Why Am I Getting These Poems In Spanish?

 

 

 

 

“I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.”  (Holy Bible – I Corinthians 9:22b – NIV)

Dear Followers,

Good afternoon!

You have been receiving my poems in English and Spanish recently.  I am having an opportunity to have some of my poems translated and want to minister to a wider group.

Some of you have been wondering, “Why am I getting these poems in Spanish?”

I would like to explain what happens with this WordPress.com based system which I use to publish these poems.

When I use the WordPress.com system to get my poems out to my own ChristianPoetryPublishing.com and possibly picked up by web browsers, I must also publish to my WordPress and email followers at the same time.

This is all one event that happens when I click the Publish button.  So everything is interrelated.

I can’t divide up things like choosing who gets posts (or emails) in English and who gets posts (and emails) in Spanish, etc.

I hope that this explains this to you.

If you know anyone who reads Spanish, if they would like, please forward these Christian readings onto them.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter,  and thank you for following!

In Christ,

Charles B. Mayes
“To Rally ‘Round – A Little Closer to Heaven”

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Vigilia Matutina (Morning Watch)

 

 

 

 

Vigilia Matutina

Salmo 23

En una verde colina aquí sentado
en paz, con aves entonando su canto.
Disfrutando el ambiente insuflado
de aire fresco para un momento santo.

Con la Biblia entre mis manos
y el salmo 23 con fe buscando,
mi vigilia matutina llevo a cabo
adorando a Dios en su remanso.

Con las Escrituras leyendo y meditando
que ando con mi mentor y mi defensor;
su vara y cayado están a mi lado.
Conmigo está Dios, mi buen pastor.

Y en este recinto considero mi vía,
en tan precioso y acogedor momento.
Así, me voy emprendiendo mi día
cerca de Dios en su aposento.

— Charles B. Mayes

Vigilia Matutina / Morning Watch © 2019 por Charles B. Mayes.  Todos los derechos reservados.

Traducido por Samuel Rondón Acevedo.

Gráfico:  StockSnap – pixabay.com

Agradezco a mis seguidors y otros que han visitado este sitio. ¡Que Dios los bendiga con creces!

Si estos poemas te sirven, te animo a que corras la voz al hablar con tus amigos, al escribir un correo electrónico, o cuando estés en Facebook u otra red social, incluyendo una mención a www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com

Si te gustaría usar este poema para leerlo en una presentación, presentarlo en tu sitio web, boletín de noticias, discurso, sermón, clase, etc, puedes indicar en tu acto comunicativo que el autor es Charles B. Mayes y que el texto es usado con su permiso. Si es usado en un sitio web, por favor añade nuestro dirección web, o añade el enlace www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com

Otros poemas en inglés están disponibles en el libro titulado A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries), por Charles B. Mayes. Contiene 22 poemas. Las siguientes son palabras escritas por el doctor P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor de San Bruno (California), International Christian Center.

”…la energia creativa evidenciada en cada línea…” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

¡Gracias!

 

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Traducido por Samuel Rondón Acevedo.

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Morning Watch

 

 

 

 

Morning Watch

Psalm 23

Sitting on hilly green grass.
Such a peaceful time.
Air fresh and cool.
Quiet, except the birds’ chimes.

With Bible in hand,
Looking up Psalm 23,
Morning watching,
Just God and me.

Reading and pondering:
My Defender and Guide –
My Good Shepherd, God.
His rod and staff alongside.

Leaving this place and moment.
Precious and so compelling.
I go into my day.
Close to God dwelling.

— Charles B. Mayes

Morning Watch © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

Graphic:  StockSnap – pixabay.com

Remembering those quiet times in the morning when I attended Bible Camp, we young campers went to different areas and read and meditated on God’s Word.  It was such a wonderful way to start the day feeling so close to God.

I really appreciate my followers and others who have stopped by this site. May God richly bless you!

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . .” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

If you would like to contact me, please fill out the Contact Form below.  To request my free Christian readings by email, sent from time to time, please put the word “Follow” in the Comment section.

Thank you!

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Gozo en la mañana (Joy in the Morning)

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Gozo en la mañana

(Basado en Salmos 30)

Mientras cada día el sol se va de ocaso,
y de dicha lumbrera se va todo rastro,
una profunda tristeza despide un llanto
con ecos que alcanzan hasta los astros.

Un lugar de espantosas condiciones
aquel foso en el que Daniel fue arrojado,
para enfrentarse a hambrientos leones,
en donde oró a Dios esperanzado.

Y cuando la mañana al fin llegó
el rey abajo le gritó: “¿Ahí estás?”
Y Daniel con voz fuerte respondió
“Sí, aún en manos de Jehová.”

Luego, José al hoyo fue arrojado,
de espesa oscuridad sumergido,
pero luego al fin fue elevado
y hasta una corona fue ascendido.

Jesús fue al madero de tormento
cargando con los pecados nuestros.
Mientras la luz se fue en decremento
sufría nuestro más grande maestro.

Pero la luz de la mañana se diseminó
y clamaron ángeles con canto inspirado:
“Aquí su cuerpo hace tres días yació,
y de los muertos ya fue levantado”.

Cuando somos devastados por la calamidad,
de esas oscuras noches de nuestra existencia,
debemos aferrarnos a la esperanza con seguridad
de que al alba Dios nos dará gozo en su benevolencia.

— Charles B. Mayes

Gozo en la mañana / Joy in the Morning © 2019 por Charles B. Mayes. Todos los derechos reservados.

Traducido por Samuel Rondón Acevedo.

Las ilustraciones y gráfios provistos por GospelGifs.com están bajo derechos de autor y usados con permiso.

Cuando un amigo perdió a su mujer, especialmente de súbito, este se sintió desolado. Cundo un compañero de clases tuvo a un ser querido enfermo, se sintió devastado. Estas lágrimas en la noches eventualmente se tornaron, no neceariamente en alegría, sino en regocijo durante la mañana mediante la misericordia y gracia de Dios.

Agradezco a mis seguidors y otros que han visitado este sitio. ¡Que Dios los bendiga con creces!

Si estos poemas te sirven, te animo a que corras la voz al hablar con tus amigos, al escribir un correo electrónico, o cuando estés en Facebook u otra red social, incluyendo una mención a www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com

Si te gustaría usar este poema para leerlo en una presentación, presentarlo en tu sitio web, boletín de noticias, discurso, sermón, clase, etc, puedes indicar en tu acto comunicativo que el autor es Charles B. Mayes y que el texto es usado con su permiso. Si es usado en un sitio web, por favor añade nuestro dirección web, o añade el enlace http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com

Otros poemas en inglés están disponibles en el libro titulado A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries), por Charles B. Mayes. Contiene 22 poemas. Las siguientes son palabras escritas por el doctor P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor de San Bruno (California), International Christian Center.

