Thursday, November 3, 2016

Autumn Changes



In autumn the leaves start changing 
to colors rich and bright,
and soon they all
will begin to fall,
creating an artistic sight.
The green that in summer was seen 
on the branches of every tree 
has now turned to gold
and reds quite bold;
this change is delightful to see.


The exquisite beauty of nature
when leaves begin to die,
as vibrant shades abound,
covering the ground,
leads us to wonder why.
Why such a glorious tribute
to what is almost past?
Crackling leaves drying
in this season of dying;
their splendor cannot last.

Changes come into each life
in what has happened before.
Though all things must end,
on God you can depend
to bring beauty to life once more.
excerpt of A Symphony of Seasons
© Connie Arnold
http://conniearnold.webs.com/books.htm

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Inspiration and Beauty


My newest poetic venture is in writing verses for greeting cards. Here are some of the new ones my publisher, RPJ & Company, has recently had printed. They also have my photos on the cover. I'm excited about having these little cards to share a bit more inspiration and beauty with others!

Here is a verse from the Thinking of You card. The photo on it was taken on the trip my husband and I took to Ireland last year with our son and daughter-in-law. Blessings to you!

I wish for you a day filled with light,
And a day that is filled with love,
From the morning until night,
Blessed by God above.

May this day, filled with light
That shines sweetly on your face, 
Help you feel that all is right
Through God's mercy, love and grace.

© Connie Arnold

If you are interested in these cards or want more information about them and a discount, feel free to email me at conarnold@gmail.com.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

On God You Can Rely



Sunshine returns when the clouds roll away,
Spring comes once winter is through,
After the night comes the following day,
After showers a rainbow comes into view.

On the beauty of nature we can rely
As surely as God creates birds to fly.

Again joy returns following sorrow,
Healing can come after suffering pain,
At the day’s end we have hope for tomorrow,
And enjoy blooming flowers after the rain.

On God’s comfort and blessings we can rely
As surely as there is a sun in the sky.

Excerpt from Abundant Comfort and Grace
by Connie Arnold

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Finding Peace




Moving closer to God
may bring peace into one’s life,
gravitating towards serenity,
away from the stress and strife.

The essence of peace is found
in knowing God is in control,
trusting that God will calm the storms,
bringing peace to a troubled soul.

No matter the situation
or how uncertain life may seem,
with God we experience hope and love
far greater than what we dream.

© Connie Arnold

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Love and Light Came for All



Love and Light came at Christmastime,
a gift from God, divine and sublime,
offered freely to everyone,
the gift of God’s only beloved Son.

The light of a star shining radiantly
glittered with hope for humanity,
a glimpse of the peace that was meant to be
and of God’s power and majesty.

The world was trapped in the darkness of sin
until the Light of Christ entered in,
revealing God’s mercy, love and grace,
shining on people of every race.

The world was changed by this Love and Light
when Jesus was born on that special night.
Through the centuries, celebrating His birth,
joy is found in the miracle of God coming to earth.

 © Connie Arnold

Monday, October 26, 2015

Beauty and Splendor



The beauty spread for you to see
Across the land, sky and sea
Are glimpses of God’s majesty
And creative power that caused all things to be.

Whenever you watch the clouds drift by
Or view the stars in a moonlit sky,
Remember the One who reigns on high,
Hears each prayer and mournful sigh.

As the darkness slowly turns to light
Reveling the wonders within your sight,
As the sunshine touches you, warm and bright,
Be filled with the strength of God’s power and might.

In the splendor of creation when you look around,
In the music of life and each joyful sound,
In the rushing water, blue skies and the ground,
Glimpses of God’s grace are waiting to be found.

© Connie Arnold

This photo is from our recent trip to Ireland, where we saw many glimpses of God's majesty!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Lessons of Life



Although we enjoy sunshine,
We know there must be rain,
And though we long for pleasure,
At times in life there’s pain.
The chaos of the world
May lead us to despair,
To wonder why bad things occur
And feel that life’s not fair.

We yearn to find more joy,
To never suffer sorrow,
But though today the clouds may come
There’s hope for a brighter tomorrow.
The lessons of each day,
If they are to be learned,
Can lead us to the joy and peace
For which our hearts have yearned.

When we in faith seek God,
Who has all things in control,
Healing and strength can flow to us,
Shining beauty into each soul.

© Connie Arnold