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"Hear from the heart wordless mysteries!
Understand what cannot be understood!
In man's stone-dark heart there burns a fire
That burns all veils to their root and foundation.
When the veils are burned away, the heart will understand completely...
Ancient Love will unfold ever-fresh forms
In the heart of the Spirit, in the core of the heart."
~ Rumi

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I love myself and should show myself that love. Focus.

Allow every moment in your life be an opportunity to be present – to revive, to grow, to thrive.

“I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.” ~ Maya Angelou
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". . . Love will not be constrained by mastery;
……. Love is a thing as any spirit free;
Women by nature long for liberty
And not to be constrained or made a thrall,
And so do men, if I may speak for all…….”

part of The Franklin’s Tale
The Canterbury Tales
Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400)
(translated by Nevill Coghill for Penguin Classics 1951)



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I love myself and should show myself that love. Focus.

Allow every moment in your life be an opportunity to be present – to revive, to grow, to thrive.

“I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.” ~ Maya Angelou
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3/18/14 5:03 P

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Even
after
all this time
the sun never says to the earth,
“You owe me.”
Look
what happens
with a love like that —
It lights the whole world.

The Sun Never Says ~ Hafiz

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I love myself and should show myself that love. Focus.

Allow every moment in your life be an opportunity to be present – to revive, to grow, to thrive.

“I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.” ~ Maya Angelou
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Keep them coming!!.. I thoroughly enjoyed reading every single one!! Nothing like a poem to hit home and spark a cheer :)

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Gods Flight
© Heather Flood

On the ground sits a bird
that's too afraid to fly.
Beautiful wings could make it soar,
but the pain of past failure is it's lonesome cry.

God has said unto this bird,
"Trust and have faith in me,
for I will carry you in your flight.
The miracle of life is waiting for you to see."

The bird said to God, "But I can't fly.
I am weak. I will fall and feel pain
It's happened before when I tried to fly.
I'm afraid of being hurt again."

His voice soft and reassuring, God said to the bird,
I created you, and I will protect you.
Your lonesome cry I have heard.
Have faith in me. That's all you need to do.

So, stand up, bird, and spread your wings.
The wings I lovingly created to let you fly.
If you fall I'll pick you up,
and lift you back into the sky."

With trembling legs and unsure wings
the bird finally looked to the sky.
It took a deep breath, and took the chance.
The bird began to fly.

"Thank you, God, for believing in me.
Thank you for giving me wings.
Thank you for your protecting hands.
Your glory I will now sing."

God smiled unto the bird
in its majestic flight.
"Little bird, I'll always be with you,
and will protect you with all my might.

You may stumble. You may fall.
That doesn't mean that I don't care.
I will watch over you, in case you need help,
and then I'll be right there."

The little bird, once so scared,
learned to soar to new heights.
The occasional fall no longer scared the bird,
choosing to have faith in Gods flight.


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It's the Journey that's Important...
by: John McLeod

Life, sometimes so wearying
Is worth its weight in gold
The experience of traveling
Lends a wisdom that is old
Beyond our 'living memory'
A softly spoken prayer:
"It's the journey that's important,
Not the getting there!"


Ins and outs and ups and downs
Life's road meanders aimlessly?
Or so it seems, but somehow
Leads us where we need to be,
And being simply human
We oft question and compare....
"Is the journey so important
Or the getting there?"


And thus it's always been
That question pondered down the ages
By simple men with simple ways
To wise and ancient sages....
How sweet then, quietly knowing
Reaching destination fair:
"It's the journey that's important,
Not the getting there!"

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Awakening...
by: John McLeod

Awakening, dawn's chorus
Welcoming,
The day new, untouched
Waiting to be filled....

And will we paint a rainbow
With all its promise
Or dull the canvas
Sadly seen?

Each day brings its own colours
To be chosen, mixed,
Pigments of joy,
Happy moments,
Smiles and laughter....

And which will you choose?
For 'Life' is choice,
We are all painters
In our own way,
All needing to create
Something of worth,
Of lasting beauty,
Marking our journey....

Footprints in the sand....

The sky today is azure,
The sun warm and golden
A filigree of light and shadow-play
Through the gently swaying trees.

I clean my brushes,
Choose my palette
Of vibrant, living colours,
And begin to fill
Today's blank canvas

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Climb 'Til Your Dream Comes True
by: Helen Steiner Rice

Often your tasks will be many,
And more than you think you can do.
Often the road will be rugged
And the hills insurmountable, too.
But always remember,
The hills ahead
Are never as steep as they seem,
And with Faith in your heart
Start upward
And climb 'til you reach your dream.
For nothing in life that is worthy
Is ever too hard to achieve
If you have the courage to try it,
And you have the faith to believe.
For faith is a force that is greater
Than knowledge or power or skill,
And many defeats turn to triumph
If you trust in God's wisdom and will.
For faith is a mover of mountains,
There's nothing that God cannot do,
So, start out today with faith in your heart,
And climb 'til your dream comes true!

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The Road Not Taken
by: Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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Follow Your Dream
by: Amanda Bradley

Follow your dream.
Take one step at a time and don't settle for less,
Just continue to climb.
Follow your dream.
If you stumble, don't stop and lose sight of your goal
Press to the top.
For only on top can we see the whole view,
Can we see what we've done and what we can do;
Can we then have the vision to seek something new,
Press on.
Follow your dream.

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Success
by: Ralph Waldo Emerson

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty,
To find the best in others,
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child,
A garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.

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You Can Be Whatever You Want To Be!
by: Donna Levine

There is inside you
All of the potential
To be whatever you want to be;
All of the energy
To do whatever you want to do.
Imagine yourself as you would like to be,
Doing what you want to do,
And each day, take one step
Towards your dream.
And though at times it may seem too
difficult to continue,
Hold on to your dream.
One morning you will awake to find
That you are the person you dreamed of,
Doing what you wanted to do,
Simply because you had the courage
To believe in your potential
And to hold on to your dream.

