Painting by Yongsung Kim

Life

 

Life is not a beauty pageant, with a crown for a select few,

Life is not a competition between me and you.

Life is not a score card that determines your worth,

Life is the miracle of Christ and rebirth!

 

Life is the song you seek out and live,

Life is the lesson of learning to give.

Life is the journey we take with our King,

Life is the promise He swallowed deaths sting.

 

Life is the beauty of all you can be,

Life is the miracle of staying free.

Life is the path He purchased with care,

Life is the lesson of learning to share.

 

Life is to conquer fear and sin,

Life is to choose to fight to win.

Life is to hold the rod with zeal,

Life is to see this fight is real.

 

Life is the choice of the name you took,

Life is the truth that will not be forsook.

Life is the person you become by grace,

Life is the beauty of finding your place.

 

Life is the gift of Gods holy Son,

Life is the gift He has won!

Life is to follow His chosen way,

Life is to choose to hearken and stay.

 

Written by Michelene Glasson

 

"Our competition in life is soley with our old self." Boyd K. Packer

"Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God." Moroni 10:32

"From the very depths of my soul, I bear testimony that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Savior’s Church, directed by the living Christ through a true prophet. My prayer is that we will faithfully take upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ—by seeing as He sees, by serving as He served, and by trusting that His grace is sufficient to deliver us home and to enduring joy." By Elder Robert C. Gay

The Answer

 

You are the answer to every question I face,

You are my life, I live by your grace.

Here in my heart your name is clear,

I look inside my King and feel you near.

 

The answer to doubt is you and I,

I say your name and fight each lie.

The power within me is my promise to you,

I will be steadfast, devoted and true.

 

All hell comes forth to break my soul,

But I look within and feel my goal.

Your name written, your path my way,

I answer once more, my God I'll stay.

 

In the war against evil one name burns bright,

Written in my heart my Saviors light.

Jesus Christ your sacred gift I see,

I will fight and hold you safe with me.

 

Your name will answer all darts of fire,

I'll keep my covenants and stand higher.

No power of hell to take my King,

I love you my Savior, more than anything!

 

Written by Michelene Glasson

 

"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12

Artwork by Gary and Suzy Zahradka

The Battle 

 

The battle between three,

Lives daily in me,

The natural man my foe,

Pushes just let go.

 

The enemy from hell,

He knows me very well.

I stand to fight and win,

And face that I still sin.

 

I stumble, fall and groan,

And seek for all I've known.

Wounded still I try,

To live rather than die.

 

I push back against dark,

My mind feeling stark.

The attack holding three,

I reach for you and me.

 

My will strong and bright,

I reach for heavens light.

I stand and hit my foe,

With the truth I know.

 

He shrinks before my eyes,

And I reach toward the skies.

My prayer the link I give,

I humbly seek to live.

 

The fight becoming strong,

I see where I belong.

Heaven here with me,

I stay a daughter free!

 

My power grace divine,

One more time I shine.

The battle stilled once more,

I see our distant shore.

 

Written by Michelene Glasson

 

 

"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13

Today

Today the enemy brought nothing to my door,
Today I held Gods word, my feet upon the shore.
Today he whispered pride and lies into my mind,
Today I fought with all I had by choosing to be kind.
Today in his misery Satan wanted me to fall,
Today he placed a trap but I heard my Master’s call.
Today like many others he shot darts with hate and glee,
Today I kept my shield in place and remained free.
Today he who lost everything wanted to take me down,
Today I chose integrity and held fast to my crown.
Today my victory was your light in me,
Great Redeemer of my soul, through you I am free!

Written by Michelene

Artwork by Julie Rogers

My Covering

 

In the shadow of His hand,

By grace I rise and stand.

From the ash of trials known,

The flames refinement is shown.

 

I rise a child devoted and true.

Reborn in Christ I am new.

In the shadow if His grace I grow,

I am changed by the seeds I sow.

 

My covering the safety of His love,

I am held safe by my God above.

The blossoms of charity in me,

He touches my eyes and I see.

 

Greater storms come and I remain,

In the shadow of His hand I feel pain.

My burdens known He sees me through,

I am covered in all I'm called to do.

 

My footsteps moving on by grace,

I journey toward my home and place.

My courage the shelter of my King,

I see the beauty He will bring.

 

Flowers of love in my heart,

I walk and hold the better part.

I hear Him teach and understand,

The miracle of His love so pure and grand.

 

My covering the Lord of heaven and earth,

I am protected and I feel my infinite worth.

No trial is more than Christ above,

I walk in the shadow of His love.

 

The beauty of my life is over me,

I am all that Christ helps me to be.

 

Written by Michelene Glasson

And I have put my words in thy mouth, and have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion: Behold, thou art my people.” 2 Nephi 8:16

My Hero

 

The hero within,

Frees me from sin.

The strength of my Lord,

His life giving word.

 

I hold to my place,

By the power of grace.

I find deep in me,

The vision I see.

 

My Savior and friend,

A love that won't end.

My weakness He bore,

In Him I am more.

 

I fight by His power,

And live one more hour.

His light ever in me,

I remain a daughter free.

 

I rejoice in my King,

And humbly I sing,

O Lord kind and dear,

You fill me with cheer!

 

Written by Michelene Glasson

 

 "And now, behold, my beloved brethren, this is the way; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God. And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God, without end. Amen." 2 Nephi 31:21

The hero inside of me is my beloved Redeemer. As I seek to carry His sacred name with honor by living according to His commandments I become strong and I am able to stand firm amid the trials of life. I know it is by grace that I grow and overcome. I rejoice in my Savior Jesus Christ and in His great atoning sacrifice that makes it possible for me to receive the gift of eternal life.