”…la energia creativa evidenciada en cada línea…” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

Si recibes estos poemas por correo electrónico, para usar mi formulario para responderme, solo olvida el formulario del correo y ve hacia la esquina inferior izquierda y haz clic en el enlace que dirigirá hacia mi blog. Luego, elige este poema y podrás usar el formulario del mismo.

¡Gracias!

Traducido por Samuel Rondón Acevedo.

 

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Joy in the Morning

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Joy in the Morning

(Based on Psalm 30)

As the Sun goes down each day,
And far past any light,
There’s a deep sadness and crying heard,
Which echoes through the night.

In days of old, it was a dismal den
That Daniel was put in,
To face those hungry lions,
He prayed to God again.

And when the morning came,
The king yelled, “Are you there?”
And Daniel with a strong voice replied,
“Yes, still in Jehovah’s care.”

Then Joseph thrown into the pit
With darkness all around,
Was after pulled up
And up and up to the brilliance of a crown.

Jesus went to the Cross,
Becoming sin for you and me,
As darkness covered the land,
A bleak picture indeed.

But as the morning’s light shone
And then the angels said,
“He is not here,
He’s risen from the dead.”

When we are devastated by calamity
The nighttime of our lives,
We must hang on to the hope that in the morning
God will make it joyful and we’ll revive.

— Charles B. Mayes

Joy in the Morning © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

Graphic:  GospelGifs.com – copyrighted and used with permission.

When a friend has lost a spouse, especially suddenly, they feel desolated.  When a classmate has a loved one who is very ill, they feel devastated.  These tears in the night times eventually turn, not necessarily to fleeting happiness, but to rejoicing in the morning through God’s mercy and grace.

I really appreciate my followers and others who have stopped by this site. May God richly bless you!

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . .” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

If you would like to contact me, please fill out the Contact Form below.  To request my free Christian readings by email, sent from time to time, please put the word “Follow” in the Comment section.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog.  Then it will take you to this poem and you can use the form.

Thank you!

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Ya Él se ha encargado de los asuntos (He’s Already Taken Care of It)

Ya Él se ha encargado de los asuntos

2 Crónicas 20:1-30

El problema puede ser difícil
Mientras surge en nuestro camino,
O quizá no sea tan ardua la senda
A medida que se esclarece el destino.

Oramos y pedimos ayuda al Señor
Y luego cantamos una canción,
Porque ya Él se encargó del asunto
Y la vida no será una tribulación.

Por las Escrituras animado,
Por Su Palabra reconfortado.
Ya Él del asunto se ha encargado,
Eso es lo que he escuchado.

Ya que Su Hijo en el Calvario
Por ti y por mí en el madero murió,
Él así se encargó del asunto
Y del pecado al fin nos libró.

Y entonces de la muerte
Se levantó el domingo aquel.
Ya Él se encargó del asunto
Y una nueva vida pasé a tener.

Así ando en el borde de la montaña,
Mirando a lo profundo, hacia lo más bajo,
Pero ya Él se ha encargado de los asuntos
Y mi confianza y seguridad son mi agasajo.

Ya Él se ha encargado de los asuntos / He’s Already Taken Care of It © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

Translated by Samuel Rondón Acevedo.

Graphic – GospelGifs.com – copyrighted and used with permission.

If you would like to use this poem on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”.  If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com

If you would like to contact me, please fill out the Contact Form below.  To request my free Christian readings by email, sent from time to time, please put the word “Follow” in the Comment section.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . .” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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Yo veo a Jesús (I See Jesus)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yo veo a Jesús

Mateo 25:31-46

Yo veo Jesus
Amando a aquellos en necesidad,
Al modo de Sus bondadosos sirvientes,
Ayudando con obras de caridad.

Quien hace bocados, proveyendo baños,
Socorriendo a los que no tienen hogar,
A través de sus largas horas de daño.

Quien otorga esperanza,
Visitando a encarcelados,
En su situación de destemplanza.

Quien alivia la tristeza de una familia en duelo,
Sirviendo la cena,
Para conllevar su desconsuelo.

Quien busca sacar agua de corriente,
Yendo a una nación del tercer mundo,
Aliviando la sed de la gente.

Quien habla sobre una relación,
Predicando en los caminos,
Declarando salvación.

Yo veo Jesus
Amando a aquellos en necesidad,
Al modo de Sus bondadosos sirvientes,
Ayudando con obras de caridad.

— Charles B. Mayes

Yo veo Jesus / I See Jesus © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

Translated by Samuel Rondón Acevedo.

Graphic:  “Homeless” –  pixabay.com

 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ ” – Matthew 25:40  (Holy Bible – NIV)

If you would like to use this poem on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”.  If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com

If you would like to contact me, please fill out the Contact Form below.  To request my free Christian readings by email, sent from time to time, please put the word “Follow” in the Comment section.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . .” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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Independence Day

 

 

 

Independence Day

It’s the Fourth of July,
Called just July 4th.
It’s Independence Day,
Celebrating America’s start!

 

 

 

The bass drum beating.
The band starting the parade.
A red, white, and blue banner
Showing the way.

 

 

 

American Legion members,
Striding right in step,
Bearing the colors
Still with a lot of pep.

 

 

 

Citizen’s costumed on a float
To honor soldiers’ stories,
The Veterans History Project,*
Brave persons, many in glory.

 

 

 

The crowd cheers,
The crowd applauds,
Recalling freedom,
Thanking God.

 

 

 

Enjoying picnics,
Child and adult, all.
Hot dogs, chips, watermelon,
Then some softball.

 

 

 

And then in the evening,
It’s an American tradition,
Displaying fireworks
In the air – ignition.

 

 

 

The Fourth of July
Comes only once a year,
But a day to remember
For America, very dear.

— Charles B. Mayes

Independence Day © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

*”The Veterans History Project (Library of Congress) of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.” [https://www.loc.gov/vets/]

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Happy Independence Day!

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ALMOST BECOMING FRIENDS

This poem [Reflecting] is wonderful!!!  As I think back I can reflect on the Bible lessons some since childhood. The characters almost become friends to us, knowing about their lives. Thank you for bringing them to mind again.”  Nancy R., Kansas, OK.

SHARING AT SUNDAY SCHOOL

“I really enjoy your poetry.  I will start sharing in my Sunday school classes.”  Travis B., Asbury, WV.

VERY MOVING

“I just read ‘Mistaken Identity.’  It is very moving, and one of your best.”  Joan M.-H., Muskogee, OK.

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Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . .” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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Reflecting

 

 

 

 

 

Reflecting

Reflecting in your mind.
Reflecting back through time.
Turn the Bible pages,
You will see
Encouraging stories from history.

Baby Moses floating in the reeds.
Sister Miriam taking heed.
Pharaoh’s daughter,
A surprise –
Asking Moses’ own mother, who raised him wise.

David playing on his harp
Watching his sheep – day and dark.
Keeping the flock
From harm to start.
Beautiful songs from his heart.

The Zarephath widow wondering what she should do.
She and her son almost through.
Elijah made a promise.
It came true.
Enough flour and oil, more than made do.

