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Poems: The God Connection

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If you want to know what Scripture says, this book focuses on key passages. If you want to know about God, this book will show the way. This book takes you through those tough times to make that God connection and, as you do, you’ll find comfort, peace, hope and, most of all, that inner joy that comes from a vital connection to the Lord of all.
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THE GOD CONNECTION goes beyond religion and tradition to a vital, real connection with our loving Creator.

HOPE

Thou art my hiding place and my shield:
I hope in thy word.
Psalm 119:114 KJV

He gave me hope
When darkness clouded
mind and soul
When pain beyond reason
Clutched and tore the
fabric of my insular world
Left me bleeding from every
Physical and emotional pore.

He offered life
When my own ebbed and I
Wished only for the end
Yet, I clung to that nameless something
Implanted deep within

This cannot be all there is!
His gentle voice called, comforted, cared
Even in my rebellion,
Even in my indifference,
Even in my anger
He showed me sacrifice
Someone even dared to die—for me!

Love held Jesus to that cross

God became man—lived, died.
Rose again—for me, for my pain
For my anguished cries
Of heart and soul and mind.

Jesus offered forgiveness, life, hope
He stretched out His hand
My choice. And I, in dread anticipation,
Clasped His palm--Found Him.

Thank you for finding me.
Help me to live for you. Amen.

(C) 2014, 2017 Carolyn R Scheidies "The God Connection"

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Other Poems

SCHEDULES, LISTS AND STRESS--OH MY!
2017 Carolyn R Scheidies

I like making and keeping schedules and lists.
Planning out my time, my days,
Knowing stress rises at unexpected challenges, changes
That occur along the way.

But, even when life scrambles,
And I need help to reorder the mess,
I am reminded God loves and cares. He's in control and
I rest secure, because I know--He's got this!

Come unto me, all you that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls. --Matthew 11:28-29

REBELLION AND RESTORATION
2017 Carolyn R Scheidies

We live in a culture
That pretends sin does not exist.
I know differently and yet…
How often do I follow this crowd,
In rebellion and frustration shake my fists,
By what I allow
In my thoughts, home, heart and mind?
Do my words and actions align
With the faith I claim,
,
Of Jesus Christ who came
Sinners to save?
Among sinners all,
I cannot judge what others have done
For I am one..
Maybe I, like the apostle Paul,
Need to bow and confess
My life's a mess.
Forgive me Lord.

Help me, Jesus, repent and return You,
Allow Your love to heal, restore, make me new,
That I might move beyond rebellion and sin
To be a light shining, helping others
Find joy of new life as they, too,
Let you in.

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (KJV)

CHANGES
2017 Carolyn R Scheidies

The more I hang on,
The more I go my own way,
The more desperate I become
When change happens
And it does. It will. Tomorrow, today…
How much better life goes when I place
My today and future in the safe hands,
Purposes and plans,
Protection and leading
Of my Creator, Savior, Lord and Friend
--Christ Jesus.

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BLANK PAGE
2017 Carolyn R Scheidies

Blank page. Blank mind.
Stare. Wonder. Impatiently wait
For inspiration, phrases, words…
Right out of my mind’s gate.

Ideas tumble about, all jumbled up
Deep inside my heart and mind,
Until I stop the struggle, bow and seek
Jesus to direct and guide.

As quietly now I listen...I find
New focus with ideas forming to release
Blank pages filling when I allow
God's Word and Christ to speak
Through me.

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FINDING TRUE SATISFACTION
2017 Carolyn R Scheidies

Feels good to be needed,
Happy to serve,
Even when doing so takes
Time, strength and energy,
And calls on deep reserves.

For satisfaction doesn't come
From caring only about ME,
But from reaching out with prayer and care,
Meeting others’ needs.

True satisfaction comes
From knowing within,
That in reaching out in Jesus’ love,
I draw others to Him.

HE LIVES
(C) 2017 Carolyn R Scheidies

I know He IS,
Christ Jesus lives,
Not because of church preaching,
Or teaching,
Or memorized Bible passages.
For even when
I turned away,
Even on days of anger, rebellion, pain,
Even then, deep down, I knew
For in the deepest darkness and hurt within,
I did not find Him,
Jesus came and found
Me!

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WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN
(C) 2017 Carolyn R Scheidies

Sometimes we take for granted
The blessings of our days,
Until pain or hurt or tragedy
Strips our security away.

In these times of stress and pain and tears,
We can turn to the One who's near.
The One who offers peace, healing, help and hope
And wipes away our fears.

When we turn to Jesus,
He comforts and holds us tight.
We can become secure in knowing,
He'll make everything all right.

I will never leave you nor forsake you. Hebrews 13:5c

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BEYOND LIFE’S DISAPPOINTMENTS
(C) 2017 Carolyn R Scheidies

Life is never only and always
Roses and sunshine, good times and joy.
Because life doesn’t go as planned,
And people disappoint. Oh boy!

Anger hurt, even fear and pain,
Clamor for attention time and again,
As we struggle to deal with life’s realities,
We ask, “How? Why? When?”

Yet, it in our imperfect, messy world,
Jesus came, lived, died, rose--for you and me.
When we follow, bow and ask Him in,
He takes us beyond disappointments to hope and life and peace
...with Him.

Writing for Him
(c) 2007, 2016 Carolyn R Scheidies

He speaks deep inside. Ideas flame. I write
Edit, clarify, rewrite....pray
Choosing how to convey the message,
Theme, plot, character...and more
Knowing ideas and inspiration need
Careful shaping, adding, deleting...
My vision confirmation, 
With His inspiration,
His Word,
His will and way.

He created mind, emotions, intellect, abilities
Expects us to use them for Him.
Write with passion His presence within,
Enlightening, showing the way.
Moving forward, yet willing 
To learn, 
To listen,
To grow in knowledge and experience.
Write, rewrite, rework.
Day after day after day...

Willing to do it all again, and again.
Through frustration,
Through exhaustion,
Through mental blocks,
And wanting to chuck it all, but stop instead. Stay. Pray, 
Lay the work before Creator Lord, 
Allow His Words to encourage, lift up, comfort. 
Write, rework until the effort shines.
His message. My work refined.
Who for? 

Sometimes for an audience of many 
Sometimes for only one.
ME!

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