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Don't Quit
by: Unknown Author

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit.
Rest, if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns
As every one of us sometimes learns.
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out:
Don't give up though the pace seems slow -
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out -
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are.
It may be near when it seems so far:
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.

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May the sun bring you new energy by day,
May the moon softly restore you by night,
May the rainwash away your worries,
May the breeze blow new strength into your being.
May you walk through the world and know
Its beauty all the days of your life
~Apache Blessing

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"I'm glad I am alive, to see and feel
The full deliciousness of this bright day,
That's like a heart with nothing to conceal;
The young leaves scarcely trembling; the blue-grey
Rimming the cloudless ether far away;
Briars, hedges, shadows; mountains that reveal
Soft sapphire; this great floor of polished steel
Spread out amidst the landmarks of the bay.

I stoop in sunshine to our circling net
From the black gunwale; tend these milky kine
Up their rough path; sit by yon cottage-door
Plying the diligent thread; take wings and soar--
O hark how with the season's laureate
Joy culminates in song! If such a song were mine!"

- William Allingham, On a Forenoon of Spring

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5/29/12 3:32 P

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"To the garden of the world anew descending,
Potent mates, daughters, sons, preluding,
The love, the life of their bodies, meaning and being,
Curious here behold my resurrection after slumber,
The revolving cycles in their wide sweep having brought me again,
amorous, mature, all beautiful to me, all wondrous,
My limbs and the quivering fire that ever plays through them, for reasons, most wondrous,
Existing I peer and penetrate still,
Content with the present, content with the past,
By my side or back of me Eve following,
Or in front, and I following her just the same."

- Walt Whitman, To the Garden of the World

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A Mother's Love

There are times when only a mother's love
Can understand our tears,
Can soothe our disappoints
And calm all of our fears.

There are times when only a mother's love
Can share the joy we feel
When something we've dreamed about
Quite suddenly is real.

There are times when only a mother's faith
Can help us on life's way
And inspire in us the confidence
We need from day to day.

For a mother's heart and a mother's faith
And a mother's steadfast love
Were fashioned by the angels
And sent from God above.

--Author Unknown

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5/12/12 5:28 P

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The Cake Of Friendship

Preheat the oven of love
With plenty of secrets and hugs

Mix in giggles and laughs
That make your sides split in half

Bake with the love and care
And all the things you both should share

Decorate with the frosting of trust
This is really a must

Enjoy the cake do not eat it fast
Just like your new friendship make it last.

by Michelle Flores

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5/1/12 7:04 P

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"The wind is tossing the lilacs,
The new leaves laugh in the sun,
And the petals fall on the orchard wall,
But for me the spring is done.

Beneath the apple blossoms
I go a wintry way,
For love that smiled in April
Is false to me in May."

- Sara Teasdale, May

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Footprints in the Sand


One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.

This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.

So I said to the Lord,
"You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during
the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one
set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most,
you have not been there for me?"

The Lord replied,
"The times when you have
seen only one set of footprints,
is when I carried you."
By: Mary Stevenson


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Words of inspiration lift the spirit, boost morale and nudge you in the direction you want to go.

No two people are inspired quite the same way, and what inspires is as unique as the sound of your laughter. No two people are inspired quite the same way.

One person’s inspiration may come from reading a book, poem or quote. Another may be inspired by music, the sound of children’s laughter or silence that encourages reflective thinking.

If you feel uninspired and long to rekindle the glowing coals of your life into a roaring fire, try using the following tips. Let a few words of inspiration sink in as you ponder the possibilities of living an inspired life.

What is Inspiration?
“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” — George Eliot

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Happy New Year Wish

My Happy New Year wish for you
Is for your best year yet,
A year where life is peaceful,
And what you want, you get.

A year in which you cherish
The past year’s memories,
And live your life each new day,
Full of bright expectancies.

I wish for you a holiday
With happiness galore;
And when it’s done, I wish you
Happy New Year, and many more.

By Joanna Fuchs

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Reasons Why


Our love is the long lasting kind;
We’ve been together quite awhile.
I love you for so many things,
Your voice, your touch, your kiss, your smile.

You accept me as I am;
I can relax and just be me.
Even when my quirks come out,
You think they’re cute; you let me be.

With you, there’s nothing to resist;
You’re irresistible to me.
I’m drawn to you in total trust;
I give myself to you willingly.

Your sweet devotion never fails;
You view me with a patient heart.
You love me, dear, no matter what.
You’ve been that way right from the start.

Those are just a few reasons why
I’ll always love you like I do.
We’ll have a lifetime full of love,
And it will happen because of you.


By Joanna Fuchs


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You’re Always There for Me


When the world comes crashing in
And chaos rules my mind,
I turn my heart to you, Lord,
And pure, sweet peace I find.

You lift me out of trouble
You comfort me in pain;
You nourish, heal and cleanse me,
Like cool, refreshing rain.

In times of joy and bliss,
When things are going right,
You lift me even higher,
And fill me with delight.

You listen to my prayers;
You hear my every plea;
I’m safe because I know
You’re always there for me.


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Decide To Be Healthy
By: Dr. Robert Muller


Decide to be healthy.

Pray to God every day for good health.

Take health as your sacred, God given duty.

Make no room whatsoever for the slightest thought of sickness.

Encourage your trillions of faithful little cells through joy, happiness and confidence.

Thank them, talk to them, sing to them.

Let no foul air, food or liquid poison you.

Let no anger, anxiety or bitterness enter you.

Wake up every morning with gratitude for your resurrection and repeat ten times:

"I am the happiest and healthiest person on earth."

Repeat it again before you sleep.

Close your eyes and think of God, good health and happiness.

And thank your Father in heaven who has given us a body never to be sick, a mind never to be dull, a consciousness never to be empty, and a spirit full of
the heavens and of the Earth.


