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YESTERDAY...AND TODAY
by JMS Bell
Friday, January 22, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.
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I was just thinking...we change...and thank God we do. But what is really wonderful is the fact that God does not change. Let me explain; as many of you know, I am presently homeless and I was just reflecting on something... I can recall a time in my past when I was going through a bad situation, but whatever else might have been going on at that time...I did have a roof over my head that was my own. Still, in spite of this, I was obviously very distressed. Today, I am experiencing an entirely different situation; I do not have a place to call my own...I reside in a shelter and there are many other personal issues that I am facing, yet I am not as stressed now as I was then. Now, please understand, there is no way in the world that I can say I am not very concerned about my present situation, indeed, this wouldn't be the truth... but...I can testify that I do not feel now as I was feeling then. In fact, there is this inexplicable peace within me...a peace which attests to the fact that while traveling on our Christian Journey we do 'grow' in Christ. Situations in life will surely change but Almighty God...He...never changes. I am so grateful to our Blessed Redeemer that I am not feeling the 'weight' of my circumstances as I was many years ago, otherwise, I would probably be in a straight jacket by now...or would I have been? The difference between...Yesterday and Today...what a mighty God we serve!


  

-Yesterday-

 

I am stressed out and depressed

I know God is with me...but still

I can't get no rest

 

I am being hurt

by those I thought 'my own'

I want to hit back...I want to hurt

...Yes! I do...!

Even though I know...I'm not alone

 

But the indignation of actions

got me feeling kind of low and...

Oh...I just don't know, really

I just don't know!

 

God help me! Help me please!

just take me through this 'squeeze'

I read You hold all my tomorrows

Heal my disdain...now!

Lord, please heal this sorrow! 

  

-Today-

 

I should feel...hopeless and

alienated even...persecuted

 

I should feel oppressed

and depressed...somewhat regressed

But here...in this place & time...I feel

 

His presence...

 

 It permeats the air...I am tranquil and...

despite the 'struggle' that I'm going through

I am covered with His cloak of peace.. 

 

...His presence...

 

It emits an aroma of sincere love...  

whereby...all the pains...

of the past... present and future 

...are soothed

 

I am still...and cared for

I am touched...and filled

I am alive...and well

 

...His presence

 

 

 

Ps 16:11

2Corn 4:8-10

copywrite; jmsbell 2000/2010(edited 2011)  

Joyce M Bell,poet/writer
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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 6/14/2014

well done
Reviewed by Daniel Keith 6/11/2011
I am touched with your astounding faith, Joyce. The Lord has brought so many comforts through your words. May God bless you every day of your life.

Daniel
Reviewed by Richard Arrington 1/24/2010

"My Lord, My Lord


so glad You know me well...


So many things You understand



...there's no need for me to tell" This is very true, if only everyone understood this.

Reviewed by Inspire Hope 1/23/2010
Joyce I am so blessed and encouraged by these powerful and uplifting words of faith and hope, this is such a timely write very inspirational your faith and maturity shines brightly! Be encouraged Joyce I know that there is a divine purpose in all that you are going through, I am praying for you and you are constantly in my thoughts!

Much Love,
Margaret

P.S. I give God thanks constantly for crossing paths with you Joyce, you are like an angel carrying out divine assignments ministering to so many through your writings!
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/23/2010
Truly prayerful and inspirational; thank you for sharing this gift of faith, Joyce. Love and blessings to you,

Regis
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 1/23/2010
WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 1/23/2010
Faith is the strongest foundation of a spiritual cathedral which could be called the House of God...if we let those doors open.
Great prayer-poem.

Georg


Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 1/23/2010
Joyce, I am a fan of almost everything you write....but this...I think is my favorite of all. This goes into my library.
Reviewed by Michelle Mead 1/22/2010
This is my favorite of yours ever, Joyce. This is so, so, so good. Add it to my library~~ Love and blessings, your friend, Michelle xx Praise Jesus xx
Reviewed by Emile Tubiana 1/22/2010
Dear Joyce, Be always blessed with a strong faith. I am confident that your path will open for you the door of happiness. Love Emile
Reviewed by Ann Marquette 1/22/2010
God surely loves you Joyce. I can tell He is with you, and holding you up, by your heartfelt and beautiful writings and faith.

Bless you Dear Joyce,
ann
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 1/22/2010
..I love this Joyce,,,with God all else follows
Reviewed by Paul Berube 1/22/2010
Quite beautiful indeed, Joyce. God bless.
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 1/22/2010
What a beautiful poem, and what strong faith you have. You have offered yourself up to the greatest power of the universe and from that power you will receive the blessings that put order and substance into your life. God bless....
Reviewed by Nicole Weaver 1/22/2010
Joyce,
Very well written. what a heart you have, to still keep going strong despite your present situations. I think of all the Haitians that are now homeless, yet you see them singing to God. That is having true faith. God bless you, dear sister in christ.
Nicole



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