Life's Challenges - Poems - God's Promises

I Asked God   God's Promise    
God Does   Our Thinking vs. God's Promises    
God Is . . .   Seeing God in Everything    
God Has Not Promised   The Promise    
God Is Always Near   Whatever Your Cross    

God Has Not Promised

God has not promised
Skies always blue,
Flower strewn pathways
All our lives through.

God has not promised
Sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow
Peace without pain.

But God has promised
Strength for the day,
Rest for the labor
Light for the way,
Grace for the trials
Help from above,
Unfailing sympathy
Undying love.

Author Unknown

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I Asked God

I asked God for strength, that I might achieve.
I was made weak, that I might learn to obey.
I asked for health, that I might do greater things.
I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.
I asked for riches, that I might be happy.
I was given poverty, that I might be wise.
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men.
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life.
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for ó but everything I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am, among all people, most richly blessed.

Anonymous

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Whatever Your Cross

Whatever your cross, whatever your pain,
There will always be sunshine after the rain.
Perhaps you may stumble, perhaps even fall,
But God's always ready to answer your call.
He knows every heartache, sees every tear,
A word from His lips can calm every fear.
Your sorrows may linger throughout the night,
But suddenly vanish at dawn's early light.
The Savior is waiting somewhere above,
To give you His grace and send you His love.
Whatever your cross, whatever your pain,
God always sends rainbows after the rain.

Author Unknown

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God's Promise

God never promised
A life without pain,
Laughter without tears
Or sun without rain.
But He did promise
Strength for the day,
Comfort for the tears
And light for the way,
And for all who believe
In His Heaven above
He rewards their faith
In His everlasting love

Author Unknown

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God Is . . .

God is Lord Almighty,
Omnipotent King,
Lion of Judah,
Rock of Ages,
Prince of Peace,
King of Kings,
Lord of Lords,
Provider,
Protector,
Paternal Leader,
Ruling Lord,
Reigning King of all the universe!

He is Father,
He is Helper,
He is Guardian,
He is God!

He is the First and Last, the Beginning and the End.
He is the keeper of Creation and the Creator of all He keeps.
He is the Architect of the universe and the Manager of all times.

He is risen and brings power
He reigns and brings Peace.
He is the wisdom of the wise,
He is the power of the powerful,
He is the ancient of days,
He is the ruler of rulers,
He is the leader of leaders,
He is the overseer of the overcomers,
He is the sovereign Lord of all that was and is and is to come.
He is light, love, longevity, and Lord.
He is goodness, Kindness, Gentleness, and God.
He is Holy, Righteous, mighty, powerful, and pure!
He is my Redeemer,
He is my Savior,
He is my Guide,
He is my Peace.
He is my Joy,
He is my Comfort,
He is my Lord!

He always was, He always is,
He always will be!

Unmoved,
Unchanged,
Undefeated,
Never Undone!

He was bruised and bought healing
He was pierced and eased pain
He was persecuted and bought freedom
He was dead and bought life!

The world can't understand Him,
The armies can't defeat Him,
The schools can't explain Him,
The leaders can't ignore Him.
The Pharisees couldn't confuse Him,
The people couldn't hold Him,
The New Age can't replace Him!

Herod couldn't kill Him,
Nero couldn't crush Him,
Hitler couldn't silence Him,
Donahue can't explain Him away!

His ways are right,
His Word is eternal,
His will is unchanging,
His mind is on me!
His burden is light,
His goal for me is abundant life!

He rules my life.
I serve Him because His bond is love,
I follow Him because He is!

He will never leave me,
He will never forsake me,
He will never mislead me,
He will never forget me,
He will never overlook me,
He will never cancel my appointment in His appointment book!

When I fall, He lifts me up.
When I fail, He forgives.
When I am weak, He is strong.
When I am lost, He is the way.
When I am afraid, He is my courage.
When I stumble, He steadies me.
When I am hurt, He heals me.
When I am broken, He mends me.
When I am blind, He leads me.
When I am hungry, He feeds me.
When I face trails, He is with me.
When I face persecution, He steels me.
When I face problems, He comforts me.
When I face loss, He provides for me.
When I face Death, He carries me Home!

He is everything for everybody, everywhere, every time, and every way!

He is God,
He is faithful,
I am His, and He is mine!

God is in control, I am on His side, and that means all is well with my soul!

