Reflections of a Wife


This week has been an interesting week, to say the least. Every morning around 5:00, I have awakened feeling rested and expectant. My spirit feels open to hearing from the Lord. I wake up with such peace as I enjoy the golden light from the sunrise landing softly on my pillow and sleeping husband’s face.
Monday morning, God woke me up and I felt led to read from Stormie Omartian’s “The Power of Prayer to Change Your Marriage”. My bookmark started me off on a chapter titled “If Hardness of Heart Causes Love to Die”. I thought to myself, “Lord, I don’t need to read this. I burst out in tears at the littlest things lately. My love is not dead.” Nothing but birds chirping and silence in my spirit, so I began to read.  I tell you that as I read, God began to open my heart– just as He does when I’m reading His Word and He reveals something new to me or makes things clearer so I understand. I knew that as I read with the motive of praying for my husband, God was turning the tables.
It was as if He allowed me to see a mirror within my heart. What He reflected back to me was something I did not want to see. I looked anyway because I have been praying lately that God would show me what was in my heart that He hated. It was hidden pride. I’d made excuses and even given it other names but what God was showing me was that those hidden caves in my heart did not hide love but hid pride instead. The pride was causing my heart to be hardened against my husband in little ways–random moments of miscommunication at a time. By not acknowledging my pride, the enemy was still enjoying those victories in my marriage because he knew that when an old issue raised its head and my husband and I yet could not reach an understanding, I would stuff away bitter resentment.
Out of pride, I had wrongly handled things my way in how I treated my husband; but I didn’t understand that as I hardened my heart against him, I was also hardening it against God. God’s Holy Spirit does not abide in pride but in love. Love doesn’t hold on to the past. In my pride, there were still things in our marriage that I believed would stay the same forever. God loves to shatter our expectations especially when we don’t fully believe in Him because He’s so amazing like that! He wants us to believe and will help us. Last week, my husband did several things that struck me as being answered prayers, but instead of fully believing and praising God, I was quietly cynical. To not believe fully trust in God is a form of pride. I confessed the revealed pride and repented of it. I prayed that God will keep my heart soft and keep showing me what I need to change inside of me. I prayed for His help because I cannot do it on my own. I am thankful for such a loving Father. He corrects His children because He loves them.
There is a seashell framed mirror in the shape of a heart that hangs above my bed. It’s a lovely gift my husband bought me when we first met. I never knew that God would use him and my love for him as a mirror to reflect to me hidden sin in my heart as a means of sanctifying me. I praise God for the revelations He has given me about myself and the blessing of my husband!!! He has given me a new start to better serve and honor Him and my husband.  ♥
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No Longer Bound


“#1 thing I have learned is I can trust God! #2 A wedding band or ring doesn’t make a marriage.  Commitment does!  #3 I can choose to live by how my husband used to be and what he used to do. Or I can choose to trust God and look at the new things God is working in my husband’s heart in spite of familiar situations. So today, I surrender and stop holding on to all of the “used to’s” and I embrace change. I welcome this new man who’s coming forth and overturning all of my assumptions. I take the thoughts captive that used to explain and make sense of the negativity and the adultery and I lay them at the foot of the cross. They have been holding me captive for long enough! I will no longer look for the living new man amongst the dead memories and mistakes of the past. I no longer give the past authority because I see that my husband is doing his best and has reassured me every step of the way that he is no longer a man of the streets but instead a family man. I finally see a man who wants to be my husband and do right. Today~ from now on, I’m choosing to trust God has this worked out.”~Cassandra♡
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Rebuilding After Adultery (w/prayer*)



About a month ago, I remember my husband asking me if I knew much about Nehemiah in the Bible. I told him I was familiar more with his name than with his story. Isn’t God so good in that He led me straight to the book of Nehemiah today? He is faithful to show us other people’s experiences so that we can know Him better and be encouraged in our own situations in life. Today, I believe the Lord led me to Nehemiah as I reflected on the process of marriage restorations and the rebuilding efforts that are needed after adultery has been committed. From my own experience, my husband’s reconciliation to me occurred suddenly but that was not the end of our restoration. We have had to commit to putting in hard work, sweat, and tears in rebuilding what we and the enemy destroyed. We both played a part in factors that led to the breakdown of our marriage. We thought our marriage was decimated, BUT GOD!
It is unfortunate when adultery becomes part of the picture in a couple’s marriage. Instead of there being a protective wall to surround their marriage and hedge them away from intruders, the enemy finds a crack, breaks down that wall, and interposes a spiritual wall between a husband and wife. That wall can be removed with repentance and forgiveness. Rebuilding love, intimacy, and trust in a marriage after adultery, can be even more difficult than forgiving your spouse because it is an ongoing task you must be committed to doing together. My husband and I have not been able to do it without God’s help and great mercy.