Ruth and Boaz, what a pair.
Kindness to her with grain to spare.
Marrying Ruth.
Delight in the air.
Oh, the precious love they did share.

On Easter morning from the grave He rose.
Happy were the women, and the men He chose.
Glory to our God,
Singing, praising, shouting –
Joy in the highest, beyond all doubting.

The Gentiles were glad to hear the news
When Paul and Barnabas by God were used.
Light to the nations,
Salvation came
To the ends of the Earth in Jesus’ name.

Reflecting in your mind.
Reflecting back through time.
Turn the Bible pages,
You will see
Encouraging stories from history.

— Charles B. Mayes

Reflecting © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

There are many uplifting stories in the Bible.  So, take time to reflect in your mind by reading and reviewing them.  It will be a blessing to you!

If you would like to use this poem on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”.  If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com

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Sharing at Sunday School

“I really enjoy your poetry.  I will start sharing in my Sunday school classes.”  Travis B., Asbury, WV.  

Very Moving

 “I just read ‘Mistaken Identity.’  It is very moving, and one of your best.”  Joan M.-H., Muskogee, OK. 

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If you would like to contact me, please fill out the Contact Form below.  To request my free Christian readings by email, sent from time to time, please put the word “Follow” in the Comment section.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . .” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

ChristianPoetryPublishing.com – ”As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ ” (Holy Bible – Acts 17:28)

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Mother’s Photo Album

 

 

 

 

Mother’s Photo Album

Mother pulls her photo album
From the bookshelf by the wall.
She views those dear ones,
Her whole family, all.

She sees her son, then three,
Riding his little car,
Now a lawyer,
Having just passed the bar.

Her daughter is shown,
From college graduated.
She’s working as a nurse,
One who’s highly rated.

There’s Dad in his suit
And Mother right there.
Arm in arm just before church,
What a cool pair!

Mother rubs these photos,
As if alive, seeing the children grow.
She’s glad she spent time with them
Though always on the go.

Time has gone so fast,
Memories flow like a river,
But God has taken care.
Her eyes, tears deliver.

Then, the doorbell rings,
As son and daughter stand,
“Happy Mother’s Day,” they say.
Another visit, oh so grand!

— Charles B. Mayes

Mother’s Photo Album © 2015 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

Graphic:  Bru-nO – pixabay.com

It’s fun to go back and look at old photos.  Sometimes we have so many that it is hard to organize them.  Seeing our family as they used to be is good in seeing how God has helped us.  But it’s best to look forward in faith to how God will guard us and bless us in the future.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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I See Jesus

 

 

 

 

 

 

I See Jesus

Matthew 25:31-46

I see Jesus
Loving those in need,
By way of His selfless servants,
Helping with kind deeds.

Who make sandwiches, providing showers,
Supporting the homeless,
Through those long hard hours.

Who give hope because of Him,
Visiting prisoners,
In their situation, grim.

Who, to a grieving family, sadness quell,
Serving dinner,
Though they themselves not well.

Who drill for water to burst,
Going to a third world country,
Relieving  persons’ thirst.

Who talk about a relation,
Preaching on sidewalks,
Telling of salvation.

I see Jesus
Loving those in need,
By way of His selfless servants,
Helping with kind deeds.

   — Charles B. Mayes

I See Jesus © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

Graphic:  “Homeless” –  pixabay.com

 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ ” –
Matthew 25:40  (Holy Bible – NIV)

If you would like to use this poem on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”.  If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com

If you would like to contact me, please fill out the Contact Form below.  To request my free Christian readings by email, sent from time to time, please put the word “Follow” in the Comment section.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . .” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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Walking on the Emmaus Road

When I was growing up, we had a beautiful picture hanging in our home called “The Road to Emmaus.”  As I grew older, I loved to look at that picture and imagine what it would like to be on that Road joining the men and Jesus.  What a wonderful experience that would be and is!

Walking on the Emmaus Road
(Luke 24:13-35)

I yearn to walk on the Emmaus Road
Again this Easter time.
I want to be with the two;
and Jesus – so sublime.

To first hear the Master’s voice,
So calming and so clear,
To tell Him all of our concerns,
To tell Him all our fears.

As we walk He tells us more:
(Revealed today in the Bible pages)
Of His great and wondrous plan,
Throughout all the countless ages.

Then the setting sun,
As we get almost there,
“Stay with us,” we say
To Jesus so wonderful and fair.

He tells us “yes.”
And then at the table we recline,
To eat some bread
Which was by His design.

Then our eyes are opened
To Who He really is –
Our marvelous Savior
Who has mightily ris’n.

He disappears and then we talk,
Of how our hearts did burn,
Within us while we walked along,
At each and every turn.

I yearn to walk on the Emmaus Road
Again this Easter time – praise give!
Because only on that Road
Will I grow, and will I live.

—-  Charles B. Mayes

Walking on the Emmaus Road  © 2012 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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I prayerfully hope that you followers of this blog, and you others finding it, will be able to travel on the Road from despair; to learning about Jesus; to seeing the resurrected Jesus; to accepting Him as Rescuer and Leader of your life.

“He is Risen.  He is Risen Indeed.”  Happy Easter!

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Children Discover Spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children Discover Spring

Chorus:

Thank You for the Springtime.
Thank You for the flowers.
Thank you for the birds
Singing through the hours.

Verse 1:

We love You and praise You.
In Your Word we trust.
Receiving Your great blessings.
You love us so much.

Chorus

Verse 2:

Now when we are fearful
We look up and pray.
You hold our hand beside You
And brighten up our day.

Chorus

Verse 3:

You are with us, Father,
From now through the end,
To comfort and help us.
You are our best friend!

Chorus:

Thank You for the Springtime.
Thank You for the flowers.
Thank you for the birds
Singing through the hours.

— Charles B. Mayes

Children Discover Spring © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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My Rescue

My Rescue

Psalm 107:17-22

 

The Rebellion

I was a fool
Rebelling against God
Going my own way.
Away from Him I trod.

The Suffering

The suffering was awful.
There was no hope.
Hating life itself,
I couldn’t cope.

The Cry

Crying out to God,
“Oh, hear me now.
I’m sorry for my sin.
To You I bow.”

The Rescue

He rescued me
Out of my distress.
He lifted me up
From all the mess.

The Word

His Word He sent
Speaking to me.
Touching my heart.
Setting me free.

The Healing

I was healed –
Mind and soul,
Physically and spiritually.
He’s in control.

The Thanksgiving

Thanking Him always.
Changed inside.
Forever more
With Him I abide.

The Telling

I tell others
What He did.
Singing for joy,
My sins He rid.

— Charles B. Mayes

My Rescue © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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April Fools’ Day

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April Fools’ Day

Today is April Fools’ Day.
It’s a lot of fun
Until the shoe is on the other foot.
Then it’s really bummed.

Speaking of shoes,
There’s always, “Your shoe’s untied.”
Or “There’s a spider behind you!”
Let’s run away and hide.

