There are so many times when problems arise that I dig in and try to solve them by myself. I tell myself, "I'm a capable person, I should be able to figure this out!" And then I realize that all I've been doing is spinning my wheels and getting nowhere. Why? Because I didn't bring it to God in the first place, "duh!" We humans are so ridiculous. God is there and we think of that second or third or fifth instead of bringing our worries to Him in the first place.
Thursday, December 16, 2021
This year as with every year, I write a Christmas Poem to send to family and friends. Usually, that's one poem but this year it became three. The first two are self-explanatory but the third didn't go out to many. If you read it I'm sure it will be clear about my reasoning. Here they are:THE TRUE JOY OF CHRISTMAS
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Friday, November 5, 2021
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
As hard as it is for me the admit, we'll soon be in the throes of winter. I really hate to see this season come to a close as the reality that is winter is upon us. Saturday night we turn the clock back and time is what it is when it's accurate, darn! And so it goes, cold and wind and snow.
MY DEAR FALL FRIEND
Monday, November 1, 2021
By Pat Severin
“I am your humble servant, Lord, and this I need to know,
What is the most important thing so that my faith will grow?”
So Jesus answered simply, “Just love God with all your heart,
With everything you have, Dear One, completely, not just part.”
“And is there something else, Lord, that you want me to do?”
Christ said, “To love your neighbor fully and as much as you love you.
For love is what’s important, it’s above all other things,
For God is love and loving us is how the Savior brings…
Salvation and eternal life, though it was not deserved.
While we were yet so sinful, Jesus' death made heaven assured…
So that the ones who do believe, those baptized in His name,
May love the way that He loved us, our fellow man the same.
“To love as well as show love, is that the answer, Lord?
But there are many kinds of love, how should my love be poured?
You said to love as God loved us, but tell me more of that.
Describe the ways we are to love and try to be exact.
“The Bible gives examples of the way love can be shown
And then with this assistance will that love be truly known.
Love shows when we are patient, when our kindness rules the day,
When we are never boastful, or are rude to get our way.
But only God can truly show a love that’s unconditional.
You can attempt this kind of love but often it’s provisional.
Still give your heart and honestly to love the best you can
For all will see your Father when you love your fellow man.”
Saturday, October 30, 2021
"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."
That talks about that fearful place where no one wants to be.
An evil place, a valley where death’s darkened shadows lurk;
The picture seems to me to be the devil’s handiwork.
But what’s the message here for us, what is it we should know?
And why this vivid imagery, what is it meant to show?
We know we’re fraught with evil things as we walk through this life
Of sadness, disappointments, all our problems, perils, strife.
This place, this valley’s like the world where dreadful things abound,
A shadowed place where we can’t see the threats that can be found.
But in this frightening place, we see the One who saves us from it,
He lights our way so we can see, although we are unworthy…
Of love and care, yet He is there, to help us make it through.
So undeserved this love of His, but He says this is true…
That though the perils of this life can sometimes cloud our judgment,
Our God is there, He loves and cares with power that’s abundant.
We need not fear the devil’s plan, he wants to overtake us,
Because our God is always there and never will forsake us.
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
YOU ONLY NEED TO ASK
By Pat Severin
It’s true that life so often brings concerns and sometimes worry
And fraught with all its challenges, we find we’re in a hurry…
To end the stress, forget the mess, but wonder what to do.
But God has said, “Please come to me and I will see you through.”
There is no need to feel afraid of what might be the outcome,
Those fearful thoughts, they have no place, for that’s where doubting comes from.
He tells you He will strengthen you and help to ease your way.
He won’t erase your troubles but He’ll bolster you each day…
To meet whatever plagues your thoughts, He hears your every plea.
He says, “I’m here, my strength is yours, for every single need.”
The God who made the world will bring His power and His might.
He will not leave you on your own, no, He will help you fight…
Your apprehensions for He knows your human limitations…
Because He made you, loves you so, and has no reservations…
About what is the best for you, supports you so you’ll stand…
And face whatever worries you, upholds you with His hand.
“Fear not,” He says, “for where you are, that’s where I’ll always be!
No matter what, I’ll strengthen you, believe it, for you’ll see…
That you can always count on me, to help you, come what may,
You only need to ask, my child, you only need to pray.”
