A NEW YEAR PRAYER


Precious Heavenly Father ….

May our faith be strong as we journey on
In the start of a brand-New Year
And our days be blessed with peace and rest
And freedom from doubt and fear

As we lift our hands and voices, Lord
In heartfelt thanks and praise
We’re grateful for the light You shine
Through darkest nights and days

Bring comfort, Lord, to those who weep
Whose hearts are filled with sorrow
O Saviour, give them strength, we pray
To face each new tomorrow

The Light of life and hope are You
The Rock on which we stand
O Sun of Righteousness, we pray
For healing in this land

Forever be our shelter, Lord
Throughout each night and day
And bring to pass Your perfect will
O Saviour, God, we pray.

Thank You, Lord .. Amen.
–o0o–

© 2021  Christine V. Mitchell

Happy New Year 2021!

Dear Friends

I hope this New Year finds you safe and well. I thank the Lord for bringing us safely through 2020 ~ a year unlike any other known to most of our generations. My heart goes out to the millions affected by the awful pandemic. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to be regularly blogging. In life, we can often have wonderful hopes, plans and dreams of things we would like to pursue, but, as we’ve seen, unexpected events and circumstances may postpone things, and sometimes greatly.

BUT – by the grace of God, I’m thankful to be here at this start of 2021 sending you this little note and, by His grace also, hope to continue blogging on a more regular basis.

I pray your year will be blessed and that you will know total health, protection and the wonderful presence of God, our Heavenly Father.

My first blog for 2021 follows: A NEW YEAR PRAYER.

Love and blessings always!

Christine

When I Can’t Do It

As we face life each day, we need strength from above. We need the Lord to guide us, to direct our paths, to show us the way – His way …..

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When I JUST can’t seem to do it Lord
I know that You can – in me
I thank You that all the things I lack
In YOU, O Lord, I see

As I journey along this heavenly path
No matter what test I face
It’s not about might, nor even power
But patiently running the race

I look at You and it’s possible
New faith begins to rise!
Then I reflect and wonder why
I looked through earthly eyes

Deep down in me, my heart says, “Yes”
When flesh would rather say, “No”
At times You want me, Lord, to wait
When it seems I’m raring to go

I thank You Lord for love that sees
Beyond this fleshly veil
When it seems I can’t, in You I can
Through love that never fails
—o0o—

© 2019 Christine V Mitchell
All Rights Reserved


“.. being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you

will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus”
(Philippians 1:6, NIV)

 

Lord, Hold My Hand

A short prayer poem for any going through the challenge of illness. God bless you …

Soothe every storm
Calm every fear
When the news is not good
Not what I want to hear.

When the figures are high
And my feelings are low
O help me, dear Jesus
Let faith in me grow.

Your word, precious Lord
Is a lamp to my feet
Your word is alive
Full of power, not defeat.

There’s nothing impossible
Saviour, with You
The miracles of yesterday
You can still do.

YOU are the Lord ~
Who heals my disease
O send forth Your power
Bring a release.

I’m trusting in You
On Your promise I stand
O help me, dear Jesus
Lord, hold my hand.
—o0o—

© 2017  Christine V. Mitchell
All Rights Reserved

The above poem is one of a selection
from my 3rd book of poetry
~ CANDLE OF HOPE ~
(soon to be released)

Oceans of Love

 

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Dear Friends,

As I meditated on the precious love of God, I began to get carried away in deep thought about the vastness of His love and just wanted to share these reflections with you …….

We’ve probably all experienced unrequited love in one way or another – through friends, loved ones, etc. Many of us know what that feels like and how painful it is – giving love, opening the door of our hearts, hoping for relationship, only to experience coldness or rejection – and so does God, especially as He has oceans of love for us.

Even if we have a relationship with God, through Christ, sometimes our erring ways can cause us to actually move away from Him, from that close fellowship we should have, because we know He is holy, and when we fall short we feel we have failed Him .. yet again.

It can be the case that instead of running TO Him, we may find ourselves missing out on those special times of closeness in His presence. The love of God, being unfathomable and pure, reaches out to us in mercy. Again and again, He lovingly calls us to draw near to Him, in so many ways: perhaps through a song, a word of scripture, encouragement from a friend, a sermon, even through circumstances. God patiently waits … with oceans of love … but are we always aware?

There have been seasons in my faith life when things were going along nice and smoothly, then, at some point, a situation may occur in which I felt I’d failed God again in one way or another, and (feeling defeated) would think to myself, `He must be tired of me constantly coming back for forgiveness’. As my relationship with Him grew, however, I became reassured by the reminder that it wasn’t any good that I had done that made me acceptable to God – but the righteousness of Jesus alone. Thank You Lord!

We are encouraged in scripture to “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16, NKJV).  We are saved by grace through faith, and not by our own works (Ephesians 2:8-9). Although we are saved FOR good works, we’re not saved BY them. When we realise this, we can not only ask for forgiveness when we’re in the wrong, but can forgive ourselves and others too. It’s all about the life of Jesus being lived through us. It’s all about Him, not us! Through the everlasting love of God, that same saving grace is available to us for daily living.

When Jesus sacrificed His life for us on the cross, He paved the way for those special words that He uttered to be fulfilled – “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). The transaction was done in terms of God. He “SO loved the world that He gave ..” (John 3:16). God’s oceans of love caused Him to give. He did His part. After that, it was our turn to respond to His gift, so that we could experience this forgiveness and the vastness of His love.

It’s continually our turn to respond to His heart of love which extends beyond the cross, however. As we seek to follow the Lord in our daily walk, we can experience more and more the reality of His love, and continual cleansing and forgiveness, because of our fellowship with Him (1 John 1:7-9). His sacrifice makes us acceptable; His perfection covers our imperfection.

