Through the Muck

It’s easy to be calm and cool when things are going right
My mind seems so much clearer and my outlook seems so bright
Every thought and every action comes out shining in the light
My day becomes a breeze that soothes my soul

I’m glad that I can say this verse describes most of my days
There is no sign of conniption as I go about my ways
When offenses come against me I just do what Jesus says
Shake the dust off of my feet when tales are told

When we follow Jesus there’s no place to hold a grudge
Forgiveness should be foremost as through the muck we trudge
We should never think we have a right to be another‘s judge
Just take the high road when the gossip rolls

Keep your mind on things that bring good thoughts and stay away from bad
Do not say a word that hurts someone but strive to make them glad
When trouble comes about you keep yourself cool and relaxed
No worry should prevent you from this goal

In response to the daily prompt https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2018/08/21/your-daily-word-prompt-conniption-august-21st-2018/

Your Mantra

Do you have a problem with worry
Does fear of the unknown lurk within
Your mind can find no peace
Your heart is not at ease
And it seems there is no joy life can bring

I have a suggestion you should try
That can change the outlook for each day
It takes a little time
But quite soon you will find
Your worries will dissolve along the way

Praise the Lord
Give it all you’ve got
Read His Word
Live it every day
Pray for needs
Listen for His voice
Give Him thanks
For each mercy found

And then take just one verse
Philippians four and eight
And make that verse your mantra
Follow it always

Think on things just
Think on things pure
Think on thing honest
Think on things true
Think on things lovely
Think on things virtuous
Think on things praiseworthy
Think on good reports

Then your mind will be renewed
Your heart will be restored
His peace will flow through you
His joy will overflow
Your life will be at rest
Your spirit will be eased
Worry will dissolve into the air
And you’ll be free

In response to the daily prompt
Your Mantra

Set Fast

Wonder what tomorrow brings
Silent worry when birds sing
Troubled over everything
This used to be my way

I’m glad the days are gone and past
When I would worry to the last
My sights are now always set fast
On what God has in store

God says do not fret or stew
Over things that trouble you
He will always see you through
So put your trust in Him

 

In response to the daily prompt Fret

Release and Replace

Release all things that trouble you
They put you in a bind
Replace them with the Holy Fruit
The Spirit plants inside

Release the fear that follows you
Through every passing thought
Replace it with a lasting love
That only comes from God

Release the sorrow of past sins
That come back just to bother
Replace it with abundant joy
That’s given from your Father

Release the worry that you feel
When thinking of tomorrow
Replace it with the peace of God
That’s permanent not borrowed

Release frustration that demands
You shouldn’t have to wait
Replace it with longsuffering
To guide you through each day

Release the harshness of your tongue
That lashes out at friends
Replace it with His gentleness
Which speaks with good intent

Release the hurtful things you do
When someone does you wrong
Replace it with His goodness
Which makes others feel strong

Release the doubts that creep in
When things just don’t go right
Replace it with unfailing faith
That guides you to His Light

Release all things that make you want
More than you should have
Release the temperance that helps
Your lifestyle to behave

Release the insecurity you feel
When facing unbelief
Replace it with a meekness that
Speaks with authority

Release all things that trouble you
They put you in a bind
Replace them with the Holy Fruit
The Spirit plants inside

A Thunderous Ovation

I won’t waste my time to wallow in fear
When the world falls apart all around me
I won’t take the time to listen to doubt
Since I know that my God has assured me

I won’t take the time to question this hope
That grows more inside me each day
I won’t take the time to seek a new path
Since He guides my steps all the way

I’ll use all my time to worship
To lift up His glorious name
Each moment I live
To God I will give
A thunderous ovation of praise

I won’t take the time to lose any sleep
Over things that I cannot control
I won’t take the time to worry and fret
Since I have the peace if the Lord

I’ll use all my time to worship
To lift up His glorious name
Each moment I live
To God I will give
A thunderous ovation of praise

No worry or fear
No doubt or dismay
No hopelessness ever will win
No trouble or test
No sorrow or hurt
Can steal the joy I have within

I’ll use all my time to worship
To lift up His glorious name
Each moment I live
To God I will give
A thunderous ovation of praise

Note to Self (revised)

This is an updated version of a poem I posted about a week ago.  I am considering entering it into a contest, so made some revisions with suggestions from my grand-daughter, who is studying poetry in school right now.  I would appreciate any comments or suggestions you may have.

