Appreciated this article
Nehemia Ministries
and was reminded of a poem
I wrote a long while ago.


When no one’s around and we’re honest with God
We all have hidden and cherished dreams,
But when God says NO to our wishes and hopes
Accepting His Will may be painful it seems.

It’s so easy to be disappointed and sad,
To be so distraught over what we’ve let go,
That we forget all the blessings He’s given,
While we’re pining away
because He said, “No.”

Some goals for our life we may never realize
And that’s a hard pill to swallow.
With David of old reflect on your life,
But let not your thoughts in self-pity wallow!

Remember your victories, learn from your defeats
Give Him the praise and the glory!
Thank Him for all the good He has done.
Keep living for Him, He’s still writing your story!

Serve God with your whole heart,
in joy and contentment.
Be strong and courageous. Be not afraid.
You’re never alone in your journey of life.
God will not fail you! Be not dismayed.

Do not look back! Keep your eye on the goal!
Only what’s done for Christ will last!
Don’t rest on your laurels
or deny your mistakes!
The future looks brighter
than any day past!

Karin Ristau


Betsy from Tennessee said...

Nice poem Karin --and so true. We all look back WAY too much instead of trudging along forward....


Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That is so good.I need to remeber this when things don't turn out as I had hoped and expected.Thanks

Karin said...

Thanks Betsy and Ruth for your visit. Have a blessed week-end!

George said...

You've got wonderful words of wisdom packed into a beautiful poem.

Betty said...

This is so fitting for me today. I have been struggling with the fact that God is "seemingly" saying NO to my daughter finding a christian husband. But I need to remind myself of all the blessings He has given her and not forget that He can still bring this person into her life when HE sees fit. It´s just hard to wait til this time comes....