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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Outstanding (04/21/11)

TITLE: Seriously Blessed
By Carol Penhorwood
04/27/11


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Seriously Blessed

I'm blessed, yes, I'm seriously blessed
Though days are oft shadowed with pain,
For God can still use me whatever my state,
No life in Him e'er lived in vain.

How can I color my words
To speak of the joy that it brings,
To know I am useful whatever my state,
Lifted up on eternity's wings?

I'm blessed, yes, I'm seriously blessed
For God holds the reigns in His hands,
No reason to worry, no cause for despair,
Regardless, He has my life planned.

He knew long ago what would happen,
To Him it has been no surprise,
For I am no failure, it's part of the course,
My trials His grace emphasize.

For trials allow us a platform,
A stage that is oft heaven sent,
A reason to point to the Savior
Whose mercies our life represents.

The pain in my life is no detour,
But part of His plan from the start,
It's no disadvantage that I must endure,
My platform, direct from His heart.

I'm blessed, yes, I'm seriously blessed,
In His design, I thus stand firm,
A stage He created or He has allowed,
His love and my purpose affirmed.


“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)



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Verna Cole Mitchell 05/02/11
This is beautifully written and has an awesome message--an outstanding poem!
Debra Hindman05/02/11
Knowing the trials of chronic pain myself, I was seriously blessed by this account of YOUR blessings in the midst of pain.
Loren T. Lowery05/02/11
A beautifully written poem of hope. Its words bring forth courage and comfort while faced with the giants that seem to tower over us.
Lillian Rhoades 05/03/11
Oh Carole, You must have been listening to my heart's cry today. Every word in your poem was a direct message to me from God. Thank you so much for being His messenger.

I'm also aware of how how our central theme run parallel to each other in this week's Challenge. I'm sure God has someone else He wants to speak to.
Beth LaBuff 05/03/11
I love your phrases, "How can I color my words," and "The pain in my life is no detour" to name a few favorites. I so agree with this beautiful message, "I'm bless, yes, I'm seriously blessed!"