A Mother's Legacy
We all will leave a legacy,
Defining our lives from birth.
So, let’s make it a living legacy,
As we travel through time on earth.
What will we leave our children;
When our journey here is done?
Will they remember our love and laughter;
Will they be proud of the race we've run?
Will they know how much we love the Lord,
And will they desire to serve;
Will they believe deep, within their hearts,
Every letter of His word?
Will they remember all the special times;
We explored the treasures of earth,
And fully understand that these,
Are temporary things from birth?
Will they look at God's creation,
With a wonder beyond belief?
And know that only, He, can ease,
A heart that is filled with grief?
Will they listen to the rhythm,
Of the gentle falling rain?
And understand it comes from God;
Like the tears that quench our pain?
Will they sit outside, on a bright warm day;
Let the sun, shine on their face,
And know that God is very near,
When life's trials they must embrace?
Will they hear the laughter of a child,
And feel God's mighty worth,
And realize these are just a few,
Of life’s many pleasures on earth?
Will they know that love and laughter,
Are most precious when they 're shared?
Will they recognize the needs of others;
Will the world know that they cared?
Will they smell the air after a cleansing rain,
And understand Christ's wonderful love
And still keep their eyes and hearts,
On their heavenly home above?
Will they see a newborn baby,
And will their minds be truly amazed;
At the power and beauty of creation,
When on this tiny infant they gaze?
Will they see God in the treetops,
And in the valleys deep?
Will they see Him in the babbling brooks,
And on the crest of mountains steep?
Will they listen closely to His call;
Will they understand His power?
Will they know that all their needs He'll meet;
If they trust, in life's dark hour?
Will they see God in the countryside,
And on the city streets?
Will they fully understand,
He's there, with open arms to greet?
Will they learn to gather daily,
From the storehouse of His word?
And realize that He'll care for them,
As He cares for each tiny bird.
Will they see the dawning of each new day,
And recognize the face of God
In the beauty of the rising sun,
As the world wakes up to applaud.
Will they see God in the flowers,
With so much beauty to behold?
Will they truly know that in His hands,
They will soon come forth as gold?
Will they learn to love their neighbors,
As much as they love self?
Or will they simply, sit idly by,
Like dusty books upon a shelf?
Will people see within them,
The amazing love of Jesus Christ?
Will they be ready to tell the world,
Of His enormous sacrifice?
Do they honestly, truthfully, understand;
The reason they are here?
Will they take a stand, in His precious name,
Till the day He shall appear?
As Parents, will they learn to draw,
On the strength of lessons learned?
From the countless pages of their life,
That Mother has gently turned.
If we can leave them with the knowledge,
Of the Cross and Calvary.
What more could anyone ask for in,
A Mother's Legacy?
© by Loretta Coley Lipsey
Written In Honor of Evelyn Sidell (Grandmother
Her life depicts a living Legacy.
My life is made of seasons strong,
Some are short and others are long.
Some are joyous and some are sad,
Yet, through each season - good or bad,
Just knowing that you are always there
Makes me feel like a millionaire!
You are like a starship
Sailing out into space
Pulling me along
In your tractor beam's embrace.
There are many, many mothers in the world,
Most are flawed to some degree,
But of all that are, and will ever be,
You are the most perfect mother for me.
This little keepsake of my love
I send to you this day,
To brighten up your spirit
And chase the blues away.
I send this verse to cheer you up,
To let you know I care,
To help you rise up through and above
Life's darkness and despair.
Fear not was
once a message,
Sent from God above.
“For I am with you always,
Just show me that you love.”
Although the message may be old,
It comes through loud and clear.
“If you do not fear me,
Forever I’ll be near.”
But ‘tis not enough for us,
To simply know God’s there.
We must acknowledge presence,
By speaking to Him in prayer.
Prayer should not be only,
Used to ask for things we need.
But sometimes just to take the time,
To show God you are pleased.
It really may be just a simple thing,
That really makes you smile.
