The psalmist, David wrote many wonderful prayers of the heart which are amazing expressions of experiences we all go through. I pray this poem may be a blessing.
Hold on to the everlasting arms
They’ll never let you go
In the arms of Jesus, you will find
The greatest love you’ve known
He’ll give you strength and help you stand
When it seems you’ve had enough
The comfort of His love is real
When the road of life is rough
When the cup is dry and you can’t go on
And you just want to hide away
The Saviour is near, He knows your need
He sees your heart’s dismay
His words are words of life and peace
When all around looks dark
A lamp to your feet, His word will be
A light upon your path
Hold on to the everlasting arms
They’ll never let you go
He’ll keep you safe from all alarm
Because He loves you so
In these challenging times, it’s a comfort to know that the Lord’s arms of love are extended to us. He wants to impart grace and strength always, knowing that “without Him (Jesus) we can do nothing” (John 15). Thank you Lord!
(This poem is from my forthcoming book, Candle of Hope, soon to be released, by God’s grace) 🌷🙏🏽🙏🏽
Take courage, dear friend
You WILL come through
In the darkest of days
God is there – for you
Though deep down inside
You may feel it’s the end
Your broken heart
The Saviour can mend
If you’re feeling weak
And unable to cope
Take courage and
Never let go of your hope
Take hold of God’s hand
That is stretched out for you
He knows of the times
When you’re feeling blue
He knows of the depths
Of your sorrow and pain
He’s there to help you
To live once again
Take courage dear friend
Look up to the King
Through Jesus ~ our Lord
This battle you’ll win
©️ 2018 Christine V Mitchell
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.
© 2021 Christine V. Mitchell
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!
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 …..
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
© 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)
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.
© 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)
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!
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!
(Revised Jan 2019)
Copyright © 2014 Christine V. Mitchell
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)
Photo: Sunrise and the Morning Dew | by Reina Smallenbroek
forevergratefulpoetry | comfortandhopepooetry
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
© 2014 Christine V. Mitchell
Forever Grateful Inspirational Christian Poetry
(Available from Amazon – see Books for further info)