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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Poem Re-visited, "Learned Temptation"

This poem is a Villanelle  poem form I wrote for a book project, "Words of Inspiration", that is currently on hold, may revisit in future. For now, thought this poem may need re-visiting for some; including, myself

Learned Temptation

From the womb to the ground we now return
When from the serpent we was deceived
As in temptation we failed and did learn

Now to this our struggle we did earn
For our creator was greatly grieved
From the womb to the ground we now return

As paradise He gave us we overturn
Eyes opened to knowledge we now received
As in temptation we failed and did learn

This our history with Him concern
As to the other our choice perceived
From the womb to the ground we now return

Bruised in mind we must now stand stern
So foot to heal our walk be achieved
As in temptation we failed and did learn

For now with knowledge we must discern
To whom our alliance be reprieved
From the womb to the grown we now return
As in temptation we failed and did learn
   ©Doris Elaine

Inspiration: Book of Genesis, Chapter 3, Key Verses 4-7"Then the serpent said to the woman, 'you shall not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil'. So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of it's fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them where opened, they knew they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made them coverings" (NKJV). & 11 "And He said, 'Who told you that you are naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?'" (NKJV). Personal comment: In reading on you will see in answering God, the woman blamed the serpent, the man blamed the woman and the Lord punished all three; ending with the man. Verse 17b-19 "Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return" (NKJV). 

Thoughts: I've often wondered what it would have been had temptation not entered our existence. But now I see it, basically, had to enter our lives to give us free will; a choice. Temptation will always be and we do sometimes make the wrong choice in that temptation. But, we have a forgiving God that loves and wants us, even in our failings. The thing is to learn (knowledge of good and evil) from these wrong choices in temptations so as to try not repeat them; thus, learned temptation. 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

A Poem of Thought-What's Next?

What's Next?

In life I sometimes live perplexed
Not knowing to what is coming
That's when I inquire to the Lord, what's next?

I ask please show me what my life reflects
With this, He showed me what's forth coming
As in life I sometimes live perplexed

He said, your life need not be complex
It's about what you are becoming
As I inquire to the lord, what's next?

A faithful servant is all I ask
In doing so, I'm getting you ready
Making sure your up for My task

He said, with Me you know My love is steady
No matter how much yours does waver
So stop your wonder to what's next, already

I said, You certainly have showed me favor
When in life I sometimes live perplexed
It's clear to me, You are my Savior
When I inquired to You Lord, what's next?
       ©Doris Elaine

Thoughts: Sometimes we can get perplexed in life; especially, when things don't go as expected. But, have learned that's a part of life. The only true expectations, I've learned, that does not allow room for perplexity, is in knowing that Jesus Christ is my savior and that He died on the cross so I may live eternally in heaven with Him. "I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know." (John 14:2-4. NKJV). In asking, What's Next?, I know what's coming. That's the return of Jesus, to take all that believed and are baptized in this belief, home. Mean time, in my question, I live the best I can for Him and trust in the Holy Spirit's guidance, in times of uncertainty, along my way into What's next? 

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ." (Philippians 4: 6-7. NKJV).  

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

A Poem of Thought

 A God that Knew

Knowing You had made me brand-new
Giving You thanks for this everyday
I worship an awesome God that knew

Some moments were hard to get through
In these times of struggle I did pray
Then knowing You made me brand-new

Your hope in me with love was true
My hope is now that I don't stray
As I worship an awesome God that knew

Although from times of past my heart does ache
You knew to this end, You I would need
Now the season done, with You I awake

Bringing to life what end You did seed
In looking back to what You made strong
My being now not without, but freed

I thank You for holding me when I was wrong
For knowing You has made me brand-new
The plans You have for me, I now sing a song
As I worship an awesome God that knew
      ©Doris Elaine

Thoughts: It's easy to wonder why, this, that, and the other happened in our life. That's where knowing we have a God that already knew certain things were going to happen to you and knowing that He had been and will be there for you. God has a plan for every single life on earth. It is up to us to know and accept this and to know He is looking out for, not only, our good; but, the good of everyone involved. Not to sound cliche, but sometimes things do happen for a reason to you for everyone involved. I've ask, why certain things in my life happened, but looking back and knowing where I am now, I can see that certain things had to happen. It's hard when one's heart is involved, but even with this God has plans. "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give a future and a hope" (Jeremiah 29:11.  NKJV).  Sometimes we go through certain things in preparation for our future; this I know. And, I know that I worship an awesome God that knew. 