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
The short answer is, NOTHING! But as we older folks know, it can be part of the aging process for some of us. A friend from college recently shared that her husband was going to have one and so I decided to commemorate that wonderful event with a laugh and a card with a poem.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
By Pat Severin
When life hands you a lemon, they say, make lemonade.
How simple that expression is, so you don’t feel afraid.
Instead, you take just what you get and find the good within it.
And if you do, you have the chance of taking every minute…
And facing it successfully, your attitude’s the best,
You’re on your way, you’ve earned each day an “A” on every test.
That sounds as if each battle’s won and you don’t have a worry,
And more than that, you just can’t wait, in fact, you’re in a hurry…
To face your world of challenges with pure determination!
You’ve got it licked, each goal is kicked, you’ll pass each situation…
With flying colors, you’re the MAN, look out world here you come.
No matter what is thrown your way, it’s always a homerun!
Well, wouldn’t that be wonderful if it were always true,
That you could handle everything that life can throw at you?
But we know, in reality, life’s struggles are just that
And there is only one way we can handle life’s attacks.
We bring them to our Father and lay them at His feet,
For we should know that we can go to Him with each entreat.
He doesn’t wave a magic wand and instantly erase them,
But He can give us strength to meet and even to embrace them.
So come to Him with every care, your struggles large and small,
And He’ll address our every mess and He’ll assuage them all.
Solutions aren’t as simple as from lemons, lemonade,
But resolutions can be found when we have truly prayed.
By Pat Severin
This summer’s warm temps kept Autumn at bay
And then when it came, it seemed like a day.
No gradual cool or leaves rustic tones.
There just wasn’t time for the creaks and the moans…
That seasons require when one of them quits.
No, there wasn’t time, yes, that, that was it.
I wasn’t provided my usual ease…
To adjust to the change, no slow cooling breeze
That signaled to me truly Autumn was here,
So how could I handle it, this time of year?
When Summer was gone, the cool had arrived
There was no impression that Autumn had strived…
To really prepare me, for Winter’s cold snap,
So I could determine, it’s time that I wrap…
Myself in a blanket with tea in one hand
And whisper, “It’s time that the world understand…
That I am retired, no reason to be…
Concerned for tomorrow, for now I can see…
That I must relax, I need not address…
A problem, decision, a small kitchen mess.
There’s nothing that I need to handle today,
I’m warm and I’m free, in an unfettered way.
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
A friend recently was the victim of unattentive driving when someone on their phone rear-ended her and pushed her car into the car in front of her. The night I learned of this, the evening's devotion was based on this passage in Romans 5:3-5.
Thursday, October 7, 2021
THE MASTER’S BREATH
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Monday, October 4, 2021
Most of you know that my favorite time of year is Autumn. I was born in October but that really had nothing to do with my love the Fall. It's just so beautiful, this wondrous time of year, the colors, the cooler temps, the seasonal change. So it was all of those things that inspired me to write a brand-new poem this morning and here is the result.
DON'T COME UP EMPTY
Friday, September 17, 2021
By Pat Severin
I’m sure when you’ve found clarity, when it has finally come,
You’ve said the light, indeed, has dawned and you can proceed from…
The point which had confused you, the way is clear at last
And you can leave it all behind, that point is in the past.
But have you ever looked at LIGHT, the light that made things clear
And even made connection to God’s Word, because it’s here?
It says He’s called us out of dark, His Light will light our path.
So when your life is fraught with doubt, He’s there on your behalf.
There may be times when things seem dark but God has pledged to you,
Whatever may be on your mind, He’ll always see you through.
Don’t be content to figure out your problems when they come,
Go to Him first, He’s in control, for Light, He is the One.
That’s what He meant when He explained that He is your pure Light.
Why stumble in the darkness then, His clarity is bright?
Our lives are full of days when we are faced with doubts and fear.
So take Him at His Word and know, the Light will make it clear.
Friday, September 3, 2021
By Patty Lynn
I guess it’s now a waiting game, there’s much that you have done,
I pray you’re giving it to God, that must be number one.
But that is only part of it, your psyche has to work...
Believing this will turn out right, from that you cannot shirk.
Oh, you could justify your doubts and add some good excuses,
But all in all you’d soon find out, what really is the use of…
That worrying and fretting, the “what if-ing things to death.
It truly serves no purpose and it’s simply wasted breath.
So best to set those thoughts aside, God knows the final outcome.
Just pray that you will conquer this and walk in freedom’s sun.
