My family tried for years to copy me.
My mom was especially adept
At trying to emulate my relationship with You.

For a long time it caused me to feel
That what I had with You
Was cheap and phony.
But the truth is what I have with You is real.

So real that my mom couldn’t
Possibly copy it.
She was never willing to pay the price
To have her own genuine walk with You
And, therefore, sought to destroy
What I had by any means necessary.

She would have succeeded
Had I not had a genuine
Relationship with You.

I have had to take a stand with them.
Yes, they have rejected me.

But, in truth, I laid out the boundaries
And they have made the choice
To be on the other side of them.

So in reality I am the one
Who separated myself from them.

I have declared what is true.
I have spoken Your words.
They made the choice.

~ Laurie Pontious-Andrews

About unabashedhope

The name Unabashed Hope comes from my favorite poem by Emily Dickinson. Unabashed means not embarrassed, disconcerted or ashamed. I believe Emily's poem, Hope is the Thing with Feathers, says it best: Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, And never stops at all, And sweetest in the gale is heard; And sore must be the storm That could abash the little bird That kept so many warm. I've heard it in the chilliest land And on the strangest sea; Yet, never, in extremity, It asked a crumb of me.

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