When you look at Nehemiah’s account, you can see that he first had a desire and willingness to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem that were leveled by the Babylonians. After adultery, you have to ask yourselves, respectively, if you are willing to repent, forgive, and do what is necessary to rebuild your marriage. If you are in the process of rebuilding with your spouse, your marriage may be in shambles, torn down, appear desolate and destroyed “by fire.”
Nehemiah 1:3 ” They are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem has been torn down, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.”
It can all seem so overwhelming when you and your spouse assess the damage to your marriage! Do as Nehemiah did, pray, pour out your grief to the Lord, beseech Him, remind Him of His “covenant of unfailing love” to those who submit to His will, fast if you are led to. Your marriage is a cup and you and your spouse are cup-bearers of the King of kings in that you are purposed to represent His love for His bride. Seek the Lord in all things!
Nehemiah 1:5-7 ” In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven. 5 Then I said,“O Lord, God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps his covenant of unfailing love with those who love him and obey his commands, 6 listen to my prayer! Look down and see me praying night and day for your people Israel. I confess that we have sinned against you. Yes, even my own family and I have sinned! 7 We have sinned terribly by not obeying the commands, decrees, and regulations that you gave us through your servant Moses.”
Nehemiah 1:10 ” In those days I was the king’s cup-bearer.”

God is faithful to answer our prayers.  He will provide His grace, favor, provisions m and protection to those who are willing to seek His will. Pray to the Lord and ask Him to make a way for you and your spouse to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles that stand in your way to rebuilding together. Don’t expect those who are against your marriage such as the naysayers or the enemy to be pleased when God blesses your efforts to repair your marriage. Trust that He will protect you!
Nehemiah 2:7-10 ” If it please the king, let me have letters addressed to the governors of the province west of the Euphrates River, instructing them to let me travel safely through their territories on my way to Judah. 8 And please give me a letter addressed to Asaph, the manager of the king’s forest, instructing him to give me timber. I will need it to make beams for the gates of the Temple fortress, for the city walls, and for a house for myself.” And the king granted these requests, because the gracious hand of God was on me.
9 When I came to the governors of the province west of the Euphrates River, I delivered the king’s letters to them. The king, I should add, had sent along army officers and horsemen to protect me. 10 But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard of my arrival, they were very displeased that someone had come to help the people of Israel.”

Just as Nehemiah performed a thorough inspection of the damaged walls, you must be willing to “go there”–to the Dung Gates in your marriage. Yes, you must be willing to ask the awkward questions and examine all the ugliness that you more than likely would like to not have to address. Examine and reveal. Confess and repent. Forgive and pray so that you can be healed. Adultery destroys so many beautiful connections and spiritual gates in marriage. Yes, go to your Dung Gates and honestly assess what has been damaged between you.
Nehemiah 2: 13 ” After dark I went out through the Valley Gate, past the Jackal’s Well, and over to the Dung Gate to inspect the broken walls and burned gates.”

Have faith and trust that God will help you succeed in rebuilding your marriage! Work together.  One day at a time.  One effort at a time, and rebuke the enemy! Speak God’s Word over your marriage and each other! Declare and decree that neither man, woman, or the enemy has any “share, legal right, historic claim”or authority over your marriage except Jesus!!! Amen!!!
Nehemiah 2:20 ” I replied, “The God of heaven will help us succeed. We, his servants, will start rebuilding this wall. But you have no share, legal right, or historic claim in Jerusalem.”

When you forgive your spouse of infidelity, more than likely people on the outside–family, friends, and enemies–may scoff at you and mock you for wanting to stand for your marriage and rebuild it. What looks impossible to them is none of their business and there is nothing too hard for God! They may be waiting for the first signs of trouble from your marriage so they can gossip about how your marriage will not last. The enemy may send people and situations your way to confuse you to try and plant doubts in your mind as to whether it is possible or worth the trouble to rebuild your marriage. Pray! Ask God to protect you and becon the alet continually for those people and situations that try to come against you.
Nehemiah 4:2-3 “Do they actually think they can make something of stones from a rubbish heap—and charred ones at that?”
3 Tobiah the Ammonite, who was standing beside him, remarked, “That stone wall would collapse if even a fox walked along the top of it!”
They all made plans to come and fight against Jerusalem and throw us into confusion. 9 But we prayed to our God and guarded the city day and night to protect ourselves.”

