Jesus' Beatitudes This is the last of the Beatitudes taught by Jesus in Matthew 5:10-12. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. It has been interesting studying The Beatitudes taught by Jesus. A pattern immerses throughout them which I have included after this short poem. Beverley... Continue Reading →
Blessed are the Peacemakers?
This poem is based on the seventh of The Beatitudes in Matthew chapter 5 verse 9 'Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.' This Beatitude has a clear practical meaning - working toward peaceful living with ourselves, and others and being at peace with God. Throughout history, the cry for... Continue Reading →
Blessed are the Pure in Heart?
INTRO: This poem is based on the sixth of The Beatitudes in Matthew chapter 5 verse 8 'Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.' This Beatitude has both a physical and spiritual meaning. On the day when Jesus taught these Beatitudes, he spoke of a future world where the pain and... Continue Reading →
Blessed are the Merciful?
This poem is based on The Beatitudes in Matthew 5:7, 'Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.' INTRO: Mercy reminds me of the Japanese art of Kintsugi, meaning "golden joinery,' which treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to discard or throw away. Kintsugi is the Japanese... Continue Reading →
Blessed are Those who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness?
INTRO: This poem is based on the fourth of The Beatitudes in Matthew chapter 5 verse 6 'Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.' This Beatitude has both a physical and spiritual meaning. Jesus lived on earth at a time when many of the Jews struggled, living in poverty, burdened... Continue Reading →
Blessed Are The Meek?
INTRO: What does it mean to be meek? Does meek mean weak? Why are the meek blessed by God? What did Jesus mean by this Beatitude? This poem is based on the third Beatitude, verse five of The Beatitudes, Matthew Chapter 5:1-12. 'Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.' In ancient Greek, meek was... Continue Reading →
Blessed Are Those Who Mourn?
INTRO: Can tears of joy and tears of sadness flow from our eyes at the same time? The last thing we want to hear when we are deeply mourning is "Cheer up, it will be all right." Where is the happiness in mourning? Does Jesus only bless us when we are mourning? Who comforts the... Continue Reading →
Blessed are the Poor in Spirit?
INTRO: What does it mean to be blessed? What does it mean to be poor in spirit? Why would the poor be happy? What did Jesus mean by this? Does he mean poor financially, poor in health, poorly educated? And why is the kingdom of heaven theirs? This poem is based on the first of... Continue Reading →
The Beatitudes of Jesus
INTRO: This poem introduces the Beatitudes, or blessings, found in Matthew chapter 5 verses 1 to 12, one of the well-known passages of the Bible, yet one of the most misunderstood. The Beatitudes is like a multi-faceted diamond. When you pick it up and inspect it closely, it sparkles in its many brilliant facets, each... Continue Reading →
LORD, Hear Our Prayer
INTRO: As our lives gather momentum into a New Year, I have republished this Christian poem, which is based on The Lord's Prayer, found in the Bible in Matthew Chapter 6 verses 9 to 13. This is my favourite poem and I believe, an important poem to keep front of mind. When I first wrote... Continue Reading →
God Protects Us as a Mother Hen Protects Her Chicks – Psalm 91:1-4
INTRO: This comforting poem was one of the first of my Christian poems based on Psalm 91 verses 1-4. I wrote it after hearing a sermon on Psalm 91, at the church I was attending regularly at the time. I also wrote another poem, soon after, titled God Protects from Enemy Attacks based on Psalm... Continue Reading →
My Weakness versus God’s Strength
INTRO: This Christian poem is based on the Bible verse 2 Corinthians12:9 'And (the Lord) said to me "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.' Beverley Joy PODCAST - My... Continue Reading →
God Protects from Enemy Attacks
INTRO: I wrote this Christian poem in 2014, which is based on Psalm 91 verses 5 to 13. It seems that King David wrote this psalm in reflection on his own experience of physical attacks on himself over 3,000 years ago when he was an Israeli shepherd and his time living in hiding from King... Continue Reading →
God’s Rules for Living
INTRO: I wrote this Christian poem in 2014 after reading Timothy Keller's book 'Counterfeit Gods'. I memorised The Ten Commandments as a child in Sunday School. As an adult, I could say along with the Rich Young Ruler, in Matthew 19:20 "I have kept these rules since my youth." But, from my study of this... Continue Reading →
My Sin is Removed
INTRO: I wrote this Christian poem in 2014 after writing my poem "Christ Lives in Me.' I was riddled with guilt and shame over my old life and struggling to believe Isaiah 43:25 and Psalm 103:12. Over time, with much prayer and study of God's Word, I was able to believe, without a doubt, that... Continue Reading →
INTRO: This Christian devotional poem looks at the verse Isaiah 40:31a. It explored the word 'wait'. 'Once we have prayed for help or guidance on something, how do we wait on God?' How does waiting strengthen us? Then, how do we soar on wings like eagles? In my interpretation of the feature image, the lady... Continue Reading →
Contented we Bask
Contented we bask In His goodness and mercy His unceasing love, favour, Acceptance, compassion. Beverley Joy of Simply Story Poetry Exert from my poem "The Good Shepherd'.
With Strength He rescues
The Good Shepherd: With strength He rescues His precious lost sheep. Beverley Joy of Simply Story Poetry Exert from my poem 'The Good Shepherd'.
Christ Lives In Me
INTRO: I wrote this Christian poem in the first few months after coming back to my Christian faith. The first sermon that I heard, in the first church service that I had attended in 30 years, was titled 'Christ lives in you.' At the time, I was so nervous about falling back into my old... Continue Reading →
The Good Shepherd
INTRO: I wrote this Christian poem after working on a large wheat and sheep property northeast of Perth, Western Australia. I went out into a paddock with the farmer’s daughter to round up the sheep and transfer them to a different paddock. I drove the ute while she rode the motorbike to round them up... Continue Reading →