I know, I know, I know
God is on the move, on the move
Hallelujah
God is on the move
In many mighty ways
God is on the move, on the move
Hallelujah
God is on the move
On the move today

Anytime in weakness someone falls upon their knees
Or dares to speak the truth that sets men free
Anytime the choice is made to stand upon the Word
I see your generation standing on the truth
In each and everyday saying God is on the move
Anytime the Gospel stirs a searching souls 
And someone says “send me, here I go”


I see your generation standing on the truth
In each and everyday saying God is on the move


Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!" // isaiah 6:8

do not give up on God and His wonderful promises to you. 
He. is. on. the. move. :)

xoxo, delali.

Monday, 30 October 2017

music monday// never too far gone

hi lovelies!
 i hope you had a great weekend!
so this song i'm sharing today has been steadily replaying in my head and i thought it was worth the share.
i've come to love it so much.
enjoy!




never too far gone~ jordan feliz

I have loved you from the start
I have seen your hurting heart (your hurting heart)
And you feel so lonely, but you keep on hiding
'Cause you feel so guilty for what you've done, but
There's no distance too far, that I can't reach you
There's no place that's so dark, that I can't find you
Anywhere that you are, if you need proof
Take a look at these scars, and know I love you
Doesn't matter, doesn't matter, doesn't matter what you've done
You are never, you are never, never too far gone
Oh ah-oh, ah-oh
You have run down every road
And you've lost your way back home (your way back home)
And you feel so dirty; you know you're unworthy
Feeling undeserving of any love, but
There's no distance too far, that I can't reach you
There's no place that's so dark, that I can't find you
Anywhere that you are, if you need proof
Take a look at these scars, and know I love you
Doesn't matter, doesn't matter, doesn't matter what you've done
You are never, you are never, never too far gone
Oh ah-oh, ah-oh
You will never outrun my love, my love, my love
You will never outrun my love, my love, my love
You will never outrun my love, my love, my love
You will never outrun my love (you will never outrun my love)
There's no distance too far, that I can't reach you
There's no place that's so dark, that I can't find you
Anywhere that you are, if you need proof
Take a look at these scars, and know I love you
Doesn't matter, doesn't matter, doesn't matter what you've done
You are never, you are never, never too far gone
Oh ah-oh, ah-oh
Never too far gone
Oh ah-oh, ah-oh
Never too far gone
Oh ah-oh, ah-oh


"God, investigate my life;
    get all the facts firsthand.
I’m an open book to you;
    even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking.
You know when I leave and when I get back;
    I’m never out of your sight.
You know everything I’m going to say
    before I start the first sentence.
I look behind me and you’re there,
    then up ahead and you’re there, too—
    your reassuring presence, coming and going.
This is too much, too wonderful—
    I can’t take it all in!"// psalm 139:1-6 (the message)


"The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness."// jeremiah 31:3

"Come now, let us settle the matter," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool."// isaiah 1:18

you're never out of reach of our loving Lover, Jesus. He owns this world and universe. and there's nothing too horrible you have done that He wouldn't forgive if you ask Him. 

so go ahead and ask Him, accept His forgiveness and move on with your wonderful life as His Holy Spirit leads you day by day to live a life of purpose for Him. 

Jesus is awesome! 

He will always find you, no matter where you are, i promise!
stop fighting His love. embrace all of it, darling. :)

xoxo, delali.

Monday, 9 October 2017

music monday// every mile mattered

heyyyaaa! 
i hope you've been doing great! 
today i'm sharing one of nicole nordeman's songs that is so poignant and has totally captured my heart 
these days.

enjoy! 


every mile mattered~ nicole nordeman

Spread the map on the table, with the coffee stain

Put your finger on the places, show me where you've been

Is that California, where your teardrops dried?

