TO GOD-MY LOVE, MY HOPE, MY JOY

This poem I wrote in 2005, after suffering through years of loss, illness and pain, only to see God was my sustainer, my love, my hope and my joy amid the sorrows of this world.  Prior to this poem, my only other poetic verse had been one when my brother died. Since then I’ve written many. God seemed to always comfort my soul through allowing me to think through my struggles with poetic thoughts in my head.  I pray this poem is a comfort to someone out there who is suffering.

While now focused on school and work, I find that the analytical part of my mind has taken center stage and poetry a back stage.  So, for this moment; until my brain thinks once more in a poetic form, I will share with you some of my older poems.  This is one I dedicated to God, who is my love, my hope and my joy; regardless of the circumstances or trials I may face along this journey of life.

TO GOD-MY LOVE, MY HOPE, MY JOY

by Effie Darlene Barba 

My life-so filled with hopes and dreams

Lay shattered at Your feet

So many tears, so many pains

I laid before Your seat

 

Can I look upon Your face of love

And question what You’ve done?

For You have been my only hope

My only morning sun

 

You’ve seen my heart when crushed with pain

Your hands have held it tight

When I have been so weak, so frail

You’ve shown Your strength, Your might

 

You’ve held me close within Your arms

When darkness filled my night

And when I could not see my way

Your eyes, they gave me sight

 

I lay my life within Your hands

That You may heal my soul

And keep my eyes upon You Lord

That I may reach Your goal

 

Shine forth Your grace, Your mercy Lord

And let me be Your light

That all may see Your eyes of love

The blind, they might have sight

 

Let not the sorrows, nor the pains

Bring bitterness within

And give me strength to walk this path

Protect my heart from sin

 

I lay my heart, my soul, my dreams

Before Your throne of love

I lift my eyes to You, My God

And seek Your will above

 

You are the only one I need

To fill my heart with glee

It is Your face, my one true love

Tis all I need to see

 

So lift me up and hold me close

Reveal Your love divine

That through the holes within my heart

A world might see You shine

 

And if the sorrows of my past

Can touch a wayward one

I thank you Lord for each dark path

That lead them to Your son

 

I praise You now from mountains high

For each dark path I’ve trod

Twas there I found Your heart, Your love

Twas there I found You God

 

What great and wondrous joy I know

Because You are my king

And though the path I cannot see

My heart will trust and sing

 

A song of praise unto You Lord

Who knows what’s best for me

You’ll hold my hand and lead me on

In darkness, I can see

 

Your love, Your help, Your guiding hand

Is all I’ll ever need

So hold me close unto Your path

For this is all I plead

 

I’ll skip with joy along this path

Though darkness may surround

Because I know You hold my hand

My feet will ne’er touch ground

 

I cannot fall outside Your love

I cannot lose my way

I’ll hold my broken dreams once more

And see them real, one day

 

A song of praise unto You Lord

Who knows what’s best for me

You’ll hold my hand and lead me on

In darkness, I can see

 

Your love, Your help, Your guiding hand

Is all I’ll ever need

So hold me close unto Your path

For this is all I plead

DO YOU KNOW CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOR?

If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Savior: I urge you to go to my page titled How to Be Saved by clicking on this link. Because there is nothing more important than this, I urge you to seek Him today.

OR ARE YOU IN OF NEED PRAYER?

If you have a prayer request email me by clicking here or comment here

JUST RELEASED

You can find this and all my books on Amazon.com, search Effie Darlene Barba or click this link to be taken there

Recently released Books Available

Abiding, Steadfast JoyABIDING, STEADFAST JOY

A labor of love, this book provides you with 3 foundations of truth from the scripture which once known will provide you with abiding, steadfast joy. Undaunted by the storms of life; your joy will overflow.

 

 

 


WHEN INJUSTICE AND VIOLENCE REIGN:
Through a study of Nahum, Habukkuk, and Zephaniah; I brought their message into our modern times. Answering the questions of “Why, God?”

Providing a foundation of faith and hope; even, as we see so much evil in the world and in our nation. With so much sorrow and despair, this book I wrote to guide you into discovering God’s Perfect Plan of love; amid this chaotic world filled with life’s storms.

You may click on the picture for more information on either of these books.

OTHER RESOURCES AVAILABLE

If you want to know more about other books I have written: You can read more about each one at: Book Resources.

