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Michael
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0 posted 07-12-2011 01:41 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Michael

Perfect


They say I have a strong heart,
But it feels weak in my chest.
I really don’t know where to start,
But to say that I’ve been blessed.
I tried to take my own life,
As it says in the report.
Condemned by the words of my wife,
I thought it my last resort.

But the Lord stepped in and saved me,
Mercy and grace unreserved…
…From the sin that so enslaved me,
And the hell that I deserved.
…From the strongholds of addiction
That plagued my every thought.
…From the burdens and affliction
That upon myself I’d wrought.

He gave me the strength to endure,
And through faith taught me to cope…
…That I might be presented as pure
Unto the God of all hope.
…That I might resist temptation
To fall back to fleshly ways,
And proclaim His resurrection
The remainder of my days.

He lives in me, and I in Him,
His strength perfected in weakness…
…That my eyes, once grieved and dim,
Might come to shine in meekness.
…That some might see a different me –
Give the glory to God above.
All fear absolved, eternally
Living in His perfect love.
© Copyright 2011 Michael Anderson - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 07-12-2011 05:57 PM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

Dear Michael, your words here tug at my heartstrings and I am so glad I found this after reading your other poem in Open.

It is and you are indeed PERFECT. This is beautifully written.

Love,
Margherita
Michael
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2 posted 07-15-2011 08:36 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Thank you, Margherita, for the kind reply.

It's kind of quiet in here these days ain't it?  Will have to see what we can do to change that.


Michael
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3 posted 07-15-2011 08:46 PM       View Profile for sandgrain   Email sandgrain   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sandgrain

Twice, I read these words you have so reverently written..not because I didn't understand, but because I wanted to bask in the glory you've reflected.  

This is a keeper and you are, indeed, one after God's heart...His precious child...a reliable, believable witness to His power.  It's easy to see why He saved you and I'm so glad He did.  We are as HE sees us, not as we'd like to see ourselves or as others see us.

Thank you for sharing here,
Rae

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4 posted 07-15-2011 10:53 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Welcome home, Michael...
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5 posted 07-16-2011 12:27 AM       View Profile for Bob Gotti   Email Bob Gotti   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Bob Gotti's Home Page   View IP for Bob Gotti

That is a wonderful and humble, but powerful
testimony, that is truly written through The Spirit
of God, Who very obviously, now lives within
you to stay. Michael, you’re a shining testimony
to our God’s Great Power and Might, May our
Lord continue using your humble words of
testimony in a powerful way to touch others.

Have Blessed Day, Bob Gotti

Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
because of the Lord's great love we are not
consumed, for his compassions never fail. They
are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him."  The LORD is
good to those whose hope is in him, to the one
who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the
salvation of the LORD. (Lamentations 3:21-26)
Nan
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6 posted 07-16-2011 12:48 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

You always make me read a piece twice, Mike.  I've got to love a poet who does that to me.  Hoping all is well with you and yours..

Michael
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7 posted 07-16-2011 11:54 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Rae, thank you so much for the uplifting words.  We are truly as He sees us... each and all.  If only we would spend as much time looking upon Him as He does us, how different we all might see ourselves.

Michael, it feels good to walk the old neighborhood... glad to see you're still here and smiling.

Nan, all is well with me now, and thanks be to God for that.  Glad to see I'm getting twice the audience with you.  Email me and let me know how you've been... my old address has been reactivated.      


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8 posted 08-23-2011 03:09 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

I've read this several times... and each time I've read it, I've ended up in tears. They're a mixed bag... tears of sadness for your suffering... tears of gladness that you are here and living in His perfect love. The poem is beautiful... the testimony is even more so.
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9 posted 04-09-2012 01:45 PM       View Profile for JL   Email JL   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JL

"He lives in me, and I in Him,
His strength perfected in weakness…
…That my eyes, once grieved and dim,
Might come to shine in meekness.
…That some might see a different me –
Give the glory to God above.
All fear absolved, eternally
Living in His perfect love."

His word is then accomplished.
Beautiful, my friend...

JL

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,and with all your mind. Love your neighbor as yourself.
Maranatha!

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10 posted 12-27-2012 12:53 AM       View Profile for Honeybee   Email Honeybee   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Honeybee

I too have also re-read your poem a few times, it has touched me deeply because most of your words echo my experience. I too tried to do the same and by the grace of God he gave me a second chance at life and He showed me to truth and I got saved. A lot of people arent aware of this, but I am sharing it with you now because this poem echoes my own life in many ways. I'm so glad that you were shown the truth also and are now born again

"Poetry is not an opinion expressed. It
is a song that rises from a bleeding
wound...or a smiling mouth"
~Kahlil Gibran~

 
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