You drew a circle around Georgia, can you tell me why?
I see shoulda beens, coulda beens

Written all over your face (your face, your face)

Wrong turns and bridges burned

Things you wanna change
It's history

You can't rewrite it

You're not meant to be trapped inside it

Every tear brought you here

Every sorrow gathered
Yeah, it's history
And every mile mattered
Get the box off the top shelf, with the black and white

Snapshots of your old self, in a better light

Ghosts and regrets back again, I can see it in your eyes

Send them home, let 'em go

Don't you think it’s time? Yeah
It's history

You can't rewrite it

You're not meant to be trapped inside it

Every tear brought you here

Every sorrow gathered
It's history
And every mile
And every road and every bend

Every bruise and bitter end

All you squandered, all you spent

It mattered, it mattered

Mercy always finds a way
To wrap your blisters up in grace
And every highway you'd erase
It mattered, it mattered
But it's history

It don't define you

You're free to leave

It all behind you

Every tear brought you here
Every sorrow gathered
It's history
And every mile mattered
Every mile mattered



"I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." ~ phillipians 4:13

"You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in Your bottle. You have recorded each one in Your book." // psalm 56:8

"Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."// hebrews 4:16
no matter where you have been, no matter what happened, no matter what happened to you, no matter what you wish you did or didn't do, no matter what you wish you said or didnt get to say or chose not to say, every mile you have covered in this life of yours mattered...the good, bad, difficult, horrible, confusing, exhilarating, joyful moments all mesh together in a way that has led you to be where you are now.

every
single
mile
you
have
travelled
mattered

and you my darling, you absolutly matter regadless of how yucky you feel sometimes. :)
here's to a lovely week!

xoxo,
Delali.

Monday, 25 September 2017

music monday// Christ in me

hi there! i hope you had a restful weekend. :) 
mine was productive and good! i spent a bit of it crafting new pieces of hand lettering art. you can check out my new crafts shop (Delali Creates Shop) here!

sooo today I'm sharing this song by jeremy camp that just wouldn't leave my head. 

i keep humming it unconsciously in between the buzz of these past days. 
the words carry so much weight and i'm hoping it means something to you as much as it does to me. :)


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Christ in me ~Jeremy Camp
In this obsession with the things this world says make us happy
Can't see the slaves we are in all the searching all the grasping
Like we deserve much more than all these blessing we're holding
So now I'm running free into an ocean of mercy unending

So come and empty me
So that it's you I breathe
I want my life to be
Only Christ in me
So I will fix my eyes
'Cause You're my source of life
I need the world to see
That it's Christ in me
That it's Christ in me

Done with what holds me down the things I once was chasing after
Throw off these heavy chains that I have let become my master
So now I'm running free into an ocean of mercy unending

So come and empty me
So that it's you I breathe
I want my life to be
Only Christ in me
So I will fix my eyes
'Cause you're my source of life
I need the world to see
That it's Christ in me
That it's Christ in me

In this obsession with the things this world says make us happy
Can't see the slaves we are in all the searching all the grasping

So come and empty me
So that it's you I breathe
I want my life to be
Only Christ in me
So I will fix my eyes
'Cause you're my source of life
I need the world to see
Only Christ in me
Only Christ in me
Only Christ in me
Christ in me 
 "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me."// galatians 2:20

I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me."// John 17:23

"If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness."// romans 8:10

"The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us."// 1 John 3:24

  This planet called earth is a world full of decay and sin and death and the only Source of life here is the Word of Father God as His Holy Spirit moves and brings the Word alive in the lives of those who seek salvation in Jesus Christ by believing in Him. 

If you're a Christian i'd like to encourage you not to give up or compromise on your faith in Jesus no matter what.
If you're caught in a cyclone of doubts and unbelief and wondering if this Jesus you keep hearing about is real, well let me just say He is soooooo real, closer than your breath and He is waiting, yearning for the time when you would eventually put your faith and trust in Him.
it is worth it. i promise!

dear you, please do not allow yourself to be polluted by this obsession driven world. more money wouldn't satisfy the void inside, more stuff wouldn't bring fulfillment, more relationships with guys and ladies wouldn't do it either. we're all broken cisterns and only Jesus truly satisfies the thirst of the human soul. only He can fill the void in the human heart.
Christ in you and i is the hope of glory! :)

xoxo,
 Delali

Thursday, 7 September 2017

thursday tunes//I am no victim


hey, hey, hey, lovely humans! :)
although its only been a couple of months i've been away from this space it feels like forever since i spilled some of the sunshiny, colorful words Father has given to my care for you here.

it's not a monday nor a tuesday but who says i can't share a song on a thursday? hihihihi
 so this evening, i came across this song and in a few seconds it got me hooked.
it spoke to me so much that i just had to share. :)

 enjoy!


