Pause for Poetry-Real Riches

The following poem, Real Riches, comes from The Will of the Wind Inspirational Thoughts on Christian Virtues by Idalee W. Vonk.

Real Riches

If all the world were yours to win,

And all the wealth and land therein;

If coffers heaped with golden store

Would line your walls and gilt your door;

If men would loudly sing your praise

And children would bedeck your ways;

You still would be a beggared lot

If honor somehow were forgot.

If you had naught but daily bread,

A humble cot, a path which led

To where your friends and loved ones wait

With eager smile and open gate;

If none but friends e’er hear your name,

If you are ne’er to taste of fame;

But if self-respect has been your creed,

You are a millionaire, indeed.

In 1986 Carita Swanson Vonk, a woman I met at a writers conference, gifted me with a book of poetry written in 1969 by Idalee W. Vonk titled, The Will of the Wind Inspirational Thoughts on Christian Virtues. The following poem comes from Idalee’s book. Interesting side note. Carita was the second wife of Idalee’s widowed husband. Dr. Vonk also happened to be Carita’s philosophy professor at the University of Miami thirty-two years prior to her giving me this book. J

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Pause for Poetry — Patience

courtesy pixabayThe following poem, Patience, comes from The Will of the Wind Inspirational Thoughts on Christian Virtues by Idalee W. Vonk.

Patience

We should never think that God’s delays are

God’s denials of our prayers, for often

We, through ignorance of what is best

For us, petition for the things we feel are

Vital to our happiness, but which, if

Granted us upon request, would prove most

Detrimental to our own well-being.

Prayers are often premature. We are not

Ready for the things we feel we need, and

So God whispers, “Patience-patience-patience.”

Patience brings contentment, hope, and faith

To him who learns to pray believing, and then

Waits for the fulfillment of his prayers

In God’s own way. For patience is the key

To happiness, success, and real contentment.

In 1986 Carita Swanson Vonk, a woman I met at a writers conference, gifted me with a book of poetry written in 1969 by Idalee W. Vonk titled, The Will of the Wind Inspirational Thoughts on Christian Virtues. Interesting side note. Carita was the second wife of Idalee’s widowed husband. Dr. Vonk also happened to be Carita’s philosophy professor at the University of Miami thirty-two years prior to her giving me this book.

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Pause for Poetry – by Mary Butterfield

This poem by Mary Butterfield is in the devotional book, Streams in the Desert. I couldn’t find the title or a link to it.

One day when walking down the street,

On business bent, while thinking hard

About the “hundred cares’ which seemed

Like thunderclouds about to break

In torrents, Self-pity said to me:

“You poor, poor thing, you have too much

To do. Your life is far too hard.

This heavy load will crush you soon.”

 

A swift response of sympathy

Welled up within. The burning sun

Seemed more intense. The dust and noise

With rasping blast of blowing horn

Incensed still more the whining nerves,

The fabled last back-breaking straw

To weary, troubled, fretting mind.

 

“Ah yes, it will break and crush my life;

I cannot bear this constant strain

Of endless, aggravating cares;

They are too great for such as I.”

So thus my heart consoled itself,

“Enjoying misery,” when lo!

A “still small voice” distinctly said,

“‘Twas sent to lift you–not to crush.”

I saw at once my great mistake.

 

My place was  not beneath the load

But on top! God meant it not

That I should carry it. He sent

It here to carry me. Full well

He knew my incapacity

Before the plan was made. He saw

A child of His in need of grace

And power to serve; a puny twig

Requiring sun and rain to grow;

An undeveloped chrysalis:

A weak soul lacking faith in God.

 

He could not help but see all this

And more. And then, with tender thought

He placed it where it had to grow–

Or die. To lie and cringe beneath

One’s load means death, but life and power

Await all those who dare to rise above.

 

Our burdens are our wings; on them

We soar to higher realms of grace;

Without them we must ever roam

On plains of undeveloped faith,

(For faith grows but by exercise

In circumstance impossible.)

 

O paradox of Heaven. The load

We think will crush was sent to lift us

Up to God! Then, soul of mine,

Climb up! Nothing can e’er be crushed

Save what is underneath the weight.

 

How may we climb! By what ascent

Will we crest the critical cares

Of life! Within His word is found

The key which opens His secret stairs;

Alone with Christ, secluded there,

We mount our loads, and rest in Him.

Mary Butterfield

Streams in the Desert

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Pause for Poetry Godly Advice

Welcome to Pause for Poetry, featuring a poem, Godly Advice, written by my writer-friend, Frances Gregory Pasch.

Godly Advice

 

On days when things get hectic

And my head is spinning around,

Jesus takes me by the shoulders

And He gently sits me down.

He whispers, “Do not panic…

Relax and stop a while.

Fatigue causes tension

And robs you of your smile.

“Put everything in order,

Get your priorities straight…

Forget unneeded details,

On key things concentrate.

“Stop all of your rushing,

Tackle one thing at a time…

Slow down and take it easy,

As the ladder of life you climb.

“You don’t have to impress me,

It’s not how much you do,

It’s the way in which you do things…

Just keep My will in view.

“For whatever you accomplish

It’s not for you, but “Me.”

If you put Me first, you’ll triumph

And dwell with Me eternally.”

 

©Frances Gregory Pasch

Frances Gregory Pasch’s devotions and poems have been published hundreds of times in devotional booklets, magazines, and Sunday school papers since 1985. Her writing has also appeared in several dozen compilations. Her book, Double Vision: Seeing God in Everyday Life Through Devotions and Poetry is available on Amazon. Frances has been leading a women’s Christian writers group since 1991 and makes her own holiday greeting cards incorporating her poetry. She and her husband, Jim, have been married since 1958. They have five sons and nine grandchildren. Contact her at http://www.francesgregorypasch.com.

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Pause for Poetry I am Refreshed

courtesy unsplashWelcome to Pause for Poetry, featuring a poem, I Am Refreshed, written by my writer-friend, Frances Gregory Pasch.

I Am Refreshed

 

I am refreshed, dear Jesus,

By the little things you do.

You speak to me in different ways

And let me know it’s You.

Today I heard a serenade

When I awoke at dawn,

And I still felt Your presence

When all the birds were gone.

You often send me rainbows

When sun reflects on glass.

In troubling times, they speak to me,

“This too, My Child, shall pass.”

Sometimes a word pops off the page

While spending time with You.

It gives direction to my soul…

Confirms what I’m to do.

You always know what’s best for me

It’s all part of your plan.

I’m blessed that You’re my Shepherd,

The Awesome, Great I AM.

 

©Frances Gregory Pasch

Frances Gregory Pasch’s devotions and poems have been published hundreds of times in devotional booklets, magazines, and Sunday school papers since 1985. Her writing has also appeared in several dozen compilations. Her book, Double Vision: Seeing God in Everyday Life Through Devotions and Poetry is available on Amazon. Frances has been leading a women’s Christian writers group since 1991 and makes her own holiday greeting cards incorporating her poetry. She and her husband, Jim, have been married since 1958. They have five sons and nine grandchildren. Contact her at http://www.francesgregorypasch.com.

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