NOT Alone

NOT Alone

When I first moved to The Villages in late 2016, it was the first time in my life I ever lived alone.  I soon visited our Chapel, but only attended a few times before my cancer returned.  Following surgery and various treatments, I experienced horrendous after effects and multiple hospitalizations, and was homebound nearly 2 years – home alone in my new home where I knew almost no one.

God had already put me through prior periods of “training” with a brain tumor, prior cancer, and the heartbreak of divorce.  I KNEW he was faithful then and that he would be faithful again.  You may be feeling lonely during these extended months of pandemic isolation, and you too can recall how God has sustained you in the past.  Psalm 77:11-13, I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord; yea, I will remember thy wonders of old.  I will meditate on all thy work, and muse on thy mighty deeds.  Thy way, O God, is holy.  What god is great like our God?

Focus on God is a deliberate, conscious CHOICE.  It’s okay to get on the Pity Pot, but NOT to stay on it!  Our two choices are to 1)  remain tearful and fearful, thus adding to our problems by dwelling on them; or 2) trust the Lord.  As the words of the old hymn say, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.  Choose to abandon the negativity.  2 Cor 10:5, …take every thought captive

A wondrous part of being a Christian is being part of the Body of Christ,  The family of God for me includes two congregations I belonged to before moving here.  When I needed prayer and support, the Chapel Prayer Team was there for me even though I did not yet know them.  All three of these church families upheld me in prayer.  We truly are NOT alone.  Even Moses needed Aaron and Hur to hold him up (Ex 17).

God has specifically placed each one of us in our particular homes.  This time of continuing social restrictions is the perfect time to show our neighbors that they are not alone–someone cares!  This past year is the first time I’ve ever made daily walks a habit, an easy thing to do with all the extra time and living in this beautiful locale brimming with God’s creation.  As I leave my front door each day, I pray that God will make me a blessing to someone, lead me to someone who needs a smile or encouragement, that he’ll guide my steps. Often I do pass others for such “divine appointments” just as you may do.  Pray for boldness to speak his truth and be prepared to give account of the hope that is within … (1 Pet 4:5). We must use our words to give hope and give God glory.  We KNOW God is faithful.

NOT Alone © March 2021 by Bonnie Barthel. All Rights Reserved.

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I am so happy to have a guest author for this post, Bonnie Barthel. I have known Bonnie for several years and she has a wonderful walk with our Lord despite many setbacks in life. She challenges us to be faithful to Him no matter what the circumstances.

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Our USA Congress Prayer and Our American Prayer

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Our USA Congress Prayer

We should pray for all in Congress
To know Jesus Christ as their friend.
To know Him personally from within.
To follow God’s Word, start to end.

Jesus Christ is their only Hope
For Salvation of their soul.
To live with God in Heaven
Should be their priority goal.

We need to pray for all of Congress
Who do not follow Him.
He is the only light they have.
Now their trust and Salvation needs to begin.

Our American Prayer

If we all follow Jesus in the USA,
Then our freedom will come back,
Just as it has been taken away.
Pray! . . . Pray! . . Pray!

— Charles B. Mayes

Our USA Congress Prayer and Our American Prayer © 2021 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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We should pray for our USA Congress and for each other as citizens of this country.  Our only hope is Jesus Christ.

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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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Curtain Up!

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 dialogue 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.

— Charles B. Mayes

Curtain Up! © 2021 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.
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I usually write something here about my poems.  The inspiration for this one comes from two persons.

The first is my high school communication teacher, Joan [/Jo-Ann/] Murray-Hogan.  She taught English, speech, radio and TV broadcasting, and drama; and was active in productions for many years.  We enjoy talking on the phone from time to time.

The second is Steve Dini, a spokesman and on-camera talent, who has been teaching high school film studies, radio broadcasting, and drama for many years.  I met Steve during an internship I did at KICU-TV.

Thank you and Happy New Year!

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CHOOSES TO LIVE IN THE BLESSING

I loved your last poem, ‘Living in the Blessing: A Christmas Thanksgiving,‘ and I’m making a conscious choice to ‘live in the blessing’ of this Holy season.”  Anonymous

SHARING AT SUNDAY SCHOOL

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holding Jesus

Luke 2:22-40

The day after Christmas,
Still relishing joy and cheer,
Thinking of Simeon and Anna,
Who both met baby Jesus, dear.

Devout Simeon asked to see
The Messiah’s face
Before he died, then was answered –
Holding God’s salvation and grace.

Joseph and Mary marveled
At what he said.
Simeon blessed them,
But warned Mary of what’s ahead.

Aged Prophet Anna, a widow for many years,
Daily at the Temple fasting and praying,
So pleased to see Jesus,
Thanksgiving and redemption saying.

We can also hold Jesus.
Have we been wanting to start,
In expectation and hope,
To hold Him in our hearts?