Each day after adultery has happened,  is a long road in recovering from it,  but don’t lose hope! Don’t grow weary and count your blessings when you feel like throwing your hands up or complaining about how much work the rebuilding requires. Understand that the enemy is looking for a way in. He is always plotting ways to kill your love for each other and your desire to rebuild. He wants you to stop! He wants to end your work on your marriage!
Nehemiah 4:10-11 “10 Then the people of Judah began to complain, “The workers are getting tired, and there is so much rubble to be moved. We will never be able to build the wall by ourselves.”
11 Meanwhile, our enemies were saying, “Before they know what’s happening, we will swoop down on them and kill them and end their work.”

Look at your situation together and encourage each other! Do not fear the enemy because God has defeated him! Remember and remind one another how MIGHTY the Lord is and FIGHT for your marriage and your family!!!!
Nehemiah 4:14 ” Then as I looked over the situation, I called together the nobles and the rest of the people and said to them, “Don’t be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes!” “

Be prepared to be diligent. Rebuilding is a process that you must commit to “from sunrise to sunset”. Always be on guard for the enemy and never tske off your armor of God. Eph. 6:11 ” Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Carry your weapons with you at all times–God’s Word.  Walk in your authority in Christ at all times. Even when it seems you can relax and let your guards down, stay alert!
Nehemiah 4:21-23 ” We worked early and late, from sunrise to sunset. And half the men were always on guard. 22 I also told everyone living outside the walls to stay in Jerusalem. That way they and their servants could help with guard duty at night and work during the day. 23 During this time, none of us—not I, nor my relatives, nor my servants, nor the guards who were with me—ever took off our clothes. We carried our weapons with us at all times, even when we went for water.”

Undoubtedly, the enemy will attack your marriage again. And he is very likely to attack in the same areas, the same way. He will keep testing to see if he can tempt you or your spouse to commit adultery again. Different people may be sent to test you over and over again. You must be ready to rebuke the temptation faithfully and consistently. You must not make the mistake of coming down off the wall to play around with fire. It is only a snare from the enemy because he wants to stop you from rebuilding your marriage. Your answer to temptation each time it comes, needs to be the Word of God!
Nehemiah 6:1-4 ” Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies found out that I had finished rebuilding the wall and that no gaps remained—though we had not yet set up the doors in the gates. 2 So Sanballat and Geshem sent a message asking me to meet them at one of the villages in the plain of Ono.
But I realized they were plotting to harm me, 3 so I replied by sending this message to them: “I am engaged in a great work, so I can’t come. Why should I stop working to come and meet with you?”
4 Four times they sent the same message, and each time I gave the same reply.”

I understand it is not easy as you work to rebuild your marriage and put the adultery behind you. But what you are doing is bigger than the two of you. You provide a testimony to the world that God will be glorified! Marriage can work and prosper! As you both work together others will know that you only could have done it because of God! Others will see that “the work had been done with the help of our God”! And although Nehemiah was able to finish rebuilding the wall in just 52 days–glory to God!–you will be blessed to have His help in rebuilding your marriage until the day our Lord Jesus returns for His bride! Don’t give up. Be faithful! God will bless your commitment to finish what you began when you said “I do.”
Nehemiah 6:15 “…. the wall was finished—just fifty-two days after we had begun. 16 When our enemies and the surrounding nations heard about it, they were frightened and humiliated. They realized this work had been done with the help of our God.”

Dear God, thank You that Your Word is true and that we have Your blessing as we “rebuild the ruins”, “restore the places long devastated and “renew the ruined cities that have been devastated…” (Is.61:4)
Thank You that You will restore the years the locusts have eaten.’ (Joel 2:25). Tear down any walls between me and my spouse that prevent us from working together to rebuild our marriage. I rebuke the spirit of adultery in Jesus’ name. Lord, reveal to us any gaps that we need to repair and seal in with fresh commitments to one another. Protect us from the evil in this world. Thank You for giving us another chance to glorify You, and remove any shadow of bitterness or resentment that may have resulted from the adultery. Lord, heal our marriage and show us how to glorify You in all we do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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Prayer Against Adultery