From rubber snakes to
The arrow “through” the head,
Jokes from morning
Until time to go to bed.

Even at the office,
Giving out bogus pink slips
Isn’t so funny when the perpetrator
Gets from his boss, lip.

And on the Internet,
You’d think we’d get a rest.
Tricked by our own browser,
But only meant in jest.

Good measured pranks are OK.
But ordering pizzas to a friend’s door
Or setting cell phones to ring at 3 am
May boomerang, ruining esprit de corps.

Today is April Fools’ Day.
It’s a lot of fun
Until the shoe is on the other foot
Then it’s really bummed.

— Charles B. Mayes

April Fools’ Day © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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It’s great to have some good measured fun on April 1st – April Fools’ Day.  So, reader, your shoe is untied and there is a spider behind you . . . !

Happy April Fools’ Day !

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Discovering the Mountain

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Discovering the Mountain

You’re in the valley
And yes, you know it.
You’re living a life
That really shows it.

You sense a darkness
All around, below.
You feel it cutting
Into your soul.

Then someone guides you,
“Stop, Look Above.”
You discover the mountain
Of His great love.

You are so happy
Now that you see
The blessed mountain
Of Calvary.

You sing a new song
Of victory.
You’ll climb that mountain
That sets you free.

Now you’ll tell – one,
Two, three, or more
About that mountain,
To help them soar.

You’re on the mountain
And yes, you know it.
You’re living a life
That really shows it.

— Charles B. Mayes

Discovering the Mountain © 2019 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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I live in a valley, but many times I am not really aware of it because I don’t think about looking up to see the mountains around me. When we are in the valley of life, we need to look at the Christ of Calvary – our only help.  Then we need to tell others about the mountain so that they may be set free also.

I wanted to thank those who follow my website, and also those who drop by from time to time.  May God richly bless all of you!

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Can Someone Claim You as a Dependent?

Can Someone Claim You as a Dependent?

Luke 10:40 – 42

Can Someone claim you as a dependent,
As you go along life’s way,
Not for Income Tax purposes,
Nor part of a year, but for every day?

Do others see your dependence
On our God of love
For everything needed –
Your very life given from above?

What about food and clothes
And even transportation,
Family and job,
Not to mention salvation?

Think that you provide it all
Just because you bought it,
From housing to entertainment?
Look at your life and audit.

Knowing from where all things come,
Do you trust as a dependent
In our Lord Jesus Christ
Who is transcendent?

Can Someone claim you as a dependent,
As you go along life’s way,
Not for Income Tax purposes,
But for eternal treasures laid away?

— Charles B. Mayes

Can Someone Claim You as a Dependent? © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

I prayerfully hope that God can claim you as a dependent.  We can only get through life by depending on Him.  How can anyone live without Him?  “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.  We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”  [Holy Bible – John 6:68b – 69]

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Mother and George Washington

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother and George Washington

The Father of our Country’s
Birthday is today.
It’s memorable,
But not in only one way.

Because, you see, our dear Mother
Was born on this day, too.
She remains such a blessing
For me and also you.

With ice cream (a la mode)
As we eat our cherry pie,
We’ll remember George and Mother
We cannot tell a lie.

So, we see that we are double blessed,
In 1918 Mother, and George 1732.
Both meaning so much to all of us,
Born on February Twenty-Two.

– Charles B. Mayes

Mother and George Washington © 2012 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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There Is A Bridge

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Suspended over unfathomed depths,
There is a bridge, not very wide,
But people decide to traverse it daily,
Eyes drawn to the other side.

Some won’t travel this lean span,
But choose a different wider way,
“Plenty of room and safety
To get me across,” they say.

While others know that
This is the only way to go,
Across this stained wood,
Safely from the abyss below.

Of wood and nails,
This bridge was cheaply made,
But with toil and love
A big price once was paid.

You see this Bridge spans
The gap between mankind and God,
And has supported people
Who, one way, from past to now, have trod.

Salvation comes by the Bridge,
Laid down by Christ before,
As He gave His life on the Cross,
So many could cross o’er.

                                                                           — Charles B. Mayes

There Is A Bridge © 2013 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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I Can Hardly Take It In

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I Can Hardly Take It In

The love of God –
I can hardly take it in
What Jesus did
To take away my sin.

Love so pure and free
That touches my inner soul
So powerful to forgive my sin
And make me whole.

God sent His son
He gave up His glory
To come to earth
To live the Story.

This agape love –
A suffering servant
Looking not to Himself
Lifting my verdict.

The love of God –
I can hardly take it in.
What Jesus did
To take away my sin.

— Charles B. Mayes

I Can Hardly Take It In © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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Is Your Day Preprayed?

 

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Is Your Day Preprayed?

Have you talked to the Lord?
Early in the morning or late the night before.
Have you an agreement made?
Is your day preprayed?

Thanking Him for what He’s going to do
In your life and for others –
Blessings through and through.

Asking for loved ones home and far away,
That they’ll have clear paths,
Daily joy during their earthly stay.

Planning with Him each part of the day,
His Holy Spirit to lead,
Step-by-step in His way.

Being guided to opportunities for Him,
So He may grace bestow
To persons whose eyes have been opened to sin.

Serving others when the time is right.
Demonstrating to others
What is Christ-like.

You have talked to the Lord
Early in the morning or late the night before.
With Him an agreement you’ve made.
Your day is now preprayed.

— Charles B. Mayes

Is Your Day Preprayed? © 2011 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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He’s Already Taken Care of It

 

He’s Already Taken Care of It
II Chronicles 20: 1 – 30

The problem may be difficult
As it looms along our way,
Or maybe not so hard
As we live each and every day.

We pray and ask the Lord for help,
And then we sing a song,
Because He’s already taken care of it,
So life won’t seem so wrong.

Lifted by the Scriptures,
Lifted by His Word,
He’s already taken care of it,
Is what I’ve seen and heard.

As His Son died on Calvary –
The Cross for you and me,
He’s already taken care of it
From sin to set us free.

And then from death
He rose on that Sunday morn’.
He’s already taken care of it
A new life in me was born.

So now I stand on the mountain’s edge,
And look so far below.
He’s already taken care of it.
This is what I know.

— Charles B. Mayes

He’s Already Taken Care of It © 2011 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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A New Year Resolution

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A New Year Resolution

As the New Year dawns before us
We will humble pray
That we may trust in our Lord Jesus
Each and every day.

We don’t know what ill awaits us.
We don’t know what good.
But we will trust Him now and always
So we’ll do what we should.

As we see the days unfolding
That God holds there one by one
We’ll trust Him more daily
And remember how He gave His Son.

So walking through the days
We’ll ponder our God helper in the past.
So during this New Year we won’t wander
But stay by Him to the last.

— Charles B. Mayes

A New Year Resolution © 2011 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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We don’t know our future, but we know who holds our future.   We have seen Him help us in the past, and He will continue to help us in the future.  Our part is being
faithful to Him, as He is faithful to us.