— Charles B. Mayes

Holding Jesus © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.
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CHOOSES TO LIVE IN THE BLESSING

I loved your last poem, ‘Living in the Blessing: A Christmas Thanksgiving,‘ and I’m making a conscious choice to ‘live in the blessing’ of this Holy season.”  Anonymous

VERY MOVING

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

SHARING AT SUNDAY SCHOOL

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

 

 

 

 

Passage Into Heaven

(Based On: Psalm 19:1; John 3:16)

For God You are
Creator
Master of the
Heavens
Angels as Your
Servants
Guardians of our
Souls
With acknowledgement that
Christ Jesus
Is the Son of God and our
Lord
Shall be our passage
Into Heaven

       — By Floyd Wolfe

Passage Into Heaven © 2020 by Floyd Wolfe. All Rights Reserved.
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As we especially think about the recent extremely rare alignment of Saturn and Jupiter, we remember the general revelation of God in the words of the Psalmist, David, as follows:
The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.” (Holy Bible – Psalm 19:1 – RSV)

We also remember the special revelation when Jesus Christ, the Son of David as a descendant, said the following:
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (Holy Bible – John 3:16 – ESV)

Today, I am again presenting the work of Floyd Wolfe, my friend and gifted poet.  When I was sitting in our Bible class at church and looking on the whiteboard I would many times see Floyd’s sayings or short poems “published.”   His insights always make me think, bringing me closer to the Lord.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Living in the Blessing: A Christmas Thanksgiving

 

 

 

 

 

Living in the Blessing:
A Christmas Thanksgiving

The kid wanted that bike all year.
Smiling, walking quickly toward the tree,
The climax of begging his parents daily,
The shiny bike was there.  See!

As he jumped on it,
“It doesn’t have a horn –
A beeping one, with a red button!”
He looked so forlorn.

So from that time
To the next Yuletide
He kept pleading for the horn.
Greater, greater, greater magnified.

Then when Christmas arrived,
The next year,
The blaring horn on his bike
Appeared.

He had the blessing,
But it turned out bittersweet
Because he wasn’t satisfied
With only that bike to keep.

Shouldn’t we live in the blessing
This Christmas and all way?
Shouldn’t we thank God for it
Each and every day?

        — Charles B. Mayes

Living in the Blessing: A Christmas Thanksgiving  © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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RELATING ORNAMENTS TO GIFTS

“Really like this poem. [Christmas Is A Family Time / Navidad es época familiar]                  My favorite line was about the star not being on the tree.  Also relating the ornaments to the gifts from the wise men.”  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.
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On Tuesday I will elect . . .

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This is my first time having a guest writer, but this is a timely and right on message!

On Tuesday I will elect…

On Tuesday I will elect…to get up before my kids do, fix a cup of coffee, and settle in for some quality time reading my Bible and praying.

On Tuesday I will elect… to cast my ballot with a calm centeredness, resting in the truth that God is my King.

On Tuesday I will elect…to look my family in the eye and, one by one, tell them why I love them.

On Tuesday I will elect…to pray for and shepherd this awesome flock God has placed before me.

On Tuesday I will elect…to refrain from negativity and cynical jokes. (This could be really tough.)

On Tuesday I will elect to…welcome the stranger, a small child, a hungry beggar. I will elect to look deep into their soul and remember that this day is not all about me, or what I want. I will look deep into their soul until I see the reflection of Jesus.

On Tuesday I will elect…to honor God with my speech.

On Tuesday I will elect…to love by being a good listener.

On Tuesday I will elect…to show respect towards people with differing opinions.

On Tuesday I will elect…to walk humbly, do justice, and love mercy.

On Tuesday I will elect…to not join the doomsdayers who wail and moan over election results. Instead, I will elect to read Psalm 46 reminding me “God is my refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble. Therefore I will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea” and ‘my candidate’ does not ascend to office (verses 1-2). As our “nation is in an uproar” (verse 6), “The Lord Almighty is with [me]; the God of Jacob is [my] fortress” (verse 7).

This Tuesday, join me in electing to be the calmest and most uplifting of all people. On Tuesday, elect to bear the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Gal. 5:22-23)

On Tuesday may each of us end our day with a satisfied sigh, resting in the mercy-filled arms of the Great God who elected to love us.

– Gary Taylor

On Tuesday I will elect . . . © 2016 by Gary Taylor.  All rights reserved.  Used by Permission.

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Pullin’ and Prayin’

 

 

 

 

 

Pullin’ and Prayin’

Psalm 107:17-22

I’m pullin’ and prayin’
For you to come through.
Your health failed again,
But your job you must go to.

You’re gaunt and frail.
You were once muscular strong.
Now your face is drawn.
Your vigor all gone.

But God will answer.
I’m sure of this now.
His healing energy.
His healing power.

You’re looking better
As time goes on.
Strength returning –
A phenomenon

Laughter returns
Like the good old days.
Still pullin’ and prayin’
That this all will stay.

— Charles B. Mayes

Pullin’ and Prayin’ © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

When you have a relative that has been very ill, and you want them so badly to get well, and you pray for them, and God answers — it is so wonderful!  You then continue to pray that they will stay in good health.

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SPEAKS VOLUMES

Windows to the Soul is really good and speaks volumes about what a lot of people are thinking.”   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.                     ____________________________________________________

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

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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I Don’t Have a Father

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Don’t Have a Father
(Psalm 68:5)

I don’t have a father:
No father with whom to play.
No father to help with homework.
No father image each day.

My friends are the same.
For years, it’s so hard.
An emptiness in our families.
One missing, one apart.

A man I met as a teen –
Said, “I am here for you like a fill-in dad.”
He’s my Sunday School teacher.
My life for me – now not so sad.

He told me about his Father God,
Who led my life to change.
He explained about His Son Jesus.
Now my thinking rearranged.

I have a Father,
My emptiness is gone.
He cares for me.
Makes me glad and strong.

— Charles B. Mayes

I Don’t Have A Father © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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Many children in our country and all over the world do not have a father present in the home.  However, God said that He would be “a father to the fatherless”.  [Holy Bible – Psalm 68:5 – NIV]

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

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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Happy Father’s Day!

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Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading

 

 

 

 

 

Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading

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  © 2020 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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.]

Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading 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.

I hope that you will enjoy having your children perform this or read 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

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

 Happy Ascension Day!

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