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This is a poem I wrote, which I do quite often, I wrote it when I was going through a Crisis and things got so bad for me because I kept telling my doctors and family the pain pattern was different, but while in the hospital I had to wait til my PM doctor came to see about me before they gave me my pain meds and also my PM doctor was the one who discover I also had Pneumonia as well as the MS Crisis; I had a temp of 102.6 and my regular doctor or the nurses in the hospital did not pick it up, I ended up having to get to an out-of-town hospital after spending a week in the 1st hospital, I had to spend another week there, but thank God my PM doctor is more attentive to my care. The poem is below;


Lord, Why So Much Pain?

Lord, I am not questioning you
But my heart wonders why in all that I do
My Pain Misery and Woe
Seems only to me to Show
Others seem to be blind or they do not care
But when they all need me I’m always there
Ever so gently in tender Loving Prayer
But when I have but a moment in despair
It seems that my sorrows they can not bare
Lord, why so much pain
Help me I pray thee for strength to gain
So that I feel not all alone
Wondering effortless like a guest in my own home
Father, Help me to make this grief pass from me
And be all that thou would have me to be
Carry me through the Storm and Rain
Deliver me from my carriage of Pain
And allow me to STAND even when I can not
And remove the hurt and anger that I got
Lord I Love thee with all my heart
I ask thee to help me finish what I started.


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The True Meaning Of Christmas
by Brian K. Walters

In todays' day and time,
it's easy to lose sight,
of the true meaning of Christmas
and one special night.

When we go shopping,
We say "How much will it cost?"
Then the true meaning of Christmas,
Somehow becomes lost.

Amidst the tinsel, glitter
And ribbons of gold,
We forget about the child,
born on a night so cold.

The children look for Santa
In his big, red sleigh
Never thinking of the child
Whose bed was made of hay.

In reality,
When we look into the night sky,
We don't see a sleigh
But a star, burning bright and high.

A faithful reminder,
Of that night so long ago,
And of the child we call Jesus,
Whose love, the world would know.

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I wrote this poem about/for my second birth-son, Nathyn Leland. It was inspired by his 3rd birthday (November 28th, 2008) and the fact that he physically looks like me, particularly his smile. I'm open to critiques of my work. This is the first real poem I've written.

"Never Let That Smile Go..."

You may have many questions
And I hope they're answered true
But one thing I promise
I gave my smile to you.

My heart strings tug
More and more each day
Each passing minute, every second
I think of you and pray.

Another year passes
And still I miss you so
While I wanted to just hold you
I had to let you go.

I know that you are happy
In a better place
But please my darling know
In my dreams I see your face.

When you look at yourself
And wonder all the while
Please dear birthson remember
That I gave you that perfect smile.

I'm a wild & untamed thing
I'm a bee with a deadly sting
You get a hit and your mind goes PING
Your heart will pump and your blood will sing
So let the party and the sound rock on
We're gonna shake it 'til the life has gone
Rose tints my world, keeps me safe from my trouble and pain!


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Paula - thanks for sharing the beautiful poem.

Mystyne :)

"Today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so get on your way." ---Dr. Seuss

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Hi Sheila,
The poem Daddy's Empty Chair did you write it or find it on line?
I wrote one like this years ago it's on one of my web pages....
It is a very moving poem :)
hugs, Paula

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A Mothers Prayer

She knelt by her bedside,
her soft white hands folded.
To pray.
Every night for the past ten
years she has done this, her
eyes filled with tears.

Her prayers were for others,
for health, healing, and
safety.
She prayed for her husband,
children, and families.

The moonlight showed through
her window.
Lighting up the room.
It cast its light upon
her, she didn't move.

She felf a hand upon her
shoulder, and she began to
shiver.
She prayed all the more,
from her heart that was
so warm.

This time she prayed for
healing for herself to be
renewed.

As she felt the hand lift
off her shoulder she ended
her prayers and said,
"thank you dear Jesus for
hearing me and being with
me this night.
Without your love for me,
I would have given up the
fight.

by:paula strasburg
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One Day At A Time

One day without pain.
How great that would be.
Being able to get around.
Walking so freely.

One day without stress.
The worries and cares.
That my mind be free,
so I can be me.

One day to find the
time to do the things
I should.
To look into the mirror
and know that I could.

I can't remember how it
feels, to be without hurt.
In my dreams I am a different
me, the one I use to know.
In reality it's not the
same I know.

One Day At A Time is
more than none.
That I should enjoy the
beauty around me, watch a
setting sun.

Greet the new day with
a smile, and thank God
for everyone.

by:paula strasburg

god bless you :)

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this is a good idea about posting poems here.
the poetry i have read is great.
thanks,
hugs, paula:)

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thank you, enjoyed it..still laughing....good one.
paula :)

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Chronic pain poem: My Life As a Tree
Evergreen: My Life As a Tree

The passage of time with its friend’s rain and sun
Pounded and tore at her heart.

She stood against the glacial winds
Bending with each gust
Braved each zephyr’s current,
As storm and ceaseless tempests came upon her.

When she was young bending was effortless,
With the passage of time stiffness set in
And in her heart fear took root and grew.

What will become of me when I am old?
Is there more to life than this?

After years of worry
Fear filled her to the core,
Therefore she germinated a plot
That would ensure she would survive.

She drew strength from deep within,
Far beneath her bark.
Life forces of spring she sought
And the custom of time was fulfilled.

Small shoots began to sprout
All around her trunk they grew
As the soft moist humus erupted with life
Fecund soil pushed from beneath.

Sprouts became saplings
Then tender nubile trees.

Awareness enveloped her
She knew she would live on in her young.

She sheltered them
Until they were old enough
To sustain the pouring rain,
Wind and arctic cold.

To her deep gratification
They grew and flourished.

She was no longer fearful
She was no longer alone.

They outgrew her,
Hovered above her as they stood
Sheltering her from each downpour and gust
A mighty forest fortress surrounded her.

Then she understood.

As long as they lived
So would she,
Forever young
Forever green.

