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One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there was one only.
This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from anguish,
sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints,
so I said to the Lord,
“You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life
there has only been one set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”

The Lord replied,
“The years when you have seen only one set of footprints,
my child, is when I carried you.”

Mary Stevenson © 1984

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After a While

After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul,
And you learn that love doesn't mean leaning and company doesn't mean security,
And you learn that kisses aren't contracts and presents aren't promises,
And you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes open,
with the grace of an adult, not the grief of a child,

And you learn to build all your roads on today because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for plans,
After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much,
So plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure...that you really are strong,
And you really do have worth.

©Veronica A. Shoffstall

May You Have

Enough happiness to keep you sweet,
Enough trials to keep you strong,
Enough sorrow to keep you human,
Enough hope to keep you happy,
Enough failure to keep you humble,
Enough success to keep you eager,
Enough friends to give you comfort,
Enough wealth to meet your needs,
Enough enthusiasm to look forward,
Enough faith to banish depression,
Enough determination to make each day better than yesterday.

"If you believe within your soul
Hold on tight and never let go...
Whatever you believe is meant to be
It surely is your destiny...
So listen to your heart's voice
When you need to make that one choice...
It's only your heart that you can trust
And in yourself is a must..
And when it's time for your dream to come true
Remember that God and the Angels are helping you...
So don't give up though the pace seems slow
When your dream will come...You will know.."

Believing In Yourself

Standing for what you believe in
regardless of the odds against you
and the pressure that tears at your resistance
means courage

Keeping a smile on your face
when inside you feel like dying
for the sake of supporting others

means strength

Stopping at nothing
and doing what in your heart
you know is right

means determination

Doing more than is expected
to make another's life a little more bearable

without uttering a single complaint

means compassion

Helping a friend in need
no matter the time or effort

to the best of your ability
means loyalty

Giving more than you have
and expecting nothing

but gratitude in return

means selflessness

Holding your head high
and being the best you know you can be

when life seems to fall apart at your feet

and facing each difficulty with

the confidence that time will bring

you better tomorrows

and never giving up

means believing in yourself...

-Poem by Mary Ellen Joseph

A Lesson Learned

Words can never show
What's really down inside

Our actions show our truer 'selves'

The 'me' we try to hide.

We fight to stuff it all within,

The guilt and shame we feel.

It's not until we start to "let go"

That we begin to really heal.

Tears come welling up, I'm scared!
Of the demon that's within.

I want to change but feel so weak

To fight what some call Sin.

Again, it's "letting go" I need,
To acknowledge I have NO power.

Then, and only then I'll see,

That this is my finest hour!

In now, my greatest weakness,
I finally fall to my knees.

In humble broken powerlessness

I now see my "Sin disease".

Tears, they come as floods
I think I won't survive.

But in the midst of the death I feel,

Perhaps I am for the first time "alive".

Can it be? That all this pain,
Was not a waste of my life?

But rather I had valuable lessons to learn

Through disappointment and strife?

I see more clearly with each day
That the "hell" that I've been in,

Is really my "dying to self"

So that a new life could begin.

Could God not help me??
In the chaos I was in?
Yes, I suppose He was,

But I had to let Him in.

In past times, I would not really let go
And let God enter in.
I wanted life to be as I prescribed it

Which was my greatest Sin.

With devastation all around me
And my life hopelessly out of my control.

I cannot fix others whom I love

Much less, myself console.

God help me learn to love
The way you want me to.

Grant me the serenity to accept

The love that comes from You.

I am a new creation
And learning how to truly "live"

Taking each day as a gift from God

A truer love I now receive and give.

Thank you God for this lesson
Born out of much pain and tears.

A lesson learned at such a great price

I will not forget for years...

or hopefully ever.


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