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Be Still and Know

 Be Still and Know

(Acrostic Poem)

Because I know
Everlasting Your love

Stillness in You I grow
Together We fit like a glove
In You my heart does flow
Lord, to You my soul speaks of
Loudly in silence You glow

And in this place You I think of
Noting Your love does show
Dominating my hope with You above

Knowing You, anxiety does slow
Noting my soul to You thereof
Oh, how in stillness Your love bestow
When in this world love void of
      ©Doris Elaine

Thoughts: Siting in silence with the Lord is the most precious moments of my life, no matter what is going on in my life. In these moments I know and feel His love radiate throughout the deepest parts of my being. With this love a fire grows to the need of letting others know of His love. People these days focus so much on getting ahead that we forget to be still and know who is the soul provider of our lives; the One who loves and cares. People hurt so much in the world and don't need someone telling them how to get ahead in life; they need love. If I was able I would put shoes on every single person that needs them. If I was able I would cloth every single person in need of clothing. If I was able I would feed every single hungry person in the world. If I could I would travel the world and tell everyone of the Love of Jesus Christ. The best I can do, currently, is this blog in letting people who are hurting know of the love of Jesus Christ. So, be still and know Jesus loves and cares about you. 

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

A re-post Poem-Romance Vs. Love

Here a poem from my poem book "I Am Sowed, By God's Words", the I am sowed collection, part one. It is a Noet poem form (called Nonet, now-a-days) This poem form was introduced in my book "The Rhyme It Out Project! Part One". You will see my thoughts at the time of writing the poem. 

In today's "ME" society, it is easy to get romance and love confused. I know I am still working on the difference in the two myself. However, have learned there is a difference in the two. Romance is not love and is very temporary; while, love stands the test of time. And, real love is not sex. It took great love of my children to endure raising them as a single mother through all the struggles we went through and I never gave up, nor gave them away; that's one form of true love. And, through much heartache have learned the greatest of all love is the Love of Jesus Christ; which does and will endure beyond time, into eternity. Love does endure the test of time, while romance is temporary. 

Romance Vs. Love

There is a difference, romance vs. love
Where love does endure the span of time
Romance fly's away as a dove
Our world making this our climb
But temporary thereof
Love last a lifetime
Romance vs. love
Love is prime
      ©Doris Elaine

Thoughts: Although still learning and in no way claiming to be an expert; but, from my own experiences and talking to others, romance the world does provide and love the Lord does provide. While romance is temporal, love endures, is eternal and given from above. "And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love." (1 Co. 13:13, NKJV). Thus, romance gives temporary moments, where love endures beyond time and in most cases through many circumstances. All of Corinthians 13 tells us a great deal of what love is (vs. 4-6), and to meant to be; please read. Love being the greatest gift God gave and gives us. 

Sunday, September 5, 2021

A book suggestion for Christians

Sometimes we can struggle with how to be Christ like; especially in today's society. I know I do every single day. I ran across this book while watching Bible Talk with Mike Mazzalongo; which is another resource to help Christians. It is hard, but we must still try and fight the good fight as was wrote in 2 Timothy, "For I am already being poured out as drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord; the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing." (4:6-8. NKJV). Hopefully this book, outside of reading God's word, will give some guidance to helping to be Christ like. It is sold on Amazon, see link below:

 So, You Want To Be Like Christ? by Charles R.Swindoll

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Christ Like

Simplify to be Christ Like

One's mind clutter can cause much dislike
When in today's world fast be the pace
But it can be simple to be Christ like

Uncluttering may take change lifelike
Examining what's allowed in one's space
As one's mind cutter can cause much dislike

Simplifying gives evil a strike
Giving focus to God in its place 
As it can be simple to be Christ like

Less clutter means more room for Christ
To be in one's life and in one's mind
For to God's glory He was sacrificed

So to the clutter examine and find
What needs decluttering to make right
In worshipping Him one's focus aligned

When to one's mind focus becomes a fight
As one's mind clutter can cause much dislike
Take action in life against this plight
Know it can be simple to be Christ like

Thoughts: In our fast paced world today there are so many things that can clutter our minds and lives in taking away our focus and worship on God. Things such as: Who we associate with, owing more than our pay, saying yes to too many things, thinking technology is the answer in our lives, not getting enough rest and or not planning leisure time, and having no time in savoring and enjoying life; just to name some. Am sure there are more I did not name. When one 's mind and life is cluttered with unnecessary activity it does not allow much room for giving glory to God. Christ glorified God with His very life. It is our destiny to try in becoming more like Christ. Roman's 8:29 reads "For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren."  We were created to become Christ like and that includes worshiping Him and focusing our minds on Him. In examining areas of our lives that takes away from being able to do this, we can make necessary changes towards being more Christ like. Of course, we could never ever be like Christ; but, we must try to declutter our minds and life towards simplification in being able to; because it can be simple to be Christ like.