Drastic Measures

It’s week 23 of 100 Word Wednesday, and here is the photo and my response – barely before the deadline, haha. ๐Ÿ™‚ It was hard to cram this story into anywhere close to just 100 words, but I gave it a try! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Image Credit Jesse Williams

Walking alone at night
Dangerously eerie
Dinerโ€™s beckoning light
Welcoming to see.

Order special surprise
Person comes inside
Wearing frightening guise
Nowhere to hide.

Demands currency
โ€œDonโ€™t hurt us,โ€
Waitress asks leniency
Safety, she asks Jesus

Get a notion.
โ€œYou hungry?โ€
Questioning reaction,
But plain to see.

Fallen on misfortune
Drastic measures taken
Family would stave soon
He felt forsaken.

Slides in the booth across,
โ€œYou donโ€™t know me.โ€
Shrug as if at a loss,
โ€œI was once you, see:

Lifeโ€™s not kind, I know.
But youโ€™ll be okay; itโ€™s true!
For He feeds the sparrow
And He cares for you!

For He sent you me,
Your angel,
Didnโ€™t He?
All will be well!โ€

When Faith Is Tested


It is especially hard to have faith and trust in His plan when all one can see is despair and gloom. I wrote the majority of this poem during a time when I was feeling down. All I could do then was try to convince myself deep inside that it would soon pass and that I would eventually see the Light at the end of the dark, depressive tunnel. And even though every once in a while the tunnel vision returns, and all I again see is the sorrow and despair, I know that soon He will bring me out of the tunnel and into His Light again.

Like I said in my poem, My Lifeguard, I know that during these times He may let me thrash about and struggle in the water to get stronger, but He will never leave me to drown. ๐Ÿ™‚

This poem is for all of you out there feeling depressed andย  // or going through hard times. Keep the faith and pray. Meditate on His word. I recommend John 16:33, Joshua 1:9, Psalm 23 in its entirety, Psalm 27:1, Psalm 28:7, Psalm 31:24. and Psalm 46:1. (If you have favorite verses or quotes you go to when you’re feeling down, please comment and tell me about them!) Remember what Charles Spurgeon said:

Perseverance copyrightEven when it’s difficult, keep going! I give thanks to Him every day for bringing me out of the tunnel and into His light; and I pray that He does the same for you.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚


When Faith Is Tested

My heart has shattered
Like an unguarded windowpane
What once really mattered
Put in perspective again.

Felt like someone stabbed it
Reached in and grabbed it
Pulled it out of my torso
And damaged it more so

Life had beaten it black and blue
Hurt it beyond repair
I was told to just pull through
Now how is that fair?

I wrapped it carefully in a bandage
A feeble attempt to allow it to heal
Before returning it to its guarded cage
Where it hoped to be safe and concealed

I guessed that this is what I get
For wearing my heart on my sleeve
It was exposed to the elements
I took risks, I dared to hope; I believed

Then I recall, when faith is tested
Count it all joy, for it works patience
So in Jesus my faith is invested
In whatever the circumstance

For I know that Him, I should seek
Turn to Him with wholehearted belief,
When I am anxious, tired and week;
He shall give my weary soul relief

I should be like Job, who endured much
And his faith never did waver
He concentrated on His loving touch
And on His wonderful Savior

I know that to serve my King
I have to expose my heart
Even if circumstances may sting
This is a good place to start

So in Him, I put all my trust
I know that He will never leave
God is faithful, that I must
Wholeheartedly and earnestly believe

James 1:2&3 inspired the sixth stanza, Matthew 11:28-30 inspired the seventh stanza, and obviously, the book of Job inspired the eighth stanza. ๐Ÿ™‚

Image source for the heart:ย Pixabay

The snail is all mine. ๐Ÿ™‚