Anonymous Encouragement Poem:
“When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the 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.”
“It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: “And this, too, shall pass away.””
~ Abraham Lincoln
Cast not the first stone, my friend,
When someone goes astray;
When a brother slips and falls,
Lift him up, instead and pray.
Pass not along the sordid news
Of someone’s sin displayed;
Lift him up and help him stand
Because for him you’ve prayed.
We all have those days when nothing seem to go right no matter how hard we try. Sometimes when problems come they all seem to come at once. We sometimes get so pre-occupied stressing over our own problems that we fail to realize there are people far worse off than ourselves. At times when we take the time to reflect our problems might be minor compared to others. Our problem could be the loss of a job, the breakup of a relationship, children giving problem or an inconsiderate neighbor. Although it might not be easy, these are problems that can be solved. Just think about the person who has just lost his or her mother, father, an only child, or a close family member? What can you say to that person to make the pain go away. Is there anything that anyone can do to fill the void that is left? Death is so final, there is no tomorrow, no second chance to do things differently. Therefore we must give thanks for life even if it may be filled with problems for at the end of the day it is the most important thing that we have. Everything else takes second place.
Slow down and stop your hurry,
Take your time, for life will wait.
Smell the flowers, hear the birds.
Even if it makes you late.
Let your eyes feast on the beauties,
Let God touch you as you stroll.
As you view His great creation
Let His message fill your soul.
Slow down, and take time to listen,
You’ll have joy as your reward.
The sky of blue, the sea that glistens
All are miracles of the Lord.
Walk in gratitude and wonder
Finding pleasures ever new.
The blessings of our great Creator
Made for us to daily view.
Slow down, take it not for granted
All this beauty ‘round we share.
But know that all of Nature’s beauty
Speak of God’s great love and care.
Bam, bam, bam,
Another one goes down,
And the morning newspaper,
‘Man shot dead last night!’
Bam, bam, bam,
Another mother cries,
Another heart knows sorrow,
Where will it end?
This senseless killing,
Blood forever spilling,
Who did it?
The question frequently asked,
And often go unanswered,
It must be someone with,
A heart carved from stone,
And a mind made of steel,
And ice water instead of blood,
Flowing through his veins
Who would take up a gun,
And senselessly kill his brother!
God sheds His love around us
As spring brings forth her blossoms –
The mountain peaks, the canyons deep
Speak that He is so awesome!
One cannot view a rainbow
Or hear a cardinal sing,
Smell the sweet aroma of the honeysuckle
And watch an eagle take to wing
Without believing in miracles
That occur everyday,
Which we often take for granted,
Enlightening our way.
The rolling of the ocean,
A shell washed upon the shore,
Hummingbirds so tiny –
Yet who could ask for more?
The pitter- patter of each raindrop,
Dew upon a rose,
An acorn falling from an oak
It’s amazing how it grows!
God sheds his love around us,
For He just loves to share
The bounty of this beautiful world
And how much He really cares!
Spring is just around the corner,
Beyond the melting snow.
There’s a babble in the brook now,
As it begins to flow.
The solitude of winter
is coming to an end.
The symphony of the bluebirds
is written on the wind.
The bud of the lilacs
are eager to unfold,
And the daffodils are ready
To display their finest gold.
The changing of the seasons
Proclaims throughout the earth
That the garden tomb is empty
in this season of rebirth.
For spring is a resurrection
That sets the heart aglow,
And it’s just around the corner,
Beyond the melting snow!