Dear Lord, by the power of Your Holy Spirit, let every yoke of adultery that hangs on the shoulders of husbands and wives be broken and crumbled to pieces. Let the pieces be engulfed by Your glory as You turn their hearts back to you. Give husbands and wives the mind of Christ and renew our thoughts, hearts, and spirits in You. Lord, every desire husbands and wives secretly fan to flames in their hearts for foreign flesh–for anyone other than their spouses–quench every spark and every flame with Your Holy Spirit!!! Let every path to the immoral seductresses (both men and women) be burned and hedged up with thorns that will pierce their hearts and lead them to repent!!! Give every husband and wife a soft heart that wants to hear Your voice and correction! Your correction saves!!! Lord, aside from selfish desires to not see marriages fall apart. Show Yourself MIGHTY in the hearts of all those who are either committing or contemplating adultery!!! Lord, give those in rebellion no rest so they have no choice but to turn to You!!! I pray for their salvation Lord!! The immoral seductress pathways lead to death!!! Lord, give us hearts and faith that are unmoved by the temptations that will surely lead to paths of destruction and death! Give every husband and wife power as we speak Your Word over our marriages taking captive all imaginings, thoughts, circumstances, and anything that is contrary to what Your Word declares!! Thank You in advance for the restorations and for breaking the generational strongholds of adultery from Your covenant marriages. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen!~ Cassandra♥
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New eBook Release~ “From Fear to Faith: Devotional on Faith and Marriage”


Cassandra’s new devotional ebook is now available on Amazon for download to your Kindle device/app! “From Fear to Faith” is only $2.99 and is sure to inspire an increase in your faith as you are pointed to God’s Word each day! Each day reminds you to focus on the Lord instead of your circumstances. This is not a lengthy, time-consuming read and you do not have to be married to enjoy it. Cassandra’s creative way of incorporating her love for the beach and her love for God’s Word will leave you motivated in your walk with God. This is one devotional you cannot miss out on including in your Summer reading!
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Have You Had Any Strange Fruit?


Is flirting really harmless? When does accepting a compliment become sin?

It was just a thought–a suggestion–that was introduced to Eve by the serpent. But that pleasantly framed suggestion spawned ideas that led Eve to challenge the authority and love of God. That is how the enemy uses flirtations to get unsuspecting people to slip into adulterous thinking. There is nothing wrong with accepting a genuine, respectful compliment and moving forward; but if you find yourself consistently anticipating someone other than your spouse’s verbal affections, you are in dangerous territory. If you find yourself enjoying others’ flirtations, ask yourself why you enjoy them and if they are a substitute for your spouse’s or lack thereof. If what others say to you makes you feel like there is someone better than your spouse, something is not right. It may seem harmless, but remember the serpent and beware of slipping into sin.
It was only a suggestion,after all.  However, it was that suggestion that gave rise to thoughts in Eve’s mind that there was something better for her than what God had already provided for her! Then, in the events that followed, a beautiful life that could have been spent living in perfection with her husband Adam was destroyed by sin. Don’t let that happen to you. If your spouse is sparse with offering you verbal affections or flirtations, do have patience and wait for them.  Reserve your desire to receive those affections from him/her. When it comes from their lips, it’s altogether more beloved and especially for you! Don’t partake of the strange fruit that is offered to you from others because, although it may look pleasant, the motive behind it being offered to you may be rooted in evil. Enjoy sweetness that comes from your spouse’s lips.
“Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods,
So is my beloved among the sons.
I sat down in his shade with great delight,
And his fruit was sweet to my taste.” ~Song of Solomon 2:3
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“A Heart of Integrity”


