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The Path To Joy
by Carol Penhorwood 
03/31/10
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Negativity gets us nowhere,
Our attitude, our choice,
We can view our blessings
Or grumble with our voice.

The clouds may still be present,
May nag our every step,
With Jesus as our focus
Our hearts know we are kept.

In complaining lies ingratitude,
A victim we become
To Satan's darts of fear and doubt
Until God's kingdom comes.

God's children know their future,
It's temporary here.
Rejoicing and thanksgiving
Will rout those darts of fear.

God's grooming us for better things,
Of this we can be sure,
Preparing us for what's ahead
In His hands we're secure.

Our bitterness a habit,
It's far past time to break.
And bitterness can oft repel
The friends we hope to make.

Our spirits filled with sunshine
Oft magnets then become,
A draw to friends and neighbors,
A witness then to some.

For nothing matters more on earth
Than leading souls to Him,
And spirits filled with sunshine
Will cause the clouds to dim.

A thankfulness develops
For His great gift of love,
The enemy's attacks on us
We then can rise above.


"I know how to be abased and live humbly in straitened circumstances, and I know also how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. I have learned in any and all circumstances, the secret of facing every situation, whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and to spare or going without and being in want.

I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me--I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me, (that is, I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency.)" Philippians 4:12-13

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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angelos2 wark 03 Apr 2010
Carol, Congratulations on your Jewel! I especially love the second line, our attitude is always by choice. Beautifully written. Powerful message. God Bless!
Deborah Ann Belka 02 Apr 2010
Carol, congratulations on your jewel, well deserved, well earned. Love you . . . debby
Sunny Loomis  02 Apr 2010
Congratulations! This has been chosen to be highlighted on the Message Boards in the Cheering Section. You can see it by clicking here: FaithWriters Jewel Chest
LaTawnia Kintz 02 Apr 2010
Congratulations on your jewel. It's all about our attitude and heart... you expressed it wonderfully.
Christina Chapman 02 Apr 2010
Carol, I love this poem. It really seems a sermon to me, one I need so very often. I also appreciated your comments on my entries. Judy Wood got me started so I'm still a bit shakey! Thanks again.
Judy Wood 31 Mar 2010
How true this is. When we're negative no one wants to be around us and we sure won't influence people for Christ. Philippians we're told not to grumble or complain. Thanks for sharing and reminding us of this wonderful lesson.
Connie Allen 31 Mar 2010
Very good, Carol. Much truth contained in this poem.
Deborah Ann Belka 31 Mar 2010
Carol, very nice! I think you just about covered everything we need to do to find His everlasting joy! Amen and God Bless you always. . . Debby
Sunny Loomis  31 Mar 2010
Beautifully done!




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