Poems and Bible Verses
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A Mother's Gift

Holding hands with Abba!

Path to Discipleship

Repair Kit


Mouth-a-tosis & Ear-neurosis

A Mother's Gift

When there was but a little distance to go to Ephrath, Rachel labored in childbirth.
And she had hard labor.

Now it came to pass, when Rachel was in hard labor, that the midwife said:
"Do not fear; you will have this son also."

And so it was, as Rachel's soul was departing (for she died),
That she called his name Ben-Oni
Genesis 35.16-18

Who fed me from her gentle breast
And hushed me in her arms to rest
And on my cheek sweet kisses prest?
My mother.
When sleep forsook my open eye,
Who was it sung sweet lullaby
And rocked me that I should not cry?
My mother.

Who sat and watched my infant head
When sleeping on my cradle bed,
And tears of sweet affection shed?
My mother.

When pain and sickness made me cry,
Who gazed upon my heavy eye
And wept, for fear that I should die?
My mother.
Who ran to help me when I fell
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the part to make it well?
My mother.


Who taught my infant lips to pray,
To love God's holy word and day,
And walk in wisdom's pleasant way?
My mother.
And can I ever cease to be
Affectionate and kind to thee
Who was so very kind to me --
My mother.

Oh no, the thought I cannot bear;
And if God please my life to spare
I hope I shall reward thy care,
My mother.

When thou art feeble, old and gray,
My healthy arm shall be thy stay,
And I will soothe thy pains away,
My mother.
And when I see thee hang thy head,
'Twill be my turn to watch thy bed,
And tears of sweet affection shed --
My mother.
"My Mother" by Jane Taylor


[Hannah said...]
"For this child I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition.
For as long as he lives, my son shall be lent to the LORD."

1 Sam 1.27-28a

While walking down a crowded
City street the other day,
I heard a little urchin
To a comrade turn and say,
"Say, Chimney, lemme tell youse,
I'd be happy as a clam
If I only was de feller dat
Me mudder t'inks I am.

"She t'inks I am a wonder,
And she knows her little lad
Could never mix wit' nuttin'
Dat was ugly, mean or bad.
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"Oh, lots o' times I sit and t'ink
How nice, 'twould be, gee whiz!
If a feller was de feller
Dat his mudder t'inks he is."

My friend, be yours a life of toil
Or undiluted joy
You can learn a wholesome lesson
From that small, untutored boy.
Don't aim to be an earthly saint,
With eyes fixed on a star:
Just try to be the fellow that
Your mother thinks you are.
"If I Only Was the Fellow" by Will S. Adkin

A mother's love is like God's love.
He loves us not because we are lovable,
But because it is His nature to love,
And because we are His children.

Prayer is...
Holding hands with Abba!

I almost never say my prayers,
With smoothly folded eyes --
So many prayers go blundering
Each day to Paradise.

I'd think that God would tire so
Of prayers all neat and trim,
When rows and rows of them each day
March stiffly up to Him.

I wait until some cool, fresh dawn
When He goes down our walk,
And then I run and slip my hand
Within His hand and talk.
"Devotions" by Ellinor L. Norcross


"I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,"
says the LORD Almighty.

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us,
That we should be called children of God!
...For we have received the Spirit of adoption,
By whom we cry out, "Abba, Father."

2 Cor 6.18, 1 John 3.1a, Rom 8.15b
"Abba" - it means Daddy, Dad, Papa

Path to Discipleship

Jesus said to His disciples...
If you desire to come after Me, deny yourself.
Take up your cross, and follow Me.
For whoever desires to save his life will lose it,
But whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
Mt 16.24-25

1 I said, "Let me walk in the fields.
He said, "No; walk in the town."
I said, "There are no flowers there.
He said, "No flowers but a crown."

I said, "But the skies are black,
There is nothing but noise and din."
And He wept as He sent me back;
"There is more," He said. "There is sin."

I said, "But the air is thick,
And fogs are veiling the sun."
He answered, "Yet souls are sick,
And souls in the dark undone."

I said, "I shall miss the light,
And friends will miss me, they say."
He answered, "Choose tonight
If I am to miss you, or they."


2 I pleaded for time to be given.
He said, "Is it hard to decide?
It will not seem hard in Heaven
To have followed the steps of your Guide."

I cast one look at the fields,
Then set my face to the town.
He said, "My child, do you yield?
Will you leave the flowers for a crown?"

Then into His hand went mine;
And into my heart came He;
And I walked in a light divine,
The path I had feared to see.
"What Christ Said" by George MacDonald

Repair Kit

Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth,
Before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say,
"I have no pleasure in them."
Ecclesiates 12.1

1 I always wanted a red balloon,
It only cost a dime,
But Ma said it was risky,
They broke so quickly,
And beside, she didn't have time;
And even if she did, she didn't
Think they were worth a dime.

We lived on a farm, and I only went
To one circus and fair,
And all the balloons I ever saw
Were there.
There were yellow ones and blue ones,
But the kind I liked the best
Were red, and I don't see why
She couldn't have stopped and said
That maybe I could have one --
But she didn't -- I suppose that now
You can buy them anywheres,
And that they still sell red ones
At circuses and fairs.


2 I got a little money saved;
I got a lot of time,
I got no one to tell me how to spend my dime;
Plenty of balloons -- but somehow
There's something died inside of me,
And I don't want one -- now.
"Tragedy" by Jill Spargur

  3 To fix a broken dream: Discover what your own kid's "red balloon" is, and give it to him.
Grandma Lily

A child is not a vase to be filled but a fire to be lit.
François Rabelais

There are only two lasting bequests you can hope to give your children. One of these is roots; the other, wings.
Hodding Carter


1Here's a hand to the folks who have courage
To do what they know to be right;
When they enter the way of temptation,
They have a hard battle to fight.
They strive aginst self and their comrades
And SELF is a powerful foe.
All honor to them when they conquer.
A cheer for the folks who say "No!"


2There's many a battle fought daily
The world knows nothing about;
There's many a brave Christian soldier
Whose strength puts a legion to rout.
And folks who fight sin singlehanded
Are more of a hero, I say,
Than those who lead armies to battle
And conquer by arms in the fray.

3Child of God, be STRONG when you're tempted,
Yield not to the lusts of the world
Stand firm in the power of Jesus
Go forth with His banners unfurled.
"The right!" be your battle cry ever
In waging the warfare of life,
And God, who knows who are His heroes,
Will give you the strength for the fight.
"Heroes" by Phoebe Cary


4No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to all people.

God is faithful. He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able

With every temptation God will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
1 Cor 10.13

Mouth-a-tosis & Ear-neurosis
And how to avoid these afflictions

If you your lips would keep from slips,
Five things observe with care:
Of whom you speak, to whom you speak,
And how and when and where.

If you your ears would save from jeers,
These things keep meekly hid:
Myself and I, and mine and my,
And how I do and did.
by Anon


An ungodly man digs up evil,
And it is on his lips like a burning fire.
A perverse man sows strife,
And a whisperer separates the best of friends.
Prov 16.27-28

When pride comes, then comes shame;
But with the humble is wisdom.
Prov 11.2


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