Perhaps we also live forever
In our young
In our ideas
And in our deeds,
Evergreen.

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Laughter echo's down the hall
Rays of sunshine warm the floor
Smell of cinnamon fills the nose
Flannel sheets warm the body

Time ticks slowly the minutes
Of rest and warmth, feeling safe
Other people invade the space,
the day is about to begin

Today is the day to begin
living the life I choose
The path is there for the asking
Following is a choice

Pathways so lovely and filled with joy
behind a littered, disaster
I choose the path of happiness
Love, prayer and God's forgiveness

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"DADDY'S EMPTY CHAIR"

A man's daughter had asked the local minister
to come and pray with her father.
When the minister arrived,he found the man lying in bed with his head propped up on two pillows.

An empty chair sat beside his bed.
The minister assumed that the old fellow
had been informed of his visit.
'I guess you were expecting me, he said.
'No, who are you?' said the father.
The minister told him his name and then remarked,
'I saw the empty chair and I figured you knew I was going to show up.'

'Oh yeah, the chair,' said the bedridden man.
'Would you mind closing the door?'
Puzzled, the minister shut the door.
'I have never told anyone this, not even my daughter,' said the man.

'But all of my life I have never known how to pray.
At church I used to hear the pastor talk about prayer, but it went right over my head.'
I abandoned any attempt at prayer,' the old man continued,' until one day four years ago, my best friend said to me, Johnny, prayer is just a simple matter of having a conversation with Jesus.

Here is what I suggest.
'Sit down in a chair; place an empty chair in front of you, and in faith see Jesus on the chair.

It's not spooky because he promised,'I will be with you always'. 'Then just speak to him in the same way
you're doing with me right now.'

'So, I tried it and I've liked it so much that I do it a couple of hours every day.
I'm careful though. If my daughter saw me talking
to an empty chair, she'd either have a nervous breakdown or send me off to the funny farm.'

The minister was deeply moved by the story and
encouraged the old man to continue on the journey.
Then he prayed with him, anointed him with oil,
and returned to the church.

Two nights later the daughter called to tell the minister that her daddy had died that afternoon.
Did he die in peace?' he asked.

Yes, when I left the house about two o'clock,
he called me over to his bedside, told me he loved me and kissed me on the cheek.
When I got back from the store an hour later,
I found him. But there was something strange about his death.

Apparently, just before Daddy died, he leaned over and rested his head on the chair beside the bed. What do you make of that?'

The minister wiped a tear from his eye and said,
'I wish we could all go like that.'
Just send this to four people or more,
and do not break this, please.

Prayer is one of the best free gifts we receive.

I asked God for water, He gave me an ocean.*
I asked God for a flower, He gave me a garden.*
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If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

Happy moments, praise God.
Difficult moments, seek God.
Quiet moments, worship God
Painful moments, trust God.
Every moment, thank God.

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The Swing

How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
Rivers and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside—

Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown—
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!


Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850–1894).
A Child’s Garden of Verses

Somewhere I still have my copy of A Child's Garden of Verses It was one of my favorite books as a child, and this is still one of my favorite poems.

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Stand in faith

Stand in faith
Even when you can’t see your way
Stand in faith
Even when you feel like you can’t face another day
Stand in faith
Even when the tears want to flow from your eyes
Stand in faith
Knowing that our God will always provide
Stand in faith
Even when you feel that all hope is gone
Stand in faith
Knowing that He is always there for you to lean on
Stand in faith
Even when you feel like giving up
Stand in faith
Because He is there ... saying, "Just look up"
Stand in faith
Even in those times you feel so all alone
Stand in faith
Hold on and be strong, for He is still on the throne
Stand in faith
Even when it’s hard to believe
Stand in Faith
Knowing that He can change your situation, suddenly
Stand in faith
Even in those times you feel it’s hard to pray
Stand in faith
And believe that He has already made the way
Faith ... is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen
So stand in faith
Because you already have the victory!


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Faith

Faith on which one can live whole life
Faith on which one can keep hopes alive

Faith on which one can build confidence
Faith on which one can overcome encumbrance

Faith on which one can strengthen determination
Faith on which one can accomplish aspiration

Faith on which one can take dream to reality
Faith on which one can continue to live with ecstasy

Faith on which one can gain even after loosing
Faith on which one can refill the color in life by proving

Faith on which one can fight against injustice
Faith on which one can rest in paradise & peace

Faith in good faith becomes stronger & stronger
God will not be able to hold much longer & do wonder

by: Pinky Lekhraj Porwal

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Thanks Polly we need that today!

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I found this Silly Poem & wanted to share..Hugs

'Twas the day after Christmas, and all through the house, Every creature was hurtin', even the mouse.

The toys were all broken, their batteries dead; Santa passed out, with some ice on his head.

Wrapping and ribbons just covered the floor, While upstairs the family continued to snore. And I in my T-shirt, new Reeboks and jeans, Went into the kitchen and started to clean.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the sink to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the curtains, and threw up the sash.

When what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a little white truck, with an oversized mirror.

The driver was smiling, so lively and grand; The patch on his jacket said, "U.S.POSTMAN."

With a handful of bills, he grinned like a fox, Then quickly he stuffed them into our mailbox. Bill after bill, after bill, they still came, Whistling and shouting he called them by name:

"Now Target, now Best Buy, now Penny's and Sears. There's eBay and Amazon - you're up to your ears! To the tip of your limit, every store, every mall, Now charge away - charge away - charge away all!"

He whooped and he whistled as he finished his work. He filled up the box, then turned with a jerk.

He sprang to his truck and he drove down the road, Driving much faster with just half a load.

Then, I heard him exclaim with great holiday cheer, "Enjoy what you got. . . you'll be paying for years!"