And so the fight to beat this thing continues, yes, it does.
Survival is the ultimate, the goal for you because...
We want to have you in our lives and you in ours, it’s true,
We think the world’s a better place, and it’s because of you.
There’s no one you has given more and yet has more to give...
For fighting this and what it takes, yes, fighting hard to live.
Your battle is continuing and I’m all-in with you,
Invested in what lies ahead and daily praying, too,
That God will strengthen you to fight to keep on keeping on.
Whate’er you face, God give His grace, until this battle’s won.
Thursday, August 19, 2021
IF THERE WAS...
By Pat Severin
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
I'm sure you all know by now that I've been sending poems of encouragement to someone who's dealing with an incurable cancer. I mail them every week. usually on Friday so that he has it on the weekend. The poem below will go out on Friday.
THE HAND OF THE DIVINE
Saturday, July 24, 2021
On February 23rd I wrote a story about my favorite house as a five-year-old. That same story I've been working on in poem form and I finished it tonight. So here is:
WHEN YOU’RE LITTLE
By Patty Lynn
My family moved when I was five into a brand-new house.
It wasn’t NEW but new for us, my Mom & Dad had doubts.
We’d had a house, brand spanking new, but that house cost too much.
And they both knew that this old house would need some fixing up.
But I was not aware of that, I simply knew this house
It was for me, a girl of five, what dreams were all about.
It had a very pointy roof, a perfect chimney, too,
Just right for dear, old Santa Claus and all he has to do.
When entering my house you’d see my very favorite spot,
A window seat where I would sit and read the books I got…
From school or from the library or gifts from Grandma, too.
I kept the card she sent that said, “I hand-picked these for you!”
It had a huge-sized living room and had a rounded wall.
I’d never seen that kind before nor since, that I recall.
I’ll take you to my kitchen next, it’s got so many cupboards!
They go up to the ceiling but my Mom and Dad discovered…
That they will need a kitchen stool to reach the very top.
Mom says for things we seldom use, that’s just the perfect spot!
But there behind the kitchen was another room I loved.
My Mom created something there, just look, it’s up above…
Look up, upon the ceiling, there, Mom made a whole night sky.
There’s lots of stars and I would stare and I will tell you why…
I loved pretending that my nap was underneath the stars.
I'd make believe that I could see the Moon and sometimes Mars!
We moved away when l was eight, but didn't move too far
l still could walk to my same school and didn’t need the car.
I thought about that house, a lot, l wondered if it was…
The way it was when I lived there, wished I could see because…
It’s been four years so I don't know the way that house is now
But one day, quite surprisingly, was able to see how.
Mom sent me to the grocery store and I met someone there…
Who said she lived “right up the block” I wanted to know where.
She said her house was painted white and had a pointy roof!
O, could it be, my favorite house? I listened for some proof.
I told her what the address was and she said, “Yeah, that's it!”
When I heard that, I've got to say, my heart, it lept a bit!
“That’s my old house. I loved each day…every single minute...
That I was in that house of mine, time that I spent in it…
Was something I'll remember for a very long, long time!
“You'll have to come, I’ll ask my mom, I’m sure she’ll say it's fine"
We got each other's numbers and she called me that next day.
I answered and my new friend said, “My Mom said it’s OK!”
And there I was inside the house, there was my window seat.
It looked so different still I thought, A perfect place to read!
Then straight ahead the living room, that famous rounded wall,
But, wait a minute, something’s wrong, this living room is…small!
Now, this is strange, the kitchen, sure, the kitchen is just HUGE!
I headed there and said a prayer, O, no, I’m not amused!
Why is this house not as it was, at least as I recall?
What’s going on, this can’t be right, this place is really small.
But what about the starry sky, the bedroom that I loved?
The ceiling I pretended was outside with stars above?
The memories of my childhood days, the house I held so dear,
At 12 years old the truth I see, yes, something's very clear.
You want to know just what I think? It’s really pretty simple:
The truth is that so many things seem big when you are little.
Having written a new one for the encouragement cards I send, here is today's offering.
Friday, July 23, 2021
Tonight I'll share the latest poem sent in a card.
Monday, July 5, 2021
My husband and I spent a wonderful day yesterday at the home of my sister and her husband. Our visit was long overdue as we hadn't been there since the summer of 2019, due to the Pandemic, and our day was joyful! In addition to the two of them, her oldest daughter and her children joined us later and there were lots and lots of hugs all around.
