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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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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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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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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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

* BOGO: Buy One Get One (Free or at a Reduced Price)

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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Sharing at Sunday School

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Very Moving

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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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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
[2011 – Not Available]                        

1.   United States
2.   Canada
3.   United Kingdom
4.   Indonesia
5.   India
6.   Philippines
7.   Germany
8.   Netherlands
9.   Australia
10.  Hong Kong – SAR China
11.  South Korea
12.  Japan

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

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

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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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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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

Thank you for following me and/or visiting my site. May God richly bless you!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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2018 Calendar

 

 

 

 

2018 Calendar

Pick up your 2018 ChristianPoetryPublishing.com self-stick calendar available free at LifeWay Christian Store – San Jose, CA location only, while supplies last, on the Community Center table.

This stick (or can be no-stick) calendar is excellent for notebooks; the refrigerator; wallet or purse, the car, address books, checkbook covers, etc.

Also, enjoy shopping at LifeWay Christian Store, Princeton Plaza Mall, 1375 Blossom Hill Rd., San Jose, CA 95118.

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Happy 2018!

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Surprise Me, God!

 

Surprise Me, God!

Surprise Me, God!
With those wonderful things
You do which delight
Me through and through.

Not something I hear about,
Although that is inspiring,
But something I experience –
Your activity in my life thriving.

It may be someone
Coming closer to you
As you work via me
To cause them to see.

It may be a situation
That seems unsolvable,
But you open the door
To make it resolvable.

Thrill me with your works.
More and more and more let me see
Your powerful Hand touching
My world, actually.

Surprise Me, God!
With those wonderful things
You do which delight
Me through and through.

— Charles B. Mayes

Surprise Me, God! © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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God’s surprises are exciting!  They are spices of life that are special unexpected blessings.  If you don’t see them, look for them.  They are all around us, if we would but look.

Thank you for following me and/or visiting my site. May God richly bless you!

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.

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.

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

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Christmas Reading / 2017 Calendar

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Christmas Reading / 2017 Calendar

Pick up the reading, The Eve of Christmas Eve …, with the 2017 ChristianPoetryPublishing.com pocket calendar, both available free at LifeWay Christian Store – San Jose, CA location only, while supplies last, in the Community area.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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The Eve of Christmas Eve: A Reading in Three Acts

 

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The Eve of
Christmas Eve:
A Reading in Three Acts

Since Christmas falls on Sunday
With Christmas Eve Service, too,
Might be tough on the folks –
That really won’t do.

Prologue –

There was something even better
Than Christmas Eve this year,
At the church down the road
With the pastors so dear.

It’s that big building.
That’s pretty old.
But a place where the Gospel
Is always lovingly told.

Since Christmas falls on Sunday
With Christmas Eve Service, too,
Might be tough on the folks –
That really won’t do.

Act 1 –

The morning of the Eve of Christmas Eve
Would set the stage just right,
For the awe inspiring program
Which would happen just tonight.

The children were all ready.
They’d memorized their parts.
They knew them so well.
They knew them all by heart.

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The technician adjusting slides
So sound would be OK,
And also make the lighting
Point exactly the right way.

Mrs. Jones was calling
Some persons she’d invited
To remind them to come
At 7:00 p.m., she’s excited.

This Pastor was praying
Upon his knees this morn’,
That tonight’s program
Would Jesus Christ adorn.

Now just before tonight,
Time for all to rest,
To make this Christmas Eve Eve
The very, very Best.

Act II –

The Eve of Christmas Eve
Was a very special night.
Each person attending
Showed exceptional delight.

First, it was carol time
To sing those old greats,
About the Birth of Jesus.
They could hardly wait.

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Then the children filed in.
The place silent became.
A song about Jesus
The quiet night He came.

The Center was packed
With the children on stage.
Even the balcony full.
The congregation engaged.

This Pastor sat on a couch
By a framed stable scene,
Where he would narrate,
This holy night theme.

Mary and Joseph came out.
No room at the Inn.
No room for Jesus,
Where tonight’s story begins.

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With deep feeling
This Brother did read
About the shepherds’ sight,
What they did see.

One child wearing a robe,
And staff in their hand,
Looked up – up – up high
Where the angels did stand.

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Now time for a song
With piano so soft.
A solo is heard, clearly,
Even way up in the loft.

The children kneel and point
To the direction of West,
As this Minister told of the wise men
Who gifted their best.

And then the three boys,
Off, by stage left went.
Another way, than entering
From where they were sent.

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Recitation – a poem.
When would she start?
But soon that powerful last line
“I can give Him my heart.”

This Preacher opened his Bible
And spoke with great zeal.
Birth – Life – Death – Resurrection.
Rebirth in Jesus, he appealed.

And then what happened
Was to everyone’s awe.
The front full – wise seekers,
Everyone saw.

To the world joy –
Melody to the ceiling ascends,
As one voice,
Everyone sang at the end.

Christmas Eve Eve –
What a very special night.
Children and audience –
All hearts Bright.

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Act III –

The Eve of Christmas Eve almost done,
The Lead Pastor came forward
To address the crowd
Before it was over.

This humble man of God,
Said that he cared
About this church
And why it was there.

He encouraged each
To follow their dream,
To use their talents for the Lord
As the children they’d seen.

Epilogue –

Following Christmas Eve Eve
All did linger longer,
Having sweet fellowship
With so much to Ponder.

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The Eve of Christmas Eve: A Reading in Three Acts © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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Today’s reading (poem) is much longer than usual and is based on a real situation of Christmas being on Sunday and the church wanting to have a Christmas Eve Service, so they decided to have it on the Friday evening before Christmas. Thus, the Eve of Christmas Eve!

I want to thank those who follow my website regularly – some for several years!  Also I’m happy to have those who drop by from time to time. May God richly bless all of you!

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.

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.

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

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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