©Effie Darlene Barba, 2017
Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned except for my own books. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Photo by Andre Hunter on Unsplash

Along the Road of Life, When Sorrow Brings Despair

Sometimes along this road of life, sorrow brings despair.  We feel alone lost in a sea of darkness.  Before us lie mountains, frightening, looming as though impossible to cross.  Paralyzed with pain and grief, we feel we cannot take another step.  Yet, into that darkness shines a tiny ray of light.  Someone reaches out to say a kind word or to sit with us quietly in our darkness.  We may hear a song, the tears streaming down our face as we remember a loved one we lost.  Into the abyss of our pain, God reaches forth His Hand ever so gently; yet, in anger, fear, and pain we clutch our fist.  He whispers His love and bids us to take just one step toward joy. We wonder how? Gently, ever so gently, He wraps His hand of love around our clutched fist and we choose to take one tiny step.

One tiny step that seems so impossible; then, another.  Little stumbling ones at first.  Our clutched fist loosens and takes His hand as the road causes our foot to slip.  Through the mist of our tears, we see little glimpses of kindnesses.  The flicker of stars in the darkest night.  Then, as the sun begins to rise; we look back to find, we reached the top of the mountain we so feared and joy is ours.  It is OK to smile again. When my husband died, I thought somehow my getting on with life or knowing joy would diminish his memory.  Instead, it heightens it.  His memory is like a cool breeze blowing across my face on a hot summer day.

Along the Road of Life

by Effie Darlene Barba

 

As I walked along this road of life

Amidst the rambling thorns of strife

I felt the pains-like sharpened knife

Tear open scars of yonder day

I gazed before me – looming there

Mountains filled with evil lair

I wanted then to cry a prayer

Yet, sorrow’s silence stole my way

 

I felt so desperately alone

Until a light before me shone

A King who sat upon a throne

A path to whom before me lay

 

And then I heard a still small voice

That called to me to sing, rejoice

I pondered then to make the choice

To choose Joy’s song as mine today

 

I felt within a warmth, a glow

It felt as if my heart did grow

As joy and love within did flow

My pains and sorrows swept away

 

I took a step, just one at first

Desiring more His hope I thirst

To drink His love until I burst

With laughter’s wondrous ray

 

My heart rejoicing rose to sing

As lifted up on eagle’s wing

My weakness bids- His strength to bring

My fears and doubts He came to slay

Amazing then before my eyes

The mountains that had hid the skies

No longer did before me rise

Instead beneath my feet did lay

Our Cry When Sorrow Brings Despair

Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.  the troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.  Look upon mine affliction and my pain. Psalm 25:16-18

God’s Reply

The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. I will gather them that are sorrowful …. Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee  Zephaniah 3:17-19

He will gather you in His arms and sing His lullaby of love and joy over you. One tiny feeble step at a time and you will see.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

I have been there.  Whomever you are, whatever your pain; I wish I could take your hand and help you to see God’s love.  He desires to bring you into His bosom and to help you as you walk along this road of life.  When sorrow brings despair, He is there in the midst with outstretched hand wanting to help you every step of the way. Will you take one step.

Concluding Tweets
I gazed before me - looming there Mountains filled with evil lair I wanted then to cry a prayer Yet, sorrow’s silence stole my way Click To Tweet I felt so desperately alone Until a light before me shone A King who sat upon a throne A path to whom before me lay Click To Tweet

 

DO YOU KNOW CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOR?

If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Savior: I urge you to go to my page titled How to Be Saved by clicking on this link. Because there is nothing more important than this, I urge you to seek Him today.

OR ARE YOU IN OF NEED PRAYER?

If you have a prayer request email me by clicking here or comment here

JUST RELEASED

You can find this and all my books on Amazon.com, search Effie Darlene Barba or click this link to be taken there

Recently released Books Available

Abiding, Steadfast JoyABIDING, STEADFAST JOY

A labor of love, this book provides you with 3 foundations of truth from the scripture which once known will provide you with abiding, steadfast joy. Undaunted by the storms of life; your joy will overflow.

 

 

 


WHEN INJUSTICE AND VIOLENCE REIGN:
Through a study of Nahum, Habukkuk, and Zephaniah; I brought their message into our modern times. Answering the questions of “Why, God?”

Providing a foundation of faith and hope; even, as we see so much evil in the world and in our nation. With so much sorrow and despair, this book I wrote to guide you into discovering God’s Perfect Plan of love; amid this chaotic world filled with life’s storms.

You may click on the picture for more information on either of these books.

OTHER RESOURCES AVAILABLE

If you want to know more about other books I have written: You can read more about each one at: Book Resources.