Day 1
As I sit at my desk
Pen in hand
Weary from the day
Note to self
Remember this above all else
Don’t worry so much
Don’t break a sweat over tomorrow
Just concentrate on the gift of today
The present

Day 2
Pen in hand and ready
As my mind wanders
To events of today
Note to self
Never feel alone
God is always with you
Whether you feel Him or not
Trust Him

Day 3
I pick up my pen again
My mind remembers
The troubles of the day
Note to self
This trial will end
It has only come for moment
To help you grow in the faith
It came to pass

I need reminding quite often
That the mercy of God is for me
This His grace will always cover me
That He loves me despite myself
So I write these
Notes to self

Day 4
Upon waking in the morning
Rubbing the sleep
Out of my weary eyes
Note to self
You’ll be okay
Don’t sweat the small stuff
Or even the big stuff for that matter
Give it to God

Day 5
In case I face troubles
In case II have doubt
Note to self
God loves you
No matter what you say or do
He will always be there for you
He is faithful

Day 6
My duty for today
And everyday
Remains the same
Note to self
Give Him your all
Don’t hold back in your witness
Let the world hear your testimony
Be bold for the Lord

Day 7
Note to self
R

Note to Self

Note to self
Don’t worry so much
Don’t break a sweat over tomorrow
Just concentrate on the gift of today
The present
Note to self
Never feel alone
God is always with you
Whether you feel Him or not
Trust Him
Note to self
This trial will end
It has only come for moment
To help you grow in the faith
It came to pass
I need reminding quite often
That the mercy of God is for me
This His grace will always cover me
That He loves me despite myself
So I write these
Notes to self
Note to self
You’ll be okay
Don’t sweat the small stuff
Or even the big stuff for that matter
Give it to God
Note to self
God loves you
No matter what you say or do
He will always be there for you
He is faithful
Note to self
Give Him your all
Don’t hold back in your witness
Let the world hear your testimony
Be bold for the Lord
Note to self
Praise Him
Praise Him from sunrise to sunset
Praise Him no matter what is going on
Praise Him with all that you have
Praise Him wherever you go
Praise Him for everything
Just Praise Him

Sweet Peace

My soul has days that worry looms
Inside my mind I’m filled with gloom
It seems I can’t find rest from fear
Then suddenly your peace appears

Peace sweet peace
Overwhelms me like a flood
Peace sweet peace
Was provided by your blood

The storms of life are gathered ‘round
My feet seem stuck in sinking ground
I pray to God my path to clear
He hears my cry and peace appears

Peace sweet peace
Overwhelms me like a flood
Peace sweet peace
Was provided by your blood

The wind will howl and shake the trees
The waves will roll incessantly
Then Jesus comes and calms the seas
He leaves me with His gentle peace

Peace sweet peace
Overwhelms me like a flood
Peace sweet peace
Was provided by your blood

He said my peace I leave with you
Let not your heart be troubling you
Don’t be afraid my peace is more
Than this world ever can afford

Peace sweet peace
Overwhelms me like a flood
Peace sweet peace
Was provided by your blood

Trusting Jesus

When my joy turns into sorrow
Under burdens that arise
Days of worry come upon me
As a tear forms in my eye
Sadness could come overwhelm me
If I let these thoughts go on
But I’ve learned to seek my Savior
When my troubles are prolonged

When my peace has been disrupted
Turmoil starts to swirl around
My mind wanders out of wanting
To find rest from troub’ling sounds
Doubt could eas’ly overtake me
If I let these thoughts go on
But I’ve learned to trust my Savior
He will keep me from all harm

Trusting Jesus in my trials
Trusting Jesus in my doubts
Trusting Jesus when I worry
He will turn my life about
When the hard times come upon me
There’s no reason to get down
I have learned to trust in Jesus
Jesus makes my life abound

When I start to doubt His wisdom
My life seems to be off track
I can’t seem to find the answer
To the questions that I ask
Storms of life are gathered ‘round me
Whirlwinds howling in my ear
I have learned to trust in Jesus
In the midst of all my fears

Trusting Jesus in the thunder
Trusting Jesus in the rain
Trusting Jesus when I cannot find
My way back home again
He is always watching over me
He is always by my side
I can rest with calm assurance
When in Jesus I abide

I will trust Him
I will trust Him
I will trust the Lord
Even in the darkest storm
I’ll stand upon His word
I will trust Him
I will trust Him
Each and every day
I will give my life to Him
I will trust the Lord

Free

Free
Free from doubt
Doubt about my future
Doubt about which path to follow
Doubt about who is in control

Free
Free from fear
Fear of the future
Fear of the things from my past
Fear of falling into a trap

When I gave my life to Jesus
He set me free
And He keeps me free
For eternity

Free
Free from shame
Shame about my sin
Shame about the words of my lips
Shame about who I have hurt

Free
Free from guilt
Guilt about who I have hurt
Guilt about my sinful past
Guilt about a wasted life

When I gave my life to Jesus
He set me free
And He keeps me free
For eternity

Free
Free from worry
Worry about the provisions of life
Worry about who might hurt me
Worry about where I will find happiness

Now I am free
Free to have joy
Free to have peace
Free to have hope
Free to have His love

When I gave my life to Jesus
He set me free
And He keeps me free
For eternity