But by thanking God for having it,
Makes it that much more worthwhile.
For if you have no fear,
Of our mighty God of love.
Then He will surely send to you
A smile from up above.
Fear itself can be so total,
It can itself impart.
A sense of self destruction,
Right from the very start.
Sometimes it may well seem,
You simply fear the day.
Just take a few short moments,
And let God show the way.
Man cannot face this world alone,
It’s full of fear and pride.
To simply learn how to control,
Let God be by your side.
For with your God beside you,
You’ll get the message clear.
“Yes I am always with you,
You need not ever fear.”
I Gathered Snowdrops
I gathered snowdrops in the springtime
They reminded me of you,
So pure and white and elegant
With an honesty so true.
I gathered roses in the summer
Their fragrance filled the air,
They reminded me of happy days
When I didn't have a care.
I gathered sunflowers in the autumn
They stood so tall and proud,
They looked so gracious in my arms
They called your name out loud.
I gathered Jasmine in the winter
And holly berries too,
My floral year surrounded
By the magic that is you.
©2005 Sally Y. Hemingway
Filled With The Spirit
Joy and love surround me
Faith restores my soul
My life is filled with blessings
And, these things make me whole.
My heart is filled with promise
I know not how to fear
Your spirit overwhelms me
Because I know you're here.
I'm always looking forward
To each and every day
Knowing you are here with me
To guide me on my way.
I thank you Lord for all I have
For all the sights and sounds
Because I know I have your love
My spirit knows no bounds.
© Rebecca Rence
Be Good To Your Spirit
What does this phrase really mean to me,
I will try to explain it and I hope you agree.
God wants us to love and to try to help
But we can’t do this if we ourselves become
So what should this phrase mean to all of you,
There has to be times when your needs are tended
Listening to soft music, a trip to the mountains
to take a rest,
Going for a walk on the beach is what I like the
We need to go outside to run and play in the
Wait until tomorrow to get any more of your work
Just stop for a while and take a time out for
This is really something we all need to learn to
If someone says there is something they need you
You should say no and politely get your message
I could help you tomorrow is what you need to
You see I really need a time out for me today.
Remember this life lesson it is important to
Be good to your spirit, is what needs to get
This is the way God wants it and he has the
Take that time out you need for you, do it
I try to envision the Garden
Where Adam and Eve, did dwell
Before the Serpent came to Eve
From the very pit of Hell
Can you imagine the beauty
Surrounding them…. Everywhere
Lovely flowers, waters and such
With tame animals…lying near
They could marvel at each sunrise
Sparkling dew, all over the land
Food…so wonderfully delicious
Many fruits…to be picked by hand
Were clear and ever so pure
For them there was no sickness
God couldn’t have blessed them more
It is so sad that Eve was weak
Falling right into Satan’s plan
Eating from the fruit of the tree
The very one....God had banned
We all know the rest of the story
Generations.... have carried this sin
Yet, the love and Sacrifice of Jesus
Gains us…”Our Inheritance” again!
© 2004 Judith Johnson Kypta
And if ye be Christ’s then are ye
Abraham’s seed, and heirs according
To the promise
loved the world so much that He sent to us Jesus
Christ. And Jesus loved us so much that He sent
to us Mother Teresa.'' Sr. M. Nirmala, M.C.
''All I Had I Gave To You''
Silver or gold I had naught
But what I had I gave to you.
My faith in Jesus, Our Savior,
Produced a miracle or two.
''God provides,'' I repeated,
Many times by journey's end.
He is there at the right time
As an unwavering friend.
''Give me your destitute,''
My voice was heard world wide.
But it was Jesus' voice within
That caused the world to smile.
''What if I give all,'' Jesus asked,
When the world was lost in sin?
''What if you give all,'' He inquired,
Seeing the homeless and dying?
Oct. 2, 1997
Written for Mother Teresa
Acts 3, John 3:16, Rev. 1:5,6