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We live much of life amid unique choices. Joy is anchored in The One beyond our life.
"Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement.
One fails forward toward success."

C. S. Lewis


"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen:
not only because I see it,
but because by it I see everything else."

C. S. Lewis




“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say”


J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring


“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

J.R.R. Tolkien




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January 26, 2020 at 2:44pm
January 26, 2020 at 2:44pm
#974249
The Will is here when Christ is home.
The Will of Christ will never roam.
His Will is done when He is praised.
His Will is how the dream is raised.

"For it is God, which worketh here
in you, He works to make it clear.
He works to make your will His own.
He works in you to build His Throne."
(Philippians 2:13)

The waitings of the Lord seem rude.
We struggle for a hopeful mood.
The bones are dry upon the ground
with dusty land strewn all around.

(Ezekiel 37:1-14)
He asks us when He for us hides,
"Will these bones live or be denied?"
"We have no faith," we think, "to use.
The Lord Alone gives life to choose."

"The mystery is now my best.
I do not understand this test.
Will, You, now bring me Hope, Lord, soon?"
"The answer's in the Scripture's boon."

(Psalm 91:1-2)
"Abide in God's own secret place
in the shadow of Almighty Grace.
The Lord, He is my refuge dear.
I trust in Him and my sight I clear."

The Will is answered in His time.
The answered Will is sure and primed.
That Jesus will arrive with us
gives hope to daily wait and trust.


by Jay O'Toole
on January 26th, 2020


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January 25, 2020 at 11:55pm
January 25, 2020 at 11:55pm
#974204
Verse #1
Life's a daily wondrous way.
Yet, perfect it is not.
The dreams He gives can cause dismay.
He seems to have forgot.

Chorus
We stay the course, consistent one!
We stay the course and pray!
We stay the course 'til God be done
tomorrow and today!

Verse #2
The daily task may seem so dull.
We wonder what's to come.
Our greener pastures daily mull,
but Life's no tidy sum.

Chorus
We stay the course, consistent one!
We stay the course and pray!
We stay the course 'til God be done
tomorrow and today!

Verse #3
The promise God has made may seem
so very far away,
but God is keeping ev'ry dream,
for Time to fully weigh.

Chorus
We stay the course, consistent one!
We stay the course and pray!
We stay the course 'til God be done
tomorrow and today!

Bridge
Stay the course and seek God's Face.
Stay with Him beyond disgrace.
Stay the course and see.

Chorus
We stay the course, consistent one!
We stay the course and pray!
We stay the course 'til God be done
tomorrow and today!

Verse #4
The pieces of God's story's told.
The way is always true.
Audacious He and fully bold
when working good for you.

Chorus
We stay the course, consistent one!
We stay the course and pray!
We stay the course 'til God be done
tomorrow and today!


by Jay O'Toole
on January 25th, 2020


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January 24, 2020 at 2:59am
January 24, 2020 at 2:59am
#974079
Bottom, bottom of the best.
Big, bold billows, harshest test.
Briny sea, and brazen wind,
the blasted blight of mariners thinned.

Beginning here begs the best of our search.
Believing the boast of their barnacled perch.
Befuddled by the bay and the deep blackish blue.
Befriended by the boys in the boat now not new.

Balance, balance, they're brave or they're bruised.
Brackish the bier with their brown scars bemused.
Blatantly blasted by the big ball of the sun.
Boneyard lambasted before they make fun.

Bold, bold, the book of the bound
Barb of the puffer through his belly now found.
Bitter the bite of the grief-burnished soul.
Baffled the base of the brains now unwhole.

Book, Oh the book of the ice-blistered mind.
Basest of bullies, who broke us unkind.
Boat has been banished from billows and shores.
Blasted by barnacles, boasted in lores.

Briefly, the breeze beckoned, "Bliss, I've for thee."
Barque ever broken before we could see.
Ball of the foot, blameworthy and blind.
Basking in barnacles, breath ne'er can find.

Bliss, ever bliss in the bastion so bold.
Believing the best from the bottom so cold.
Begone be the brackish and briny and bland.
Before boldest blaze, we ever shall stand.


by Jay O'Toole
on January 24th, 2020


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Author’s Note:
This was written for the January 2020 round of "Rhythm & Rhyme: Poetry/Lyrics Challenge

Day 5 Prompt:
Create a poem OR song lyrics correctly using alliteration, and also using the 5 random words provided


**Alliteration is challenging for me as you can plainly see. I have used the required words to create the tale of an ill-fated voyage. The ship and the entire complement of mariners were all lost. Yet, even in the tragedy of the day, the writer and the reader alike may hold out hope for a great Day and life beyond the grave for those, who believed in the Christ, Who died and rose, again.