Against the many distractions, trials, temptations and struggles in our journey with God, His eternal and holy love beckons us to keep on coming. God is love ~ rich and free. Love calls us ~ love awaits us. Isn’t that precious?! Tears fill my eyes just to think about this fact. That love is unconditional, forgiving, full of mercy, continually reaching out to all the world, looking for an inlet into human hearts. What a treasure we have in our hearts as believers!

Prayer:
Thank You Heavenly Father for your fathomless oceans of love, shown to us through  Jesus, Your Son, in His sufferings, death and resurrection. Thank You that this precious love made it possible for us to draw near to You, to come before Your throne and find all our needs met, because of Your heart of mercy and forgiveness. May the love You continually show .. fill our hearts daily, and may that love be poured out through us to others also ~ for Your glory and praise, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Here is a beautiful song about the love of God (a song I love) written by Graham Kendrick entitled “Such Love” …..

 

I hope this may have blessed your heart!

Much love,
Christine

 

(Revised Jan 2019)

Copyright © 2014  Christine V. Mitchell

 

Jesus, Our Guide & Help

 

 

 

 

 

You are our model, Lord Jesus
Perfection of beauty that shines
Our Guide along the journey of life
Peace for troubled minds

When we can’t see around the corner
And don’t know what lies ahead
We only need to trust Your word
And by Your Spirit be led

When we meet with disappointments
And hope is a growing mist
Tempted and tried, we sometimes find
Complaining hard to resist

But You are our present help
Our strength, Lord, when we are weak
Our lighthouse brightly beaming
When days are cold and bleak

May our eyes behold Your beauty
Transforming us from within
Being changed from glory to glory
Through You, dear Jesus, we’ll win

Copyright 2019 Christine V. Mitchell


“You are complete in Him” (Colossians 2:10)

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Just Want to Say Thanks

Happy New Year dear friends!! 
As each New Year begins, while we look ahead to the new things God has in store, it’s good for us to look back with thankfulness. I would not be where I am today without Him. Through the years, the Lord has been my rock. Just wanted to share this poem of gratitude ~ one of those He blessed me to publish in my book, “Forever Grateful”. Thank You Lord!

Just Want to Say Thanks

I looked through the window of life each day
When the burdens were great and I hardly could pray
If someone would ask of me how I fared
With an answer, I’d smile, but I just couldn’t share

When the tears wouldn’t cease and I felt I had failed
You came through with peace, Your kindness prevailed
You lifted me, Lord, and helped me to stand
On a rock, and You sheltered me there with Your hand

Your Holy Spirit brought comfort and peace
In the midst of my sorrow and gave me relief
Of the pain and the anguish that weighed like a stone
You always were there, I was never alone

Oh Jesus I love You, I love You so much!
So precious to me is Your comforting touch
Your wonderful peace, You always impart
Just want to say “Thanks”, from a grateful heart

–o0o–

© 2014  Christine V. Mitchell

Published in
Forever Grateful Inspirational Christian Poetry
(Available from Amazonsee Books
 for further info)

~ God bless you ~

“Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 124:8)

Tenderly

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Dearest Jesus:

Tenderly, You look into my eyes
Lovingly, You help me to arise
And when I hear the words You speak to me
You banish all my fears and I am free

In all my yesterdays, I’ve seen Your hand
And all along, You’ve helped me Lord to stand
Lord, I can face each day because of You
Propelled by love that’s faithful, kind and true

When burdens weighed me down and heavy loads
You gave me grace and strength along the road
You bid me hand them all to You in prayer
What peace I felt when, at last, I left them there

© 2018  Christine V. Mitchell
All Rights Reserved
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you”.
(Jeremiah 31:3)

 

 

(Site Rename)

 

Blessings dear Friends!

I hope you are all well and being blessed.
This is just to let you know  that

My site name has now changed!

Previous name: Christine’s Poetry Blog
Previous URL: https://poetrybychristinemitchell.wordpress.com

New name:
Christine’s Poetry & Reflections
New URL:  http://www.christineheart2heart.com

NOTE: The former site address will still open up here, in Christineheart2heart.

 

Blessings and love!
Christine

Site Change Coming ..

UPDATE!

 

 

Dear Friends

I hope and pray that you are well. It’s been a VERY busy year for me, yet again! I just wanted to write this short post to let you know of some changes taking place with my blog site.

FIRSTLY though …. can I say a big “THANK YOU” for visiting my blog and for your support over the years. I pray that the blessings of the Lord will be showered upon you.

I truly thank God for His precious love which continues to amaze and fill me with awe. His love continues to inspire me with more poems (and reflections too) and with a love and desire to share them, in the hope they will be a blessing.

But with even the very best of intentions, our plans often don’t work out the way we want do they? Or WHEN we want them to happen.  But that’s okay really – when we remember how God’s word says that “all things work together for good to them that love the Lord and them who are the called, according to his purpose”.

With all good intentions, I tried to have a separate blog to share inspirational reflections. As many of us can testify,  the  demands of life can be such that it’s difficult keeping up with things we plan. We just can’t have our hands in too many pies or be like an octopus! So…. with the thought in mind that I’d rather try to give more focused attention in few places than no attention in many, I intend to keep both my POETRY and REFLECTIONS here on this blog. Yes – by the grace of God, I’ll still be here!

However, this site name will soon be changingI will update you shortly with the details. You’ll still be able to locate this site should you use the current URL also.

Have a wonderful and blessed day … and I’ll write back soon!

Much love!
Christine

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