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Happy New Year! To those who will have none

Happy New Year! To those who will have none,
A wish that knows too well it cannot be.
Perhaps one ought not wish so futilely;
Perhaps one ought, that such not be alone.
Yearning is the price one pays for hope,
Nor can one hope unless one would endure.
Each futile wish makes paradise more sure,
Widening the world's supernal scope.
Yet there are those who find such wishes cheap,
Easy substitutes for sacrifice.
A wish for good is more than merely nice,
Restoring winds that stir the unguent deep.

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Toward the Winter Solstice
by Timothy Steele

Although the roof is just a story high,
It dizzies me a little to look down.
I lariat-twirl the cord of Christmas lights
And cast it to the weeping birch’s crown;
A dowel into which I’ve screwed a hook
Enables me to reach, lift, drape, and twine
The cord among the boughs so that the bulbs
Will accent the tree’s elegant design.

Friends, passing home from work or shopping, pause
And call up commendations or critiques.
I make adjustments. Though a potpourri
Of Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Jews, and Sikhs,
We all are conscious of the time of year;
We all enjoy its colorful displays
And keep some festival that mitigates
The dwindling warmth and compass of the days.

Some say that L.A. doesn’t suit the Yule,
But UPS vans now like magi make
Their present-laden rounds, while fallen leaves
Are gaily resurrected in their wake;
The desert lifts a full moon from the east
And issues a dry Santa Ana breeze,
And valets at chic restaurants will soon
Be tending flocks of cars and SUVs.

And as the neighborhoods sink into dusk
The fan palms scattered all across town stand
More calmly prominent, and this place seems
A vast oasis in the Holy Land.
This house might be a caravansary,
The tree a kind of cordial fountainhead
Of welcome, looped and decked with necklaces
And ceintures of green, yellow, blue, and red.

Some wonder if the star of Bethlehem
Occurred when Jupiter and Saturn crossed;
It’s comforting to look up from this roof
And feel that, while all changes, nothing’s lost,
To recollect that in antiquity
The winter solstice fell in Capricorn
And that, in the Orion Nebula,
From swirling gas, new stars are being born.


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A Christmas Poem from the front

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.

Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..

To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."
"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.

No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at 'Pearl on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.

I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."

" So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

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TEAM WORK!!

Please help me dear Lord
To write well today's page
For it's my life's story I'm writing
And I am on stage.
The things that I write
And the things that I say
May well help another
In some special way.
Help me Lord to listen
And answer wisely hen asked
And work ever so willingly
And perform well each task.
Let me share joys of laughter
And love from my heart
To encourage another
And give him or her a start.
Let me rejoice in the splendor
And hear well You voice
So that when my day is over
I'll give thanks and rejoice.
Rejoice that together
We wrote well a page
With You as Director
And me on the stage.
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It's Christmas Time Again
(by Bob Lazzar-Atwood)

Put your problems on probation
Run your troubles off the track,
Throw your worries out the window
Get the monkeys off your back.
Silence all your inner critics
With your conscience make amends,
And allow yourself some happiness
It's Christmas time again!

Call a truce with those who bother you
Let all the fighting cease,
Give your differences a breather
And declare a time of peace,
Don't let angry feelings taint
The precious time you have to spend,
And allow yourself some happiness
It's Christmas time again!

Like some cool refreshing water
Or a gentle summer breeze,
Like a fresh bouquet of flowers
Or the smell of autumn leaves,
It's a banquet for the spirit
Filled with family, food and friends,
So allow yourself some happiness
It's Christmas time again!

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GATHER ROUND THE TABLE!!

Gather round the table,
Shar a laugh or two,
Say a prayer of blessing,
See a dream come true.

Gather round the table,
When the holidays are here,
The family comes together
To spread a little cheer.

Gather round the table,
Each place is set you see,
It's waiting for a loved one,
I know there's one for me.

We gather round the table,
Each night when day is through,
To thank the Lord for families,
And pray that you do too.
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IT WILL ALWAYS BE AMAZING!!

It will always be amazing
How God loved and care for me
When I had no time to listen
As He tried to speak to me.
I was young and very foolish
As I went my self-willed way,
Still He blessed me with His mercies,
And watched over me each day.
And He never loved me less, He
Just seemed to love me more,
Waiting patiently for me, to
Let Him enter my heart's door.
Then one day I felt so lonely
And I turned to God above.
Trusting Jesus as my Saviour,
I found God's redeeming love.
It will always be amazing
His forgiveness, oh, so sweet,
And my emptiness He filled with
Wondrous peace and joy complete.
Now for years we've walked together,
He's the dearest Friend to me.
There in gladness and in sadness
By my side He'll ever be.
It will always be amazing
God's unfailing love and grace,
And one day in Heaven's glory
I'll behold Him face to face.
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Thanks Sheila, I enjoy your Blessed Poems as well.. Love Ya Always Polly

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Thank you Polly for all these poems I love to read them.

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SERVING OTHERS, SERVING GOD!!
Being needed brings joy and ever is strong
In keeping our hearts flooded with song!
May the Lord ever give me others to help.
Not lay me aside on unused shelf!

Let me never grow weary, lazy or slack -
For bread cast on waters surely comes back
And the pittance I give, His grace multiplies
Making rich my soul 'fore it shrivels and dies!'

For no goodness I do enriches God,
Our giving to Him, a useless job.
His desire - we help His dear ones on earth,
This way we do show we are putting Him first!

It's this giving to others, this giving of love,
That's surely what pleases our sweet Lord above.
Serving others for Him, brings joy and earned rest.
The life we find then - the life that is best!!
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WITHOUT A DREAM!!
Without a dream to keep in heart;
Without a hope and prayer -
We are like stones, in barren fields,
That serve no purpose, there;
Just empty hearts that cannot know
What God would have them hold -
And empty of the joys of faith
That bless the human soul.
For Hopes and dreams are like the flowers
That He endeared to sow -
They grow from seeds, to bud and bloom,
And seed new flowers to grow;
And this is all we need each day,
A little dream, to grow in heart;
A tiny hope and prayer.
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TAKE THE TIME!!!
Take the time, enjoy a sunrise -
Pink clouds brightening the sky,
Fragrance from a lovely garden
Where the roses please the eye.
Take the time, enjoy all nature -
It is always worth your while;
You'll be grateful for the beauty
That will cause your heart to smile.
Take the time to show a kindness -
Just a drop you give today
Has a special kind of sweetening
That can help in many ways.
There is magic in each droplet -
You will know that this is true,
For a portion of its magic
Will return to sweeten you.
Take the time to travel slower -
Enjoy each mement that you live,
Then you'll really know the fullness
Of the blessings God can give.
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Thanks you as well Sheila..Love Ya I enjoy yours too.