The only sad note was learning of the passing of our former pastor's mother, a delightful, always upbeat woman who could just light up a room (or a church) by her presence. So before I went to bed I wrote the following and created a sympathy card today which I'll soon post.
Saturday, July 3, 2021
This poem was written this past week for a young man who is going through a difficult cancer battle, sustaining a schedule daily of chemo and radiation. It's a very virulent cancer and I try to send him a card each week with some encouragement. This was the latest one.
Thursday, June 24, 2021
I've been revising and revising this story on and off for about 4 months and will soon post it to my critique group on July 5th. But before I do I thought I'd share it here and see what you all thought of it. I've been writing poetry for some 6+ decades so when I started as a contributor to this Children's Book Critique Group, all my stories were rhyming ones. I was encouraged to try writing a children's story in prose which I've done a few times but this still is my favorite form of writing. So having taken some of the suggestions of the group after my first posting, I've written and rewritten this story 7 times and this is the result. Please feel free to give me your critique after reading it. You won't hurt my feelings, quite the contrary. I'd love to know what you think. Thanks in advance.
Friday, June 4, 2021
Sunday, May 23, 2021
I wrote this today with the determination to try another new form. I don't know if a whole piece using this type of rhyme is for me. I've used in occasionally in some of my past poems but this is the first time I've used it consistently. Again, like it or not, it's a new form.
Getting old or so I’m told’s, a natural progression.
How can that be, for now it's me, taking this regression?
I’ve asked around but haven't found a way to stop this game.
You say you’ve tried, your hope has died, your info’s just the same?
This aging thing deserves a swing and then a hefty punch.
Perhaps I'm stuck (that's just my luck) it's hopeless, is my hunch.
I've got to say, what's true today, (you've heard these words before,)
Why can they send, I told my friend, a rocket ship that soars...
Right to Moon and still this gloom surrounds me every day.
And yet this thing, this aging thing they haven't found a way...
To end it now, solutions how to stop it in its tracks.
They're scientists, they must have tricks that halt these darn attacks!
This answer, NO, I hate it so, I wish I could pursue...
A way to end, at least suspend, could find some avenue...
To my desire, can't help aspire to what cannot be found,
Besides I'd be a wealthy me if I could make some ground.
Well, guess that's it to make it stick, you get my point, I'm sure.
Some can accept what I reject, alas, there is no cure.
This growing old, if truth be told, is something I detest!
Accepting age as just a stage is way too hard a test!
Saturday, May 22, 2021
I've been experimenting lately. As you know, my last entry was my first attempt at a love sonnet and this time it's a new rhyming pattern. I don't know if you want to know, but my poems generally take a form of 8/6 or 8 beats and 6 beats. This entry follows a 10/10 patterns, meaning each line has 10 beats in it. I'm not sure I like it but, as I said, I'm experimenting. We've got to try new things! Some people my age try skydiving, me, I try new poetic forms. Pretty darn exciting, huh? Anyway, I'm writing poems of encouragement lately as so many people are dealing with difficult things, so it's a good place to start.
LIFE IN HIS LOVE
By Pat Severin
Life often changes what may be Our Plan,
Leaves us to question, we don’t understand.
What have I done, Lord, and what can I say...
To change all of this OR must I just pray?
Just pray’s not a JUST, He hears all your pleas.
He needs you to come, head bowed on your knees.
Fervently ask for the strength He can give,
A heart that’s for Him, He’ll help you live.
Sometimes this life may bring storms that are rough,
Rage with such fury till we’ve had enough!
Sometimes God calms them but sometimes He won’t,
Ask, Lord, where are you? You seem so remote!
But we have to come when storms rage about,
Filled with our worry and shackled with doubt
Our heart's missing something but our life is, too,
God wants to bring calm to wash over you.
When trials will come and you know that they will,
Ask for His strength and His words of “Be still!”
He’s willing and waiting for you to ask.
What you think is hard is His easy task.
He loves you and wants to be with you today...
Always remember to take time to pray.
Life will bring storms like dealing with cancer,
But life in HIS LOVE, that is the answer!
Sunday, May 16, 2021
I said to myself, self, its been quite a while since I've posted and the things I have are too personal to post so I decided to try my hand at writing a love sonnet. Keep in mind, this is my first attempt but here it is.
THE CALL I HEED