Tag Archives: Poetry

Attitude is Everything

25 Aug

From the Heart

Louise Gibson

author of Window Wonders

 

 

If you can’t change your circumstances,
Change your attitude.
A dramatic benefit you will see.
An acceptance of things we cannot change
Will develop a sense of serenity.

God uses life as “on the job training.”
He never promises a life free from care.
But he does promise never to leave or forsake us,
And never give us more than we can bear.

God could spare us from hardship,
But then how would we learn?
How would we grow?
Problems prove our integrity.
I learned far more from my losses in life,
And reached a higher plateau.

Food for Thought:
“Our character, if genuine, is never altered by circumstance.”

Proceed as if success is inevitable.

 

A photo by Andrew Small. unsplash.com/photos/Lm6mqM_KqQY

 

 

 

Comparisons- Helpful or Damaging?

18 Aug

From the Heart

Louise Gibson

 

 

 

 

When we compare, we want to be the best.
The paradox of “fit in and stand out.”
Comparison is the thief of happiness.
Acceptance of our self and others is what
Life is all about.

 

Be kind to yourself.
Accept yourself for who and what you are.
It will relieve that inner strife.
In God’s eyes, you are already a star.

 

Take time for creativity.
It’s important to your well being. don’t you see
Is achieving and competing truly deserving of
all your attention and energy?

 

Have you made achieving too important
and creativity as no longer of value?
Re-think your priorities, be kind to yourself
You will be a much more contented you.

 

“Why do we struggle to be something we
are not when God created us to be a
unique flower in His garden?”

 

Photo credit Judy Wills

Our Life is Meant to Be

11 Aug

From the Heart

Louise Gibson

 

 

 

 

May you always remember
God is in control.
He has a plan for your life.

 

Listen with your heart
As he leads you.
You will ward off the strife.

 

The events in our life
Are meant to be.
There is a peace that
Can be found.

 

The challenges are many
Diligence is profound.

 

We may not have chosen
The path we are on,
But trust it was meant to be.
God works in mysterious ways
As he plans our destiny.

 

There is a peace that can be found,
Know God has a plan for our life.
Keep your faith strong in him.
You will ward away the strife.

 

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Keep Your Eyes On The One Who Is Invisible

4 Aug

From the Heart

Louise Gibson

 

 

 

 

 

As a child, who did you go to for answers?
As a teenager, who was your “go to” friend?
As an adult, do you have a mentor who helps
you find answers you seek?
You can engage the wisest person in the
universe as your councilor to the end.

 

(Without council, plans go awry,
but in the multitude of councilors,
they are established. Proverbs 15:22)

 

Move in the direction of life, not fear.
Stand on the promises of God, our Savior.
He promised to always be near.

 

If you are feeling “in the dark”,
look up to “The Light.”
Keep your eyes on the one who is invisible.
He will guide you safely through the night.

 

Life Demands Mindfulness

28 Jul

From the Heart

Louise Gibson

 

author of Window Wonders

 

 

 

Water the seed of optimism.
Have a love affair with life.
Think positive thoughts and
you will drive away the strife.

 

Pay attention to the moment.
You’ll find you will learn a lot.
When you tackle the impossible
you will find it’s not as difficult as you thought.

 

Mindfulness is being aware of the present.
Listen to your heart.
Your life matters.
Live it fully from the start.

 

How will being mindful
help you deal with your pain?
Being aware of God’s presence
will bring serenity to your heart again.

 

Knowing God has a plan for your life
should bring assurance to your heart.
Trust Him even in the small things.
Faith is a healthy start.

 

 

Photo credit Matthew Kane- Unsplash

 

 

Listening

14 Jul

From the Heart

Louise Gibson

 

 

 

People need people to validate their dreams.
No one is independent-
We all need someone, it seems.

 

A speaker needs a listener
to the language of his heart.
We all need recognition-
true listening is an art.

 

Do you truly sense the hunger
when a person speaks to you-
Or do you struggle with impatience
to express your point of view?

 

We may not all be Hemingways
or famous for our prose-
But the need for self-expression
is something everyone knows.

(Are you listening?)

 

Photo by Mike Giles on Unsplash

 

 

What a Bargain!

7 Jul

From the Heart

Louise Gibson

 

 

 

 

God has not promised skies always blue,
But on His faithfulness you can depend.
He said He will never leave or forsake you.
His mercy has no end.

 

When your load is heavy
and you are feeling blue-
Look to Jesus, my friend.
There is help for you.

 

Jesus is waiting with a father’s love
His help and strength to give.
You have only to call on Him-
You will truly start to live!

 

Jesus said, “My peace I give to you”.
That is a perfect peace.
What a bargain. We give Him our burden.
He blesses as we release.

 

 

 

 

The Disease to Please

30 Jun

From the Heart

Louise Gibson

 

author of Window Wonders

 

 

 

 

I am suffering a debilitating disease-
Self diagnosed as “The disease to please”.

 

I can’t even tell you when it began-
I never knew it was common to man.

 

It compels you to say “Yes” to every request-
It silently steals your time and your zest!

 

I struggled for years to form the word “No”-
When I finally did, it amazed me so.

 

I truly believe that is the cure for me-
That one little word has set me free!

 

Time is so precious, I must take control-
New freedom for mind, spirit and soul.

 

Be aware, dear friends, I am working on me.
No longer a prisoner to “yes”- I am free!

 

“Pardon me, what was it that you wanted to know?
I can’t hear you, but the answer is “No”!

 

Surely There’s an Easier Way

23 Jun

From the Heart

Louise Gibson

 

 

 

 

Before I was afflicted
I did go astray,
but God wanted my attention
to walk in His way!

 

God gets our attention
through suffering and pain.
To be His obedient servant
is truly great gain!

 

I now have a more teachable spirit,
but it came at a price.
Remember your dad’s admonition?
“I’m not going to tell you twice”!

 

Thank you, Lord, for your patience.
It takes awhile to learn your way.
Help us to keep our eyes on you, Lord,
As we strive to be obedient each day.

 

 

 

Hear the Cry

16 Jun

From the Heart

Louise Gibson

 

 

 

 

 

Open your front door-
Just stand there and listen.
Do you hear it?
Believe me, it is there!

 

This time, close your door-
turn off the television.
Listen to the sounds in your own home.
Hear it? Sure you do…it’s everywhere!

 

To be certain, listen to your own heart.
You hear that?
It’s unmistakable-
It’s coming through loud and clear.

 

“I want to be loved!”
But wait, there’s more!
“and I want to love!”
There is no need so dear.

 

The world cries out for love that heals,
unites, and inspires.
To love and be loved
is a basic need that every soul desires.

 

This is no news to God.
He created us for love.
Our love for God and our neighbor
Fulfills the law of God above.

 

Footnote:
“Love is like the five loaves and two fishes.
It doesn’t start to multiply
until you give it away.”

 

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