Be Encouraged: (Inspired Poetry)

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Xlibris Corporation, Dec 29, 2010 - Poetry - 92 pages
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Each of us has experienced difficult times when we question our self-worth or perhaps battle with confusion, disappointment, despair, or frustration. Are you going through a struggle that makes you feel like you are stuck in murky quicksand, unable to break free or begin anew? I’ve lived through times when days seem to be painted a dull drab gray, and it appeared I’d closed myself off in a human capsule, unable to relate to the world around me.

Many times, I’ve come to realize that my perceptions of things have created nonexistent monsters like those created in our minds as children. However, I am learning that God doesn’t leave me alone to work through difficult situations by myself like a shipwrecked sailor on a deserted island. I find that my poor judgment or bad decision often further complicates the dilemma I’m confronting. Relief comes to me when I stop blaming God for whatever nightmare I am facing and devote quiet time in prayer with Him. God’s response doesn’t come like a light streaming from the heavens or a bright, colorful rainbow shining outside my window; it’s more like an Alaskan ice cap that slowly begins to thaw and break up with the warmth of the spring rain. As I pour out my heartfelt problems to God, creative solutions spring forth in my mind like an arrow shot from the quiver of a bow, destined to find its mark in the very heart of my problem. A new idea and hope emerges that propels me to make a sound decision to rejoin the imperfect human race, fight the good fight, and run the race of life.

Through the years I have come to know that God loves us more deeply than we love ourselves. God never abandons us but waits patiently and lovingly for us to call out for His help. I admit there are times I don’t understand His ways. However, as I put my trust in God by earnestly and honestly seeking His guidance and grace for my life, all the difficulties I’m having seem to become easier with which to deal. Complex issues seem to melt like ice cream on a hot summer day.

By inviting God to be the rudder of my ship each day, my life has taken on a bright new meaning. It can be like the excitement of starting to read an exciting new novel, wondering what wonderful surprise and blessing God has in store for me in the next pages. In sacred scriptures, we read that God inhibits the praises and answers the prayers of His people. He can and will move the mountains and obstacles that often feel like handcuffs upon our wrists. God will bring us comfort, peace, and joy as we put our trust in Him and give God the freedom to work in our lives.

May this collection of poems be a source of inspiration to each reader and foster renewed hope in your heart.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Comments from the Publishers
3
About the Author
5
My Purpose for Writing This Book
7
Virtues Gladden the Soul
9
Bridging Lifes Crossroads
11
The Encouragement Train
12
The Gift of Sight
15
Gods Chosen Disciples
49
A New Years Resolution
51
The Gift God Gave Me
52
Leadership
54
Try on Humor for Size
55
The Sense of Smell
57
An Extension of the Masters Hands
58
Marriages Renewed
60

You Lead Lord    and We Will Follow
17
A Glimpse of God
19
Growing in Gods Grace
20
I Surrender All
23
A Hope for the New Year
25
Lord Draw Me Closer to You Each Day
27
Gods Watchfulness over Me
29
God Is Patient
31
Bless Us Dear Lord
33
Lessons Learned Amid Lifes Storms
35
Lord I Want to See
37
My Wife My Valentine
39
Our Lenten Journey
41
The Jesus I Know
43
Your Personalities I See
45
Gods Tender Touch
47
The Art of Thanksgiving
48
Gods Holy People
63
The Blessing of Taste
64
Your Loving Care
65
I Look to You Lord
67
Our Journey in Faith
68
Understanding
69
Gods Time of Refreshment
71
Perceptions of My First Poetry Reading
72
Thanksgiving
73
The Gift of Hearing
75
Wisdom
76
Rain a Blessing from God
77
Our Soul    a Part of Gods Heavenly Castle
79
A Snowy Day
81
Looking Back on Life
83
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