Happy New Year!

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Turning Over a New Leaf

 

 

 

 

 

Turning Over a New Leaf

“Happy New Year!”
All of us say.
We want to turn over a new leaf.
We resolve to change our ways.

To be kinder and gentler,
On a big time diet go,
To have a listening ear,
Or spend our money slow.

To take up a new hobby,
To read a real long book,
To devote less time texting,
To catch more fish on hooks.

Then January 15th or so
Those resolutions dropping.
The exercise machine sent back.
The improved personality stopping.

But there is always next year.
In 365 days it comes around again.
Another year – another chance.
To amend the way we’ve been.

“Happy New Year!”
All of us say.
We want to turn over a new leaf.
We want to change our ways – again!

— Charles B. Mayes

Turning Over a New Leaf  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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We all have good intentions to improve ourselves in the New Year. But if we don’t make it, there’s always next year.   🙂

 Happy New Year!

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On the Edge of Peace

 

 

 

 

 

On the Edge of Peace

Luke 2:14 / Luke 24:36

On the edge of peace,
Before Baby Jesus was born –
A world of turmoil,
A world forlorn.

Then into time
God sent His Son –
The Prince of Peace,
The Holy One.

God’s plan fulfilled,
A Way made for humankind
To bridge the gap,
This relationship bind.

On the edge of peace,
In sin we die,
Missing all God has,
Then to Him we cry.

In our search
Jesus comes to us.
Will we accept?
Will we trust?

The Prince of Peace
Brings Peace on Earth,
To each believer,
Through Jesus’ birth.

— Charles B. Mayes

On the Edge of Peace  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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As we stand on the edge of Christmas, many stand on the edge of peace.  Before Jesus was born the world didn’t have any idea what the Prince of Peace could bring them.  Before we are rescued by Jesus, we don’t know what wonderful peace can be in our lives.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Lord, Help Me

 

 

 

 

Lord, Help Me

James 1:22

Lord, help me pay attention to You –
Not just say I pay attention.
Not only reading the Bible,
But studying and comprehension.

Lord, help me trust You –
Not just say I trust.
Not only following You,
But making faith a must.

Lord, help me obey You –
Not just say I obey.
Not only keeping close,
But on Your pathway stay.

— Charles B. Mayes

Lord, Help Me © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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Listening, Trusting, and Obeying God – not just Saying, but Doing!
Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” – James 1:22  [Holy Bible – NIV]

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It’s That Time!

 

 

 

 

It’s That Time!

It’s Black Friday
Hitting the bricks and mortars
Through the burst doors.
Be aware of those gift hoarders!

Getting there early,
Even then you could be late.
Deep savings.
BOGO* might be the bait.

On Cyber Monday
Better deals your catching.
Free shipping, buying memberships,
But personal information their snatching.

Surfing for gifts,
Much faster, too.
You’d even wish to drone them
To Aunt Sue and Uncle Lou.

But Giving Tuesday
Is really the best
Contributing to selfless causes
To make a big difference.

The Salvation Army, the fire victims help.
Boys and Girls Clubs, fun things the kids can do.
Wounded Warrior Project, empowering Vets.
World Vision, gifting the needy something new.

So don’t forget Giving Tuesday,
On your calendar this year,
Bringing hope to others,
And a lot of Christmas cheer.

— Charles B. Mayes

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It’s That Time! © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

A few days – a few ways to spend our money.  Giving to help others is so important.  Give until it feels good!  [See Proverbs 18:16 and 2 Corinthians 9:7.]

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Very Moving

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7th Anniversary – ChristianPoetryPublishing.com

 

 

 

 

7th Anniversary – ChristianPoetryPublishing.com
[ChristianPoetryPublishing.WordPress.com]
November 2011 – November 2018
“To Rally ‘Round – A Little Closer to Heaven”

“And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times.”   (Holy Bible, Psalm 12:6).

Anniversary 7 – Serving Heaven
By – Charles B. Mayes

IN 2008 SOME HARD CIRCUMSTANCES opened my eyes to my total dependence on God.  From this emerged my ministry of writing Christian poetry readings seriously and frequently.

“I do enjoy the poems and they do always point to Jesus.”  Anonymous

THROUGH THE YEARS as I’ve been on the website, I also distributed printed readings through churches and the LifeWay Christian Store community center.

“Love your poetry writing!  So complimentary in the common faith!”  Chanel B., DE.

I WANT TO THANK all my email and WordPress followers, LinkedIn readers, and visitors to my website for your continued support.

ALSO THANKS to my sisters, Nancy and Cherry, and Pastor P.T. Mammen for their encouragement from the beginning.  I appreciate the excellent editing of my wife, Dolores.  I thank my nephew, William, for helping greatly with the domain.

LORD WILLING,  I want to continue to minister through these poetry readings.

“You keep writing, I’ll keep reading!”  Steven C., San Jose, CA.

TOP 20 POST VISITS  2011 – October 2018

1.   Home Page / Archives
2.   A New Year Resolution
3.   God, Help Me This New Year
4.   Changes
5.   The Old Country Church
6.   About the Author
7.   Children Praise the Lord:  A Thanksgiving Day Reading (with Actions)
8.   Children Know the Resurrection:  An Easter Sunday Reading
(with Actions)
9.   New Book Ministers to Readers
10.  Harvest Festival Time
11.  I Don’t Have a Father
12.  New Year / Mother and George Washington
13.  Running to the Tomb
14.  When I Write a Poem – Rabid to Write
15.  When the Blessings Come
16.  The Day Before Thanksgiving
17.  The Last Thanksgiving
18.  A Prayer for America
19.  Children Know the Gift:  A Christmas Day Reading
(with Actions) / I Prayed for You Today
20.  Christmas Memories / He’s Already Taken Care of It

TOP 12 POST VISITS BY COUNTRY  2012 – October 2018
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1.   United States
2.   Canada
3.   United Kingdom
4.   Indonesia
5.   India
6.   Philippines
7.   Germany
8.   Netherlands
9.   Australia
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Bb Minor to B# Major

 

 

 

Bb Minor to B# Major

Psalm 40:1-3

The days are very hard
With so much to do.
They make us marred
Being flat, our attitudes.

“Finishing” one thing,
Then something haps
And back it pings,
Being flat, strength saps.

Time to get some rest,
The body to restore,
But spiritually dispossessed,
Being flat, energy out poured.

Arise, oh person of God.
Be faithful to the task.
Our work’s for You.
Being sharp, note how it lasts.

Another morning’s coming.
The daylight here.
The gladness we’re feeling.
Being sharp, see how we’re endeared.

Resting in You.
That’s how we feel.
Lifting our hearts.
Being sharp, in a Love so real.

— Charles B. Mayes

Bb Minor to B# Major © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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The music of our lives can go from a major key to a minor one in a matter of seconds.  To get in tune with the Lord, we must constantly pray and watch for the schemes of the devil so we can get back into that major key again.  “There’s within my heart a melody.”  [Luther B. Bridgers – 1910]

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Ask

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ask

Matthew 7:7-11

Ask and it will be given …
Another hour goes by.
Another day will come.
And He always supplies.

