Reflecting back on things learned   2 comments

Each morning when I rise I reflect

on things God is showing me new each day

if not with words I often write,

but with an audible voice to say,

God, how do I pray? Show me your way.

Life brings us troubles we don’t understand,

things that move us the way they do,

and the emotion whelms up inside our soul

and we need a forgiving and loving heart

for one whose life spins out of control,

one who needs help but there’s much we don’t know,

so in my place of quiet solitude

where my mind is stilled and I ponder all,

and for once not ask for myself to receive,

but offer up my prayers and pleas

for the one who needs divine intervention.

It is what God asks me to do,

it is what I do now, because I believe.

___________________

Joyce E. Mannhalter (C) 2018

As I think back on this last year and what I have gone through with the challenges God put in my path there were times when I didn’t know if I could get through it. But, as time went on I realized it was the prayers and support of friends that cared when sometimes I didn’t know what to do because of the pain, bitterness and unforgiveness I carried in my heart. But, God calls us to have a forgiving and understanding heart and pray for the one who has hurt us. In Colossians 3:13 it says, “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Luke 6: 28 “Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”

I am so thankful for what I have learned through this last year as I went through a painful divorce. It has made me grow spiritually. This is the season of thanksgiving as we enter into a time of celebration of the birth of God’s son, and give thanks for what we have, and this is what I am most thankful for. Life is full of lessons in our journey and there is much we can learn and reflect back on. It can change us in ways that make us a better person. I believe it has done that for me. I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. God bless you and yours.

Joyce E. Mannhalter, Nov. 2018

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  1. Your poem so touched me. The strength of your faith shines through the weakness of your suffering, dear friend, because you believe our Lord’s grace to be sufficient and that His power is made perfect in weakness (2 Cor. 12:9). May your prayers rise with the wings of that faith and trust, as I pray mine will. All glory, praise, and honor to Him who loves us so completely! Have a restful Thanksgiving, Joyce.

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    • Thank you, Dora for the kind comment and feedback. I think we all have to go through things in our life that tests our faith in a way that either can make a positive difference in our lives in how we cope with it, or one where we remain indifferent, cold and bitter with no real joy and peace to move forward. God is so faithful and his ‘mercies are new every morning’ like the phrase to a favorite chorus we used to sing in church. Have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving.

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