Monday, July 22, 2013

RENEW AND REVAMP

Those of you who follow my blog know that I'm desperately trying to do another poem book, and I am...but this is a lot of work!  Anyway, I'm assembling the poems I'd like to include and I ran across one of my favorites.  I thought I'd posted it before but in doing a search this title never came up.  Soooo, I found the poem in one of my folders and there was so much there that I thought I'd take a second look.  To put it tactfully I thought it could use a re-write.  So I've been working on it for a couple of days now and this is what I've come up with.  It really sums up what I feel about witnessing.  I hope you like it.

SOUL-ER POWERED BY THE SON

I had a visit from a friend
And we began to talk.
He voiced some doubts within his heart,
As leisurely we walked.

He said his mind was weary
From the nights he tossed and turned.
He found it hard remembering
The things that once he learned.

He said he felt alone and lost;
God didn't feel as near.
He found himself unsure about
Beliefs he once held dear.

We talked about so many things,
His life, his faith, his heart.
Here's what I said and what I meant;
God guided every part...I told him:

From every flower's petal,
To every drop of dew,
From every fluffy cloud of white,
The sky so bright and blue,

Every rainbow's vibrant bands
To every plant that grows,
Everything that's beautiful
From our children to a rose,

Was created by the Hand of God that guides us every day;
The One who watches over us but lets us choose our way.
Though sometimes disappointed, at the choices that we make,
He always loves, always forgives, all this for Jesus' sake.

Each baby ushered in that gives a loud and lusty cry,
Is greeted by his parents there who give a happy sigh.
But they were picked by Jesus to love and tend with care,
That he might know the ways of God and talk to Him in prayer.

So if you have a doubt of mind about the Lord's existence,
Take these examples to your heart to serve as a 'for instance.'
Just take a look around, my friend, at all the earthly wonders.
So much is there and everywhere, exceptional their numbers!

And blest are we to see all this, these miracles each day,
The awesome things that make life good, what else is there to say?
From animals to human beings so perfect His creation.
To doubt this all would be a crime, to God, a violation.

So if you say you must see God, just see what He has done.
At night the moon and stars above, in day the brilliant sun.
Just know the blessings you receive are from the Lord above,
And when your heart finally believes, you'll feel the Father's love.

My friend walked out the door and waived, and then he said goodbye,
He turned to me with tearful eyes, as if about to cry,
He said, "I've learned so much today and I'll be more aware."
And I said, "Friend, I'll pray for you to feel the Father's care."

I think that day my friend became a little more convinced,
His faith a little stronger and has become more ever since.
I'm happy when I tell someone the things of God I know,
It makes me feel a stronger bond with God and truly grow.

It's not just a coincidence I ran into my friend,
God sends the ones who need to hear that God's love never ends.
His purpose was to cross our paths; they weren't just stumbled on.
And so my words were God's alone, soul-er powered by the Son.


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

HERE'S MY EXCUSE

Just wanted to quickly blog and let everyone know that I've been hard at work.  Last week I finished a special project, a book of photographs and a poem, of course, chronicling my sister's 60th birthday party.  Like the party, it was a complete surprise and the book arrived yesterday, so I was able to give it to my sister right away.  She was overjoyed.  I've attached the poem from the book for all of you to read.  In addition, I've also included the URL so that, if you're interested, you may view the first 15 pages of the book online.

Also, I had promised myself that I would write a poetry book that was strictly Christian-based poems, not as long as my book in the past so as to give myself the incentive to do additional volumes with different themes.   This initial part, gathering and organizing the poems for the book is the hardest and I'm almost three quarters of the way finished with that.  When that's complete it's on to the fun part, creating the book, designing each page and possibly adding some new poems as well.   Anyway, that's why you haven't heard much from me.  Over the next few months I'll be busy with that but I will try to check in with you periodically just to let you know that I'm still breathing.

Here's the URL: http://www.blurb.com/b/4434620-surprise-a-birthday-party-for-jill

SURPRISE!

Your life is going pretty well.
You haven't a complaint.
And then one day you realize
Age 30, you just ain't.

Your body aches, you've got some pains,
You know you're getting older.
A backache here and sore feet there,
Then, "ouch, I wrenched my shoulder!"

"But that's the way it is," you say.
"I realize I'm aging."
(But to yourself you whisper this:
"The aging thing's enraging.")

And then it happens, you awake
To realize so quickly
That something happened, you're surprised.
"I can't be turning SIXTY!!!"

So, as you take some time to think,
To rap your mind around it,
Your husband has this bright idea
Which really just compounds it...

Because he throws a birthday bash
To celebrate your trauma
With relatives and friends and this
Accelerates the drama!

Oh, did I mention that he did
This all as a surprise.
He pulled it off, yes, I was shocked.
For months he spun some lies...

Just so I'd never, ever guess
What he was really up to.
I can't believe how devious.
The hoops he had to jump through...

