MY BLOG POSTS, My Reflections, Poetry

GRACE


No matter who we are

What we’ve done

Mistakes we’ve made

Even if we try to outrun

So many plans

That were tailor made

Till we take that step

And finally start to trust

As faith begins to grow

Doubts get pushed away

Letting the light flow

As the Lord leads the way

For His love is always there

He would never leave us alone

No matter what’s been done

No matter if we’ve roamed

His grace is in strong supply

Willingly given for He’s love

He will never steer us wrong

It is us He’s so proud of

For that is why Christ died

To give us what we need

Not having to live in darkness

In His light we can finally see

We are favored, we are loved

Talk to Him; He is always there

And will never steer us wrong

With God, He always cares

No matter what has happened

His forgiveness is always strong

Even if we’ve turned our backs on Him

With God we’ll always belong

For this is His gift of grace

Perfection is not what He ever seeks

He’ll always accept us as we are

In Him we are truly free.

By Rachel Basden © 2021

“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.” EPHESIANS 2:8
My Reflections, Poetry

Till You Fear No More


Going through the day

Feeling good to be alive

Have family and friends

In a country where I can thrive

Doing what I can

To make this world a better place

Shine a light upon injustice

Trying to eradicate the hate

For while our brothers and our sisters

Continue to live in fear

While too many just see their color

Wanting them all to disappear

Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor,
George Floyd tragically gone

Yet, these injustices persist

While too many have just moved on

If you’ve never been afraid

Of living just as you were born

Being seen as inferior

Even worthless or ignored

When will more finally see

My Black sisters and Black brothers

I see you, I love you

And I’m glad that you were born

For you add value to this world

With your talents and your gifts

While the glorious shades of your skin

Add beauty only you can give

You are strong

You are worthy

And all of this you know

But until you are truly free from hate

You’ll never walk alone.

©️ By Rachel Basden Feb. 23, 2021

My Reflections, Poetry

Covered, Not Forgotten


A perfect metaphor for the new year.

January 1st of 2021

So full of hopes and dreams

Wanting to leave so much behind

With 2020 busting all our seams

And as I woke and started this day

The snow continues to fall

Beautifully covering everything

A true metaphor of my heart’s call

Covering what we want forgotten

Covering all the tears and pain

Covering all the heartache

Covering, so it ceases to remain

But lest we forget all the good

The lessons we hopefully received

Remember that this snow will melt

Creating new versions of who we can be

As the spring will come in the months ahead

And we walk forward into the new year

May we be better humans and learn from the past

May we love those who are still here

May we make choices for the better

May we walk boldly through each season

For we are now here in 2021

For a purpose, for a reason

So while the snow continues to cover

What’s under it still is there

May this year be far better

Because we chose to truly care.

By Rachel Basden ©️2021

Poetry

A TIME FOR MIRACLES


A selfie I took of myself in April of this year during the pandemic lockdown. Through all of life’s ups and downs, miracles still happen.

Christmas began over 2000 years ago
When a miracle came to Earth
And ever since our Savior came
We are reminded of His miracle birth
And here I exist in this world we live
Knowing miracles continue to be
For I’ve been healed in a number of ways
By the One who I can feel within me
I’ve seen prayers answered in mysterious ways
Giving us a child who made our family more whole
If not for the fact that He truly lives
This part of our story could not be told
And if this Christmas, in this world we live,
It’s a struggle to see miracles exist
Look at the eyes and hearts of each child
Because within them believing just is
For as each December comes along
In spite of the unrest all around
A Savior reminds us that miracles happen
And for ALL, there’s hope to be found.

©️ By Rachel Basden 2018 (revised 2020)

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Poetry

Darkness Does Not Win


Stumbling in the dark
Not knowing where to stand
With so much confusion around
All across our land

Desperately looking for light
Struggling to find it
Trying to ease our anxious hearts
If only we had some guidance

Yes, 2020 was not expected
We want safety and security
While this year has seemed to wreck this
Could there be more to this daydream

Perhaps like Lazarus
All is not lost
Could it be we’ve just been sleeping
Instead of focusing on the cross

While looking at the bleeding
Happening all around
Like Mary and Martha weeping
With no hope to be found

Knowing their brother was a goner
Are we only looking at this year
Simply shouting, “How much longer?”
While the light has been so near

For God has never changed
He’s always had a plan
The Lord understands every emotions
And the ways of man

While darkness has appeared
More often during these time
All is not really lost
For Jesus is still the Light

For just as Jesus, rose
Lazarus from the dead
He did the same for us
Even while knowing what was ahead

He could see this year we’re in
All the grief, confusion and pain
When we’ve screamed, cried and suffered
He never looked at us with disdain

