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Topic: Learning for Life (08/23/04)

TITLE: Regrets
By Joyce Poet
08/23/04

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Reminiscing on the past,
I find things I'd rather forget.
A painful thing
Those memories bring
When many are full of regret.

Yet, if it were possible
To forget those things existed,
I'd forget too
That He pulled me through
And all the things I resisted.

All of those lessons I learned,
I'd have to learn them all once more.
I'd never grow
And I'd never know
That some things are worth fighting for...

Like children who have no hope;
Other worthy causes, the same,
Such as the Son
And all that He's done.
I would forget to bless His Name.

So I praise Him for the chains
That held me in bondage for years;
If not for chains
And my Lord's blood stains,
I'd not know that He dries our tears.

I was inspired to write this poem by the very encouraging song by Selah, 'Bless Your Name' in which part of it says "Reach out and praise Him for those chains and they will fall, in Jesus' Name!" At no other time have I personally felt more freed, more healed than when I praised Him with my whole heart... DESPITE the chains! There is truly healing in your praise! Therefore, I encourage anyone who cannot seem to find hope or the strength to go on...
praise the Lord, praise the Lord, PRAISE THE LORD, even in the middle of the mess!
Treava Tijerina


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Al Boyce08/30/04
I liked this, especially the way you made the unusual rhyme scheme work. Good message too!
Lynda Lee Schab 08/30/04
Wonderful entry, Treava!
I loved the poem - it flowed nicely and sent a great message. I LOVE the Selah song you're talking about (just bought the CD the other day)
Well done! Blessings, Lynda
Lucian Thompson08/30/04
Treave, yes, God will unlock those chains that bind us and set us free; and when the Son sets us free, we are free indeed! Nice job, sweet lady!
Kenny Paul Clarkson08/30/04
"In everything give thanks."

You've given a real life illustration of that passage.
L.M. Lee08/30/04
lovely poem and it does bring encouragement.
Peggy Yengling07/22/05
Oh, Treava, those chains that held us back, once broken make our new life even sweeter! It is in bondage that we learn to seek our Lord and rely upon Him to 'loose the chains' and set us free! Once He does this, we will never be the same! Without the chains, would we have sought Him???? Love, Peggy