I am no victim~bethel music
I am no victim
I live with a vision
I'm covered by the force of love
Covered in my Savior's blood
I am no orphan
I'm not a poor man
The Kingdom's now become my own
And with the King I've found a home

He's not just reviving, not simply restoring
greater things have yet to come
greater things have yet to come

He is my Father
I do not wonder
If His plans for me are good
If He'll come through like He should
'Çause He is provision and enough wisdom
To usher in my brightest days
To turn my mourning into praise

He's not just reviving, not simply restoring
greater things have yet to come
greater things have yet to come

I am who He says I am
He is who He says He is
I'm defined by all His promises
Shaped by every word He says

I am no victim
I live with a vision
I'm covered by the force of love
Covered in my Savior's blood
I am no orphan
I'm not a poor man
The Kingdom's now become my own
And with the King I have a home


it took a while for me to come to this powerful understanding. I AM NOT A VICTIM!
no matter what I've had to painfully endure because of other people's terrible mistakes and poor life choices, no matter how their choking words have pierced my heart, i refuse to see myself as a victim and live with a victim mentality.

why? because I believe I have my loving Father in heaven and He cares about me, He adores me, He wants me, He loves me even when people I thought were best in displaying His love for me treat me with such absurdity, cruelty and shove me aside with their unbelievably cold and hurtful words and silently loud actions.

i've had to endure some things these past months that have left me wondering and questioning and just trying to really understand how some folks who say they are Christian leaders could say and do certain things that arr so way out of line as the leaders they say they are.

and after much introspection and lots of time spent with the Lord i've finally reached that understanding that ever human walking the surface of the earth is a broken cistern. no matter how 'good' of a person they are or pose to be and no human or thing could ever fill the void in the human heart. only God through Jesus Christ His Son and the power of His Holy Spirit can do that if we believe.

 i've come to the point where i've stopped looking forward to any human loving me perfectly as my Father in heaven does. His approval of me is enough for me and His love is all i've ever needed. and sometimes He uses humans who allow themselves to be the physical extension of His love to show me His care and love like one loving and thoughtful uncle I have in australia but not even he could ever love me perfectly as my Father in heaven.

i won't deny the yearning of  enjoying being part of a loving and peaceful home. but till then, i'm thankful for the beautiful glimpses Father God gives me of His amazing promises to me on earth and in Heaven. i am grateful for the short and sweet experiences He gives me as i taste what it is like to be loved by a set of humans i can call family who make me feel like i belong. as brief as those moments are, i cherish them.
i am grateful.
 i understand my Father God better now.
i understand myself better now, 
and i understand other humans better now and why they can be so unstable and cold, and hurtful and mean and insecure and envious and how it drives them to do the unthinkable.

i understand why i love anne of green gables and akeelah and the bee so much too. :D

my Father in Heaven has promised me that He has not left me as an orphan. He is right here with me through His Holy Spirit.
as i yield myself to Him, and obey Him and deeply depend on Him, i'm good to go!

it's true, we're all searching and looking to be loved.
i've stopped my search, thank God!!!

i am now the one allowing myself to be the vessel to pour my Father's love and hope into little hearts that are hungry for love and affection. hearts that are desperate to be seen, known, loved.

so no. i am not a victim!
i am a victor through my Jesus Christ!
i am more than a conqueror through Him who loves me.
i refuse to be the hurt who keeps hurting others.
i put an end to that demonic cycle.

i am not a victim.
 i am LOVED!

I don't know what you have endured in your journey till now, i don't know what you are currently enduring but what i do know is if you believe in Jesus, you are no longer an orphan left in this cold, difficult world. You are His child now, so stop striving to be loved. stop looking for love in all the wrong places. stop thinking God created you to suffer on your on in this life.
He sees you, He knows you! He wants you to stop striving. 
He wants you to accept His love (Jesus) and all that comes with Him as a gift to you.
just believe.
It's really worth it.
i have tasted and seen that He is good! :)

Psalm 68:5 says, “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows, is God in his holy habitation.”

Deuteronomy 10:18 says, “He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing.”

Psalm 10:14 says, “But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted. You consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.


"I will not leave you as orphans. I will come to you." ~ Jesus // John 14:18


"Let us acknowledge the Lord, let us press on to acknowledge Him. As surely as the sun rises, He will appear, He will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth. " ~ hosea 6:3


you are not a victim.
you are loved! :)

delali,
xoxo.

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