I have notated the required words in a blue font to insure, that they've all been used.**
January 23, 2020 at 11:29pm
January 23, 2020 at 11:29pm
#974069
Dr. Seuss is my friend. Oh, I really must say,
"Thank you, Sir, for the laughs, and the beauteous play!"
With your Cat in the Hat and green eggs on the plate
reading skips on the tongue. The event is just great!"

"'Twas you're Christmas with Grinch made us learn it's a cinch,
that the day made of self will bring joy, not an inch,
but a heart, that doth grow makes us quickly to know
ev'ry gift made of love is the best without show."

Now, each time I would write with a rhythm and rhyme,
using anapest cadence with beauty sublime,
I must chuckle within for the tones of this feat
harken t'ward this good doctor's incredible treat.

Do you like making words, that would help us to read?
Do you like taking trips on boats, trains or a steed?
Do you think, that a child's dancing laughter and joy
is where your writing skills should make lasting employ?

Then embrace anapest and impress all your friends
for each merriment day brings a heart hopes to tend.
If you're wondering how we could ever go back
to the days of disgrace in which joy was at lack,
then I'd urge you, my friend, to move forward and bless
each lone soul with a tear, living life in a mess.
For depression just melts when you speak anapest.
Every mouth curls a smile as you blather a jest.

Were all days made of sunshine and loved ones to kiss,
were all nights made of joy and great treasures of bliss,
then our lives would all be wondrous health without end
as our creative crayons on paper would blend.

But while life has its ups and its downs and its flips,
we must help others back to their feet after trips.
If we learn how to speak anapest with the tongue,
then our names will bring hope with each song, that we've sung.


by Jay O'Toole
on January 23rd, 2020


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Author’s Note:
This was written for the January 2020 round of "Rhythm & Rhyme: Poetry/Lyrics Challenge

Day 4 Prompt:
Create your own poetry form written in anapestic meter


**Dr. Seuss has been a great inspiration for me. His repeated phonemes have helped me to understand and improve my reading and speaking abilities and on top of that my writing abilities as well. Though Dr. Seuss has written in other meters throughout his books of poetry, it is anapest for which he is most remembered in my heart. Proverbs 17:22 expresses it this way, "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine." Few dispense such health to my heart as consistently as Dr. Seuss.**

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January 22, 2020 at 12:27pm
January 22, 2020 at 12:27pm
#973955
Verse #1
If the Savior comes today,
will you walk the Glory way?
Up above the stars so high
in His mansion ne'er to die,
saved from sin His Grace has lift
woeful souls, who need His Gift.

Chorus
If the Savior comes today,
live in Mercy's full display.
Joy forever He will give,
if your heart is His to live.
Blessed Savior raised to be
Husband for believers free.

Verse #2
If the Savior comes today,
we'll remember the joyful day
He was born in the manger low,
then one day to Calvary go.
Up above the Jewish soil
paid the price in lasting toil.

Chorus
If the Savior comes today,
resurrection saves the day.
Hope in Christ is His to give,
if your heart is His to live.
Blessed Savior raised to be
Husband for believers free.

Verse #3
If the Savior comes today
choice of joy or full dismay,
lasting rivers of His bliss,
if His truth you once did kiss,
but in Hell, if you reject
Mercy and your soul have wrecked.

Chorus
If the Savior comes today,
will you walk the Glory way?
Full salvation He will give,
if your heart is His to live.
Blessed Savior raised to be
Husband for believers free.


by Jay O'Toole
on January 22nd, 2020


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Author’s Note:
This was written for the January 2020 round of "Rhythm & Rhyme: Poetry/Lyrics Challenge

Day 3 Prompt:
Write your own lyrics to the tune of the ABC Song, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and Baa Baa Black Sheep


**Growing up in the home of a Baptist preacher, I learned the truth of the Gospel message
from my earliest years. I became a Christian at age six, and I have had no more important thoughts to share
than that all men everywhere need to come to Jesus, the Christ of Nazareth, for everlasting salvation.

The tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" has been known to my young heart for just as many years.
To marry the tune and the message is a great joy to my heart. I pray, that every reader will gain everlasting encouragement in His great Salvation purchased on Calvary's Cross and through the resurrection from the garden tomb, which was borrowed but for a weekend. I've given a theme and variation, that you should recognize easily enough in verse #2.**
January 21, 2020 at 1:38am
January 21, 2020 at 1:38am
#973846
The pruners bring us more from less.
The cuts don't bless.
They feel abused,
and wronged and used.