YOU DIDN'T SEE
When your neighbor needs a helping hand,
Do you cheerfully agree
To stop and help, or do you just
Pretend...you didn't see?
And when your friends are troubled to
A very great degree,
Do you share your love and warmth, or just
Pretend...you didn't see?
Do you listen to the Spirit, when
He tells you how to be
Aware of others' needs, or just
Pretend...you didn't see?
But when in death, you reach God's gate,
And try to find the key,
Will you wonder, then, if He will just
Pretend...He didn't see?
Sister Miriam Barker, C.D.S.


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Thank you POLLY20 for your poems I love to read them every time you post.

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GIRLS IN MY CIRCLE

When I was little,
I used to believe in the concept of one best friend,
And then I started to become a woman.
And then I found out that if you allow your heart to open up,
God would show you the best in many friends.

One friend is needed when you're going through things with your man.
Another friend is needed when you're going through things with your mom.
Another will sit beside you in the bleachers as you delight in your children and their activities.
Another when you want to shop, share, heal, hurt, joke, or just be.
One friend will say, 'Let's cry together,'
Another, 'Let's fight together,' Another, 'Let's walk away together.'

One friend will meet your spiritual need,
Another your shoe fetish,
Another your love for movies,
Another will be with you in your season of confusion,
Another will be your clarifier, Another the wind beneath your wings.

But whatever their assignment in your life,
On whatever the occasion,
On whatever the day,
Or wherever you need them to meet you with their gym shoes on and hair pulled back,
Or to hold you back from making a complete fool of yourself ..
Those are your best friends.

It may all be wrapped up in one woman, But for many, it's wrapped up in several...
One from 7th grade,
One from high school,
Several from the college years,
A couple from old jobs,
On some days your mother,
On some days your neighbor,
On others, your sisters,
And on some days, your daughters.

So whether they've been your friend for 20 minutes or 20 years, enjoy the wonderful feeling of having Friends.



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The Poor Voter on Election Day
By: John Greenleaf Whittier (1852)

The proudest now is but my peer,
The highest not more high;
To-day, of all the weary year,
A king of men am I.
To-day alike are great and small,
The nameless and the known
My palace is the people’s hall,
The ballot-box my throne!

Who serves to-day upon the list
Beside the served shall stand;
Alike the brown and wrinkled fist,
The gloved and dainty hand!
The rich is level with the poor,
The weak is strong to-day;
And sleekest broadcloth counts no more
Than homespun frock of gray.

To-day let pomp and vain pretence
My stubborn right abide;
I set a plain man’s common sense
Against the pedant’s pride.
To-day shall simple manhood try
The strength of gold and land
The wide world has not wealth to buy
The power in my right hand!

While there’s a grief to seek redress,
Or balance to adjust,
Where weighs our living manhood less
Than Mammon’s vilest dust, --
While there’s a right to need my vote
A wrong to sweep away,
Up! clouted knee and ragged coat!
A man’s a man to-day!

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Real Mothers don't eat quiche;
they don't have time to make it.
Real Mothers know that their kitchen
utensils are probably in the sandbox..
Real Mothers often have sticky
floors, filthy ovens and happy kids.
Real Mothers know that dried play
dough doesn't come out of carpets.
Real Mothers don't want to know
what the vacuum just sucked up.
Real Mothers sometimes ask "Why
me?" and get their answer when a little voice says,
"Because I love you best."
Real Mothers know that a child's
growth is not measured by height or years or grade...It is
marked by the progression of Mommy to Mom to Mother...
The Images of Mother
4 YEARS OF AGE - My Mommy can do
anything!
8 YEARS OF AGE - My Mom knows a lot!
A whole lot!
12 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother
doesn't really know quite everything.
14 YEARS OF AGE - Naturally, Mother
doesn't know that, either.
16 YEARS OF AGE - Mother? She's
hopelessly old-fashioned.
18 YEARS OF AGE - That old woman?
She's way out of date!
25 YEARS OF AGE - Well, she might
know a little bit about it.
35 YEARS OF AGE - Before we decide,
let's get Mom' s opinion.
45 YEARS OF AGE - Wonder what Mom
would have thought about it?
65 YEARS OF AGE - Wish I could talk
it over with Mom.
The beauty of a woman is not in the
clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way
she combs her hair ... The beauty of a woman must be seen
from in her eyes, because that is th e doorway to her heart,
the place where love resides. The beauty of a woman is not
in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in
her soul ... It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the
passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with
passing years only grows!






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There were two nuns..

One of them was known as Sister Mathematical (SM),

and the other one was known as Sister Logical (SL) .

It is getting dark and they are still far away from the convent.

SM: Have you noticed that a man has been following us for
the past thirty-eight and a half minutes? I wonder what he wants.

SL: It's logical. He wants to rape us.

SM: Oh, no! At this rate he will reach us in 15 minutes
at the most! What can we do?

SL: The only logical thing to do of course is to walk faster..

SM: It's not working.

SL: Of course it's not working. The man did the only
logical thing. He started to walk faster, too.

SM: So, what shall we do? At this rate he will reach us in one minute.

SL: The only logical thing we can do is split. You go that way and I'll go this way.. He cannot follow us both.

So the man decided to follow Sister Logical.



Sister Mathematical arrives at the convent and is
worried about what has happened to Sister Logical.

