Monday, November 24, 2008

DON'T EVER DOUBT THE POWER OF ENCOURAGEMENT

Continuing the theme, A Tribute to Sisterhood, I'd like to share this poem I wrote to my sister during a time when she needed to hear how God is truly there through good times and bad, happy times and sad ones, and only just a breath away. When we're down, for whatever reason, we have to be reminded of God's unfailing love for us. That reminder often comes in the words of a friend or a sister or even, sometimes a stranger. God has many spokesmen and women who He sends our way at the exact moment we need to hear words of love and comfort. We should never under-estimate the power of our words of care and concern. You never know when they'll be God's perfect timing.


IT’S ALWAYS DARKEST ‘FORE THE DAWN
By Patty Lynn

It seems that when the journey’s long,
And all of it’s uncertain,
We have those moments when our smiles…
Get hidden by a curtain…
And there behind it we can grieve
And let our doubting show.
It’s only human to have fears
And wish that we could know…
The reason why these trials come
To test our very core.
Will we be able to survive
Or is there even more?

“It’s always darkest ‘fore the dawn,”
Or so the saying goes.
God tests us just to make us strong,
Take it from one who knows…
That strength is not an easy find.
It comes with faith and trust.
Believing God will get us through,
Now that, my dear’s, a must!

So when your spirit’s sinking low
And everything seems bleak,
There’s only One who’ll raise you up,
Just One that you should seek.
Your loving Savior’s always there
To pick you up again.
He’ll make your broken spirit whole,
As only Jesus can.

When trials get the best of you
Remember that you’re loved…
By ME, your friends and family
And by dear God above.
I wish that I could take it all,
And I your cross could bear,
But He, who truly bore the Cross
Confirms that life’s not fair.

I know that He has plans for you.
Someday you’ll understand.
He’s standing there beside you, dear,
Reach out and take His hand!
Trust in His tender loving care,
His mercy and His grace.
For only He loves constantly
And can your fears erase.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dearest Patty,

I have been wanting to write to you to tell you just how much I enjoy your poetry!!!!! It is such an inspiration to me and, in fact, I send it along to my daughter and my niece, Carla, who lives in Iowa.

You are a very talented, well-versed and blessed woman, Patty. You need to get your poetry 'out there' where it can bring in some $'s!!!! I'm sure you've been told this before; thus, I am just reinforcing it!!! I look forward to receiving via e-mail, so please keep all the goodies coming my way.