©Effie Darlene Barba, 2017
Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned except for my own books. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Credits and Footnotes

Photo by Mitchell Hollander on Unsplash

One Broken Vessels Vow of Unconditional Love

Many years ago, I wrote this poem to my Belated, Beloved Husband.  In every relationship, we find two broken vessels whom join together in hopes of finding their missing piece; but, alas too often they find despair instead.  God is the missing piece that brings hope and joy; because, two broken vessels need one hand of Grace to hold them together.  He is also the one who can take two broken vessels and intertwine them together with His Grace and Mercy.

He did for me.  Pete accepted Jesus Christ as His Savior and for that reason, I will one day see him again.  Twenty three years ago, Pete went home to be with Jesus. Therefore, he no longer is a broken vessel; because, he was made whole by God, through faith in Jesus Christ.  One day this broken vessel will join him there before the throne of our First Love and bow before His Majesty.  One day….

A Broken Vessels Vow

By Effie Darlene Barba

Two hearts had joined as one that day

And never saw the dark pathway

That lay ahead and lay behind

Two hearts that joined in hope to find

A strength in love to shine a light

Upon their lonely darkest night

Each had brought with them their fears

Their brokenness and all their tears

And as their story did unfold

Two broken hearts their sorrow told

It wasn’t what they’d hoped that day

Can broken hearts still find a way?

A miracle is what they’d need

If ever they were to succeed

God’s gracious love must touch a heart

To help them stay, to not depart

Two broken hearts can beat as one

Because of Grace from God’s own son

The broken hearts are me and you

I ran to hide, to bid adieu

And then I saw your tear stained face

My heart was filled with love and grace

I saw the beauty of your heart

The tenderness you could impart

A brilliant mind so trapped within

I saw the man you could have been

If only you had known God’s love

His strength could help you rise above

And so, I vow to love you dear

Today and through each passing year

My strength must come from God alone

As now I bow before His throne

I’ll lay aside all my desire

That God might flame my passion fire

To rise within to find the strength

That I might go the final length

To love you better stronger still

For this I know has been God’s will

Concluding Thoughts

With God all things are possible and two broken vessels can become one Glorious shining light, as God has planned; because, God IS all we really need to mend our hearts so we can love unconditionally each other.

Concluding Tweets
God can take two broken vessels and intertwine them with Grace and Love into One Click To Tweet
DO YOU KNOW CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOR?

If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Savior: I urge you to go to my page titled How to Be Saved by clicking on this link. Because there is nothing more important than this, I urge you to seek Him today.

OR ARE YOU IN OF NEED PRAYER?

If you have a prayer request email me by clicking here or comment here

 

OTHER RESOURCES AVAILABLE

If you want to know more about  books I have written:  You can read more about each one at: Book Resources.

©Effie Darlene Barba, 2017

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post.  I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned except for my own books.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

The inscription I added Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

A Prayer for Hope-A Rainbow Sky

We see so much sorrow, devastation and loss; sometimes, we ask, “Where is God?”  He is on His Throne.  Beyond that, He looks down with love, knowing that our hearts cannot rest until we rest in Him.  Steadying His hands of justice, He waits; longing for us to call out to Him.

Psalm 107:24-31

 These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep. For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit’s end. Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

A Prayer for Hope

By Effie Darlene Barba

 

I heard the cries of the forlorn

The devastation, loss we mourn

While others filled with so much hate

Spewing words, they do berate

They try to say You do not care

Or that You are unjust, unfair

 

Yet, Lord you reign with Sovereignty

Your justice, righteous clarity

And yet you temper it with Grace

That men might turn and seek Your Face

Open our eyes that we might see

The price You paid to set men free

 

Oh, Lord, repentant here I stand

How oft I failed Your dear command

To love You first above all things

To raise my voice in praise that sings

Of all Your love and grace toward me

My heart should shout in jubilee

 

I pray, Dear Lord, for this our land

That we would join now hand in hand

To lift in prayer as one single voice

Proclaiming that we’ve made the choice

To sing Your praise from sea to sea

And thank you for our liberty

 

And when the floods and storms arise

Let us dear Lord, look to the skies

Where there we see Your dear rainbow

A sign of hope to us below

Your covenant is always true

The skies once more will soon be blue

DO YOU KNOW CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOR?

If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Savior: I urge you to go to my page titled How to Be Saved by clicking on this link.

OR ARE YOU IN OF NEED PRAYER?

