Monthly Archives: December 2016

A New Year of Praise

As one year goes out
And another comes in
We wonder what now will unfold
There’s anticipation
Of what is to come
There are things that we still will hold

There is one thing I know
Will not change in  my life
No matter what a new year will bring
I will lift up my voice
And sing out the songs
Of praise to Jesus the King

Nothing will silence me
From my desire
To lift up His name every day
I will listen intently
To the words that He gives
And write out His poems of praise

Join me, my friends
Let us make a great noise
Of praise to Jesus our King
He is so worthy
Of all of our praise
Lets lift up our voices and sing

Share The Light

There’s a feeling in the air
That’s hard to explain
It always comes this time of year
I feel I should dare
To make a life change
And I’m hopeful the change will endure

Call it a hunch or dream
Or resolution
My mind is determined to try
‘Cause right now it seems
I shouldn’t be done
Growing in my spirit life

Starting right now I’ll try
To rid all distractions
And live more in tune with Christ
I Him I’ll abide
With daily devotions
And pray for the lost to gain life

But more than anything
I’ll be determined
To praise Him with all of my might
I’ll lift my voice and sing
From deep down within
I’ll worship Him and share His light.



In response to the daily prompt Hopeful

Forever Grateful

I’m forever grateful for
What Jesus did that day
When He came to earth a babe
In a manger filled with hay
When He left His royal throne
He knew the price He’d pay
Yet He came and did it anyway

I’m forever grateful for
The mercy He shows me
I am such a sinner
Yet He died to set me free
And He rose up from the dead
So I will live eternally
I can’t believe He did it all for me

Oh, what a Savior
He is to me
My love grows deeper
Each time I see
His hand of mercy
Sweep over me
He is my Savior
My friend indeed

I’m forever grateful for
The joy He gives to me
It conquers every fear
And fills my heart with glee
He also gives me peace
That calms the storms in me
Fear and doubt just have to flee

I’m forever grateful for
His amazing grace
When I make all my mistakes
He won’t throw them in my face
He calmly reassures me
That beside Him is my place
And one say I’m going to see His face

Oh, what a Savior
He is to me
My love grows deeper
Each time I see
His hand of mercy
Sweep over me
He is my Savior
My friend indeed

It Doesn’t Matter

Will the new year bring a healing
To my feet and shoulder too
It doesn’t matter, Lord
Because I will still praise you

Will the new year bring a blessing
To these finances of ours
It doesn’t matter, Lord
I’ll still praise you every hour

Will I start to work again
And have good response from all
It doesn’t matter, Lord
I will answer when you call

My heart is set to worship you
And lift your holy name
No matter what I may go through
I’ll always lift your praise
And when the storm clouds gather
And my life is rearranged
I’ll lift my voice to heaven
And magnify your name

Will all my strength come back to me
So I can golf again
It’s doesn’t matter, Lord
I’ll praise your mighty name

Should this cancer not quite go away
And further treatment come
It doesn’t matter, Lord
I’ll still proclaim your love

Now, folks, don’t get me wrong
I’m believing God for all
For healing and deliverance
For financial windfall
For cancer to be gone
And me back to standing tall
There’s no doubt in my mind
That He will do it all

But my praise is not based
On what He does for me
My praise goes to Jesus
He is all I need
He is the King of Kings
And I can plainly see
That He deserves my praise
No matter what might be

I will worship Jesus
Until my dying breath
He’s my Lord forever
My songs will never end
His name is just so powerful
His mercy is so great
I’ll lift my hands and praise Him
For His amazing Grace

Trouble Within

I won’t cry
‘Cause I know why
Some people just can’t win

And I can’t cope
With those that mope
Due to trouble deep  within

If they’d just cry
To the one who died
To take away their sin

Then they could cope
And have new hope
A new life they’d begin.



