P is for …

Poetry, Poems, Posts, Praise, Prayer, Persistence, and Patience.

I think this is the best letter, yet.

Before I start going on and on about me; let me introduce you to my best friend, Darla Greven. She is an inspiration to me (and many others) and a great encourager. You can check out her blog at laughwithmecrywithme.com. She posted this poem today on her FB page:

I put it off
I look away
Don’t want to feel
Don’t want to say
I’m stuck…

Stuck in a loop
Stuck in a groove
I tell myself
It’s time to move
But no…

I put it off
I look away
Don’t want to feel
Don’t want to say
I’m stuck…

Stuck in a loop
Stuck in a groove
I tell myself
It’s time to move
But no…

Again I loop
Again I’m stuck…
Until I cry
And I look up…
“Help”…

I choose to feel
I choose to say.
You hear me
And we feel the pain
Unstick

No sudden fix
No magic wand
But a hand to squeeze
As we move on
Anew

Darla Greven 2014

I used to just write poetry, now I even enjoy reading other peoples poetry. Before I was too critical to enjoy what others would write and too biased to think I would ever need to edit my own. I have written many poems. So many, the task of sorting through them makes me wonder if moving on to new ones would be easier. I have a Poems page; you can click the link at the top. These are just a very few of my poems. I have great intentions on expanding the number of poems there.

“Posts” is the next P word on my list. My intention for this year is to improve my blog posts; as well as, being more consistent and more focused. I want to move from this being just a personal exercise to being worthwhile and helpful to those who take time to read it.

The last four words could be bunched up together, but let me break it down to what has changed for me. Again another change I came away with, from the Awaken workshop, was praising in lieu of praying. What I mean is instead of praying, “Lord help me in this situation.” (A totally acceptable prayer, I must add.) I will “praise”, “Thank you Lord for helping me in this situation.” The prayer is basically the same except I am changing my focus from the situation to God and his presence in my life. It is such a subtle change, but a very mindful shift. The same goes for praying for other people. Praising God for his ability and willingness to help us in our needs is a great reminder that what we ask is possible.

Persistence and Patience go hand and hand with praise and prayer, but these speak to me regarding my response, and my attitude. I have always had the impatient type of patience, as well as, the “I give up” type of persistence. But I am learning to handle my failures, my stumbling blocks, and my lack of results with just these two words: persistence and patience. I am beginning to understand their importance and their methods. I learn more when I accept these two as part of the design of God’s Plan and Purpose for my life. (Yay! – Two more wonderful P’s.)

I have a feeling I could come up with a few more Powerful P’s, but it’s time to Push on! LOL!

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