Friday, April 6, 2018

I'm Working Behind the Scenes: Poem

When I spoke at the Myrtle Beach Church of Christ ladies day event recently my topic was on Hope and I used the following poem that I had written.  Since then I've had several of the ladies who were present that day tell me how much the poem has helped them and how several have used it to reach out and encourage others.

With that thought in mind, I thought I would share it with the readers of She Hath Done What She Could ... maybe it will give you hope too or maybe you know someone who would be encouraged by it.  

First, the background ...

I talked about three benefits of having hope: 

1.  Eternal life  (Titus 1:1-3)

2.  God taking our mistakes and making good come from them  (Romans 8:28)

3.  God working behind the scenes in our lives (Romans 8:28)

I asked the ladies to think about one thing that they longed for other than their home in heaven and I shared that the one thing that I longed for, other than my home in heaven, is that my loved ones who have drifted away from God, would return to Him.

I then shared how I had been particularly burdened with thinking about this one night on the way home from a Bible class my husband and I were taking and how I had silently cried out to God in prayer again as I rode home in the automobile with my husband that night.  I went on to tell the ladies that I suddenly felt the urge to start writing so I picked up my cell phone and started typing.  Here's what I wrote that night on the way home, in our automobile, in the dark using my cell phone ...

I’m Working Behind the Scenes
By Patsy Norwood
(c) 2018  All Rights Reserved

I know your heart is aching,
I hear your agonizing prayers;
These words are for you My child,
I’m working behind the scenes.

I know you love your loved ones,
Please know that I do too;
Just listen to My words dear child,
I’m working behind the scenes.

Your loved ones have gone astray,
How hard that is to bear;
Just remember these words dear child,
I’m working behind the scenes.

I know that you grow weary,
I see your tears when they fall;
Remind yourself of this dear child,
I’m working behind the scenes.

The things that you’ve asked for,
Are indeed according to My will;
Be patient while I work it out,
I’m working behind the scenes.

Keep on keeping on dear one,
For nothing is impossible with Me;
Just hold on to these words My child,
I’m working behind the scenes.

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One more thing, I'm in the process of taking this poem and making bookmarks out of it.  I'll be posting that soon so be watching for it.  

She Hath Done What She Could

Saturday, March 17, 2018

What I've Been Up Too!

It's been several weeks since I've posted, so I thought I should probably check-in so you wouldn't think I had abandoned you.  Spiritually speaking, here's what I've been up to ...

I've been taking a class on the book of Revelation at a school of biblical studies in the next town over.  It has been challenging to say the least but oh my, it has been so good for me!  It has strengthened my faith and shored up my hope!

I've been preparing to be one of three speakers at an upcoming ladies day at a congregation in the next town over.  For those who don't know what a 'ladies day' is, it's a day where women from surrounding areas are invited to a congregation for a day of spiritual encouragement by women. It's a day of women teaching women, a women's only day!

I continue to teach a teen girl's class.  We are studying Leah and Rachel and the girls are really caught up in the account.  We are nearing the end of this study and the girls have requested to study about Dinah next, so that's what we'll do after we finish with Leah and Rachel.

I continue to do my daily read through the Bible reading.  This is how I start my day off each day, Bible reading followed by prayer.

After our Revelation class is completed, I want to choose a spring/summer study to focus on and do before classes at the school of biblical studies start again in the fall.  I haven't decided the topic for my in-depth spring/summer study yet, but I'm leaning towards the book of Philippians.

One thing that I've let lapse during this busy season is memorizing Scripture, I think I need to make more of an effort to incorporate this back into my daily schedule.

No matter how busy we get, we should never let time with God be the thing that we let slip away.  There are so many ways we can get God's Word into us, that there really is no excuse.  I hope this post will be a gentle reminder to those who might need it and to those who are faithful in their Bible studies, I hope it will let you know that you are not alone.

She Hath Done What She Could