Then Sister Logical arrives.

SM: Sister Logical! Thank God you are here!
Tell me what happened!

SL: The only logical thing happened. The man couldn't follow us both, so he followed me

SM: Yes, yes! But what happened then?

SL: The only logical thing happened. I started to run
as fast as I could and he started to run as fast as he could.

SM: And?

SL : The only logical thing happened. He reached me.

SM : Oh, dear! What did you do?

SL : The only logical thing to do.. I lifted my dress up.

SM : Oh, Sister! What did the man do?

SL: The only logical thing to do. He pulled down his pants.




SM: Oh, no! What happened then?

SL : Isn't it logical, Sister? A nun with her dress up can run faster than a man with his pants down.

And for those of you who thought it would be dirty,

Say two Hail Marys!



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AUTUMN SPLENDOR
As autumn flaunts it's splendor
Of reds and golds and brown'
As the air turns kinda nippy,
And the leave come tumbling down;
We know that God's been busy
Changing nature's dress.
'Tis the season to be thankful,
For we are truly blessed.

THE ARTIST OF AUTUMN
The Artist of Autumn is busy,
painting His canvases rare;
which those produced by mere mortals,
can never begin to compare;
For the hands of this masterful Craftsman,
give life to each stem and each sheaf;
and tints, with astounding perfection,
rich textures on each separate leaf.
He claims the world as His subject:
the deserts and valleys and hills;
nor do scenes of the farmlands and prairies
escape His breathtaking skills.
O He gives with His talents, unequalled,
a freshness and fragrance to air:
and garments of flame for the foliage,
but Autumn's are privileged to wear.
Therefore I always feel anxious
when this special season draws near;
for soon with His paintbox of magic,
will the Artist of Autumn appear.
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LIGHT YOUR WORLD!!
Let the light of God shine through
as you go about your days.
In all the little things you do,
try to do them in God's way.
You'll never know the happiness
that a friendly smile can bring
to someone who's been feeling down -
left out of everything.
The hurting heart will suddenly
flip flop, and beat anew -
restoring hope and contentment
all because of you!!
A few flowers from your garden,
some cookies, or some bread,
will show you care, and ease the pain
of someone's aching head.
It's giving of your that counts
in all thing great and small -
to do Hi bidding, our very best,
each time we hear Him call.
Our privilege is to serour Lord,
and spread His light on earth.
While we are stewards of His world,
He judges our true worth.
Mary B Conn

So choose today to let your light shine for all your world to see, and watch the happiness you spread around come back to you in three!!


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STILL WATERS!

Somewhere are tranquil waters
That we all seek to find
To leave behind our sorrows
And capture piece of mind.
I find mine in the country
Where small wild flowers grow
Where eyes can follow birds in flight
Not knowing where they go.
Where fields are wet with morning dew
And color fills the sky
My Jesus waits on dusty roads
Where I'll be passing by.
Perhaps you seek still waters
To help you on your way
You needn't be where I find mine
Stay where you are - and pray.
Edna Fontaine


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YOU CAN DO IT!!
You can succeed if you believe -
Just reach out and persevere.
Place your goals in God's out-stretched hands
For He knows which way to steer.
With every struggle be optimistic
And eventually you'll see
That with each blow stronger you'll grow
From an acorn to a towering tree!
Sometimes you'll need to cast an anchor
To pause and meditate.
It's during these times our God refines,
So don't worry about your fate!!
Have faith in God and you can do it,
Even though dreams seem destined to fail.
Trust God when those nasty storm clouds gather
To make you a much stronger sail!
Linda C. Grazulis

We all struggle at one point or another and wonder whether we can or can't do it! Doesn't matter how big or how small the hill in front of us might be sometimes going to the top is more then we can see ourselves doing. Just remember when you need to climb that hill....you are never alone!!

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The One Flaw In Women
By the time the Lord made woman,
He was into his sixth day of working overtime.
An angel appeared and said,
'Why are you spending so much time on this one?'
And the Lord answered, 'Have you seen my spec sheet on her?
She has to be completely washable, but not plastic,
have over 200 movable parts, all replaceable
and able to run on diet coke and leftovers,
have a lap that can hold four children at one time,
have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart
-and she will do everything
with only two hands.'

The angel was astounded at the requirements.
'Only two hands!? No way!
And that's just on the standard model?
That's too much work for one day.
Wait until tomorrow to finish.'

'But I won't, ' the Lord protested.
'I am so clos e to finishing this creation that is so close to my own heart.
She already heals herself when she is sick
AND can work 18 hour days.'

The angel moved closer and touched the woman.
'But you have made her so soft, Lord.'

'She is soft,' the Lord agreed,
'but I have also made her tough.
You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish.'

'Will she be able to think?', asked the angel.

The Lord replied,
'Not only will she be able to think,
she will be able to reason and negotiate.'

The angel then noticed something,
and reaching out, touched the woman's cheek.
'Oops, it looks like you have a leak in this model.
I told you that you were trying to put too much into this one.'

'That's not a leak,'
the Lord corrected,
'that's a tear!'
'What's the tear for?' the angel asked.

The Lord said, 'The tear is her way of expressing her joy,
her sorrow, her pain, her disappointment, her love,
her loneliness, her grief and her pride.'
The angel was impressed.
'You are a genius, Lord.
You thought of everything!
Woman is truly amazing.'

And she is!
Women have strengths that amaze men.
They bear hardships and they carry burdens,
but they hold happiness,
love and joy.
They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry.
They cry when they are happy
and laugh when they are nervous.
They fight for what they believe in.
They stand up to injustice.
They don't take 'no' for an answer
when they believe there is a better solution.
They go without so their family can have.
They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.
They love unconditionally.
They cry when their children excel
and cheer when their friends get awards.
They are happy when they hear about
a birth or a wedding.
Their hearts break when a friend dies.
They grieve at the loss of a family member,
yet they are strong when they think there is no strength left.
They know that a hug and a kiss
can heal a broken heart.
Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you
to show how much they care about you.
The heart of a woman is what makes the world keep turning.
They bring joy, hope and love.
They have compassion and ideals.
They give moral support to their family and friends.
Women have vital things to say and everything to give.