Seek and you will find.
Somewhere it will be found.
Something you are looking for.
Specifically a Person the Answer, profound.

Knock and the door will be opened …
Knowing He’ll answer, wide.
Kind and loving Father.
Kneeling, we are satisfied.

— Charles B. Mayes

Ask © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

[Matthew 7:7 in Italics– New International Version (NIV)]

As we keep asking, seeking, and knocking, God will answer us.  This is a real and compelling promise from Jesus Christ.

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Your Word

 

 

 

 

 

Your Word

Psalm 119:105

Psalm 119:160
Proverbs 16:9
Proverbs 20:24
Habakkuk 3:17-19

“Your Word is a Lamp
For my feet.”
Keeping me with Your same beat.

“Your Word is a Light
On my path.”
As my future I grasp.

“For my feet
Your Word is a Lamp.”
Your Spirit in me encamp.

“On my path
Your Word is a Light.”
Taking me to new heights.

— Charles B. Mayes

Your Word  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

[Psalm 119:105 – New International Version (NIV)]

God’s Word helps us now and later.  Right “in the now,” and as we look into the future that God has in store for us.

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A Good Talk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Good Talk

John 15: 13 – 15

Nighttime with head on pillow,
Gettin’ some beautiful healin’,
Talkin’ to Jesus ’bout
How I’m really feelin’.

Just an honest chat
(No formula for prayer)
With my Savior,
As I’m lying there.

Praying to Him.
A real heart to heart.
He listens as a Friend.
His grace imparts.

And then to sleep, I

F
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zzL
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In His loving arms,
Comforted, enthralled.

— Charles B. Mayes

A Good Talk © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

“You will find a little talk with Jesus makes it right.”  [“Just a Little Talk with Jesus” – Words & Music: Cleavant Derricks (1937)]

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Rest

 

 

 

 

Rest
I Kings 18 – 19, Psalm 23, Hebrews 4:9-10

Rest for the weary.
Rest for the day.
Rest for the downtrodden.
Help is on the way!

Walking on the journey,
We’re tired and dismayed.
Feeling like we’ve had it
And every inch we fade.

Like Elijah versing the prophets –
Those wicked ones of Baal.
The test was hard and gruesome,
But God did not fail.

He went from that place famished.
So exhausted he couldn’t move.
God sent the angel to give sustenance.
His faith was tried, then proved.

Lying in green pastures,
A promise from above.
By the waters, still,
We feel His great love.

At the End a rest is promised
To those who follow God.
Eternal, glorious, peaceful,
Way above this sod.

— Charles B. Mayes

Rest © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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Where is the Rain?








Ezekiel 34:26

Where Is the Rain?

Seems for ages, we ask -
Where is the rain?
The drought is upon us,
Dry heat and parched pain.

When will rain come?
A long while, we've not seen any.
We look for blessings,
Spiritual heights, not many.

But we hold faith that God
Will soon quince our thirst,
Receiving Living Water
Through God's Word, burst.

Then we glance toward Heaven,
Seeing some mist in the sky.
Lifting up our heads.
Our blessings draw nigh.

The rain sprinkling at first.
Then vigorously heavy still.
The blessings just keep coming.
They are really real.

Where is the rain
As we wait, watch, and pray?
In His time, the blessings come again.
The blessings come to stay.

 --- Charles B. Mayes
 
Where is the Rain?  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights
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Sometimes we wait for blessings to flow from God and it just doesn’t happen on our timetable.  We must watch and pray and trust Him for these sustained blessings.

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Trusting Now

 

 

 

 

Hebrews 13:8

Trusting Now

Your past trust in God:
Failing or victory,
Forgetting or praising.
But that’s history.

Your future trust in Him:
Don’t have to hurry
Because it’s yet to be.
Not to worry.

But trusting God:
This moment, now,
That’s all that matters.
You’ll see how.

— Charles B. Mayes

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Trusting Now © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

Regretting things or living in the blessings of the past won’t help us, neither will worrying about the future.  We must ask ourselves, “Can I trust in Jesus now?” Yes!  That’s all we need to do.

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Down Not Out

 

 

 

Down Not Out

When life runs over you like a truck,
Maybe a semi or bigger,
You lay there and think,
“How will I get up?”

Lawyers might be good,
Using a lot of fancy words,
Finding legal loopholes,
But just liking to be heard.

Politicians claim
Everything’s getting better,
Though in the end many laws
Creep on us like fetters.

Environmentalists could help.
The Earth they support,
Caring about nature,
Yet people aren’t their forte.

Doctors curing what ails
Is the physician’s goal,
Still having limits,
Not touching the soul.

Preachers have it right,
The message very clear,
Telling the power of Jesus,
Bringing those who listen cheer.

Jesus Christ lifts us up
After being knocked down by life,
As we trust in Him,
Through all our daily strife.

When life runs over you like a truck,
Maybe a semi or bigger,
You lay there and think,
“How will I get up?”

— Charles B. Mayes

Down Not Out  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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When we’ve been hit by life, it may take us awhile to recover.  This is only possible through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and no other person.

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Banning the Bible

 

 

 

 

 

Banning the Bible
Assembly Bill 2943

Are you worrying about
(Many may warn you!)
Possible Bible banning
Out in California?

If someone wants to change
Their lifestyle, extremely,
Bible counselors couldn’t help
Through this scheme.

But we who have the Bible now,
What are we doing with it?
Are we reading it daily?
Do we to a schedule commit?

Are we studying and applying it?
Do we with others discuss?
Reading the Bible,
And letting it read us?

Are you worrying
(Many may warn you!)
About possible Bible banning
Out in California?

— Charles B. Mayes

Banning the Bible  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

If our religious freedoms are taken away – when people can’t get Biblical counseling or choose a Biblical help book – everyone loses.  While this is bad, we must read our Bibles now, when we can, and seek the Lord’s direction.

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Mister, Are You Jesus? – A Preacher’s Story

 

 

 

 

Mister, Are You Jesus? – A Preacher’s Story

James 2:14-17

The lights lowering,
The sermon ending,
The preacher telling
An old story, wending.

A little orphaned boy
On a street corner, apples selling.
Most too busy to buy,
But “Apples – 5 cents!” he’s yelling.

The Great Depression –
Sales on his existence depending
Getting by as best he could.
Meager money for spending.

A businessman rushing by,
But not intending
Hit the apples, cascading.
Reaching down, bending.

Helping pick them up.
Paying much for the apples losing.
Handing the boy $20.00,
The situation defusing.

Sobbing and looking up,
Asking about the One who frees us,
Putting his small hand in big,
Crying out, “Mister, are you Jesus?”

The lights lowering,
The sermon ending,
The preacher telling
An old story, wending.

