Again and Again

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Who wants to be a candle,
that shines in a lowly place?
Who wants to be in the shadows,
where nobody knows your face?
Ploughing behind the scenes –

and sowing seeds of love?
Such a heart is precious
to our heavenly Father above.

 Who will keep on giving
their best for no return,
to help someone keep living,
though long-lost love they yearn?
There are so many people

who may have been ignored,
who need to know that they are loved –
it’s precious to our Lord.

 While stars on high above us
in celestial realms do glow,
remember, it’s because of
dark surroundings that they show.
Now every soul is precious –

and needs to know we care.
When seeds of love have blown their way,
they’ll spread them everywhere.

 So let us not be weary
in doing well, dear friends.
The season yet will come if we
hold steadfast to the end.
As blossoms follow sunshine

and also showers of rain,
we’ll reap if we keep sowing
seeds of love – again and again.

 –oOo–

(Galatians 6:9)

 © Copyright 2014  Christine V Mitchell
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I invite you to also visit my website!
http://www.expressionspoetry.com

Free Kindle Promotion (2 days!!) Forever Grateful

 

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Dear Friends

I’m excited to let you know that I’m running a 2-day free promotion for my first book of inspirational poetry FOREVER GRATEFUL (available from Amazon – published Jan 2014). Forever Grateful is a collection of 40 poems full of heartfelt words of comfort, encouragement, praise and appreciation of the love of God that I found through Christ – a love that has sustained me during difficult life experiences, and which is the inspiration behind my writing. This will be available FREE on KINDLE for 2 days:

THIS FRIDAY – SATURDAY
(28 – 29 NOVEMBER)

Normal Amazon Kindle price, currently
(US)$4.13 / (UK) £2.64

Here are the links for US and UK:

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or you may use the following link which will also transfer you to Amazon  – http://smarturl.it/comfortandhope (then click on the Kindle link).

I pray that you will be blessed and enjoy reading as much as I have enjoyed writing the poems. If you have obtained a free Kindle copy of Forever Grateful, I would very much appreciate a review on Amazon, if you would be so kind!! 🙂 (Or here on my blogsite).

My new book of poems, Comfort & Hope has now been released (published Nov 2014). Details in my next blog 🙂

Thanks so much for following me!
God bless you,
Christine 🙂

Make A Difference


Let’s make a difference

by things that we say;
help brighten the day,
along our life’s way.

Let’s make a difference
by showing we care,
by just being there
when emotions are bare.

Let’s make a difference
by staying a while,
by sharing a smile,
going that extra mile.

Let’s make a difference
by sharing God’s peace
that brings a release;
help worries to cease.

Let’s make a difference,
it may strike a chord,
bring untold reward
and praise to our Lord.

Let’s make a difference
along our life’s way.
“Lord help us, we pray
to start from today”.

–oOo–

 © 2013  Christine V Mitchell

(Matthew 5:16)
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You’re welcome to visit my website:
http://www.expressionspoetry.com

Victory In Your Praise

In the midst of trials and challenges, it can be so easy to live by our emotions. We all have feelings … and sometimes they can get the better of us, plunging us into despair when someone causes us hurt, or during testing times and lonesome valleys, times when it seems everything is going against us. But what if feelings get in the way of our relationships with others and most of all with God, our loving Heavenly Father, the One to Whom we can turn in the midst of the battle, the One Who truly understands?  Thank God, there is something at our disposal which can lift us in trying times and draw us into His Presence ….. it’s called praise!   (I’ve written a poem on this – below 🙂). I’ve had to remind myself of this truth at times when things have happened that left me feeling I had every right to mope for however long! I’m sharing these few words to encourage you, just as I’ve had to encourage myself (and still do!!). It’s nice to read  in the Bible of how the psalmist David “encouraged himself in the Lord”!! (1 Samuel 30:6). Our God understands all things and ALWAYS, ALWAYS has a word for us. We can literally have His presence fill us, as the scripture says, through “psalms, hymns and spiritual songs…” (Ephesians 5:19). Oh there are battles on our journey, but how WONDERFUL is the promise we have in God’s word that “we are more than conquerors” through Christ. We may not be perfect and don’t always get it right, but “greater is He Who lives in (us) than He that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). He (Jesus) is ALWAYS right – so, once again, we have hope!

