The Black Rose Garden

Facing unwarranted criticism.

Happy Are Those Who Mourn?

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 poor... Continue Reading →

You Drive Me Crazy

Years ago, as I wrote in my journal, my hand tensed as the pen scratched out the angry words "He drives me crazy" as I burst into song and wailed along with The Fine Young Cannibals' song "She drives me crazy." But how do you set boundaries around a Crazymaker? "What is a Crazymaker?" "Who... Continue Reading →

Blessed are the Poor in Spirit?

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 The... Continue Reading →

A Prayer For These Troubled Times

In response to the current flooding weather disaster that has hit my home city of Brisbane and South East Queensland and New South Wales this past week and the war in Ukraine, I have recorded prayers from The Anglican Church of Australia A Prayer Book for Australia. I have not been personally impacted by the... Continue Reading →

The Beatitudes Of Jesus

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 one... Continue Reading →

The Tussle Between My Brain Muscles

I do, I don't, I will, I won't, I can, I can't,  I should, I shouldn't and the tussle goes on and on in my brain. Colour versus black and white. Thoughts bounced from one side of my brain to the other like a ping pong ball. Each side smashing the thoughts back and forward... Continue Reading →

The Busyness Excuse

I wrote this poem to reflect a Christian perspective of time management based on the story of Martha and Mary found in the Bible, Luke 10:38-42. We read of the choices Martha and Mary made the day Jesus came to stay at their place as they were close friends. Although this was a regular occurrence,... Continue Reading →

I Love, I Hate Journaling

Over the decades I have had a love-hate relationship with journaling. When I talk with people about journaling, I find that it means and looks different to each one of them. Different types of journal books, some are plain, some are fancy and they hold different meanings to individuals. There is no right or wrong... Continue Reading →

Lord, Hear Our Prayer

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 this... Continue Reading →

Saying I Am Too Busy Is A Cover-Up

I spent most of my adult life helping others until I realized that I was spending too much of my time helping others. How can that be? Isn't helping others a good thing to do? Yes, it is, but not at the expense of being irresponsible and negligent of your own talents and goals in... Continue Reading →

Knowing God’s Will is one thing, Accepting it is another

What if we don't like where God is leading us? How do I process uncertainty around God's Will for my life? How do I proceed with God's Will? As I started setting goals for this New Year, I was inspired to write this poem, and last week's poem titled What is God's Will For You... Continue Reading →

A Scribble in Time

It's February already. Diaries and calendars are on sale at massively reduced prices because February is the month that the new year has burst out of the starting blocks and is gaining ground. In Australia, the kids are back in school after the long summer break, community events and groups swing back into their regular... Continue Reading →

What is God’s Will For You in 2022?

It's the summer holiday session in Australia when most church community activities stop from early December till the end of January when the students go back to school, college or university and the new year gets into full swing again. Like me, you probably make plans and set goals for the new year for family,... Continue Reading →

Stop Wasting Time And Get On With It

I wrote this poem when my daughters had grown up and moved out of our family home and were living independently. I had always been there for them. I was a proud, doting mum. I had continued to push my goals to the side. I don't regret a minute of my motherhood years. But the... Continue Reading →

Back To The Garden

The Story of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world, has come full circle. It began in the Garden of Eden and will end in God's new garden. This Feature Image is the same one I used in The Christmas Story in the Garden of Eden Part 1. My interpretation of this image is that... Continue Reading →

Plan To Scribble Time

This article is the third article from my new website Simply Create 2 Share. You can read the article here. This article explains my SCRIBBLE time planning method to encourage you to start NOW and start SIMPLE to make a plan this year to share your creativity this year. You don't have to have all... Continue Reading →

It’s Simply The Way It Is

This is one of three poems that I wrote when I first started thinking about sharing my poetry. I wrote this poem 7 years before I started sharing my poetry. I wrote it while I was living a very simple lifestyle, travelling around Australia in a motorhome (I lived in a motorhome for four years).... Continue Reading →

Quick, Save The Saviour

This poem is about the events that followed the visit of the Wise Men, or Magi, to Joseph, Mary and the child King, Jesus. You can read the story in Matthew chapter 2 verses 13 to 23. The ruler of that region, King Herod, who was known to murder anyone he thought was a threat... Continue Reading →

Create, Share, Repeat

Welcome to my new website Simply Create 2 Share, which will consist of weekly articles where I will be sharing the journey of my creativity, which is writing poetry. You can read the Create, Share Repeat article here. This year I am venturing into non-fiction writing in which I will be covering topics like what... Continue Reading →

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