To first create an email name,
Was called partyforjill.
And all of this because his wife
Was well over the hill.

He then arranged for catering,
Invited all my friends,
My gals from work, my friends from church.
Now that list never ends.

And, O, my gosh, some traveled far,
Australia to Chicago.
I hugged each one so hard they knew
I didn't want to let go.

And Jim had slides of days gone by
When all of us were...young,
Projected some and shared old pics
And everyone had fun.

He even got his group to come,
A real command performance.
They played and sang, for the whole gang.
We watched as all the kids danced.

I can't forget my birthday cake,
The birthday song, the candles.
And even now recalling this,
It's more than I can handle.

You see, it's not the birthday things
That made this day so grand.
It's not the cake, the meal, the drinks,
The tunes played by the band.

It's Jim's desire to fill a room
With people that I love.
I couldn't want much more in life
These friendships I'm so proud of...

For I can say, it's who I am,
A friendship cultivator.
To keep in touch with all my 'peeps,'
For me there's nothing greater.

Good friendships, like a warming fire,
Require a tending hand.
And even friendship's embers must
Sometimes with love be fanned.

So as I reminisce and save
These memories so sweet,
I'll thank the Lord for those I love.
They make my life complete.

I have so much I'm thankful for
And Jim's one of the best!
He made this birthday memorable
What can I say, "I'm blessed."

Thursday, July 4, 2013

WE'RE IN THIS TOGETHER

I shared with you the unexpected and major diagnosis that one of my close friends received lately.  And when something like that happens, it doesn't just effect the person it effects everyone in the family, especially the spouse.
With that in mind I wrote the following:

I SIT HERE WISHING...

I sit here wishing I could do
Some thing to make it better.
A word, a thought to change somehow
What you both face together.

This is so hard to understand
Accept it...that's too much.
Your poor minds reel, your poor hearts feel,
Long for the Savior's touch.

And I assure you, He is there
To give you strength to bear
This hideous reality.
Accept His comfort, care.

But that means you will have to give
Yourselves in sweet surrender.
To give yourselves to Him is how
He'll show His mercy tender.

That sounds so hard, this giving up,
Give all of this to Him.
Especially when your taking charge
Is all there's ever been.

For that's the only way you know.
It means you're in control.
A problem comes and you take charge.
Solution is the goal.

But this is unlike anything
You've dealt with in the past.
Controlling, it's not possible.
And, yes, the dye is cast.

And so, dear friends, I send you love
And prayers for all you need.
May God extend His helping hand,
His love your souls to feed.

This simple poem I offer you.
It's all that I can do.
I feel so helpless, love you so
And want the best for you.

LIFE IS SO UNPREDICTABLE

Tonight's blog title may sound like a statement of the obvious.  The older we get the more we understand that there's so little in this life that's within our control.  I know I've said more than once that at this stage (late 60's) we no longer think of life going on and on but see that there's an end in sight and that can be scary.   In reality none of us has any idea how long we have but our hope is that whatever time we have we'll be afforded a good quality of life rather than years in which our health is failing.  Boy, this is beginning to sound morbid.  I guess these thoughts do surface once in a while especially when someone you know is suddenly diagnosed with a major health issue.

Recently a dear friend found himself in such a position and there I was thinking those thoughts again.  It's hard to know what to say at a time like that except, "I'm here for you, I'll keep you in my prayers, if you need anything please let me know," etc. etc. etc.  In addition, I turn to God for the right things to say and ability to put those thoughts into poetry form.

WHY
by Patty Lynn

I have you on my heart tonight
For all you're going through,
And wish that I could just erase
All that's effecting you...

And taking your control away.
O, how I wish I could...
Remove this blight, make it alright,
Yes, if I could, I would.

And still, dear, there is something,
That I do every night.
I send a prayer, I know God's there.
His power and His might...

Can do what is impossible
For you or me to do.
He loves, forgives, and comfort gives.
His promises are true.

This burden is unfair we say.
Why now, why this, why me?
But we were never promised that
Our lives would easy be.

When struggles come we must rely
On God, for only He...
Can give us strength, He goes great lengths
To answer every plea.

So when you're scared and worried, too,
Please turn your eyes to Him.
He is the Source; He knows the course.
God's there; He's always been.

Just know that we are praying, too
And love you, our dear friend.
We pray you feel the Spirit's touch
When you can't comprehend...

The reasons for your trial and pain,
And yet the light will come.
God has a plan, a purpose, dear.
All this you'll come back from...

And you'll emerge much stronger still.
There's much for you to do,
Accomplish in the Father's name.
His strength He's given you.

So with His help you're on your way
To keeping your perspective.
Remember God is there for you.
Your comfort His objective.

And all of us who love you so
Are right there, too, to pray:
God's blessings send, at each day's end,
Today and every day.