Thursday, August 22, 2019

With Hug and Tug

 Happy 25th Birthday, Melissa...
 You are brave, beautiful and strong!
Keep shining in your God-given strengths, my dear
and see where He takes you!

With hug and tug of heart and soul
With tick and tock of clock cajole
With learning how to climb and fall
Brush off hurt’s dirt and stand up tall
And dream new dreams and surf Past’s graves
Where seasons surge then break like waves
On shorelines starred with hard-fought dust
That teems with echoes of scarred trust
While we let go yet learn to hold
Hope’s holy hunger, raw and bold
And brave and beautiful and dear
Thankful that God is always near
To hear our prayers; His promises
Will never fail; He unveils 'Yes'
In His own Time in His own way
So, rise and shine and seize the day
God is with us in all we face
Dawn's skyline breaks with lakes of grace
Where Mercy's New enfolds the old
In work to do and hands to hold
With hug and tug of heart and soul
With click and lock of clock-cajole
Where every step-breath-wink and nod
Does not escape the love of God

 with all my love,

© Janet Martin

Often I just pick out verses 5&6 from this passage for cards but there is
some real beauty before and after those two verses as well!

 Prov.3:1-8 (BSB) Berean Study Bible

My son(daughter), do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments;
for they will add length to your days,
years and peace to your life.
Never let loving devotion or faithfulness leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will find favor and high regard
in the sight of God and man.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge Him,
and He will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
This will bring healing to your body
and refreshment to your bones.


  1. What a lovely girl she is! Your poem tugged at my heart, as I can echo your sentiments! <3

    1. <3 how does a mother really ever find exactly the right words for that ocean in her soul? but we keep trying. A mother's biggest comfort/confidante are other mothers! Thank-you for your understanding:)


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