Author Unknown

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Our Thinking vs. God's Promises

"It's impossible."
All things are possible. (Luke 18:27)

"I'm too tired."
I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28-30)

"Nobody really loves me."
I love you. (John 3:16)

"I can't go on."
My grace is sufficient. (II Corinthians 12:19)

"I can't figure things out."
I will direct your steps. (Proverbs. 20:24)

"I can't do it."
I can do all things in Christ. (Philippians 4:13)

"I'm not able."
I am able. (II Corinthians 9:8)

"It's not worth it."
It will be worth it. (Romans 8:28)

"I can't forgive myself."
I forgive you. (I Jn. 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

"I can't manage."
I will supply all your need. (Philippians 4:19)

"I'm afraid."
I have not given you a spirit of fear. (II Timothy 1:7)

"I'm always worried and frustrated."
Cast all your cares on Me. (I Peter 5:7)

"I don't have enough faith."
I've given everyone a measure of faith. (Romans 12:8)

"I'm not smart enough."
I give you wisdom. (I Corinthians 1:30)

"I feel all alone."
I will never leave you or forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)

Author Unknown

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God Does

When you feel unlovable, unworthy, and unclean,
when you think that no one can heal you,
Remember, Friend, God Can.

When you think that you are unforgivable
for your guilt and your shame,
Remember, Friend, God Can.

When you think that all is hidden,
and no one can see within,
Remember, Friend, God Can.

And when you have reached the bottom,
And you think that no one can hear,
Remember, my dear friend, God Can.

And when you think that no one can love,
the real person deep inside of you,
Remember, my dear friend, God Does!

Author Unknown

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The Promise

There's a promise in our sorrow
and a blessing when we sigh.
There's a light beyond the shadows
and a cleansing when we cry.

So when we are discouraged,
and face tremendous grief;
it is during those times of trouble,
that the heavens send relief.

With our heart in tune with Jesus,
our source of joy and peace,
be mindful of His promise,
that all suffering He would cease.

He's cried our tears of sadness;
He's felt our every pain,
He's walked our path before,
all glory to His name.

Just listen for the spirit,
as it whispers to be still,
for there is joy and comfort
beyond sad Calvary's hill.

So if the sky should darken
and if the earth should quake,
remember life has struggles
on the journey that we take.

The aftermath of sorrow
is beauty and pure light,
if we can fight the battle
and pray with soul and might.

He sent us rainbow colors
to follow cleansing rain,
He showed us there are miracles
that come with all the pain.

Seek forbearance in the hardships,
or when we fear or roam.
Cast your burdens on the Savior,
and He'll come and take us home.

For He is our great Redeemer
our only true best friend,
He promised he would never leave,
He'll guide us to the end.

Author Unknown

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God Is Always Near

One thing can always cheer me
When Iím feeling sad and low
When I tired of daily trials
That I have to undergo,
When those who should
Seem closest, seem like
People I donít know,
One thing can always cheer me
I know that God is near me.

One thing can always cheer me
When I do not understand
How pain and sadness
In our lives
Can get so out of hand,
When the best of human efforts
Doesnít meet the days demands,
One thing can always cheer me
I know that God is always near me.

One thing can always cheer me
More than anything Iíve known
And show me I will never
Have to struggle on my own
For no matter what might happen
I will never be alone
The thing that will always cheer me
Is just knowing God is near me.

Our lives are in Godís loving
Hands, in everything we do
He is with us constantly,
He always sees us through.
And if our faith is strong enough
Weíll never walk alone,
For with His great and perfect love
He takes care of His own.

Author Unknown

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Seeing God in Everything

"Oh I need a new idea," I said,
While thinking on a sleepless bed;
"A new idea that'll bring to earth,
A balm for souls, of priceless worth;
That'll give men thoughts of things above,
And teach them how to serve and love,
That'll banish every selfish thought,
And rid men of the sins they've fought."

At last the new thought came, I'm here to tell;
It came to me, when on bended knee I fell,
And sought from Him who knows full well,
The way our sorrow's to expel.
So, see God in all things, great and small,
And give Him praise whatever befalls,
In life or death, in pain or woe,
Because God can overcome all your foes.

I saw Him in the morning light,
He made the day shine clear and bright.
I saw Him at the noon-tide hour,
And He blessed me with a refreshing shower.
At evening, when I was worn and sad,
He gave me help, and made me glad.
At midnight, when on a tossing bed,
My weary soul to sleep He led.

I saw Him when great losses came,
And found He loved me just the same;
When heavy loads I had to bear,
I found He lightened every care.
Through sickness, sorrow, and distress,
He calmed my mind and gave me rest.
He's filled my heart with joyous praise,
Since I gave Him my upward gaze.

'Twas new to me, yet old to some,
What now has become,
A revelation of the way,
We should live every day;
For as each day unfolds its light,
We'll walk by faith, and not by sight.
Life will indeed a blessing bring,
If we see God in everything!

Author unknown

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