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.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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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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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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