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.

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Easter is Near: Readings to Inspire

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter is Near: Readings to Inspire

Pick up the brochure, Easter is Near: Readings to Inspire, available free at LifeWay Christian Store – San Jose, CA location only, while supplies last, in the Community area.

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Happy Easter!

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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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On Valentine’s Day and every day, we remember God’s love for us – a love which is overwhelming!

Welcome to my new followers!  I appreciate all those who follow my website, and 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.

Thank you !

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Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading (with Actions)

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Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading (with Actions)

I dream I’m here.
I walk over the greenest grass,
And see the bluest sky.
It’s heaven. The streets like golden glass.

And with me and you –
A big smile on every face.
There’s no Sun or Moon
Because God lights up this place.

With lofty slides, swift swings, and bouncy trampolines,
The playground is triple fun
Where the playing keeps on –
I am never done.

Then I get to sit on Jesus’ lap.
He laughs with me.
(The Savior with the scarred hands and feet.)
Then I jump up and run. I feel so happy and free.

I could dream for along time.
Heaven’s there forever –
An eternity.
I would want to leave, never.

— Charles B. Mayes

Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading (with Actions)

I dream I’m here.
(Head on hands together, with head on top as if sleeping.)
I walk over the greenest grass,
And see the bluest sky.
(Walk in place and look around.)
It’s heaven. The streets like golden glass.

And with me and you –
A big smile on every face.
(Smile.)
There’s no Sun or Moon
Because God lights up this place.
(Hand up above head showing “the sun.”)

With lofty slides, swift swings, and bouncy trampolines,
(Jump up and down in place.)
The playground is triple fun
Where the playing keeps on
I am never done.
(Arms held out in front with hands flat.)

Then I get to sit on Jesus’ lap.
He laughs with me.
(Laugh with no noise.)
(The Savior with the scarred hands and feet.)
(Touch each palm and then gesture to feet.)
Then I jump up and run. I feel so happy and free.
(Jump up and down in place.)

I could dream for along time.
Heaven’s there forever
An eternity.
I would want to leave, never.
(One arm way up, with index finger up, as #1 gesture.)

— Charles B. Mayes

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Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading (with Actions) © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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Ascension Day is celebrated, in some churches, 40 days after Jesus’ resurrection honoring when He ascended to Heaven.  We know that Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us and will come again!  [See John 14:1-4 and Acts 1:9-11 – Holy Bible.]

Production Notes:

Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading (with Actions) is written to be used as a Choral Reading, but could also be a Readers’ Theater by dividing up the verses among the children and having them read different parts. It is meant for children in the Elementary grades.

A narrator could do the reading and the children could do the actions only.

Notice that the accented words (in bold) are to go right along with the actions. I put these here not only so that the actions would reflect the text, but also that the director would get away from any sing songy interpretation of the reading (i.e. a strong accent on the end of each line and/or the rhyming words) so the that the attention of the audience would be centered on the actual meaning.

These motions are only suggestions and the director has the freedom to change them. Some motions could be removed especially if the children are younger. The ideal would be to have one person leading the words; and another, sitting close by, leading the motions.

I hope that you will enjoy having your children perform this; or reading the poem itself!

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.

I appreciate all those who follow my website, and those who drop by from time to time. May God richly bless all of 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.

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.

Thank you and Happy Ascension Day!

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

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Behind the Curtain
Hebrews 6:18-20

Jesus went behind the curtain,
(From top to bottom rent),
To the Holy of Holies,
For us His life was spent.

Jesus was our pioneer,
Dying and rising on this earth’s sod.
Now we are running
Toward our Hope in God!

We now can go through Jesus,
(To the open gates of Heaven, too),
To be in the very presence of God,
Our Hope – firm and true.

— Charles B. Mayes

Behind the Curtain © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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“Behind the Curtain” – that phrase touched me deeply recently. Jesus went there so we could have daily Hope in Him, and Hope of Heaven!

I appreciate all those who follow my website, and 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.

Thank you!

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

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As the Sun/Son Rises: Readings in Parallel

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As the Sun/Son Rises: Readings in Parallel

As the Sun Rises

As the Sun Rises,
What a glorious view
Of yellow, orange, and red –
Beautiful hues.

I take the time
To thank God for a day, new
Of life of Jesus, of blessings
Of loved ones, too.

When the Sun Rises utterly,
I relax with mind, not cluttery
With Bible and hymnal in hand
I ready myself for worship within.

I thank God of heaven
For that sunrise He made.
What a wonderful way
To begin a new day!

—Charles B. Mayes

As the Son Rises

As the Son Rises,
A glory to view,
Bursting forth from the opened tomb
Yellow, orange, and red hues.

We take this time
To thank God for Life, anew
Through Jesus’ resurrection
Showing His love for all, too.

When the Son Rises utterly,
His peace brings clarity, not cluttery
With His Word and singing hymns
The Disciples now worship Him.

We thank our God of heaven
For sending His Son to rise.
We trust and obey,
As we begin a new day!

— Charles B. Mayes

As the Sun/Son Rises: Readings in Parallel (As the Sun Rises and As the Son Rises) © 2015 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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These Readings in Parallel might be used as a Reader’s Theater. One person could read the poem on the top and another person the poem on the bottom or vice versa. Also, the first verse on the top could be read, then the first verse on the bottom, etc. or the first verse on the bottom could be read, then the first verse on the top, etc.

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(s) 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 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.

Thank you!

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

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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 © 2014 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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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.

I would love to do Poetry Reading for your group in the San Jose, California area. If you are interested, please fill out the form below.

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.

Thank you!

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