I response to the daily prompt Mope

More Time

This year has past
A new is upon us
What will it bring
Good things, I trust

More time with God
Giving Him praises
Lifting my heart
Accepting His graces

More time in prayer
Lifting my neighbors
Hoping to see
Them come the Father

More time to love
Those who are hurting
Giving them hope
That their hurt is fleeing

More time to seek
His wisdom and passion
That I might proclaim
His words to the nation

More time to praise
My wonderful Savior
Lifting my voice
To worship my Lord

Yes, this year will bring
A new fire within me
To honor the name
Of Jesus my Lord

2016 – What A Year

Whew –  I made it.  All the way through 2016 and getting better every day.  This has been a year I will never forget.  We all have some years that rise above all the others as far as the memories they will invoke down the road.  For me, those years are 1958 – the year my Dad left and I met my still best friend: 1963 – JFK assassinated : 1970 – Graduated High School: 1976 – accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior: 1978 – Moved to Iowa and got married:1986 Moved to Belmond, Iowa: 1987 Started my career in sales: 2016 – Got cancer.

Yup that’s right.  I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma cancer in March of 2016 and am currently on the comeback trail.  It was found after I had been in the hospital with pneumonia twice in 3 months (December 2015 and February 2016).  On a hunch, my doctor did a CT scan,and found the bone lesions  A bone marrow biopsy sealed the deal and we headed to the University of Iowa Hospital for treatment.  Two stem cell transplants later,  I am in remission but still having chemo treatments every other week to knock off the dormant cells as they come back to life.  I’m going to beat this thing by the power of Almighty God!

But something amazing happened on the way.  I had started to blog some of my poems on WordPress back in 2014, but never got real serious about it, and was very sporadic.  During my treatments, I started picking up the blogging again, and I got involved in this wonderful community.  What you have given me is the support, encouragement and friendship I need.  You make this battle against cancer easier, and I thank you for that.

As I have gotten more involved, I have also started three blogs (since I had no idea how to do pages).  The first is this one – my poems.  All given by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they lift up the Lord every day, as that is my passion.  I have been writing poems for the past 6 years almost daily, so this was a perfect forum for that.  The second blog has turned into a study in the Psalms, which has really been a God send to me in this time.  I also post reflections on life on this blog from time to time.  The third blog was a study in Philippians, and will start in Ephesians January 1.

Posting daily on these three sites became a wonderful way to train my energy on something positive and uplifting during my bout with cancer and now during recovery.  Being cooped up at home can take its toll mentally, and these blogs have kept my mind, and my spiritual life alive.  And your comments and likes have been so encouraging through all this.  What a blessing!

Today, I am going to give you links to some of the “Best of” from all three of these blogs.  This is based on the number of views these postings received.  I found it interesting that a lot of the poems that were written for the Daily Prompt were the highest viewed.  Thank you WordPress staff for giving us that vehicle to draw people to our blogs.

From Pete Gardner Psalms (

This is my primary site.  I love to write poetry and God inspires something in me every day it seems.  I have reached 5,000 views and have over 150 followers.  This site is also a mimic of my Facebook page, which can be found at,  There, I have over 3,000 likes.  It is a blessing to me to be able to share these gifts with so many people.

The First Post – March 2016  Lift Him Up

Highest Views (Daily Prompt)- June 13 2016  Building Blocks

Highest Views (My Poems) – June 15, 2016 Let the Church Rise

From Pete Gardner’s Blog https://www.petertgardner.wordpress.cfom

This site contains personal posts ,some music posts, and is currently where I am doing a study through the Psalms, which has been fascinating.  This site has been gaining ground steadily thanks to your support and will probably hit 1,000 likes by the time I post this.  I am having fun with the personal posts, and learning a lot through the study.  I actually started this blog back in 2013 to blog about our camping experiences, so some of that is still there.

Top Posts (tie)  December 12, 2016 A Full Head
                              December 9, 2016 Back To Health

                               November 25, 2016 Pride – Part 2

My third  blog site was a study through Philippians ad it never really got going well.  I had a few followers, but they trickled off and left.  I did not do this well at first, and changed he way I was organizing this blog,  and the content improved greatly toward the end.  So I am going to keep this blog going and rename it Travelling with Paul.  The study will be through the epistles of Paul, and I will start next with Ephesians, hopefully after Jan 1.  This blog can be found at

I have also had he opportunity to do some guest blogging at BooknVolume, and thank Morgan for opening up that platform for me.  Top posts on that blog were:

I Just Want to ThankYou
Christmas Morn

2016 has been an amazing year from so many perspectives.  I look forward to what the coming year will bring!



In response to the prompt Retrospective