— Charles B. Mayes

Mister, Are You Jesus – A Preacher’s Story  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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This poem is based on a preacher’s old illustration of which there are several versions.  It reminds us to think about how we are helping people in the name of Jesus Christ.  Telling someone to be warmed and fed doesn’t cut it.  Could someone mistake you for Jesus?

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I Remember Mother

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Remember Mother

2 Timothy 2:15

I remember Mother
Sitting by our log cabin fire,
Telling Bible stories,
Our hearts glowing, inspired.

My dear sisters and I,
Hanging on every word.
Really listening to her
Not just sounds heard.

Naomi, with Ruth’s affection,
Of Elijah and Daniel, so brave,
Then of the risen Jesus
Who for us His life paid.

Teaching growth lessons
Very practical for each day,
And from our mother’s actions
Learning the wholesome way.

Ending our time, singing
About the mercies of the Lord.
Worshiping in those woods.
Our voices in one accord.

Falling asleep
Thinking of His love,
But also of Mother
And her firm faith in God above.

I remember Mother
Sitting by our log cabin fire,
Telling Bible stories,
Our hearts glowing, inspired.

— Charles B. Mayes

I Remember Mother  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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I do remember Mother.  She told those Bible stories with great care as she wanted the best for her children by teaching them God’s Word.

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That’s Perseverance

 

 

 

That’s Perseverance

2 Peter 1:5-7

Keeping on keeping on –
That’s perseverance.
Sticking to what we believe,
To our faith, adherence.

Asking God to propel
Problems away, clearance.
Moving them completely.
Hoping for disappearance.

Sometimes walking through
With a lot of interference.
Keeping on keeping on –
That’s perseverance.

— Charles B. Mayes

That’s Perseverance  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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Many times life isn’t so easy.  I remember once telling God, “It’s not easy being a Christian!”  I think that He knows this.  It’s not easy, but Jesus Christ is our friend and help going both before us in the wilderness and walking beside us.  We can persevere.

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Thanksgiving Always

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Always

Psalm 100:4-5; I Timothy 2:8

With thanksgiving always,
Each and every day,
We lift out hearts in worship.
We lift our hands in praise.

— Charles B. Mayes

Thanksgiving Always © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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We should never forget to thank God for all the wonderful things He gives us daily.  We feel this in our heart, and may show this by raising  our hands in praise.

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Hope Not Yet Seen

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have hope?  Today our guest writer addresses this important issue.

Hope Not Yet Seen

“For in this hope we were saved.  Now hope that is seen is not hope, for who hopes for what he sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”  (Romans 8:24-25  RSV)

“Our Hope” before us, through the weeks and months ahead, is certain to bring things not yet recognized or understood.  Consider that our life each day is given new hope because God is faithful to us each new morning.

The God who is with us is the same God as yesterday, today,  and for all those tomorrows still ahead.  He doesn’t change, take naps or go on vacations.  Our constant hope is  reaching up to Him, persevering with prayer and the promise of His word.

God’s  hope, though not yet seen, is our constant expectation of an unseen reality.  Saved by grace by faith, waiting upon His promise through hope and perseverance, we’ll recognize the end result of our faith.

As a child, you might have been on a lengthy road trip to some special place, and you’d ask from the backseat of the car, “Are we there yet?”  Your parent may have responded, “Almost,” which usually meant another hour or two before you’d get to Grandma’s house.

Learning to be still and knowing God is working always in all ways can be difficult on our part, especially in our fast-paced culture of modern technology where everything’s at our fingertips for instant results.  But God is not part of our culture.  I thank Him because I tend to expect instant answers.

Experience has taught me that learning to wait upon His promise brings hope not yet seen with far greater promise.

— Robert Schaetzle

Hope Not Yet Seen © 2018 by Robert Schaetzle.  All Rights Reserved.  Used by Permission.

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Guest Writer:  God lead Robert Schaetzle to writing over 45 years ago when he started by writing personal notes in his five children’s birthday cards, along with other devotional messages.  After retirement from a forty-year career with the USPS, he has been serving others in lay pastoring at a local  Rehab Center for fourteen years in a “Sharing and Caring” ministry and writing essays from his sermons.  He freelances having Christian articles and poems published.  He resides in Sunnyvale, CA with his wife, Yvonne, living close to their five grown children and their families.

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So Many Prayers

 

 

 

 

 

So Many Prayers

There are so many prayers
That need to be said,
Sometimes overwhelming,
Swirling around in your head.

Who has God put on your heart
To pray for today?
It might be from your Prayer List
Or a thought coming quickly, thruway.

Maybe a fellow worker
Or a child that you know,
Or someone you just met,
God’s love you can show.

It could be a relative
Or a close friend.
It might be your student
Or your patient on the mend.

Pray from your soul,
Not simply a recitation,
Seeking God’s will
Whatever the situation.

There are so many prayers
That need to be said,
Sometimes overwhelming,
Swirling around in your head.

— Charles B. Mayes

So Many Prayers  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

Sometimes we get confused about who we should pray for.  We don’t want to miss anyone on a list, but God may bring someone to mind that we feel led to pray for.  Prayer is a wonderful intimate communication with God!

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Easter on April Fools’ Day

Easter on April Fools’ Day

Matthew 7:24-29; 28:6

When Easter is on April Fools' Day,
It reminds me of a story Jesus told
About the wise and the foolish man
Who built houses, one a strong-hold.

The wise man
Built his house on the Rock.
Then when the elements hit,
It stayed in place with all the knocks.

The foolish man
Built his house with no Foundation.
Then when bad weather came,
It crashed after severe gyrations.

When the angel says, "He has Risen."
Which kind are you?
Wise - believing and receiving.
Foolish - rejecting and leaving.

When Easter is on April Fools' Day
It reminds me of a story Jesus told
About the wise and the foolish man
Who built houses, one a strong-hold.

--- Charles B. Mayes
Easter on April Fools' Day © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes.  All
rights reserved.
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As we think about Easter on April Fools' Day this year, we want
to be the wise person believing in our Resurrected Lord, rather 
than the foolish person running away in doubt and fear.

Happy Easter!

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God’s Purpose









God's Purpose 
Eph. 1:11 and Phil. 2:13

Walking life's journey,
Striving toward His call,
Thinking we know God's purpose,
But may not really know it at all.

Could be countless closed doors
And struggles every day,
Or many opened, very easy,
But God's goal, can we say?

Helping someone
Is good within itself,
But maybe His unknown desire,
Though puzzling, is actually something else.

Speaking about Christ to one,
As another listens near,
The Holy Spirit leads - 
It's the other ready to hear.

So, through our daily lives
Someone might be there
Who is blessed by our love of Jesus,
Whom we are unaware.

             --- Charles B. Mayes
God's Purpose © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.
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We don’t always know the purpose God has when we strive for our goal, but whether we know it or not, He will always achieve it when we are moldable clay in His hands.

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A New Year Resolution: A Collection Through the Years

 

 

 

 

A New Year Resolution: 

A Collection Through the Years

2012

God, Help Me This New Year

Help me to do Your holy will
Throughout this New Year.
Take away all my doubts
And all my fears.