If you have a prayer request email me by clicking here or comment here

OTHER RESOURCES AVAILABLE

If you want to know more about  books I have written:  You can find a link at: Book Resources.

©Effie Darlene Barba, 2017

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post.  I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned except for my own books.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

The inscription I added Photo by Abigail Keenan on Unsplash

Freedom Cry to Be Made Free

 STOP ALL THE TALK AND LISTEN

Just for a moment, we must stop all the talk and listen to begin to understand the truth of Freedom for our land, for our people, and for our self.  Freedom comes at a cost.  It can never mean, I am free to harm, ridicule and destroy.  Our evil, selfish, pride filled hearts look at others; wanting and hoping that we might shine a little brighter than they.  Never do we stop to realize the injustice we cause.  Some claim their hatred comes because of what other people have said.  Always, hatred comes from the bleak darkness of our own unrepentant hearts who fail to give God honor, glory and praise.

Our only hope as a people and as a nation is to turn to the only One who can set our hearts free.  Racism, Hatred, and Bigotry lies at the heart of every White, Black, or Asian heart that allows their mind to believe that no others rights are as important as one’s own. Whether feelings of oppression, rejection, or self importance; all come from a false belief that “I am the center of the Universe.”  The truth:  I am but a speck of dust compared to the Universe.  Despite all that God loved you and me enough, that “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

We must stop all the talk for a moment, to listen to God, to each other, and find a way to quit spewing volcanoes of hate in every direction.

And so, I wrote this poem today.

Therefore, Our Only Hope of Freedom IS

..to surrender our hearts, minds and souls to God.  To seek Him, where freedom can be found.  Freedom from our own hearts of hate, anger, bigotry and pride.

36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8

When I humbly bow before His throne, I begin a transformation; because, He has promised to transform my heart to be like His Dear Son.  There can be no place left in my heart for pride, arrogance, or hate; because, He fills my heart with Himself.  He commands us to love one another as Christ loves us; therefore, I have no place to hate.  At the same time, I am to hate the effects of evil in this land and in the world, looking to God to place those in authority over us to prevent chaos.  Freedom can never mean the license to hurt, harm and destroy–that is the true definition of fascism.

Freedom Cry to Be Made Free

by Effie Darlene Barba

 

Oh, Lord restore law in our land

Those who protect might take a stand

Transform, Dear God, these hearts that hate

Before destruction is our fate

CHORUS:

Freedom can’t be freedom, until our hearts are free

From all the hate and bigotry

That pride has brought to be

Our eyes so blinded, we can’t see

That hate breeds hate inside of me

Our only hope to be set free

You purchased there on Calvary

 

Oh, Righteous Lord, I hear your cry

Our wayward hearts have made you sigh

Your justice soon, LORD, must draw nigh

Unless repentant we reply

 

Before thy throne we seek your Grace

And Gaze there on your holy Face

Where there our sins you will erase

Our hearts might then your love embrace

 

To spread to all we meet each day

With humble hearts, we then might say

Come sinner, come to find your way

Here at this altar let us pray

CHORUS:

Freedom can’t be freedom until our hearts are free

From all the hate & bigotry

Pride has brought to be

Our eyes so blinded, we can’t see

That hate breeds hate inside of me

Our only hope to be set free

You purchased there on Calvary

 

Oh, Lord bring love within our heart

A love that bids all hate depart

Give this our land a fresh new start

Let each of us now do our part

 

And Lord, each day by setting sun

Let me not then my duty shun

Reach out my hand to touch someone

To help them see thy Precious Son

Chorus:

Freedom can’t be freedom, until our hearts are free

From all the hate and bigotry

That pride has brought to be

Our eyes so blinded, we can’t see

That hate breeds hate inside of me

Our only hope to be set free

You purchased there on Calvary

If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Savior: I urge you to go to my page titled How to Be Saved by clicking on this link, if you have a prayer request email me by clicking here or comment here

CONCLUDING TWEETS
Freedom can't be freedom until our hearts are free From all the hate & bigotry Pride has brought to be Click To Tweet
OTHER RESOURCES AVAILABLE

A Broken and Contrite Heart, I published in 2010, answers the question, “What do I do when I keep falling into the same sin? Does God hate me because I keep failing to get this right?  So, where do I begin again and find joy in my salvation; after, falling.  If you want to know more about this book or the other books I have written:  You can find a link at: Book Resources.

©Effie Darlene Barba, 2017

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post.  I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned except for my own books.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

The inscription I added; but the Photo is by Aaron Burden on Unsplash