But when the junk is fully gone
the blooming swan
is better far
than hurts that mar.

To grow beyond a moment's pain
is wisdom's gain.
A friend will harm
releasing charm.


by Jay O'Toole
on January 21st, 2020


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c:lgrey}Author’s Note:
This was written for the January 2020 round of "Rhythm & Rhyme: Poetry/Lyrics Challenge

Day 2 Prompt:
Create iambic meter within the Minute Poetry form


**I spent three hours yesterday afternoon working in a friend's yard with multiple bushes,
that needed some intense and often severe pruning to return the plants to good health.
Were they able to speak, they would no doubt have questioned the integrity of my friendship
with them and with their owner. However, surgery, whether the physical pruning of plants
or the emotional surgery of telling a friend something he or she needs to hear,
but probably doesn't care to consider at the moment, is the kindest thing a friend can do
in order to improve the life of another.

Iambic meter is a favorite of mine. It is probably the most used form
throughout all the history of my poetry writing.**
January 20, 2020 at 1:49am
January 20, 2020 at 1:49am
#973763
This is the melody for the song.

ba BUM ba ba BUM ba BUM ba ba BUM
ba BUM ba ba BUM ba ba BUM

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Chorus

Succeeding at life, while failing the deed
shows faithfulness unto the Lord.
The Bible is true, though few dare to read
the stories throughout His great Word.

Verse #1

The preacher named, "Noah" just spoke to the air
for nobody came in the boat,
but Noah, his wife, and son's wives were there
as Shem, Ham, and Japheth, his dote.

Verse #2

The writer named, "Paul" wrote most of the last
of Bible books for us to read.
His words landed him in prison so fast,
that none could accuse him of greed.

Verse #3

Yet, these are the sum, those favored by God,
who failed at their primary task,
but when life is o'er the Truth of His Word
reveals in His Presence they bask.

Bridge

Succeeding at life, while failing the deed
is really not bad as it seems.


by Jay O'Toole
on January 20th, 2020


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Author’s Note:
This was written for the January 2020 round of "Rhythm & Rhyme: Poetry/Lyrics Challenge

Day 1 Prompt:
Create a steady melody to be used consistently throughout your song lyrics


**I heard a speaker this weekend, who pointed out the fact, that some of the greatest individuals in The Holy Bible lived their lives on Earth quite unsuccessfully through no fault of their own. Noah was a preacher of righteousness, who preached for 120 years, but the only people, who accepted what he had to say, were the members of his own family. Paul wrote most of the books of the New Testament, but he spent a large portion of his life in prison and was finally killed for his faith.

My lyrics show my fondness for iambic and anapestic meter flavored in a very personal way.**



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January 19, 2020 at 11:58pm
January 19, 2020 at 11:58pm
#973754
Live the Life of Holiness.
Redeem your days in Him.
Walk away from your past mess,
and Hope you'll always win.

Be courageous! Live to the full.
Give the seasoned word.
Live in the Spirit. List to His pull.
Make One Christ your Lord.

Be consistent every day!
Keep the trodden road.
God's great Glory on display.
Blessings fully showed.


by Jay O'Toole
on January 18th, 2020


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January 18, 2020 at 12:40am
January 18, 2020 at 12:40am
#973631
The taste of joy lingers in my heart.
Love for Humanity stays throughout the year.

Greatest human love throughout the year,
Shines as twinkling lights, that no more nightly burn.

Colorful lights, that no more nightly burn
shine within my servant's heart all day.

Shining in my servant's heart all-day
are hopes to make my world a better place.

These hopes to make my world a better place
reflect the child's desire for Santa's cause.

Reflecting light the child for Santa's cause
gives each day in the hope of Christmas's return.

Myself a daily gift in hope of Christmas's return.
The taste of joy still lingers in my heart.


by Jay O'Toole
on January 18th, 2020


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January 17, 2020 at 12:40am
January 17, 2020 at 12:40am
#973557
Sometimes it becomes necessary to find new homes for well-established plants. Maybe they have been doing so well, that their effusive natures are just not beneficial to the present environs. Roots are pruned, severely at times. Always the event requires physical, emotional, and spiritual fortitude from the gardener and endurance from the plant. The process of transplanting is, indeed, a moving experience.

crowned with lively blooms
poverty to riches fair
royal life will thrive


by Jay O'Toole
on January 17th, 2020


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