Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Inspiration from the Past

Have you ever wondered if the desire to write began with you? Did anyone in your ancestry put words on paper for posterity? My question was answered when my mother passed away, and I shuffled through boxes of memories.

In one box, I found two small books, both titled "Mama's Book of Poetry." My great aunt Nannie Madden Foster wrote them. I've chosen two of her poems to share with you today, and pray that one or both ministers to you.

Alone
 
 
I was weary and lonely one evening;
And sitting at home by my hearth.
I thought of my life as a failure
And regretted the day of my birth.
 
For it seemed that with each undertaking
A failure I'd made of it all,
And the more I'd try to do better
The longer and harder I'd fall.
 
Some day the clouds will vanish,
And the sun will shine again;
Perhaps it will shine brighter
After the storm and the rain.
 
Just another heartbroken mother
January 29, 1928
 
 
A writer is never completely forgotten.
Any mother will understand the rhythm above.
 
 
Hope of Mine
 
Blessed Savior, Hope of mine,
Consecrate my life to thine;
Make me pure without, within;
Savior, keep my heart from sin.
 
Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
And may I linger near Thy throne
Thy precious name to call upon.
 
To give me strength
That I may bear
My burdens to Thy
Throne of prayer.
 
As I lay them down
At my Savior's feet
Who will hear them all
When conditions meet.
 
He gives me strength
And courage true
And helps me to be
What He would have me to.
 
 
How precious is the inspiration from yesteryear!
I pray that MY BOOKS will live on to inspire my progeny.
 
 
 
 
Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning

Lamentations 3:23 New Living Translation
 
 
 
What a memory from the past that God's faithfulness is timeless. Blessings today on all those who view this post.



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