Jeremiah 4:3, NET Bible~ ” Yes, the LORD has this to say to the people of Judah and Jerusalem: “Like a farmer breaking up hard unplowed ground, you must break your rebellious will and make a new beginning; just as a farmer must clear away thorns lest the seed is wasted, you must get rid of the sin that is ruining your lives. “
“Integrity” means that one can be trusted to do the right thing, especially when he/she is not in the presence or supervision of others who may hold him accountable. Let’s take it a step further because we have to be honest and admit that there’s not much–if anything at all–that we as sinners do not need God’s help with. I like to include God in anything that is meant to define traits and characteristics of a person’s heart. So here’s my revised definition of integrity: “
A person with integrity not only does and says what is right and edifying to others, but (s)he also acknowledges triggers or temptations that entice him/her to do what is wrong–to sin. The man/woman who has integrity confesses those things to God and entreat Him for the strength to resist sin, and in turn, the person with integrity allows God to cleanse and renew their heart with the desire to walk/conduct themselves righteously. The person who has integrity does what is right not because others can see or benefit as a result of them doing what is right, but because the eyes of God see where no human eye can see–straight inside of the heart to determine their intentions.”
Isaiah 17:9-10~ ” ” The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it? 10 “I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give to each man according to his ways, According to the results of his deeds.” “
Ephesians 6:6~ “Not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart”
The person who acts, speaks, thinks, and perceives with integrity relies on God; and,therefore, their integrity is a shield that keeps the lies of the enemy from penetrating its core. God knows the depths of our hearts and He can take what the enemy would use to fill your heart with thorns (sin and evil motives) and turn his dastardly schemes inside out!
He can take what the enemy means for our harm and use it for our good (Romans 8:28). Out of a sinning heart that is transformed by His Holy Spirit, He can turn it for that person’s good to provide them with a testimony. That person can then tell someone else who may be struggling with integrity that they too can live a righteous life in Christ! The thorns that were meant to choke your heart on the inside–God can turn your heart inside out and use those thorns as a shield to protect it! Those thorns that used to choke up your paths and block you from walking with integrity can serve as a testimony and a reminder that you can’t do it all on your own. To live a life of integrity means that you lean on the wisdom, strength, and power of God to follow after Jesus’ example. Amen! Have a Blessed day!
Proverbs 2:7-8~ “He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, 8 Guarding the paths of justice, And He preserves the way of His godly ones.…”
Psalm 51:10~ ” Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
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Prayer~Greatest Tool in Marriage Restoration


James 5:16 says, “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much”
This Scripture instructs us on the importance of prayer and confession. Everyday my marriage is restored more and more. Although God’s not finished with my husband and me yet, the glory of our marriage following its complete breakdown  is so much greater than it was before it crumbled! (Haggai 2:9).
In order for a marriage to continually be renewed from glory to glory,  both spouses must maintain transparent communication so that when they face temptation or sin, they can approach one another and confess their trespasses without fear of condemnation. Do you make it easy for your spouse to tell you the truth? In the past, I would use whatever my husband shared with me regarding his shortcomings against him. I have learned not to do that any longer! My husband can come to me and talk to me openly without fear of retaliation or condemnation because my arms are always open to him. I want to hear what his struggles and temptations are so I can pray for him and battle for him instead of battling with him. We all face desires and temptations are everywhere we turn. No one is exempt from being tempted to sin! 1 Corinthians 10:13 ” No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.” We are not perfect; only one Man could claim that–Jesus! We each need to provide a safe harbor of grace that our spouses can safely come to and let us know the dangers they are facing.
Confess your sins to your spouse and welcome your spouse to do the same ,so that you can pray for each other and be healed! Your prayers avail more than secrecy and trying to deal with your transgressions alone.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 is the truth!
” Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
10 For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.
11 Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm;
But how can one be warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.
And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
Amen! God bless you!
Cassandra Salamone♡

The Nature of Lies


Lies can vary in their presentation. Some are outright, in plain sight– bold-faced lies. Whereas, others are not so readily apparent or easily detected. This latter description reminds me of caramel apples. They certainly look delicious! Sweet and chewy on the outside with lots of mouthwatering, caramel goodness to satisfy the sweet-tooth. However, the surprise comes when we reach the apple at its center. More often than not, I have found myself busily savoring the decadence of the caramel’s sweetness only to be shocked when I bite into a very tart, sour apple. And the worst is when I have reached the apple–only to find it is rotten!
That is the nature of a lie. It is designed to feed an individual what they want to hear, thus, satisfying that craving, while masking the bitter truth that is under layers of “sweetness”.
When we look at the nature of a lie, we learn that at the core of its nature and purpose, it’s designed to deceive us. Its nature is derived from its creator, who is none other than Satan the devil.
John 8:44 ” “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
Isn’t a lie like that?
It’s all good until we find out what was hiding underneath all that gooey sweetness. Some lies are packaged to look so good to the one who they’re being served to! Lies are built for deception. When someone is serving you a platter of lies, you don’t have to accept them. If you ask Him, God will give you the discernment to recognize the lies so you will not be taken in by them. When a lie is being served, we must recognize who it truly comes from–the devil!  Although it may hurt or be disappointing to know the sour, rotten truth, it’s better to know the truth than to be deceived.
These days, before I eat a caramel apple, I use a knife to slice right through to the core–to the truth! Let’s pray and ask God to help us rightly divide the situations and people in our lives with His Word–our sword of truth so that we can correctly recognize the truth of every matter. The Greek word translated rightly dividing is “orthotomeo” and is found in 2Timothy 2:15:
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
May the God of truth give us wisdom to correctly study situations and rightly divide them to know the truth so that we are not deceived. In Jesus’ name , amen.
Cassandra Salamone ©2013

Beware of Immoral Wells

This is a poem I wrote (in the form of a play) in an attempt to illustrate one husband’s “fall” into adultery:

The immoral seductress. The other woman. The adulteress. The mistress. She appears to have it all. She is an illusion and appears to be beautiful; but upon closer inspection, she’s just a big deceptive mess waiting to lure in a willing husband away from his wife.