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 VICTORY IN YOUR PRAISE

At just the time the storm is getting closer;
when the road seems dark and the journey’s far from over;
when all your friends have gone their separate ways,
know this – there’s victory in your praise!

At just the time you feel like giving up;
when you have had to drink the bitter cup.
He’s there with you throughout the nights and days.
Know this – there’s victory in your praise!

You may not feel like praising God right now.
Considering all, you may just wonder how.
Remember how Paul and Silas spent their days?
Behind those prison walls were songs of praise!

Just one step closer, praise will draw us near
to the Lord, Who heals our wounds and calms our fears.
As we exalt and lift Him up always,
He will draw near, for He lives in our praise.

—oOo—

 Copyright 2014  Christine V Mitchell
All Rights Reserved

Psalm 22:23; Acts 16:25-34; Romans 8:37
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I also share poems on my website:
http://www.expressionspoetry.com

Potter

On our journey with the Lord, it’s easy to forget that all things work together for good to them that love Him (Romans 8:28), which means God can use anything, any situation, anyone to help us become all that He created us to be. We are “God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10 NIV). Nothing we go through is wasted therefore. As we put our trust in Him and allow Him to work in us, though things may take a while to take shape –  it’s win win in the end as we have the encouraging words of scripture that remind us that  “the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more and more to the perfect day”. (Proverbs 4:18 AKJV)

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Thank You, Lord,
for Your arms of love
all around us,
shaping us
for heaven
above.
On solid ground
You keep our feet
as we walk life’s street.
As a potter works with clay,
every day, You’re working to
melt and mold us, till Your perfect
will unfolds; refining, till at last we’re
shining, as gold. Help us, Lord, to
understand. Let this piece of clay, I pray,
be a useful vessel in Your hand,
surrendered and transformed
by Your pure and
holy love.

 –oOo–

© 2014 Christine V Mitchell

(published in Forever Grateful:  Inspirational Christian Poetry
 by Christine V Mitchell

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Sing Your Song

Dear Friends, as we journey through life and unforeseen events occur, whether simple or greatly distressing, our faith may be tested – feelings may get in the way – sometimes we may be anxious, but there’s hope …….

As a glimmer of light on a starless night
faith keeps hope alive.
When days seem long and you don’t feel strong,
faith will help you thrive.

Like Winter, Summer, Autumn or Spring,
life brings seasons of change.
As sure as the sun, trials do come,
but friend – don’t think it strange.

Faith sings a song of joy within
for things still yet unseen;
rejoicing in hope, it helps you to win,
so don’t give up your dream.

Hold onto God through faith in Christ
and always sing your song.
The answer will come, just trust in Him,
each day as you journey along.

 –oOo–

 (Hebrews 11:1; John 15:10; 1 Peter 4:12)

© 2014  Christine V Mitchell
All Rights Reserved

God’s word tells us that
“..this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4).

Through Him, we can still stand. Amen!

Love Beyond Limits

Dear Friends

I’m honoured to be a Guest Blogger on Blogs by Christian Women and today they published my recent article entitled “Love Beyond Limits”. in which I share some of my life experiences. I pray this will be a blessing to someone …… thanks for reading!

Below is a portion of the article  (for full article, click on http://wp.me/p4YjKM-aL):

LOVE BEYOND LIMITS

“There’s something so very wonderful about God’s love. It reaches beyond all the restrictions of the human mind that cause people to close doors to one another (and to Him); restrictions that cause people to go so far and no further, and for so many different reasons – status, culture, appearance, belief systems, disability, etc. The love of God even reaches beyond the limitations we place on ourselves because of past experiences – loss, failure, hurts, etc.

I lost my mother at the age of 18 months. My sister and I were in care for almost a decade and during that time she became disabled. Although she was older than me, ……… ”  (to see remainder,  click on this link  http://wp.me/p4YjKM-aL)

I pray this may be an encouragement to someone reading it today.

Love and blessings,
Christine