Whether with great or no ability,
Make me available for Your use,
So that my service to You,
You may boost.

Help me to minister
Not to whom I think this year,
But to whom You want,
Both far and near.

Help me to have hope
That only You can give,
As from moment to moment
I, in You, live.

Help me to do Your holy will
Throughout this New Year.
Thank you for taking away all my doubts
And all my fears.

2013

A New Year Resolution

As the New Year dawns before us
We will humble pray
That we may trust in our Lord Jesus
Each and every day.

We don’t know what ill awaits us.
We don’t know what good.
But we will trust Him now and always
So we’ll do what we should.

As we see the days unfolding
That God holds there one by one
We’ll trust Him more daily
And remember how He gave His Son.

So walking through the days
We’ll ponder our God helper in the past.
So during this New Year we won’t wander
But stay by Him to the last.

We don’t know our future, but we know who holds our future. We have seen Him help us in the past, and He will continue to help us in the future. Our part is being faithful to Him, as He is faithful to us.

2014

As This New Year Approaches

As this New Year approaches
No resolutions do I make,
Except to remain close
To You, God, for Jesus’ sake.

To keep basking in Your grace
And when in sin I fall,
I get up soon upon Your path
To once more give You my all.

To know that I continue
To be in Your family,
Under the font of blood
Flowing from Calvary.

So I can have peace
Again this New Year,
As I still trust in You
And have no fear.

Are you still living in God’s grace as we go into this New Year? Remember – Holy Bible – I Peter 5: 6-7 – “So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you”. (The Message)

2015

New Year

Life before us, each day very busy –
Working, helping with every opportunity,
Doing what we can to lend a hand
To loved ones and community.

Life before us, not knowing God’s timing
Daily His examples we must be
Since we know not tomorrow –
We cannot see.

Life before us, battles of all kinds –
Health, financial, satanic attacks, and more.
All of these things,
So life can never be for sure.

Life before us, only God knows –
Tomorrow, next year, or today,
Will we be ready to see God
When He guides us Home, far away?

We may have a lot of plans for 2015, but it is the Lord Who directs our steps [Proverbs 16:9 – Holy Bible]. On our journey, we need to stay as close as we can to our loving God, and do good because of what He was done for us.

2016

Curtain Up!

Curtain Up on the stage of life!
This New Year’s drama starts
With you on the stage,
As the foot and spotlights
Both shine bright.

Not a lark.
You’re excited, yet fearful
In this program to embark.

All thespians ready to move
Through each scene
With dilemmas quite a few.
Plots thickens as characters careen.

You trust your Heavenly Director,
The Lord Jesus Christ.
Dealing with the lying antagonist.
Dealing with the sacrifice.

Whether showstopper or upstaged.
Whether dialog or soliloquy.
No bit parts here.
The finale is Heaven’s eternity.

Curtain Up on the stage of life!
A New Year – looking ahead.
With Christ, nothing to dread.

I usually write something here about my poems. The inspiration for this one comes from two persons. The first is my high school speech teacher, Joan [/Jo-ANN/] Murray-Hogan. She taught English, speech, broadcasting, and drama; and is currently active in productions. The second is Steve Dini, a TV personality, who has been teaching high school broadcasting and drama for many years.

2016

The New Year Calendar

Jeremiah 29:11

Sitting there – the calendar on my laptop,
I look at the Old Year, past,
Filling in the New Year Calendar dates,
Leaving those memos that will last.

As I read the old entries,
Hard, and easy things, too –
Memories overflow my heart,
Both contented and blue.

Persons born, or now more in years,
Some have gone to the other side,
Most are still the same,
Some humble and some with pride.

Many blank areas ahead.
What will happen then?
I don’t know what things
Will be filled in them again.

I trust my God to replenish them,
As He guides me on the Way.
It’s not what I do,
But what He plans each day.

It’s hard to believe that another year is here! I prayerfully hope that each one of us, through the help of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, start (in some cases), or continue to be disciples of Him this year!

2017

Greeting the New Year

Ephesians 6:12

This last year was kinda bad.
We had a lot of problems.
We look ahead to this New Year
To see God continuing to solve them.

There was the plumbing deluge,
Then Mom became ill last Winter.
They laid Dad off at the factory,
And then the broken printer.

The truck needed a new battery.
It was done before its years.
The radiator leaked like a sieve,
And our rent was in arrears.

The electric bill soared so high,
And now it’s the water heater.
U.S. politics didn’t go our way,
And food too scarce for eaters.

We know it’s really not these things,
But how to them we react.
Our struggle is not against flesh and blood.
It’s those spiritual forces who us attack.

It doesn’t depend on how we feel
Or even what we do.
It’s whole-souled trust in God above
That always gets us through.

Was 2016 a good year for you? Is every year a good year when we follow Jesus Christ? Is there such a thing as a bad day or are all days good in Jesus Christ?

2018

The Old and New
2 Corinthians 5:17

The Old Year dwindles
As the sunset’s afterglow.
The New Year bursts forth
As the sunrise’s bright flow.

The Old Life vanishes
As a snuffed candle’s smoke.
The New Life in Christ appears
As a blazing candle uncloaked.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” [Holy Bible – 2 Corinthians 5:17- NIV]

Happy New Year!

A New Year Resolution: A Collection Through the Years © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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The Old and New

The Old and New

2 Corinthians 5:17

The Old Year dwindles
As the sunset’s afterglow.
The New Year bursts forth
As the sunrise’s bright flow.

The Old Life vanishes
As a snuffed candle’s smoke.
The New Life in Christ appears
As a blazing candle uncloaked.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Old and New © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”  [Holy Bible – 2 Corinthians 5:17 – NIV]

Happy New Year!

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Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

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Angels Flying to the Earth

Angels Flying to the Earth

Angels flying to the Earth
At supersonic speed.
Must get there with the Good News
To first the shepherds receive.

— Charles B. Mayes

Angels Flying to the Earth © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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A succinct message came from the angels to the shepherds showing God’s wonders in sending His Son, Jesus Christ.

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Running to the Manger

Running to the Manger

Running to the manger,
Following the angel’s direction,
The shepherds hurried to Bethlehem
Little time for reflection.

Just before this
The announcement given,
By the angel,
From the starry heavens.

“Don’t be afraid.
Good news I bring.
Go to the manger
And find the Baby King.”

“Glory to God.”
The angels’ words ring.
“Peace on earth.”
The shepherds’ hearts sing.

When they arrive
Seeing Jesus in the straw –
They were in complete wonder.
They were in complete awe.

Then spreading the word
With no hesitation
To everyone they saw
With no reservation.

Are we seeking the manger
And to those on our way
Telling His Story,
Not just on Christmas holidays?

— Charles B. Mayes

Running to the Manger © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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We should also run to the manger with this same excitement of the shepherds.  Then we must continue our enthusiasm by sharing the Good News with others.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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