HOWEVER, IF THERE IS ONE TINY FLAW IN WOMEN,

IT IS THAT THEY FORGET THEIR WORTH.
pass this along to your women friends and relatives
to remind them just how amazing they are.



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WITHOUT A DREAM!!

Without a dream to keep in heart;
Without a hope and a prayer -
We are like stones, in barren fields,
That serve no purpose, there;
Just empty hearts that cannot know
What God would have them hold -
And empty of the joys of faith
That bless the human soul.

For Hopes and dreams are like the flowers
That He endeared to sow -
They grow from seeds, to bud and bloom,
And seed new flowers to grow;
And this is all we need each day,
To harvest love and care;
A little dream, to grow in heart;
A tiny hope and prayer.

Michael Dubina


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FARMERS' MARKET FAIRYLAND!!
The farmers' outdoor market is
A sort of fairyland
With rows of yellow pumpkins so
Symmetrical and grand.
Festoons of peppers hung aboutIn colors bright and gay
And squash to decorate the booths
All make a grand display.
The bushel baskets full of big
Red apple ripe and pears--
So aromatic is their smell
That one at once prepares
To take some home to munch upon
At even by the fire
While thoughts return to childhood days
And memories inspire.
The splashy ears of Indian corn
And sweet potatoes scrubbed
With all the other fruits of toil
In crates or boxed or tubbed
Tell us that man still farms the earth
And cannot get too far
From God with all His evidence
Of love and bounty's par.
Luther Elvis Albright


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LATE OCTOBER DAYS!!
I love these late October days
When skies are deeper blue
And trees on nearby hill and lane
Wear lovely rainbow hue.
There is no other time I know
So filled with warmth and cheer
As in these soft, warm amber days
When Autumntime is here.
The harvest now is gathered in,
Assuring Winter's fare,
Vegetables and fruit and grain
Heaped high in ample share.
How fitting that we humbly kneel
In gratitude and love
Giving thanks to our great God
For these blessing from above.
I love these late October days
So full of warmth and cheer
When man and nature join in praise
And God seems very near!
Kay Hoffman


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WORTH WHILE!!

It is easy enough to be pleasant,
When life flows by like a song,
But the man worth while is one who sill smile,
When everything goes dead wrong.
For the test of the heart is trouble,
And it always comes with the years,
And the smile that is worth the praises of earth
Is the smile that shines through tears.

It is easy enough to be prudent,
When nothing tempts you to stray,
When without or within no voice of sin
Is luring your soul away;
But it's only a negative virtue
Until it is tried by fire,
And the life that is worth the honor on earth
Is the one that resists desire.

By the cynic, the sad, the fallen,
Who had no strength for the strife,
The worlds's highway is cumbered today;
They make up the sume of life.
But the virtue that conquers passion,
And the sorrow that hides in a smile,
It is these that are worth the homage on earth
For we find them but once in awhile.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox


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CLAIM THE VICTORY!!
In the trying times of life,
I can say "Oh woe is me!"
Or I can set my eyes toward heaven
and claim the victory.
It might not come tomorrow
and it might not come next week,
But the bible says that answers come
to those who diligently seek.
And, if I look around me
and realize others' pain,
My burden seems such lighter
and much hope I quickly gain.
So, althought the trials of life
can discourage and depress,
Oh let me reassure you,
Jesus will come and give you rest.
For when I reach the point
when I feel I can't take more,
He arrives to bring me comfort
with the answers I prayed for.
Much adoration I have gained
thru years of "troubled days"
By understand that by my side
my Savior always stays.
Beveryly Huff

I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me...
Ps 23:4



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HARVEST TIME

Harvest time is praising time
For blessings all year thru,
Our hearts are filled with gratitude
For bounties, not a few.
Our tables all are laden
With delicious things to eat,
Potatoes, corn and biscuits
And cake and pie and meat.
Our wardrobes are so full of clothes
We don't know which to wear,
Our freezers are so full of food
There is no room to spare.
We have vacations every year
And sometimes more than that,
The animals we keep for pets
Are always sleek and fat.
The luxuries we often want
Are sometimes priced quite high,
But all the same they must be ours
We cannot pass them by.
Harvest time is praising time
And time to think of sharing,
A little less of selfishness
A little more of caring.
Lester E. Bartholomew


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VEGGIES WITH LOVE
Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.
Proverbs 15:17

Maybe a fattened calf doesn't sound that tasty to you, but in Bible times it was the ultimate feast. Another way of putting Solomon's words might be, "Better to have canned soup at a happy dinner table than lasagna Florentine when everyone's fighting."
Have you ever noticed that when you are having a good time at dinner and people are laughing and talking, you eat less? It's no coincidence. Enjoying meals in an environment that is uplifting not only makes food less important, but it also helps your digestion.
Mary, a mother of four young kids, realized that the stress, havoc, and squabbling at mealtimes was making her focus on her food for distraction and comfort, causing her to eat too much. Now, by taking time to set a nice table, light candles, say grace-even at lunchtime- the kids sense that this is a special time to enjoy one another rather than just a chance to gobble food while continuing their play. And Mary is more aware of what she's eating and is able to slow down and enjoy each bite.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
FOOD TASTES BES WITH LOVE!!

A Prayer for Power
Dear Lord, please help me to make getting along at mealtimes as important as getting full!
Your Word teaches that veggies with love is a feast.
I don't want to spoil a meal by eating on the run, squabbling at the table, or watching TV while I'm wolfing down Your gracious provision.
Help me to enjoy what You provide by serving it always in an atmosphere of love and peace.
Because of Your power at work in me, I will make harmony and smiles
and patience and forgiveness and good listening and good humor the most important nourishment at my table. Amen



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