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

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Hope Grows


This is a poem I wrote for Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter as part of an attempt to share inspiration and hope for all of us living with lupus. I hope it will bless and encourage all, no matter what difficulties you may be facing!

Hope dwells in the heart
And flutters like butterfly wings,
Building strength of the spirit
To face the struggles life brings.

Hope glimmers and swells within
Even though the body grows weak,
And shines fiercely through the pain
As the comfort and healing we seek.

Hope bursts forth like flames,
Stronger than any disease,
And Victory is its name
For this hope will never cease!

© Connie Arnold

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Joy and Peace


Jesus is risen; what joy that thought brings!
He lives in our hearts as our own King of Kings.
We need not fear death but can have hope and peace
for He is God's Son, and His love will not cease.

The sacrifice made leads the way to salvation
of all who believe, for each generation.
A song of thanksgiving and joy gladly raise
as we offer our hearts in grateful praise.

Wishing you a beautiful and blessed Easter as we celebrate Christ's resurrection and the new life we have with Him forever!