Husband: There is something
More for me
On the other side
Of stinging feelings
And sour resentments.

Wife: Mostly he needs to find a way around his pride.

Husband: What’s one more secret to hide?
(So he walks around the gate
and the devil makes sure he finds her.
Because the enemy knows–
he can snare a man by presenting him with
a forbidden desire.)

Doe-eyes and
Gleaming words filled with molten venom
and poisonous promises.
Her disposable laughter
and ever-ready embrace
pave the way to her tomb.
An immoral seductress’ womb
is a treacherous, slippery, moss-laden

A symphony of syncopated sin.

She’s like a well–
Foolish men pause to toss their worth in.
They fail to realize
they traded their souls for a worthless moment.

Now, one’s standing at the bottom
In a puddle of cold regret.

He tries to climb up
But his shoes have no traction.
The way out is what the seductress’s charms
Have caused him to forget.

He clasps his hands together
In repentant prayer.
Because of all the lies.
Layer upon leveled layer.

“Lord, help me get out of here. Get me out of this mess I’m in!”

He looks up to see his wife lowering a knotted rope.
He cries out to Jesus for the strength to climb!
He thanks God for the love his wife tied into each knot
Each prayer she lifted on his behalf.

As the fresh air fills his lungs,
His wife helps him climb out!
Over the well’s wall.

Husband shouts while embracing his wife: “I LOVE YOU!!! NOW Grab me the shovel!!!
With gravel and dirt, they block off the path to the well.
“I will never travel that path ever again.
Outside our gates, dear, are all sorts of immoral wells,
But I will never fall back in!!!!!!”

God says~ 1John 1:9 “If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].”

Proverbs 7: “7 My son, keep my words; lay up within you my commandments [for use when needed] and treasure them.
2 Keep my commandments and live, and keep my law and teaching as the apple (the pupil) of your eye.
3 Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Say to skillful and godly Wisdom, You are my sister, and regard understanding or insight as your intimate friend—
5 That they may keep you from the loose woman, from the adventuress who flatters with and makes smooth her words.
6 For at the window of my house I looked out through my lattice.
7 And among the simple (empty-headed and emptyhearted) ones, I perceived among the youths a young man void of good sense,
8 Sauntering through the street near the [loose woman’s] corner; and he went the way to her house
9 In the twilight, in the evening; night black and dense was falling [over the young man’s life].
10 And behold, there met him a woman, dressed as a harlot and sly and cunning of heart.
11 She is turbulent and willful; her feet stay not in her house;
12 Now in the streets, now in the marketplaces, she sets her ambush at every corner.
13 So she caught him and kissed him and with impudent face she said to him,
14 Sacrifices of peace offerings were due from me; this day I paid my vows.
15 So I came forth to meet you [that you might share with me the feast from my offering]; diligently I sought your face, and I have found you.
16 I have spread my couch with rugs and cushions of tapestry, with striped sheets of fine linen of Egypt.
17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us take our fill of love until morning; let us console and delight ourselves with love.
19 For the man is not at home; he is gone on a long journey;
20 He has taken a bag of money with him and will come home at the day appointed [at the full moon].
21 With much justifying and enticing argument she persuades him, with the allurements of her lips she leads him [to overcome his conscience and his fears] and forces him along.
22 Suddenly he [yields and] follows her reluctantly like an ox moving to the slaughter, like one in fetters going to the correction [to be given] to a fool or [a]like a dog enticed by food to the muzzle
23 Till a dart [of passion] pierces and inflames his vitals; then like a bird fluttering straight into the net [he hastens], not knowing that it will cost him his life.
24 Listen to me now therefore, O you sons, and be attentive to the words of my mouth.
25 Let not your heart incline toward her ways, do not stray into her paths.
26 For she has cast down many wounded; indeed, all her slain are a mighty host.
27 Her house is the way to Sheol (Hades, the place of the dead), going down to the chambers of death.”