Category: Poems

When Christmas Makes You Sad

Christmas is something I really look forward to these days! But it wasn’t always that way. For many years I felt a sense of dread and despair whenever I even thought about family occasions like Christmas Day. If Christmas is a joyful time for you, that’s wonderful! I’m sharing the poem, below, to give you …

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Set Your Minds on Things Above (Col 3:2)

I took this photo while walking down the road, years ago. I was struck by the tenacity of those little flowers: doggedly opening their petals towards the sun, soaking in light from above to keep them blooming. All this regardless of their crumbling, neglected surroundings. When I got home I just had to put words …

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How to Deal with Judgy Advice (Fruitful #5)

When you're already feeling painfully low and grief-stricken, people's "helpful" comments can feel like a slap in the face, can't they Even well-meaning advice can hurt. I remember a long conversation with a friend called Rob*, in the early days of my illness

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Walking Down the Aisle {Printable}

Isn't life strange?... Sometimes the blissful and the horrible collide. How do we make sense of that?! This poem is based on a sequence of events surrounding my wedding day (10 years ago next month!).

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“Drowning” poem – Jesus, our Rock (Matt 7:24-25)

The story behind this poem I wrote this poem during a period of intense grief and loneliness, in my mid-twenties. You know the type of crying you do when you’re completely dejected? Curled up in the foetal position on your bed, with the covers pulled up over your head, just trying to get some relief …

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What’s God’s plan for my life?

As a teenager, I was filled with anticipation at the “great things” God had planned for my life. I had big dreams. Dreams of touching people’s lives and leading them to Jesus. How exciting: I was his servant! My future belonged to him. I would go wherever he led – even to other nations as a …

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