For Jesus is our Comforter
The Light of the World for all
Is it possible that in dark moments
We have been missing His calls

The light is inside you
The light is all around
The light is what I brought you
When no hope was to be found

Trouble was always coming
I’ve told you all this before
I have always been the answer
To every problem that was in store

You are never in this alone
In the darkness, I am there
Holding and loving you
Before you were, I’ve always cared

This time is only temporary
This time is not all there is
This time is meant to show you
That in Me, you can truly live

My promises are for always
They don’t shift like the waves
I’m the same yesterday, today and forever
Who I am, I will remain

Peace be still, I speak over you
Focus your eyes on me
You my precious children
Carry my light for all to see

So shine brightly through each day
As darkness does what it will do
For I have already conquered it
I’m here to see you through

Even those who don’t want to see me
I am here for them, the same
Cry out to me whenever needed
There’s power in my name

When all around you see chaos
And nothing seems to make sense
I am here, if you’ll simply trust me
You’re greatest source of defense

This time is but a moment
Though it has appeared to be too long
Remember from whom you’re made
And to whom that you belong

I will remain with you always
I will remain with you through this
As Lazarus still had more life
There’s a reason you exist

I am making you much stronger
I am showing you from what you’re made
I am preparing you for more
And I am still the One who rules and reigns.

By Rachel Basden
©️ August 18, 2020
Inspired by John 11:9-11

WORSHIP MUSIC IS A POWERFUL GATEWAY TO BREAKTHROUGHS. May you be blessed by these two songs that relate so well with the poem above.

Life.Church just released a new album this week and this song really encapsulates this time and a reminder that God is the God of Hope and will NEVER let go of us.
No matter how dark it gets, God’s light is still stronger. As one line in this song says, “The darkest night, You can light it up.”
Poetry

THE POWER OF BEFORE


Before I could breathe, God gave me life

Before I could sin, He became my sacrifice

Before I could love Him, He first loved me

Before I knew my worth, He died to set me free

Before I could doubt, He gave the Word as my guide 

Before I knew His plans, He shined my path with light

For before I ever was, He had always been

And I was already a reality, to the One who made me His. 

By Rachel Basden ©️ June 2020

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Poetry

MY FATHER, MI PADRE


As I’ve gotten older, I’ve taken time to reflect

On you as my dad and what that’s meant 

With the strength of an army, you showed love

For the sake of family and our Lord God above

Working so hard, even giving up your dreams

Each decision made to set my sister and me free

Often talking with me for hours, with my curious mind

What you didn’t know, you encouraged me to find   

Helping me grow strong in mind, spirit and heart

I can never thank you enough for doing your part

You gave me a love for good food, music, and dance

You provided me a good education to give me a chance 

You instilled in me a pride of heritage as a Puerto Rican, an American

You encouraged me to explore again and again

You helped raise this independent daughter, empowered from shy to bold

You pushed me to make my own choices, out of your control

You believe I could be a world changer, wherever God guided me

To create a family of my own and to follow my dreams 

And I’m thankful for the father you have fought hard to be

So that no matter what happened, I could be me. 

By Rachel Basden ©️ June 2020
Dedicated to My Dad/Mi Padre

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Poetry

BY MY STRENGTH


The battle you have feared

You’ve already overcome

Not because it’s completed 

But in Me it’s finished; it is done. 

I’ve surrounded you with warriors

Both here and the realms about

Because you are my mighty soldier

And it’s time for My Spirit to go out. 

It is time for truth and justice

For you, dear one, are mine

You’ve struggled and cried out

I saw and heard you every time. 

Take courage and know I’m with you 

You will never be left alone

For you are ready and I’ve made you able

It is I who sits on the throne. 

With you comes great strength

With you comes great power

With you comes far more 

That the enemy will never devour. 

So walk this walk with Me

In My arms you’re always free

For I am your Creator

Now live as you’re meant to be.  

By Rachel Basden © 2020
Dedicated to & All My Fellow Warriors

PHOTO: Rachel Basden © 2020

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Poetry

WHAT DO YOU SEE?


I went through my day seeing so many others
No matter the person they were a sister or brother 
Each one beautiful in so many different ways
Hair color, complexion or the words they’d say
A smile, a gesture, an act that was kind 
Wherever I looked, there was so much to find 
Tears of joy when someone stopped to lend aid
Children laughing with each other as they played 
Someone helping another to walk across the street
Another one ensuring a family had something to eat
A teenager texting, “I’m so thankful you exist.”
Each moment a sign that this is how we should live
For we are not all gifted in the exact same ways
We are all amazing in how we’re uniquely made
But when we seek to understand, it’s easier to see
The human race, connected, is how we must be.
By Rachel Basden ©️ 2020

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