of Stoney Noell, Owner and Creative Director of Epic Life Creative, A Graphic Design Company

Free-writing

gray night & fluorescent day
melt and fold into a million dreams
then break and fly away to meet tomorrow


beautiful

today is built to be beautiful

and tomorrow the same

strength growing

slowly

surely

today is beautiful

and tomorrow will be too


Further Still

Before me is a path that seems forever long. But it’s days are counted. While I do not know how many bad days and good days there will be, this one thing I do know. God is faithful every single step along the way and is worthy of all my devotion.

I do feel quite inadequate when viewing the grandiose vision of where the Lord is leading me. And I suppose I should. Part of it makes me feel crazy, and on the other hand, it assures me that God in fact is the one leading.

To love, serve and build alongside ministries and churches. To partner with individuals, bringing my faith as a hand in their back, pushing them on saying “yes” to the call of God on their lives and reminding them.

Nothing brings more joy than to walk with friends and comrades through the difficult times and into the “ah ha” moments. Those brief and pivotal minutes of seeing clearly just long enough to mark your course out according to what the Lord is revealing and setting trail.

I think fondly of the trail blazers who I have been graced to cross paths with. Bob Reagan. The Buchanans. The Evrist. People who have on more than one occasion been the hand in my back.

If anyone is reading this, remember the path the Lord has had you on. Think back on your first days of knowing the Lord and how far He has taken you. Farther still, the journey has just began.


captured

captured by freedom

freedom has captured me

it grips me tightly¬†with it’s mercy

consuming me

stretching me

allowing me to run

in fields of grandeur and hope

peace and life


allow me

Allow Me

i think

i wonder

my mind reels between the beauty of canvas

and the heart of my Father

if i could create to my hearts contentment

my hand would forever be holding a brush

dripping of paint

my life would be one creative burst of color

one continuous statement of bold hope

Father, allow me to create

even an inkling of the love i feel

from You

for You

it would be an all-consuming life-long feat

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my secret room

one day i will have a room who’s walls are filled with canvas upon canvas. and who’s scent is of oak and acrylic. this room shall be the only one who knows the depth of my dreams. no ears shall hear but His, no heart shall delight as does mine but His as He watches my strokes become permanent reminders of the joy that must forever be hidden till the day when it finally explodes at the feet of my True Father as i lay them at His feet. then, shall my attempts be made perfect, and my incomplete, be completed. This day where no more ponder shall cross my brow, but only in fullness shall they lie upon my heart exposed for all to see the beauty hidden in His thoughts.


Breathe

I am amazed at His beauty

Dumfounded by His strength

I am at peace in His presence

My very breath

That can feel so shallow at times

Is deep and strong in Him


crimson truth

crawling skin and aching heart

hope again

darkest night has passed

and new days heat smiles freshly on my back

turn and stand firm to promise

hold tight to crimson truth

and trust


Hope burns within me for renewing life
Bursting forth as an unbearable river
Forcing me more and more to dream

larger

Deeper

Broader

And to let go of blockading fears

They will no longer hold me down


What is it that causes one to be depressed? To isolate? To hide?

So many answers. And the same multitude of answers for how to walk away from those issues. Having walked many paths of resturation that were nessasary for those seasons; from counseling and mentoring, to medication. All were seemingly nessasary for those times.

But, what does the long-term look like? What is the pathway to long-term health in those areas?

I can tell you with certainty what it isn’t. It is not introspection. It is not pulling away from leaders and friends.

This morning as I was journaling the Lord said to me very clearly, “serve others”. While those areas may and most likely will come up at various points for the rest of my life, a key to unlocking their power is serving. Being in a constant place of looking for how I can serve others. Asking the Lord, what is it You would have for me to do, or how can I be used to help others.

In endurance running when you just begin, you cannot immagine your 1st 13-mile run. However, you hear a direction from the Lord, and you continue. The same is true with these areas. His promise to us is a life that is abundant and free. So we can be sure, He gives us a direction for health, there is a payoff. We dont see it at first. But if we stick it out, we see we can run much further than we thought.

If you have been bound by depression or axiety in the past or presently, ask the Lord. What am I to do? Run that path.

Ask him, is serving others a key? He will answer.

Begin today, looking for who to serve and how to serve. Stick it out. You will see you can run further than you think.