Tag Archives: Poetry

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.”

 

Visualize Yourself As Water. Keep On Keeping On

9 Jun

From the Heart

Louise Gibson

 

 

A river cuts through rock,
not because of its strength,
but because of its persistence.
We, too, need to forge ahead.
Keep your eyes on Jesus
and His never failing assistance.

 

There is no point in carrying
around worry and regret.
They only weigh you down.
Keep yourself open to hope and to love.
A smile will replace a frown.

 

Water is so refreshing-
necessary for life.
Jesus is our Living Water.
Trust Him to put an end to strife.

 

Somewhere

2 Jun

From the Heart

Louise Gibson

 

 

 

 

Somewhere there’s a place for me-
A place I have a need to be.
A new plateau, a goal to meet-
Purpose, direction, without defeat.

 

Oh God, give me strength
to greet each day-
with a cheerful countenance.
Don’t let me sway.

 

Please let me focus
on the issues of life
That bring joy to others,
that relieve their strife.

 

To have victory over
the enemy called “Fear”-
The energy and stamina
to persevere!

 

Window Wonders

26 May

From the Heart

Louise Gibson

 

 

 

My kitchen window overlooks my patio.
It affords me an excellent view.
I observe the antics of my animal friends
while cooking, perhaps a stew.

 

My window wonders this week
have become a bit disturbing.
What used to be a heartwarming scene
has become very disconcerting.

 

I have a most unusual guest
who really is quite rude.
He appears uninvited at meal time
and devours all the food.

 

Lord, I need your help-
I really don’t want to be mean.
But that cute raccoon is gaining weight,
while my cats are looking lean.

 

I said he is cute because
his habits are disarming-
He picks up his food with his “hands”-
I must confess he is charming!

 

I take out fresh water for my cats,
but our visitor is quite pristine!
You see, he “washes” his food in it-
He is the original “Mr. Clean”.

 

And Lord, you see the other problem, too, I know-
How he trashes up my patio?
I get so tired of using my broom,
I moved the garbage can to the utility room.

 

Lord, I have a question, please-
“Was this your plan from the start,
to put me “under pressure”
to tenderize my heart?”

 

 

 

Write Your Own Positive Quote About Growing Older

19 May

From the Heart

Louise Gibson

 

 

 

The age I am is a welcome friend-

It is so patient, no rush to the end.

 

One day at a time is sufficient for me
to glean the promises of God eternally.

 

I want so much to continue to grow-
It is Christ, my Savior, I want to know.

 

Age is a gift from our Lord above.
Treasure the memories of His infinite love.

 

One rule I have made as I age.
“Don’t let your life be ruled by a calendar page”.

 

P.S. As long as God gives you life,
LIVE it!

 

 

 

Reflections

12 May

From the Heart

Louise Gibson

 

 

What does a mother say to her children
at the end of her days-
Those she has loved in so many ways?

 

“Oh, what joy I felt in my heart
when I was informed that new life
had its start.

 

Each of you was a blessing from above-
a gift of God-
the symbol of love.

 

Each is unique-
Not one is the same.
You are loved and admired
for who you are; what you became.

 

Your talents are many-
Thank God for each one.
They will nurture your being
when the day is done.

 

God will supply the strength
to face each new day-
I will be with you in spirit
every step of the way.

I Love you.

Mom”

 

 

Footnote:

Quote from Max Lucado:

“God knows that we are only pilgrims and that eternity
is so close that any “Good-bye” is, in reality, a
“See you tomorrow”.

 

 

 

 

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