Sunday, October 29, 2017

Each New Day Offers a Gift



Each new day offers a gift,
Something special about the day
To give the heart and soul a lift
And make life better in some way;
If you seek then you will find
That each day's gift will come to mind.
It may be sunshine through a cloud,
A rainbow glimpsed after the rain,
A friendly face in the midst of a crowd,
The sudden easing of a pain;
If you look around with a hopeful view,
The gift in your day will appear to you.

A gift may be in what you see,
Things you touch or what you hear,
The joy in simply being free,
The love of someone very dear;
If you take time to quietly pray,
God will reveal your gift today.
 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Like Flowers in the Spring


Through the winter bulbs are hiding in the shelter of the ground,
waiting until spring for their beauty to be found.
The tulips and the daffodils, with the hope they contain,
are filled with a promise that their beauty will remain.
Although they seem quite lifeless while their beauty cannot show,
when spring returns they slowly start to rise, bloom and grow.

We too can have the promise of springtime in each life,
when we can grow and blossom after facing pain and strife.
Although we often suffer, God will lovingly fulfill
His promise to creation that He is faithful still.
As we hold onto the hope, like flowers in the spring,
we will burst forth from our sorrows with a joyful song to sing.

© Connie Arnold
Excerpt of A Symphony of Seasons

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Don't Worry About Tomorrow


Don’t spend your time worrying
About what will come tomorrow,
Anticipating trouble
With dread or with sorrow,
Or let your anxieties
Keep you awake at night,
Cowering in the darkness,
Filled with pain and fright.

There’s no need to worry
Or to have a troubled soul,
But put your trust in God,
Knowing He is in control.
Release your anxieties
And get some peaceful rest,
Give your troubles to the Lord,
Who always knows what’s best.

Connie Arnold

Friday, December 16, 2016

Christmas Hope




Hear the jubilant tones 
of Christmas bells ringing
And the magnificent echoes 
of angel choirs singing,
See the beauty and splendor 
of a starlit sky gleaming,
Feel the joy and wonder 
in a peaceful night’s dreaming.

Envision in your mind 
a baby laid on a bed of hay,
The glory that beamed from heaven 
on a star’s bright shining ray,
The amazement of the shepherds 
at what the angels had to say,
The shepherds kneeling to worship 
the holy infant where He lay.

Reflect on the great significance 
of that life changing night,
Feel your heart being pierced 
by God’s love beaming pure and bright,
Find hope that the gift of Jesus 
brings salvation, peace and light,
And assurance of God’s mercy and grace
 making all things right.

© Connie Arnold, 2016

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.